New doll!

FOT23F9This is my new doll I purchased this weekend at the doll show.  She is ‘Evening Elegance’  by Susan Wakeen.   I was not aware of this line prior to the show but I am happy to have discovered it.

She is similar to Tonner dolls but has a simplistic, touching beauty.  I look forward to further research on this line of dolls.  I love her aura of refinement and serenity!

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Yay! I was able to add to my Strawberry Shortcake collection.  I found a bag of ten strawberry dolls at the thrift store last weekend.  Also, there just happened to.be a bag of their clothes hanging next to.them!  Together the two bags only cost me $7!!!  They did need a lot of cleaning up, but as you can see in  the  picture they turned out great. Most of them are from  American Greetings, 1979. They still need some shoes but I am quite pleased to have come this far for so little money.

I plan to keep collecting them, and if I end up with duplicates they will go into my box of dolls I collect to give away every Christmas.😃WP_20150928_005

WP_20150922_003These are my Tonner dolls. The first two from the left are Madame Alexander.  Two Gene Marshall , in the pink box, Alice Cullen from Twilight.  Next in line is another Gene, I believe her title is Breathless.  In the yellow box is Tyler Wentworth.  Sitting down in front of Tyler is another Madame Alexander and the other doll sitting is also a Gene, whose hair I brushed out and it looks gorgeous!

I will soon be changing their outfits to Fall and Winter attire, some of which I have sewn for them.

I had three more dolls of this type that I gave away as gifts, and one that I sold but I regret selling her.  Therefore I look forward to finding and buying more of these dolls as I am able. I would love to get some of the guys, Matt, Trent and some of the others and try my  hand at making suits and casual wear for them.

I sew all.most entirely by hand, as it’s easier to control. I was sewing doll dresses like crazy for awhile but caught the cross stitch bug for a bit.

This weekend I am planning to.cut out a Halloween dress pattern for one of my 18 inch Amy Elise.dolls.  When I finish it I will post the picture.

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These are my Strawberry Shortcake dolls.  Just one category of many in my collection.  The first three dolls on the left are vintage, from American Greetings.  Strawberry Shortcake, Lemon Meringue and Orange Blossom.

The middle section is from a few different companies that purchased the rites to this doll line and then either sold roost them to another company.

The third doll over in the back row (orange hair) was added to the line by the Playmates company in 2006. They named the line, A World of Friends.

In February of 2015 , The Iconic Brand Group bought the rites to Strawberry Shortcake.  The doll on the far right is from this period. I bought her a while back from Wal-Mart for around $10.

Most of my attraction to these dolls is their bright and beautiful colors which remind me of the rainbow…full of promise!

Hello world! I found this site and realized it was a great opportunity to share about my doll collecting. I hope to present a desirable, enticing approach to collecting. I’ve been collecting for about ten years. When I was a kid, I had around 25 dolls, mostly gifts from my grandparents which have been in heaven for some years now. I don’t remember a conscious decision to get rid of any dolls, they just filtered out as i got older. I wish I had of kept them, but starting a new collection has given me new hope.

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