I'd never seen a Blythe doll in real life. I couldn't tell a Kenner from a Takara Blythe, let alone distinguish between the different face moulds. I didn't know what a limited release was, and I had no idea what a custom doll was. I had, however, won 3 Blythe jumpers in a give-away, which I took to be a good omen.
And then Rosabela Liliane arrived:
My beautiful RBL MPG (I love her to bits). Rosabela needed a friend. Enter Iolanthe, the fashion-conscious party girl - RBL Cappucino Chat.
And then Merrily (Silver Snow - for ages I thought she was an RBL but now I know she's a lovely SBL). Marissa was followed closely by my very special Saffron Grace Bee (Saffy)- RBL Prima Dolly Saffy.
And then many girls. All carefully chosen, one or two on a whim, like Meredith Taisie (RBL - Sadie Sprinkle) and Linnet (SBL Odekake Kimono Museme).
So, to celebrate my first Blythe-versary, here are my girls. It's also coincided with Dolly Shelf Sunday on Flickr, something I've yet to do.
I couldn't fit everyone in this shot so:
SBL Love. L-R: SMF - Renee, OKM - Linnet, SS - Merrily, MRM - Marissa, ILYIT - Iseult, VS - Jaime. I forgot PWP - Niamh, so here she is doing her catwalk strut:
SBL PWP- Niamh
EBL Love. L-R: BBA - Lyssa, LM - Madison, DB - Harley, CT - Rosamund, FruPu - Daria.
The RBLs: L-R standing: UC - Dakota, ETC - Juniper, PDS - Saffy, SD - Jonquil, MPG - Rosabela, CC - Iolanthe, SD twins Storm and Solange, PDWW - Paige. L-R seated: SaSpr - Meredith, KMT - Tatiana, Mango - Horatia; TBL - Peony
and not quite last:
My only BL, Hero (who's having the longest bad-hair-day in history!).
And after a year of Blythe-ing? Welll, I can speak the language fairly fluently. I've spent a lot of money, I've spent a lot of time on Flickr. My photography's improving - it's proving to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of my new hobby. My girls have all remained with me (except for an FBL and a TBL), and are all completely stock except for PDWW Paige, who's hair I bobbed upon return from Blythecon UK 2013 - feeling inspired. I've hosted a beautiful Traveling Blythe, James, created by the talented Saience.
|James, the Traveling Blythe|
I've learnt to crochet, knit and sew small things. I've stepped out of my comfort zone and joined on-line forums and groups on FB. Most importantly, I've met LOVELY people, both on-line and for real. People I really enjoy spending time with, and I only wish I could meet them all.
Who knew - from one doll (and three little jumpers) - all this. I feel blessed.