Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lots of Doll Food!

I have finally got back into the thick of sculpting doll food and it is fun. I have a few items that are recently listed and here are the photos. These items are in 1;6 scale as well as 1:3 scale, for American girl/My Twinn sizes (18-24 inch dolls) Where necessary, I have also put the listing so you can click and see the listing on ebay.  

1:6 scale Cherry pie for Barbie Poppy Parker on ebay   $8.99

1:3 scale Cherry Chocolate Tart for American Girl doll  $9.99

1:3 scale Chocolate Raspberry tart for American girl  $9.99

1:3 scale Bread Board for American Girl doll   $10

1:6 scale set of 3 eclairs for Barbie poppy parker  $7

1:3 scale set of eclairs for American Girl doll  $7

1:6 scale set of 4 eclairs SET B Fashion Royalty  $8

1:6 scale set A set of 4 eclairs  $7

Some of the others are on auction so are ending soon, today one has already been relisted on Buy it now. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

News: Barbie Collector 2016 Membership extended

So, the big NEWS from Barbie Collector on January 6th, yesterday in an email, 
was the above. I copied it but it did not transfer very well. Collectors had mixed feelings from the posts on the Barbie Collector forum who have been wanting sneaks of the new dolls, news of what is to come for 2017, and so on. 

What's new for 2017? They've extended our 2016 membership. Yeah, that's what's new. 
Show 'em what you get!
*Extended use of the forum!
*The oppurtunity to purchase as many direct exclusive dolls while they last!
*First look at sneaks at new dolls, accessories and lifestyle items
*Access to members only content, including designer interviews,
exclusive avatars, wallpapers, & years of archived content. 

So yeah. Whoopee. 

I have only stayed a member of because of the four rewards throughout the year. That is $80 that I get off of expensive dolls, which is the Faraway forest line or other dolls that appeal to me when they have free shipping deals. I admit the Faraway Forest line is the only reason I am staying a member. It certainly isn't because of their marketing skills. The dealers give a better marketing sneak or leaks of what is to come than Mattel. 

Though it sounds like I won't join again, I certainly will because I like this fairytale line of dolls. I just wish more of the dolls had the elf ears like the first one. She was incredible, and I missed out on her. The last doll, Water Sprite I was not happy with as her look is too Monster-High/playline and I am hoping they don't re-do that debacle again. Shudder. 

The new Barbie Collector memberships may not be out until Mid-February or even March. Too soon right now to tell. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Welcome January!

January of 2017 is already here and I haven't done any posts! I have been busy enjoying the fire and eating all the leftover Christmas and New Year goodies...
I did take some photos of my girls in their gowns around the tree just for fun. 

As you can see, I have de-boxed my Elyse and I adore her. I need to do a really great scene with these ladies. 

All for now- Lisa 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017!

Here's to a Happy New Year in 2017!  Wishing all of my friends and followers of this blog Champagne wishes and caviar dreams and that holy grail doll this coming year....Let's clink our glasses to the coming blessings of the New Year!

See ya on the flip side! 

#2017 #letscelebrate #happynewyear 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Saying Farewell to Tonner Doll Company, say Hello to Phyn & Aero!

I have held off writing about Robert Tonner's email that came in on my email
on December 22nd, simply because like most of his customers, I believe his timing was way off. 

I mean, c'mon Robert. It was three days before Christmas. And you're telling your fans ...your loyal fans and customers for over 25 years- No more Ellowyne. No more Evangeline Ghastly,Deja Vu,  no more Tiny Kitty, no more Tyler Wentworth. 

Instead, there will be a new game in town...wait for it...Phyn & Aero! 

I don't think that made the fans feel any better. There weren't any sneaks of what is to come, to get them excited, no words of comfort. I don't collect Ellowyne exclusively- (I only have one doll in my collection) but I felt tearful for those collectors upon reading the email. 

And so here it is. 

Tonner’s 25th Anniversary Year re-cap: 
2016 has been, perhaps, the most momentous year of my life. Celebrating 25 years of creating dolls and accessories was really kind of humbling. Culling through photographs of past events and seeing the faces of people getting so much joy out of the dolls and events we’ve produced was truly heartwarming. It reminds me yet again of how lucky I’ve been to enjoy a hobby that turned into a career and a business.
I’ve frequently been asked what have been the greatest accomplishments of my last 25 years in this business and there are definitely some standouts: 
-My first New York Toyfair, sitting at a single table in our tiny booth and selling out everything I brought in the first few hours. 
-The first Tyler Wentworth dolls arriving at our warehouse and eventually shipping to retailers. 
-The Betsy McCall and Mary Engelbreit licensed products that were so cherished and charming. 
-Being the only company to produce Harry Potter dolls for six years. 
-Ellowyne Wilde and the creation of Wilde Imagination, which allowed me to move in an entirely new direction. 
-All of the employees who have supported me along the way, whether they believed in what I was doing, or not! 
Currently, I’m spending a great deal of time learning (and hopefully mastering) some very new computer sculpting programs that, combined with state-of-the-art production capabilities, provide an entirely new method of creating dolls. I call it the “New Art of Doll Making™” and I’m really excited about what we’ll be doing in 2017 and beyond. It’s also awakened a pioneering spirit in me again and I’ve decided it’s time to completely re-think what we offer to collectors. Therefore, although Tonner will continue to make all of our established licensed products such as DC, Gone with the Wind, Outlander, etc., all of our proprietary lines, as well as those of Effanbee and Wilde Imagination, are being discontinued. 
A new company is being launched and it’s called Phyn & Aero. We will be introducing three new lines in 2017 in collaboration with innovative (and incredibly talented) new designers. I really feel it’s time to broaden our perspectives and see what some fascinating (and younger!) designers create for our collectors. I believe the collector market needs a major shake-up and I’m quite sure this will be it! 
As always, I’m so grateful for all the love and support you’ve shown to me over the years. I am also terrifically excited about the direction we’re heading in and hope you will join us along the way in this new, incredibly exciting adventure!

In all fairness, I myself understand a company needs new vision, new lines and new direction. But I feel the tone of this letter could have been handled with more tact to the paying customers and with a little more finesse. It's almost like this company doesn't care what their customers think and I suspect that they are going to not only compete with such doll companies as Kingdom doll and the bjd companies but smaller companies such as Integrity toys as well.

If so, Tonner better step up his game on articulation and customer service. I am hoping for the best for this company but this letter gives me mixed feelings on their haphazard new direction. This is just my personal opinion. I have loved their dolls and have a few in my personal collection.

Here's looking forward to new things from Phyn & Aero in 2017.....

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Love, Life and Lace Agnes Von Weiss...Merry Christmas to me!

So my event doll, Love , Life and Lace Agnes Von Weiss , arrived just in time before Christmas and this was my Christmas gift to myself.  I had to sell a few of my Agnes dolls this year because of the medical bills except Concerto in M, my favorite, which I will never part with. I will be getting another one soon in the sister Moguls set in January- yeah!

I de-boxed her last night.  I haven't felt much joy lately in de-boxing my dolls but I did with this beauty. I am finally getting my happy back ...and it feels so good.  This has been a year from hell on so many personal levels I can't begin to explain. Looking at this beauty, she takes all of it away. I love her sulky expression. Personally, I love her Mess with me bitch expression. ( Dear Reader, I apologize for the profanity ahead of time here. But Agnes brings that cattiness out in us doll collectors. It is all meant in fun.) 

Something else that gave me surprise when I deboxed her was the number on her certification. 379 out of 1420!

My only problem with this doll is her shoes. I did not take a picture of them, they are lovely strapped heels, very well made, but impossible to put on. I put them on her feet but strapping them on is impossible. I honestly wish Integrity would not make these god awful shoes that require a magnifying glass and skeletal fingers to put on the dolls. A simple pair of pumps would have been fine in the toned satin to match the gown. Strapped sandals that have straps that come apart don't appeal to me. My Veronique convention doll's shoes had a piece that came off her gladiator sandal and her shoes I didn't even bother to put on when that happened. It really is frustrating to have these intricate shoes that are a bear to put in. I would much rather have the intricate gown than intricate shoes I can't put on the doll. Just my two cents. 

All in all, she is lovely. I hope that everyone who got her loves her. She is definitely a keeper. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016