Recent Aquisition

I just wanted an excuse (as though I need one) to take a picture of this pretty girl, Madame Alexander’s Morning Ritual Cissy. I have a vintage Cissy doll, even though I’m not much of a vintage doll collector. I had wanted one of the new vinyl dolls, but so many of the recent releases have been…well, I’m not the only one who hasn’t found them appealing.

A friend who knew I wanted one with plain, pretty makeup, and about my preference for naked dolls that I can dress, had mentioned the “Yardley” Cissy as the perfect one for me, but then she went a step further and found me one! How awesome is that?

I’m sure that, one of these days, I’ll get her out of the box and get you some better pictures. She’s telling me she’s fond of rockabilly styles…

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The Monster High drought is getting on my nerves- and so are the scalpers

Skeleton Girl from the ridiculous Create-A-Monster and Add-on kits.

What’s the deal with Monster High?

Let me just say up front that I’m an adult and a doll collector, and I’ve certainly got no problem with adults collecting and/or playing with dolls, and that ought to be obvious within 30 seconds of reaching this site.

What I’m about sick to death of are empty shelves and scalping. If you’re in love with Monster High, then I’m sure you are too.

After months of looking at them every time I saw them in the store, I finally gave in and started my collection in April 2011. I was only going to buy Lagoona. But as soon as I took her out of the box and saw her delicately webbed fingers and fins, I was so charmed I had to go back to the store and get everyone else. And then I had to come back home and order Clawdeen online and pay for rush shipping because such was my Monster High fever.

My first group of Monster High kids.

Obviously it’s not just me because the Monster High shelves have been decimated for the last, what?, SIX MONTHS? I thought there must have been some kind of manufacturing disaster, but I can’t find any such thing. Here and there I read on the forums that stores are getting deliveries, they just can’t keep the dolls on the shelves.

Then my daughter became interested in Monster High. IN DOLLS. She’s nearly eight and was all about stuffed animals. I had so been waiting for her to get interested in dolls, hoping it wouldn’t skip a generation, and FINALLY she takes a real interest. So in January, off we went to go build her collection. And I found myself wasting all kinds of time and gas and just getting frustrated that we couldn’t find anything to buy for her in the stores. Not to mention the dire situation of knowing that Gil Webber existed and yet was never to be seen in person and here was Miss Lagoona, sitting on the shelf, just longing…

By the end of January I had had enough of the driving around and wasting money on gas. I gave in and got our collections up to date via eBay. For a few of the dolls, the ones I have NEVER seen on a store shelf, I paid a premium price.

Now, I’m not ashamed about what I spend on dolls. That’s my thing. Another parent will get season tickets to a sports thing and take their kid to that and no one blinks an eye. This is what I choose to do with my child. Doesn’t mean I’m happy to pay double retail or more, but to be able to share the thing I love with my daughter? Well, this is becoming a “priceless” credit card commercial.

A fairly recent picture of my daughter’s collection.

Here’s the part that makes me really sad, though. There are other girls out there who are just as enchanted with these dolls as we are. And those girls don’t have moms who get the doll thing, and they’re not about to go online to hunt down some hard to find doll and then pay way more than its “worth” for it.

I mean, there are always dolls that are out of our range. When I was a girl, it was Madame Alexander. When you were a girl, maybe it was American Girl. But it shouldn’t be a mass-produced doll like Monster High.

The doll hobby could use more doll fanatics. After the baby boomers are gone we’ve got a generation for whom doll play (and anything seen as traditionally feminine) was kind of discouraged. And after that we’ve got generations for whom the period of childhood, the okay to play years, the okay to like dolls years, gets shorter and shorter. The window of opportunity to inspire some these girls to grow into the doll fanatics who will play with us and trade with us when they grow up is narrowing.

Toralei

So it bums me out when I see girls inspired to collect and play with dolls only to be thwarted by the lack of availability. My daughter took several of her dolls with her to dance class a few weeks ago and one of the girls fell in love with Toralei. Of course, it had to be Toralei, right? Not one of the core group you can get in several incarnations. Not one of the new girls you might have a shot at finding reasonably. Toralei, the girl you pretty much can’t get for less than $40. Because, seriously, if you had seen this girl’s face when she held that doll, you would have gone home and looked it up on eBay, too. But it’s not appropriate for me to spend that much on someone else’s child (not to mention having no occasion to give it and there being other kids in the family), and her mom is never going to stumble across it on a store shelf and pick it up.

And it pisses me off to think that part of this lack of availability is due to the market manipulation of scalping. That the people who are getting their hands on them first are only interested in turning a quick profit at the expense of somebody’s mom.

And I seriously hope no one is turning their garage into a Monster High holding facility in which they’re hoarding these things by the case so that, when the price goes even higher, they’ll REALLY make a killing. I just can’t see that happening, can you? Again, mass produced doll. No matter what the demand is right now, it’s got to be a temporary thing. I’ve got a whole bunch of formerly pricey Barbies to attest to that. Lucky for me, they will always be beautiful, regardless of market value.

I’m not saying people don’t have the right to buy and sell dolls for what the market will bear. I’m just saying that when I see the other side of it, when I talk to a grade school age collector I know who hasn’t even been able to see some of the newer dolls yet, when I see little girls going without so that adults can keep dolls on the Amazon Marketplace for 2-3 times the MSRP, it makes me sad and pisses me off. And I have a right to be sad and pissed off.

So if you’re buying the few dolls that are on the shelves–and hey, I am–I hope it’s because you love them.

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Blythe pics and BJD wigs

I put in some times making new Gallery pages this weekend. I got at least some pic up of most the designs I did for the Blythe Smock Shop. It was really nice going through all those photos, taking that stroll down memory lane, and remembering how fun and exciting that time was.

After that, I felt like I deserved to take some time to do some shopping on Etsy, so I decided to look for BJD wigs. Here are some that I found:


Shaggy Curl Fur Wig for BJD …

$16.00

Aqua Blue Feather Wig for BJ…

$83.00

9/10 Pink Faux (Fake) Fur Wi…

$10.00

Cotswold Locks Blonde Wig fo…

$55.00

Short Punk Fur Wig for BJD /…

$13.00

Rose Frost Fur Wig for BJD /…

$16.00

Blue and White Mohair Mix / …

$24.00

Fairy Fire Fur Wig for BJD /…

$14.00

Frosted Ice Fur Wig for BJD …

$17.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

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Dillon, my first boy

At first, it was all about the dresses…

I hadn’t really thought much about collecting BJD boys, but at some point in the first few months I had Ciara, I started to really want a  Lati Blue Rucas. After all, with the large family of little sisters Ciara was acquiring, it seemed like she might need a boyfriend to help keep them all in line.

Lati Blue boys are 48cm tall–I think he was the tallest MSD boy in June of 2008 when I ordered directly from Latidoll. He’s normal skin, muscular body (as you’ll see as the pictures come out).

It had come to me, at some point, that I would order him as I finished my collection of the Lati sister, and that he would come into the story by showing up at the apartments as where Ciara and Bronte lived with one of the littlest sisters who had gone missing on the trip over.

A box opening picture showing Dillon in this first bad hair choice.Dillon arrived two months after he was ordered on August 14. On the right is a picture of him at his box opening. This is actually a wig I bought just for him, but as you can see, it was all wrong.  A few weeks later, when I got around to his first faceup, he already had another bad hair choice.

Honestly, though, Dillon didn’t seem too concerned about the hair issue. As he went from one wig to another, what really concerned him was the lack of pants.

He got a new sweater,

and even new boots,

but no pants.

It really started coming to a head when they dolls were scrounging for clothes before embarking on a self-appointed house cleaning mission and Dillon couldn’t find anything big enough to fit him. He finally managed to find a pair of yellow taffeta bloomers left behind by a Madame Alexander Sleeping beauty, and had to wear those for a long time. He was not pleased.

Ciara finally took over and started trying to get him some pants made. I think she was tired of all the other girls checking him out.

These days, thanks to Ciara, Dillon finally has some proper pants. I’m not sure we’ll ever find the right hair. (I wonder if this is because I secretly admire the mullet and know that it’s so wrong.) He’s bigger than most other MSDs and yet his head is actually smaller. I think he’s currently wearing a size 5/6 Monique Gold Jojo in Chestnut, and 12mm brown glass eyes from Latidoll.

The trouble with the Kincaids…

Dillon was quiet for a long time. You could tell he noticed Ciara, but they were both painfully shy about it, and the lack of pants between them probably didn’t help matters. And where he had been amusing and good with the little kids, he suddenly started to get very broody and quiet.

It was then discovered that Dillon had also left family behind when he had come to this country. But, in the chaos of whatever’s going on in that place they come from, Dillon had actually become separated from his brothers some time ago and now had no idea what had become of them.

Much study of the Latidoll website was done to determine which boys were Dillon’s long-lost brothers, and then plans had to be made, and money had to be saved to bring them home.

It was all very difficult for Dillon, but, with Ciara’s help, he got through it, and all the dolls were happy to welcome the three little boys in one, big, Latidoll box opening in October 2009.

See more of Dillon on Flickr.

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Etsy Curation Bug- Shoes for Lati Yellow

Last night I was just plain in the mood to shop Etsy. And also to do a little Treasury curating. There are some adorable Lati Yellow shoes on Etsy these days, and some of them are really reasonably priced.


Lati Doll Shoes 28mm for Bly…

$26.00

Lati Doll Shoes 28mm for Bly…

$26.00

Timberland Style School Shoe…

$10.99

Lati Yellow / Pukifee shoes

$9.00

Lati shoes white Cat

$9.99

Lati Yellow Espadrilles (San…

$15.00

Black Fringed School Slip-On…

$10.99

Blythe Doll Shoes 28mm for K…

$26.00

Tiny Doll Shoe Tutorial Comp…

$50.00

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Rozen Maiden with Friends

Yes, the house is a disaster.

But Miss Briar and I have been hanging out in our cavernous hideout, having a Rosen Maiden marathon.

In my room, I've been chatting with the Sullivan sisters.

Briar's room has been taken over by monsters.

Watching Jun open Shinku’s box for the first time always makes me want to order a new doll.

Anyone else having dolly fun this weekend?

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Doll measurements and Monster High pants

Okay, wow, not too posty, huh?

We’ve come to that point in the year when all that stuff starts coming together to make me crazy. My last book came out in September, and queries about a release date for the next one are on the rise. Which is awesome and nice, but always makes me edgy. Put that together with the realization there are less than two months left of school and then I won’t have a quiet day for who knows how long, and I start to freak out.

Besides that, I have a sewing project I said I would do for doll club. It has a deadline. Suffice it to say I am way behind.

Jackson Jekyll, meet Jackson Jekyll

Nevertheless, Briar and I have been doing some dolly stuff and managed to make a nice pattern for shorts and pants for our Monster High boys. Briar did the pedal work at the machine for these shorts while I did the steering, and made it through the whole project without losing interest. Yay, Briar!

I’m happy enough with the pattern, it’s just that it’s a long way from perfecting a pattern to getting it ready for anyone else to sew. All those step by step photos! But I would like to get that done and out in the foreseeable future because, unlike the girls, the Monster High boys are pretty straight and even, and easy to sew for.

I also have some stuff I was working on for the Lati tinies that I’d like to finish. But of course, that’s me all over, isn’t it? Always something I’d LIKE to finish and not enough actually getting stuff done.

In other news, I started a reference area of the site today and posted some doll measurements. Maybe someone will find those useful.

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