Introducing Island Doll Artemis

This Christmas, I received a gift card for Denver Doll Emporium.  I held off on spending it until I found an affordable, in stock BJD.  Finally, a few weeks ago, I found the doll and ordered.  I’d like to introduce you to Island Doll Artemis. (Facebook fans, you’ve already seen some of these photos!)

This post is VERY picture heavy!  You’ve been warned!

Island Doll Artemis Promo Shot

Island Doll Artemis Promo Shot

My Artemis arrived only with eyes, not all the bells and whistles you see above.  She’s my first Yo-SD sized doll.  Her eye lashes were falling off when she arrived, hence the one on/one off state you see in this picture.  I’m not a huge fan of eye lashes on BJD’s to begin with, so it was no big deal!

Artemis- Front

Artemis- Front

Artemis- Side

Artemis- Side

Artemis- With lashes

Artemis- With lashes

Artemis- headcap

Artemis- headcap

Artemis‘s eyes were held in with tons of putty!  Also, it seems that one of the magnets unglued in transit.  Like the eye lashes, not a huge deal.  I can just glue it back in!  To save money, I decided to not buy an outfit or wig for her until convention season (this summer).  In the following pictures, she’s wearing the only dress I have that fits Yo-SD’s and the only wig I found that fits!  I hope to pick up more for her during ACEN 2013 this summer.

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!

Artemis- All Dolled Up!  (Alongside the 11th Doctor)

Artemis- All Dolled Up! (Alongside the 11th Doctor)

I plan on doing a full review on her when I get more accessories for her, but here’s a quick rundown on my thoughts.  I love her size!  I didn’t really know what ‘Yo-SD’ meant when I ordered her, but I really, really love it!  Artemis has weight to her, which I like.  She seems like a great value for her price! Artemis holds poses and stands very well. I’m very happy with her.

As I mentioned before,  I’ll do a full blown review once I get more for her (outfits, wigs, shoes, etc!  Maybe even a new name?).  Until then, why not watch the video I did for her box opening?


Have questions? Comments?  Don’t be shy!  Leave a comment below!

February 19, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 7 comments.

New Re-Root: Little Miss No Name

I didn’t do much re-rooting these past few months.  It wasn’t so much from lack of supplies, but from lack of time!  I personally prefer to have an entire day free for a re-root, which with the holidays and hecticness that is January, I didn’t get many of those!

Why do I like an entire day?  Well, I don’t have a doll room or office I can re-root in.  If I did, I could easily just put my tools down and not have to worry about moving/storing the half done doll head.  Since I don’t have any sort of room like that, I alway worry about the hair accidentally getting pulled out as I move the doll here to there  (b/c the tool holds doll hair in with tension, not knots, until it’s glued in).

We picked this Little Miss No Name up a while back at the Kane County Doll and Toy Show.  While her body and face were in great shape, her hair was a mess! The prized ‘tear’ that is usually lost to vacuum cleaners or couch cushions was included.  My mom isn’t quite sure if this is the real tear or not.  There are many imitation tears out there, believe it or not!  But this tear looks much better than some I have seen on Little Miss No Name, so even if it isn’t 100% real (which it still could be!), I think it looks great on her!

Before Her Re-Root

Before Her Re-Root

My mom requested a color that was similar to the pale blonde Little Miss No Name was manufactured with, yet different.  We settled on Nylon Butterscotch from Dollyhair.  Little Miss No Name took a total of four large Barbie hanks.  And in line with my other re-roots, required two orders of hair!  (One day, I’ll figure out how to order enough hair the first time!)

Almost There!

Almost There!

Here’s Little Miss No Name after the re-rooting was done and before the final come out and styling.

After the Re-Root

After the Re-Root

After the Re-Root, Close Up

After the Re-Root, Close Up

After the Re-Root- Medium

After the Re-Root- Medium

I really love how Little Miss No Name turned out!  The hair color works really well with her skin tone and lightens up her face a bit.  (We’ll be seeing more dolls with this, as I over ordered the color by 2 whole hanks!) The outfit was originally created for the BFC dolls, but fits Little Miss No Name very well!

Feel free to leave comments below!  I’d love to hear what you think of Little Miss No Name or this newest re-root!

February 17, 2013. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 16 comments.

New from Maggie Made Dolls

One of my favorite doll designers is Maggie Iacono (Maggie Made Dolls).  Her dolls are literally works of art.  Maggie specializes in crafting “collectible, pressed wool felt dolls that [are] completely poseable using her own unique ball jointing system”.  I’ve loved Maggie’s dolls since I first saw them online years ago.  For me, they’re dream dolls, beautiful works of art that I know I’ll never be able to afford.  However, I always look forward to seeing what Maggie designs year after year.

Recently, Maggie posted images of her new 2013 doll line and I thought I’d share them with you!!!

Mademoselle Peacock by Maggie Made Dolls

Mademoiselle Peacock by Maggie Made Dolls

Above is Mademoiselle Peacock.  She has a limited run of 40.  “Mademoiselle Peacock is crowned with a unique fascinator comprising of styled peacock feathers and black tulle. Her long blonde human hair wig falls just above her waistline, contrasting beautifully with her peacock blue Edwardian inspired jacket and silk brocade underbodice.”  I love the colors on Mademoiselle Peacock and the headpiece is fantastic.

Marcy and her New Toy by Maggie Made Dolls

Marcy and her New Toy by Maggie Made Dolls

Isn’t Marcy and her New Toy cute?  She has a limited run of 5.  Yes, you read that right, 5.  Judging by the dolls description, a ton of work went into designing Marcy.  “Marcy is inspired from so many of Maggie’s talents. The jacket she is wearing is made of fabric that Maggie has nano felted herself taking fibers of the just the right shades of green and combining silk threads for accents and texture.”  Her skirt is artfully designed and her marionette?  Love it!

Nick by Maggie Made Dolls

Nick by Maggie Made Dolls

This is Nick.  Limited to 40, “Nick is dressed warmly in 1920’s style attire ready to play ball… Most notable of Nick’s attire is his one-of-a-kind hand felted vest created from colorful soft merino wool fibers and finished with brown ribbing.”  How can you not adore Nick?  I love the 1920’s vibe.  And all the different textures on him work together so well!

Margaret by Maggie Made Dolls

Margaret by Maggie Made Dolls

Margaret is my favorite of Maggie’s new releases, hands down.  Also limited to 40 pieces, “Margaret elegantly wears a navy blue felt cloche hat adorned with a silk band and a hand cut silk flower accented by felt leaves. Her blonde curly mohair wig is styled in a youthful bob. Her sherbet pink 1920‘s flapper style “over-dress” is made of silk organza, embellished with delicate lace trim and exquisite embroidery over a felt under-dress”.

There are many reasons why I love Margaret.  First, the mohair bob paired with the blue hat is adorable.  Second, I love the 20’s flapper style dress.  The coloring of it works so well with Margaret’s skin, hair, and other accessories.

While no longer available,  I recommend you check out my other favorites:  Caroline, Lauren, Helen, Virginia, Bonnie, and Once Upon a Time (my all time favorite!).  Click ‘View by Date’ to see many, many more of Maggie’s hand crafted dolls. Also, why not ‘like’ Maggie’s new Facebook page?

What do you think of Maggie’s newest pieces?  Do you own one? Do you want to own one?  What is your favorite Maggie Made Doll?  Share your thoughts below!

February 12, 2013. Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Tips on Starting Your Doll Collection

On a whim you pick up a doll, because you think it’s pretty.  Then, later, you pick up another of that kind, and after a few months pass, another, until you have a shelf full of dolls and possibly a few in boxes next to the shelf.  You, my friend, have just started a collection. For doll collectors, these kinds of things sneak up on us!  We’ll start by collecting one kind of doll (ie: Barbie), then we jet off on another tangent (ie: Japanese fashion dolls), and then another (ie: BJD’s), until we have more subsections in our doll collection than a library has in their non-fiction aisles.

My own doll collection includes:
-vintage (restored) Barbie’s
-Skippers (entire line)
-Asian/Anime dolls
-Madame Alexanders (and within that it seems Bride MA’s)
-Ball Jointed Dolls of both ABS and resin
-American Girl
-Big Eyed Dolls (ie: La Dee Da, Little Miss No Name)
-My own re-roots
-Jem and the Holograms (vintage)
-Barbie and her Bands (Rockers, Beat, Sensations, etc)
-Monster High
-Gene and various Tonner dolls

On top of my other collections (My Little Pony, Doctor Who, C3P0, cool artwork), it’s hard to keep everything straight, not to mention tidy!  I’m a lost cause and am, metaphorically, drowning in my various collections.  (Don’t get the wrong idea, I don’t mind drowning in dolls.  However, if I can save another collector from the same fate, it is my duty to help!)

We were all ‘entry level’ collectors sometime in our lives, right?  For me, it wasn’t until I was in my mid teens that I truly decided what I wanted to collect.  This post is for those who have just started collecting.  For you, I’ve put together a few tips on nurturing your doll collection.

Starting and Nurturing Your Doll Collection

Don’t Feel Like You Need Everything:  With doll collecting, new collectors can easily become overwhelmed by the sheer number of options!  Think about it, just walking down the Barbie aisle at TRU would make a new, hungry Barbie collector feel the need to buy.  In some cases, if you really love the doll, that’s totally fine.  Sometimes, however, it’s fueled by feeling that you need to ‘catch up’ to those who have collected longer.  That is not fine.  That is a very easy way to waste money that you should be spending on a doll you love!  Three pieces you love always trump 100 pieces you ‘kind of like’.

Know What You Have:  Look at your collection.  I don’t mean quick glances occasionally.  I mean really *look* at it.

This will help you in two ways:
1:  Knowing what pieces you have means you won’t accidentally buy the same doll or type of doll over and over and over again.
2:  Having an inventory (in your head or on paper) will also, most importantly, help you find a focus!

Find Your Focus: I decided in my teens that my collecting focus was Skipper dolls (and Barbie’s bands to a lesser extent).  The majority of my doll collection to that point *was* Skipper.  (See how really looking at your collection works?)  But the real reason I decided upon Skipper was that she’d always been my favorite doll.  I loved her look, the variety of outfits, and her size.  The fact that I owned plenty of her already was a plus!

Having a focus helped me so much forever after because I knew what I was looking for.  I wasn’t looking for everything.  I had goal pieces (even if they were as simple as ‘any Skipper doll’)!  To others, having a focus made my collection look far more streamline.  Instead of saying ‘I collect dolls’, and have them think of a bed with dolls all around the rim, I could specify it more.  ‘I collect Skipper dolls’ makes them pause a little before jumping to conclusions and might even make them curious enough to ask more questions.

Something to think about, too, as you find the focus of your collection is to think about not just the dolls, but everything that goes with them.  For example, not only do I collect Skipper dolls, but I decided that I wanted to collect outfits and other items with the Skipper logo/image (ie: cases, wallets,  puzzles, anything really!). Think about the superlatives that go with your collection and decide (you can always change your mind later) if you want to collect those, in addition to your dolls.

Display With Care:  I’m guilty of not doing this.  My 100 plus Skippers are shoulder to shoulder, stand over stand in one skinny glass Ikea case when they should be spread out into two or three cases!  Even worse, the poor dolls in the back are on the same level as the dolls in the front, so you can’t always see them well.  (We’re not even going to go into the Monster High shelves!) My cases are a very poor example of display with care!

While we can’t all pull a Steve Sansweet, who houses his collectables like a museum, we can still make our collection look great by choosing to not shove 20 dolls on a shelf designed for 15.  Another great way to make your collection look great is to use risers so your dolls will stand at different heights and be seen by all. By properly displaying them, those that see your collection will see the beauty that you see in your dolls.  Or at the very least they’ll understand that it’s important to you, so they shouldn’t complain.

Doll collecting is a hobby that takes time to cultivate and grow.  Don’t feel you need to rush into a collection.  (My Madame Alexander collection is up to four and I’ve been collecting for at least 3 years.  However small it is, I can honestly say I love all my pieces in it!)

Doll collecting is also a hobby that links together so many different people and tradition.  No matter how different two collectors lives are, they can easily find common ground discussing their passion for dolls and that is what I really love about the hobby!

Did I miss something?  Have a question?  Share it below with a comment!  And as always, thanks for stopping by!

February 10, 2013. Tags: . Uncategorized. 11 comments.

Dolly Review: A Girl For All Time Amelia

Amelia, a Victorian themed 16″ doll, is the second historical doll in the A Girl for All Time line.  I was lucky enough to win Amelia late 2012 and have to say, Amelia is a quality doll.  Sold in both the US and UK, Amelia is available online on the A Girl for All Time website.

Amelia from A Girl for All Time

Amelia from A Girl for All Time

The Basics:  Amelia is 16″ tall, similar in size to an American Girl doll.  She’s made of vinyl and is jointed (head, shoulders, elbows, legs, knees).  While not included with the doll, all A Girl for All Time dolls have books that you can read to really get to know the dolls and the era they live in.

Amelia from A Girl for All Time

Amelia from A Girl for All Time

Amelia comes dressed in a basic fashion.  Other fashions for her are sold separately.

Amelia wears a permanent wig of long blonde hair.   While promo shots show her in a stylish braid/bun hair style, out of the box, her hair is not styled.  Her hair is easily comb-able (with a wig brush) and long enough to style yourself!

Amelia from a Girl for All Time

Amelia from a Girl for All Time

Articulation/Body:  Amelia‘s body is strung, like Madame Alexanders or traditional ball jointed dolls, which means she stands really well on her own.  She holds poses well, too.  Her body is sturdy and durable, making her a great doll for active play.

Amelia, A Girl for All Time

Amelia, A Girl for All Time

Amelia's elbow joint

Amelia’s elbow joint

As far as her look, she has an adorable face!  Very simple make up (blush, natural lips) keep Amelia looking innocent.  Her long face and well placed features make this doll look very unique compared to other 16″-18″  dolls, which (I think) usually have more round or heart shaped faces.

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Amelia vs a Pleasant Company American Girl Felicity

Clothing:  Amelia comes dressed in a blue Victorian style dress that is composed of lots of separates.  Not only does she wear a top and a skirt, but also pantalets, an undershirt, boots and to top it off, a straw hat. You can buy other outfits for Amelia,  including her party dress and stage costume.  (Personally, my Amelia really wants both of these!)

Amelia's Skirt

Amelia’s Skirt

Amelia in her undershirt

Amelia in her undershirt

Amelia's hat

Amelia’s hat

The quality is top notch.  Everything fits well and looks great!  The designers paid attention to the small details, like buttons and high quality shoes.

Amelia from A Girl for All Time

Amelia from A Girl for All Time

What I Like: There are many things I like about Amelia.  To begin with, I love her face sculpt.  It stands out among other 16″ dolls.  There is a uniqueness to it that makes me look forward to future releases.  On the same point, Amelia and Matilda (the original doll in the A Girl for All Time line) clearly have different looks, which also draws them apart from other doll lines.  The coloring on Amelia (skin tone, hair, eyes, etc) is fantastic.  Everything mixes quite well!

Amelia, standing

Amelia, standing

Also, I’m not kidding when I say she stands on her own really well.  For me, that’s a total positive!  It makes photo sessions much easier!

Amelia's shoes

Amelia’s shoes

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Notice the details on Amelia’s sleeve!

The quality of the outfit surprised me.  I didn’t expect Amelia‘s outfit to have so many pieces.  To me, that shows a company that cares about the entire look, not just what you see right off the bat.  I look forward to seeing what other costume choices Amelia might have in the future!

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Amelia, A Girl for All Time

What I Would Like to See:  There is only one thing that I would have liked to see and that was this– I would have liked the wig to be a little fuller or for the hair to have had a little more body.  Amelia has enough hair, but I, personally,  think there could have been a little more.

Overall:  A Girl for All Time has a bright future ahead of it if all of their releases are done as artfully as Amelia!  She’s a beautiful doll that I would highly recommend for parents and collectors to check out.

Amelia, A Girl for All Time

Amelia, A Girl for All Time

For my video review, look below!

Did you receive an Amelia or Matilda during the holidays?  Do plan on adding one to your collection in 2013? Share your thoughts below!

February 6, 2013. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 12 comments.

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