Dolls

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

I'm back!

Hi Friends!

I apologize for my absense. To say this pregnancy has been hard on me is a huge understatement. I was sick for over a month with a form of pertussis (Chinese for '100 day cough'.) It meant for a lot of early bedtimes and just doing what I could to get through the day. 

Now that THAT'S over and done with (thank goodness) I can get back to the blog. I'm going to be taking some pictures today of some wonderful dolly awesomeness. 

And dare I say VINTAGE dolly awesomeness? You betcha!

I'm taking some pictures today and I'll have those ready within the week. 

Thanks for your understanding and I'll be back at it very very shortly! 

Teresa

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Crystal Starr and New Friends

Greetings,

You will be proud of me. I DID start my craft project! I've got a little bit of it done so far and will work a little more on it this weekend.

When we lived in our other house, the guest bedroom served as both my office and Barbie room. When we found out we were having our first baby, we packed all my office stuff into blue tupperware bins. Well, something I needed for my craft project was in one of those bins. Hubby thought it would be a great time to also go through them and get rid of stuff and/or condense into less tubs. And while doing that I could look for what I needed for my craft. 

Well, I didn't find what I needed for my project. But I did find her!


This is Crystal Starr from The Moon Dreamers! My only Moon Dreamer doll that I got when I was a little girl. She glows in the dark! (and I just tested her, and she does still glow!)

She has really curly hair, although a little matted from being into storage. (The star in her hair is the comb. I put it there so it wouldn't get lost)



And she has stars in her eyes!



She has a sparkly dress with a star on the hip and (what once was) a moon on her chest. She just got played with too much :) 


And she has the cutest sparkly tights and shoes with stars on them. 


Through the years I had forgotten what the premise of the Moon Dreamers was. So I had to look it up. There are a few of the Moon Dreamers and they live in the sky and send happy dreams to kids below on Earth. But they have to watch out for Evil Scowelene who lives in the Land of Insomnia who sends nightmares to the kids to wake them up. The Moon Dreamers then have to then send their friends The Snoozers down to Earth to soothe the children back to sleep. 

I remember wanting more of these dolls. I don't know if I could get them off Ebay or not. Each one has a specific job. Crystal is the Star Architect. They are all so cute and unique! Each doll came with a doll stand (which I have) and a dream crystal which can be worn as a necklace for you! (Crystal came with a star, naturally.) I do have that, I think it's in my first childhood jewelry box.

These were made by Hasbro.


http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/Moon_Dreamers
And, my hubby one day told me to go to the thrift store to get some maternity clothes. Don't have to ask me twice to go shopping! I did find some cute clothes but I also found some cute dolls! 

First, Ken! Can always have an extra 80's style Ken on hand, right? 


This is the 1985 Tropical Ken! And he came with the shorts and an ugly green shirt. I dressed him in this open breezy top and it looks great! Unfortunately though, Ken needs his hair redone!



Of COURSE I had to get her.


I put her in this fabulous pink dress that matched her hair. She even got a wash and a boil dip. It wasn't too matted which was one of the main reasons I picked her up.


In addition to the pink, she has a purple streak running down the right side of her hair. So...who is she?



Paired the pink and black dress with some fabulous black and silver heels!


She. The most beautiful Teresa!



She was recognizable only by her necklace. Glitter Beach Teresa!


Her hair is in braids which is actually pretty cute (and it kept her hair from becoming a hot mess.)


I put her in this cute little western outfit with a pink skirt and boots!


Well, that's all for today! What do you think of the Moon Dreamers? Are any in your collection? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

I'm back!

Hi Friends!

I sincerely apologize for my absenteeism. This first trimester is seriously kicking my butt. I have not had the energy to do anything. I haven't even had the energy to relax with my husband! :)

But tonight I had my little "helper" and I felt the need to get back into all things dolly. So he helped me pick some clothes for these new additions and here they are tonight! (and by helped he really did help for about 2 minutes then he was into the doll shoe bin I also had out) Life with a toddler!

So here are some lovelies that I have no idea where they came from (I'm guessing from my dad at some point) and I brought out some of the latest clothes that I featured and got them all dressed. No bath or laundry time tonight though. Not even a hair brush! Here they are 'as-is!'

First, this beautiful Liv doll.


I have one other Liv doll (Sophie or Sophia, I think?) and I love their realistic glass-like eyes. All of them are wigged and this one has an awesome purple streak in her hair. This one has a double knee joint (score!) but her arms, elbows and waist are very loose so she most definitely will have to be a sitting doll unless I can find a way to support her.


Don't you love this outfit? And I was very pleased that I had some matching shoes that would fit her!


Next we have this doll with a serious hot mess of hair.


Yeah, not even going to touch this hair with a 10 foot pole. At least not yet! 


I dressed her in the simple Barbie sweater dress with some pink open toe sandals. I don't think they are for Barbie because they are a little small but I smooshed her toes in them. One of the hands and legs are chewed so this might be a good candidate body for my DIY mannequin project i'm thinking about. It will be featured so that's coming soon!


Next, this BEAUTIFUL doll. And she truly is a beauty!


Hair is not that bad and boy she does have a pretty face. With stars in her eyes! Know who she is?


Ever since I got these white satin capris, I just had to put them on a doll. Mix with an aqua Barbie logo tank and some white sandal heels, you've got an awesome outfit! And see what I mean about how I didn't have time to get them clean? You can see her garage sale price tag on her tummy. :)


Be still my heart.


Ah, a Barbie from my generation. We love articulation but there is just something about those bent arms. They just bring me back. And love that face.


I originally had this dress on one of the newer body types above. However they didn't have enough up top to fill out the bust. With this one, she has a little TOO much up top for the dress so I think it was made for the newer body type. But it still looks fabulous on her. Matched with a pair of closed toe heels. The only red ones I could find!


Now for a cute trio of beach girls. Not sure who they are so i'm going to need a little help on these as well!

First, this ginger haired cutie.


I just love her! Didn't really have any clothes to fit her. The shorts did okay but this was the closest shirt I could find that didn't fall off and expose her up top!


And as I was looking at these dolls, I noticed they had tan lines! I'm guessing this will make it easy for someone to identify who they are.


Next we have a blonde girl. 


She was wearing this swimsuit and it looks like it fits her rather well. Maybe it's her original clothes?


Her tan lines


And lastly, a brunette.


While the bottoms seem to fit her well, I don't think it's hers as the top is very loose.


Her tan lines were in the same spots as the ginger haired doll. I like these beach dolls but just need an ID!

Also, I did want to mention a craft project I did. It was a quick craft before I did my larger craft. I've got the supplies out, that's a step in the right direction. Now maybe I'll be motivated to do it. But for now, I did a quick beach photo shoot with my homemade beach towel.


Isn't that the cutest? And so easy. To make a beach towel for your dollies, just take strings of yarn at your desired length, lay a few side by side and brush them with mod podge on a piece of tin foil. Continue adding yarn and brushing. When dry, peel off and trim the edges to make them even. I used a fun rainbow colored yarn. So easy! The towel will not be soft like a towel so it's more like a beach 'mat' I guess. But still super cute! I'm going to use this beach mat for my Mirror Beach Apple White doll that is....packed away.....somewhere. I'll unearth her someday!

So that's it for today! Thanks for sticking with me through the blog craziness. You'll also see that I've got some new information on the front page. Someone has been copying my blog and I have reported them to Google. So if you are viewing this on mybarbieblog.blogspot.com, you are at the right place! :)

Do you have any of these cuties in your collection? Inspired to make your own beach mat? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

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

Teresa

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! 

Help!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fixed!

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!

www.amazon.com

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? :)

www.amazon.com

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!