Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Road Less Taken

I guess I've come to a crossroads in my collecting.  This summer's "60 Days of Summer" let me evaluate the FR dolls that were deboxed and on the shelves.   Many FR/FR2 dolls found new homes this summer.  I also sold off the majority of my Silkstones and Vintage Ginny dolls.  On the sidebar, you can see how many girls left.

I find collecting FR/FR2 quite stressful at times.   The collecting community is like jumping into a pool of piranha - so few dolls produced, so many fighting to get one - collectors purchasing multiples to sell and fund their own habit.  Sometimes you just need a break and get away.

So … while waiting for the arrival of this springs FR2 collection, I've moved into a different direction.  In 2006, I purchased a Wilde Imagination Ellowyne.  Her name was Chills.  I also purchased an outfit.   These dolls are 16" and look younger than FR dolls.  Over the years, I have kept my collection in check and only purchased a small number of additional dolls and ensembles.  When I was cleaning closets, I found them.  Here is a favorite.  She is Mistakenly Sad, but I call her Brittany.
I had a student who looked exactly like this doll.  That's why I bought it.

I also purchased the first version of Ellowyne's best friend, Prudence Moody.  Her name was ESPecially Prudence.  This is her photo.
As you can see the outfits on these doll are trendy.

I considered selling my small collection of Ellowyne dolls and visited their website.  It seems that Wilde Imagination is now manufacturing their dolls with inset eyes.  They were having a sell with an extra 20% off.  How could I resist seeing what these dolls with inset eyes were really like for only $70?  So, here is Feeling Drained Three.  She is a wigged doll.  She is wearing an ensemble called Languid.
She is too cute!   Rather than sell some of my dolls, I wound up adding others.   This is Essential Ellowyne 5 - who is called "Fern" around here.
Just look at that face!  She is also a wigged doll, so you can change out her looks.
After purchasing Fern, I wanted some symmetry and got her alter ego.  I purchased the platinum version "Starlet Mood" on e-bay for less $75.  I named her "Gillian".  She is wearing "Under the Rainbow".
Many of these Ellowyne dolls an be picked up on secondary market for less than the retail price of most Integrity Toys dolls.  You can have an excellent collection of Ellowynes for what you might pay for the secondary market price of one FR Holy Grail.

I hope the FR2 dolls show up soon or I could get into some real trouble.   Until then, Gillian is definitely keeping me company.  Another beautiful face!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Excuses … Excuses

School started back this month and it has been a very difficult year already.  Common Core and all the student testing, paperwork, and new materials is crazy.   I apologize that I've not posted recently, but I'm worn out!

One item that I've been looking forward to adding to my collection arrived since my last post: the FR2 Shoe Collection.  It was packaged nicely.
There were four clear plastic boxes of shoes.  There was a coral pair (that will look great with Peak Season Kyori's outfit!), a faux snake skin pair, a pair of suede looking boots, and a black pair.  My favorite are the boots!
I decided I would take a doll out to redress.   Everyone is eagerly awaiting the new Elise Jolie, but I didn't order her.  I was afraid I would be disappointed after purchasing Montaigne Market this spring.  Montaigne Market is one of my favorite FR2 released so far.  She is amazing.  I wanted to redress her in an ensemble that would allow me to use a new pairs of shoes (chanting like students …"boots" … "boots" … "boots").  I couldn't find an ensemble I was happy with to use the boots, but I was very excited when I realized the beige lace top from the Paint In Black gift set fit the FR2 body!   I tried several skirts, but finally just went and took out the shorts that came with gift set.  I figured they wouldn't close in the back, but they DID!
Here is a better photo.
And a closeup without the cap.
Here is a closeup of the shoes.  I guess you already realized she can stand on her own in these shoes!  How cool is that?!
I like that Integrity added the little zipper in the back.  Unfortunately, the ties won't stay tied.  So, I thought I would share a little trick with everyone who may suffer from arthritis like I do.  You should own a bottle of Aleene's Fabric Glue.  If you don't, go buy one!  It's good for many projects.
After almost an hour of painstaking, aggravated cussing and finally getting the shoes tied, I take a little dab of glue and put it in the middle of the ties.
The glue dries clear, so it won't be noticeable.  It will keep the ties from coming undone!  That's my little trick for the month!