Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Little Darling Doll Fun At MDCC 2017

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I recently attended MDCC in Danvers, Massachusetts, and boy, I was not prepared for the level of excitement and fun that I was going to have there. Seriously. I've been to doll shows before, but never a convention. This event was absolutely incredible. With that being said, I encourage all of my readers to seriously consider going to MDCC if you ever have a chance. You won't regret it (not even all the money you've spent, LOL)!

At MDCC, there were two Little Darling events I attended: there was a dinner event (cost of $245), and the next day, a forum (free with registration) with the Little Darling artists. I want to talk about both of those here, to give you an idea of what they were like.

The Little Darling Doll dinner had a theme of "Cinderella." When you first walk into the banquet room (which is what I'll call it from here on out), you have to find a table. I was traveling with a friend, so we had to make sure to find a table with two empty seats, which wasn't difficult. Table hostesses would stand with fingers in the air, indicating how many empty seats they had left. Once we took our seats, we had a look at the table favor. From every event we attended, there small gifts/favors at each place when we sat down. The favor from the Cinderella dinner was a small, pewter colored carriage box, with a tiny glass (plastic) slipper inside. Very cute!

A few opening remarks were given by the master of ceremonies, Billie (not sure if that's her actual title, but she does a great job), and then dinner is served.

The first course was a delicious tomato soup and bread with butter.
The tomato soup, with a delicious piece of buttered toast (and I think I remember a hint of garlic)

The main course was a stuffed chicken with fresh veggies and potatoes:

Stuffed chicken with potatoes, carrots, and broccoli. 

The dessert looked so good I almost forgot to get a picture, but remembered before it was too late:
Cheesecake with raspberry sauce

As if all of that food wasn't exciting enough, the MAIN event began as everyone finished up their dessert. Out came Dianna Effner, dressed as the Fairy Godmother, to tell us more about the creation of the centerpiece dolls that were in the middle of our tables.
The centerpiece Cinderella, which retailed for $1,500

The dress that Center Cindy was wearing was a collaboration between Nelly and her sister Maritza. Cindy was painted by Dianna, and her "glass" slippers were made out of fabric from tea bags, glue, glitter, and beads. Dianna told an interesting story about how one day she was making tea with some pyramid-shaped tea bags by Lipton, and she noticed how the fabric of the teabag would be perfect for making glass slippers. She also that Lipton discontinued the tea line, but she was able to find something similar elsewhere. It reminded me of Harney and Sons tea, which I drink every morning. They come in a pyramid-shaped tea bag and are made of a shimmery, translucent fabric. The workmanship on the dress and the shoes was absolutely incredible. To think of the time that went into creating each doll is just incredible. 

You may be asking, how does one purchase a centerpiece doll if there aren't enough to go around to all of the attendees? In order to have a chance at purchasing the centerpiece, you write your name on a slip of paper and give it to the table hostess. She will then turn it in, and names are drawn lottery-style in order to purchase the doll. In this case, there were 4 dolls left over after the lottery, so everyone who entered was able to purchase. The lottery takes place at the end of the event, but I wanted to mention it here while discussing the centerpiece.

After Dianna's presentation, we received our event dolls and were able to open them. And the oooh's and aaah's followed.

                     Face Detail                                                                            Full Shot

Dress Detail

She is absolutely incredible. I have all 4 of the factory painted dolls from past events, and she is, in my opinion, the best. I believe all 4 were painted by Leannie at the factory in China, based on Dianna's model. I think Leannie's skills are improving, and the artists also said during the forum that they went back and touched up eyebrows and eyelashes because they weren't quite satisfied with them. The result is stunning! They also said that her apron was "soiled" -- their words not mine lol -- by using different colored stamps and inks and hand stamping each of the aprons. You can see how wonderful the result is for yourself. All in all, this event is WELL worth the $245. The food was incredible, and the doll herself is so beautiful. You won't find a better Little Darling for a better price.

During the forum, called "The Little Darling Doll Chat" the next afternoon, I learned lots of interesting things. Each artist addressed the fact that they are all behind, but they are also human, with grandchildren and families to spend time with. Life happens and each doll takes a long time to finish -- we've all seen the work and how beautiful it is -- and they just request that we be patient with them as we are waiting on our waiting lists.

They also addressed the issue of eBay auctions. They recognize that they happen and that there really isn't much they can do about it. Mainly, they feel bad for the real collectors out there who want a doll and are unable to get one, or are so desperate to get one quickly they pay the inflated price. They did say that they have blocked over 52 users on eBay who were obviously flipping dolls, and they also realized they were painting a lot of dolls that were being sent to Russia. They then found out that there was a Russian site where all of these dolls were being placed for sale for very inflated prices, so they were able to put a stop to that. They understand that some folks just want to buy a doll and they want to do it quickly, and because of supply and demand, the prices can get out of hand sometimes. They also understand that real collectors do have to sell their dolls sometimes, too. It was an interesting conversation because none of them seemed particularly upset about it, just that they felt bad for collectors who wanted to get dolls and maybe weren't getting them as quickly because of prospectors, or that they were having to spend so much money to get a doll.

I really have a new appreciation for these ladies and what they do. They are rock stars to all of us doll collectors, but they are just like us -- with families, other interests, and typical day to day things going on in their lives.

I hope you've enjoyed this post about the Little Darling activities at Modern Doll, and I hope I've convinced you to attend in the future :)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Amy by F & B Doll Studio

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Welcome to 2017 everyone! I had a very eventful 2016, including taking the CPA exam (and passing the last section in December)...now that it's finally over, I hope to be able to spend more time with my dollies in 2017! 

This year for Christmas, my hubby surprised me with a new ball jointed doll. Her name is Amy, and she's by F & B Doll Studio. 
Here is the first pic I took of this sweet girl.

I had recently discovered F & B dolls through a doll group I'm a member of on Facebook. It's no surprise I hadn't heard of them before, as F & B just celebrated their 2 year anniversary this past October. In that time span, Amy is the first MSD they have created. 

Practicing her needlepoint.

When they started sharing pics of Amy during her pre-order, I casually mentioned to my husband how much I would like to have her. Or okay, maybe I tagged him in every single picture they posted of her, I can't really remember at the moment. At any rate, it was a huge surprise this Christmas when I actually received her! I really felt like a kid again, getting my American Girl Felicity on Christmas morning. It was a great feeling. Because she was a total surprise, I had not done any shopping for her in advance, so I found myself raiding my doll cabinets for outfits and wigs that she could wear. The outfit above is a Vidal Rojas dress, which actually suits her very well, and the fit is good. She is supposed to be able to wear Kaye Wiggs sized tops and dresses, but as I do not have any Kaye Wiggs dolls, I cannot confirm this. Her hips and bottom are a bit bigger, but I found that Journey Girls pants fit her quite well. I'm a huge Journey Girls clothing fan.

Looking a bit more modern.

In the above photo, she's wearing Journey Girls jeans, and a BFC ink shirt and boots. I think the fit is good, she might look better in something a little tighter. I spent some time last night making a legging pattern for her only to figure out I don't really have any stretchy fabric at the moment, so I will give that a shot sometime in the next couple of weeks. 

I was surprised at how quick the turn around time was for this doll, but as I discovered from reading F&B's Facebook page, it seems like the dolls are 100% manufactured in Russia. I can say that this doll has a very high quality resin and jointing. She is the easiest doll to pose of all the BJDs I own. I believe her joints were sueded before she arrived. I have never sueded joints before so I'm not sure exactly what it looks like when done, but it seems like there is a thin layer of silicon in each of the joints. I am so pleased with her quality, I am already planning to purchase the next doll they have up for pre-order. I'm really, really happy with the dolls beauty, flexibility, and quality, and I say, if you get the chance to make one of their dolls yours, go for it!






Monday, October 17, 2016

Nikki Britt Resin Dolls: A Complete Guide Part 3 (Tiny)

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With special thanks to Shaira Creveling and Janice Scott for their collaboration

Dolls created by sculptor Nikki Britt have become one of the most coveted brands in today’s doll collecting community. As new collectors continue to discover her work, naturally, many questions arise about them. This guide is meant to answer many of those questions, with an explanation of her types of dolls, prices of her dolls, and of course, what everyone wants to know, how to get one of her precious creations.

In attempt to make this guide more digestible, I will break it into 3 parts: MSD size, YOSD size, and Tiny size.


Shaira's tinies: Eddie Moon, Luna the Mermaid, Olivia, Maggie, and Ellemeno


Nikki has released quite a few dolls in the tiny size (6 inches – 7 inches), in various resin tones. The first resin ball jointed dolls Nikki ever released were the Fauns. Many others have followed over the last couple of years, and I have tried to compile this table, with the help of Shaira, to contain relevant information for collectors. Because there have been so many tinies, I am not going to write about each one separately, and hope that this table will act as a guide to answer any questions you may have.




Sculpt
Resin Color
Character Name
Quantity Known
Faber
Marshmallow White
Faber the Fox
10, handmade 3-piece outfit, artist face-up
Felix
Milk Chocolate
Forest Tales Felix the Deer
10, handmade 3-piece outfit, artist face-up, several other OOAK show exclusives
Felix
Fair
OOAK Felix
A few available at shows
Felix
Biscuit Tan
OOAK Felix
1, OOAK for BJDC 2014
Feenix
Biscuit Tan
Feenix the Little Lamb
10, handmade 3-piece outfit, artist face-up
Feenix
Biscuit Tan
OOAK Feenix
1, OOAK for BJDC 2014
Fiona
Marshmallow White
Kitty Tails Fiona
10 worldwide, Fabric Friends exclusive, with kitty face-up
Fiona
Milk Chocolate
OOAK
1, OOAK for BJDC 2014




Fiona
Marshmallow White
Candy Tails Pink Pop Fiona
5 with handmade outfits and hand-painted candies on their heads
Simp the Sea Imp
Apricot

Estimated 50
Huckleberry Fairy
Apricot
Girl or Boy Fairy
Estimated 50, artist face-up, included a bottle of fairy dust and wings
Eddie Moon
Apricot
Luna The Mermaid
10, MDCC Centerpiece 2015 (all Luna’s have artist face-ups)
Eddie Moon
Peanut Resin
Eddie Moon
30, MDCC event doll (all Edies have factory face-ups)
Autumn Brook
Apricot
Autumn Brook
2013 MDCC event doll, came as a full-set with a hand-sculpted fairy and a book
Autumn Brook
Marshmallow White
Autumn Brook OOAK
1, OOAK for BJDC 2014
Truffle (same sculpt as Autumn Brook)
Chocolate
Truffle
50, available as full-sets and nude
Maggie
Fair
Maggie the Magician
Estimated 50
Maggie
Fair
Pink
10, MDCC 2015 centerpiece, all dressed in pink with pink face-up and pink bunny named Merlin
Ellemeno
Apricot
Ellemeno (as a boy)

Preorder size of 150: Pre-pre order of 10 full-sets with dino, dino hat, and dino toy, the other 140 available after. The second round full-sets had knitted outfits by Shoko Yoshida and the dinos were sold separately.

Ellemeno

Ellabella (as a girl)
Preorder size of 150: Pre-pre order of 10 full-sets with dino, dino hat, and dino toy, the other 140 available after. The second round full-sets had knitted outfits by Shoko Yoshida and the dinos were sold separately.

Olivia (same sculpt as Maggie)
Peanut
Olivia
30-40 Artist Editions, 75-80 Factory Editions
Poppy
Light Apricot
Poppy Periwinkle
Estimated 30 Artist Editions & 75-80 Factory Editions
Poppy
Dark Cacao
Percy Pumpernickle
Estimated 30 Artist Editions & 75-80 Factory Editions
Jinny
Light Apricot
Jinny
An open preorder running from May 12-May 13th for a 24 hour period
Mei Mei
Unsure
Mei Mei
Preorder upcoming, some dolls have been sold ahead of preorder through special orders and IDTS
Tan Ellemeno
Tan
Ellemeno
Preorder upcoming


Janice's Maggie the Magician from MDCC 2014

Shaira's Ellemeno from the Pre-preorder of December 2014

Eddie Moon

Luna the Mermaid

Luna in one of Shaira's hand crafted doll rooms. This one is a Mermaid Grotto.

A precious group of Shaira's tinies redressed

For those of you waiting to bring a tiny home, here is a chart of measurements:

Measurement
Size
Wig Size
5-6”
Eye Size
8 mm
Shoe Size
Lati Yellow
Faun Height
7”
Tinies Height
6.5”
Shoulders
1.25" across
Chest
Having a hard time getting a good measurement
Waist
3.4" (slightly less than chest)
Hips
3.5"

If you are wanting to add a Nikki Britt tiny to your collection, you shouldn't have too much difficulty obtaining one. The prices range from $350-$900, both through private sales and auctions. Prices do depend on whether you have a basic edition doll, artist edition doll, or OOAK. From what has been observed over the past year, you can expect to pay $400-$500 for a faun, in either an auction sale or a private sale. For any of the MDCC dolls, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500-$700 in a private sale. For Ellemeno or Ellabella, you can expect to pay anywhere from $600-$900. These dolls seem to be the most popular in the secondary market and therefore command the highest prices. Olivia dolls are currently selling for $350-$700, depending on whether you have a basic doll or an artist edition. 

Thank you for reading this guide to Nikki Britt's dolls. If you have any suggestions, or if you own any of the OOAK dolls and want your doll added to the known doll spreadsheet, please send me a message and let me know! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Nikki Britt Resin Dolls: A Complete Guide Part 2 (YOSD)

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With special thanks to Janice Scott for her collaboration 

Dolls created by sculptor Nikki Britt have become one of the most coveted brands in today’s doll collecting community. As new collectors continue to discover her work, naturally, many questions arise about them. This guide is meant to answer many of those questions, with an explanation of her types of dolls, prices of her dolls, and of course, what everyone wants to know, how to get one of her precious creations.

In attempt to make this guide more digestible, I will break it into 3 parts: MSD size, YOSD size, and Tiny size.


My Adeline, enjoying the beach

Currently, Nikki has released 2 sculpts in YOSD size. They are known as Adeline and Peppermint Annie. The resin colors for these dolls is peppermint green, apricot, fair, and opaque (vanilla?). Peppermint Annie has almost the same facial sculpt as the MSD Pepper Annie, just in a YOSD size. The resin colors and characters known are as follows:

Sculpt
Resin Color
Character Name
Quantity Known
Adeline King
Opaque
Adeline
1 Known
Adeline King
Apricot
Adeline
Est. 10 show dolls, Preordered 01/31/17 - 02/01/17 in an open edition with a limited ordering window
Peppermint Annie
Green
Peppermint Annie
Estimated 40, event doll for MDCC 2016 ($150 registration plus $625 purchase price for the meal event and doll)
Mini Pepper Annie
Light apricot
Mini Pepper Annie
7 sold at MDCC 2016, preordered on 4/10/2017 (edition unknown) ($850 for an artist edition, $650 for a factory edition)
Peter Pan
unknown
Peter Pan
Estimated 60, event doll for MDCC 2017 ($150 registration for MDCC plus $625 purchase price for the doll)


Adeline King was the first doll Nikki introduced, by showing collectors via her Facebook page her work in progress photos. She was first made available for sale at IDTS 2016, in a nude, basic edition for $650. This is where I purchased my Adeline, who Nikki said had a resin color of opaque. There were 2 other Adeline’s available there, if memory serves me correctly, they were both apricot colored (she may have said they were fair, I sadly cannot remember). Later in 2016, several full set Adeline’s were available for purchase from Nikki’s table at MDCC, and these had the apricot colored resin. The price charged for these Adeline’s was $775. Adeline is scheduled to preorder in December of 2016, and there will be artist full sets available as well as basic factory dolls. The pricing for these dolls is yet to be seen.

Janice's OOAK Adeline from MDCC 2016

My Adeline, from IDTS 2016

Also at MDCC 2016, Nikki had an event called “Down the Storyhole”. The event doll was Peppermint Annie, and each one is an OOAK artist edition, fully customized by Nikki. The cost for the event, which included the doll, was $650. For about 2 months prior to the event, MDCC organizers opened the event to absentee registrants. If you could not physically attend MDCC, you could still register as an absentee for $150, and then register for Nikki’s event to receive Peppermint Annie. This is how I acquired mine.


My Peppermint Annie

As if there weren’t enough dolls to make your heart skip a beat, Nikki’s centerpiece dolls for her event were Mini Pepper Annie’s. The price for these centerpiece dolls was $850, and they were each OOAK created by Nikki. They will be available for preorder, as either artist full sets or factory basic sets early in 2017.


Janice's Mini Pepper Annie

For MDCC 2017, Nikki will be the featured artist. The cost to attend is $150, and the cost of the doll is $625. Based on that cost, we believe the event doll will also be YOSD sized. This is a great opportunity for someone who has been wanting a special Nikki doll to get one. I will update and confirm more details once they release pictures of the souvenir doll.

Here is a size chart for those of you waiting on a YOSD:


Measurement
Size
Wig Size
7-8”
Eye Size
14 mm
Shoe Size
38mm x 17 mm fit well, can also use Littlefee
Height
10" from head to toe
Shoulders
2.5 including the arms
Chest
About 1 5/8 " across
Waist
About 5 1/8 across belly button 
Clothing Size
Wears Littlefee clothing


You are in luck if you love Nikki’s YOSD sized dolls, as they are scheduled for her next two preorders. Don’t miss out, as her preorders often sell within minutes. If you want purchase one, I advise that you be ready, at your computer, with payment information in hand, at the moment the dolls go live. The faster you can get the doll in your cart, the better the chance you have. Once you have checked out, the doll is yours! If you want an artist full set, Nikki takes orders through her Facebook page. There are a limited number of those available, since she customizes each one herself, but they are not out of reach. You can drop her a message when she makes them available and you have a good chance at getting one. Best of luck to everyone and I can’t wait to see your pictures once these girls start coming home!