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Friday, November 14, 2014

Barbie/ Ever after high vs Miniatures

When I started collecting dollhouses and take up my miniature hobby for real, I slowly packed away my Barbie dolls. I have a hard time focusing on both hobbies in the same time. So I have been all about dollhouses for a couple of years. And I started to wonder if I should sell a few dolls, to get money for more miniatures.. and I have no space for all my dolls.. But when I started to look at all the dolls I have collected through the years, I had a hard time seeing them leave =) I have sold a few, like 6 of them in this last month, but.. I bought two new ones too.. I just can't stay away from dolls. They make me happy, like miniatures.

The two new dolls, it's a new category for my collection, all a sudden I discovered Ever after high dolls, and I "fell in love" with a Madeline doll, I just had to have her.. so a new collection is on it's way... that's how it goes when you try to stop collecting something.. ;)
 
Anyway one of my new and wonderful blog-friends, Jane, offered to help me get two of the Ever after high dolls. Dexter and Madeline. And this week they arrived by mail. I was so excited! And when I opened the box and saw Madeline I was over the moon!! She is so beautiful. I feel very silly, I spent a long time yesterday just looking at my new dolls. I was truly happy, just like a child with a new toy. I always kind of hidden my doll interest since it's only for kids.. but I'll stop that now, I'm proud of my dolls and I really love them! If dolls and dollhouses makes me happy, I will keep getting them! Just wish I had more space so that I could display them..

I have seen people taking lots of pictures of their Blythe dolls and taking them everywhere and I always thought it was nice to see, but not for me. I'm more of a collector, that loves my dolls in a box.. and they just stand there in the box and I look at them =) But now when I got Madeline unboxed, I was so happy I could actually touch her =) And pose and take pictures, and I discovered how fun it really is. And this is the first doll I own that can move like this, both legs, arms and hands. I might just have to unbox Dexter after all....I love having dolls in their box, untouched.. But it would be fun to hold that Dexter doll in my hand too... will see how it goes =)


And now when I got back my Barbie interest, my dollhouse interest went down a bit... But I hope to combine these two now.

Ok, now to the pictures =)


Dexter Charming and Madeline Hatter
I most say that it's a great name for him, I think he is quite charming ;) But I don't like the fact that he isn't wearing his glasses, they are in his hand, so that makes me want to unpack him even more, to put on those glasses)
I have started to like Alice in wonderland, even do I never finished the book (got half way when I was younger) and the Disney movie, half way. I have to see something about Alice, the whole story. I saw Once upon a time in wonderland and loved that, so that's when my wonderland interest started =) And I bought a picture book for my daughter about Alice, and we both love it. And both the Madeline doll and the Lizzie doll from Ever after High (with a history from wonderland), are very beautiful..


 Like I said I never had a doll before that can move like this. Both arms, legs, hands. It's fun =)


I actually wanted another Madeline doll first. The first Madeline doll, the one with polka dot gloves, that was the one that made me interested in Ever after High dolls, and I wanted to buy her, but they are quite expensive here in Sweden, and the Dexter doll was very expensive and could only be found online. Then I saw wonderful prices on amazon, but the shipping for two dolls were high, so I thought I could buy Dexter since he was so much cheaper from USA than here. And maybe buy Madeline in Sweden later, since she is common here. Jane offered me help to buy Dexter and offered me her Madleine doll from the tea party set. I was a bit sceptic at first, I wanted the polka dot gloves.. But now I start to think this one might be even more beautiful than the first one (but I still want to buy that one too ;) ) so I'm so happy this was the doll Jane could send me!! And my husband actually likes her too, and he is not a doll fan.. =) And I haven't seen this Madeline doll anywhere in Sweden, so I couldn't have bought her on my own here, not even online from Sweden, so it's kinda cool to have something that is unusual =) And soooo beautiful =) I love her so much =)
And it was so thoughtful of Jane to send this cardboard picture of her too! Love it, it will look beautiful on a shelf beside the dolls!

My daughter is the best daughter in the whole wide world, and she was so gentle and sweet when I got my dolls. She knew I wanted a Madeline doll, and we have been to the store to look at her several times =) And she was very happy for me when I got it. And she accepted no touching and that it's my doll. She run to get her princess doll and they had a chat =) She never touched my doll, just talked to it and played with her own doll. Today we played a little together with our dolls again =) I was afraid she would be rough with this doll and maybe break it since she is so small, not even 3 years old, but she is very gentle =)


I thought it could be fun to take a picture of Madeline in my dollhouse, since she is the mad hatters daughter, she is used to crazy scales and wonderland, so she felt right at home going to a crazy tea party in my nursery ;)



I think she is perfect and I'm so glad Jane sent her to me!! Thank you Jane!!!

Like I said, I hope to combine my hobbies and to get a shelf to display this beautiful doll on. And I hope there will be more Ever after high dolls coming my way =)
And thank you all for your sweet comments when I was sick, I hate being sick (who doesn't) but now I feel much better!

Take care
Hannah

24 comments:

  1. I know what you mean I wanted a Blythe too but then I saw momoko on pint rest and now that's what I want, I think she's wonderful but she's very expensive I'm going to have to save to get her

    Hugs
    Marisa

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    1. I felt like I "had" to have a Blythe because my dead friend loved them, and I wanted one to remind me of her. But it was a bit stiff, these dolls are more fun to "play" with =) But my Blythe will have a honourable place on a shelf =)

      I have seen Momoko too, and wow! Wouldn't mind having one of them either.. but like you said, its very expensive.. Hope you get your Momoko one day =)

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  2. Dear Hannah, The part about your daughter really brought tears to my eyes. How sweet! I'm so proud of you for coming forward about your love for dolls. It takes a lot of guts to share something that we kept close to our hearts, to share something we really love, not knowing the reaction of others. When I started my blog, I shared that I loved mini plush critters, and I thought I would die of embarassment at first. But this amazing community of people was out there, and they were supportive from the beginning. I feel so grateful for our blogging community, some of the nicest most supportive people ever! Your new dolls are really cool, and I hope you'll make a background for them so you can take some photos of them and show us! Jane is an amazing friend, and it was so like her to offer to help you get the dolls.I'm super excited for you! xo Jennifer

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    1. I love seeing my daughter play with her dolls. I would never force dolls on her, but I'm happy she likes dolls too =)

      It took me several years until I could tell people I made miniatures, and still I feel a bit silly sometimes, both about my dolls and my miniatures. But I found so many wonderful people out there that likes the same things as me, and that makes it much easier to keep doing what I like.
      I agree, the blog community is always positive and supportive, I'm so happy I started this blog and found these most wonderful people! (like you, and so many others I "meet" here!)

      My husband beat me to it, with the pictures, he has been taking some cool pictures of my doll already =) He is a good photographer and I hope he will teach me some tricks. And I also hope to build some kind of scene for my dolls in this scale. But I have so many things I like to do.. and so little time and space =)

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  3. Hi!
    Beautiful dolls! Wonderful gifts!
    It is so fun when you are able to share your hobby with your daughter!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Hugs
    Kikka

    PS. your parcel came yesterday! I am so happy that the first day to open one of them is quite close already! Thank you...
    :)

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    1. Thanks Kikka! And I wish you a nice weekend too! And I'm so glad the package arrived, I'm counting the days until I can open your first package =)

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  4. Wonderful dolls, Hannah and great gifts :D!
    It's so sweet to share your hobby with your daughter.
    I wish you a nice weekend. Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Thank you, and the same to you Ilona!

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  5. Congratulations Hannah! Your new dolls are beautiful and it's really wonderful that Jane was able to find them for you. It is so sweet of your little daughter to
    understand that the dolls were meant for you.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thank you Drora! I have given quite a lot of dolls to my daughter from my collection, but they were cheaper dolls =) I'm glad she can accept that some dolls are expensive and just for me, it's hard to draw a line, since dolls are toys and she loves them too, but it's nice that we can play together and that some things are just mine, and some hers =)

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  6. I'm so happy for you Hannah! It is wonderful how our hobby, dolls and collections make us feel. I think it beautiful too that you have your daughter to share the dolls with. I am sure she will have wonderful memories growing up as you did of your dolls. Thank you for sharing with us and the pictures are fabulous!
    Have a great weekend,
    Lisa

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I'm still learning to take better pictures, but it's a lot of fun trying. My daughter sat and watch me take photos today, she loves just sitting with me and look at these dolls =)

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  7. I'm glad you feel better. Your new dolls are wonderful. I love your daughter's understanding of not playing with Mom's doll. So sweet!
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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  8. Your dolls are beautiful. It is wonderful that you can share your love of dolls with your daughter. In a few years she will be asking for these special dolls of her own :D
    Hugs Maria

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    1. She has already start to ask for ever after high dolls of her own =) She wants Apple and Kitty Cheshire. If I ever get these dolls I don't know if she would be very happy if I kept them for myself like these two =) But she is too small for these now, but one day I might buy one or two for her too. But for now we play together with our own dolls =)

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  9. I am so happy that you like your dolls Hannah! I hope the price of the EAH dolls will eventually go down so you can get the other Madeline too. Oh I was just like you about collecting dollhouse and minis. I once sold a bunch of my dolls because I wanted to focus on my Sylvanian dollhouse and critters but my passion for dolls came back and I just decided to share my time between the two hobbies! It means less time for each but I like them both too much :)

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    1. I'm glad you can combine your hobbies! I like doing different things and get bored easily, so maybe it's good for me to have two hobbies =)
      I'm very thankful for the help to get these wonderful dolls!!
      They have a sale on Madeline in my local store right now.. but it's still expensive.. But I keep my eyes open on swedish ebay =)

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  10. Your daughter is too sweet!! She’s so young but she’s so thoughtful.

    Dexter and Madeline are two beautiful dolls. I am glad that you like them. I didn’t know this doll category before but now after seeing your pictures, I started liking them. The girl has perfect hair color and it matches her eyes. Your dollhouse looks great too!

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    1. I may be partial, but I think my daughter is the most wonderful child I ever meet =) And it's nice to have a craft partner, even do she gets bored fast.. =)

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  11. Hej Hanna! Blev så glad av denna post, känner igen mig så mycket! Gillar också andra dockor och leksaker, har samlat på sylvanian families en massa år, och fotat dem i olika miljöer! Jag har också känt mig kluven hur det ska gå att kombinera dessa hobbies, det känns "rörigt" ibland, men det är kul med variation också! Har du ett flicker konto? där finns speciella grupper som bara fotar olika typer av dockor, jättefina bilder med massa inspiration : )

    /melissa

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    1. Ja, jag gillar ju variation, men ibland kanske det nästan blir för mycket, jag har så många påbörjade projekt att jag sällan vet var jag ska börja och hur jag ska orka slutföra dem. Men jag försöker göra det som känns kul. =)
      Har kollat lite på flicker, men har inget konto där, funderar på om det är dags att skaffa det =) Tack för tipset!

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  12. I love that your daughter's princess had a nice chat with your doll - hopefully welcoming her to the house! And that she understood that this was your doll. It is so great that you could play together. I hope you feel better soon. I feel like I get sick constantly with young children. I would have never survived if I had chosen to be a preschool teacher!

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    1. We have been playing with our dolls everyday now. She ask me to take down Madeline from the shelf to have a chat with her doll everyday, and to show her things and maybe let her doll give her a hug =)

      I agree, we are sick all the time.. I'm glad I don't work in a hospital or a preschool. I did work 6 month in a preschool once, and I didn't get sick much, but I guess it's different when you have kids of your own.

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Thanks for reading, I love to read your comments =)
Hannah