Wow! I got a Liebster Award!

image Liebster Award

This is the first time I’ve received any kind of WordPress Award. Thank you Barbielea.

Well, I need no encouragement to talk about dolls, pets or things I love so here goes.

1. Do you have a “go-to” doll – if I said the word “doll” to you, which of your dolls would you picture? (me: Cali Girl Lea, obviously)

No, not really. If I did I’d probably think first of my childhood dolls, Theresa and Christine.

Walking Doll
Here is Christine with a Raggedy Ann doll on her chair in the Doll Room.
60s Hard Plastic Baby Doll
Hard plastic baby doll 1960s-my first baby doll Theresa

2. Doll people tend to be crafty. What was your last non-doll craft project? (Me: probably the last drawing diary I did, which was a while ago now)

I wouldn’t call myself really crafty, I’d like to be but I don’t have the committment. I do a bit of scrapbooking and my last big project was making a special album for Hubby’s birthday with pictures of all his family in it. In the past I’ve made teddy bears, knitted and done a bit of cross stitch and long stitch.

Here is a teddy bear I made some years ago.
Here is a teddy bear I made some years ago.

3. Are you a pet person? Do you have a pet and if not, is there a pet you would like to have? (me: I’ve got too many of the bloody things but I love them all)

Yes, definitely a pet person. We’ve always had dogs and cats around. Our current pets are Cindy, a cream coloured staffy/lab/corgi cross who is 8 years old, and Polly a black and white cat who has just turned a year.

image Cindy and Polly
Cindy with Polly as a kitten.

4. If you were a character from the film “The Breakfast Club”, which one would you be? (If you have not seen The Breakfast Club, you have to watch it before answering this question. Its compulsory :))

It is years since I saw this film and I had to go back and remind myself about the characters. I didn’t try to hunt up the film because I would like to finish this post this week. I think of those characters I’d probably be considered to be the brainy kid even though that’s not really how I see myself.

5. How do you feel about Ever After High? (me: still not committed to a firm opinion yet, but warming to them)

I don’t know a great deal about them to be honest. I do think that they are prettier than Monster High; some of them are very attractive dolls. On the whole though dolls whose heads are out of proportion to their bodies don’t really appeal to me. They don’t fit in with my Barbies either. I tend to like my fashion dolls in the same scale.

6. If you got offered a chance to go work in the toy industry in some capacity, would you take it? (me: depends. If I could still pay my bills and I didn’t have to relocate, I’d give it a go)

Yes, I probably would especially if I got to play with the toys. By that I mean if I could handle them, display them, sell them etc. I wouldn’t want to relocate to do it though so I’ll just keep playing with my own.

7. What would you rather be, Country Bumpkin or City Slicker? (Me: Countryside in most instances)

I’ve lived in the suburbs and now I live in the country and love it. If I lived in town I’d rarely see the countryside because life gets in the way and you just don’t go for a drive as often as you’d like to. My hour-long journey to Hobart takes me on a scenic trip through orchards and farms and river views every time I go to do errands in the city.

Huon River at Franklin, Tasmania
Huon River at Franklin, Tasmania. Wouldn’t you rather live here?

8. Model Muse or Fashionista? (me; Fashionista all the way)

I like the poseability of the Fashionista’s but I don’t like how fragile they feel in my hands or the blandness of some of the playline dolls. I like Barbie Basics but for their faces and their quality rather than the bodies which are hard to pose. If I had to choose though I think I’d go Model Muse.

imageDenim Basics Barbie 02
Sarah showing off her legs, the couch and teddy belong to my sister

9. Do you talk to casual acquaintances about your hobby – is it something you would happily mention the first or second time you met somebody? (me: no, not really – its a big thing for me to talk about it – I’m always interested in how other collectors deal with this)

I used to be very embarrassed about it. My trips to the Barbie aisle were furtive and I hoped that people would think that I was buying dolls for a child/grandchild. Gradually though I have become more willing to admit to being a collector. I think finding so many other collectors online has helped although I still didn’t really talk about it to friends and relatives. Now I might mention when chatting to people I know that I collect dolls  if it seems relevant to the conversation but I don’t go into it a lot unless I’m asked as I don’t want to be a doll bore.  Hubby sometimes shows people who come to our house the doll  room if I’m not there. I’ve occasionally invited someone to see it if they seem interested but I like to make sure it’s all ship-shape first. Once I was asked to supply some dolls for a display by the local history group for Seniors Week and I was happy to do that. I’d probably do it again if I were asked.

Recently at a shop where I was putting dolls on lay-by I said something to the assistant who then asked me “Are you buying them for yourself then?” and I quite proudly said “Yes I am.”

10. What’s your favourite thing about collecting? (me: taking and editing pictures – I love it, its like doing magic)

I’m still a kid at heart. I love to redress my fashion dolls but once I’ve done that I like to photograph them. Sometimes I like to play around with photo editing too. That really appeals to me and it’s nice to share photos of my dolls with the doll community online.

Fun with photo editing
Fun with photo editing

11. If you had to pick one meal that you would have to eat forever from now on, what would it be? (me: crispy duck pancakes with hoi sin sauce and cucumbers and spring onions – followed by my Mum’s apple crumble and custard – I reckon there would be just about enough fruit and veg for me to avoid scurvy, which would be nice, and I don’t think I’d ever get so bored of it I couldn’t eat it any more)

I love roast lamb with baked potatoes and vegetables, peas, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and Yorkshire Pudding. That was our Sunday dinner when I was a child. Except for the broccoli, I can’t recall seeing that before I was grown up. Dessert would be harder to pick because I have a sweet tooth but the one thing I never get tired of because I only have it once a year is Christmas Pudding with cream and custard.

I’ve listed a couple of doll bloggers that I know but if anyone else wants to play please do and apologies if I’ve tagged someone who has already had a go. You are welcome to play again of course as my questions may be different. No bad things will happen to you if you don’t pass this on I promise.


Every Day A Dollie

Dolls for Grown Ups

  1. Do you display your dolls, if so how, if not where do they live?-My answer: I’m lucky enough to have a spare bedroom where most of my dolls are displayed on shelves, or on the furniture but I have lots of Barbies packed away in drawers too.
  2. Apart from doll collecting what other hobbies do you have?-My answer: scrapbooking, taking photographs and watching cricket would be the main ones at the moment.
  3. If it is not too embarrassing to say, what is the most money you have ever spent on a doll?- My answer: I can’t recall the exact amount but it would be around $100 for a large cloth bodied doll with what I think is a composition head and limbs.
  4. If you could commission a doll of any celebrity you liked who would it be?- My answer:I’d love my very own David Tennant 🙂  or for someone who will never be made into a doll Australian T20 captain George Bailey. George has curly hair and a great smile, I’d love my Barbie girls to meet his likeness.
  5. Have you ever belonged to a doll collecting club either in your district or an online one?- My answer:I used to be active in a couple of Yahoo Groups doll groups.
  6. What is your favourite type of music?- My answer: Australian rock music from the 1980s which sounds like a quiz category.
  7. What is your favourite season of the year?- My answer:I love autumn in Tasmania
  8. How does your boyfriend/husband/significant other feel about your doll hobby?- My answer: He’s very supportive even though he says all the eyes in the doll room freak him out a bit.
  9. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert? – My answer: Introvert but I’m the kind that is quite chatty with strangers I meet on the bus etc.
  10. What is the next doll you hope to buy for yourself or will you know her when you see her? – My answer: Most likely it will be one of the new Skippers as I’ve had my eye on them for a while.
  11. Would you ever march or rally or attend a meeting to protest against something that you were really angry or unhappy about? My answer: I just did for the first time. I was at #marchinmarch to protest against the policies of our federal government. I don’t usually do things like that but I’m glad I went.


  1. Fantastic, it’s so nice that you played! Wow, you live in a wonderful place ❤ just beautiful. I think you did better with your questions than I did, I love the one about celebrity dolls, I wish I'd thought of that 🙂 personally, I'd love it if they released True Blood dolls – the actors are so good-looking but they still have great character faces, I think they'd make great dolls. But I don't think they will, it's too adult themed … I'd also love some of the musicians I listen to – can you imagine a Ziggy Stardust doll – coolest thing ever!


  2. So glad getting to see this came later to the game.I adore your Raggedy Ann, I had one exactly like that which lost its pinafore/alron in a move,at liest I didn’t loose her shoes,lol.You are so awesome, love this blog!

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