Dolls

Please visit part of my doll collection in my facebook ‘Dolls’ album

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.165695040111675.45074.100000135390641&type=3

Link to my blog for reborn and silicone baby dolls

http://susankayejbabyblue.wordpress.com/

Published in: on June 2, 2012 at 10:06 am  Leave a Comment  

Dolls

Introducing ‘Amy Tabitha’

There are so many beautiful reborn babies on display at doll shows that I just want to pick them up, cuddle them and adopt them all! And yet when the time comes to make the final ‘could be difficult’ decision on which one to take home, I am always certain that “this is the one” and suddenly the choosing is easy. “I cannot leave this one behind”…… 

During a recent doll fair outing with my sister, I immediately fell in love with this sleepy baby girl. After walking around and around the aisles among many tables of displays I still kept coming back to this precious baby with her realistic blotchy complexion, dark brown hair, half opened eyes and little tongue peeking out of a slightly opened mouth. She reminds me so much of our own children as newborns and it wasn’t until after I’d bought her that I saw the name ‘Amy’ on her certificate, the same name as our firstborn child! 

Even though little reborn Amy came home dressed beautifully in pale pink, I pictured her looking adorable in red and white. When I was about 17 my Mum took me to visit a friend who was just about to have a baby (was there ever a time in my life when I wasn’t clucky?) It was the first fully decorated nursery I had ever seen and I’ll never forget the red and white colour scheme that later welcomed new baby Tabitha into the world – one of the reasons why I settled on the middle name ‘Tabitha’ for my latest reborn. Also because growing up I was a big fan of the TV show ‘Bewitched’ and I loved watching the nose twitching antics of mum Samantha and daughter Tabitha.

After a trip to Myer with my Christmas gift voucher, a stop at the local country market doll clothes stall and a visit to the Best and Less babywear sale, Amy Tabitha has three new outfits. And I have just rescued from a water damaged bag of baby clothes a little white baby nightgown with red smocking that our Amy used to wear – and I’m in the process of restoring it to its former glory. Photo to be added later.

Published in: on May 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

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My reborn orangutans and gorilla

I’d wanted some kind of monkey doll ever since I saw little Umi the orangutan in an Ashton Drake catalogue years ago but unfortunately the timing wasn’t right and the price too great.

http://www.ashtondrake.com/products/301156001_so-truly-real-vinyl-doll.html

Then while visiting a doll fair with my sister I totally fell in love with – and took home with me – a Denise Pratt ‘Binki’ orangutan reborned by Margaret Willis from ‘Noonsie’s Cradle’.

The following year my sister ordered a ‘Binki’ from the same artist and when we went to pick her up there was also a ‘Bindi’ for sale. I took ‘Bindi’ home too.

I was delighted to reunite a little orangutan sister and her brother and felt my reborn ape collection was now complete.

Until……

during a wonderful trip to the doll fair with my sister in April, it was another case of love at first sight and I bought this precious ‘Kiwi’ gorilla and named him ‘Keanu’.

Although I originally intended for my reborns to be collectibles that sit on a shelf, my recent struggle with ’empty nest syndrome’ led me to find comfort in cuddling and dressing these new additions to the family. And a sudden fascination with ‘reborn’ youtube clips made me aware that there are many others out there with this special hobby. In particular the videos posted by Katie of her gorilla ‘Gaby’  captured my attention.

This one is the sweetest thing I have ever seen

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWFl7-InreM

I can’t upload videos yet but here are some photos to go on with……

Keanu re-dressed in baby clothes

Keanu with the monkey patterned taggies that I found brand new in a thrift shop

Bad hair day for just awake Keanu wearing new PJ’s from the country market

Keanu with his Beanie Boo gorilla

Feeding time at the zoo, Binki and Bindi in pink and blue

In my spare time (?) – proud to be a reborn mummy 

My grandson Sebastian was very patient and helpful while joining in with reborn gorilla Keanu’s first outing and photo session….

 

See my facebook album ‘Little gorilla’s big adventure’

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.459819660699210.123508.100000135390641&type=1

Published in: on May 19, 2012 at 8:29 am  Leave a Comment  

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There are many things on our ‘to do’ list when we visit Melbourne, the place where four of our six children were born. So many people to see and outings to fit in; and it’s always fun to reminisce and try to relive special moments from the past. Before each of the last five visits, spanning a period of more than ten years, I have planned to re-enact a particular favourite outing from long ago….but never got around to it until recently. This time I was on a serious mission to take a familiar journey and adopt a Cabbage Patch Kid for myself, just as I’d done for our first two children one very special trip to the city back in the eighties. Hopeful and grasping some gift vouchers, I was determined not to board the plane without a new little friend for the music room – not such an easy task with the shop ‘vegie gardens’ quite bare right after Christmas. Finally I saw ‘Sean Sophia’  peeking through a damaged box hidden at the back of a Big W shelf. With her arms outstretched, long dark brown curls, green eyes, a crooked smile, one dimple and dressed in PJ’s and fluffy slippers, she is every bit as cute as Amy’s precious girl ‘Iris Brenda’ and Tim’s adorable boy ‘Archibald Murphy’, who are still members of our toy family today. Peace, love and CPK!

Published in: on February 19, 2012 at 5:50 am  Leave a Comment  

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I have wanted to replace my ‘much adored and worn beyond repair’ childhood Sindy teen doll ever since she met a sad end in the junk pile some years back. I was thrilled to discover this one in an antique shop a few months ago for $25, with just a little of her face peeking out from an old paper covered box. Going by the wedding wrapping paper, the style of her dress and the attached posy of flowers, she appears to be dressed in a sample bridesmaid outfit which I recall was common practice in the 60’s. Although I preferred baby dolls to Barbies, a favourite pastime was playing house with my precious down to earth English model – and I even presented her with blonde haired baby twin dolls to nurture. When my brother and Sindy’s boyfriend Paul joined the game, this teen mum often took on the role of Penny from the TV show ‘Lost In Space’. As with all of my second hand discoveries, I would dearly love to know this particular old toy’s true story. And yet perhaps not knowing is what makes such treasures even more special……the magic of long lost secrets.

Published in: on October 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dolls

As a child I adored ‘real’ baby dolls,

my very favourite plaything……

and have enjoyed rediscovering them as an adult,

now that they are so beautifully realistic.

Introducing tiny reborn baby doll

Julianna Cherie

‘Jacey’

Published in: on July 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm  Leave a Comment