A Misfire, Busy day Breakfast and Musings

Yesterday I attempted to bake with stevia. All the online places I found assured me this can be done. Perhaps it can, I will try again later.


However, yesterday’s attempt was a dismal failure. The dropped cookies had ugly shapes and worse, tasted awful. Like hard biscuits with no sweet at all. I even tried adding some chocolate chips and peppermint bark, not much improvement! Ultimately inedible. Though Katie enjoyed a few of the plain ones with out the added stuff.

Today I baked normal cookies and just won’t eat them all in a day. Actually, it takes days to eat a batch. I plan to make smaller cookies too and maybe freeze some. I know I can freeze dough. I may do some of that too, so I can bake a few after dinner. (I did not do any of this…) OK This is the next day. The cookies are sooo sweet. I can only eat one or 2 a day. Which is a good thing!

His

Hers
I love peanut butter, but not in cookies. Odd I know but it is me.
Since I plan to be busy baking, doing laundry, making a list of things to make for gifts and other miscellaneous, things my breakfast this morning is toast and coffee.

I chose peanut butter because it is high in protein and I need protein! My coffee as usually is well creamed and mixed with hazelnut instant coffee. Because, caffeine! I am having this again today, since it was soooo good yesterday!

My doll shelves are almost complete, I think I have dolls in the area I want them, I just need to organize them. Here is what I have so far.

Tv and Movie dolls. Beanie babies are on top of the dolls on the right. See the one in purple? She is a Rapunzel doll in a Jasmine costume, which is meant to represent Jeanie from I dream of Jeanie. I think there maybe a real Barbie version of her somewhere, but this is mine!I need to redo the top shelf and move the non Holiday dolls to other shelves, where they fit better. I do think I want this year’s holiday doll and I will need more room…

Snoopy. This shelf hasn’t really changed. I do want to rearrange it, I just haven’t figured out how yet.


Misc, Some Barbie, some Peanuts, some Princess. The shelf under it holds unopened clothes /accessory packs. The top shelf are my bigger dolls, the ones I like to dress. Once I get stands for them, I will probably unbox the ones boxed up. The boxes take up room that could be used to get more dolls!

Boxed Barbies. Some of these will get opened, some will stay boxed and some will go away entirely, because I have dups or changed my mind on wanting them.

Rag Dolls and Barbies and Ever After High. Plus the few porcelains I couldn’t part with. They remind me of Ann with and E and Diana…


Barbies. My vintage ones, I want to go on top. Then ones in their original outfits then ones I just like. Next to this are my Holiday Barbies. I have some on top of my TV/Movie ones too.
Now, my furry family …


Mouse being shy and then the look she gives me when I do not share my tacos with her.

Munchie, when she realizes mom means it when she says leave my knitting alone.

Katie when… ok pretty much anytime she wants in my lap…
Whats going on at your place?
Hugs y’all

More Bits and Bobs

I am working on a project. A friend gave me the idea.

I am going to use these. I am not sure what they were originally for and I think I paid way too much for them. I have no idea WHY I bought them in the first place.

My plan is to take photo pages, put them into a note book then use these cards to make daily to do routines.
I can color code them too for special things, like organizing holiday tasks. My everyday tasks will be one color. My once a week tasks one color, then tasks I do now and then one color and each week I can slip in what I want done that week.
This way on weeks when I have high energy, I can do more and weeks when I can barely move, I will do less. My hope is it evens out over all so my home is comfortable and neat all the time.
We have had rain now for at least 7. Days. Straight!
I thank God for the rain, and hope the bridges hold out! I heard our one dry lake is now at flood stage and they opened the flood gates on the other 2.


My friend Helen asked me for a close up of this doll. So, Helen here it is.
The boxed one is a little hard to get to.


Here is the unboxed one. This is I think, the first one. The boxed one is #2. I LOVE the hair on this doll.

These are by far my favorite style of Barbie shoes, other than boots. I LOVE boots. Can not wear them but I love them.
Also, if you love gorgeous artwork and scripture, and in general uplifting things. If you use facebook, check out Millie’s Coffee Corner. I don’t remember how I found it but I love it!

Now, just because I can, here are pictures of my adorable grandsons.

Enkel 1

Enkel 2
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

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

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!

Well 2017 is finished!


I hope your year ended well. I as usual ended up sick!
Christmas and after brought me LOTS of dolly goodness. Some Barbie, some not.
I am working on pictures and descriptions now.

Also, there will be doll opening! I got some great deals on a couple of dolls, and got multiples so I can showcase one and play with one.
For tonight I will do something small I discovered at walmart. These were in the clearance section.
Flip Zee Girls.

Never heard of them but they look fun so lets open them up and see!
The idea seems to be they hatch and you can put them back in the pod.
They are made of a rubbery feeling stuff. I love the faces. However the freckles seem to be almost chicken pock like. The pictures of them open refuse to upload for some reason. I will work on that and edit one in later.

I will work on more pictures and such. In the mean time this was my favorite gift this year…

Hugs

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