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Its Been Awhile.

I’ve not fallen out of the doll collecting world, my interests sort of went elsewhere. Into writing, but that is neither here nor there really. Working on a novel, some other fandom related (even if my fandom is fairly dead) and the likes.

As to dolls, this year I haven’t bought all that many. I did purchase one Wilde Imagination doll, and with the rising cost of shipping to Canada she may be the last for a long time. It was Dreams of Marigold and Cinnamon, and she’s an absolute beauty. If you have been eyeing her, I do recommend her highly, I should take some new photos of her actually.

Not much in the doll world is really catching my eye lately, if we’re being honest. In terms of play line, I’m waiting to see the new look for Ever After High before I decide. I’ve seen a few photos of them via tumblr, some look strange and others I think really shows the character’s personality but it is just better to see them in person.

I did receive one doll yesterday, due to the postal unease in Canada a lot of online retailers are using other means to ship which is actually great for online shopping as you’ll get your items faster. Not so great if you want to buy of sites like Etsy though, unfortunately.

Anyway, this is a doll I’ve been looking at since 2013 and Wednesday I finally broke down. I’m not sure if this bookstore chain is outside of Canada, but Chapters/Indigo started offering American Girl in select stores over the last two years. I can’t really recall when that started, but I believe to date there are only four boutiques and none near me. Going to a kiosk was a hassle, as again, they’re all at least an hour away.

Discovered the other day they now allow you to buy the dolls online, and they’ll ship to your home. Which is amazing, I only looked at the site as I heard they’re getting the new Wellie Wishers in the next month or so, I had ordered one off AG’s site, but again, postal unease it is really not safe to buy out of country right now.

So I finally bought Beforever Rebecca Rubin and she’s absolutely stunning in person.

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I do have the AG hair pick as well, when I get a small spray bottle I’ll tame her curls. They’re not as bad I was expecting but they do need a little work. I may get some foam rollers to bring the bounce back.

But I’m glad I got her, she’s so beautiful I can’t believe I held out this long. She will be spoiled with outfits and the likes, I’m considering the GOTY come October, as I really like the look of her and I’m honestly not fussed by this sip tie thing. The strings hanging from the neck actually unnerve me a little, what with little boys running around here sometimes. I’ve always been worried one of my nephews would untie my Bitty Baby’s head. Although the youngest of the lot carries her around saying ‘baby, baby’ all the time…I’m seriously considering buying him one for Christmas and making it boy clothes.

I shall try to post more on here, not sure if anyone is fussed for my doll rambling and any time I get into books. Which is rare, as I find most being written now is just mediocre and dull. Suppose I’ll stick to the classics, I hardly watch television honestly since Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is gone. I do follow the ones who played Alice and Cyrus and try to watch their new projects when I can (why though in Tut why…it seemed he died for Tut’s man pain, it wasn’t set up well for a betrayal).

Kind of hoping to get into sewing clothes for AG, making jewelry, with my mum. It should be fun, and I know Lea will be here in the autumn because I can’t stop thinking about her. But first is a stand for Rebecca (I might order two in anticipation of Lea’s arrival), and perhaps her Holiday dress.

There is just something about her that brings back memories of a doll I had when I was eleven. They’re similar in some ways, but I had to throw her out last summer as she was utterly destroyed. I am hoping this doesn’t turn into a small obsession though, mind I may get mum the new Beforever Melody when she comes out for Christmas. According to her, they got the 60s look spot on.

And lets not forget I need the other four Wellie Wishers…my gosh they’re cute! And I need to change this theme.

Little Alice.

I’m making an attempt to post here more often. We shall see how long that lasts.

I won’t rant on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland today (despite an aggravating conversation with my sister on this stupid plot twist they pulled I’m still bothered over…he said he’d been freed before and it didn’t work – go figure she’s a Knave fan and I’m completely for Cyrus so we can’t seem to agree to disagree). But this is Wonderland themed.

I think I’ve already spoken about the Patience line from Wilde Imagination. She’s a bit like a Pullip, but in my opinion worth the price tag. She lacks the fragility that comes with Pullip, she can get a little floppy after awhile but she’s so darn cute one can forgive that, and it makes each expression she makes a little more unexpected.

A few photos I’ve edited of my Wonderland Patience, whom is named Alice as I lacked imagination there (I’m holding out hope for a boy in the line at some point who could have a resemblance to Cyrus…I’d die with joy).

Dreaming.

Alice.

Wonderland adventures.

Alice.

Alice.

Alice.

I love playing with effects and such on photos, and with her it is even more fun as it gives it a bit of a dreamy look at times.

Either way, I am going to attempt to update here more often, be it with doll photos, talk about books or (most likely) ranting that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland needs a second chance (I really don’t watch much television other than that show). So I could get dull, but if you like doll photos you could be in luck.

January blahs.

I had not realized how long it has been since I posted on here!

I wish I could say I’ve been exceptionally busy, but that truly isn’t the case. I have been writing a lot, and well, family drama that fairly ruined Christmas.

A couple new dolls though! First is Tatiana Wynters, whom I received for Christmas.

Tatiana.

She is Past Life Evangeline Ghastly, and is stunning. I’ve never had a dressed Evangeline, and I can see why they’re so expensive. Her outfit is amazing, although she’s a pain to display with the huge skirt but either way, she’s stunning.

Last November I decided to try my hand at NaNoWriteMo, on my own without officially signing up. I completed the required word count in 20 days so I pre-ordered a doll I was wanting as a reward.

Sophie.

Fairy Tale Basic by Tonner from the Re-Imagination line. At first i was thinking of doing her over to look a bit like Emma Rigby as the Red Queen on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, but when I got her out she struck me a lot with her resemblance to Sophie Lowe, so her name is Sophie. At some point I wouldn’t mind finding a wig that looks a bit more like the actress’s hair style and colour, but not sure about that. Her head seems a little loose so one day when I’m money ahead she might be off to the doll hospital.

My first doll of this year follows in with my obsession.

Alice.

Little Alice aka Wonderland Patience by Wilde Imagination. I am completely in love with the Patience line, and she makes the perfect Alice doll with her inquisitive little face. If you’re wondering what she’s holding, it is a bottle of wishes. Most people instantly think of the Mad Hatter, I’m beyond conventional and go right to genie.

Which brings me to my huge annoyance and what is making January even more depressing: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. it saddens and depresses me that the fate of the show seems to be in limbo. I am well aware it was meant solely as a hiatus filler and they’ve admitted their mistake with how it was aired this season (putting it up against The Big Bang Theory was daft at best, but I’ve read it seemed to pull in around 4.4 million viewers so that has to be pretty good, to my way of thinking), but I just wish they’d renew it as the show is just so wonderful and a refreshing change of pace with what is normally on to pick from.

Honestly, how can anyone not love these two?

I was unimpressed with the plot twist back in December, and if it isn’t reversed there will be a lot less of Cyrus as they’ve essentially taken away his purpose in the show (I honestly believe there is a reason he is the third genie needed and it won’t work unless he’s in that bottle…why yes, if you recognize that assertion I am the one who keeps saying that on various social media platforms…I’m also the one who timed how much screen time Cyrus has had: 65 minutes tops…remind me, what is a main character again), but they need to for once try giving something a second chance. There is so much potential here, so many more stories that could be told with these five characters and the show, in my opinion, is far better than the original (which is such a mess I can’t even watch anymore, they bring over the Wonderland cast and I’ll tune in, but if they leave, I’m out again).

It is about time the networks gave a show a second chance, and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is a good place to start from. We don’t need more sex driven plots, catty women backstabbing each other, womanizing men and love triangles that serve no purpose.

We need more shows that spark the imagination, the are filled with whimsy, villains that could go either way, true love that doesn’t end in the normal sex filled rubbish and just something that you come away from feeling happy. That show is my happy place, and the idea that it could be gone in another five episodes depresses me more than I care to admit. Of course the fandom can live on well after the show is gone (many do), but it truly is high time something was given a second chance and this is the perfect one to start with.

Put it back where it should have been, I can wait until December to see it again if I have to, but pulling the plug completely on something so imaginative is only proving to me that no one wants the imaginative anymore. Cheap humour, sex driven plots and reality shows seem to dominate the airwaves and in all truth, if Wonderland goes I’ll more than likely be unplugging the cable.

I’d rather read a book in that case, as there is truly nothing on TV worth watching anymore. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was a breath of fresh air, and I dearly hope the fact no decision has been made yet is a good sign.

If you have not watched the show, I highly recommend it.  There is no need to have seen the original Once Upon a Time, it stands on its own and as I said, it is far better.  With only five characters it flows smoothly and how anyone cannot love Alice and Cyrus is beyond me.

Dress up fun.

Faith and I have been having some fun with clothes.

I don’t own any Marley Wentworth dolls by Tonner, as I only discovered Tonner dolls about two and a half years ago. I did find an old dress my mum had in a lot of Barbie clothes she acquired at an auction. I had a feeling it would fit her and I was right.

Autumn colours.

Anticipating autumn.

Faith.

Girl with a sunflower.

The colour of the dress goes so well with her hair, I really do love it on her. The ‘belt’ I think was something my niece started and never finished, it just seemed like it needed a splash of colour to me.

The second outfit I tried is actually among Ellowyne’s Thrift Shop Finds. It is the Ennui Purple blouse and skirt.

Faith.

Curious child.

The blouse is a bit loose, but it works. If you were worried about decency you could get a little undershirt or tube top on her underneath it. The skirt likely wouldn’t stand on if it weren’t for the two pairs of stockings she has on. But then again, it may very well regardless. Either way, it looks adorable on her.

Faith.

In the garden.

I cannot wait to see what they have in store for her with the autumn release, in terms of new dolls, clothing and anything else their creative minds concoct.

In closing, so this isn’t all dolls, I am thrilled to finally be able to view this on the my television two weeks from today.

Mind you, if you go to amazon you can pre-order the entire Henriad on DVD (what will be on Great Performances) and it is to be released about three days prior to the first airing of King Richard II. I am hopeful they do not take long to ship, as I am eagerly anticipating a day filled with Shakespeare.

Now I just need to finish reading King Richard II.

It takes a little Patience.

Now that we’re sliding into autumn that means one thing in the doll collecting world: new play line and new releases from collector companies! Granted a lot of play line has been trickling out over the summer, but Tonner has only done a sneak peek at what is to come, whilst Wilde Imagination just teases.

One bit of information on Ever After High mind you, they aren’t slated to be in regular stores until December. So much for the Christmas rush, eh? And that is the US, I don’t know about the rest of the world. I suppose it works out, as I think another doll is going to be taking a lot of my money at this rate.

The evening before Tonner revealed Deja Vu (I like the concept of the line, have yet to see a doll that perk my interest but i’m sure one will), Wilde showed off their newest little girl: Patience. The second I saw her I just needed her. Not sure what it was, the big eyes or what but I just had to have her. Thankfully, it worked out and I did get her ordered.

We won’t mention the week long holiday she spent in customs, much to my annoyance. But finally, yesterday around noon she arrived.

Pretty dollhouse.

A little girl and her dollhouse.

She is around 14″ tall and very articulated, making her great fun to pose. The eyes, which I at first fancied would be moved in the same way as a Pullip, actually move depending on how her head/upper body is positioned.

Faith, fairies and pumpkins.

Fairies and pumpkins on my.

I’ve read she can share clothing with Marley Wentworth or the Harry Potter dolls made by Tonner, as I don’t have any of those dolls that isn’t something I can say for certainty but I will assume this is correct information. I have a few dresses here that might actually fit her, so there might be a dress up day coming up. I tested them on Maudlynne and they worked, so here’s hoping.

I’ve renamed her Faith, and rest assured you’ll be seeing a lot of her in the coming weeks as I am completely smitten with her. I actually have a doll room planned, so she is getting her own little bedroom area. She’s already spoiled with a huge dollhouse (the Precious Places Magic Key Mansion from the late 1980s, it belonged to one of my sisters), I have a bed already that just needs the mattress cleaned and some bed sheets and pillows, and of course she’ll be getting quite the wardrobe in the long run. Oh, and an antique quilt made by my late grandma 60 years ago.

I am hoping this line does well for Wilde Imagination, as I’m in love with it already and there is only one doll! If you are a doll collector and considering adding her to your collection, she is worth it. She is kind of like a Pullip without the fragility and issues. The rest of the line will be up at some point this autumn, so I know for one I am eagerly awaiting more.

A few more photos of her around the yard or with Christian (my Mortimer from the Evangeline Ghastly line).

Faith.

Faith.

What can she get up to next?

Rose coloured view.

A little nap.

Resting with an antique quilt.

Faith and roses.

Faith and roses.

Tell me a story

Tell me a story.

Christian and Faith

Christian and Faith.

Mortimer is another doll I recommend highly, he’s gorgeous. I do not photograph him often enough, which is funny since I wanted him all of last year and the only reason I splashed out was the 20% off sale right before Christmas.

I’ll hopefully be back with more of Patience and many other things. I am considering going to a showing of Shakespeare’s Othello in the coming weeks. The only trouble is it is on at the cinema the same night as the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory.

Such a problem I tell you.

We’re all mad here.

Yesterday I was settled down watching Once Upon a Time when I noticed a vehicle pull up outside. Quickly I grabbed my dog to put him in another room and went to the door, as I was only expecting two items I really had no clue which this would be. Although I figured it out quickly when I saw the size of the box seeing as a Pullip arm likely wouldn’t need that much space.

Madeline Hatter.

Madeline Hatter from Ever After High, a gift from a friend in the States. I had originally asked her to see if she could find the doll for me, and I was going to pay for the doll and cost of shipping to Canada. Sadly things happened and I couldn’t afford her, but after some rather distressing news she surprised me with the doll as a gift.

I am still amused (as is she), Maddie showed up when I was watching Once Upon a Time, it would have been even better if it were an episode with the Mad Hatter in it. I’ve heard they’re very hard dolls to debox but I got her out rather easily, maybe there are others in the line that are difficult.

The first thing I noticed when I did get her out of the box was the dolls feel heavier than Monster High, they are thicker in their body and limbs. I know one complaint about them is their heads/faces. Considering I really love Pullip the bigger heads don’t bother me, I think it adds to their charm. They do use the same face sculpt from what I’ve been reading, but each doll has a different look so that can be forgiven. And each to their own, but I do think their faces are bursting with personality.

Madeline Hatter.

Her outfit is colourful and well made, no loose threads that I could find. She is pretty well ‘tea party’ themed, with her little tea pot purse (which really could be used as a tea pot instead of a purse if one so desired), her little teacup hat and the design on her adorable shoes.

It is too bad her curls didn’t do so well with the packaging, but that isn’t any surprise. Play line dolls seem to have issues if the doll has curls, although a good portion of them on the underside of her hair survived and are very much intact. I might read up on boil perming doll hair to see if I can give her some nice curls.

She is shorter than the other dolls in the line (think Howleen or Twyla from Monster High), but she is a lot of cute in a small package.

Madeline Hatter.

Madeline Hatter.

Madeline Hatter.

All in all, I am so happy with her. It will most likely be October or November before the line starts showing up on the shelves here, but I can honestly say I recommend these dolls if they interest you. Each to their own, but I prefer them over Monster High but then I’ve never been a huge fan of monster movies so that could be why. Both are a fun and unique line and will likely do well together (with C.A. Cupid as a crossover character between the two it wouldn’t surprise me to see webisodes with both lines together in the future).

For a month that isn’t going all that well it sure has been a doll filled month thus far. And it is barely half done.

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

This past week has not been a good one. This whole year hasn’t been, but this past week seemingly has solidified the year has it out for me.

It isn’t something I can do anything about either, which frustrates me as this means Thanksgiving and Christmas are officially finished with my family. While I hold onto tradition and family values, they couldn’t care less. I can at least try to keep Christmas the way I always knew it, with my dog at the very least, but Thanksgiving is finished.

Ah, the joys of being the sister who is only spoken to when they want something. One day, they may regret that, who would know.

But I am here to speak of dolls, which sort of ties into my stress of the last week. New playlines have begun appearing on the shelves. The new Monster High dolls hold no interest for me, although I would love a new Cleo de Nile one of these days, if I could find one I like. Of course there is new My Little Pony, Barbie, even saw the new La Dee Da dolls at Target (and by the by Spin Master, where are the stands? If you want me to hand over $20 CDN I would like a stand, otherwise, they can wait for a dandy of a sale). Of course the doll line I’m really looking for is Ever After High and you guessed it, nowhere to be seen. But oddly they’re showing up in England now.

This is the oddest marketing I’ve ever seen in my life, well, that I can recall. I would love to know why this is taking so long. I am highly tempted to e-mail Mattel and ask them exactly when we can expect to see the dolls in Canada, as I am aching to get my hands on them. Mind you, I do have Maddie on the way. A lovely friend in the States bought her and sent her to me as a gift. I was utterly gobsmacked and really need to get to a Christmas/Hallowe’en shoppe I know of to get her an awesome birthday gift.

I also received a new Pullip this week. I had waffled on the Starry Night Dahlia peasant doll for quite awhile, unsure if I wanted to order her. Also unsure if I wanted another Pullip as I really haven’t had a lot of luck with them as of late. Split seems in the vinyl (those are the older ones), eye mechs that don’t work right, crummy wig quality (to the point I rewigged one of them, ah the joy of prying THAT off with a sharp kitchen knife). But she finally won me over. I decided to order her from PullipDollDreams which is a small shop online. Their selection of dolls is smaller and sometimes can be more expensive than PullipStyle, but unlike that store when you pre-order you can do a deposit and then pay the rest, plus shipping, when the doll is in stock. So I went with that shop…as well they were scheduled to get Dahlia a month before PullipStyle.

Tuesday she arrived right as I was about to head out the door for some shopping, and I was absolutely giddy. She is adorable.

Dahlia in box.

She came with a little gift as well, which is just gorgeous. It is in another photo, I took it off the little key ring chain as I could not bear the idea of it being ruined.

Then it happened. It turns out Groove is adding a new design to Pullip which pretty well opens her up to a nice new flaw.

Dahlia.

Both lower arms have a crease in them, but sadly in the case of this one it is a crack. From what I’ve been told this a new design feature added this year, but why I’ll never understand. After a few exchanged e-mails Dahlia has a new arm on the way but it did take the joy out of the day to see that. As well, her eyes won’t close, but I kind of expected that.

The plus though, she has a lovely, soft wig and her stock is well made. Her shoes are enormous on her tiny feet (I read somewhere they’re type 2 shoes…someone forget they’re on type 4 body for Pullip?). And she’s very photogenic! Although too much daylight can wash her out.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

She comes with a broom, head dress, stand and trading card. She is a charming little thing (and if anyone is wondering, her eye lid make up is a pinkish purple, mainly the lighter but a darker shade as eyeliner).

I did check my other Pullip from this year to discover that this crease seems to be the new thing, as Cecily is sporting it as well. How I failed to notice it is beyond me. Fairly certain this is the end of Pullip for me, but hey, now I just get to spoil them with new clothes and where I bought Dahlia is the perfect spot to buy them.

And one last doll, there will be oodles more photos of her come Christmas time.

Cindy Lou Who.

I had been eyeing her in the secondary market dolls section of My Favourite Doll for quite some time. At first I fancied she would make a wonderful Christmas gift for one of my sisters, as she loves everything to do with The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (must be her hero until he changes at the end), but decided I would enjoy her much more. This Cindy Lou Who is certainly more than two though.