I want you to enjoy your doll collection every day. If your life is anything like mine, you find yourself stretched a thousand ways to Friday (and back again). Relaxing and enjoying your hobbies often gets pushed way down the list of priorities behind, work, kids, school, and a million other commitments.
My goal for this site is to invite you to play again, to dust off your dolls (or your daughter’s dolls), your camera, your sewing machine, or your knitting needles and spend some time reconnecting with the creative. Take a few minutes a day, or an hour on a Saturday afternoon, remembering what you love and connecting with the dolls and hobbies that bring you joy. You’re worth it! And it’s way cheaper then therapy.
Hi there! I’m Stephanie, and I have loved toys and dolls all of my life. As I child, I collected Star Wars figures and Cabbage Patch Kids. As a young adult, I joined the Ty Beanie Baby craze and amassed a huge collection, which my children still enjoy throwing at each other to this day. In my mid 20’s, I asked my new husband for a Lee Middleton baby doll for Christmas. Yes, he thought it was weird. Yes, I got it anyway.
After my four children were born, at a rapid and insane rate of one-every-other-year starting in 1999, most of my waking hours were spent keeping them fed and relatively clean. With no time for grown up toys, I almost forgot that I was a doll enthusiast!
Then in December of 2011, my mother-in-law, a retired elementary school teacher well acquainted with the quality and educational value of American Girl dolls, sent my daughter a doll for Christmas. An avid seamstress anxious to outfit my daughter’s new doll, I decided to order a “fit model” for myself from eBay. I was 12 when American Girl debuted in 1986, “too old” for play dolls by then, so prior to that fateful Christmas, I had never experienced an AG doll first hand. When I opened the box from eBay that contained a well-loved Samantha doll, it took about 2 minutes flat to realize I’d stumbled onto my next great toy obsession.
Both my collection and my daughter’s collection have grown rapidly since then and, in addition to American Girl, I’ve discovered a whole world of play line dolls to collect and enjoy. Play dolls in my collection include: American Girl, Maplelea, Kidz ‘n Cats, Gotz Little Sisters, Paola Reina, Corolle Les Cheries, Liv, Monster High, My Salon Doll, and Hearts for Hearts. To name a few. 😉
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