Monday, March 9, 2015

What kind of doll lover/collector are you?

I haven’t really figured out what kind of doll lover I am.

Some collectors buy their dolls based on the character/s they love.
Others wanted dolls in a favorite series, or two.
I noticed that some are into investing – like buying during the doll conventions,
resell to friends and interested parties later,
but still keep some for themselves.
I also notice collectors who just enjoy the thrill of finding
that rare, unique, holy grail doll.

But I noticed that I kind of not belong to any of those mentioned.
Every time I find a new release, I would immediately think,
“who is she gonna be if she was here with me?”
or “what type of girl could she be so that I can already design her outfits?”

I always do that.
Perhaps, you guys can relate, because most of you here
are character builders, if there’s such a thing.

I think we are the artistic types of collectors.
Because aside from buying the collectible, we do something with it, not just put them in cabinet.
We see our collection as a part of something bigger, for our works of art in the making, yeah?
Some of you here make your dolls as characters for your photo stories,
or models for your photography,
or inhabitants in your DIY dioramas!
Most of us sort of recreate these characters, don't we?

I mean, don’t get me wrong.
I love my dolls from the first time I saw them on the monitor
 to the moment they have evolved into their own characters.

But it’s just that these dolls become more and more
the character I want them to be as time goes by.
Geez, I’ve never had a doll in my life
that I have not given a name to. 
Each one was special and unique in her own way –
 she has her own attitude, lifestyle, personality and preferences. 
Crazy, eh?

Some of you who've been around reading my blog for some time now,
probably read one post my Dolly Profile series. 
Although I have not yet completed posting all my atelier models’ profiles,
I have all their 'information' drafted in my doll profiles notebook.
So that means more profile posts to come this year =D

Here are some ladies who have undergone
character development from the time they arrived at the atelier:


Sue arrived as a Dynamite Girl from the Check Mates collection.
From a teenage sweetheart, she transformed into a soulful little surfer gal
(gave her a spa and since then she literally let her hair down)


Anais was once Lucy, a bride of Dracula.
Upon arriving here at the atelier, she decided to quit her nocturnal instincts
to perform in theaters
(Gave her spa and a cut to give her that modern look)


Aya arrived as Miss Weekday Momoko.
But over time, she has become the cottage chic gal
who champions my summer dresses (pulled down her hair, too)


Tessa was Dracula’s Contessa
But just like Anais, she decided she needs to tan up a bit…
(cut her hair short)


Kei back then was Sunset Rave Ayumi.
I shortened her hair as well so she can move around
when performing with her band.


Once Sweet Freedom Susie, Sunny now enjoys my comfy
but stylish garments during her off-duty days
(her braids were undone this time…)


And last but not the least, Cece,
whom I purchased locally as Fashionista Sassy.
Now she enjoys being a part time model and likes her awfully lovely curls..

So yeah, I kind of make changes to these lovelies once in a while
to fit the characters that I see in them.
The other girls didn’t get any makeover
because they probably arrived in a state that already is the character,
or to me, they’d look awful in another look.

I also wanted to do faceups or repaints
but I thought it will need some time for research and practice
so maybe I can do that some time later.

How about you guys? Did you change your dolls' looks since they arrived?
Do they undergo changes often?

I'm not really worried as to how I act around my dolls.
But, just what kind of doll lover are you? 

s h a s h a


  1. Hello from Spain: your collection is fabulous. I prefer fashionistas Barbies. I always have my favorite Barbies. In the future I want to buy Poppy dolls but are very expensive in my country. Keep in touch

    1. Hi there, Marta! I love Fashionistas, too! They're fun to play with.. all good vibes and really cooperative with our shoots (nice articulation).. I like to bring them along for outdoor shoots :)

  2. Hi Shasha, I believe I'm an odd doll collector. I limit myself only to MM Barbies and FR, I've picked the perfect doll (IMHO) for each face sculpt and so far I've never been disappointed. It's a diffrent story with the Hommes, as I had to change a couple of hairdos.
    The fact is, I use them as models for my fashions, and I want only dolls I can relate to as they were characters. Each of them has a story and a name, so maybe I fit in the "creative" pattern.

    Your girls are beautiful, I expecially love the two Kesenia.
    Kisses Billa

    1. Oh, Billa... I guess we're kind of in the same frequency, making our dolls our models and having each one their own names and stories, all of them with attitudes we can relate to =)

      Yes, I think these Kesenia molds are super sexy...

  3. Such a great question and I must say that I am a abstract collector so to speak. As you know my Cara and Curtis are my original childhood dolls as well as my accessories from the 70's. Being that I built my dolls around them and created a family for them. The the HF dolls came along and they had AA grand parents so I just had to have them, which led to getting all the other HF dolls and most of their accessories. Then of course I need extended family members, neighbors, Bff, dogs etc!! I have two FR dolls that I brought off Doll Divas. My Dynamite Reese is still in her box because she looks like a present I don't want to unwrap!! I play and dress my dolls based on "their" personality so I haven't really gotten to the point where I have to have most of the new dolls that come out. Now theyhave to not only grab my attention but convince me to relocate them here in Dotsville.

    1. Ahehehe they have to try hard (harder than Reese) to convince you to have them relocated to Dotsville, then! When I see a new doll, there's always this question if she could fit in with the lifestyle at the atelier, though these girls don't live there. Relocating may not be necessary, but they had to visit every once in a while =D

      It's so nice for you to be able to keep your childhood dolls. I have only have one left, because my two younger brothers weren't very nice to most of them. I missed them but I'm glad I still have Diane ;)

  4. I love the changes you made to some of your dolls. It completely changed their persona. I'm all about family when it comes to my dolls. I started stories for two reasons; 1) To get people interested in my Etsy store and 2) To show successful, happy Black families. The stories took on a life of it's own, so it has expanded to lots of different families.

    1. I think family stories are just fun! They have different personalities and things could be funny and interesting (family secrets, etc). I'll probably stick to just buddies for now, but who knows? I already once mentioned that one of my girls has a family already so once I find the right dolls to take on the roles, I may post a thing or two about them too :)

  5. When I see a new doll I ask the same questions. Do they speak to me or tell me who they are? If I don't get a vibe from them they don't join my collection. If they speak they're given personality and then I decide all the particulars. They get that background and they're in :O)

    1. It's gets more exciting the moment they join in because you get to dream up the particulars about their lifestyle, personality, relationships... Sometimes it's a little frustrating to get into the nitty gritty of making diorama when you don't have the technical skills but the drive to materialize all your vision had to be bigger than the challenges being faced to finally say you've succeeded at giving them "life"... Whew, some thought there LOL! But, thanks for making me articulate my thoughts there, Anika :D


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