Enchanted Doll is over – I’m retiring.

4 years, 8 months ago 28
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Dear friends, I bring some difficult news that probably no one wants to hear – after 10 exciting years, I’m closing down Enchanted Doll and retiring from the doll profession to pursue a career in interior design. Please let me explain.

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I am sad, but also immensely relieved to be making this announcement. The truth is, things have not been the same with me for a while – I’ve been changing. Over the last two years I’ve been slowly falling out of love with dolls. This paradigm shift began to happen imperceptibly and incrementally at first, manifesting in uncharacteristic procrastination and chronic absence of inspiration, but has finally grown to a profound and deafening dislike of my work and my life. So much love, labor and energy had gone into building Enchanted Doll to where it is now, that it seems inconceivable to walk away from it all, and yet I have to. I’m all burnt out and I need a change.

Interior design has always been a competing interest of mine, and over the last few months it’s emerged as a more dominant creative force than doll-making. I have to pursue it and make it happen.

I really appreciate all the love and support you’ve given me over the years, and I hope my retirement from the doll world will not be perceived as a let down of you. This site will be active for a few more weeks while I phase out and transition to a new direction, but eventually we’ll take it down. These ten years have been amazing, but it’s time to make a fresh start. Wish me luck in my new pursuit. I hope to become a famous interior designer and possibly even an architect one day!

Thank you all and Remember Enchanted Doll!

 

*** UPDATE ***

In case it was not clear, this was an April Fools’ joke. I have no plans to retire from doll making. I do love interior design though, that part is not a joke.

 

28 Responses

  1. Anthony says:

    Wait a minute… Is this an April fools joke?

  2. Svet says:

    My heart stopped for a moment! Then I saw it’s April 1st tomorrow :)

  3. Kiersten says:

    I almost died of a heart attack reading this! I so truly believed this at first. Very convincingly written. I’m glad it’s April Fools day!

  4. Alexandra says:

    Happy Fools’ day! We love you!!!!!!!!

  5. Anthony says:

    Please tell me this is a joke. Otherwise my heart will have officially broken into a billion pieces that will never be glude together again. Now that the guilt trip is out of the way^^ Marina I wish you nothing but the best of luck on your new endevours… Happiness is the universe’s way of telling you you are on the right path, so with all you’ve got in you, follow your bliss you amazing artist you!!!

  6. Maria says:

    I choked. Totally

  7. Svetlana says:

    Marina))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  8. paulina says:

    OH MY….!!! i DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT FIRST APRIL, I ALMOST HAVE A HEART ATTACK FOR GOD SAKE MARINA, THAT WAS THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE THING I WOULD EXPECT YOU TO SAY, PLEASE DON´T DO THAT AGAIN PLEASE PLEASE T_T !!!

  9. Cjoy says:

    Oh, that was good! I was mentally processing the statement while I checked the comments. I forgot the date. Happy April Fools Day!!!

  10. Martina says:

    Is obviously a joke, when I read it, my first thought was “Marina doesn’t know how to lie” So, yes is April’s fools.
    I love your dolls! you are so amazing!

  11. Leah says:

    No way!!! It is a joke, right?!? Have to check again on April 2nd

  12. Merri says:

    Oh my gosh, what a SHOCK!! Of course you must do what your heart desires Marina….but I’m so hoping that this is an April Fool’s day joke….

  13. Christine says:

    Ha ha its a good one!

  14. Jayne Wourms says:

    Nah!… but I will be checking tomorrow though.

  15. Annina says:

    Wow Marina, words couldn’t even describe how sad I would be if this is true, I really hope this is April Fools…….

    You of course have to follow your Joy, that is the most important thing in life, and I wish you all the best in whichever way your joy takes you.

  16. Dionne says:

    Please be a April Fools joke, pleaseeeeee. If it is not a joke, I fully support you. Go forward in life and excel. But for now, please be a April Fools joke, pleaseeee.

  17. Que susto me pasaron mil cosas por la cabeza mas porque en mi país el día de los inocentes es en 28 de diciembre!!!

  18. Karen Ke says:

    Oooh, can’t wait to see your lines of curtains, and sofa pillows, and area rugs! I’m sure they’ll be incredible. *can’t keep face straight, breaks out in hysterical laughter*

  19. Glynis says:

    Ha nice one !! Sooooo can we expect an ‘end of season sale’ then :)

  20. Crystal says:

    Interior design? Right!!!!!! I did read this in total shock, I must say! Why would you take this site down anyway? Erase your work from the internet, from history? I can’t see it.
    But if you did do interior design, it would not take long before you were back to dolls!
    So happy it’s April first, there is a really good chance this is a joke, but it still scares me.

  21. Анжела says:

    Дорогая Марина, желаю вам удачи в новом начинании архитектора-дизайнера. Конечно, это очень интересная профессия. Жаль, что у вас нету больше вдохновения к куклам. Вот я 7 лет проработала дизайнером, теперь хочу сделать хоть одну куколку.
    Желаю вам стать таким же профессионалом в этой сфере, как и в кукольной.

  22. Elena I. says:

    Если это не шутка (просто слишком уж серьезное заявление), то очень жаль, хотя возможно позже ты вернешься к куклам, возможно в каком-то новом, еще более удивительном виде. Боюсь даже предположить, что станет со стоимостью уже существующих кукол)) В любом случае, это правильно – не стоять на месте и развиваться в новых направлениях, тем более их огромное количество и для них у тебя, Мариночка, хватит таланта!

  23. Amal says:

    Enchanted Doll will never be erased from history!!!
    Even if you took down the site, we would put something up in it’s place!!!
    I can’t bear to look at that image! – Please tell us you’re joking!!!!!!!!
    AAAaaarrrrGhhhh!!! :s

  24. Francisca says:

    Lo lamento mucho, es una gran pena saber que enchanted doll no continuará, a pesar de ser tan exitosa…… suerte en lo que venga

  25. Phoenix says:

    ROFL :-D Marina, that was the best April first joke 2015 :-) If you do something you really do it thoroughly LOL

  26. Eli says:

    just waste of time..

  27. Wenwen says:

    I know this is a joke, but I feel the same way about dolls for a long time.
    I don’t know if I should quit or what

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