Do you ever just look at something that somebody else has made and think ‘that is so amazing! How on Earth did they think of that?’
Yeah, me too. 😅 Especially when watching MyFroggyStuff! So creative!
However, we all know who Froggy is, right? (Unless you’re new to the doll-world, or have just perhaps been living under a plastic rock this whole time). So today I wanted share THREE creative Barbie accounts that I am a big fan of – these accounts are still relatively “unknown” to most people in the doll world. I didn’t want to bring up the same creators that most people already know about; instead, I wanted to showcase some amazing creators who I haven’t seen featured on other blogs or websites before.
(As always, if you are the original owner and you don’t want your account featured, drop a comment below, DM me on Instagram @adventuresinbarbiecollecting or email me at email@example.com and I will edit this post accordingly! This goes for all content that I have reshared on my blog, of course, although I always give credit where I can find!) ANYWAY I’M GETTING SIDETRACKED! Let’s goooo!
The first account I would like to share is a blog by Rie, called Brunbelle Barbie. Check it out here: https://brunbellebarbie.com
Am I the only person that really likes seeing how everyone else stores their stuff?
See post: The Doll Closet
I found this blog only recently so I have lots of posts to catch up on, but I wanted to share here since I really love her blog and I wanted others to discover it as well! Rie just started the blog in 2018 so its still pretty new.
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Her blog is mostly about crafting, dioramas, fashion, sewing, interior decorating and so on. All the fun crafty things we dolly people love!
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One of the reasons I love this blog is that the ideas are really fun and easy to recreate at home. I would definitely recommend giving it a read!
The next account that I would like to share is @bb_spiritts on Instagram. He’s a doll collector that makes custom dolls with custom boxes! How cool is that?? It’s something I’ve always thought about doing but never known how to go about it.
See, for example, here’s a Lumina doll from Barbie: The Pearl Princess. At first, it’s easy to think “well, that’s just a normal doll,” but then…
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL.
Yuck. Gross. This is an ugly, ugly doll (sorry Mattel) and her box was pretty boring.
So we now we can see how impressive the first one is! What a makeover! I love the added beads and the wrap-around pink fabric on the tail, it matches the film so much better.
Let’s see another example. This time, I’ll start with the original doll in the original box…
It’s pretty cheap-looking, right? Considering they were about $50 each at the time (because they played music and the dress transformed), I think that Mattel could have done a much better job with the packaging. It’s very simple.
Now, this is so much more luxurious! Is anyone else a big sucker for nice packaging or is that just what happens after you spend four years at university getting a degree in advertising? Just me? Okay.
The final account I wanted to share is also on Instagram, she’s a collector called @grandmagetsreal who does really amazing doll photography and such detailed dioramas!
My favourite kind of Instagram accounts are the people whose energy you can really FEEL when you read their posts. The people who write up interesting captions and take photos of funny things and take the time to reply to comments. I feel like @grandmagetsreal really does that; her account is super engaging and of course, her doll photography is excellent.
(If any of you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that my Instagram is not interesting at all. You’ll be lucky if I remember to put hashtags on my photos, let alone remember to write a caption! Haha.)
She has also done several of these “custom doll playlets” that are really interesting! (And very relatable! I have definitely consumed more pizza this year than any other year before. Oops…)
Can anyone tell that I am obsessed with these custom doll boxes?? I think I am going to have to try and make one for myself one day… (hello, new post idea!)
Finally, I wanted to share a little blog update! Adventures in Barbie Collecting has now reached over 100, 000 hits! Thank you to everyone for reading my blog over the years! It’s so so lovely to read all your comments and its really nice when I see my posts are getting lots of views, especially the ones that take a long time to research. I started this blog in 2015 and only got 515 views the whole year. So seeing 100k views makes me very happy.
Thanks everyone, and let’s look forward to more posts! Even though I take lots of long breaks (sorry!) I don’t have any plans to ever stop blogging; as long as I am collecting Barbies, I will be here!
Anyway! That’s all I wanted to share for today. Stay safe, stay inside and don’t forget your mask! Until next time!