Sunday, July 23, 2017

W Club Registration dolls have arrived!

Well, they arrived yesterday. I had ordered all three because Integrity gave W Club members this incredible deal if you ordered all three dolls you got the Dressing room diorama for free. Of course, being the prop whore, er, lady of the evening that I am, I couldn't resist, especially since it had a so-70's look to it. 

Today I finished up putting on their jewelry and setting up a little photoshoot with them all. I think of course, Swinging London Poppy Parker is my favorite. Riveria Agnes Von Weiss turned out better than I thought she would- I did not vote for this sketch, but the other sketch, as I dislike bell bottoms intensely. (I had to wear them as a child and hated them in the 70's. They are fugly.) But the outfit turned out more beautiful than I thought it would and was beautifully made. Majesty Giselle is very striking and beautiful. Her hair is gorgeous, and the unusual cuff bracelet with the handle that goes over her fingers is a first. I love the egg purse. My hubcap thinks it looks very Russian. I love the look myself. Especially those spatsy Victorian boots. 











These are of Giselle and that fabulous egg purse and of Swinging London Poppy. 

Poppy has this wonderful box that is shaped like a London telephone booth and I adore it.  I have in my collection of props a London mailbox bank that my great friend Leslie Greenberg gave to the Barbie fashion doll club as  a prize and I was lucky enough to win it at one of our meetings. I have not had a chance to use it but I have more scenes planned when Dark Hollows Poppy gets here- I just have to alter the box so it looks like a REAL telephone booth. Right now Poppy is mailing a letter to her good friend Victoria Poppy Winters to come soon! lol. You can tell I'm a fan of corny horror 60's soap operas?? My mother would never let me watch it as it came on while I was at school but she thought it was creepy and inappropriate because it contained 'witchcraft', and besides, she liked As the World Turns.  lol. 

I also received the free diorama dressing room closet with these dolls but have not set it up. I will do that when I look it over. Evidently there are no written directions with it and there are directions and supplies online but they are waiting to put a video. I hate it when they do stuff like this. I don't want to have to eat up my data to watch a video when written directions would be so much easier to include. I am going to have to look for buying another one as evidently you can only use one side of this diorama when putting it together. Another minus, so glad it was 'free'. 

Enjoy the pics! Lisa





Thursday, July 20, 2017

Barbie Fashionistas ....

So while waiting for my W Club registrations dolls to arrive, I have found the Barbie Fashionistas on sale for $5 at the local Walmarts. Some are on sale, some are not. I have to admit it has been fun being on the prowl for the hard to find curvy girls for my bargain price. I got these recent ladies....




These three I was able to snag at my local Walmart nearby for $5 each. I have to admit I love the tall 'Chandra' AA Barbie with red hair, she might get a made to move body if I can find one. And the two curvy ladies I think are really pretty, especially the one in the flowered dress. I have been wanting these two for while now. 






I had some fun posing them in my bakery this morning. The one I call Chandra with the red hair (she looks like the previous Target Barbie Basics with blonde hair in years past ) has met up with her new boyfriend Darrell. My favorite curvy girl in the flowered dress is going to be named Emily and is talking to Barbie who has breezed in with Poppy Parker. Tamara, the other curvy AA, is standing in the back patiently waiting to be served with her basket. She has to pick up pastries for the break room at the office. 

Today I picked up three more, only I stopped at my Walmart again. I picked up this tall girl for $5. 

I was hoping to pick up this other AA Curvy girl, but at my Walmart she wasn't on sale. :(. I still had to go run errands, so I stopped at another Walmart and found her and this hard to find Ken. ALL of their Fashionistas were $6.36.  

So, I picked up all three of these today...

And did this little photo shoot today with them.....


I have to admit, I wasn't really a fan of the new sculpts and body types at first. But when I put them into the dioramas, they add alot of realism to the population. My only problem with these dolls is some articulation would help them immensely. Standing there with their arms sticking out awkwardly by their sides doesn't help much if they can't bend their arms or position their legs, or sit. So they are useful for populating a diorama, but other dolls will have to work for sitting, etc. 
Mattel is listening, just not very well. 


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! 



Remember, while you gaze up at your fireworks this evening, and grill those burgers and enjoy the family time, Freedom isn't free. It came with a price, 
which upon sobering reflection, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, our forefathers paid in financial ruin, loss of their homes, death of family members, or even paying the ultimate sacrifice- their own life. Not one of them waivered or betrayed their honor. 

And let us not forget the famous words of Patrick Henry....

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!
… Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means
which the God of nature hath placed in our power. … Besides,
sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who
presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up
friends to fight our battles for us. … Is life so dear, or peace so
sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take;
but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” - Patrick Henry




Sunday, July 2, 2017

Barbie's Model A Car...

I haven't posted in a long time...but I have the excuse of being busy. With the recent acquisition of this cool little prop, a Model A Car, that is perfect Barbie sized, this was the great reason the do a new post. 

The car is actually an alcohol decanter made by Jim Beam, for Kentucky Bourbon whiskey. I was at an auction recently on a Friday night and saw two of these in a lot and knew immediately that I wanted them. I knew this one would be perfect for my Victorian Barbie dolls. 



If you look closely on the opposite side, you will see the label that says Jim Beam. The liquor spout is underneath the seat. This is a red Model A Ford , 1903. There is a few on Ebay . This particular one also comes in black, they are fairly cheap, from $10-15 on Ebay. 
Here are a couple of auctions- 
Red Model A Decanter car

black Model A Decanter car

The thought also occurred to me that these would make great inexpensive props for the Dr. Who fans. 

After Father had convinced Mother that the automobile  was perfectly safe, they packed their bags and were off for a getaway to the next town for a visit! She still was not convinced...


Especially when they were in the car and he had to check those tires. Never had this trouble with the horses!






Hope you enjoyed the photos and links!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Some new clothes for Barbie &Poppy Parker....

I haven't had many 'fun' posts and this is a fluke. I was recently surfing Ebay and found a favorite seller had posted some outfits and they arrived a week or two ago.I have just got around to taking pics of Poppy and one of my Model Muse basics wearing them. 

Barbie Couture  on eBay is very affordable and they also fit Poppy Parker. I have not tried them on my Fashion Royalty ladies but I think these fashions would be too slim. They would probably fit the Dynamite girls. I do recommend her as the clothes are very well made and she ships fast and in some cases has free shipping. 

I purchased a Fourth of July looking type long gown and a skirt /halter style blouse. I have been looking for some fashions for Fourth of July as I do not have enough red, white and blue outfits for that holiday. 



I paired each dress with shoes and a hand bag that I had in my stash. 

Each outfit is made of lightweight knit fabric. Barbie Couture uses a thin velcro or glue strip to fasten the backs of the her outfits with. The skirt on Poppy's outfit just has elastic at the top. The glue fastening will have to be fixed with snaps, as it does not stay closed. 





Poppy's bag is a Fashion Royalty bag by Integrity and her shoes are Mattel from a fashion pack. I love the way this outfit fits on her, she looks like she's ready for sight seeing or a cruise. 





Barbie's dress is made of thin stretch jersey cotton and has the glue line to fasten it. I wasn't pleased with this but do like the dress and I can fix that with snaps since it fits her and Poppy so well and the price was very affordable. I paired it with the Barbie Basics Target red and white shoes and a bag from my stash with red handles. Her silver earrings carries this really well. I should put some nautical jewelry on her to complete it, like an anchor necklace or something. 

Will post some more pics in a while. Going through my Barbie stuff and dressing dolls and sorting. 
Lisa

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wonder Woman Paradise Island Gift Set

This set arrived yesterday and is really remarkable. I think Mattel is finally getting it- if we pay $125 for something, they should be putting themselves over the top with packaging, bodies, just like their competitors Integrity toys and Hot Toys do. 

This set came boxed in an exterior box, then in two sleeves with Steve Trevor and Gal Gadot's faces on the back of the sleeves. The sleeves look like book ends when you take them off of the gift set which has a backdrop inside of the island! I have not de-boxed my set yet because I am so in love with it and may buy another set to debox. 
Here are some photos .










One sleeve has Wonder Woman's face, and the other sleeve has Steve Trevor's face. They are large enough when apart to put comic books, I'm assuming, or files in. Very neat.



The front of the huge box this was all in. It was made of thin cardboard in a golden color. 

The back of the box. It would be very useful to keep if you are a Wonder Woman fan. I am just enthralled with it. 

By the way, I saw the movie on Friday and it was fantastic. I highly recommend you see it. Gal Gadot is a fabulous actress and it raises the bar on this comic book hero. I liked Linda Carter in the 70's but it really explains Wonder Woman's originals more. 

Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June Meeting of the Va. Fashion Doll Club

The June Meeting of our Va. Fashion doll club met and we had what is referred to as a 'relaxed' meeting - everything was not so stressed since summer is coming and manner of us have alot of events to attend, vacation to plan for, and BARBIE CONVENTION AND INTEGRITY CONVENTION to plan for. lol. 

We started with lunch, browsing whatever sales everyone had brought, and our Young At Heart/Play presentation with Skippers, Scooter, Ricky and Kelly and Chelsea dolls at Play. The theme was to bring one or two dolls 'at play' for a larger picture for the newsletter doing something you yourself loved to do as a child. That was great fun to set up. 


























Then it was onto our OOAK Doll workshop. Leslie had attended the OOAK Doll convention and did a project runway doll workshop. It used unconventional items to design a dress. Everyone used the same doll- a reproduction swirl Barbie, the same little white basic  dress, and everyone brought a basic sewing kit- scissors, thread, needles, and we were requested to bring E6000 glue. I did not have any glue and ran out of time with my busy schedule so just brought my fabric fusion glue. 
Leslie was able to snag some of those dolls, AND dresses and materials used at the convention and bring them to us. Since there limited dolls we paid for them for the club treasury for the funds to be used for our Christmas party. We did a raffle and drew lots as to who would get a swirl Barbie for the workshop and it worked well- those who hadn't brought a swirl and wanted one were able to buy one! 

Here are some of our photos of the fun-



Linda and Laurie hard at work on their creations. 



Janice, our Club vice-president, using the hot glue gun on her winning creation!


My doll all finished! That was hard work- on a time limit too!


Scarlett working on her creation....

And all the workshop dolls together......

The lovely doll in the very middle is Leslie's doll from the workshop that her friend Tom did. Her workshop doll was swapped with his, and his won at the convention workshop round. Here are all of our little lovelies gearing up for the competition round! Leslie judged the outfits. 




And here are the winners of 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, Honorable mention, and Best Effort.  

The Geppeto and Pinnochio dolls were done by Jodi and were her Show N Tell . She had won 1 st place at the Bradley Justice luncheon event in Durham, North Carolina in April and the theme was fairytales and she was one of four people who entered create your own fairytale doll that Mattel never created. They were astonishly detailed- Allan and Ricky as Geppeto and Pinnochio- so adorable!










Leslie's convention workshop doll by her friend Tom-



I think this was Laurie's doll....maybe Anna's?cannot remember



Great effort went to Linda...



I think third place went to Debbie?



2nd place went to Janice and 1st place went to Jodi. Jodi made all the pipe cleaner poodles. 



Scarlett's doll 


My doll...

After the competition we then played Who Am I? guessing game. We were each required to bring a pre-K photo of ourselves and put it on the board, no telling. 
After that we had to guess who was who on the board with slips of paper numbered. It was so hard! I only got two right. Only two people got everyone correct. 



Then it was time to browse Linda's doll room...and what Barbie room it is!




























And that is just a little sampling of her delicious little Barbie heaven. Yummy. 

The meeting went on until the late evening hours of 6 pm! I didn't get home until about 7 pm! lol. I had been gone all day but had the most fun I had had in a long time until back to the grind. Already today has been a busy and hectic day. I still have my adorable little swirl and am thinking of taking my workshop dress and putting on a mannequin by itself in a little studio diorama /sewing room with Barbie as a designer on a project runway.  I'd like to use my swirl to dress in some vintage fashions. 

Hope you enjoy the pics!