Friday, January 23, 2015

Obtaining That Grail

I have had the pleasure in the last year to add a "grail" doll or two to my collection. I must preface this by saying I just replied to a question in December stating "I no longer have a grail list" LOL. I came across these two beauties this month by accident. In the '90's I loved all things Barbie. I still have a twinge here and there for my girl. At the end of 1999 there was a Classical Goddess Collection showcased. I say 1999 even though everything says 2000/1. I remember the pics of the Goddess of Spring. I fell in love with all that long curly strawberry blonde hair
Promo Goddess of Spring
 Can you see the gorgeous there. The finished product was not the same as the promo pic. I wasn't in any rush to buy her. When Wisdom was produced I still didn't jump. I don't know why I didn't get them then. 

Fast forward 14 years and I found her. The price one ebay had to be a mistake. I won't say but I put her on watch immediately. I had to check the sellers other items and she had Wisdom too. The price was unbelievable and ending the next day with no bidders. Spring was ending the day after Wisdom so I emailed the seller to make sure she combined shipping. You know the anticipation was killing me. I just knew they were going to be bid up a lot higher than the beginning bid. I waited the last 5 minutes so nervous. I do have a cap on what I will pay. The last 20 seconds was my moment. I put in my highest bid and hit enter at 10 seconds. To my very happy surprise NO ONE ELSE bid. Wisdom was mine. The same scenario the following day for Spring. I obtained both for what Wisdom has gone for by herself.

 In all my excitement for them I totally overlooked another beauty I traded for. I fell really hard for her. She was so out of my league I didn't even think I would get her without sacrificing my lust of all things vinyl (fashion dolls people, LOL). I spied a FB post looking to sell or trade this Goddess. I had to try and I got her. I was able to trade for Smoke Screen Dania Zarr from the 2010 Dark Romance FR Convention!!

She does not disappoint. So my point is that no matter what you feel you may never obtain it is possible. If you have a grail list look it over again and GO FOR IT. You may be surprised by what you can get. I don't have a grail list any more :O)

If you decide to trade or buy from someone don't be afraid to ask for references on doll boards or groups you belong to. This doll community of ours may seem huge but it is relatively small when your reputation is on the line. Hammer out your terms ahead of time for sale or swap. If you say you're going to mail an item MAIL IT.  I know life happens but make sure you keep in contact with your trade partner. Make sure you have tracking info and are given the same. Don't be afraid to ask for pictures either. You may be asked the same so be ready. You want to make sure of the condition of what you're getting/sending. 

Enough of my rambling... GO FOR IT!! Find your grail goodies

Sunday, January 11, 2015

PoppyPalooza

I was on the Facebook (inside joke) LOL and I thought about how I came to finally love Poppy Parker. I have tried since Poppy Parker first debuted 5 years ago. I remember when I first saw her. I wasn't impressed. Now before I get a bunch of backlash over that this is my story so there. I honestly didn't like the first couple of years of Poppy. I liked some of the clothing but I still didn't jump on the bandwagon.

If I'm being honest Poppy always tends to be first on my to go pile.  Let's fast forward to 2013/4 and the Poppypalooza love fest began.  I was sorting through my collection and found my In The Air Poppy from the 2011 FR Convention. 
 
My first impression after seeing her again after so long was she's beautiful and she needs a change. Most of the Poppy's I keep get a new body. I like them on Victoire or NuFace bodies.

Ayr ( her new name) and Sebina are waiting for bodies

 
Here are all my current Poppy's. I had more but I sold about 4 or 5 while raising funds for convention. That Holiday Feeling and IFDC Glamorous Darling haven't been freed as of yet. This past 2014 FR Convention found me with three new ladies to my small collection.
 
 
Here is a closer look. Wild Thing & Corrie are waiting for me to swap them to their new bodies. The other two are already on Victoire Roux bodies.
 
Starlight, Girl from Integrity, Wild Thing, Corrie Bratter
Dark Moon is on a tall FR body. She was screaming for a breast augmentation LOL. Diana aka Joyous is original. Switzerland is on a NuFace body. I got the OOAK from a friend and she stays original for now or until I find a new body.
 
Dark Moon, Joyous Celebration, Switzerland, OOAK

 
Darla Daley is also in the Poppy Parker line. These ladies are on their original bodies at the moment. Once I find dolls to match there will be a swap happening.
 
Color My World, Twist n Shout, Bus Stop
 
Twist n Shout was first and only with this face. The story goes that the mold was broken so her face was changed. I still may look for Simply Simpatico since she has short hair and I NEED her :O) I also have the first Loni Lawrence and her body has been swapped out.

I know you're thinking that's a lot of swapping.  I am truthful in telling anyone who listens that I have no love for the Poppy cankle. I will remove the head and sell the original body as soon as humanly possible. I haven't done that with the Darla's to date because I need to find Dynamite Girl or NuFace bodies for them. I don't think there are any to match other than maybe Colette or Aria.

 I own 12 Poppy's, 3 Darla's ,and 1 Loni. I think I can live with that. I definitely don't have as big a Poppy problem as I thought. We will see as I go through the collection who I own more of. I hope I didn't bore anyone with my ramblings :O)

If you're bothered by nude or partially nude dolls don't look below..LOL. Here is the unedited pic of the Poppy's so you can see the bodies




Bodies from L-R; Victoire , Victoire, NuFace, Poppy , FR, Poppy, NuFace, Poppy





Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year Beauty

As promised or at least I think I promised to show my first doll of the New Year. Actually she was a gift from the man. She was delivered to my job this morning. I fell in love seeing this lady and I tried to resist (not really hard). I'm so glad HE LISTENED and ordered the right doll. I love an awesome surprise :O)


A La Maison


I love this lady. A La Maison Victoire Roux is the first doll of 2015. I love her face and the attitude she exudes. She's haughty and exudes that "IT" factor for me. Maybe it's the hair but I can't wait to play with her.


Her accessories are simple and nothing spectacular. Her silver heels, pillow, & magazine are included.

 
                                        

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's Been A While...

Yes, it has been a while since I posted. I allowed myself to get sidetracked by all sorts of things. I was ill for a moment but I have been adding to my collection. I think I added quite a few dolls to the mix as I recovered. I will say that 2014 was a very good year for me. I know I said I was ill but it was still very good. I made no resolutions for this year. I have promises I made to myself from last year to finish.

Here is a not so great picture of some of the additions


I got the idea from one of my Flickr friends who posted a pic of his 2014 dolls. I joked that it will take more than one picture for all that I added. This is not everything either. Believe me I have a lot more stuff slated for the GO PILE. Here are a couple of close-up's since you asked :O) I know you did...








 
 
 
 I traded for quite a few of these beauties. I also did a lot of bargain shopping. I will be showcasing some of these in posts to come in the year. My last purchase of 2014 will arrive next week. That was a gift from my wonderful supportive man. I made my first purchase of the new year and they will arrive soon. 

This is going to be fun.