Sweet and Sassy's 1st
About a year ago we opened our doll
site, Sweet ’n’ Sassy. Over a month before that, Heidi had stumbled into a dolling
site, Pixel Punks, through a link in The Sims related site. Heli found out about dolling from Heidi and we decided to make our own
site. Heli came up with few names for our new dolling site, like Diamond dolls Sweet
Garden. Sweet ‘n’ Sassy was one of the names she suggested, it sounded the best out of all the choices we
Here are our first dolls (Heidi's first doll doesn't exist, but this is the
first doll (base site closed)
|Heidi's first doll (base
First layout – Blue
In the beginning, we were enthusiastic about dolling, although we didn’t have too many visitors at our
site. Heli has never looked up to a certain doller, she’s always visited many
sites. Heidi looked up to pixel artists of sites like AvSquad, Flipped Creations and
Mufflonen. First doll forum we went to was Pixel Art Forum, where we met two of our precious
sisters, Joanna and Jopet. Also we hanged out in The Doll House forum.
Heli also started a project called Standard doll site terms. The idea was to have a set of rules that all
(or at least many) doll sites would use. People wouldn’t have to read the rules in each site over and over again as they would visit new
Heli: “From the beginning, I was more interested in making
bases. I wanted to make bases, because I wanted to see people using
them. We used CoolPage program in creating layouts. We were familiar with the
program, but I hated it. I found it so limiting; the free version didn’t support
Heidi: “I remembered how hard it was to make dolls with
Paint, which I did at the beginning. As I got Paint Shop Pro, it kind of started a new better era in my
dolling. I have to admit, I wasn’t too happy to use it in the
beginning. A new program meant learning to use it, which wasn’t too
Second layout – Starry
Last summer we got a new program to make layouts, Frontpage. We didn’t like the old layout any more and we were in a rush to make a new layout. Soon after we got the new layout
done, we had our first hiatus (for a month).
About that same time we started also a new site, DollGlamour. It was a dolling related magazine. We had visited other doll
magazines, DollExpress and Pixel Madness, but we had our own ideas for doll
magazines. Now DollGlamour project has been put to ice, but we managed to make 5 issues of DollGlamour before
Heli: “As we got Frontpage, I came more interested in HTML
language. It gave me the freedom to do what I really wanted for the
layouts, but it also meant a lot of hard work studying HTML language. I didn’t do a lot of dolls that
fall, because school was consuming a lot of my time. Most of my free time went to running
Heidi: “First visit to Realm kind of opened up a new
world. Pixel Art Forum was really small and The Doll House didn’t feel too big
either. As Heli found about the Realm and Underground and told me about those
forums, I became a member of both of them immediately.”
best work last year
Heli's own choice.
Heidi's own choice. (base site closed)
Heidi's choice from Heli's work.
Heli's choice from Heidi's work.
Looking to the
From time to time, we’ve been thinking of whether we’ll keep on having this site together or whether it is time to
split. In the beginning we chose to have a site together, because we didn’t have a lot of stuff for the site
ready, but now both of us have lots of dolls and bases.
Why we still stick together?
Heidi: “We have a win-win relationship with these dolling
stuff. I don’t know anything about HTML language and, to tell you the
truth, I’m not even that interested.”
Heli: “Heidi updates a lot more often than I do, so I don’t have to worry about
it, if I don’t update as often. She also takes care of the PR stuff. We can both now do what we want and what we are interested in.”
Will we ever split up?
Heidi: “Tough question. I find it hard to even think about
Heli: “There are a lot of problems and open questions related to
splitting. Who gets the name of the site?“
Heidi: “I think both of us is worried about how our visitors would react if we would have our own
sites. Will they follow us to our new sites?”
Heli: “It’s harder to even consider splitting as the time goes
As we have just made a new layout, we won't probably make a new layout for awhile. We wanted to make a new layout, since we were getting a bit bored with the old layout and we had lots of new ideas for the new layout, also we wanted to celebrate our site birthday in some special way. Now it's time to focus on dolls and bases again.
What will happen in Sweet ‘n’ Sassy in the future?
Heli: “I think we’ll keep on dolling and making bases like
usually, probably at least until fall. Of course I hope that, we’ll both keep on getting better at
Heidi: “And getting more visitors at our site. I wish I’d learn to make more like creative fantasy
dolls, not only the fashion dolls I do now.”