I have never owned a doll. I bought a doll house for my granddaughter this Christmas, and although she loved it and the Barbie dolls, I felt that they all just looked cheap and ugly. So I went to the internet and found Greenleaf doll houses. I built a small one for practice, then was not happy with the cheapness. While buying a blueprint for an enormous mansion, lol, I came across a picture of HER. Iplehouse Mari. That's when I thought, hm. My granddaughter can wait until I die to get this doll!! I want it for myself! I had never heard of bjd before. I read what I could find and thought how cool is that? Then I remembered an old memory, 50 years ago. I had been given a doll when I was 4 and the first thing I did was take it apart because I told my mom if I had some string I could make it's arms and legs move. Probably why I never got a doll again. Anyhow, these dolls are so inspiring, because they need clothes and palaces and jewelry and just everything. And I love to craft everything. I can't make anything as beautiful as Mari, though.