Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Christmas 2017 Doll Gifts (Rainbow Brite, Barbies, Disney and Hallmark Keepsake!)

Sorry this is a little belated, but I still wanted to share my doll related Christmas season gifts this year.  Some things I got during the Christmas sales, some I actually got as gifts and some I bought after Christmas.  :) 

I can't resist a good sale! 

First we'll start off with what I got FOR Christmas.  I didn't ask for a lot as I usually buy way too much stuff for myself throughout the year, but I did get some fun items on my wish list.

In case you prefer a video, I made this one for Youtube. 

I love to collect 80s toys and/or modern versions of 80s characters I loved as a kid.  The 80s have made a huge comeback over the past few years as the 30th and 35th anniversary of this era is now here. (That's so crazy to believe!)  I think toy markets really know how much us 80s kids were obsessed over our toys, so they are remaking lots of fun stuff! 

My sister got me this adorable Care Bear ornament that she found at a local grocery store.  This bear wasn't one of the original ones from the 80s, but I love her just the same!

 Rainbow Heart Care Bear Ornament

I also collect Hallmark Itty Bittys from the Rainbow Brite line, so the girls got me this Stormy Itty Bitty and book as well as the Rainbow Brite complete series on DVD.  This is the first time this classic cartoon has ever been released on DVD here in the US.  Yay!

I also got this lovely Belle figurine from the Disney Enesco Couture de Force line.  I really love these figure as they are sculpted so beautifully!  I started collecting these last year and so far I have Elsa and Cinderella (wedding).

I also got this little DYI room box kit to make during the holidays, but I never got around to doing it.  I will probably still make it this winter! Either that, or put it away for next Christmas.  #crafthoarding ;)

I got really into Hallmark Keepsake ornaments this year and wanted to start collecting the ones that could double as miniature props for photos with dolls. 
This is an adorable ornament from last year that resembles a small box of vintage ornaments.  I think there are 2 more in this line which I will try to collect as well! 

Lucy loves vintage Christmas ornaments.

The last ornament I got for Christmas (aka, bought it for myself for Christmas, lol) is the 1999 Hallmark Barbie Dreamhouse ornament. I've seen this in a lot of cute doll photos and if there is anything I love more than miniatures, it's miniatures for miniatures.  

This is the cutest!! 

Asha is all set to play...all she needs are some mini Barbies (which I haven't figured out yet, haha.) 

Moving on to things I bought during the Christmas sales, I got these 3 fashionistas. 

Teddy Bear Flair (regular body)
Skipper molds are always one of my favorites! 

She's one of the prettiest!  I think this is the Theresa/Bambi mold. 

She was one that I passed by many times, but then I really looked at her and thought she was really cute.  Does anyone know what face mold she has?

They're all really unique and lovely and I'm loving all the new 2018 ones that have started to hit shelves.  Every time I go to Walmart, I grab one or two.  I only wish the Made to Move line was still easily obtainable.  I mean, you can still get them, but online, they're a little more expensive.
I have so many stiff bodies that need to be able to bend!  I actually don't mind keeping the curvy and petite girls on their bodies for now, but I usually like to at least transfer the regular, and tall ones to MTM.  I hope they start making them again (especially the purple top one!!) 

Lastly, after Christmas, I was able to get some additional Hallmark ornaments that went on clearance.  I love/hate waiting until after Christmas, because some stuff is like 75% off, but others are sold out if you wait.  Luckily, most everything you can still find on eBay for around the same price after the holiday buzz has worn off.
So I didn't get everything I had hoped for, but I got a bunch of cute stuff anyway!

Mini Lincoln Logs 

Doing planks while playing 

This is probably a little too big for Barbie scale, but would work for 18 inch dolls. 

These next two, I just got for nostalgia reasons.  

Goodnight Moon has been read at least 100 times in our house. :) 

 An old Rankin and Bass classic. 

The fabulous Holiday Barbie ornament for 2018. 

I ended up getting the full sized Barbie after Christmas as well once she went on clearance. 

This is my first Barbie ornament and I like them as they make good "Barbies" for my AG dolls! 
                          "Uh, this is more of just a stiff figurine with nonremovable clothes" 

These little houses come in the Kozy Korner series so I grabbed this one on clearance (there were quite a few).  I think they would make a cute "Christmas village" scene in an AG doll room.  I just need to collect a few more to make that idea work, ha.

And lastly, I got this little retro roombox ornament called Tinseltown.  It lights up and is adorable!
I got this one purely for the fact that it has a tiny aluminum tree. :)

I also got a few American Girl items during their 12 days of Christmas sales, but I will save that for another post as this is getting quite lengthy!
It's funny, but each year for Christmas, I really only want doll related stuff.
It's just such a fun hobby. :)

I hope you all got some wonderful goodies this year to enjoy and share with your dolls. :)
I'd love to know if there was anything really great you got this year!  Do you just buy for yourself or gives someone a list or do people surprise you with fun things?  (I buy for myself and make my husband wrap, lol!) 

xoxo Farrah

Disclaimer:  some links are Amazon associates links, just FYI.  I'm not affiliated with anyone else, but included as many links as I could in case you were interested in finding any of these items for yourselves. :) 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas in New York City 2017

Hey again!
I wanted to pop in and wish you all a Happy New Year!
I'm hoping to do a 2017 collection round up as well as my goals for collecting in 2018 soon, but I wanted to make sure I wished you all a wonderful closing of 2017 and opening of 2018.

I love being able to press the "reset" button in January. I don't know why we think it's the only time it happens, but I really do like that feeling. ;)

I just finished writing another post on my other blog "Sitting by the Creek" of my trip to NYC with my mom and sister and if anyone is interested in reading that, it's here!

I'd love to hear how you all are spending your New Year's Eve this year, if that is something you celebrate.  To be honest, we will be home and I'll be surprised if I make it until midnight!

Anyway, be safe and "see you next year!"

xoxo Farrah 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

I'm sorry I haven't be actively blogging lately...just so busy with work and the kids!  I am hoping to be back after the new year once the craziness of the holidays is over. :) 

In the meantime, I wanted to with you all a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year! 

Here's a few photos of some Christmas decorations and some winter/holiday doll photos I've taken in the past. 
Unfortunately my good camera lens broke while we were on vacation a couple months ago so I haven't really been taking any photos during this holiday season.  (I'm in serious withdrawl!)

Little Button (age 5) absolutely loves this little Playmobil Nativity set.  She set it up herself (and then I tidied it up a little, haha) and she was quite proud of herself!

Here are some cute Ever After High dolls I've had for a while.  It appears this line has pretty much ended so eventually I have to get mine out of storage and do some fun photo shoots!

I did a photo shoot of my 18inch Ariel singing doll in our vintage silver pom-pom tree one year and love the contract of the red against the silver!

Here are some more cute Playmobil figures from our Winter Christmas Market set (which I keep wanting to review)!

And lastly, here's last year's Auburn hair Holiday Barbie (Kmart exclusive).  It doesn't appear that Kmart came out with another exclusive Barbie this year.  (Did I miss it??)  I haven't gotten any of the new ones yet, as they usually go down drastically in price after Christmas, so hoping to snag them then!

From our house to yours, we are wishing you a beautiful and blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanza!  Happy Holidays to all.
"See you next year!" (Never gets old.) :)


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Doll Room Update #3: Opening our Ever After High Collection

As most of you know, one of the challenges I was facing (that pretty much all collectors seem to face) is that feeling you get when you realize your collecting has turned a bit into "hoarding".  In some of my previous posts/videos, you would've seen some of that hoarding, lol.

This summer I set out to start un-boxing all of these dolls that I had been saving up to do reviews and photo shoots on because the reality is, I had gotten so far behind that I needed to just let go and open them because the reviews were never going to happen!

Birthday Ball line 

The first large group I decided to tackle was my Ever After High collection.  I'm sure most of you are familiar with this doll line as they were quite popular and I've already reviewed 1 or 2 of my EAH dolls here on the blog.  In reality, I have many more and we really just needed to open them!

First, I thought I would open of a group of dolls from the same line.
The first group I started with were these pastel beauties from the Birthday Ball line.  Two of these (the 2 on the left) were Target exclusives, I believe, and came with the extra bonus of being pleasantly scented.  The smaller three were found at both Target and Amazon (and probably other places as well, but those were the only places I bought mine from.)

Next, I wanted to try opening a bunch of different lines of the same character.  I chose Apple White (naturally) and here are those lovely gals below.  
I decided to keep the signature wave one doll (2nd from the right) in her box as I already had a double of her opened and I wanted to preserve her, at least for now. 

Hat-tastic Tea Party, Mirror Beach, Fairest of them All and Throne-coming.


Courtly Jester, Meeshell Mermaid, Jillian Beanstalk, Farrah Goodfairy, Justine Dancer and Nina Thumbell.

Next I opened some single characters from the more recent releases.  These were some of the last "quality" dolls that were released in my opinion.  These are all fully articulated and nicely detailed, but changes can be noticed, such as the smaller head size and lack of earrings or extra jewelry. 

I also opened the last of my signatures which were Cedar and Ginger. 

One evening, I also felt motivated to put together my white bookshelf that had been leaning against the wall for the past few months and I'm so glad I did.  It was so fun to actually put some dolls on a shelf. :)

As I was moving along towards the earlier releases, it was getting a little harder for me to make myself open them.  I really like the design of the older dolls and their packaging is so pleasing to the eye.  They would look great displayed like books on a shelf, but I knew that I needed to get them open.  No more hoarding!

Beautiful Thronecoming packaging. 

Beautiful Legacy Day packaging. 

Here they are on display.  They're a bit crammed in there so I haven't quite figured out how I want to display them yet. (In reality, if you watch my video, you will see that I can't display them at all at this time because Little Button likes to tear up the doll room!)

Here's more dolls up on the shelves. I think I prefer a "less is more" approach to displays, to be honest.

While I was unboxing, I happened to notice that a few dolls were more rare than others and were selling for a nice price on eBay.  I let go of this Ashlynn Ella (she must've been a Walmart exclusive), but still have this Kitty in her box.  I'm still torn as to whether to sell her or not.  I already had a double of Ashlynn, so I was happy to send her off to a new home, but Kitty (even used) is pretty expensive on eBay!

Here's a look at the signature dolls I decided to keep in their boxes for now.  I know I said I wanted to unbox EVERYTHING, but I just can't do these ones yet.  They look so pretty like this! :)

Here's a look at my freshly un-boxed EAH dolls.
Since these photos were taken, they have found a tidy little home in a lovely turquoise bin, safe from tiny hands.  I kept a few of the less detailed ones for Little Button to play with, but the fancy girls are hiding until LB is a little older. :)

In this video, I talked my way through what I was doing and did a quick updated doll room tour in the end.

After filming this, I also ended up un-boxing my Disney dolls so that will be coming soon!

Overall, I had such a great time opening these dolls!  I was impressed with one after another in respect to the lovely fabrics and details each one had.  These dolls really used to be little works of art.
I have since stopped collecting this line as the newer releases don't interest me anymore.  They seem to be geared more towards kids, which is great, but they don't have an appeal to me like they once did.

I feel very happy with the dolls that I do have and am excited to revisit this particular collection again for one-on-one photo shoots and hair fixes, but for now, they will stay tucked away until the rest of the dolls are opened.  :)

Thanks for visiting, as always and hope you are all enjoying your collections as well!

xoxo Farrah 

Saturday, November 4, 2017


I can't believe I didn't post anything for the whole month of October!  That's the first time I skipped a month since I started blogging in 2014. :(
Ah well, it is what it is and I'm back now. :)

I just wanted to pop in and say hi and share a few updates.
As always I have tons of doll stuff to share, but I'm at the point where I'm not sure where to start, so I'm hoping to dive in soon with some new dolls I got.

Also, I started a new blog!  It's called Sitting By the Creek and it's going to be focused more on non-doll related stuff like photos around the farm, the kids, any little travels we do and any non-doll crafts like my crochet and cross stitch projects.
I have one post up about my sister's wedding that I've been meaning to share since last year.  It was an Autumn themed wedding and so gorgeous so I figured it'd be fine to still share it, haha.  We can pretend it was just a few weeks ago!

Additionally, I wanted to share a tiny secret.  My name "in real life" is Abby (short for Abigail), but I go by Farrah in blogland.  When I started blogging, I had all intentions of remaining totally anonymous, but now that I'm further along, I don't mind being "the real me" once in a while.
I will still go by Farrah over there (and here), but if I slip up and you see me leave a comment under the name "Abby" that's me! :)
Also, my instagram account that's focused on nature photography here in the Northeast is under this name @abigailmqc if you're interested in following that as well.

I'm going to keep this blog for all of my doll related stuff so it's better for readers that don't care about the personal side of things and are just here for the dolls!

Lastly, we just returned home from a week at Disney World in Orlando so I will have more posts on my new blog up soon to share those photos from our trip.  (It was so fun!)
I'm definitely focused on growing my Disney collection at the moment so I have a few dolls to share as well as TONS of doll makeovers that I want to try to get done.  The un-boxing project is almost complete, but still struggling with the organization aspect.

I hope you're all doing well.  I need to take a day off from work so I can catch up with all of your blogs and see what you've all been up to!

See you soon,
Farrah (aka Abby, lol) xoxo