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    Celebrating World Doll Day

    We first published this post in 2015 when we first heard about World Doll Day. In 2018 World Doll Day is on June 9, so a date for the calendar me thinks! The day was established in 1986 by Mildred Seeley to celebrate not just dolls, but nurturing, loving and caring, and the people who offer it, in general. Mildred…

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    New dolls at Petalina 2015

    I just love this time of year because all of our suppliers launch their new collections and every day I genuinely feel real excitement when I see that another catalogue has arrived in the post. It’s a bit like having a birthday as a child, eagerly waiting for the postman to arrive so that we finally know that the new…

  • The future of Kidz ‘n’ Cats 2013

    Over the last few weeks there have been rumblings about what the future holds for the wonderful Kidz ‘n’ Cats dolls. These gorgeous dolls, designed by Sonja Hartmann of With Heart & Soul, have been made in China since their introduction in 2009. With Heart & Soul, as a business, is very much a family affair with Sonja, her husband…

  • Why we love Gotz Hannah dolls

    Gotz Hannah dolls were the first type of Gotz doll that I discovered while exploring which makes of doll to stock at Bambolina, as Petalina started out. But I think I had come across Gotz a few years earlier. It was while I was searching for a Sasha doll for my eldest daughter Libby because I had had Sasha dolls…

  • Kathe Kruse, the woman

    My cup of tea. I wish I could have taken the mug home with me! Those of you familiar with Petalina and my ramblings will know already of my fondness for Kathe Kruse dolls and their products in general. The reason for this is that their quality is second to none. Everything is always beautifully designed using really good quality…

  • Kathe Kruse dolls – the story begins

    I still remember the day that I discovered Kathe Kruse dolls. I was at a trade show and stumbled upon the stand. There in front of me were the most beautiful dolls I had ever seen in many different shapes and sizes, so beautifully dressed in such high quality clothes –  I was completely bowled over. The agent on the stand…

  • A new wig for Kidz ‘n’ Cats Mareike

    My daughter’s Kidz ‘n’ Cats doll, Mareike, needed a new wig. Mareike’s hair had been getting frizzier and frizzier and I had tried everything. We washed it, we used hair cream, we used a wire brush to reduce static, but nothing improved it. The last straw was taking Mareike on holiday to Portugal and having her on the beach with…

  • My grandfather used to model Rosebud dolls

    I’ve always known that my maternal Grandfather used to make doll moulds for Rosebud but over the last few months I have started to want to find out more and particularly want to own a doll that my Grandfather designed. My Grandfather was Jack Morris. He is in the photograph below standing at the back with dark hair and a…