A big thanks to Brini of Brini's Doll Domain for passing around the Liebster Tag. I did a variation on it earlier this month, so I'll be skipping the tagging round, but since Brini's questions are different than the ones Musume had, so I'm going to answer do the Q&A section.
1. What is your most treasured doll and why?
That's a tough one! Nostalgia complicates things, but if we're talking about dolls that I've collected as an adult, it would have to be a tie between these two:
|"Karel" (Volks SD13 Heath) and "Tshepo" (Iplehouse YID Aaron)|
They're definitely my "who to grab in case of fire" pair.
2. What motivates your to continue your blog?
I always see reading other people's blogs as being part of a conversation, and I always think that if I stop posting then I'm not holding up my end of the chat.
3. What doll challenges have your faced, (limiting, selling etc)?
Not going overboard has been a challenge. The year I started working from home (2010) I did the math and I realized how much money I was saving by not taking the train in to work, not going out to coffee and lunch with coworkers, not having to buy office-worthy outfits, and so on. And having added it up, I decided to funnel that money into too many dolls (and mostly large BJDs at that). I eventually realized that that wasn't the best idea I've ever had, but not before I took my collection from a modest 3 BJDs to 20.
|Evidence of 2011's year of too many BJDs.|
It was one of those things where I was thinking "Hey, I can afford this now!" and so didn't pay attention to whether the dolls were ones I loved versus liked. That was 2011 - in 2014 I started getting into fashion and playline dolls, and went a little overboard with them too. Now I'm trying to sort my way through and pare everything down.
|Some of the evidence of 2014's year of too many playline dolls.|
4. What new skills have your challenged yourself to in your selected playscale?
Mostly photography - seeing if I could capture shots that would trick the eye into thinking the photos are people instead of dolls, working out the lighting, things like that.
5. What was the last item you created or purchased for yourself that you second guess because you rather have a doll time?
Heh, I'm trying not to do that too often, but probably when I ordered a decorative statue back in November.
6. How do you decide what to add to your collection?
I try to consider what a doll or figure brings to my collection that's unique or special. I'm not one to keep everyone in scale with each other, so new sizes and styles are always something that catches my eye.
7. What was the one doll mistake you made and what did you learn from it?
I thought that I would be more interested in fantasy-style dolls than I am, and ended up with more elf dolls than I know what to do with. I've given one away and just sold another this morning, but there are more than I need to rehome that I probably should never have bought in the first place, since I should have known that I usually prefer realistic dolls, and save the fantasy for the action figures.
|This Makie elf now lives with a former|
co-worker of mine.
8. Which doll was your holy grail and do feel the same about the doll now?
My grail doll was Volks SD13 Irvin - a limited doll that I had missed out on in 2008. I was able to pick him up on the Den of Angels marketplace in 2011 (as mentioned, my year of too many dolls). He's a great doll and I'm still fond of him, but if I'd waited another year I could have found him for half the price on Mandarake. Live and learn!
|Volks SD13 Irvin in his default outfit.|
9. Has anyone ever giving you a doll gift that you did not know if you should accept it or not?
No! Weirdly, I haven't gotten a doll or figure gift in years. Now that I think about it, maybe decades - all the examples I can think of are back in the '90s!
10. Which doll or item on your wish list that you will no longer pursue?
For a while I was planning on buying an action figure set of Character Options' Doctor Who line (the "all the doctors" one), but I realized that I'm just not that into it anymore (I might pick up a single figure of my favourite Doctor though, just because I still have a fondness for the audio adventures, and one figure won't take up too much space).
|I don't need these, do I? No, I don't.|
11. Which doll will be the doll you have to have this year?
ThreeZero's Dragon Age Alistair - I preordered him ages ago, but his shipment date keeps getting pushed back. If I'm lucky, next month will be the one though!
And that's it! Thanks again, Brini!
I've already done tagging this month and I don't want to start annoying people with it, but if anyone hasn't had a chance to answer these questions, please consider this you being tagged and have a go at them! :)