Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Small Makeover

Howdy!

My throwback posts are coming to an end. I think I have just one or two more left. So before I get onto those, I wanted to post about a small makeover I did to one of my Ever After High Dolls. 

I was unhappy with little miss Darling Charming.

Here is what she looks like out of the box. 


Beautiful doll and she's one of my favorites. But here is her webisode form. 


Big, Beautiful Hair. Did I mention big? The style of the back of her hair was a little constricting. 


So I took it out, shook it out, took out the bands from the front of her hair and voila! 


Going to take a little more work to get the bouffant style in the front of her hair but for now, I'm much more happy with it.

Gotta add some more curl too.

  
She looks much better with floofy hair and it surrounding her face. Don't you agree? 


Another Throwback post coming soon! Until then!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Teresa's Terrific Throwback - Post 5

Greetings again dolly friends.

I'm back with more throwback goodness! Isn't this fun? 

If you missed the rest of the throwback, here are the links so you can catch up! Feel free to click on these as they open a new window without losing your place!

Throwback 1
Throwback 2 
Throwback 3 
Throwback 4 

Okay, now to today's throwback!

I received these when I was a kid and I LOVED them. 

Introducing...Cupcakes!


Okay, so it's an adorable dolly but why are they called cupcakes?


:) 

Flip the dress inside out, use the hat as the frosting and there you have it! A dolly inside a cupcake!

This particular purple one I received for my birthday one year. (My 7th or 8th birthday if I remember correctly.) I loved how unique and cute they were but my favorite part was they smelled so deliciously sweet like cupcakes!

They came in many different kinds and varieties. The purple one above is one of the princess cupcakes and this one is a birthday sprinkles cupcake.


Unfortunately this little one I purchased at a garage sale years ago and is missing some clothing so I'll have to make something special for her. Another Princess cupcake so she'll need an extravagant dress of some sort. 


The underpart of the dress is made of soft, pliable silicone so it's easy for a child to turn the cupcake inside out. I would not recommend leaving them as a cupcake for as long as I did as it would mold the dress and the hair when you roll them all up. 

Unfortunately mine do not have the sweet smell anymore but I do remember the exact smell that my princess doll had. Isn't it funny how we can remember certain smells from long ago? 

The hat is the best part I think. I just love them!



I had to. :)



When I get a free moment they will get a bath and wash since they were stored for so long. 

And Bustle has a small article on the Cupcake dolls. Click here!

So friends, what do you think of Cupcakes? Do you have any in your collection? Let me know in the comments!

I'll have another throwback post up soon. Until then!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Teresa's Terrific Throwback - Post 4

Hello!

I'm back with another one of my throwback posts! Been kind of crazy the last few weeks. Are we all enjoying the summer? Are we all enjoying the OLYMPICS? :) They come to an end on Sunday. It was a fun two weeks watching the best athletes in the world. 

So last time we talked about the fabulous Rainbow Brite dolls that I had growing up. Want to read about it? You can click here and it will pop up in another browser window.

Want to catch up on all the throwback posts? Click on the links below!

Throwback 1 

Throwback 2

You all are going to love this post because....I have more Rainbow Brite goodies to share!

Here she is! Different dress and a smaller version than the last one.  


She has an entirely soft body (except for the head). She's the perfect nighttime doll. The white hairpiece at the top pom of her hair is an ornament, it has rainbow waves that cascade down from it. Really pretty but I forgot to get a photo.


I think I got her at a garage sale at some point. Her clothes are not correct from what we know Rainbow Brite to wear so maybe she's a deviation from one of her movies or something. 

Either way, she's so adorable and I just LOVE her little boots!


And look, she has one of her color kids with her! Here's Shy Violet!


I got Shy Violet brand new although I don't remember where. Maybe one of my birthday gifts or something. Notice how their hair is the same? When I got Rainbow Brite from the garage sale, my mom helped me make fix Rainbow's the same way as Shy's.

Shy has a little piece of velcro on her right hand. This is so she can keep en eye on her sprite I.Q.!


He's so cute!


Shy Violet's outfit is "correct" so not sure if her and Rainbow are from the same line or even came out at the same time. She does not have removable boots however her jumper does come off. The sleeves are permanent. I just love her. She's adorable!


Now for a special treat. I also have Rainbow Brite's horse, Starlite!


I'll have to do some work on Starlite's leg to get it to stand properly. It took a little fiddling and I ended up having to use the table lamp to create this photo. :) Starlite is not completely plush. It is soft outside but pretty rigid inside, i'm guessing so the horse could stand on it's own. However years in the toybox permanently bent the leg. I'm sure I could bend it back somehow. Starlite has a rainbow color mane and tail and she fits this Rainbow doll perfectly. Love it!

And I had to take some pictures of Rainbow and Shy together. 


Super cute. They are best friends FOREVER! 


This is definitely a collection I wouldn't mind having. I may have to start searching for all the color kids and see if I can track them down. 

Want to familiarize yourselves with the world of Rainbow Brite? www.rainbowbrite.net is a wonderful resource to learn about the story, the villains, and all the color kids! I stumbled across this site when I was searching for the name of Shy's sprite. :)

So what do you think of this Rainbow Brite doll and her friend Shy Violet? Do you have any of these in your collection? Let me know in the comments!

I'll have more throwbacks for you soon. See you then!    

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Teresa's Terrific Throwback - Post 3

Welcome!

I'm back with the latest installment of my throwback series! It's fun taking a trip down memory lane, isn't it? 

If you missed the first two posts, you can click on the links below! They open in a new window so don't be afraid to click and read!

Throwback 1 

Throwback 2 

Well, shall we see what we have today? 

Another favorite from my childhood


That's right! The yarn hair Rainbow Brite doll!

I had many "favorites" as a child but there were the big three: Strawberry Shortcake, Barbie, and Rainbow Brite. I had bed sheets, dolls, clothes, blankets, towels....if it had Rainbow Brite on it, I had it. 

This doll has definitely been loved. She had an emblem on her chest (on the red part) that has since fallen off and she is a little dirty. Her entire body is soft and made of nylon so it should spot clean nicely. I also gave her a fabulous rainbow bracelet to wear. 


Do any of you recall Rainbow Brite? Each of her friends had their own "sprite" who gather the color crystals. Hers is named Twink. He was in the toy box too! Unfortunately he was not as fluffy as usual because I washed him and his fur became matted. But he was very dirty so now he's clean and smells nice. 


And here they are together. BFF's!


I also found in the box, the sprite for La La Orange. His name is O.J.! He did not get washed and if you bounce him up and down, he squeaks! He is just a little smaller than Twink.


Do you have any Rainbow Brite dolls or toys? Let me know in the comments!

I'll be back soon with another post!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Teresa's Terrific Throwback - Post 2

Finally! I got the photos uploaded and my computer desk semi cleared off so I can type up the next installment of my Throwback posts! 

Did you miss the first post? You can reread it here! Also, all my links open in a new browser window so you won't lose your place with this new post. So feel free to go back and read if you wish!

Let's see what else was hiding in the fabulous strawberry toy chest (which looks great in my son's room by the way)

It's a wonderful doll from my mom's childhood!


I LOVE her! She is a very unique doll with a soft body and a kind of paper mache face. She wears a jumper dress with little soft sneakers.

She has a cute expression.


Unfortunately from lying in the toy box, her dress and hair are matted. I love her pigtail braids. I'll have to take the dress off and wash and iron it. 


Except this dress is sewn on her. There are no snaps, zippers or buttons. I'm thinking I could loosen the threads but not sure if I want to go that far with such an old doll. 


And something is wrong with her right shoulder. Upon further inspection, it looks like her arm is falling off. I also see in the photo above that the right sleeve hem has been stretched out when compared to the left. I'm thinking that my Grandmother may have tried to fix it at one point. 


Her legs are in perfect condition and have a unique joint so she can move her legs back and forth!


And remember in the movie "Toy Story" when Buzz Lightyear states that he has been accepted by his owner Andy by having his name on the bottom of his boot? 

My mom accepted her doll too. 


I traced over it with a fine sharpie marker and then covered the bottoms with clear transparent tape. I had to really struggle to see where it was written as it was with pencil. 

So that's it for this time! What do you think of her? And like the last doll I featured, she does not have a name either. Any ideas for cleaning and pressing her dress? Maybe I just have to be careful and press it while on her? Let me know in the comments!

I'll try to have the next post up in a couple of weeks. Until next time dolly friends!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

What's (Not So) New in Dolly Land?

*So as I've been told, these dolls are not new but just arrived in my area of the US. Sorry for the lack of information and for my little corner of Oregon stuck in the dolly stone age!*


Greetings!

I apologize for the lack of posting. But we are finally unpacked and in our new house! I was also talking with my builder about some ideas for my Barbie room. How exciting will it be to decorate! Unfortunately that room has been the catch-all while moving in so it needs some work before we throw up shelves for my dolls. But soon I'll be able to show the finished product. And who knows? Maybe in due time I'll be able to show a video tour of my collection!

I do have another throwback post to get up but I have to get the photos edited first. Until then, I took a cruise through the dolly aisle and saw a unique doll collection that I wanted to share with you all. 

Featuring, the "Project Mc2" collection!

I saw these and had to take a closer look. How fun!


This doll is "Adrienne" and she has a recipe to make your own perfume! They come with a little flask and materials so you can be science-y just like Adrienne.

These dolls all have a certain "theme" and super cute outfits. I see some knee articulation but not sure of any other joints. I'm in love with her face but the best part? She has ROOTED EYELASHES! lovelovelovelovelove. I knew you all would love that too! I know how much we love rooted eyelashes. 

If you look at the top right of her box you'll see an acronym that spells S.T.E.A.M. These are the "themes" for each of the dolls. S is for Science and you'll see a check mark for Adrienne. (She also has math checked but you can't tell in the picture.) In order they read: Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Let's see the next in the group!


This is Camryn and she comes with a kit to make your own robot! Comes with antennae, eyes, nose and a mouth to make your own robot and you provide the body. (I don't think I'd use a strawberry as they show but hey, you never know!) She features the engineering and math themes and check out her super cool outfit! This doll is also adorned with beautiful red hair.

There was one more on the shelves and honestly, it's a toss up between her and Adrienne for my favorite.


This is McKeyla and she is a spy type theme featuring science and math. You can make your own invisible ink pen. She has long, light purple hair that is so incredibly super cute. I love her spy trench coat and check out her shoes!


Absolutely love the Union Jack shoes. I think they may be playing a little on the James Bond theme here. LOVE!

These are the specialty dolls but they also have a basic line that doesn't come with the fun prop. But the outfits are just as cute, although not as extravagant and tells their last names. 

Adrienne Attoms


McKeyla McAlister. Her shirt says "I Like Big Books and I Can Not Lie" HA!


And also, Bryden Bandweth. I'm sure she's featured in the tech and math category. I think this is the cutest outfit of all. A sweatshirt that reads "I am the Sharpest Pencil in the Box and leggings that have numbers on them. 


Bryden also has an experiment doll and she can make your own light up bracelet. Camryn has a basic doll although there was not one on the shelves today. Her name is Camryn Coyle. 

I just looked this up and it's a series on Netflix with the tagline "Smart is the New Cool." They've been approved for another 2 season on Netflix. 

This is the first I have heard of these dolls! Friends, have you heard of them before now? What do you think and are they going to make a way to your collection? Let me know in the comments!

Again, I'll have another throwback post coming very soon (as soon as I get the pictures uploaded!) Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Teresa's Terrific Throwback - Post 1

Hi There!

In my last post I mentioned that I have a mini-series about throwbacks from my personal collection. These are all non-Barbie dolls but it's fun to take a trip down memory lane and I wanted to share them all with you. I am excited to see what you think of them. Some are very old and I'm hoping you vintage doll experts can help me out along the way. 

First, a little backstory. 

When my husband and I got married (6 years ago! seems like yesterday) my parents thought it would be time to bring me all the boxes with my childhood collectibles that were stored at their house. Seems right, I have a house now with my own space and even though the boxes were tucked away and they didn't need that storage space, the items were mine and needed to come home with me. (In the hoard was all my Barbie stuff so yeah, it was okay they came to me.) :)

A couple of weeks ago I remembered that there was one item that wasn't sent to me because it was stashed away in a cubby behind my brothers huge and heavy computer desk. I told him I wanted to come get it because I wanted to give it to Jacob. 

This was the item.


The Little Tykes strawberry toy chest! When I was little I was heavily into Strawberry Shortcake so my parents bought this for me. A fruit is somewhat gender neutral and since we have spent all of our cash on this new house we built, why not reuse and what better gift to give him than something that was mine growing up.

(Besides, is a boy really that picky about where his toys go? They just want what's inside right?)

Inside was a huge treasure trove of toys and dolls from my childhood. Which brings us to our throwback posts. 

The first doll is one I definitely remember but do not remember playing with a whole bunch. I have no idea where I got her from and I don't think I even have a name for this cutie. 


Boy is she dirty! My parents had the roof redone a few years ago and the storage cubbies in the house are right up against the roofline. Soot and debris was all over items stored in the cubbies. You can even see how dirty the toy chest is in the picture above. 

This doll I think took the worst of the debris. And silly me, I didn't even get a picture of her clothes! 

She has a cute face. Just really sweet. 


Oh man, her hair is a mess. I'm not sure anything is going to get this hair back to it's original state. Her hair wasn't that great to begin with (from what I recall) but years (many many years, at least 30) of laying on her back with head pressed against other toys led to a major case of "bad hair day."


A couple of days after I unearthed her from the hoard in the toy chest I decided that it was not proper to leave her in this state. She needed a bath! 

Boy, what a difference!


There is some newsprint that will have to come off her face. Some clearasil and sunlight might do the trick. There are also some black specs on her legs that wouldn't scrub off. But other than that she is clean (and smells good now too!)

I really scrubbed her hair and it is a beautiful golden blonde color. 


After the washing and while her hair was still wet, I tried to style it without a lot of success. Looks better than it did but not there yet.


As I styled it there was a ton of tangles but not a lot of hair pulled out. Makes me think that her root job is pretty solid. I figured she might be a candidate to try my hand at my first re-root but I don't think so. She is kind of vintage, might be a shame to flub something up. Which I'm sure I will do my first time. 

I just went and grabbed a quick pic of her clothing. I have some clothes in the stash that are bigger than Barbie size that might work for her. I like the shorts but she needs something else up top! :)


And don't you like the molded on red shoes? I think they are just adorable.

There is one imprint stamp on her that reads "Japan" but nothing else. I have no other idea how to identify this little cutie. I believe that she is a vinyl doll, she doesn't feel plastic to me.

What do you think of her? Like her, not quite your taste? Have a NAME for her? haha

Since we are in the process of moving, posts will be a little scattered but hoping to get some more up here in the next couple of weeks. 

Hope you enjoyed my first throwback post! See you next time!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

She's "Berry" Sweet!

Okay, that title gave it away didn't it? 

Since I've been on a dolly spending spree lately, when I saw this little cutie, I definitely had to add her to the group!

Introducing...Strawberry Shortcake!


I almost cried when I saw her. You see, Strawberry Shortcake was one of my absolute FAVORITES growing up and I had this exact doll. I saw her at Target for $10 and I couldn't pass her up. 

And....her box is friendly for deboxed pictures!!!

The cutest little strawberry patch backdrop.


Don't you just LOVE that face? CUTE CUTE!


I remember her dress and tights and shoes being identical to these ones. I love when they don't make any modifications to a reproduction doll.


She also comes with a cute little write up on the back of the box. It reads: "Strawberry Shortcake, the little girl with big possibilities from childhoods past and present, is celebrating her 35th birthday in 2015! This special edition reproduction of the original doll from 1980 includes all the original details from her hat to her shoes - including her berry sweet strawberry scent!"


And yes, oh boy does she smell sweet! 

The original dolls were produced by Kenner and this one is by The Bridge Direct. Not sure if they have any relation to Kenner or if they bought the brand from someone who bought out Kenner. 

**EDIT** One of my wonderful readers shared with me that American Greetings held the right to Strawberry Shortcake (as a whole) and the toy companies just have the rights to produce the dolls. So nobody bought out anyone to my knowledge (except does Kenner even exist anymore?)

Either way, they did a great job with the reproduction and I'm so lucky that I found her tucked away on an endcap in Target!

By the way, Strawberry Shortcake is exactly one year older than me! Ha, I'll be 35 in 2016. :)

Friends, do you have any Strawberry Shortcake in your collection? Plan on adding the reproduction as a new addition? Let me know in the comments!

I do want to add, this blog may be scarce in the next few weeks as we will be busy moving into our new house! That means the dolls will be packed up, ready to move to a big room where I can display all of them! (Well, maybe not ALL since my office is also a multi-purpose room for our family) :)

But the next few posts will be some awesome throwbacks from my personal collection. They include all kinds of dolls so no Barbie or EAH this time around. 

See you next time!