Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award




Linda of Darkroom Dolls nominated me for the "Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award". Here are my answers to Linda's 10 questions:

1. Do you collect anything other than dolls?

Well, if you ask my kids, I collect lots of things! I collect artwork done by my kids and memorabilia of their childhood. Of course, though, my dolls are the items I collect the most avidly.


2. Why did you start a doll blog?


In May of 2011, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had many a sleepless night after the diagnosis and I spent a lot of time on line browsing the web trying to get as much information as I could about my particular type of breast cancer. One night, I stumbled into a doll blog called "Dollies Series" which was Adrian's blog before she changed the name to "The Waverly's". It took me a while, but I read all of her blog entries from the start of her blog. This lead to finding other doll story blogs such as Van's Doll Treasures, Roville and more. I found the doll blogs very intriguing and it gave me a break from thinking about my cancer. After a while, I began leaving comments and got to know some of the blog authors, who encouraged me to start my own blog. I started my blog in the summer of 2014. BTW, I have been cancer free for 4 years now!


3. Do you have one particular doll that is the favorite in your collection?

I have many dolls that I love, so it is hard to pick a favorite. I do treasure my vintage Platinum Blonde Bubble Cut Barbie from the early 1960's. While she is not MY original doll, she is just like her! My first Barbie was this doll. She went everywhere I did, even to school! Me and my sister played with our Barbies for hours on end. This treasured doll is a favorite since she is representative of my first doll and the quest to find her is what got me into collecting dolls.



4. Your favorite doll accessory (American Girl or other)?

Can this be something I made? Well my favorite homemade accessory is the black & white bathroom sink and vanity I made for the Gordon house. My favorite purchased accessory would probable be the Jonathan Adler pink sofa for Barbie.


5. Do you know exactly how many dolls you have in your collection (you don't have to tell the number of course :-) )?

No, I do not know exactly how many dolls I have in my collection, but I would guess upwards of 500 dolls.


6. Do you play any instruments and if so, what?

No, I do not play any instruments. I wish I did though!


7. Where is your most favority place you've ever been?

I have been fortunate to have travelled a lot, but hands down favorite place I have traveled is China. Why? Because I adopted both of my daughters from China. I would love to take them back to China someday!


8. What is your most favorite thing about yourself?

Physically, it would probably be that I look a lot younger than I am. People are always surprised when they find out my real age. I also like that I am pretty crafty. That helps a lot with this hobby!



9. Favorite book or movie?

I have many favorite books and movies. I love animated movies and one of my favorites is "How to Train Your Dragon".  I am also a huge fan of the Avengers series.


10. If you could design your own doll, how would it look like?

There are so many beautiful dolls out now that I would be hard pressed to top them, but if I could design my own doll, it would probably look like my daughters. Asian features, with long black hair, a little shorter than Barbie with full articulation. 


My questions are:
  1. Do you collect anything other than dolls?
  2. Why did you start a doll blog?
  3. What is your grail doll?
  4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you travel to?
  5. What kind of music do you like?
  6. How did you get started collecting dolls?
  7. What are your feelings about doll articulation?
  8. Do you know exactly how many dolls you have in your collection?
  9. What type of dolls do you collect? (American Girl, Barbie, Fashion Royalty, etc.)
  10. Do you set up dioramas for your dolls or do you keep them in display cases?

My nominees are:

1. Smaller Places

2. Cindi Mortensen of Moreville Life and Times

3. Male Doll World

4. Jewell of Doll-Lightful

5. Miranda of One Sixth Avenue

Of course, participate only if you desire! I had fun answering the questions, I hope you do too!

Have a great day!

21 comments:

  1. WOW I just learned a lot about you Phyllis! I like you even more!

    Yippee on the cancer free!! I am so glad you made it or else I would not have you to play with! :-)

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  2. Hi Phyllis, thanks for participating :-). A huge hug for being cancer free for 4 years now, that's fantastic news! Handmade accessories are even better than the ready to buy ones, and the doll you would design sounds lovely!

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    1. And thank you for nominating me. I had a lot of fun answering these questions.

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  3. Such a wonderful read! I'm so happy your are cancer free! Like you, I am pretty crafty too. I just need the space, lol. Thanks for letting us get to know you even more.

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    1. Isn't that the truth? If only we had more space!

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  4. So nice learning more about our dolly friends! Congrats on being cancer free! What a blessing. A lot more fun and uplifting reading doll stories than info on breast cancer. I've been watching documentaries on China lately. There are some really breathtaking places in parts of that country. Hopefully you and the girls will be able to visit again soon.

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    1. So true about the reading of the doll stories. Sometimes, we only scare ourselves more when we browse the web about our health problems. While it is good to be well informed, sometime too much information can be very, very scary!

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  5. It is great to get to know you better Phyllis. :-) Congratulations on being cancer free!!! I would purchase a doll that you designed. It sound like it would be really cute.

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  6. You're an interesting person and I enjoyed reading more about you!

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  7. Bardzo mi miło, że poznałam Cię bardziej i życzę dużo pomyślności!

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  8. Four years cancer FREE- woot woot! Congratulations!! And happy-belated blog anniversary. I realized I missed it when I was responding to your tag- lol

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  9. Verrrry interesting, dear sister! Love you.

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  10. Hello from Spain: Congratulations on this award. Keep in touch

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  11. Wow! How cool to know you survived the big C, Phyllis --- congratulations, dear! This nomination is a great way to know a doll collector other than his/her being a collector =) I was nominated too and I will be posting my answers today =)

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    1. I have nominated you, Phyllis! Hmmmm... I guess it's enough that I read more about you in this post via the nomination.. But if you have time, please check the link below... Thanks!!!

      http://ateliernishasha.blogspot.com/2015/08/nomination-and-nominees-for-sisterhood.html

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  12. Hi Phyllis, I want to send you a message, how can I contact you ????

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  13. Here is my email address: 1mom526@comcast.net

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  14. Hi Phyllis!
    Great answers and I loved learning more about you. I would also love to visit China some day. That is such a nice quality to look younger than you are! I also really enjoy animated movies and we are all about the Dragon Trainer movies in this house! My 6 yr old just loves Astrid. :)

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    1. China is also a very good place to shop! If you do ever go, make sure you leave room in your luggage for all the wonderful things you will buy! And go to the pearl market! I got genuine pearls for a fraction of what we would pay in the US!

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  15. Hi Phyllis! I'm glad that you've been cancer-free. I also glad that you encountered the doll bloggers who inspired and encouraged you to start dolly blogging. Wish you many years dolly joy and blogging fun.

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