Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

To all my kind and sweet dolly friends I wish you a most prosperous and wonderful Year of the Ram!!  Since it was a special time of year when I was playing dolls last night I decided to dress some of my "Asian" Blythe Dolls perfectly named by my dolly friend Maki and had to take some pictures with that theme.

I have a gorgeous Asian Butterfly and petite Asian Butterfly too that I have photographed before.  I need to find some early pictures of my neo AB EBL dressed in her stock outfit which I still have today!  I don't buy or sell that much but over the years I have actually acquired a nice collection of diverse dolls and accessories.  I am truly blessed.  Sure, I wish I had more dollies and stuff for them!  Who doesn't?!  (kinda weird that there are people who don't think Blythe dolls are cute imo! hehe :p)  But all in all I do feel that I am very fortunate for being so picky and thrifty.  lol

I have more pictures on my Anna Blythedoll flickr and just added some Asian inspired Blythe doll pictures including the one above to celebrate this wonderful and special time of year!  My city goes all out because we are a wonderful multi-cultural city and have a Chinatown too!  We have frequented it a lot and others around the world.  Even in Havana, Cuba!!!  So wonderful.  I love the Asian culture and people so much.  I also was happy to hear that 400 dogs were saved yesterday in China and their animal rights movement is growing!!

On that happy note I will sign off for now but will hopefully be back soon with more adorable blythe dolly things!!

Annablythedoll xo 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day Is Almost Here So Here Are Some Of My Blythe Doll Vday Pics & More Vday Pics!

I truly love Valentine's Day.  What a special time of year!!  The internet has some truly nice and warm hearted people also!  Some even include ones that take such amazing pictures of their dolls daily!  It's so much work to do and share that beauty with others.  I am deeply honored and I greatly appreciate their trouble!  I am always trying to improve my picture taking skills and sewing/knitting but because I am so inspired by so many talented people in the Blythe World that it does get easier and easier!  I never thought I could make my own dolly clothes in less than an hour usually too!  I have also made a custom blythe doll and miniatures also!  What seemed like kinda torture before is now relaxing and fun!    
Maria chillin on the IKEA dolly furniture set that
included that adorable little heart pillow!  My dolly friends that
I have met in person and from the net have actually
told me  that Maria is a mini me!  What a wonderful
Taken at IKEA Sophia with a BIG ASS HEART PILLOW! haha!!!
My lovely AD Medieval gal in a lovely heart dress
I purchased pre loved!
Another one of my early dolly pics from 2005.  Still cute
though!  I made that heart vest and the dress on the left. :)  
Another old pic from 2005.

I made this coat and bunny slippers for Gina Garan back in
2005 for one of her dollies.  Of course Maria had to try it on! lol
Then a couple weeks ago on Queen Street West I happened upon this amazing window display that was glowing with retro Asian glam!

Aren't they so pretty and fab!  I find that Toronto has some of the best window displays in Canada!  Maybe even the world too!  So creative, beautiful and fresh.

My husband already asked me last week to be his Valentine and of course I said YES!  Saturday I am going to be making a special dinner for my darling!  Lobster and all the fixings!  Of course we are going to have dessert and champagne with that meal fit for my King too!  We are high school sweethearts too!  I couldn't imagine my life without him.  I am so very fortunate and he tells me that he is also! :D  xo  Blaaaa I know lol  Sorry!!  I am just so happy don't mean to annoy.  haha!

I wish all you sweeties a Happy Valentine's Day and all the very best too!  I also hope it lasts all year long too!

Annablythedoll xo

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On The Hunt For Blythe

I have been searching for Kenner Blythe dolls since early 2000s locally and abroad.  Whenever I am in an area I always try to find some searching time.  I haven't found a vintage KB doll in person as of yet but I won't ever stop trying.  I did, however, come up with a method to help me save up for dolls by finding neat things on the way and pretty much selling them for dolly FU money. lol

So anyways as late I was thinking to make a post on this blog and post actual pics on Blythe411 regarding the search. It's fun and it's also a bit inspirational I find too.  Recently a gentleman found a watch at the Goodwill for $5.95 and turned around and sold it for $35,000!!!  Well guess where I went right after I heard that! haha  Okay.  So I didn't find that watch but I did find some other neat things I photographed and even purchased.

I have come across some pretty neat and weird things so the new picture thread has a few of the things I have encountered during my retro quest.  It's so much fun.  It truly is "the thrill of the hunt".  And to be rewarded on top.  It's truly my soma.

I know that I probably will not find a 1972 Kenner Blythe doll anytime soon, if ever, in person.  But at least I can save up for them and buy them off of eBay!

Hope everyone kind is doing well and having a great week so far!  I also wish those looking for our favorite dolly the best of luck in your search.  I really hope you find one or more or other neat things that are worth something for your blythe doll bank.

Big Hugs,

Annablythedoll xo

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Valentine's Day Preview For We Heart Dolls Facebook Group And More Amazing Kenner Finds!

Happy New Year all!  Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and are getting ready for V-day!!  I am a member of the fun and lovely facebook group WHD where there is always fun challenges and beautiful dolly pics featured.  Our members are preparing for the Valentine's Day challenge with a fun preview!  So here is what I just posted today!

I just love the whole hearts, xo's, red and pink thing and often use at least one of them on a daily basis.  It makes me happy and I am a very caring person.  It's definitely legit with me.  :) xo   I am going to try and find time to do the actual photo shoot next week and maybe zip it up in a free type of photo shop program too.  I so LOVE this time of year!!

So lately on Blythe World fb group someone found a gorgeous Kenner Blythe doll for $1!!!  She is from Australia, it was at a flea market and get this... she arrived late!  What a lucky girl!!  Then there was a lady that found a couple Kenners in her attic that were her grandmothers.  She tried to sell them on the Blythe Kenner facebook group but ended up listing them on eBay instead.  More gorgeous dollies on the bay for people who love them to buy!

Well that's about all for now.  I hope all you kind sweeties are having a fab weekend.

Annablythedoll xo

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blythe Christmas In The Big City

Christmas and holiday time is almost here!  I was out getting sushi this past weekend and had a couple Petite Blythe dolls in my purse so I had to take some quick snaps when we were at the lovely decked out shops on Queen Street West.  

I did not dare go for any shopping on Black Friday because it's starting to get a bit crazy here in Toronto too according to the news last night!  I personally avoid it all but I will go to a music/dvd store, book store or thrift shop instead. I have never even stayed out all night for anything but if they started selling Blythe dolls at stores, who knows?! LOL

We were also at Royal Lighting to look for a couple lamps then stopped into Pusateri's Fine Foods that is packed full of Italian delectable, groceries, flowers and where they have some amazing Christmas displays including a Middie Blythe doll sized rotating Ferris wheel!  I have video of it too on my Facebook that I made public if you would like to see.  If you are nice then feel free to add me if you like, also. :)  Oh and they had some really great samples there like free LaVazza coffee, apple crumble cake, fancy crackers and more!

I took some general city shots at Yonge and Dundas, Dundas Square this weekend too.  Toronto is always so decked out during Christmas and New Years.  It's a great time to visit!  Speaking of visits my family will be celebrating both Christmas at New Years at my house!  I am making a feast of yummy food, snacks and treats!  I can't wait!!
We noticed The Bay and they still had the same display as last year but it was still amazing.  The people in these displays look like little dolls!  Love it!!

I hope that each and every kind dolly person has a wonderful holiday this year and since I celebrate Christmas I want to wish all the good people out there a Very Merry Christmas and A Joyous New year!  All the best in 2015!!!

Annablythedoll xo

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Comfy & Warm Wool Coats In Two Lengths For Kenner / Neo Blythe Dolls

In my spare time I love to blog, sew, read, draw, play dolls, listen to music, watch movies and take pictures!  Lately I am listening to my iTunes while I sew a lot.  I am very fortunate that I learned to sew in grade school from family that knew and I also took Home Economics in Grade 8.   Made my first tote bag, shirt and cute mobile.  We also knit and crocheted some things too.  It was a lot of fun and it was actually useful.  I am glad I took it!

So if you follow my blog previously then you would know I purchased a bunch of vintage Skipper patterns and one vintage Pepper set of patters from an eBayer that she sent me on CD.  Since then I have been testing out some and they are coming along really nice.  I even sent that CD to a dolly friend as a part of a friendly exchange and I share them in the file section of the Blythe411 FB group for free.  There are also other patterns in the photo section and links to even more.  Please feel free to join!
Above are 100% wool fabric, gold beads for buttons and red cotton thread.

I cut out the pattern and I did it freehand without pins.  I am really good at doing that but you should always start by pinning the cut pattern to the material and then cutting.  Please ignore that piece on the left with the two little cut outs.  It was for another coat.  

Iron the collar and you can even do the seams too.  I am lucky that I can make 1/4 inch seams while I sew and I can sew very straight too. 

Voila!  Collar is pressed and ready to sew.

Here is my lovely Jade in my first wool coat with domes, bias tape and gold beads as buttons.  

Here is the same pattern but modified so it's length is shorter.  Looks so sweet!  It's a gift.

I also made one for Blythetastic for Christmas and sending hugs.  I was so flattered when she posted a pic of one of her lovely Kenners styling it in a beautiful ET helmet, I believe.  I asked if I could use the pic and she said yes!  Anyways, here it is!!

Isn't this such a stunning picture of such a darling doll!  Just perfect!!!

So there you have it.  I am no where near opening up an Etsy shop or anything but I am having fun and making some cute clothing for my dollies and my dolly friends' dolls!  

Hope you all are staying warm, even your Blythe dolls!  They will in these fab wool coats!!  



Monday, November 24, 2014

Facebook Blythe Doll Diorama Group Just Started! Already So Much Fun & Lovely Display Pics Posted Too!!

My Facebook dolly friend Heather just started a really cool group called Blythe Doll Dioramas that has definitely got my interest.  I was discovering miniatures and dioramas this year personally so it wasn't very hard.  I am still learning, collecting and developing my skills and displays.

So far I have IKEA to thank for a great set up with their fab shelving and dolly furniture that I purchased and wrote about on this blog earlier this year.  No.  I don't work there but they do deserve some props because a lot of wonderful doll and/or toy collections, and other wonderful things, adorn their terrific and affordable display cases and shelving!

So last week the lovely and awesome Miss Metsuki, aka Heather, posted our first challenge.  To create a diorama out of a cigar box.  I was apprehensive but I have always tried to take part in Blythe doll challenges, trades, competitions and other fun things too so I decided to brainstorm.  My husband did have a couple cigar boxes and he was cool to let me use them.

I also felt that a Middie Blythe or a Petite Blythe sized doll or dolls would be best to use because I had never really made my own diorama from scratch before and I thought it would be a nice way to start.  The theme for the challenge was Christmas so I continued thinking and remembered I had a winter Blythe petite that would be perfect and then I also added another petite and wrapped her with a scarf.  I grabbed some cotton balls, some trim from some of my bushes that resembled miniature pine trees.  Then some black electrical tape, clear white tape and white paper then I was ready to go!

I think that this was such a cute way to start the wonderful Christmas season!  I also put up my Christmas tree and wreath last week.  I really enjoy this time of year, especially when I watch some of my favorite movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Christmas With The Kranks, Bad Santa, Home Alone 1&2 and a bunch of others.

Well that's it for now.  Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you liked it.  I probably will be blogging some more soon but if not have a very Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.  All the best to you and yours this wonderful festive season and I hope your new year is fab and bright!


Annablythedoll xo