I remember losing my mind over Tonner's Tiny Kitty line which appealed to the classic side of my collecting. Sadly, those, too, have gone to new homes as I have narrowed my collecting focus.
I was very impressed with the Deja Vu line and have added one to my collection. I keep thinking about finding her a new home, but she just seems to like living here. I posted a blog about her in 2015: Deja Vu Blog Post . Agatha Primrose, a relatively new line, captured my attention; however, I somehow managed to resist.
One line that continues to pull on my heart strings is Ellowyne Wilde. For some reason this doll holds a very special place in my collection. I had to sell many of my Ellowyne dolls when I remarried. Those I managed to keep were boxed and stored until they were unearthed in 2014. I blogged about them at that time: Ellowyne Wilde Collection .
Once I resuscitated my Ellowynes, I added a few additional versions to "flesh out" my collection. Since Tonner's announcement, it is becoming more difficult to find Ellowyne on secondary market at a decent price. One doll that I had been looking to add to my collection was All Natural Lizette (2014). She is a friend of Ellowyne's and a collector favorite. I finally got one this spring. Here's Lizette wearing Spring Awakening (2010), an Ellowyne exclusive ensemble.
Ellowyne's Ennui, and the members there are very kind and generous. One of them helped me acquire another doll I felt I couldn't live without, Always Playing Solitaire (2008).
The first ever, Chills (2006). When this is your first experience with a doll line, you know you are a "goner". She is wearing Tea & Ennui (also from 2006).
Then, of course, we have the first "wigged" Ellowyne I ever purchased. She is Wigged Out Too (2009). She is also the first Ellowyne with inset eyes to join my collection.
Next to come along was Essential Ellowyne 5 Brunette who we call Fern (2012).
Although there were exceptions, I found most dolls produced after 2012 less interesting. There were often production issues with eye placement or staining from clothes. Quality control seemed to drop a little and many of the cute little details began to disappear.
Then the line began to wander from its original storyline; we started seeing dolls with names like "Ship Shape," "Summer Breeze," "Rock Royal," "Right on White,""Totally Coolness," "Delicate Balance," and "Seventies Sweet". I don't know if this was attempt to reach more mainstream collectors, but those of us who are drawn to Ellowyne began to miss our bored girl who was constantly dissatisfied with the world.
It is difficult to accept that there will be no more Ellowyne Wilde dolls offered to collectors; this makes those currently residing here only more precious. Fortunately, there are many wonderful artisans that support the Ellowyne line. I don't anticipate my love for her fading any time soon.