Sparkle Girlz

Among this lot of dolls were several Sparkle Girlz.
I really like these dolls. The ones I got in this lot are really much prettier than the ones I bought new. These dolls have a more … little girl quality to them.

I love this lass’s reddish hair. Her pretty pink and lavender dress is charming. As is her simple face.


This lass, in her jeans and tee, seems to really sparkle. She looks like some one who enjoys life.


This one in her ball gown is adorable. I just need to do somethng with her hair. I ran a comb through it but it seems to need just a little something… more.


With this one, I learned what all those clear slippers were for! I love her wavy mane of golden hair. Just a quick combing put it in decent shape. It reminds me of a GLH book, Job’s Niece where Doris ran a comb through her hair to put it in order. Wish my hair was that simple!


This one has a mane of wavy brown hair, so thick! For supposedly cheap dolls, they are really well done! All of these dresses are gorgeous.


This one’s face looks so bright and cheery! How can such similar faces, done in vinyl manage to send out emotional vibes? Love the pink dress too! So happy!


Another reddish mane! Again a quick combing set it to rights. I think I will experiment with a braid or 2 once I get all the new dolls written up, Once that is done, it will be play time!


This AA lass is gorgeous. Her hair felt softer and silkier than all the others.

I really do like these dolls. One big thing I like is, their hair never seems to get in their eyes. At least so far! I like their simple lines and ease of dressing. The hair is really well rooted too. Plus, while I am not a big fan of the head proportions it does make it easier to comb and style.

The one thing I do not like, is their heads are hard and filled with glue. I know this because I got a couple at the thrift store once, planning to use one of them as a donor body for a Barbie head. Taking the head off is impossible, it breaks the neck, which is why I needed a donor body in the first place!

So which Sparkle Girl is your favorite? I like the AA hair the best though I like the first red head’s face better.

Net time I will post the miscellaneous dolls I can’t identify.
They are not Barbie, Sparkle, Bratz or any other line I have seen before!

Now, because he is adorable, here are some pictures of my GB. We went to a new ice cream place. The Latest Scoop.

Best ice cream on the planet!

Hugs y’all

Ok so Bratz… (A post even for non fans)

Now I will state when Bratz came out I did not like them at all.
Among doll lines they are still not a favorite. However Several of these I just got, are growing on me.
I joined a Bratz forum to try and learn more. Only to find it has been inactive for about 8 months! I guess the cool factor has worn off on them.
However I did find 2 names.


I have Cloe. She is one I am learning to like. Her hat is too fun. Plus, I like the boots. Though mine would need to be flats… or flatz???


I have also identified Masquerade Penn, as a vampire. There might be a shirt for him in the bag of clothes. I haven’t looked closely at it yet.


Another one I really am beginning to like, I call the hippie chic. It is her hair! LOL I LOVE the long hair. She is taller than the rest by a good margin. I found one like her on ebay but she was wearing pink sneakers not these boots. I don’t know which is really hers. She was the only doll with out shoes and these were the only shoes so this is what she got! The ebay person did not give her a name either.*** While looking up the orange haired doll, I did find a picture of Meygan, in this outfit… It was only a head shot, but at least I know who she is…


Next on my getting to like it list is this lass. I can’t find her anywhere, definitively. I have found several that look really close… I haven’t gone over any of these with my comb yet. I like her because she is just clean and simple.

The rest of these, maybe they will grow on me too eventually.


I do like how simple this one is. No bling, just a girl in her jeans. When I was young, I might have even pulled this look together myself. I loved my jeans, boots and tees!

This one… oh my word! That hair! I love it but it is going to be a challenge for sure!


This one too is simple. I like the color combinations and there isn’t any blaring bling with her.


This one I am sure is Bratz. I think it is Megyan. The hair color and the boots are right but I can’t find her in this outfit. This doll is also different in that her legs and arms are articulated. I too love the RED hair!


This one too is getting to me. Such soft colors in her face. While the lips on the Bratz bug me, I have to admit the make up is beautiful. I like the colors in her clothes too. I admit here and now, those pictures women take pooching out their lips, drive me batty. Ladies, it is NOT at all attractive! Then again I don’t like those open mouth poses either…

These next 4 may or may not be Bratz. They have the same stamps on their backs from MGM but they only loosely resemble the Bratz…


This one is shorter than the others and is not peg legged. I read there was a Bratz kids line of shorter dolls… Perhaps she is one of those…


This one does have the peg leg with… feet attached…

These last 2, now that I look at them I wonder.

This one somehow reminds me of an anime character. She really is cute. She also reminds me of my 2nd dil, my youngest’s girl. This doll on Amazon looks like her. The hair isn’t just the right color, but they have on also called Lottie with this color hair…


This one… I was thinking maybe a MH doll. She doesn’t fit though. She has the Bratz style eyes. She is peg legged. However looking over the only Bratz site with character pictures, I can’t find her. The spider and cobweb is more MH-ish…

Now, perhaps it was the packaging they came in. I remember the whole look being one of… I don’t know, when I saw the dolls in the store I thought of them as disgruntled, discontented. I also thought the make up was over the top. However seeing these, no packaging and sitting side by side with my EAH, Barbie and so on, their make up is not so glaring. Actually, compared with several of the outfits for Barbie, these dolls are modest!
Though to be honest, a lot of the modern Barbie stuff, I just don’t like.
So what do you think? Bratz yea or nay?
Next time, I am delving into the Sparkle Girlz! These are prettier than the ones I bought new!
Hugs Y’all!

The Beginning.

So tonight I will do as requested.
One reader asked that I begin with the EAH dolls.
I KNOW 3 of these dolls are EAH.(Cuz I found their direct matches here)
The others I suspect but am not sure.
So I will begin with the not sure ones first.


This little orange haired lass might be a Bratz. I always thought Bratz had peg legs though and she does not. However neither is she slim and jointed like the EAH dolls.


This red haired lass is slim and jointed. However I can not find any doll that looks like her. She looks a bit like Rosabella Beauty. I do not think she is a Bratz. I however have no clue who she is! Maybe a Monster high?

These 3 I know who they are!


Apple White, I have one of her already.


Blondie Locks, Daughter of Goldie Locks


Briar Beauty, daughter of Sleeping Beauty (AKA Aurora)

Ok, now for the clothing puzzle from last night.


Remember this cape?

Now, remember this dress?

Tada, a set! Each from a different sale event! This is why I keep mismatched shoes. Eventually a mate might just appear! Each has a black and white Original Barbie label.

I am tired tonight so this will be all for this time!
Hugs y’all!

Wow, Just Wow!

Ladies do I have a story for you! When I first began sharing my doll stories, I rarely, if ever, found any really cool dolly related items. Now it seems each week I find at least 3 dolls to share. True, they usually need help, but that is what I am doing. Learning how to at least restore a doll to playable condition. I am lucky in that I have a Beloved that not only tolerates my hobby, but actively encourages me in it!
Here we go.
So yesterday I went to my friend’s shop. As usual I ran into Salvation Army on my way.


Where I found this. Yep, I now own a pink Barbie Corvette convertible. It is remote controlled but there was no remote, so I have no control!

Total price? $2.41!


Then I went to Elizabeth’s. She had this waiting.
A newer Barbie trunk. Inside were 9 dolls!
Here they are.
I am not going to do a big post on them tonight. This is just a run down of what I got this weekend.

Why? Well because I answered a facebook ad.
This is what I got!


I have not truly begun sorting yet. There are at least 50 dolls. All in nearly new condition. Of course, as with most dolls I get, some need hair help. None of these are in major distress and all are clean! Plus… there are NO neekid ones!

So far I know there are at least 11 mermaids! There are Bratz, MH, EAH and some I don’t recognize. I think there are even some my scene dolls. Plus guy dolls! Aladdin and one of the Prince Charmings. I think Ella’s.

I am going to sort and take pictures. There are many Disney princesses. So I will sort what I already have, and weed out the imperfect ones, replacing them with these!

Plus, several Chelsea’s. (Used to be Kelly, Barbie’s 5 yo sister.)

OK, besides the dolls, there are 3 horses.


2 Baggies stuffed with shoes.


A baggie stuffed with clothes.


Does this piece look familiar? I will show the answer tomorrow.

2 Mermaid costumes!


A baggie stuffed with accessories!

Plus the first yard sale I hit this morning had this.

A box of Barbie house furniture! Being wicker, I think it will go in the weekend house. I am also thinking of painting it all white.

Until I paint it I will set it up like this. I have foam and other things to make mattresses. This house is now ready for the weekend!


There were 2 real wood pieces too, which I will paint and put in the big house.

Plus this, a jar of Barbie goodies!

All together a big Barbie day!
What should I post about first?
Barbies?
Mermaids?
Princesses?
Miscellaneous dolls?
Just to give you a taste of the dolls to come…

Let me know in the comments!

Now I want to correct an impression I left last night. While the Raquelle doll is not my favorite, she gets high marks for being playable. I like her suit, that was what attracted me to her. I notice the fashionista dolls are all made like her. Very hard, though on most their heads move more and easily. I just miss the move-ability of the older dolls.
Hugs y’all!

Which doll is a better value?


For today’s post I did something that for me is, a bit wild!
I went to 3 stores and purchased 5 dolls… at full price…

I went to Walmart, Dollar General and Family Dollar.

I am going to review each of these dolls by 4 criteria. As a collector I look at 3 main things in choosing dolls.
1) Looks. Is the doll pretty? If not pretty is she at least unique in some way (which is why that Robin Williams faced witch dolls came home with me)Does she have obvious seams in her arms and legs?
2) Movement. Does she have joints in good shape? This isn’t as important in dolls that will sit on my shelf. However in dolls for my staging it is a factor.
3) Playability. By this I mean can a child (or impatient adult) undress and redress her easily? Is her hair combable or is it a snarled mess? One reason fashion dolls are so popular is little girls (and little girls at heart) love to shange out fits and shoes. Match purses and so on.

When buying new these 3 criteria are joined by a forth.
Ease of removing it from the box. For dolls I really like, I will make exceptions on this one.

The other day I wrote about a doll I got from dollar tree. I called her Daisy. This doll while cheap was ok. She moved, her clothes were easy on and off as well as they fit Barbie well enough. A bit short, but a seamstress with lace or ribbon can fix that easily enough.

Today I got a “Polly” doll from Family Dollar. Her price tag was $1.75. She came out of her package easily enough. Her hair is a simple straight cut.
Her face is ok. She does have a twist and turn waist.

Her clothes to me are odd. Pink polka dot tank, grey tweed looking shorts and purple heels…

When she sits one of her shoes pops off, they do not fit her well at all. Her knees are ridged.


Getting her shorts off was easy. Sadly the velcro began to come off in the process. Removing the top was a whole other ball game. To remove the top, I had to take her apart. Seriously, I had to remove her arm to get the top off.

Her clothes will not fit Barbie. They do however fit Skipper… sort of. Given that I can not find Skipper clothes I might spend the money on this doll occasionally if she has a super cute outfit on.

Between the 2, I would rather spend the $1 at Dollar tree than the $1.75 at Family Dollar.


Next, from Dollar General I got a Glimma Girls doll. The price is $5. Her box was a bit hard to negotiate. With the help of my exacto knife I got her out!

She is kinda cute. The look on her face says she is not happy with that schmaltzy name. She reminds me of the old puppet shows on TV. Where the heads were always bigger than the bodies… She has a solid waist, no twist and turn (t&t). Her knees flex but do not bend.

I am not going to remove her clothes to try them on Barbie because I am afraid to do so would damage these wing things she has on her back. They are a sort of clear film paper. This would also prevent her hair from being brushed. I don’t see a way to safely remove them. So for playability, she gets low marks.

The next doll I got was a Sparkle Girlz from Walmart. Price $4.94 Her box was a cone she just slid right out after I unbanded her feet.


I like her face. She too has the big head, no t&t waist and her knees barely flex. Her hair is soft and combable. I tried her shoes on Barbie and they did not go on. She reminds me also of those old tv puppets. As well as some sort of scifi space chick. Though not as bimbo like as the ones I showed the other day. On both these dolls, if buying for a child, I would not the spend money. They would be damaged by playing.


Next we have Lovely Patsy, which I found at Family Dollar for $5. Her dress looks to me… 1940sish…I keep expecting to get a whiff of Chanel No.5. The gold just does not set off the silver jewelry or the pink shoes to advantage.


Her knees do bend a tiny bit. No t&t waist. Her dress seems to fit loosely. It is even on Barbie. She has a lovely face and seems to me very playable. Her shoes do fit Barbie.

The last doll I got was Raquelle. I, to keep the competition fair got the $5 one. Honestly I was disappointed. Nothing bends on her. Her face is lovely. She came out of the box easily. They didn’t tag her head to the box.


There is just nothing to this doll. I understand she is meant as a first Barbie. However, they could give her bendable knees and or a t&t waist. Her head doesn’t even slightly tilt like most of my other dolls so she can “look” at the camera. She just stares off into space… Her hair is simple and straight. Her suit is painted on and frankly why I choose her. I liked the suit. Of all the dolls, she was hardest to get to sit up.


She can wear Patsy’s clothes and shoes.

My over all feeling is, if you have $5 to spend on a doll, your money goes better with the Patsy. You get the doll and accessories for the same cost as the cheapest Barbie model.

My ranking for these dolls.
#1 Patsy
#2 Raquelle
#3 Sparkle Girlz
#4 Glimma Girls
#5 Dollar Tree dolls
I wouldn’t even spend money on the Polly doll.
So what am I going to do with these dolls? Well I am seriously considering a Lovely Patsy collection. She and the others will join the shelf dolls. The dollar ones, will go in the pile to donate.
Now tomorrow… I am getting an influx of new to me dolls and accessories… Stay tuned!

Hugs y’all!

Fashion Show #2


Fashion Show #2

First, I want to test the Dollar Tree Doll.

I found one whose dress I liked. The doll looks ok. Lets open her up and see.

OK first off she is not tied to the box. She just slips right out. Mattel, take a lesson. This doll is much easier for a child to get to.

She would be a petite Barbie.

I got this outfit too. Lets see how Barbie does in it.

Not bad. The pants slipped on easily. They are high waters on her but don’t look too bad.

Her date for a movie! Ken is wearing a new set I got a couple days ago for him. The tee is a bit more snug on him but at least it closes in the back with out making him look like he is about to become the Hulk…

Over all I like the ease of these clothes. They are not too snug on Barbie.

Lets try Barbie in another out fit.

I love this shirt. These pants were not my first choice. I tried to put on a pair of Barbie Jordache jeans on her. They made it to her thighs snd refused to go up anymore.

So here are Barbie and Ken prepared for a hike to the fishing hole.

That evening they attended another movie.

Now lets look at our French lass. I say that because the writing on her box is english and french.

In her 2nd outfit.

Look, the Jordache jeans fit her! A bit long but with her high heels they work! Just an aside, this doll reminds me of Daisy Grant on Madame Secretary. On the whole though, I don’t like this doll (Sorry Daisy) I like the face. The ease of removing her from her box. There is nothing wrong with her really but she just feels… well like a $1 store doll. So if I buy them in the future it will be only for the clothes. I do like the clothes. They go on and off easily and with the exception of stray thread ends here and there, really work as well and look as nice as the higher priced value dresses by Mattel. LOL I have noticed too, many of them look very similar to my cheap china dresses I got off ebay!

Here is a look at what happens when I prepare a blog post…

The drawers on the left of my desk are full of, dolls, clothes and accessories!

Which explode when I begin picking out which clothes and which dolls to show!

I Bought this set so Barbie could have coffee…

When I saw it in their hands, it reminded me of my friend Jalene, aka Farmer J, She LOVES her coffee!

He pours her a cup.

Then waits patiently for cookies!

I like these 2 dolls as a couple. What do you think?

Hugs y’all

Wow!

Wow.
Well I had today’s blog post all pictured out last night in my mind.
I was going to show what I got yesterday in a $2 misc tote of Barbie things. I will still do that.
I was also going to have a fashion show with what I got in that tote. That will wait.

This morning I stayed home from church. My head ached and my lungs felt full of stuffing. A sure sign rain is in the vicinity. So when my head cleared a bit (Usually this will happen about 3 hours after I wake up) Beloved took me to breakfast. While there he asked me to check facebook for any yard or estate sales. They are rare on Sundays.

Instead I found another Barbie house. I messaged the lady.
She sent me back a message. She was less than 2 miles from my house!

I went to see it. Now I am going to pause to tell you, she has the most adorable children. Plus, she fosters others. Ladies, I have worked in day care for over 25 years, then 5 as a retail toy clerk. Foster moms are heroes. So are foster dads but in most cases, 95% of the job falls on the moms. So my dear, if you see this, may God bless you!

So this little guy opens the door to my knock. I said honey where is your mom? Does she know you opened the door? He smiled and said she is in here and yes.

A few seconds later here came mom, she heard voices and… thanked me for not being an ax murderer! LOL The whole family was adorable.

I looked the house over and knew my dolls needed it. It has no fancy anything but I like that. Then came time to get it in my truck. Y’all I drive a Durango. This baby would not fit in my truck! In part because I have a car seat for G and taking it out is a bear.
Her hubby said he could drive it to my house.

Want to see it?

Tada!

It is 5ft tall. How do I know? I am 5’1” and it is almost as tall as I am. I sent Beloved a picture of it, with me in front of it! It needs a bit of TLC. I can live with it as is. I may paint it some day. Maybe get my dil to paint designs in it.

The neat thing is, the furniture I got for the other house that is too big for it will fit in this one! So I get to decorate 2 houses! I plan to put something in front of the painted door. That just looks silly to me. Maybe that shelf I made for the other house… or maybe I will make a bigger one for this house.

OK now onto my score from yesterday!


I got Shoes.

Purses.

Jewels.


Misc.

Shorts

Jackets, or robes

tops

dresses/night gowns

Princess gowns!

My favorite of the dresses. I think I have shoes that will go with it too!

I believe this one is Anna from Frozen.

Dolls!

Ken

Ken clothes, and shoes!

Lastly this odd little dress I think must be for a Skipper…

All that for $2!

Tomorrow I will do a fashion show with these dolls and clothes.
Maybe if my office is done being restructured, I will post pictures of it too.

Hugs y’all!
P.S. As I write this, we have been having storms off and on! My head was right!

Traveling Thursday

Today I went with a group from church to go see the Blue Bonnets. I have lived in Texas for about 25 years and I have never gone and seen Blue Bonnets in the wild.

We went to see the Regency Bridge. It is a suspension bridge off of JCT 500. We got a bit lost and had to back track to find it.

I and 2 others thought this was where the Blue Bonnets were. We got there and I said It is gorgeous but I see no Blue Bonnets… the lady who organized the trip said oh, they aren’t here… they are out near Mason where we are going for lunch.

My pictures of the bridge do not do it justice. We parked the car and walked over the bridge. We could feel the bounce of us walking on it.

I noticed on one side the river (Colorado) was moving at a fairly good clip. On the other side not so much. To me that was a Little weird! This bridge built in 1939, replaces one taken out by flood in 1936.

I took photos of some of the graffiti on the rail posts.
It is also know as the Regency Ghost Town bridge and The “Swinging Bridge”. It is one of the last surviving suspension bridges in Texas.

We did not see many Blue Bonnets, but here are what we did see.
I know Indian Paintbrush is the orange one. I have no clue on the others except the few Blue Bonnets.

Plus, since I love old buildings…

McCullough County Courthouse.

The cafe in Mason where we had lunch.

Honestly the history of the building made a much better impression on me than the food. For the quality, the food was much over priced.

If I ever make another trip to mason (to ummm check out the antiques stores we saw!) I will find another place to eat.

I was going to do something Dolly tonight but I am just too tired.
I saw in the paper some sales tomorrow, so perhaps we will have some new discoveries to go over!

Hug Y’all!

Sorting! The Fun Kind…

OK as I said I am done showcasing the Barbies from the last couple of weeks.

From now on it will be ones added to my collection over time. One caveat to this… there is a sale tomorrow, that advertised Barbies! So I may have some new ones to share tomorrow night. We will see.
I do have a question for Barbie collectors. I have noticed on the dolls I have unboxed, their clothes are not tagged. Is the the norm or a new thing?

Another question. I have other boxed dolls. Well not boxed so much as in plastic. These are all relatively cheap dolls, usually about $12. I got most on clearance. Is there any value in keeping them in the boxes?

To be honest I have thought often of just selling them off or giving them away. I don’t know at this point why I even bought them. I did give away my Butterfly Art Barbies. The market has been flooded with them since I got mine on rush clearance at Amazon years ago. Though they are kind of growing on me…

Here are the candidates for opening.

Spy Teresa


Spy Barbie

Pink and Fabulous Barbie with brown hair. I always thought it was Teresa that has the brown hair…

I can be Actress Barbie. Looking at this one, she has so many tiny accessories, I think boxed is best for her.

My shelves are working well. However…

Look at all the unhoused dolls! True some are duplicates and triplicates.

This shelf set is going to be for the formal, ball gown or Bride type dolls.

This shelf set will house the DOW, American Story (Of which, I found out, there are 4 more I need to hunt for!)

This under shelf is where I plan to put the dolls I intend to … play with… as in changing outfits now and then…


Over here are dolls that will not be unboxed. I think all the top shelves will be these as well. So I don’t worry so much about dusting!


Star Trek!


Dorothy

Tea Party

Valentine Sweet Heart

Pilot


I now have 4 or 5 Snow Whites so this one will stay in her box.


So will this gorgeous Belle, at least until I find another on clearance!

OK some dolly help is needed.


Yes I know Donnie and Marie…

Who are these two, who look ready to play tennis?

This guy with the sort of prince jacket? He is marked, Ken Mattel inc Patent pending MCMLX (MJ says this is 1960) On his foot he is marked Japan. I have had him for a while, just stuck him on the shelf. I think I paid $1 for him on our vacation across country yard saleing 2 years ago.

And this guy? He is very wiggly. Marked Ken, Hong Kong.

This cute blonde? She is wearing a Sweet 16 dress. That I know well!

This is Camp Barbie, I bought her new. She has lost her lantern. It is here someplace. (We have moved several times and had various people “help” in the packing since I got her)

Now I have this coca cola Barbie, her box has been wet… Unbox or keep as is? She will be my only Barbie in jeans…

I think the ones that will not be unboxed will go up on the top shelf. Then the princess dolls can go on the next shelf, leaving me the bookcase top for more unboxed dolls.

Beloved made me this tonight:


Isn’t it cute!
Well I need to be up and at it early tomorrow so good night! If you have any insights into any of these dolls or clothes PLEASE share!

Hugs y’all

SACA Dinner


Saturday February 25th MJ and I attended the annual SACA (San Angelo Christian Academy) fund raising dinner. As a part of the dinner there are 2 auctions. 1 silent, 1 live. As usual the items in the live auction, while they would be awesome, were well above my purse!

I did bid on 3 items in the silent auction. A rocking chair, a Barbie in a lilac crocheted gown and a science kit. An odd mix isn’t it? Well I collect rockers and there were no bids on it yet, and I collect Barbies, she also had no bids. The science kit would go to my nephew, the student we attend these events in support of.

The band played. The choirs sang and then they had a couple of skits. The pastor of the church that houses the school talked a little and promised a sermon on propitiation… but they cut that from the program… I never have heard his sermon on propitiation… Seriously, knowing this pastor, that was a joke.

Two of the skits I found really fun. One had 4 students in it. They were all talking as if they were cookies and gave a short description of the life and what it is like to be a cookie. My favorite in this batch was the young man, probably 3rd grade, who must love oatmeal raisin cookies. He did a grand job on it.

The other skit that I really liked was a version of Tangled. Two young ladies did this one… I hope they keep their senses of humor as adults, they will be fun to hang around with!

Dinner was brisket with a potato casserole, green beans and a roll. Tea and lemonade were offered as drinks.

How did my bids do in the silent auction?
I was outbid on the rocker and the science kit. I was floored to find out I won the Barbie! I have looked at these dolls and never hoped to afford one. I know how time consuming they are to make. I actually feel bad for the donor that my small bid was the only one. In any case she is now part of my collection!

Hugs y’all