A very good place to start….
In the spring of 2004 I was gifted my very first Blythe by my really good friends from Japan. They brought her to me because they knew I liked ‘retro and funky’ things. They selected for me ‘Inspired by Pinafore Purple’ because she had a purple wig and was a florist. At the time, I too was a florist.
Meet Vi (Violet)
Vi sat on her shelf in her stock gear for a month or two while I began to slowly and surely discover the world of Blythe online. I also discovered that in Helsinki there were a couple girls who also were collectors. We slowly and surely got to know each other and I also introduced a couple friends to Blythe along the way. We became a cozy group and to this day are still good friends even as our lives have changed, I’ve moved from Helsinki and we all have travelled different paths. This summer found me on skype while we all got together for a ‘virtual’ meet up.
Back in the early years we had ‘Skate Dates’ and outings galore with our girls. Good Times. You can even see one of my first helmets there on my Margaret Meets Ladybug ‘Sylvia’. The Fruit Punch ‘Tama’ belongs to Merino whom I gave a bowl cut to..
Midsummer we would try and hold our ‘annual anniversary meets’ This picture was from 2005.
Usually our outings adjourned at someone’s flat…with refreshments, or a picnic in the park. We even had Blythe friends come from abroad to hang with us!
and looking at these early photos its clear I did not have my own camera yet! ha,ha,ha as they are all borrowed.
Back in these days Pocky never made its way to Finland and friends abroad sent us treats to share….we did lots of swaps of goodies, sewing supplies and more with friends around the globe. GOOD TIMES.
Little did we know where this Blythe adventure would take us, or that still 13 years later we’d still be playing with dolls. I’m so grateful for this in my life and I feel so very lucky to have had Blythe with me through many difficult times as well.
Now that things have changed, the community has grown, expanded, migrated etc. Things are different. I’m not going to wax poetic about the ‘good old days’ but I desire to share some of the past and we no longer have that kind of sharing platform. Flickr is a ghost town, the Forums of old are gone… So I will share here where I can…my Blythe Story.