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Monday, December 17, 2012

ARTICLE - NEW DOLL STORE IN CINNAMINSON IS RELYING ON NICHE MARKET

New Doll Store in Cinnaminson is Relying on Niche Market 

Eleanor and Wendy McGhee, well-educated in the art of doll collectingg, have opened Dolls, Bears & Gifts in The Shoppes at Cinnaminson.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

ARTICLE - LIFELIKE BABIES THAT ARE JUST FOR CUDDLING

Lifelike babies that are just for cuddling


 

They don’t cry and don’t need changing or feeding but Suzanne-Lewis dolls are proving popular with ladies who want to cuddle a baby. CATHY SPENCER reports


As 12-year-old Ellie Morris cuddles the bundle in her arms she can’t help but smile, like any other new mother.
However, luckily the Willenhall school girl won’t have to miss any classes to look after her new baby, as the infant is actually made of vinyl.
Ellie is just one of the thousands of customers who are snapping up the lifelike Reborn dolls from the Suzanne-Lewis shop in Cannock.
The business was started six years ago by Suzanne Wood, who had launched a baby shop in Brownhills.
It was in September when she moved to her new site in Walsall Road, Cannock, and her shop is filled with dozens of the dolls as well as specially made accessories.
“Over the years I have seen how the Reborn babies have helped make a lot of people happy,” she says.
“But when we are seen out in the street with our dolls we can get a lot of abuse as people don’t understand – why is it fine for a man to collect matchbox cars, but not for us to have dolls?”
Suzanne says women who buy the dolls don’t tend to push them in prams but get enjoyment from cuddling them.
“One customer was diagnosed with cancer and she just wanted something to cuddle, to give her some comfort,” says Suzanne.

“There are women who have a reborn after they have lost babies – they don’t get the doll to replace the baby but to help with the grief.
“When a woman holds a baby it releases oxytocin in the brain which makes people happy and relaxed. Ask anyone who holds a baby how they feel and they forget their worries and it makes them feel good.”
Suzanne says she has always loved dolls.
“I was the youngest of four and my eldest sister Margaret used to buy dolls for me,” she says.
“When I was 11 I moved on to porcelain dolls and Ashton Drake collectable dolls. It wasn’t long before I came across the Reborn dolls.”
Suzanne opened a baby shop in Brownhills in 2005 after her father, Lewis, and mother Joyce passed away, leaving her some money.
“The first thing I did was open a baby shop – I had cribs and prams in the shop and used the Reborn dolls as models in them for demonstration purposes,” says Suzanne, 46.
“It wasn’t long before people started asking me about the dolls.”
Suzanne, who grew up in Aldridge, says Reborn dolls are well-known.
“People have them for lots of reasons – the dolls helped me get over losing my mum,” she says.
“One lady bought one for her daughter’s 21st birthday and it will be kept as a family heirloom.
“We had one 14-year-old girl brought into the shop by her father as she was desperate for a baby.”
Suzanne who has two sons – Nathan, 19, and Daniel, 17 says people often think there is something wrong with a woman who likes dolls.
“Earlier this year I went on the TV show Daybreak and they sat me on the couch next to a psychiatrist – luckily the psychiatrist said it was natural to want to hold a baby,” she says.

“It is amazing to see how people with dementia and Alzheimer’s are helped by holding the dolls – with dementia people can revert back to their childhood, so having a doll helps them cope with that.
“Once a month we have a dolly club where customers can bring along their Reborns, have a coffee and talk openly about their interest without being judged.”
The dolls, which range from £120 to £500, take hours to create and each one is unique. A kit is made by sculpting a baby’s arms, legs and head out of clay and then it is used as a mould to make the doll out of vinyl. The kits are fitted together and eye colour, skin colour and hairis chosen.
The painting takes several hours as it can take 80 coats of paint, and each one has to be heat set in an oven.
It takes us around two weeks to make each baby and every one of them is unique.
Suzanne holds painting classes where she will teach people how to create their perfect baby.
“There are women who bring in photos of their children when they were babies and they want them reconstructed,” she says.
“The dolls are made to feel like they weigh around 8lb and the neck is floppy and needs supporting, just like with a baby.
“Christmas is a very busy time for us and at the moment we are selling around three babies a day.
“However, the time it takes to make one means we don’t make much money out of each doll – I do it because I have a passion for it, not because I want to get rich.”
Young Ellie Morris says she has been after a Reborn for two years and saved up her money to afford one, which she has named Charlie.
“I like that they look and feel real, it is nice to buy different clothes for Charlie for the day and night, and it is great to cuddle him in the evening while I’m watching TV,” says Ellie.
“My friends think it is really nice and I researched it a lot on the internet, looking at different pictures until I found one I liked.
 “It isn’t just me who benefits from having Charlie as my nan is keen to start knitting for a baby again, and now she can knit as much as she wants.”

Monday, December 3, 2012

ARTICLE - REBORN DOLL SHOP OPENS THEIR DOOR

Reborn Doll Shop Opens Their Doors
Monday, 03 December 2012
After a much-anticipated waiting period, the Reborn Doll Shop has finally opened their doors and is ready for business. Whether you're a reborn doll artists, aspiring artist or just someone who's looking to own one of these ultra-realistic dolls, the Reborn Doll Shop has you covered. They were created by a small group of reborn artists and collectors who were looking to create a community-driven environment for reborn lovers to come together. The fact is that collecting reborn dolls is a growing hobby that has continued to rise in popularity in recent years. Not only are there millions of collectors in the U.S. and U.K., but the craze has spread into other countries as well. Now, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and even parts of Asia have jumped on board.
Even with this newfound popularity, trying to find reborn dolls for sale can be a challenge. You can visit doll shop after doll shop and still not find a single reborn, so where you supposed to get them from? This is where the Reborn Doll Shop steps in -- they've created a simple solution for people to find the exact type of reborn doll they want.
So, how exactly does the Reborn Doll Shop work? After visiting www.reborndollshop.com, you'll be able to select from a list of categories on the right-hand side of the page. These categories contain everything from boy and girl reborn dolls, to reborn doll kits, eyes and even hair. While some people are looking to buy an entirely new doll, others simply need a couple pieces to finish theirs. After clicking on the appropriate store category, you'll then be greeted with their up-to-date selection, at which point you can purchase the ones you like.
While offering the best selection of reborn dolls at the lowest price is their specialty, the Reborn Doll Shop also features loads of useful guides, how-tos and information on the hobby. If you're looking to build your very first reborn, you'll should follow their step-by-step instructions. They walk you through everything from stripping a vinyl doll of its paint and limbs, to applying over a dozen layers of heat-set paint and warming it in the oven. Some people may be thrown off with the reborning process, as it's certainly time-consuming and downright difficult at times. However, the people are the Reborn Doll Shop explain it in a way that nearly anyone can understand, regardless of your past experience.
Instead of spending 40+ hours piecing together a new reborn, the people over at the Reborn Doll Shop recommend using a kit your first time around. These kits contain paint, hair, limbs and everything else you need to make a reborn. The only extra thing that's required to use them is a traditional toy vinyl doll, which can be purchased from any toy or doll store for as little as $10 bucks. While these kits aren't going to give you the same high-quality level of detail and realism as a handmade reborn, they are still a fun and effective way to create your very first reborn, so give them a try today.
Contact:
Jennifer Harris
Atlanta, GA
Link: www.reborndollshop.com
After a much-anticipated waiting period, the Reborn Doll Shop has finally opened their doors and is ready for business.

ARTICLE- REBORN DOLL SHOP OPENS ITS DOORS

Reborn Doll Shop Opens Their Doors
After a much-anticipated waiting period, the Reborn Doll Shop has finally opened their doors and is ready for business.


BriefingWire.com, 12/03/2012 - After a much-anticipated waiting period, the Reborn Doll Shop has finally opened their doors and is ready for business. Whether you're a reborn doll artists, aspiring artist or just someone who's looking to own one of these ultra-realistic dolls, the Reborn Doll Shop has you covered. They were created by a small group of reborn artists and collectors who were looking to create a community-driven environment for reborn lovers to come together.The fact is that collecting reborn dolls is a growing hobby that has continued to rise in popularity in recent years. Not only are there millions of collectors in the U.S. and U.K., but the craze has spread into other countries as well. Now, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and even parts of Asia have jumped on board.
Even with this newfound popularity, trying to find reborn dolls for sale can be a challenge. You can visit doll shop after doll shop and still not find a single reborn, so where you supposed to get them from? This is where the Reborn Doll Shop steps in -- they've created a simple solution for people to find the exact type of reborn doll they want.
So, how exactly does the Reborn Doll Shop work? After visiting www.reborndollshop.com, you'll be able to select from a list of categories on the right-hand side of the page. These categories contain everything from boy and girl reborn dolls, to reborn doll kits, eyes and even hair. While some people are looking to buy an entirely new doll, others simply need a couple pieces to finish theirs. After clicking on the appropriate store category, you'll then be greeted with their up-to-date selection, at which point you can purchase the ones you like.
While offering the best selection of reborn dolls at the lowest price is their specialty, the Reborn Doll Shop also features loads of useful guides, how-tos and information on the hobby. If you're looking to build your very first reborn, you'll should follow their step-by-step instructions. They walk you through everything from stripping a vinyl doll of its paint and limbs, to applying over a dozen layers of heat-set paint and warming it in the oven. Some people may be thrown off with the reborning process, as it's certainly time-consuming and downright difficult at times. However, the people are the Reborn Doll Shop explain it in a way that nearly anyone can understand, regardless of your past experience.
Instead of spending 40+ hours piecing together a new reborn, the people over at the Reborn Doll Shop recommend using a kit your first time around. These kits contain paint, hair, limbs and everything else you need to make a reborn. The only extra thing that's required to use them is a traditional toy vinyl doll, which can be purchased from any toy or doll store for as little as $10 bucks. While these kits aren't going to give you the same high-quality level of detail and realism as a handmade reborn, they are still a fun and effective way to create your very first reborn, so give them a try today.
Contact:
Jennifer Harris
Atlanta, GA
admin@reborndollshop.com
Link: www.reborndollshop.com

ARTICLE - BABY DELIGHT WITH NONE OF THE NOISE & SPIT

Baby delight with none of the noise and spit 

FOR Chrissandra Lawrence and her clients, they are better than the real things.
And if the “double-takes” she and little “Michelle” received as she carried her around in a pink blanket at Albury’s Doll Bear Hobby Show is anything to go by, there is no doubting her authenticity.
Michelle has all the features of a newborn baby girl, down to the spit around her mouth.
But she’s nothing more than a convincing replica that only comes out for special occasions like fairs and shows.
Not so for many of Ms Lawrence’s clients.
Many of them carry around her “reborn” dolls and treat them as if they are real.
“It’s 100 per cent better than having a real child,” said Ms Lawrence, a professional doll-maker and teacher of Wangaratta.
“It doesn’t cry and it doesn’t wake up at night,” she said.
Ms Lawrence should know. She has three grown-up children.
While teddy bears and dolls are the obsession of children, it was mostly grandparents making up the crowd at Saturday’s hobby show at the Mirambeena Community Centre.
Judge of the doll’s house competition James Dowdall said most adults involved hadn’t had doll’s houses as children — including his wife who roped him into the fad.
“I say to parents: ‘buy your daughter a doll’s house and save her husband trouble’,” he joked.
Mr Dowdall said he often was asked to build miniature buildings and said most of his clientele were adults.
“Miniatures are something very much for adults,” he said.
“We started doing doll’s houses, but now 90 per cent of what I do is for adults.”
It was the first time the Albury show has had a doll’s house section — localised by an Ettamogah Pub replica.
The rules stipulate each house conforms to a 1:12 ratio.