Thursday, July 17, 2014

Birthday Haul

Sunday, July 13 was my birthday. My daughters made it a very special day for me by taking me out to eat, taking me shopping, buying me flowers and making a birthday cake. Previously, we had also gone to Frankenmuth, MI to a store called Bronner's where they have awesome Christmas ornaments. I also had made some previous purchases that I will now share with you all.

First, here are the flowers from my girls.


At Bronner's, I got some Christmas ornaments that are great 1:6 scale items. These included some musical instruments and some dogs.





Now let me show you my doll purchases.  This first group is what I had purchased earlier from ebay and Barbie Collector.

Here are the latest Dynamite boys that I got from Ebay. They were purchased nude and I dressed them in Ken clothes and Clear Lan clothes.




From Barbie Collector, I got Fan Bing Bing and the Redhead Barbie Look Red Carpet doll.  From a doll dealer, I got the Asian Barbie Look Red Carpet doll and the Jazz Baby doll.


Scarlett and Rhett were from Barbie Collector.



Of course, I rebodied all of the ladies except for Jazz Baby as she already had an articulated body.  The Barbie Look dolls were rebodied on Elvis Barbie bodies I got on clearance from TRU.  Fan Bing Bing was rebodied on a Dynamite Girls Spooky Sookie body and Scarlett received a Raquelle Glam Luxe body. 

When my daughter took me out birthday shopping, I got a Teen Belle, Teen Dorothy and a Pirate Fairy doll. 



The Teen Belle doll and Pirate Fairy doll both have articulation at the elbows, wrists and knees. However, the Dorothy doll did not have articulation.  I rebodied Dorothy on a Liv body I had in stock.  I took the braids out of her hair and Belle's hair. Hmmm. Don't you think they look kind of like sisters??




A couple of the dolls have agreed to demonstrate the musical instruments and dogs so you can see them for scale.









Well, that is it for now.  Quite a haul, don't you think?!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Quick Post Re: Barbie Style Nikki Doll

Just a quick post to tell you that the Barbie Style Nikki Doll is now available on Mattel.com. I know several of you were wanting to get her, so I thought I would let you know. 

More later on my latest purchases and what I got at Bronner's Christmas store in Frankenmuth, MI.

Also, I was finally able to figure out how to add the various types of follow me buttons.

Have a nice day!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Doll That Started It All

I got my first Barbie doll when I was 8 or 9 years old.  My sister had received the Black haired Ponytail Barbie the previous year, so I wanted one too. I am a natural blonde, and in my youth my hair was a very light blonde - almost platinum so it was a no brainer that I got the Platinum Blonde Bubble Cut Barbie. My sister and I played for hours on end with those dolls. We dressed them up, talked for them and it was so much fun! I still had my doll when I was in high school, but was too grown up to admit that I still liked her (LOL). We gave them to my young niece to play with and later they were sold in a garage sale.

When I became an adult, I still was interested in the fashion doll, but somehow thought it would be too embarrassing to purchase dolls for myself, but I would always play Barbies with my nieces when I saw them.  When I got my daughter Alyssa in 1996 from China, it opened up the opportunity to get her some Barbie dolls. Starting with her third birthday, I got her a new doll for every occasion and reward possible. And she loved that I would play Barbie for hours on end with her. I instilled in her the love of the doll, and every time she opened a new Barbie, she would say: "Thank you, Mom, just what I always wanted." Now that she is a teen, she has given me most of her dolls to add to my stash! My youngest daughter also fell in love with Barbie and we sometimes still play with them together.

I then started to buy dolls for myself also and began collecting the Dolls of the World series, however, I longed for the doll of my youth to return. I discovered eBay, and began my quest. At that time, I was most interested in searching through the vintage dolls. It took a while, and I did find and purchase several vintage dolls before finally finding a vintage Platinum Blonde Bubble Cut doll in good condition. Here she is!




Here is another of her full body view.  Note that her dress is vintage as well.




Before I found her, I purchased a Platinum reproduction, pictured below.



Other vintage dolls I purchased along the way (see a pattern here??)


Barbies and Kens:






Midges and Alans:



My favorite gal with her vintage beau!





And my favorite Midge with Alan!




And that is how it all began for me.  I now probably have between 400 and 500 dolls in my collection.  You think a monster has been created???

Thanks for looking!