To say I was excited was an understatement! When I found out our Las Vegas Newspaper, the Review Journal, was going to run a story about the dolls (and me) I didn’t know what to expect. RJ writer Jan Hogan came to my sewing studio to do her interview on a Thursday morning, and I soon found myself feeling at ease. Jan asked questions about the process of doll making as well as why I decided to start this venture. About a week later photographer, Ronda Churchill came over to take some photos -
My husband John, took pictures of Ronda , taking pictures of me. This was definitely a fun experience!
This is Rachel, one of the new Rag Dolls Rising Premium Dolls. I didn’t mention it in the previous post but this is a new line in addition to the dolls we already have in our Etsy store. We call them Premium because they are sewn with speciality fabrics and take extra time for the wonderful accessories.
Anyway… Rachel came from a midwest family and had three brothers. Her father became a local hero when he saved the whole town from disaster, extinguishing a blazing fire at the local market with his garden hose.
Of course her three brothers became firemen, but Rachel had other plans.She moved to Las Vegas in 2005 to attend UNLV with a major in Microbiology. It was her dream to find the cure for a disease.
Although Rachel found a roommate her finances were holding her back from taking all the class that she wanted to. One morning over granola and green tea, her roommate, Julie, suggested she get a job dancing at the Tropicana Hotel’s Follies Bergere. She started in June of 2006 and loved it so much she decided to stay.
This is the first of the new rag doll showgirls, Sandy. I thought you might like to know more about her.
Sandy was lucky to have a very talented mother who loved all things to do with dancing. Many mornings Sandy would wake up to the most beautiful music playing on the giant record player in the middle of the living room. There would be her mother, gracefully floating across the oriental rug, spinning around in her ballet pointe shoes.
Sandy knew what she wanted to be when she grew up, and that was a dancer like her mom.
So began her many years of dance lessons which did eventually pay off.
As a young adult Sandy and her family moved to Las Vegas, which also payed off because Las Vegas is a great place for a dancer to live.
One day Sandy heard that the MGM Hotel , (at that time located where Bally’s is now on the strip),was holding auditions for their show, Jubilee!
She tried out and of course landed the part.
Sandy’s favorite part of the day is getting ready to go on stage, maybe someday you can see her show! If you can’t make it you can always see her in our Rag Dolls Rising Etsy store!
Sam liked her chores around the farm, especially when they included taking care of the animals. Every morning she brushed the ponies until their coats were as shiny as the kitchen floor after mom waxed it with the new Zamboni.
Every afternoon she flung fist fulls of grain into the rickety pens as the chickens ate it almost before it hit the ground.
But Sam’s favorite chore came every evening. She would fill a ceramic bowl with ice-cold milk and put it in the grass under the only tree in their little yard. Sam knew if she counted to twenty, Molly, the big orange farm cat would show up for dinner. . . continued next post