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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year's - and do you have BJD resolutions for 2015?

Vampire Goldie, Fairy of Color - Peak's Woods
At the start of 2015, I thought I'd take a brief moment to look over my BJD-specific resolutions for the year. I'm not sure resolutions help me much, but it feels important, so why not?

  1. Like or love? The first thing I need to do is pair down the number of dolls I have in my collection. I have too many to enjoy in a reasonable way. I don't like the clutter, and some need to move on. My next project will be to figure out who stays and who goes, with the hard question, Do I like this doll, or really love this doll?
  2. Sticking to budget. I have my next book, the next edition of BJDs for Beginners, well underway, and I'd like to get it finished. Until I do, I need to stick to my budget. So far, so good--I've got Vamp Goldie on order, and I want to sell two from my "like" list before her arrival.
  3. Continuing contemporary. I am in love with contemporary clothing for BJDs. They are really fun to style, though perhaps not as easy to find as other themes. I would like to go through my dolls' clothing and get rid of everything I don't love and that doesn't fit this style.
  4. More photography. Practice makes perfect. I need to take more photos. Because of a recent injury to my rotator cuff, I haven't been able to lift my camera. I'm healing pretty well, though, so I'll want to start shooting whenever I can.
  5. Decluttering the display. Part of what makes collecting BJDs fun is the display. When mine is so crowded you can't see one doll for the next, that makes things uncomfortable. If I want to display each doll I own, I'd better be sure to get rid of enough so there's room for everyone!
I think that will do it for now. Do you have any dolls on your wish list for the year? What about any major changes to your collection?


  1. Your resolutions are probably applicable to many of us. I should adopt them -- leaving out #3! -- myself. I need to figure out how to display my collection and enhance the fun value. I was doing well for quite a while, but now it is just a little overwhelming and has spilled out of the "doll room." :-)

    I'd like to start taking pictures to share. My efforts so far have not turned out well, but as you said, practice will help. I've been thinking about picking up a doll photography book for some tips, too.

    Hope your 2015 brings you much doll joy!

    1. Definitely go for, I'd say, as far as photography is concerned. You don't need to spend a million dollars on a camera, but nice ones do make things easier. :) I also highly recommend the photo editing plug ins by Topaz Labs. (They stand alone or work with many editors.) They are super easy to use and seem to get the most drama out of photos.


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