A doll-obsessed couple has revolved their lives around their family which consists of 30 children make of plastic. It makes for a disturbing set of family photos…
A couple has flooded their Instagram account with creepy pictures of their “family” that is made up of a brood of plastic dolls.
Madeline and Malachi Dressel have a collection of 30 dolls that they dress up for family snapshots. The couple uploads these images to their Instagram page which shows the toddler-sized dolls set up in a variety of situations, from birthday parties to family picnics.
Other photos show the dolls playing in the local woodlands and helping their “mother” bake in the kitchen.
The dolls even have been given names, which includes: Syroco, Polly-Marie, Baker, Sara-Ann, Stella-Irene, Sandy and Thomas.
The Dressels, from South Carolina, say that when they first started the family of plastic children it was meant to be a “parody” after noticing that their Facebook friends pages were saturated with their day-to-day lives with real-life kids.
Madeline, 34, explained: “We both thought that it would be cool to pose them in real-life settings as if they were kids as a bit of a joke to start, but it grew from there.
“We kept seeing a lot of professionally done outdoor family photographs popping up on our Facebook feeds from various friends and family and we thought that staging a family photo of our own in a similar style would both be a silly way to get in on the act and also address the age-old question about when we were going to have kids.”
Madeline and Malachi, 35, have been married for four years and have always had a great passion for vintage items – especially old-fashioned dolls.
The toddler-sized doll collection began in 2016 when Madeline and Malachi were in a vintage store and spotted a doll from the 1950s era. The couple decided to purchase the doll and set about restoring it to its original state.
The dolls can take days to be restored and in total, the couple has admitted to spending between £1,500 and £2,000 on them.
Madeline added: “The quality and artistry of many of these dolls, particularly those by the Ideal doll company, is unmatched and we view them as works of art to be preserved.
“Since most of these dolls are fifty to sixty years old they typically all need a thorough cleaning and to have their hair washed and reset. This can take a few hours or a couple of days. Most of these dolls were typically strung with elastic which degrades over time.”
Besides the pictures on Instagram, the dolls also pose for the couple’s annual family Christmas card that they send to close friends and family.
Madeline said: “When taken out of context, which is easy when something gets shared on the internet, we tend to get inundated with comments from people saying that our pictures are creepy, give them nightmares, or that I must have some desire to have kids. Interestingly we’ve never seen a comment from someone implying the same about Malachi.”
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