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The Kenner Blythe Guide

Written on December 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Guest Author
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Have you heard the news?

The Kenner Blythe Guide is now LIVE!

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You’re probably asking yourself, ‘Okay, but what *is* this Guide thing? Who runs it? Why should I check it out?’

The Kenner Blythe Guide is an unofficial guide in website form to Kenner Blythe dolls created by me, Becca, for my fellow Blythe fans. I created it due to my own love and research of Kenners. They are my favorite type of Blythe doll.

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I have been an avid Blythe collector since 2007 and since then, I have become fascinated with Kenner Blythe dolls. As my collection grew, my interest in Kenners did too! I find the unique qualities between Kenners to be incredibly interesting. As I began to search, I found that information about Kenners was often not the easiest to find and spread out across various websites. So, I decided to try my hand at creating my own site, a guide for those that were interested in Kenners.

My hope is that as more information about Kenners becomes available, I can continue to update and grow the site. The project isn’t for profit, by any means, but a labor of love. If you have anything to contribute to it, please feel free to use the contact page, I’d love to chat with you.

I hope you check it out and I truly hope you love it!

Peace, love, and Blythe,
Becca

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QOTW: Are you a poet (and you didn’t know it)?

Written on December 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

I am not going to lie – it totally tickles my funny bone to read all the haikus that everyone’s been writing for extra entries to the BlytheLife Holiday Giveaway (in case you missed it, you still have a week to enter!). It’s a very easy giveaway to enter and there’s multiple prizes!

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In case you’re a little stuck, a haiku is a three line poem based on the number of syllables per line. Lines 1 and 3 have five syllables each, while line 2 has seven. And I came up with the idea to ask people to write haikus for extra entries because I thought it would be fun (and silly) – which it is!

If I were writing a haiku to enter into the giveaway, it’d be a little something like this:

Blythes are expensive
Free is always better
I hope that I win

Have you written your haiku yet?

Blythe On A Budget: Finding Hidden Thrift Store Gems

Written on November 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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20161130Cute pink gingham romper? Totally thrifted!

I love going to thrift stores and trying to uncover hidden jewels in the bags of discarded toys. I tend to avoid any and all Barbie dolls and most Barbie clothes. Skipper is often something that I look for, because I love vintage Skipper outfits. Sadly, with more and more people who understand how to use eBay (or craigslist), it does get harder to find good vintage Skipper pieces at the local thrift store. Here are a few of my tips for finding some great hidden thrift store gems:

  • Go through the bag of clothes or shoes. You never know what you’re going to find. If it’s all obviously Barbie-sized or baby doll sized clothing, you can probably set it aside. But I’ve found little treasures like squishy Barbie boots (!) and roller blades in a bag before, and the squishy Barbie boots alone were more than worth the price of the bag of other junk. I did find some other treasures inside though, so it wasn’t a total bust.
  • Consider the Barbie furniture, houses, and cars. Even if you’re not completely into the all-over-pink style, plastic can be painted. There are some fantastic spray paint designed for use on plastic these days, so ignore the colour of the furniture (or house, or car) and think about the overall shape. Do you love it? Do you wish it was brown/yellow/blue/green/white instead? Do you have the patience to put painters tape on the areas you don’t want to paint and to go out and buy some spray paint? If you answered yes to all those questions, and the piece is a good deal, that makes it a hidden gem! You just need to put some time and effort into transforming it.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to dig through a pile of dolls. I still keep my fingers and toes crossed that one day I’ll come across a lonely, slightly ratty Kenner Blythe at the bottom of a pile of porcelain and vintage pose dolls.
  • And with the last one… If you like Petites (LPS) or Licca (bodies), go through the bags of dolls hanging on the walls. After all, the original Hasbro Petites were released in North America and they occasionally make their way to the thrift stores after a toy bin cleaning, and I’ve heard many stories of people finding Licca dolls in the stores that got discarded like their Barbie cohorts.

What are some of your tips for finding thrift store gems? Share below!

QOTW: Who wants to win the BlytheLife Holiday Giveaway?!

Written on November 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Giveaway, Question of the Week

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It’s a silly question, as I’m sure most of you would want to win the BlytheLife Holiday Giveaway! Luckily, there will be a total of three winners! This giveaway is open to international entrants, please continue reading after the prize images for more details on how to enter (and get more entries!). This giveaway is a little bit different in the number of ways to enter – there will be both prizes on the blog and on the Instagram account (@blythelifecom).

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For the blog:

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1st prize: 1 Iris Linea Middie Blythe with 1 Kult of Kulta Middie dress and bow, and 1 Middie knit dress in the colour of their choice.

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2nd prize: 1 complete Cafe Time Re-ment set.

For Instagram:

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Prize: 1 Red Apple Petite Blythe

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2016 Blythe Holiday Shopping Guide: Part 1

Written on November 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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Welcome to the 2016 Blythe Holiday Shopping Guide! This is part 1 of a 3 part mini-series to help those who are trying to figure out what to buy for themselves, or what to buy for the Blythe-lover in their life. Part 1 is the $25 and under shopping guide!

I changed it up this year by asking BlytheLife readers to join in the Shopping Guide! There’s still room in parts 2 and 3 of the Holiday Shopping Guide (feel free to scroll down for a bit more information).

20161125aDo you wish your dolls didn’t have the stock pink or orange eye chips anymore? Little Darling Blythe is an Etsy shop based out of the USA that sells hand casted resin eye chips for Blythe! Cute and affordable, at $6.50 USD a pair! If you’ve never changed out eyechips before, I can tell you that it’s super easy because I’m able to do it (and here’s a tutorial!). Little Darling Blythe is offering up 15% for your total purchase with the coupon code Ldb15.

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Are you a knitter? Have you always wanted to knit a little something for your Blythe dolls but weren’t sure how to begin? AnneArchy has knitting patterns for you (or the knitter in your life, if you want to outsource the knitting aspect of it!). Her patterns span all three sizes: Petite, Middie, and Blythe! You can save 25% off your purchase with the coupon code xmas2016.

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Do your dolls need a new holiday party dress? Endangered Sissy will have them covered! The new Fancy Schmancy collection is up right now, and with the coupon code BF2016 you can save 35% off anything that’s in-stock (coupon code can’t be used for holds or custom orders). It’s Endangered Sissy’s biggest sale of the year and the coupon code is good from now until 10pm MST, November 28th 2016.

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To finish off decking your dolls out from head to toe is Blythe Couture! Blythe Couture has cute dresses, darling separates, shiny baubles, and more! With the coupon code BlytheLifeCheer15, you can get 15% off your purchase at Blythe Couture from now until December 31st, 2016.

Part 2 of the 2016 Blythe Holiday Shopping Guide will feature gift suggestions that are $25-50, while Part 3 will be $50 and up. If you’re an online shop owner and would like to be featured, please email me for more information at michelle@blythelife.com.

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