Like most grandparents, Lana Parkhurst is smitten with her granddaughter, Emma.
The 10 year-old got a popular American Girl Doll a few years ago and Parkhurst wanted to play too. "First I made diapers for her little baby doll, then I thought I can try something else," Parkhurst said.
When her granddaughter brought her newly dressed doll to school, Parkhurst started getting orders -- and her business, Lana's Creations, was born. "They just love to dress them in new outfits," she said.
Parkhurst makes clothes that fit 18-inch dolls in her Hyde Park home. "I've just had the best time of my life doing them," she said.
From a rainy day ensemble, to a tennis outfit fit for the courts, Parkhurst has something that every little girl or doll would love. "Every little girl like dolls and I like dolls -- I always did as a child too," she added. "It's like therapy to come in here and sew," Parkhurst said.
She uses materials like fleece and calico to make the clothing and hand knits the hooded sweaters. "It's just that finishing touch that makes a big difference," she said.
Bright colors and fun buttons give extra pizzazz, while Velcro makes dressing and undressing a breeze. Parkhurst keeps her creations affordable -- prices start at $5 and go up to $20.
"I love seeing the kids being able to have them, and if they were more expensive they might not be able to have them," she said. "They're just so much fun to make and when they're done they look so cute."
Fun, stylish, Made in Vermont clothing -- fit for a doll. I only wish they came in my size.
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