About Ali

Welcome to A Doll’s Picnic! I’m an avid play doll collector and enthusiast–which means I’m all grown up, but I still play with dolls. I began collecting dolls as an adult beginning with American Girl dolls, but I’ve recently been branching out and started exploring several of the other beautiful brands and lines of play dolls available on the market today. My collection is constantly changing and evolving as I discover and fall in love with new dolls. It took me years to discover that collecting dolls as an adult is not “weird” or even unusual. If you’re an adult collector, you’re in good company!

The world of dolls is vast and full of so many interesting and wonderful treasures. My goals for this blog are 1) to share the love, joy, innocence, and imagination that play dolls bring to our lives, 2) to share the diversity available in the world of play dolls today, and 3) to offer information about the many options available to parents and collectors. I plan to review the dolls I find the most interesting, and compare/contrast American Girl dolls with play dolls made by other manufacturers.

I’m a figure skater, writer and artist, and I’m passionate about creativity, artistic journaling, poetry, animals and nature. I love gardens, knitting, yarn stores, tea time, good poems, children’s literature and nineteenth century women’s literature. I live with my husband, ten adopted cats, a Pug named Jessie, and two rescued rabbits in the mountains of Northern California, where I wish it would rain more often. I think there is no excuse for growing out of your imagination, and that expressing your individuality is the best thing you can do for the world. I hope you enjoy my blog.

Comments (9)

  1. Nicola Evans

    Wonderfully presented blog and written by what you can clearly see is a true doll lover!

    All our doll nannies, experts and packers here at at Bonnie & Pearl have been looking through all entries and we love how beautifully it is written with the attention to detail on posing the dolls in the most imaginative way.

    Thank you Ali for sharing with us!
    Love B&P x

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    1. Ali (Post author)

      Thank you, Nicola, for reading my blog and for your commendation! I am so excited to be receiving a truly Welsh/British doll that represents the best in imagination play, and I can’t wait to review her! I know my Bonnie & Pearl doll will be one of the stars of my dear doll family!

  2. Fawn

    I am a 60 year old Grammy whose childhood love of dolls was rekindled after the birth of my granddaughter. Your blog is lovely. Your “About Ali” post is idlyic and I could picture your home in my mind’s eye. Your doll world is enchanting.

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    1. Ali (Post author)

      Ohhh, thank you so much for finding my blog! I think it’s so important to live a life of imagination, no matter what our age, don’t you? I’m so glad you are rediscovering dolls! 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!

  3. Jen

    I came for a visit from DollightfulDolls dolls. I can’t wait to look around. I love tea time too!

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  4. CutePolarBear

    I saw your blog on Jackylina’s blog, and I really like it! 🙂 I have one question, though: could you put a “follow by email” button on the sidebar? I don’t have a WordPress account. Thanks! 🙂

    CutePolarBear

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    1. Ali (Post author)

      Hi and thanks for reading my blog!! I don’t know how to but a follow button on my blog, but I’ll look into it, okay? Thanks!

  5. Dorothy in PA

    Hello. I just found your blog in my search for two dolls from 2013, a Gotz and Kidz N Cats. I am not sure if you will read this comment as it is on an older posting but if you do can you please let me know if you are aware of any stores which might still have an inventory of these dolls? Thanks!

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    1. Ali (Post author)

      Hi Dorothy! I’m sorry I can’t help you–I no longer collect these dolls and am not familiar with current inventory at any particular store. That being said, have you checked out My Doll Best Friend to see what they carry? Best of luck!

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