I’m a mom to seven (!) children & a teacher’s wife. I have been crafting since I can remember. My mom taught me to crochet when I was eleven, and taught me some basics of sewing around the same time. In my teenage years, Mom & I would spend hours scrapbooking. In the years since, I have worked to grow my skill set to also include knitting, felt flower-making, embroidery, and more. My interests include: coffee, chocolate, books, bookish humor, llamas, gardening, baking, Pride & Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, lives of the saints, & hiking our local metroparks.
About Marzipantz Shop
I started this shop partially as a creative outlet, which I sorely needed, and partially to supplement our family income. For a while I had wanted to create heirloom Saint dolls for my own children, and not seeing exactly what I had in mind, set about teaching myself to make them. I already had very basic sewing skills, so I did a lot of trial and error with some patterns I sketched up. It's been a growing process, but I am so pleased that my dolls are bringing a little extra joy and whimsy to your lives.
If you would like to read more about my creative process, check out my guest post for the Why Make Beautiful Things series on Katie Bogner’s blog: Look to Him and Be Radiant.
Marzipantz is partnering with Catholic Charities of Acadiana to bring full size (17") dolls to you! These dolls are still hand-made by Joy Nepal, and are available to you through Crossroads Collective, the Catholic Charities store in Lafayette, LA. What we love about this project is that we are able to make more dolls available while focussing on ethical means, providing training and jobs to women and men in Nepal, while the profits are helping Catholic Chartities of Acadiana feed and shelter the homeless in their community. We call this a "social enterprise" and seek to use the power of business to help transform our communities in responsible ways. We want our work to recognize and affirm the dignity of every person involved.
Michael is Marcy’s husband, so he gets to claim all the children she does. They have been working collaboratively for several years on childrens books. First, Sleepytime Saints: A to Z, and more recently, Faithful Friends: Favorite Stories of People in the Bible, which will be available October 2023. Michael earned his Masters degree in Classics (Latin and Greek), and is currently the dean of curriculum and history teacher at a classical school. He likes research and creative writing, good coffee, and has a mile-high book stack on his bedside table.
- DO NOT machine wash. I recommend spot cleaning your doll with a warm damp cloth and mild soap. (Good quality microfiber cloths might be your best bet for the toughest stains!)
- I recommend only SUPERVISED play for children under the age of three. While I try not to include items that could be a choking hazard, it is possible that felt flowers or other small details could come free of the doll and pose a hazard for very young children. Some details are delicate and will wear more quickly with rough play.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Can I Purchase a Doll?
Dolls are available during scheduled sales. Doll drops will happen roughly once/month and I will announce the dates here and on my social media accounts. (Follow on Instagram or Facebook for the most up-to-date news.)
- Doll Drop - I make a pre-determined number of a few designs that I have chosen ahead of time. When they are ready to ship, I post them for sale at a specific date and time. When they are sold, they are sold. I do not offer early ordering for this. Occasionally I open a certain number of slots for a pre-order of a set number of dolls. Again, this is limited. If it is a pre-order, you can expect a few weeks for production before shipping.
- Through Crossroads Collective - Checki in on the tab "Dolls with a Cause" for more information on how to order through Crossroads.
What are the Doll Sizes?
Dolls are approximately 11" tall.
Do you offer Custom Dolls?
Occasionally, although I am currently taking a break from custom orders. I do always appreciate your suggestions and I keep a list and tally requests so I know what there is a high demand for.
How do I order your book?
You can order our book through the "Sleepytime Saints" tab on this site. You may also order it wherever you normally order your books.
Our book, Faithful Friends, is available now for pre-orders wherever books are sold.
What is your Return Policy?
All sales are final. If there is a problem with your order, please contact me right away. When you are ordering, please double check your shipping address, as I cannot be responsible for shipping to an incorrect address if it is the address that you provided.