Friday, July 7, 2017

A little more of an update

Hi Friends,

When I first saw my blog and lack of photos, the emotions ranged from anger to shock to distress to outright sad and emotional. So I sat and cried. (I'm not blaming pregnancy hormones for that though.) :)

So I did a little research. I found out that this exact same thing has happened to MILLIONS of blogs and websites, as well as people who post their sales on Etsy and eBay and even Amazon. Some people who have posted motorcycle or car engine rebuilds on forums (with all the photos) have gotten the same stock message on their photos that I have. 

Basically, when you use an HTML link from a photo on a image hosting website, it takes up their bandwith. If you have a site/blog/forum post with a lot of peer views, it takes up more and more bandwith. I'm guessing Photobucket didn't like it so much. 

Needless to say, people are OUTRAGED. We had no warning to go in and edit our photos before this happened and Photobucket has declined any comment to their users. I understand this was a free service but those who actually paid for Photobucket services are still getting the shaft. I was considering paying for the service too so now I'm glad I didn't. They want you to pay $400 a year to get your 3rd party photo sharing back and it's not going over well. I can get my own domain, my own photo sharing for about $100 a year. People are finding this out real quick. Photobucket won't be around much longer. I also think that they are using this $400 tactic to scare people and make that rash decision to pay it and get their photos back on their blogs/forums. I hope people haven't fallen into that trap.

I had been using Photobucket for years and never had problems. I guess the ads on the page were intrusive which turned people away years ago but with my adblocker, I never had an issue so I kept on using it. Also, Google Blogger years ago stopped me from uploading more photos to the blog because my Picasa album was full. I see that they have since changed. I am a huge Google fan and use Google photos to its fullest intent so I am going to start posting photos from that. I get unlimited photos and I can post directly from my phone, to the blog, etc. without the so called "3rd party posting" using up their bandwith. I'm also guessing that Google has enough bandwith to go around as they are a Silicon Valley giant!

So, the state of the blog!

I have put too much time and cultivated too many relationships to let this go. I love all things dolly, it's my hobby and a large part of my life and so are all of you. So the blog is here to stay. 

I am going to work on reposting all the photos starting with the newest blog posts first. This will also give me the chance to fix any broken links or photos that are not longer available like I did with my Barbie Hot Tub/Pool post. My goal is one post each evening. 

I have almost 2000 pictures to repost. And all new posts will have solid photos that will not go away. If Google Blogger decides to go kaput and stop photo hosting, I will move this blog to wordpress and pay for a domain. As I said, I have invested too much time in this blog to just say "sorry!" The whole fun of dollys is the pictures right?

So bear with me, we'll be back up soon. And hopefully Photobucket will enable 3rd party file sharing with a time limit (to allow us more time to change links, etc.) But I'm not holding my breath. 

So thanks friends for sticking with me. I do have a new post in the works and was going to post before I found out I was pregnant and starting feeling the 1st trimester icky-ness. 

Love you all and many dolly hugs


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Why all my photos are gone....

Hi Friends,

So I logged on for the first time in a while. Been here but feeling under the weather because I found out..

I'm pregnant again. The news is out! I'm 2 months along. :) Happy Happy

But then I see that all my photos are gone. I use photobucket to host my photos. I download them there, then use the HTML code to post the photos. Well apparently, I hit a limit or something? And now all my photos show that weird image. And they want me to pay $400 yearly to do this. Well, saving for a new baby and trying to make ends meet, we don't have that to pay every year. 

So friends. I know some of you are fellow bloggers. What do you do? I know some have a paid domain. Maybe it's time to do that. How much do you pay for that? Let me know in the comments. So as of now, I'm on hiatus! Ack! I love this blog and have many loyal followers and friends. Not sure what to do at this point! 


Thursday, June 8, 2017


I know that after time, some of my links from previous posts go bad and we are unable to see the pictures. So I have fixed one of my more popular posts: "Hot Tub Roast". This post talks about the fabulous-ness of Barbie pools of years past. If you looked at this recently and were unable to see the pictures, you can see them now!

I plan on doing this in the next coming weeks. If you are looking at a post and don't see the pictures, let me know and I'll fix right away. 

New post coming soon which will feature Barbie crafts and other dolly goodness!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

NIB Collection Additions, part 2

Hello Again!

Thanks to Andrea I now have an ID for the purple hair doll I found at the thrift store. She is the 2008 Totally Nails Teresa Doll. With her original pants!

OK. Time to find that top, stat! Love! So I read a little about her and it said that her nails change color in icy water. Nope. Mine didn't. I read a few reviews that said that their dolls nails didn't change either. ALso looking I saw that they changed the face as well. Some pictures of this doll have a non-tooth smile Teresa. Don't know if those are just promo pictures or what. Anyway, I still love her and her purple hair. 

And check out the Totally Nails Barbie! That watermelon outfit? Wouldn't it look so cute on the Princess Merliah I just got? I know she has a molded on bikini but it wouldn't show underneath, right? :)

Okay, on to the rest of the NIB dolls!

First up we have the 1994 Baywatch Barbie!

I saw this one and I started laughing because it's just so Baywatch perfect. But instead of saving people, she saves her dolphin friend which is included. And she's got that perfectly California tanned skin.

In addition to the outfit she is wearing, she also comes with a bathing suit and visor.

The back of the box reads: " 'Look! A dolphin's in trouble!' shouts Barbie. Ken jumps on his WaveRunner and races to the rescue of the dolphin. 'Look! She's so happy!' exclaims Barbie, petting the dolphin. 'I think we've got a new friend!'"

That's so cute. And I think Baywatch Ken comes with that WaveRunner too. 

But look at the bottom left

Now THAT is classic Baywatch. The Hoff and Pamela Anderson! 

Now we move on to the 2001 (or 2002) Barbie as Daphne Scooby-Doo doll! With plush Scooby!

I love the color of her hair.

Daphne carries a flashlight and a purse on one hand and a laptop under her arm. Scooby is so cute. 

The back of the box reads:"Scooby-Doo, Where are you? 'Ruh-Roh!' Scooby-Doo and his friend Daphne need your help tracking down the big clue. Pick up their sleuthy tools and don't forget the Scooby Snacks! Pretend that Shaggy, Fred and Velma are waiting in the Mystery Machine. Join the kids for a groovy adventure you'll never forget. Don't miss Scooby-Doo in an all-new, live-action movie as Mystery Inc. is reunited on Spooky Island to solve their biggest mystery yet!"

Did anyone else grow up watching that show? The show came out when my parents were teens but I did grow up watching the reruns! It's a fun show, I might have to introduce my son to them soon. And, maybe for my own nostalgia. :)

The last beauty we are going to feature today is a special Target doll. This is the 1998 Club Wedd Barbie!

There are a few different Club Wedd dolls that came out so I had to make sure I got the right year. 

Club Wedd is the wedding registry at Target. I guess they wanted to make a doll to promote the registry service? Not sure why but she is a pretty girl. Very beautiful lace upper with pink ribbons around the waist. 

She has white gloves that come to the wrist and a small rose bouquet.

Her skirt is covered in tulle which gives it a magical, soft look.

The back of the box has an invitation that read "Join us on our wedding day dear friends, as guests by our side. With love and wishes always, from the groom and from the bride. Barbie and Ken." There are also place cards for Barbie, Ken, Skipper, and Kelly. (No Alan as Best Man?) It also reads: Dear real-life brides and fiances, Club Wedd Barbie doll can be a part of any dream-come-true wedding! The perfect centerpiece for a wedding shower or wedding party. Fantastic gifts for the flower girl or wedding attendants. Something new for the bride." Ok, so that is cute. I got my flower girl a gift. She was two and needed some distraction while people were mulling about. A new baby doll and some colors and coloring books were great.

At this point, I don't think I am going to take any of them out of the box. I might get the itch later but for now, I'm going to keep them put. Their boxes are in great condition so that was a factor I thought of. 

Well, that is all for today! Have any of these beauties found their way into your collection? Let me know in the comments!

I have the bug! The CRAFTING bug! I made a couple of things and I'll also show you some things that I'm planning on making. ALSO! While I was looking for a top for Miss Totally Nails Teresa, I ran across some dolls that dad got for me that I haven't featured! 

Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

NIB Collection Additions!


Today I have some Barbie goodness. You are all going to LOVE them!

First, remember the picture of Daring Charming I was talking about when I created that post on him? (The one with my darling boy playing with him?) I found the picture. It was just so comical, he looks like a fallen King with his crown falling off. Hysterical!

Before I feature my NIB dolls, I rescued a couple from the thrift store. They had a LOT of dolls there but nothing really caught my eye. All were naked, newer body style. If they were old then yes, I would have snatched them right up. Some had chewed hands from pets. I have enough of those already. But these two really needed a good home so I picked them up. They have been bathed because my Captain Tornado wanted to give them kisses so I had to clean them up. 

I love this one's hair! Purple streaks! And she was just an all around pretty doll.

Believe me, her hair did not look this good. She had frizz frizz frizz and so many tangles I had a hard time getting them out. Because of that she got a boil dip last night. It's better but still not where I want it. It will take more work. 

She came with the cute sparkle capris and then I washed the white lace top and put it on her. It's the only shirt that somewhat matched the capris and that I had readily available. Hubby has been working on our yard that we have not had any time to fix up the doll room. So dolly's and accessories are still buried in storage. I'm hoping soon I can get them out!

The capris, do they really belong to her or to someone else?

This one, had a little tinge of pink by her brow and at the tips. You know me and dolls with pink hair!

Because of the pink, I didn't mind that she had a permanent swimsuit. I knew that I had a doll with that same necklace. 

So I washed her and the pink washed right out so I figured it was marker. Then I looked again and the pink was still there. Maybe I was looking at a different part of the hair when I didn't see it. No biggie, I can take a pink sharpie and give her some awesome streaks to match. 

Then as I was brushing her hair the pink was reappearing. So I stuck her head under icy water. Yep, turned pink. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. 

Princess Merliah. 

This is the Princess Merliah Transformation doll from Barbie, A Mermaid Tale. The doll where her tail turns into a surfboard. 

Remember that I have this Merliah doll. 

Her hair changes to pink as well but for some reason, the Princess Merliah I just got, her tattoo didn't appear. Oh well. I still love the hair. 

Okay, now on to the NIB additions! My dad picked these ones up for me. So awesome!

First today, we have the most beautiful 1996 Blossom Beauty Barbie! 

Her dress magically transforms into a floral bouquet! And her magic fairy really sprinkles glitter! Well, that can become a little messy. I'm all for glitter (really!) but I think the hubby would get miffed at sparkles everywhere. :)

Back of the box reads: "Barbie asked her flower fairy in the garden to make her party dress. The fairy sprinkled Barbie with glitter and her dress magically opened to reveal blossoms in colors of the rainbow. Ken thinks Barbie is the prettiest flower of all!"

And what a great Ken too! Is that the Alan head mold? LOVE

And you can also hide your sparkle fairy in the dress so you can have glitter to transform your dress at any time (and also by pulling the string.) I'm going to have to watch YouTube to see how this looks. So many questions but I don't want to take her out of the box!

Okay, watch this. It all makes sense now. The dress opens up. :) Don't you just love the old jingles of commercials? I wonder how much someone got paid to write that song, haha.

Now we have another awesome doll. This is a beautiful AA 2000 Teacher Barbie!

What a beautiful doll.

She even comes with a chalkboard that really writes! Also included in the accessories are a pencil sharpener, erasers and some personal boards for the students to hold (I think).

On the back of the box we see that it includes three subjects: dinosaurs, music and geography!

I love her. I'm glad I have a teacher doll now as the hubby is a teacher! Anyone know if there is a Teacher Ken doll?

And the last for today. This is the special edition 1997 Carnival Cruise Barbie!

How cute is she with those star earrings and sailor outfit? And the hat!

She comes with her cruise bag, all ready to go! You can definitely tell that this outfit is from the 90's. The high waist shorts with belt and crop top. :)

The back of the box reads: Barbie looks her nautical best as she gets ready for all the excitement and fun of her first ever Carnival "fun ship" vacation!

Well that's it for today friends. Have any of these dolls made their way into your collection? Let me know in the comments!

I'll have more unboxed goodness in the next post. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lego Extravangaza.....Time to Travel!

Hello again!

More Lego fun today. Every day after I put Jacob to bed I took my huge box and put together another playset. I actually had a lot of fun. Brought me back to my childhood. But let's be serious. Lego's are for anyone of any age right? (Well, except for babies, haha.)  My brother is 30 and recently bought the space shuttle. It took him HOURS to put it together. It's very very cool!

Today we have a couple that feature travel!

We are going to see Emma again. This is Emma's Sports Car!

Out of all the playsets I received, this one is my favorite for a few reasons. I love the little car and that she brings her kitty with her. She is also holding her smartphone. You can't see it in my photos but she has a music app open. Nothing like driving with a little music!

My favorite part is the little picnic table....complete with a sandwich! Also has a camera, a bottle of water and a book so Mia has a place to relax.

It also has some signage showing the area of Heartlake (where all the friends live.) It also has directional signs showing the way to the beach and to the mountains!

Purse? Check. Kitty? Check. Phone? Check. All ready to go! Remember Emma, no texting and driving!

Another set that features travel. Seeing Olivia again we have Olivia's Ice Cream Bike!

She's ready to sell ice cream! Get it before it melts!

Her cute little bike with her ice cream cart.

This playset also has some adorable little accessories. A cute little picnic table for people to sit and eat their ice cream. Also a bottle of water and a letter to mail.

It actually fits in the mail box!

And then a water fountain. Notice the coins in the bottom?

That's all for today. What do you think of Emma's Sports Car and Olivia's Ice Cream Bike? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lego Extravaganza.....To The Beach!


Back again with more Lego! 

In my Barbie Goes Lego post, I mentioned that my dad bought a huge box of Lego's at a garage sale. He saw that the box included a Barbie lego set so he got it for me. 

I come from a long history of Legos. We had tons of playsets growing up. I can't tell you how many times my brother and I tore down and rebuilt our firehouse and fire truck playset. (So many times the instruction book was frayed and fell apart.) 

A huge box of Lego can be a little intimidating when you don't have the instructions. The only saving grace was that these playsets were already partially put together. I went on line and searched and and found ALL the instructions! Score!

AND, and even bigger bonus.....I had every single last piece. That is amazing considering that usually pieces get lost.

So today, we are going to take a look at some of the beach playsets that I put together. 

These playsets are from the Lego Friends line. They feature a cute little mini-doll with the playset. 

This is Emma's Lifeguard Post!

Here is cute little Emma with her binoculars and flotation ready to save the day!

It even came with a little dolphin! I like how they added some blue transparent angled bricks to simulate ocean waves. 

Also came with a nice place to build a sand castle. I love the bucket and the Sea Star!

Another beach set we have is Olivia's Beach Buggy!

This one is so adorable. I love how she has her little buggy and surfboard. Ready to hit the waves!

There also is an adorable little palm tree, complete with coconuts!

It also has a little fruit box and a pineapple and ice cream stand. I love the pineapple, so adorable!

Here she is, ready to go!

Well, that's all I have of the beach playsets. What do you think of Emma and Olivia? Do you have any Lego Friends playsets? Let me know in the comments below!

More Lego coming soon!