Author: Stephanie Finnegan

A Nod to Nostalgia: Connie Lowe honors, preserves past

Photos courtesy of Marbled Halls It’s fantastic to keep up to date with family and friends, and with the arrival of Facebook and its constantly expanding networking possibilities, even the occasional frenemy or long-forgotten colleague might tiptoe into your social media universe. Facebook lets us see our nearest and dearest, as well as faraway friends and way-way-far-back classmates, in an up-close and personal way. We might get to see their faces from a high school yearbook, circa 1980s or 1990s, or we can receive notification that a cousin’s Throwback Thursday image has hit our timeline from a birthday party...

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Aloha, Miss American Doll! Meet Nanea, this year’s BeForever creation

Over the last few days, all American eyes seemed to be focused on the eclipse — well, not so much on the eclipse, but on quizzes, blogs, posts, and articles ballyhooing how the skies would turn dark, affected cities would fall into shadows, and animals would begin to behave erratically and bizarrely. The press had a field day depicting late August’s solar eclipse as one flip-flop away from the apocalypse! Living outside of the corridor where the natural phenomenon was visible, I peeked outside my window around eclipse time, but found nothing but cloud cover and a bright afternoon....

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Heartfelt: Barbara Felts feels her dolls reflect reality, faith

Photos courtesy of Moonlight Art Dolls When I showed Barbara Felts’s idealization of the Little Mermaid, folks were understandably impressed. The doll is an aquatic stunner — part Esther Williams/part Rita Hayworth. She’s a lovely pinup character, just minus the million-dollar Betty Grable legs! What’s interesting about Felts as an artist is that many of her offerings celebrate the reality of life, not the more mythological, fantastical elements. Though she has done fairies and cherubs, a mermaid or a pixie, she finds the most satisfaction by creating dolls that honor everyday affection, everyday elegance, everyday attitudes. With her respect...

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Part of Our World: Ariel, the Little Mermaid, is the patron of all collectors

Well, truth can be stranger than fiction. Social media proves that every single day, and among one of those “is it probably real, or is it really improbable?” quandaries is Lindsay Lohan’s all-out campaigning to play Ariel in Disney’s live-action version of “The Little Mermaid.” Disney has had huge box-office success with the translation of their beloved cartoons into real-life human versions. (Or as real-life as carefully made-up and costumed celebrities can be!) “Cinderella,” starring Lily James and Richard Madden, did very healthy ticket business, and Emma Watson’s “Beauty and the Beast” did what VARIETY newspaper likes to call...

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Barbie Goes Hollywood: Who would you cast in this role?

Who is Barbie? Or, more accurate, who should play Barbie? Mind you, I didn’t say who should play with Barbie — because for doll collectors, that could mean every individual under the Malibu sun. No, I asked, “Who should play Barbie?” You see, after a decade of it being whispered about and hinted at, recent Hollywood gossip reveals that a live-action Barbie movie has been in the actual planning stages. According to those in the know, the film has hit a rocky patch — a slippery slope of whether it will continue to be green-lighted or whether it will...

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Star Bright: Carrie Fisher reigns as a force in the collectibles universe

After returning home from a brief family vacation — four days of intense fun, probably a week to recover from aforementioned enjoyment — I was considering what to blog about this week. There are so many beautiful doll creations, and my mind didn’t know which lovely lineup to line up! But, then, it suddenly came to me: Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia, Zwergnase Dolls, and HBO! Talk about a quartet of quirkiness. While I was away in DC, I brought a book to read in any downtime that I might manage to find. Well, naturally, there was no downtime. The...

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