8 April 2018

My last resin girl is moving to a new home


Once upon a time I had a resin Asian ball jointed doll family. Girls, boys, in different sizes and from various doll companies. My doll collection is always changing, growing and shrinking, and during the years one by one my BJDs "moved out", until finally only one head was left: Mody.

This head is an original design that is made by Modoll, who sells via Natrume on Etsy.

Modoll makes truly amazing lifelike heads of celebrities, such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hiddleston, ... . Her own designs are beautiful as well, and so are the face-ups she does. I bought Mody unpainted and gave her a face-up myself, and I liked the result. She has freckles, which I love on doll faces, but it's difficult to see in the pictures. In real life they are more visible.


Now I sold her to a new owner, who hopefully will enjoy her as much as I have!

With the disappearance of this last resin head yet another new chapter in my collection begins. I'm currently selling other dolls as well, and want to go in a different direction. My goal, apart from publishing the doll story about my play scale dolls, is to thin my collection out to the point where I only will have tall fashion dolls left to sew, knit and crochet for (Tonner and CED dolls only).

I truly admire and enjoy seeing other doll enthusiasts' large and varied collections. I love all kinds of dolls: vintage, antique and modern dolls in every thinkable size, material and of any age. Doll history fascinates me. But I discovered long ago that collecting only is not what gives me the most pleasure. I need to "do" something with my dolls in order to be able to enjoy them fully. "Do" something means creating things for them and photographing them.

And that's what I hope to achieve! However, fellow doll collectors will know what I mean when I say that behind every corner a doll could be calling out, like a siren, to take her home, so this is a goal, but if I will succeed is something only the future will tell ;-D. My doll budget is practically non-existing for a while due to other costs, so that will help to avoid buying expensive dolls, but then there are flea markets and thrift stores that will be tempting... We will see!

And that's it for today :-)

48 comments:

  1. This Mody is truly beautiful. I the face-up you gave her.

    I fully understand the need of "doing". I can't wait to see what you will create. :)

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    1. Hello Kamelia, thank you :-). I've made 1920s clothing for her and had much fun doing so :-). I have lovely fabrics waiting to be used, all that needs to be done is install my sewing machine permanently.

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  2. Beautiful!
    I love to create for my dolls. But I like to admire their work in others. I am waiting for your works...

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    1. Hello Dlubaniny, I made things for several years, I still have so much to learn and I am slow at sewing, but it's something I like doing very much :-). Dolls are the best models :-).

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  3. Hola Millicent, estoy completamente de acuerdo contigo respecto a tus sentimientos con las muñecas, no me gusta que estén estáticas, sino que sean un instrumento que canalice mi creatividad. También mi colección ha cambiado, unas niñas vienen y otras van, pero nunca se sabe si un nuevo amor aparecerá en el horizonte.
    Besos.

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    1. Hola Ilona, mi colección ideal es uno con muñecos que me inspiran:-). Y sí, quién sabe qué muñecos son hechos en el futuro que nos encantará:-). Saludos

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  4. Piękna twarz, mnie byłoby żal ją sprzedać :-)
    Czekam na Twoje nowe projekty :-)

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    1. Hello, Eunice jest piękny, ale nie mają już treści. I sprzedał go :-D. Teraz ona rozpocząć nowe życie, więc jestem zadowolony:-). Mam nadzieję, że lubisz moje próby ubrania!

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  5. Yes, I understand what you mean. Sometimes you have to sort out your collection. Closing one chapter and starting another is probably something every collector has experienced at least once. It's good to set new goals. That Modoll company has really nice sculpts. And they have Hide. :) A competition for DIM Minimee.

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    1. Hello Nana, Since I started collecting 30 years ago, I've had several of such moments. Literally hundreds of dolls have been coming and going, and what is left is the knowledge I now have of a wide variety of dolls, which means more to me than actually owning and keeping the dolls :-).
      When Natrume published the first unpainted photos of Hide on Etsy, I was so very tempted to buy it, because I loved the sculpt! I didn't know him, but have since then learned a bit more. This sculpt is a beautiful tribute!

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  6. Bardzo lubię oglądać lalki na blogach i ubrania dla nich. U mnie jest wszystkiego po trochu i wszystkiego za dużo, ale nie umiem żadnej lalki sprzedać, żal mi. :)

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    1. Witam Szara, mam sprzedawane tak wiele lalek przez lata i kupiłem inne. Kilka żałuję i jeszcze zastanowić, ale tylko dwa i tak. Podziwiam was za prowadzenie kolekcji, bo masz bardzo piękne i ciekawe lalki :-).

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  7. So pretty! And as long as you're enjoying yourself! If its not fun anymore why bother.

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    1. Hello Sheila, I feel like Spring cleaning, in my doll collection that is :-D. I have done it many times before, but now I am determined to not buy dolls anymore that I can't sew for. Temptations are everywhere, but maybe this time I will succeed! Fun is the most important thing about a hobby, I agree!

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  8. First of all, the Mody doll is really beautiful. I imagine you had no problems finding a new home for her. Though I collect only a certain type of fashion doll, every now and again, I see something else that really tempts me. I know exactly what you mean about needing to do something other than collect dolls as an end to itself. If I had found clothing sources for my Barbies when I first started collecting, I probably would have been a different type of collector. (I did buy a few outfits for my first Tonner lady.) But the blog and all the clothes I made for the dolls for the blog, is vastly more interesting than simply buying the doll and putting her on a shelf. It's also given me a better understanding of the styles I replicate for the doll! In any case, I'll be most interested in seeing what new direction you will be taking. Already, I LOVE the changes you made to the look of your blog!!!

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    1. Hello April, I really love seeing other people's collections of company dressed dolls and the way they display them or show them on their blogs. It's just not for me. Every time I try to start such a collection, after a while I sell a lot again. Also, having too many dolls seems to overwhelm me, I don't know why that keeps happening but it does!
      Your way of collecting appeals to me very much! Not only do you have a very cohesive collection, but you make new outfits and that way the lucky ladies always look different and totally trendy :-).
      I'm glad you like the new look of my blog :-). I tried one of those newer lay-outs, but returned to an old one, and now I'm pleased with the look. Maybe the picture will change every now and then, but the rest I think I will keep :-).
      Hugs

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  9. I didn't know you collected BJDs too. I would have loved to have seen your collection. You did a great job on this head's face up. I absolutely love freckles on dolls too although I don't think many of mine have them sadly.

    I have felt the urge at times to sell off a particular doll line but never have because when it came down to it, I was reluctant. I do often wish I hadn't got involved in so many doll lines though! I have about 9-10 doll lines although I am really trying to not get more! Tonner dolls are tempting though and I still haven't got one yet ... I really loved their deja vu line. Although I am not sure as I have two integrity 16" dolls that I don't do much with at all.

    I do sometimes think I went a bit overboard with my collection but selling these days on the secondhand marketplace is very difficult. Especially if you happen to be in Australia where the cost of postage overseas is pretty high.

    I think with any hobby, everyone enjoys it differently but the aim is that the hobby is fun and enjoyable for you.

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    1. Hello Alasse, unfortunately I don't have pictures anymore of my BJDs and other previous collections to show, but it was a mixed lot. I still enjoy looking at other people's BJDs very much. I fell in love with BJDs years ago and even if I don't own any anymore, my love for these dolls will never go away :-).
      Each collector or doll hobbyist is different, and as you say, the most important thing is that it is enjoyable, whether one owns hundreds of dolls, or one.
      Selling (and buying, especially on Ebay where the dolls often are so overpriced that it's almost criminal!) second hand online is no fun, and indeed difficult. I guess people use Facebook and other social media more to sell now? I don't have such accounts so I have to use Ebay.
      If you feel reluctant of parting with your dolls, it's best to keep them, because when they are gone you might have regrets.

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  10. i've seen in stores those doll's heads to put make-up on. i recall having seen nancy new's and barbie's heads.
    i agree that dolls are to play with them. i have only one nancy so far, but i've already done a few things to her. :) i'll probably post a new entry about it soon.

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    1. Hello chema, I can't wait to see what you've done for Nancy! I only have one Nancy too, and for now I'm keeping her because I wanted to make a Holy Communion dress for her some day :-).

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  11. Hi Linda,
    I think many of us go through different stages, I know I began with Blythe and when I began collecting BJD's I found the Blythe dolls no longer had quite the same appeal. I ended up selling all but one, which was a custom that I couldn't bare to part with.

    A similar thing has happened again just recently when I realised the larger BJD's were not for me, I prefer dolls around 13-14", although I'm also enamoured with my PukiFees. :)

    I imagine you are feeling almost like a weight is off your shoulders now you can concentrate on doing what makes you really happy. Sometimes it does us good to take a step back and re-evaluate in which direction we wish to move forward with our hobby.
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. Hello Xanadu, it's always best to do what makes us happy as collectors, and it's different for everyone. My tallest BJD was 65 cm, and that is very, very tall lol! I now have only two things to concentrate on: my upcoming doll story and sewing for the big ladies, so that is much better than keep on collecting all sorts of dolls of which I have no use :-). Hugs back :-)

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  12. Też już zrobiłam się głucha na wyjące syrenim głosem różne lalki :P
    i tak uważam, że mam ich za dużo, to najwyższy czas na redukcję,
    bo po prostu nie wystarcza czasu na wszystkie :)
    Rozumiem Ciebie doskonale <3

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    1. Cześć świat, lalki są kuszące, aby kupić, ale mam nadzieję, że mogę się oprzeć i zachować mój plan :-). Zmniejszając czasami jest dobry i sprawia, że nowy początek! Serdeczne pozdrowienia :-)

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  13. Witaj, twarz tej lalki jest bardzo ładna, ale rozumiem, dlaczego postanowiłaś ją sprzedać. Czasami też kupuję inne lalki, aby coś nowego poznać, czegoś dotknąć, sprawdzić jak pozuje w sesjach fotograficznych. Zdarza się jednak, że nie rozwijam tej linii lalek z różnych powodów. Mam jednak problem ze sprzedaniem takiej lalki, bo uważam, że kiedyś może się coś zmienić i będę żałować :)))
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie :-)

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    1. Witam Olla, żałowałem sprzedaży lalka czasem, więc rozumiem, że możesz:-). Prawdą jest, że istnieje tak wiele pięknych lalek, ale ja się denerwuję posiadania tak wielu z nich! Co zrobić, tworząc ubrania, jest świetny sposób, aby zbierać. To jest moim celem, zbyt, ale tylko kilka lalek :-). Bardzo dziękuję za miły komentarz, pozdrawiam serdecznie :-)

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  14. Oh, Millicent, it is so beautiful!!! Did you paint it??? It is wonderful!!!! I understand to have doll collection growing and sometimes getting smaller, so you can enjoy different types. (I have never sell any but it is because I'm in love with my dollies). And of course, I understand about having dolls and making things for them!
    Hugs and kisses

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    1. Hello Rosana, thank you very much, I'm glad you like it :-). I hope the new owner will enjoy her as much as I did! Making things for the dolls is a slow process for me, but it's great when a garment is finished and it looks good, I bet you know the feeling! Your dollies are irresistible, I can see why you are in love with them :-)!
      Hugs and kisses back!

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  15. Hello Millicent,
    What a wonderful face. I am glad she found a new home and hope she will be loved. I think it is fun to watch a persons collection evolve and their projects change, and I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hello Giac, I hope so too :-). I haven't been sewing for a while, and really look forward to making something soon! I don't want to plan too far ahead, but two things will be posted soon: episode one of the doll story, and the new dress for one of my dolls that hopefully will look good :-). Big hugs back!

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  16. Beautiful <3 I love my dolls and I hurt when I have to sell something... ;) Hugs

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    1. Hello Urszula, I understand, because you have an admirable doll collection :-). Hugs back <3

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  17. Hallo Millicent, wat is dit een prachtig gezichtje, die ogen!!! In welke schaal zijn jouw poppen, toch geen 1:12 miniatuur? Maak je ook eigen poppengezichten of koop je de pop en maak je er dan zelf de kleding voor? Misschien zijn dit hele domme vragen, maar ik ben nu eenmaal niet thuis in deze wereld ;).
    Een heel fijn weekend gewenst.
    Vriedelijke groeten,
    Ilona

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    1. Hallo Ilona, nee hoor, dit zijn helemaal geen domme vragen :-). Deze poppen variëren in grootte, van heel klein (1:12 resin BJDs worden ook gemaakt), tot wel meer dan 70 cm groot. Dit hoofdje is voor een pop van ca. 60 cm groot. Ik maak zelf geen poppen, maar ik deed wel graag zelf de make-up. De ogen zijn ook gekocht en zijn van glas. Je kan deze poppen kant en klaar kopen, of kiezen voor een basispop waar je dan zelf mee aan de slag kan. Oogjes, pruikjes enzovoort kunnen allemaal gekozen worden, of zelfs zelf gemaakt. Het is een fijne, creatieve hobby, maar ik houd me vanaf nu aan vinyl modepoppen, van een bescheidener grootte :-).
      Bedankt voor je bezoekje en commentaar, en ik wens jou ook een heel fijn weekend! Groetjes, Linda

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  18. She was stunning, I hope you will be able to see her time to time :)

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    1. Hello Balbinka, it is a sculpt that is not often shown, so I hope the new owner will give her the attention she deserves :-). Hugs :-)

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  19. niesamowite i warte zachodu :)

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  20. Amazing post, dear! A big hello from Germany!
    Hugs ♥
    LianaLaurie

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    1. Hello Liana, thank you for your visit and nice comment :-)! Hugs back :-)

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  21. What a gorgeous face she has Millicent. I'm sure her new owner is going to cherish her. :)

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    1. Hello Sam, I hope so, she's worth it :-)!

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  22. You should probably never stop your passion for collection of dolls just because they are expensive. Passion is something that gives life a meaning.You should probably carry on with the collection. However, if you find it expensive try using Ashton drake coupons. These are probably the best discount coupons for dolls you'd find on the internet.I hope they will help you in pursuing your passion.

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    1. Hello Sasha, Thank you very much for the link. If I see a doll that I like I will definitely use the coupons. I loved Gene Marshall dolls from Ashton Drake, and used to own many of them :-). If this company ever produces fashion dolls again, I will keep a close eye on them!
      Don't worry though, I will always be passionate about dolls :-).
      Thank you for your visit and nice comment!

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  23. I really admire you, because I can't shrink my doll collection at all... and it became really varied lately. I started with game figurines, then there where BJD, Barbie, Ever After/Descendants, aaaand... recently I started to collect nendoroids. I know I should sell at least some dolls, because I don't have the time to do something with all of them, but... I can't. Not now, at least. Maybe one day I'll be able to follow your example.
    And Mody is really beautiful - I love dolls with slightly narrow eyes.

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    1. Hello Chiriann, there are so many great dolls and figures out there, it is difficult to focus on only a few, I completely understand! Selling is only good if you are certain that you won't regret it. Besides a large collection is beautiful to see, even if you don't do anything with it :-).
      I am thinning my amount of dolls, but my favorites don't go anywhere, even if they don't fit in "the collection". My Little Apple dolls, for instance, I definitely never will sell, I love them way too much :-).
      The Mody head is very nice, and Modoll has an elf head that I also love! I think it were the eyes that drew me to Mody in the first place, they are lovely :-).

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  24. Hello! I visited Modoll's shop and the work is absolutely amazing!
    I have tried to shrink my collection, but with no luck. But as long as I am enjoying it and having fun. In the beginning I thought I just would have one (hahaha, what a thought) and focus on her. More, the merrier...or something like that. I wish you luck and it will be great to follow your new steps!

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    1. Hello Niina, the Modoll heads are indeed amazing. It's all about the fun with collecting isn't it, whatever a collector wants. One doll would be ideal, but impossible for me lol!

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