Saturday, September 23, 2017

We Love Vintage!

Hi Friends,

Well, if you see the title of the post, you can guess what it will be about right? 

Over a month ago (before I got sick) we stopped at what was titled a "Kids" garage sale. So we figured there would be a bunch of toys right? Yep, there were. Surprisingly we only picked up a couple of books for Jacob but my hubby and I scored. He got a wireless Bose speaker for $10 and I got some absolutely awesome vintage goodness. 

The kids were running the sale but dad was there as the supervisor. :) He said that these dolls belonged to his wife and she absolutely loved them. There were two trunks of dolls and clothes and each were $25. I picked up only one and there was just ONE reason I chose this one. 

For this guy.

*squee* VINTAGE KEN! Can you even believe it? 

If you remember back a couple of christmases ago, my dad got me a TON of vintage Barbie clothes from a woman who was getting rid of her collection. There were also vintage Ken clothes! If you want, feel free to go back and revisit the post here!

There was one outfit of Ken I just totally loved that I got in that batch. 

Terry Togs. Don't quite know why, I kind of like the robe and the towel! So now I have a beautiful vintage Ken doll to dress him in!

This Ken is not in great shape. He does NOT have flocked hair so he must not be one of the very first Kens. His hair does need a repaint which is no big deal. And he's VERY dirty so he'll have to have a bath. 

I believe he is wearing an original Ken fashion. I can't remember (and the dolls are back in the garage.) The dolls and clothes had the smell of old house attic. I'm sure you can imagine what I am talking about. The clothes are airing out but the dolls were covered by the clothes (doh!) so they still are smelly. So they are back out there to air out. And as you can see, the clothes are dirty as well. So soon there will be bath time and laundry time.

Also in the box...another Ken!

Poor  Ken. He IS wearing an original Ken shirt (I also got this one in my Christmas vintage haul) but his pants are homemade and very long. I loved this face mold!

But I need help. I searched and searched for him but I can't pinpoint what year he is from. 70's I'm guessing. It was even hard to identify from the Vintage Doll Guide. Can anyone help?

Hello Red Sweater Pak from 1963!

Also in the trunk were two female dolls. One was not very hard to figure out. 

1975 Ballerina Barbie!

She is in VERY good condition with non-matted or ratty hair (only a little crushed from being in the box) and she is relatively clean. 

Since she does not have the rest of her clothes, she either came from this "On Tour" pack or as a stand-alone doll.

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She is beautiful!

Her clothes are not dirty and in excellent condition!

And last, but certainly not least...

More vintage Barbie!

So, going to need some help with this one. :) I know 70's but not sure which 70's. She looks older than my Sun Lovin' Malibu Barbie and I know she's not from the late 60's. (or is she?)

Her dress is a little small, can you tell? That's because it's a vintage Skipper Fashion! There was a little tiny fragment of tag left and I got from it an S. It's the Platter Party Fashion. Too bad there is no vintage Skipper doll to put it on. But I do love the boots!

Every single other piece of clothing in the box was handmade but there are some really awesome OOAK fashions in there. But as I mentioned above, they are still airing out in the garage. There was a small bag of accessories and another bag of straight fabric. I almost wanted to go back and get the other trunk but I didn't. I don't know if the other trunk had genuine fashions but there were four female dolls in that one. 

However I am very happy with this purchase. I am even getting some more dolly shelves for my birthday! So I'll be able to display even more dolls in my doll room now!

Next time I do have a super, seriously cute set to show you that is just perfect for Halloween. I'll get that set up for next week. 

Until then!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I'm back!

Hi Friends!

I apologize for my absence. To say this pregnancy has been hard on me is a huge understatement. I was sick for over a month with a form of pertussis (Chinese for '100 day cough'.) It meant for a lot of early bedtimes and just doing what I could to get through the day. 

Now that THAT'S over and done with (thank goodness) I can get back to the blog. I'm going to be taking some pictures today of some wonderful dolly awesomeness. 

And dare I say VINTAGE dolly awesomeness? You betcha!

I'm taking some pictures today and I'll have those ready within the week. 

Thanks for your understanding and I'll be back at it very very shortly! 


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Crystal Starr and New Friends


You will be proud of me. I DID start my craft project! I've got a little bit of it done so far and will work a little more on it this weekend.

When we lived in our other house, the guest bedroom served as both my office and Barbie room. When we found out we were having our first baby, we packed all my office stuff into blue tupperware bins. Well, something I needed for my craft project was in one of those bins. Hubby thought it would be a great time to also go through them and get rid of stuff and/or condense into less tubs. And while doing that I could look for what I needed for my craft. 

Well, I didn't find what I needed for my project. But I did find her!

This is Crystal Starr from The Moon Dreamers! My only Moon Dreamer doll that I got when I was a little girl. She glows in the dark! (and I just tested her, and she does still glow!)

She has really curly hair, although a little matted from being into storage. (The star in her hair is the comb. I put it there so it wouldn't get lost)

And she has stars in her eyes!

She has a sparkly dress with a star on the hip and (what once was) a moon on her chest. She just got played with too much :) 

And she has the cutest sparkly tights and shoes with stars on them. 

Through the years I had forgotten what the premise of the Moon Dreamers was. So I had to look it up. There are a few of the Moon Dreamers and they live in the sky and send happy dreams to kids below on Earth. But they have to watch out for Evil Scowelene who lives in the Land of Insomnia who sends nightmares to the kids to wake them up. The Moon Dreamers then have to then send their friends The Snoozers down to Earth to soothe the children back to sleep. 

I remember wanting more of these dolls. I don't know if I could get them off Ebay or not. Each one has a specific job. Crystal is the Star Architect. They are all so cute and unique! Each doll came with a doll stand (which I have) and a dream crystal which can be worn as a necklace for you! (Crystal came with a star, naturally.) I do have that, I think it's in my first childhood jewelry box.

These were made by Hasbro.
And, my hubby one day told me to go to the thrift store to get some maternity clothes. Don't have to ask me twice to go shopping! I did find some cute clothes but I also found some cute dolls! 

First, Ken! Can always have an extra 80's style Ken on hand, right? 

This is the 1985 Tropical Ken! And he came with the shorts and an ugly green shirt. I dressed him in this open breezy top and it looks great! Unfortunately though, Ken needs his hair redone!

Of COURSE I had to get her.

I put her in this fabulous pink dress that matched her hair. She even got a wash and a boil dip. It wasn't too matted which was one of the main reasons I picked her up.

In addition to the pink, she has a purple streak running down the right side of her hair. So...who is she?

Paired the pink and black dress with some fabulous black and silver heels!

She. The most beautiful Teresa!

She was recognizable only by her necklace. Glitter Beach Teresa!

Her hair is in braids which is actually pretty cute (and it kept her hair from becoming a hot mess.)

I put her in this cute little western outfit with a pink skirt and boots!

Well, that's all for today! What do you think of the Moon Dreamers? Are any in your collection? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

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!