Greta is also one of the newest members of our Dolls For A Cause group and I am so very excited to have her join us!
Today Greta shares a behind the scenes look at her Etsy Shop and her creative design history.
Greta:"I've loved dolls ever since I was a child. A friend of my mother's had an extensive Japanese doll collection, courtesy of her Japanese college roommate. She gave me several Japanese dolls. My aunt was a doll collector who fueled my interest (http://steampunkaddie.blogspot.com/2012/06/what-doll.html) and my grandparents started bringing me ethnic dolls from their world travels."
" When I was in high school my doll interest waned, but I kept all my dolls safely packed. (I still have them!) Over the years I saw American Girl catalogs and loved what I saw, but it wasn't until my nieces and daughter were born that I started collecting again."
"Two friends gave my daughter Kirsten and Addy, and I found the online boards. One mentioned finding used AG dolls at Goodwill, so I skeptically went and found Molly for $10! I was a goner. Between me, my daughter, and two nieces I taught myself how to repair dolls."
KMOT: How did you begin sewing?
Greta: "My mom taught me how to sew in seventh grade when I hit 5'11". I'm now 6'3", so it became necessary to make and alter my own clothes."
"When I got Steampunk Addie, I started collecting her wardrobe from talented seamstresses, but I was hesitant to sew her clothes myself. It wasn't until recently when Dacia (Mini Me Dolly Diva's) sent Addie her Steam Trek outfit, that I got emboldened to try. And I LOVE it! The 18" dolls are such a fun size to sew for, and I hope to branch out soon!"