12 things you never knew about Cabbage Patch


It’s nearly that time of year—the time where crazy parents, slightly crazy parents, and parents who really don’t want to be crazy but also really want their kids to be happy start scheming about how to get their hands on that must-have toy. (Apparently Furbys are back, and these VIP Pets things, with their oddly human characteristics, would have mesmerized me back in the day.)

But you know who basically invented the whole toy madness thing? Cabbage Patch Kids, who turn 30 this year. (The pic below is from a Manchester, England, toy store in 1983. Tensions were running high.) And since I was wholly obsessed with mine as a kid—my Aunt Peggy’s long hours in line getting one for me were rewarded when we cracked open the birth certificate and found that my doll was named Peggy—I thought I’d dig into the history of the thing. I had no idea that…

Cabbage Patch Kids (Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images)

1. They were originally called Little People.

2. The Xavier Roberts guy who signed all the dolls (I never gave him much thought) was only 21 (and an art student) when he invented the dolls.

3. Um, the commercials are way creepier than I remember.

4. They’ve bounced around between basically every big toy company. After their original manufacturer, a company called Coleco, went bankrupt, CPKs were made by Hasbro, Mattel, Toys R Us, and Play Along (their current manufacturer) at different points in their history.

5. This is crazy: Before the dolls came along, Coleco was in the home-computer business and kind of sucking at it. Its $700 Adam home computer system was riddled with problems and became a total product disaster: The dolls pulled the company back from the brink of catastrophe. How’s that for diversifying?

6. There’s an actual Babyland General Hospital in Georgia, and it sounds weird and awesome. Apparently, the whole thing—which is still open to tourists today—is set up like a hospital nursery and adoption center, and the employees are in character as doctors and nurses.

7. In 1985, Cabbage Patch dolls did $600 million in business.

8. They made the cover of Newsweek on December 12, 1983.

9. Yeah, if people try to tell you nobody acted Walmart Black Friday levels of insane 30 years ago, just show them 1:03 in this video.

10. Erm, there is a couple in Maryland who have 5,000 dolls and call them their children.

11. Some of the most expensive Cabbage Patch Kids on eBay include a set of 2008 presidential/vice presidential candidatesPresident Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain, and Sarah Palin—for $59,999.99 and a Donald Trump Cabbage Patch doll for $6,750. Not to rain on this very expensive parade, but I think that Sarah Palin doll looks more like Kathy from the funnies.

12. The 12th and final thing you never knew about Cabbage Patch Kids: You never knew that Aaron Paul held two of them while staring soulfully into a camera at a publicity event in 2006. You’re welcome.

Angie’s Prom Dress


Alana Bennett has done it again she has recreated a copy of my mother’s prom dress  for Barbie. She really did a wonderful job for working from a old photograph.

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 Mom’s Prom picture

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High Fashion Kate Middleton Doll Arrives


Today I got a surprise at my door. I never sent in the order form for  this beauty but I am glad she came. Danbury Mint has been the best so far in making Kate  since the Franklin Mint  quit making her. I did notice that their dolls are full body porcelian which makes them better quality dolls.

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Kate is wearing her ensemble she wore on her fist trip to  Canada.

The jewels on this doll are beautiful as well even the engagement ring looks better on this one than the wedding doll.The elatic to the hat is not visable which is also a nice feature

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Her hair is not as curly as the wedding Kate from The Dm which is nice  because it really gives this doll a different look even though they used the same face sculpt.

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The hand bag is resin and the bracelet has a small sqaure  “Diamond” that rest on the top of the bracelet my photo is blurry .

Another great Doll from the Danbury Mint!

Now we just have to hope the Danbury Mint makes her with baby George .

 

 

 

A Walk Through my Mother In law’s House


My Mother In law sent me these photos of her doll collection that she has collected over the years. She traveled for her job and found most of her dolls in many different states.  My favorites in her collection is the Angel and her childhood doll. which is the last photo at the bottom.Thanks Sandy for sharing these!

My $7.00 Holiday Traditions Barbie


Last month I went to a thrift store with a girlfriend of mine we were on the hunt for books. I wandered in to the toy section and found this pretty doll. She reminded me of Downton Abbey so I purchased her.  For $7.00 she is is wonderful shape she is just missing her shoes which shouldn’t be hard to find replacements for.

She is the 1996 Hallmark Holiday Tradition doll and this is what she would have looked like in her box.

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  This is mine she is in such great condition considering her age.

But then again Barbie never ages!

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One thing I like about her is that we can leave her out year round  Since her clothing is not exactly Christmassy looking.

Aunt Alice’s Preservation For Society Diana Doll


This doll was given to me by my Aunt Alice this was her only Diana doll in her collection she bought her at a small Doll shop in Pennsylvania. I inherited her in 2008 when I last visited. It is not a doll I would have purchased my self but since she belonged to my aunt  I am happy to have her.  Today I decided to fix her a up bit so I could  proudly display her.  This is what she looked like before her make over.

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The tiara looked likea rhinestone bracelet and I have no idea what the white thing on the bottom is suppose to be  wih roses. So those came off.

Here is what she looked like when I took the white trim off  and roses.

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Not bad  huh?

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her arms are  moveable so  placed them behind her back  like Diana would stand in her younger years.

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Diana’s Aqua Versace Gown


This gown was Worn by Diana to a Middle Eastern Country in which she recieved a special order.  I saw this  gown in person a few years ago at the Diana a Celebration exhbit . I have been waiting for some one to make this for the Diana doll So I could add it to my collection . My Dear friend Bea Prieto made it and sent me a copy.   I used some earrings I purchased from Judy Langer on Diana and they look fabulous with this dress.

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Diana is not on her stand thats why her gown looks long on the bottom.

Actual gown on the right hand side.

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Closer look at the neckline and Judy’s earrings

 

Princess of England Barbie DOTW Series


I had this beauty for awhile and today I just freed her from her box.
She represents England in The Dolls of the World Series( Princesses). I love her because she reminds me of Jane Seymour from the Tudors.  Her face paint is very different from the run of the mill Barbie face. I love the gown and the  gable hood. Beautiful Doll.DSCF9725

 

 

Here she is with the Anne Bolyen Doll in my collection  The pink and Purple really play off of each other.

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Brie’s latest Monster High Doll


I had to go to the store today and pick up some boxes and  I ventured down the Doll AISLE  Bad idea! This doll was on sale.I went ahead and picked  her up  for my daughter. I rarely  check  the Monster High dolls unless it is for Christmas  but this one was a bargin price and Brie loves the movie Phantom of the Opera so she was a perfect fit. She won’t be deboxed until our move next month but I was able to snap some pics. 

 

Brianna’s Little Elvis Doll


 

In 2004 I found this darling doll of Elvis as a toddler.  He was made for the Danbury Mint  by the artist PHYLLIS SEIDL. He is  one of our favorites in our collection . He came with the photo from 1937 that shows his mother and father.  he was chosen for my daughter at the beginning of her love affair with Elvis’s music   and gave her this little guy as a birthday present.   He still hold a special place in her room today .  We are still searching for the perfect hound dog for him though he just seems like he needs one to hold.    Little Elvis  is no longer available at the Danbury Mint but you can find him on Ebay.

An article about the Artist:

Presley Enterprises gives Phyllis go-ahead for doll

By COL FURNESS

PHYLLIS Seidl is the only dollmaker in the world allowed to create a child doll of Elvis Presley. Mrs Seidl is working on a dollmaking series titled Children of Destiny and the first doll in the series of famous children is Elvis Presley. She said it was a long process to produce an Elvis doll. She had to get permission from Elvis Presley Enterprises before she could start it and then she had to send her doll to them to be inspected to make sure it met their stringent requirements. Then discussions were held with Danbery Mint which was the only company permitted to produce and sell the doll. A display of dolls by Mrs Seidl and other artists were on show at the Glengallan Homestead on Saturday where Mrs Seidl spoke to interested dollmakers.There was a good response from interested people. I explained to them how they could start and had examples of doll making at different stages on display, Mrs Seidl said. ?I’ve been making dolls for more than 20 years and have done several trips to America where the Professional Art Dolls Maker Guild is located and I am a master member. ?They were the group which I contacted before I started Elvis and they were a great help as guiding me in the right direction to make Elvis.?? The Elvis Presley child doll was released in America about three months ago and has been a popular seller. The Elvis doll has been nominated for the Doll of the Year Award and Dolls Award of Excellence. Mrs Seidl got the inspiration for Elvis as a child from a photo of his family. The Elvis doll I sent to America was excellent in detail even down to his little clothes he was wearing at the time,?? she said. Mrs Seidl is currently working on a doll of Princess Diana as a child at the age of 13. ?It is a lengthy process for a dollmaker to get permission,?? she said. I have been working on the Diana doll and hope to take her to the International Doll Expo at Las Vegas in July 2006. During her 20 years of making dolls, she has produced a range of Koori Kids dolls (Koori means people) and they have been popular in Sydney and especially in America. Elvis facts Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935. At age 11, his parents took him to the local hardware to buy a .22 rifle. His mother decided it was too dangerous. She offered to buy him a guitar and that?s where his career began.

 

I haven’t found her version of the 13 year old Diana as of yet  but the search  will continue.