Why do we like to collect things?

There’s a collector in all of us.  Or so they say.   But what drives us to collect?  And when does it start? It’s known that our fascination for collecting starts in early childhood.  It’s the comfort blanket or cuddly toy that teaches us we can have an emotional bond with an object.  Something that…

Top ten gift ideas for art doll collectors

1. Gift for yourself – a mini-me art doll Treat yourself.  A mini-me version of beautiful you! 2. Birthday gift for your hubbie, wife, or partner – a personalised art doll A recreation of your loved one in wonderful miniature size.  Go on, choose their favourite outfit, I love being creative. 3. Unique customised gifts…

Top 7 breathtaking modern dollhouses and accessories

Did you play with a dollhouse when you were little? Did you built one from scratch using cardboard shoe boxes? Well, I always dreamt of having a dollhouse but never had one until I had a child of my own. Wherever your imagination took you as a child, now it’s time to reclaim that imagination. There’s…

From Girl Power to the Power of Women

Remember when Girl Power was a thing? We’re way beyond the golden age of the Spice Girls now, though, even though they’re all still famous for various reasons. But while Girl Power might have receded into the background, it’s been replaced by some powerful women. We’ve got our second female Prime Minister. America could be…

How to keep your doll in tip top shape and free from dust

Your fabric art doll needs looking after.  How to keep it dust-free?  If she’s displayed without any protection just gently rub your art doll with your finger-tips being careful not to damage the fabric and simply blow or shake the dust away.  Don’t let dust to accumulate as it will create a hard-to-remove layer of…

Are you a budding art doll collector?

Here are 15 of the best art doll collector magazines and websites. HauteDoll – publish bi-monthly, this magazine is the premier fashion doll and BJD magazine. Art Doll Quarterly Magazine – This full-color, 128-page publication is dedicated to art dolls and sculptural figures made from cloth, polymer clay, Creative Paperclay®, wire armatures, mixed-media, and much more. In…

Why is doll collecting so addictive?

Call it ‘collecting’, call it a ‘passion’, call it ‘retail therapy’.  Whatever it is, there’s a collector in all of us.  But just what is it that makes doll collecting so special? Could it be that it stems from our childhood?  Most of us cared for and played with our favourite dolly or cuddly toy…

Where can I buy furniture for my handmade art dolls?

Here are the top 13 shops that sell doll furniture around the world. Kathleen Hancock is designing and creating finished 1:6 scale upholstered furniture with mid-century modern style. She also does custom work. She’s my favourite doll furniture maker on Kathleen Hancock on Etsy and her chairs will truly complement your art dolls. Imagine your selfie doll…

Selfie-mania the art doll way

Personalised art dolls of beautiful you. Selfie-mania is here to stay.   Smile at the phone, focus, and click.  It’s as simple as that.  We’re all at it these days.  It’s a fun, it’s easy and it’s contagious.  Instant sharing with family, friends and loved ones, whoever we’re with, whatever we’re doing, and wherever we…

Handmade art dolls – the studio tour

  Here’s where it all happens. A clean, bright, fresh, sunny and highly organised space, specifically designed with artistry in mind.  Each stage of my made to order doll-making process has its own creative space, each tool its own special place.  As the saying goes, there’s a place for everything, and everything in its place, and I’m a firm believer that harmony and creativity go hand-in-hand….

Circus Girl

Today I have something a little bit different to share with you. Circus Girl created for a brilliant American children’s book illustrator Melissa L Berger (Mandisa), who’s also an actress, producer and a movie director. “Circus Girl” is a whimsical, loving circus child who loves life and others and always shares a smile of appreciation…