Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dolls from Integrity finally arrived!

After many delays, my dolls and the egg chairs finally arrived. Instead of doing one post of one doll, I am going to show all of the dolls and some pictures of the egg chair and Poppy set up. I will go on to show more later of the other dolls. One of the reasons my dolls were delayed were because of snow /weather interfering with the post office being able to deliver.

On to the dolls!

Poppy Parker swinging in London with her Egg Chair. I actually purchased two. This chair sits on a base, comes in two pieces and has a small screw that you need a Phillips screwdriver to put the screw in. Quite simple but I couldn't find the proper size screwdriver laying around so right now the chair is just sitting on the base for this photo shoot. 

Poppy does not have her earrings or ring on, I have her here modeling her 'gloved' hands on. I hope to take better photos of her in that Union Jack dress. 

Poppy's box and the Egg chairs' boxes have some of the same similar graphics! That made a real pleasant surprise. I am wondering if a neat Carnaby street room/apartment diorama could come about using these boxes. I am really seriously thinking. Something MOD/Groovy/   A LA Andy Warhol comes to mind. 
Something VERY 1960's...

Next up are the other dolls.........

Seduisante Elyse Jolie..She has interchangeable legs/feet. She is lovely and slowly growing on me.  She looks so melancholy , or sad. Maybe that is what it is. I just hate dolls with interchangeable legs and extra parts. Hands are about all that I can handle. If I have extra heads, I just get an extra body, lol. 

Marvellueisse  Agnes Von Weiss . I think this was our Online Event doll from last year, and I can never resist an Agnes. I had to sell some of my Agnes collection over a year ago and it really broke my heart, so I have been building my Agnes army back up again, LOL. I am hoping I will like that lace skirt more when I get her out of the box. I adore the blouse. 

Here are photos of the loot altogether. It was like Christmas in January!

The above photo is with the three dolls and two chairs, boxed and the one below is with the three dolls and one chair boxed, and the other egg chair, de-boxed and assembled. I couldn't resist getting two egg chairs, since I haven't purchased one of the Barbie Convention egg chairs. Those are taller and pinker inside than these, these egg chairs appear to be more MOD and rounder, and heavier. 

Enjoy! ~Lisa

Saturday, January 6, 2018

UFDC 2010 Alice Leverett Petite Marie Terese

In an earlier post when I talked about goals for 2018, one of my goals to work on in this year was acquiring some 'grail' dolls. I had already begun on one of those, which was this little lovely which I acquired on Ebay-
 Marie Terese 10.5 jointed Doll Alice Leverett UFDC Convention doll

Well, she arrived today, lovingly wrapped and packaged. Many of you know I collect not just Integrity toys/Fashion Royalty dolls, Poppy Parker, & Barbie, but I also love other dolls, such as Tonner, American Girl, Madame Alexander, action figures such as Dragon and Sideshow, GI Joe, and one of my favorites, are the earlier antique French fashion lady dolls. Alice Leverett is a reproduction doll artist par excellent and she created for the United Federation of Doll Convention this little lady. I have yet to join the UFDC as a member at large, but I belong to several groups. I love the antiques and can't afford one but I satisfy myself with reproductions, which are expensive enough, lol. Marie Terese is meant to represent a little girl, of perhaps 10-12 years old in the 1850-1860's. 

She came in her chemise, with her little blue slippers and her bloomers. Originally at convention she came with some other items, like her box and some favors. You could buy at the convention in 2010  a number of dresses and take a class or two with Alice to make her outfits. I plan to start sewing for her as I have some fabric in my stash. Here is a diorama with her and Annabelle, my Francois Gaultier reproduction 12 inch lady doll, who will be her older sister. 

She wears a beautiful blonde wig that is braided in the back, in a chignon bun.

The trunk is a trunk that is doll sized for a diorama, that I picked up a few years ago at Michael's on sale. I have yet to find a suitable one that is similar that satisfies me to be their trunk to hold Annabelle and her clothing. 

Marie Terese rummages through her trunk, looking for her beloved bear so she can sleep for the night. 

I hope someday to have an antique looking dollhouse for these two to house my collection of Bespaq. It would be a huge dollhouse to be 1:6 but I think it would be interesting and have thought what it would take to build. I already have a dollhouse but it only has three rooms and a garage and I want their house to be more antique looking.  I have many favorite dolls for different reasons and the french fashion dolls are my favorites because I used to study the encyclopedia of doll clothing as a kid, my mother purchased it for me one Christmas and I always wanted a french fashion doll, and I always wanted a Huret doll. Don't ask me why. The next doll on my list is a Huret /reproduction.  

Enjoy the pictures! Hopefully she will have some lovely new dresses when you see Marie Terese next!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome 2018!

Welcome to the New Year of 2018! 

As promised I have dolls that haven't been shown here yet. So I dug this little beauty out from when I purchased her from my friend Leslie who attended the Fashion Fairytale Convention in October. I had purchased Rainbow Poppy from her but I also got to purchase one of the Style Lab Poppys from her as well. 

She is lovely isn't she? These Style Lab Poppy Parkers had high heel feet. 

Her dress is by Monaedolly on Ebay 
Stole is from Starlight Poppy
Shoes are from Concerto in M Agnes Von Weiss

I am not sure Monaedolly may still be selling these gowns on Ebay any more, you may want to try Etsy in a search for her. At one time she was also making them for Tonner, and BJD's, now it seems she is only making Lati bjd's and Blythe clothing and no more evening gowns. My friends Karon and Sandra and I were mad for her evening gowns and would buy them as they ran about $25-35 each and were very good quality and less expensive than some of the artists. 

All for now, and one more picture of this lovely wishing you a Happy New year in 2018!


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a wonderful Happy New Year with Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams and all the dollies you can de-box and open! 

                                       Happy New Year!

See ya next year! In 2018.....~Lisa

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Looking Back on the Year 2017...

2017 has been a whirlwind year.  So has 2016, which interfered with alot of my doll creating and collecting due to my health issues last year, as well as personal family problems. I didn't do  a review last year, as it was not that bright and cheerful. 

But this year, I thought it would be different kind of review. 2015 I called a year of 'challenges' which was true, and I can certainly carry that theme/meme over to 2016. I had alot of challenges recovering my health back after being in the hospital with kidney stones, and getting back to normal again. 

I think 2017 has been a year of new beginnings. Re-building, of growth, and to use an outworn phrase, hope. I can finally begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it feels good. 

So for 2018 , the goals are going to be simple, but hard. Don't know if I will accomplish them. 

1. Health & Wellness. 
    Going to start a earnest effort to get my physical body's health under control, with a lifestyle change, and being more active than I am. I have really fallen down on this end, and let depression and stress take its toll. 

2.  Pare back on the Social media. Though I love looking at all of my friends pictures of their collections, dioramas, and work on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumbler , & Flicker, it is a time eater and I realize too late how much time I have wasted not creating the items I have wanted to work on. 

3. Work on collecting my Holy Grail dolls. 
      Not all my 'grail' dolls or dolls I have wanted to add to my collection are Barbie or Integrity. I have already attained one early this year, a UFDC Alice Leverett Marie Terese convention 2010 doll that I haven't until now been able to afford. Other dolls are Convention Tonner Baking Prudence and Baking Lizette from the Ellowyne line that match my vintage Baking Convention Ellowyne I already have. There are other dolls I want to acquire, such as some BJD's and artist items. 

4. Work more on my photography with dolls and miniatures, and perspective. 

5. Take time to smell the roses, enjoy life, and its moments.

From my blog post in 2015 I went very in depth with a long list. But this year, I think I am just going to keep it short. The last goal is the most important. In 2016 I have had a few friends and more family members pass, and it really hits you how short life is. Long lists of things to do, are just that, so do them now, whether your art is a masterpiece or looks like a kindgergarden crayon fridge art! Because someday is not a day of the week and things left undone are regrets....this is something I have been thinking about more and more and how lucky I am to know so many wonderful people in the doll and dollhouse collecting world. When I have been taking photos of the dolls I remembered all the fun I have had sharing, going to shows, going to doll club meetings and I realized how much I treasure those times with those friends, when we consider how some people who do not have hobbies or things to fill their lives or days. 

In my 2015 post I referred to my then coming year as 'Expansion' and that was certainly true. My life has expanded with lots of love, and friendship from my doll friendships from all the message boards, social media, Flicker, and here on my blog. 

No telling what the New Year will bring! Blessings to everyone and hope your dolly dreams come true in the coming year of 2018!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Lottery Dolls...

I had forgot in the Countdown to Christmas, even though I had taken pics of some of them, to post about my lottery dolls I won in the W Club lottery after the Fashion Fairytale convention. 

Every year, the W Club hosts a lottery of dolls leftover from its convention stock of dolls for its members who may not have been able to attend, as well as a sale around Christmas/Thanksgiving called Dolly Days. I had a chance at a great many of the Convention dolls and entered for four, and amazingly, won three. 

I won:
Wicked Natalia
Spell of Kindness Vanessa
Sea Devil Veronique

I have not yet taken photos of Sea Devil out of the box, but I do have some lovely photos of Natalia and Vanessa out of their boxes, so I will share them here. Natalia is I believe, a doll based on the Wicked queen or the Wicked Witch and has long boots that go underneath the long black tulle gown, which I haven't put on because the zipper and boots are hard to put on the doll. My patience is limited so I usually put generic pumps on my dolls that are easier to navigate and dont' require alot of fiddling with straps and tiny things that may break and pull. 

Here is Natalia in the box. The Convention boxes were made like a book of Fairytales with a ribbon bookmark, with a vellum page that said Once Upon A Time....
Quite dreamy, don't you think? That is one thing that made these dolls so wonderful.

Natalia wore simple dangle dark jeweled earrings and a large onyx ring. Her hair is very beautiful, and simply arranged, which I love. I love her styling, for me simple is what makes a doll sometimes instead of over elaborate weird avante garde. 

Next up was Spell of Kindness Vanessa. I am thinking she is a spin on Glinda the Good witch from Wizard of Oz, like Natalia is supposed to be the wicked witch of the West maybe?

Her box was much larger and wider, like a very large storybook. As you can see, once again the vellum page covering the doll with Once Upon A Time...and the woods silhouettes upon it. Her dress is a froth of pink tulle ruffles with black ribbons on the waist. Her jewelry is a large bracelet, ring, and earrings. 

I have Vanessa here in the music room I had set up for Annabelle and it fits her perfectly, and I added Natalia as well. It looks like they are having a musical soiree, and with those gowns, who wouldn't. 

Vanessa's hair is lovely and smooth and doesn't contain that stiff gunk that Integrity is famous for putting in it. She had wonderful shoes/pumps that were easy to put on too, I really love her, she may be my favorite. 

I still have to take pictures of my Rainbow Poppy from this line of dolls as well as the Sea Devil Veronique. I have had the music room set up and am reluctant to take it down to do photo ops for the other dolls as I am enjoying it too much. So I may do those photos improvised on the dining room table if I am too lazy to take this diorama down, lol. 

Enjoy! Lisa