This weekend, C.J. and I attended our first Doll Show in Atlanta.  We had a lovely time and met many different artists.  Our babies showed well and we learned a lot about this business,  I suppose what is most important to us is the opportunity to create something that brings joy to others.  Our reborns did just that.

I am attaching a copy of a blog that was written about the doll show:

The alternative is I could play golf” – Celeste Morris

Celeste Morris and C.J. De Freese already have a cool day job.  As partners in a theater arts business they design sets and create large Styrofoam sculptures, but they were looking for a hobby that wasn’t directed by a client.  “In theater you can’t hedge the deadline,” C.J. explained.  While a one of a kind reborn doll represents about 20 hours of labor depending on the hairstyle, the work process can be piecemeal in between folding laundry or watching TV.  From the glass beads that give the dolls the comforting weight of a live infant to the realistic hair, materials can run $100-$150 while sculpt molds start around $65 and go as high as $150 for new models.  Celeste justified her new hobby to her husband by pointing out that the end product has value.  Indeed she and C.J. have supplied churches with Baby Jesus reborn dolls in place of real infants who sometimes disrupt the solemnity of services.

Hannah was C.J.’s first doll while Celeste’s first attempt, Edward, won 2nd prize at the Gwinett county fair.  Embraceable Memories recognizes the need for beautiful dolls representing the whole human family, so Celeste crafted Amani, an African American reborn whose name means “peace” in Swahili.  Ileana was named after the youngest child in a Mexican family of Celeste’s acquaintance while Olivia looks like her own babies.  Embraceable Memories reborns are truly a work of love.

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I will illustrate this post with the following images:
#10 Amani, #6 Ileana, #8 adding hair, #11 Edward, #15 Olivia

Many thanks!

Paulette Richards

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