About Me

Hi, I’m Ashley Brooke, also known as Kewpie83. Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter started out as an easy way for me to improve my writing and share my unique collection of dolls. Since then, it’s grown into so much more. Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter is a passion project that has brought me and other collectors happiness and a sense of camaraderie in a hobby that isn’t always understood by the masses.

I’ve been a doll collector all of my life. The daughter of a doll collector, I was raised around the hobby. I started actively collecting when I was in my mid-teens. Concentrating on Barbie’s little sister Skipper, I actively began searching out dolls to add to the dolls I’d gathered over the years as birthday and Christmas gifts. Since then, my collection has branched out quite a bit. I have a little bit of everything, it seems, in my collection of over 500 dolls.

Blogging has allowed me to check off many bucket list items. It’s brought me to industry events like New York Toy Fair and Sweet Suite. it’s allowed me to be published in magazines like Dolls, Fashion Doll Quarterly and Complete Wellbeing. And it’s one of the main reasons I decided to dive into the crazy world of YouTube, where I’ve gained a bit of a following among the doll collecting community.

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35 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I recently found your blog and I love it. I haven’t read all of your older posts yet (in the process of doing so), but do you have any tutorials for re-rooting or anything? I saw one of your re-roots and loved it. I wanted to try it, but I am a new doll collector and don’t even know where to begin properly.

    Thanks for being an fair and honest reviewer. I was looking for doll and toy blogs to keep up with new things and I came across one where the owner was just peddling herself and her kids to get freebies from manufacturers (and telling people to buy their products whether it was good or bad) and you could tell she didn’t care and it was sad because people trusted her opinion. I’m glad I came across your blog and I can tell you love what you do and your heart is in it and it makes it fun to read.

    I can’t wait to see what you post next. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Kuri, for your kind words about my little blog! I started this blog because I wanted to share my love of doll collecting with the world and it has evolved into so much more than I expected! The reason? Readers like you who encourage me to continue writing and sharing! So, thank you, truly, for commenting!!!

      I have a re-rooting ‘how to’ about the knot method. It’s my goal to put together a ‘how to’ on the tool method soon. I just need to schedule a day to re-root!!!! I, personally, prefer using the tool for my re-roots b/c they are so much easier and far less stressful (with the tool).

      Also, you mentioned you are a new doll collector. Welcome to the club!!!

  2. Hi Kewpie83, How delightful and refreshing to read your About Me info. I love your style of writing. You have wonderful things on your blog. I just subscribed. I am a doll historian (have an interest in doll history), I have a blog and a website, too. Will also follow you on twitter. Thanks.

    1. Thank you, Jeanine, for your comments!!! I love your site, especially the section on ‘Becoming a Doll Collector’. I can feel your love of doll collecting through your blog posts!(Speaking of Twitter, I should probably stop neglecting my account! I always forget about it. I think it has something to do with me being slightly long-winded!)

  3. I have only just discovered your you tube videos and now your blog. It is so refreshing to read about another fellow collector and her treasure. Ive been a collector of toys & dolls since my childhood and now I am in my 20’s I do get a lot of negative feedback. Reading your blog inspired me to carry on collecting and that I shouldn’t be ashamed of something I love and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    1. What a great comment, Jazzy! Thanks for sharing it. I’m so pleased this little blog touched you in such a way. It makes my day! Keep on collecting and don’t let nay-sayers get you down! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi, been reading your blog…am in the process of collecting short biographical profiles of dolls collectors, especially of the older generation…would like to contact you directly for interview…if that’s OK I will email you and we can start a dialogue. Nice blog site…well organized and easy to read!

  5. I would love to know what a doll is called that is on your YouTube video. If you could email me so I cN show you the picture of which one ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks !!

  6. Love how honest you are about your collection. I love dolls too but have always been more of a closet collector. I love Liddle Kiddles which (as you know) are easy to hide. Lately though I’ve fallen for the 18″ set, so I think I’m coming out of hiding now.

  7. Dear Sir Madam,;,,
    As I Have Just Recently being Given a Rare Doll By My Mother To Which It Was Past Down To Mum By My Great great Grandmother ,.
    The Litle Doll is Porseline one Tooth On upper Lip,,the Eye Lids Close & As The Doll Is Laid Down To Sleep,,Kept In Excellent Condition ,,
    Please Assist Me In Finding The Year And Valuation Of This Early Days Doll,,3

  8. Hey there, I’ve been browsing your blog for a while now, I’m known to pop in here when I’m looking to ID a doll or just check out a review on a doll I’ve been wanting and make sure she’s worth my money…just wanted to say hello and thanks!

    I’ve been a doll collector for about ten years (another 20 something here) and my dolls have taken over my bedroom…about 250 dolls, ranging from Barbie, My Scene, Bratz, Monster High & Ever After High, Liv World, BFC Ink, Lala Loopsy, Polly Pocket/Fashion Polly, basically any doll that has caught my eye, including a few porcelains and the odd customized doll I just had to make…and most out of box because in the box, I would never have the space for them all!

    Anyway rambling aside, you have inspired me to create a blog for my dolls…I’ll be getting it up and moving in the next few days with a little luck.

    -Emily (Web alias Starlyght)

  9. I can’t believe those Little Miss No Name dolls!! I got mine for Christmas the first year that it came out from my Grandmother. I still have her and because I’m from New Orleans you can bet that she has been a major player in countless Mardi Gras. I still terrorize my friends with her:)

  10. Your blog is so lovely and varied! I’m very new to doll collecting, and doll customising, and I’ve flicked through the entirety of your blog over the past few days, before deciding to create my own to have somewhere to document my (mis)adventures! My ‘collection’ is very feeble currently, and I never realised how many releases and re-releases there are of some types of doll. Also how weird and wonderful some can be, I’m now on a mission to find a reasonable Little Miss No Name on ebay or something, her aesthetic is just perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hey, I have some 1960s dolls and we want that a little miss no name to add to our collection. We also don’t know what one of our dolls are, only that she’s is a 1965 doll from effenbe. She’s a crier but doesn’t work anymore. Was wondering if you could identify her or maybe your mom can as she loves collecting dolls.

  12. wow…just stumbled upon you a couple of weeks ago. Would LOVE to chat with you as you would have a unique understanding of what my mother left me with. The eyes thing you spoke of…I soooo totally relate. She was not only an avid doll collector, but a crafter/maker, custom clothier, shoemaker, beautician, and doll doctor, active doll club member as well. The dolls outnumber, by far, any number of her other collections.
    Mom recently passed just shy of her 91st b-day..from what I just discovered, she got bitten by the bug in the late 70’s, so collected for nearly 40 yrs.
    Trust me when I tell you…that’s a boatload of dollies and literature, mags, kits, supplies, accessories, etc.

  13. I have often sneaked a look at your wonderful & informative website & with great photo’s. I noticed that Skipper dolls have a special place in your heart and I am hoping that you can help me. I have two 1990’s skipper dolls Pet Pals & Hawaiian which I recently purchased. Sadly, when they arrived here all the way from the US (I know I am mad) the necks on their bodies had split or starting to. Is there anything thing I can do to remedy this.
    I would so love & appreciate a reply, with kindest regards Jocey from the UK.

  14. I’m a artist,. That has been using tonner ballet dolls and Clea Bella,. As my models creating ballet dancers,. I !member Degas work,. And I have learn and grew by how Degas created his painting,. I have took I
    His way of art and learn to extend
    Dancers,. In which I feel my work 21 cent art. I am been focus on the my ballerina doll. And Dollmore , ballerina kid doll

    And would love help about buying theses dolls.

    Love info how can save money buying them
    M Lee.

  15. Thank you for your well written reviews of the dolls. It’s nice to see a doll discussion that doesn’t just mention “oh look it has joints” but rather analyzes the joints”. Not that I’m obsessed with joints.
    By an amazing coincidence I recently saw a 2011 Skipper at the Goodwill today. I had one when I was mumble mumble years old and hadn’t seen one since. What sweet faces they have now. What awful joints. A “forever arm” as you put it, and click legs- surely there must be Skippers with more articulation than that.
    Right?

  16. I have a Giggles baby doll from 1968 that needs a re-root do you offer this service? If so how much? Thanks

    1. Sorry, I don’t re-root for others. Just myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s pretty easy to do, though. You can buy a tool on dolllyhair.com that makes it very simple.

  17. I am looking for a buyer for my mother in lawโ€™s extensive (approximately 350) porcelain doll collection. They are primarily dolls purchased from QVC during the 1990โ€™s – 2000โ€™s. Boxes available. All dolls have been displayed in a climate controlled home for the last twenty years. In good condition.

    1. Hi Jean! Many porcelain dolls did not hold their value. The best place to try to sell them would be eBay or a doll sales page on Facebook. If you know what the dolls are, I’d recommend checking out what they’re going for on eBay, too. Unfortunately, porcelain dolls were so popular back in the 90’s that they don’t seem to have held their value as well as you’d think. Good luck on your sales!

  18. I subscribed to you a month or so ago on Youtube and Iโ€™ve been watching a ton of your videos since ^^ While my own doll collection is mostly American Girl, Iโ€™ve gotten started on vintage dolls too: my mom has an 18 inch Revlon doll, and a Madame Alexander Kitten from her childhood (they live in my room now) and I ended up with my own Little Miss Revlon. Iโ€™m mostly interested in Ideal dolls (Patti Playpal and family, Revlon, Giggles, etc.) but there are some dolls that just really catch my eye so Iโ€™m not strictly Ideal only ^^

    I watched a bunch of your rerooting videos, and I was wondering: do you think Mattelโ€™s Saucy Expressions doll would be difficult to reroot? I like her a lot but all the ones Iโ€™ve seen have really funky hair. Iโ€™m mainly thinking about getting her head off being difficult, with all the mechanics. But I swear Iโ€™ve seen pictures of rerooted Saucyโ€™s floating around.

    Anyway, just saying hi!

  19. Hi Kewpie83, I stumbled across this site as I was looking for someone else who loves to collect the Skipper Dolls. Ive started collecting some myself and would love to discuss whats available at the moment. I collect the modern brunette Skipper Dolls from the past 7 years, and sometimes its hard to find other who specifically colect skipper. Shoot me an email and perhaps we can share some of our collections over the interwebs!

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