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.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Some New Residents in Hanaly Corners!

I know you have seen my new Tobias Alsford doll from the IT Convention, but I have given him a new name and he has met his dolly match. He is now Tyson Alsford (Tobias's brother) and he found his love in Lavinia Auclair. 



Meet Tyson Alsford and his new love, Lavinia Auclair. Lavina is divorced and has a teenaged son. She recently moved to Hanaly Corners. 

Tyson is Tobias Alsford's older brother. They are partners in a local law firm in Hanaly Corners. Lavinia was out with one of her gal pals and a local establishment. She met Tyson that evening and I will say that their chemistry way almost instant! 

Tyson and Lavinia have been seeing each other exclusively ever since! Yup, here they are getting a little frisky in the kitchen!

Tyson says to Lavinia, "The human has asked us to show the new kitchen she recently purchased from Perfectly Petite."  Lavinia says to Tyson, "Well I am hoping it ends up in whatever house I end up in. I just love it!"


Just for illustration, I added a Barbie frig and the table and chairs from the latest Barbie dining set.



During the Black Friday and Cyber Monday/Week sales, I was on Barbie.com and I did purchase a few new things! I was able to get some of the new Fashionistas. Here is the new AA Ken Fashionista #5, Hip Hoodie!

He is such a handsome young man, don't you think?

His original body is very stiff! 

I had purchased an AA Texas A&M Ken to serve as a body swap for him. Here they are checking each other out. Texas A&M Ken looks like he is none to thrill with swapping with the new guy!
Look at this! The neck knob for the new Ken is an unmoveable molded piece! This poor guy can't even rotate his head!


He is really liking this new body! He is Demonte Auclair, Lavinia's 17 year old son!

I purchased this Dena doll a while back when Georgette Taylor was selling the trio. I purchased Dena and a Dawn, but the Dawn has not yet arrived. Anyway, Dena arrived with extremely brittle hair. Her hair fell out when ever I touched it and I noticed that it was falling out in clumps even as she was standing. I proceeded to remove the rest of her hair and was getting ready to get supplies to reroot it when I found this wig. I tried it on her and I loved it! I think she looks absolutely gorgeous! 

Here she is wearing an outfit I purchased for Dasia from Vanessa Morrison. Don't tell her Dena has "borrowed" it!
Well, that is it for this post. I am also preparing the final post from the IT Convention which I was supposed to get out weeks ago! Well, we have been busy. I have embarked on a project to get my house and my dolls organized. We are cleaning out boxes of stuff, some doll related, some not. We have shredded tons of old paperwork, moved furniture and put together a doll house. We will be getting our main level painted in January, so I need to organize and purge as much as I can before the painter comes. I do as much as I can, and it feels good as we have made some big accomplishments! I feel that if I can get myself more organized, I will be able to finally get dios put together so I can create more stories which I do want to do! 

See you all soon!