Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Doll Updates, Crafts and Goals (No More Doll Room, but that's OK!)

Hey everyone...woah, 3 posts this month so far...slow down!!  Haha, I don't know why, but I've been "rejuvenated" in terms of the blog, thank goodness.
I've also noticed that the "blogland" has gotten a lot quieter since I started back in 2014.  It seems as though a lot of people have moved on from blogging and I can definitely see why.  Is Instagram is the new "blogiverse"?  I definitely love Instagram (I have 5 different doll accounts...5!!)
Either way, I'm still here and still hoping to share my doll hobby with you all.  I'm glad some of you are still here, too! (Barb, Sharon, X, Flo thank you for always stopping in!) :)

Above is a video I made recently just to say hi and sort of give an update on what I've been doing.

Sadly, the doll room I was working on last year has officially become the girls playroom as it just didn't make sense to use the spare room for all of my dolls when the girls just kept going in there (especially Little Button!) and messing everything up.  I can't say I blame though, it was like a doll paradise in there.
I'll do a separate post on that soon. Hopefully, LOL. I know I shot a video of it a while ago!

In terms of doll crafts, I'm working on finishing my Mermaid Grotto set as well and I have made a few little things from My Froggy Stuff's videos, which I will share once I photograph them.  I still haven't done any sewing!  Someday, ha.

In terms of regular crafts, I'm working on my first granny square crocheted blanket.  It's going to be a gift for my father-in-law who is a Big Bang Theory fan and I'm trying to make a replica of Amy Farrah Fowler's afghan that is often seen on her couch.

I just finished all of my black and white squares so now I can move on to the color!

I'm also doing a little fall cross-stitch piece and hoping I can finish it before Autumn is over.
Crocheting and cross stitching are so relaxing for me.  I think what is boils down to is it's a way to focus on something intently so that your brains "quiets down" a little and I've really been enjoying it for that reason.
Ain't nobody got time to meditate so this is the next best thing for me. ;)

This piece is called "Happy Fall Ya'll" and it's by Country Cottage Needleworks.

Over the summer I finished another one of my 80s cross-stitch patterns from a franchise I grew up with called "The Care Bears".  They were super popular in the 80s so you may recall them. ;)

These are my two "vintage 80s toys" cross-stitch pieces I've already completed.  

It just brings me back to my childhood! :)  I definitely plead guilty to forcing my 80s nostaglia onto my daughters.

My next doll project will be a mass body swap to weed out the Fashionista's I want to keep, use up my MTM bodies and then donate or sell the unarticulated hybrids.  I need to thin the herd and let go of what I don't want anymore.   I'm really trying to only by 1 or 2 Fashionista's from each release as I just don't need them all!

That's about it for now.  I hope you're all doing well and happy in your hobby.
Talk to you soon!

xoxo Farrah


  1. Hi Farrah!
    Looks like you have your work cut out for you with changing all those doll bodies. Pity you've lost your doll room to the little ones, but they grow up quickly so you may have it back before too long. (Fingers crossed) :)
    Love your cross stitched Care Bear, they were always a big favourite in our house, so cute, cuddly and in wonderful colours.
    Big hugs,

    1. Thanks, X! The doll body swap will definitely take me a while to get through. :) On the plus side, I am pretty much never bored! ;)

  2. Just wanted to say, I don't think I've commented before but I read your posts. So I'm guessing there are other people that are reading without commenting too.
    And there's a new Care Bears cartoon now, so feel free to force your kids to like them. Lol.

    1. Hi Rachael, thanks so much for leaving a comment!! I'm so glad you've been reading my posts (sometimes it's hard to tell who is really "out there" LOL.
      I'll definitely check out the new Care Bears cartoon!

  3. I can see your cat loves the dolls! Have fun with body swaps - you've got a good Made to Move collection there.

    1. Thank you! Yes, he loves the dolls and always likes to lay right on them! :)

  4. Thank you for the little video of your doll/craft area, I always enjoy seeing where people do things and how they have their dolls. It looks like you're going to be very busy sorting out the Barbie doll bodies but it'll be great when you have them all as you'd like them. And I must say, you are very tidy and organised!!
    Your cross stitch pics are good. I used to enjoy cross stitch and also found it relaxing but haven't done any in a long time, although I still have several kits to do, as well as all the supplies!
    You have a very sweet looking cat, and isn't it funny how they have to sit right smack band in the middle of everything!!!
    Have a great weekend.
    Sharon xx

    1. Thank you, Sharon! I appreciate your "tidy and organized" comment as I don't get that compliment very often! Yes, our cat Fozzie loves the dolls and especially loves to lay right on them. It looks so uncomfortable, but he always chooses to lay in those exact spots! He's really is such a sweet and kind cat. I hope you have a great weekend as well :) xo

  5. I'm at the same place as you, trying to get all the heads of the dolls I want to keep, onto articulated bodies, whether they're MtM, or not. You look like you've made some good progress on your dolls so far.

    Instagram may be the hot thing, I guess, but I just find the medium so different from blogging. I enjoy taking "solo shots" of my dolls, but I also like doing reviews and having doll discussions, which don't seem to work as well in Instagram. It's nice that there are still some of us left in the blogosphere. :)

    I totally understand why your doll room had to become a playroom, at least for now. I hope that you still have enough space to have some "doll time." :)

    1. Hi Barb! Thank you! Yeah, I hear you about blogging vs IG. It's so much more interactive here and personal. I really enjoy it as well.
      Yes, I'm happy to have this walk in closet area as a place that I can do some doll crafts and projects in for now. :)

  6. Love the Care Bear cross stitch! Perfect moment of nostalgia there! :)

    1. Thanks, jSarie! I just can't shake the 80s nostaglia no matter what I do, I think it will be a part of me forever, lol. It's great to hear from you! :)

  7. Hi farrah! I love your youtube channel as well as your blog! Well hope to hear from yall soon!!!

    From mckenzie

  8. It's kind of sad what has happened to our community of doll bloggers, especially over the past year, but I do think Instagram has had a not so great impact. That said, I continue to do both, as I think they are such different mediums. I just may not be doing as much as I've done in the past. It's no fun to review your stats and see such a huge drop in numbers.

    You must share pics of the finished afghan, what a fun idea! Reminds me of someone I used to follow who was making a Dr. Who scarf (Number 4, Tom Baker).

    1. Yeah, I agree. Blogging certain has changed just in the short few years I've been doing it. I miss seeing regular posts from other bloggers (some have even completely stopped blogging it seems), but I guess that's how it goes. Instagram is nice, but it's so quick and fleeting. I like the intimacy and interaction with blogging. It's more meaningful to me so I don't plan to stop either!
      And yes, I will definitely share photos when I'm done!