Five years ago, at around this time of the year, I was preparing to open my etsy shop. My first online store making handmade plush dolls. I was very excited.
I needed to make enough of them to get everything started. Trying to see if I can change or improve them in any way. With no help from anyone (my parents are retired tailors, by the way) I actually drew the patterns of my dolls myself. I did not buy any ready made doll patterns.
For most of you who don’t know me, I actually had no previous sewing experience other then the 1 year of sewing class I took way back in high school. Which was about 25 years ago!
But I knew deep down in my heart that if I put my mind to it – I CAN DO IT! And that is how it all began.
Before I even decided to make dolls, I was drawing angel pictures. I had made around 100 drawings in my portfolio until one day I started thinking about how I can make these pictures come to life.
Maybe print them on t-shirts? Or school bags or pencil cases?
But no – it had to be more personal more touchable. Then the idea came to me! Dolls!
My first intention was not to make money out of what I do, but I just wanted to create something that would express who I was. Just giving life to a doll that children want to hug and play with seemed like such a warm feeling. I have two daughters so I always ask them for their opinions and they tell me what they like and don’t like. I guess im lucky with that.
Once my shop became active, I started getting some ideas from buyers who wanted different types of dolls. I will talk more about some of the ideas I got in my next blog post.
At first, most of my dolls were angels (of courseJ) but later Superheros and movie characters and even children’s book characters came to life. Now I even do custom made dolls to look like you or anyone you wish. All you need to do is send me a picture.
This is how my AngelArtByOzlem dolls came to life. If you would like to see more pictures of my dolls or even order one (perfect gift idea for children and any age)…
You can visit my shop at :
To find me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook just write: AngelArtByOzlem
Lastly, I would like to say, if you really want to do something new, something you feel passionate about,
Don’t let anything stop you!
Creator of AngelArtByOzlem Handmade Dolls.