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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Time Heals

  Its been almost 3 years since I lost my father, and 2 since I last posted on my blog. I can honestly say I have no excuse other than I had no desire to blog or share my life, or my dolls with anyone . In fact, I even contemplated shutting my blog down..making it disappear into cyberspace. I'm happy, I didn't .
So what have I been doing, well just trying to heal. Imagine trying to enjoy the very thing that reminds you of the person who is no longer there.I can not think of my dolls, and not think of my father after all, he was the person who spoiled me and purchase my dolls for me as a kid. So he has been a big part of my life in many ways. I also made some very pricy purchases these past few years often exceeding my doll budget on a monthly basis. I've gotten to know some very nice doll collectors on line, expanded my knowledge about vintage and antique dolls and had the wonderful opportunity to get a custom made doll from a very celebrated and talented doll artist. So to make a long story short, I have lots of beautiful pictures along life stories and lessons to tell.
 I recently started a new project this last year in which I am now traveling with Addy Walker and documenting our journey via pictures, video on Instagram, and Facebook. So please make sure you stop by and visit, leave a message and hopefully be inspired. I will be sharing my dolls and photos or the next few weeks.

My favorite doll in my collection as of now is Matoka. After watching her for 15 years and wishing for her, I was able to purchase her for a remarkable price for my father's anniversary. As most of you may know she is from the 2005 Annette Himstedt Collection. Here she is dressed as a fairy for Halloween.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons ....Play With Dolls


   I can't remember exactly when I decided I was gonna take my dolls out of the box/curio cabinets and start redressing them, but I do remember when I decided I would start collecting and playing with Fashion dolls.  It was the winter of 2012.... I was unemployed and bored to death.. I needed something to get my mind off things that where stressing me.... I discovered a website called Doll Observers  and my life kinda changed.... for the better although...  It has created a hoarding situation..... I look forward to the day  the clouds clear.. and they will eventually clear... until then I'll play and create my vision of happiness through doll play..... I hope you do the same!

Here is the current project I am working on.... along with my newly deboxed Cynthia Bailey... Staring in her first music video Stressed Out! 

Rock'n the Fro !!!!

Won at a Goodwill Auction Yesterday....Can't wait to remodel..stay tune for pics!

 Update:I am now happy to say since joining several Facebook groups I have made many great doll collecting friends...  I do hope to meet many of them.. as I began to travel to doll shows.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

American Girl Sale!

I love the AG accessories but, I feel many of them are over priced. Patience is a virtue.....the cello set I wanted is now on sale for $18. To catch the best online deals, I check the sites early in the morning a few times a day.
Here is the link .

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Win a Monster High Doll! Froggy Stuff Falling Out!!!!!

  I recently entered a contest sponsored by the infamous Froggy Stuff. She is one of my doll craft idols, and so many of us enjoy her creativeness. I was taken aback after reading some of the horrific comments directed to her from angry kids, teens and adults when she ran her last photo contest. I love the fact that Froggy Stuff is kind enough to give away her dolls. This giveaway was unlike any other. She was giving away 26 Monster High Dolls that where unopen! So, people all over the country/world were freaking out! Kids, Teens and Adults flooded her blog and Facebook page eagerly asking questions about contest rules, and when the  winners would be announced.  I thought quietly to myself, gosh if I could only get one fourth of a following, I'd be in happy. I'm no Froggy Stuff, but I'm pretty crafty myself (lol). So In response to all the madness I decided to hold my own Lil Monster High Giveaway.

 Note: I will not be giving away 26 dolls, but I will give away 2 NIB dolls.
 Contest Rules: Contest only open to US Citizens (Sorry)
  1. Subscribe to my blog (follow by email)
  2. Post a response/comment to my weekly blog post... starting this week.
  • Week ends on Sunday at 11:59 pm.
  • I will simply put all  emails that subscribed and commented(weekly) in a hat and pull two winners.
  • Contest ends 8-1-14 so you have Plenty of time to enter

SO.... there is no picture contest to fight about...well at least not yet..
I'd love to do a contest, but well, first we have to have contestants.. so make sure you check out my projects I post, and leave a comment and subscribe so you get contest info! (held a contest before and had no entries).

Don't forget... we all have to learn that we will not always win. You only loose when you give up in life.....please do not get discouraged if you are not selected for any competition.. keep trying, and do your best! Someone will eventually recognize your hard work and effort. Lastly, if there is something you do not agree with there is a polite way to say it, don't be rude.

Remember  your never to old to play with dolls!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Happy Birthday to Meeee! My Visit to the American Girl Store

Beach Cabanna Lights up,and is only available in stores!
This year I decided to celebrate my birthday for the entire year. This has got to be the coolest idea I have come up with yet. So for the fourth week of May, I decided to vist the American Girl store in Houston, Tx. We visited the bistro, which I must tell you is beautifully decorated in pinks, black and white( my favorite colors). FYI please remember to RSVP or you will NOT get to eat that day! I also decided to get a personal shopper for this visit because I had a few guest with me that I wanted to introduce the hobby to. Thank you, Ms La Wren and Kennedy! The personal shopper did an excellent job of introducing the girls to the main historical characters and answering any questions. We had time to take pictures and she welcomed the girls to touch any of the dolls. Since I already knew what I was there for.... Cecile!!! I thought this trip would be simple and easy but, I found myself being drawn in by the many accessories and beautiful outfis for the dolls. Myself and Kennedy decided to stay and do arts and crafts, which I think was very fun, because it was a needlepoint activity which many young people know nothing about today. The arts and crafts table was very crowded and full of energy! My advice would be to arrive early! I am in awe of the beach cabanna and how the beautiful bright colors are on brown skin! My next purchase is my first Inner Star doll and the beach cabanna.. I also want a cello and a bike and a trundle bed lol. Yes I felt just like a kid in a candy store. Over all I would rate this visit about a 7 out of 10. Special thanks to Nancy Vigil my personal shopper!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Its Spring Again!

Stacey and my niece La'Wren

Me and Stacey!
  I hope everyone had a Happy Easter. For many years Easter was a sad time for myself, because it often stirs memories of my mother. It was always tradition that we of course, attend church and recite our Easter speeches. The last Easter with my mom, I was fortunate enough to direct our churche's Easter program at the tender age of 13. It was my hope that my mother would be able to come out and see what I had put together! I remember asking her would she be coming, and she said... No.. she wasn't feeling so well. Although sad, I knew that mom must have been very sick. Unfortunately for my mom, it was her last Easter with us, she died at the the end of April 1990. That unfortunately is my most vivid memory of Easter untill this past weekend. This past weekend, unexpectedly, I was able to go to Houston and meet Stacey Mcbride-Irby of the One World Doll Project! I was also fortunate enough to be accompanied by my little niece, who loves dolls as well.I arrived about an hour early, so I would not have to wait in line to long. I was able to spend sometime talking to others who where part of the NEW company as they where setting up the booth. They where very polite and easy going people. The Houston, Texas Gulfgate HEB hosted the event. I was able to purchase two dolls at a very good price $14.99 each( they sell for $24.95 each on the site) and moste importantly, I was able to purchase the Cynthia Bailey doll( one of my favorite models) directly from them and get it signed! To me that was my highlight! Me being the impatient person that I am, decided not to wait for a fresh mint doll in the mail from the company and instead opted for the" Its been handled by very important people doll" lol! This Easter was certainly special,as I tried to express to Stacey the significance of her work with Mattel. As a kid, I had many Barbies, but they where all white. I did not like the CHIRSTIE Barbie. It wasn't untill SIS Barbie was released, that I felt a desire to collect Barbie at all! Minus a Byron Lars that was gifted to me for my 29th Bday, SIS Chandra and the crew are my favorite black Barbies! I think Stacey did a wonderful job of showing our diverstiy with the SIS Barbie. I am excited about the Prettie Girls Dolls because, I think we will see even more diversty and creativness from this designer. I am even more excited that the company is located in Houston TX!!! I'm hoping this means more special events for doll fanatics like myself! Thank you Stacey and staff for making this Easter a EGGGCiting one for me! Each doll has a diffrent style and pesonality, so finding a doll to gift to someone, should be lots of fun. Lena is alot like me so I purchased her! I will be going back to get Valiencia for myself she is goregeous! Please check out the to find out more about each doll and look for the new dolls to be released soon!