Current Updates

Dianna Effner: Progress report as of April 10, 2019:  Last year she sent out "invitations to order" to her wait list at that time.  In mid July she got over 200 orders.  She is less than half way through these orders.  Progress has been slowed at various times for various reasons and Dianna does not want to over-commit to orders so as not to disappoint anyone, but she is painting as many as she can as often as she can.

Geri Uribe:  Geri's order list is caught up and she is taking orders by invitation only so as not to become overwhelmed with orders.  She has a wait list of about 8-10 mos.

Lee-Anne Carpenter:   As of May 28th , I am currently working on orders promised in May, June and July 2019 so I am actually ahead of time.
My wait list us out to May 2021. So if you were to put your name down today, your doll would be painted in May of 2021.

Lana Dobbs: See important note below. PLEASE NOTE:  Lana has a very hard time with her internet access.  If you have an urgent question concerning your order, please CALL her.  Her phone number is available under the contact information at her website.  

Nelly Valentino:  Latest update on Nelly's site:  working on orders from the first week of Feb. 2017.

Pat Green:  Feb 25, 2017: Pat is working on August/September 2015 orders.

Magalie Dawson:

As of March 7, 2019:  Magalie is painting dolls ordered in April of last year, so she is ahead of schedule.  Her waitlist is open.  If you were to get on it now, you'd likely get your doll in July of next year.

Magalie books 12 months' worth of orders.  As she fulfills a month of orders, she will contact collectors on her waiting list to have them place an order.  The wait time is about a year from when you place your order, so be sure to get your name on her waiting list! The link to sign up is located on this page:

Other artists: please send me a message if you want me to post an update for you, too.


Everyone, please remember our artists are working as fast as they can on dolls and please be patient!  Each one is a true work of art and art takes time.

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Dianna's Update October 2018

Here’s what I have been doing: Last summer I had a large number of saved Emails from folks who wanted to be on the wait list. Some of these messages were over 3 years old. I decided to send an Email to everyone on the list asking them to let me know if they were still interested in ordering. I got 60 some affirmative replies. So I sent an invitation to order to everyone who replied. In July I got orders for over 80 dolls. I haven’t got too far into filling these orders because August and September were consumed with preparing souvenir dolls for the 2 conventions. I have got my work cut out for me through the winter months. I am filing messages again from folks who ask to be on a waiting list. If any of you would like to be on the waiting list send me a personal Email. Mention if you are a member of the Ning group and I’ll put your message in a special place.

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Important Update about Lana Orders

An important notice for anyone waiting 
for a doll from Lana

by Dianna Effner.

Some artists are just not good at organizing. I am fortunate to have Geri working with me. Geri is very organized. I don't think I could do what I do without her help. My friend Lana Dobbs is more like me but she doesn't have a helper like Geri so things have gotten out of control at Lana's doll studio. Plus she has other challenges and problems like the world's worst internet service. I want to find a way to help. I have been inviting collectors to contact Lana through me but I have also had difficulty contacting Lana.

I talked to Lana by phone yesterday. We got cut off 3 times while I was trying to give her information about Emails I have received from her collectors. During the conversation she was telling me about some of the problems she has had with her Email server. It's not getting better. In fact it has gotten worse. One thing is that she seldom has service, almost never. She has to go somewhere else to check her Email. Her location happens to be a place where the signal is weak and intermittent. Another problem is that the server started bundling her Email messages making it almost impossible to find anything.

I called Lana back after the 3rd time we got cut off and told her I would print some of the Emails and mail them to her. I want to help Lana get her orders organized and under control. It wasn't much trouble to print out the Emails and put them in an envelope. I know one of Lana's collectors from overseas recently told me she was going to mail in her info to Lana. I am thinking that would be a great help to Lana if everyone who is waiting for a doll, mail her their info. Then if an order had been one that was lost, she will have a fresh copy. She could keep the "orders" together in a folder, arrange them according to the date of the order, not have to rely on the internet or try to remember all the various telephone conversations. Telephone calls from collectors tie up too much time even if the phone is working.

So here is my suggestion. Print out copies of invoices, messages, pictures, whatever, pertaining to your order. Make your final choices and make them clear in your message. Make sure the date of your original order is clearly noted. Tell how you would like to pay and make sure the pertinent info is also included. Maybe you could put in a self addressed stamped envelop if you need a quick reply. If you are in the U.S. you should include your phone number so that Lana would be able to contact you if she needs to.

Mail it to Lana Dobbs, 243669 E. County Road 554, Fairview, OK 73737. Old fashioned but simple and very helpful. PS Lana said she would acknowledge receiving your mailing by Email so be sure to include your email address.

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Dianna sent out an "invitation to order" to 50 folks who have been on the waiting list for 2 year.  The orders came in like landslide so a lot of orders were taken over June-August.   She has had to stop collecting names for the waiting list because there were just too many names already.   Here is a note from her:
Dear Collector,
I regret to tell you that I am no longer taking names for a waiting list.  There are too many names on the list now.  I will post a notice on when I am ready to take orders again.  I would like to make everyone happy with a hand painted doll but it is not possible.  Please forgive me.  Thank you for your patience.  I hope all your fondest wishes and dreams come true.  
Kind regards,
Dianna Effner

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January 2016 updates

Everyone has been updated up above with what I have currently and thank you so much to our artists for taking the time to give the update.  I will continue posting monthly updates.  Share this link--even folks who are NOT members can see this update page so they can keep informed about where the artists are in the order lists.  If anyone has a more current idea of where Pat Green is on her order list, please let me know.  Understand, please, that these artists are working very hard to keep up with their order lists and please use patience in waiting for your doll.   They are worth the wait!

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A note from Dianna about her orders

Attention Collectors on the Little Darlings order list
Progress Report as of January 15th, 2015
Dianna has finally finished painting the doll list from May 2013.  
Anyone who has ordered a doll before June of 2013 and is still waiting should contact us right away.
Geri is starting on orders from April 2014
We will update this report monthly.  
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Updates from the artists

I've been adding updates as I get them from the artists about their wait lists.  Please see above.  Note that Lana has been experiencing an internet outage and can't answer emails well lately!

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November note from Dianna

I am very busy planning a memorial for my husband and will also be hosting Thanksgiving for my family.  We are having a community memorial gathering on the Saturday evening following Thanksgiving.  I am working on the photo display, videos and music every day to make sure I don't get too stressed as the time gets closer. This is cutting into my painting time and slowed progress with orders.  I am over half way through  working on the many orders from May 2013.  After May there are fewer orders each month so I hope to catch up rapidly.  I have nothing on my schedule after the memorial until April when I am supposed to go to Australia to teach at a doll making convention.  I expect to get caught up during that time.
Dianna Effner
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Hello Collectors

Regretfully many collectors have been waiting a very long time for their dolls.  The problem in my case is the number of orders and my limited time to paint.  In April this year I was already a year behind.  Then I lost almost 4 months due to illness and other obligations.  I am just now getting back on track with filling orders but my time for painting is still limited.   I can paint 6-8 dolls a week on an average week.

In April of 2013 we opened the floodgates and I started taking orders again after having stopped for a while.  We got a glut of orders in April and May and at some point I had to stop taking orders again.  This past April I was working on April 2013 orders and I was about a year behind.  For the rest of the spring and summer very little painting got done due to the factors I mentioned before.  When I started painting again recently I was still working on April 2013 and nearly 18 months behind.  I have just painted the last April 2013 order and I am starting on May of 2013.  The May 2013 list is very long and will take me several weeks to complete.  If anyone ordered a doll before April 2013 and has not heard from us, please contact us.

The good news is that after May we have just a few orders each month and I should be able to catch up fairly rapidly.  I will post an update when I start on the next month of orders,  June 2013.  I will post again with each new month.  Maybe this will help collectors who are waiting have an idea when to expect their doll and they won't have to Email us.  We have been spending a lot of time each day answering emails.

If you are waiting for a doll please know that we care and we are doing our best.  We greatly appreciate your continued patience.

Your Devoted Doll Artiste,

Dianna Effner

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