The Liebster Award- Tagged by Kewpie83

image Liebster AwardToday’s post is going to be devoted to answering the questions for the Liebster Award. I was tagged by Kewpie83 of Confessions of a Doll Collector’s Daughter. Thanks, these are always fun to do.

I’ve done this Q&A before but here are some new questions. I won’t tag 11 specific people for this because I know what it’s like to be under pressure to do something when you really are too busy. However, if you have a doll blog please feel free to take up the challenge and link your answers back to me so I can read them too. If you don’t have a doll blog and would like to join in use the comments section at the end of this post instead. OK? Here we go.

The Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
2. Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award. (I’ll let you nominate yourselves!)
5. Invent 11 questions for your nominees.

I love the graphics on these.

I love the graphics on these.

Random Facts About Me:

  1. My favourite paper dolls were the ones on the back of the Bunty comic
  2. I have been writing this blog since May 2013
  3. The most recent doll I bought was a Style Barbie with articulated ankles.
  4. I have another blog called “My Other Blog” which I use to write about non doll related subjects.
  5. My mother once made me a rag doll out of a pink dust cloth.
  6. I first watched Doctor Who in 1963, mostly from behind the couch.
  7. I once took part in a Travel Doll Game with some doll collectors in the USA and Canada
  8. One of the most read pages on my doll blog is “Canadian Dolls”
  9. The most money I’ve spent buying a doll is about $100
  10. My best ever doll bargains were a Sindy I bought for $4, she had a couple of issues but her face is perfect also a Patch doll that I got for $8 at a flea market. I’m sure the stall holder didn’t know what she was. She had nothing wrong with her that I could see.
  11. I have an Apple Valley doll kit in a box that I really must make one day.

Here are my answers to Kewpie83’s questions

1-Are you a convention goer, doll themed or otherwise? What do you like most about the convention scene?
We don’t really have doll conventions in Hobart. I’m lucky to get to a doll show usually. I think that I would like to go to one to see what it is like. I think I’d probably enjoy the trade stalls most and the opportunity to see and hear from people in the industry would be interesting. From what I’ve read you get nice goodies at conventions and I would not say no to that either.
On non-doll subjects yes, I’d love to go to a Doctor Who or Star Trek convention. That would be a lot of fun.

2-If you could customize your favorite movie or TV series into a doll line, what TV/Movie would it be and what doll line would be your inspiration?
There are already Doctor Who action figures but fashion dolls of The Doctor and his companions would be great.  I’d probably like to see Barbie versions the most if they were well done with articulation and proper authentic costumes. I would like my dolls to be able to interact with them and have adventures too.  Mattel, if you are listening, David Tennant is my favourite Doctor and don’t you dare give us a pink TARDIS.

3-If life were a Choose Your Own Adventure novel and you were told you could have your dream job, what job would that be?
I have had trouble with that one for most of my life but I think that what I would like to be most is a travel writer. I love travelling and I love taking pictures and writing about what I’ve seen so that would be the ideal job for me.

4-We all have had a doll line ‘sneak’ up on us. What doll line ‘snuck’ up on you?
By sneak up I guess you mean dolls that you didn’t set out to collect and ended up with a bunch of. I can’t say that has really happened to me as I set out to collect Barbie, Sindy, Tammy and Netta/Metti dolls as well as my British dolls. I don’t collect any of the modern doll lines. I have a strict budget and have to draw the line somewhere. I guess the nearest to a line sneaking up on me I’ve come is my post 1966 Sindy’s. My original intention was to just collect Sindy from 1963-66 before she was remodelled but in the beginning I found them hard to come by. I had Sindy outfits I wanted to display so I ended up getting a few seventies Sindy’s to wear them until I had enough of the older ones. I have about half a dozen of them now and have become fond of them. Eventually when I have enough early Sindy’s to display the original outfits I may expand into getting outfits from their era and a few more dolls to wear them. But then I may need another Sindy shelf.

Lovely Lively Sindy

Lovely Lively Sindy

5-If you were told you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
At any given time it could be somewhere different. I have a long list of places I’d like to go. I’m drawn towards the UK because there are still places there I want to see but I’ve never been to the USA or Canada and there are also places like Scandinavia and New Zealand that are high on the list too.

6-Stock doll or Custom doll? Which do you prefer?
I’ve never had a custom doll, it might be rather fun but I’m pretty happy with stock dolls really.

7-Are you more prone to reading reviews or watching reviews when browsing the web?
Generally I prefer to read reviews and articles rather than watching a video but I do appreciate lots of pictures.

8-Do you have a dolly doppelgänger? If not, do you have a real life doppelgänger? Who?
A doll that looks like me? You have to be kidding. Nobody would buy that! As for a real life doppelgänger they say we all have one but I have never met mine. Nobody famous I’m sure.

9-How do you display your dolls?
I am lucky enough to have a room I can keep them in. Most live on shelves but some are packed into plastic crates.


10-What item currently tops your ‘Grail’ list?
I would really like to get Sindy’s boyfriend Paul with rooted hair and I’d like to have a sixteen inch fashion doll maybe one of the Tonner dolls.

11-How important are dolls to learning?
I think that dolls can be very useful in teaching children both consciously and unconsciously. Interactive dolls are used to teach kids how to look after real babies but I think that most of us probably learned by imitation, looking after our doll babies the way we saw our parents look after our siblings.
Dolls are great for acting out ideas and stories. I don’t just mean the packaged stories that come with themed dolls I mean things that kids see in real life, school, jobs, playing with friends and also their own fantasies. My sister, cousin and I had marvellous times playing with our fashion dolls and they had many adventures.

Marilyn, my Pedigree Walker

Marilyn, my Pedigree Walker

Questions for you to answer:

As I mentioned I’m not nominating anyone to do this but if you would like to please do so on your own blog or in the comments section and don’t forget to link your post to mine so I can read the answers.

  1. Can you remember your first ever doll? What was it and do you still have it?
  2. Do you sew, knit or crochet clothes for your dolls?
  3. Do you think that action figures such as GI Joe can be classed as dolls?
  4. What is your favourite way to spend your day off? If you are retired or not working what do you like to do when you get a day just for yourself?
  5. Do you, or have you ever belonged to a doll club?
  6. What was your best ever doll bargain?
  7. Do you collect bears, gollies or other soft toys?
  8. Would you rather spend your vacation in a city shopping and sightseeing, exploring new places or on a beach taking it easy?
  9. Do you give your dolls names?
  10. Are you comfortable telling people that you collect dolls or do you think that they might think you were odd?
  11. You have won the lottery! What is the first thing you buy-after paying the mortgage, credit cards etc off ?




Style Barbie Saturday

I bought a new Barbie today. I didn’t mean to. I had some time on my hands after visiting Hubby this morning and wandered into Target. I usually check out the Barbie aisle even though I usually end up wondering why I bothered.

I initially just picked up a dress which was on special at $2 reduced from $5. I can’t remember when I last saw a Barbie dress that I didn’t hate that cheap, or any Barbie dress really. I decided to get it but didn’t feel the accessory pack at $12 was really worth it. It was nice to find a dress that was not pink and didn’t look trashy.

Barbie dress pack

Barbie dress pack

I looked at the dolls and they had the usual assortment of princesses, rock stars and ballet dancers. I am afraid that I ranted a bit to a young sales assistant who asked if I needed help about how much I hate molded plastic Barbie bodies and how much better Barbies were when I was a little girl. He pointed out the Style Barbies which I had already noticed but not examined. I had not seen them up close before and on first glance I had mixed feelings. I liked the full articulation and their outfits were not too bad but I didn’t especially care for their bland expressions. These are the ones with the new flat feet and come with a spare pair of shoes. Close up I saw that they also have rooted eyelashes which I haven’t seen on a play doll for a while so I took a closer look.

Barbie Style dolls

Barbie Style dolls

I did not see names on these dolls so I’m unsure if the dark ones are meant to be Teresa and Raquelle and the second blonde one Summer or if they are all Barbie. Normally I prefer the dark-haired dolls but this time their expressions didn’t do anything for me. After some thought I decided to get one though because I don’t have any of these dolls yet. I chose the most Barbie looking one which is unusual for me. I liked her face the best and for me it’s always about the faces with any dolls I buy. I don’t like her outfit quite as much as I like the blue one the dark doll is wearing but I don’t hate it.

Style Barbie

Style Barbie

Once I de-boxed her I was pleasantly surprised to find that her body felt solid and sturdy. I like the articulated ankle even though in the flat shoes I thought that they looked a bit skinny. I must experiment to see what other shoes she can wear and if the regular Barbies can wear her shoes. I never liked the Beach Barbie feet because they were so big and you couldn’t put any other shoes on those dolls but regular Barbies don’t wear flat shoes very well so this was a clever idea.

Here she is out of the box in her original outfit and also in the new dress which went well with her black heels and bag.

These Style dolls are starting to grow on me a little. I may even end up getting the other two although I’d really like to get them at a better price because I thought $29.95 was a bit steep.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


I read these questions on Barbiebeauties who had been sent them by Barb the Evil Genius who writes “My Little Doll Corner”. “If you read this and have a doll blog, consider yourself tagged.” she said. Well I did and I have so here goes.


1. Do you collect anything other than dolls?
Not really as I don’t really have the room for any more collections. I do have a small collection of children’s books and also paper dolls but that’s really just dolls again isn’t it? There are lots of things I’d like to collect if I had the space and the money. :)

The book has lost it's paper cover.

The book has lost its paper cover.

2. Why did you start a doll blog?
I was doing some volunteer work at a local church and one of my jobs was to maintain their blog. I knew nothing about blogging so decided to start one of my own to experiment with rather than messing up theirs. I don’t know any doll collectors locally and they say you should write about what you know so my doll blog was born.
3. Do you have one particular doll that is the favourite in your collection?
Not really because I collect several different types of dolls. I love my childhood dolls and my Pedigree Walker because I waited a long time to get her. I have favourites amongst my Barbies too but not one doll over all the others.

4. Your favourite doll accessory?
I have a few props, chairs, a pram, a child’s tricycle but I think my most useful  accessory is probably the Barbie sized dolls house my husband bought me for Christmas a few years ago. My Tammy family and Tressy’s live there but it is also the backdrop for a lot of photos.

A busy afternoon in the Dollshouse

A busy afternoon in the Dollshouse

5. Do you know exactly how many dolls you have in your collection?
I have absolutely no idea. I couldn’t even tell you how many Barbies there are let alone all the other types of dolls. Lots.

The Dolls

The Dolls – Some of them.

6. Do you play any instruments and if so, what?
No, one of my regrets.

7. Where is your most favourite place you’ve ever been?
It’s hard to choose but it would have to be between Tasmania where I live now and Scotland.

8. Where would you most like to visit, that you’ve never visited?
New Zealand and I will be visiting there next year.

9. Is there a retired doll or doll line that you’d like to bring back?
Fashion Fever Barbies. I really liked them.

image FFKayla Wave V

Fashion Fever Kayla Wave V

10. If you could design your own doll, what would it look like?
I would design a male fashion doll who had articulated limbs, rooted hair which was long enough to re-style and came with a variety of hair and eye colours and skin tones. He would have a more approachable expression than the FR guys who always look a bit smug to me but not look as vacant as Ken. He would also have a wardrobe of outfits for all occasions and none of it would be pink.

So there you are. I only know a few doll bloggers myself so I won’t tag anyone specifically. I think a lot of us know the same people but if you haven’t been tagged in this before and would like to play please do. Leave me a link in comments so I can see your answers too please.

The TV Unit Dolls

TV unit housing dolls and hobby supplies

A TV unit repurposed.

Meet the dolls who live in my repurposed TV unit. I bought this older style cabinet from some people we knew who were moving and had no room for it. For several years it housed our TV, VCR, DVD player etc. However, some time ago I realised that Hubby was not watching DVD’s any more because it had become physically difficult for him to bend and put a DVD in the player located in the bottom section.  I decided to rearrange the room and was left with the problem of what to do with the unit. It sat in the laundry for some time getting in my way until I came up with the idea of putting it in the doll room. I thought that the cavity would be just the thing for displaying some of the larger dolls and it was.

New display area

New display area

Would you like to meet them all?

In the back on the left is Loretta. I think I’ve shown her off before on my Italian Doll page. She is wearing the dress she had on when I bought her. I do have her original dress but it was not in great shape so I have it stored.

In the top photo Sweet Sue is beside Loretta still wearing the dress she had when I bought her. I did a post about Sue’s new dress recently.

Next to her in the peacock chair is Molly. Molly is a cloth doll. I bought her at a doll show in Ulverstone,  in northern Tasmania on a holiday trip before we moved. She was made by a local lady. Molly’s little pink teddy was made by me.

Jack and Gillian, modern dolls.

Jack and Gillian, modern dolls.

Jack comes next. Jack is a modern reproduction doll. My sister got him for me in Singapore some years ago. I have a little baseball outfit for him and should photograph him in it one of these days. I’ve never deboxed it.

Sophia is on the right. I bought her early in my collecting and she was the most expensive dolls I’d bought up to that time and still is I think as she cost me around $100. I bought her at a doll show in Adelaide but paid her off on the lay by plan as the dealer was from a local antique store. Sophia has a hard head and limbs, I’m not sure of the material to be honest. It feels too thick to be porcelain, it might be composition. Her body is cloth. I think she is European but I’m not really sure of her country of origin or age. She has a glued on wig and she has beautiful fixed glass eyes. Her outfit is the one she was wearing when I bought her. I have not tried to do anything with her hair although it badly needs a tidy as I’m a bit nervous about handling it too much.

image older Italian doll

Sophia has a cloth body.

modern porcelain doll

Annabel, a Christmas present from Hubby

The pretty doll in the front row seated is also a modern porcelain reproduction doll. She has a cloth body as these dolls often seem to. Annabel was a Christmas present from Hubby who spotted her, at the local chemist shop I think, and got her for me. Her bear came with her.

On the front right hand side looking surprised is Gillian.  She is also a modern porcelain doll with a cloth body. Gillian was a gift to me from my friend Gillian hence the name, and because of a certain similarity in hair colour :). She came from  a doll and bear show in Victoria I think.

The little clown has been around for ages. I can’t remember where he came from but I like the dolls to have a few props so they have their own dolls and bears, toy trains for Jack and a little china tea set in case they get thirsty.

Aren’t they a well dressed group?

A more recent picture with Sue newly redressed.

A more recent picture with Sue newly redressed.

Spring Knitting Fun Part Two

In this post I’d like to show you some outfits which were all knitted from the same ball of yarn. I acquired a 100 gram ball of Panda Lyscot knitting & crochet cotton. It’s a 100% mercerised cotton.  I don’t know a great deal about cotton yarns as I’ve only recently started knitting with them so I decided to find out what mercerised means. For those of you who don’t know here is a definition:

Mercerisation is a treatment for cellulosic materials, typically cotton threads, that strengthens them and gives them a lustrous appearance. The process is now less frequently used for linen and hemp threads.

The modern production method for mercerised cotton, also known as “pearl” or “pearle” cotton, gives cotton thread (or cotton-covered thread with a polyester core) a sodium hydroxide bath that is then neutralized with an acid bath. This treatment increases lustre, strength, affinity to dye, resistance to mildew, but, on the other hand, increases its affinity to lint.

Cotton with long staplefibre lengths responds best to mercerisation. Mercerised thread is commonly used to produce fine crochet.

Our models today are two regulars, Midge and Marissa and a newcomer to this blog, Sally.

  • Midge – 2001 Aviator AAFES Barbie
  • Marissa – Fashionista Raquelle 2012
  • Sally – Spinning Bubble Fairy Barbie 1998

Sally is wearing another version of the dress I showed you in the last post. It is a snugger fit and looks a bit see through. Sally should probably wear a slip with this to avoid the same sort of embarrassing incident that happened to Lady Diana Spencer many moons ago when she was photographed in a see-through skirt.

Barbie dress knitted in Panda Lyscot Mercerised Cotton.

Sally in white dress knitted in Panda Lyscot mercerized cotton.

Marissa is wearing a crop top and skirt. The skirt is the same pattern as the purple one in the previous post. I actually did not think that it would fit over her larger hips but it does although rather snugly. I think that the rib stitch band looks better in this yarn.

The lacy stitch on the top is a bit see-through as well but Marissa is not the modest  type.

top and skirt knitted in Panda Lyscot

Marissa in a top and skirt knitted in Panda Lyscot

Next in Midge in a bikini set. I’ve made this in various yarns already some thicker and some thinner than this one but I think that this is the perfect yarn weight for this. It fits Midge quite snugly and fabric is firm. The panties will not fit the larger hipped dolls so I’ll have to experiment either with a snap fastener at the back or possibly adding a few stitches to make it a bit bigger.

white cotton bikini or underwear knitted in Panda Lyscot. 2mm needles.

Midge in white cotton bikini.

This made a nice firm fabric and fits very well.

This made a nice firm fabric and fits very well.

All these garments haven’t even made a dent in the ball of yarn so I can use it to create quite a lot more outfits. I’m also thinking about getting some in another colour to make striped tops and bottoms. I think this last one would look quite good in navy and white.

doll poses with the ball of yarn these outfits were made from.

Midge poses with the ball of yarn these outfits were made from.


Spring Knitting Fun Part One

I haven’t done as much knitting as I planned over the past few weeks. I blame the Australian Cricket Team for this. Test Matches are supposed to last five days not three! I was robbed of much knitting time by their woeful performance during the recent Ashes series :).

However, I have made a few new things which I’ll show you today. I am still using the free patterns from the Stickatill Barbie website and I have purposely restricted myself to just a few patterns which I’ve been repeating in different yarns, mainly to see which I like best for each piece.

I have been considering selling some of these outfits on eBay eventually once I have the fit perfected for each body type and can make a whole garment without making some silly mistake. I thought that it would be fun to sell a colour coordinated set of outfits, a skirt, one or two tops, a jacket and underwear or a dress and jacket. I don’t really like knitted trousers as I don’t think there is a way to make them as slim fitting as I’d like them to be and who wears knitted trousers anyway? These patterns make outfits that are easy to slip on and off so they are good for children to play with but as an adult collector I like garments that don’t make the dolls look like they are wearing tea cosies so I’m trying to do that as well.

Enough explanations. On with the show. Our models today are :

  • Ideal Pepper
  • Modern Barbie Clone
  • Sally – A 1998 Bubble Fairy Spinning Barbie
  • Olivia – Fashion Fever Wave A Drew


First up is Barbie Clone in a mauve lacy knit top and purple skirt in stocking stitch with a rib waistband.  This doll has an older style twist and turn body and I don’t feel the rib works really well on her tiny waist. I plan to make a purple jacket to go with this next.

knitted skirt and lacy top. Skirt is Milford Soft knitting & crochet cotton 3ply. Knitted on 2mm needles.

Skirt is Milford Soft knitting & crochet cotton 3 ply. Knitted on 2mm needles.

The top is a cotton 3 ply yarn.

Top is Bella Baby Bambini – 50% acrylic 50% nylon, 3-4ply equivalent knitted on 2mm needles.

Next is Olivia is wearing a dress in a green synthetic yarn which is like a very thin ribbon. It makes the dress a bit bulky I feel but the colour is very spring like don’t you think? I’ve previously made this dress in red and navy.

Olivia in green knit dress

Olivia in green knit dress

The knit stitch in more detail.

The knit stitch in more detail.

I also used this yarn to knit a version of the white dress that I made for Robyn some time ago. I like it in green for spring. It is a good fit on Sally who has the TNT body but to show how versatile it is I also tried it on Pepper and it fits her quite well too.

knit barbie dress.Ice yarns 40% polyamide, 50% polyester, 10% lurex. 2mm needles

Ice yarns 40% polyamide, 50% polyester, 10% lurex.

Ideal Pepper in knitted dress. Ice yarns 40% polyamide, 50% polyester, 10% lurex.

Ideal Pepper in green knit dress.

In the next post I’ll show you some outfits I made from a ball of Panda Lyscot knitting and crochet cotton. Stay tuned!