Sunday, January 3, 2016

Plans for 2016

I've had vague ideas about what my 2016 doll collecting and blogging goals should be, but when I took some time to really solidify my plans, they boiled down to putting more time into my hobby! I still want dolls to remain fun, but I want to push myself a little farther this year. I'm hoping that I won't burn myself out on doll collecting, but that I'll get more out of it if I put more into it.

I would like to add a few more dolls to my collection, but I'm not in a huge hurry. I have some J-Dolls on my wishlist that I'd like to acquire if I find them at a good price. I picked up a Georgia doll for my 10" Ann Estelle crew, and I'll be posting some pictures of her. I wouldn't mind picking up a few more dolls in that size. I might think about getting another Makie.

I did dip my toe into the world of Ever After High dolls! I had some store credit at zulily from something else, so I was able to pick up Ashlynn Ella and Hunter Huntsman for only $13.99, including tax and shipping! Yeah, like I needed another type of doll in my collection, but there are a few I've thought about getting that I still really like after a period of months, so I couldn't resist kicking my collection off with a fantastic deal.

Sewing more doll clothing is a big goal. Buying dolls on a budget often means buying nude or basic dolls, so there's not a lot of doll clothing going around to begin with. I also need to make more items to sell in my Etsy store. Yes, I know you're not supposed to start an Etsy store with only one item. I'm hoping it will be a motivator for me personally to sew more if I have a shop open. For sewing doll clothes in general, I need to remind myself that the more I sew, the better I will get.

I would like to write four new posts every month. Usually in a good month I publish three. I figure if I do more sewing, more doll dioramas, and more traveling with Meg, I'll have enough to write about. Speaking of which, Meg is accompanying the Evil Genius family on a trip very soon! I'll tell you about it when we get back. I also have a surprise or two that I hope to share as the year goes on!

I'll close this post with a couple pictures of Ann Estelle in the dress that I made for my Etsy store.



15 comments:

  1. Your plans sound great! The only one I'm not sure about is the more posts per month. Usually when I'm making things I have less time for writing posts. For me, it takes forever to shoot, choose and edit the pictures and then compose the text. But I hope you'll do better than me :) Good luck, I'm looking forward to seeing your new dolls and more of your sewing!

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    1. I totally understand what you're saying. What I'm hoping I can do is kick myself into doing things more often. I tend to procrastinate a lot, but I actually enjoy successfully accomplishing something once I push myself to do it. Part of my plans also include the fact that one of my daughters has moved out, and the younger one is needing less of my time. I'm hoping to really carve out more me time this year. Four posts may not actually be doable, but it's what I'm going to try for.

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  2. Love your plans for the New Year. Pretty dress as well. Looks lovely on your Ann Estelle doll.

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  3. I like your plans for 2016, a rate of 4 posts per month is excellent, and yes! more sewing! I'd love to see your creation for all diffrent size dolls!
    Happy New Year Barb!

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    1. I'm hoping your sewing will be one of the things that encourages me. :)

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  4. That dress looks great - worthy of opening up an etsy shop, even on its own! :)

    You have some solid plans for the year - more posting is on my list as well.

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    1. Thank you! I hope we do get to see more posting from you too.

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  5. Great plans you have for this year! Opening the Etsy store was already a good step that you took, congratulations! The dress is very cute, it looks lovely on the doll. And if you're going to do more sewing, the shop will be filled with dresses before you know it :-)!

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    1. Thank you! I hope your Bluebird sewing goes well too.

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    2. I haven't made progress anymore because of my new doll Iris arriving :-). I'll continue soon though.

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  6. This doll looks very sweet in dress sewn by you. I usually don't make plans about publishing anything, because if i do i ususally can't finish at time or sth else happens.;)

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    1. I'm glad that you like the dress. I know what you mean about life getting in the way of getting things done. :)

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