What’s this? Chelly Wood has written a book? Can I buy it?
Not yet, but hang in there! Getting a book published takes time…
In my day job, I’m a school librarian, but in addition to running this website, I also write books. I’m currently writing a book that will show you how to design your own doll clothes patterns, just like I do.
If you’re a publisher who is interested in publishing my book, you can find out more about how to contact my literary agent on the About the Designer page.
When I first started this blog, I intended to build a platform for publishing my books. However, this website has grown to be so much more!
Why I give my patterns away for free:
People online have asked me, “Why do you give away your doll clothes patterns? Why not sell them instead?”
I have two reasons for this.
First, when I die and meet my maker (hopefully quite some time from now), I want to leave behind a significant legacy: an online free-access library of doll clothes patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes, and knowledge of how to sew doll clothes that will inspire creativity in others for many generations to come.
Second, the ads on this website help me raise a little money to keep the website running, but these funds are also used for education-related charitable causes.
And that’s why I give my doll clothes patterns away for free. By offering my patterns for free, people keep coming back to this website, which in turn, generates more funding for the educational charity work I do.
Annual report of charitable donations:
In 2019, ChellyWood.com earned $963.00 from advertisements on this site and my YouTube channel. At the end of the year, I had the pleasure of meeting Audrey Kissik, who helped install water filters at schools in Liberia, where clean drinking water is hard to come by. Her work inspired me! So in 2019, ChellyWood.com is donating $97.00 to an organization called Clean Water for Liberia. Click on the link provided to read more about Audrey Kissik’s work providing clean drinking water to schools in Liberia, and to find out how you might contribute to this excellent cause.
In 2018, ChellyWood.com earned over $700.00 from its ads. I donated over $100 of our profits to purchasing books for the school library where I work. I also bought fabric for and sewed new aprons for the lunch staff at our school.
In 2017, I earned over $500 from ads on ChellyWood.com. I donated $50 to the Victoria Foundation of Phoenix for college scholarships to needy students.
In 2016, I earned $250 from ads, and that year I donated a new-used keyboard to a school music program.
I’d like to thank all of my followers for helping me spread the word about ChellyWood.com on social media, so that a.) I can continue to offer free patterns and b.) I can continue this charitable work.
My vision for the future of ChellyWood.com:
I love working as a school librarian, and in my library, I see how people benefit from all the educational tools that are available, both in the form of traditional books and also through the internet (including online resources like this website). More than anything, through this website, I want to make a positive difference in the world.
Sharing my passion and talent for sewing is one great way to do that. Writing books that inspire people to sew and design their own patterns is another. Helping to fund educational programs is yet another.
And in the future, I’d like to do more to demonstrate my love of books to my followers. You may not be aware that I’ve created some stop-motion videos with a literary theme.
I loved creating my stop motion video of Romeo and Juliet, and I truly wish I had more time to create additional stop motion videos of the classic works of literature from long ago. I’d love to make a stop-motion video of Treasure Island with dolls, a stop motion version of Jane Eyre, and maybe a stop-motion version of Othello.
But as I said before, I work full-time as a school librarian, so those projects will have to wait until I retire from my day job. The Romeo and Juliet project has been a lot of fun, though, and it wove my passion for doll clothes design together with my love of literature! The photography and filming of all five acts has been completed, but I will need more time to put together the final two acts in video format.
I feel very fortunate to have found the time to create the three acts that are available to view on YouTube at this time, and I sincerely hope English teachers all over the world get wind of this amazing production and begin to use it to supplement their curricula.
As a librarian, I’ve also seen the growth in popularity of a type of book called the graphic novel. I’d love to design some graphic novels of classic literary stories using photographs of dolls, but again, that would take time… Something I never seem to have enough of.
I vow to share 10% of the profits of any book I write and publish with education-related charities, no matter what form my books may take.
God willing, I will always find a good cause (preferably an education-related one) with which to share my financial and intellectual blessings.
Here’s what you can do to help:
With every pattern I post, you should see a “Creative Commons Attribution” mark. Please honor this mark by sharing my patterns and tutorial videos on the social media platform of your choice, to make sure this website continues to grow.
If you enjoyed viewing Acts I through III of Romeo and Juliet, please share them with an English / literature teacher in your circle of friends and family. Let them know these videos exist. If Romeo and Juliet increases its viewership, I’ll be encouraged to set aside more time for my stop motion video projects.
As the the number of followers on my YouTube channel and website grows, so will the profits, and thus, I will continue to donate 10% of this website’s profits to charitable, educational causes.