Happy New Year sale!

To welcome in the new decade, I’m having a sale! For one week only, save 20% off select items in my Etsy shop, including dresses, calendars, petit point pillows, and more. Start shopping Here
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Polka Dot Part II for Francie

When Francie saw Barbie’s new party dress from the David Tutera fabrics, she requested a coordinating dress for their holiday party. Both dresses are now available in my Etsy shop.

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Celebrating 1,000 sales with a special coupon offer

It’s hard to believe, but this morning I made my 1,000th Etsy sale.

To celebrate, I’m offering 10% off anything in my Etsy shop when you use the coupon code SALE4U.

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I first opened my Etsy shop, Hankie Chic, in the spring of 2013. I’d been making doll dresses and posting pictures on Pinterest for about a year when author Cheryl St. John messaged me and asked to buy a dress she’d seen on Pinterest. I’d honestly thought about setting up an Etsy shop for a while, but this was the kickstart I needed to actually do it.

In the six and a half years since I opened my shop, I’ve made new friends, attended Barbie conventions, acquired a bunch of dolls, and learned how to make all sorts of 1:6 scale miniatures to enhance my photos. And I’ve received so much support, advice, and inspiration from my customers, Etsy colleagues, bloggers, and fellow doll dress designers. I can never thank you all enough.

A special thank you to Rebecca Berry, who first featured an interview with me on her wonderful blog, https://insidethefashiondollstudio.com, a few weeks after I opened my shop. That interview really launched my shop … I think I sold something like 24 dresses in 24 hours because of Rebecca’s endorsement. 

And thank you, Cheryl, for purchasing that first dress.

 

1:6 scale music books

While working on refurbishing the Susy Goose Barbie piano, I got inspired to try to make some miniature sheet music. Of course, the obvious choice was, Oh You Beautiful Doll. I know the song from the 1942 movie, For Me and My Gal, starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, in his first movie role. George Murphy and Judy Garland play a vaudeville team in a doll shop. He opens a box and finds her … a living doll … of course she ends up with Gene Kelly in the end.

“Oh, you beautiful doll, you great big beautiful doll! Let me put my arms around you, I could never live without you; Oh you beautiful doll, you great big beautiful doll! If you ever leave me how my heart will ache, I want to hug you but I fear you’d break. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, you beautiful doll!”

It seems the perfect choice of sheet music for your favorite doll.

And then I found some delightful Christmas carols with lovely illustrations. A couple of vintage Christmas carol songbook covers later, and viola …

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