Friday, August 21, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award.....

I big thank you goes out to Shasha for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award. It really is a honor when my dollie families thinks of me and my crew over here. She had some really good question and I really enjoyed thinking about them as I typed them. So yes, Ms. Shasha thank you. If you haven't read her responses to the questions from Mrs DBG you can click on the link here. 

The rules are very easy to follow once you accept the nomination too. All you have to do is:
1. Create a blogpost,
2.Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog,
3.Place a logo and link to where you go it from which was from here,
4. Answer the ten question presented to you,
5. Nominate ten bloggers and
6. Come up with your own ten questions for your nominees.

So here are the answers...

1. What prompted you to create your first blog?

Omg!, it was Van Doll Treasures! I was up one night and came across her video on YouTube. I couldn't believe that collector's were playing their dolls.  I checked out her blog and clicked on others. Then I found Black Doll Collecting and then I was really hating. Here was someone who had rooms or should I say a house full of dolls of all kinds and she was sharing their info and their history and that was it for me. I wanted to play with my dolls and be apart of the comradeship and I'm so glad I am.

2. If this blog was about your passion, what were you intentions in the first few posts?

As you read the blog and get engulfed in Cara's life, I am sharing with the reader my childhood experiences with my family as well as my life experiences now. You should always enjoy the things that make you happy no matter what your age. Life is fun and I'm having fun with my dolls.

3. How did your blog evolve from day 1 to now?

I now showcase more of the friends of the Dotsons and their family. Which is based on my childhood. We grew in base housing and everyone knew everyone and with my father having a higher rank we knew everybody and their pets, lol. I was going to base it on Cara interactions but her family is equally important and my Mother can't believe she a big star in Dotsville. Yes, my mother is so funny and you are experiencing her life too.

4. Please list down if you have other blogs,both from the past and now?

My other blog is This is where I create for myself. I returned to sewing and I showcase my creation there and on Pinterest as well. I haven't had much time to put into it but I'm getting there and meeting other sewist too.

5. How do you see your main blog (if you maintain several) in the next five years?

I have always enjoyed showcasing my dolls and telling stories and with a lot of my life adventures and I only hope to continue sharing them more. I always want  Dotsville to be a community where the readers enjoys stopping by and checking in on the families.

6, How has the blogging community helped shape your main blog to what it is today?

By encouraging me to showcase my dolls more and to take them out the box, lol. Quite a few of my dolls were admired in their boxes. I see them as little treasures, well blogging has helped my play more. I am creating more too. I enjoying sewing for them and hope to continue more as well as venture into sewing for fashion dolls and 18 in dolls.

7. What other topics or collections would you want to feature in your future post?

Now that my "big doll"collections has started to blossom, I will be featuring them more and showcasing their antics around the house. I really love my Zapf Creation doll Scarlett. She is just so cute and to see her and Isabelle around the apartment in different posing is quite refreshing. Which means my son enjoying playing, oops I mean re-arranging them too. My first 18 in will be here tomorrow so she will be another spoiled dollie. I'm really excited for her because I already have a sewing pattern for her.

8. How do you want the blogging community to become much better place for bloggers, especially women.

This question is a little tough for me to answer because I am not involved in all the online venues that allow everyone to "stay" connected. I do believe it is a great networking avenue for learning, trading, selling and promoting ones' blog.

9. What is the internet still hasn't kicked off today and of course, blogging is still unborn, what could have been your means of sharing what you feel needs to be shared to the world?

For me it would be through postcards to family and friends of my dolls in scenes. Going to doll shows and meeting people who enjoy collecting dolls.

10. Finally, tell us about yourself in one sentence.

You can read all about me here, Prov 31: 10-31.   

Now for my nominees, I want to to do something different. I have read everyone else response to this nomination so I would like to ask everyone the one question I wasn't able to answer. Question number 8:

How do you want the blogging community to become much better place for bloggers, especially women.

I looking  forward to seeing the comments on this questions. Especially from the individuals who are immersed in the community buying, selling, trading.  What and how do you see it improving?

Have a great weekend!


  1. I really enjoyed reading your answers to these questions. It is so nice to get to know you a little better. I really like reading about the Dotson's and even more so now that I know that it is based on your own life!

    1. Big families always have something going on. I can get inspiration by just talking to them.

  2. I love getting these peaks into the people behind the dolls!

    Question 8 is a tough one, just because while I've seen some unpleasantness on other social media, I've found the doll-blogging community to be very welcoming and friendly as-is.

    1. When I read the doll boards and the share some of their frustration, it just amazes me. I don't like the dishonesty I read about when someone receive their holy grail and it not perfect. Or they haven't received a doll at all. I really do enjoy the doll community and hope that it remain respectful and friendly too.

  3. Oh, that's sweet to know, that the Dotsons' stories are drawn from life ;-)

    Great fun to see your dolls deboxed.

    1. Trust me, when I talk to my mother, she always gives me the scoop and then she will say one of her funny antics that I have to use in my stories.

  4. Very informative! I enjoyed the backstory of your blog and totally admit that as a heathen I had to look up the Proverb.

    I actually think the blogging community is fine the way it is. People get out of their blogs what they put into it and I don't think there has to be a consensus or even continuity in the way the community functions. Everyone should be able to share and voice themselves how and when they want or more importantly when they can. I also don't believe blogging should be segmented by gender. I get that this is the "Sisterhood of..." but I'll admit to feeling quite iffy that only women were participating in this as there are plenty of male bloggers whose take on these questions I would have enjoyed.

    1. So true, unfortunately I don't know any male collectors that I could of reached out to. I would of nominated every last one of them. The blogging community has always been a very pleasant venue for me to escape to and I hope to evolve more and discovery and meet even more new friends.

  5. This was great to read, thanks so much for sharing this! I love the doll blogging community as it is, it's a very friendly, creative worldwide community. I would like to see more European trading/selling/buying websites, because apart from small local websites, there is not a website yet for a general European public as far as I know. The Proverb is beautiful to read, thank you for mentioning it.

    1. Thank you. I have never had a bad experience yet. I'm very thankful for the friends I have met while blogging and enjoy reading and learning about their collection. I hope it continues to be that way. That is my mother favorite proverbs for her girls Whenever we did something she did not approve of she would say, "Shame on you. I am trying to make sure you are a good person and hopefully make a good wife, but right now you so far from Proverb 31, I don;t know what to do with you. Go sit down somewhere!" Can you imagine what we would be thinking?, lol. I spoke with my mother the other day and told her that I was going to send her some money. Her response was, "Oh put in in a money order ok. This conversation is now over." Me and my son just bust out laughing. She really hung up on us.

  6. Hello from Spain: congratulations for this nomination. I enjoyed reading your answers. I love blogging community dolls, because everyone is loving and always help. I think there has to be different views but always with courtesy and respect. In my country there are many men who are part of the community dolly. They have the best collections of dolls. Keep in touch

    1. Well, I need to find them men. I would love to be follow there blog and learn about their collection. I agree with you as well, as long as everyone is respectful and courteous.

  7. Oooh I was happy to hear that my blog and videos helped inspire you. I've loved your story telling from the moment you started. You are a natural at making people feel like they are there with your dolls. I just signed up to follow your sewing blog. After making such an extensive wardrobe for Dasia, I think I want to make myself some outfits. It will be nice to follow some regular sewing blogs.

    1. Vanessa I will never forget that pink and brown baby room. It was the cutest thing I ever saw. Then when I saw your furniture was totally in awe. When we went home for Christmas, I went upstairs grabbed my dolls that I normally display and have been playing with them every since. Of course I have added to them but you inspired me to create for them. I haven't done furniture yet or food but I will. I'm still working on clothes for the dolls Mattel doesn't make anymore so that's a good start. Sewing has always been a part of my life and I have my mother to thank for that and I really missed it when I stopped. It another outlet for my creativity. I just adore Dasia wardrobe and I know if she is jazzy, I know you will be too.

  8. Brini, I really enjoyed your answers. I, too, love this community. What started out as a singular hobby a blossomed into a community of newfound friends with the same passion. I do understand what Muff is saying and for a moment wondered why it was addressed as "Sisterhood of..." But I also realized that this "award" originated from someone in the American Doll community so perhaps those bloggers (by the nature of those dolls) are largely female. When it comes to fashion dolls I know there are some really good male bloggers but since many of us go by avatars and assumed names in this parallel universe, I can't be sure of the gender of the blogger. Still, I very much enjoyed reading your story.