Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Makeover You're Going To Love

Happy almost February!

This month has flown by. As you get older, do the days get quicker? I think the answer to that is a resounding YES.

But I have been busy so maybe that's why this month went by quickly? Not only have I been busy with work and a toddler, I've been occupied with a project. AND I FINISHED IT. Me! I finished a project! *happy dance*

Remember Miss Courtly Jester. Cool dress. All purple shoes. All purple armbands. All pink headpiece. All pink curled fringe around her waist. All magenta collar. So bland.


So I busted out the acrylic paints and went to town.


*squee* She's PERFECT!!

The hardest part of this painting project was painting the outline of the hearts on her hat. I don't have a small enough detail paint brush for that. And my white paint seems to be super thick. So I just had to do some touch up (and scraping off) after that. 


I am SUPER pleased at how her collar came out. I will tell you that I do not have any purple or pink paints in my collection. Any pinks or purples I did on this doll I mixed and I am stoked on how they turned out. The magenta color is the original color of the collar. The light and 2 colors of dark purple I mixed. I also painted the part closest to her neck black.


I believe if you look at animated pictures of Courtly, her gauntlets are die-cut and you can see through them. Instead of trying to mix a peach color to match her skin, I just painted them white. Remember how I mentioned that I don't have a super fine detail paintbrush? This was another part of the doll that was super hard to paint. So I used a toothpick. I can't believe it worked! And also had to paint the bracelets gold.


Left gauntlet. 


This one was easy to paint. Top is light purple, bottom could be kept the same color. Because of the type of waxy plastic that it was, if I got any paint on the underside, it was easy to scratch off. 


Now for the shoes! Love these. It took me a while to find a pink that I was happy with but I made it work. The gold "chain" at the top of the boot was factory painted.


Left boot


lovelovelove Her boots were already cool and now they are even cooler.


Now I have to figure out what to do with this! 


This came attached around the tall boot. I guess they thought they had to break up the color on the boots. This bow is not on her animated self. This is the picture I used for inspiration.


What do you think of the new and improved Courtly Jester? Does this inspire you to paint yours? I still need to put the curl over her eye. But that requires me to ransack the bathroom for my styling paste so it will stay hard. No clue where it is. I'll find it someday. 


I'll have another post up this week. Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope the holiday season was filled with much love and happiness for you and yours. I'm going to be honest, I had a hard time getting into the spirit this year. I had a few health issues I dealt with in October/November which made things hard for me. But seeing the delight on my son's face when he saw family and opened packages got me in the spirit real quick. 

As I write this he is trying to take a nap but resisting going to sleep by laying in his crib and taking his pants off. I can't believe he's almost 2!

I also hope that your dreams came true this season. We all have a lot to be thankful for!

I did get some dolly's this Christmas, I hope you got some goodness as well! Whether it's in the form of dolls or diamonds or some homemade baked goodies. YUM!

Before I get into my wonderful gifts from my amazing family, I'll showcase one more doll that I received in the past couple of months growing my collection of EAH! (And because I haven't photographed the new ones yet.) :)

I heard that there will be no more new webisodes of Ever After High! Are they starting to close down this line of dolls? NOOOOOOO.

Whatever they decide to do, I have an awesome collection nonetheless. You may remember that I only collect the first wave and have a couple of spinoff lines, those being Thronecoming and Way Too Wonderland. I added another doll to my WTW line!

The fabulous Courtly Jester!


In the Way Too Wonderland special, Courtly starts out as a villain in the Wonderland Realm (she has the ability to change and look like anyone so that creates some havok in Wonderland.) She has a change of heart and comes back to Book End to attend Ever After High. There was voting on their website to let viewers decide if she should be allowed to attend EAH despite her villainous past. The vote was pretty much unanimous. She was allowed to attend! And boy do I love this doll!

Just look at how jester-like she is! I love the diamond around her eye and her jester hat and her fabulous collar. There is a curl of hair that covers her right eye but I don't think they boxed her that way as it makes her seem, well, not as pleasant as the other dolls. So I'll get on that and give her that curl over her eye. And probably paint the hat too. Give it some dimension. It does have those embossed elements which would totally work with some paint.


Royal and Rebel Pedia Wiki

Dress is not exactly like the webisode version but I do like it. It adds to her funky vibe and they did replicate the turned up tails and her belt very well. Could also use some paint so I'll do that too. 


She wears gauntlets with holes in them, her right one contains bracelets while the left one does not. The bracelets are gold so another thing to paint.

 





















Her hair is blonde with a purple streak in front and no other color in back. She just wears it in a simple ponytail that goes through her collar.


THE SHOES! How can you NOT love these! Besides her light and dark purple tights, one boot is higher than the other and contains a ribbon. It fits so well with the wonderland theme!


Both boots have die-cuts on the side and are super high with spikes. Profile of the right.


And profile of the left. 


And there are also extreme details on the boots too that I'll have to paint. I better get to work! :)
 
Also, she is the same height as the other Wonderlandians so she matches the height of Maddie, Lizzie and Kitty.

What do you think of Courtly Jester? Is she in your collection? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time where I can showcase the goodies

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Group Grows Again (and an outfit ID!)

Greetings again!

I bet you can't guess what this post is going to be about. ;)

But first as mentioned in the title. One of my readers has an outfit ID I was hoping you all could help with!

This photo is from Lynn. Funny thing because I have the same outfit but no idea where it's from. I don't have the cool hat though. Since I am atrocious at ID's, can anyone help with where this outfit is from or from what year?

Photo by Lynn, via imgur.com

Onto the new addition! Keeping with the Ever After High line, here is Farrah Goodfairy!


All in all, I like Farrah but she's definitely not my favorite. Skin is a little too pink, it's even more pink than the photograph will show. And there is something about her hair. I'm gonna have to fix that. But I do love the little stars around her eye. However they could have done a little more with her makeup. She's the daughter of the Fairy Godmother. Shouldn't that be like, sparkle and shine and glitter and all that good stuff?


Her outfit is cute, a babydoll dress with a kind of cape overlay. The silver fabric is stiff so it doesn't quite lay right. Have to try to fix that too. I like her star necklace though!


Her dress isn't exactly like the webisode version. The doll has an empire waist dress where the webisode Farrah has the dress fitted around the waist. I'm not sure I can fix that though. And more floof in the hair. I'll have to see if I can make a quick fix like I did on Darling.

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Farrah doesn't carry a purse but a magic wand! Perfect for the daughter of the Fairy Godmother.


Going to have to put more curl in her hair but I do love the purple mixed in with the blue. 


And her wings are perfect! They do not interfere with the stand at all (unlike Cupids.) 


THE SHOES!

lovelovelove. They are an icy blue like her wand and feature a star at the ankle strap and a swirl design on the heel.


All in all, Farrah's a cute doll but certainly not my favorite as I mentioned above. But tell me, will she make it into your collection? Let me know in the comments!

See you next time!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Group Is Growing!

Welcome! 

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season so far.

I'm back again after an absence. I've been sick so I haven't had much time to blog. But here I am again with a backlog of wonderful friends to show you. While we were in the middle of the Throwback posts, I made some purchases and added to my wonderful collection of Ever After High.  

The first friend I would like to show you is the most beautiful Justine Dancer!


Justine is the first AA doll in the EAH line and she is just gorgeous! She is from the fairytale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and she is the 12 dancing princess.


They did a good job of keeping her pretty true to her webisode form so for that I am happy. I can always add some amber details to her crown later. It also seems that the original promo pics of the doll there was black detailing on her corset but changed that to pink for the final release. We know how Mattel can change those details!


Her little crown is attached with rubber bands. I don't think I'll be taking this off as it doesn't look like it will stay well without them. But don't you love her gold eyeshadow?


She has wavy brown hair which didn't seem too matted after it came out of the box. 


As mentioned, her corset bodice stays true to her webisode form as does her sheer upper and sleeves. Her necklace is chandelier style.


Her skirt is yellow with pink bows and ribbons and some black with gold sparkle tulle underneath. 


She has a bracelet with a flower that covers the back of her hand.


Justine's purse has a wavy handle with some embellishments and is non-functional.


THE SHOES!

I love her shoes. She wears heels just made for dancing! They are silver and open-toe with buckles on the side.


And they have a cute little bow on the front. Love that!


Well, that's it for Justine Dancer! What do you think of her? Will she make it to your collection?

I have another post in the works so stay tuned. Until then!

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!