First Im sorry for the delay with my presentation and Im sorry for my czech-spanglish :D...
Im Tamara (fritamcz, tamushf or tamushf79) you can know me from EG yahoo group, chicas wu or from flickr. Im owner, coordinator and one of the artisans from Plaza Mildendo: www.plazamildendo.com. Im originally from Prague but I live in Mexico-city (thanks to my husband and my previous job) 7 years ago so Im part of the Czech and Mexican (or spanishspeaking) doll community.
I worked for foreign affaires of the Czech rep., and I really hated it :D, but now Im at home with my little son and I work as translator, teacher of Czech language and coordinator and artisan of Plaza Mildendo,
I grew in Prague so I have the similar experience with the Barbie like Katie from Rusia :D. Similar but not the same :D... When I was a child Barbie was a impossible dream :D but my parents made it possible - I recieve my first Barbie a few months before the revolution in the 1989 :D
I remember that I loved to sew and imagine stories for my first Barbie but I left her for a lot of years when my passion was a Spanish language and Latin America :D. When I came to Mexico it was very hard for me (Mexico is really amazing country but if you live here can be very cruel... Prague is so little and so quiet :DDD) so I decided that I needed some type of therapy :D and I bought a barbie for to sew for her....
I bought one and then other, and other and other and then I met some collectors in Prague and I then I met Tonner dolls and I was totally lost :DDD In my collection you can find Tonner, Integrity, Evangeline Ghastly, Pullip, Blythe, Hot Toys and 1:3 Dollzone. Im thinking about to buy (next year) other 1:3 BJD. I rally love sewing and jewelry making for any type of dolls and I love write their stories too... but... lately I have no time :(... in my flickr you can see my photos made for the diaries of my tonner dolls :D
Mexican doll community is very small and very young... but we work on it :D One year ago I knew only two collectors here and now we organize meetings every month and we are more and more :D. Its really fantastic to know other collectors... so Im very happy to be part of this space.
Thank you very much again Simon and everybody here!
Big hug from Mexico and if I can help you with anything, only let me know!