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Monday, February 12, 2018

Ever After High Collection Finale part 2

Hello again!

It's hard to write about this one when we've been having absolutely gorgeous weather outside! I love how it's in the 60's in February! I am a summer girl but if this is winter, I'll take it! 

Last time I mentioned that there were four more dolls that I needed to get to finish off my Ever After High collection. Well here is one more that I needed to get! 

Unfortunately I waited too long to get her and she went up in price. So I paid a little more than I wanted to but because of this, I couldn't wait to get her any longer. 

Presenting the fabulous Crystal Winter!


I hate how they changed their slogan from "Are you a royal or a rebel?" to "Where princesses are powerful!" It just doesn't sit well with me. The entire premise of Ever After High was centered around the royal or rebel theme. Did you want to follow in the footsteps of your parents and their fairy-tale stories or create your own path? Not powerful princesses. Anyway.....

I think this is cute. Read the caption for "What about your least favorite subject?"


It says "Cooking class. Why do people insist on defrosting frozen food? It royally ruins the texture!" Now THAT is too funny!

Here is the beautiful Crystal!


I love her color scheme and am glad that they did not design her too much like Elsa. There has been enough Elsa in the past few years, am I right?

Crystal identifies as a royal as she wants to follow in her parents footsteps and rule the Snow Kingdom someday. 

She has a pretty face and shimmery pink-toned skin.


She also has an ice crown.


Crystal differs a little from her webisode form. Her crown is more elaborate, she has a necklace and a separate crystal waistband in addition to the crystals that surround the waist of her skirt. She also does not have fur around the arms of her shirt. Other than that the colors and design of her dress are spot on. I love the crystals and snowflakes and glitter!


She has a magic wand that is teal in color. I like this prop but to get it to stay on, you have to squeeze her four fingers in it when it's only supposed to be made for three.


This was a huge beef with a lot of people, the molded on tights. I'm not too particularly fond of them either (I like the knee joints to be hidden) but they are not a deal breaker. At least they got them the correct color! And to be accurate, in some of the webisode pictures I've seen, it looks like Crystal has thigh-high socks, not full on tights. But I like the texture of them honestly.


THE SHOES!

Crystal naturally wears boots. She is unable to stand on her own. There is nothing too fancy about them. They are iridescent in color and have white fur on the top. The fur around the tops of the boots are supposed to match her collar. They also have little hangy-balls that are supposed to match her tights color.


Her boots are perfect with the design so there is no need for them to have a repaint (except for the hangy-balls.)


Now I think her hair is the best part! It was pretty waxy and needed some trimming but the colors are fabulous!


And it's not only on the top of her hair. She also has some pretty teal color underneath.


There was also a ring for you! It is blue and has a silver rose in the center.



Again, there was not a doll stand with this doll! And no hairbrush but I have PLENTY of those. So I'll have to make a stand for her. There are lots of tutorials online. :)

I know Crystal comes from the Epic Winter collection but I'm not collecting the other dolls. Crystal is a special one and a first issue so that's why I got her. Same with the teenage evil queen that came out during Dragon Games. I didn't get the line but got her. 

Did you pick up Crystal for your collection? Let me know in the comments! 

Another one coming soon! It will be a race to see what gets here first. Amazon shipping is taking FOREVER so baby might be here before my purchases!

Until then!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Ever After High Collection Finale!

Welcome Friends!

I figured since my vintage extravaganza is complete, it was time to start on completing my Ever After High collection! EAH is done and no one even thought that the Back to School dolls would be available (online only on Amazon, not even on the Mattel website and certainly not in stores.) So it's safe to say that this line of dolls is over and done with. There were 4 left that I needed and since they seem to be going up in price, now is the time to get them before I can't anymore. :)

This is one I bought at Target quite some time ago. She was on sale/clearance and I picked her up. Meet the fabulous Gillian Beanstalk!


Gillian is the daughter of Jack in the Beanstalk (obviously!) and she is listed as a rebel although she loves adventure and bravery, traits she gets from her father. 

Gillian's doll stays pretty true to her webisode form which is awesome conisdering some of the dolls are very very different. 

She has an awesome curl and a braid in her hair with a flower "crown"


I love the green accents in her hair. A little smashed from being in the box but it's kept its shape well!


I love her glitter long vest. The shade of green is awesome. The only differences between the webisode and the doll is the pink undershirt has a design on it and the necklace and flower crown is a vine that intertwines with her braid. I can see how that would be problematic in a doll version and you don't see the undershirt anyway so that's fine. 


Check out this ADORABLE purse! With the little bean sprout in it? Just too cute!


And I also love this gauntlet she wears. True to the webisode form!


THE SHOES!

I love these. Her webisode shoes, the ankle vines are painted lime green like her hair, the fronts are painted dark green like her vest and the rest are gold. But I just love the details on them!

And how about them tights? :)


It would be a pretty difficult repaint. I DID however repaint my Courtly Jester doll but I think for now I'll leave them. I might be inspired later (MUCH later since I have a newborn coming!) 


She is a shorter doll, as tall as the wonderlandians and does NOT come with a doll stand or brush. The brush I don't care about but the stand! Why oh why Mattel did you get rid of the stands! I'm using the stand from Hunter Huntsman, he doesn't need a stand but she sure does! Plus it stands her up a little taller so she matches the other dolls. :)

So friends, what do you think of cutie Jillian? Planning on (or already) added her to your collection? Let me know in the comments!

Another one coming shortly! Until then!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Male Revue

HA! I couldn't resist the title :)

Welcome back! Now that my vintage festival is complete I have some time for a little crafting. While I was searching in my garage, I found a box that I just glanced in when I got it and then promptly forgot about. 

I got this box from my dad (garage sale find) and I got it when we moved out of our first house. Because I got it right when we moved, it got stored in our rental house garage. Not a whole lot of our stuff was unpacked there, we were there for only 10 months while our new house was being built. Now that we are in our new permanent house, I'm getting the chance to look through things. And blog post about them!

In the box was the doll stands that I recovered with fabric for my vintage dolls. And some male dolls! There is one that I for sure don't know who it is. I'm sure you all can help me out with that!

First, a generic Ken!


And then this newer Ken (I think?)


And then another newer Ken (maybe?) Doesn't look like a Ken I've seen


And this one is definitely not a Ken. A plus about him is he's fully articulated including the ankles. Maybe a One Direction doll or something?


There was one lone Female doll in the group. She is from the Dollar Tree and she has such a fair complexion. She's not a terrible looking doll. But her arms are SO skinny!


 And I got a bag of clothes! Some are Genuine Barbie and some are not. 

First we have a Flamenco-Type dress. I searched for some of the Dolls of the World but could not find this exact one. There is no tag but I do love the colors. 


A boa that is that crinkly fabric. Looks to be 80's.
 

Handmade Hawaiian Shirt. Would be a fun one for Ken.
 

Polka-Dot dress. I think this one is handmade too. But super cute!
 

Some type of plastic pants with fringe. Reminds me of chaps but they are full pants.
 

A yellow frilly dress. Looks like a Halloween style. There was quite a few non-Barbie Halloween props in the clothing bag so i'm thinking it's Halloween.
 

Purple Arabian pants and some tights. I can always use those!
 

Ken! Here are a couple of suit jackets and a shirt. 
 

More suit jackets. The grey and black have a tag that reads "A Genuine Ken Fashion." The black jacket goes with one of our Ken's shown above. 
 

And orange dress with a Hawaiian print orange skirt. 
 

Pants and a skirt. The pink ones are a soft satiny material. No tags but look too perfect to be homemade. 
 

Stiff white satin skirt. This one does have a tag that reads "A Genuine Barbie Fashion."
 

Couple of tops and a pair of hot pink pants. 
 

Odds and ends: Shirt, Apron, Striped Capris, Halter Dress
 

More odds and ends: a jumpsuit, dress, red homemade satin dress and a heart bib.
 

And some REAL for sure odds and ends! A couple of shoes and a boot that don't have mates, a pair of Ken shoes, a bag of sequins (looks like from a Paint and Dazzle Barbie) a quiver, a red phone receiver and a random Ken head!
 

I also went to Wal-Mart yesterday looking for some of the new Care Bears fashions. They didn't have any but did have more of the Hello Kitty fashions. They did have more of the Little Twin Stars outfits so I picked up this top.


How cute is this? I'll have to find a cute pair of jeans to go with this one. Love it. 

So friends, have any ideas of who my male dolls are? (Besides the obvious Ken ones?) Or where the clothes are from? Find any new fun fashions lately? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Monday, January 29, 2018

You Are Cordially Invited to...

Welcome to the Fashion Show! Barbie and her friends are modeling the hottest fashions...some with a vintage flair! 

I've been washing dolls, I've been crafting, I've been doing laundry, I've been shopping. I've been BUSY! I've also been digging way WAY back into the closet where my dolls are stored. It's underneath the stairwell in our house and let me tell you, with an 8 month pregnant belly, it wasn't easy! Digging in tubs and boxes in confined spaces. But I found what I needed. So here is the fruits of the labor!

First we have "The Trio."


This is California Dream Midge, Teresa and Barbie. I received these a few years ago and have been wanting to take them out. I finally did! This was the first Midge doll in my collection and I just love her. Especially her cute little roller skates! The socks are Barbie's but just didn't like the look on her so I gave them to Midge.


Teresa has some awesome yellow kicks with yellow and white socks.


Now, according to the back of the package, Barbie is supposed to have the same sneakers as Teresa but only in white. That is not what she came with. She came with the generic low top Barbie sneakers in yellow. Like the ones these ladies are wearing.


And they did not look good with socks at all. So she got All American Barbie's second pair of Reeboks! They look much better. 


Now we have Sun Set Malibu Skipper modeling Sunny Pastels!


I bought this one off eBay and it was complete. I do have her little socks however, Skipper socks are SO HARD to get on. I even brushed some talc powder on her legs to help but it didn't. So I gave up. Besides, it's a sundress so it's okay. I love the little purse and this outfit was in mint condition! And all the sequins were intact so that was one thing I factored in when purchasing this outfit. 

I remember seeing Sunny Pastels somewhere and just loving it.


Here we have the most fabulous couple ever. Barbie wearing Friday Night Date and Ken wearing Dreamboat.  


Dreamboat was one of the "stinky" fashions I bought at the garage sale last summer. There were two reasons I put him in this outfit. First, my vintage Ken clothes (well, Ken clothes at all) are scarce and second was because of this set. 

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I thought this was so perfect. This is the "Friday Night Dream Date" reproduction. I could not get the platter to stay in Barbie's hands and I don't have the original Ken Dreamboat pants, shoes or hat but it works out well!

And I don't have the Barbie ponytail doll so I used this doll


This is the Barbie Fashion Queen and since I have plenty of bubblecuts in my collection, I pulled out my mom's wigs that she played with as a child and used the platinum blonde one. It took some finagling to get it to stay in place but it's working. I think I need some Barbie sized hair pins.


I also washed her dress. I DO NOT recommend doing this with the jumper! The red on the top of the birdhouse is not colorfast and bled onto the other part of the birdhouse and above it on the jumper. But the wash did brighten up the corduroy! 


Ken's clothes were good and not stinky anymore so I didn't have a problem putting him back in these. And I'm going to need to sew another snap on the back of his pants. It tore off and his pants fall down if I move him around too much. But this Ken looks identical to the one in the reproduction, that's cool.


Here is where the crafting comes in! I got these doll stands at a garage sale. They are not Fashion Doll Stands, so they are a little large for the dolls and had ugly wood bases. So I used fabric and Mod Podge and covered them. Some fabrics I had worked well and some I had didn't. These are the ones that didn't work so well but they covered up the wood so I'm happy with these. 


I was anxious to dress someone permanent for the adorable Little Twin Stars Outfit I bought recently. I remembered I had this doll. 


This is Totally Nails Teresa. I picked her up at the thrift store (for the fabulous purple hair) and then gave her a wash and boil dip but we still had some frizzy hair. 

Conditioner. Totally use conditioner (or liquid Downy) after the wash.  


MUCH better and perfect for the fashion show. Here she is in her outfit!


I have lots of purple shoes and I had some where the color matched the skirt perfectly. However I just wasn't feeling them with this outfit. So I chose these light blue mermaid/seashell/butterfly shoes that also matched with some colors on the skirt. 


Remember this girl? My mom had a random head in her collection. So years ago I put the head on an old Gift Giving Barbie body. The neck didn't fit quite right but it was okay. 


Well I read on The Fashion Doll Guide that Theater Date was supposed to be on an American Girl style doll. Not sure why but I put the outfit on her. Jacket needs to be pressed back into shape but it's perfect.


I was concerned with the fact that Gift Giving Barbie had bent arms and vintage dolls have straight arms. Rebody!


The skin tone doesn't match that well and the neck is still a little small but overall it works good!

The white top had a spot on it so it went in the wash and came out pristine. And anyone have any ideas of how to keep a pillbox hat on these dolls?


This brunette bubblecut doll is wearing Picnic Set!


Since I had almost the complete outfit I just had to dress a doll in it! I did have some trouble getting the hat on all that hair. I had to press it down pretty hard and it doesn't sit like it's supposed to but I still love it. 


Even has all the items intact on the hat. So perfect. 


The doll was one I received a couple of years ago and she was wearing Plantation Belle. I debated getting the other pieces of this outfit. I still might get them as I have some of the rare pieces, the hat and purse. I just need the petticoat, jewelry and gloves.

 

This oh-so-perfect bubblecut doll is wearing Sweater Girl. This outfit is so perfect for her. 


This is the one with the broken neck joint. So how did I fix it? Just a pipe cleaner quadruple folded. She has a slight bobble head but it's not noticeable if you don't move her. It works perfect!

I also looked for her accessories like the knitting bowl and scissors. But didn't find any at a good price. 


I think this next fashion is one of my most favorites. Remember her?


That had...


And we dressed her in...(to cover her slit ankle)


She got a new outfit!


Oh how perfect is this? The tights were HARD to get up over that ankle and the other leg has a broken bendy knee joint. So yeah. She's never getting out of this one! But this Winter Holiday outfit is TOO PERFECT! 

Remember last time how I mentioned that the jacket was stiff. I had a hard time getting it on her and an equally hard time getting the sleeves of the hoodie in the jacket too. But I managed. This doll stand has a very tight grip so it was awesome to have it grip the jacket and hold it in place.  


I bought the gloves off of eBay. I wasn't aware that they are vinyl and it was difficult to get them on her hands as after years they had smooshed closed. I used a hair dryer to get them pliable so I could get them on her! They still aren't fully on so I'll have to work on them some more.  


Also remember how it's silly to have open toe wedges with footed tights on a winter holiday? So I gave her some kickin' boots! This also helps to keep her broken ankle stable. 


A couple of years ago I got this Midge. 


She was wearing some pieces from Tennis Anyone? but the skirt was not from that outfit. That was from a fashion pak. And underneath was not the outfit from Tennis Anyone? either. It was the scoop neck play suit from this fashion pak.

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So it got a nice wash and I put it back on her. With this adorable item I bought from eBay. 


She is wearing Barbie Baby-Sits and I just had to get the apron. It's just too adorable. 


And she is holding the baby and has a bottle ready to go in her pocket! This outfit is just too perfect!


She has another stand that I covered in pink fabric. Didn't work out too well but it's okay.


I brought out this doll from storage to display. My OOAK bride doll. 


Someone made this doll from a generic Fashion Avenue bride gown and did the hair. It's just too pretty to be stored away! A tan beauty.


This hair is done extremely well and I love the train!


My most favorite doll of all. She has to be here too! My mom's original Twist and Turn Barbie. Unfortunately my son got a hold of her and she did the "splits" and cracked her vinyl through the crotch area. Thankfully her leg joint popped right back in. She is now not allowed to have her clothes changed unless they go over the swimsuit. 


Sweet sisters wearing Satin fashion pak mix and match pieces! I got the pink sparkle a couple of years ago with the other vintage dolls. Sandi was wearing the Satin n' Rose outfit but, because of the color of her earrings, I changed her into the light pink and put the magenta on the other doll. 


Don't you just love this skirt? I tried to press it as best as I could with a cloth over it but after I saw that the sparkles were coming off on my ironing board, I decided to quit. It will flatten out over time I'm sure. 


I don't have a shirt that goes with this. It's the same design as the magenta one (one shoulder with a bow) but I didn't see anything on eBay that was either in good condition or the right price. So I put on her the leotard from the Ballet set I have. 



Sandi also got a condition treatment to help with her course hair. It worked well! But she has a weird root job so her hair sticks out funny on the right side of her head (right underneath the hat.) And I also need to trim some ends from her hair!


Again, any tips to keep the pillbox hat on? It's so cute on Sandi!


The other sister was wearing the original vintage fashion from my mom's collection Aboard Ship. This was my mom's favorite outfit and I could have kept her in it but I decided to change it up.


She is now wearing the Satin n' Rose from 1964.


I washed the entire outfit as it was dirty from many years of play. This was one of my favorites to put on my dolls. I tried to press the pieces as best as I could but again, stopped as I didn't want to ruin the fabric. 

I thought it gave it a little different flair to have the skirt over the pants. I even have the sparkle open toe heels!

And these two stands are the ones that turned out the best. The fabric took really well to the mod podge over the wood. 


She is always the belle of every fashion show and one of my ultimate favorite dolls. My ex got her for me deboxed but I love her just the same. The Enchanted Evening Reproduction. 


Gorgeous blonde ponytail.


And the cute sparkle shoes!


This bubblecut I found at the thrift store years ago. She is wearing the original from my mom's collection called Matinee Fashion.


One of my favorite outfits for sure. And so beautiful on this doll.


This stand turned out well however, the fabric I used was a dark crimson red and turned magenta when I mod podged it. 


Vintage Ken wearing Terry Togs is also included in our fashion show. He got some blue painters tape on the bottom of his feet to keep his slippers on. I was afraid I was going to lose one!


And last but certainly not least. This awesome trio.


Here is what I put on my beautiful black ponytail doll. Wedding Day! There was one reason I put my ponytail doll in this fashion. Well, two reasons. I love this gown and I have the Hallmark Ornament with the same hair color!



She (her head) spent a few days in the spa getting treatment for green ear. I would love to put the pearl earrings back in her but don't want to risk green ear again. I knew the CLR treatment wouldn't get rid of the green completely but it did diminish it quite well. Here is the "not as bad" side.


And the "really bad" side


I took a bracelet (I think) and stretched it out to make a necklace. I tried a triple strand pearl necklace (like the one on Enchanted Evening) but it just didn't look right. I don't have any gloves for this one so I'll have to get some. 

This torso photo, you can see where the rip is in the lace. I had to be very careful putting this on her! Those doll thumbs can be deadly to lace. 


A few years ago I got this Midge.


I wasn't sure of what she was wearing. It seems to be an Indian type of dress (the scarf and the jewel on her head are typical of traditional dress in India.) It was sewn on her so I had to take the seam ripper to it. But her hair was absolutely perfect. She was the best one to wear the Orange Blossom Bridesmaid dress. 

The gloves are actually from the Bride's Dream dress I got this Christmas. In fact, the cellophane that the gloves were in wasn't even opened. These gloves are brand brand new! Never been worn! 


My mom had Orange Blossom in her collection but I didn't have the lace overdress. The yellow sheath dress is on another doll buried in the depths of the boxes under the stairs. So I just bought new on eBay. 

The lace got a soak in Oxy Clean and turned out beautiful. The waist seam is coming undone however, that is an easy repair. I mainly purchased this one because of the veil. It is in mint condition. And it is just perfect for Midge.


This stand turned out exceptional with the beautiful gold fabric.


And the most adorable flower girl ever! Skipper is wearing Flower Girl. I bought this one off eBay as well and gave it an Oxy Clean soak. 


I need to repair the bows at the top. I had a very hard time getting them tied and clean. I untied them so I could scrub them white but realized that maybe they aren't supposed to be white but yellow. I'll need to pick up some of this tiny ribbon. Then I can add ribbon to the headdress and bouquet too.

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This Skipper doll is not wearing original white shoes but the yellow goes nicely. I bought this dress mainly for the intact headband, gloves, and bouquet. 

So pretty. And surprisingly her socks were not that hard to get on! Unlike the ones that came with Sunny Pastels.


Laundry also included these pieces.

I tried to get the rust out of the duplicate hoodie from Winter Holiday. It didn't come all the way out so not sure what to do about it. I don't think it will ruin a doll if I have it on someone. Not sure how it got like that!


Resort Set got cleaned too! The white shorts were really dirty but that type of fabric (the same fabric on my Baby Sitter Midge body suit) really holds up well and cleans easy. The shirt is also super clean and nice! I debated dressing a doll in this one too. However I wanted the hat that goes with it and really, the hat needs to be on a ponytail doll. I have ONE ponytail doll and as shown above, is wearing Wedding Day. 


And the seller who sent the Babysitter apron added a little goodie. A booklet of fashions and a shower cap from Singing in the Shower. The elastic is a little stretched out but still a really great piece to have! I might have to get the rest of it so she can match Ken's Terry Togs.


I created lots of space on my shelves so all of these beauties have a permanent place to be displayed. Hubby made a riser so all my dolls can be 2 deep.



Well, that's it for the fashion show! All these dolls were excited to be dressed in their new spiffy fashions. And vintage doll clothes are terribly expensive on eBay! I tried to find ones that were not more than $30 a piece. I can't afford upwards of $70-$100 for one fashion set and I certainly don't need it NIB. And some repairs I can make myself (like the replacement bows on Skippers Flower Girl dress.) 

Hopefully I can find more vintage dolls (or reproduction dolls) to put the rest of these fashions on! The raincoat was a very close contender for dressing but was just too expensive trying to put the pieces together, especially for the umbrella! And definitely need a Ken for the wedding day set. I might pull out one from my collection to go with her. Can't have a bride without a groom!

What do you think friends? I had so much fun playing with these and got them all spiffy before the baby comes! Let me know which ones are your favorites! And if you have any ideas of how to keep the pillbox hats on, I'm all ears!

Until next time!