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A Little Girl Wore a Big Smile As She Brought Her Reborn Baby Doll Home

April 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 190

The pretty brown haired child with big brown eyes, who came in earlier wore a pretty spring dress accented with a pair of black cow girl boots. Patty's Dad had originally brought his daughter into the shop to bring home a baby boy look a like named Andrew with whom they had seen in an ad over the internet.

The artist at the shop greeted the father and daughter and proceeded to show little Patty and her Dad the various collectibles. There had been a lovely selection of gorgeous looking collectibles carefully displayed on the shelves. There were many realistic looking babies who came in different sizes and nationalities.

Patty's father asked the artist if his daughter could hold some of the babies. Patty had eagerly sat on a chair and carefully held several baby look a likes. She said, "Dad, I really like this one" as she held a life-like looking baby girl wearing a lovely yellow and pink dress adorned with white ruffles and accented with a pair of pink and white tights. Her father said "I thought you wanted the little boy baby named Andrew." She said, "I did, but, I think I want one of these pretty girl babies."

The father of the little girl asked the artist where Baby Andrew was. The lady brought over the little baby boy doll which her father had already requested through an email. The cute baby boy doll with closed eyes had reddish-brown hair and was wearing a blue checkered jacket with a grey colored hood. His trousers were dark blue and he wore matching socks. Patty held him, said she liked him, but insisted that she would like a little girl baby instead.

Upon request, the artist handed Patty some more girl babies for the little girl to hold. One of the babies was a lovely preemie having opened dark blue eyes and adorned in a beautiful crocheted pink and white dress with matching bonnet and booties. As Patty held the tiniest of the babies, her eyes lit up. She said, "Daddy I want this one. "Are you sure?" he asked. Patty said, "Dad, I need this one. I love her! I'm going to name her Sherry."

Patty's Dad told the reborn doll artist that his daughter rarely reacted that way toward anything. The little girl was definitely drawn toward the smallest baby in the crocheted dress. Patty insisted on holding her baby instead of carrying her in a carefully wrapped box. She was grinning from ear to ear as she lovingly held Baby Sherry in her arms. The artist reminded the little girl to please remember to always hold Baby Sherry as gently as she would a real baby. As Patty's Dad was paying for the reborn baby doll, he pleasantly told the lady that they would be returning again soon to buy another collectible.

After they left, the artist thought about all the love and care that she used as she recreated each baby from their original kits. So much preparation went into making them. First, she would paint the soft vinyl head and limbs of the kits to give it a natural skin color, baking the pieces after each layer of paint was added. The artist remembered the steps of preparation such as mottling, and painting veins on each piece to give the babies that natural, realistic look. She thought of all the intricate details she used on painting the nails, lips, eyes and eyebrows of a baby. Sometimes she had even rooted the eyelashes of the closed eyed babies with a lock of her own hair. Several hours had been spent just rooting the mohair on each of the heads of the babies. The final step of reborning would be attaching the limbs and head to a baby doll's body. She had routinely filled the finished heads with polyester stuffing and a nylon sack containing glass beads. She thought about how she would then attach all the body parts and prefilled head to the filled doe body slip with the cable ties to finish the reborning process. The artist had always sewn the back of the neck and limbs where the cables were to tidy everything up on the reborned baby. The artist thought how the enjoyment of reborning each lovely baby doll had only been a part of it.

The artist also reminisced the turn of events which had taken place. She thought about how humorous it was that Patty and her father had originally come to the shop to buy Baby Andrew, but went home with Baby Sherry. The reborndollartist thought to herself, how that was really what it was all about. The joy of reborning a baby doll was truly special. The great pleasure that she felt to witness the big smile on a little girl's face was priceless.

I am Lady Laura, and I have been collecting dolls and reading about reborn dolls for many years.

I have learned through reading various articles that the art of making reborn dolls began in the early1900's in U.S.A. Throughout the years, artists, manufacturers and collectors have designed and restored dolls to look more like real newborn babies which is called reborning. Reborning has become even more popular in the last decade.

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