My name is Yelena and I would like to introduce myself to this wonderful and supportive community of Reborn Artists.
I was born in Ukraine, so I apologies in advance for how I ‘build’ my sentences in English (and despite of many years of living in Georgia, USA, I still didn’t master appropriate usage of ‘a’ and ‘the’), however I have no fear to communicate in English because I know I always get my points across.
I even don’t remember how exactly I stumble over reborns.com, but I was so fascinated by it that it didn’t take me long to adopt my first baby Lillebror (now Oliver) from @jlesser Jennifer Lesser in Oct, 2018. You probably would not believe that before that time I never heard of reborn dolls. I didn’t know what to expect, just knew that I fell in love with that little face expression… and hoped that it will feel my void to have my grandchildren so far away. So, it was an impulsive decision and I didn’t know what to expect. When Oliver arrived home, Jenni’s artistry in bringing life to him just blew my mind. So, naturally, shortly after that I started to look for a baby-girl. I have two grandsons, and I always wanted to have a granddaughter (there is still a hope there ). Jenni didn’t have any opened eye girls in the size what I was looking for, so the search on reborns.com began. This is why I feel that I already know many of you and admire your artwork.
I found our baby-girl reborned by @Katinafleming Katina Fleming (Shery who is Olivia now), and while waiting on the magnets to arrive, we developed what I would call a friendship. Katina always included her personal stories in her emails, so shortly I felt that I am talking to a friend. And she is the one who sparked my interest to try myself in reborning (after I email her some paintings that I did several years ago, but was not sure if those skills were enough to reborn babies). I was so grateful for her support and encouragement, that now I am waiting on my first order from BB to arrive!!!
Katina was the one who told me about this forum and I was a ‘silent participator’ for a couple of weeks now. And one of her reply when I told her about the artist of our first baby was “Oh, I know Jenni from one of the doll’s forum. She is so sweet…”. I cannot express enough how much I am amazed by the warm atmosphere, friendship and encouragement of this forum! Which also gave me a strength and reassurance that I would like to be a part of it.
I cannot wait to start!! I am super excited to see how the vinyl will be transformed into a baby. I am also so nervous to ruin a baby. But I am trying to reassure myself that practice makes it perfect, I just need to start. If my babies will bring a smile on my face and maybe a joy to the people who will adopt them, it will make me very happy. And happy people create the Happy World! At this point I watched so many tutorials, read ebooks, learned about veins placement, saved so many your babies into my ‘Favorites’, bombarded sweet Katina with so many questions and discussions… I am ready!
And once again, THANK YOU so much for sharing your experiences, your talents, your personal stories. I’ll be honored to receive your feedback after I start. Ella by Denise Pratt and Logan Asleep will be my two first ones that I am waiting to arrive. And I am afraid that I am becoming a kit addict even before starting to reborn