I began making rag dolls for my own children over 15 years ago when I was searching for positive role model toys that they could play with. I wanted the dolls to portray a healthy body image to help instill good self-esteem in my own learning, growing and developing children. I discovered that the process of making a handmade doll INSPIRED me challenge all the stereo-types I grew up with as a child. I also realized that ALL children, not just my own, could sense the love that went into a handmade toy, and therefore TREATED these toys with a greater respect. In how they played with them, displayed them and created with them. As a dance teacher and early childhood educator, I knew this was a movement I wanted to share with the world. The power of positive toys on play and development.