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Expanding the Family

Written on February 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

Lately I’ve been thinking of expanding the doll family,  little bit more seriously than usual (which you might have noticed from the recent That New Doll Itch). But I’m also living life with a budget because responsible adulting is a thing (and that’s how I’m saving up for a car). With my new job, I can put aside a bit more than $10-15 a month towards the dolly hobby and I do have a new doll in mind (sort of).

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I would love to add a new-to-me Kenner to the family (because a Kenner collection like Becca/Blythetastic! would be the dream!), but then I’ve also wanted to add a BL to my doll family for literally years. My ‘dream’ BL is still either a Mondrian (Mondie) or Dottie Dot, Sunday Best, or Aztec Arrival. While I adore Goldie and Kozy, I don’t think that they’re quit attainable for me at this time because their prices have gone up so much over the years. Clearly I should have scooped up all the BLs when I first started collecting in 2009! Of course, this was the time when really well-made customs were $300-500 and I thought that was a lot of money to spend on a doll…

Essentially, I have four doll on my ‘wish list’/saving-up-for-list right now. I might even forgo  in the quantities that I’ve been buying lately until I get that new dolly in my hands.

Which do you think will look best as the newest addition to my doll family?

But First, Dolls

Written on February 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

I was having a conversation with a fellow Blythe enthusiast online the other day and she asked me how she should introduce her newly minted significant other to the fact that she collects and plays with Blythe dolls (along with other toys). This is a problem that I personally didn’t have (I started collecting Blythe dolls after I started seeing someone), just due to timing and the chronological order of things. But that does beg the question: how do you introduce someone to your amazingly small collection of expensive dolls? (Let’s face it, regardless of how large of a doll collection your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife thinks that you have there is always someone that you could probably name that has at least 10 more dolls than you. Bonus points if you can find photos as proof too.)

How I broached the subject of Blythe involved sharing photos that I found on Flickr and the now-defunct Blythe forum, This is Blythe. This was back when MSN was still the instant messenger of choice and when I didn’t unlimited messaging on my phone (am I completely dating myself now?). I’d send photos and go “Isn’t she cute?” and I’d get responses in return of “I guess?”. This later turned to “Isn’t she cute?” with responses of “I think the one with pink hair looked better” or “Those red eyes are creepy” (red = pink). Pro tip: it helps if you’re in a relationship with someone who also collects things and amasses great amounts of items with equally high monetary value. It does not help when you are the only one who ends up having multiple collections/stashes of things (I say this as I look to my right and see my dolls and many tins of tea).

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Some people are going to find Blythe creepy. It’s something to do with the disproportionate head. And some people are going to think that Blythe is a waste of money (clearly this type of person is not worth your time and energy!). It does help when everyone involved in a relationship have their own hobbies and interests, or perhaps you can rope them into the dark side and get them their own doll.

If you’re unsure of their reaction, perhaps it’s easier to just slowly ease them into it. Start by sharing photos, then introduce them to one of your dolls (be sure to show them the changing eyes – that totally freaked out someone in my life the first time I shared that feature!). And depending on how well that one doll is received, share the rest of your collection! Or rather, you should share the full extent of your love for Blythe anyways because it’s not a passing hobby and it’s something for them to get used to the presence of!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of introducing your significant other to your dolls, how did you do it? Share your tips in the comment section below!

Primrose’s wearing: dress/Re-ment.

Middie Monday #9

Written on February 1, 2016 at 1:05 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings with tags:

It’s February! The misses Kitty Brighton and Lydia Melbourne have been deeply engrossed in flipping through my copy of This is Blythe recently. They are both shocked and confused (and also concerned!) about the sheer lack of Middies in this book. This is Blythe was published pre-Takara and Ashton-Drake Galleries manufactured dolls, so it’s no wonder that my lovely Middies are not seeing images representing them in the book!

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Middies, the perpetual middle-sized “sister” to Blythe, didn’t come into existence until 2010 when Macaron Q-Tea Party was released in October. Like a gangly teenager, Middie is an awkward size for some collectors. Not only can Blythe not readily share shoes, but clothing is a bit of an issue for Middies as well. Some Blythe tops can work as Middie dresses, but they do still look oversized in a way that may not always be cute. Luckily, Kelly shoes have (for the most part) remained relatively inexpensive and they fit Middies well! There’s no shortage of cute shoes there, although it’s often the same styles over and over again in different colours.

The inquiring minds of Middies want to know where you get your Middie-sized shoes, because my Middies routinely suffer from what they feel is a lack of shoes all day long.

Middie Monday is a feature that is published on the first Monday of each month! A guaranteed monthly post on Blythe’s little sister – Middie! If you have any suggestions for a future Middie Monday post, please send me an email or use my Suggestions form!

Tiny Shoe Love #12

Written on January 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm by Michelle
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What is a doll to do when nothing seems to go with her outfit? Pick the shoes that go with pretty much anything.

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I have always loved little Mary Janes on my dolls’ feet, and when you have a doll that insists on wearing pink everything you learn to keep a pair or two of pink shoes on hand at all times. I really love these ones, I actually have no clue what doll they belong to because it came in a bag of doll accessories from a local thrift store. But let’s ignore the fact that I can’t tell you where to get your own pair and let’s just focus on how cute these shoes are!

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The bow detail is my favourite part, right along with the colour.

Eden’s wearing: helmet/chelleshocks (me!), shirt/Luxie Lou, pants/Blythe Couture, tights/unknown, shoes/unknown.

Tiny Shoe Love is a feature on BlytheLife.com to showcase and share doll shoes that grace Michelle’s picky dolls’ feet. We love tiny shoes in this house, and we hope you do too!

That New Doll Itch

Written on January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

There are moments when I look at my dolls and think “Maybe I’d like to add a new one to the doll family”. Let’s ignore the fact that some haven’t gotten an outfit changes in ages, or the fact that I have other more pressing financial goals/expenditures at the moment. We’re only going to focus on the fact that I sometimes have this want for a new doll.

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It often begins with Facebook. Now with Blythe friends having added me to the million and three about five different buy-and-sell groups related to Blythe, I get a lot of newly listed dolls and sundries posts all in my news feed. I try to be proactive and decrease the sheer volume of notifications and pop-ups in my feed by simply turning off the notifications (this works wonders for my sanity and my wallet!). Being around dolly people and getting to see fun and new dolls is always exciting. Being around dolly people and attending meets also helps to rekindle a bit of that Blythe love because I’ve been so wrapped up with work lately. There’s always a need to take a breather and to just reassess my hobbies from time to time. Do I need a new doll? Technically no, I don’t. I don’t need a new doll like I need the basic necessities. But do I want a new doll? Oh, definitely! I would definitely be lying if I said no.

There’s something really fun about waiting for a doll to arrive in the mail. There’s the anticipation, the wait for a tracking number, and then the refreshing (and refreshing!) of the tracking number as you wait for it to show up. Maybe I just really like the anticipation of getting mail instead? It’s part of the New Doll Itch that I get from time to time.

The only known cures that I can think of is to either:

  • Bite the bullet and buy a new doll, or
  • Reacquaint yourself with your dolls in hopes that it helps quell the itch, or
  • Buy some new sundries and hope that tides you over.

What are your solutions to the New Doll Itch?

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