Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Baby Born Surprise

Baby Born has joined in on the mystery box craze with Baby Born Surprise.

The packaging promises that the owner will unwrap 10+ surprises.

A nice feature, is that after cutting the package out of its plastic shell, the pink packaging is actually a cute piece of fabric that can be reused.

Here is what was inside the package: one 4 inch long baby, a booklet, and a little bag. In the bag was a pink baby bottle.

The baby is really cute and comes with its eyes shut.

She is jointed at the neck, hips, and shoulders.

According to the directions, I wiped the eyes with a wet cloth.

And... Tadaaa! A blue eyed baby!
She is a drink and wet doll. When she wets, her diaper changes into being covered with pink hearts.

Most of the other surprises are figuring out information about the baby using the booklet.

My baby has the Baby Blue Bear swaddle,

The pink hearts color change diaper, pink bottle, and the blond hair with bow and blue eyes face.

To figure out the baby's name I matched up the eye color with the hair color - her name is Peyton.

The diaper tells us the doll's favorite food - Peyton likes strawberries.

The outfit determines their birth month - Peyton was born in September, and I picked the day - the 13th.

And then the star sign is based on the above date - Peyton is a Sagittarius.

While she doesn't come with all the stuff that some of the mystery dolls come with, what she comes with is useful and won't be just thrown away. I wrapped the plastic shell with the pink cloth and made a crib for her.

Plus, I can see actually playing with this doll, not just collecting and using them as decorations like the LOL dolls. This is probably why the Baby Born Surprise dolls are a little more expensive than LOL dolls.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A Parade of Black Dolls

The most fun, non-stressful, affordable, low-key doll event of the year in Maryland, is The Chesapeake Doll Clubs annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon. This years theme was "A Parade of Black Dolls".

The guest speaker gave an informative talk on black artist dolls. Besides a slideshow, there were also two tables of the dolls, so attendees could see them up-close and in person.

The Chesapeake Doll Club also had a display of black dolls from the 1960s until today.

I love the Rub-A-Dub Dolly holding the sign.

Lunch was sandwiches, chips, dill pickles, and potluck desserts, which, really, is more than enough food.

There were lots of doll competition categories. My Jada doll did not get a ribbon in the black child doll category, but my Caribbean doll got 3rd place in the black doll dressed in ethnic costume category.

At the end of the event, the raffle were held. I was extremely lucky. I won a Horsman Thirstee Walker,

 Some Barbie dolls,

2 Lil' Imp dolls,

And one of the three special helpers, an Adelaide's Friends doll by Goldie Wilson, a centerpiece doll from the "Circle of Friends" event at the 2016 UFDC Convention in Washington, D.C.


The luncheon was a great way to get together with old friends, meet new friends, and learn so much about dolls.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year, 2019

Christmas has come and gone, and the new year, 2019, is here.
Due to being so busy during the season, I didn't post much, so here is a quick recap of the last week or so.

I didn't get any dolls for Christmas, but I did get a Squishable ebi nigiri from Santa.

Isn't it kawaii?

A Christmas hedgehog and Sloth also moved in with us. 

Family was visited, lots of food was eaten, and on New Year's Eve I sipped sparkling wine and feasted on pigs in blankets while watching Netflix.

Barbie was much more elegant than me and insisted on having her photo taken. I didn't disappoint her.

I hope your holidays were lovely.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Holidays are Here

I have been under the weather for over a month, so my holiday decorating and playing with dolls has taken a back burner to cuddling under blankets and being surrounded by used tissues.

Feeling a bit better this week, I went shopping and found a cute (and dirt cheap) wine bottle sweater that looked like it would fit Merry, the Region 11 Conference souvenir doll by Dianna Effner.

So I brought it home, took Merry out of her original outfit and slid her into a dress that was a present from one of my tablemates at the conference. To get the sweater on her I had to cut it open in the back and slice the sleeves open. And then, the sweater fit her. To top off the outfit, I added a scarf and hat I had crocheted for another doll a few years ago. And ... TaDaa! She is ready for the holiday season.

Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate it.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Autumn Dolls

It is finally November. The Halloween decorations are put away and the Autumn themed decorations are up.

This year I did a simple display, utilizing the cornucopia and two dolls I haven't showcased before.

On the right is a Trendon Sasha Doll - #108 "White Dress". She is my first Sasha doll. I had been coveting the Sasha dolls my entire childhood, and when I got my first well-paying job as a teenager, I took my first paycheck to the toy stores. Unfortunately, the dolls were no longer being sold, and I was out of luck. This Sasha joined my collection in the last year, and I am very happy to have her.

The other doll is a cute, little vinyl doll by Linda Rick, called Apple Annie. She is a doll that I won in the helper drawings at the Region 11 Conference. As a child my mom would some times call me Apple Annie as a nickname, after the Betty Davis character in one of our favorite movies, Pocketful of Miracles, 1961. Seeing her name, I couldn't resist dropping a couple of tickets into her bucket. (Though she doesn't look anything like Betty Davis.)

Here is a photo of Apple Annie in the movie. No resemblance. LOL

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Monday, November 5, 2018


One of the many ways doll collectors show their creativity is by costuming their dolls for competition. For the Region 11 conference, I dressed Crystal (BUtiful Maya) as a Duckpin Bowler. Duckpin Bowling is a little known version of bowling that is popular in Baltimore.

Crytstal's team is the Old Baybs, a play on Old Bay, the crab seasoning.

Her belt and hair ties are printed with the Maryland state flag, and she holds a pin in her blue jean shorts' pocket.

I even found cute bowling shoes for her (the rules stated that the shoes did not have to be handmade, thank goodness).

I actually made the shorts almost 3 times, I kept messing up and forgetting how to make pants. In the end, I had a good pair and had sewn pockets for the first time in my life. I also discovered that my too old, beat up sewing machine does not do well with thin, knit material. The shirt was almost impossible to finish with my machine. 

All in all, I think I did a good job on her outfit and got to exercise a bit of creativity with it. And I am now looking for a much better sewing machine, before I start my next sewing project.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Halloween.