Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Collection Showcase (and a finished product!)

Hello there!

Thank you all for being patient with me as I deal with that thing we call "life." Between family and friends and work...I have been busy!

First and foremost, the Beach Ball painting project is DONE!

I love it.

There are a few things I would have done differently. You'll notice that the dark blue panel is way larger than the other ones. It's the first one I did and that was the size I was going for but for some reason, it didn't work out that way.

Also, I wanted to keep original beach ball colors (blue, yellow, white, red.) But because I had so many panels, I needed to use all the colors I had (light green, glitter green)

Overall, I think it turned out great! It will be the perfect addition to my Barbie beach scene. (And once I go to Hawaii I can grab more sand for that setup.) Maybe by then I will be the proud new owner of a Barbie pool! I'm still looking around for one!

And now that this project is done, I can again fixate on the "Benny" doll project. Yay! Can't wait to get him finished.

And today I wanted to post a doll from my childhood collection. At the beginning I mentioned family. My husbands cousin, wife, and children came over last weekend. (Would that make their kids my 2nd cousins?) Two adorable little girls, 7 and 11. We went into my Barbie room to pick out a Disney movie and of course, their eyes were glued right to the Barbie shelves.

The littlest proclaimed: "You even have one in a wheelchair!" (Becky)

The older girl: It looks like she is wearing Pajamas! (Funky in Philly Fashion Avenue)

Both: Which one has the shortest hair? (They voted this one which is probably true.) I had to cut the already cut hair to fit the wig on.

Both: Which one has the longest hair?

Which brings me to my Collection Showcase. Both their eyes fixated on this doll.

The super fabulous Totally Hair Barbie. I got this doll brand new when I was a kid and she is one of my top 5 favorite dolls of all time. 

Now she by no means has the longest hair of any doll I have (That would be Jewel Hair Mermaid Teresa) but because she is positioned at the end of my shelf, they saw the hair and immediately voted this one to be the longest. And of course, had to touch it as well. Because, this long hair just begs to be touched right?

I never ever ever brushed her hair. I never wanted the crimps to fade or for it to frizz. So she always had the perfect hair with a light pick here and there and is still as perfect as the day I got her.

She always had the same bangs because I used to style mine like that believe it or not! Don't you love the sweet face?

The cool thing you received with this doll is your very own bottle of Dep styling gel for you and Barbie!

She also came with some different colored rubber bands, and another couple of hair accessories which is in one of my boxes somewhere. I'll post them when I can dig them out. I remember one is a long pink piece of fabric with a wire in it with some ribbon curls on the end. So super cute.

Look, I found a picture of it on google!
I love her. She is so beautiful. And you can't say no to that mod print mini dress!

So friends, do you have Totally Hair Barbie? Do you love her as much as I do? Let me know in the comments!

I am hoping to have more of the Benny sewing project up soon. We'll see how the days go!

Until then!

Monday, February 24, 2014

I'm here...really!

Hi Friends!

I apologize for the lack of posting lately. Again, that thing we all know as "LIFE" gets in the way!

But I will be back in a couple of days with a new post. Stay tuned and thanks for reading my blog!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Christmas Treasures #5

Here they are. The last two Christmas treasures I got.

These dolls are really dressed for spring and summer. Considering we got dumped on with over 2 feet of snow over the weekend, taking a look at these dolls gives me a mind boost.

The lovely dressed for spring, Pretty in Plaid Barbie.

She has the sweetest face. I love ponytail Barbies.

And we have this beautiful doll dressed and ready for summer fun!

Pearl Beach Barbie. Again, another sweet face. I love the "pearls" on the suit!

But take a look at her suit. Then at the back of the box. 

Mattel did another switch-a-roo. Kira is wearing the suit that Barbie has on. I actually like Kira's suit better than the one Barbie has on in this picture. Does anyone have the Kira? Is she indeed wearing the same style but in pink? In all honesty, I think I like Christie's suit the best! :)

So these are the last two that I had under my Christmas tree. I do have one other surprise to show but that will have to wait until next time!

I would also like to announce that I am almost finished with the beach ball painting project! I can't wait to show you. I think it is coming along together pretty good!

Until then!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Christmas Treasure #4

Now that the sun is actually shining I don't have a problem posting about snowflakes again. :) It's still cold but it makes it bearable when the sun is out and the sky is blue.

A few of you guessed correctly about what my little painting project will be. It is going to be a beach ball!

Here's a couple more pics of the progress.

After the white I started with the red. It's looking pretty good so far.

Just a little bit ago I finished the yellow section. We'll see how it turns out. I should be done with the project by my next post. Can't wait to see the finished product!

It's time to post my second to last Christmas treasure. It is my last doll involving snowflakes. She's a beauty.

Most of you already know by now that my mom gets me the holiday Barbie every year. I am just LOVING this 25th anniversary edition.

Even better? Her box is friendly. Just undo the tab at the top and I get to take some clean boxed but deboxed photos!

So obviously the best feature of this dress is the die-cut snowflakes. They cross her body sash like then cascade down the front of her dress. It's so beautiful.

I love how they started the snowflakes up at the shoulder then came down. It's so elegant. Cute simple hairstyle but unfortunately she does not have any real eyelashes.

A close-up shot of the snowflakes show how intricate they are.

Her skirt is stuffed with tissue to keep it's shape and she comes with a clear doll stand. I am just loving her!!

There is a little blurb on the back of the box:

"A wintry world of silvery snowflakes, family, friends, and lots of love: this wonderful time of the year has inspired Barbie for 25 years! Now, she celebrates this dazzling season, bringing you holiday greetings of peace, love, and joy. 2013 Holiday Barbie doll commemorates this silver anniversary dressed in a festive, shimmery gown."

It is indeed festive and shimmery. I love the silver gowns the best I think. This one will have to go in my favorites. The die-cut snowflakes really do it for me. She truly is a beautiful doll.

What do you think of the 25th anniversary Holiday Barbie? Did any of you get her for Christmas?

Until next time!