An Old Tag from The Wayward Inn

1. List your current BJD family.
My list of BJD's is currently sitting at 80 (they are listed here). Every year I say "no more", but I have absolutely no idea when the compulsion to purchase just one more doll" will finally dissipate. So far this year I have not been tempted by any BJD's.

2. Who is your newest doll?
My newest doll isn't a BJD at all . . . she's a Vestida de Azul doll and stands just 28cm tall (3cm taller than a Little Fee, or half way between a Soom Neo Angel Region iMda 2.6 & 3.0). These little dolls are less expensive, so they don't dent my budget at all . . . and there is very little waiting time until I get my hot little pinkies on them!

3. Who is your oldest doll?
Jax is my oldest (Doll Leaves 1st Anniversary Event Rabbit, Normal Skin) he arrived 4th August 2012. I had not seen a BJD before and he took me quite by surprise, he's quite a cute little bunny.

4. Your favourite doll company?
This would have to be Fairyland. Their sculpts fit my stories better than any other and their dolls pose so well. Being a daydreamer and a big fan of any type of fantasy, I am particularly enamoured by the direction the company has taken with the introduction of the RealFees and Fantasy Art Line.

5. Least favourite doll company?
There are two least favourite companies . . . Supia and April Story. This is certainly not be because of their sculpts, they are really quite beautiful . . . it's because of their service or perhaps I should say, the lack of it. Companies/artists that offer bad/no service no matter how lovely their dolls are, don't last long in this arena, the competition is strong and there are plenty of other companies/artists that are willing to look after their customers.

6. Grail sculpt? Do you own them?
My grail sculpt has been and gone from my wish list. For a long time, I wanted to add a Peaks Woods A.B. Bella the Moon to my collection, though I doubt if I will ever purchase her now, as I have gone right off collecting large dolls, I find them just too difficult to handle..

7. Favourite aesthetic?
This would have to be face and hands. I tend to purchase a doll by the way it "speaks to me" and tugs at my heartstrings, then I look to see if the hands are elegant. I dislike stumpy fingers or hands that are out of proportion.

8. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Now if you are wanting specifics, the answer would depend on what in particular you're asking about. However, in general, my inspiration comes from books I read, fabrics I purchase when I'm out shopping, sometimes it comes from a doll, or simply by allowing my own vivid imagination to wander. I think one needs to keep an open mind and let everyday things like a walk in the park, autumn leaves, or a rainbow inspire us in one way or another.

9. Favourite thing about the hobby?
I had to give this some thought, and to be completely honest, I cannot choose a single thing. It's really a combination of things, rather than one thing in particular, this hobby encompasses so many different avenues of enjoyment. Sometimes it's the dolls themselves, other times it's dressing them (either by sewing, knitting or shopping for them), writing their stories, photographing them and sharing the hobby with other likeminded people.

10. Least favourite thing about the hobby?
(a) Suppliers who continuously lie about delivery dates, giving you hope, then letting you down when it doesn't arrive, not just once, but time and time again.
(b) The recaster leeches who pray on other people, stealing their ideas and their livelihood.

Comments

  1. A gread read :)
    I definitely agree in regards to your least favorite things about the hobby :(
    Concerning Supia, what has happened? I have never ordered directly from them, but I have several of their sculpts on my wishlist, so it got me a bit worried.

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    1. Thanks Nikki. It was a long time ago now, but the service was terrible, communication was unreliable & several promises were not kept. I did get my doll in the end, but it was a very frustrating experience that I would not put myself through again . . . too stressful for someone with high blood pressure.
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  2. Great answers!! I really enjoyed reading this. How cool you can find inspiration from all the little things, but I agree, we can all take a bit from those moments :)
    I never realized your BJD collection was so big! Are they all displayed somewhere?

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    1. Thank you Alejandra. Inspiration is there to be found, one just has to open their eyes. :) Mmm the collection sort of grew before I realised how many I had. I keep most of them in my doll room (curtains drawn) and a few in my studio when I am sewing for them . . . I don't keep any in boxes because I like to look at them. :)
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  3. It's nice to read your thoughts here Sandi.
    Thanks for sharing!
    xx

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    1. Thanks Sharon, you're welcome, I'm pleased you enjoyed the read.
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  4. Wow, I never knew your bjd collection was a big one. That is really cool. Have you ever taken a group photos of them all?

    Lack of service is a big turn off for me too. And the lying about shipping dates again and again. One company is already on my black list because of that experience. I think some companies don't realise that we as buyers have options and lots of them and we don't have to give a company our money if we don't get a good service from them. We're no longer limited to a handful of companies today like back in the early 2000s.

    I'm with you on the hands. I've seen some beautiful dolls but then the hands looked like they were a last minute thought which is a shame. I still think the best hands I've seen and own are the ones from Dollshe. They are incredibly sculpted.

    Recasts have definitely changed the hobby a lot and also the trust people used to have with each other. It's really sad to see the effects on the hobby and the artists and companies.

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    1. Hi Alasse,
      No, I don't think I could get them all in. LOL! I have taken smaller group photos from time to time, but I suppose I should get motivated to take some more up to date ones, but I'm feeling kinda lszy.
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  5. Your collection is huge! I did not knew who was your first doll, so it was really nice to read it!
    I also agree with #10 so much! Loved to read this <3

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    1. Thank you Musume. I have lots of teddy bears too that's why I should stop bringing dolls home, I really need a bigger house. LOL!
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  6. Thanks for sharing your answers, it was lovely to read. I agree with you and I know the feeling of tugs on ones heartstrings. When a doll does that, you can not leave them behind.
    I am amazed by your collection! And I saw your answer above to Alejandra - I like to look at my dolls too. They are around my workplace here at home and when the sun and light are too much, curtains work their magic. Otherwise I usually move them to a darker place.

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    1. Thank you Niina. I can't understand why anyone who loves dolls would keep them in boxes, I really like to enjoy my dolls, I pick them up, dress them, photograph them and I even talk to them. Some would think me crazy, but I don't care, I'm happy. :)
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  7. Thanks for sharing! For some reason letting your mind wander on a walk reminded me of Anne of green gables, I recently finished this novel!
    I've also ordered from April story and will share my review of them ASAP!

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    1. Hey you're welcome Irene. I'll be interested in reading your review as I'd like to know if I am the only one who thinks of them the way I do. :)
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  8. Fairyland makes some pretty dolls! I sent one as a wedding gift once, so lovely! I also love hands and faces. This hobby is so inclusive!

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    1. Yes Crystal, they certainly do. Oh I agree, I think combining all those other activities makes it a really interesting hobby.
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