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I love red hair and freckles!

I'm working on a new 'old' pattern called the Kindergarten Cuties. One of the dolls has red hair and freckles. She makes me smile. Coincidentally, one of our doll maker, Laurie Entze, recently started sewing dolls from my Mary Jane pattern. Here are a few of them.

Aren't they sweet?  (scroll down for more pictures.) 

 

 This is my catalog photo, Mary Jane, and Boy Bear.

New Babies Are Here!

We have four new babies for you to love! These patterns have been hidden in my files for years. I'm excited to say that I have had many requests for them and decided to offer them again. They are all 22" and can wear each other's clothes. You can order your favorite baby if you wish, and the clothes from the other three. You asked to be able to order the clothes separately, and I listened. 

Shown in the top photo are Cora, on the left and Summer on the right.

Below are Mia and Melody

You can find them on our website under life-size babies, or search by the name of the doll. 

More new patterns are coming! Happy doll making, Carolee

 

I love a change of seasons, but not all four in one week!

 Should I wear my puffy down-filled coat? or do I need a coat at all? Will it be boots or sandals? Fortunately for me, my commute is just two sets of inside stairs. I choose slippers today! 

When I first started Carolee Creations, my plan was to work from home because we were expecting our third child. Those of you who have been with me from the beginning know that we have moved a few times, always in Elmhurst. 

 If April showers bring May flowers, what to May storms bring? Basement seepage, flooded underpasses, and overflowing gutters, and all sorts of fun opportunities to wear your rain boots and jump in puddles.

Cloth Doll May Brightens Nursing Home

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. I am lucky to still have mine, but I know many are enjoying sweet memories of Mothers who have passed on.

It was my Mother that taught me to sew and to love crafts. (My Grandmother, too, but this is about my mother.) My Mom will turn 98 in a few weeks. She still lives on her own, cooks some, and crochets baby blankets for all the new ones in her life. Being born in 1920, my Mom has lived from the horse-and-buggy age to space travel. Isn’t that amazing when you think about it? And, she still tries to take care of me, her baby girl.

My Aunt, my mother’s sister, also liked to sew and make dolls. I guess growing up in the depression brings out the creativity in a person. Aunt Grace’s favorite dolls to make were May, and Kirsten and Kurt. The later, because of our German heritage. One story she loved to tell, was of bringing May as a gift to her friend in a nursing home. Her friend loved the doll. So, did other residents in the home. It was quite a challenge to keep May where she belonged. Other residents would slip in and ‘borrow’ her when they could. The elderly women were very comforted by cuddling the ‘baby’ and never missed an opportunity.

Most of the time, we think of making cloth dolls for little girls. From all the sweet stories I have heard, I know that ‘big girls’ still love cloth dolls gifts, too.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Celebrate all the special women in your life.

Practice baby for big brother and sister

Is there a new baby coming into your life? Big brother and sister would love to play with it, wouldn't they? Here is another option for them to practice on. Sew baby boy Adam, or baby girl Beth so they can have their own baby. These two baby dolls are life-size and can be made anatomically correct. They can also wear real baby clothes if your real baby wants to share. 

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