Written on October 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings
I hope all of your little ghouls get bags full of candy and are generous enough to share with you!
Are the twins spooky enough? They’re hoping that the dead of night will make them frightening for small children!
Written on October 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week
It is the question of the month, much less the week. I love coming up with costume ideas for my plastic darlings, even if I don’t take them out for Halloween. It’s just a fun thing to get to do. I’ve had a Dorothy, a Cinderella, a Medusa (complete with a head full of snakes!) and a cute little squid. What’s next for the girls who grace my presence with their plastic selves? I am so glad that you asked!
My pink-loving Eden Mouse is going to be dressed up as a princess because she maintains that “I am a princess and therefore I should dress accordingly at all times of the day.” Right…
And then we have Tertiary Jane, who’s decided to go as an ice dancer this year and thought that the orange would really go well with the Halloween theme (was she right?). Sometimes the simpliest stock can be the most useful!
The fraternal twins, Mollie and Moxie, don’t have Halloween costumes yet… and the days are counting down to Halloween! So they will be revealing their costume soon, provided school doesn’t continue to get in the way for me!
What are your dolls dressing up as for Halloween?
Written on October 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Article
Retail stores have already started to roll out Christmas decorations and it reminds me that some people do start their Christmas shopping early. Unlike me, as I tend to leave it until the week or two before Christmas and end up having to brave busy malls because there is no way that I can have things shipped to me in time and this results in me complaining about crowded malls and the impossibility of finding what I need during the holiday season. But I digress. Some people are much more savvy shoppers than I am and begin early. I could only wish that I had the forethought to remember about Christmas before November and actually do some holiday shopping.
As the holiday season is approaching, I do sometimes get emails from people wanting to buy Blythes for their loved ones. Either for their child or for a spouse/significant other or, very generously, to a friend. And if you’re giving Blythes for Christmas, I would love to be your friend as well! I usually get about 3-5 emails every year about this time where someone’s wondering where they can go to buy a Blythe. And if they’ve heard about Blythe before, they ask where they can go to make sure that they’re buying a legitimate Blythe.
Some great holiday ideas for the Blythe lover in your life could include:
- Doll books! Some titles by Gina Garen include This is Blythe and Blythe Style.
- Pattern books for the sewers/crafters in your life – I would recommend the Doll Coordinate Recipe books that are geared towards new/beginning sewers. They don’t have a volume/issue number attached to them and they are very straight forward with step-by-step photographs
- Fabrics with tiny prints can be a great size for doll clothes or, even better,
- Doll clothes from Etsy or Artfire – just search “Blythe” with dress, outfit, shirt, pants, shorts, skirt and you will come up with a lot of listings in many types of styles
If you are set on buying a doll though, and don’t want to run the risk of getting a “factory” or “fake” doll, here are some suggested websites to try:
- Junie Moon – they are an official retailer and “the” retailer for Blythe, they primarily carry newer releases and also carry other Blythe/doll-related accessories
- CC Toys – they have some older releases as well as newer releases, but prices on some dolls may run higher than you would find on eBay
- Dolly Adoption – a Facebook group, members are required to follow rules that include listing if the doll is a factory or fake
Some commonly faked dolls include: Simply Mango, Simply Guava, Urban Cowgirl, Last Kiss, Ultimate Tour, Ten Happy Memories (anniversary doll) and, unfortunately, most of the translucent/semi-translucent dolls (e.g. Miss Sally Rice, Penny Precious). Many of the fake dolls come in a stock box and clothing or nude/without clothing. If you are not sure about a doll’s origins or suspect that it may be a factory/fake doll, I would recommend asking someone who’s opinion you can trust regarding the legitimacy of the doll, or to post in a Blythe Facebook group to ask for opinions.
I think that dolls make great holiday gifts and whomever you’re buying a doll or doll things for is a very lucky person. Happy shopping this (early) holiday season!
Written on October 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: News
I get this question a lot:
What do you do when you’re not blogging about dolls?
Sometimes the question is worded differently but the question is still the same. I’ve interviewed a great number of people in the doll community, but I’ve never been interviewed myself. So here goes, I guess?
When I’m not blogging about dolls, I’m a full-time nursing student. I’m halfway through my program and when I’m done I will be a registered nurse. When I’m not doing blogging or working on school things (papers, studying, readings, more studying), I spend time with friends, do some crafting (knitting, crocheting, beading) and then I drink a lot of Chai tea lattes.
Any other questions for me? What questions do you want to ask the blogger behind the blog?
Written on October 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week
This is such a loaded question because I’m not asking which stock Blythe doll you would want if you had your choice in the matter. It’s just any Blythe doll ever. That includes stock dolls, customs, Kenners, soon-to-be released Blythes – all of them. So who’s doll(s) have you been coveting over the years? Which doll would you snatch up in a heartbeat if she ever came up for sale?
This is Chunk, she’s a chunky-banged brunette that I adore.
If you could have any Blythe in the world, who would it be?