Sunday, February 7, 2016

Poppy and Ryan...



So I dug out my re-vamped Ryan, Poppy's fiancee. He seriously needs to be replaced as I am not happy with this face sculpt. I have been shopping around for a new guy that fits the character and looks similar to the Barbie basics model guy I have and it is the Hunger Games Mockingjay Peeta Doll  you can get them at Walmart too , cheaper, for $21 right now with free pickup at the store which is what I have done- so he has only cost me $22.11 with tax. Black Label, not bad. I also want to get Katniss and Gale, as well, these two are well worth it. As well as Fenwick too, and the other Peeta doll from the first series, I need men in my scenes. My cheerleader ken guy just doesn't cut it as manly enough to go with Poppy and would make a younger teen guy. 


I really love the expression on his face, and think he will go well with my favorite Poppy. He has a romantic look about him too. 

I'm hoping he will also look good in some of the Hommes outfits I have too. I also need to get some sneakers for the boys as they are all notoriously short of them, as well as t-shirts and jeans. 

Hopefully I will be able to pick up this doll by Tuesday from my local Walmart and go from there. I have been having some problems with arthritis in my neck and arm and that has been hindering me doing as much diorama building as I would like lately. I have another doctor's appointment soon. The pain in my arm makes it difficult to lift boxes and do even minor things, and I had planned to take some items to my workshop/storage unit and get cracking on the second part of the stairs for the gothic mansion. Oh well! another setback...lol. 
Lisa.....

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Barbie's First Dreamhouse....

She has had alot of homes since 1960, but this cardboard haven still is the first one for Barbie. My aunt had this dreamhouse and I remember playing Barbie with her when she would get off the bus from high school. She was about 16 years old, I was about 5 years old, possibly 4. 

I recently purchased this item from one of the ladies in the Barbie club, Linda, who has two of them. It has some rough areas on the exterior but the handle is intact, which is highly unusual for its age. It's older than me! I got it for $20! Plus it had the cardboard furniture in it too, which needs a little stabilizing on the legs. The graphics on the interior are really nice and still bright, only a few spots on the wall in the corner and on the floor. 


















I did not have one of my vintage dolls with my so Reigning Grace will have to do, since I was taking this item to my storage unit workshop to set it up and take pics and store it for further play. I think it will make a great apartment for one of the Poppy Parkers in my storyline I want to revitalize. I remember that Mary Ann Roy of Welcome Home redid one of these vintage homes for Ken and it looked really cute. I have some similar ideas with some mod accessories to update this for diorama stories.  I also picked up Ryan and Cindy (Dreamteen Poppy Parker) and some much needed clothing to change them into. Hopefully today I can get some pics of Ryan and Poppy back together again. 
All for now, enjoy the pics!~Lisa

Friday, February 5, 2016

You're beautiful....



This video 'You're Beautiful' describes Pillow Talk Poppy Parker to a T....

I love the song and she has such a faraway look in her eye. I need to get back on track and start planning her wedding with Ryan that never took place from three or four years ago when he proposed I stopped that storyline because I switched out the Barbie Basics Model ken for Cheerleader ken, which I was never really satisfied with. I am thinking of making Ryan over to a Hunger Games face mold, to make him more mature. Another thing that stopped the wedding was I could never find a wedding gown or decide on bridesmaid gowns either...and tuxedos were not that easy to get for Ryan or who his best man would be. So this storyline got backtracked for quite a few reasons which hopefully I can pick up on. For right now, let's enjoy my favorite doll, in one of my favorite vintage outfits. 


Sometimes we need a doll to look beautiful ...just because...
~Lisa

Monday, February 1, 2016

Va. Fashion Doll club January meeting- Wintergreen Ski club

January 31st, Sunday was our January meeting & the theme was Wintergreen ski club. All the dolls were dressed in ski attire, or skating attire, sweaters, scarves, warm winter jackets, woolens, like they were vacationing at Wintergreen ski resort in the mountains of Virginia. Our refreshments were comfort food themed too- casseroles, warm gooey donuts, tomato soup, pastries, chips and salsa, and more! 

Here a few of the photos from the meeting. The centerpiece, a skating rink was the convention centerpiece one of our members Barbara, won at a past Barbie Convention.













Our doll club meetings as usual go overboard on the presentations, the displays, the food, but we have tons of fun. It was held at the marvelous Jodie's house. Here is a quick review of her incredible doll room- & some of her displays-


















There are over 100 pics in this album on my Flicker photos so I won't post more here! It was a long meeting with lots of eye candy. Especially if you are a vintage Barbie nut. Have a drink and tie one on, lol. When I got there the major doll contributers were bringing plastic TUBS of dressed dolls with skis, skates, and ski chalets to set up the presentation. No half baked foamcore setups for us! lol......
Other Barbie News.....
I just ordered the first articulated Silkie, Classic Black Dress Barbie Silkstone who is now available at BarbieCollector. com website. With my $20 reward she was only $25.95 with shipping. She may not be shipped until somewhere until 3/1/2016 since it says on the website she is a pre-order. I'm hoping she will be shipped before that. 
The other silkies are 50% off on the website, so if you haven't been able to order, they are on sale now! Debating whether to order some of the others. Just can't decide. 
~Lisa