Friday, September 29, 2017

Seduced

In November of 2016, I discovered Dianna Effner's 13" Little Darling dolls. Normally, I wouldn't have paid a great deal of time looking at vinyl dolls after being an avid BJD collector and accumulating eighty of them over the past few years. Yet, when I saw them on the internet I felt such a strong attraction to these dolls and continued to Google them.

I soon learned that although Dianna had sculpted the original dolls and hand painted the vinyl dolls faces, there were other artists trained by Dianna, who also painted them. As I continued to search I soon found which dolls I thought I wanted to own, but it was going to take a long time to bring any of them home.

Dianna was not taking orders at the time and from all indications the wait for one of her dolls would drive me to distraction, and should one come up on her website, the price would be way beyond what I would be prepared to pay for a vinyl doll, no matter how good it was or who painted it.

I almost went ahead with this doll (a #1sculpt), but the wait was just far too long, so long in fact I figured I'd probably not be around to enjoy her.


This is another that I would have loved to bring home . . . a #2,


and this #3 one too, but alas such is life. I'll just admire them from afar and enjoy the dolls I have. :) 


And for something a little different . . .


. . . here's a couple of recent arrivals in new cardigans that I knitted. :)

12 comments:

  1. Hello Sandy,
    They are fantastic dolls. I can understand why you admire them. The new arrivals are lovely.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thanks Giac, they are very lifelike for sure, but the wait is far too long and they are very expensive for a small vinyl doll. The new arrivals are quite quirky, very inexpensive and more just for fun.
      Hugs,
      X

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  2. Hello!

    Those dolls are just adorable. I found their homepage when I was searching for dolls and clothes patterns that may suit my BJD’s. I visited the site earlier today, and she is almost a year behind with the face ups and I even read about people just buying those dolls and then selling them, just to make a profit.

    The first sculpt with the read hair is one of my favorites in her collection of dolls she makes. Then there is a black haired one, painted by Lana Dobbs, called Jade. So adorable. Sad that you feel that the delivery time would be too long to get the time to enjoy a cutie like this.

    Those cardigans are so beautiful! The girls look so pretty!

    Hugs and happy weekend!

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    1. Niina,
      I think you will find she is more than a year behind, I don't think the website has been updated for quite some time. They are all very pretty, but I cannot justify the wait time nor the price.

      Thanks, I seem to be a little addicted to knitting this pattern, I've just finished some more in different colours. :)
      Hugs,
      X

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  3. These are cute dolls!! And their makeup/faceup look so natural!

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    1. Yes Musume, they almost look like real little people. I think that's what drew me to them in the beginning.
      Hugs,
      X

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  4. Those are all very adorable. I can see why you were drawn to them. Shame about the wait time. I'm assuming from your post, it sounds like a much longer wait time than for bjds! I really love how the eyes are painted on those dolls. So lifelike.

    The cardigans look gorgeous. I love the colours you used.

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    1. I agree Alasse, they are adorable. The wait time is so much longer than that for most BJD's, although there are a few of them that are extending their wait times now. When I went on the Little Darlings forum, there were girls still waiting after 2 years and to me that's simply crazy . . . it's a doll for heavens sake, not a house!

      Thanks, I really enjoy this pattern and it seems to look great in any colour I knit it in. I have knitted it in eight different colours thus far. LOL!
      Hugs,
      X

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  5. I hear you! I emailed her a few months ago (well, it may have even been Geri, one of the other artists) and they weren't even taking orders at all at that point. The redhead sculpt is my favorite as well and it's a shame they are so difficult to obtain as I would've loved to have one as well. Ah, well...maybe someday!
    I do love the newest arrivals, though...they are very cute and quirky! Cute sweaters as well!

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    1. Hi Farrah,
      I think it's best that they do stop taking orders, at least until they have a chance to catch up . . . at this stage I have a feeling some people maybe feeling a little anxious and disappointed.

      I really wish they would release blank dolls, there are so many great BJD artists out there that could paint those dolls just as well.
      Hugs,
      X

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  6. I have to admit that I do love the Little Darlings and as you probably already know, I have some of them, two of which are painted by Dianna herself. But yes, the wait is sooooo long. I waited 26 months for one painted by Lana Dobbs and I believe her wait time is now more than 3 years. I'm not being funny but my goodness, so much can happen in three years......who wants to wait that blooming long for just a doll??? So no, I don't blame you for looking in a different direction.

    I do like those little cardigans, they're very sweet, as are the dolls themselves.
    xx

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    1. Yes Sharon, I think you were wise to purchase them when you did. I do love them, but as you say, at our age we could be anywhere in 2-3 years time.

      I'm quite surprised at myself, but these dolls have really grabbed me, perhaps it's because the body shape is much like my own. LOL!

      Thanks, the cardi's are a bit like the matinee jackets that I used to knit for my kids many, many moons ago. They are so easy and quick to knit.
      Hugs,
      X

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