Meet Our Vendor: silly kitten dolls
Say hello to new vendor, Silly Kitten Dolls! Making adorable toys for kids and adults alike!
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Andrea and I am a creator of cuteness. I make dolls that aren’t just for children, but are still great for cuddling. Most of my creations are described as cute, but also kinda creepy, I guess it’s the eyes, I like them to have lots of personality. Texture and color are my inspiration. I love working with natural materials and I seek out locally sourced and/or humanely raised wool products and materials. I am definitely a wool snob, this comes from my 20 years as knitter, only the best for my dolls and customers!
What is your favorite new product for 2017?
Girl gnomes!! I love knitting the leggings and sweaters, and hats for my girl gnomes. Plus, their bright wool hair is super fun to style.
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
I live in Portland, OR and will be traveling to Seattle for the show.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I love visiting with craft show attendees and seeing the look of delight when they see my booth. Everyone enjoys seeing brightly colored dolls with all the eclectic expressions and personalities. People are always so excited for an excuse to stop and play with dolls.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
I love making (indoor) garden gnomes! I originally made them using second-hand materials, including the real inspiration for them, which was a white fake fur vest that I made into gnome beards! I found a yarn spinner on Instagram that makes these gorgeous, thick, gnarled yarns from permaculture farms in Iowa and I was hooked. I saw her yarn and all I could think is that it would make the best gnome beards! And it does, and she naturally dyes them all kinds of amazing colors. This means I can create gnomes with blue, green, even pink beards! So much fun. The best part of doll creation is there is no limit to what you can make.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram for your chance to win your own pocket doll, cute hipster fabric doll with wool stuffing from this new vendor!