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

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!


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


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?
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 Boxed Dolls

I saw an ad on facebook for MIB Holiday Barbies. I bought 7 of the ones she had.

My plan is to leave these boxed for now. I down sized my porcelain doll collection to make more doll room.

First is the 1998 Birthday Wishes Barbie. This is not the same as the Birthday Barbie. This is marked as first in the series.

I am so tempted to open the box to straighten her dance card and pearls! I do like her gown though. Very feminine. I like the added touch of pearls in her hair too.

This next one is a character doll. Barbie as Rapunzel. I almost passed on this one because the dress just doesn’t wow me. It is pretty but the teal is just not my thing. I like the bodice though and the long braid. I think the hat is a really nice touch too!

Next is another character doll, Barbie as Sleeping Beauty. I like this dress other than the collar. I do not like that. I like the face a lot. Better than the Mattel princess Aurora. The hair on this one doesn’t wow me, it just looks messy.

Now… The holiday Barbies…

I already had this one but thought it was the brunette. 2001.
Since I had this one I gave this extra one away. I love the cape on her!

2007… LOVE this doll. I like the hair. Reminds me of Barbara Eden. I of course love the RED gown. I even like the frosty appearance of the box. She looks very delicate in the face too, which I prefer to the massively made up faces. Those are just scary. The gown reminds me of the gown Rosemary Clooney or is it Vera Ellen…wears in White Christmas.

Now this lass is a Special Edition Holiday Celebration Barbie. She looks to me like Pasquale Hutton. She has real eyelashes. I love her hand bag.

Last one, 2012! Again a very delicate looking doll. The lips are a bit too red but the rest of her make up is lighter. I also must say I definitely like the silver accents better than the gold.

So which of these are your favorite?

Next time I will show you the loose dolls I picked up last week!
Hugs y’all!

The next purchase.

OK so my main website is down. We are working on the issues. I found a backdoor to my blog so am finally able to post. Sadly, all posts for July have gone missing…

After my huge Barbie haul you would think I would have had enough to keep me busy wouldn’t you. Well I didn’t! It seems Barbie stuff comes to me either in feast or famines.

So I went and picked up a few others that have patiently waited their turn in the light!

This first one, I admit I got for the clothes. I already have one of her in perfect shape so the doll will go in the donate box. I liked the crocheted or knitted clothes.

Next this lass… I LOVE the hair do. Reminds me of Buffy from Family Affair. I like her suit too so her Dress will go on another doll.

Turns out I also got her twin!

Her dress will also go on a different doll, hmmm maybe the purple light up one…

This one, I like her bangs. Not a fan of the outfit though. Well it turns out she had bikini bottoms on under her skirt. Still not a fan but she is cute in her bikini.

Now we come to my favorites. I LOVE the beret on this one. She is not a Barbie. She is a Uneeda Doll Co. doll. Somehow to me she seems more delicately done than Barbie. She takes batteries and has a button but I don’t know what it does. I will get some new batteries and check her out. Her beret is still firmly attached to her head. I am thinking this is her original outfit. It just seems to fit her personality. I will see if I can find some dainty shoes for her.

Next is either a bride or a prom doll. Her clothes look vintagey to me. Her flowers are still banded to her wrist so I am thinking this is her original outfit.

So which one is your favorite?

Next time I will show you some dolls I got, MIB!
Hugs y’all!

The Unique Dolls

Among my large lot are several unique Barbies.

Among them is a Video Camera Barbie.She is the Video Girl Barbie. How did I miss this? She apprently caused a bit of uproar in 2010. With an FBI report “accidentally” being released to the media.
Her necklace holds the camera and her back has the view screen… I am sure we have a plug here somewhere that will fit her. I plan to ask MJ when he gets home. I will post an update if I can get her working!

Next is this lass with wings. I have never seen anything quite like her. Her hair needs a bit of fixing and I need to try and find her other shoe, it is probably in one of the baggies full of shoes. She has a weird… fin looking piece on her back too… Research on google turned up nothing, not even an image of this one! She doesn’t move either. Only her arms. Her legs don’t even move.

This one is cool… I love Dolphins! Her hair too needs a bit of work. Again, I do not recall ever seeing this one in stores!

You just wind up this knob in back and away they go!
There is a lever too which is an on and off switch. Push it up and it holds the Dolphins in place while you wind up the knob. They make quite a breeze when let go!. It turns out she is I Can Be Dolphin Trainer Barbie.

This lass had a molded on necklace. When you push the pendant, it and her belly button light up… It seems she is the Barbie Sparkle purple light up doll… Where do they get these long drawn out names from?

Actually I found 2 of these, a Blonde one too! Now I need to find a proper dress for the brunette. The yellow one does NOT go with her shoes…

The last 3 lasses are Ballerinas.

This purple one and the blue one have springs in their hips.
I have no clue what line these are from and can not find them online.

This pink one is a bit different. No springs. She does have this hoop on her back, perhaps so she can be wired to fly? Her tight skirt does not appear removable and limits her leg movements.

So which one is your favorite?
Do you think Video Girl Barbie is worthy of the hoopla surrounding her?

I think my favorite is the wind up dress Barbie. I just really love her gown!

Hugs y’all