Hiya, all! It’s my favorite time of day: snack time! Usually around 4pm or so, I prepare my snack (sliced cheese/fruit/unsalted almonds), and every other day I sit down to blog to my favorite Tonner Peeps (you!). And no, I’m not ruining my dinner.
Today, though, I’m trying something different: I’m blogging as myself for Tonner, instead of as Tonner. You all will have to let me know how you think it’s turned out. Maybe I’m just not that interesting…. Well, let’s get to it, shall we??
What I’d like to delve into today is the very fundamentals of doll collecting. For example, there are loads of different techniques used to build, maintain and share collections, probably as many as there are collectors out there! Some buy their dolls only from a very special doll dealer, some never take their dolls out of their boxes, other collectors completely redo the doll by re-rooting the hair and repainting the face, some collectors completely deconstruct their dolls, other collectors rename their dolls and give them a new and improved identity, some create to-scale furniture, jewelry, etc, etc, etc. Right?
Doll Collecting has spurred and inspired a whole other sect of hobbiers and crafters. For example, people who like to paint and are skilled at it may repaint their dolls. Or others enjoy sewing, and creating their own fashions, and do so for their doll collection. Still others are interested in photography, and having a model who cannot talk back (kidding, folks! Who would want that??).
The point is that doll collecting encompasses so very much more than it’s implications. What we at Tonner would like to explore more in our blog is the techniques used in this process. One better: We’d like to compile a Doll Collecting Technique Library of sorts, where we discuss all of the infinite techniques at length. Ideally, we’d love to have YOU all be a part of the creation of this resource, and would like this to be something we can all contribute to, and for it to evolve into an amazing, self-sustaining resource for old and new collectors alike.
The very first part of this segment is going to be a guest blog post by our very own Miss Nancy Shomo. Not only is she the keystone of the Tonner staff, but she is a very serious collector in her own right. She’s going to answer the elusive question, ‘what is collecting’? Look for it sometime this week!