Sunday, September 24, 2017

Halloween Preparations.....

I have been sewing again...for the Poppys. They are obnoxious little dolls, who always want MORE clothes for special holidays. So out came the patterns and of course when they saw all the pretty Halloween fabrics that came home, they demanded some Halloween party outfits. 




Starlight Poppy and Brunette Moods Changer Poppy were wearing my first two creations...Scaredy Cat and Pumpkin Party. 




Scaredy Cat is made out of 100% cotton with black cats. The top is a sweater in a matching neon green. 




Pumpkin Party has orange tulle sewn into the underskirt and is a 100% cotton with jack o' lanterns scattered across it in a pattern. The blouse is a solid orange cotton as well. Both blouse and skirt have a snap closure. 

I am working on another couple of sets like this, with the net tulle ruffle in the skirts with a matching blouse. If they come up good enough, I may list them in my ebay store. I haven't decided yet. Right now it has been fun making them for my dolls. I also have some Thanksgiving prints. 


Sewing has been my release in the last couple of weeks, and I adore sewing for the holidays. I recently completed a few custom dolls for the doll club raffle coming up in October. 






These are some fun 'Halloween' dolls- Pumpkin Barbie and 'FrankenKen' that I completed not long ago. I haven't decided if I will be turning in these for the raffle as of yet, I might give them as gifts. They come with treat bags/boxes and masks. I made their costumes out of socks, and Ken has been customized. 











This doll is  a raffle doll for the club raffle. Every year my doll club has a raffle with donated doll items to defray the cost of the Christmas party. It is alot of fun and we all enjoy it. I created this doll as if Barbie is going out for an evening at the opera or the ballet. The dress is handbeaded, on blue brocade, the cape is lined with white taffeta and edged with recycled with blue Norwegian silver fox fur. Barbie is a reproduction doll. Her shoes and purse and gown have Swarvorski crystals and Czech glass beads on them. This doll took about 7-10 days and 20-35 hours of work from start to finish. 

Enjoy the pics!
~Lisa

Friday, September 8, 2017

No. 8 Fashionista Ken

I finally acquired this hunky Ken after much searching at my local Walmart- his shirt says Malibu on it. I think of him as the new modern improved Malibu Ken. He is No. #8 Fashionista Ken and he is 'hunky' with a bulky build, and looks like Ken 'ought' to and not so feminine. I know I will get reamed here, but I purely hate the man-bun Ken and the effeiminate Ken dolls. I like male dolls that look like men. lol ...and so do my girls...my new Poppy Parker loves him!










Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Flipping a Country Camper project....

For a long time, I have had a project in mind to flip a Barbie Country camper into a food truck. The idea came to mind a long, long time ago from a Dollhouse Miniature Magazine August 2005 from 1:12 scale Joann Swanson Joe's Burger trailer project. I have held onto the magazine ever since and always wanted to create a burger trailer or truck in 1:6 scale. 




These are some photos of the cover of the magazine and the beginning of the tutorial of the food truck/trailer. Joann, a gifted 1:12 scale miniature artisan, made hers out of matboard, foamcore and spare parts off of a toy truck and the plastic pieces off of  Chrysonbon kits as well as silver spray paint and paper and odds and ends. 












This little camper is in very rough shape. It still has its plaid tent, which is torn at the top a little bit, but I will be doing away with that section. I will also be taking the stickers off of it and spray painting the orange into silver and maybe painting the seats red. 3/16ths foamcore fits perfectly into the slots to make the walls I need to with windows for the customers. 

The idea of using a Barbie country camper instead of building a trailer like Joann's tutorial is I already tried to build the trailer out of foamcore and it just wasn't sturdy enough out of foamcore. I needed to use either a lightweight balsa wood or thicker matboard or something that could be sturdier and I did not have that. Also the trailer just wasn't feasible because it would need a 1/6 scale truck to pull it. I was browsing ebay and saw the vintage country campers and saw some of them being sold cheaply as parts and thought - I could customize one of these! I had seen these customized by the GI Joe guys into agent vehicles, and thought - why not a food truck, or an ice cream truck? I can get lights, and other spare parts from the hobby store to make it more 'real' looking. 

I plan to spray paint the vinyl wall sections , they snap right out of the plastic easily. The tent section I will sell on ebay, I already have the sleeping bag and stool up on auction, to recoup my money I have invested in it. I don't mind saying that the auction I bid on this at some elderly couple bid against me and I bid until I got it- I probably paid way too much for it but I wanted it and would have paid this much for it- with shipping- $25 - if I had purchased it on ebay. So I guess it is all in how you look at it. With selling the tent wall section, the stool and the sleeping bag I can probably make my money back on this project and not feel guilty. Plus I want to make burgers, french fries,  and hot dogs to display for this truck! I know my GI Joes will love this. 

Luckily, I already have one of these vintage campers with the vintage box, in very good condition for my collection. I had one of these as a kid and loved it. I'm currently looking for the beach buggy with all of its accessories too. 

All for now- Lisa

Monday, August 28, 2017

Tasha Tudor Day...

For many of those of you, you may not know that my profile pic of myself was taken many years ago in front of the Tasha Tudor dollhouse in Williamsburg when it was on display in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller museum. This dollhouse, sadly is no longer on display and was specially built to house Tasha's remarkable miniature collection for Thaddeus and Emma , a life size set of dolls she made herself measure 15-16 inches in height. 

Today would have been 102 birthday. As a child I enjoyed her lovely illustrations for such books by Rumor Godden, such as The Dolls House and 
A is for Annabelle which was the inspiration for my reproduction french fashion doll Annabelle. 

So here are a few photos of Annabelle preparing for tea from the archives. I would have liked to do some new photos, but my schedule didn't allow for that. 










If you would like to know more about Tasha Tudor, visit the family's 
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~Lisa


Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Comic Book Store project...

This is a project that got started early last year and never got finished. I am only just now picking up where I left off and getting it in gear, and pursuing my dream- completing the diorama of Comic Book Central from THe Big Bang Theory where Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj all hang out. 

So far, I have Sheldon and Amy. Finding a suitable head sculpt for Stuart is going to be difficult. I may have to resort to Shapeways where I have found head sculpts of Raj and Howard. Sometimes you can get the artist to do a special sculpt. Leonard is harder to find. I know what dolls I would use for Penny and Bernadette, just have to acquire them. 

The store is made out of 1/2 inch foamcore and I used magic brick to do the sides, only I messed up last year on it. So I decided to make the mistake into a design decision by making the building look run down and planned to do graffitti on the building. That will come on the sides and back later. I have not yet sculpted the brick on the front with the windows. Originally this was supposed to be a Honeyduke's store for my Harry Potter and Ron Weasley figures. But then I thought how cool would it be do a comic book store. I got the idea when I saw all the collectible arcade and superhero miniatures in Target and Walmart that fit Sheldon. 

Here are some of the progress photos so far. I need to decide on what color flooring I'm going to do and how to stabilize the front. Originally I was going to hinge it. I may just have it so it is put in place when not in use. 





The figures on the shelves are made of metal and came in single boxes for .97 cents, one large box with about 10 for $9.98, and a box of 4-5 for $4.98. They are made by DC Comics and Marvel and measure about 2 inches in height. They look similar to Hot Toys and pass for the figures you see in Stuart's store.






On the sides of the building you can see the problems I had with the magic brick. This is why I was going to do advertisements and graffitti on the sides of the building, to make it look run down and like the adds on the sides of the building were peeling. The front of course, would be different. 

I am almost tempted to do a silver floor in this scene. It would really make everything pop, and I have some silver paper. Wood grained flooring looks odd with this blue. 

I want to think outside the box since comic book stores , the modern ones, usually have bright colors and alot of edgy artwork. 

Lisa