Victoria Leigh

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Photo courtesy of eBay ID: mmoodles

I need a petite brown bear to use as a prop for an upcoming photo shoot, so of course I hit good ole eBay to find one. :-) After combing through hundreds of ugly...well, to be kind, let's just call them "less than attractive" bears (hehe), I found this little sweetie! Her name is Victoria Leigh and she is 6.5 inches tall....the perfect size for a 19" reborn. I love the flower on her left ear. I am planning to use a white background for this shoot, and I always use bears with brown fur to help achieve the proper exposure.

I have never explored the Boyds collectible bears line because I tend to focus on Russ [and Ty Beanie Attic Treasures], so I am excited to see Victoria Leigh in person. I will have to hide Vickie from my bear-a-holic 4 year-old daughter so she won't get bear-napped before the photo shoot. :-) My daughter is already wanted for bear-napping four Russ bears. What a criminal, lol!

Anne Geddes Mini Haul

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I am always on the lookout for newborn sized clothing. Most of the cute outfits start at size 0-3 months which is way too big for the dolls in my collection. I only have one boy that can fit 0-3 months. A friend told me Anne Geddes recently added the newborn size to her clothing line, so of course I had to be nosey and visit Miss Anne. :-) I ended up checking out with two coveralls and coordinating blankets.

I should be thrilled, so why am I not? Because when I went back to the website today I noticed everything listed for 50% off! OMG! I paid regular price on Sunday. I feel really stupid for not waiting longer, lol, but how could I have known? Oh well, I can look on the bright side: at least two of my babies will look cute in their new coveralls. :-)

Just Checking In!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hi everyone! I hope you all are having an amazing holiday! Mine is proving to be busy...but busy is good this time of year! :-) My Olympus arrived today...well, not the Olympus PEN camera I talked about before. I could not get the PEN (long story), so I settled for a refurbished Olympus E-520 DSLR instead. I got a good deal on the E-520, but I am still aching to try a PEN. I ordered a new flash and umbrellas and they should arrive soon. At that point, I will post more WIP pics of Luke who found a new home last week! I completely repainted his lips and removed his brows. I like him much better now. Stay tuned for pics!

December Private Order Slot Filled

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hola, amigos! My December private order slot has been filled-- as if you couldn't tell by the title, lol! Sorry for the redundancy. I do have an available slot for February 1, 2011, so please contact me if you are interested. Prices are subject to increase for 2011. The new pricing schedule will be posted January 2, 2011.

In the past, I have not worked on kits sent by collectors, however, due to the recent influx of popular, hard-to-find limited edition kits (like Jayden, Buggy, Poppy, etc.), I will accept private orders for these kits in 2011. I will only give a $100 credit towards the adoption fees regardless of the kit. The 2011 pricing schedule will everything explain further, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact me.

Gymboree is the new Baby Gap?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Brand New Baby Elephant by Gymboree - $10.73 - $11.33

It is almost like Baby Gap and Gymboree have traded places! Baby Gap's winter designs are like totally horrid, but Gymboree has the most darling pieces I have ever seen this season! What gives? Last year around this time, the Baby Gap orders were flying into my mailbox, but this year, it's all about Gymboree? I am shocked, lol, mostly because I have never been a big Gymboree fan. Anyway, you guessed the rest, I had to have this green set in size "up to 7 lbs". When I went back to Gymboree to check the status of my order, I noticed the blue dinosaur set pictured below. Yup, I clicked the order button again. Can you blame me? :-) Go order both outfits like I did... you know you want to... *wink*

Brand New Baby Dinosaur by Gymboree - $10.73 - $11.33

December Private Order Slot Pending

Monday, December 13, 2010

Photo courtesy of The Bonnie Brown Collection

My December private order slot is pending (for the little cutie Buggy Brown, yay!!). If it is definitely filled, Luke will be sent to Staci so she can finish him up. I know some of you wanted to know what I was going to do with him, but if I do get an order, I am going to send him to Staci who will most likely list him on eBay? I dunno, we'll see. I will post an update soon.

Oh, and thanks to everyone on the BSD forum for the compliments on Karsyn. I painted her about a year ago, so her paint job is slightly outdated. I will paint another Arianna using my current techniques someday, but I am giving Karsyn to my aunt as a Christmas pressie... she will not be offered for sale. I will post a finished pic of her here though when my Olympus arrives! :-)

New Baby - Olympus PEN E-P1!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Okay, so as you all know, I have been hunting for a new camera to play with. I was all set to buy the expensive $1,450 Nikon D300s body until somehow I landed on a review page for an Olympus PEN E-P camera. Curiosity took over! :-) From what I understand, the PEN series cameras are not DSLR's, but also not point and shoots. They are compact like point and shoots, but use interchangeable lenses like DSLR's. Hmmm...that would be really great for me because I need something small enough fit in my purse, but I also need the option to swap back and forth between zooms and primes.

I took a peruse through Flickr last night to view some sample photos taken with the PEN's. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. Beautiful images all up in my face, all over the place, everywhere, lol! I was completely sold when I read the PEN's are able to capture HD videos like the Nikon D300s I wanted so badly.

Anywhoo, I adopted a used silver Olympus PEN E-P1, which is the very first design, released in June 2009. I ordered it with the 14-42mm kit lens for around $400 from (I love them-- always the best service!). I just can't wait for it to arrive! I am pretty sure I can get some great results. Getting a new camera is more fun than getting a new doll. Well-- maybe not. *wink*

Rooting and More

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sorry I have not been posting this week! I am rooting my Arianna kit and I just don't blog much when I have a head to root. :-) I will be back with pictures of my WIP's soon. Happy Holidays to everyone!

Pre-Ordered Porsha & Wanting Aisha

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pre-ordering is not my favorite thing to do but I could not resist pre-ordering miss Porsha by Romie Strydom. Her face is so sweet! I was just so afraid she'd sell out like Romie's other LE kits. I am still sad about missing out on Bronwyn and Poppy.

Speaking of missing out on kits, if anyone has a pink Aisha head (from Bountiful Baby) they want to sell, send me an email! I can pay with Paypal. I decided I want another after all and they are temporarily sold out.

Gymboree Surprises!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Peek A Boo Pretty by Gymboree - $7.00 - $29.75

Every now and again Gymboree will surprise me with something cute. :-) My heart belongs to Baby Gap for the most part. I caved and ordered several of these items. Some were not in stock, so I have to hunt them down on eBay, which should not be too difficult (I hope).

Daddy's Little Buddy by Gymboree - $8.75 - $29.75

Penguin Sweater Hat by Gymboree - $14.75

This set is so cute! I have a soft spot for penguins. I want to make a reborn boy for myself and this outfit, but I can't seem to think of any new larger kits at the moment. Total brain freeze! I am normally a walking reborn kit library, lol! It must be time for bed. :-) Goodnight.



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