Alright, I got a deal for your babies today! I am super excited to be partnering with Handpicked By Ruby, her handmade dolls are seriously adorable. They are great for both boy and girls! Which is so hard to find now a days. Yes- boys can play with stuffed dolls also! Especially Ruby’s, they have little bowties and sometimes glasses! So adorable! Here is a short behind the scenes on why and how Ruby got started.
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When my son Link was 4 he said he wanted a doll, and I searched everywhere for “boy” dolls and couldn’t find any, so I decided to make him and my daughter Ada dolls that matched them, they were a huge hit. Soon after I had friends asking if I would make them for their kids as well. I had already attempted 4 etsy shops by this point, all had failed, and so I was hesitant to start another one. After a while I didn’t have a choice, and created Hand-Picked by Ruby on etsy about 6 months later
This was my first successful shop, but I think that has everything to do with my attitude. With the other shops, they were created for just a quick buck, and I lost heart in them fairly quickly. However, these dolls have become a labor of love for me, and I think that shows in my work, and people are drawn to that!
My favorite part of this job is seeing little ones and their dolls, and how much they love them! Imagination has always been a huge part of my life and these dolls are just my little way of furthering the imagination work along, that’s why I create fun accessories, clothes, and products for the dolls, because it just adds to the amount of pretend play these sweet kids can get out of their doll.
If the first most important reason I make them is to build imaginations, I would say my second reason is breaking down stereotypes. I get so sad when I hear, “love your dolls, but I only have boys”, or “my husband would die if I got our son a doll”. These types of statements break my heart. Boys deserve all the fun of dolls as much as girls! Heck, my son was my inspiration for these dolls in the first place! And he is so kind and gentle with his little sister, and these are things boys can learn (just as well as girls) by having a little buddy doll. Why not teach them at a young age that being a dad is something special!
I have loved making these dolls, I have loved being a part of others lives by creating something special for their little one, and I will continue to always be grateful to those who support me and my “little shop”! It’s such a special thing to hear from others that they can tell I put care and love into each doll, because I really do! And I hope I’ll be able to do that for little ones for a long long time!