World Doll Day Tag– from Black Kitty of The Multicrafteral Lab

I was tagged in The Multicrafteral Lab‘s World Doll Day Tag!  In celebration of World Doll Day, BlackKitty asked those tagged to answer three things.

1: List 3 favourite dolls from the ones you got last year.
2: List 3 dolls currently on your wish list.
3: Tag 5 people to do the same thing! (Anyone with a home on the web, not just bloggers, can be tagged!)

And now, it begins!

1: List 3 favorite dolls from the ones you got last year

A Girl for All Time Lydia- Lydia is such a pretty, sturdy, well made doll. It’s hard finding something not to love about her!

A Girl for All Time Lydia

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn- As you know, I love Kurhn’s. This was one of those dolls I had been pining for for a long, long time. She didn’t disappoint me in the least!

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Gentle Lilia Bride Kurhn

Maru and Friends Maru- I love the face sculpts on the Maru and Friends line. This Maru doll pretty much solidified the idea of me adding more to my collection.

Maru and Friends

Maru and Friends

2: List 3 dolls currently on your wish list

Barbie and Skipper Let’s Drive! Student Driver Giftset- This is totally a grail item for me.  What kills me is I remember it in the stores, but never purchased it due to the price.  If only I had known the price would eventually double!

Let's Drive Giftset

Let’s Drive Giftset

Mystic Kids Lawrence BJD (SD, 62cm)- I’ve been eyeing this male SD BJD for a while now. I’ve always wanted to add a SD sized doll to my BJD collection, as well as a male doll.  This guy may be the one! I just have trouble with the price…  You can find a photo of this cool dude on The Junky Spot.

Last, but not least…

This Barbie Fashionista- How cool is this new Barbie Fashionista. Yes, the body is a total disappointment, but the prototype looks so cool!!!  I love the hair.

Toy Fair 2015- Mattel Booth (Barbie, MH, EAH)

3: Tag 5 people to do the same thing!

Dolls, Dolls, Dolls

Never Grow Up

The Doll Vault

The Barbie Blog

Of Dolls

I look forward to hearing your answers to BlackKitty’s questions! And if you’ve already been tagged or don’t have time, don’t worry. 🙂

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June 13, 2015. Tags: . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

World Doll Day Coverage

Many bloggers posted about World Doll Day today!  Here’s some quick links so you can see their coverage.

The Barbie Blog– Teresa wrote a lovely piece about one of her most treasured dolls.

Monster Crafts– Monster Crafts used World Doll Day to update her readers on her collection.

Barbie Beauties– Barbielea answers fellow blogger The Multicrafteral Lab’s World Doll Day tag AND shares details about her Monster High doll giveaway!

The Crazy Doll Lady– The Crazy Doll Lady (who was featured in the last coverage post) has posted another World Doll Day themed article.

Andi B Goode– Here’s another World Doll Day post on this fun blog!

Lottie– Lottie did a wonderful piece on World Doll Day on their company blog. I’m honored to have worked with them on this blogs World Doll Day giveaway. (You have until the 15th to enter and, fitting for World Doll Day, it’s open to everyone, worldwide.)

The Multicrafteral Lab– Blackkitty started a World Doll Day Tag (in which I was tagged).  My answers will be posted today or tomorrow!  Great idea, Blackkitty!

People tweeted, as well!  If you missed our World Doll Day Spotlight, give it a look. I interviewed The Broken Doll.  You’ll want to check it out!

Like I said in my World Doll Day post today, I think Mrs. Seeley would be very pleased with the reception World Doll Day received in 2015.  Let’s aim to make it even bigger next year!

June 13, 2015. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Happy World Doll Day!!!!

Happy World Doll Day everyone!!!

Aren't I cool?  :)

Aren’t I cool? 🙂

Whether you’re celebrating by giving a gift to a person you know or donating to a good cause like The Broken Doll

Party Time!

Party Time!

…or just partying it up with your friends…

Tombstone Tea

Tombstone Tea

…make it great!

Cedar with Hunter

Cedar with Hunter

For those sharing their World Doll Day online, be sure to link to your post in the comment area.  That way, I can link to it on my facebook or twitter page.  If you tweet about it, use #WorldDollDay.  I think Mrs. Seeley would be very happy with 2015’s World Doll Day celebrations, don’t you?

World Doll Day Logo

World Doll Day Logo

With that, I wish everyone a joyous World Doll Day!!!!

June 13, 2015. Tags: . Uncategorized. 10 comments.

World Doll Day Spotlight: The Broken Doll

Have you heard of The Broken Doll? The Broken Doll provides dolls to children in need in both the US and abroad.  It draws itself apart from other donation groups because The Broken Doll doesn’t just accept new or like new toys.  The Broken Doll takes the time to fix up dolls that are less than perfect, giving these kids a truly unique new friend to treasure.

As you know, today, 6/13/2015, is World Doll Day! (Okay, this post is a little early, but I’m sure for some of you, it is the 13th by now, so it counts!) It’s a day to celebrate and share the hobby with others.  In honor of World Doll Day, I asked The Broken Doll a few questions about what they do.

World Doll Day Logo

World Doll Day Logo

Question: Can you give us a brief description of what you guys do at The Broken Doll?
Answer: The Broken Doll accepts doll donations, either used or new, and gives them to children in need after any needed repairs are made. The children who receive these could be in foster care, children who are going through an illness or facing a terminal illness of a parent, or a child whose family simply can’t afford to give them a doll.

Office

Where the Magic Happens

We are here to bless the children of the world through the power of play. Children grow up way too fast in this day and age because of so many situations that are out of their little hands. We believe that having their own doll helps with some sort of stability. She/He, the doll, is a constant companion they can always count on when the world becomes scary and uncertain. We send dolls all over the word. Some have traveled as far as Guatemala and Haiti and as close as Kentucky.

Question: How did The Broken Doll get started?
Answer: Dolls are expensive as most parents can attest. When my daughter wanted an American Girl doll, we simply could not afford to go out and get her a brand new one.

I love DIY projects, so I started looking around the internet on how to repair dolls and came across a bunch of sites where people were selling dolls that had some issues that needed to be fixed. I purchased a Bitty Baby off line first to start small. I looked up videos on how to clean and repair dolls and repaint them. When I thought I had seen enough, I went to the local craft store and bought some acrylics and other paint supplies needed to make this repair happen.

The Broken Doll Mascot

The Broken Doll Mascot, Lillian Ann

After several days of trial and error and repaints, I had it down. I was so happy that I posted my results online to a repair group. All I talked about was painting and I started taking faces off other dolls and practicing. When asked by my husband what I was going to do with all the dolls I was repainting, I didn’t know what to say. So, I prayed that if God wanted to use my talents for something bigger, that I was up for it. Well, be careful what you pray for. That is when Mama Merry contacted me.

Merry explained that she repaired dolls for foster children in her area and needed someone to paint some Bitty Baby heads for her after seeing my photos of the one I had just finished. I was floored. That’s when The Broken Doll was born. This was what I was going to start doing in my own state. Needless to say, I was ecstatic and shared the news with my daughter and asked her if she would be my assistant. That’s when we hopped on Facebook and started The Broken Doll page. The four doll heads she sent that started it all can be seen on our banner.

Repainting a Doll

Repainting a Doll

Question: What makes it different from other doll donation charities?
Answer: We are a mother and daughter team who work out of our attic when time allows. So, since it is a part time thing, we are not an official non for profit. We have made friends with some of the most wonderful men and women from all over the world who send the most amazing donations.

Since we are so small, we know every one of our donors by name and chat frequently with most of them. It feels more like a big extended family than a “charity”. We are all in this together, taking care of these kids with our different talents of sewing, doll making, painting, or thrifting. I love the old saying of “It takes a community to raise a child” and that is what I feel like we are having a hand in doing. We ALL have a hand in this wonderful adventure that is The Broken Doll.

Boxes of Donations

Boxes of Donations

I often begin my posts with a greeting of “hello Broken Doll Family.” So, I guess that’s the difference. It’s a family feel, not so much a charity feel. People don’t give because they want a receipt at the end of the year for taxes, they give because they want to help a child in need.

Something else that is different about us is our repairs. Often times, those in need are given our second best, our leftovers. The dolls may still be in good shape, but we like to “jazz” them up a bit and make them unique. I personally freshen the paint or completely erase the face and put on a new one if it’s a doll that is mass marketed so she’ll look unique. Eyes will be replaced, doll bodies are unstuffed, cleaned and stuffed with new filling. More often than not a mani and pedi are also put on their precious little nails.

Ready to Make a New Friend

Ready to Make a New Friend

We don’t want them to just have any ‘ol doll. We want them to have a special doll. So, each and everyone is given a full salon treatment. It takes a lot longer than just brushing them out, putting on an outfit and sending them out, but we believe those kids are worth it. They deserve something special and we give it to them.

Doll (Before)

Doll (Before)

Doll (Customizing Process)

Doll (Customizing Process)

Doll (Customizing Process)

Doll (Customizing Process)

Doll (completed)

Doll (completed face)

Question: What kind of dolls do you accept?
Answer: We accept two types of dolls. The first are 18” dolls, new or used, in any condition (even parts), like A Girl for All Time, American Girl, Our Generation, Journey Girl and the like. These are given to the children in the age range of 7 and above. The second types are 16” dolls, new or used, in any condition (even parts). These are the size of Bitty Babies, Bitty Twins, Corolle, Adora and the like which are given to the younger children.

Eye Doners

Eye Donors

We stick to these two sizes of dolls because we have ladies from all over the world who donate handmade clothing for these dolls. It makes it easier for people who do sew to know what size to send if they want to make an outfit or if a person is thrifting to know what clothing brand to donate. We also have a group of ladies who send blankets for the dolls.

Doll Donation

Doll Donation

Question: What has the reception been to your donations? How do the kids receiving them feel? How do you feel being able to give them away?
Answer: The reception of the donations has been amazing. We hear from our contact at child services every so often who sends us direct messages from the men and women working with the children. Since the foster care system is so guarded, we can’t know the children directly, but from what we hear, they love the dolls so much. The dolls, clothing and all the donations that go along with them are dearly loved.

We recently sent over 40 doll bags to Guatemala and they said the children there were blown away at having a doll. Some had never even had a toy of their own. Knowing that we are making a difference in a child’s daily life makes me and my assistant so joyful and I know it makes the donors excited, too. Every time a doll goes out, there is the work of no fewer than ten people in each of the doll bags. Like I said, it takes a community. The world is our community. The dolls are our ambassadors to show love.

The Broken Doll Team

The Broken Doll Team

Question: Where can readers find you if they’d like to donate?
Answer: We can be reached through our email 4thebrokendoll@gmail.com. We are also on Facebook. If potential donors connect with us through either method, we will follow up with more information.

I’d like to thank The Broken Doll for taking the time to answer these questions. The Broken Doll falls completely in line with what World Doll Day is all about– bringing the gift of dolls to those who need it. For more information on The Broken Doll, visit their Facebook page and next time you’re spring cleaning, consider donating a doll to their worthy cause.

June 12, 2015. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 7 comments.

World Doll Day– This Saturday!

World Doll Day is fast approaching!  I wanted to highlight a few World Doll Day posts I found while floating around the internet today.

World Doll Day Logo

World Doll Day Logo

The first comes from the blog “Crazy Doll Lady“.  She wrote a really nice piece on an exhibit she put together for her local toy museum.  It features lots of photos of dolls that vary from vintage to modern.  You can read her article here.

Also joining in on the fun are the folks behind My Friend Cayla!  They’re hosting a giveaway in honor of the event.  Details can be found here. And keep your eyes peeled for a review of My Friend Cayla, coming soon to the blog!  I must admit, I’ve had one hanging out at my house for review for a couple of weeks now.  Rest assured, you will see her soon!

This one is for the Canadians among you.  It seems Kidonan Place is hosting special World Doll Day activities this year, too! (Full disclosure, I have no idea what this place is, but I’m assuming it’s a mall.)

And don’t forget to enter my giveaway– win a Lottie in honor of World Doll Day.  Use coupon code “DOLLCOLLECTORS” on Lottie.com to receive 10% off your purchase.  Code works through July 31st, only on Lottie.com.

Have you written/filmed/posted World Doll Day coverage on your blog or channel?  Share it in the comment area or message me the info and I’ll pass it along to everyone.  It’s time to celebrate, guys!

June 9, 2015. Tags: . Uncategorized. 9 comments.

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