Monday, November 23, 2015

New Gowns for my girls....

Christmas is coming and I decided a few weeks ago I needed new gowns for my girls. I had been watching several sellers on Ebay but one had caught my eye because of their prices and the work on the dresses were just lovely. This seller was known as Doll Studio by Eaki .

I ordered five dresses, one long and four short sequined strapless gowns. Two or three of them in the same color were meant for Christmas gifts for doll friends. They averaged 16.99- to 21.99 and if you purchased five gowns you got free shipping. I had received a $5 coupon from Ebay (for being such a great spender) so my total came to less than the $84.99 plus free shipping from Thailand. Ordinarily, it is $8 per dress plus $4 per additional item, if ordering less than five. 

The red dress I ordered three of, but he included a green dress for FREE! What an incrediblely generous seller. The gowns are all lined. I have shown the sequined dresses on my Poppy Parkers. They will probably fit Silkstone Barbie or some of the Fashion Royalty dolls like Victoire better. He uses snaps which I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE! (I abhore those dreaded hooks without eyes that Integrity uses. grrrrr...) The long white gown I purchased for my darker skinned gals like Natalia and my Lucky Strike may be tight but it was gorgeous, and had a beading detail that hangs down from the sleeve. 

Here are some photos of the Poppys in their dresses.

The other dress I got was the long white gown and it is very lovely a mermaid gown. The chiffon train on it would make a perfect bridal gown. Eaki's dresses would be great to stock a ladies' boutique or outfit your girls for a evening fashion show or cocktail party for a reasonable price. 

Of course, my playboy Tony Stark cannot keep his eyes off of her in that dress. 

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!~Lisa

Friday, November 20, 2015

Integrity Convention Style Lab dolls

After Integrity has its annual convention, it usually gives all of its unlucky non- attendees the chance to buy any of the leftovers. Little did we dream of the possibilities this year!

This year, besides the lottery on dolls that were centerpieces or workshop and souvenir dolls- gasp! (which I did win- but that is for another blog post!) They gave us the chance to purchase- gasp! CI STYLE LAB DOLLS AND FASHIONS!

SHHH?!! Shut UP! Did I say that loud enough?? Last year I attended convention, paid the cost and stood in line - my ticket to shop was last last last , and I was lucky enough to get two CI guys but no clothing for them even though Iwas promised and it was my first time in line. I cannot tell you how limited they make these dolls and fashions and what a deal they are. To imagine to be able to get your dolly hands on them AFTER the party is over directly from integrity or the cost of shipping is Heaven in a box. Well, I went crazy. 

First, I purchased Monroe Jillian (the Marilyn Monroe look-alike) . This was the only female CI I wanted as soon as i saw her in the flicker photos. I also had had had to have that gown, Golden Moment. So Yes people I pushed the buyitnow button. 

Second, I bought Sterling Reese (Errol Flynn look-alike) and his outfit, Natural Talent. He was the only CI guy I had had to have, even though I liked them all. 

I had to think a bit on the men's fashions, but I went back the next day and bought the rest of them except for Wild One, which was sold out. My other two CI guys from last year did not have shoes or anything that fit them. So this was my chance to rack up. 

I will take better photos later, but here are the two stars of the moment, Jillian and Reese. I will probably not undress these dolls as those pants are not coming off as they were darn near impossible to put on him!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It was on my to-do list...

...that is., playing with the Comic balloon text  window in PicMonkey . It is one of those 'get-around-to-it' type of things that I have time for on weekends but I never have time for, you know what I mean? It takes time to configure and sometimes it is more fun to just post the pics than doodle with them. Just getting the little 'Good Morning, have a great day!' to fit perfectly in this balloon was fiddley. 

I have always loved Comic books- as a kid my favorites were the Archies, especially Betty & Veronica some of which I still have , but my especial favorites as a youngster were Richie Rich and his one of a kind Dollarmation ( which had dollar signs on it instead of spots). I still have stacks of those old comic books that were purchased for a quarter at the local 7-11 with a slurpee when I was a kid. Creating my own 'comics' now with dolls and props is kind of cool in a way, and much more elegant and 'richie-rich' like with the kind of props I use now and makes me smile. I guess that is why I identify with the show Big Bang Theory and when the guys talk about Mint IN box and Sheldon opens Leonard's Mego Transformer after his breaks because he knows Leonard will never opens his. I adored it when he said-'That is what 1974 smells like...' because that is exactly what I said when I opened my Country camper I purchased off of Ebay, only substitute  Mint in box. 

Long story short I hope to do more pics with these little balloons /conversations in them and maybe develop a real looking photostory. 
All for now- Lisa

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pray for Paris....

In light of the massacre that happened on November 13th, many dolly pictures have been making the rounds on Facebook groups and Flicker. It is hard to ignore and as my husband is 2nd generation French, his father came from Lorraine, France as a child. I decided to share my own custom Louis XVl by Dawn of One Sixth Sense & my custom Lilac Frost Marie Antoinette Poppy.  

Praying for Paris....or En Francais, ...
Prier pour Paris.... Vive Le France!  


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Santa's workshop & new Prop item alert...

I have been distracted by my plans for decorating the Gothic mansion for Christmas  and working on its second half,  Set B with the staircase, as well as dusting off Santa's workshop from last year and doing some more dioramas with it this year. 

If you remember, last year this was Santa's workshop with a dollhouse assembly line. Santa's workshop will be in full swing this year, but with another added addition to his I am working on that too. 

So....prop alert. Yesterday I went to Michael's to begin to get the needed wallpaper and scrapbook papers for the added addition to the set for the staircase and stumbled across these 2 ft trees with snow and lights. They take 3 AA batteries. 

On the box it stated they were 19.99 each, but were 40% off until today which made them 11.99 each. I grabbed three of them. They also had four ft. ones as well which really would have rounded out the mansion, and they were more. Ugh. I hate sales sometimes especially when doll sales are going on! Especially since the  W Club is doing lotteries and sales at the same time! 

Ok, now that my financial woe rant is over, is what the trees look like with dolls. I did not have batteries to fully test them out yet. 

I think these trees look stunning. I can think of so many scenes with so many dolls they will look great my Queen of the dark forest, my vampire dolls, etc. I am going to try to get two four ft trees too. 

I de-boxed my new Christmas 2007 Barbie and took photos of her with these trees and she looks stunning. So glad I picked her up at the doll show. 

Hopefully I will have more on the mansion, but it is slow going. I have been distracted with some rather distressing and depressing family members this week, which has wreaked a little havoc. It is hard to focus with negative people and drama in your life. Hopefully that will be over with soon. 

All for now- Lisa

Monday, November 9, 2015

1:6 scale staircase!

My new prop that I have been harping about for weeks arrived on Friday from the ebay seller li.Felice  of Puredream Dolls . She sells alot of 1:6 scale furniture and that is where my 1:6 scale staircase came from. (if you are interested, it looks like she only has one left listed.) This thing was packed extremely well and came all the way from Shanghai China to Virginia intact. That is saying alot for the country bumpkins who deliver to where I live. PureDream Dolls sells furniture quite reasonable in 1:6 scale in a highquality wood, with a variety of patterns, and the shipping is reasonable as well considering it has to come from China. The scale works well too. Jatman Stories used this staircase in one of their recent photostories, Team Roommate which was quite the hit and where I got the idea to use the stair case for my own mansion diorama. Ever since I saw it I have wanted this piece and saved for it. 

So Set B of the Gothic Mansion Dark Hollows now can begin, but it wouldn't be any fun without some Fashion Royalty girls and some camera time!

First, a few teasers...

It is quite a large piece and is exquisite. Though it is pricey I would put it up against the Byer's choice staircase any day as it could be installed inside a dollhouse. 

I love these two photos of Eugenia apprehensively, slowly going up the stairs. She soooo looks like Grace Kelly out of Rear Window. The staircase, with the walnut finish, the heavy Victorian furniture, the heavy brocades, columns, creates a feeling of heavy luxury and gothic foreboding. Hitchcock, here we come...

One with Agnes at the foot of the steps. I really love the perspective from this viewpoint. 

I have more photos but will post more later. I hope you enjoy the pics!~Lisa