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User Feature, london, tilly2milly, crafts, art, children,

Adventures in Doll Making with @Tilly2Milly

For more photos and videos from Davorka’s dolls in London, follow @tilly2milly on Instagram.

For London Instagrammer Davorka Andjelic (@tilly2milly), Instagram is a playful home to document the travels of her many handmade dolls. The dolls started life in the classroom where Davorka works as a teaching assistant. Inspired by the creativity of the young children she worked with—”their sweet natures and rosy cheeks”—she began to experiment with different materials.

"Making my dolls is a journey," she says. "I love the fact that at the beginning of the process I don’t have clear vision about the finished doll." To create the dolls, Davorka finds an outfit and parts for the face from old magazines. Next, she creates a base from cardboard and the Financial Times's iconic salmon-pink newspaper.

Davorka takes the dolls with her around her home in Hampstead, North London, as well as on her travels from the colorful streets of Brick Lane to fisherman huts along the English coast at Dungeness headland in Kent.

"The biggest compliment for me is when people say my photos remind them of their childhood," Davorka says. "I love the innocence of early years and strongly believe adults should ‘play’ as well. I hope my photos inspire people to dig out old photos and experience them in new light."

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User Feature, mother's day, mom, children,

Through a Mother’s Eyes with @paperlemon

For more photos and videos from Jessica, follow @paperlemon on Instagram. To see more content from Mother’s Day across the world, browse the #mothersday hashtag.

For Instagrammer Jessica Girado (@paperlemon), a mom to four young children in Fort Myers, Florida, a habit of taking pictures developed into a passion for capturing the beautiful moments in her children’s lives.

Though the idea of having four children was a totally foreign concept to Jessica and her husband when they married eight years ago, life took them in a different direction and she couldn’t be happier. “Here we are, raising four kids and absolutely love it!” says Jessica. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

Though not a photographer by trade, Jessica cites her life as a stay-at-home mom as the spark for her ability to find and capture beauty in the everyday. From beachside tea parties to doctor’s appointments, Jessica is at the ready with her iPhone to capture the magic of being a mom. As she puts it, “One can easily complain about the frustrations and failures we have as mothers. It’s real life—but I want to capture the beauty of life, the beauty of being a stay-at-home, the beauty of a simple thing such as light shining through my window. Some of the sweetest comments I’ve received are, ‘I can’t wait to become a mother,’ and I hope people see that although being a mother is the hardest job one will ever have, it’s the best and most beautiful one.”

In addition to creating a beautiful record of her family, Jessica has also connected with a supportive community of moms worldwide through Instagram. As she explains, “For me Instagram has become a place where I can reach out to other moms, relate to them, sympathize with them, a place where I know I’m not alone in the daily struggles of being a stay-at-home mother.”