Last year around this time in March 2018, I made 70 dolls for a foundation in North Cyprus, for children with leukemia. Here is the story…
In 2014 a mutual friend of mine in Cyprus, ordered 5 custom made dolls that were personalized with the letters KSV (short for the name of the foundation – Kemal Saracoglu Vakfi). She wanted to use them in an auction to help raise money and donations. I was very happy. I made and sent her dolls in the next few days. Several weeks later she told me they were a SUCCESS and that she was going to order more.
In the meantime I was in Cyprus on holiday and while I was there, my friend took me to the foundation and I met all the very nice people that work there. I didn’t know but this also became a little meeting and we talked about a collaboration.
At first they ordered 10 dolls to see how it would work. Then 4 months later they asked for 50 more dolls. I was so excited. They wanted The Frida doll, Superman, Spiderman, Captain America, Elsa doll and more. A mix of all of my best dolls. Then 3 months later, again they wanted 70 more that I would need to hand deliver myself. Wow!
I worked very hard. And the most important thing I realized when I got such a big order was that discipline and being organized is VERY important. I would start sewing every morning at 9am and would plan my day well. I knew exactly how many dolls I would sew in one week and how many would be finished that day. I tried to make 2-3 dolls a day. Usually cutting all three of the same dolls at once. And sewing all the heads, legs, arms at the same time. Luckily I was on program and finished my order in about a month.
Then I packed my suitcase (that was very difficult to do with 70 dolls!!) and I flew to Cyprus. The next day I hand delivered my babies Jand had a chance to talk to my (now friends) at the foundation. Here is a picture of me with Ovgu who ordered all these dolls from me.
I learned so much from working so hard. And I felt excellent for being a part of the journey to help sick children.
I know they did not advertise my dolls – but they were all sold anyway!
I am very grateful.
Keep doing what you believe in!