Monday, March 22, 2021

A Bed for the Dollhouse /Barbie's Birthday

 Recently, Barbie's Birthday celebration came and went and my Va. Fashion doll club celebrated with a ZOOM meeting online and everyone having a 'Birthday Buddy' or secret exchange partner for Barbie's birthday. We were to purchase a gift for our partner and mail or deliver it to them after names were drawn, and then open our gift on the ZOOM meeting date of March 14th. We all dressed a doll, had a festive food or drink, and items to share later . 

I had a different person to purchase for than the buddy who gave me my gift. I received a wonderful bed- made by a dealer for Grant A Wish Convention 2014. It was awesome, and my exchange buddy had purchased it on the Facebook Pink Heels buy and sell page. Below are photos of it in its box and set up. 

After I had it set up, and displayed with Poppy Parker, I knew it would fit Annabell, my reproduction French Fashion doll, and her house. And it fit her room perfectly. 

This is an update on the dollhouse. Shows the parlor, dining room, kitchen, Annabelle's bedroom , hallway, and Marie Terese's bedroom. I still need a bed for her room as well. Collecting suitable sized furniture for this house and the dolls has been work, as they are 'chunky' 1:6 scale and the house is a homemade 'Dad' dollhouse and more suitable for Barbie - the rooms cold do with being larger. It sounds awful, but I eventually hope to find an even larger house for my two French fashion dolls and use this one for my Poppy Parker dolls, lol. I do love it so. But my husband would kill me for taking more room up in the garage with ANOTHER dollhouse or diorama unfinished. lol. 

The only problem I have with this bed is it is silver and not a brass looking color/finish. I am very tempted to spray paint it so it will go with the period as I am planning to make a striped mattress for it and a set of pillows and sheets and dust ruffle skirting for it- as well as a crazy quilt or a regular quilt for the bed. I have always wanted to do a miniature crazy quilt or yo yo quilt from my mother's yoyos she left me too. So this will be a fun project. 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day- a few days late!

 I am a few days late on my St. Patricks' day posting- I completely forgot and got sidetracked on Wednesday. Too much 'life got in the way' of dolly posting. But here are some 'blasts from the pasts' as well as pics of my St. Patrick's day tree. 

Some of the dolls and the wearing of the green......

I hope you had a happy St. Patrick's day, and enjoy the photos of the dolls. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Happy Hinamatsuri day!

 On the third day of the third month, (March 3rd) the Japanese celebrate Hinamatsuri, otherwise known as the Doll Festival or the Girls Festival. Ceremonial dolls are displayed with special foods, with celebrations. 

Here are some of my past Hinamatsuri displays. I hope you enjoy these from the archives. 

I hope you have enjoyed the photos, and celebrate your own Hinamatsuri display for your dolls. 

To celebrate this day more in depth- suggested reading- by Rumor Godden- Miss Happiness and Miss Flower , this book has plans for an actual Japanese dollhouse 

To celebrate an actual Hinamatsuri festival by Rumor Godden , Little Plum  is a great sequal to Miss Happiness & Miss Flower . The dolls celebrate the Dolls Festival and make friends with Little Plum, and her lonely little owner next door. 

Both are timeless books and should be any doll collector's library. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Ted has arrived!

 Ted, Tammy's brother, of the fabulous vintage Turner family, has finally arrived. I had ordered Ted at a VERY reasonable price on eBay around the beginning of February. It was not the seller's fault, but the fault of USPS, as I think we as buyers, not only sellers , to our mutual despair, are beginning to realize. He was nude, so at the same time I ordered his outfit. Unfortunately his outfit came with black shoes, not the white tennis shoes, so I will now be on the hunt for his tennis sneakers to the original stock outfit. I am beginning to realize vintage Tammy & friends are harder to find than vintage Barbie.

Here are some photos of Ted in the kitchen. Tammy ran back out to the store to pick up extra items, since Ted and Mr. Turner eat so much! 

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Don't forget- tomorrow is #Hinamatsuri day - or the Japanese #DollFestival I will try and work on new photos, as well as bring you photos from my archives and set up my miniature Hina display. What fun!