The year 2014 started for me with the usual New Years resolutions! This year, amongst other things, I was going to try to downsize my doll collection, try to find more 'props' to use in my doll photos and for about the 3rd year in a row I was going to be more confident, or maybe I'll rephrase that and say "less embarrassed" about taking doll photos in public. Oh yes, I was also going to try to lose weight having put quite a lot on over the last 10 years. OK. So how did I get on?
I guess my biggest achievement this year has been the weight thingy. I started a more healthy eating plan on the 13th January. I had intended starting on the 2nd but all the best laid plans .... plus my mum and brother were still here from the UK and also the festivities aren't really finished with here until after The Three Kings on the night of 5th January, so I kept putting it off. But finally, I started. And it wasn't so bad! :) The weight came off and I got used to eating well instead of eating everything in sight! This morning I weighed myself and I am a little over 57 pounds lighter, or 4 stone and almost 2 lbs, whichever you prefer!!! I even lost almost one pound over Christmas, but that could be a fluke as I'm not well at the moment and so not eating much. Anyway, I'm very very pleased with myself, as I'm sure you can imagine!
A little later in the summer, August in fact, Finn, my sweet Little Darling #2 sculpt arrived from the Effner trained artist, Pat Green. She was ordered back in March and took 5 months and I love her! I recently changed her wig to a different one from the photo below but I think she'll be changing back soon, as I love this faux fur one on her :)
A week or so later I was tempted by Ana, the #2 sculpt Little Darling UFDC souvenir doll, so I contacted the UFDC and managed to snag one. And so Reece came to live here :) The UFDC girls are not handpainted by the Dianna Effner artists but they are produced by the very same factory as the artist painted dolls, which I'm told arrive 'blank' to the artists. I have since enhanced my girls eyes a little so that they have more shine and therefore come alive. I will have to share some close up 'after' photos at some point. I have to say that once I'd changed this girls wig and removed her default outfit I love her every bit as much as my other two artist painted girls :)
Since the summer I have added a few more vinyl girls to my dolly collection, one is Hannah at the Spa by Gotz (below left) and the other is my Limited Edition Giselle also by Gotz in collaboration with Steif.
Also, earlier in the year I adopted a sweet Zwergnase Junior, Tanya from Maru & Friends, and Olivia Kish, all three dolls fit in nicely with my growing vinyl family :)
Zwergnase Junior Marlene, now known as Marlie:
Maru & Friends Tanya, who's kept her default name but received a new wig:
And my sweet little Olivia with her now bright red hair :)
And then, you might remember I bought a couple of Kidz n Catz dolls which I decided to customise, Grace and Elise.
Grace, now known as Sian:
Elise, who currently keeps her factory name:
There are a couple of other girls here waiting to be introduced but they're for another day ;) Plus I have a sweet little visitor here from Wales, who wants to show her face to her Mamma on here, just to prove she did as she was told and didn't go elsewhere :)
So I'm not really sure that I actually 'achieved' my goal of reducing dolly numbers, but haven't counted, so just maybe...... ;)
As for the other two 'resolutions', getting more props/furniture and taking more dolly photos in public without embarrassment...I don't think I've really achieved those two at all. :( Unless you count props sent to me as gifts, which I have to say were most welcome :) And we won't mention the second one....how does one learn NOT to be embarrassed? I end up looking 'furtive' and that's not a good look when you're in public places, especially shops, and are poking about shoving things quickly in your handbag ;)
So those two will go to the top of this years resolutions list, along with doing more exercise and continuing with the healthy eating plan.
Finally, one of the highlights of my year was my trip to the UK where I was lucky enough to meet some of the lovely people that I'd only previously met on line. I had the greatest time at Dee's Chat n Snap and it was super to meet other dolly lovers :) and not feel ashamed of gushing over dolls!
I look forward to the New Year, 2015, and to continuing with my dolly hobby, meeting new people who share it and keeping in touch with those I already email/phone with. I wish everyone who reads/follows my blog the very best for the coming year, may your lives be filled with fun, may your larder/fridge be filled with food and may your hearts be filled with love :)
Big hugs, from Sharon in Spain xxx