Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Father's Day!


 Happy Father's Day! This happy photo is from the archives. May all the dads, stepdads, granddads, uncles be appreciated out there. 

If you have a dad out there still living, give him a call while you still can. Dads are special and sometimes all they need is to hear your voice. 

Monday, May 27, 2024

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! It has been a long time since I posted, have alot to report on. 


 Please remember those of our military who made the sacrifice for our freedoms , and remember them on this day, for those who are not here with us. 

I was able to decorate the mantle and table in the dining room this weekend. I have been so busy for the last few weeks between sewing for the Skipper sized dolls for the upcoming Memorial day & Fourth of July holidays, and going through my patterns and sorting them, it has been time consuming. 





Right now, I got the Tammy and friends dolls dressed in some holiday themed items I owned and Pepper is dressed in an ensemble I made with a Skipper pattern. The mantle is decorated but I intented to decorate it with my Gene dolls in their holiday attire, I have not yet sat down and started dressing dolls! I was finally able to iron the pennant and get it put up on the mantle today. 





Some of the decorating of the dining room table with dolls as centerpieces; I used my milk glass collection to augment my stunning milk glass lantern that hangs over top of the dining room table. This piece belonged to my mother-in-law and my husband treasures it, she found it in an antique shop many years ago and we both adore it; I collect milk glass it has a hobnail pattern on it. I used two of my hobnail bud vases on it with flags and my vintage gingham tablecloth with her vintage red and white lace doily. The Liberty Blue Independence Hall plates are collected on Ebay and part of my husband's grandmother's dinner plates, we are currently intent on collecting the bowls, teacups and saucers and other pieces. I picked up the milk glass tankards at Goodwill. Red, white and Blue are some of my favorite colors to decorate with during the year. 




This week I made some purchases on Ebay at great deals- a Vintage Ideal Dodi doll- (Tuesday Taylor's little sister and sometimes called Pepper's  best friend-) for $9.99 on eBay plus shipping. My next purchase was an auction win of a vintage Scooter Titan haired doll for $24.99 plus shipping. She has some slight fading on the side of her face but she is in nice condition. These two were great finds. To add to my Tuesday Taylor collection I just need to find Eric at a reasonable cost now. 
I have also added more Grolier Books to my Barbie book club collection! More in a seperate post on them soon with in depth photos. 
Enjoy~ Lisa 






Monday, May 6, 2024

Happy Birthday to me, and Sweet 16 Barbie gets a new body!

My birthday was on May 1st a few days ago, but I have been so busy celebrating has just passed me by and I have only had time to take photos this weekend. 

I purchased this Vintage Sweet 16 Barbie in 2019 for my birthday a few year's ago from Joe Blitman on Ruby Lane from his store there, and she came with all of her accessories. You can read my Blog Post Here    on photos of her as she looked back then. Unfortunately, Sweet 16 dolls have an unfornate habit of their bodies simply falling apart - which mine did- and though I have saved her body, she was in such disarray I could not dress her, or use her at all. I am thinking of purchasing another head and glueing this body together and just displaying her in her pink gown. Below is a photo of how she looked in 2019 when I received her-


So this year, I decided for my birthday, I have missed using this doll so much, I would get her a made to move body and revamp the doll and enjoy her. I have seen other doll vloggers put vintage and repro heads on articulated modern bodies and use vintage and handmade artisan clothing from vintage patterns and they look - fabulous! Also, I have been wanting my vintage doll to be my travel buddy. 
Here is the body I decided to use:


Barbie Doll & Accessories, Career Tennis Player Doll with Racket and Ball

At Walmart online she is listed as $19.97 but in store I purchased her for $15.97.

The body on this doll is wonderful and her head was easy to remove after softening around the neck with a blow dryer and my vintage doll head fit fine. 

THE RESULT-














It was difficult to get her to stand, but she did fine after a little fiddling with her legs and hips. The tennis ball sticks onto a little point in the middle of the racket. I love the outfit and the sneakers and she comes with a visor too. These photos are not the best because today it was overcast. 
Enjoy! More to come soon!



Saturday, April 20, 2024

Happy Holidays Barbie 1989

I have been suffering from severe allergies for the past week, so when this doll arrived in the early week, I could not do much more than pick her up and take photos as I deboxed her. I was able to pick up this lovely at a steal with a damaged box on Poshmark for a total cost of $27. Not bad considering she goes for much more on Ebay. The box had damage to the front and yellowing on it so i made an offer and it was accepted. What was great was all  of the graphics, and paperwork, and the cardboard photo , her shoes, stand, brush were included plus the paperwork of other Barbie items available at that time.