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Announcement from Lana Dobbs

Via Geri Uribe.  Please note that you should contact me or Dorothy King with your information, as below in our previous post.  Do not contact Geri directly, as she will swiftly become overwhelmed with info.

Previous post with detailed instructions:


To all of my customers who have been so patient with me, I would like to apologize that I have gotten so far behind in fulfilling doll painting orders.  I have devised a plan that, hopefully, will be acceptable.  I am happy to paint a doll for those of you who still want one; however, I will be issuing refunds for those that don't want to wait.  Refunds will allow those who still want a doll to move up the list.  I am unable to refund all deposits at once, so while working on my orders I plan to paint one Doll of the Month each month, because they sell for a lot more, and all monies from that will be applied to refunds.  

I have already begun to send refunds, and will continue to send them in order of the list.  
Again, I apologize it has taken this long, and I want to thank you for your patience.
Lana Dobbs
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Scam Sites

Hi all, thanks to Anita, it was brought to our attention that there are unscrupulous people who have stolen actual Little Darling owners' photos and videos and have made a scam sale site from which they are "selling" Little Darlings for $12.99 each.  Needless to say, if it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is!  Anyway, beware of this scam, and you may want to check to see if your own pictures are among those stolen!


Here are the links Anita sent us.  Thank you again, Anita!

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History of Our Little Darlings Group

Hi all.  Good Sunday morning. We are digging out of another foot of snow in Upstate NY.  I thought today I'd write a little bit about the history of our group here, as suggested as a topic of interest by Dorothy.  Some of you might have some tidbits to add. Feel free to comment below!


I personally first heard about the Little Darlings in the Heidi Plusczok Group on Yahoo Groups.  Someone posted one and I was amazed!  It was spring 2010.  I believe that Dianna Effner first started painting and showing off the dolls in 2009.  I swiftly ordered two of them, one from Janet Wysong (Emma Leigh Addison) in a small edition that she had commissioned, and one, my Zoe, featured in my profile picture, directly from Dianna. At that time, the wait was about 11 weeks (astonishingly short, now!).  Dianna had established a fan group on Yahoo groups.  The group still exists, in email-only format and all the web components have since been deleted, so I can't find out what the date was that she established it, but I was invited to join in September of 2010.  


My Zoe


I was a group member there for awhile and active contributor and was invited to moderate in mid-2012, with Gale Lyons and Laura Seymour. We all moderated various swaps and discussions and photo-sharing there for quite some time. The Yahoo Groups format started to have increasing technical difficulties with decreasing support by Yahoo in 2014.  Dianna wanted to move our group, so she established this site in early September 2014 and added Laura and I as moderators at that time.  Gale had since "retired" from the group moderator duties.  I worked with Dianna to set up the site.  She had a few requirements and I went from there!  We all learned together how to navigate this new group as we went, and I arranged most of the technical aspects of the site.  All of the banner photos are from my own photographs of my dolls.


I moved the old Yahoo groups files to our "Files" section here.  Those of you who were not Yahoo Groups members or those of you who have forgotten what was on there, feel free to browse our "Files" section. There are some handy things there.  I set up our Photos section to help us all share our favorites of our girls.  It's gotten HUGE!


As mentioned above, Yahoo subsequently deleted the Yahoo Groups websites and all their content. It's still possible to email the group and it goes out to the listserve, but it's limited to email-only at this point and is cumbersome to administer, at best.  I remain a moderator there although there is next to no activity at this point.


So that's a brief history of our group and my involvement with it. I hope that we continue here, having fun, sharing photos and stories of our dolls, and making new friends!

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Member Suggested Question Of The Week Questions

Member Suggested Questions



Dear Members, we invite you to suggest some ideas for Question of the Week. What special holidays does your Little Darling like to celebrate? What fun activities does your Little Darling enjoy? We would like to know.

Please send your ideas to Dorothy via ning email. Don’t post here. We want the questions to be a surprise.

We will begin posting member questions in March.

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Behind the fictional Santa Claus is an actual man named St. Nicholas.  He was a religious man who dedicated his life to helping others. 

Well, the Little Darlings like to help others too. 

For this Drawing, take a photo of your Little Darling(s) doing a good deed for someone else, or for a pet, or for an organization/charity.

This Drawing idea was suggested by our member Karin and she has graciously provided prizes.  The prizes are lovely and were lovingly created by Karin’s own hands.  Thank you Karin for this wonderful idea and for providing the prizes!


Five winners will be selected: 3 from among our US members and 2 from among our international members

Here are the rules:

          1 Between Monday, November 2 and Friday, November 13 

             *  Stage your Little Darling doing a good deed.

            *  Take a photo

             *  Post the photo within the Discussion started here (do not start a new Discussion)


            Adjust the resolution of their photos to no larger than 1500 pixels wide, just post the photo

            as you normally would


             Write a few sentences describing what your Little Darling is doing.


          2 On Saturday, November 14, the names of members who have

             posted a photo will be put in a hat.  Five winners will be selected,

             three from our US members and two from our international members.


          3 Prizes will be mailed the week of November 16.


          4 Winners should post photos of their dolls with their prizes on

            Sunday, December 6, which is St. Nicholas Day.



**Only one Little Darling photo may be submitted.

**You may only submit a photo of your own Little Darlings and not a photo you have seen


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Honoring Dianna through a Parade of Joy

Hi everyone,


I know we are all sad about the loss of Dianna.  Today's "Post of the Week" will be a Parade of Joy to honor Dianna's memory and influence in our lives through her amazing doll artistry.  


So today, please post ANY of your Dianna Effner dolls:  Little Darlings, porcelains,  Ashton Drake dolls, Maru and Friends, Boneka, etc.  Let's show them in a Parade of Joy, marching along, being happy and celebrating childhood, innocence, and Dianna's spirit in bringing us these beautiful dolls that remind us of good things and happy times.  If you would like, please add what collecting Dianna's dolls has brought to your life and why these dolls speak to you.


I will post my own photo later on today and I hope to see a big parade of joyous Effner dolls, showing us the spirit of childhood and honoring Dianna's contribution to our lives.

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Dear Friends,


It is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved leader Dianna Effner.  We have just learned of this and we do not have any of the details.

We anticipate that you will have many questions about our ning site.  At this point, we do not have answers.

We ask that you pray for comfort for Ms. Effner’s family and friends. 

You might want to give your Little Darling a special hug today.


Elizabeth and Dorothy (Moderators)

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Drum roll,!

Olivia, Elizabeth's seven-year-old, enjoyed picking out the order of winners for the photo activity!


And the winner is:  EVERYONE!

There were four entrants in the Drawing.
All of the Little Darlings were so sweet and so well behaved that we wanted all of the Mamas to be winners. 
The first two names drawn were Anita and Karin.  They win the special Drawing dresses. 
The second two participants Dotti and Birte win lovely dresses that were donated for the Drawing.
Thank you to all of the adorable Little Darlings and siblings who made us smile.  They are Sarah Sweet Pea, Brady Bluebell, Charlotte, Noelle, Fiona, Coco, Mary Jo, Marie, and Lexie.
Thank you to the Mamas for participating.
We love seeing photos of the adventures of the Little Darlings.  We invite all of our members to start their own Discussions and post pictures.
[I'll add my own thanks to Dorothy for organizing and coming up with the idea and getting the prizes!  So much fun!  :O)]
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Hi All!  Dorothy has come up with a lovely drawing idea for our group to cheer us all up!  Here we go:



While the world is practicing Social Distancing, dolls do not have to.  We want to take this opportunity to showcase our sweet Little Darlings engaged in activities with other Dianna Effner created dolls (Bonekas, Marus, Ruby Red Fashion Friends) or having fun with their stuffed animals.


Two winners will be selected.  Each winning Little Darling will receive an outfit.

Here are the rules:


Between Monday, July 6 and Friday, July 17  

          1 Stage your Little Darling and her friend(s) having fun together


          2 Take a photo 


          3 Post the photo within the Discussion (do not start a new 



          4 Adjust the resolution of their photos to no larger than 1500 

                        pixels wide 


On Saturday, July 17, the names of members who have posted a photo will be put in a hat and Elizabeth's 7-year-old daughter will draw out a winner.  Two winners will be selected and prizes will be sent.



**Only one Little Darling photo may be submitted.

**You may only submit a photo of your own Little Darlings and not a

            photo you have seen online.

**Failure to adhere to the rules and guidelines above will disqualify your entry

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Apologies for any delays in answering...

Hi everyone,


My apologies if anyone specifically sends me a message or email and I don't answer right away.  I'm running by the seat of my pants to try to keep up at work with this pandemic issue.  I own a veterinary clinic and we have a lot of contact with the public, and one cannot just shut down a veterinary clinic and leave one's patients high and we are coping as best we can.  My practice is changing daily with what we are doing to try to keep from exposing ourselves or our many older clients.  It's wild and stressful, so if you message me please bear with me till I can get back to you, and everyone, please be well.  Stay home and play dollies and I will too, when I have time!




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Happy New Year!

Hi everyone!  Happy New Year to all.  What kinds of activities would we like to do in the New Year? In the past we have run some swaps for sewing supplies and fabrics, sew-alongs and knit-alongs, photo contests and of course, swaps!  I know Dorothy has some ideas for this year to come.  What ideas do you all have?  I have always wanted to have a toy swap to trade scale toys and games for the "kids."

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2019 Holiday Swap - Signup Open



Dear Friends, we have chosen the 2019 Swap theme. It is Star ShineLittle Darlings will twinkle like the stars in the sky when they receive their wonderful Swap gifts.

When you hear the word “star” what does it mean to you? A nursery rhyme, astronomy, Bethlehem, freedom?

Whatever your connotation of the word “star,” you can make or purchase star-related gifts for your Swap Mate’s Little Darling.


The two signup groups are open now.  There is one group that has a dollar limit on the swap ($35) and another with no dollar limit.  If you are interested in joining in the swapping fun, you have to do two things:

1.  Go to the group you wish to join (limited or unlimited) and click the little "Join" button in the lower right.

2.  Email that group's coordinator (Elizabeth or Dorothy) with the requested information. See instructions within the group guidelines.

You will be assigned a partner as soon as possible.

Here are the links to the groups:



If you have questions, or if we forgot something, please post below!

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An idea that Dianna had...

Ladies and gents:


Dianna had an idea with the other artists to perhaps hold a workshop collector event just for the Little Darlings at some point.  The general thought would be that they would teach and share creative projects to make clothes and accessories for our Little Darlings.  Dianna wanted to spark some discussion on this topic.  What do you all think?  Would you like to share any ideas?  Would you consider going if there was a collector event?   I would do my own very best to go.  It sounds very exciting to me, personally!


Some ideas that I have for workshops I'd like to see:  shoe-making, clothing design, modifying a commercial wig to give it personal touches, toy-making, scale furniture making, and hat decoration.


If there was such an event, maybe there could be a table or tables where we could sell or trade our own things we have made for the Little Darlings.  Or maybe even a doll sale/trade area, too.

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2019 Holiday Swap - Are You Interested?

Hello all, my thanks are extended to Dorothy for putting together ideas and materials for this year's Holiday Swap!  Here is the announcement:


Dear Friends,
We are almost ready to begin our holiday swap. Right now we want to determine how many people might be interested.
We will have two swap categories as before, one for $35 and the other for over $35.

This year’s theme is Star Shine.
When you hear the word “star” what does it mean to you? A nursery rhyme, astronomy, Bethlehem, freedom? Whatever your connotation of the word “star,” you can make or purchase star-related gifts for your Swap Mate’s Little Darling.

There are two parts to the Swap: the gift part and the story part.
Part 1 – Gifts
Following the guidelines of your selected category, you will choose gifts for one Little Darling and your Swap Mate.
Part 2 - Story
You can create a brief story to accompany your gifts. For example, you could write about the Little Darling going to Pasadena, California to the Hubble Space Station to look through the optical telescope at the stars.

If you think you might participate, please reply to this post with Count Me In.

We will share the Swap details and time line later. Swaps are always fun activities for our members. We hope you will join in on this one!

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Modern Doll Collectors Convention

Announcement from Dianna:


Hello Dear Collectors,

Please consider attending MDCC in San Antonio in 2019.  Last year in New Orleans all of us of the Doll Dreamers Guild and Friends had an amazing time, but then we always do when we’re together.  The artists who attended were myself, Nelly Valentino, Lana Dobbs, Pat Green, Joyce Matthews, Helen Skinner, associate artist, Gwen Peard and for the first time we met and welcomed our newest guild member all the way from Australia, LeeAnne Carpenter.  Please allow me to recount some of my most notable memories from the event.  I added 4 terrific Helen Kish dolls to my collection.  I acquired an 18 inch Meadow BJD which I will paint myself when I get a chance. I acquired 3 adorable Boneka dolls at the Boneka event.  I met a lovely young artist, Virginia Obeius, and admired her work which led me to buy one of her BJDs online after the event.  I had  an opportunity to witness some truly masterpiece heirloom style dresses made by Nelly Valentino.  Nelly introduced me to a new friend from the UK, Catherine French,  who makes the most exquisite little hand knit sweaters and I was able to purchase 3 of the them.  I struck a deal with Suzie Langellier to trade a doll for some of her beautiful sweaters.  

Our meal event was a lot of fun. Though I was a bit nervous about getting up in front of the crowd and telling the story of Suzette Dupré, the audience seemed pleasantly entertained and amused by my attempts to speak and sing in French.  I will be posting the story on one of my sites with pictures of Suzette, hopefully soon. 

The event was well attended.  It was great to see old friends like Claudia Braun of Boneka.  We were a little disappointed that there were not as many of our collectors and fans as there have been at other conventions.  Next year in San Antonio we are going to try some new ideas and be more engaged with the collectors who come to meet the artists.  Please let us know if you are planning to attend.  That will help us plan and coordinate activities and hospitality arrangements. 

We hope to see some of you in San Antonio next September.

Warm regards from all of us in the Doll Dreamers Guild. 

Your Devoted Doll Artist,

Dianna Effner


Photos show  Nelly's amazing work and some sweaters by Catherine French:

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World Doll Day 2019

The Little Darlings Celebrate World Doll Day – Saturday, June 8

In June 1986, doll maker Mildred Seeley created World Doll Day so that
doll lovers and doll collectors could share their passion with the world. On
this day, Ms. Seeley suggested that a doll be given to an adult or child in
the neighborhood or around the globe. She also suggested that doll
exhibits and discussions be held.

She noted that “I have always felt that the common doll could be an
instrument of world understanding...I had the hope that dolls would help
make friends all over the world and develop a little love among all.”
Well our Little Darlings certainly help us do that!
Since its inception, World Doll Day has been celebrated on the second
Saturday in the month of June. This year it falls on Saturday, June 8.

Here is a challenge: How will you and your Little Darling celebrate
World Doll Day? Post a photo of what you do to celebrate the day.

Here are some suggestions: Find a doll in a thrift shop, clean it up, and
give it to a child. Pass along a doll you no longer want to an adult collector.
Volunteer to give a talk on doll collecting at your local library.
Let’s send the love of dolls all around the world!

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Conventions for this year - 2019

Hi ladies, Dorothy asked me to find out which conventions Dianna will be attending this year.  Here's what she said:


"We are planning to attend the UFDC convention in Nashville and the MDCC in San Antonio. I am also considering attending the NIADA in Kansas city. "


Who is going?  Should be fun!

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Winter Holiday Swap 2018 - Signup Open!!


An announcement first:  Dorothy King has been added as a moderator to help out me and Laura with keeping up around here!  Thanks, Dorothy!  She has done a tremendous amount of work to get this swap ready and going and I thank her for it!

Ladies and gents. We have chosen a theme, which is Once Upon a New Years Past Little Darlings will time travel to the past and enjoy fun and games from long ago New Years days.

The two signup groups are open now.  There is one group that has a dollar limit on the swap ($35) and another with no dollar limit.  If you are interested in joining in the swapping fun, you have to do two things:

1.  Go to the group you wish to join (limited or unlimited) and click the little "Join" button in the lower right.

2.  Email that group's coordinator (Elizabeth or Dorothy) with the requested information. See instructions within the group guidelines.

You will be assigned a partner as soon as possible.

Here are the links to the groups:

LIMITED GROUP:  $35 Limit Group

UNLIMITED GROUP:  Unlimited Swap Group

If you have questions, or if I forgot something, please post below!

Full rules and signup information are in each of the links above, but here are the general deadlines for your information:

To submit your name to the coordinators: By Monday, November 5
When partners will be assigned: By Wednesday, November 7
When you should mail your swap in US: By Monday, November 26
When to mail if out of US: By Thursday, November 15
When to show your photos: Monday, Dec 25 or Tuesday, January 1


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