Tuesday, October 31, 2017

More Doll Related Sparkle Sayings

I made some cool doll blinkies and sparklies for you reborners.  Right click to save as.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Showing off Shekeia Kaandra

Shekeia Kaandra was born tonight!

Shekeia Kaandra was born tonight at 10:30 PM on October 29, 2017!

She is super tiny and premie sized at 16" so I will be hunting for an outfit for her to go home in!

I hope you love her as much as I do.  This is not her permanent outfit because she is sooo tiny I have to hunt for clothes that will fit her!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Found this article...sharing

Interesting article.  Sharing!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Daily Share!

Just working on some fun memes!  Feel free to share with my link and make sure to send me yours!  I also put a link on my navigation bar to doll sayings.

Friday, October 20, 2017

What's to love about a Reborn Baby Doll?

After reading numerous articles and posts about reborn baby dolls and whether or not it is acceptable to have one or enjoy one, I found myself asking myself, as the artist what do I think on the matter.  After all I just enjoy making dolls because truly I love to paint.  And I love the challenge of making the doll look as lifelike as possible. I find it fascinating that some people like to enjoy these dolls for more than just collecting.  I can see why, they are fun to hold and dress up.  The reborn baby dolls look like a real baby and before long, I am sure there will be robotics to make them really act real.

Here I am finishing up a doll by attaching all the limbs and head to a body.

Some Reborn baby dolls have cloth bodies and vinyl heads and limbs, some have vinyl bodies with vinyl heads and limbs, and some have body plates which tie on to the cloth bodies of the first type I mentioned.  And to make things more confusing, some are made of Silicone.

Some people like them because they just collect, some like them because they enjoy the idea of babies and even if the babies are not real, they can play with them for a while but without the responsibility of a real baby.  It's like a barbie in a way, you can collect them, buy clothes and accessories for them, dress them up, play with them, show them off, wash them up, style their hair, take them in public and surprise people, hold them, snuggle them, smell them (some of them have scented wafers in them that smell like baby powder), or enjoy it on your shoulder and it seems to fill some strange void that a newborn baby does fill.  I think it fills a longing for a tiny child who depends on you.  But with a Reborn Baby Doll, it's a collectible item and a toy all in one.  What's even better is that at the end of the day no matter what there is no responsibility as there is with a real child.  Unless the user is playing the part of Mommy or Daddy and want to pretend it is real, they can stay up all night feeding, burping it and changing it, but if not, the doll will not require any care as a real baby does, after all, it's technically an artisan made collectible.

Can you see how realistic the paint job is?  Did you know over 60-80 hours can go into creating just one doll.

I have observed a lot of little girls who want them and parents will shell out mass dollars to enjoy their own little pretend baby and I think that is a great thing as a parent of my own children to see these little people practicing for parent hood later on, it can't hurt to help them build their parenting skills.  Heck even my 4 year old grandson wants his own boy doll.

This reborn has just gotten it's body on and was just "reborn"

Let's face it, reborn dolls could fulfill some need or loneliness with children, teenagers and adults and prevent some pregnancies and on the other hands it could make some folks want a baby more.  I also noticed there is a popularity with groups of preteens and teen friends who collect their dolls and go shopping for them, so it brings together people in friendship with a common hobby.

The cost is high because of the cost to create the doll, and the amount of work that goes into the multitude of layers of paint, baking it, rooting hair and gluing in details.  Many folks have to save up to get one of these little cuties.  Because the dolls are pricey, there are some who can't help buying the dolls, spending money they don't have, and putting their families in to financial difficulties.  And other folks who are wealthy enough to buy their dollies full on furnished bedrooms and furnishings, lavish wardrobes and more.  But either way, if the person enjoys the doll as a hobby, a therapy tool, or collectible item, what is so wrong with that?  If the doll helps fill a void in their life and makes them feel happy then I say go for it.  And if it helps a person transition after the loss of a child, there is nothing wrong with the therapeutic value, as long as the person realizes it is just a doll and does not think it is real.  I have seen the look of a couple who got a doll after losing a child, and it meant a lot to them.  But I know they knew it was just a doll.

I personally will continue painting them as long as the painting and crafting of the doll makes me happy and if others enjoy it then it makes it even better.   When I see the result of my painstaking work looking ultimately like a real beautiful baby, that is good enough for me.  But for some reason I am grounded in the reality that it is a doll and only a doll that I can enjoy painting and that it is not really meant to be mine but it will belong to someone who desires it.  I personally love to dress, stylize and hold the doll after I create it, but though it feels sort of like a real baby it is not quite the same.

I really love seeing my craftsmanship in the finished doll.  It makes me feel like I accomplished something and that something is adorable too.  I love watching other artists do their painting and seeing people's reactions to the reborn baby dolls.  I think it's really fun to watch people go nuts over their dolls.  It's really cute and reactions to them are often unexpected!

I would love to hear your opinion so make sure to comment me and let me know how you feel about Reborn Baby Dolls.

Have fun and enjoy your reborn baby dolls!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Neveah Serenity Showcase

Hi friends and artists,

Neveah Serenity is almost ready to go.  I do have to take care of two minor issues and order a smaller outfit for her but she is stuffed and primped and waiting for her new mommy and daddy.

I created her using the Bountiful Baby "Neveah" doll kit, ash blonde mohair and genesis heat set paints.

Do you want to see her?  Okay!  Here she is!

I am so proud of how she turned out.  I have a couple of items to do before she is completely finished.  I have to order a smaller outfit, as she seems to be preemie sized.

First moments...


Awww, she is sooo sweet...

Such cute little toes...

Look at all that hair....

She is such a cuddler...

How sweet!  Such pretty little feet.


Oh goodness, how can you not be in love...

Mommy, come get me...

Guess who is hungry?

Oh goodness, she is cute!


Pink little knees.

She likes her binky!

Trying her socks on!

Blue eyes with a flecks of gold in them!

Mama!  Hold me!

She is gonna need preemie to 0 months clothing!

Ready to snuggle her Mommy!

Ash blond hair rooted over hand painted hair.

Well there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed seeing her.  She will be available now!

Neveah Serenity!

Sending love and hugs!

Kimberly Stevens