So, I decided to start a blog for no other reason than I want to share more than just my photos on Instagram. I want to be able to discuss things and write about doll collecting in general. I think the doll community is fairly small at the moment, but it’s also a great community to be part of. Without it, I don’t think I ever would have discovered my love for dolls.
I started collecting dolls only about 2 years ago. Before that, I just lived a busy, normal life like everyone else. I didn’t think of myself as someone who had hobbies, I didn’t really know what I enjoyed—apart from seeing my friends, reading books and watching movies.
I have always loved Barbies though, and when I got my first real job at 22 years old one of the first things I bought was a Barbie doll (she was the Paso Doble Barbie, nude, unboxed from eBay). I bought another doll soon after, but at the time I didn’t really know why. I was living with my parents, and I had barely enough space for two dolls so I kind of… left it at that. This was back in 2011, when Instagram had not quite taken off and I wasn’t using social media all that much.
Eventually, I discovered the doll community by pure chance and decided to create marnietells—a persona not based on me at all. Dollstagram has fuelled my interest ever since, allowing me to try my hand at customising dolls, giving them new outfits and even buying them a house. I admit, sometimes I play with my dolls and give them “interesting” backstories.
My hope for this blog is that I can share some of the things I learn about doll collecting including fixing up dolls, DIY projects if I manage to find the nerve (I have the worst patience in theworld) and also where I source doll clothes and accessories.
I know that dolls are not everyone’s idea of fun—some people might even think it’s odd or creepy to be into toys when you’re an adult. It can be hard to have a hobby that’s not as common or socially acceptable, but one thing I have learned is that there are so many doll people in the world; collectors, artists, crafters and creative folk who channel their creative energy into this hobby. And they all have something magical within them, something that didn’t die when they grew up. And I think that’s something worth talking about!