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April 2015 Theme News and More

Dear Dollobserver,

This is your DollObservers.com update! Thanks to members like you our community is a friendly, nurturing and fun place to be. Don't forget to invite your doll lovin' friends to join us - it's all about sharing!

If you aren't a member yet - be sure to join now!

Our Latest #FashionDollTheme:

We're enjoying our dolls' 'Home & Gardens'!

Better late than never! For our April#FashionDollTheme we are observing our dolls where they feel most comfortable: in the comfort of their Home & Gardens. So let's see your scenes of domestic fashion doll bliss!

Fashion Doll Groups News!

Community stalwart, Dom, has created a group called 'Getting Out' dedicated to being out and about with your dolls.  As Dom states: "It took me a while to be comfortable and I thought it would be nice for the newcomer to have some encouragement and tips for enjoying this freedom."

Be sure to check out and join the group here.
Our JAMIEshow Group has been the very first DollObservers.com group to be given 'official' status by JAMIEshow themselves. Be sure to check it out and join.

That's it for now - have a great week!

Dolly hugs, Simon x
January TOTM Polka Dots Winners
Congratulations to our#FebruaryTOTM Winners!
Time to vote for your fave#MarchTOTM: NEON photo contest entry.
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Time to Vote in the #DOFDAs


Now that the first stage of DollObservers.com members-only nominations have been counted and verified, it is time to finally announce the lucky nominees for this year. What makes our DollObservers.com Fashion Doll Awards different is that both nominations and votes are made by doll lovers themselves. Public voting is now underway and you are invited to vote now. Winners will be announced via the site on 22nd February 2015.

For more info and a full list of nominations check out the #DOFDAs group.

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Happy New Year 2015


As 2014 comes to a close, and we all look forward to 2015, I wanted to take a moment to look back at the amazing year it's been for us at DollObservers.com. Here are just a few of our highlights:

  • Our monthly theme continued to showcase our members' creativity and talents throughout 2014.
  • Our membership swelled to almost 900 members in 2014
  • In March we held the third DollObservers.com Fashion Doll Awards (#DOFDAs) which were hugely successful and garnered thousands of votes. You can remind yourself of the winners here.
  • In April we moved to our shiny new web-home and despite some teething issues (for which I can only apologise) things seem to be settling in.
  • In November I moved my The Doll Observer blog over from it's separate home to be under the umbrella ofDollObservers.com. If you haven't done so already, be sure to check it out and subscribe for updates.
  • We now have a Fashion Doll Tutorials section which is already becoming a wonderful resource for anyone wanting to create for their dolls
  • Everyone's friend Nilsa became a Superstar Member
  • Generous Marcelo Jacob donated a wonderful sewing pattern for us to use!
  • And finally all the contributions made by you which made our community the wonderful and welcoming place it is for us all.

Looking forward to 2015, it truly looks to be a year of continued fashion doll fun and creativity. For a start we have the 2015 #DOFDAs to look forward to - with public voting set to begin in just a few days time (if you haven't cast your members-only nominations yet - then do so now!).

I cannot thank you enough for your continued support throughout the past year and I look forward to another year spent in your company...

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Dolly hugs, Simon x

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful festive season for you and your loved ones. I sincerely hope it brings you all the joy and happiness that you both deserve and wish for.
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With much love, Simon x
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P.S. Be sure to follow our Advent Calendar 2014 as we approach the big day...
P.P.S. Why not use the holidays as an opportunity to make your #DOFDAs nominations before it's too late!
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December Theme, Community News & More!


Vote In The '#NovemberTOTM: Winter Wardrobe' Photo Contest!

Be sure to show your love to your favourite entry.

Congrats to Our '#OctoberTOTM: Witching Hour' Winners
Check Out The Site Now!

This is your DollObservers.com update! Thanks to members like you our community is a friendly, nurturing and fun place to be. Don't forget to invite your doll lovin' friends to join us - it's all about sharing!

A NEW THEME!

Party Frock!

Now that the party season has well and truly begun - with the glad rags finally coming out of our wardrobes - it's time for your dolls to join in on the glamourous action. Let them shimmer, sparkle and dazzle as the bell of the ball in this December theme!

To take part in the contest add your pic to the Theme Discussion!

Highlights from our Fashion doll community!

  • Members-only nominations are underway for the 2015 #DOFDAs. Be sure to exercise your right to nominate as an esteemed DollObservers.com member.
  • The #DOFDAs now have their own group too. Be sure to check it out now!
  • After blogging for over 6 years as The Doll Observer I have moved my blog lock, stock and barrel to DollObservers.com! Be sure to bookmark it and check my older blogs here.
  • Our Christmas Advent Calendar 2014 is underway! If you fancy seeing your festive pic featuring be sure to add it here.
Congrats to our Latest Theme Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our '#OctoberTOTM Witching Hour' photo contest! Well done to all three!!

  1. Dom
  2. Jane
  3. Nilsa

I'd like to extend a big thank you to everyone who took the time to take part, it was an incredibly close fought contest! x

That's it for now - have a great week!

Dolly hugs, Simon x

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I am delighted to announce that 'Members-Only' nominations in the 2015 DollObservers.com Fashion Doll Awards are now underway. This year we have 12 categories covering a wide range of fashion doll types as well as recognising other aspects of the hobby such as 'Best Fashion Doll Blog', 'Best Independent Online Fashion Doll Retailer' and much more.

Once DollObservers.com members have completed the nomination process the awards will be opened up to the public vote on 5th January 2015. The winners will then be announced on 22 February 2015 via the site.

Members should follow this link to nominate. Want to nominate but not a member? Don't worry you can join now and have your say!

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November Theme News & More...


Vote In The '#OctoberTOTM: Witching Hour' Photo Contest!

Be sure to show your love to your favourite entry.

Congrats to Our '#SeptemberTOTM: Floral Fantasy' Winners
Check Out The Site Now!

Just a wee note with all the latest news and goings on at DollObservers.com!

Don't forget to invite your doll lovin' friends to join us - it's all about sharing!

A NEW THEME!

Winter Wardrobe!

Brrrrr!

As the weather, here in most of the northern hemisphere, begins to cool we have the excuse to don our dolls in their winter finery! For this month's theme we celebrate 'Winter Wardrobe'!

To take part in the contest add your pic to the Theme Discussion!

Highlights from our Fashion doll community!

  • Standby for an announcement for our DollObservers.com Fashion Doll Awards (#DOFDAs) 2015 'members-only' nomination process coming very soon!
  • In the meantime check out this year's award winners and nominees
Congrats to our #SeptemberTOTM Winners!

Here are our worthy winners in the #SeptemberTOTM - Floral Fantasy photo contest:

  1. Don
  2. Dom (Lilly)
  3. Tilly

Congratulations to all three, and a big thank you to everyone who took the time to take part! x

Connect and share!

That's it for now, have a great rest of the week!

Dolly hugs, Simon

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Boo! #OctoberTOTM is GO!


Vote In The '#SeptemberTOTM: Floral Fantasy' Photo Contest!

Be sure to show your love to your favourite entry.

Congrats to Our '#AugustTOTM: Spa Day' Winners
Check Out The Site Now!

Just a wee note with all the latest news and goings on at DollObservers.com!

Don't forget to invite your doll lovin' friends to join us - it's all about sharing!

A NEW THEME!

Wiching Hour!

So as tradition dictates our October Theme is dedicated to Halloween and the season of the witch for it is a celebration of the... 'Witching Hour'!

Let's see your dolls don their best spooktastic wear and see if you can scare the bejeezus out of us all! 

To take part in the contest add your pic to the Theme Discussion!

Highlights from our Fashion doll community!

Congrats to our june Theme Winners!

Here are our winners for the #AugustTOTM - Spa Day:

Congratulations to all three, and a big thank you to everyone who took the time to take part! x

Connect and share!

That's it for now, have a great rest of the week!

Dolly hugs, Simon

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I am immensly pleased to announce that DollObservers.com now has a dedicated section for fashion doll tutorials. This is a place where our talented, and nominated, community 'tutors' can upload step by step guides on anything from diorama pieces, outfits, accessories and just about anything fashion doll related!

This is a project I have had in mind for sometime after being inspired by the wonderful things already shared by our members. However it wasn't until Jane approached me with an idea to do a tutorial on how she made her Wall Sconce that the things finally got off the ground. 

So go and check out our new Fashion Doll Tutorials section or use the tab in the main menu.

Calling all Budding Tutors!

We are now recruiting tutors to help build our portfolio of fashion doll tutorials! If you think you have what it takes (and I'm looking at you Lilly and Isabel amongst others;)) then please email me and I will give you tutor privileges.

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September Theme News & More!


Vote In The '#AugustTOTM: Spa Day' Photo Contest!

Be sure to show your love to your favourite entry.

Congrats to Our '#JulyTOTM: Beach Vacation' Winners
Check Out The Site Now!

Just a wee note with all the latest news and goings on at DollObservers.com!

Don't forget to invite your doll lovin' friends to join us - it's all about sharing!

A NEW THEME!

Floral Fantasy!

With not much of September left, now i've finally got my act together to get this theme started, I thought it would be great to do something simple. Plus  it would be fitting to celebrate the end of Summer too (for most of us anyway). So this month's them is 'Floral Fantasy'!

Get your dolls dressed in floral prints, floral decorations or choose a floral background! Whatever you chose, it will be wonderful!

To take part in the contest add your pic to the Theme Discussion!

Highlights from our Fashion doll community!

  • Have you just received a brand new doll? Then tell us about is the Your Latest Fashion Doll thread!
  • Love Paper Dolls? The join Dom's brand new group dedicated to them!
Congrats to our june Theme Winners!

Here ware our winners for the #JulyTOTM - Beach Vacation:

Congratulations to all three, and a big thank you to everyone who took the time to take part! x

Connect and share!

That's it for now, have a great rest of the week!

Dolly hugs, Simon

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Relax! #AugustTOTM is Spa Day!


Vote In The '#JulyTheme: Beach Vacation' Photo Contest!

Be sure to show your love to your favourite entry.

Congrats to Our '#JuneTOTM: Wedding Bells' Winners
Check Out The Site Now!

Just a wee note with all the latest news and goings on at DollObservers.com!

Don't forget to invite your doll lovin' friends to join us - it's all about sharing!

A NEW THEME!

Chill Out at the Spa!

So after last month's Beach Vacation there is still time for more rest and recuperation as we send our dolls on a Spa Day for the #AugustTOTM! 

Notice our new theme hashtag to help you promote and keep track of the theme across social media!

To take part in the contest add your pic to the Theme Discussion!

Highlights from our Fashion doll community!

Congrats to our june Theme Winners!

Here ware our winners for the #JuneTOTM: Wedding Bells:

Congratulations to all three, and a big thank you to everyone who took the time to take part! x

Connect and share!

That's it for now, have a great rest of the week!

Dolly hugs, Simon

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Updated Activity Feed Now Live

I am thrilled to announce that we now have a brand new updated activity feed on the site! 

Our updated Activity Feed allows you to view older items in the feed and to view new items that have appeared since you loaded the page. Never again will you miss what's been going on with your friends here on DollObservers.com!

We now also have a status feature, so that you can leave status updates in the feed and other members can comment on what you've been up to directly in the feed. Members can now also comment on individual photos directly in the feed.

You can also share links to YouTube videos and the video will appear, and be playable, in the feed. The feature also works with other sites such as YouTube, Dailymotion, Vine, Flickr video, Twitter, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. You can also share links to other sites directly into the feed too!

Please note, as this feature is a brand new release there may be some of those darn bugs skittering about the place, however I'm sure we will get them cleared up as soon as we can.

So, go now and enjoy your brand new Activity Feed!

Dolly hugs, Simon x

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Issue With The Main Photo Module *FIXED*

Over the last few days it seem we have developed a problem with the photo module and the ability to upload photos as well as show some love to photos already there. I have handed the issue to the engineers who run our platform and hope to have the issue resolved early next week. In the meantime the photo sections in the groups are working just fine so please feel free to make use of these. 

I will keep you updated as soon as I know of any developments and I apologise for the frustration and inconvenience.

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#JulyTOTM - Beach Vacation & Other News


Vote In The '#JuneTOTM - Wedding Bells' Photo Contest!

Romance and love in all their forms! Be sure to show your love to your favourite entry.

Congrats to Our Three '#MayTOTM - Taste of the Orient' Winners

Help Keep Our Community FREE!

Just a wee note with all the latest news and goings on at DollObservers.com!

Don't forget to invite your doll lovin' friends to join us - it's all about sharing!

A NEW THEME!

Escape it all and head for the sea, sun and sand!

Who can resist the lure of the sand and the sea? Certainly not our dolls! Let's see what fun and fashion you can come up with for a fashion doll 'Beach Vacation'!

Notice our new theme hashtag to help you promote and keep track of the theme across social media!

Still 3 winners but no prizes from now on...

It's all in the hashtag!

Be sure to use the new theme hashtag #JulyTOTM (with the month changed accordingly) when mentioning the theme and our theme photos on the site and across social media!

Congrats to Nan Beau the winner of our Silkstone #BarbieGiveaway!
Congrats to our #MayTOTM Winners!

Here ware our winners for the October 2013 Theme:

Congratulations to all three, and a big thank you to everyone who made the time to take part! x

Connect with us!

That's it for now, have a great rest of the weekend!

Dolly hugs, Simon

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I am pleased to finally announce the winners of our Ravishing Red theme! Congratulations to Isabel in 1st place, Fashion Doll Stylist in 2nd and Nilsa in 3rd! Well done to all three!!

Well we are now in the month of May and it is time for a brand new theme! So without further ado I am thrilled to announce that this month's theme, in honour of the Italian Doll Convention which is taking place later this month, is 'Taste of the Orient'! So as this year's IDC is celebrating all things Oriental I thought it would be fun for us to join in the fun! Let's see what you can come up with!!

Unlike previous themes, however, I'm afraid there will no longer be any prize money. Unfortunately it has become financially unviable for me to offer this going forward. I hope this does not cause too much disappointment and won't spoil the fun we always have. I would also like to draw your attention to the new donation page which explains things a little more.

Although there isn't now a monthly prize, I do hope to offer some incentives in the future, especially if we are lucky enough to be sponsored. Be sure, also, to check out our exciting giveaway which is running right now!

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This Fiorella Silkstone Barbie Could be Yours!

In order to celebrate our community's revamped and brand new look I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have a fashion doll giveaway! So be sure to use the giveaway app to share, like, tweet and comment your way to even more chances to win this gorgeous doll!

Hugs, Simon x

About the prize!

Fiorella Silkstone Barbie doll wears a satin dress with a pattern of pink and red roses in full bloom. Short puff sleeves play against a tightly fitted waist, cinched with a shiny black vinyl belt. Sheer black organza panels bring a touch of cinematic intrigue. Knee-high stockings, fingerless gloves and whimsical hair bows are her dolce accessories. Completing the rose motif, three delicately carved roses on black satin ribbon form her lovely choker necklace.

The competition ends at 11PM GMT on the Monday 2nd June 2014. One lucky winner will win this beautiful doll!

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