Saturday, January 9, 2021

A New Year: Let's Hear It For The Boys!

 OK, we made it through 2020 -- sort of! The virus is still with us though and, unfortunately, probably here to stay. I have personally been touched with it in my family. I have lost friends to the disease. We are going to have to learn to live with it. It probably means we will need to continue to take precautions like wearing masks, staying home sometimes, keeping a social distance when appropriate. The vaccine in the US at least seems to be rolling out very slowly. I am hoping that the new administration will be more proactive in getting it under control. Heck, anything they do will be better that what is happening now! The political climate in the US has worsened. With a siege by US citizens on our nation's capitol earlier this week, things have gotten to a level I never thought I would see in my lifetime. My heart breaks and I fear for my kids futures. I truly never thought this would happen here in my lifetime.

So, in my doll world, I haven't been very active with meeting my goals. By now, I should have made greater progress on the doll room, written more stories, taken more pictures. But I haven't been completely idle! I have bought lots and lots of dolls! With everything that has happened this year, my dolls and my dolly friends have been a source of sanity for me! Without further chit-chat, I am going to introduce you to some of the very latest additions. I will start with some of the boys (er men) that have joined my collection in Hanaly Corners. So, let's hear it for the boys!

I will be talking about these six handsome fellows today. That first tall fellow is and Integrity Toys addition and the rest are all from Mattel.

So here are the 5 Mattel guys. They have all been rebodied (of course!) I will detail that in the photos below.

This is Fashionista Ken #163. He is from the latest wave of Fashionistas and they are just starting to trickle out in stores, but not in my area. I ordered mine from Amazon, but you do have to monitor the site in order to get one at the retail price before the scalpers get their hands on them! He has been rebodied on the new Wheelchair Ken (Fashionista #167) who happens to have a MTM body. He has been redressed in "Gray Day Chillin' Fashion Set" for the Fresh Squad line of dolls.

Look at his face! It is a brand new mold. And he has dimples! He is a cutie and I know a few ladies in my collection are already fighting over him!

Up Next is Barbie Skipper Babysitters Inc Brunette Boy who is new in the Babysitters Inc lineup. He has been rebodied to an Ever After High Hunter Huntsman Body that I was using on a older Ken doll, but I played head roulette so I could give this body to this Skipper friend boy. I did have to do some trimming on the head opening to make it work, but this was a better fit for him than any regular sized Ken bodies. He is dressed in random Ken clothes I had in my clothes boxes.

Here is a close up of his face. He is rather cute! I do think that Skipper and her friends will be happy to welcome him in their group!

So there was a lot of chatter over this fellow! An AA Fashionista Ken with rooted hair! Here is Fashionista Ken #162! He has been rebodied onto a Fresh Squad Malik body and he is wearing the pants that Malik had on and his original shirt and shoes. A very nice addition to Hanaly Corners!

And here is his closeup! Yes, he is fine! (That's what several of my new ladies said when he finally arrived!) He has already been hanging out with a couple of them, but I don't think he has found his match yet!

This fellow actually came home in November of 2019, but their was so much talk about him and his long rooted hair. He is Ken Fashionista #138. I had initially put him on a Fresh Squad Daniel body and it worked pretty well, but he found a much better match in one of the wheelchair Ken bodies that I purchased (#167) recently. He again has a unique facemold and that hair?!!! Wow! He has been playing the field a bit, but he says this new body definitely expands his options! He is wearing another new outfit from the Fresh Squad line of fashions "Cameo Coolness". 

He does seem to have a look about him that the ladies just seem to love!

Now, here we have the 60th Anniversary Ken Doll in a Throwback Rocker Derek Look. He has been rebodied onto a BMR1959 green haired Ken from the 1st release of that line. He is now also wearing an outfit from the Fresh Squad fashion line, "Power Stripe - Black Top with African Print Strip and Black Denim Pants" He has been hanging out with both #138 and #162 and they are having a ball with all of the new, unattached ladies in the house.

Here is his closeup! What do you think?

I will say that I am so glad that Mattel introduced the male MTM bodies. I just wish they would come in more skintones! I wish the Fashionistas, male and female, original, tall, petite, broad and slim would all just have MTM bodies! Somebody please tell Mattel that! 

Now our last fellow in today's post!

Meet Cool Breeze Dalpinder Chowdhury from Integrity Toys 2020 lineup (now there must be a story behind that name!) This is him fully dressed. This was the only IT doll I purchased in 2020 (or at least I think so!) They are expensive for sure, but you cannot beat the quality of their clothes and the many beautifully unique dolls in the line! 

Well, that is a wrap! I hope you enjoyed meeting these fellas! I will try to introduce a few more gals, guys and some new families that have or are moving to Hanaly Corners. I hope to take you on my journey of getting the places in my town in order too and to introduce you to the adventures in all their little lives through the stories that have been tumbling around in my brain and that my dolls have been pressuring me to tell! 

Monday, August 31, 2020

My Computer Hutch

 So I have been in a creative mood lately. One of the things I realized I needed to do was to get my office area organized. It occupies a wall in my living room and there was never any space for anything. My computer desk always had piles of papers on it and it only had one drawer, so it was hard to achieve any sort of organization. I decided I wanted to get a hutch for the desk. I priced them out and they are pretty expensive and I really couldn't find one that fit my desk. So I decided I wanted to try and build something. I wanted it to be sturdy and something that would not fall apart. I came up with the idea of building it with wooden crates. I needed something I could configure to fit on the desk, that would have places to store all the little office supplier and that would go with my decor. So I measured everything. Many, many times. I came up with the idea that I could use wooden crates as the material. I picked 2 sizes of crates. Here are the original crates I picked:

I got six of these -- 3 for each side of the hutch:

And 2 of these for the bridge of the hutch:

So are you ready for the end result????

I am very happy with how it turned out! It took a lot of measuring, laying things out and planning; a few bruised knuckles and trips to the hardware store, but I did it and it is sturdy, fits the desk perfectly and accomplishes what I set out to do. And it is done! I got to check an item off of my project list!

Now to get to work on that doll room!

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Big My Scene Doll Makeover!

 At the urging of a friend on Instagram (Dollboy92) I decided to dig out my daughters' old My Scene dolls. I am sure many of you remember them. They were brought into the Mattel line up to compete with the Bratz dolls in 2002 and were discontinued in 2014. I will be honest, and I don't want to irritate any Bratz fans, but I did steer my daughters away from Bratz in favor of the the My Scene dolls. So going through my doll stash, I discovered that we had 21 of the My Scene gal dolls in a box. We do have some of the boys as well, but their bodies were commandeered for use on some of our old Ken dolls, so they are not a part of the resurrection post.

I will tell you that these dolls were favorites of both of my daughters, and they were very well "played" with! Their hair was quite a tangled mess, so it has been quite a challenge to get these girls looking good! I did their makeovers in "waves", but for purposes of this blog, I will share photos of all 21 dolls in this post. Note that, as is normal for me, all dolls have been rebodied to articulated bodies. 

So here is wave 1

From L to R: Nolee on a Natalya WWE Superstar body, Madison with a toothy smile is on a Blue Top MTM yoga body (2nd release), Madison with a closed mouth in on a MTM yoga body Wave 2 Hispanic with hair in a bun, and Barbie is on a Katniss Hunger Games 2 body.

Here are a few close ups of the girls:

The 2nd wave of makeovers:

Top L - Madison w lighter skintone and rebodied on the MTM Dancer! Her hair was originally quite curly, but was in quite a mess. I managed to comb in out, washed and conditioned the hair and straightened it using a flat iron and then trimmed it to this shorter bob. Top R - Delancey on MTM Curvy Yoga, Bottom L - Madison with lighter skintone rebodied on MTM Baseball Barbie and finally, My Scene Special Edition Lindsay Lohan on MTM BMR "Green Beret".

Some additional photos:

Wave 3 of the makeovers:

This group consists of 4 Nolee dolls. It was quite challenging as I had to really dig to find replacement bodies for each of these girls. I hope you will think that I made the right choices! So here we go, Left to right: Nolee on a Purple Top MTM body, Nolee on a BMR green hat MTM body, Nolee on a pale 11 jointed playline body and Nolee on a Dollmore 1:6 scale ball-jointed body. This last one was the most difficult. I was running low on Pale skin tone bodies when I remember I had purchased the Dollmore bodies. Still need to find her some shoes, but I like how she looks on this body. Her hair was in such bad condition, that I thought I might have to reroot her, but after cutting it to shoulder length and giving her a boil wash, I was able to come up with the bob style for her. I like it for now at least! What do you think?

Their closeups!

Wave 4:
This time around, we have 4 Chelsea dolls. From L to R, Chelsea on a play line Barbie with 11 points of articulation, Chelsea on a BMR Tall Barbie - wave 1, Chelsea on Pink Top MTM yoga body and Chelsea on a Dollmore 1:6 scale body with natural skintone.

Their closeups!

After some consideration I decided to swap the Dollmore Body for a Liv body. What do you think?

The 5th and final wave!
This group has 5 dolls in it to finish the 21 dolls I have for makeovers! This time around, there are 4 Barbie/Kennedy dolls and one Madison. From L to R Back Row, Barbie/Kennedy on a play line Barbie with 11 points of articulation, Barbie/Kennedy on a WWE body, Barbie/Kennedy on a MTM Baseball player body and Barbie/Kennedy on a MTM BMR wave 1 green beret body. Front row seated is a Madison on a MTM Wave 1 second release Blue Top Yoga Theresa body. These have all been a challenge to find the right body for, to get there hair manageable and to get them dressed in cute outfits. Knowing that my daughters played and played with these dolls, you can probably only imagine what some of the hair was like especially for those dolls that had curls. I hope you have enjoyed them!

Their closeups!

That is the show for today! I hope you enjoyed it.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Back Again!

Thanks to posts from Monster Crafts and Jayes Doll Space, I have been inspired to begin blogging again. I can't believe it has been a little over a year since I have posted. While I haven't been actively blogging, I have been actively adding to my doll collection. Plus I have done quite a few reroots to create new characters. And the doll stories have been writing themselves in my head, but I now need to get the down on paper, get the sets built and take the photos to tell the stories. 

As far as life goes, I have been maintaining my weight loss, but I am now trying to lose some more. Because of the weight loss and healthier eating, my health has improved a great deal and I am so happy about that. My eldest daughter graduated from college last May (2019) and has moved back home. This has necessitated moving things around in the house to accommodate the return of her furniture and other items from her apartment! My youngest is still at home and going to a local community college. She was planning on transferring to Michigan State University this fall, but the COVID-19 virus is delaying that plan for her at least one semester. I have also recently been "dating". I met him online and most of our dates and communication have been via text and phone conversations, however, after  a little over a month of communicating this way, we did decide to meet in person and have now been on a couple of dates. Who knows, I may have more to tell on that at a later date!

Since no post would be complete without some dolly pictures, I will share some of my recent reroots with you!

This is a MTM Dancer reroot project. She originally lost her Curvy body to another doll, but I put on a regular MTM Body.  The doll on the right is a spare head that I rerooted in Midnight Blue and put on an Integrity toys body.

Here they are again looking at the hair from a rear view

The girls are joined here by another MTM dancer who head was rebodied to a WWE body and she was given a hair cut.
I also rerooted a BMR 1959 doll (Kira mold) I gave her a pipecleaner wave and bangs

The rear view of her hair

The next doll I decided to reroot was the Purple Top MTM doll. You can see her in three styles here

The first doll is on her original body with her hair boil washed and straighted with a flat iron. The middle doll is using Saran hair and she is rebodied to a Curvy MTM pale body. The last girl has a yard reroot and is on the new standard jointed body.

The process of doing a yarn reroot was very interesting for me and actually a bit more involved that a reroot done with dolly hair. Therefore, I am going to share some of the steps. 

The first step is to root the head all over in yarn. because the yarn is so thick, you don't add it to every hole and it is done using a single strand of yarn for each hole using a darning style long needle and pulling it all the way through the head and knotting it at the end.

It ended up looking like this. My hands hurt after completing it.

I then began the process of brushing the yarn with a fine toothed pet brush, and straightening it with a flat iron and trimming it as I went along. The brushing out of the yarn thins out the yarn significantly.

In the end, this is how she looked. I actually think she turned out beautifully, but this process was actually much harder that using dolly hair to reroot! The nice part is you can end up with a wide variety of hair colors and the end result is easy to manipulate.

Well, that is it for now! I hope to begin posting on a regular basis!