Tag: Barbie diorama
Last week I posted the 2018 Valentine window display for Barbie’s French Lingerie Boutique, “La Boutique Angelique”. Here is the link to Part 1.
Part 2 is a revisit of what lies behind the display wall, for those that are new to my photos and doll room.
As I mentioned in part 1, I created this 1:6 scale diorama for my Silkstone/BFMC Barbies in 2005. Here are some of the details of the boutique:
As I mentioned in Part 1, photos of the boutique taken over the years can be viewed at my Flickr album entitled “La Boutique Angelique”.
I leave you with a heads up that my next post will feature a photo shoot that the Shopgirl commissioned recently for a marketing campaign for the boutique featuring the window display wall seen in Part 1.
In 2005 I made a permanent diorama fixture for my collection that remains a favorite of mine. At the time, I was inspired by many of the beautiful lingerie pieces from the BFMC Silkstone collection, along with several well made Barbie Fashion Avenue lingerie sets and the like. The lingerie from the BFMC are delicate works of art. I thought it would be fun to create a lovely Parisian themed lingerie shop so the beloved items could always be on display. I call it “La Boutique Angelique”. I have an album in my Flickr account you can view here if you’re interested in seeing some past photos of the boutique. I attempted to incorporate some of the elements of the inspirational BFMC photo sets when I created the boutique.
During the heydays of the Barbie Collector forum, I had a thread that I contributed to regularly with photos of the boutique. Don’t go looking for it now – its buried deep in the vaults along with everything else over there. Around Valentines Day, I used to enjoy creating and featuring a Valentines themed display. Its been years since I’ve been inspired to take new photos of the boutique. Time constraints don’t allow me as much time for elaborate photo shoots like I once took time for. However, this year I told myself I was going to revisit the theme, and so I did. Sometimes, you just need a source of inspiration, and this year I’m going with a theme I call “Bleu Valentine”, inspired partially by this vintage Valentine from 1912. Angels and cherubs have always been part of the boutique theme, so this postcard is perfect for the theme:
Once I got started planning the new display, I realized my idea allowed me to utilize props that I’d been collecting (or hoarding, rather) for years. This year, I chose to change it up a bit and create a “window display wall” that you see from the store front window, as you enter the boutique. Here is La Boutique Angelique’s Valentine Display for 2018:
Part 2 I will take you behind the window display wall, to the boutique sales floor.
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.
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.
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)
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 🙂 !!!
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)
Last weekend I found an awesome addition to my doll room. A Macy’s store was having a huge blow out due to the store location closing. I walked in expecting to find discounted clothing for myself (who doesn’t love a sale!). I walked around for quite some time empty handed and pretty much started to walk out. As I was beginning to leave, I decided I’d peruse the store fixture area, which was full of used store fixtures they were selling along side the marked down inventory. I always have my Barbie collecting radar on. It has become second nature for me to find things for my collection or doll room as I’m out and about shopping for non-doll related items. I came upon this really wonderful shadow box, complete with plexiglass front:
So being the display junky that I am, I picked it up – for $20. Its made of some heavy duty plywood painted a perfect shade of creamy white. It is going to be a wonderful addition to my doll room. It will be great for highlighting whatever dolls inspire at the moment, and has great enough room for 3-4 dolls easily. I’m not one for overcrowding in my display/vignette boxes, so I will probably utilize it like I do with the Plexi-cubes I’ve shared in earlier posts. It will easily accommodate large pieces of 1:6 scale furniture as well.
It is nice to have the option of keeping the back open, but if I know myself well enough, I will be fully tempted to add a papered back wall to add a dramatic effect to the display.
It is always a treat to find something like this fixture when you least expect it. But I do have a huge regret. I should have purchased two or three more. Now that I have it in my doll room, I can see it matches my Ikea Isala cabinet almost perfectly, which is where I plan on displaying it. A couple more of these shadow boxes arranged on top of my cabinet would have made a lovely presentation. I would drive back, however, this Macy’s location is in a small beach town 5 hours away. Live and learn. I’ll be happy with the one I have.
Update @ 3/19/2016: Ask and you shall receive. I was fortunate enough to add two more of these cubes. My husband had to go back to work in the area of the store closing, and was awesome enough to pop in and grab two more (albeit, they are missing their plexi, but I can easily remedy that problem). I can’t wait to put these to use for a great display!
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
Rebodied & Restyled Maria Therese Silkstone Barbie, in Barbie’s Tim Gunn fashion
Joyeux FAO Exclusive Silkstone Barbie in t.d.fashiondolls70 (ebay store) fashion
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