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Doll display/storage

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This blog is still fairly new, but I think my love of porcelain dolls is well-documented.  I've been acquiring them through Facebook Marketplace and thrift stores, and it was getting to the point where I needed a space to store/display them. I was inspired by a friend on Facebook who recently posted pictures of her new shelving for her own doll collection.  So what I ended up doing was purchasing a 3-shelf Mainstays bookcase from Walmart.  At only $29.97 (before taxes), I couldn't beat the price.  Assembly was required but was very easy and hardware was included.  I didn't bother installing the middle shelf so my dolls would fit. Here are some more pictures! The top two shelves are for strictly dolls; the bottom houses most of my Steiff animal collection. So yes, I definitely recommend these bookcases if you're looking for shelving or a place to store books.  (And no, this is not a sponsored post.)

Anne!

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 In my last post about doll collecting I mentioned my porcelain Anne of Green Gables doll, which I also thrifted several years back.  Here she is! I have loved the Anne of Green Gables series of novels -- which were written by Lucy Maud Montgomery and the first novel was published in 1908 -- since I was very young.  I also grew up watching the 1985 television movie adaptation with Megan Follows as Anne.  (The most recent adaptation, Anne with an E on Netflix, is also quite good in my opinion.)   I found this porcelain doll at Value Village several years ago.  She is complete but it was very clear that someone -- most likely a child -- had messed with her hair.  So I put her hair back into the signature pigtail braids and she is as good as new.  I did some research on this doll and discovered that she was made in the studios of Anne of Green Gables Heritage Design for a company called Avonlea Traditions. I adore her and have her on display on top of a cabinet in my studio.  I also plan

Lovely Miss Elizabeth

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As noted previously, I am a thrift store junkie.  I love to thrift stuffed animals (as evidenced by my earlier post about the teddy bears) but one thing that I really haven't thrifted much are dolls.  Which is strange because I absolutely love dolls, and have ever since I was a child.  I have an Anne of Green Gables porcelain doll that I thrifted which I absolutely cherish, though.  (Maybe she'll be the subject of a future post!) I love to browse the knick-knacks section at Value Village, and next to that section of the store are the dolls.  I wasn't really paying attention to the dolls, but I did see a flash of white on the bottom shelf which piqued my interest.  I investigated further and found this beauty. She is simply one of the most beautiful dolls I have ever seen.  I did some research and she is an Ashton-Drake Galleries porcelain bride doll from 1994.  Her name is Elizabeth and she is from the "From This Day Forward" collection.  Phil Tumminio was the art

Rockin' the buzz

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  I recently buzzed my head!  How does it make me feel?  Strangely liberated.  I think that every woman should experience this at one point or another in their life.  It also feels great that it only takes about a minute to wash my hair now instead of the several minutes it took when my hair was long. I used Remington clippers which come with a set of guards.  For this cut, I used a #1 (3 mm) guard.  I basically went around my entire head but I did have to enlist my mother to help me with the back.  I also have a pair of hair cutting scissors so once that was done I took the scissors and trimmed up any places I missed. Other tips:  If you are buzzing your hair for the first time, go longer.  You can't replace hair that you've already cut but you can always go shorter if that's what you want.  Also, wear an old t-shirt.  You are going to be covered in picky little hairs, and that's annoying.  Doff the shirt once you're done cutting.  Finally, keep your clippers clean