……wishing everyone the best of all Holidays this year!
……wishing everyone the best of all Holidays this year!
I have a fantastic wintry white backdrop that I greatly adore. I’ve used it in several of my winter vignettes. Obviously there are limitations as to how many times a year I’m going to be inspired to shoot photos with a winter theme and utilize such a backdrop. Every December I have the best of intentions to take a Christmas/Holiday themed Barbie photo. However, I inevitably get caught up in the holiday bustle and I just never get it done. Today I noticed some incredible natural, sunny light in my home, so I put all projects and priorities on a brief hold, took advantage of the light and enjoyed a quick holiday photo session.
Until today, I had never redressed Dulcissima Barbie. In fact I’m fairly certain that given my limited amount of time spent with my hobby these past couple of years, I pretty much deboxed her when I got her, and then threw her up on a shelf without really taking time to appreciate her beauty. I’m glad that I chose her to model for this session. She brought this underappreciated classic Christmas plaid gown to life today!
Barbie Model: Dulcissima Silkstone Barbie (2014)
Gown: Winter’s Eve Barbie (1995)
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.
I have a fun item that I like to use as doll risers on display in my Barbie room: Individual Cupcake holders. I find that as I work towards creating clean and organized displays, I’m always looking for “risers” that are not obnoxious to the eye. In the past I’ve used boxes and even soup cans. But recently I’ve discovered that I really LOVE the cupcake holders. In addition to being the **perfect** size to accommodate all different sized doll stands, they are super cute and they come in so many great colors. They add interest to displays.
Today I found some really cute porcelain cupcake holders at Home Goods . These come in so many fun colors and designs, I found that I had quite a difficult time choosing!
I try to maximize space in my displays. Below you can see how I stagger doll display height within shelves that will accommodate the layers. Sometimes this is necessary when you have a shelving unit that requires a stationary, non-adjustable permanent shelf, usually right smack in the middle of the shelving unit. Depending on what you’re displaying, that designated permanent shelf sometimes affects the ability to have all the rest of the shelves the same unified height. In that case, I take advantage of layering, which requires the use of risers. Here is display shelf that I display my repro Barbies on. In this case, my shelf height needed to be quite high to accommodate the Barbie Vintage Fashion Shop, which causes an unsightly gap between the ceiling of the shelf and the dolls. I hide the gap with staggered dolls. It is also a great way to cram a bunch of dolls into a small space!
Here is what is really going on behind the shoes. I still wanted something pretty because you can see the riser peeking through.
One more example. A before and after of a cleaner presentation:
Lastly, I want to share another style cupcake holder that I found at Home Goods months ago (these I believe were 5 or 6 bucks each). This one is taller and also works great for layering. I want to say there were three colors: pink, robins egg blue and white. My natural instict would be to grab the blue, but this time I went for the pink. These are metal and they are packaged individually in a darling tulle net bag.
Of course the cupcake holders will come in handy for what they are intend to be used for, but in my house, highly doubtful 🙂 !!!
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!
She’s arrived! Classic Black Dress Silkstone Barbie Brunette. Collectors are starting to get her this week as she has been back ordered since September. I wrote about my anticipation for her arrival in a blog post last fall.
I have to say that I’m really delighted with the first one I received (two others I ordered are still on back order). I think she looks much more mature than the blonde version, who looks so young and innocent in comparison to the other dolls in the BFMC. The brunette is definitely the older sister to the blonde, albeit she does have an innocent appeal as well.
I took a photo of both of them to compare.
Overall, I’m over the moon about this one! I look forward to redressing and posing this beauty.
Its January here in the the Pacific Northwest, and we have been experiencing some bitter cold temperatures, ice, and a few light dustings of snow. In this weather I try to take advantage of being locked indoors by spending time in my doll room. Today I should have been organizing the room and cleaning up messes that have accumulated as I rework displays/redress dolls/find homes for new dolls recently added to my collection. Lately, as I tackle mini-projects in my room, I find myself constantly tripping over a large vignette backdrop that has romantic snow drifts in the windows. I think a lot of us are experiencing some blistery cold weather around the US right now. So today I found myself inspired to do a quick wintry photo shoot with this backdrop, rather than sticking to my original priority of tidying up. Oh well, lots more winter weather will arrive this next month, bringing plenty of time to clean later, ya? (I tell myself this to ease the guilt!).
I created a very quick winter vignette called “Barbie’s Book Nook”. Barbie is escaping a cold New York snow storm with an apropos book titled “Barbie’s New York Summer”. She has created a reading nook near an oversized window in her NY brownstone (you can see the skyline outside the window, through the heavy snow fall).
During these bitter winter months many of us are finding ourselves plopping down on our sofas or favorite reading chairs, grabbing some warm tea, throwing on the reading glasses (I cannot read without them these days!) and taking time to read a good book. Others are taking time to have photo sessions with dolls. I guess I find myself doing a bit of both.
Featured Barbie: Classic Black Dress Barbie (2016)
Classic Black Dress is wearing glasses from The Secretary Barbie (2007)
Wishing everyone a fantastic 2017! I look forward to lots more Barbie conversation here on the blog for the upcoming year. I can’t wait to see what is in store for new 2017 Barbie releases!
Featured doll: 2013 Happy New Year Barbie
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!