April 9, 2012

Sweet Shop - My Gigi Doll

Introducing my latest Sweet Shop - I am absolutely in love with these!


Melissa owner of My Gigi Doll

Learn more about her and her business, and check out the GIVEAWAY of an amazing and adorable handmade doll or superhero doll of your choice!

1. What products do you make/sell?  I make soft dolls that are made with eco-friendly and/or all natural materials.

2. What inspired you to start creating?  I’ve always been artistic. I’ve recently discovered that fiber is my favorite medium. I love fabric and yarn made of natural fibers. My mom bought me my first sewing machine when I was 19. The first thing I made on my own was a quilt. Over the past 20 years I’ve made quilts, Halloween costumes for my kids, clothes for my daughter, dresses to raise money for clean water in Africa, doll clothes, knitted hats, felted purses, and more. I never imagined I would fall in love with making soft dolls!




3. What room do you do your creating? I make the dolls in my studio. And by that I mean I make the dolls in the dining room. We now eat in the kitchen. Sorry family!



4. What is your favorite organization tip/ tool? I am great at getting organized but terrible at staying organized. I could use a few tips myself!



5. What tip can you give others interested in making/selling similar items? The best tip I can give is to make and sell what you love. Do what you love, work hard at it and success will follow.   As for specifically making dolls, I would look online for techniques and even buy a doll making book to get started.



6. What is your day job?  I am a homeschooling mom to my 3 kids:  Jackson, 15, Nathan, 13 and Gianna (Gigi), 8. Before having kids I worked in the mortgage industry.

7. Describe your ideal weekend. My ideal weekend would include being outside somewhere green, taking an afternoon nap and hanging out and laughing with my family.



8. What other activities do you enjoy? I’m always doing different things and don’t stick with one thing for long. I like to run and knit. Coming up with new doll ideas is currently my favorite activity. 




9. What is your sweetest memory from childhood? I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and on weekends and school breaks I would spend time at my dad’s farm in Oregon. I loved to explore in the woods for hours at a time. We had a tree swing that hung from an enormous oak tree that I would swing on while making up and singing songs. I love the solitude and beauty of nature.


10. What is your favorite item in your shop and why? My favorite item is the Gigi Doll. The Gigi doll is based on my daughter, Gianna. Even though I love each doll, Gigi is and will always be my favorite.



Anything else you want to share? I took my first ever sewing class two weeks ago! I was surprised at some things I didn’t know after sewing for 20 years.

I really have loved being able to donate dolls to some great causes. I got to make one for a little girl with Down's Syndrome who was undergoing treatment for Leukemia. The most special thing I think I've ever done with the dolls, though, is to make a set of sister dolls for a little girl who lost her big sister. The family is a missionary family from Canada that travels around the U.S. speaking at different churches. In February they were driving on black ice, lost control of their van and crashed. Their oldest, a 3 year old little girl, died in the accident. She left behind her mom and dad and her little sister. I was approached about making sister dolls for the little girl and I jumped at the chance. I made the dolls look like the little girls, dressed them in their favorite colors and made them an elephant and a giraffe, older sister's favorite animals. It was such a special thing for me to be able to give in this way...it truly is more blessed to give than to receive! 

You can find Melissa here:

Blog  .  Twitter  .  Facebook  .  Etsy 

Now the Exciting Part!  Melissa is giving away
a handmade doll for a girl or superhero doll for a boy of your choice!  Valued at nearly $70.00!

Custom Boy Superhero Doll - Personalized My Gigi DollCustom Handmade Cloth Doll Heirloom "Gigi Like Me" Doll with PetCustom Handmade Cloth Doll Heirloom "Gigi Like Me" Doll with Pet
Custom Girl's Doll                                  Custom Superhero Doll

{Aren't these the cutest things you have ever seen?!}









Here's how to win!
CONGRATS TO ALICIA Z!



 
Thank you so much for participating! Entries close Monday, April 16th at 11:59 pm. All entries will be verified.  A winner will be announced by April 18th. Good Luck! CLOSED.

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**Would you like your shop featured in my Sweet Shop?   It is a great way to get more exposure for free.  Please contact me for more information at thesweetestmemory@cox.net.**

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50 comments:

Kat said...

Ohhh a giveaway! Love these dolls!

I like the Gigi doll because it reminds me of one of my own daughters!

NotaSupermom said...

I love the ballerinas!

liesl-lou said...

I love the ballerinas, too.

Anonymous said...

The blonde with the black dog reminds me of my daughter and our laborador. I also LOVE the ballerinas!

~Robyn

Anonymous said...

I love the ballerinas too! I like the brown haired, brown eyed with braids b/c it looks like my sweet girl. :-)

Rachael said...

I love the Claire doll with the dog so so cute! I plan on getting this for my daughter for her 1st birthday!

Anonymous said...

Love doll with dark long braided hairs with animals.
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Melissa Loves Color said...

Thanks for featuring my shop, Kari! It is so much fun to hear which dolls are the favorites!

Claire and Lucca (blonde hair, blue eyed doll with the black dog) has always been a favorite.

Shannau said...

Such CUTE dolls! Ballerinas are cute, but I am LOVING the sisters dolls- and the animals that go with them!!!!

Stacey said...

As cute as the girls are, I am partial to that superhero :)

Robin said...

Love the super hero!

frog loves monkey said...

I so love these dolls. I've seen one is person and would LOVE to have one for my daughter! I think my favorite in the shop right now is the brown eyed doll with the long brown braids. So cute!

Shannau said...

I think all the dolls are sweet. Any of my granddaughters would be lucky to have any of them.

Amy said...

I love the superhero. :) Nice that there's an option for little boys too!

julianne said...

i love the clair the blond haired doll, and i also like the ballarinas

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Carla said...

Love the superhero dolls. My grandson would love one.

lisa said...

Brown Eyes and Brown Hair My Gigi Doll with Pet and the pink ballerina!!

stacythemagnificentmommy said...

Handmade Cloth Doll Blonde with Blue Eyes My Gigi Doll with Pet - Claire & Lucca is my favorite!!stacy h

Jennifer said...

ballerinas are so cute
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Kristie said...

I love the Stuffed Felt Pet accessories!! I would get a little kitty. Too cute!!! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

C.R. said...

the ballerinas are my favorite

Nancy said...

I like Bella and Lyric!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Jackie said...

I love the little felt pets for the Superdolls especially the black dog

Jackie said...

The link to follow The Sweetest Memory on facebook has an invalid Id. I tried looking it up manually on facebook but couldn't find it.
I am following on Pinterest but couldn't take credit for the Facebook follow.

MomLovesDeals said...

I love the superhero!

Emily said...

I like the Custom Boy Superhero Doll, because there aren't a lot of boy dolls out there and I think my nephew would like it. :)

Becca Acker said...

I like the redhead with green eyes. :)

octoberthings said...

I love the Blonde with Blue Eyes My Gigi Doll with Pet - Claire & Lucca

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Heather R said...

I love the superhero doll

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Debra Lee said...

I love the kittie!

Jenna Wood said...

The black dog accessory is cute!

kristina said...

ballerinas are so cute because i used to dance and hope my daughter might someday.

Naomie said...

I love the Blonde hair, bleu eye doll, it reminds me of my daughter.

aliciaz said...
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aliciaz said...

The superhero doll! Thank you! alicia zirjacks

hippie_mom said...

custom boy superhero doll

Gina said...

I like the red headed doll with freckles and green eyes.
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amy craft said...

I am in LOVE!!! The ballerina would be my daughters pick
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Connie Gruning said...

I love the ballerina's and the big black dog! SO CUTE!!!
Connie Gruning
CGruning at aol(dot)com

Monja Blue said...

They're darling! A light brown blue-eyed ballerina in a pink tutu, with a white cat, for sure! Thanks for a chance to win one of Melissa's delightful treasures!

Charlotte said...

First I would like to say that I think it's amazing what Melissa does!! Really sweet that she's donated dolls for great causes especially the sister dolls. What a touching story with a happy ending for the little girl.

I love the Ballerina dolls!!

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Aimee Jongejan said...

They're all so adorable! I love the ballerina dolls, my dd would have so much fun playing with one!

aggcalifornia said...

I would love to get a custom made doll for my daughter! I love the ballerina ones! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

- lablogs@yahoo.com

Candie L said...

I would like the super hero doll. Thank you

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RachelR said...

I love the superhero dolls We call our son Super Sam, so it would be so perfect!

Nicole said...

i like the superhero and the pet fish
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Ashley N said...

Love the blonde haired blue eyed doll and the little bunny with the blue bow <3

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sacholn said...

The superhero doll is great! I love finding dolls that my son will play with!

kellyr78 said...

I like the Custom Ballerina Doll with light brown hair and green eyes.
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Linda Kwolek said...

Super Hero girl Doll. Now that's my kind of doll.