Thursday, July 27, 2017

I'm back!

Hi Friends!

I sincerely apologize for my absenteeism. This first trimester is seriously kicking my butt. I have not had the energy to do anything. I haven't even had the energy to relax with my husband! :)

But tonight I had my little "helper" and I felt the need to get back into all things dolly. So he helped me pick some clothes for these new additions and here they are tonight! (and by helped he really did help for about 2 minutes then he was into the doll shoe bin I also had out) Life with a toddler!

So here are some lovelies that I have no idea where they came from (I'm guessing from my dad at some point) and I brought out some of the latest clothes that I featured and got them all dressed. No bath or laundry time tonight though. Not even a hair brush! Here they are 'as-is!'

First, this beautiful Liv doll.

I have one other Liv doll (Sophie or Sophia, I think?) and I love their realistic glass-like eyes. All of them are wigged and this one has an awesome purple streak in her hair. This one has a double knee joint (score!) but her arms, elbows and waist are very loose so she most definitely will have to be a sitting doll unless I can find a way to support her.

Don't you love this outfit? And I was very pleased that I had some matching shoes that would fit her!

Next we have this doll with a serious hot mess of hair.

Yeah, not even going to touch this hair with a 10 foot pole. At least not yet! 

I dressed her in the simple Barbie sweater dress with some pink open toe sandals. I don't think they are for Barbie because they are a little small but I smooshed her toes in them. One of the hands and legs are chewed so this might be a good candidate body for my DIY mannequin project i'm thinking about. It will be featured so that's coming soon!

Next, this BEAUTIFUL doll. And she truly is a beauty!

Hair is not that bad and boy she does have a pretty face. With stars in her eyes! Know who she is?

Ever since I got these white satin capris, I just had to put them on a doll. Mix with an aqua Barbie logo tank and some white sandal heels, you've got an awesome outfit! And see what I mean about how I didn't have time to get them clean? You can see her garage sale price tag on her tummy. :)

Be still my heart.

Ah, a Barbie from my generation. We love articulation but there is just something about those bent arms. They just bring me back. And love that face.

I originally had this dress on one of the newer body types above. However they didn't have enough up top to fill out the bust. With this one, she has a little TOO much up top for the dress so I think it was made for the newer body type. But it still looks fabulous on her. Matched with a pair of closed toe heels. The only red ones I could find!

Now for a cute trio of beach girls. Not sure who they are so i'm going to need a little help on these as well!

First, this ginger haired cutie.

I just love her! Didn't really have any clothes to fit her. The shorts did okay but this was the closest shirt I could find that didn't fall off and expose her up top!

And as I was looking at these dolls, I noticed they had tan lines! I'm guessing this will make it easy for someone to identify who they are.

Next we have a blonde girl. 

She was wearing this swimsuit and it looks like it fits her rather well. Maybe it's her original clothes?

Her tan lines

And lastly, a brunette.

While the bottoms seem to fit her well, I don't think it's hers as the top is very loose.

Her tan lines were in the same spots as the ginger haired doll. I like these beach dolls but just need an ID!

Also, I did want to mention a craft project I did. It was a quick craft before I did my larger craft. I've got the supplies out, that's a step in the right direction. Now maybe I'll be motivated to do it. But for now, I did a quick beach photo shoot with my homemade beach towel.

Isn't that the cutest? And so easy. To make a beach towel for your dollies, just take strings of yarn at your desired length, lay a few side by side and brush them with mod podge on a piece of tin foil. Continue adding yarn and brushing. When dry, peel off and trim the edges to make them even. I used a fun rainbow colored yarn. So easy! The towel will not be soft like a towel so it's more like a beach 'mat' I guess. But still super cute! I'm going to use this beach mat for my Mirror Beach Apple White doll that is....packed away.....somewhere. I'll unearth her someday!

So that's it for today! Thanks for sticking with me through the blog craziness. You'll also see that I've got some new information on the front page. Someone has been copying my blog and I have reported them to Google. So if you are viewing this on, you are at the right place! :)

Do you have any of these cuties in your collection? Inspired to make your own beach mat? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Friday, July 7, 2017

A little more of an update

Hi Friends,

When I first saw my blog and lack of photos, the emotions ranged from anger to shock to distress to outright sad and emotional. So I sat and cried. (I'm not blaming pregnancy hormones for that though.) :)

So I did a little research. I found out that this exact same thing has happened to MILLIONS of blogs and websites, as well as people who post their sales on Etsy and eBay and even Amazon. Some people who have posted motorcycle or car engine rebuilds on forums (with all the photos) have gotten the same stock message on their photos that I have. 

Basically, when you use an HTML link from a photo on a image hosting website, it takes up their bandwith. If you have a site/blog/forum post with a lot of peer views, it takes up more and more bandwith. I'm guessing Photobucket didn't like it so much. 

Needless to say, people are OUTRAGED. We had no warning to go in and edit our photos before this happened and Photobucket has declined any comment to their users. I understand this was a free service but those who actually paid for Photobucket services are still getting the shaft. I was considering paying for the service too so now I'm glad I didn't. They want you to pay $400 a year to get your 3rd party photo sharing back and it's not going over well. I can get my own domain, my own photo sharing for about $100 a year. People are finding this out real quick. Photobucket won't be around much longer. I also think that they are using this $400 tactic to scare people and make that rash decision to pay it and get their photos back on their blogs/forums. I hope people haven't fallen into that trap.

I had been using Photobucket for years and never had problems. I guess the ads on the page were intrusive which turned people away years ago but with my adblocker, I never had an issue so I kept on using it. Also, Google Blogger years ago stopped me from uploading more photos to the blog because my Picasa album was full. I see that they have since changed. I am a huge Google fan and use Google photos to its fullest intent so I am going to start posting photos from that. I get unlimited photos and I can post directly from my phone, to the blog, etc. without the so called "3rd party posting" using up their bandwith. I'm also guessing that Google has enough bandwith to go around as they are a Silicon Valley giant!

So, the state of the blog!

I have put too much time and cultivated too many relationships to let this go. I love all things dolly, it's my hobby and a large part of my life and so are all of you. So the blog is here to stay. 

I am going to work on reposting all the photos starting with the newest blog posts first. This will also give me the chance to fix any broken links or photos that are not longer available like I did with my Barbie Hot Tub/Pool post. My goal is one post each evening. 

I have almost 2000 pictures to repost. And all new posts will have solid photos that will not go away. If Google Blogger decides to go kaput and stop photo hosting, I will move this blog to wordpress and pay for a domain. As I said, I have invested too much time in this blog to just say "sorry!" The whole fun of dollys is the pictures right?

So bear with me, we'll be back up soon. And hopefully Photobucket will enable 3rd party file sharing with a time limit (to allow us more time to change links, etc.) But I'm not holding my breath. 

So thanks friends for sticking with me. I do have a new post in the works and was going to post before I found out I was pregnant and starting feeling the 1st trimester icky-ness. 

Love you all and many dolly hugs


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Why all my photos are gone....

Hi Friends,

So I logged on for the first time in a while. Been here but feeling under the weather because I found out..

I'm pregnant again. The news is out! I'm 2 months along. :) Happy Happy

But then I see that all my photos are gone. I use photobucket to host my photos. I download them there, then use the HTML code to post the photos. Well apparently, I hit a limit or something? And now all my photos show that weird image. And they want me to pay $400 yearly to do this. Well, saving for a new baby and trying to make ends meet, we don't have that to pay every year. 

So friends. I know some of you are fellow bloggers. What do you do? I know some have a paid domain. Maybe it's time to do that. How much do you pay for that? Let me know in the comments. So as of now, I'm on hiatus! Ack! I love this blog and have many loyal followers and friends. Not sure what to do at this point! 


Thursday, June 8, 2017


I know that after time, some of my links from previous posts go bad and we are unable to see the pictures. So I have fixed one of my more popular posts: "Hot Tub Roast". This post talks about the fabulous-ness of Barbie pools of years past. If you looked at this recently and were unable to see the pictures, you can see them now!

I plan on doing this in the next coming weeks. If you are looking at a post and don't see the pictures, let me know and I'll fix right away. 

New post coming soon which will feature Barbie crafts and other dolly goodness!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

NIB Collection Additions, part 2

Hello Again!

Thanks to Andrea I now have an ID for the purple hair doll I found at the thrift store. She is the 2008 Totally Nails Teresa Doll. With her original pants!

OK. Time to find that top, stat! Love! So I read a little about her and it said that her nails change color in icy water. Nope. Mine didn't. I read a few reviews that said that their dolls nails didn't change either. ALso looking I saw that they changed the face as well. Some pictures of this doll have a non-tooth smile Teresa. Don't know if those are just promo pictures or what. Anyway, I still love her and her purple hair. 

And check out the Totally Nails Barbie! That watermelon outfit? Wouldn't it look so cute on the Princess Merliah I just got? I know she has a molded on bikini but it wouldn't show underneath, right? :)

Okay, on to the rest of the NIB dolls!

First up we have the 1994 Baywatch Barbie!

I saw this one and I started laughing because it's just so Baywatch perfect. But instead of saving people, she saves her dolphin friend which is included. And she's got that perfectly California tanned skin.

In addition to the outfit she is wearing, she also comes with a bathing suit and visor.

The back of the box reads: " 'Look! A dolphin's in trouble!' shouts Barbie. Ken jumps on his WaveRunner and races to the rescue of the dolphin. 'Look! She's so happy!' exclaims Barbie, petting the dolphin. 'I think we've got a new friend!'"

That's so cute. And I think Baywatch Ken comes with that WaveRunner too. 

But look at the bottom left

Now THAT is classic Baywatch. The Hoff and Pamela Anderson! 

Now we move on to the 2001 (or 2002) Barbie as Daphne Scooby-Doo doll! With plush Scooby!

I love the color of her hair.

Daphne carries a flashlight and a purse on one hand and a laptop under her arm. Scooby is so cute. 

The back of the box reads:"Scooby-Doo, Where are you? 'Ruh-Roh!' Scooby-Doo and his friend Daphne need your help tracking down the big clue. Pick up their sleuthy tools and don't forget the Scooby Snacks! Pretend that Shaggy, Fred and Velma are waiting in the Mystery Machine. Join the kids for a groovy adventure you'll never forget. Don't miss Scooby-Doo in an all-new, live-action movie as Mystery Inc. is reunited on Spooky Island to solve their biggest mystery yet!"

Did anyone else grow up watching that show? The show came out when my parents were teens but I did grow up watching the reruns! It's a fun show, I might have to introduce my son to them soon. And, maybe for my own nostalgia. :)

The last beauty we are going to feature today is a special Target doll. This is the 1998 Club Wedd Barbie!

There are a few different Club Wedd dolls that came out so I had to make sure I got the right year. 

Club Wedd is the wedding registry at Target. I guess they wanted to make a doll to promote the registry service? Not sure why but she is a pretty girl. Very beautiful lace upper with pink ribbons around the waist. 

She has white gloves that come to the wrist and a small rose bouquet.

Her skirt is covered in tulle which gives it a magical, soft look.

The back of the box has an invitation that read "Join us on our wedding day dear friends, as guests by our side. With love and wishes always, from the groom and from the bride. Barbie and Ken." There are also place cards for Barbie, Ken, Skipper, and Kelly. (No Alan as Best Man?) It also reads: Dear real-life brides and fiances, Club Wedd Barbie doll can be a part of any dream-come-true wedding! The perfect centerpiece for a wedding shower or wedding party. Fantastic gifts for the flower girl or wedding attendants. Something new for the bride." Ok, so that is cute. I got my flower girl a gift. She was two and needed some distraction while people were mulling about. A new baby doll and some colors and coloring books were great.

At this point, I don't think I am going to take any of them out of the box. I might get the itch later but for now, I'm going to keep them put. Their boxes are in great condition so that was a factor I thought of. 

Well, that is all for today! Have any of these beauties found their way into your collection? Let me know in the comments!

I have the bug! The CRAFTING bug! I made a couple of things and I'll also show you some things that I'm planning on making. ALSO! While I was looking for a top for Miss Totally Nails Teresa, I ran across some dolls that dad got for me that I haven't featured! 

Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

NIB Collection Additions!


Today I have some Barbie goodness. You are all going to LOVE them!

First, remember the picture of Daring Charming I was talking about when I created that post on him? (The one with my darling boy playing with him?) I found the picture. It was just so comical, he looks like a fallen King with his crown falling off. Hysterical!

Before I feature my NIB dolls, I rescued a couple from the thrift store. They had a LOT of dolls there but nothing really caught my eye. All were naked, newer body style. If they were old then yes, I would have snatched them right up. Some had chewed hands from pets. I have enough of those already. But these two really needed a good home so I picked them up. They have been bathed because my Captain Tornado wanted to give them kisses so I had to clean them up. 

I love this one's hair! Purple streaks! And she was just an all around pretty doll.

Believe me, her hair did not look this good. She had frizz frizz frizz and so many tangles I had a hard time getting them out. Because of that she got a boil dip last night. It's better but still not where I want it. It will take more work. 

She came with the cute sparkle capris and then I washed the white lace top and put it on her. It's the only shirt that somewhat matched the capris and that I had readily available. Hubby has been working on our yard that we have not had any time to fix up the doll room. So dolly's and accessories are still buried in storage. I'm hoping soon I can get them out!

The capris, do they really belong to her or to someone else?

This one, had a little tinge of pink by her brow and at the tips. You know me and dolls with pink hair!

Because of the pink, I didn't mind that she had a permanent swimsuit. I knew that I had a doll with that same necklace. 

So I washed her and the pink washed right out so I figured it was marker. Then I looked again and the pink was still there. Maybe I was looking at a different part of the hair when I didn't see it. No biggie, I can take a pink sharpie and give her some awesome streaks to match. 

Then as I was brushing her hair the pink was reappearing. So I stuck her head under icy water. Yep, turned pink. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. 

Princess Merliah. 

This is the Princess Merliah Transformation doll from Barbie, A Mermaid Tale. The doll where her tail turns into a surfboard. 

Remember that I have this Merliah doll. 

Her hair changes to pink as well but for some reason, the Princess Merliah I just got, her tattoo didn't appear. Oh well. I still love the hair. 

Okay, now on to the NIB additions! My dad picked these ones up for me. So awesome!

First today, we have the most beautiful 1996 Blossom Beauty Barbie! 

Her dress magically transforms into a floral bouquet! And her magic fairy really sprinkles glitter! Well, that can become a little messy. I'm all for glitter (really!) but I think the hubby would get miffed at sparkles everywhere. :)

Back of the box reads: "Barbie asked her flower fairy in the garden to make her party dress. The fairy sprinkled Barbie with glitter and her dress magically opened to reveal blossoms in colors of the rainbow. Ken thinks Barbie is the prettiest flower of all!"

And what a great Ken too! Is that the Alan head mold? LOVE

And you can also hide your sparkle fairy in the dress so you can have glitter to transform your dress at any time (and also by pulling the string.) I'm going to have to watch YouTube to see how this looks. So many questions but I don't want to take her out of the box!

Okay, watch this. It all makes sense now. The dress opens up. :) Don't you just love the old jingles of commercials? I wonder how much someone got paid to write that song, haha.

Now we have another awesome doll. This is a beautiful AA 2000 Teacher Barbie!

What a beautiful doll.

She even comes with a chalkboard that really writes! Also included in the accessories are a pencil sharpener, erasers and some personal boards for the students to hold (I think).

On the back of the box we see that it includes three subjects: dinosaurs, music and geography!

I love her. I'm glad I have a teacher doll now as the hubby is a teacher! Anyone know if there is a Teacher Ken doll?

And the last for today. This is the special edition 1997 Carnival Cruise Barbie!

How cute is she with those star earrings and sailor outfit? And the hat!

She comes with her cruise bag, all ready to go! You can definitely tell that this outfit is from the 90's. The high waist shorts with belt and crop top. :)

The back of the box reads: Barbie looks her nautical best as she gets ready for all the excitement and fun of her first ever Carnival "fun ship" vacation!

Well that's it for today friends. Have any of these dolls made their way into your collection? Let me know in the comments!

I'll have more unboxed goodness in the next post. Stay tuned!