Sunday, March 4, 2018

Dianna Effner sculpted dolls.....

The weather has been awful for the last week and as a result all the photos that I intended taking, didn't get taken.  So I decided to have a look through my photo 'archives' and post some of my favourites here.  I apologise in advance to those of you who've seen these before, I hope you'll forgive me but I don't want to get behind with my blog posts again and ruin my 'New Years Resolution' of posting more often :)

Starting off with my little Tuesday's Child Daniela by Boneka, sculpted by Dianna Effner.  She is ready to do some modelling for me as I'm going to be making a couple of outfits in this size, hopefully starting this coming week :)  Isn't she a cutie!  I sometimes think her curls are a little bit too large for her face and that I might trim them a bit....then I remember that I'm NOT a hairdresser!!! ;)  The outfit below, I made for my YOSD sized BJDs but it fits her perfectly.


And here she is again in her default outfit, with a straw sunhat that I added to keep the sunshine off her face:


Next we have Ellie, a #1 sculpt, who I'm sure most of you know by now as she has been on here so often!  For those who don't know her though, she is a Little Darling handpainted by Dianna Effner.  Her beautiful eyes, which look like glass, are actually painted layer by layer to achieve this wonderful look.  Ellie arrived in May 2014, the first of my Little Darlings to come and live here.


It's hard to believe that her eyelashes, both upper and lower, are actually painted on too....they look like they must be applied lashes, don't they!


Another of my Little Darlings, this one is a #2 sculpt or 'Asian sculpt' and is also sculpted and handpainted by Dianna Effner.  I call her Gem, she came to me secondhand from an old friend in the US back in April 2015....l love this girl too!!!



Next we have another of my sweet Little Darlings, Nikola, another #1 sculpt, this time handpainted by Nelly Valentino in September 2015.  She had a twin who went to live in Switzerland last year, but I kept Nikola as she was my favourite of the two.



Below we have Rory, another #1 sculpt, who is a tanned Little Darling handpainted by Lana Dobbs....I waited so long for this girl, 26 months, that I thought I'd never warm to her!!  But she is so cute that she is still here, having arrived in June 2016!  Although I've not taken that many photos of her, I've no idea why!  I suppose it's a bit like 'first child' syndrome, the first baby always seems to have loads and loads of photos taken of it....as in the case of Ellie who was my first Little Darling, whilst the others only get their pics taken as an 'afterthought'!!



And an extra photo of Rory in the rain because she's been so neglected!!!


Finally we have Reece who is the only one of my Little Darlings that isn't handpainted by  Dianna or one of her artists.  She is factory painted but I enhanced her a little by adding some finishing touches to her face.  Despite her not being an 'artist' doll, I still love her as much as the other four :)   She is a #2 sculpt and came here in September 2014, my second Little Darling to arrive if I remember rightly. 


 
I hope you've enjoyed seeing my Dianna Effner sculpted dolls again, and apologies that these photos aren't new, but I thought 'old' was better than nothing at all :)   I will try to get more photos of my dolls once the weather improves :)

I hope you all have a great week ahead and that if you're having problems with your weather too, it soon improves :)

Big hugs Sharon x

23 comments:

  1. Oh Sharon, they're all so beautiful and you have quite a bunch there! I especially love Rory, such a cutie pie! <3 I just keep looking at all the darlings and keep hoping that one day I might own one :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Zane, I only just saw it as it'd gone into the spam folder! Rory seems very popular, she is a very pretty doll and was worth the wait...even if it didn't seem so at the time LOL
      I hope that one day you own a Little Darling too!
      xxx

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  2. Hello Sharon! Well, for me these photos are new :) Such a bunch of cuties, I have adored Effner dolls since I made my first search for dolls to collect. The eye lashes have always blown me away, beautifully painted.
    Have a wonderful new week ahead!
    Hugs!

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    1. Hi Niina, thank you for your lovely comments, I'm glad that you enjoyed the photos and that, being new to you, you didn't find them too boring! Yes, they really are beautifully painted, I would love to be able to do work like this!!
      Hugs xxx

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  3. Crikey Sharon, I knew you had LD's but didn't realise you had so many!! Your girls are all so beautiful and extremely well dressed as always. I love all DE's LD's but as you know I only have the #1. Hopefully later this year I may get my #3 by Joyce Mathews.

    Happy sewing!
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. LOL yes, I have 5 of them, although I did have 7 up until last year some time, so I'm not too naughty...OK, just a little bit!!!
      When the #3 sculpt first came out I didn't like it but she really has grown on me over the years since her release and I really look forward to seeing your one when you get her :) And Joyce Matthews does such beautiful work, so we know she'll be gorgeous!
      xxx

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  4. I have always liked these LD's and wish I could own a couple, but not to be, so I will enjoy your beautiful girls instead!

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    1. Thanks Ronny, I'm glad you like them! I will continue to share them with you via my blog then ;)
      xxx

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  5. I always enjoy seeing any and all photos of your DE dolls. They are truly works of art and some of the most beautiful dolls I've ever seen. You have a fabulous group!!

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    1. Thanks Farrah, I will continue to share them on here then :) I just don't want you to be bored by the photos as I'm so slow at taking new ones these days!
      xxx

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  6. Your Little Darlings are so nice to see. I love their outfits and their faces are just the sweetest. Rory is my favorite. Thank you for a great post. ๐Ÿ˜Š xxx

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    1. Thank you very much Ginger, I'm glad you enjoy seeing them. I must admit that even though I don't photograph them often, I do enjoy them still :) Rory will be pleased to hear that she's your favourite ;)
      xxx

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  7. A lovely collection of Little Darling girls, their faces are so cute. I always love how you dress your girls , so up to date and like proper children :) xx

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    1. Thanks very much Dee, I'm glad you enjoy seeing them and thanks also on their outfits, I always strive to have them dressed like real children if I can!!
      xxx

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  8. They're such beautiful little dolls! I loved the gray-eyed #2 sculpt you used to have with the blond mohair wig. She reminded me of my little wild-haired two-year old (who's now 4). I love when dolls remind me of real people. My Zwergnase Junior doll Svetlana is a dead ringer for the receptionist at the dentist office. I wonder what she'd think if I told her I have a doll that looks like her at home. I'd better not. ;) As always, love seeing your dolls, new photos or old! ~Rebecca

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    1. Hi Rebecca, thank you very much for visiting and your comments I'm happy that you like my LDs. Ah yes, that would have been Finn with the mohair wig, she was painted by Pat Green and several people have said over the years that she was their favourite. She now lives with one of her sisters in snowy Switzerland!!
      I agree with you that there are some dolls that just remind us of people in real life, which is really funny sometimes. I have also seen strangers in the street who remind me of dolls I've seen LOL. That is a bit weird especially when I have to look twice because I think I know the person then realise that it's not that at all, it's that they remind me of a doll!!! Sometimes I wonder would the person be flattered or horrified!!!
      xxx

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  9. Hi Sharon, just wanted to say, thank you so much for posting about your Little Darlings, and sharing what feels like a "little peek" into your world. It's always lovely to read your posts. All your dolls are spectacular, especially the Little Darlings; they are, in every aspect, works of art. There's something so nostalgic about them... a unique elegance and simplicity that is humbling to see, and brought to life by your photography. I'm on one of the wait lists at the moment, and can't wait to adopt a Little Darling... though that may be a while. That being said, "new" or "old" photos, please keep posting! Can't wait to see what's next. :) -Orchid

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments Orchid, I'm so glad that you enjoyed reading about my Little Darlings and seeing their photos. I hope you don't have too long a wait for your first LD and that you will love her....I'm sure it goes without saying to be honest!
      I hope you will keep coming back and will enjoy seeing some of my other dolls when the LDs are not in front of the camera ;)
      xxx

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    2. Hi Sharon, thank you so much! As it happens, *the day after* commenting on your blog, I got an email that a slot had opened up to order a LD! Hurray! By the sound of it she'll be painted around this time next year. Now I'm convinced that visiting your blog made it happen. :) Thank you!!!

      Oh yes, I will definitely come back and see what you and your dolls are up to! (Sorry for not replying until now... been getting ready for exam finals.) Hope the weather gets better! Thanks again! -Orchid

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  10. Dear Sharon, hello. I love your Little Darlings. They are all cute. Rory has such a sweet face. I only have one but I am on the waiting list for another.
    I love your Boneka also. I have a Monday's Child.
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful girls. Regards, Dorothy

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    1. Thanks very much for this lovely comment Dorothy...I am sorry for the delay in replying.
      Rory does indeed have a great face, I like the tan too, she suits so many colours and photographs well in the sunshine!
      xxx

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  11. Sharon another - new - collector from the UK and here in a heatwave to rival the Mediterranean countries!

    Could I ask a favour? Would you post a close up face pic of your beautiful, gorgeous tan sculpt. Rory? I am having a doll painted and would love to have this style. All your "girls" are just so splendid. Thank you.

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  12. I am not unknown!!!! That was my post about a pic request! Regards Kazz! Don't want to be unknown and anonymous!

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