2021 is winding down and in many ways, it feels as if nothing much has changed from last year. I often feel frustrated that I can’t go to doll shows, markets or even to the shops to look at dolls. I feel disappointed with myself for not writing more. This isn’t just because of Covid although that has played its part. I live in a more isolated place now, there is no public transport at all and no shops here in Sisters Beach so I can’t go out unless Naomi drives me.
We are still working on our doll and toy display area too. I thought that after two years here I’d have had my dolls and sewing gear set up the way I wanted but we’ve had a few issues that have made achieving that goal difficult.
As I may have mentioned, Naomi moved here to Sisters Beach in July. Unfortunately, since then she’s had ongoing health issues which have prevented her from doing many of the things she wanted to do. On the positive side she has recently sold her old house at Oatlands and the money from that will mean that we can do some redecorating and reorganising of our hobby spaces. We’re hoping that next year will see her return to being the active person she likes to be and both of us free to pursue our hobbies in our spare time.
One of the things I really have missed is having dolls to fix up for the Op Shop. I used to enjoy fixing them and writing posts about them. Most of the ones I used to fix I didn’t really want to keep. It was just fun to improve them. There are Op Shops in Wynyard but finding dolls to fix at a price I can afford is not so easy. The ones I used to bring home were free because really, I was just borrowing them. I nearly always took them back, although I did buy a few because either Naomi or I wanted to keep them. Working at the shop was good because I could assess the dolls when they were donated. Other people might bin them if they were stained or messy but I knew what I could fix and after a while my co-workers started to save them for me.
Naomi and I were talking about this recently. I was browsing eBay, online is the main way I get anything these days, I told Naomi I was looking for a cheap Skipper and Stacie to fix up. I thought that I might have another try at rerooting because we’d really like to find a friend for Stacie with a different hair colour. I also had thoughts of rebodying a Skipper head onto a Stacie body to get a brunette.
Anyway, Naomi said that as she goes about a bit, her volunteer job is in Devonport and she frequently goes to Burnie as well as Wynyard, she would look out for cheap dolls for me to fix up. She’s always been good at finding interesting dolls and she knows what I like. She suggested that I might sell the dolls once I’d finished with them. I suppose I could do that, not because I want to make a big profit but to pay for the ones we buy.
I haven’t really bought a lot of dolls or clothes this year. I really prefer to see dolls before I buy them, especially playline Barbie and, as I mentioned, I haven’t been able to get the shops much. A lot of the eBay and Etsy sellers that I like to buy clothes from are overseas and either the postage costs have become too high or the sellers can’t post to Australia anymore because since Covid there have not been as many flights. I have started to buy things from members of the Facebook doll groups I belong to. The items are in Australia and the sellers are people that I feel that I can trust. I can see myself buying dolls and clothing this way more frequently in the future, especially as I am interested in obtaining more vintage outfits for Barbie, Sindy, Tammy, Tressy and their family members.
I was excited to discover that Kid Kreations has brought out a series of playline Sindy dolls. Sadly, they are not available in Australia at present but I am hoping that if they are successful there may be future dolls and the possibility of buying them here.
I have started to get back to knitting for my larger dolls and Naomi’s teddies. Once I can set up my sewing machine, I may try to do some doll dressmaking myself. I have a lot of material and patterns. I just tend to like the things that other people make better than my own creations. In other words, I’m lazy :-).
I haven’t become tired of blogging although it’s harder to find new things to write about. I’m grateful for our regular readers who keep on popping in to see if there is anything new. I know I said it this time last year but next year I really do want to try and do more with the blog, have more fashion shoots and show and tell posts.
In conclusion Naomi and I both wish all our readers old and new the best for the coming year. We hope that 2022 brings you joy and that we can continue to entertain you.