Thursday, May 31, 2012
She is limited to 100, and as of today, she is still available to order from TonnerDirect for $159.
Her uniform is just adorable. Check out Flickr for additional photos.
|Scandal - Precarious|
Photo property of Tonner Doll Company
June 4, 2012
Steam Funk Cami
June 18, 2012
DeeAnna Denton Susan Wig
DeeAnna's New Look
Nu Mood Sydney - Fashion restock
July 9, 2012
Finishing Touch Ballet Black
13" Simone Basic
Limited availability, in stock unless otherwise noted:
- 22" Batgirl
- 2012 Peggy Harcourt Wigged Basic
- Flourish (TBD)
- Nu Mood Ankle Boot #1
- Nu Mood Jagged Cut Bright Red
- Nu Mood Carrie
- Nu Mood Ballet Skirt - Champagne
- Simply Precarious (TBD)
- Swing Time (TBD)
- Decadence (TBD)
- Anything Goes
- Court Gown (TBD)
- Radical Red
- Madame de l'Amour (TBD)
- Finishing Touch Ballet Champagne
- Nu Mood Tyler - Fashion
- Nu Mood Sydney - Fashion (restock June 18, 2012)
- Nu Mood Jess - Dance
- Nu Mood Bettie - Curvy
- Party Girl (TBD - Wait list)
- Scandal (TBD - Wait list)
- Intriguing (TBD - Wait list)
The sold-out items are sold out at Tonner directly. You may still be able to find them at your local dealer, or you might be able to place yourself on a waiting list if another customer cancels the order. So don't despair, if you feel you've missed out!
Monday, May 28, 2012
I had the honor and privilege of meeting Jim Dandy at Tonner Con this year. He actually insets glass eyes in vinyl dolls for fun--and I fell in love with many of his creations this year.
This year, Duchess (Jacqueline Frost) is my lucky new addition. She is probably my very favorite convention doll. I just adore her!
She has blue glass eyes and eye lashes, which gives her a really unique look.
My advice: If you get the chance to pick up a Jim Dandy doll that you love--drop everything else and DO IT! He's such a great guy! His work is amazing. You will LOVE it! :)
(Thanks, Jim--she is just PERFECT.)
More photos of Flickr.
She is on a new Starlet body, which uses a Tyler Wentworth bust, and a curvy bottom, and high heel feet. She has rooted blonde hair, blue eyes, and an open mouth.
Her jewelry and her outfit is really nicely done in this piece--and I believe she was limited to 200 dolls. Her jacket is lined and closes in front with a rhinestone clip. Her black gown is also lined, and uses a black on black printed satin.
She wears black peep toe mules with bow detailing at the toe.
I wasn't at first sold on this sculpt--but the more I take her out an play with her, the more I can see her as Marilyn. I really love her!
See more photos on Flickr!
Her outfit includes black lamé tights, faux suede pumps with feather trim, crinkled luminescent chiffon and tulle, styled in a short high-necked gown with puffed sleeves and trimmed with marabou.
Her tail even includes wire for easier posing. She is fabulous! She was one of only 100 dolls created for this event.
See more photos on Flickr.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
She is a gorgeous blue-eyed girl with wonderful curled hair in a high ponytail. Her facial screening includes bright pink lipstick and green eye makeup.
Her gown is a sweetheart neckline, sheer strap a-line dress (lined in white), and her outfit includes a glorious, iridescent, glittering tulle cape.
The cape was styled at convention with wire (I believe) to look like a peacock's fan. I sort of prefer the more traditional cape look, however.
Her shoes are side-zip blue bootlets, trimmed with chartreuse feathers. Adorable!
See more photos on Flickr.
She uses the Antoinette face and body, and has gray blue eyes, and rooted raven hair, with an addition piece of rooted bright red hair in the front, which has been twisted up to look like a hat, with a feather attached.
The Cardinal's facial screening is quite dramatic--her eye shadow is done in reds and pinks. She includes jewelry--a velvet choker and drop beaded earrings.
Her gown is reminiscent of Symphonic (just a little--with the Spanish feel), only with an asymmetrical hemline and more glitter and feathers worked into the dress.
The boa adds a fun piece for play as well. She also includes red satin pumps, and fingerless mesh gloves.
See more photos on Flickr.
I adore her colorful facial screening, which contrasts with her asymmetrical bob.
Her bolero, with attached fingerless gloves (lined in nude lining to prevent staining), is removable. This then reveals a sheer strap black dress with a white ruffled neckline.
The gown's skirt has unfinished strips of fabric attached to the hem, some with iridescent sparkles, giving it dimension and a feeling of feathers. I love it.
Her shoes are peep toe pumps with black on black sequins and stripes--just wonderful.
See more photos on Flickr.
She is my very first Cami, and I could not have been more pleased to add this girl to my collection. Pink, glittering tulle, ribbons, feathers, and just a touch of pale blue on the underskirt make this off-the-shoulder gown a true princess dress.
Gold strappy heels, pink rhinestone stud earrings, and a feathered headpiece complete her look.
Check out more photos of her on Flickr.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Her gown is lined pink satin, with black detailing on the bow and slit in the back of the dress. She has a separate pink belt with buckle, and matching pink gloves (and nude gloves to prevent stains). She has pink satin mules that match her outfit as well.
Her jewelry is absolutely fabulous--diamonds really are a girl's best friend in this case--diamonds and dolls!
Marilyn is a limited edition of 100 dolls. She was for sale briefly on Tonner's website, and you might still be able to find her on eBay. After deboxing mine, I'm finding I'm loving her more each day!
See more photos of her on Flickr. I really love this version of her.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
|The Toucan - Daphne sculpt, LE100, centerpiece|
Photo property of Tonner Doll Company.
Wait no longer! Take a peek at MegannArt's Etsy page, and check out Katniss Everdeen Girl on Fire gown, designed for Tonner's 13" Revlon body (this will also fit the 13" superhero bodies). Megann does a great job capturing this gown--and she's charging just $20 for this gorgeous piece!
Photos are property of MegannArt.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
|Isn't It Romantic? Poppy Parker as Sabrina|
Next to arrive!
June 4, 2012:
Poppy Parker as Sabrina (all four: Miss Fairchild, Isn't it Romantic?, Most Sophisticated, The Chauffeur's Daughter)
FR2: Nouveau Régime Tayana
June 18, 2012:
FR2: Opium Ayumi and Strict Elegance Luchia
July 2, 2012:
Poppy Parker Teen Model: (16" Shop Around and Precious Love)
Dynamite Girls Back to Brooklyn: Gavin and Remi
July 16, 2012:
Poppy Parker Teen Model: (16" Spring Morning and Love Letters)
July 23, 2012:
Poppy Parker Collection: (Sunshine Games, Day Tripper, The Happening, Colour My World Darla, Bus Stop Darla)
The remaining items have an estimated revealed during Toy Fair will probably ship between the middle of August through late October, and IT is planning another update once the dates have been confirmed.
Additionally, the Poppy Parker and Natalia W Club exclusive upgrade dolls will be arriving in the middle of July.
Photo property of Integrity Toys.
Monday, May 21, 2012
- The staff. Oh my goodness! In my years of collecting Tonner Dolls, I've always had a wonderful experience dealing with the Tonner Doll store, so I was expecting to meet some great people at convention. But I had no idea! These people--there were employees from the IT department, even--who were helping out, working crazy long hours--with crazy doll people (in which I of course include myself, less you, dear reader, take offense) no less--from oh-dark-thirty to past midnight, I'm sure. That salesroom--I've never seen anything like it. I only saw smiles and enthusiasm. Really--I can't believe how nice everyone I met was. Michelle--just amazing. Eric (aka Daddy) was such a great sport. Nancy--I had no idea her favorite color was purple. And wow--just terrific. All of them! I have to just say--I really hope they get a huge bonus or something--and they all deserve dolls and big bucks for all the work they did!
- Robert Tonner. I had the honor of meeting him--thanks to my fellow conventioneer and friend, Carolyn, who stalks the booth at San Diego's Comic Con every year, and Michelle. He really loves his collectors, really listens to them, and he's truly an artist. He has a great sense of humor, and the presentation of the history of the fashion doll was amazing and informative. I love that he was willing to take questions from the audience--even some that I found a little... well, rude. I was taken aback by his humility, his pleasure at audience participation and his honest eagerness to please the attendees. Did you know: His current favorite doll (that he worked on) is Chairman of the Bored Ellowyne Wilde?
- The fans. Carolyn and I didn't really know a lot of people attending convention--my first time and her second. Nancy sat us at Kathy Moreau's (Paris Fashion Doll Festival) table, and it was really a perfect fit. I even got to sit with Charlie Riley (Dolls Behaving Badly) and Martie! Also, it was great to meet a lot of different people, put names to faces, and see so many enthusiasts--so many who had come from so far. I love enthusiastic people! And there were so many wonderful collectors to meet!
- The hotel. It was nice, quiet and clean--and apparently, we were fortunate to have had a room on the fifth floor where there was no wedding party! I believe it was also non-smoking, which may be unusual for Chicago (but coming from California, I suppose we are spoiled out here).
- The guest presenters. I have to confess, I was wary about both the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the Wonder Woman event. I'm not much a comic book or celebrity doll collector, so I wasn't sure if I should sign up for these breakout events, but I figured--when in Rome.... I was more than delighted! Scott Fortner, who runs the website The Marilyn Monroe Collection, gave a wonderful, informative, and touching presentation on this often misunderstood icon. For the life of me--I cannot remember or find the name of the woman who presented at the Wonder Woman event, but she was terrific!
- The raffle and door prizes. I didn't win any, but Carolyn did. I loved it, and the enthusiasm (for the most part) that the other collectors showed when people won prizes!
- The charity auction. I didn't know about the auction event before I left--and I think I should budget for it next time. There were not only gorgeous dolls, but the money goes for a fantastic cause!
- Budget! Enough said.
- Color my hair. I think it made me look much more extroverted than I am, which helped me talk to people. (I'm really a shy person, and large crowds tend to be a little out of my element.)
- Bring business cards.
- Bring a few dress-up outfits.
- Bring a camera.
- The shuttle service. I'll just spring for a cab next time. The shuttle was late and dirty, and packed to the gills on the way home.
- Chicken, chicken, chicken. I know, most people eat chicken. I eat chicken. That's why it's always served. But wouldn't it be great to have sushi? (It's just me, isn't it?) Seriously, though--the food was great! I was just tired of chicken by the end of the weekend. I'm glad there were other choices, too.
- Lines. Oh my goodness. I'm always surprised at how well people are (or are not) able to stand in line at conventions. Maybe it would be better to raffle off numbers at the events, and then stand in line according to number.
- Crowds. See above. Thank goodness I'm not claustrophobic.
- Tonner Doll boxes are bigger than they seem. There's no way all those dolls I brought home would fit in my extra suitcase, and I can't even fit leftovers in extra containers!
- Don't clean out your wallet too well before you leave for the airport. (It's a long drive back home for your driver's license at 4:45 am. Ugh!)
- Your traveling companion might be more extraverted than you. Meaning: she might tell everybody about your driver's license experience and make you dance, even when you don't know the Electric Slide!
- Bring a keyboard. IPads are awesome for travel--I don't have a laptop--but my fingers are too tired at the end of the day for typing.
- You really miss your kids. Oh my. I really missed them.
- I really missed my husband. (Did you know he didn't even gripe about me leaving my license at home? He's the best!)
- I even missed my cats! (I am a crazy cat lady and a crazy doll lady.)
- Exhaustion. You don't know how busy you're going to be until you get there. I'll use my phone's calendar next time.
- You can't bring too much spending money.
|The Flamingo - Tonner Convention souvenir, Cami sculpt, LE300|
Tonner Doll's blog is your top source for information. As I have seen, there were several very informative posts on the event, which were done practically real-time, I'm pretty sure by Joanne, who was on her feet, smiling, cheerful and in costume for every event. Kevin, Tonner's social media director, has also done a great job with updating the blog with attendee tweets and photos, too.
I really cannot believe how quickly these posts were available--I wasn't working at these events, and I was exhausted at the end of the day! Fabulous job. Here is a quick recap of what's available:
- Photo recap of day 1, part 1: Travel dolls, sneak peeks from Tonner, registration photos
- Welcome Aboard: includes registration, and salesroom photos as well
- Photo recap of day 1, part 2: Welcome Aboard event, Tonner and Wilde Imagination salesroom craziness
- Photo recap of day 2, part 1: Competition room, vendor sales room, attendee tweets, exhibit room: Fashion Doll History, Jay Barrett's shoe making workshop
- A Wilde Flight: includes competition room photos, Jay Barrett's shoe workshop, Wilde Imagination brunch, raffle room and special exhibit room
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: includes a recap of Melanie Keifer's hair workshop as well as the breakout Marilyn Monroe event
- Photo recap of day 2, part 2: Wilde Flight brunch, Hair workshop by Miss Melanie, Gentleman Prefer Blondes Marilyn Monroe event
- Let It Sew, Let It Sew, Let It Sew: Amelia Thimble and child doll Christmas event, also includes photos from Marcia's jewelry workshop
- Flights of Fancy, which includes Angry Birds PJ Party
- Bon Voyage event and charity auction
- Photo recap of day 3, part 1: including Let It Sew, Let It Sew, Let It Sew event, and Marcia Friend's jewelry workshop
- Photo recap of day 3 part 2: including Wonder Woman Amazonia, Robert Tonner's amazing seminar on the History of Fashion dolls, Flights of Fancy, Angry Birds PJ Party
- Collecting Fashion Dolls with Terri Gold did a great recap on the happenings at convention. I've linked to the first article, but there are others as well.
- Dolls Behaving Badly: I had the pleasure to sit with Charlie Riley at our table, and we had fun! I even got to meet Martie, the superstar! Check out her convention coverage!
- The Cami Kingdom has an article on the convention - I finally got to meet Miss Sheilah, and I have to say, it was just a pleasure!
St. Louis BJC Convention
Saturday, November 17, 2012
OBC Educational Center
St. Louis, MO
Theme: Meet Me in St. Louis
You can join the group on Facebook for more information as well. I will be attending as a guest! Paulette Goodreau and Sarah Seiter of The Mushroom Peddler will also be attending. (I know I mentioned this convention to a few people I met at the Tonner convention, and I hope to see you there!)
|The Parrot - Antoinette sculpt, LE 100, Flights of Fancy centerpiece - so gorgeous!|
For now, please check out some (really lame, I'm so sorry!) photos on Flickr from the convention. I can say I am really thrilled about the convention dolls. And I have to say--I really am most surprised and delighted about the new Marilyn Monroe doll. I think she is gorgeous--the photos I've seen of her so far really don't do her justice, and I can't wait to see her more.
We saw an amazing presentation of her--so much I didn't know!--including that this "curvy" lady was 5 feet and 5.5" tall, and 140 pounds at her heaviest. To me, that's not very curvy! And certainly not today's size 14. At any rate, her usual weight was 117 pounds.
At any rate--lots more to come!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
My second competition entry is shown above--again, I didn't want to travel all the way to Chicago and not enter at least one competition. This one is called: Upward Mobility.
My model is Ultimate Glamour Ashleigh, and she's wearing DeeAnna Denton's Beyond the Sea gown, DollHeart jewelry, and a mohair wig by Peak's Woods.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Believe in the Power of Play - this is one of my two entries for the Tonner Convention photography competition. The title: Heavenly.
The doll depicted is Ultimate Glamour Ashleigh [surprise, surprise!]. She's wearing a wig by Kemper Dolls and jewelry from the Noir #99 Theatre de la Mode outfit.
Nothing too exciting, but I figured I'd better bring something with me!
This lovely doll was a UFDC exclusive from 2008. Surprise Engagement uses the Daphne sculpt with dark brown hair and painted blue eyes. She is limited to only 210 dolls, and can be quite difficult to find.
I believe she was part of a design competition, and no one knew which doll was chosen until the doll was opened at the luncheon. Her gown is a taupe satin with velvet print, with a mint oversized bow on the back, and she's just lovely!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Classic for any occasion, from 2009, the lovely Signature Style Tyler was a limited edition of 300. Her traditional fashion designer uniform jazzed up a little to a taffeta blouse with rhinestone buttons, a rhinestone buckle belt, and a micro sequined black skirt, this lovely brunette took her signature style to a new level for her 10-year anniversary.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Bordeaux Tyler Wentworth is a Paris Fashion Doll Festival doll from 2002. She was in my collection for a long while, and I sold her quite some time ago. She's dressed in a fabulous silk 1920s era flapper dress. It's so adorable!
If you like this doll, you can still find her for sale on Doll Expo. Click on Online Shop, then on Tonner Dolls, under Tyler. She is 95 Euros plus shipping. (I think they may be having issues with the English language version of the site, so use the French version and Google translate if needed.) They have great customer service, and lots of hard to find fabulous dolls!
My doll collection is pretty fluid, but I find that fluidity often brings nostalgia with it sometimes. I'm hoping to add a fabulous new resin Tonner to my collection this weekend. We shall see!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
My travel doll is Nu Mood Sydney! I hope I remember to take photos of her on the trip. You will be able to see her new hands and feet, plus her new Champagne finishing touch set, which goes nicely with the White Swan ballet outfit she is borrowing from JamieShow Grace.
I'll be posting updates (hopefully) to this blog, and via Facebook and Twitter. I also will be trying to upload photos as well. I'm really looking forward to this!
Also, be sure to watch for updates from Tonner Direct's Facebook page and blog.
Ashleigh is dressed in a limited edition Volks dress, Therese, sized for an MSD BJD and slightly too large. Wig is by Tonner, from the Rose of Versailles outfit.
You can see a few more photos of her in my Flickr photostream.
Additionally, you can save 60% off all remaining in stock Madame Alexander Dolls, 40% off Ashton Drake (including outfits and accessories for Delilah Noir), and 50% off Franklin Mint dolls and outfits.
Plus, any order of $150 or more gets free standard shipping within the continental US. (Go check out the JAMIEshow dolls--they are SO fabulous!)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
|Party Girl Precarious by Tonner Doll Company - to be shipped soon!|
The balance of Wedding Day Scarlett is scheduled to ship within the next few weeks.
Additionally, Nu Mood Sydney should arrive by the end of June.
The rest of the items are still on the to-be-determined list.
Sorry about that. Apparently, my dealer was misinformed.
Monday, May 14, 2012
|Queen of the Forest - by Magia 2000 and George Gonzales (JAMIEshow)|
- Matt Sutton
- Artist Creations
- Paul Pham
- Matt Trujillo
- Magia 2000
- Patrick Kon
- Two wigs by Ilaria Mazzoni
- Magia 2000 and George Gonzales (JAMIEshow)
- Maurizio Andreuccetti & Artist Creations
- Superfrock (it's a Chalk White!)
- Robert Best
Sunday, May 13, 2012
This photo has been run through a Topaz effect filter in Photoshop Elements for enhancements.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
|Elfdoll Olivia, resin BJD, restyled as Alice in Wonderland|
I'll keep you posted!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
I've used Topaz filters for this photo, and rendered a lighting effect as well. I think I probably should mess around with my photography a little more before just mass-uploading it to Flickr.
Friday, May 4, 2012
March 15, 16 and 17, 2013
Paris Fashion Doll Festival
for early bird registration through September 30, 2012
125 Euros after October 1, 2012
Hotel Novotel Paris Est
- the Luncheon Cruise on the river Seine on the Bateaux Parisiens on Saturday, March 16, 2013 (cocktail, 3-course meal, wine and coffee)
- Silkstone Barbie manufactured by Mattel exclusive for the Paris Fashion Doll Festival
- Presentations and surprise gifts
- Free entry to the Paris Fashion Doll Show and Sale on Sunday, March 17, 2013
- charity auction
Two Daydreamers Ultimate Glamour Ashleigh in Elizabeth Swann's Court Gown and a Kemper wig is modeling here. She is wearing lovely jewels by Facets by Marcia, I believe.
I really hope to see a new resin BJD at Tonner Convention--not to put on any pressure... but I'd DIE if it were Toucan! I am really loving this size.
|From page 31 of June 2012 issue of DOLLS magazine. It really pays to subscribe!|
I have to confess, I'm thrilled to see a sketch of a short-haired girl in here! Hooray! What a nice surprise! And I really love the bird influence, without being totally overdone. I cannot wait! I wonder what sculpt she is?
If you don't subscribe to DOLLS, you really should. Here's why: It's a great way to keep in touch with the latest and greatest happenings in the doll industry, new releases and convention updates, plus see what your favorite artists are doing. Additionally, you'll be able to find out about the latest exclusives offered through the magazine. (DOLLS and Doll Reader have just merged, if you haven't heard!) If you don't need another magazine delivery, consider going green, and subscribing via a digital issue. You get the issue delivered instantly, and you can read it on the computer, or on your iPod or tablet. It's so convenient! Plus you'll be supporting those in the business of dolls.
Photo is property of Tonner Dolls and provided through DOLLS magazine, with the purpose of getting you to subscribe to the magazine. So go subscribe! It's a great deal! The digital subscription is only $9.95 per year--for twelve issues. You can't go wrong.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
This is Ultimate Glamour Ashleigh, an exclusive to Two Daydreamers, in a Glib wig and basic bodysuit. She's having "heavenly" daydreams, while I'm playing with Adobe Elements filters.
Additionally, you can save additionally:
- Spend $75-150 and save an additional 10%
- Spend $151-300 and save an additional 15%
- Spend $301-700 and save an additional 20%
- Spend $751 or more and save an additional 25%
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Use the promo code SPRING12 to receive free shipping on orders of $75 from Wilde Imagination. For international customers, SPRING12INT will save you $9.95 in shipping off orders of $75 or more. This offer is valid through May 13 at midnight, EST.
There are new items available, including the outfit shown above, Whine and Roses, for Evangeline Ghastly. The outfit includes the fabulous red wig, too. Plus, be sure to check out the new shoes available for her as well.
From Amelia Thimble, Amelia's friend Izzy makes her debut. Plus a new wig set and a Pitter Patter shoe set are also in stock.
Photo property of Wilde Imagination.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Two gorgeous new exclusives from Wilde Imagination were up for sale (and sold out very quickly) this afternoon online.
Bauble, Bangles and Blues Ellowyne Wilde was limited to 200 and retailed at $200. She has rooted dark brown curls, inset golden eyes and applied lashes. Her outfit is an adorable layered lace and crinkled chiffon dress, sleeves, bolero and tie, with lace leggings, open-toe silver boots, necklace, bracelet, and a tiara.
Photos property of Wilde Imagination.