Dolls & Ordinary Life

12:28 AM

Just a little mixed post

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Our pumpkins. Photo by my oldest daughter. She, her sister and friend made them.
Foggy morning, cold as in a freezer.
Sky is on fire!
Halloween is long gone and there are just a couple of weeks left of November. Time is really going by fast. Said to my husband today, that it was not so long ago it was summer and now it is dark, cold and snow in the air. The last weeks have been rather busy - family, work, school and other appointments. Or as I say, "too much monkey business".

Some of the gifts.
In the green little gift I found a tiny Merida and a cute new friend!
And that is why it was such a joy to receive a wonderful parcel from Alasse. It was filled with so much cute things - it really felt good to just explore this parcel and enjoy the things I found. So, thank you! Just to pick some of the things in the box - a tiniest tiny Merida doll, a chair for a doll, candy, some clothes for my Pure Neemos, pens and erasers (cute as can be) and two Monster High Dolls to practice face ups on. A great idea and generous too!

Yes to legit, no to recast.
And today, on the 19th November, it is the #proBJDArtists and I took a photo of my "new" star. Well, just the head is new - a Dollmore Zihu. More about her later on, in another post. When it comes to this day, you can as a collector show your support through buying legit dolls. The artists put a lot of work, love, tears, blood, sweat and make originals just for you. Theft is wrong, in any way. It is just hurtful for the artists. This new head did not cost so much, but I had to save for it and then I waited for two months. She is an original, she has an certificate and she is made by an artists, just for you and in this case just for me.

Have a wonderful new week ahead!
2:02 PM

Happy Halloween!

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Halloween has not been a holiday over here in Sweden for so long, just a couple of decades. It came originally from USA, through immigrants from Ireland, as a popular culture to us. In the beginning it was a fun feast for children, who dressed up to something in the theme of horror or death. Lately even the adults have started to dress up. From the 1990’s it has become a popular thing to celebrate. The English term ”trick or treat” has been translated into ”bus eller godis” - mischief or candy!

And from candy is not so far to sugar and from there we end up on ”Dia de los Muertos”, a day that is celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1st and 2nd. Even if this in one way collides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s and All Saint’s Day, some combine their beliefs with the ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones. Here in Sweden we celebrate that day on the 4th November this year. It is a church day, remembering them we lost, praying and lightning candles. The graveyards look so beautiful with all those lights in the darkness.

I do not celebrate Halloween, but I thought that I could take some photos of Esther, with a sugar skull face up. I have always like sugar skulls and think that there is something beautiful with it. So, I thought I could give it a try. Made her a new pair of eyes too, of FIMO Clay. It was fun and I learned a lot. These eyes are not in the perfect shape, but I do love the purple color. Next time I will make the eyes a bit more rounded on the top. 

Husband drove me to Hammarby Hytta, a place with an old foundry and a nature reserve. The foundry was active between the years 1858 and 1923. The nature reserve has a valley that is from the time before the ice age. It was sunny and chilly day, but so lovely to be outdoors.

Enjoy the new week, have a Happy Halloween and say welcome to November.
10:29 PM

So, why?

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Noomi, at the cottage, summer 2017.
”I collect doll, primarily because I have so much joy and passion,” declares a caller to the Home Shopping Network’s Collectors Day program, and continues to say that the dolls remind you of the pretty things in life and that the dolls are always there with you, how ever you feel.
The book ”Life Like Dolls: The Collector Doll Phenomenon and the Lives of the Women Who Love Them” written by A.F. Robertson lifts up interesting questions about collecting and the collectors. The growing business making dolls, especially porcelain collectible dolls, is worth billions. Handcrafted and limited editions of these dolls may have a tag of $500 is said to strike a chord in the hearts of all ladies, mostly older ones. The nurseries, as the writer calls it, may grow up to hundreds of dolls.

Every doll has a name, identity and certification. A.F. Robertson writes about the women, their clubs, fairs, visits their homes and does the best to understand why these dolls are so irresistible. And he stirs up feelings. In the introduction of the book Robertson writes that most of us who see a porcelain doll just think that it is not a toy and nothing one should give a child. Fragile and disturbing. And those who find out about the collectors think that the women have a mental problem, that the dolls are creepy and one person even said that ”they try to capture life, but they are deathly.” The writer wrote that these responses are mild compared to what others had to say about collecting dolls. 

There is even shame and guilt, that some doll collectors feel. Often the collection starts with a doll that had belonged to a older, but nearer relative and this souvenir is a reminder of ones childhood. Dolls are seen as a distinctively, challengingly a female property when it comes to heir. Some collect to save to their own children - it is all about inherit the collection and nothing more. They may add to the collection they got from their mother.

Looking a bit deeper on this subject, I have noticed that many of us collect dolls based on history (Barbie’s in the 1960’s, porcelain dolls from mid 1800’s and so on) and fashion (a doll in a Victorian outfit, as example) - it is something antique. Others use dolls to make clothes and patterns to sell. There is even a bit of nostalgia over collecting dolls and in some points a therapeutic value.

Simply put: Collecting dolls are a hobby of mine. It gives me joy. And you?

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