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?!
Doll: Titian Barbie Twist & Turn / 1967
Fashion: Vintage “Jump Into Lace” (#1823) / 1968
I love cherubs more than than the average person – I’m sure of it. It is a common theme in my photos, mostly as an accent added to the 1:6 scale furniture that I’ve customized. When I created the backdrop for my display wall for the boutique photos I shared in my last two posts, I naturally incorporated a cherub head onto the wall. I go with what I love. And like I just said, I LOVE cherubs. 🙂 I kept thinking how lovely it would be to photograph a cupid themed Barbie, with TONS of pink. But Mattel has not created a cupid Barbie. So one day recently, as I was really rushed, I put together my version of a cupid Barbie, and photographed her with the backdrop. It happened to be late in the afternoon, on the ONLY sunny day in weeks, and there was a TON of natural light shining in the doll room. Often times I move my set to another room in the house (usually my upstairs bathroom) to catch natural light. I didn’t have time for that, so I went with the strong Western sun set lighting and caught some shadows that highlighted cupid’s wings. And yes, that wig is really difficult to tame, its never cooperated with me, but its a perfect pink and I just went with it. I got over the untamed flighaways, hopefully you can too 🙂 !
I was inspired to share this photo series on Valentine’s Day – you here you go – Happy Valentine’s Day!
Check out the shadow effect from the sunset lighting
By the way, those sconces are real, light up battery operated lights that I will blog about soon. My new fav find!
Cupid Head to toe. My Frankenstein creation consists of these items: Headband: from the 2007 BFMC Honey in Hollywood Accessory Pack / Wig: Purchased off ebay well over 10 years ago, no info other than it fits Barbie sized heads / Barbie Head: from the Barbie and Her Wig Wardrobe set / Body: Integrity Toys Dynamite Girl / Corset: An item I had commissioned well over 10 years ago, I no longer recall the seamstress’s name / Wings: from Happy Birthday Angel Barbie / Cupid’s Bow: Ever After High C.A. Cupid / Backdrop: Made by me using large doll house wall & trim
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.
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.
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!
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 🙂 !!!
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)