Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Blog Giveaway #3

So are you ready for the 3rd item in this Giveaway???? I think this is one you will really like (at least I hope so!). 

To introduce this Giveaway, I have once again enlisted the help of some of the newer residents of Hanaly Corners.

On the left, we have the 2016 Happy Birthday Hispanic Barbie and on the right is the 2017 Quinceanera Barbie. Happy Birthday Barbie: "Hello everybody! Happy to see you visiting our blog! We have been asked to help introduce the next item in the Giveway!"  
Quinceanera Barbie: "We are actually very excited to have been chosen to do this introduction! We think you will really like this one!"

Happy Birthday Barbie: "And here she is! 2015 The Barbie Look City Shine AA Pink Dress!"
Quinceanera Barbie: "Oh she is so pretty! She would make a great addition to anybody's collection!"

Quinceanera Barbie: "Here is a closer look at her beautiful face!"

Happy Birthday Barbie: "And, because we know how much most of our blog followers and friends like articulated bodies, this SIS Baby Phat Grace body in a Yellow Top MTM outfit is included."
Quinceanera Barbie: "So you can see what a good match this body is, we have asked Grace, who was the original recipient of the Baby Phat Grace Body to join us."
Grace: "Hi! I have gone thru a couple of body exchanges now. I recently was swapped to the fabulous MTM Yellow Top body, so that made my Baby Phat Grace body available. I am standing next to the human's Barbie Look City Shine AA Pink Dress doll so you can see what a good skintone match we are! Note, I had taken very good care of the Baby Phat Body while I had it, so it is in excellent condition!"
City Shine: "Here is a closer look so you can see how good the match is! BTW, I have the Pazette face, which I hope you will agree is a beautiful face!
Quinceanera Barbie: "The rules are the same as before and are listed below."
  • This Giveaway is open to everyone.
  • You only need to enter once per item. You may submit an entry for all Giveaways in this series, even if you have won a previous item. 
  • You will have two weeks to enter.
  • You will need to leave a comment stating you would like to be entered in the drawing for a particular item.
  • Winner will be selected at random using an automated number selector. 
  • The winner will be announced via blog and will be asked for personal email to communicate through.
  • You will have one week to respond.
  • Your item will be shipped out upon receipt of your shipping information and the postage will be covered by Phyllis. I reserve the right to remove any items from the original package and repack to reduce shipping costs.

Good Luck to all!


Friday, March 10, 2017

Winner for 2017 Blog Giveaway #2

Yes, we have a winner! No, I did not forget about this Giveaway, but my house has been in a state of disarray for a while and I am finally getting things put back together! Just so you know, I had been planning on painting the interior of my house for a while now, but things like needing a new furnace and my painter's busy schedule kept setting us back from getting it done. So, when he called me to say he had a window open to get it done, I jumped at the chance. Here is what it looked like for a while:





What you don't see is all of the stuff we had to move to other rooms ahead of time. My bedroom was stuffed to the gills and I felt like I was the subject of an episode of "Hoarding, Buried Alive"! But the painting is now finished and we are getting very close to having everything rearranged and put back together. And, of course, this included shopping for some new stuff and getting rid of some old stuff too! When It is done, I will share some photos.

Since I didn't want to delay this any further, I wanted to go ahead and announce the winner of the 2nd Giveaway item. Note that there are still 2 more items to be given away and I will get both of those items posted shortly (sometime this weekend, maybe even this afternoon!)

Without further delay, the winner is   . . . . .



Congratulations, AG Lanc! Just in case you forgot, you won the Lammily Boy Doll (Animal Rescuer).  Please send me an email with your shipping information and I will get this guy out to you ASAP! My email is amaphyl526@gmail.com.




Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017 Blog Giveaway #2

Right on the coattails of announcing the winner of Giveaway # 1, is the post announcing the 2nd Giveaway item. Be sure to view the previous post to see who won.

Here to help us with the announcement are some old and new residents of Hanaly Corners.

"Hello everybody! Can you guess what we all have in common? You say we are all beautiful -- that is true! But we are also all Curvy gals! We love our curves and before we tell you about this next giveaway item, we would like to tell you a little about ourselves."


Introducing from Left to Right:  "Hi, I am a Curvy Fashionista # 57 Zig Zag. I have have been given a sassy short haircut and the very pink lipstick has been wiped from my lips. I like this look so much better! My name is Sabrina Watson, but you can call me Brini, like the rest of my friends do."

"Well hello, friends! I am a Barbie Basics Red Collection Model #8 which was offered exclusively by Target in 2010. I have been in Hanaly Corners for quite a few years now. I came in 2010! I have had quite a few changes since I have been here. My original body was a Model Muse body. As you know, those are beautiful bodies, but are devoid of much movement as they are pretty stiff bodies. I was given an AA Dynamite Girl Body at first and it was a beautiful body but the color match was not perfect. When the human purchased a Dynamite Girl head that matched that body better, I had another surgery and was put on an Artsy body, even though the skintone was a terrible match. I dressed in turtle neck sweaters so you could not notice it so much. Then, as luck would have it, the human purchased a Pop Life Christie doll and it was a great match for me! I had that body until a few days ago when I saw a  Madame Lavinia doll come in as a body donor and asked if I could have it! Although the body may have been intended for a different doll, since I have been through so much, the human gave in and performed what I hope to be my last operation! I love my new curves! Don't you think they suit me well?! My name is Roxanne Porter, but I prefer Roxy!"

Time for a closeup of Brini and Roxy!
From L to R: Fashionista #37 Sweetheart Stripes, Fashionista # 51 Polka Dot Fun, Barbie Careers Pop Star Doll.
All three girls say at once: "Hello everybody! We all have been in Hanaly corners a while now!"  
Sweetheart Stripes: "I have been here the longest of the 3 of us, but have not yet been named. Maybe you can help the human come up with something good! For now, everybody just call me Sweetheart!"
Polka Dot Fun: "I don't have a name yet either, but what can you call a girl whose tag is Polka Dot Fun! What, you say how about "Dot"?? I do kind of like that! so for now at least, I will be called Dot!"
Pop Star: "Well, since you are all giving yourself names, I will give myself one too! You can call me Star because I am one!"
Closeups for Sweetheart, Dot and Star!
Oh, the reason we are here! We need to announce the second giveaway item!
Sweetheart: "I'll handle this ladies. After all, I am front and center! Do you all remember the boys you met for the 1st giveaway item announcement? Well . . ."
Dot interrupts: "Especially that cutie Nicholas! Although I would just love to help him with his hair and get him some new clothes!" 
Star: "You can say that again! I could really give him some Pop Star pointers!"
Sweetheart: "I saw him talking to Katie Lamm. I think you missed your chance, Dot!"
Dot: "Umm, Katie is his sister!"
Brini: "Ahh, ladies, we are supposed to be introducing the next giveaway item!"
Dot, Star and Sweetheart step aside as Brini and Roxy point to the box with the giveaway item.
Roxy: "And her it is! A NRFB Lammily Boy Pet Rescuer doll!
Sweetheart: "Ahh, is that Nicholas???!!! 
Star: "I don't think so! Maybe his brother or a cousin or something!"
Brini: "No, we still have our Nicholas Lamm in Hanaly Corners. This fellow will go to a lucky winner and they can name him whatever they want too!"Sweetheart gives a sigh of relief!

Roxy: "OK, here are the Rules below!"

  • This Giveaway is open to everyone.
  • You only need to enter once per item. You may submit an entry for all Giveaways in this series, even if you have won a previous item. 
  • You will have one week to enter.
  • You will need to leave a comment stating you would like to be entered in the drawing for a particular item.
  • Winner will be selected at random using an automated number selector. 
  • The winner will be announced via blog and will be asked for personal email to communicate through.
  • You will have one week to respond.
  • Your item will be shipped out upon receipt of your shipping information and the postage will be covered by Phyllis. I reserve the right to remove any items from the original package and repack to reduce shipping costs.

GOOD LUCK!

2017 Blog Giveaway #1 Winner!

Yes, we have a winner! Here to help me announce who won the 1st Giveaway Item are a few new friends in Hanaly Corners:

Hi everybody! Can you guess why we were chosen to announce the winner for the first giveaway item??? If you noticed that we are all were clothes from the Passport 10 Outfit Clothing pack, you would be correct! Of course the winner gets a brand new package and not the ones we are wearing. We are from left to right: Fashionista #56 Style So Sweet on an Orange Top MTM body, 2005 Lois Lane Barbie on Pink Top MTM body, Monroe Jillian from 2016 IT Supermodel Convention, Fashionista #53 Lovely In Lilac on Purple Top (Lea) MTM Body, Barbie Careers Scientist Doll
So, without further delay, we would like to announce the winner!

(Drum roll please . . .)
"Whoo hoo, Cat! Congratulations! We all hope you enjoy your new clothing and we look forward to seeing how you mix and match these items!
OK, Cat, as the winner of the very first 2017 Giveaway from A Day In The Life of My Dolls, you duties will be -- naw, you really don't have any duties! Just send an email to amaphyl526@gmail.com with your shipping information. Please respond within a week. Thanks for playing and we hope to hear from you soon!

From your friends in Hanaly Corners!


Saturday, February 4, 2017

2017 Annual Blog Giveaway, Giveaway #1

And now what you have all been waiting for -- my 2017 Annual Blog Giveaway! Once again, there will be multiple items to be offered. I will be using the same format as before and presenting each item separately one at a time. The rules will follow at the end of the post.

To help me with item number 1, I have enlisted a couple of the new male residents in Hanaly Corners. Let's meet them first:

I had 2 Justin Bieber dolls and donated the body of one of them to another doll. The head for this guy has been rolling around at the bottom of my spare parts box for a while, but as I was reorganizing I found his head. I had purchased an Ever After High Alistair doll to use as a body donor for a Ken doll, but the skin was lighter than I thought. However, it was a good match for the Justin Bieber doll. I didn't want him to be just like the other Justin doll I had, so I made some changes to his hair. 

"Hello everbody! I was originally a Justin Bieber doll, but I have been modified and am now called Jared. I do have an older brother Justin, but I think I am much cuter than he is."
"After getting this new body, the human decided to change my hair. I do have to tell you that I think she did a pretty good job. "
I washed his hair first and then removed half of it. After cropping it as close to his head as I could get it with scissors, I used a razor to shave it even closer. What I couldn't get off with the razor, I used a toothpick to push through the plugs in his head. He has a pretty hard head, and because I wanted to leave part of the hair, I used this process and it worked pretty well. I trimmed and styled the remaining hair and then used some hair gel to help it stay in place. I the added 2 coats of flocking to the bald part of his head.  Below are 2 other views:




I did participate in the crowd funding for the Lammily Boy doll. My dolls arrived just before Christmas. Meet Nicholas:

"Hi everybody! My name is Nicholas, but you can call me Nick. My sister Katie already lives in Hanaly Corners, so I was very glad to move here."

"Don't you think I am a handsome fellow??"
Jared: "Hey, man, it is time for us to do what she brought us in here to do!" 
Nick:  "Umm, I've just been waiting on you. You just had to show off that fancy new hair cut you got!"
Jared: "Since you brought it up, I definitely think you need to do something with that hair of yours! You kinda look like an old man! 
Nick: "Hey, watch it with the insults!"

Jared & Nick in unison: "Ok everybody here it is! I think you are going to like this!"
This is the Pink Passport clothing set from TRU. There are 10 pretty nice outfits here. I know some of you have this, but if you don't and you win, I think your dolls will love it!

Here are the rules:

  • This Giveaway is open to everyone.
  • You only need to enter once per item. You may submit an entry for all Giveaways in this series, even if you have won a previous item. 
  • You will have one week to enter.
  • You will need to leave a comment stating you would like to be entered in the drawing for a particular item.
  • Winner will be selected at random using an automated number selector. 
  • The winner will be announced via blog and will be asked for personal email to communicate through.
  • You will have one week to respond.
  • Your item will be shipped out upon receipt of your shipping information and the postage will be covered by Phyllis. I reserve the right to remove any items from the original package and repack to reduce shipping costs.
Good luck!

Friday, February 3, 2017

What Happened to January???

Somebody please tell me where January went! I cannot believe it is already February and I haven't even done one blog post yet in 2017! I want to tell you that it is not because of my health this time! I have just been extremely busy. Alyssa was home from college for a month at Christmas time, so we spent a lot of time together just hanging out, shopping, talking watching movies together and so on. I am going to be getting my house interior painted, so I have been doing a lot of rearranging, organizing and purging of things I don't use anymore. I have been trying to organize the dolls. I keep most of my dolls in the basement, but I have a lot of dolls in my bedroom too. Here are few photos of the dolls I have in my room:

These are the ones on top of my armoire. I know you can't see them all!
I was trying to organize the dolls I put on Made to Move bodies -- these are all standing on my window ledge!
Here they are in sections so you can see them a little better. 




I also just put together one of those cubicle shelves in my room and I have already loaded it up with dolls. I didn't take any photos of that yet though!

I also got a doll from my girls for Christmas. They gave me the Luciana Barbie! She is really pretty, but there were some things about her that I did not like. 

Here she is out of the box. I don't quite get the white skirt. It almost looks like a doily and would be more suited to a country girl. Just doesn't seem to go with the night club dancer look! I hate to say it, but it looks like some you would use to cover up a roll of toilet paper or Kleenex box!
Here she is without the skirt. Her dancer/entertainer outfit is made of plastic. I was disappointed to see that the corset part of the ensemble was glued to her body. I saw photos on Flickr of someone who had tried to remove her outfit and it was quite a mess. I don't know if she ever got ever got it all off or not. I know it was basically destroyed in the process though! I did not attempt it! 

Here is a close up of her face. She is stunning!
Not to be deterred, I decided to keep her costume on her body and I did a body swap for her to an Orange Top Made to Move doll. She quickly adapted to this body and has been redressed!




Ahhh, that feels better!
She was quick to thank her donor!



So what is next for my blog? I have not forgotten about my annual give-a-way. I have already purchased the items, so that will be coming up soon. I will again be giving away 4 or 5 different items! 

I still want to do stories. I have been working on the continuation of the Carter-Winthrop saga and have stories in my head about the Gordon clan. There are many new residents in Hanaly Corners and some new places too. I appreciate those of you who do write stories regularly as I realize how much work goes into it. 

So stay tuned! The first giveaway item will be posted this weekend!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Last But Not Least!

OK, so I am finally getting around to posting the last items from the IT Convention! No fanfare, no big intro, I am just going to get right to the photos!


This is our Bazaar loot and some of the table gifts too. Hannah is obsessed with little gift bags hence the 2 in the back!
The final event of the convention was the Gala! It was an event that did not disappoint. Jason Wu was there and he shared his history with first the dolls and creating Fashion Royalty and then on to becoming a name in the fashion world, including the designing of dresses for the current First Lady, Michelle Obama! Even Hannah was excited that we got to see him. Here are few photos from that night's presentation:





The centerpiece doll for the evening was a grand entry! 



Meet Tweed Couture - Dania Zarr - 2016 Supermodel Convention Saturday Night Dinner Table Centerpiece
Both Hannah and I had our number drawn so we each were able to buy her. Her dress is impeccable, and the  neck piece opens in the back so you can remove it without taking the doll's head off. In my opinion, she is absolutely stunning!

And, so as not to be outdone, they presented the final giveaway doll and the Official Convention Doll:





Presenting: Diva Dasha, 2016 IT Supermodel Convention, Official Convention Doll
As with the 4 other dolls in the Convention Collection, she came with a casual dress and boots too. Hers is pink. 

And if that was not enough, Jason Wu presented the final surprise of the night. A new doll he had designed available only to Convention attendees. Here is her promo photo:


La Vie en Bleu, Elyse Jolie from the Jason Wu Collection. Featuring new Velvet Touch Skin.
As convention attendees, Hannah and I both purchased her and are awaiting her arrival. 

We also stood in line for the photo op with Jason Wu. He even signed our Convention doll boxes (1 each!). Here is the photo:



After the convention, we were also afforded the opportunity to purchase any of the convention dolls that were remaining in stock. I did buy 2 more of the Style Lab dolls:


Monroe Jillian wearing a Barbie Pink Passport fashion


Ollie Lawson wearing  Too Sexy

I know this took me longer than expected, but I hope you still enjoyed the long, drawn out presentation of my convention experience.  Not an event I will forget any time soon! Again, if you are keeping count, this adds 5 dolls to the 2016 Supermodel Convention doll purchases. That is a grand total of 27 dolls added to my collection! Wow, this is staggering to me! Have I been a bad girl? Well, in the grand scheme of things, I did save for this. I may never get another chance to do this (even though Hannah is campaigning to go to Orlando in 2017!) I am very happy with these purchases too and I got to check another item off of my bucket list!

Thanks for reading! I enjoy getting your comments, too, so don't hesitate to drop a line.