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Wall Panel Update

Hey everyone – First, I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming positive feedback, interest and comments regarding the wall panels I shared yesterday both here and on Flickr.

I have sent in a message to Etsy advising that my shop name, Divinity Doll Decor, has not been accessible in searches at their site.  As well, the link they provide, does not seem to be working.  Here is the link: Divinity Doll Decor

Second, I apologize for any frustration and/or confusion for trying to order product.  As I mentioned, my inventory is very limited at this time. I have more panels in production mode. I cannot accept orders until completion. I will however ensure that I keep track of the inquiries and will post updates to product availability here on my blog, as well as at the Etsy shop.

I knew when I took on this project that collectors were going to be excited. As I mentioned in my last post – there has been such a void in this area for 1:6 scale enthusiasts. These panels are beautiful and they’re great quality…it takes time to create.

So hold tight – I will keep everyone posted! If you’re not subscribed to my blog, please take a moment and subscribe in the upper right hand corner.

Also, I will be attending the Integrity Toys convention (my first!) in Portland in October.  I will have samples available there for viewing – more details to follow.

I really appreciate the support and patience fellow collectors! There is more to come. I’m working on a few other productions that I know collectors will love. Stay tuned.


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1:6 Scale Wall Panels Have Arrived

In my last post, I shared info about a new project that I was undertaking. 1:6 scale wall panels for doll photography. I believe that there has been a major void in the fashion doll collecting community for this type of product. I’m beyond ecstatic that I have found a quality supplier to produce them for me. I have finally made progress with getting these panels ready for sharing and selling.

First, photos. And second, details.  At this time, I’m focusing on 4 color schemes for these panels: White/Gold, French Blue/Gold, Chalk White and Pink/Gold.

These will be sold in a shop I created at Etsy : Divinity Doll Decor. This opens the door for me to consider what I’ve wanted to do for a very long time – offer props and decor for the fashion doll vignette enthusiasts. This will be a work in progress as time goes on.

Below are the first photos featuring my panels.

 

Gold/White panel

 

 

This blue/gold combo is called “French Queen”

 

This color combination is THE most perfect color combo!

 

Chalky White – Very flat & smooth

 

Pink/Gold – VERY flat & chalky. Those sconces are NOT included, but read on for details where you can purchase them.

 

The details about the panels:

They are made of wood. Wood as we all know has rustic characteristics, keep this in mind when purchasing. They are hand painted.  Each panel is unique and one of a kind.  The measurements are:  18″ High, 15″ Wide & appx 1/2″ thick. At this time, I have VERY limited quantities.  Please be patient as I have more in production. I cannot accept custom orders or pre-orders during this introductory period. But I welcome feedback as to which color combos above are the favorites.

A few more details about the photos above: The Laduree 1:6 scale miniatures. Do you love them? So do I! They are beyond exquisite.  And the icing on the French Macaron is that they are created by a very dear and talented friend – these are available to order from Rebecca’s incredible blog/website: Inside the Fashion Doll Studio. The quality of these bags/boxes is remarkable. Note that the gold foil on this packing is a true shiny, gold foil quality. No detail has been spared in the creation of these magnificent treasures.  Spoil your dolls and add them to your collection!

And then there are the sconces in the photos with the pink panel.

Do you love them? So do I! They are brilliant. These LED sconces light up … for real … they are battery operated! They adhere via a magnet.  No electric wiring! All you do is slide a switch at the bottom of the sconce.  Where have these been my whole collecting life?! The seller notes that they are 1:12 scale, but I truly believe they work in a 1:6 scale setting with perfection.  OMG they are an absolute perfect must have for the vignette enthusiast.

They also have an incredible 1:6 scale chandelier available to order. I’m going to share where you can order these from as well: MiniLand.Canada.

They retail for around $50 each (they go on sale regularly).  The quality is well worth it.  They are beautiful. And, MiniLand is a really lovely company to order from.  Well packed and quick shipping.  I highly recommend them.

I should be going live with the panels within the next day or two.  Keep an eye out at the shop for new additions. Gold/White will be going live today. Once I can figure out how to link the Etsy Shop here, I will come back and edit with info.

Photo info:

White/Gold – Doll: Positively Plaid Poppy (Integrity Toys) / Sheath: OOAK sheath (purchased in 2004, I apologize I no longer have seller info) / Furniture:  Sindy Hutch/Buffet customized by myself.

French Queen Blue – Doll: Homecoming Queen Barbie (one of the most adorable Barbies on earth)  / Sheath: OOAK sheath (purchased in 2004, I apologize I no longer have seller info) / Furniture: My Scene Barbie Table customized by myself.

Chalky White – Doll: Mint Cool Misaki (Integrity Toys) / Sheath: OOAK Matisse / Furntiure: Regent end table.

Pink/Rose – Fashion Luncheon Silkstone Barbie / Sheath: OOAK sheath (purchased in 2004, I apologize I no longer have seller info) / Furniture: BFMC Chair from Mattel/BFC chair customized by myself.

 


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Happy 59th Birthday Barbie!


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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year

……wishing everyone the best of all Holidays this year!


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And Then Winter Arrived…Along with The Repro Barbie Dream House

My goodness where has the time gone?! During the Summer season, I knew I had been so far behind in blogging that I just avoided it altogether until I had some quality time/inspiration to spend with my hobby. Unfortunately, I have to fast forward to the month of November in order for that to become a reality. So I here I am, all the way into the end of November finally sitting down to write a post.

Those that know me know I have two very active daughters. I spent a majority of our Summer driving to and from soccer tournaments, camping trips, sleep overs…the list goes on.  I also had a large chunk of time spent on training for a half marathon, my first, of which I competed and finished in Kauai, Hawaii in the month of September. So much healthier for my body than re-dressing dolls, but not nearly as creatively satisfying!

In October, I brushed past the cobwebs in my doll room and found my way back to some time with my hobby.  I admit the love came rushing back when I received the re-issued Barbie Dream House.  My 9 year old helped me assemble it and it was a fun project for us both.  The repro doll that comes with the set really set my heart fluttering – she’s adorable and I really love her retro dress. I took a few quick pics, one of which I shared to my Instagram account a while back:

The set is really large and consumes a lot of space, but it is a great piece to own for a vintage backdrop. I have had several opportunities in the past to purchase the vintage version at estate sales or the random doll show but I just never bit. I’m glad I purchased this set because I know I will use it later for photo ops.

New and fun items seem to be what it takes to get me back out to the doll room.  I took time to re-do some displays (a couple I started in late Spring). Over the Thanksgiving Holiday I found myself with a bit of rare extra time and worked on some more displays and re-dressed several dolls. If you can handle photos with horrendous Pacific NW winter lighting, here is a sampling of my efforts:

Did some Black Friday shopping – but not at Target or Wal Mart. I hit the antique stores with a friend and scored these two vintage pairs of wedges:

I moved all my vintage dolls to my Ikea Detolf cabinet

 

Started my holiday display I do every year with this backdrop:

Updated more displays throughout my doll room:

 

Naturally, I’m left with a mess to clean up:

So now we are all reacquainted and caught up. I hope to get back to posting more regularly – like I always say LOL.  I always look for inspiration out there to keep the creative juices flowing.  Lots of ideas up in this brain, just need to get them implemented.


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Happy Birthday Barbie!

Today is Barbie’s Birthday!  I did get a gift in the mail for her birthday today … I received three vintage Barbie’s back from doll restorer/artist Debra Marsteller and have been oohing and ahhing over their beauty all afternoon.

I’ve also been celebrating Barbie’s special day with swapping out some displays in my Barbie room, will share soon!

So thankful to have such a fun hobby in Barbie!

Hope you all are having a scrumptious pink frosted cup cake in her honor today!


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Happy 1 Year Anniversary to The Barbie Vignette!


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Luciana Silkstone Gets a Make Over, Flips Out

One of my favorite things to do with my collection is customize. Furniture mainly, but from time to time I like to give dolls a new look too.

Recently, I gave my spare Luciana Silkstone Barbie a new look. I didn’t buy Luciana when she was first released in 2014.  I think I bought her a year after her release in 2015.  Like many collectors I was less than enthused with the pattern and fabric choice of her ensemble so initially I dragged my feet in adding her to my collection. However, I have to admit than when I did finally take the plunge and buy her on sale, I was shocked at how much I LOVED her facial screening.  Actually, her little jacket with the rhinestone buttons took me by surprise as well. I couldn’t help but think about how much that face and rare raven hair color had so much potential for a new look.  So I waited again for another sale and bought a 2nd doll to restyle.  In typical procrastination fashion for me and my collection, she layed around untouched for a lengthy period of time, patiently awaiting her restyle.  Finally, a week or so ago, I took some time to give Luciana a long awaited classic 60’s flip that I had in mind for this beauty.  As much as I love her original look, I am over the moon about her new do as well.  She’s going to look **amazing** redressed … I’m off to find a new fashion for her!

Luciana Silkstone Barbie from 2014

Luciana with her new classic flip


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Awaken The Beast

I apologize for my obvious lack of posts and contribution to my blog for these past 6 months. There are two reasons.

The first and most important reason for my absence, is that I am a Mom.  Obviously it is my most important priority in life.  I have two awesome daughters that I love and adore more than anything, and well, yes, even more than my hobby. In the late Spring of this past year, which is just about when my last blog post was made, one of my daughters was in the midst of dance recitals. Boy did that consume some of my free time! Then came Summer and then came Fall, and soccer then takes over.  Currently, both of my daughters are knee deep in soccer (no pun), and one of them is also in a unicycle program at her school. Unfortunately, blogging has taken a back seat. It bums me out that I haven’t taken the time to post, but all the priorities that come with parenting hasn’t allowed me much room for my hobby. Which is fine, because my hobby got stale for a bit.

Which brings me to my second reason for my absence: my short-term lack of interest level in my hobby. When I say that I barely held a Barbie in my hand for the past 6 months, I am not over exaggerating. I even forgot to use my BFC Reward for 2nd quarter! What collector does that?! (Read on – a collector that has little or no choices of interesting dolls does that).

Sometime within this past July I had a tiny moment for my hobby.

In July I posted this pic on my Flickr thread. There had been a day when I stopped in to my doll room for a quick browse. It had been MONTHS since I had spent any serious time there at all. The sun was amazing that day, it was shining on my display case with some undeniable natural light.  I had an inkling to redress Spa Getaway in a new Matisse outfit, that up until that point had merely been opened from the shipping envelope and then laid down to admire.  So I took a few minutes, quickly throwing the outfit on Spa, took a few quick pics with my iphone, and called it good. My interest was so nonexistent that the pics sat on my phone for several days before I posted one.  I realized then just how long it had been since I had posted a picture to my Flickr thread or to this blog. And it made me feel depressed a bit.

What I discovered from this short hiatus in my hobby was that this weaning from my collection was leaving me with an uneasy, guilty feeling. Why did I not have the desire to redress or photograph? Was I not aware of how many dollars I had sitting in that room?! How much time and love and attention had I devoted to this hobby? Was that going to waste? I have always loved Barbie. For countless years I easily drew from inspiration within my Barbie collecting world the need to create, be it photos, vignettes, displays, whatever…..but the inspiration was silent. The need to create was stifled by something I couldn’t put my finger on.  After some collecting soul searching I found myself placing this lack of inspiration on my disenchantment with the new articulated Silkstone dolls. I had read the surmounting complaints on the forums. I was one of the ones who welcomed the articulation, I wasn’t about to complain.  I was however concerned about the breakage I was reading about, I remained cautious.

For me, the main culprit is the (smaller) body size change. If you know my collection, you know I LIVE to redress, pose, display.  I am not excited about being forced to purchase smaller outfits to dress this articulated Silkstone body style in. I am also not interested in any of the lackluster  ensembles/fashions of the new dolls in the 2016 lineup of the BFMC.  To date, I have purchased only two dolls from the collection: Classic Black Dress and Camel Coat. Two dolls purchased in nine months.  My heart sank every time a UPS truck drove by. Don’t most collectors associate UPS trucks with Barbie? When was the last time one drove down my driveway?! To make matters worse, the non-Silkstone releases did not capture my interest either. Mattel was failing me as a collector.

I was ignoring my collection. For this long-time devoted Barbie collector,  it was the end of a magical carpet ride for the inspirational collection that I had built my entire collection around: The Barbie Fashion Model Collection.  So much of what the collection was originally rooted in, what had held my interest, was becoming dead to me.  I had learned to accept much change  and progression of the BFMC over the years (Palm Beach?!). But in 2016, there has been too much degradation of the line to ignore. The high quality fashion, styling, and accessories are gone. Even the amazing hair styles have suffered. So I just took a break. A long break.

I will however admit that last week when I saw the sneak of  the brunette Classic Black Dress, my interest piqued a bit.

This doll is reminiscent of the Silkstones that were given as gifts at various International Doll Conventions this year.  Amazing, beautifully painted faces, none of which many of us non-International-conventioneers can easily or affordably attain except perhaps on the secondary market (unless of course we choose to skip out on the exorbitant Premiere Soccer Club fees we pay for our precious children!). The Brunette Classic Black Dress reminds me of Lingerie 1 from the debut of the BFMC. This may well be by design on the part of Mattel. I ordered her that first day she was available to order.  I found myself wondering back out to my doll room that same day. Wow. I discovered several nude Silkstones that I had left abandoned on a table awaiting a redress along side furniture pieces that were waiting to be customized and repainted. A little spark was ignited.

And great news was announced today on the BFC Forums. There is a possibility that BOTH Silkstone body types may be produced going forward.  That is just what I needed to hear to turn that spark into a fire! I believe that would satisfy many collector interests.

I guess you could say that the beast needed to be reawakened. I believe that many collectors can relate to the ebb and flow in this hobby. I believe I will continue to draw inspiration unexpectedly and just at the time when I need it, as the collecting beast is always within.


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Why the Vignette? Part 2

In part 1 I shared a little about how much I love to use 1:6 scale furniture and accessories to enhance the personality of a doll. I also love backdrops.  I was never one to patiently learn the skill and art of photo shopping dolls into photographed scenes. I have had to rely on my own creation (or purchases) of back drops. In my doll room, the difference between a “diorama”, of which I have several, and a “vignette” is that the vignette is typically very temporary. Other than the vignettes in my cabinet & those on my display shelving, I usually set up a scene long enough to photograph it and then it is broken down and stored away.

Here is a sampling of a few vignettes from years past, as seen in my Flickr photo library:

 

The Ingenue Barbie (a personal fave from the BFMC) paired with vintage Serie Milady vanity.

 

The Waitress Barbie from the BFMC Career Girls series. The scene is set in Mattel’s classic and well constructed Coca-Cola Soda Fountain. These two are a match made in heaven!

 

In the Pink Barbie with vintage customized Suzy Goose vanity. Oh my goodness.  Who could not love this dress or this doll?!

 

Highland Fling Barbie in True Brit BFMC Fashion with vintage Barbie Fashion Shop in the background.

 

City Smart with the BFMC Display Case backdrop

 

The Spa Barbies. I love this vignette even though the lighting and photo processing used at the time was horrible! But I adored the Bratz house these backdrops came from, and really wanted to incorporate them into a Barbie display in spite of the wall height issues.

 

This one is minus a doll, but it was created for a series of photos I did with the Boater Silkstone doll. This was to share the contents of her steamer trunk.

 

Sometimes you just take a photo with the pets 🙂

So, why the vingnette? Just a fun way to capture a scene with a doll, accessories, fashion, furniture …. whatever is lingering in the doll room that inspires the imagination 🙂

I have had numerous displays and backgrounds and photos over the years. The photos above are from my archives, most of which were taken YEARS ago.  I look forward to new creations this year, and I look forward to sharing them here. The introduction stage is now concluded … moving on to new content in the next posts!