Why I started Collecting Diana Dolls: Franklin Mint Contest Entry

While browsing The Franklin Mint website and checking My account to see if the new Diana has shipped yet.  I  came across  this Share Your Story contest on thier website. I decided to go ahead and write a short piece on why I started collecting Diana Dolls With My daughter Brianna’s help we gathered all of our favorites in our collection and took a group shot to include with our story. The winning prize is said to be worth $250.00 . I wonder what it could be perhaphs a gift certificate. I could sure use one of those.

Here is our story

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In 1997 my Daughter was born, I wanted to share my love of doll collecting with her we started with the usuals Barbies and some baby doll type dolls but for some reason I did not feel connected to them and I  knew if this collection was going to mean anything to the both of us the dolls had to be special. August 31st happend and the world lost Diana, Princess of Wales. Like most of her fans I was upset but I then thought to my self what if I could find Princess Diana dolls that were made when I was younger that would be a good start.But locating them at that time was impossible her secondary market prices were through the roof So I quickly dismissed that idea. Then one after noon in the mail I recieved a brochere on the Vinyl Diana Doll that the Franklin Mint was going make in honor of her. I knew then this was my chance to start a historic collection for my daughter . I did not purchase the vinyl one right away I wanted to go to the Franklin Mint store and see the doll for my self . My husband took me there and in we walked and i was likea little kid in a candy store. I asked about the vinyl Diana and unfortunatly they did not have any of her in stock but they did have several Porcelains. After talking it over with my husaband I settled on the Princess of Style Diana Doll. From there I purchased the Vinyl Diana and all of her clothes and the collectors trunk. Here I am 11 years laters and 19 Diana Dolls later and still captivated by the Franklin Mint’s Diana Doll. Even though the Franklin Mint has been through so much drama in the last few years they still managed to give Diana’s fans beautiful dolls in her likeness. I was able to share with my daughter the legacy of The People’s Princess through the dolls clothes and events in which she wore them. Together we enjoy keeping Diana’s legacy alive in our home with these beautiful dolls

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New Diana Videos Uploaded to the Diana Channel

I took some time today to fill up a Dvd with some really neat Diana shows. the following shows have been uploaded this evening.

CapturehapersbazzeronetET Takes a look at Harper Bazzar’s Tribute to Diana.

larrykingdianalegacyshowLarry King’s Tribute show to Diana.  There is some really neat stuff on this program even a clip from his Auction show he did which is impposible to find now days but i keep looking. Mr King is a awesome Diana fan and is always doing shows on Diana, This one  was a gem to find.

insidedtionrembersInside Edition Remembers Diana. This Program is from 1998 on the one year anniversary of her death. some great segments and footage as well.(this one will be  uploaded  tomorrow when i get home from work. )

Photos of Diana From Palace Diaries book

As I promised here are the photos from the book The Palace Diaries of Diana.

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PODCAST NOTE:

The Podcast has been delayed until I have a chance to get me a New headset my old one has given up on me. I will post when I have a new show up for you to enjoy!

A Article on Diana Paper Dolls From 1998

I came across this article in a Doll Magazine from 1998. It has some great information on all the paper doll publications that were produced.

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Diana Magnets

Shortly after Diana’s passing you could find these really fun Magnets of Diana  they were called Funky Chunky magnets and were put out by Polar Magnetics. You could find them in novelties shops like Spencer’s gifts. They have been pretty hard to find over the years and I was able to grab 4 of these beautiful magnets off ebay this week.fridgemagnetsinboxes

I believe there were 5 of them made and I already had the one of Diana in the Purple Versace gown.   You can see them all displayed together on my fridge below. The others are some that have picked up over the years and some that were made for me as gifts.

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The Palace Diaries Sarah Goodall (Awful Book)

 28467663First of all I have to say that I dont expect every one to agree with my feelings on the Late Princess of Wales. I respect other people’s feelings about her.I have read some books that didnt portray her as they way I would like to remember her. Which is a long way from a saint but a person who tried her hardest to fit in to the Royal family. With that said I have to just rant on this author a bit. First of all she is a grown woman who has a crush on the Prince of Wales and in her book this is all we hear about. How poor HRH has to deal with the Bossette. She is really awful about Diana Calling her names through out the book and basically blaming her for the whole marriage failing. We are fed snippets of Goodalls life inside the palace as she is constantly chasing men around and swooning over Charles. That is until Camilla steps in to the picture. She meets Camilla and assumes She is her friend.  All things are ok until Camilla makes it known that Sarah has to go because she feels threatened. Sarah is fired after 12 years of service to her loving prince. The thing that really bothers me is this woman who claimed to so dislike Diana also including several photos of her in the book some I never seen. Although she slams Diana’s employers for writing books and Andrew Morton for helping Diana get her side of the story out she sure knows how to use Diana for her own devices. Dont waste your money of this piece of trash. To save you all from wasting your money for the photos, I am going to post the Diana Photos later on today.

2nd plate in the Sparkle of Diana plate series

  Here is a photo of the 2nd plate in the Sparkle of Diana series by Bradford Exchange.

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The Bradford Exchange is reusing  artwork from the Queen of Our heart series and the Women of Style set.

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