I have decided to start selling custom made American Girl Bitty baby and American Girl doll clothes. (I can't recall if I mentioned that sometime back or not) I need more income than what sitting for easy child's boys is bringing in.......and no job nibbles. Crocheting is keeping me sane (equate it to biting ones nails, it keeps the hands busy) by giving me something to do with nervous energy, and surprisingly the side effect is I'm smoking at least 1/3 what I was. It keeps my mind busy as I develop my own patterns, which is not so easy. It allows me to be creative. Doll clothes are relatively fast to make. I'm planning to start with Bitty Baby mainly and see how that goes, then add in more things for the 18" american girl doll. I have a ton of ideas of things to make, but there is only one ME to make them so far. lol (I'm thinking of ways for Nichole to help me and she can get the profits from her pieces) The point to it all: Is for a little girl to have "baby clothes" for her doll baby that look real and are quality made, won't fall apart, rip or tear with constant use. (which is what happens with the cheaply made doll clothes one finds in stores for pretty much the same prices I intend to charge) Aubrey is my tester. And she gives me honest feedback. lol Like the booties I made her for xmas 2010 were cute, but weren't staying on the doll very well much to her frustration. So, I've designed a pair to custom fit bitty baby's foot/leg, the result is a booty that not only fits and stays on, it looks even better. As a tester, Aubrey of course gets all the proto types / demo outfits (for pics) as her "pay". lol The past 48 hrs I've been obsessing over patterns. Several of these are basic patterns that can be easily modified into other articles of clothing. Such as the booties, which can be modified into a pair of winter boots, or the basic top that can be modified into several varieties of tops as well as sweaters, the panties that can be modified into capris or a pair of pants, a sun suit, or a pair of overalls. And so it goes.......... One thing leads to another, then another, then yet another. I finished off with designing my first spring outfit. I may have to ask for ideas for the name of it cuz all I could come up with was Spring Lilacs and that is sort of lame. in my opinion It has a infant hat, sleeveless top, panties, and booties. Colors are lilac and white. Hence the name. I'm going to design a couple more outfits before putting them up for sale. There will be inexpensive sets as well as expensive ones. They will be priced to cover the cost of materials and time involved. I was considering just taking orders.....but I think at first I might make some up and then just sell them and see how they do for a while. If it catches on, then I may have to do custom orders cuz like I said there is only one me. The nice thing about it is that I take my crochet with me to easy child's when I watch the boys.......so I'm working while I'm working. lol (gives me something to do while they're playing or watching Sponge Bob) I've thought about this for more than a year now. I didn't want to rush into it. I wanted to make sure it was something I wanted to try. I might be totally off my nut, but the worse that can happen is that Aubrey will end up with a LOT of doll clothes. (which would happen anyway lol ) Nichole is planning to visit tomorrow unless the roads get bad. She's going to look at my camera, if she can't get it to work she'll show me how to take pics with my cell so I can post the new outfit.