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Christmas Holiday Plaid for Dulcissima Barbie

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)


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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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Classic Black Dress Brunette Silkstone Barbie BFMC arrival

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.

Featured dolls:

2016 Classic Black Dress Barbie (Brunette)

2016 Classic Black Dress Barbie (Blonde)


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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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Introductions – My First Blog Post!

Hello! I have been considering starting my own Barbie blog for a couple of years now. This is surely to be a learning experience, a journey, that hopefully will be fun and rewarding. I really enjoy blogs that other collectors out there have, and I’d like to think that there is room for one more blog in this awesome collecting community we have. We all collect differently, and it is fun to see how others collect and display. The best part is the sharing. It inspires us!

I’ve been a Barbie collector since 1992’ish. What got me started was way back  in my early 20’s a great friend and I were reminiscing one evening about Barbie. Back then, I was living in New Jersey. (I’m now in my late 40’s, back to my homeland  in the area of the Pacific Northwest).   My friend and I were sharing childhood Barbie stories. Her story in particular was very touching because Barbie was how she connected with her mother and her two sisters, as they often had Barbie fashion shows growing up. As she told the stories, it was amid the fact that her mother had been deceased from cancer for several years, so it truly was a conversation of the heart. My friend Kathy’s birthday was somewhere around the following week, and I thought it would be fun to get her a Barbie for her birthday (she was in her early 30’s at the time, not really a typical gift for someone of that age).   I bought her the cutest one I could find, and at that time it was Peaches and Cream Barbie.  When we next met up, I informed her I had a birthday gift for her. She informed me at the same time, that she had a gift for me. Surprisingly enough, she had purchased a Barbie for me as well, one that she felt I resembled, Sparkle Eyes:

Now, lets just be honest.  MANY collecting days have passed since this first acquisition into my collection. Would I walk into a store and choose this doll today? No. But I still have her, because she is the one that led me down this path, and I will never say goodbye to this doll. Plus, if you follow my blog, you soon will learn that I’m extremely sentimental. That monumental exchanging of the gifts started around the time when Barbie’s 35th Anniversary was all the rage.  Toys R Us’s Barbie collecting displays and stock were at their all time prime. Barbie hoarders were abound, and it was a new and exciting venture for two gals that decided from that from that day forward, they were officially Barbie collectors.  Kathy and I arranged “Barbie dates” where we went to Toys R Us monthly to choose new and fun Barbie’s for us to collect. We NEVER considered deboxing, because surely the deboxing of these precious Barbies would lose their value, right??? Yes, I was once of that mindset.

Fast forward to today.  I type this as I sit in my cherished doll room (and 1/4 office) in a house that my husband and I built 10 years ago. I am now the mother of two beautiful daughters (YES! says the Barbie collecting moms!) ages 7 and 10. Today, I have a collection that would blow the mind of that then 24 year old New Jersey girl. I don’t know that I expected to continue collecting at the level that I do today. I didn’t know then that my love for doll house 1:12 scale and my love for photography (I met that dear girl Kathy in a photography class in New York City!) would combine at some point in my life with a hobby of collecting Barbie, and that the three interests would somehow mesh into a fun and rewarding venture.

In this modern society in which we live, I know that exclaiming you are a Barbie collector is not really something you just do with any ‘ol person you meet. Surely there is the fear or risk of judgement that people have of us – they have visions of dusty BOXED Holiday Barbies stacked high next to shelves of Beanie Babies. Immediately they ask “how much is the most expensive Barbie you own?”.  They’re as clueless as we were when we first started collecting. Everyone rightfully has their own reasons for collecting. Mine is not for resale or collection value. I collect because I love and I have always loved Barbie. I played with Barbie well beyond the years it was deemed acceptable at the time, and even more so by today’s standards.  In my childhood, this:

…..led to this (She resided in my Tuesday Taylor’s fabulous NYC townhouse!!!):

 

…..to the doll that brought me back to collecting from a collecting hiatus:

…..and they all eventually led to this:

 

A favorite display from the Vignette Cabinet:

 

 

There is more to my doll room, of which I plan to share here on the blog. Several collectors in our awesome community have already become familiar with my love for the hobby and my collection via my photos at Flickr and my posting on the Barbie Collector forums.

I wanted to start a blog because whereas I’ve enjoyed sharing on these public websites, I have found over time that I desire a more concentrated format, one that lends itself to demonstration and heartfelt conversation. I expect that there will come a day when I cringe at my first blog post, sort of like I cringe at the first photos I posted to the Barbie Fan Club forums. Over time, we get better as we challenge ourselves to improve. By no means am I a journalist, a writer, or a professional blogger. I’m a collector that enjoys creating and photographing Barbie displays, which may creep some people out, but I’ve learned to live with that! I enjoy sharing with those that are like minded. I love displays. I love vignettes. I love collecting and customizing 1:6 scale furniture. I mainly collect the Barbie Fashion Model Collection, but I do focus on some modern vinyl Barbies as well as repros (and a tiny bit of vintage).  I also LOVE and collect Liddle Kiddles.

My blog will focus on three of my favorite combinations: Barbie, photography and 1:6 scale furniture and accessories. Thus, creating what I have come to love as “The Barbie Vignette”.  I will not be the blog that reports the latest news flash in our community, as there are several already that do it so well. I thoroughly enjoy fellow Barbie bloggers and the content of these firmly established blogs. My focus is entirely different.

My next post will elaborate on what the Barbie Vignette is in my collection, and why it is so special to me.

I invite you to visit my little slice of dolly heaven with this Barbie blog!