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A Monday Surprise – A Paper Doll 

by Gael Shults 

Growing up in Gainesville Florida, Gael Shults began her university art education at the U of F, and had previously to that, begun to sell original works locally. Her mother was an artisan and her father an architect, both of whom encouraged her in this field of interest. Gael has continued to sell her original works, which have been exhibited in arts festivals, galleries and museums over the years. Additionally a prominent catalog company sold a set of her limited edition prints, distributing them throughout the US, Canada and Japan. Her early attraction to dolls and her mother’s love of sewing stimulated a life-long interest in both creating and costuming dolls. Designing paper dolls has always been a part of this creative process. Gael, who originally had a difficult time deciding whether to major in art or music has in the end, divided her time between both fields, as well as dabbling in the art of writing, including several works for youth and songwriting. She has won a variety of awards including multiple honors on the local level for her oil paintings, doll making and music. On the international level she has taken grand prizes and first place awards in choir direction and paper doll illustration. Gael has always been greatly energized by teaching the arts to children and has greatly enjoyed directing this award winning children’s choir for nearly ten years. On the hobby level, she loves studying history, especially when it pertains to antique fabrics and dolls, and has become an avid, if not obsessive collector of both.

Gael currently resides in American Fork Utah where she and her husband Tom are winding up their parenting career by raising their two wonderful teenage boys, A few dolls who think they are people, two spotted house cats who think they are gods, and the cutest mini schnauzer puppy ever born. She says that she is beginning to understand why old people treat their pets like babies and currently takes joy in costuming dolls, the puppy and their delightful smattering of grandchildren, usually in that order! The little ones are learning to love dolls just like Nana Gael, and she very much enjoys the fact that their older married children live close by, so that she can pass on this appreciation of dolls to the next generation

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The Best-Dressed Doll

by Nicki Burley

Once upon a time, there was a small brown-haired girl who certainly looked ordinary…but inside, she KNEW she was a princess. She believed with all her heart that you could tell a princess by her clothing, so she decided to wear a long dress to kindergarten every day. Her mother was relieved that the princess was willing to go to school at all, so when she marched out the door each day wearing a long cotton print nightgown, her mother just smiled and waved.

When the little girl learned to read and write, a new world of magic appeared. There were more stories in the world than her father could read in a hundred nights! Though she eventually stopped wearing nightgowns to school, she never outgrew her love of books or dolls. She spent many blissful weekends at the library, reading all kinds of books, because one book on a subject always opened the door to many more.

Now that she is all grown up, Nicki Burley and her husband find themselves happily surrounded by five children, three spoiled cats, many books, and a growing collection of dolls. She still homeschools her youngest children and teaches literature part-time. In odd moments, you can find her making detailed doll clothing for her business, Rose & Wren, at rosewrendolls@gmail.com.

Joining UFDC a few years ago led to the discovery of another magic world: the world of friendship through dolls. Nicki has met many of her “doll heroes” and has attended both local and national events, often with her daughters in tow, ready to help. She is having a great time sharing what she knows and loves with juniors through research and writing. All children have stories in their hearts, and need dolls with whom to share them!

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