About Me

Alias: Kewpie83

Real name: Ashley

Collection Focus:  Skipper dolls, C3P0 merchandise, Monster High, My Little Ponies, BJD’s…  The list goes on and on!

Career Focus:  I would love to call myself a writer/producer.  I make produce short videos for promotional purposes and currently pay the bills with a job in the library field.

About this site:  My mom is a collector of many things, nothing more so than dolls.  So, I, as her daughter,  had a bit of an unorthodox upbringing living in a house with hundreds of eyes staring at you.  Or so I’ve been told.  It never really bothered me, the ‘eyes’ that people always say ‘creep them out’.  Too each their own, I guess.

Being the daughter of a doll collector is an interesting thing.  Inevitably, the doll collecting bug bit me.  I, a 20 something, have my own rather large collection lining the walls of my bedroom.  It’s definitely a conversation starter when meeting new people.  Most find it neat, the usual term being ‘unique’.  The doll bug has also given fed my brain quite a bit of odd ball facts to whip out if ever I need to.  How many 20 somethings could really tell you when and how Barbie came about or what Liddle Kiddle is or why Little Miss No Name is so sought after?  Well, this 20 something could.

It’s funny, I post pictures on flickr or get a doll restored and usually it’s assumed that I am much older than my 80′s trademark date.  Honestly, in collecting, age doesn’t matter.

The purpose of this blog is to document lots of things, mainly things that have to do with what I love– doll collecting. So, I invite you to stop by now and then to celebrate doll collecting with me, the daughter of a doll collector.

If you are a manufacturer who is interested in a fair and honest doll review or giveaway, please contact me at: taps1223(at)sbcglobal(dot)net.

A Word on Sponsored Posts:  Occasionally, I will receive an item in exchange for a review.  Examples can be seen with many of my Junky Spot reviews, Maru  and Lottie.  I believe in writing honest, fair reviews.  Getting an item in exchange does not skew my review in any direction.

There are also times where I will review something after being approached by a PR firm working with a toy company.  They will require I put certain links in a post or direct others to a certain site.  These posts are also genuine.  Any money I get for writing these (which doesn’t happen often!) is put towards the blog. These campaigns, whether it’s product or monetary, help me afford to keep this blog current and interesting.  And, of course, they’re always written in a fair and honest manner! 🙂

29 Comments

  1. Kuri replied:

    I recently found your blog and I love it. I haven’t read all of your older posts yet (in the process of doing so), but do you have any tutorials for re-rooting or anything? I saw one of your re-roots and loved it. I wanted to try it, but I am a new doll collector and don’t even know where to begin properly.

    Thanks for being an fair and honest reviewer. I was looking for doll and toy blogs to keep up with new things and I came across one where the owner was just peddling herself and her kids to get freebies from manufacturers (and telling people to buy their products whether it was good or bad) and you could tell she didn’t care and it was sad because people trusted her opinion. I’m glad I came across your blog and I can tell you love what you do and your heart is in it and it makes it fun to read.

    I can’t wait to see what you post next. 🙂

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Thank you, Kuri, for your kind words about my little blog! I started this blog because I wanted to share my love of doll collecting with the world and it has evolved into so much more than I expected! The reason? Readers like you who encourage me to continue writing and sharing! So, thank you, truly, for commenting!!!

      I have a re-rooting ‘how to’ about the knot method. It’s my goal to put together a ‘how to’ on the tool method soon. I just need to schedule a day to re-root!!!! I, personally, prefer using the tool for my re-roots b/c they are so much easier and far less stressful (with the tool).

      Also, you mentioned you are a new doll collector. Welcome to the club!!!

  2. Jeanine Gehringer (@JeaninesDolls) replied:

    Hi Kewpie83, How delightful and refreshing to read your About Me info. I love your style of writing. You have wonderful things on your blog. I just subscribed. I am a doll historian (have an interest in doll history), I have a blog and a website, too. Will also follow you on twitter. Thanks.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Thank you, Jeanine, for your comments!!! I love your site, especially the section on ‘Becoming a Doll Collector’. I can feel your love of doll collecting through your blog posts!(Speaking of Twitter, I should probably stop neglecting my account! I always forget about it. I think it has something to do with me being slightly long-winded!)

  3. Jazzy Little Magpie replied:

    I have only just discovered your you tube videos and now your blog. It is so refreshing to read about another fellow collector and her treasure. Ive been a collector of toys & dolls since my childhood and now I am in my 20’s I do get a lot of negative feedback. Reading your blog inspired me to carry on collecting and that I shouldn’t be ashamed of something I love and enjoy 🙂 xx

    • kewpie83 replied:

      What a great comment, Jazzy! Thanks for sharing it. I’m so pleased this little blog touched you in such a way. It makes my day! Keep on collecting and don’t let nay-sayers get you down! 🙂

  4. Lynn Harris replied:

    Hi, been reading your blog…am in the process of collecting short biographical profiles of dolls collectors, especially of the older generation…would like to contact you directly for interview…if that’s OK I will email you and we can start a dialogue. Nice blog site…well organized and easy to read!

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Hi Lynn! You can e-mail me at taps1223(at)sbcglobal(dot)net. 🙂

  5. Laura Stevens replied:

    I would love to know what a doll is called that is on your YouTube video. If you could email me so I cN show you the picture of which one 🙂
    Thanks !!

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  9. Nicole replied:

    Go Ashley! 🙂

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  12. paiseypaige replied:

    Love how honest you are about your collection. I love dolls too but have always been more of a closet collector. I love Liddle Kiddles which (as you know) are easy to hide. Lately though I’ve fallen for the 18″ set, so I think I’m coming out of hiding now.

  13. Bill Stephanou replied:

    Dear Sir Madam,;,,
    As I Have Just Recently being Given a Rare Doll By My Mother To Which It Was Past Down To Mum By My Great great Grandmother ,.
    The Litle Doll is Porseline one Tooth On upper Lip,,the Eye Lids Close & As The Doll Is Laid Down To Sleep,,Kept In Excellent Condition ,,
    Please Assist Me In Finding The Year And Valuation Of This Early Days Doll,,3

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Sorry, I’m not very good at id’ing porcelain dolls. I would find a Facebook group on them and ask that group. 🙂

  14. Emily Newman replied:

    Hey there, I’ve been browsing your blog for a while now, I’m known to pop in here when I’m looking to ID a doll or just check out a review on a doll I’ve been wanting and make sure she’s worth my money…just wanted to say hello and thanks!

    I’ve been a doll collector for about ten years (another 20 something here) and my dolls have taken over my bedroom…about 250 dolls, ranging from Barbie, My Scene, Bratz, Monster High & Ever After High, Liv World, BFC Ink, Lala Loopsy, Polly Pocket/Fashion Polly, basically any doll that has caught my eye, including a few porcelains and the odd customized doll I just had to make…and most out of box because in the box, I would never have the space for them all!

    Anyway rambling aside, you have inspired me to create a blog for my dolls…I’ll be getting it up and moving in the next few days with a little luck.

    -Emily (Web alias Starlyght)

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Really?! I’m glad to have inspired you in even the smallest way! What’s your URL? I will add it to my sidebar. 🙂

      • Emily Newman replied:

        Hey there, I am so sorry I’m months late to reply! Life sort of shook me around a bit there and I haven’t had the time to start a blog until now. But here’s my link.

        https://starlyghtdoll.wordpress.com/

        Feel free to link to me if you like, I’ll be trying to remember to post whenever I can!

  15. Dollene replied:

    I can’t believe those Little Miss No Name dolls!! I got mine for Christmas the first year that it came out from my Grandmother. I still have her and because I’m from New Orleans you can bet that she has been a major player in countless Mardi Gras. I still terrorize my friends with her:)

  16. cutencreepy replied:

    Your blog is so lovely and varied! I’m very new to doll collecting, and doll customising, and I’ve flicked through the entirety of your blog over the past few days, before deciding to create my own to have somewhere to document my (mis)adventures! My ‘collection’ is very feeble currently, and I never realised how many releases and re-releases there are of some types of doll. Also how weird and wonderful some can be, I’m now on a mission to find a reasonable Little Miss No Name on ebay or something, her aesthetic is just perfect 🙂

  17. Anonymous replied:

    Hey, I have some 1960s dolls and we want that a little miss no name to add to our collection. We also don’t know what one of our dolls are, only that she’s is a 1965 doll from effenbe. She’s a crier but doesn’t work anymore. Was wondering if you could identify her or maybe your mom can as she loves collecting dolls.

  18. Ina Springer replied:

    wow…just stumbled upon you a couple of weeks ago. Would LOVE to chat with you as you would have a unique understanding of what my mother left me with. The eyes thing you spoke of…I soooo totally relate. She was not only an avid doll collector, but a crafter/maker, custom clothier, shoemaker, beautician, and doll doctor, active doll club member as well. The dolls outnumber, by far, any number of her other collections.
    Mom recently passed just shy of her 91st b-day..from what I just discovered, she got bitten by the bug in the late 70’s, so collected for nearly 40 yrs.
    Trust me when I tell you…that’s a boatload of dollies and literature, mags, kits, supplies, accessories, etc.

  19. jocelyn dyson replied:

    I have often sneaked a look at your wonderful & informative website & with great photo’s. I noticed that Skipper dolls have a special place in your heart and I am hoping that you can help me. I have two 1990’s skipper dolls Pet Pals & Hawaiian which I recently purchased. Sadly, when they arrived here all the way from the US (I know I am mad) the necks on their bodies had split or starting to. Is there anything thing I can do to remedy this.
    I would so love & appreciate a reply, with kindest regards Jocey from the UK.

  20. Anonymous replied:

    I’m a artist,. That has been using tonner ballet dolls and Clea Bella,. As my models creating ballet dancers,. I !member Degas work,. And I have learn and grew by how Degas created his painting,. I have took I
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    And would love help about buying theses dolls.

    Love info how can save money buying them
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  21. Michelle Lederman replied:

    Would love help. Buying a my ballerina doll and Dollmore ballerina kid

  22. Elizabeth replied:

    Thank you for your well written reviews of the dolls. It’s nice to see a doll discussion that doesn’t just mention “oh look it has joints” but rather analyzes the joints”. Not that I’m obsessed with joints.
    By an amazing coincidence I recently saw a 2011 Skipper at the Goodwill today. I had one when I was mumble mumble years old and hadn’t seen one since. What sweet faces they have now. What awful joints. A “forever arm” as you put it, and click legs- surely there must be Skippers with more articulation than that.
    Right?

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