Deanna Hogan, Blue Heron Dolls

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Ready or Not!

Hello Reader, Once again I've been delayed in publishing a newsletter as I've been preparing for my March doll class. As I mentioned in my last issue, I needed to create additional dolls (some dressed, some naked) in order to photograph and write step-by-step instructions. I might have gone a...
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21 days ago • 1 min read

Enigma: the Development of a New Doll Design

Hello Reader, I suspended sending out newsletters over the past few weeks because I've been working like crazy - at my day job (6 months, 26 days remain until retirement!), as well as prepping for an in-person doll class I'll be teaching in March. Students requested a traditional sculpted face...
about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Creating Realistic Fingernails

Hello Reader, Every now and then, a problem (or even a mistake) leads to a solution even better than the original concept. This was the case when I used chenille stems for finger armature. Because doll fingers can be quite thin, the wire was visible at the fingertips (especially this doll's -...
3 months ago • 1 min read

2023, Here We Come

Hello Reader, Boy, it's been a rough few weeks. I burned the candle at both ends trying to prepare for the holidays while working my day job and trying to grow my doll business in preparation for retirement; seeing an overwhelming number of really sick patients with respiratory illnesses; dealing...
3 months ago • 1 min read

I Thought I'd Dodged the Bullet

Hello Reader, I had plans for this week's newsletter. With no obligations on Christmas Day, I was going to assemble an abridged version of my Sleepy Santa ornament as a holiday gift for my subscribers, giving me time work on a nice, illustrated, unabridged version. Instead, I became miserably...
3 months ago • 1 min read

Stuffing Dolls, Aching Joints

Hello Reader, I've been sewing and stuffing like a madwoman the past few days, and my hands are paying the price. It's tough getting old. Honestly, don't underestimate the effort it takes to stuff dolls. This weekend I sewed four Santa ornaments and two full-sized Sleepytime Santa dolls. The...
3 months ago • 1 min read

The Race is On!

Hello Reader, Are you ready for the holidays? I am most certainly not. Minimal shopping done, no Christmas tree, no decorations, no wrapping, no baking, and no ideas. I had a burst of activity over the past few weeks while preparing for a small holiday fair. I sewed quite a few Santa ornaments...
4 months ago • 1 min read

Photographing Your Dolls

Hello Reader, Photographing dolls can be challenging. One reason is that a doll's "skin" reflects light differently than a human's. There are three issues on which I focus when photographing dolls, and they're pretty straightforward: LIGHTING: 1. Never use a flash. It just washes out the doll...
4 months ago • 1 min read

Quick Note, & Quick Nick

Hello Reader, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We celebrated Friday, and it was so nice to see my siblings and parents. It's not often we are able to get together in one place, at the same time. I worked Saturday, but was off Sunday and enjoyed several hours of sewing and...
4 months ago • 1 min read

Dolls, Record Keeping, and Santa

Hello Reader, Do you sign and date your dolls? Do you keep a record of your creations? How do you do it? From my very first doll (with the exception of a few I made early on), my dolls have all been signed, dated, numbered and recorded in binders. I don't know why I decided to do this, but I...
4 months ago • 1 min read