From Ms. Leo's Mass Blogger Interview Post my responses are as follows:
1. When did you start collecting dolls?
I started my adult collection back in 1989. I have been playing with, and had dolls as a child ( I would post that pic, however I cant find it at this time LOL)
2. My first purchase, mm I am not sure! I purchased the set below shortly after I started collecting . The Barbie Harley Davidson collection. There are six of the dolls here and the Motorcycle. I believe that I am missing two of them! Darn it!
3. How many dolls do you own?
Hmmm, gotta wonder if my hubby will read this so I will just say oh... 300 or so :D
4. My favorite doll and why?
My favorite doll at the moment is my last repaint. It changes after each repaint though :D
I also love the S.I.S dolls. They are my absolute fav to repaint.
5. What dolls are your least favorite and why?
My least favorite dolls are the Moxie Girlz and those Stardolls! Also not to keen on most of the Monster High dolls. I only like the Wolf family :)
They rest have creepy little bodies
and funny eyes!
6.What is your biggest challenge about collecting dolls?
STORAGE ! My hubby says that these dolls are taking over :)
7. How do you display your dolls?
Interesting question! They are usually displayed in glass display cases throughout my home, or in my studio in various areas all over the place.
My hubby walks in shakes his head and walks out ha ha!
The rest are in my storage unit! Way to many to have at home!
|A few of my Byron Lars collection|
|Frankie and his girls|
|Girls given to me when I got married. They were the gold colors of my wedding. The other colors were chocolate and cream.|
|Glass display case upstairs on the landing area of my stairs|
|Hey Muff, here is one of the My Scene Madison repaints.|
There is a previous post on one of my earlier blogs where you can
see better pics of her.
9. Have you ever been to a doll show?
I have been to a comic con if that counts lol. They have cool male action figures.
10. When you travel, do you look for dolls?
11.What is your latest purchase?
Here they are :)
|I have been eyeing these dolls every since I saw them on a few posts:)|
|Love this doll!|
|Flea market find|
12. What doll is on your wish list right now?
At the moment, maybe a Claude Wolf, another Claudeen and the new S.I.S articulated dolls coming out
13. What doll do you wish you did not purchase?
Mmm, every doll I purchased was on purpose. Be it for the body, clothing or whatever, It all goes to use.
Then the ones I don't repaint or use, get donated to my children at church or some other children in need:)
I am currently on a project where I was asked to donate a few dolls for charity to a women's shelter (for their children) I am donating 30 dolls ( that I am redoing) to them for this Christmas holiday.
A few of my doll friends (Anika of Dollz 4 moi, and Frannie of Thrift store dolls has been really instrumental in helping me with this project. Thanks ladies, We miss you Frannie. (Get well soon so we can resume our playing :)
14.What is your favorite doll related item?
My paints and everything associated with repainting and redoing them :)
15. How often do you photograph your dolls, and what is the most photographed?
I photograph every doll I repaint or diorama I do. Lots of pics don't make it to blogger but are in my portfolio :)
16. Do you talk to other collectors in person or just on the web?
I have my dolly peeps that I hang out with in person (on a regular basis lately lol) We have a blast!
Also, I am all over the web with numerous dolly friends near and far.
17. If you had a chance to speak to Mattel or other toy makers, what would you say?
Please listen to the adult collectors as well! We are also spending money on your toys etc.
Articulate each and every doll!
Stop making dolls with chicken arms and legs or having half articulation!
More body types and a variety of dolls of color! More male dolls of color please!
18. What doll do you wish would be reissued?
My Scene and the whole Happy Family AA collection.
19. What two dolls would you combine and how would you want them combined?
Hmmm. I will leave that to Muff! She is the wiz at that! As long as I can repaint them and they move, Im good LOL
Ok so its not the end :) .....
Here are a few more dolly pics.
Thanks for taking the time to read this:)
Thanks Ms. Leo, this was loads of fun:)
|My work space in my studio, what a creative mess !|
|In progress :)|
|Other collectable dolls. I stopped collecting these years ago !|
|A few S.I.S and others :)|
|In my dining area neatly compiled :)|
folks walk in my house and say, "wow, someone likes Barbie" I'm like, Ya think???
|Waiting for face time :D|
|My Scene recent purchases from my Hubby|
|More My Scene recent purchase by my hubby :)|
|Gifts from my dolly friend:) You know who you are!|
|More Gifts from a dolly friend who knew that I have been wanting these for a while! Thanks so much!|
|My desk in my studio. The twins were a gift from my dolly friend. They were redressed in clothing found at the flea market. A few stitches here and there and they fit like it was made for them! All they need now is a stylish hairstyle :)|
|A few dolls watching the madness going on at my work station.|
|A repaint, chilling ready for summer fun :)|