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Why are handmade dolls so expensive??

This is a question I get asked a lot or overhear as someone walks past my shop/stall and says "god they're expensive" or "they don't cost that much to make" or (the one that makes me really wince) "I could make a doll cheaper than that". I so want to snap back " go on then!" sometimes. So I thought I would share how I work out my prices for my dolls (not the clothing but you'll get the idea). There are lots of variables that go into doll making, cost of materials, wages at the time of making, overheads, VAT (although I'm lucky enough not to have to charge that at the moment.) and of course the profit. Materials These,...

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When Imagination Runs Wild...

I started to write this post back in ... last year sometime. I'm inspired to send it out into the great space of the world wide interweb (as my mum used to call it!) because I am re-discovering myself and my business and what I wrote last year fits into sharing who I am and what I am about. My story has only just started.... When I was 9 yrs old I was told off by my teacher for daydreaming too much. When I was 13 yrs old I was told to stop writing too much. When I was 16 years old I was told I should be a romance novelist - but please could I stop writing such long...

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Change is a foot...

  ...and an arm, a leg, a head, tummy and a cut little tush! Yes, I have come to that point in my year where I have to think long and hard about what I am doing. (And some days that includes putting one foot in front of the other.) As some of you are aware, I have a black dog (aka depression) that depending on its mood can be good on some days and bad on other. I also moved house with my menagerie of boys and animals into our 1930's Cottage, right next to a working farm. The move went well, but my head/black dog hasn't. I'm slowly catching up. I know it takes time, and when moving...

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Sir Thomas White Charity - Supporting Dress-a-Doll's Book Launch

Ruth Lord, who set up Dress-A-Doll in Lutterworth with the help of a Sir Thomas White Loan Charity loan, is now set to launch a series of children’s books to go alongside her custom dolls. Collaborating with a published author, Ruth has planned to have three books published – which focus on stories based around a young girl named Aimee who owns three dolls: Megan, Annie and Mabel. From next year the books, which will be published by 3P Publishing, will be available to purchase as part of a package or individually. To help illustrate the stories, Ruth is also looking for a girl aged 7 to 9 to play ‘Aimee’ for a set of photographs to be used within the...

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Looking for Aimee

#FindingAimee “Calling all 7 to 9 year old girls. Would you like to be our ‘Aimee’ in a forthcoming series of books?” Enter our competition to be the face of ‘Aimee’ in the published photographic illustrations. That’s the question that Lutterworth shop owner, Ruth Lord, is asking. Ruth owns ‘Dress-A-Doll’ in the High Street, a shop that, unsurprisingly, sells rag dolls as well as accessories for them. She is also now producing a series of books to go with the dolls that will be sold as part of a package and individually in 2016; they will be published by 3P Publishing. Initially they will feature three of her dolls: Megan, Annie and Mabel, but they are all owned (in the...

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