I have always had a distressing tendency to rotate through hobbies like I have commitment issues. I cross-stitched everything that came in to reach for a year, then did no cross-stitching for 4 years. Then I was devoted for two and a half years and haven't touched cross-stitching in at least eight years.
There is a real possibility that I may suddenly begin cross-stitching everything again either next week or twenty years from now. LOL
The dolls just haven't been getting the time and attention they used to. Part of it is that we've had a lot of big projects and overtime at work that leave me with less time, and to be honest, a lot less energy. Part of it, I think, is that after all this time, I've really made everything the dolls could need! And part of it is just my natural hobby-rotation... I'm not as interested in sewing or knitting right now. I've been drawing and trying to learn Spanish in my limited free time instead.
But I love my dolls!
I truly cannot part with most of them. What I really want is to be able to enjoy them more, rather than just taking pictures four or five times a year.
But I could part with a lot of their wardrobe, and a lot of the props. I think having less for them will allow me to enjoy them more, and will give me more incentive to make them things!
So I think I've made a few decisions:
1. Flake is to be sold. She's charming! But having both her and Hope feels redundant. I know that there is someone out there who would adore having Flake and her pink wardrobe come to stay with them.
2. I'm only keeping the props for the "main room" set. That means that Emily's bedroom, and the truly awesome furniture I purchased for the Pukifee nursery, will all go. Extra stuff from the "Craft Room" setup will be heading out. And a lot of the "little" props that go with those rooms.
3. I'm going to be doing a couple giveaways, to send off a bunch of clothing in Pukifee and Littlefee size. That clothing might as well go to someone who will use it frequently, and Emily, Kipling, Cairo, and Samara will have wardrobes that only contain my very favourite of their outfits. I'll likely do it through Flickr, and it will be done in 1-3 Lots, to reduce the costs of shipping.
4. I won't be purchasing any new dolls in the near future. The only doll-related spending I may do is to find an alternate faceup artist who favours very natural faceups (preferably in Canada) to do Hope's faceup.
I hate the thought of parting with anything, but I love the thought of the extra space I will have, and how much easier it will be to find what I want for the dolls. I suspect this is one of those cases where, once I have less, I will be able to enjoy what I do have more.
...plus, once they no longer have giant wardrobes, I am much more likely to be motivated to make them something new! ;)