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I am an American living in Essex, England. My name is Nancy, but half the people I know call me by my nickname, Micki. I answer to either name. :) I have been married to an Englishman since 1998, and love living in England. We have five grandchildren; one of whom may some day pick up a needle or a paintbrush alongside me, should they become interested in those things. I have loved Barbie dolls my whole life, and have a small collection of vintage Barbies and clothes. Now that I have spent many hours sewing my granddaughter Barbie Doll clothes, my interest in dolls has come alive again - or at least that's my excuse! ;) Second childhood, here I come!
I began collecting 16" fashion dolls in early 2012 and it re-sparked my childhood interest in sewing for dolls. I am mostly self-taught and have never had any formal training in sewing. I have been sewing ever since my mother taught me how to hold a needle, and I still sew on her 1959 Singer Slant-o-Matic 401. I also love to draw and paint and work in pastels. I also enjoy working with beads and other crafts and have always been a shutterbug. I am a Taurus, as many creative people are. I lost my job of 12 years in 2013 - like so many people have in this worldwide recession. I owned a neon sign shop before I moved to England, and bent all of my own neon tubes I have been a lifeguard, a typesetter for a full-service printer, and had a few other jobs such as working in a fabric store, which I adored! I don't think I've sat still in my entire life!
I have had some experience modeling, and enjoyed the fashions and posing, so getting back into dolls is really just an extension of that aspect of my personality. I also learned a lot from the photographers I worked with, so hopefully with practice, my doll photography will get better since I absolutely LOVE taking pictures.
I hope to create interest and business by creating tutorials for basic patterns (sold on my Etsy Shop) and posting photos of my projects both here and on Flickr.
June Lewis - June 7, 1921 - Jan 2, 1970
My beautiful & patient mother who taught me how to sew
and always made me lots of Barbie doll clothes.
She would have LOVED the larger fashion dolls!
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