Newer readers may not know it, but my main area of expertise as an Artisan is doll restoring and customizing. Over the last 15 years, I have rescued, restored and brought back to life quite a few abandoned dolls; while a small percentage of them have been rehomed to their happy new owners, most of them are part of my personal collection, and will never be for sale.
A doll is like an talisman, or an altar statue - its energy starts and grows with the creator, and after it is made the owner also adds his/her own energy. With enough love and energy, the doll becomes something that, no matter that I have been doing this for more than a decade, I cannot fully explain. A living thing? Something with a soul? Call it what you want, but I can tell you what she is not - an empty, inanimate thing.
Since I work only with discarded, abandoned and second hand dolls, they often arrive to me with very strange energies, not always good ones. Children have an extremely powerful way to transfer their own emotions to their dolls, and while I don't believe in haunted dolls at all, I believe in unhappy, traumatized children that embed their sadness, their anger, their pain into their dolls.