Hi everyone! We reached a huge milestone today as we crossed the 1000 member mark! Be sure to welcome our 1000th member, Marina!
Now that the first stage of members-only nominations have been counted and verified, it is time to finally announce the lucky nominees for this year. What makes our 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.
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. 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 of . 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
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
I'm very pleased to announce that the winner, picked at random, of our recent Fiorella Barbie giveaway is Nan Beau. Nan is not only a member here but also a well known collector in the doll world. Well done Nan, I'm very pleased for you!
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!
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!