Alice Dolls – from Romania with love

I have told you numerous times how excited I am to share with you Romanian made doll creations and now I have the extreme pleasure of introducing you to Alice Dolls!

Alice Dolls is a series of 5 porcelain, articulated dolls (BJD) created by illusytrator & designer Alice. This unique collection is made of deities and semi-deities (fairies) belonging to the fascinating Romanian mythology. This type of dolls are for the first time created by a Romanian artist.

These precious goddesses are a cultural vector: through them the designer is promoting around the world the beautiful and spiritual Romanian myths. Along with these, she also promotes the beautiful, unique and profoundly symbolical aesthetics of the Romanian folklore. These legends are, in essence, universal, yet their particularities are unique. And all of these deserve to be seen and heard by the the entire world.

Following 2 years of intense research and actual work, Alice created 5 doll concepts:

Dragaica – or “sanziana”, a well-known (in our country, of curse) fairy who appears just one special night (24th of June), transforming herself from the sanziana flower to this enchanting fairy. She transfers healing plants superpowers – there are many beautiful traditions at the countryside linked to this magical night.

ielea – a wild fairy who appears in secluded forests dancing the “hora” dance, in circles along with other 8 fairies, as stories go. She is a wild, free spirit and it’s said that whoever sees her or her sisters is cursed to be forever blinded or go crazy.

Bendis – the goddess of destiny, of family and of the Moon. She’s known for having been worshiped in ancient times in Greece, but archeological discoveries have proved that she has been worshiped on the Romanian territory thousands of years earlier.

The Moon – The main character of a beautiful legend explaining why the Sun and the Moon never meet in the sky (excepting the rare, fearful – for our ancestors – times of solar eclipse). In short: God has taken her away from The Mighty Sun, her brother, who fell in love with her and hid her on the other side of the sky. The grieving Sun’s tears have reached The Moon, having been transformed into stars and they were forced to forever see each other, but never meet.

The Bee Fairy – Legend goes that she helped the Creator in forming the Earth, giving him the idea of “ridging” its surface in order to create mountains and oceans, highs and lows…

You can shop these amazing dolls HERE (CLICK).

Here’s also a video about these amazing and delicate dolls.

There will also be a series of dolls in partnership with famed Romanian fashion designer Maria Lucia Hohan.

Aren’t they amazing? <3 Tell me what you think about these small pieces of art. Don't forget to check out their Facebook page for more updates.

HUGE doll and toy auction coming up

Thanks to a Facebook friend of mine, Susannah Williams, I found out about this massive doll collection that is being auctioned online on June 8th. OH. MY. GOD!!!! Sooooooooo many gorgeous girls! Sindy, Barbie from all ages, rare Barbie store displays, Jem, Tressy, Ashton Drake, Bild Lilli, vintage German toys and doll houses, you name it.

Check out THIS LINK (CLICK) and browse through 15 pages of pure gold. I think some of the lots are under valued so good luck to anyone bidding. Yes, they do ship internationaly so good luck!!

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Will you be bidding on anything?

No more Tonner Sindy

Sindy is a much beloved doll by collectors but it seems not enough. :( A few years ago Tonner got the licence to produce Sindy dolls that resemble the Pedigree era but it looks like the agreement has ended and Tonner has decided not to renew the licence. A farewell sale is happening on their site so go check it out. Great price\s for some amazing dolls and outfits. Click HERE.

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There also are no plans for Pedigree to produce again Sindy dolls as this project was put on hold. :( This actually makes me sad…

Playing around with Luna Doll by AndyMy Designs

The one thing I don’t like about my apartment is the lack of good spots where I can take pictures of my dolls. It’s not like I have a lot of time to play with them and organize a mini studio so a place where I can just pose them and take pictures of them would be nice.

Anyway, today my son was busy with his toys so I managed to take a few images of my beautiful 13″ Fashion Doll Luna Doll – Emely De’Luna created by my dear friend Andy. I kid you not she is gorgeous! I’m planning on taking her to the Italian Doll Convention as my travel doll and maybe I will convince Marcelo Jacob to design some fashions for her. :X

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Casually sitting on the balcony, on a box full of wine bottles. :))

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Wishing she was in Paris with me…

Let me know if you would like to see a more in depth review of her, including images of her naked. Lol.

REVIEW Once Upon a Zombie By Billy Phillips and Jenny Nissenson

Review ( does NOT contain spoilers)

A book with the word zombie in the title might not appeal to those people who do not really fancy stories about mindless, flesh-chomping, feet-shuffling corpses. However, to dismiss it so offhandedly would be a mistake because they, those people, would miss the opportunity to enjoy an eccentric fantasy thriller with a specific sense of humour that pays homage to the wonderful spookiness of the classics of the genre. The writers invite us to embark upon an exciting journey into Wonderland, a realm which is “one endless wave of imagination” (as one of the characters describes it), an experience worth having.

The whimsical title, with its clipped version of the classical once upon a time, is a clever indication that this is a book which defies expectations at every twist and turn of its action-packed, fast-paced narrative.

The plot largely centres on Caitlin Fletcher, who, at first, appears to be your typical 21st century nervous teenager, plagued by anxiety, fear, self-doubt, and a deep sense of inadequacy. She struggles, however, with something far greater than the recent move from the US to the UK, the meanness of bullying colleagues at her new “hoity-toity” high school, body issues or the terrifying prospect of dancing in public: the loss of her charmingly eccentric British mother when she was only ten. Her mom, Evelyn Fletcher, went missing four years before the start of this story, on one of the annual visits to London to see her mom’s British family. To top it all, she vanished on Caitlin’s birthday. On Halloween! And Halloween is now only 24 hours away!

The family now consists of her well-meaning but somewhat helpless father and Natalie, her baby sister – big-mouthed, feistily nerdy, an officially acknowledged prodigy in various academic fields and aspiring photojournalist.

Sightings, mysterious occurrences in or near graveyards around the world where the most revered and beloved authors of books for young readers are buried – L. Frank Baum, Hans Christian Andersen, the brothers Grimm, Carlo Collodi, J.M. Barrie, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll – are signs that something strange and magical is about to happen … and Lewis Carroll, whose Alice novels Caitlin’s mother loved, happens to be buried not far from her home.

On her way to the All Hallows Eve Masquerade Ball at the Kingshire American School in London, where she is supposed to meet the handsome and amazingly charming Jack, Caitlin takes a route which lands her – literally — in Wonderland. She is actually called upon to prevent the “unthinkable”, namely the complete zombification of this enchanted realm. Zombification is synonymous with decay, both physical and moral, “empathy and decency” being replaced by “savage yearnings”. The misfortune befallen Wonderland has turned almost all its inhabitants into “mindless automatons”, “remorseless, bloodthirsty ghouls” and the plague appears unstoppable.
Caitlin’s aides are the four semi-zombified princesses: Rapunzel – who repeatedly puts her long tresses to good use, Cinderella – decomposing but still well-groomed, Sleeping Beauty – trying hard to live up to the name Beauty when her face is “susceptible to mildew”, and Snow White – with “skin as pale as fallen snow and just as cold”, all of them valiantly struggling to control their vile urges, but slowly losing their grip. Lord Amethyst Bartholomew, aka the Caterpillar, who has given up the hookah and is an organic tea drinker now, plays the part of the wise guide, instructor and mentor. She is also seconded by her sister, Natalie, the science buff, who alternately coaxes and bullies the reluctant saviour into action. Last but not least, there is the mysterious Jack who belongs to both worlds.
Caitlin crosses paths with the Queen of Hearts, the Duke of Clubs, Peter Pan, the Big Bad Wolf, the Little Mermaid, and a host of other wonderful characters from the canon of the literature for the young at heart of all ages. A dazzling array of creatures, plants, artefacts both magic and ordinary, some benevolent, others malevolent — most of them strangely familiar – either assist or hinder Caitlin on her heroic mission. After numerous dramatic events, blood-curdling encounters, feats of great courage, hilarious mishaps and heartbreaking revelations (which I leave for the reader to discover), the story skilfully builds to a spectacular climax … and good triumphs over evil , but the victory, however spectacular, is tinged with sadness. Moreover, and more importantly, it is far from decisive. After all this is just book one of a – hopefully – long saga!

In addition to being a bona fide tale of fantastic adventures, the book is also a record of Caitlin’s process of self-healing, of gradual suppression of the urge “to occupy herself with herself “which only leads to an exacerbation of her fears and anxieties, of learning how to turn perceived weaknesses into strengths. In Wonderland there are horrifying things lurching in the dark or hiding in plain sight. Not the projections of a fearful mind but literal, deadly menaces. Confronted with these “real” dangers, however hilarious and over the top they might be at times, the teenager learns the value of reaching out, of compassion and selflessness, of pluck and determination.

On a more personal note, I have to add that what I have enjoyed most is the authors’ witty, intelligent and fun take on the classics of fantasy literature (especially Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), on science (physics, biology, psychology), philosophy (Zeno’s paradox), with a humorous nod at contemporary concerns, fashions and fads (gluten-free, sugar -free, wheat-free energy bars).Despite the fact that the basic conflict is the eternal conflict between good and evil, light and darkness, beauty and decay, this novel is never corny or preachy, nor is it presumptuous or patronizing. The authors are unafraid to pack the pages with cultural and scientific references in the firm belief – I think – that young readers are perfectly capable of understanding and enjoying not only fantastic adventures but also smart, intriguing language. The characters are thoroughly modern teenagers who blog, text, use mobile phones (actually the mobile has an important role in the unfolding of the plot), and use teenage lingo (zonked, ginormous, awesome, wanna, lemme, gimme a break, freak out, etc.).. At the same time they are highly articulate, smart and do not shy away from discussing sophisticated concepts or from using high-brow vocabulary with ease, humour and gusto. Thankfully they are not fans of the obnoxious, moronic, jarring, annoyingly popular “like”, which they use only sparingly and with commendable restraint.

Once upon a Zombie is a delightful, riveting, informative read, a deft mixture of genuine emotion, quirky humour and hair-raising adventures. I unreservedly, wholeheartedly recommend it. Next month there will be two more dolls coming out, Zombie Alice® and Zombie Queen of Hearts®, but, in the meantime, be sure to buy this wonderful book on Amazon.

Introducing: LUNA DOLL by AndyMy Designs

My dear friend and talented dolly designer AndyMy is coming out with his own doll! Yes, a new beauty will be released at the beginning of 2016 and I’m so very excited for him! I’ve known about his dream for some time now and I want to support him and promote this project as much as I can.

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I am so excited for him and I can’t wait to share more images and info in the near future. In the meantime be sure to check out his website and shop and grab some of his beautiful and chic designs.

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COLLECTION: Golden
STYLE NAME: Chassis dress
PCS AVAILABLE: 5

Get her HERE.

Design was featured in the Fashion Doll Quarterly – issue 2014 winter