For Helen…. The New Guys

My friend Helen asked for a blog post. I promised to see what I could do.
Well I woke up with a major sinus headache. So dear friend, this is a short post for you.
I have been looking for some guy dolls for my Barbie girls to date. The ones I find second hand mostly look like Justin Beiber. He might be cool to some but for me…nah.


So first I found this lad on sale at Walmart.
He is named Ken… in the floral tee… Ummm Ken is a blonde surfer dude. Not this guy. I have not decided on a name for him yet, nor have I looked on the site to see if he has a name.

His box was pretty easy to get him out of.

Seriously people, what do you think his head is going to do that you must tag it to the box??? Fortunately the tabs went into his head and are not visible.

I do like that his hands have a bit of detail.

Next.

I got this lad off Amazon.

His box was in better shape than the other lad. Plus his head was not tagged to the box.

I did not get a good look at him on Amazon so did not see his… odd looking hair. Still he is a clean cut young man suitable for my lassies to go out with! Any thoughts on a name?

This next lad I HAD to get…


This ladies is my Beloved MJ made into a doll! It is about time they came up with a really cool lad!
Yes I can now say I married a dream guy! (Isn’t that what all Ken dolls are supposed to be???) I have always believed I married MY dream guy, now he is Barbie’s too…

This one I am naming James, my Beloved’s middle name.

The only down side is, none of the lads have bendable legs for ease in posing.

So which guy is your favorite?
Hugs Y’all

Two Special Dolls

I know I wrote a post about this first doll a few months ago. Then our host crashed and several posts and pictures disappeared.

I found this little lass at a yard sale. I paid $20 for her. I probably over paid but… when I was six my mother let me hold for 1 day a doll my father’s mother had brought over from Germany. I don’t know how I got it. After that day I never saw it again until… my sisters home flooded. Then as we were doing the clean up I saw her. She was moldy and the water had caused her arms to break off.
This doll is as close as I can see a duplicate of that doll. In looks anyway.

That doll though had a metal head covered in flesh covered… plaster I think. I do not know what this doll’s head is made of but it is covered in plaster and paint. This doll also has a wig. I am sure she is a reproduction and not an 1800s German doll. Still the emotions she evoked were overpowering and so she came home with me.

Next is a lass my Beloved gave me for Christmas. I have never touched an American Girl doll. I can’t imagine paying the money. Perhaps one will come to me as a gift but I don’t count on it. My friend Miss Maggie writes about dolls and loves the Springfield line. These can be found in Hobby Lobby and Michaels and are imitators of the AG dolls.
I wanted one.


He got me this one. Olivia. I have kept her in her box because I didn’t have clothes for her.
Then I got a surprize package from my sister. When I was born, I was the size of a triplet. I was 10 days late and under 3lbs. The doctors told my parents I would not survive. Yet here I am…
My coming home from the hospital clothes well, preemie was not a size back then… so my brother and sister went to the toy store to get me some clothes! I was 7months when I left the hospital. My sister wrote with the box that she knew I was into dolls and maybe my baby clothes would fit some of them.

Enter Olivia.


Pretty in Pink


Another pretty in pink.


Pretty in yellow


One of these 2 was my christening dress but I don’t know which one.

This one is short…

But this one is so big!


My favorite outfit.

I don’t have a single picture of the sweater.


I even found her some shoes in my dolly doodad stash!


My mom had high expectations for me… as this huge bib shows!

These are 2 of my baby blankets.


This one is light and soft and lacy. I love the pearl accents.

This one is heavy, itchy, wool and would definitely keep baby warm!


I love the ducks!
I wonder if these could be cleaned… I am afraid to risk it! They are over 50 years old!

So there you have it. What do you think?
Hugs y’all

Just a quick update…

I spent most of my time this week with a friend helping an elderly friend from church.

This took long hours. The first day was 12 hours. We arrived at her home at 11 and finally saw her settled in a hospital room about 1030 that night. (By the end the staff was calling us the church ladies)
I am exhausted.
Plus we had a game night with friends last night.
Added to that insomnia, so no really quality sleep…
Last night was my first decent night of sleep all week!
Today is finishing the cleaning I didn’t get to for guests last night.

The elder lady is now safe in a long term care facility of good reputation.

My hope is to be back Monday with regular blog posts.
Scenes and dolly goodness!
Hugs Y’all

Melissa and Doug Furniture

Gifts!
My darling husband bought me a couple of gifts.

Melissa and Doug wooden livng room set.

M&D kitchen set.

He was thinking of these for the Barbie houses.
Hmmm let’s see…
First of all, let me be clear. I am a professional when it comes to toys. As a professional, M&D is the best toy company out there. Yes I love Barbie. However, the quality of M&D toys is unmatched.

These furniture sets are hand crafted of solid wood.
Now if you ever want to see what that means, really, do this.
Put a M&D wooden puzzle beside a wooden puzzle by any other manufacturer. You will instantly notice the difference.

Ok now lets open these play sets so I can set them up!

First the kitchen set.

Check out this stove!

Burners! An oven

A broiler drawer!

Side by side fridge.

Check out the shelves!

Sink!

The doors even open.

The faucets even look real


A hutch. I have wanted one of these for my kitchen for years!

Table and chairs.


Child size in a Barbie house… might work for the Chelsea dolls…

Now for the living room set.


This curio cabinet reminds me of the one I have.


The simple but pretty coffee table has a drawer.

A side table.


Two easy chairs and an ottoman.


The couch with cushions.

Chelsea might invite Barbie in for tea…
Set up on their display shelf.

These pieces are made for this doll set and this doll house.
One of these days I may actually have the set.

In any case, Beloved has excellent taste in toys!
Hugs y’all!

Well I am Back… I think…

This post I will write about the thrift finds.

I had a blonde on of these dolls but she only had her odd outfit. Now this doll is complete for the most part. It makes more sense! Olympic ice skating Barbie!

This one, I love the dress. It needs leggings or something!


This one, I love this face Not overly made up and just a bit flirty. I need to find her a pastel dress to match her earrings. Though the crochet dress is nice.


Belle’s Prince! I even hav the pants with the beast feet!


What is it about Rapunzel’s gown I can’t resist? This young lass’s lip gloss does match the strings…


Here we have a… dr? Vet? With beach feet.


Another, I think, Bride doll. Now if I could just find my bag of wedding dresses…

Plus a lot of misc.


Check out the tiny cassette tapes!

Then there are these 2 dolls. I knew they were not Barbie.


This brunette is dressed as Belle.


She has a secret! Her hair is a wig!


This blonde I had to get for the dress!

She is also wearing a wig!


These are Liv dolls. They, like some others, remind me of marionettes from old tv shows.
I like the faces.

For an in-depth review check out the Toy Box Philosopher.

So what is your favorite of today’s finds?

Bits and Bobs

That is what I have been doing the last 2 weeks. This week I have been hampered by pain. Pain seems to mess with my mental abilities as well as my physical ones.
I have done bits and bobs of things though.


I got a Barbie Bed together. All these wicker pieces seem… sideways… I still haven’t got any covers made. Need to find my sewing table again!(It is buried in Barbie stuff!)


I made bread. I made it egg bread. I liked that it ended up softer than usual for bread!


Beloved took me to dinner. We went to Stango’s which is a cross between a coffee place (Think Central Perk in Friends) and 50’s diner. They make their own ice cream and it is awesome!


We got to see the Stango’s cat. Looks comfy doesn’t he? (or she)


Katie slept.


Katie guarded the new doll house. Somebody parked Barbie’s car in the cat perch…


I began experimenting with flooring for the new house. I also experimented with blocking the old elevator hole. I think I finally figured it out.

That is pretty much it for the last 2 weeks.

Here is hoping things get back to normal soon!

Hugs y’all

A Special Doll…


One of the dolls I have gotten that I am excited about is this one.

Spring Blossom Barbie. An Avon Barbie! My first that I know of!
There is no picture of her on her box.


Her face is simple and sweet. Her hat feels like actual straw.


I notice her gown is pink tagged. So some of what I thought were gowns from sets may actually be clothes that came from dolls.
Her basket of posies is a rubbery plastic.
She has pretty yellow slippers.
I do not intend to remove this lass from her box. She is perfect as she is!


I spent this morning painting. I was able to do 3 pieces in the time it took to do one with my tiny paint bottle yesterday. When these sides dry, I will do the other side.


Now this set… I got these tiny Fairy dolls.

I recognize Tinkerbelle.

I think I have seen a larger version of this one.


I love this red head! Her flower dress adorable. Not keen on the face though.


I like this yellow one too. She appears a bit knock kneed though.


I really like the braid on this orange one. She is also the only barefoot one! Plus, those freckles!


This one looks very… curvy. Somehow her dress just doesn’t look right to me. The others are all simply little girlish. Which is how I picture the fairies. I know it seems silly the things I get hung up on. However it is my sincere belief we push children to mature too quickly in some areas. Looks is one of those areas.

So what do you think of the Spring Blossom doll?
The painting? Will the pieces look good in white or should I leave the rest alone?
Which is your favorite of the fairies?
Hug y’all

Well…

Ladies this post is a pre post. Why? Because there has been a large influx of stuff!
Both doll and house craft related.
I finally have some paint for the furniture. My original plan to spray paint it was a flop because the paint just rain right off.


I used up a 2oz bottle of my acrylic to get 1 headboard done. Then I bought a quart of satin latex. We will see how that goes. What do you think of the painted one? They are a little warped, not sure how to fix that, even the beds are. Comes from being played with I imagine!


Then as if I didn’t have enough work to do to refurbish 2 doll houses… I got a third…


This is the house from the webisodes Life in the Dream House. I do not plan to fix the elevator. In fact I plan to remove it and cover the holes. Still working out that plan but have the materials I hope will work!


Check out the bathroom. No tub, no commode but…

Tada, at least they get a tub!

In order to make this house playable in my office it needed a table. With rollers.This is because the only space left is in front of my outside door. I never use this door, but sometimes in the fall I like to open it.



My solution? A garage sale table, that Beloved put casters on! This baby took up the whole of my cargo area. It rubbed against my driver seat!
I put a tablecloth on it but I may have to just take it off. It got all twisted around while I was taking pictures.


I also acquired a Barbie yacht. It is not complete, but what do you want for the grand sum of $1? It will be cleaned up and I will decide what to do about deck chairs. I might get some more beach chair sets, if I can find them. I wanted 4, I found… 1, so far! That blur is Katie getting into the shot!


Now there are bags of craft or Barbie items all over!
New play sets, a pool, clothes, I REALLY want to get some stuff done and put away so we can play fashion show!


Plus, several new play sets.

Some tiny Fairy dolls to talk about.


Plus, I don’t have any pictures yet but… on the Doll not Barbie front, my sister sent me some of my baby clothes. When I came home from the hospital at 7 months, they went to thee toy shop to get me some clothes! I plan to put some on my German doll (fitting since the clothes were bought in Germany) and if I can figure out how to reattach this doll’s head, I will display her with some too!

My plan for this week is to work steadily in my office, fitting in homekeeping here and there, and take pictures of each step and write up several posts so I have some ready to go. I also need to tidy up the shelves to make room for several of the dolls I already posted about to find a home. In a bag on the floor is no fit home for a Bride doll!

Which project would you like to read about first?
Furniture?
Elevator?
I don’t have space for fashion shows until I get some stuff fixed and put away in its place!
I am itching for the pool party shoot! I think I will need to clear off my big table for it though, I must have 20 bathing beauty dolls!

Hugs y’all!

Last Week I found Some Stuff…

I will post the non Barbie things first.


LOL A Snoopy dressed as the easter bunny! A friend found him for me.


OK so then I found this bed. It is RED and not for a Barbie but… for Apple White! She is so far my favorite of the EAH dolls. Perhaps I will work on an EAH house project…
This bed has stuff inside…


A drawer…


A hidden shelf!

Now back to Barbies.
There are some tiny dolls.


A tiny Merliah and I think a Rapunzel.


A small boat, with waves.


A Ball. Might belong with the dolphin trainer set.


Of course my favorite of the tiny ones, a Christmas one! In RED!


Another swimsuit doll I like her but she is very stiff feeling. Her suit looks almost clear in the front.


Check out this Bride. She doesn’t feel like a Barbie. She feels more like a display doll. Very porcelain like but not porcelain. Her legs do not move. I mean she can’t even sit!
Looking at her face I wonder if she is a repaint. She has real lashes. Someone messed up the lashes. They cut them almost off on one side.


Her nails are even done! She has painted on lingerie too.


Next is this princess looking doll. She is articulated in her legs. Her dress to me looks like a village lass dress….


Next is this, I think Teresa. She is fashionista like. no tnt waist, no bendy parts. I like her simple dress.


My friend had this one waiting for me too. She is some sort of a fairy I think.

My friend suggested her wings would make a good bubble wand. From the feel of her hair, she isn’t the only one who had that idea.

Which one is your favorite?

Hugs y’all!