Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Black & White Tweed Suit Silkstone Barbie 2017

So Mattel , or Barbie Collector sent out an email with this delicious lovely. The ability to pre-order her for $75 between 3/27-3/29 . Sounds wonderful right? 

Well, as usual, there were some glitches in the system. Some people were able to by a freak glitch in the system, use the previous 20% off which had said that 2017 dolls were excluded. 
Then some ordered her from dealers, who were offering her for $55 and then upped the price to $69.99 when they saw Mattel going to $75. Once again this looks like a Camel Coat bait and switch on the price. Sigh. 

Black & White Tween Suit Silkstone Barbie is backordered right now on the Barbie Collector website until April 29, 2017.  Their website sent me an email but it did not say that in the email, it said that when I ordered the doll and so I imagine soon I will get an email telling me the doll is backordered. I have heard it that the website (once again, ) is being re-vamped. 

I have to say I ordered this doll because I wished to add her to my collection of silkstones that wear suits, and she is on the new articulated body. I adore her, but one person stated she should have worn a black hat instead of the white one, and I agree with that. They might have wanted to change it up a bit. I think it makes her look a little snazzy. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

American Horror Story - Coven Dolls

I should have given you a post long ago when the dolls began to trickle in, but I was pre-occupied with other things. I had expected Fiona Goode to arrive when Myrtle Snow came in. Turns out Fiona Goode wanted to make an entrance two months later than Myrtle. Fiona finally arrived this week. And she was well worth the wait. 

I have to admit to having never watched the show Coven or even clips of it. But I do find the box cover graphics of it and what I have read of it intriguing. I especially like the photos of the actress who played Myrtle Snow and thought the doll they did of her very striking, which is why I purchased her. I like unique and eccentric dolls that do not fit the 'Supermodel' look. I especially liked the photos of Myrtle looking out the window with her cigarette. It looked provocative and refreshing. I grew up with women who smoked. No I don't smoke, but I don't get offended when others do. lol. 

I was disappointed when her box didn't include a long cigarette holder. It would have been elegant with those yellow gloves and that outfit. Reminds me a bit of the Phyllis Diller look with that wild hair. 

I used my haunted diorama Victorian walls for the backdrop on these two and a white foamcore wall on the backwall.  Thought an elegant black and white look would go well since Fiona is into 'black' and looking youthful and it would compliment both of their outfits. I will make more of a diorama for them.

I can say that Fiona's umbrella rocks! Her outfit , the only thing that bothers me is the shoes do not fit well over those seamed stockings. The only complaint of the whole doll I have. Her face is lovely, I love the outfit. Very chic. She really does look like the actress. I am tempted to buy more of the dolls from Integrity if they have more of them left, and if my wallet will allow.  Like her daughter Zoe, if they aren't sold out. Oh well. 

Enjoy the photos. Hopefully I will have a complete diorama set up with these two. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Hope ya wearing of the green! Here are some fun photos from the archives. Enjoy!

These are from my 2015 Barbie fashion doll club meeting where we celebrated St. Patrick's day with dolls dressed in green and also had a diorama competition of anything Ireland, so I did a diorama with an Irish Croft/cottage and Irish couple eating an Irish breakfast.  I won first place and the little Irish shamrock teaset shown in one of the photos. 

And of course, Cate Blanchette dressed in her fabulous green....

And a fabulous shamrock cake or two...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Barbie's Birthday continued....

I somewhat commandeered the post yesterday on Barbie's birthday and used an old photo from my archives, since I hadn't done any new set ups for her.  Later in the evening after I had finished celebrating my anniversary, I pulled my new Barbie The Look articulated dolls out and did a little scene where Barbie is celebrating with her friends. 

I have been following @barbiestyle  on Instagram and really love how they use these dolls and variations of them. They are sneaky and use one of a kinds that are never manufactured and sometimes dolls they are going to debut on Barbie Collector, like the new Russian Model doll that has been unveiled. When I saw this Barbie Look Barbie on instagram, I knew I wanted her, especially when she was re-dressed. She is really cute. 

Click on the pictures to enlarge them, I used my cell phone to take these. 

I used all four of the Barbie Look articulated dolls, I won the one standing in the back in the tulle skirt at my Barbie club meeting last year's raffle. The other three I purchased by great good luck at Tuesday Morning for 14.99 or less! I three in a new Fashionista curvy girl to give contrast in body and face mold and interest to the party. 

I am looking forward to getting the two new Basics that have been debuted as well, just have not got around to it as I am waiting on Barbie Collector to get their act together.  I will probably join again this year, if there is a club- but it is already going around that there will not be a first reward, and many are speculating that there will not be any reward perks this year, if any. I only join the club because of the silkstones, and the fantasy Forest series, and the rewards perks off of the pricey dolls. Hopefully the club will be giving us some news soon. 

Enjoy the pics!Lisa

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Barbie!

Today is Barbie's birthday- she is a whopping 58 years old. I hope I look that good when I get to be her age. I'm only 6 years behind her. 

On another note, Today, March 9th, is my 15th year anniversary of being married to my wonderful husband, Chris. 

It was a whirlwind day that day, we were married in a little historic country church about 2 miles right down the road from our home. After the ceremony 
I changed into overalls and gingham sneakers with my tiara still pinned into my head to do 'cleanup' like Cinderalla. I still remember the church ladies laughing about it. 

That's me, packing up all the glassware, crystal, and china at 8 pm after the reception to take home that evening. lol. We used alot of our own items for the reception to make it more beautiful, and save money. 

Happy Birthday to Barbie! 
Enjoy the photos.....Lisa

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Happy Hinamatsuri! (The Japanese Dolls' Festival)

I am a day late and a dollar short but I was far too busy yesterday to post on the actual day of Hinamatsuri, March 3rd, so I will post today. Here are some photos of the dolls enjoying the ceremonial dolls. 

Here is a link to Hinamatsuri 2014 blog post and you can go through my other 2015 and 2016 blog posts as well. This is a link to my Japanese room tutorial
on Flicker, if you follow the pictures and the description, it is really simple to create the walls shown above in the photos with your own variations. With a little ingeniuity  you could probably make real shoiji working doors. 

I hope enjoyed the pics, and Happy Hinamatsuri!