Something Old and Something New.



I love this doll. She reminds me of Audra from Big Valley. Linda Evans when she was truly beautiful.

Before her ex made her get surgery to become his ideal.

Right down to her boots.

Now… I have told you of my totes of new doll stuff.
Do you know what happens when you see something you like enough to buy it and put it in a tote for later…
Yep…

I saw this doll and really loved her hair. I paid full price. I just love the hair. I put her in the tote.

Later I Saw this doll, and just really loved the hair. She was on sale for $6. So I bought her and put her in the tote.

Then I went and saw this doll on clearance, and just really loved the hair and bought her for $4.50… and put her in the tote. Then, when I began reorganizing I decided to see what was IN the tote… yep 3 lovely dolls, and I still really love the hair!
The same goes for clothes…

Ken has a few extras… I just LOVE a man in jeans and flannel. So I got these for my MJ/Ken. Got one, stuck it n the tote… You see where this leads right? This time I stopped at 2 though…

These are just so gorgeous I may just display one and open one. I fell n love with the dress and got one… Saw it later and…

This set I love the pink tee. It looks like something I would like to wear…


I have 4 shelves of unopened dolls. The top 2 shelves are keepers. They will remain box. The other 2 are in the air as to whether they will be unboxed or not. Given away or kept. Some are duplicates, the idea being buy one to open and 1 to leave boxed. I may rethink that plan… Not sure yet but some may end up at toys for tots or under the church children’s tree.
Do you ever do this?
Hugs y’all

It was a Dark and Stormy Day…



Seriously, it is! Steady rain since about an hour ago, plus a lot of rain last night. What this means for me is… pain issues and breathing issues. Went to the doc yesterday for my every 6 months visit.
I love my doc. She is a nurse practitioner and she LISTENS. She understands my eating was off from stress and encourages me to get up and try again. Not eating more, just eating junk instead of my normal stuff. I really do need to find a better way to handle stress. Since my hands hurt lately, knitting is out for now. Maybe a punching bag… Whatever there must be a better way. I have though, lost about 8 lbs since July. Even with my eating off!

So, in the spirit of new beginnings, I made my big craving. No, I don’t always eat sugar! I have been craving for a week what I call a Denver omelet. I really have no clue why I call it that. It is my favorite way to eat eggs. I also dusted off my Keurig and made myself a caramel cappuccino. Hey, a sweet HAD to be part of this!



My version of a Denver omelet has onion, bell pepper, ham and… mushrooms! 2 eggs, scrambled and mozzarella cheese. I am not a cheese fan but gouda and mozzarella I can do.
I didn’t take a bunch of cooking photos. I really didn’t plan to blog on my breakfast. Here it is in all its glory though, and the cuppa joe too.

In other news I am rearranging dolls in the drollery. I have over the last several months collected doll stands off ebay. Yes, I could buy them from Hobby Lobby but… they get theirs from China too and for the cost of one of those stands I can get from 5 to 10 of the plastic ones that allow the doll to shine instead of the stand.


I did find out, these stands do NOT do for the bigger Barbies, the talls or full ones, nor do they work for Ken. That means I still have use for the dozens I already had from Hobby Lobby.


On thing I like about the ebay stands is they come in different colors. For instance, a red gown can have a clear or red stand.

I got a small package of thee as a test case… So far, I have not gotten then to work with any of my dolls.
Well I am going to indulge in a rare 2nd cup of coffee and play with my dolls for a while.
How is your day going? Getting any rain?
Hugs y’all

Today’s Post is a bit of Misc.

I have so much to post that I decided today to grab a few things at hand. Plus post some before pictures of the chaos that is my office.

I will begin with this tiny item. My grand boy calls these blind bags/box. I have had this thing for MONTHS moving it from spot to spot to get it out of the way.

It is pretty and pink and marked Barbie so… here goes. I cut off the wrapper and behold, a pink barrel that reminds me of monkeys. With instructions I could not possibly read.


Aha! A dr. or vet Barbie. Cute. Useless but cute.

Next just a quick pic of… Farmer Barbie… My mind is swirling with a diorama of schleich animals and this doll… I love her face.

Next a trio of Kens.
One of my favorite movies or ALL time is the original Wizard of Oz. Don’t bore me with the knock offs. I watch this movie every year around thanksgiving, along with a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. (I do CB on all holidays, since I have all the Peanuts holiday movies!)
So since these came to me not totally boxed (I have Lion, Scarecrow, Glinda and Dorothy in boxes) I decided to open them up.

Each one came with a cardboard picture.


I did Scarecrow first. I notice he is articulated. So he can stumble around I suppose. I like the face paint on him. Very vivid.

Next I removed Lion from his trappings. He is not articulated. He has a hair brush. I however will not touch his locks, I like them as is! He also is the only one that can stand alone.


Tin man was coming out of his trappings with out my help! He was losing his shoes. Notice he is totally painted silver… no swapping him out with another Ken. He also is articulated. So he can sway I bet. Note, none of these had their heads tagged to the box!

Now for my vintage girls.

Molded hair Barbie.

Molded hair Midge. Or is she Francie? I don’t remember.

Why do the old dolls look ticked off? They just look so mad to me! Reminds me of the “bad” girls in the GLH books.


I do have wigs for them! These came with the Barbie but the heads are the same size even though Midge is short. I have not taken time to try dressing them. I like Midge’s suit. Barbie has a green spot, so I will find her a dress at some point to cover it. I haven’t had time to look them up as to dates yet either. I would like to note that Barbie was somewhat diverse before this latest must make a doll to look like every possible type madness.


Now, for my office pics. Notice the general chaos. My goal is to have tv dolls in one place, historical dolls in one, vintage in one and misc. in one etc..

See behind that chair? There are 2 large totes and a shelf with unopened dolls/sets/clothes in there…

Under that table are dolls I have blogged on but have not figured out their permanent place yet. Under my desk are vintage/ used modern dolls still waiting to be sorted and blogged…
I am hoping to finish my office organizing next week. I am making a decent dent in it today.

What have you been upto?
Hugs y’all

My First Real Post of the Summer…


So far this year has been fun… well not all of it but mostly.


In May we welcomed our grandson. My oldest son is now a daddy and a father. He has been daddy to my grandboy for about 4 years. Now he gets in on the beginning of things.

In June we had a block long yard sale. What didn’t sell we donated to an organization that gives items away.


In July of course were birthdays, my oldest and my Beloved. I also got my big birthday gift in July, a pool! It is not large, still it is enough for us to float in at the end of the day, and for the kids to have fun in when they visit!
What will August bring? I have no idea! I am now a Sunday school teacher in a terrific twos class. I need to get my little people juices flowing again, after years of sparse use!

Well now for the dolly news. My Beloved and I were in Walmart the other day and I, of course perused the Barbie aisle. I found clearance! Beloved gifted me 2 dolls and an outfit pack. The outfit pack wasn’t on clearance but one of the dolls I got would look darling in it.

So here we go…


This one is one of the fuller figured Barbies. I am not sure I like them yet. However I want to test out some things with a full-figured doll so I got her.
I remember what first attracted me to her. It was her hair. I have a thing about red/auburn hair on dolls. I much prefer it to blonde.
I had t use a knife to get her out of the package, everything was tied down too. They even tagged her head to the box. As readers know I detest that. I also noticed her leg is creased, in front and in back. It wasn’t noticeable in the box.
I don’t like this striped dress. So I took it off. It was difficult to remove. Her arms are very stiff at the shoulder joint. A child would have trouble with this. The more I look at her, the more I like her face, sort of sunny.

Her extra fashion… doesn’t seem to go together… funny, they give her an outfit a small child would use but make it hard to get her undressed. Makes no sense.

OK next dolly.

Anyone know what attracted me to this doll? Hint, it was not the items that came with her!
It was her hair. So curly.

Out of the box it is soft and gorgeous too. Her smile is also sweet.

She doesn’t look like her picture on the back. I don’t like that look. The curls in the picture look tight and itchy. The doll however has curls that look soft and natural.

These items that came with her will go in the play houses. She is going to be one of my models.
In fact…

I loved this set of clothes and when I saw her, I thought she would look sweet in them.

Let’s see!

I love the way her bow helps keep the hat on! She definitely fits the style of the dress. Let’s try outfit #2.

I don’t like this as much as the dress. I think for now her outfit will be the dress.

Her feet look odd to me… do they to you? Sort of crooked…

So my friends what have you been up to this summer?

Hugs y’all

A bit of an update


My Beloved is doing much better. Our life over the last several months has been topsy-turvy but should be settling into a more even groove now. In part thanks to a wonderful home care nurse named Dawn.
There are several kinds of dialysis, the most well known is hemo-dialysis. Not as well known, at least here, is a type called Peritoneal dialysis, PD for short.
PD allows the patient to do their treatment over night, and live their life normally otherwise. After much struggle, My Beloved is now fully trained to use PD, thanks to Dawn helping push the dr.
My beloved being able to have a more normal schedule, means I can have a more normal schedule and so dear friends, I plan to begin blogging again, tomorrow! it will be slow at first but it will be fun!
I hope to see you here!
Hugs Y’all!

A New Doll Family.


This post is special for my dear friend Helen.
My friend Helen has a Tammy doll. She wears almost the same size clothes as Barbie.
Since some of my clothing purchases were to large for Barbie, I found myself a Tammy.

I actually found this trio.
So now to try some of the clothes on them.
Notice how unlike Barbie they look to the left.

This one in pink is made of softer plastic than the other 2. Though similar to Barbie, her legs do not bend.


This orange gown fits her well. There s no closure in the back but a simple hook and eye could fix that.

This red doll seems to me to be the older sister of the 3. Doll wise not necessarily make wise. She is hard plastic and seems sort of loosey gooseyy in the legs area. Her choker matches her suit but I do not know if these are original to her or not.

Which of these outfits do you like for her?


This smaller one to me reminds me of a child. Preteen maybe.


I like this one best in this wild 70’s pant suit. It fits her face.

The red pantsuit one looks best in it.


For now the little one will be in this crochet dress. I haven’t found her display dress yet.

What outfits do you like?
For which doll?
These dolls are neat and I think I may have had one as a child, I remember one with white hair similar to these. The first 2 seem like older women than Barbie. The one in the red jumpsuit reminds me of Katherine Hepburn for some reason. The smaller one seems a bit like Skipper.
I enjoy the barbie world a bit more. Probbly because I have more choices in it.

Hugs y’all

Live has a way…

Of interrupting our plans doesn’t it?
About a month ago I got tossed a curve ball.
I was planning a blog post, a special one for one of my dearest friends.
I couldn’t write it because my Beloved was home sick. When he is sick I am usually staying close to him.
Well he asked to go to the clinic. We went and got sent home with meds.
We were home about 10 minutes when the clinic dr called and said, I want you to go to the er and I want you to go NOW.
We went. Beloved was admitted. He was in there 8 days. I saw they did not expect him to leave. His kidneys are failing. It has been a month and that phrase is still hard to say. As is final stage renal failure. What his condition is called. There is a small chance for improvement.
When he got out he went back to work and insisted we take our 34th anniversary trip. We spent 3 days exploring San Antonio and Fredricksburg. Ok mostly we shopped for things we can’t find locally. Like good men’s clothes for a big tall guy and Lane Bryant, since our Avenue refuses to stock dresses and skirts. We hit the lego store and thing geek and the Disney store too. Took a moonlight haunted carriage ride and had some relaxed fun for a change. No rush to go see or do we just went as we felt like it.
He is home now, doing well. Taking his meds, following orders doing dialysis 3 times a week, and still working. This man is incredible.

So while I am still doing dolly stuff I am doing it more for me right now.
There are other things going on, my youngest is now married. My oldest is going to be a dad on May 11, or sooner!
I am battling a myriad of asthma, allergies and bronchitis things, so I am pretty much normal.

My hope is to be able to do the special post this week. Now that I have found most of my office.
I am also learning new software for audio and video editing. This was also stalled by recent events.
Well y’all I am tired and want to go sit in my comfy chair and read.
hugs y’all!

Ebay #3


The 3rd installment of my ebaying spree. This is a mix of homemade and factory made.
Ready?


A delightful striped sun dress.I did not find a tag but zippers seem to appear in the older vintage clothes, followed by snaps then velcro.


I would call this an afternoon dress. it is a bit fancy for just running errands but not ball gown style either.


Among my own clothes I have home clothes and town clothes. Some things I won’t wear when shopping or such. This I would denote as a town dress.

Another one I would call an afternoon dress, I can see it at a ladies tea. Perhaps church.

Now I am going to introduce a new model. I got this one specifically to model things from the 60s-70s. I had friends at school with hair like this and it just strikes me as a good mod doll.


I think I had a dress like this as a girl!


Definitely a ball gown!


A flannel like nightie. The auction I got these clothes from listed them as Barbie, Tammy and clone clothes. I am guessing this might be a Tammy, she is just a tad bigger than Barbie. Plus this doll is a petite.


A pleather suit? What ever it is, it is ugly!


Groovy!


A knitted dress. In several of my GLH books, these are mentioned. Though I think the style might be a bit different.


Another school style dress.


My mom had clothes like these.


A corduroy dress or jumper.


I have seen things like this on old 70s tv shows.


These jump suits facinate me. I like the style, not the colors.

Another knitted or crocheted dress. A bit big on this doll but cute.


A summer nightie.


Gown or house dress? I can’t decide. It feels sort of robe like but is made as a dress.


This doll looks best in the orange dresses.

Finally a blouse for all my skirts!


I remember quilted pants!


An easter dress!


Another what I would call morning dress. At least it feels that way to me.

I love this thing. No clue what it is. It looks like a baby doll nightie set.


I love this one. Not really a nightie but a gown for lounging at home in the evenings.

So what do you think?
Any favorites?
More to come!
Hugs y’all

Ebay #2

OK first there were 2 yesterday I missed.

These are definitely party dresses!

OK now, ready for some vintage?


First my favorite real Barbie dress. Suburban shopper. This is the no hat one. The other is still unpacked! These shoes are some from my blue shoe collection. This dress does not fit this doll. She is… bustier than the old dolls. Once I unpack the vintage dolls I will model it on one of them.


First we have my red head in a maroon ensemble. It looks to me sort of western. It is so pretty!


Here we have a modern bikini babe modeling an older body suit, with skirt and jacket.

Next we have Blondie in a nightie and robe. This is the easiest of the batch to put on her!

Ok ready for some mind blowing stitchery????

First the petticoat. I used to wear these but mine never had snaps!


Ok, Dark blue. This one has a bit of tape marked Bette on it. I wonder if this was a dress for her, or if she made it…


Light blue. This one is signed, Janet L. Lein.



Purple gingham…This is marked Janet L. Lein What talent!


With bonnets


Wedding gown

A new petticoat…


Perfect in pink.


For cold days… I am sad it has such a big stain! Still, lovely.

A few odd bits I have no clue what to do with! I do have more of this pink silky stuff someplace.

Well what do you think? Isn’t this a trousseau to be the envy of any 18th or even 19th century bride?
What is your favorite? Stay tuned for more!
Hugs Y’all

Ebay Bonanza part 1


A Change in Plans.

I know last time I said I was going to do a guy fashion show.
However … since then I have been shopping. Not just any shopping.
Vintage stuff on ebay shopping. I am doing a bit of selling too, not much but some.
I have found that if I bid late night, I can score some really cool deals.
I have scored more than I can write about too. At least in one sitting.
A few things, I got extras of. For instance. I LOVE the Suburban Shopper dress. It is one of my all time favorite real Barbie fashions. I don’t care about the hat or basket, I LOVE the dress. Well there were 2 running. I had been out bid EVERYTIME I tried for one. Figuring I would only get one, I bid on both. Well either everyone had already scored one, or they didn’t see these because both my first bids won!
I now have one with hat and one with out!

Most of the clothes are home made. I must say, they are much higher quality than any recent offering by Mattel.
Among the vintage dolls I have gotten, I have found 2 Sunset Malibu Barbies. I had one of these these as a child and she was one of my favorites. Actually I remember 2 Barbies out of my kidhood. This one and the Sweet 16 my mom got me for my 10th birthday. She had a stroke about a month later so that doll meant a lot to me. Before I got her, the Malibu or suntan Barbie as I called her, was my favorite. She liked to go camping in an orange and yellow pop up camper.

So to get this series going, here are some of the clothes I received, being modeled by various dolls.

This first batch of clothes are not vintage. They were made by a 95 year old lady. It seems Miss Louise felt girls didn’t want Barbie clothes anymore (and frankly with the offerings Mattel was setting out it was more unclothed than clothes.) So her grandchildren set out to prove her wrong. They go to yard sales and get material and she sews the dresses. I am ashamed to admit but I bought quite a lot of her items. I get a decent allowance, and lately most of it has gone into Barbie, or Bible class…
So here are my favorites from Miss Louise.
OK one thing I discovered about her gowns, they work best for the straight arm lasses.


First up, a princess! This blonde is in most of the dresses. She just looked better in them than the red head or brunettes.


Here she is in blue. This dress reminds me of Mary in LHIBW. When Mary got the blue dress to go with her blonde hair and blue eyes. No clue why but this doll looks like Mary.


White with blue trim.These gowns don’t look exactly like ball gowns, but maybe daily where from the 1800s.


Sweet and simple.


Ready for bed. This gown, if you have an under slip would be good for a spring or summer evening… it is see through though so I chose it as a nightie.
Now for some of the other dolls.


Pretty organdie (I don’t know why I think organdie when I see this one)


Same lass in a light day dress.


Now for some RED dresses! LOL


OK now for a couple of my favorites.

This last also reminded me of Laura and her black cashmere she wore to marry Almanzo.
I think that is all this time. If you wish to support Miss Louise the ebay seller id is debgponca

Now in one order, I will give you a peek. I not only received clothes, I got a bonus.


These are from what I have found, 1981 Ginny dolls by Sasson. Some how I think Vogue is involved but I haven’t done any in depth searching yet. i think maybe Voge made the dolls and Sasson made the clothes.
Stay tuned, lots of vintage coming up!
Hugs Y’all!