Monday, September 7, 2015

The 'in' and 'out' s of my dolly world in 2015....

As Dee has been honest with us about her dolly purchases this year, and Kendal has posted on a similar vein about hers, (except her post is more about the 'outs'), and even Jenni has made a start on sharing hers with us,  I thought I'd have a look at who came and went this year in my dolly collection.  Of course my blog is not just about Sasha, it's about all types of dolls that I collect, so mine is more of a mixed bunch.

My first Sasha purchase this year didn't come until March, and that was a sweet brunette baby which I purchased from Ebay.  The seller said that the doll was a very early one and had raised eyelids and good hair.  As I'd been saying that I didn't do anything with my one existing baby, and everyone said "you need more than one, they look better in 'groups'" I thought I'd go for this one.  She arrived and yes, she's very sweet, but she didn't have raised eyelids, so not so old as I was told.  Having said that, old or not, my interest in babies hasn't been affected in the least.....I still find them incredibly boring although I enjoy seeing other peoples photos of theirs!  And in the 6 months I've had her I've taken one set of photos, took her clothes off then left her at home when we came to the coast!!!  And Bertie my other baby is only here because I had to sew an outfit for a baby! No, I have to say that babies are NOT for me!

Here she is on the left with Bertie:


And on her own:



Next, in the same month, came a Gotz No Navel with blond hair.  She was really pretty but again not for me!  I wondered if I was in 'dolly dolldrums' at the time because two dolls had arrived in quick succession and I'd not liked either of them much.......luckily though, we all have different taste and she was traded with Jenni for her lovely little Gotz Toddler Erik, who was already known as Teddy, and came to live here later the same month!!

Here he is at the Bioparc in Fuengirola, I LOVEs him to bits!!! :)


 
In April, I spotted this sweet girl on Shelly's website and decided she was definitely for me.  I made an offer on her and luckily it was accepted and she came to live here in sunny Spain.  Her hair was quite dry on the ends and I decided to cut it into a longish bob.....she's such a pretty little thing, she is from 1969 and her name is Skye.



My last Sasha purchase this year was a gorgeous Cora who I bought from Renate in Germany.  I have been looking at Cora's for a while but it had to be just the right one.  As soon as I saw her photos on Facebook, I decided she was the one for me!  She has a wider face and lovely eye paint,  and I'm told is an early girl, she's so sweet.  She hasn't changed her name, she is currently still called Cora! :)

This photo was taken by Renate, she looks very cute in pigtails, doesn't she!


And here she is with Teddy, who loves her to bits! :)



Then there were the other dolly purchases, I sold some BJDs but I also bought some!  I added four ball jointed dolls to my dolly family this year.  The first, purchased in February, was Reira who is sculpted by the Spanish artist Lola Palacios, who sells under the name Atelier Momoni.   The doll is a Reira in 'toffee' resin, which is a nice creamy tan.  Reira came to me nude, bald and blank, which basically means her face was unpainted, and without eyes, so I gave her a 'faceup', wig and nice glass eyes.  I named her Sarah after a certain Sasha friend who, like my Sarah, likes to wear vintage outfits and big black boots!!  After a few months I did her face again as I wasn't happy with the first one:



I've always wanted a tan Little Fee Ante by the South Korean ball jointed doll company Fairyland, so when I spotted one for sale in June on the Denver Doll Emporium website, I was sorely tempted but didn't quite have enough money in my paypal account.  However, as luck would have it, my dear hubby asked me what I would like for my birthday....so this little sweetie came winging her way over from the US!  I was not disappointed, she's such a lovely little thing.  So far she hasn't told me her name, but I think we're getting close to finding it out as she settles in more and more!



The next girl I bought was another that I'd wanted for along time.  You'll probably notice that I really like tanned dolls and so in June when I saw this little Secretdoll Person #21 up for sale I quickly contacted the seller to find out her 'adoption fee'.  The seller was a lovely lady in France who was selling off a lot of her BJDs, and as luck would have it, she was just off on her holiday and was happy to take a layaway.  So I paid my deposit and then when the seller came back from her holiday in early July, I paid the balance and Valentine was on her way home to Spain.  Valentine was the name given to her by her first owner, so I decided to keep that name for her.  She is from the 'Person of the Past' release and is 19cm of 'attitude' and I love her to bits!!! 



Finally in the 'BJD Section' came Bordy.  Bordy is from Iplehouse in South Korea and is a BID which basically means 'Baby Iplehouse Doll'!  She is 26cm tall and 'Special Real Skin' which is another lovely tan!  I actually ordered Bordy mid June, even before I bought Valentine, but Spanish Customs (booo, hisssss) kept her for a month and charged me a hefty ransom for her release, so she didn't arrive her until early August.  I have named her Brodie! 



One little girl who came here quite unexpectedly is Ten Ping by Ruby Red Galleria.  A lovely dolly friend of mine in the US bought two of these little plastic and vinyl jointed girls and asked me if I would like to trade some of my dolly sewing for a brand new Ten Ping!  As those of you who know me well will remember, I love a trade!  So Ten Ping came to live here at the end of April.  She is called Pipsqueak or Pip for short!



Also back in April I received another lovely vinyl girl who was quite an unexpected purchase.  Another dolly friend of mine in the US contacted me out of the blue to ask if I was interested in adopting her last Little Darling, a gorgeous #2 sculpt painted by Dianna Effner herself.  How could I refuse!!!  Apart from the fact that I love the Little Darlings, to have a second girl painted by Dianna herself is just, well just perfect!!!  So Gem came to live here with my other Little Darling girls!



Justifying myself like mad here, but I have wanted a little 10 inch Boneka girl for ages...and ages....I thought she'd make the perfect baby sister for my Little Darlings.  I didn't want to risk customs yet again by buying on Ebay, so I decided to wait it out in the hope that one of my favourite doll shops in France would, as promised, receive a special order of them sometime this summer.  As luck would have it, when the shop sent out their newsletter to say that the dolls had arrived, I had some money in my paypal account so at the end of July I was able to purchase this sweet little girl.  She is a Tuesdays Child Daniela and is sculpted by Dianna Effner.  I have kept the name Daniela as I think it suits her, but around here she is just called Dani  :)



Finally, I've made a few dolly purchases that were bargains that I couldn't resist.....a couple came from the secondhand market in Fuengirola, a large felt doll of unknown origin.....



The same day as the felt doll came home with me, so too did an 18 inch (approx) doll with 3 quarter vinyl limbs and cloth body....I bought her purely because I felt sorry for her, she just looked like she needed to go home with someone.....I don't even like cloth body dolls but her sweet freckled face won me over and, an always an added bonus, she was really cheap!!  She is from Zapf Creations and marked on the back of her neck "B.Paetsch"....




And last but not least (I think!) is this young lady who I introduced recently on my blog, an approx 18 inch vinyl doll by the Spanish doll company, Juan Antonio.  I mentioned that I bought her to customise and this is still the plan, although I don't think she needs much doing to her, she's very sweet as she is!




I do have two new girlies winging their way to me as I type....but as they're not here yet I won't include them and will blog about them when they arrive.

I don't think I've left anyone out!  And there are a couple that haven't quite settled here so may well be looking to move on later in the autumn!!!!  Watch this space!!

In the meantime quite a few dolls have also left (justifying like mad here!!!!) ......  so I don't feel so guilty, in fact I don't feel guilty at all really :) (the lady doth protest too much perhaps?!)

Thanks for looking, and have a lovely week!









 

25 comments:

  1. Quite a big haul, Sharon! Somehow, I felt sure you'd only had about 4 or 5 dolls this year!
    I was convinced we both got Ten Ping longer than a year ago, too. I'm thinking of moving mine on as I find her way too small to sew for - sigh! It's a shame, because I've always liked the little dolls.
    As to the Sashas, I genuinly can't remember who came recently - am I going a little senile? I might have to ask Shelly.......and do swaps count?? My fav of your new Sashas is the Cora. She has a special look about her.

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    1. I'm sure you're right Jenni, only about 4 or 5 ;) the others are just a figleaf of my imagination! LOL
      No, I got my Ten Ping at the end of April. She was about the first of a succession of dolls that I've had delivered down here on the coast....I'm sure since we've been down here, which was late March, the postman's workload has doubled! Oh well, at least he's been able to enjoy the sunshine being out and about delivering my parcels!
      Yes swaps do count, that's why I put Teddy in there.....apart from the fact that I love him of course!
      And it's funny because poor Cora has probably been the most neglected so far! I must remedy that!
      xxx

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  2. Ha Ha! I don't feel so bad now! Since you are at 14 if we don't count the swap!! All I can say is thank goodness I don't collect other dolls, Mind you I should count my little darling and My Girl for all time Matilda but I'm still trailing in her illustrious wake!!! :) Thanks Sharon I feel like another couple could sneak in ! lol
    What can we say we LOVE DOLLS it's a fact and in our blood :)xxx

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    1. I'm glad that my disclosures have made you feel less bad Dee! I on the other hand, didn't realise just how many had come here this past 9 months, I'm shocked! The annoying thing is, quite a few have gone to make way for these but because of the way I record my dolls once they have gone, they've gone and I don't do anything but keep their file of photos.....and so I'm not sure how many left for these ones to arrive. I might have to try and work it out.....to make myself feel better about my extravagances!
      And yes, you are supposed to inclued EVERY new doll that comes your way, not just your Sashas ;)
      And you're right, it certainly does seem to be in our blood....I keep wondering if maybe I am making up for lost time, I was never interested much in dolls as a child.
      xxx

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  3. These are great buys so far Sharon! I love Cora and the little Ten Ping very much, but all the dollies are sweet and lovely :-). The felt doll is great too, I'm often tempted by felt dolls, but never have bought one so far, maybe one day I will though! Thanks for sharing and have a great week too! xxx

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    1. Thank you Linda! I have never bought a felt doll before but this one just called out to me and I thought looked really cute, so went for her. I actually thought it was a little boy, maybe a German or Austrian boy from the outfit, only to find, when I took off the hat, there are two long plaits across the top of HER head!
      xxx

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  4. You know... I think Brodie is probably the very prettiest IH Bordy I have ever seen. It seems to be one of those sculpts where the resin colour and face-up really makes or breaks it, but she's gorgeous. <3

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    1. Thank you very much Anne, I agree on Brodie, although I have to admit I am prejudiced! ;)
      I'm glad you like her!
      xxx

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  5. Hi Sharon! I'm a new reader to your blog and really loving your photos and customs! I was wondering if you take orders for doll customizations? Please let me know, and if there's an email I can contact you about customization. Thanks!

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    1. Hola Rose and welcome to my blog, I hope you will visit often and will enjoy it!
      Thank you for your nice comments on the photos.
      I do take orders for doll customs, it just depends on how busy I am with sewing commissions. But we can always chat about it....my email address is dambuster0662@gmail.com
      By all means drop me a line and we chat about what you're after :)
      xxx

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  6. This post was a lovely surprise treat!
    I am beginning to feel a few tiny pangs of jealousy with you and Denise havring all these new dolls this year BUT have to remember that mine was a self-imposed rule (and is doing what it is supposed to be doing, sorting out my finances and curbing the Sasha Doll intake numbers!)....plus there are only four more months left to go in this year so hopefully I can keep my will power up!

    Love those Little Darling dolls (and their big sister) with their little slim legs and over-large footwear.

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    1. Thank you very much Kendal, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
      I'm very envious that you've managed to stick to your plan and admire you for doing so. Next year you can have a binge and look back to this year and be proud of yourself that you stuck to your plan to not buy dolls!
      I'm glad you like the Little Darlings, they are so sweet, aren't they! I'm very happy with them.
      xxx

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  7. Great fun stuff Sharon. Maybe your Sasha baby girl should relocate? X

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    1. Thanks very much Louise, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
      There is a strong chance that that is exactly what will happen with that baby. She's very sweet but really babies are not for me.
      xxx

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  8. So does the Sasha baby girl have a name? Bertie does so what about her. I know the babies don't appeal to you so much but I hope you just forgot to mention her name. She has wonderful hair for an early baby.

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    1. Yes, she is actually called Mattie, suggested by Jenni as she has a 'matt' face. That's the doll, NOT Jenni! ;)
      She does indeed have lovely hair, she's like new, really clean and fresh, I just don't know what to do with her!
      xxx

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  9. You've had quite a fantastic group join you this year. They're all so wonderful but I especially love seeing your Secretdoll person - such a unique little doll! :

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    1. Thanks very much jSarie!
      Oh my, the little Person, what a character! I too love that little one, she's so funny with that grumpy face and pouty stance!
      xxx

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  10. My word what a treat to see all your new kids.
    Your Sasha baby has a sweet look about her but if she's not for you perhaps she'll move on.
    I love the look of the little darlings but sadly they're too expensive for me! It's lovely to see them here.
    The Juan Antonio doll - do they also make babies? I think I've seen them when on holiday, they always look so we'll dressed.
    Looking forward to the next instalment in your dolly world.

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    1. Thank you Rosie, I hope you enjoyed seeing them all.
      The baby is really sweet but you're right, she will probably be moving on.
      The Little Darlings are a good price if you buy directly from the artists but then you have the looooooong wait. I placed an order for one with one of the artists back in March 2014, now 18 months later I'm still waiting and there's no sign of her being finished yet. Some people are waiting 2 years from one from Dianna herself, so I was really fortunate to get the two I have from her and at reasonable prices too.
      Yes, Juan Antonio do make babies as well, they make several sizes and they are very well dressed. The clothes are lovely. I'm always drawn to their boxes on the shelves in toy shops, mainly because of the clothes.
      xxx

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  11. A lovely post Sharon of your adoptions for 2015, at least so far! I love seeing your dolls and the wonderful outfits that they wear, so cheery and colorful! Even more, I enjoy the variety of your dolls, the different types and seeing what you like and don't like too. I did not count them but Dee did and 14 is a good even number. Thank you sharing! :) xxx

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    1. Thank you very much Ginger! I'm glad you enjoyed the post and the newbies that came this year. I agree that 14 is a nice number but the two I've had on order since January arrived yesterday so I have already gone up 2....OOOOPS!
      I think the variety keeps me from getting bored. I do flit about in my collecting and sometimes the Sashas get all the attention and then the Little Darlings, then it will be the BJDs turn.....I've always been like that, it must be my Gemini personality! ;)
      xxx

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  12. I've loved reading about all of your new dolls each month and it's so nice how you don't hang on to ones that don't touch your heart, so to speak, as I think that's very important for any collector! As you know, my favorites are always the Little Darlings and it's so cool that you actually have one painted by Diana! :)

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    1. Thank you Farrah! Well I used to keep dolls even when I wasn't sure about them, I kept thinking "it's me, she's a lovely doll, it's got to be me!" But gradually, I realised that we just can't love everything and there are going to be times when we don't bond with a doll, and because they're usually quite expensive, I don't like the thought of them just sitting there gathering dust, when someone else could be enjoying them. So nowadays I do tend to move them on if I have tried new wigs, new eyes, etc and still not bonding. Some of my BJDs I've had for many many years and never give it a thought to sell them, but if for any reason I needed the money for something else, then I probably wouldn't hesitate with some of my other dolls.
      I actually have two LDs painted by Dianna! OOops!!!!
      xxx

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  13. Lovely post with all your 2015 dolls so far...
    I love the cute Little Fee Ante!
    This was the year I gathered my collection together and it has been nothing but fun!
    I haven't passed any on yet but I do notice which are my favorites now. And you are right then. Some just don't get the same attention.
    I have not set up the Out flow yet, just the In flow. Haha.

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