For moms who have always felt a little uncomfortable at the unattainable beauty standards of your child's doll, meet one mom who decided to do something about it.
Tasmanian artist and mom-of-two Sonia Singh takes dolls and gives them what many are calling “makeunders.” These makeunders involve stripping the dolls’ faces to the bare minimum and giving them a whole new outfit that’s fit for a day of playing outside. The finished product closely resembles, well, our daughters in real life.
Sonia first started creating her dolls in 2015, calling her project Tree Change Dolls. “A ‘treechange’ is a term in Australia that means moving from the city to the country for a more relaxed and down to earth lifestyle,” she explains on her Tumblr blog. With the dolls' hair in braids and pigtails, sporting boots and comfy knitted shirts (which Sonia hand-makes for every doll), the brand name is more than apt for the dolls.
Each month, Sonia puts a number of dolls for sale on her Etsy page. Part of the proceeds of every sale goes to charities she supports. They’re currently sold out and will be available in February. If you want to get one for your child, though, be warned, they sell out really fast. Here are a few samples of her work:
Sonia acquires her dolls by scouring secondhand shops. “My sisters and I grew up playing with second-hand dolls and home-made toys in the beautiful Tasmanian natural environment,” Sonia told Lost At E Minor. “I love the satisfaction of repairing and reusing discarded items to give them a new lease on life.” She also takes donations for those with dolls to spare.
For those looking to try their hand at what Sonia does, the doll maker has a DIY tutorial on her blog. “Do it yourself, do it with friends, do it with children and others in your family, do it with strangers. There are so many plastic dolls already made that could still be played with and could inspire the creative minds of children with a little attention and creativity,” she says. [h/t: Lost At E Minor]