Sunday, December 18, 2016

What??  Someone ACTUALLY Trademarked THAT?

This is pretty much the most outrageous thing I've seen yet in my days as a reborn artist, and I began doing this in 2002.  I remember back years ago, one artist tried to claim she inventing reborning, and she was considered a laughingstock soon enough.  Lots of people thought of doing what we called "reborning" at various times over the years starting as early as 1939 according to Wikipedia.

Now, we have one Amy D. Wilson, with the effrontery to file for a trademark on the words "reborn baby doll".    She is harassing people on eBay for using that term.  She is systematically using the VeRO system (and whatever they use on Etsy) to shut down all auctions in which the word reborn is used.  

You DO know that many reborn artists work all year long getting their dolls ready for the Christmas season, right?  She chose this month to suddenly appear on the scene and begin taking away reborn artist's livelihood.  In the name of "protecting my's not personal or anything....."

Yeah, legally right now, she CAN do that. 

Let me explain something.  There's a reason McDonalds™ or Wendys™ never trademarked the word "cheeseburger" or "french fry".  There is a reason Kimberly Clark (owner of Kleenex™) never trademarked the word "tissue". 

Those are commonly used descriptives.  It is illegal to attempt to trademark commonly used descriptive terms.  But here, we have a case where using a third party trademarking company with their internet attorney, DID NOT perform due diligence in examing the claim that nobody had ever used the words Reborn Baby Doll previous to June of 2015.  Had that slacker of an attorney done one simple Google search, she would have seen the evidence in thousands and thousands of hits and images that in fact, the words "reborn baby doll" have been in use since the late 1990s.

"So, what do we do now?" you might ask yourself.  

GOOD NEWS!  A team has formed, including Bobbi Barfoot, Debra Jadick and myself and an attorney, and with legal counsel from several sources, we are working hard to overturn the fraudulently obtained trademark. 

There is an online petition you can sign to make your voice heard. 

And we have a GoFundMe account to which you may donate to cover legal costs.  

It might be as simple as using the appeal process afforded by the US Patent & Trademark Office, or it might turn into a long drawn out legal battle, Federal Court in Washington, DC and all.  We hope and pray that the path of least resistance will be the result.  

That said, if you would like to follow along step by step, there is a Facebook page devoted to this fight, titled "Exposing "The Original Reborn Baby Doll".  

(by the way, yes she owns a second trademark by that name.  The joke there being she has been "reborning" for less than 2 years by my account and we can only find 4 dolls she's ever sold!  "The Original" my eyeballs...).

I hope you will join the fight. As Edmund Burke once said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” 
And above all....

Thursday, April 28, 2016

No, I'm not going out of business!

I am, however, holding a MASSIVE liquidation sale in order to clean house a bit, and then concentrate on selling only those products that have historically done well in the past for HunnyBuns.  

I have plans to add new types of inventory in the future (considering mouth blown glass eyes, baby clothing, expanding my WaterBorne and Genesis PreBlended paint systems, etc.).  I will hopefully also offer more OOAK and finished reborn dolls (my first love).

There will be amazing deals to find at in the coming weeks.  Some supplies are limited, so don't procrastinate!

Monday, April 11, 2016

A New Baby To Love!

 Meet "Grayson" -  HunnyBuns Nursery's newest arrival.

You can read all about him here 

Thanks for visiting!

Everybody loves a Sale!

Ever been to my store?  HunnyBuns Dolls & Reborn Supply is having a Big Spring Sale

And if you'd like to sign up for my New Dolls and Sale Email Newsletters, you can do that by clicking here:  Email Sign Up


Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Open letter to anyone who buys cheap or "wholesale" advertised reborn doll kits from such sites as Alibaba, Aliexpress,, or any of the myriad Chinese doll manufacturers popping up on eBay or on the Internet. 

If you are new to the reborn doll world, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION. Please.


You're supporting an evil industry that takes money out of my pocket, my family's pocket and every hard-working and talented doll kit sculptor and doll dealer in the world.

What are they doing, you ask?  

There are Chinese doll companies that take original vinyl doll kits sculpted by talented sculptors around the world (such as Natalie Scholl, Natali Blick, Bonnie Brown, Adrie Stoete, Ping Lau, Cassie Brace, Tina Kewy, Laura Tuzio Ross, and many, others too numerous to name), and creating NEW molds without permission and selling them.  PIRATED COUNTERFEITS!  They even steal the promotional photos of talented reborn artists to market these counterfeited copies.

Here's another clue: so-called "silicone vinyl" is NOT a real thing! That's the buzzword they use. It's your signal to run the other way.  Silicone is chemically incompatible with vinyl, period.  With the recent craze in the dolly world of dolls poured in real silicone and selling for thousands of dollars, it's not hard to figure out why unscrupulous people would try to cash in on that band wagon. 

I've been involved extensively in the reborn doll industry since 2002. I'm not some johnny-come-lately hysterical fear monger.   I've had my own dolls copied in China and show up on sketchy "reborn doll kit" sites.  It's time we got the message out so that honest reborn artists won't get sucked into buying and supporting (and thereby encouraging) this practice.  

I know reborning is expensive, but you'd better realize that savvy collectors are going to be looking for certificates of authenticity and sculptors marks on the doll YOU sell them.  If it's not there, guess what?  You are in collusion with the Chinese scam artists.  Don't be that person. 

Here's just one site that describes the problem (and it's not just dolls, it's happening with just about everything!)
"Unfortunately, much of the world’s problem with intellectual property theft can be traced to one country: China. Eighty-five percent of the counterfeit goods seized in the European Union in 2010 were were believed to come from China. In the United States, the 14,841 seizures of counterfeit goods and unlicensed knockoffs had a domestic value of more than $260 million and accounted for 76 percent of all counterfeit goods. Almost 8 percent of China’s gross domestic product comes from the counterfeiting of creative works, consumer goods and industrial products, and software.

One recent newspaper report recently disputed the common belief that counterfeit products are turned out by small-time counterfeiters who “reverse engineer” products developed and manufactured in the United States. Rather, the report said, “sophisticated counterfeiters go straight to the source and steal design files and software code from the manufacturer.”

So what can you do to protect yourself and the rest of the doll world from this thievery?

If you buy from eBay, ask questions, and require proof that you are purchasing a doll kit that has identifying marks from the original sculptor.  UNDER NO circumstances buy a kit direct from a Chinese seller.  

Do not search the web for "cheap doll kits".  You'll just get a page full of the Chinese scammers I listed above.

Buy your doll kits from established American and European Doll Dealers.  There are quite a few to choose from, and it's pretty easy to vet the ones whose websites you may find in a Google search.  Here's a hint...none of them are in China.

To get you started, here are some dealers I personally know and trust:

MacPherson Arts & Crafts (Canada)
Dolls By Sandie
Bountiful Baby
HunnyBuns Dolls & Reborn Supply
Dolls So Real
S&T (formerly Secrist Dolls)
Creative Impressions Nursery
KiddiesKorners Reborn Supply (Ireland UK) (Austria)
Tinkerbell Creations (UK)
This isn't an exhaustive list by any means.  If you want to know if someone is reputable you can ask in the comments section and I'll try to give you a fair answer.   If you'd like your doll shop listed here, drop me an email at