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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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MOD Vintage Twist N Turn Barbie Begs for a Home … and finds one in my collection

I’m making this a quick post to share a non-typical purchase I made earlier this week.  Rewind a bit to earlier in January of this year. I attended a local doll show where I purchased a couple of vintage fashions from a vendor I purchase from regularly when the doll show comes around my way in Winter and Summer.  In January I posted a picture on my Instagram account of a MOD fashion that jumped out at me … no pun intended …. “Jump Into Lace”. MOD Barbie fashions are not on my radar, mainly due to the fact that MOD Barbie’s are not on my radar. Ever really. But I bought the fashion on a whim, and then when I got home, I realized I had no proper doll to wear the fashion. I adored this jumpsuit and pushed it aside, thinking at some point I would find the right doll to wear it.

Rewind even further to Black Friday in December, to another Instagram post I made about purchasing a vintage Barbie find at a local antique shop … two pair of vintage Barbie wedges. During that same visit to the same shop, a different vendor had a very troubled vintage Titian Twist N Turn Barbie. I picked her up, looked her over, and dismissed her. Too much work. Surely her hair would never be tame again.

Fast forward to Monday of this week, and I found myself back at the antique shop on a shopping date with my hubby.  I was secretly rooting for the messed up TNT to still be tossed about on the shelves on which I had originally found her. I visited the vendor’s booth, couldn’t find her, and moved on. But I made my way back a short while later.  I searched more diligently. And sure enough there she was.  Tossed aside and completely neglected. I showed her to my husband and I commented on what rough shape she was in.  So dirty. Could her hair ever be tamed?! Her knees did click, and her rooted eyelashes looked to be in nice shape. But seriously, for $25, why would I be so indecisive? I told myself I could easily shave her head and put a wig on her, worst case scenario. And I reminded myself that I **desperately** needed a MOD doll to model that Jump Into Lace jumpsuit back at home. So I walked up to to the counter with her, and being the cheapskate that I am, demanded an additional $5 discount, of which I was granted.

On Monday I posted a pic of her on my Instagram and had a very helpful person give me some tips on smoothing out that mess of a head of hair.  I decided if it didn’t work out, I would just revert to my shave plan.  But to my surprise, she cleaned up BEAUTIFULLY! Yes, she’s a tad thin on top, but for $20, I’m not going to fret.

This is just one more reason why I thoroughly enjoy this hobby – I am constantly being surprised by tiny little treasures that just make my day. No one was going to take the poor orphan in, except for a Barbie Collector, and it turns out a NON-MOD collector adopted this beauty. I’m now in complete LOVE. Isn’t she adorable?!

I found a place for her at the top of my Detolf shelf along with members of her MOD tribe

Yes, this is the extent of the MOD in my collection. I believe that will change going forward as I have a renewed appreciation.

Doll: Titian Barbie Twist & Turn / 1967

Fashion:  Vintage “Jump Into Lace” (#1823)  / 1968


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Acrylic Doll Display Cases

A couple of days ago I stumbled across these acrylic doll display cases at Michaels Craft Store.  They retail for $14.99 each. Michael’s “50% off one item” coupons are readily available – half price for one of these cases is an even better price.

The cases are excellent for protecting and/or highlighting those special individual dolls and/or outfits that are a concern for collecting dust.

They measure 5 x 5 x 13 inches. The front of the case is a completely removable lid for access to the interior. The acrylic is thinner than some of my other acrylic cases that I have in my collection, but I don’t mind, I like that they’re not as bulky.

They are not a great option for large ballgowns or dresses with long trains, however I still think they’re an item of good value to sprinkle throughout a doll room mixed with other display cases.

A gown much larger than one like this may get crowded in the 5″ square

Two dolls in slimmer outfits will fit in the case just fine:

I collect various cases for creating displays within my doll room.  Obviously they help protect from dust but they also add an element of highlighting a doll or a theme (for example, my “Cruise Ship Passengers” theme featuring the BFMC Silkstone “Boater” doll, pictured below).

Another example of how I use acrylic cases:

There are some dolls that just look great featured alone and deserve their own individual case. These are perfect for that.

Great item to consider adding to your collection!

 

 

 


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Silkstone Barbie Vanity … Investment Gone Wild

Recently I found myself browsing ebay auctions for Silkstone Barbies. I came upon auctions for the Silkstone Vanity. It has been quite some time since I’ve checked out the high-end price tag items in the BFMC Silkstone arena and I have to say I am stunned by the secondary market pricing for the Silkstone Vanity. Out of curiosity I ran comparables on recently sold auctions (the realtor in me shining through) and have found the average sold auctions fall anywhere between $399-500. YIKES! Should I mention that one sold for $840 in October? Current actives are well above the sold prices (typical hopeful sellers, just like in real estate). When did this exorbitant price jump happen? Maybe I’ve been asleep or just plain clueless, but I honestly didn’t expect it to pan out like this. I say this because I recall that when the vanity was first released, collectors were astonished at the MSRP : at the time, a whopping $125.00.  I scanned a page from a 2004 Barbie Collectibles catalog, pictured below.

Scanned from Barbie Collector 2004 Holiday Gift Guide 2004

 

When the vanity hit the market in 2004,  I didn’t hesitate for a second to purchase it. At the time I was spending equally as much if not more for beautiful, good quality 1:6 scale Bespaq (or items of the like) furniture pieces, so $125.00 hardly seemed ridiculous to me. I was, and I continue to be, a major diorama geek,  I was in the camp that was shouting for more 1:6 scale furniture pieces and was willing to pay the price for solid, quality furniture pieces. I only purchased one. What those collectors then could only realize now. There IS in fact a huge void in this portion of our hobby. The need for well priced, well structured furniture pieces made of durable, quality materials.

Fast forward to today. In as much as I adore and appreciate this vanity, I have to ask myself if I would pay upwards of $400-500 for the piece if I didn’t already own one.  It is an incredible 1:6 scale item, and I’ve been very pleased with the quality. It has held up perfectly for these past 13 years.  Zero complaints. But I know that because I own one.  However, I write about this because I know that at some point, new collectors will stumble upon my blog. And it is quite possible that this all new and fresh to them. So, if you are new to this hobby, and you decide that you want to seek out this piece to add to your collection, but you’re not sure if the price tag fits the crime, I’m here to tell you: do the crime. Its a big price to pay. Would I pay $800? No. But you may be in a different tax bracket than I, and then of course it is all relevant. A couple of hundred dollars for a really well made, classic, stylish piece of BFMC furniture is definitely worth it.

The vanity is a treasure to photograph and display. This photo is from a vignette/diorama that I photographed in 2007. Its one of my favorite photo series featuring the vanity. All of the sweet accessories that come with it are priceless. This vanity is a BFMC classic and it is a crying shame that Mattel didn’t add more beautiful pieces to the mix. Lord knows that if they would follow some of the prices of the auctions out there, they might note that there is HUGE gap to be filled, and if only they would jump in and fill it.

Today I took a few photos of my vanity for this post. It was a great reminder to take time to appreciate the treasures that I do have in my collection, and share the love for a lovely piece of BFMC history.


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Doll Room Essential #3: Doll Risers ….Take the Cake

 

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!

Here are two examples of other colors that were available. I struggled … I wanted them all. They come in a set of 4, and were priced at $9.99 for the set.

 

I settled on these two sets: ballet slipper pink w/gold and white w/gold.

Super cute!

 

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!

Behind the shoe display you can see the new riser peeking through.

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:

Before: In this vignette I used stacked Mattel stand bases.

After – My new cupcake stand looks cleaner and neater

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 🙂 !!!

 

 


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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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Vintage Barbie Splendor / Estate Sale Finds

One of the most obvious reasons why I collect BFMC dolls is due to my  love of the vintage head mold.  Were it not for the BFMC, I would have an amazing vintage collection.  However, it didn’t pan out that way. My Barbie dollars have been consistently reserved for the BFMC. Once in a great while I buy vintage. But it is rare.

About a month ago, on a random Thursday, I sent my little chickadees off to school and went about my morning as usual. As fate would have it, I had a full and open day ahead of me.  I was showered, dressed, and figuring out my day. On this early morning, I received a text from a friendly acquaintance, wondering if my husband still collected Barbie. Hmmm.  I responded with the correction that it was I who collected Barbie, not my hubby.  She informed me of a local estate sale that had a VERY large Barbie collection.  Could she send me photos I asked. She responded with pics of an incredible collection.  I was so thankful to be dressed and ready to go – because from the photos I could tell this was the collection of a serious, well versed collector and I must get there quickly to peruse. It was as if the moons had aligned and I was meant to be ready to bolt out the door so quickly! And I did.

Vintage Barbie is one of those things that I have merely dabbled in.  I adore the repros because they allow many non-vintage collectors like myself the ability to enjoy some really lovely fashions and dolls for a fraction of the price of what we might expect to pay if buying the same in vintage.  I LOVE my repro collection:

Display shelf in my doll room featuring a few of a my favorite repros along with the Vintage Fashion Shop

Display shelf in my doll room featuring a few of a my favorite repros along with the Vintage Fashion Shop

At the estate sale, I was able to obtain, among many, many Barbies, these three reproduction dolls that I just seemed to have been dragging my feet in purchasing:

I also quickly located a few vintage Barbies that immediately won me over. They are not perfect by any means, but for the price, I would have been a fool to pass them up.  Here are two lovely beauties I purchased along with my first ever vintage Ken.  I have always been a fan of Jim Taylor’s Ken collection but I just never had the gumption to purchase a vintage Ken. Until now.  Jim has remarkable Ken dolls dressed in fantastic vintage suits. This Ken is dressed in Saturday Night Date’s suit and it was perfect for my first vintage Ken acquisition.

I just adore these two lovely vintage gals. I have had the green vintage sheath in my collection for years.  The rust one was an acquisition from this sale.

Are they number 4 an 6? Any input would be awesome.

Are they number 4 an 6? Any input would be awesome.

I am immediately in love with this beauty...I don't even care that she's missing lip paint (which by the way isn't really obvious except for closeup photos such as this). I want to abandon all my collecting priorities and focus on remarkable beauties such as she!

I am immediately in love with this beauty…I don’t even care that she’s missing lip paint (which by the way isn’t really obvious except for closeup photos such as this). I want to abandon all my collecting priorities and focus on remarkable beauties such as she!

As I dug and dug into all the stuff in this collector’s room, I found my very first American Girl in a random case.  I found the vintage Pink Satin Coat and Hat set separately in a basket of vintage outfits for $5.00.  The sheath is a OOAK sheath from my collection. The fashions in the window of the Vintage Fashion Shop are vintage fashions that I’ve owned for quite some time.

When I tried showing this one off to my hubby he immediately exclaimed

When I tried showing this one off to my hubby he immediately exclaimed “Well, her hair is a bit wonky. Is she ok?”. What does he know. She’s perfect in my eyes, choppy bangs and all. It only goes to prove she was loved and played with, and I adore that about her.

I also located a Midge in a basket of nude Barbies at the sale.  Poor Midge. She always gets the shaft.  But I saved her because I recalled the days of playing with my older cousins’ Barbies and vividly remember there being a Midge among their dolls.  I’m delighted to add one to my collection. I dressed her in a repro Prom Date dress because it is the dress I fondly remember being my favorite among my older cousins’ Barbie fashions when I went to their house to play.

I found so many fantastic items at this sale, too many to mention. Only us collectors understand which is why I’m so excited to share it here.

I feel as though I’ve added an “instant Vintage assortment” to my collection, and it truly inspires the collector within.

I. Love. Barbie. It is moments like these that make my collecting heart sing.


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BFMC Nostalgia: My Love Affair With Silkstone Barbie

One wall within my Barbie room

One wall within my Barbie room

Those that know me, know that I am truly a BFMC (Barbie Fashion Model Collection) purist. The BFMC brought me to a place in collecting Barbie that I just can’t seem to shake, for 14 years now.  A majority of my collection is now based around the BFMC. It is my true love in my collecting hobby.

Recently I was revisiting a plan I have for artwork on my office portion of a wall within my doll room.  I have had an idea for a few years now to feature old introductory ads for the BFMC on this wall.  This introductory period was a time when magic happened within the Barbie collecting community. In the year 2000, the BFMC was introduced. Many collectors were re-charged and excited by this new modern twist on this vintage faced Barbie. It was a magical time! When I look back at the ads during that time period for the collection, I am overcome with awe and inspiration. But it was not always that way for me.

You might recall a story I shared in my introductory page for this blog.  I share that in 2002 I discovered Lisette Silkstone Barbie at a local doll show.  You may also recall that I went to that doll show in hopes of finding vintage Liddle Kiddle dolls, as this collector was on a Barbie collecting hiatus.  At that doll show, I kept circling a Barbie dealer’s display that featured several current Barbies, one of which was Silkstone Lisette. When I picked up that Lisette doll, I was an instant fan. I purchased her without batting an eye. It wasn’t as though I was not aware of the BFMC.  After all, I had numerous copies of what was then “Barbie Collectibles” catalogs laying throughout my home.  In fact, a couple of years prior, my boyfriend (now husband) stole a catalog from my townhouse when we were dating so that he could order the Barbie Coca-Cola Malt Shop for me for Christmas one year.  How romantic is that!? The truth of the matter is this: When I saw that copy of the Barbie Collectibles catalog that debuted the first dolls in the BFMC collection (Delphine, L1, L2), I could have cared less.  I honestly and truly despised Delphine’s look. I thought she was impossibly HAUGHTY.  She did not look like Barbie to me, and I had no desire to purchase her what-so-ever. Of course, that would soon change.

The day I purchased Lisette, I suddenly understood what this Silkstone collection was all about.  As I drove home from that doll show, with Lisette in hand, all I could do was HOPE that this haughty Delphine looking character was still available to order.  I walked through the door, and I then literally started rummaging through a pile of papers on my desk to find a copy of the catalog, that thankfully was still featuring Delphine. I  called to order Delphine that very day.  To this day, Delphine remains my favorite Barbie within my collection.

So as I sat staring at these advertisements recently, I got to wondering just how long had it been since that fatal day I placed that fateful order? I checked my receipt: April 9, 2002. So for me, this will be my Anniversary date for my BFMC love affair.

In my last post, I shared that I have been having a rough collecting year in this year 2016. A sincere lack of interest prevented me from having any enthusiasm for my passion.  I have found that when I am longing for BFMC inspiration, I revert back to the good ol days of the collection, the debut year. I am instantly reminded of what brought me back to collecting in the first place, and the love for those days never gets old.

Here are some ads from the very early days of the collection (circa 2000-2001). Note: The photographs below are not my own, they are Mattel promotional photos. These are the glory days of the collection. I found these ads (and scanned them here for this post) in old issues of Barbie Bazaar Magazine. I have had them stored in a file entitled “frame” for a very long time. Soon I hope they will hit the walls of my doll room:

One of the first print advertisements for the BFMC, featuring a glimpse of my all time favorite Barbies, Delphine.

One of the first print advertisements for the BFMC, featuring a glimpse of my all time favorite Barbie, Delphine.

A two page spread that I consolidated here. Obviously that enormous pink gown was too big for a one page spread.

A two page spread that I consolidated here. Obviously that enormous pink gown was too big for a one page spread.

There was a  7 1/4″ x 10 1/4″ 4 page glossy promotional brochure/booklet that was featured in one of the issues as well. The booklet is a complete walk down memory lane for the debut of the collection. If ever I wish to remind myself of the true inspiration for my most meaningful reason for collecting, I thumb through the booklet and the BFMC magic is once again within my heart:

The cover.

The cover.


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The Dress Shop

I recently received a stunning repainted/restyled Silkstone by a well known and ultra talented artist, Jon Copeland/SeloJ Spa.

You can view several of Jon’s repaints on his Flickr page (linked here with his permission).

This lovely lady arrived just in time, as I was prepping a new temporary Dress Shop display in my doll room. I was instantly inspired to have a photo session. However, a huge problem presented itself: both of my (admittedly old and outdated) trusty digital cameras died at the same time. So I was forced to purchase another camera, of which I am still becoming familiar with. This is my first photo session with the new camera, all shot within days of receiving it.

Here are some pictures of the new vignette: The Dress Shop

The cast:

SeloJ Spa repaint, in Matisse Fashions Sheath

Rebodied & Restyled Maria Therese Silkstone Barbie, in Barbie’s Tim Gunn fashion

Joyeux FAO Exclusive Silkstone Barbie in t.d.fashiondolls70 (ebay store) fashion

Dresses on display rack: Matisse Fashions  (blush w/bows), Bellissima Couture Fashion (pink lace), Matisse Fashions (blue w/ white)

The mannequin features pink top by Bellissima Couture and a lace skirt that is unknown

Bespaq Armoire pictured with City Smart Silkstone Barbie black dress

 

 


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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!