Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Linda at Darkroom Dolls nominated me for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. She's given me 10 questions to answer, and I need to nominate 5 people for the award.


1. Do you collect anything other than dolls?
As a seamstress and knitter, I kind of collect fabric and yarn. I'm not one of those people who buys what I need for a project, finishes it, then starts another. I'm a person who buys things with an eye for future projects. Or I buy for a project and start something else instead. :)

2. Why did you start a doll blog?
Sometimes a blog is referred to as the blogger's virtual house. Since I enjoy visiting other people's "houses" and looking at their dolls, I decided to invite people to see my dolls too. I wanted to meet people with whom I share some doll interests, and have all kinds of conversations about doll collecting. I've met some great fellow doll collectors in the two years that I've been dolly blogging.

3. Do you have one particular doll that is the favorite in your collection?
I think my favorite would be Calendar Girl Sydney, by Tonner. Her face paint and hair color just seem to all come together for me perfectly. Also, I like that she isn't very made up. She's more versatile that way.


4. Your favorite doll accessory (American Girl or other)?
A croquet set made by Ashton Drake for 16" Gene Marshall. It fitted into one of her stories. I like having it because croquet was all the rage especially during the 1860s, but played in later Victorian and into Edwardian times. Someday I would love to get enough dolls dressed appropriately to photograph them playing a Victorian game of croquet. The set is both great and kind of a pain, because all the pieces are usable and therefore come loose. Thus, I tend to have the stakes and balls and wickets drop on the floor very often.

5. Do you know exactly how many dolls you have in your collection (you don't have to tell the number of course :-) )?
Not off the top of my head, no. Especially since I have some Barbie size dolls put away until I can get more display space. Hopefully less than one hundred, but they do tend to multiply.

6. Do you play any instruments and if so, what?
I took piano lessons in college and for a short while afterwards, to make up for the fact that my parents would never let me take piano when I was a kid. I haven't practiced at all since then, but I could still play one line of notes with one hand.

7. Where is your most favorite place you've ever been?
Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio. Known as the roller coaster capital of the world because it has so many of them. A few of them are also among the tallest and fastest in the world as well. I love roller coasters, and amusement park rides in general, plus Cedar Point is on a peninsula jutting into my beloved Lake Erie.
There are five roller coasters alone in this photo.
8. What is your most favorite thing about yourself?
Physically, that I have curly hair. :) Character wise, that I'm a good listener, and people tend to tell me things that they don't tell just everyone.

9. Favorite book or movie?
I don't really have one favorite. When I need some light, fun reading, I tend to go back to one of Agatha Christie's numerous mysteries.

10. If you could design your own doll, what would it look like?
She'd have brown hair and probably blue eyes. She'd wear her hair in a pompadour with a knot on top, and she'd be dressed in an outfit from about 1904. The dress would have lots of tucks, ruching and lace. The main color of the outfit would be blue, and she'd wear high-button shoes. She'd have wrist, elbow and knee articulation, with a twisting waist and moveable head, arms and legs.


I now am supposed to nominate five people. I've picked:

Marta at All4Barbie
Hannah at Never Grow Up 
barbielea at barbiebeauties
Vanessa at Van's Doll Treasures
RagingMoon1987 at Confessions of a Dolly Lover

My 10 questions are:

1. Do you collect anything other than dolls?
2. Why did you start a doll blog?
3. Do you have one particular doll that is the favorite in your collection?
4. Your favorite doll accessory?
5. Do you know exactly how many dolls you have in your collection (you don't have to tell the number of course :-) )?
6. Do you play any instruments and if so, what?
7. Where is your most favorite place you've ever been?
8. Where would you most like to visit, that you have never visited?
9. Is there a retired doll or doll line that you'd like to bring back?
10. If you could design your own doll, what would it look like?

12 comments:

  1. Hi Barb, thanks for participating! I love the Gene croquet set too. The doll you describe in answer 10 sounds beautiful :-)!

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  2. Thank you, Linda! I had fun answering these!

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  3. Do I just need to follow the prompts provided?

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    1. Yep. Answer my ten questions, then tag some people, if you know somebody who would like to participate, and give them ten questions.

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  4. I love seeing people's answers to these!

    I'd never seen that croquet set before, but it really does look fabulous - I can see why that would be a favourite!

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    1. The croquet set is very unique, isn't it? AG made a croquet set of sorts for Samantha, but I think it only had one mallet, one ball, and one wicket.

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  5. My original comment got ate - gggrrr ....

    Fun post. I enjoyed reading it. The croquet set is cute; don't some Alice in Wonderland/Looking Glass dolls come with croquet pieces?

    Suggested reading: Ngaio Marsh, Marion Babson, and M.C. Beaton.

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    1. But Alice used an upside-down flamingo in place of a croquet mallet. I have seen Alice dolls with the flamingo/mallet. I remembered after I posted this that one of my Kripplebush Kid dolls is named Playing Croquet and comes with a proportionally sized mallet and ball.

      Thanks for the reading suggestions. I've gotten out of the habit of trying new stuff, after many disappointments.

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    2. Ah, yes, she did ;-)

      I have the Mattel Red Queen, and she has a flamingo mallet. And the dormouse was the "ball," right? Been years since I read Lewis Carroll ;-)

      You're welcome regarding the authors. I hope you like one or all of them.

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    3. Oh yeah, I think the dormouse was the ball. I haven't actually read any Lewis Carroll completely through, but his Alice is so much in the public consciousness, and in numerous re-workings, that I'm pretty familiar with most of it.

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  6. Hello from Spain: Congratulations on this award. Thank you very much for nominating me. I was traveling and could not visit your blog. I'm so glad your prize. I'm very happy. Keep in touch

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