Collector Spotlight: Doll Angel

You’ll remember Doll Angel from my last post spotlighting the amazing Abnegation custom she did for me. Learn more about her in the video linked below!

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I highly recommend giving it a watch, even if you’re more of a blog reader than a YouTube watcher. In the video, Doll Angel (aka Nicole) talks about her Pullip customizing journey, her favorite things about the hobby and gives a few tips for those who are looking to start customizing their own doll!

Since Doll Angel was awesome enough to shoot and edit this spotlight for the channel, I encourage you to leave her some kudo’s in the comment area here, on YouTube or via her sites, Flickr, Etsy or Dolly Market.

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If you want to be in a Collector Spotlight post, let me know and I can give you details! Thanks for checking out Doll Angel’s story and don’t forget to send some kudo’s her way!

November 6, 2016. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Collector Spotlight: Alexandria from The Doll Vault

Happy April, everyone!  With a new month comes a new Collector Spotlight (occasionally, that is)! Meet Alexandria, a collector and blogger.

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Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I have just recently discovered doll collecting, and much enjoy the modern brands. My favourite, by far, is Ever After High. I find them to be so stylish, fun, and beautiful dolls. There’s nothing better than to come home from a day of long work to find all my Ever After High dolls sitting on the shelf, greeting me!

Briar Beauty

Briar Beauty

Q: Spotlight a few of your favorite pieces in your collection.  What are they?

A: My favourite Doll is my Briar Beauty doll. I’m SUCH a sucker for pink dolls, including Draculaura, Pinkie Pie, Sleeping beauty, etc. I’m also really “close” to my original G3 pinkie pie! (I always have had a thing for My Little Pony…)

Q: Why do you collect? What is the most fun aspect of collecting?

A:I love doll collecting because it opens so many doors. Photography, Journalism, Writing, Reviewing, or even just for fun! I’ve always really loved Photography, but I never really wanted to do it for a career.

Maddie

Maddie

Q: Give me 3 tips (in general) on how to cultivate a great doll collection.

A: The main points of a good doll collection are:
3. Don’t be afraid to leave them in the box for a while! I loved my Monster High and Ever After High boxes so much I left them in there for about 2 weeks each!

2. Make sure they are put up correctly. You don’t want them to fall, get messy hair, or get chewed by a pet!

1. Showcase! It’s always a great conversation starter if people walk into my room. What’s the point of having a great collection if you’re going to hide them away in a closet?

Maddie

Maddie

Q: Tell us about your blog!

A: My website, dollvault.weebly.com , has just been published. I’ve been having trouble promoting it, so feel free to check it out! I love reviewing my dolls, I get such an awesome feeling when I just hit “post” on a review.

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Screenshot of The Doll Vault

Q: What are your tips for new collectors?

A: If you’re new to collecting, don’t feel embarrassed! If you love it, you should share it with the world! No one is going to judge you. Between us doll collectors, it’s actually really cool, not many people have the ability to think like a kid, so let’s just embrace it!

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I’d like to extend a HUGE  thank you to Alexandria.  She was very patient with me!!!! (Alexandria, feel free to add the badge above to your website!) I very much agree with her tips for a great doll collection, especially her last tip about showcasing what you own.

Check out her blog, The Doll Vault, and give her some kudos! If you’d like to be the next spotlight, let me know!  You can check out details on this series on my Facebook page.

April 4, 2015. Tags: . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Collector Spotlight: Kyla from Kyla Monster High&Toys Reviewer

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It’s that time again!  Meet Kyla.  Kyla is a 15 year old Monster High collector. She shares her hobby with the world through her YouTube Channel, Kyla Monster High&Toys Reviewer.  Kyla gets excited when thinking about introducing others to Monster High and mentions in the video that she is looking forward to the day her young cousin begins her own Monster High collection. Not alone in her hobby, Kyla collects with her friends (both in real life and online)! Her favorite dolls in her collection are Sweet Screams Draculaura and Abbey.  (That line is one of my favorites, too!)

For collectors, Kyla has these three tips.  One, keep diaries and paper/cardboard accessories in plastic covers to keep them looking nice. Two, keep your dolls neat by playing with them gently and displaying them when you aren’t actively using them.  And third? Be patient!  If you don’t have space for a doll you own, keep it in its box until you do.

I invite you all to take a look at Kyla’s video spotlight to learn more about her and her collection!

I want to give a huge thank you to Kyla for shooting this video!  It was great getting to know a little bit more about why you collect Monster High! Grab the badge below for your site!

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In the comment area, why not leave Kyla some kudo’s?  Also, since I haven’t asked this recently, who’s your favorite Monster High doll?  Share it in the comment area, too!

And, if you’d like to be the next Collector Spotlight guest, let me know!

January 13, 2015. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Collector Spotlight: Nella

Collector Spotlights are some of my favorite things to post here on Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter. Why? Because it gives collectors a chance to tell their story– and everyone’s story is different and interesting! Here’s the newest spotlight post!

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Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.
A: I’m known as Nella online. I’m 21 years old university student and live in Central Canada. I speak both English and French fluently. I’m a huge history buff and lover of science.

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Lottie (Cherishdoll Slim Pia)

Q: How long have you collected? How did you catch the collecting bug?
A: I’ve been collecting since 2006, so about 8 years now. I’ve always had the collecting bug though. When I was a kid, I collected interesting rocks, mini toy Furbies from McDonalds and Groovy Girls.

Q: What do you collect? Describe your collection.
A: The focus of my collection is Asian ball-jointed-dolls (also known as BJD’s or ABJD’s), though I do have a few that are the exceptions to that rule. The odd ones out are my 11cm Obitsu doll, my pose doll, who has no articulation, two Monster Highs, two Disney Fairies and one action figure. So I have 22 dolls, 14 of which are BJDs. Most of my dolls are from Chinese companies. My dolls vary in size from 11cm to 62cm. I prefer dolls with smiles, large eyes and unconventional features. My dolls may not all be pretty but they have character. I have a secondary collection of anime figures, most of whom are articulated.

Hodgepodge of colour

Haitsu Kyaa (Obitsu 11cm), Lottie (Cherishdoll Slim Pia), Finn (Bobobie Bao) and Viviana (IslandDoll Jessie)

Q: What made you latch on to doll collecting?
A: Honestly, I’ve always loved dolls, so it was a given that I would end up collecting them in some way. The reason I chose ball-jointed-dolls as my focus, instead of antique porcelain baby dolls or vintage Barbies, is the customizability and articulation. I’m a very creative person, so being able to make my dolls unique and use them as an artistic outlet was kind of a big deal.

Q: Do you share this hobby with anyone? Did anyone inspire you to to collect? Who would you like to share this hobby with?
A: I’m lucky enough to be able to share this hobby with my sister and one of my cousins. It’s actually because of my sister that I found out about these dolls to begin with. She’s a huge inspiration to me, even though our collections are very different.

With her blade

Tazyep (Impldoll Gela) (Kewpie83’s note- love this one!)

Q: What are your ‘grail’ items? Have you found any of them yet? Why are they your ‘grail’ items?
A: My grail items are Volks Super Dollfie Cute Sora, Sugarble Serena with Naga tail and Soom Cheshire Cat. The reasons why they are my grail items is different for each one. For Sora, she was the very first full-set limited doll that I liked. Everything from her face to the fact that she’s an adaptation of Puss in Boots caught my eye.

As for Serena, it’s all about the Naga tail. I followed the articles about the crafting of the tail and swooned over the final production photos. A half-human, half-snake doll with a fully jointed tail? How neat is that! Cheshire Cat’s grin is infectious and charming. Once I saw him in person, I knew I had to get one of my own. I actually was able to purchase the precise one that made me fall in love with that doll and he’s the only grail I’ve gotten so far.

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Han Lishuang (Dollzone Shuang Er)

Q: Spotlight a few of your favourite pieces in your collection. Tell us their story.
A: I hate to play favourites since all of my dolls embody characters in my stories, but aesthetically, my favourites right now are Lily Dahl, my Souldoll Lily C and Han Lishuang, my Dollzone Shuang Er. They’re easily the prettiest dolls I own and both have an air of grace about them.

Not just a pretty face

Lily Dahl (Souldoll Lily C) (Kewpie83’s note: This doll is adorable!!!!)

Q: Do you collect in box or out of box? Why?
A: I collect out of box. I get the most enjoyment out of playing with my dolls and handling them, not staring at them like a museum exhibit.

Q: What is the most fun aspect of collecting?
A: The most fun aspect of collecting to me is customizing. It’s amazing what a change of outfit and a new faceup can do.

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Benjy (Kewpie83’s note: Cool hands!)

Q: Do you have any personal stories you’d like to share that deal with your doll collecting?
A: Two of my most interesting stories about doll collecting have to do with how I got my dolls. The first one is the story behind my Souldoll Tiffee. She was the very first ball-jointed-doll I saw in person. My sister bought her second-hand and introducing me to ABJDs. In the spring, I came home from school to find that the doll had arrived. When she handed her to me, I knew I had to have one of my own. Even the fact that the doll’s head spun around like in the Exorcist when we passed her between us didn’t stop my enthusiasm! So two years later, when my sister decided to sell her, I bought the doll. She’s been repainted, given a new style and different eyes and wig but she’s still the doll that started this whole crazy adventure.

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Souldoll Tiffee with modified eyelids

The second story has to do with my pose doll. What happened was that I was spending the summer at my family’s cottage and my Granny took me into the closest small town. We decided to go to a second-hand store that we had never visited before. I was milling about and one of the workers approached me and started asking about the doll I had with me, my third BJD. So I told her about ball-jointed-dolls and mentioned that I have a doll collection. The worker then pulled down this gorgeous doll from one of the top shelves and wound her up. I had never seen such a beautifully painted face and decided to buy her. When I was being rung up by a different employee, she gushed that ‘Linda’ was finally being sold. It turns out that this doll had been sitting unsold for so long that the employees had named her. I thought she looked more like an ‘Emily’ or an ‘Emma’ but I wanted to keep that bit of her history, so she’s now called ‘Emmalinda’.

Emmalinda

Emmalinda

Q: What advice would you give new collectors out there that feel they need to ‘hide’ their hobby?
A: My advice to new collectors that feel the need to hide their hobby is to not disguise their passion for any hobby or interest. While it doesn’t need to be known to acquaintances if you don’t feel comfortable with sharing that information, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Finn up a tree

Finn (Bobobie Bao)

Q: Give me 3 tips (in general) on how to cultivate a great doll collection.
A: Three tips on how to have a great doll collection, eh? One, have a theme. It doesn’t need to be super precise, but you need to know your tastes. Don’t fill your collection with dolls you don’t love because you think you need to have a complete line to be a collector.

Two, pace yourself! I’m not the most wonderful example of this, since my collection has ballooned in the past two years, but it’s still very important to keep in mind. By pacing yourself, you can figure out whether you really do want a particular doll or if it’s a passing fancy. Plus, you have more time to appreciate the little things about the collection you already have!

Lastly, my third tip is to get out there and have fun! Meet other collectors and share your passion.

Q: Are you a doll customizer? Talk to us about what you do!
A: I am a doll customizer of sorts. Since I collect ABJDs, it’s easier to customize them than fashion dolls. I’ve painted almost every single one of my dolls. My most ambitious custom is one I’m currently working on, Nagisa, a normal skin Bobobie Pixie. I’m blushing the body and head to be a cool brown colour and I’m completely reshaping the bust. I’m also working on my first Monster High repaint.

Q: What kind of future do you see for this hobby?
A: I think the doll collecting hobby will continue to change and evolve in the future. There may be less brick-and-mortar stores and local doll clubs, but I think the global online community will take their place. It’s a hobby that will never go away since there will always be interesting dolls and those who enjoy them.

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Little Chaos (Fallindoll Force), Horu (Ninodoll Woo.U) and Noah (Doll Family An Ping)

Q: Last, but not least, if you feel there was something I didn’t ask, write it down anyways!
A: Just because my collection is focused on ABJDs doesn’t mean I don’t like other dolls. I love many different doll lines and I’m always interested in seeing people’s collections. If I didn’t collect the dolls I do, I would probably have Kurhns, Pullips, Ever After High girls, Liccas and Barbies from the late 60s. Who knows, maybe someday I will!

Q: Links to your blog, flickr, etc.
A: https://www.youtube.com/user/NellaCuriosity
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fastfeetnella/
http://fastfeetnella.deviantart.com/
http://fastfeetnella.blogspot.ca

For those who prefer to watch spotlights, here’s the video version, edited by Nella!

I would like to think Nella for sharing her collection with everyone!  Nella, feel free to use the badges in this post to spread the word about your spotlight post!

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Be sure to check out Nella’s websites for more photos of her awesome collection and don’t forget to leave kudos here in the comments or on her various sites!

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September 19, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Collector Spotlight: Nate aka Bratzshows

You’re a very lucky collector if you know other collectors within your area.  The internet has been very nice to doll collectors, as it has helped many people who may have felt alone in the hobby relate to other collectors through Youtube videos, Flickr, Facebook and other sites.

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Collector Spotlights are some of my favorite things to post here on Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter.  Why?  Because it gives collectors a chance to tell their story– and everyone’s story is different and interesting!

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Credit: Nate Bratzshows (flickr)

Today’s spotlight focus’ on Nate, also known as Bratzshows101.  Nate has a wide collection that features Bratz, Monster High and American Girls, among other doll lines.

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Credit: Nate Bratzshows (flickr)

Nate caught the collecting bug as a young boy, when he spotted a Barbie that he wanted.  His parents bought it for him and the rest is history.  Nate shares his hobby with fellow collectors through his Flickr and YouTube accounts (second account: here). He hopes that one day he will inspire his mother, an admirer of his own collection, to start her own collection.

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Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Nate aspires to create his own doll fashions and lines in the future. He’s mostly an out of box collector and gets the most enjoyment out of styling dolls in his collection, as well as sharing those dolls through photos and videos online.

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Nate offers up some very handy tips for collectors on cultivating their collection.

1: Make or find a checklist of what you’re collecting.  There’s an amazing Monster High checklist on the web.  Use resources like this to keep track of your collection.

2: Make a wishlist and don’t only list what the item is, but why you want it.  It will help you separate what you really want from what you think you want.

3: Only buy what you love.  You’ve heard it before in other spotlights and you’ll most likely hear it again.  It’s a very important piece of advice.

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

Credit: Nate Bratzshow (flickr)

To hear Nate’s full story, watch the video spotlight below.  Then, head back over and leave some kudo’s for Nate and his collection!

Big thanks to Nate  for sharing his story. Grab this badge and place it on your various websites.

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August 5, 2014. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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