Saturday, November 5, 2016

Teresa's Terrific Throwback - Post 7

Can you believe it's November already? Only 7 more weeks till Christmas? OMG, I need to get busy! :) I've also had the plague. UGH. Out of work for 3 days for this one. Bummer. 

Also, can you believe that this is the LAST throwback post? We've talked about all the fun treasures that came out of my fabulous strawberry toy chest. I found my son like this a few weeks ago. 

So not only does he love his toy chest, he also loves to use it as a fun place to sit. :)

It's been a great journey. We've talked about vintage dolls, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite and Cupcakes. We have one post left which is about a few items (not just dolls) from my childhood that I thought you would find enjoyable. 

If you would like to go back and review the other posts in the throwback series, click the links below!

Throwback 1
Throwback 2 
Throwback 3 
Throwback 4
Throwback 5 

Throwback 6 

So, without further ado, here are some fun animals that I absolutely LOVED as a child. 

Remember the Get Along Gang? I had a roller skating Montgomery Moose! 

His name is actually Montgomery "Good News" Moose. Remember some of the other characters? Such as Bingo "Bet it All" Beaver and Flora "Forget Me Not" Fox. Their clubhouse was a caboose with a pot bellied stove and a loft. I actually have the mini figures stashed away somewhere. I'll get those up on the blog too. :)

Funny story - we actually have a picture when my brother was an infant where we put the roller skates on him and held him up. It is too cute!

How about Care Bears! Cheer Bear was my favorite. She just had a bath so she is nice and pink again.

Alvin and the Chipmunks! Simon and Theodore's shirts just got a wash. I actually got Alvin first and then my parents went and got me Simon and Theodore. Alvin has been much loved and unfortunately didn't get that clean when I threw him in the wash. His shirt is sewn on at the sleeves. His sleeves kept coming down over his hands and it annoyed me so my mom put a small stitch in the sleeves through the arms to keep them where they needed to be. Ah, the things we do for our kids. :)

And lastly, Raggedy Ann. My aunt made this for me. But no Andy. :( She sat in my room for a long time until she went into storage. She stayed relatively clean but could use a clean up too.

Well, that's all for now! I do have a backlog of things to post so I'll get those up in the meantime too!

What was your favorite throwback post? I know a lot of us had a Raggedy Ann (and Andy too!) Had any Care Bears or Get Along Gang? Let me know in the comments!

Love this pic from a past post. :)

I'll have some fun Ever After High, coming soon!

Until then! 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Teresa's Terrific Throwback - Post 6

Welcome again friends.

I can't believe it's been a month since my last blog post. Yikes! I apologize for my tardiness on the blog. As I've mentioned before, life gets in the way sometimes. Thanks for still following along with me no matter how sporadic I may be in posting. You all are wonderful! 

Believe it or not, my last few days have been spent playing with...LEGOS! My dad got a HUGE box full of Legos at a yard sale. Most were from the Lego "Friends" line. It's been fun finding some instruction manuals online and putting them all together. (Psst....there was also a Barbie Lego set included in the mix. Coming soon to the blog!)

But, we have to continue on with the throwback series! If you would like to read the previous installments of the throwback series, you can click the links below.

Throwback 1
Throwback 2 
Throwback 3 
Throwback 4
Throwback 5 

All links open in separate windows so you don't lose your place in this post! 

Remember my absolutely adorable reproduction Strawberry Shortcake doll I bought a while ago at Target? (If you want, you can read about her here!)

Well, I have the original :)

Unfortunately Miss Strawberry doesn't have her berry sweet smell anymore and a very unsightly rust spot on her hat but she is in very very good condition. No sticky limbs or shoes, clothes are perfect (except for the hat) and her hair is still shiny and intact. 

And I do have to say that the new company did an outstanding job with making the reproduction just like the original. Don't you agree? 

To add to the fun, Strawberry also has some of her special friends too!

Here is the original Lemon Meringue

Lemon is mint for sure. Still that fun curly hair and both her dress and hat is in perfect condition. 

And Raspberry Tart!

Raspberry is a little dingy and her poor hat is pushing her hair into her eyes! With a dirty face too, she could use a little freshening up. 

I also have their animal friends!

"Custard" is the pink cat and that is Strawberry's pet. The bunny is "Hopsalot" and that goes with the Strawberry Friend Baby Apricot. "Frappe" is the frog and is Lemon's pet. The goose is "Gooseberry" and goes with the Strawberry Baby Cherry Cuddler. Raspberry Tart's pet is "Rhubarb Monkey" but I don't have him. Not sure why I have the other two though! Probably a garage sale find. 

I do know the reason why Strawberry Shortcake has that red rust stain on her hat. It's because this was their house for many many years. 

A deliciously vintage Strawberry Shortcake metal lunchbox. How adorable is this! It features some of the characters and babies. I love the babies! They are so adorable! 

Strawberry and Huckleberry Pie.

The sides of the box. Raspberry Tart and Apple Dumplin'.

Apple Dumplin', (not sure of the purple girl!) and Blueberry Muffin.

Strawberry Shortcake and Blueberry Muffin.

Strawberry Shortcake and Huckleberry Pie.

Just too cute!

I also had this little box tucked away.

Inside it looks to be a little playset with three miniature figures. 

Lemon Meringue, not sure of the middle girl, and Strawberry Shortcake. I'll have to do some digging on the playset and feature it in a future post. 

The other side of this metal box is so cute with sweet little Apricot. 

Well, that's all for today! Do you have any vintage Strawberry Shortcake characters? Are there any that you want or are looking for? Let me know in the comments! I think I might be in the market for some of the Babies! How about you? 

Until next time!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Small Makeover


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. 


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


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? 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


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!