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

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!

The Princesses.

Yes it has taken me a bit to get this post up. I am just feeling worn out these last few days.


This guy came and he helped me feel better. He kept saying say cheese… something neither of us like!

So now the Princesses from my Dolly buy.

I got Aurora! 2 of them! These are my first Auroras too! Though honestly, other than the pink ribbon, she looks a lot like Cinderella… One will go on my shelf, the other in the play area.


Ariel. Though she seems dressed more like Pebble Flinstone…


Belle, I got 2. One has the more simple gown and the full pendant. This one also has a simple gown and just a ribbon around her neck. Both of these I have already. I think the pendant one will go on the shelf.

Cinderella. I really need to do something with Ella’s hair. I think I have this one. If so I will need to see which one is more complete and put that one on the shelf.


Elsa. I got 2. Both more complete than my others so they will go on the shelf definitely. One is articulated too. The Elsas on the shelf will be reevaluated to see which goes to the play area>


I also got 3 Anna’s. All complete, one even still has her shows banded to her feet! One has a painted on body suit, she will probably go in the play box. With instructions her crown is NOT to be removed. One is articulated. She is the one with the banded shoes. The last one has a gorgeous gown on. These 2 will go on the shelf. The other one might also, depends on what the Anna there looks like!


Jasmine! My first Jasmine! She is not in her original outfit. I need to find her something princess to wear and do some hair work. Her hair feels softer than the others.


Merida… I got 4 of these. 2 are identical but one has her shoes. Can I just say, I love Merida? One of these has a different face. I love the freckles. One is articulated in the knees.

Rapunzel. I got 2. One in a cute Fashion Avenue Barbie dress. The other one seems to have way more hair than any of my others. She also has freckles and a different face. She will definitely go on the shelf.


Snow White. Who is now vying with Merida for my #1 princess. I got 3 of these. All different… One is articulated and still has her shoes. The other 2 are wearing the same dress but have much different faces.


This one has the normal, vacant stare they seem determined to stick her with. Plus some kind of glitter effect that makes her look odd.

This one looks simple, fun and cheery. This one also, it not a Mattel or Hasbro. She is a Disney doll!

Tiana. This Tiana is in perfect shape! I love Tiana’s dimples! She will definitely replace the one I have on the shelf now.
Then in the bag also were… 2 princes!

Aladdin.. ok so he was not a prince but he is my favorite of the Disney dudes. He has articulated arms and bendy legs.


Then one of the prince charmings. I think it is Cinderella’s guy but I can’t tell you why I think that! He also has articulated arms and bendy legs.

So which princess is your favorite?
Why?

I like Snow White because to me she always seemed forgotten. I like Merida because she has spunk and stands up for her ideals.
Hugs y’all