Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Plans for 2017

I looked over my New Year's dollie resolutions from 2016, to see how I did, and what I wanted to change or continue this year. Last year, I managed to post four times a month for the first half of the year. The second half of the year got really crazy, and there is still some chaos and stress at Casa BTEG, so I don't feel too awfully about meeting my posting goal for the whole year. I'm going to shoot for four posts a month again anyway. I like to keep this blog active.

I was planning to photograph my 10" Georgia doll, but she needed a wig, which I never bought. I also have a Patsy that I need to re-wig. I've never bought a doll wig before, and I keep second guessing which wigs would look best. There are also a *lot* of choices out there! I ought to make the wig thing a higher priority this year, so these dolls can be complete.

Of course, I wasn't sure last January that I would be buying much, and then I went crazy about Ever After High, as you'll see when I blog about one of my Christmas presents. It didn't hurt that most of the EAH dolls I bought were marked down, being older releases. I was thinking seriously about getting another Makie, but that didn't happen, after the company suddenly disappeared.
At least Meg has a lot of doll friends to play with.
Other than Ever After High dolls, I bought one curvy Barbie, one petite Barbie, two Star Darling dolls, and a discontinued LIV set that I bought mostly for the display window. Unless I fall in love with another doll line this year, my doll purchases will probably be down. However, I've also purchased some furniture, and a LOT of accessories like Re-Ment. That will probably continue in 2017.
I've found making time to sew doll clothes difficult. This is probably partially because of my depression issues, and partially because of a schedule which changes every day. I keep trying for big blocks of time to get sewing (or knitting) done; what I need is to do a little at time when I have the opportunity. For some reason, I don't feel motivated to go to my sewing table unless I can get a huge amount done at once. That's just holding me back.

I have a couple of construction projects that I want to begin, but we don't have space for me to take on a big project right now. Likewise, I've been trying to paint doll accessories in my sewing area, which involves a lot of moving things around. I'd like to set up a dedicated space for painting (which I will probably share with my husband and daughter, who paint gaming miniatures.) That crafting space won't be free until later in the year.

Lastly, I've been thinking about starting a running storyline here featuring my dolls! I have an idea that I'm trying to develop into a working plot; hopefully I'll get it started within the next month.


14 comments:

  1. Happy New Year!

    I'm looking forward to seeing your running storyline. Those are always fun! :)

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  2. All the best for the new year Barb! I was going to do a review of how well I did with my goals last year, but then as I started looking through what I did get...it scared me too much, I failed big time! As a result I decided not to ;-)

    I am not especially motivated to sew at the moment either, I wonder if it is this time of the year that also doesn't help.

    I look forward to your storyline, that sounds like fun.

    I just love your sweet Makie girl...sometimes one is best!

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    1. I could have done a lot more sewing than I did, certainly! I'd like to stock my Etsy shop better, at least.

      I think the darker days and lots of rain/snow definitely contribute to lack of motivation.

      I agree that sometimes one is best. :) I was really getting intrigued, though, with designing new faces. I had a face saved on the Makie website, but of course it's gone now.

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  3. Good luck with your plans. I'm especially interested in that doll story. :)

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    1. Thank you, IHime. I guess I'd better get working then, hadn't I? :)

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  4. Happy New year! That Liv playset is a great find! Be careful of Rement...they can be addictive!

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    1. Happy New Year! I'm trying to really bargain hunt for the Re-Ment stuff. Hopefully that will keep me from spending too much money.

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  5. You've got a lot planned! Fingers crossed that it all works out!

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    1. Thank you, Muff! Hopefully I haven't bitten off more than I can chew.

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  6. Those sound like some great goals for the year and what a great way to enjoy the dolls you already own. Looking forward to your blog in the coming year. :) I loving seeing the LIV doll as I used to love Liv dolls! (Still do.) :)

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    1. Thank you! I like the LIV doll that I have. Her hair is very soft, and of course she poses well. Her outfit is a strange mix of patterns, though!

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  7. Yes! Run a storyline. I love stories with doll actors. I'm totally hooked.

    I have been eyeing that Liv Display window. I thought about it for the bridal salon, but then changed my mind. That window will look great. Please show what you do with it.

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  8. That does it, I'm definitely going to have to get my first installment out this month!

    I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the window. It's a little low for your bridal salon, maybe? I'll have to at least make up a window display and post it.

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