Monday, October 2, 2017

Happy Halloween from Barbie and Kelly!

Welcome again friends!

I've been slowly going through all the old posts to repost the images (the ones that Photobucket held hostage), fix broken links, etc. It's been a gruling process but i'm getting through it. And surprisingly I've been having fun reading all the old posts. All my dolls have been boxed up for SO LONG I've forgotten what I've had. 

But...I am getting more dolly shelves! With some of my birthday money I'm going to make the trip to Home Depot to get more hardware so I can display the beautiful dolls I've had in storage. What fun! Pictures will be posted once I get those up.

As my last post mentioned we are going to see some little friends today! And since its the beginning of October, it's the perfect time to show. My mom found this at a garage sale and I fell in LOVE. 


This is the Happy Halloween Special Edition Barbie and Kelly Gift Set from 1996. How adorable is this???

We have the most beautiful Barbie. She wears an orange headband and white sweater with a kitty popping out of a Jack-O-Lantern. She also holds a flashlight. Safety first!

Now, for this adorableness. Kelly!

I squealed with delight when I saw this little Kelly. How cute is she in that little costume!

She even has a little trick or treat bag. She's all ready!

The back of the box had some fun goodies too like safety tips and cutouts you can hang for decorations.

One beef I have with the Kelly dolls now (or is it Chelsea?) is that they all have molded on tops. It is so frustrating. And I think it's hard to make clothes for Barbie. Can you even imagine the clothes for Kelly? And that teeny tiny seam allowance? Brutal!

And if you try to look for them on eBay they are way overpriced. So won't go that route. 

Remember way back when, I got a huge lot of Kelly dolls at the thrift store. They were all naked and some in bad shape but they needed me. You can check out my buncha Kelly post here!

Well, when I went to retrieve Belle for my project in the previous post, I dug out a couple of them. And dressed them in some of the clothes I got a while ago.

The shorts on Tommy are from the Heart Family dolls and are a little big. I had the Tommy shirt and if you stretch it over the waistband of the shorts, it seems to hold them up. The dress is a dead match for Kelly. 

Now I love the child "messy hair" look but they did need a bath. After bath, I had to take a picture of Tommy. His hair is sticking straight up! This gave me a good chuckle.

So this Tommy hair is really strange. It's only rooted up top. It makes it super hard to make the hair lay down properly. It wants to stick up and out. I also had to trim up some of the ends.

So after some hair spray and redressing, here they are again. I still need to put a rubber band back in Kelly's hair up top but they are so stinkin cute aren't they?

Cant' wait till I have more shelves to display them on. 

And that's all for today! Do you have the Halloween set shown in this post? Have a good place to get some Kelly clothes so I can dress the rest of the ones I have? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

What To Do On A Sick Day


Well, as the title suggests...I was home on a sick day last Tuesday. However this time it's for my son who has croup. And the cherry on top, I've got the bug too. After I just got over a month-long illness that had me more tired than I've ever been in my entire life, only to get something two weeks later. UGH, if I get through this pregnancy in one piece it will be a blessing. 

Well, since I was home with the babes, it's a perfect time to craft! (during nap times of course!)

I saw a YouTube video on how to make Barbie bustforms out of an actual doll. 

**NOTE** If there is a child who is reading this or looking over your shoulder, please be forewarned, this does show the mutilating of a Barbie doll so proceed with caution. 

This is the perfect craft to do with those dolls you have where the hands, arms, feet, or legs have been chewed by an animal. I do have a lot of these which is why when I go to the thrift store I'm very picky about which dolls I pick up. But I opened a box the other day to find some little Kelly dolls and I saw her.


This was a doll I got in a lot from the thrift store. Her hands were badly mutilated so she would definitely be a good candidate for this craft. She has a beautiful face (not the cartoon-y ones you see now) and I do have a Belle dress in my stash so I could transplant her head someday....once I figure out how to get the matted hair under control. 

She has vinyl click-knee legs and arm joints that were VERY loose so her body was in bad shape. Okay, off to surgery!

First I started with slitting the vinyl on the leg so I could see how I was going to disconnect these at the knee.

Luckily the knee joints (on this doll) are flimsy and they were easy to take a knife through them. This picture shows how badly destroyed her hands were.

Knee joints exposed but all in all a semi-clean cut.

Next I popped off her head. I am terrible at head transplants but decided to practice without softening the head with steam or hot water. Her neck did not break but the mechanism stayed IN the head. Oh well. 

Now the arms. These arms were a beast to try to take off. I'm guessing because they were loose and flimsy. One arm I bent up and it popped off. The other one just got mutilated by the pliers I was using and didn't pop off at all.

I had a lot of trouble trying to cut away the excess plastic so I could see how I was going to remove it or break it off. It took a lot of extra work but finally I broke off the joint (and it flew across the room so wear safety glasses!)

I did chew up the arm cavity a bit so I had to file it down smooth before I continued.

Okay, now, onto the craft! Use a wooden dowel or skewer and hot glue this between her legs. I used a stick for cake or cookie pops as it was all I had. Make sure her hip joints are straight before hot gluing!

Next, fill in the arm cavity with hot glue. This is a large cavity so it might take a few rounds to get it perfectly filled and flush with the rest of her body.

Once your glue dries, you can start with this next part. For this you can use black duct tape or even that printed tape with a fun print. All I had available was electrical tape. Squeeze the legs together tight and start wrapping overlapping the tape as little or as much as you like. (**Please read the end of the post note about using electrical tape.**)

You will want to go up all the way to her waist and cover her underwear. I almost didn't have enough tape. If I had more her waistband would have been straight but I ran out!

Next, let's put a fun "head" on this mannequin. Take a small styrofoam craft ball and make a small hole in the bottom. Then hot glue it on her neck.

Now comes the fun part....glitter! A few tricks about this part. I used a smooth styrofoam ball. A better option would be the textured balls (they are identical in price just FYI.) If you use too much glue on these smooth balls, it runs (out from UNDER the glitter) and creates a mess. So if you use the smooth balls, the best way would be to use a small amount of glue and glitter and then fill in the holes after it dries. 

Starting the process.

Almost done!

How does it look?

Now after all that, it's time to make the stand for it. Trace circles on a piece of cardboard and cut 2. 

Stack and glue. 

Then you can decorate the top with whatever you want. You can use scrapbook paper to cover the top or I chose to use some glitter. 

Two pieces of cardboard are just about right for a 1/4" ribbon as a border. Hot glue in place.

Then you can touch up the edges with more glitter and glue.

After the "head" dries, its time to paint the body. Now this can be done one of two ways. The original video shows using nail polish. This is a great time to use that old nail polish that has thickened over time and is not good to use for nails. They probably used this because it's glossy. The other option would be to use acrylic paint (matte with a varnish, gloss paint, or matte with a coat of gloss mod podge.) My Mod Podge is buried in a box somewhere or else I would have used this option.

Mine is half finished. My nail polish had such a strong smell that it gave both my husband and I a headache. Need to finish when I can go outside. 

ELECTRICAL TAPE NOTE: So here is the thing about electrical tape. After sitting FLAT for a couple of days, the electrical tape slid down the vinyl. Strange. Here are my solutions to combat this. 

1. Use this on a doll with plastic legs, not vinyl.
2. You could scuff the legs with a file so it does not slide.
3. Use another tape.

I have not tried any of these options so I don't know how they would work. Since our black gorilla tape has gone AWOL, I'm going to see if I can redo the legs using a little bit of hot glue and then pressing the tape down. 

The last step (sorry no photos) is to poke a hole in the base and hot glue the stick into it. I think the weight is too much and will tip the base of it over. I'll have to rig something up to keep the base weighted so the doll doesn't tip over. 

Not to toot my own horn but I do happen to be a master at jury rigging. My dad had a shop FULL of goodies and when we needed something done or hung or painted, etc., we had a lot of seemingly useless items at our disposal. We made it work without spending money to buy the "proper" equipment for the job. :)

So there you have it. It's fun to try a craft and figure out exactly how it works for you! You could do this with a full doll, a doll who has no head, you can just cut off the hands instead of using one with no arms. It's all up to you!

Anyone else have any other tips and tricks or done something like this? Let me know in the comments!

My next post will go up tomorrow and will feature two cute little friends. Little and Friends? It's not to be missed! :)

Until then!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

We Love Vintage!

Hi Friends,

Well, if you see the title of the post, you can guess what it will be about right? 

Over a month ago (before I got sick) we stopped at what was titled a "Kids" garage sale. So we figured there would be a bunch of toys right? Yep, there were. Surprisingly we only picked up a couple of books for Jacob but my hubby and I scored. He got a wireless Bose speaker for $10 and I got some absolutely awesome vintage goodness. 

The kids were running the sale but dad was there as the supervisor. :) He said that these dolls belonged to his wife and she absolutely loved them. There were two trunks of dolls and clothes and each were $25. I picked up only one and there was just ONE reason I chose this one. 

For this guy.

*squee* VINTAGE KEN! Can you even believe it? 

If you remember back a couple of christmases ago, my dad got me a TON of vintage Barbie clothes from a woman who was getting rid of her collection. There were also vintage Ken clothes! If you want, feel free to go back and revisit the post here!

There was one outfit of Ken I just totally loved that I got in that batch. 

Terry Togs. Don't quite know why, I kind of like the robe and the towel! So now I have a beautiful vintage Ken doll to dress him in!

This Ken is not in great shape. He does NOT have flocked hair so he must not be one of the very first Kens. His hair does need a repaint which is no big deal. And he's VERY dirty so he'll have to have a bath. 

I believe he is wearing an original Ken fashion. I can't remember (and the dolls are back in the garage.) The dolls and clothes had the smell of old house attic. I'm sure you can imagine what I am talking about. The clothes are airing out but the dolls were covered by the clothes (doh!) so they still are smelly. So they are back out there to air out. And as you can see, the clothes are dirty as well. So soon there will be bath time and laundry time.

Also in the box...another Ken!

Poor  Ken. He IS wearing an original Ken shirt (I also got this one in my Christmas vintage haul) but his pants are homemade and very long. I loved this face mold!

But I need help. I searched and searched for him but I can't pinpoint what year he is from. 70's I'm guessing. It was even hard to identify from the Vintage Doll Guide. Can anyone help?

Hello Red Sweater Pak from 1963!

Also in the trunk were two female dolls. One was not very hard to figure out. 

1975 Ballerina Barbie!

She is in VERY good condition with non-matted or ratty hair (only a little crushed from being in the box) and she is relatively clean. 

Since she does not have the rest of her clothes, she either came from this "On Tour" pack or as a stand-alone doll.

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She is beautiful!

Her clothes are not dirty and in excellent condition!

And last, but certainly not least...

More vintage Barbie!

So, going to need some help with this one. :) I know 70's but not sure which 70's. She looks older than my Sun Lovin' Malibu Barbie and I know she's not from the late 60's. (or is she?)

Her dress is a little small, can you tell? That's because it's a vintage Skipper Fashion! There was a little tiny fragment of tag left and I got from it an S. It's the Platter Party Fashion. Too bad there is no vintage Skipper doll to put it on. But I do love the boots!

Every single other piece of clothing in the box was handmade but there are some really awesome OOAK fashions in there. But as I mentioned above, they are still airing out in the garage. There was a small bag of accessories and another bag of straight fabric. I almost wanted to go back and get the other trunk but I didn't. I don't know if the other trunk had genuine fashions but there were four female dolls in that one. 

However I am very happy with this purchase. I am even getting some more dolly shelves for my birthday! So I'll be able to display even more dolls in my doll room now!

Next time I do have a super, seriously cute set to show you that is just perfect for Halloween. I'll get that set up for next week. 

Until then!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I'm back!

Hi Friends!

I apologize for my absence. To say this pregnancy has been hard on me is a huge understatement. I was sick for over a month with a form of pertussis (Chinese for '100 day cough'.) It meant for a lot of early bedtimes and just doing what I could to get through the day. 

Now that THAT'S over and done with (thank goodness) I can get back to the blog. I'm going to be taking some pictures today of some wonderful dolly awesomeness. 

And dare I say VINTAGE dolly awesomeness? You betcha!

I'm taking some pictures today and I'll have those ready within the week. 

Thanks for your understanding and I'll be back at it very very shortly! 


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Crystal Starr and New Friends


You will be proud of me. I DID start my craft project! I've got a little bit of it done so far and will work a little more on it this weekend.

When we lived in our other house, the guest bedroom served as both my office and Barbie room. When we found out we were having our first baby, we packed all my office stuff into blue tupperware bins. Well, something I needed for my craft project was in one of those bins. Hubby thought it would be a great time to also go through them and get rid of stuff and/or condense into less tubs. And while doing that I could look for what I needed for my craft. 

Well, I didn't find what I needed for my project. But I did find her!

This is Crystal Starr from The Moon Dreamers! My only Moon Dreamer doll that I got when I was a little girl. She glows in the dark! (and I just tested her, and she does still glow!)

She has really curly hair, although a little matted from being into storage. (The star in her hair is the comb. I put it there so it wouldn't get lost)

And she has stars in her eyes!

She has a sparkly dress with a star on the hip and (what once was) a moon on her chest. She just got played with too much :) 

And she has the cutest sparkly tights and shoes with stars on them. 

Through the years I had forgotten what the premise of the Moon Dreamers was. So I had to look it up. There are a few of the Moon Dreamers and they live in the sky and send happy dreams to kids below on Earth. But they have to watch out for Evil Scowelene who lives in the Land of Insomnia who sends nightmares to the kids to wake them up. The Moon Dreamers then have to then send their friends The Snoozers down to Earth to soothe the children back to sleep. 

I remember wanting more of these dolls. I don't know if I could get them off Ebay or not. Each one has a specific job. Crystal is the Star Architect. They are all so cute and unique! Each doll came with a doll stand (which I have) and a dream crystal which can be worn as a necklace for you! (Crystal came with a star, naturally.) I do have that, I think it's in my first childhood jewelry box.

These were made by Hasbro.
And, my hubby one day told me to go to the thrift store to get some maternity clothes. Don't have to ask me twice to go shopping! I did find some cute clothes but I also found some cute dolls! 

First, Ken! Can always have an extra 80's style Ken on hand, right? 

This is the 1985 Tropical Ken! And he came with the shorts and an ugly green shirt. I dressed him in this open breezy top and it looks great! Unfortunately though, Ken needs his hair redone!

Of COURSE I had to get her.

I put her in this fabulous pink dress that matched her hair. She even got a wash and a boil dip. It wasn't too matted which was one of the main reasons I picked her up.

In addition to the pink, she has a purple streak running down the right side of her hair. So...who is she?

Paired the pink and black dress with some fabulous black and silver heels!

She. The most beautiful Teresa!

She was recognizable only by her necklace. Glitter Beach Teresa!

Her hair is in braids which is actually pretty cute (and it kept her hair from becoming a hot mess.)

I put her in this cute little western outfit with a pink skirt and boots!

Well, that's all for today! What do you think of the Moon Dreamers? Are any in your collection? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!