Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Peaches n Cream Barbie

Here in NZ we dont have a lot of places to go to shop for dolls... so we make do with what we can get, and customize - they say kiwis do that well!
Ive been googling... here are a few popular links for NZ doll sites.
Do you know others - or have one yourself?

Drop me a line and let me know others, that'd be great!

On with the links...

NZ Maori Dolls - To Purchase
And here... Gifts NZ

Auckland Dollmakers and Collectors

The Doll Supplies Company

Shirley Johnston - Porcelain Doll Artist

Snowberry Miniatures - Christchurch

Antique Dolls

Tricias Treasures - Auckland

NZ Doll Federation

NZ BJD (Ball Jointed Dolls)

Janet's Dolls (a very talented lady!)

My first Daisy Doll!
DAISY DOLL - The best-dressed doll in the World

Polymer Clay - Ruth Hays Doll Gallery

Fabric Art Doll - FELT NZ - a lot of talent here too!

Ashton Drake Dolls at Bradford Exchange here in NZ

And thats it for now, Take care & Happy Dolling!

Kelly by Mattel ... Some Links

Shelly/Kelly - Prince & the Pauper

I have a fascination with things that are small.
I guess thats why a greater part of my collection is made up of tiny pieces of plastic in the shape of real things - I have Barbie to thank for that ;)

I also love small dolls. I think the idea behind keeping it small, is so they dont take up much room. That is a fallacy. One small doll doesnt take up much room. However, when there is one, the others will come...

It started with one Kelly. I now have several Kelly, Chelsea, Jenny, Tommy, and a few others... and clothing, shoes... pets...
Have you seen some of the OOAK (One of a kind) Kelly dolls? Theyre awesome. I so admire those artists who can make such big changes on such a small canvas... And turn seams on those tiny sewn outfits!? Crazy

Check out some of these links below...

Mattels Website - Here in NZ we dont get half of these dolls, but oh my! It makes the Want List grow!!

Lil Friends of Kelly - Check out the info here! All you ever wanted to know about Mattels Kelly & Friends - from face molds to footwear.

Crochet by Helga - Kelly Doll clothing and patterns

Tabloach Productions - Loanne Hiso Ostlie is an amazing customizing artist
Check out her Kelly Dolls

And her site (galleries and tutorials on customizing) here -

Want to knit your own Kelly Outfits?

Thanks for looking - See you next time!!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Baby Born Links and Stuff...

One of our favourite baby dolls is Baby Born (43cm).
A sturdy plastic, realistically shaped Baby doll. Of course when new, she can be fed, and pees etc. Not the case in this house, ours came to us secondhand. I notice too, the eyes on the older Baby Born dolls can tend to go a rather creepy opaque reddish or purplish colour - Ive seen cases of both, which may explain the strong secondhand market? Or it may be, that there are always new ones coming on the market, and the older ones are supplanted by the new.
 One tip, dont get felt pen on her, its a devil to get off... In fact, Missy's has orange high-lighter on its face and it will NOT budge! Still, she doesnt mind (Missy, not Baby born!)
Theyre a good size for wee ones to carry, and theyre awesome to dress... and readily found, even in NZ - Around $100 here in NZ. Our toy shops dont carry a great variety of high-end dolls, so Chou-Chou and Baby Born are about it.

Heres what Ive found online for dressing dolls...

A brilliant site with all kinds of info/patterns on it.
Also includes knit & sew patterns for Chou-Chou Dolls, Baby Annabell, Sally, Hannah & Sarah, and Mini Baby Born (11cm)
NOTE - Free patterns - some NOT in english, but also instructions about how to use the pattern, downloading e-patterns etc. Easy to follow.
Zapfs Official Website

Maalfrid Gausels Knitting Patterns - Some for Baby Born sized dolls

Variety of Free Dolls Clothing Links


FREE Itty Bitty Baby Dress Pattern - MADE BY RAE
- Noted as a very small fit for a preemie sized baby. It is ideal for Baby Born or perhaps Berenguer Dolls
Pattern is PDF format.

E-Patterns for Beautiful Baby (doll/baby) knitting

Simple Baby Doll Knitting - BOOTIES

AN E-BOOK on Dressing Dolls

Great eye-candy and some other links I found when I was searching...


NZ Dolls Clothing makers

Making Dolls Clothes - scroll and see a whole lot more links for pages online!

Have a Good Day!

Finally... A place for Doll-talk!

As the title says, this is a place for Everything Dolly!
Any type of doll, any size, shape or colour!
Teenage, toddler, baby doll, ball-jointed, plastic, vinyl or silicone.

As a Mum to three boys, I was delighted when I found out I was to have a daughter.
For all the usual reasons, of course, but also, in the hope that I would finally have someone to share my passion for dolls...
Im not sure she is equally as passionate -give her time, but my five year old LOVES to play with a box of dolls every now and again.
She is, at present, sitting in front of my Barbie furniture, sifting through it, putting things in her Fisher Price dolls house, and talking avidly about the things she is finding. See, for us, THATS what its about...
Not a lot of my dolls are in original condition. Not a lot of this NRFB (Never Removed From Box) to be found here!
Either theyve been mine from childhood, or theyre picked up cheaply and lovingly restored or cleaned up in the hope that I might onsell them (yeah right!) or... well, theyre *saved* now and have a place on a shelf or in a nook at my house, rather than out there in the cold vacant world of the Toybox. I do have some that Ive scrimped and saved for because I simply couldnt do without them... *Riley Kish* cough... yes I have one... and yes, she was worth every penny!
The older I get, the more I realise - I am connected with my dolls and the energy they invoke. When Im stressed, or if Im unable to get into the garden, my other passion, I revert to my familiar energies - dolls.
I look online, I search out information, I read. I knit and crochet, but only ever do I successfully knit or crochet for my dolls. (I couldnt sit still for long enough to complete something human sized!) I may even sew for them if I cant find what I want elsewhere... That might help the endless line of naked vinyl babies we have here!

To *play* with my dolls sometimes just means picking up one, and stroking its hair, admiring its fine detail, then placing it back down again and going on my way. Or it could be that Missy wants me to change one of her dolls for her, and I will sit there fiddling with tiny poppers or zippers or whatever... Wondering about styles, sizes, shapes. Or finding an odd shoe, and rabidly hunting for the matching one :-) If you have Barbies or fashion dolls, youll know what I mean! Those shoes have a way of getting lost... like socks in the washing machine - ya know?

So - This month, Ive just purchased my first dolls online in a loooong time. Not expensive ones really. And I looked around here. Ive been TRYING desperately to de clutter. My extensive Barbie collection is almost thirty years old, and I cant sell them for what theyre worth to me, and I will not give them away... So. Im selling other things instead. And I ll showcase my dolls online. Here. And hopefully others will share their loves, trials, experiences with dolls... If not, I ll yak on, and post photos and links...

Thanks for reading!
Happy Dolling :)