My Doll Collecting Story
It took me over 10 years of technological study, trial and error to record, produce and engineer my own music album, called “Now Is Where You Are.” Within that time, I also learned how to make and film my own music videos, of which I produced several. I finally finished and released my album in 2014 and felt extremely accomplished and satisfied. My album is pictured on the wall behind the piano in this picture.
One cold January day in 2016, I felt compelled to get out my old childhood dolls from the early 60’s, “Lola and Helga” along with a crochet hook and some yarn to see if I could take on a new project that did not have anything to do with technology. Lo and behold, I found that I was able to make them some new clothes. My grandmother had taught me how to crochet when I was 14, but I only learned how to make granny squares and blankets. It was fun to take on a whole new style of crocheting and I spent most of that winter watching as many tutorials as possible and learning the craft. That prompted me to try and get some more models for my crocheting…so I went out to the local Salvation Army store and found “Lily” (She is marked on back with – AFFANEFF 194). She was the first doll I bought as an adult. I fell in love with her face and wanted to use her dress as a pattern to crochet something similar. Later that year, I got out my sewing machine and tried sewing my first doll dress. I was happy with the way it came out, so made a few more. That’s where it all started and has grown from there. I found so much JOY in doing this, I could not stop. I searched and found a few more vintage style dolls that reminded me of my childhood, brought them home, cleaned them up and crocheted them new clothes.
Summer of 2017 came, and I found I had even more time to start painting again, so I was painting backdrops and props for my doll videos. At that point my son who went to the Seattle Art Institute and majored in Film, offered to help me with some special effects. I was getting REALLY into this Doll thing…and felt a bit crazy, to be honest, but was having so much fun doing it. I’m almost done with my year long project and have a playlist on my youtube channel now, called “Dolls Through the Year”. I have started learning so much more about dolls and have gained quite an interest in them and their history. So, I have taken 5 of my passions (music, producing video, crocheting/sewing, painting, love for dolls) and joined them into 1 in making the videos. My piano students who love dolls, love my videos and this also seems very rewarding. My doll collection has grown, as I have found dolls and have now been gifted with several dolls from friends and relatives. They have become not only models, but my little actresses and actors for my music videos!