It really feels like fall has arrived. Despite the fact that cool weather is still a long way off for us, September has officially taken root. I say it every year, but September is my favorite time of year. Summer vacations are over, the academic year starts and people, old and young, tend to act like they’re working with a clean slate. It’s my chosen New Year. I find it much more invigorating than the December 31st-January 1st revelry. In fact, the Islamic New Year is celebrated this coming weekend and the Ethiopian New Year was celebrated just a few days ago. Clearly, it’s not just me.
As September goes, we’ve settled back into our routines. Morning walks have become a ritual again, plant-based meal prepping is a priority and I’m getting extra vigilant about adhering to a strict bedtime. No more staying up late for me. No. I load up the humidifier and make my nighttime tea with military precision. And after laying this groundwork, I’m focusing in on my big fall goals. The biggest is to start an online shop for my rag dolls! And here’s a first look at some of my latest dolls.
I first started making rag dolls during our stint in Saudi Arabia. You can see some of my first dolls here and here. I wanted to start selling my dolls during that time in Riyadh. However, I had a lot of difficulty figuring out some viable ways to do that. Saudi Arabia was not really on the map with Etsy and it was kind of a long, informal chain of connections to find out about places to sell or how to find other makers. It was basically of an underground culture. Eventually, I figured out some of these things, but that was rather late in the game. We were already in the process of moving to the Emirates by then. My rag dolls took a backseat during our transition from one country to the next, but I’m excited to have enough stability and resources at my disposable to start this up again.
I’m currently experimenting with faces, clothing and little accessories. I’m still learning a lot about this type of small scale, construction. However, I’m finding that my other sewing projects are informing me quite a bit. The dresses these girls are wearing are inspired by another Lotta Jansdotter sewing pattern, the Esme tunic, which I recently completed (I’ll be reviewing that soon). It was a very subconscious thing. When I started making dresses for these rag dolls, I thought I’d be making something sleeveless. Before I knew it, I was making little Esme tunics. My husband laughed and said I was making little versions of myself.
Once I have a small stock ready to go, I’ll be opening my shop on the UAE version of Etsy called Little Majlis. I’ll be updating here, with new designs, until the shop goes live.