Sunday, July 28, 2019

In Celebration of Beatrix Potter....





Today on this day, in 1866, the wonderful , imaginative author Beatrix Potter was born. Author of the Tales of Peter Rabbit, Two Bad Mice, The Tale of Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Benjamin Bunny and more. Many people do not know that she was also known as the Lady of the Lakes and a great forest preserve advocate and used the funds from her books to enlarge her estates and grow her properties Hill Top Farm (unheard of for a woman in that era) Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy, Hunca Munca, and all of her writing, painting her watercolors, all funded her real passion for farming and nature which made her quite wealthy and showed a shrewdness in land investment.

Here are some photos of Annabelle taking tea and celebrating Beatrix Potter's birthday. 




Monday, July 8, 2019

A Late Post from Annabelle and Marie Terese- fourth of July!

I am VERY late with these Fourth of July celebration photos from Marie Terese & Annabelle. I know you were expecting more Poppy Looks A Plenty, but I need to get these up on the blog! 

I had wanted to do a very vintage/antique photo shoot with these two with these fabrics but because of real life the sewing did not get done on Marie Terese's outfit. I had found alot of antique photos on the outfits of parades, etc. and celebrations they used to do in the late 1890's and early 1900's and wanted to re-create those costumes for these two. Annabelle got a stars skirt. And they got Fourth of July cakes. 








Sunday, July 7, 2019

Looks-A-Plenty Poppy Parker Giftset REVIEW Part 1

Looks A Plenty Poppy Parker Giftset has arrived and I found some time late Saturday night to play and stage the pieces.  

The set comes with one full doll, fully dressed on one body, and two doll heads/busts. I will show you first what is in the giftset, and I also pre-ordered the body back when I pre-ordered the giftset. This set is very easy to assemble. 

It comes with one extra set of flat feet /legs and three extra sets of hands. Also three sets of jewelry, a purse for the doll in the evening gown, a soda pop bottle with a straw , and a black set of eyeglasses with rhinestones. 

One doll has red hair in an upswept bun, another has long blonde hair, and yet another has shocking blue hair in a blue ponytail. Their hair is gelled to make it set in these styles. 

I will just post photos now of the opening- 







The dolls in their  box, and out of their shipper. The extra bodies came in a seperate bag marked Poppy Parker 

              
                        Certificate of authenticity of the giftset




Accessories, jewelry, shoes,and purses. Also extra hands and the extra set of legs/flat feet 




Close ups of the body packs and the dolls assembled. I am sorry I did not take photos of the doll busts  and how they are assembled. The doll bust has a small hole where the torso part attaches to it. It is important you hear the link snap up into the  hole so the torso can turn at the bust. Each arm snaps into the socket. 
The blue doll's assembly was more difficult because of her outfit- the sweater has no snaps, openings, & is not stretchy so you had to  put the sweater on over the bust WITHOUT ARMS FIRST . Then take the hands off the arms and shove the arms up the arm sleeves of the sweater into the shoulder socket of the body pulling down the sweater at the shoulder so you could see without ripping it. 
Sound hard? Yeah it was. That doll will not be coming out of that sweater anytime soon.
Onto those pants..........those SKINTIGHT PANTS!
Take a pen, a skewer, and make sure that the pants - THAT ARE LINED and tend to bundle up at the feet, have the  holes which are very small, clear and free at the openings. You will haveto shove the pen or skewer when attempting to get Poppy's leg and feet into these pants. Be aware, you will think Poppy has gained weight but no it is these pants that are just SKINTIGHT . Once they are on, they are NOT COMING OFF... It took me about twenty minutes of patience fiddling with the fabric at the feet, patiently pulling it down and over each tiny foot, to get those pants on her. 
I won't even mention attempting to pull the hook and eye closure over her big fat Poppy wasp inch waist buttocks because her sweater covers it. I felt Like I had just pulled those pants on myself!  This doll isn't getting redressed!

Blonde Loungerie doll....easiest doll to dress. Put on the panties, hook her little negligee under her bosom, and slip on her heels, and you're done! Add her earrings, VOILA!  Take a rest, you have earned it. 

The  red haired evening  gown with polka dots-- in the photos I was not in love with this get up. After playing with her and looking at the train on it, and putting her jewelry on, I am. I put the big earrings on her, as I like them on her. They really make this dress. I have seen people put the earrings on the blue haired doll but this dress needs a big  piece of jewelry and those earrings match her bag. Her shoes  are lovely,but  they are difficult to keep on- you might want to use an elastic loop to keep them on. 








I will attempt to do some individual photo shoots with each doll and do a blog post on each one. My Only concern is re-dressing and undressing the blue doll. I know Integrity's point of view- these dolls are not meant to be displayed forever in their clothing- their bodies come apart more easily for play, but with the blue haired doll I am not going to be willingly undressing her out of that cute outfit anytime soon . My second problem is the black sweater  might stain her body if I leave it on too long without something underneath to protect her arms and torso. So I am torn between leaving her in this very cute and difficult outfit or re-dressing her in something else. It is extremely well made. 

Third- I am not a fan of these head/torso and body deals. I much prefer just putting heads on versus torsos, arms and such. In the last moods collection, we got 2 heads and one dressed doll and purchased two bodies. Very quick, very easy and easy to dress with the blonde doll and lavender haired doll. So I am not a fan of these many parts. I realize it is easier for the company, but it is hard on the hands and there are more headaches when attempting to dress the doll with the outfits made so freaking tight- it is more nerve wracking than it needs to be to dress a miniature doll. 

Hope you enjoyed the photos, a really great giftset, and if you have acquired it, alot of fun!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Happy Fourth of July!

I'm a Little late with this blog post, but here are some pics you may have already seen posted. I hope you had a great Fourth of July. 














I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July!

NOTE: I am selling a few dolls, off at great low prices on my Ebay store 
Ebay store PUMPKIN HILL STUDIOS    Most of the dolls that are on sale are on BUY IT NOW at $99 and below and are Integrity toys , - Fashion Royalty, Poppy Parker, Integrity toys convention dolls, IFDC Convention dolls and outfits- $85,$89 $99 and some vintage/antique dolls are $100. 







Monday, June 24, 2019

VA. Fashion Doll Club June Meeting -Red White & Blue

I was finally able to attend my doll club meeting and the theme of this meeting was Road Trip with Red White and Blue! We were hitting the road to meet at Leslie's home in Potomac, Maryland. The partial theme was 'Transportation/ Road Trip' so we all needed to bring dolls on the road, with a car, or some sort of transportation idea. We all also needed to dress in Red, White and Blue to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July- so NO PINK! 
(I was relieved at this restriction!LOL!) 

I will only be showing a few photos of Leslie's INCREDIBLE collection. Two items that were fun were her Life size Barbie and her Shoney's Big Boy statue.  So sit back and enjoy the pics. 



Leslie had cute little themed doll displays all throughout the house. This was her lantern display. Our club member Jodi started the lantern craze from Hobby Lobby and all of us are on the hunt for just the right lantern to display the dolls at the holidays. 










My favorite fourth of July display was this Statue of Liberty Barbie from the 80's or 90's displayed with the collectible Plate, and a OOAK Kelly by Luis, on a golden cake plate. 



Joey, Leslie's adorable dog, helping a club member Marina, pack up some items. Dressed for the meeting!







Leslie's life size Barbie! and some of her memoriabilia




Some of the fun nostalgia items Leslie collects...

Road trip displays! with my phone and camera








My dolls did a hike to the park picnicscene with fourth of July cakes. 



Janice and Debbie did a car scene with matching outfits





Jodi's husband repainted this cute car blue for her she won on Ebay and she got the outfit on Etsy. Really cute



Barbara's dolls from Big Little Lies



Leslie's dolls replicating her and Debbie going to the Grant a Wish convention packed to the gils and with Debbie wanting to take pics of the luggage! lol


Nita with her travel doll, Tina on the left and Marina's doll on the right 












I did alot of photos of our Road Trip display with my phone and my camera. 

And now for some of Leslies collection...

















What's behind those doors??





                                                 OMG!!!!

But wait, there's more! Front entrance hall- back to school and graduation display














Picnic Barbie and OOAK Picnic Kelly by Luis



Grant a Wish Convention Doll 
also by Luis 




My Fourth of July Cakes on display...

All in all, We all had a wonderful time. Instead of an indepth presentation, we did a swap prize, and you could 'steal' someone's else swap that they picked. The swaps were put in paper bags and you were given a number or you picked a number. After everyone opened their swaps then someone could 'swap' theirs if they saw something they liked better, but you could only do this twice. Everyone liked their swaps so much this the items were only swapped about two or three times. I won an outfit, a Toy story outfit, and a little barbie top. Very pleased. I had taken three swaps of items , two cakes and a nude Mrs. Albee doll that Marina was really pleased to get. 

Was a really fun day. So glad to be able to spend time with my doll friends.