Fashion Doll Quarterly, Winter 2017 Issue

Do you subscribe to Fashion Doll Quarterly (FDQ). If so, you may see a familiar name in it! Jane Easterly, the showrunner of the annual Pullip convention PUDDLE, was kind enough to ask me if I felt like writing coverage for the 2017 event, that would later be submitted to a magazine. That magazine turned out to be FDQ!

Winter 2017- My PUDDLE Coverag

Check out my PUDDLE coverage in the Winter 2017 issue! I touch on a bit of the history of the show, as well as the day’s activities, vendors and contest winners! PUDDLE may have started out as a small gathering of Pullip fans, but ten years later, it’s grown into much more than that.

At PUDDLE, I went around and asked people why they attended the show year after year. While, of course, they mentioned their love of the doll brand and seeing all the amazing custom dolls on display, the one answer that everyone gave me was this: the people. It’s all about the people, the community of collectors that attend every year. While I didn’t directly quote anyone, hopefully that point came across loud and clear in this write-up.

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So, next time you’re at Barnes and Noble, check their magazine section for the Winter 2017 issue of Fashion Doll Quarterly! I hope you enjoy reading the coverage as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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November 17, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Collection Close Up: Madame Alexander Dionne Quint- Restored!

At a doll show recently, I picked up a fixer upper composition Dionne quintuplets doll made by Madame Alexander in the mid to late 1930’s. She was in dire need of a little (well, a lot of) TLC from my favorite doll doctor, Dr. Noreen. Dr. Noreen has restored a few other dolls for us, including an antique bisque doll and a smaller Dionne baby.

Madame Alexander Dionne

This new Dionne had good eyes and face paint, but suffered from large cracks in her face and, unbeknownst to me, a bubble in her composition. Bubbles form when air gets stuck between the composition and the base of the doll. To fix this, the good doctor would have had to restore a lot of the eye area, which would have disrupted the original paint and been a much more costly and invasive restoration. She decided against doing any work on the bubble, which was fine with me, as I didn’t even notice it until Dr. Noreen pointed it out.

Dionne Quint (Pre Restoration)

But, lesson learned. If you see a composition doll with a lot of bubbles under the composition, you may want to pass on picking it up or, at least, barter the seller down a bit. And definitely ask the seller if a doll has any bumps or bubbles on their face when shopping online.

The real thing that I wanted Dr. Noreen to fix were the large cracks, which took away from the doll’s cute face. Also, I really wanted her to work on her hair, which was a mess. Well, in a few short weeks, Dr. Noreen delivered on all fronts! Check out her handy work.

Dionne Quint (Restored)

Her chin had to be repaired, as it had lost some of the composition.

Dionne Quint (Restored)

The Dionne’s torso had some cracks, too, which were expertly filled in.

Dionne Quint (Restored)

The human hair wig was restyled by Dr. Noreen into something that resembles an actual hairstyle (and not a bird’s nest). She did a wonderful job cleaning this girl up!

Dionne Quint (Restored)

It’s amazing how much better she looks with the cracks filled in! It will always be obvious close up that this Dionne had some face cracking, but from a far, you can barely tell. Now, instead of the cracks drawing your eye, it’s her cute chubby cheeks and delicately painted features!

Dionne Quint (Restored)

Dionne Quint (Restored)

Truth be told, I wondered if buying this $30.00 Dionne had been a mistake after purchasing her. But, after seeing the magic Dr. Noreen did on her, I’m very happy to have picked this girl up! You can find Dr. Noreen on Facebook or, of course, her website. What do you think of this restoration? Share your thoughts in the comment area.

November 13, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Dolly Review: Little House Covered Wagon/Horses (The Queen’s Treasures)

The Queen’s Treasures has always been kind to my blog and channel. They’ve sent many awesome things to show off on the blog. This last item, though, takes the cake for being the biggest item sent for review. Today, I’m going to show you the Little House on the Prairie inspired Covered Wagon, complete with two of the plush horses (sold separately from the wagon). The Covered Wagon/Hitch comes with a conversion kit that allows you to make your wagon into a sleigh.

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The wagon and hitch measure just over 4 ft long, which makes this a huge statement piece! Made of real wood, this 18″ doll accessory requires a bit of set up. Instructions are included, but, truth be told, they are a little wordy!

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Eventually, we got this together. However, we decided to not change it into the sleigh, because we didn’t want to risk not getting it back together. (To make this a sleigh, you remove the wheels and replace them with sleigh pieces.) Watch the video review, linked below, to learn a bit more about putting this together, as well as to really see the scale of this piece. It’s hard to tell how big it is in photographs!

The Queen’s Treasures Covered Wagon is large enough to fit two 18″ dolls in the front seating area. There’s also room for dolls to lay down in the back half. I’d imagine this could hold at least three 18″ dolls, if not four, which makes it a great display piece!

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On top of that, the wheels actually move, so you can pull the hitch or push the wagon for active play. I love the colors of the wheels. They look great against the grainy color of the wood used for the rest of the wagon.

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The wood is a little rougher than I expected. That being said, at least this isn’t made of plastic. The use of real wood makes this piece stand out among other 18″ doll accessories, which doesn’t surprise me, as The Queen’s Treasures is known for their quality!

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I love, love, love the little trunk included in this set. To not take up needed doll space, there is a special spot to store the trunk, just outside the seating area of the wagon. The trunk opens and closes and has enough space to hold small accessories.

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While the hitch is included with this wagon, the horses are not. Those are sold separately. They’re plush with no articulation. The horses and wagon aren’t exactly scaled to the 18″ Laura Ingalls doll, also sold by The Queen’s Treasures, but for this set to truly be scaled for the doll, it would have had to be much larger.

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Besides sending these awesome products for review, The Queen’s Treasures also set up a coupon code! Use “CONFESSIONS” while checking out on their website to receive 10% off of any item, even sale items! (So, if an item is already 35% off, you’ll get an additional 10% off of the sale price!) I encourage you to check out the site and do a little holiday shopping! The winter holidays are coming up fast!

You can follow The Queen’s Treasures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I love the Covered Wagon and think it will make a great display piece my dolls. I love that it fits multiple 18″ dolls, too, and that it has the ability to be converted into a sleigh fit for winter. Photographers, this is a great prop to have on hand for your dolly adventures. It’s also a wonderful accessory to have under the Christmas tree for the Laura Ingalls fan in your life. Alongside this release, there’s a whole slew of other Little House on the Prairie merchandise on their website.

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Definitely check out the video review to see the massive size of the Covered Wagon/Hitch and two horses. And don’t forget to use the coupon code “CONFESSIONS” to get a little extra bang for your buck for a limited time on The Queen’s Treasures website.

What do you think of the Little House inspired Covered Wagon/Hitch set from The Queen’s Treasures? What are you picking up with the provided coupon code? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

November 11, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Spotlight: Rolling Rock Dolls

Rolling Rock Dolls is an eBay/Etsy shop run by Celeste, a mom whose passion for designing affordable clothing for her daughter’s dolls turned into a business. All ready to ship, Celeste makes clothing for dolls of various shapes and sizes, though it seems the most popular looks are for 18″ American Girl style dolls and the smaller Wellie Wishers.

Celeste reached out to me a few weeks ago asking if I would be interested in reviewing an outfit from her Etsy shop. Noticing the variety of outfits available and the affordable pricing, I agreed. For review, Celeste sent a strapless dress in royal purple satin. Along with the outfit came a crown and purple boa for added effect. While the outfit for review is very dressy, Rolling Rock Dolls offers outfits of all styles, casual to dressy to princess’y!

rolling rock dolls (etsy clothing seller)

rolling rock dolls (etsy clothing seller)

rolling rock dolls (etsy clothing seller)

While the dress didn’t fit my Pleasant Company Molly, it fit my mom’s Mattel American Girl just fine. I was surprised that the top fit as well as it did, being strapless. The outfit is sewn well and looks very pretty on this American Girl. My dolls usually are in more casual attire, but for an imaginary evening out, this dress looks great!

To give you a little more insight into Rolling Rock Dolls, I asked Celeste a few questions about how she got started.

Question: How long have you been creating outfits for dolls? What got you started?
I have been making doll clothes for about 4.5 years now. I got started when I got my daughter an 18 inch doll from a flea market and found out that their clothes are pricey. I did not know how to sew at that time and I initially just wanted to learn how to sew. This business has been “accidental”, but I am glad I continued on with it. I love when I get feedback that I made little girls/kids happy with their doll clothes.

Question: Do you collect dolls yourself or just make outfits for them?
I collect dolls myself but I did not use to. I was influenced by my own business to keep collecting dolls and still have so many dolls I want to purchase for my collection.

Question: I see you make clothing to fit the Disney Animator dolls, what made you start making outfits for them? I don’t see that very often!
I saw a Disney Animator doll online and I thought they were the cutest. I love the facial expressions and their toddler form.

Question: What makes your Etsy store different from others? 
Checking at other Etsy sellers, my prices are usually way down than the competition. I also offer doll clothes for various types of dolls like American Girl, Baby Doll, Corolle Les Cheries, Wellie Wishers and others. I constantly offer promo codes and I keep updating my inventory. Also, my items are ready to ship, I ship 6 days a week except for Sundays and holidays.

Question: Where can people find your sites?

http://stores.ebay.com/rollingrockdolls
https://www.etsy.com/shop/RollingRockDolls
https://www.facebook.com/RollingRockDolls/
https://twitter.com/RollingRockDoll/
https://www.instagram.com/rollingrockdolls/

I encourage you to check out Rolling Rock Dolls online. Maybe you’ll find an outfit that’s perfect for your favorite doll! What’s your favorite outfit from Rolling Rock Dolls? Let me know in the comment area!

November 7, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Skipper Highlight Reel: Dressin’ with Mickey, Minnie and Donald Set

At the Chicago Toy Show, I was lucky enough to score the Dressin’ with Mickey, Minnie and Donald special edition gift set. Sold exclusively at Toys R Us around 1991, this set features Barbie, Ken and Skipper decked out in Disney, complete with Mickey ears!

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The Skipper in this set has her classic blonde hair done up in curly waves. Unlike most of the Skipper’s released, she has purple eyes. It’s not totally unheard of for Skipper to have purple eyes, but it isn’t common, either.

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Skipper wears a fun shirt with a graphic of Donald Duck. It’s paired with red shorts and flats. The look is my favorite of the three dolls. It’s totally what we’d wear in the early 90’s. No Disney themed outfit is complete without a plastic Mickey balloon (which attaches to her wrist) and, of course, Mickey ears!

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Tagging along to enjoy the Disney fun are Barbie and Ken. Both dolls have bright, colorful outfits and classic ‘pink box’ faces.

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I think the Skipper in this set is super cute and am happy to have scored this great deal at the Chicago Toy Show!

If only it was so easy to find other multi doll sets from the 90’s for decent prices! What do you think of these dolls? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

November 3, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

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