Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Starting as I mean to go on.......

Last week I decided that I wanted to adopt another Little Darling by Dianna Effner, I kept looking at them on Ebay but I'm not prepared to pay the high prices that they're going for second hand, so decided to have a look at the various artists who paint these lovely little dolls. 

I have recently been looking at girls painted by Nelly Valentino  and finally decided to go with her because I really like her work, she does the eyes so beautifully.  However, deciding on the artist was the easy bit, I then had to decide on the sculpt I wanted as well as the eye colour and style.  I wanted another #1 sculpt as I already have two #2's but I wanted her to be completely different from Ellie, but I also like the look of the #3 girls.  Although I've never really been into smiley dolls in the past, I really like the mischevious look of this latest sculpt and thought a #3 would make a nice addition to my Little Darlings family.    In the end the decision was too hard and I decided to go with both the #1 AND #3!!!  I figured that it made sense to pay the deposits now, as normal, and then the balance wouldn't be due until the summertime, when the two dolls were finished.  It also made sense to have two shipped together too, saving on postage!  Ohhhh how we justify our dolly purchases, eh?

So here are the two dolls that will eventually be coming here.  Obviously these photos are not mine and belong to the artist Nelly Valentino.  The first is a gorgeous #1 sculpt with light grey/hazel eyes, soft blushy face and no freckles.  Her eyebrows will be mid brown and her wig will be like the one below.


The second girl is the new #3 sculpt.  She has such a cheeky look about her that I couldn't resist her!   She will be painted like this girl with light grey/blue eyes and mid brown lashes and eyebrows.  However, I have asked the artist for a different wig, one that has a fringe like this but a single plait at the back, in the same colour as this one.  I feel that I already have a personality in my head for this girl and her name will probably be Ronan or Rowan as she is very like my friends little boy and his name is Ronan....and he is a bundle of mischeif too! :)



I'm really excited and looking forward to sewing outfits for both girls.  I hope that I'll love them both as much as I love the ones I have already! :)

17 comments:

  1. From the sound of things it's already looking to be another expensive year dollywise!
    Great choices! When you can't quite decide between two items, always best to go for both to prevent disappointment.

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    1. LOL true enough Kendal, although far cheaper to go direct to the artists than buy from Ebay.....I can still have change this way, whereas going down the secondhand route would mean one doll and probably three times the price!
      But as you say, when you can't choose.....LOL
      Any excuse eh?
      Big hugs Sharon xxx

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  2. These are such lovely dolls, it'll be wonderful to see how yours turn out!

    What's the predicted waiting time like for them?

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    1. Aren't they lovely jSarie! I hope they'll turn out perfectly :)
      The wait time with Nelly Valentino is currently 6 months, so we're looking at the summer, which will be nice! :)
      Big hugs Sharon xxx

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  3. Hi Sharon, I look forward to see how your girls will look! The latest post on Emily's blog is about Little Darlings (I don't know if you read this blog, I give the link in case you don't): http://www.toyboxphilosopher.com/2015/01/little-darling-custom-doll-by-dianna.html
    Hugs xxx

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    1. Thanks Night Owl! I saw Emily's post this morning, I have been waiting on her review because I remembered her mentioning a while back that she had one on order. Sounds like she is very happy with her :)
      Big hugs Sharon xxx

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  4. Both are just Gorgeous! You will have quite a little darling family once they arrive! I love that there are a many good artists out there painting these lovely dolls.

    All soo very tempting...but I am wating until my first one arrives before I maybe get her just ONE sister...yes just one.... :)
    hugs Dee xx

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    1. Thanks Dee! I hope they will be as lovely in real life.
      The hardest part for me is when I'm waiting on a doll.....I'm terrible and order other dolls too ....Ooooops"!!!!
      Yes, your girl will probably need a sister or a friend for sure ;)
      Big hugs Sharon xxx

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  5. I really like these dolls...but the waiting time puts me off...I am too impatient to wait a WHOLE year!!

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    1. This artist's waiting list is just 6 months thankfully! And the time does seem to go quite fast, except for the last few weeks, then I'm on tenterhooks and the time seems to really drag. I just tend to forget the order has been placed and get on with making things for them.....I'm planning on trying to make some furniture, such as a sofa and some armchairs, but I often have great intentions at the beginning of the year, they don't always come to anything ! LOL
      Big hugs Sharon xxx

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  6. Oh congratulations Sharon, they're both beautiful sculpts! I think with collecting BJDs we're pretty patient and the wait time seems 'normal' to me!! Happy New Year to you too!
    Kathryn (Kayjay)

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    1. Thanks very much Kathryn! I know what you mean, the wait does seem to pass quite quickly. The funny thing is, it's so much easier with these dolls because you only pay the deposit when you order and the balance isn't paid until the doll is ready and 'approved', so it's much better this way, you don't hand over all of your money right up front! :)
      Happy New Year to you too Kathryn!
      Big hugs SHaron xxx

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  7. They are -to use a german word-: sehr niedlich.
    And anticipation is half the pleasure?!!

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  8. Gorgeous girls Sharon! I love these Little Darlings and all of the sculps too! Has your other little girl been sent for her eye surgery? She is so sweet and it will be hard to part with her even for a short while. Lovely post and congratulations on your new girls. Very exciting!! Much love, Ginger :). xxx

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  9. Ohhhhhh I'm a little bit jealous. ... no not a little bit M U C H ;0)
    I really like the second one!!! Do you know Astrid Lindgren and her lovely books. My favorite is Ronja Räubertochter
    http://www.aleki.uni-koeln.de/lesebar/bilder/gr/ronja.jpeg.
    She is a strong and wild little girl... like the little doll, perhaps you like her name too?
    Look thats a foto from the girl played in the film
    http://www.koki-freiburg.de/2012/0312/RONJA.jpg
    Greetings today from vienna... visiting my grandma

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  10. Oh, they are adorable! I love the mischievous look of #3... I look forward to seeing your pictures when they arrive. :D

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  11. Thank you for the lovely comments, I hope that before too long I will be able to share my own photos of these two sweet girls on here :)
    Until then, have fun everyone and thank you for stopping by and commenting :)
    Big hugs Sharon xxx

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