Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Somthing to Ponder.....

......custom Moonchild dolls. Offer them? Provide only in-stock dolls? Run 'Invitation Only Sales' for those who have never owned a Moonchild Doll? They each have their advantages and drawbacks.
I love to make dolls for my shop. The kind of dolls that just seem to appear from the tips of my fingers. When I am finished I look at them and say "Oh my! I made that little one" Very sweet indeed. I stock the store with them and 'poof'...they are gone.
"invitation Only Sales" provide a mix. I still make what my eyes, heart and hands naturally come up with. The dolls are then put on display in the special blog I have just for this purpose. A select group of people that have never owned a Moonchild doll will then have an opportunity to purchase a doll without going through the skilled and cunning process of an upload. Uploads can be very frustrating for sure. The doll/buyer ratio is very favorable to the buyer in this system.
Custom dolls have always been a bit of a squeaky wheel. While I have severely limited the amount of customs I offer and have also put limits what choices the buyer has, I find my wheels still turn a little slower in this department.
I have turned a custom around in a day and I have taken many many months to complete some. There are a variety factors that lead to each scenario.
There have been many occasions where thought I would hang customs up for good. While I like to have a specific child or family in mind when I am creating a doll, I am always worried about people having to wait for me. It does make me a little anxious. I love the part where I can send a picture of the new doll and let the customer know that the doll they have been waiting for is on its way.
I used to worry whether the outfit was just right or the hair was exactly the color they were expecting. This is no longer a concern for me. I choose the outfit under most conditions now. I take color preferences into consideration. I know my doll clothing is exceptional. I take great pride in my clothing construction and fabric choices. If I would change anything it would be that I had more styles ready to go.
Since I dye most of my yarns, there has to be some leeway in expectations there. I do not use bright and wild hair colors or big chunky yarns for the hair on my dolls. There are many doll makers that do this and do it well.
So to sum up:
I will continue to provide in-stock dolls in my Etsy shop
I will occasionally do a clothing upload in my Etsy shop
I will have 2-3 invitation only sales this year
I will offer 20 custom slots to be posted in the mail before October 31, 2011.
These will be the final custom slots available for this year.
This feels like a good mix to me.
This is one sweet dog!


Melissa said...

That seems like a good mix. I like rtg dolls because it is sort a a nice surprise, like a real child. :)

Unknown said...

I'm glad you've decided on what works best for you! That is the most important. And yes...your clothes are amazing!

Shannon said...

Sounds great! Very happy about your "preview" sales for newbies!!

marirob said...

Hey Luca! You are sweet! If you came to visit Julia, she would smother you in hugs and slobbery kisses!

I love reading how you work as a dollmaker. I love seeing all of your creations but I'm sure Ready to Go dolls are more fulfilling, as I can slightly relate to my crafting. So much more fun to create on your own schedule rather than someone else's. Just keep making your dolls, however you do it! :)

Shelley said...

Sounds like a well thought out and balanced distribution plan! You put so much of yourself into your creations, Berrie. Love that about you. Xoxo

Tracy said...

What a wonderful and well thought out balance. I am really happy to see that you will continue to offer custom dolls. There is something so magical about the intentionality of a doll being made for a specific child. ♥

Fabs said...

I did not know you had such a gorgeous pet!! perhaps it is time for me to buy me some puppy!!

Cathy said...

Oh Luca....you are so adorable!! Has your mom gotten you a cashmere blanket yet?
I love your ideas for dolls....they are all so doable and all will be very wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Though I have a couple of your dolls and all are custom, I have to agree that everytime your RTG dolls are like eye candy and always a surprise! I appreciate the creativity and love that you put into your dolls. Judy

Anonymous said...

I really hope I get that custom spot or would love, love, love a rtg violet -eyed 13", all your choices my dear!

Although I have one of your dolls and would still love to add one more smaller one, I think it's amazing that you are trying to get Moonieless mommas one of your beautiful creations!


leaslooks said...

No matter what type of doll you offer they are always true works of art. Your clothing is also absolutely tremendous. You have a fabulous eye for coordinating fabrics/hair color/eye color. Keep up your awesome work :)

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Jenn said...

Found your blog going through random blogs.... These are adorable! And, then I saw Luca and knew I had to follow you. What a cute BT!