Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Clothes?

So remember this little cutie I got a while ago at the thrift store?

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Well, I have a thing for pink hair so I bought her. She has a missing hand but I don't care. She got a bath and her pink hair is shiny and clean. Love it! But this Rochelle Gargoyle still needs an outift. I searched online and I think this is her original one.

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It's super cute but on other blogs I've been seeing some extra super-duper cute outfits for Monster High dolls. I saw this one the other day.

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Love those shoes!

But here is where you come in!

Post me some links of your favorite Monster High outfits and I'll see what I can scrounge up for my one and only Monster High cutie.

Also, do you know if there are replacement wings for her? She is missing those too!

Stay tuned!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope all of you have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend! DRIVE SAFE, I saw three state troopers in less than a mile on my way home from work today.

What do you like to do on Memorial Day? Visit family? Maybe have a barbeque cookout or picnic? This girl, she LOVES to camp!

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This is Camp Teresa and if I had to pick one of my Teresa's, she is my absolute favorite. I love her hair, cute clothes, everything!

She is so beautiful. I think the hair color is what gets me the most. It's kind of a sunbleached look. Most Teresa's have darker hair but not her. They gave her a lighter one which I love love love.

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Someday I will have all the Camp dolls. I love them!

I won't get too much into Camp Teresa because she is going to be featured in a post very soon! When I was little I gave her a "vehicle" so that is going to be featured as well. I've been wanting to do it for a while but...you know how that goes!

Do you have any Camp dolls? If you don't, you should. ;)

Again, have a very fun Memorial Day weekend!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hooray for Hollywood!

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For years Hollywood has always amazed us all. I mean, that's were all the movie stars live right? And the iconic letters that sit high above the city. What a place! It's so amazing that there have even been songs written about from singers such as Jay-Z and Madonna.

But what about this Hollywood song? When we think of "Hooray for Hollywood" I think of this version by Doris Day. (It's 3 minutes and features big name silver screen stars. Well worth the time to watch!)



Also when I think of "Hooray for Hollywood" I think of her.

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"Hooray for Hollywood" was a Barbie that came out in the Avon catalog back in the early 00's. My mom sold Avon so I acquired all of these cool, unique dolls that you usually don't see everywhere. This is one of my favorites.

The back of the box has a little story about our glamour girl.

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It reads: "It is Hollywood's Golden Era, and the world-famous star of the silver screen, Barbie, has just arrived for the premiere of her movie, "Sweet Romance." Barbie dolls' glamorous look is timeless. Her golden gown is pure sophistication. Shimmery and sleek, it is finished with a dramatic full flare. Her gold-tone shoes and luxurious white stole are classics. With her tickets and program, Barbie is ready for enjoy her latest film. But first, she smiles warmly, then waves to the crowd and signs an autograph or two, giving her fans even more reasons to cheer "hooray.""

Cute write up!

Ready to view Barbie? Here she is, at the premiere like they said!

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What a cute box design! I had to hold the top up while I took the picture. It kept falling down from years of storage. The pop-up top is such a cute idea.

Look how pretty she is.

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We are in luck because the box is Barbie friendly! Boxed but deboxed pictures!

I love that her lips are super red. It reminds me of that era when red was in. Hair is so pretty!

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The write up mentioned shoes. I forgot to get a pic of those but I did get a pic of the cute little purse. It reminds me of some of the vintage Barbie purses that I played with when I stayed with my Grandma (which were leftover pieces from my mom's collection).

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She wears elbow length black gloves and holds her tickets. Elbow length black gloves remind me of Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

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And you even got a free gift with this doll: your very own movie clapboard keychain!

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There have been a few more Hollywood dolls that have come out through the years. I even think that they made an Audrey Hepburn doll from her movie "Breakfast at Tiffanys." But in my collection I have a couple.

First, Superstar Barbie! One of my favorites and I have an entire blog post about her here. Then in a post last month, I wrote about how I got Superstar Ken at a garage sale. You can read about it here.

So I paired the two up and they are all ready to go to the Academy Awards!

Ken and his lovely date Barbie.

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Ken says "I have the prettiest date!"

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Barbie says "I'm a lucky girl to have a date as handsome as you!"

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They are really cute together.

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And for the last doll of the post, my beautiful Hollywood Hair Teresa. Don't you just love this color of orange?

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I got her as a Christmas gift from my Grandma years ago. As I've mentioned before, I have quite a few Teresa's in my collection. My mom and grandma were torn on who to buy for me as my name is Teresa but I look more like Barbie because of my blond hair. But I'm not complaining. I love my Teresa dolls!

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Check this hair! Super long and I think was the longest hair of the time (until Jewel Hair Mermaid, which I also have in the Teresa version).

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So why is she "Hollywood" hair? It's because you take the comb with the stars on it and use it as a stencil then use the spray to create stars in the hair. It really works like it says it does! The stars in her hair faded over time but I didn't try it today. I think it might be the different color hair that reacts with the spray. Does anyone know the secret to the magic color change hair?

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I also have one of the Hollywood Hair Fashions. This fun gold outfit with a movie reel on the jacket! It's so cute but I didn't get a picture of it on a doll. It's so fun though!

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Anything Barbie wears is befitting for a movie star. But do you have any Hollywood dolls?

Until next time!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Progress!

You all will be so proud of me. I actually made some real progress on my dolls and projects! So, here are the updates!

First, just a minor change to one doll. Remember this doll with the REALLY bad haircut?

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And then I dressed her in the vintage dress from the Orange Blossom wedding set and gave her a super cute vintage wig?

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So the change was to cut her hair a little shorter so the wig will look better and the ends won't be sticking out. So that was the first thing I did. Honestly, she doesn't look any different except that you can't see the blond hair underneath. So I didn't get a fresh pic.

Next. Prince got a BATH!

Prince was super dirty. But I headed to the sink with my awesome smelling shampoo and conditioner and gave him a scrub. (Not that Prince needs color vibrancy or anything) :)

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However, the shampoo wasn't working well. I quickly realized that Prince is not synthetic but cloth (similar to a stuffed animal) so I grabbed the Woolite and scrubbed him again.

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 Much better, and brighter!

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After bathtime was done, I wrapped him in a towel and gave him a brush and a quick rundown with a warm blow dryer.

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I gave him a little touch up on his nose and lips with a sharpie and adjusted his beret.

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Lastly I reattached his collar. Perfect! He is ready to be displayed on my shelf with Day to Night Barbie. :) I love how he is so French!

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Now, remember a while ago when I got this doll? (The one in the middle.)

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I thought she might be a doll that has an intricate hair-do because her hair was so stiff. Well, thanks to Andrea, she informed me that she is Cool Lookz Trendy and Bendy Barbie.

So the reason her hair is so stiff is because she has special hair which you can bend in any style.

Well, to start it's impossible to comb. Because of the little "white" hairs (which are the wires) you cannot get a comb through it. If you try, the wire will separate from the rest of the hair so then you have to find a way to stick it back in the hair section. So I figure that the best way to go about this is just to style her hair differently sans brushing. And Barbie hair is so fun when it's in ringlet curls right?

So I started the task of taking each section, smoothing it out and twisting it around a pencil. If there were any straggling ends, I just cut them off as shown in the pic. If any locks were really matted and flyaway, I gave them a quick touch with some hair smoothing spray.

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The curls are really magic, they just stay in place!

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It was definitely a chore to try and separate all those pieces of hair. Someone wanted twisties so I had to un-do all of those then curl them. This took forever!

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Okay, all done! Just kidding ;)

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I didn't bathe her in the last batch of dolls because I wasn't sure how that would be on the wire hair. So I just wiped her body down and cleaned her up. And also adjusted the hair so they are no longer Medusa curls. :)

And she is so cute so she needs an outfit. A cute dress will do the trick. What do you think of Trendy and Bendy Barbie?

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The curls are SO cute! And not too many flyaway ends either. For how horrible this hair was, I think that's a definite win!

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Okay, time for the last project. Remember when I made these shoes a while back and I thought it would be fun to make a pair for Barbie?

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Well, I FINALLY started!

Here we go, Mod Podge, fabric, and Barbie shoes. We don't need a lot of fabric for this project nor do we need two of the same color shoes. This was the perfect time to dig into the bag of mismatched shoes and grab a couple (make sure they are the same shape!)

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I didn't have an old paint brush (or one small enough for that matter) to apply the Mod Podge to the shoes so I just used my fingers. I don't recommend this as Mod Podge is not like glue and does not wash off easy. It sticks to the fingernails something fierce!

After you apply the Mod Podge to the shoe, press the fabric over it and make sure it's smooth. Then you want to cut off some of the excess fabric and the shoe opening. But make sure you leave enough to wrap around the heel.

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Then after it sits overnight or so, you can start gluing down the ends that did not get stuck. I used a toothpick to apply the Mod Podge here. Much easier than the finger!

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I'm not completely done with them yet but I just had to try them on a doll. What do you think so far?

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The other side

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And the front!

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The reason why there is still a chunk of fabric is I haven't yet wrapped it around the heel. :)

Want to make a pair of these shoes for yourself? Check this post at Love Maegan. She gives a great tutorial. The best part is you get to personalize them! Make them all YOU. I wanted to wear mine to a luau in Hawaii so I chose Hibiscus print.

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Hopefully I'll continue my creative streak in the next post.

Until then!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Barbie hits the land down under

Greetings!

Barbie project update: I made copies of all the patterns that my mother in law let me copy. I purchased a pretty pink sparkly notebook and some protector sleeves to put them in. Now all I have to do is bust out the sewing machine and get to work!

HOWEVER.....I just found out that my dad bought me a brand new (brand-new as in, only used twice) sewing machine at a garage sale! It does all the fancy stuff that mine can't do. Mine is a basic BASIC Brother and in addition to only doing straight and ziz-zag stitches, the pedal is sticky resulting in very fast and uneven stitches that I have to get under control with the right pressure on the right part of the pedal.

So annoying!

So I want to hold out for the new Singer waiting for me 150 miles away. But who knows? Maybe I'll bust out the Brother and give it a whirl. I just put in a new light bulb so I got to get some use out of that right? :)

Onto the doll for today!

Can you believe that there was one doll that I received for Christmas that I forgot to show you all? Ack, I know!

This Barbie is part of the new dolls of the world collection. She is my very first one and she is from Australia!

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My mom picked her out because of the cute little koala bear on the arm. How precious is that?

First of all, let's talk about how this doll is packaged. Perfectly! The box opens up like a book allowing for some unfiltered boxed but deboxed pictures! I love when that happens, don't you?

She has almost an ethereal look. Sort of daydreamy to me (in a way.) The glassy blue eyes are beautiful. Not quite digging the plastic hat but it fits well. Perfect for a day in the outback!

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Her outfit is adorable. My favorite is the cargo skirt. And the bag and snakeskin belt adds a perfect touch. And wow! Check those boots!

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But the best accessory? The cute little koala bear!

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So here is an interesting fact. I've been to New Zealand. Beautiful country by the way, if you get a chance to go, do. It's awesome. As I was walking around the city of Dunedin (du-NEE-dən) one day, I had two complete strangers ask me if blond was my natural hair color. At first I was a little offended but then realized that most New Zealanders are of Maori Indian descent so then I could understand why they were thinking I was a tourist. Super nice people too.

I wonder if Australian's are the same way (since the countries are so close together.) But either way, blond or not, Barbie is still cute as always!

What is your favorite doll of the world?

Until next time!