Has it really been 8 years since I started this blog? I look back over my earliest posts. Some things have changed a lot since then. Others have not.
At the time of writing most of my dolls are still stored in boxes while we figure out how to jam two collections into two rooms. Naomi has teddies and other toys as well as dolls and it is going to take careful planning to be able to display everything.
Our fashion dolls and their props are taking up an ever increasing amount of space. These are the ones that we play with, redress, photograph and so on so they don’t need display space so much as a storage area and a flat surface where we can set them up temporarily. We have bought a trestle table for this purpose and when the displays are set up it will go into that area with chairs for us to sit at. The vintage fashion dolls will go on display in a cabinet or on shelves and be brought down when we want to play with the Dream House or Fashion store or any of their other bits and pieces.
One thing that has not changed over eight years is my disenchantment with playline Barbies. I even look back on the earlier Fashionistas that I originally turned my nose up at with some nostalgia. I don’t think this is going to change a lot because while I agree that it’s nice that Mattel has brought in more diversity to its playline the fact is that I don’t like that many of the dolls. I don’t want dolls with weird clothes and hairstyles. I don’t find them attractive. If I don’t like a doll’s expression I generally won’t buy it and modern dolls often just look blank to me.
I am not part of Mattel’s target market. I realise that. Still I probably have enough Barbies now to just buy one now and again when I see one I like.
When I do buy dolls now I spend way more than I used to. I like vintage fashion dolls and I now want to concentrate a bit on getting vintage or at least reproduction outfits for them and completing outfits I already have. The cost of the tiny items that are usually missing from outfits is pretty high but I get them when I can. Last year, as you recall I bought one of the Kid Kreations Sindy dolls. I would have liked two but I’m not completely mad. I knew I could only afford one and chose the one I liked best.
I know that I haven’t been as active on the blog this past year as before. I try never to miss Fashion Doll Friday but even though I have had more time on my hands I haven’t written as many posts as I used to. Of course I used to write a lot about the dolls that I fixed up for the Op Shop and I don’t do that now but otherwise I’m at a loss to explain why. I don’t want to stop. Perhaps it’s normal after so long to slow down a bit. Many of the blogs that I used to read when I started don’t seem to be around now.
However, I am not going anywhere. Literally, I’m not going anywhere. I am never moving house again. Ever! As we start to get the displays set up I will probably feel more motivated to write about what is happening. I don’t see myself buying a lot more big dolls unless I let some go because I don’t think there is going to be room for many more. I don’t want to have dolls in boxes that I never see forever. I know some people rotate their collections. That doesn’t really appeal to me, not with the big dolls so I may have to decide which ones I want to keep collecting. I would never part with my childhood dolls or the vintage ones of course. Who am I kidding? Nearly all my dolls are from the sixties or earlier. I won’t part with my Metti and Netta dolls either, as they are a bit of SA history even though I never played with those as a child. Anyway, I won’t make any decisions about that till we’ve got the two rooms sorted out.
My goal for Year 9 of this blog is getting back to doing more posts about non fashion dolls, including paper dolls and dolls houses and answering readers mail more. I know I have been shocking in this area and I’m very ashamed of that.
Thank you to all those long time readers who have stuck around even though there hasn’t been as much going on in the blog as previously. I hope that when I write Blogiversary #9 I’ll have a lot more to talk about.