My husband Mike, a retired Army officer, and I have been married 53 years. Our three children are grown and away from home pursuing lives of their own. We have five grandsons and a granddaughter. I am the owner of a small hobby related publishing company, THE WISH BOOKLETS, which specializes in videos and booklets for creative doll and miniature collectors. We have 33 titles in print and have produced 3 do it yourself doll videos on related subjects.
I have been involved with fashion history for more than fifty years. My father was a historian and as he taught me, I began to focus more on what people wore, rather than what they did. Clothing dates assisted me in recalling dates of historical occurrences. Over the years I continued to study fashion history as it related to adult female clothing.
Early on, I began to make miniature replicas of historical clothing using dolls as models. About forty years ago I began writing and publishing a series of booklets with patterns for doll dressmaking which feature historical background information for each period covered. At the present time I have twenty-six doll booklets, eight miniature clothing booklets, three videos, several CD seminars and a Doll Like Hitty in fairly wide circulation.
I have written fashion-related articles for DOLL READER, NUTSHELL NEWS, and DOLL NEWS as well as other doll and miniature related publications. I lecture frequently on historical fashion related subjects. I enjoy teaching classes where I can share my joy in my craft with other collectors.
I served as a consultant for several companies designing dolls for the growing collector market. I have also designed dolls for other commercial firms as well as coordinating several of the UFDC annual convention souvenir dolls--perhaps the most controlled limited edition doll in the world. Additionally, I have made and marketed my own one-of-a-kind dolls. These, not surprisingly, are small and illustrate female fashionable clothing of a historical nature.
I was, until about 15 years ago when I completed my nine years of service, an elected officer and ultimately President of the United Federation of Doll Clubs, Inc. For the past four or five years I have been creating the various art used at UFDC conventions. I have edited two UFDC souvenir journals, most recently the 1009 DVD/CD presentation. I am the proud recipient of the UFDC Award of Merit as well as the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts Mel Prescott Award.
At the current time, my volunteering for UFDC having come to an end, I am concentrating on sewing for my dolls, creating some new patterns to share through the venue of my web site, and cleaning out the attic, a not inconsiderable challenge!