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The Closing of a Business That Never Opened

Okay so you remember the doll business I was starting with my mom? Yeah well it ain't gonna happen. YAY! Originally, I was really excited about it. So many of you sell things and I wanted to be a part of the doll community in that way. Now I'm grateful not to be!

Ya see, I used to draw cartoon girls. Then I developed it into a business where I were draw a custom cartoon of you or anyone you wanted. But you know there are people who are naturally cartoon-like and inspire me to make cartoon versions of them. But there are some people who are not. Some people have faces that just didn't work in cartoon form. Or the person I'm doing it for had a million different "corrections" they wanted. These always came out terribly. An artist cannot make art with someone over their shoulder.

An example of my cartoons: me and the Hubs for our wedding party (we eloped, then had a big party a few months later).

Anyway, the point is doing things you love for other people can really suck. Even if technically I wasn't making anything. Dolls make me so happy and I don't want anyone to change that. And I get to keep the stock. Woohoo!!!

So now I can tell you all about the business, which might happen again the future.

It was to be called Vita Plastica: Domestic Couture. We would have all manner of household textiles: "down" comforters, duvet covers, fitted sheets, top sheets, pillow cases, sleeping pillows and throw pillows, shams, tablecloths, napkins, placemats, curtains, shoe bags (the ones that hang over your closet door and hold several pairs of shoes), robes, muumuus, etc.

We even had an etsy page:

I really just never had any time to take a photo! And when I did, I was reminded that I was supposed to work on my photography! Then came yard sales, organizing the home and um, hello, Dolly University! Remember that?

I was just talking to my boss about this business. She feels my pain, she is a grad student, has her own cake making/catering business, is a Zumba instructor, and takes work home with her all the time. You just have to prioritize. This business was not at the top.

Then I get an email from my mom telling me that she's through with retirement and she's going back to work! Some people really like working I guess. Well, power to her. She's very youthful and vibrant and loves a good reason to wear her posh clothes every day. (I myself would be so happy if I could rock sweats every day!)

My uncle even made 3 doll beds, which are now mine. Mouhahah! Maybe if I sand and stain them, I'll sell them. And maybe if there is any interest, I'll sell a "down" comforter. What he hell am I going to do with 6 duvets?

I did manage to take one picture. Here it is below. Yeah, this is the least blurry picture of the set.

My uncle made the bed and my mom made the rest. The model is Melody Lane (Between Takes Barbie on a Pop Life body). The thing at the bottom (with the swirly pattern) is just a strip of fabric. It's not technically a "throw" or anything. But it does finish off the set nicely. Behind the green pillows is sham in the same pattern.

So, hello and goodbye VP: Domestic Couture, I hardly knew ye.



  1. I so love the bed, can two people fit in there? Sorry about the business going down before it even got up! Hope you to soon Domestic Couture later on!

  2. Yup, the bed can fit 2. There are two other styles of bed also. I'll photograph them with the three different bedding sets my mom did. She also did this cool curtain that looks like a kimono. I'll take pics this weekend and post them up on Monday. Maybe I'll put some things up on The Doll Page, like those extra duvets...


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