Marnie goes to the Melbourne Cup

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Over the last year, Marnie has gone through a number of changes. Firstly, she’s played by Twirling Ballerina Teresa now. When I started her account, she was Dancing With The Stars Paso Doble Barbie.

Paso Doble Barbie is a gorgeous doll, however her articulation was very limited and since I took her everywhere with me (including on a trip to the Hunter Valley) I noticed she was starting to deteriorate—her joints were obviously designed for display rather than play. Because of how unusual and rare she is, I decided to retire her from Instagram and replace her with Teresa on a made to move body.

It was an agonising decision, as weird as that sounds. But I am so glad I did it, because now that Marnie has more realistic and flexible movement, she’s able to pose in so many different ways. Of course, the made to move body does have its downsides; e.g. it is rather athletic-looking (especially the arms) which doesn’t always suit the outfits I want her to wear. But that’s just me being super fussy.

Anyway, at the beginning of this week I decided I wanted to create a Melbourne Cup Instagram post, because I hadn’t seen anyone else do anything like that and I thought it would be fun. I made her a fascinator out of cardboard, scrapbook paper and some veil-like material I had lying around and basically just stuck a pin through her head to hold it in place.

I had several outfits to choose from, but this one just felt right. Paired with some black heels, a black and gold clutch and a fancy backdrop—she was ready for a day at the races!

What do you think of her outfit? Will you dress your doll for the cup?

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An introduction

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Hey everyone!

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!