Duke Special

Friday, 31 October 2008

Fancy a dolly scare for Halloween?

I wanted to do a feature on doll related horror films for Halloween, but I understand that buckets of gore and disturbing graphic violence is not to everyone's taste.

Worrying about this problem I suddenly remembered the following Twilight Zone episode 'Living Doll!'

While it is scary and may give you nightmares if you're creeped out by dolls (what the heck are you doing here then!?) it's only related PG so it's not going to be too horrible :)

I saw it ages ago and loved it, and so do all my dollies - I just hope they don't get any ideas O.o :)

Holly xoxo

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from me and all the dollies, but especially Flamingo :)

Happy Halloween

If you'd like to send this pic as an ecard click on the photo and follow the instructions, thanks :)

Holly & the (spooky) dollies xoxo

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Download dolly wallpapers from Mimiwoo

I have bought many a doll and accessory in the past from Mimiwoo.com and she is the nicest and most efficient seller you could hope for.

She now also has a download area in her site where you can download the sweetest dolly wallpapers. Visit her blog by clicking on the picture :)

Holly & the dollies

Fancy a Frosty Frock? Blythe news!

Frosty frock? Sounds rather chilly to me, but look at this picture and it's sure to warm the cockles of your heart :)

Neo Blythe "Frosty Frock" is ready for the holidays with her cream colored outfit.The fluffy trim on her dress, hat and cape looks cozy and warm.Her curly short hair with pink blush make her look seasonally cheerful.

The package is based on light pink with Gingermen and gift boxes making her a perfect Christmas gift!

Face Type: Superior
Skin Type: Regular
Make-up: Eye shadow- light brown, Lips- pink, Blush- pink
Eye Color: Stock
Hair Color: light yellowish blonde
Eyelid: Stock
Eyelashes: Stock
Nails: No Enamel
Earrings: No earrings

The set includes: Doll, hat, cape, dress, underwear, boots, and stand.
Date Available: November 21, 2008Price: 10,290 yen

Not only that, but it has been announced that the good people at Blythe HQ will be running a photo contest named "My Decorated Frosty Frock!". All you have to do is style your Frosty Frock and upload the photo to the "Blythe Art Forum" at Members Salon in December.

Click on Frosty's picture to get the full story :)

Holly xoxo

Happy Punky Night!

pumpkinny wumpkinny

Happy Punky Night from one of my handmade dolls, Pumpkinny Wumpkinny...

Click on the pic to send it as an e-card:)

Holly and the dollies xoxo

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

More Halloween Convention Dolls from Tonner


New Dolls Listed to the shop for Halloween

alien in hand



I have added 3 dolls to the shop for halloween, they are Chibi Alien, Gloomlet and Medusa.
Visit the shop by clicking HERE!
Holly and the dollies xoxo

Make a Felted Mummy Doll - Halloween Crafts

I stumbled upon this cute Halloween doll make from the Woman's Day website.

Click on the pic to get the instructions :)

Holly & the dollies xoxo

Eco house for your dollies?

Ethical superstore is a shop that sells fairly traded and environmentally friendly goods.

I noticed today that they have a recycled cardboard dollshouse made by Paperpod, a great blank canvas of a home for your treasured smaller dolls.

The description says 840 mm high, which by my reckoning makes each room (seeing as it has three stories) about 28cm high (or about 11 inches). So, while this house would be too small for our 1/6 scale dolls such as Barbie, Blythe and most other fashion dolls, it should be ideal for our littler girls :)
Click on the pic to visit the store :)

Holly xoxo

Make a Pumpkin Doll for Punky Night!

Yes, I know that I already posted one tutorial for the Jolly Golly Pumpkin doll, but here's another cute, simple little doll that I have posted from Jennifer Murphy to celebrate punky night :)
Click on the pic for instructions :)
Holly and the dollies xoxo

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Blythe Cosplay Event Featured in the TaiPei Times

This was a great article to read! Please follow the URL to read it :)


Holly xoxo

American Girl Movie - Kit Kittredge

I am told that Kit Kittredge is based on the phenomenally popular American Girl line of dolls from the US.

I haven't had chance to see the film, but it's doll news so it's going in :)

You check out the very positive review at Rotten Tomatoes HERE...

Holly xoxo

Cabbage Patch Candidate?

In case American election fever wasn't reaching epic enough proportions, now you can even place your vote by the purchasing a one of a kind Cabbage Patch Kid resembling your favourite candidate!

In this image released by Jakks Pacific Inc., the four one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids dolls crafted in the likeness of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain and vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Palin will be auctioned on the eBay.com Web site.

All proceeds from the auction, which begins Thursday and ends Nov. 4, will benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

(AP Photo/Jakks Pacific Inc., Sheila Clevenger)

Momiji Charity Christmas Cards!

20% off Hannah Montana Dolls!

Currently at Mail Order Express you can get 20% off the Hannah Montana range including the dollies =D

ALSO 3 for 2 on all toys and books at Woolworths

Holly xoxo

Monday, 27 October 2008

Indian Dress Up Game

As it is almost Diwali I thought it might be nice to include this Indian dress up game :)

Holly xoxo

New Petite Poupee dolls from Caya's Creations

I have been an admire of Caya's beautiful bears for some time now, but recently she has branched out into the most beautiful folk dolls.

Petite Poupees measure only 6 inches high and are hand drawn with watercolour pencils and have beautiful Tibetan lambswool hair.

I find them enchantin, like illustrations come to life.

To visit Caya's Etsy shop, please click on the picture :)

Holly xoxo

New Momoko Release for October - Cosmos Sweetheart

On sale October 2008 ¥13,440

Cloudy sky. No calls from him on my mobile. A raindrop on a cosmos.
In a cloudy-colored fluffy dress with braided long hair, momoko doll looks natural as a cosmos.

Click on the link to visit the official site :)

Holly xoxo

Discount dolls on sale...

'The Toyshop' currently have a sale on. Here's my pick of the discount dolls.

Holly xoxo

Cute free templates at Matie Kay's

Do you like my new template? Not only is it adorable, but it's also completely customizeable as far as colour goes!

If you'd like to get this and more lovely templates then please visit an excellent resource:


You'll find lots to spruce up your blog there, and it's all free, yay!

Holly xoxo

Normal doll srevice will be resumed immesiately :)

Doll of the Day - Will from Witch


Doll of the day is Will from the series Witch. She's part of my own collection :)

Standing about 6 inches high Will and her friends can still be picked up quite easily in the bargain bins of many toy stores, though stocks finally seem to be depleting :)

She's a very cute little girl with very big eyes, a very big smile and very big shoes!
Witch is one of the better kids animated shows to come from outside of Japan, though it is obviously very influenced by popular Japanese anime shows such as Sailor Moon.
Who'd have thought such a humble bargain basement doll could star in a blog post?
It just goes to show that... where there's a Will there's a way!
**ducks to avoid missiles hurled in retribution for the terrible pun!**
Holly xoxo

Make your own Mini 'Dinklet' doll - free pattern for halloween

You didn't really think that my telling you about the new Tonner dolls was going to be all I did today did you?

Well, I'm glad to hear it, because I have added to my website, for you, a brand new mini doll pattern allowing you to make your own 'Dinklet' like Gloomlet, pictured above...

If you would like to have a go at this project then please click on the picture and you will be whisked through cyberspace to the pattern and instructions on my homepage.

I hope you will let me know how your crafting works out because I'd love to see what you create :)

Holly xoxo

Make a Jolly Golly Pumpkin doll - free pattern and instructions

Do you like pumpkin?
Even if not before, surely you can't resist this Jolly Golly pumpkin guy?
The good news is he's also available for you to make with a free PDF pattern and full instructions listed online at http://www.allfreecrafts.com/.
To go directly to the pattern please click Jolly's picture :)
Holly & Apple xoxo

New Halloween Dolls by Tonner

I got an email from Tonner yesterday displaying the lovely dolls they have available for Halloween -

For further details of these, and more, please follow this URL:

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Happy Mother In Laws Day 2008

In the US today you are lucky enough to be celebrating Mother In Laws day.

I was hoping to be able to share with you some lovely Mother In Law related dollies, but all I could find were these rather hostile and vindictive mother in law voodoo dolls O.o!

Of course, I would never use one of these on my own mother in law, if for no other reason than she has provided Little Miss P and I with so many cute dolls over the years :)

Holly & Apple xoxo

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Jun Planning Dolls for January 2009 announced

Yep, I'm a bit behind the times again :)

jun planning january

For more details please click on the pics to be taken to the Jun Planning official site.







I'm so glad that Little Pullips are back, and I've yet to see a Little Dal in the flesh... or plastic :)

Holly xoxo

Dolly(ies) of the day! Cute kokeshi style cuties!

kokeshicuties - 365 days of cute - day 2

My hubby bought me these cuties as a surprise gift yesterday from the international market in town! They are made of resin and have a little space in the bottom like Momijis. They are soo cute, especially the little grumpy one :)

Holly xoxo

Monday, 13 October 2008

Dolly Mondays # 2 Free mini cloth doll pattern

I have found an incredibly cute and helpful free mini-doll pattern for you to try.

To visit the site which features the full pattern and an incredibly clear tutorial photographed at every stage of construction please click on the pic :)

Holly & Apple xoxo

Friday, 10 October 2008

Cute Matrioshka paper craft :)

I was looking for a cute activity to do at the kids club I help run at my local church and stumbled across this cute Matrioshka paper craft. Why not give it a go?

If you do then I'd love to see the results!

Holly & Apple xoxo

Rainbow Brite to return?

If you are a similar age to myself you will get a nostalgic twinkle in your eye at the mention of Rainbow Brite...

Well, rumour has it (well actually it's been reported that) she is on her way back to delight new generations!

According to "Playthings" the toy industry magazine, Playmates is planning a line of fashion dolls, plush and role play toys ready for autumn 2009.

I, for one, can't wait to see what they come up with :)

Holly & Apple xoxo

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Night Flower Petite Blythe Promo Pics!

It seems that Night Flower will make a return, but this time as a petite!

For a full description please click on the pic :)

Holly & Apple xoxo

New Blythe Animation, Princess A La Mode

I love this soooo much!

New Blythe Doll Release Announced! Toys R Us Limited "Matrioshka Maiden"

Toys R Us Limited "Matrioshka Maiden"
Final design specifications and details may vary but here is the current info.

Sales Date: December
Price: 13,440 yen (tax included)
Details announced at a later date.

Too, too tempting!

Holly xoxo

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Crochet a cute angel doll - free pattern!

Apparently today is the feast of the guardian angels in Catholic tradition, I was looking for some cute crafts to share with my little girl and happened across this very adorable crochet angel pattern. I have no clue how to crochet so it's no use to me (I'll have to get my talented brother to teach me!). I thought someone else might be able to use it :)

Please click on the picture to visit the pattern.