Seeing doll friends is as big a thrill as finding doll treasures. I bought this silver sprite from Mattie Eley, one of the artists I profiled after the Atlanta Doll Collector's show back in May.
Although these charming dolls are designed to hang on your Christmas tree, Miss Mattie was wearing one of these creations on her lapel. At $5 a piece even I could afford to patronize the arts. If you fancy one of Mattie's People, visit Miss Mattie's Etsy store or check out her website for a full gallery of her work.
I saw several Atlanta Doll Collector's members when I walked in. A little while later I met up with Vanessa of Van's Doll Treasures. She gave me three clones including this early Janay.
I passed on the Flavas when they were originally in the stores. I thought Mattel must be in league with the manufacturers of colored contact lenses since so many of their dolls of color sported blue, green or gray eyes. Don't they know the majority of the world's population has brown eyes? I colored Kiyoni's eyes brown and also darkened her lipstick.
Being somewhat vertically challenged myself, I like having doll characters who are not fashion model height so I will keep my eyes out for more Flavas in the future.
I got Kiyoni and nine other dolls for fifty cents each. Then I splurged on this Just Girlz Asian princess:
Bruce Lee and Mr. Sulu (played by George Takei) are about to come to blows over her
but I think she has her eye on Toshiro who serves as the fit model in the following shoe tutorial:
Hasbro's movable fighting men may be a little short, but those big feet might be an indicator of sizeable endowments in other areas :-).