Posted in Camellia, Characters, Fashion dolls

Finding a boat for Camellia

I started searching for a boat for Camellia as soon as I realized she was going to reach the island under her own steam, and not simply wash up on shore.

It turns out, there aren’t a lot of boats in 1/6 scale (the scale of a Barbie doll). Aside from a few fantastic-but-way-too-pricey sailboats, there wasn’t much that I could fit a doll into.

Aliexpress listed a very promising 12 inch canoe. Since Camillia is also 12 inches tall, and since a canoe might be roughly the size of the rider, I got it for her.


But it turns out it’s scaled for a much smaller figure.


Maybe Rosie’s fairy could ride in it.


I found a nice kayak.


But there was no way Camellia would have jumped into it wearing a ball gown.


Plus, Camellia just doesn’t seem like she’d led the kind of life that would lend itself to learning how to kayak.

Don’t ask me how I thought I was going to fit it into the story, but I even got a toboggan.


Cute, but, really, what the hell?

I found a great, real Barbie speedboat for a steal on eBay.


And I even ended up doing a photo shoot with it.


But it was hell photoshopping out all of the “wet and wild” Barbie flourishes, and I couldn’t really get her into a comfortable position.

So, I ended up going with a simple, wooden rowboat.


which came with what they described as an oar


which I suspect is actually a wooden spoon.

In any case, oar or no, Camellia fits comfortably into it and she’s ready for her voyage.


* Camellia is the creation of Andrea Meyer of Wildflower dolls. If a doll can be a muse (and, I’d argue, it can) Andrea creates muses.



In my (almost) 60th year on earth I decided to set my fashion dolls free of their clothes and accessories and send them on adventures. This is your window onto my own adventure into a land of crafts where I have zero skills, talent or mentors. Wish me (and my dolls) luck!

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