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Barbie for big girls.

When Re-Ment becomes an obsession/addiction.

ad·dic·tion

[uh-dik-shuhn]

–noun

the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

ob·ses·sion

[uhb-sesh-uhn]

–noun

the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.

I have often wondered if I am addicted to or obsessed with Re-Ment.  There is just something about those little reproductions of daily items…dishes, food, perfume bottles…ahhhh the list could go on forever.  I am not quite sure what it is but as a photographer, I love these little items because they can help fill out a scene and make a photo infinitely more interesting.  There is also the fact that they are just plain fun to stage and play with.  Like many collectors, I started off with just a few sets I had found at a local Japanese market.  Then…because those first few sets were so fun…I had to have more.

Rement Obsession 1

And then more…..

Rement Obsession 2

And then more…..

Rement Obsession 3

I used to just store the sets in a big box but then it became so difficult to find what I wanted, I was not using them at all.  I found these hardware organizers that work very well for these small sets.  The added bonus was that they could be hung on the wall next to my little studio space.  This way I can just grab what I need.

“Hello….my name is Rebecca….and I am addicted to Re-Ment.”

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12 responses

  1. (All together now) HI REBECCA! This is the cutest post. I love your organizing bins. I am sorry to say that I am not addicted to rement. I think if I were able to buy them locally, I would be in big trouble. I have only a few sets, and I plan to buy more real soon. I wish you much luck on kicking your addiction.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:08 am

    • LOL!!! Hi Vanessa. I am glad you liked the post and thank you for the witty comment back. Thank you for the comment on kicking this addiction….I don’t think I will have much luck in recovery 😉

      March 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

  2. I’m a fabric whoarder, I better not even look at rement stuff.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:40 am

    • Hello Diane. I too am a fabric hoarder. do you have any great tips on organizing fabric? Most of my pieces are about a yard long.

      March 25, 2011 at 10:08 am

      • Right now I have my fabrics sorted by color in plastic bins. I also cut a small swatch of each piece and stapled them on small cards and matched many of them up with pictures of designs that I want to make.

        My mother thinks that I need to now go back and measure each piece of fabric to write down on each card. She is teasing me because she knows that now my OCD will bug me until I do it.

        March 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    • Heehee Diane. If I could make the beautiful things you make, I would be a fabric hoarder too. You are right though….just say NO to Re-Ment.

      March 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

  3. Debbie Peterson

    Hello Rebecca,

    I love Re-ment too and love to see the way that you have it stored! How do you categorize each drawer? Do you keep each set as a set?

    I’ve been collecting Barbie doll accessories and have been keeping them in tiny ziploc bags on a metal ring…. purses on one ring, shoes on another (further sorted by style and colour), food on another and so on. I keep these in metal cookie tins that I find at yard sales and thrift stores.

    I also collect miniature sized items (about Barbie size)that I also keep in tins. These are not sorted but one day I hope to take them all out and sort them and create dioramas with more realistic looking accessories. It is most interesting to see what has been made in this size! I love Re-ment and do have some but not a lot. One of the dioramas that I’d like to try and create sometime is a greenhouse with seasonal gift shops in the store.

    I’ll be looking forward to seeing more!

    Debbie

    March 25, 2011 at 10:50 am

    • Hi Debbie,
      Thanks for the comment! I try to keep each set together and I try to keep sets from the same group together in a row. I do not at this time have the drawers labeled…that is on my “To Do” list. I LOVE your idea for a diorama and would love to see photos when you do it.

      March 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

  4. Thanks for the info Diane. I did try the bin method with the clipped fabrics. It was difficult for me to get inspired to make anything because it was so difficult to go through the bins and coordinate projects. My new open shelving system works well for inspiration, but it’s awful for tidyness.

    March 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

  5. I am inspired by your organiztion and love the tips from Diane Wagner on fabric. I have begain becoming more organized but I’m nowhere near your level.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:55 am

    • Thank you for the comment! I am really glad you are inspired by some of the ideas you have found here. I have found that being organized just gives me more time to enjoy this fabulous hobby. I see you have a doll blog as well…must go and check that out now!

      March 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm

  6. Lj

    Love your blog!! I have a closet with doll shoes and accessories for Bratz dolls. But I started selling them off and making room for my Fashion Royalty dolls. Love these dolls!

    March 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm

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