Hello, I am Robert Doyle, creator of Storybook Dolls. I am excited you are here and hope that site will be a great help to you. This is a place where you can hear stories about dolls, learn about their histories and cultures, and even purchase unique, quality-crafted dolls.
I have been fond of dolls for as long as I can remember. As a child, whenever it was nearing my birthday or Christmas, I always wanted a stuffed animal. I received a lot of them–even a boy doll as well– and my collection grew. One day I remember my mother showing me how to make a simple bean bag frog from an old pattern cut out of a magazine. I learned a basic stitch and I was hooked. I loved making them and playing with them.
As a teenager, I continued making animals for people as gifts (dogs, bears, frogs, etc.) I even won an award in high school for making some for a fine arts/crafts competition. It was a small school without a multiplicity of entries; but still, it felt good to do something worthwhile–and to do it well. Then I went off to college, and making dolls was put on hold (except for a few I made during semester breaks). After college, I taught school and even traveled about the world. (In China I made some Chinese cloth dolls as well as many others and the people loved them.)
Now I am back in the USA. The children in the classroom, whether here in the USA or around the world, were always fond of the dolls and wanted to have one of their very own. I made some for incentives and as gifts for them. Some I sold as well. Oh, the feeling I received by having blessed someone else by creating a quality product and giving another joy thrilled me! I began selling my dolls hear and there. From that spawned the beginning of websites about dolls and sharing what I had learned with others. I am quite fond of fairy tales and classic stories. Then, I thought, “Why not create dolls that represent the characters from all the fairy tales and classic stories I have read about over the years? And from that has come the formation of Storybook Dolls. It is dolls, but it’s not just making dolls: it is more. It is sharing experiences. It is using creativity to create something unique. It is making a difference and bringing joy and smiles to all who see them and receive them. It is a place to learn about dolls with the central theme of Storybooks, hence, Storybook Dolls.
Why I Want to Help People
When I was a teacher, I helped children every day. It has been said that the happiest people are those who help and give the most to others. Teaching is such a rewarding profession because a teacher must constantly give of themselves to others. That desire to help others has not dwindled over the years. In fact, it has grown. It brings joy to my heart to have helped someone. I am passionate about dolls and the making of them; knowing I have brought joy to the receiver brings joy to me also. Each doll I make is made with time-spent love and patience. My sharing what I have learned on the site brings joy to me as well. Why keep it to myself? Sharing it with others is key because sharing is making a difference in someone’s life. After all, aren’t we here on earth to make a difference?
THE GOAL OF STORYBOOK DOLLS
The goals of Storybook Dolls are to create content related to the doll industry, provide unique dolls of quality, enter into conversation about dolls and educate others about the process, cultures, stories, and histories of dolls and doll making. We are committed to providing top-notch hand-made dolls as well as sources where they can be purchased.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,