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  • 10:27:23 am on June 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Fiona – I love all the flags of the Murray! I showed them to my father since he loves all things Australian (and he already knew about them!). I didn’t realize the stars represented the Southern Cross. What type of dog is Missy? She looks like a bulldog.

    Queli – Mattel has done a great job with the latest series – I like the dolls and the clothes, too (that doesn’t always work out that way!). Are those LOL dolls by Mattel? A friend of mine lent me her DVD of Bend It Like Beckham and I loved the “extras” section that had the “Making of” featurette and it also had a recipe for Aloo Gobi (potatoes and cauliflower) that I have now made several times – very tasty!

    Jackie – I know several people (from various doll boards) who are now planning to go to Convention every other year – I hope to get back there one year – I had a great time in Cleveland but didn’t bring enough money! I couldn’t believe how much creative work goes into those centerpieces and the wonderful table gifts, too!

    Shirls – Glad the gang made it back safely – even the little dragon! That Wild Wood can be a scary place! It reminds me of the time Marie was doing an outdoor photo shoot and ended up kneeling in poison ivy – she had to put calamine lotion all over her legs!

    Xxoo Kate
    This story will be told in several sections since there are so many photos! ;)
    One of the nesting dolls and Stinky went for a walk in the evening. (Okay, so it is actually the back of my father’s closet!)

    They met a humble little potato seller…

    She told them she was very tired and her poor foot was so sore.

    Sindy had ridden out to find Stinky and the nesting doll since it was getting so late and she arrived in the nick of time! (Sorry this photo is so dark – it is a lot lighter than it was.)

    She arrives with a little black swan. Everyone agrees to bring the little bear to meet the Princess of Imperial Russia and see if PoiR can get bear a better job.

    Sindy helps the little bear get onto Brego’s back and Stinky gets to ride as well since his legs are so short.

    The group heads down a long hallway. ☺

    They weren’t even bothered by the giant cat!

    To be continued…

  • 08:51:50 am on June 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – That man-bun cracks me up – glad Mattel is keeping up with trends! Was Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Bend It Like Beckham? The name sounds familiar. Wow – those Lol Surprise dolls are amazing! I just looked them up on Ebay – there are so many of them!! Actually they would be good door prizes for a doll club meeting!

    Jackie – Glad you are back home and able to catch up on rest and kitties! I had forgotten that Stinky posed with some of the larger dolls – he seems to be able to get along with everybody!

    Fiona – Congratulations on your Barbie haul! I know what you mean about children now-a-days and the ratty doll hair! I have never seen dolls with good hair at flea markets/garage sales, etc.

    Shirls – It has cooled down a bit here (highs in the 70s) and not so much humidity – great for anyone who has rented a camp for the week. William has been sleeping belly up for most of the week!

    Xxoo Kate
    From last Christmas, the latest nesting doll sets.

  • 09:52:27 am on June 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Jackie – I ‘m so sorry for your loss but glad to know he is finally at peace. I’m glad you were there with your sister – sending lots of love and hugs to all! My father is doing well – he is just puttering around the house not liking the humid weather. I have cut back on a lot of out-of-the-house activities unless he comes with me because it is getting harder to leave him alone for extended periods.

    Queli – That MH locker room is hilarious! I love the eyeball/baseball – what a great idea! I think getting multiples of that white blouse is a good idea, too. I noticed it is harder to tell the different Ken body types apart than it is with the gals – I did get a kick out of the man-bun, though! My father just informed me that in the Captain Marvel comics, there was a female counterpart named Mary Marvel and a young boy counterpart named Captain Marvel, Jr. Plus they had an elderly uncle who was called Uncle Marvel – seems there were no end of super heroes all in one comic! Yikes on that storm!

    Fiona – Great to see you back again! Sounds like you have been really busy. Glad you were able to get some new Skippers even if they need a bit of help – I’m sure they will look really great with re-roots! The Ken doll sitting on the bed with Stinky is Four (4) from the Divergent series – he is really cool and has a huge tattoo that covers his entire back – plus he is articulated so he poses well.

    Shirls – Love that shot of Stinky looking out of the back window of the carriage! He has been having a super adventure that is for sure! I’m trying to work on a new one with some of the nesting dolls but I wanted it to be set in autumn and yet I don’t want to wait until September/October to work on it! It does make sense for Stinky to hide his breastplate until they are in safer territory but I think he likes to show off too much! I love the shots in the mirrors, too. I like that Katniss and Four have so much pose-ability – makes them very lifelike!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 01:36:47 pm on June 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    It is currently crazy raining right now – it will do this for about 5 minutes and then slow down, a bit of sun will peek out and in about an hour, it will start all over again – not a good time to be walking a dog!

    Jackie – Sending you more prayers and good vibes – this is a tough time and I’m glad you are with your sister!

    Queli – That Lego show looks fantastic! I love all the creativity! My father was a big Captain Marvel fan when he was a boy so we have several old comics of his adventures. I like that Lego hat – doesn’t look like it would be that comfortable to wear, but it is cool! And that sushi bar is wonderful! I like the play area with all the red bricks, too.

    Marigene – Glad you are doing well! Lol at all the temper tantrums! Love your Twiggy and Casey dolls! I always liked that mod egg chair, too.

    Shirls – Wow! Stinky received an elegant breast plate! Such a great ceremony – I love how all the dolls look so solemn. Stinky’s food choices are so diverse, too – lol! And he went to sleep in such a gorgeous bed – beautiful covers and sheets!

    Xxoo Kate
    Thought I would re-post a tale of a nesting doll arrival…
    I got this set on Ebay from a woman whose mother brought it with her from Poland.

    The mother’s name was Marja (pronounced Mar-ya) so I named the doll after her.

    Everyone was excited to see how many dolls were inside!

    The smaller, inside dolls started milling around and checking out their new home!

    Nine so far! Stinky was pretty sure this wasn’t all though.

    Wow – 15 total! The wood of each doll is very thin – so amazing how they can make them!

    And all of them have tiny faces!

    Including the 15th one!

  • 02:13:10 pm on June 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Queli – I ordered the tiny stacking rings – they should arrive next week some time! I’m glad that Vina is starting to feel at home. I think it is a challenge being the only dark green doll – the Witch of the West is lighter green, right? I had the Witch from the Mattel series that featured the vintage faces and her skin was fairly pale green. That is a really great book – the photos look wonderful!

    Jackie – Glad you got massages – very relaxing during stressful times! Glad you are going to a musical event, too. I’m sure your kitties will be happy to see you when you return home!

    Shirls – I think the King knows that Stinky can be honorable and have a bit of cheekiness at the same time. My only problem with Stinky is that he is so short it is difficult to get him in scenes with Barbie unless he is standing on a table. I think that is why it was easy for him to visit with Kelly, Tommy, the tiny elves/fairies, etc. I had a difficult time at Christmas when I was using the big Sasha doll in the scenes with the Barbies and Stinky.

    Xxoo Kate
    So, I wanted to dye a pair of sea green pajama pants and a vintage Lace Caper top & pants.
    I chose “Velvet Black” by Dylon and this was the result!
    I don’t mind since I know using dyes other than RIT can be chancy and all I really wanted was darker pants so olive green isn’t bad.
    Also the pants were 100% cotton and the Lace Caper fabrics are a poly/nylon combo and it is interesting to see the difference in colors!

    Plus William looking good on dotted sheets!

  • 09:44:17 am on June 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Shirls – I also lost the very first story I ever made and posted on the original BBB on Ebay – it had Francie, Gandalf(Merlin), & Legolas in medieval clothes and Francie was kidnapped by the Blue Knight (from Marx’s medieval knights series) – there was a chase sequence, lots of magic and my elder kitty, Miss Emily, played a surprise part. I could probably recreate most of it, but I would have to use William since Miss Emily passed away several years ago. So Stinky has been put to a test? Good for him for passing the tests!! Love all the royal jewels and decorations – you are doing a fabulous job with all the stories and adventures! Take all the breaks you need and have a good rest! ☺

    Queli – Those minis are fabulous! I love the little Fisher Price school bus. I might have to get the mini Fisher Price stacking rings – so colorful and they sort of remind me of nesting dolls! I kind of like that surprise ball doll – it is a neat idea although that box says that there are 45+ to collect (did I read that correctly? – yikes!). I like the new clothes for Lani & Myrna, too.

    Jackie – That is too bad that Kenvention won’t be happening – maybe they will go to an every-other-year format – it must be so difficult to organize any sort of convention. I always liked the idea of GAW as being a smaller version of the national convention and it seems like it is easier to get to since it doesn’t move around. Sending you and your family lots of good vibes!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 01:38:12 pm on June 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Shirls – I bought two HF dolls – one is still in her box and the other one I de-boxed and sold the pieces on Ebay. I will eventually take the other gal out of her box. Someone on one of the FB doll boards washed the stiffness out the brunette wig and it looks great on the HF doll – her blonde hair is entirely covered. I think she is like the repro Julia – not a lot of hair but that makes it easy for her to wear wigs. Brave Stinky! He has faced dragons before (I had a photo story about Stinky running a hat shop and the first customer was a dragon – those were some of the photos that got deleted with no back up when I got a new computer about 5 years ago). I love the sort of scary King & Queen! What a cool key crown! Such wonderful details!

    I’m not sure how the braid-with-barrette attaches to the HF Barbie’s head – it has a fairly bulky plastic barrette that doesn’t clip as easily as the vintage ones that were made of metal.

    Queli – I don’t like blind box items either – I always end up with four of the same item and it usually isn’t the one I wanted to begin with! A lot of times you can find them on Ebay already out of the box so you know what you are getting. Those gummy candies look pretty tasty!

    Hi Jackie! Glad you are peeking in!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 10:27:08 am on June 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Jackie – Sending lots of good vibes and prayers your way – this is always a difficult time!

    Shirls – Love the little Wizard of Oz dolls! They are the mini Madame Alexander ones, right? I’m so glad he kept his cool when meeting royalty! And lol at his hair going flat!!!

    It is supposed to cool down tonight – I have heard it will be in the 50s – too crazy going from the 90s to the 50s – yesterday afternoon the temperature in my car was 100! William is napping in my father’s closet to keep cool.

    Hi Sari – great to see you popping in!

    Queli – Don’t you just love that new Barbie – what a fabulous outfit she is wearing!! And I am so glad they are making articulated curvy dolls! Cool human torso, too!

    Xxoo Kate
    Hair Fair Barbie

    The various hair pieces…

    The fall is a little stiff but brushes out easily.

    This headband piece is my favorite – I’m not the best photographer – I have seen other people’s photos where this looks perfectly natural!

    This wig really needs to be put in warm water to loosen the curls – I think it will be fine once it has relaxed a bit.


  • 11:32:10 am on June 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Boiling hot here – high 80s and very humid – summer is off and running! Glad I installed the air conditioners. Today I am a little headachey and have been drinking Gatorade and the like to keep hydrated.

    Jackie – Sending you lots of good vibes – to you and your family – this is a difficult time and I’m glad you have hospice – they were really helpful with Hilda’s mother this past spring. Madame Butterfly has such lovely music – glad it was a good performance!

    Queli – Hobby Lobby is already getting ready for autumn? Wow – guess it is never too early to start planning for the holidays – I love Halloween, Christmas and Easter decorations and it is always good to get them on sale! I like that the new fashions can (more or less) fit all the dolls – much easier that way and they all look good in them. I like that stretchy pink/silver number – all of them look great (even if we don’t see the back view!). Love the WW mini-me! I heard the movie was really great – might have to go!

    Shirls – Love that Stinky decided not to have his fortune told! Glad there wasn’t any trouble!! And of course he loves to check out any vendors to see their wares! He fits perfectly in the carriage – what a great story this is! All the details are so cool – I keep going back to look at the photos. Love the mirror shots – that one does look like it is floating! Love, love the dining room set – I do see the tiny keys! And what a strange meal Stinky is having – he probably loved it! Stinky seems very chuffed to meet the royal prince and princess! I’m so glad you are having fun with him! ☺

    Waving to Ann if you are peeking in! (I have recently learned that several people from other doll boards look in here to check out the photos!)

    Xxoo Kate

  • 11:29:14 am on June 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    I will post HF de-boxing photos as soon as I put them on Flickr (too sleepy today so I will just post some photos that I already uploaded!).

    Queli – That doll store is so amazing! I did find Lana in that one photo – after about two minutes of scanning it! I like that one doll (Himstet I think) who has the grey/pink scarf/hat – very European looking. That is a great idea about the plastic on the hands – the tiny fingers tend to snag so much!

    Jackie – My father and I were gone most of yesterday (we went to a neighboring town with a friend) – when we returned, William followed us around the house crying and crying and crying. Finally when my father sat down on the sofa, William climbed all over him, rubbing and rubbing. He was not happy we were gone all day (and it was really only about 5 hours)!

    Shirls – Getting to Tanglewood is almost like going through Mirkwood in The Hobbit – sort of cool, sort of scary – I think they are going to have a great adventure! Hope they don’t meet up with Grimrucks or Trolls! Lol that he has picked up souvenirs! He came home with some money and a bow tie that last time he was at Jackie’s!

    Xxoo Kate
    Nesting dolls on their shelves…

    Such a good boy – he didn’t knock over anything!

  • 02:02:09 pm on June 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Shirls – I am not a huge fan of Vina’s oddball hairstyle – Queli did a great job fixing her doll. I also don’t really like her soft hands – it makes dressing the doll more difficult. Queen Anne’s Lace makes great hats for larger dolls like Madame Alexander’s Cissy doll. Stinky looks very dapper as the best man – he seems to be able to mingle in any situation!

    Queli – That is such an amazing doll/bear store – I would pass out with all the choices! Did they have nesting dolls? I just received the box with the 50th Anniversary Hair Fair Barbie – now to unpack and de-box!

    Jackie – Welcome back and I’m glad you had a good time! I can’t believe how many bride dolls Mattel has made over the years – and they are all lovely!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 05:39:24 am on June 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – I believe Stinky thinks that the Our Generation sets would be a good size for him – giant items – especially the food! That new doll with the little dog is fabulous – her accessories are amazing! Love all the bear photos and I thought the Fred (of Fred & Ethel) was Patrick Stewart! Looks like Lani had a great time at that doll store – I love the little Muffy Vanderbears, too. That doll store looks amazing!

    Shirls – I have noticed it is difficult to get a good photo of Sindy since her side eye is so extreme – she is always looking away and I have to take a side shot to get her looking at the camera! Love the Stinky re-run photos – always good to see him! He looks really tough with Black Canary! Wow – now he is hobnobbing with faery royalty! Glad he liked his meal. I love that tiny little horse and that Tinkerbelle is climbing on Stinky! Fiona looks great on Grey, too.

    Marigene! Glad you have having great days – what a sweet new baby!! It has been raining here so all the gardens are looking really lovely. Love the Legolas doll in his Hawaiian shirt!

    Jackie – Glad you made it to Michigan – have a great time!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 11:15:13 am on June 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – I love all those retro sets! Are they really too big for Barbie? If they go with Gooliope, then they must be. I love the typewriter and the blue telephone. I always liked using a typewriter – that is considered “old school” now!

    Shirls – Stinky in the books/comic books and TV show is a bit of a rogue – at one point he puts glue in Moomintroll’s bathing suit and is usually the first one that the police suspect. He is not as good looking as our friend! His original name is actually “Haisuli”! Can’t wait to see more of Black Canary!

    Jackie – Have a great trip! That Gray Lady Gene is wonderful – she could have a lot of black/white/gray outfits. Love that shot of Jacob with the hula dancers!

    Xxoo Kate
    Sindy with the Kalinka Malinka Swatch Nesting set.

  • 12:27:25 pm on May 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – My niece plays the piano and also the cello – she will be going to graduate school in the autumn to get an advanced degree in music. I’m glad I will be able to see her in concert this summer – the music camp will have a big recital in July.

    Shirls – I just checked one of my doll reference books and they are Uneeda Tiny Teen dolls (similar to Hasbro’s Dolly Darlings). They are a good size for Stinky photos! Who is Black Canary? Can’t wait to see photos!

    Xxoo Kate
    My loot from Barnes & Noble – I never knew they sold Barbie dolls, but they had these dolls and some Monster High dolls as well!

  • 03:42:22 pm on May 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – Love the lobster print fabric! K&B look great in the matching shirt and dress! Lovely Memorial Day photos! My niece is due to arrive in mid-June but will be going straight to a music camp – she will let me know when she is going to perform – and then she will come up here for a week in July.

    Queli – I love the new outfits for your dolls – that little dog with glasses t-shirt is wonderful! I’m so glad they are going to continue with the BFC. I like the colors of Booterp’s hair! The MH dolls (all sizes) seem to have the most fabulous shoes – each pair is so creative!

    Shirls – Glad you were able to freshen up Stinky! I have my fingers crossed that Hair Fair will be shipping soon – they told me she would ship June 1st but sometimes they push ship dates back (they did with several dolls I have ordered in the past). Love that Stinky is hanging out and enjoying board games & skateboarding – are those little dolls by Uneeda?

    Xxoo Kate

  • 04:16:40 pm on May 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – It has been pouring rain all day here (Friday) – we are supposed to have some sunshine for Saturday and Sunday and then back to rain on Monday – I hope it won’t be too bad for people trying to be outside! Cool shark photos but also sort of scary at the same time! Can’t believe they are going to do a sequel to Top Gun – I wonder who is going to be in it? I watched the re-make of Dirty Dancing that was on TV this past Wednesday evening – it was pretty good but I didn’t know any of the actors at all!

    Queli – Your show-n-tell dolls are all so fabulous! The woman who heads our doll meetings is going to move to a town 3 hours away so we are all hoping the meetings will still continue! I think Stinky’s song is perfect for him (at least he seems to think so!). ;) I like that Effie Trinket photo – I bought some of that dotted fabric, too – made quite a few dolls outfits from it! I was looking at your photo of the Hallmark Old English village – I thought it was on your full size mantle but is it Barbie size?? I can’t tell at all!!

    Shirls – Love the photo of Stinky in the Hawaiian hammock! He knows how to take it easy! I have heard of the Hawaiian Barbie’s heads getting darker – yours doesn’t look that bad. I wonder why some dolls age like that and others don’t – must be some chemical reaction. I also love that Stinky went down to TJ for some Mexican food – hope he doesn’t get a cheap tattoo as well – lol! Glad your pup is doing better!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 08:48:20 am on May 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – Clawdeen is pretty – I like the purple streaks in her hair! It looks great with her dress, too. Your original Hallmark ornament is lovely – I can see why you started collecting them – and they keep coming out with more and more!

    Jackie – Pretty lilacs! We are in full lilac season here and I love the smell! I have a bouquet on my table right next to me and William keeps sniffing at it – he looks very dainty. Pretty brides – there are so many wedding gown possibilities and they are all so lovely (okay, there are probably some out there that aren’t so nice)!

    Shirls – I love how Stinky has taken to the open road! He is having a great time and I love seeing photos of his adventures! That shot of Mad Max, Catwoman and Stinky is just great – I keep going back to look at it! Love the shot of him as a lifeguard, too. I’m glad you like having him visit you – he is easy to place in a photo and has a great smile! I like that he brought some flowers to make up for being awol! Glad he had to do all those dishes and the laundry! I also love the photo of him with the PoIR and the nesting dolls!

    Waving to Marie and Fiona!

    Xxoo Kate
    Found a photo of Lola Falana from the late 1960s and attempted a similar outfit for FQBarbie.

  • 05:06:14 pm on May 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Fiona – I usually see mostly brunette Skippers on Ebay – I think Mattel made more of them than other colors. I had a redhead Skipper ages ago but her bangs would NOT go flat at all – they stuck straight out from her forehead no matter what I did – they would even push a hat off of her head – Lol!

    Queli – It took me a few moments to find Barbie in the Nutcracker display – she is well camouflaged! Love the little sewing set up! How cool are all the headless gals! I love that the Barbies quickly took off their heads to make the new gal feel welcome! I always liked that Hallmark Barbie house, too – they did a great job on it!

    Jackie – I spy the pink bear from Cleveland! I thought Mattel did a great job on that Jack Sparrow doll. It was really hot here yesterday (in the 90s) and is a bit cooler today and the wind has picked up a bit so that is nice – seems like we have jumped right into summer but I think it will get cooler again.

    Xxoo Kate

  • 09:23:00 am on May 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Jackie – Have a great time at the Fishy restaurant – sounds really tasty! Your photos show exactly the weather we are having today – high 80s – it will jump back down to the high 60s tomorrow and the weekend but today I have all the fans going.

    Queli – I love your skeleton collection! The create-a-monster skeleton girl is really pretty – did she come with that skeleton dress? I’m toying with the idea of getting a skeleton MH doll and painting her face to get a bolder Calaveras face. (One more thing to add to my ever growing “to do” list!)

    Xxoo Kate
    I gave vintage Malibu Ken black hair and beard…

  • 11:35:29 am on May 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Shirls – When I called the BCC telephone number, the woman told me that there would be no 2017 membership but 2016 members could get $30 off an order of $100 and $15 (?) off an order of $50 but I think that is a one time deal for the entire year. Plus they were having free shipping on most orders but I don’t know how long that offer will last.
    Stinky has always loved camping and loves hanging out with the guys – no surprise he got a tent all to himself. I love the bandana on his head! Remember when he won all that money playing poker at Marie’s house?

    Queli – I love the Skelita Calaveras! It is interesting to see that the illustration on the back has more obvious skull markings than the actual doll – I wonder if Mattel was worried about scaring children? I know Mattel has made a few of the Calaveras dolls – or were some of them just skeletons? I love her dress – it looks like the paper hangings for DotD celebrations.

    Xxoo Kate

  • 09:53:11 am on May 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Marigene – Your lilac photos are so gorgeous! Ours are still at the bud stage so none yet! Congratulations on the new great grand baby!

    Shirls – Stinky is a charmer with the ladies as always! He is looking good in Ken’s hat, too – hope Ken doesn’t mind! Keep him for as long as you like – if he overstays his welcome until August, you can always ship him to Jackie – lol!

    Jackie – Love the daVinci doll! We are having a small hot spell here, too – temps in the high 70s (hot for us) but it is supposed to get cold again this weekend.

    Queli – I pre-ordered 2 Hair Fairs from BCC and was able to use the discount they are offering to 2016 members – at this time, the shipping date is June 1st. Fingers crossed! That Hallmark white hat is too cool!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 10:12:08 am on May 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Jackie – Great to see photos of Stinky’s previous visits – he really enjoys himself! He really fits in well with the Kelly size dolls. Sometimes it is hard to make sure he fits in the photos with Barbie since she is so much taller than he is – love that shot of Barbie and Stinky riding the little wheeled horse! Congratulations on winning at the trivia!

    Queli – Thank you so much for the resizing/copying/pasting information – I was doing it a different way. My way was working for just one photo at a time and it was more complicated! THANK YOU!! ;) King of the Crystal Caves looks happy to be meeting all of your dolls! And I just tried the photo thing and it worked perfectly!

    Shirls – It is pouring today and it poured all day yesterday – I hope this means the flowers will be out soon – very windy too. Stinky looks like he is having a fabulous time! He fits right in with the troll tree – he is a Finnish troll from the Moomin book series. The streak in his hair looks great – he likes to go with all the new trends and a bath never did him any harm! Love how he got all duded up for Mother’s Day!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 08:45:42 am on May 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – Those MMMQs are fabulous! I love this new party set – that little clown is too cute! When you were posting over on ITP, could you post more than one photo in a post? I have tried and can only post one photo at a time – so I can’t post a story – just a single photo.

    Shirls – Poor feral kitties – it is hard to see them and I can understand why the guy is feeding them but it would probably be better for everyone (including the cats) if he captured them and brought them to the humane society. Our local humane society has a program that places feral cats with farmers – the cats live in the barns and catch all the mice and don’t come near the humans – it has been very successful with a 100% placement – the farmers really like it and the cats seem to like it as well since they aren’t cooped up in a cage and scared. I love the shot of Stinky recuperating from his voyage – I made a copy and have it as my desktop photo!

    Xxoo Kate
    Meeting a vintage bear…

    I got her at an antique mall over on the coast. She had a tag that said she was made in Japan in the 1950s and her little scarf is glued on.

  • 11:13:00 am on May 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – Your new Crystal Caves Ken is super fabulous – he has all the elements of medieval, elven and Norse Viking combined! Thanks for the youtube link – cool that they have so many Mattel videos – old commercials, too.

    Shirls – I hope your cat problem gets better soon – how annoying! Glad Stinky is enjoying himself – remember the photos Marie posted of him doing all the cleaning? She even had a little vacuum cleaner – lol!

    Waving to Jackie, Marigene, Fiona & Marie!

    Xxoo Kate
    William enjoying the sun…

  • 03:05:34 pm on May 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Queli – That Hallmark Silkie is fabulous! Those kites are pretty cool, too. I like the tall guy on stilts! Glad you finally got that one doll you were looking for!

    Jackie – Great beach scenes! I think we will enjoy Stinky’s visit at Shirl’s house! Your Irish dolls are lovely!

    Shirls – Glad Stinky arrived safely! I think he will be excited to see Mad Max! Poor Rootie! Hope she feels better soon and I hope you can find something to help her with her allergies! That outfit FQBarbie is wearing (May 2nd) is from a Lucy/Barbie doll – Lucy Gets a Paris Gown set.

    Xxoo Kate

  • 11:54:32 am on May 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Stinky is winging his way to Shirls! He has been invited to stay for a month so I hope he behaves himself when he is there – he should arrive in a few days.

    Marigene – Your lilacs are divine! We have had a cold, wet spring as well so we probably won’t get as many lilacs either but even one would be really great! Sweet new baby kittens! I’m glad they all have homes waiting for them. We have been having light thunderstorms too – plus lots of pouring rain – today it is just really overcast.

    Queli – I can’t believe how small the Superman and WW ornaments are – great for Skipper/Kelly scenes! Vina/Barbie looks great in the hot pink. I have never had popcorn as an appetizer – what a great idea – although I would probably eat too much! Great new fashions from WalMart – the dolls look like they really like them as well! Your new dolls are just great – I love the blue floaty-scarfy outfit – both of those outfits look great on vintage Barbies, too. Thank you for the Hallmark link, too!

    Jackie – It looks like all the plaid/tartans were to proper 1/6th scale and they all look great! That paper challenge is really cool – I made a tin foil dress for Barbie ages ago – I used the Let’s Dance pattern and just pressed it onto Barbie’s body. Stinky got the scraps to make a sort of toga for himself! How cool that you got to sit with Paul Bruce! I see him posting on Facebook all the time – so creative with the sewing!

    Fiona – I’m planning to get that Hair Fair repro Barbie when she comes out (right now it is supposed to be in late August) – I sure hope Mattel doesn’t change her outfit or wigs – that happened with the repro Julia doll – she was supposed to come with her original nurse outfit plus one of her other outfits but Mattel decided to just have her in the nurse outfit and no extras.

    Xxoo Kate

  • 10:11:23 am on May 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – Thank you for all the website security information – it is always good to be well informed! The Gabby doll is very sweet and has a great face! The WW dolls are totally cool. I like what you did with Vina’s hair – that bit on the top is so strange. I have also discovered that I don’t like her soft hands very much – hard to put on tight sleeves – the MtM bodies seem to have harder plastic hands. The Hallmark book must be such fun to look through!

    Shirls – Thank you as well for the http/https information. Stinky is ready to visit at any time and will stay as long as he is welcome (he probably is the type who would outstay his welcome). I can send him to you and then you could send him back to me and he could then visit Jackie in August. Some of those Maddie Mod dolls had a Midge-style hair-do but most of them seem to have straight hair with bangs – I have always loved the Maddie Mod clothes!

    Jackie – Does that work for you if Stinky visits Shirls now and then comes out to you in August? Wow – it was 90 where you are! Yikes – it has been in the 40s and rainy here and all the buds one the trees are out so leaves will be coming in soon. That is one gigantic fish – I wouldn’t swim there either!

    Fiona – Congratulations on your two new Skippers! They sound like they are in good shape – most of my vintage dolls have pale arms and legs but that is only really noticeable when they are not wearing clothes. I remember your photos of last year’s Anzac Day – hard to believe it has been a year!

    Waving to Marigene and Marie!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 08:56:28 am on April 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    I emailed Marie and she is doing well and is very busy. She hasn’t been posting here since ultimate chat stopped being a secure website – I was vaguely aware that it wasn’t but am still not sure what that means. I understand sites like Ebay and PayPal needing to be secure since that involves payments, but not sure what it means if this site isn’t secure. I hope it won’t affect us because I like posting here!

    Queli – I understand totally about being busy and it is no problem at all – you can just come here and enjoy all the shots of Stinky visiting with Jackie & Shirls! My brother let me know that, rather than all four (brother, sister-in-law, niece & nephew) coming in one big group, they will come at three separate times – so we will have a revolving door family visit this summer!

    Jackie – I can’t believe GAW has been going for 28 years – wow! And that Scottish Highland theme is such a great idea! Do you know how many people were there? I guess the big convention this summer still hasn’t sold out – I hope they don’t start thinking about cancelling it – fingers crossed!

    Waving to Shirls, Marigene, Marie & Fiona!

    Xxoo Kate
    Stinky shows Ken his hat collection.

  • 10:42:07 am on April 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Jackie – Glad you are back home and that you had a good time! Can’t wait to see photos!

    Shirls – I like the green outfit that Queen Elinore is wearing – I always like medieval/fairy style costumes. Love the tiny fairies, too! Stinky can visit you anytime you like – he usually stays for a week or so (it can be longer or shorter of course) and then he gets mailed either back to me or to the next person who wants to host him. He has visited with Jackie & Marie twice now and has had a lot of fun.

    Jackie and Queli – Would either of you like to host Stinky? It can be for as long or short as you like and of course you can say no if you would rather not! ;)

    Queli – I got that K9 on Ebay when I first started getting back into watching Dr. Who on Neflix – he is a good size for Barbie displays. Thank you for the toy soldier museum link – my father really enjoyed looking at the photos and was able to identify most of them immediately!

    Xxoo Kate
    Barbie and Stinky have been busy baking!


    And here is a photo of Francie and Stinky checking out a set of my father’s toy soldiers!

  • 09:31:59 am on April 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Jackie – GAW sounds so wonderful – I hope to get there some year soon! Someone on Facebook posted a photo of Bill Greening (I think that is who it was) holding a 50th Anniversary Hair Fair Barbie that will be released in the coming months – lots of wigs and a repro mod dress – gorgeous! I love the Highland theme – what a great idea!

    Queli – Your new patio set is lovely and the girls look like they are really enjoying themselves! I understand the “sigh” about the kitchen center you didn’t buy – it is fabulous but takes up room! My father says the same thing happens in the toy soldier world – all the shelves are filled quickly. Vina did arrive Saturday and she is so cool! Love the garden center photos!

    Marigene – Smart Taser! He was so handsome, too. William just likes napping, playing and cuddling (fine with me) – this morning I couldn’t get out of bed right away since he was sound asleep on top of me! Spring is late here, too – up north (about 2 hours drive) they just got 5 inches of snow! So glad we only got rain. Love the photo of Twilight Victoria with the Breyer horse!

    Photo heavy post alert! ;)

    Xxoo Kate
    Yesterday evening, Stinky and the little green Martian dog (from a Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck space age cartoon) were playing spacemen.

    Suddenly they saw a lovely green woman!

    Vina has arrived! She patted the little dog whilst Stinky raced off to find something for a welcoming present…

    He returned quickly, all duded up!

    They enjoyed coffee and chocolates as the day faded…

    The little dog was too polite to mention it, but Vina has an odd hair-do!

    The next morning, Stinky went to one of the clothing drawers to find some new clothes for Vina.

    He brought quite a selection!

    Here she is wearing the blouse and pants from The Lace Caper.

    And I spring dress that I made recently…

    And a colorful shift dress I made…

    She finally selected the pink Star Trek uniform I made – it is a trifle baggy around the bust line, since I made it for a vintage Barbie, but she likes the color. ;)

  • 09:56:36 am on April 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – Vina is fabulous! Mine is due to arrive tomorrow (Saturday) and I can’t wait. I like the articulation – same as Lt. Uhura’s and WonderWoman – they can still wear high heels.

    Marigene – Sweet kitties waking you up – might be a bit annoying at the time but it sounds so cute! We had a couple of mice get in the house and William just looked at them – he could have cared less about them – I guess it is the female cats that are the hunters. Little Emily caught about 15 mice and 4 bats in the 13 years she was with us.

    Jackie – I thought Bonner’s was one of those stores like LLBean that is open 24/7 – I guess not – I hope you weren’t set on shopping there – plenty of shopping to be done at GAW!

    Xxoo Kate
    More hats!

    And more hat swapping!

  • 11:07:49 am on April 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Jackie – It is gray and overcast here as well. William is sound asleep and pretty much plans to sleep all day! Have a great weekend!

    Shirls – Love the Easter scene with the bunny basket – sweet! What a lovely painting! I took down all my Easter décor, too. Sounds like you are getting a lot of yard work done!

    Queli – What cool pjs! Kohl’s seems to have a lot of Mattel items – so does Target – both of those stores are not in my town – they are about 20 miles away. Did your green Vina/Barbie arrive yet? Mine is due in on Saturday.

    Xxoo Kate
    Stinky and the Princess of South Africa.

    Of course, Stinky had to try on the hat!

  • 11:07:56 am on April 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – I can’t wait to see your King of the Crystal Cave – he looks like a fiercer version of the Legolas/Ken – I love his outfit! I like the Peeta doll, too – I got the Four doll (see below) but didn’t get any of the Hunger Games boys. Those two wooden bunnies in the front are from India.

    Jackie – I’m sorry your sister won’t be with you at GAW. Please say hello to Kim & Anita for me! We have had weather in the low 40s – clear and cold – fine with me – no snow! Hope you won’t get any snow!

    Waving to Marigene, Fiona, Shirls & Marie! ☺

    Xxoo Kate
    Four (from the Divergent series) poses with the over-dyed eggs I made last year.

  • 10:24:40 am on April 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Marigene – Love your bunny couple – what a great pair! It is sunny today but we have no buds on anything just yet – soon!

    Queli – The matching yellow outfits are so cheerful – perfect for spring! Wow – the MMMQ sets can be quite elaborate! And yet they won’t take up much space!

    Jackie – Glad you made it and are having a great time!

    Waving to Marie and Fiona!

    Xxoo Kate
    Last year’s Easter display. ☺

  • 05:03:40 pm on April 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Forgot to mention that the egg hunt was from last year – otherwise my little MMMQs would have been involved! ;)

  • 05:02:48 pm on April 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – Safe travels and have a great time!

    Marigene – Glad you have been having some sunshine – we have had sunshine and temps in the 50s all week and the snow is almost all gone (yay!). What are those gorgeous flowers in the photo without a doll – the pink-to-red-to-yellow ones? Beautiful!

    Queli – I didn’t realize the MMMQs had tiny rooms – how cool! I like that they are releasing the Wonder Woman dolls before the movie – I think a lot of people are going to go see it and lots of doll collectors really like the face. Love your collection of MtM dolls – I just ordered the green Vina/Barbie from BCC – she has the MtM upper body and knees with the high heel feet. What a totally cool coloring book!!

    Shirls – I put those slippers on Barbie after I tried to put several pairs of spike heels on her and one would keep popping off – I think she was trying to tell me she wanted comfy shoes! Lol! Miss Corey James turned out really well – such a pretty yellow dress, too! Those eyes remind me of Sailor Moon, too!

    Waving to Marie and Fiona!

    Xxoo Kate
    Francie and the Easter Bunny hosted an egg hunt for the smaller folk at the doll’s house.


  • 10:32:46 am on April 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    I had food poisoning over the weekend and only just started feeling human again yesterday – I am so glad it didn’t last any longer. It is slow going and I still get Really tired Really quickly. Now I’m going to end up posting Easter photos into next week!

    I just did a quick scroll to catch up and now I’m going back to bed for a bit. Waving to everyone!

    Oh, and I just have to say that those giant plastic nesting eggs that Queli saw are really cool!

    Xxoo Kate
    A friend gave me this little metal purse – such a great design!

    Inside was a little bunny!


    Bunny fits in well with the smaller Easter friends!

  • 10:42:28 am on April 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Shirls – I just logged out and logged in again to check and it only says http – not a secure one like on Ebay or PayPal. Maybe you could ask Sweetness (?) as she seems to be in charge of the board (I see that name on the ultimate chat home page). I’m never sure if there is something going on with a particular website or if my computer is just getting old (or both). I love what you did with the India Barbie!

    Jackie – Stinky has just been in a photo shoot with some of the Barbies. I got a load of the clothes that Mattel made for the Lucy dolls so my Barbies were trying them on and Stinky liked all the hats (photos coming soon!). ;) Glad your storms weren’t worse!

    Queli – I love the pink pampas grass – how cool! I love all the creativity at the flower show – the teddy bears are a great idea! I even like the potentially scary clown face! I love flowers but am no good at gardening.

    Waving to Fiona, Marigene and Marie!

    Xxoo Kate
    Francie and Momoko used one half of a plastic egg as a cradle for the baby bear!

  • 02:46:41 pm on April 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – Looks like Halloween with the dark and stormy scenes! It is overcast here – a bit of snow this morning but it melted all away in the rain that followed. Supposed to be dark and gloomy all the rest of the week. Stay safe in the storm!

    Marigene – I think the moss looks really great! I think it would be good for dolls to stand on – easier than grass. Pretty bluebells – they are like gorgeous weeds! I also like the shirt Malibu Skipper is wearing – with Francie & Casey on it – cool!

    Queli – Totally cool chalk holders! I know what you mean about liking them but not really having a use for them! Love Ziggy & Hal!

    Xxoo Kate
    Buffy with the wooden nesting eggs from Poland.

  • 12:24:00 pm on April 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Jackie – I’m sorry about your cousin’s son – so tragic. That plastic bunny is from a McDonald’s Happy Meal.

    Queli – Love the Whistler’s Mother line-up! Yours is much more colorful!

    Now that it is April, I’m getting into the Easter mood. ☺ And the weather is sunny today but the rest of the week is supposed to be rainy – at least the snow will melt.

    Xxoo Kate
    From last year, Francie, yellow Bunny and Stinky with the tiny vintage wooden egg…

    Inside the egg is a teeny figure (we always called him George).

    Bunny and little George liked this plastic giraffe egg!

    George found a big egg!

    Bunny found an even larger one! (But what are Stinky and George looking at?)

    The largest egg!

    And of course they are nesting eggs! ;)

  • 09:46:02 am on April 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – I love the skateboarder Barbie – it is great that Mattel is branching off with the Made-to-Move bodies – she has a great outfit, too! I stayed at home yesterday, too – I didn’t hear of anyone getting pranked so that is a good thing!

    Shirls – I have noticed that Ebay tends to move the community boards around a bit – I can never find them the same way twice! Our April Fool’s day snowstorm only gave us a dusting of snow – didn’t even need to brush the car off – it melted pretty quickly (yay!).

    Marigene – We have been getting a lot of either snow or rain the past few months – more than usual. It is supposed to rain most of this week – it will get rid of all the snow and that is fine with me! Sweet, sweet fur baby! Love all your Skippers in the garden!

    Jackie – I can’t believe Anita’s daughter is old enough to go to college – time flies! Say hello to everyone at GAW for me – I think you will have a great time! Are you sitting at Kim’s table for the July convention?

    Fiona – Yep, we call them flipflops, too. I got the little boxing kangaroo in a box lot of toys and thought he fit in well with the smaller critters. I’m glad you didn’t get the worst part of the bad weather – it is always hard to tell where a storm is going.

    Waving to Marie and hope you are doing well!

    Xxoo Kate
    The Easter Bunny and Buffy came over to Stinky’s room to help him organize (S tends to be a little messy and this is an ongoing thing).

    They tidy up all the plastic eggs…

    The Easter Bunny brings in a big egg!

    It is the nesting egg set and Stinky is excited about all the possibilities.

    After all the organizing, where is Stinky??

    He fits easily into the largest nesting egg and everything is cluttered again but the story will continue!

  • 10:01:01 am on March 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Jackie – The person who told me that story about the Bassett/Beagle mix up was an elderly gentleman who liked to spin yarns so I’m not really sure how true it is – sounds like it could be true, though! Ah yes, the BBB swaps back in the day – they were such fun!

    Queli – Thank you!! I love the other HL doll/outfit, too! And the shoes are fabulous! What a sweet little Bassett hound! I hope they keep going with Kenvention.

    Waving to Shirls, Marie & Fiona!

    Xxoo Kate
    Skooter and Stinky (and Kate) were all excited to receive a gift from Queli!!

    Stinky is very interested in the mystery figure.

    A tiny heiress, an even tinier doggy, and a handsome suitor!

    The tiny mystery figure!

    Thank you, dear Queli! ☺

    The figures are so teeny, they went to the doll’s house where PoohBear and friends gave them a big welcome!

  • 05:38:12 pm on March 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Queli – A friend of a friend who had a Bassett hound said that when he bred the dog (with another Bassett hound), the puppies turned out to be Beagles! He also said it might have been possible that the female had been outside and mated with a male beagle but the breeds are very similar. Rio Rita is really neat – what a great outfit!

    Jackie – I love all your Genes and their lovely outfits! I remember when she first came out thinking how cool it was that Gene was 15 inches tall – it seemed so unusual and she had a great story, too. Today it was in the mid-40s and we got a lot of melting (yay!) – still not sure what is going to happen on Saturday!

    Xxoo Kate
    Working with two lovely fabrics, I decided to make this reversible.


  • 08:02:10 am on March 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – I love that Herve Leger doll (that is who she is, right?) – such great shoes and a pretty dress, too! All those clothes are from the doll boards! Either from swaps or prizes, etc. That dog is Fred Basset from England – got him in 1971.

    Shirls – Stinky looks great in his frame! Next time he goes visiting, he can come to your house if you like! Pretty doll – don’t know who she is – is she marked Mattel at all or is she a clone?

    Jackie – The snow is slowly melting here – today we have temps in the 40s, Friday it is supposed to SNOW about 6 inches (grrr) and then be in the 50s on Saturday. I like Ken and Barbie’s matching Ken fabric outfits!

    Xxoo Kate
    Here are some of my friend’s photos…

    The one on the far right is going to be a one-off masked crusader style doll!

  • 12:50:18 pm on March 28, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    I forgot my camera!
    However we had a really great time. I led the Barbie Bingo game and everyone really enjoyed it. The main project we worked on was re-flocking vintage Ken dolls – I had photos of different styles of beards and moustaches and there were a lot of creative Kens by the end of the day! I will check to see if I can get any of the other women’s photos and post them.

    Jackie – I always love to see Stinky’s vacation photos! I forgot he was hanging out with the Twilight gang! Love the Peeps! Warming up here – temps in the 40s!

    Shirls – I’m loving all your repeats! I don’t remember seeing them anyway so they are all new to me! ;) The AA doll from the World of Love is named Soul.

    Queli – Everyone I know has really enjoyed the new Beauty and the Beast movie – might have to go and see it! Love the beauty salon set!

    Fiona – I know what you mean about the vintage Barbie clothes – most of them are pretty elegant – plus being well made!

    Waving to Marigene and Marie!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 10:01:20 am on March 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Sunday I am hosting the doll club meeting at a friend’s house. I went over there today and we moved tables around and tried to get as much set up as possible. I hope I remember to bring my camera!

    Queli – I love that the Downton exhibit also showed big photos of the actors wearing the actual costume – makes it just that more special!

    Shirls – I love the curvy body too – I hope Mattel will be making more of them. Zig Zag is a real beauty!

    Fiona – I was surprised when I took Batman/Ken’s hat off and saw his face – when I posted his photo on some of the other doll boards, people got really excited and had to go buy him!

    Jackie – I hope your fur babies have a peaceful (if at all possible) time at the vet and come home all clean and ready for naps! When I lived in Boston, my landlady and I had a vet who came to the house – we would make simultaneous appointments and it was quick and simple.

    Xxoo Kate
    Here are the vintage Peace and Love dolls from Shirls after their spa day and after their new clothes arrived. (Love is wearing Peace’s original outfit.)

    Someone made the little black poncho many years ago…

  • 06:12:22 pm on March 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Evening,

    Jackie – I like going over to the coast before May 31st – there is such a difference when all the tourists arrive! I hope your sister will start to be on the mend soon!

    Fiona – That “fierce” Ken is the Batman/Ken that came out a few years back (there was a Catwoman/Barbie, too) – his face was hidden under the mask/cowl – I really liked the look so he has become my main Ken model!

    Queli – I like the curvy Barbies – I wish they would make them a bit more articulated – that would be really cool! I don’t remember – are you going to GAW, too? Love the MC Hammer doll!

    Marigene – Sweet little Fuzzbutt! William sleeps on his back all the time – he also likes doing all his grooming when he is on his back. Are any of your cats talkers? William chatters all the time.

    Shirls – I’m sorry you are having a stressful time! Sending good vibes your way! Someone on one of the other doll boards said that (possibly) the BCC will merge with Mattel’s regular Barbie site ( ) – they seem to have a lot of the same dolls but I am not sure when all this is going to happen (or if it is going to happen).

    Xxoo Kate

  • 03:43:29 pm on March 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – Happy Anniversary! Glad spring is finally here – still really cold here but the weather forecast for this week is just clear and cold – no storms!

    Fiona – Sounds like you had a great time and I’m so glad there was only one day of rain and cold! Glad you were able to get a Ken, too!

    Queli – That tote you made is perfect! It is hard to tell what size the Happy Meal items are going to be just looking at the McDonald’s photos. Hope the Perry Mason marathon was fun!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 12:45:05 pm on March 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Jackie – I’m so glad you found your sister! Whew! Cold and clear here today – just cold enough that the snow isn’t melting, though – I hope it goes soon!

    Marigene – Hope you can get your fur babies spayed in time – fingers crossed! Susu and Eddie are both gorgeous – I love the Siamese face.

    Marie – Yep, Gertie is her name! She is sitting on the bookshelf just outside my bedroom door, right near the Skippers & Ricky. Sweet ice cream party and I love the little toys!

    Queli – Love the big hair on the flower Kelly! She is almost a member of the Color Guard except for the blonde hair.

    Xxoo Kate
    Princess of South Africa Barbie and Stinky go green for the day!

    Vintage Apple Blossom Kologne Kiddle and Gertie, the green dinosaur…

    More green friends!

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

  • 09:09:52 am on March 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    We got about 12-14 inches of snow – I can’t believe I’m saying this but that really isn’t that bad. The snow blowers came at around 5am and I was able to get out and run all my errands – slow driving around town. Hope it is the last of the season!

    Xxoo Kate
    Casey and a lot of green for St. Patrick’s Day!

  • 04:32:07 pm on March 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Way too much snow going on right now. Coming down at a rate of 2.5 inches per hour and it is supposed to go on all night (it should slow down a bit after 10pm). William is sleeping on my lap – happy kitty!

    Jackie – I always liked that Irish Princess doll – pretty face and a lovely medieval style costume!

    Marie – Glad to see you peeking in and that you are doing well!

    Queli – Ling does have a beautiful face! I had forgotten how pretty Gooliope is, too!

    Xxoo Kate
    A mod pair!

  • 12:05:28 pm on March 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    We are hunkering down for the big blizzard that is supposed to hit us Tuesday evening and into Wednesday with accumulation of 12-14 inches – winter is still hanging on! (I wish it would let go and let spring come in!)

    Queli – That bag really is way too big for Barbie – I thought it was going to be closer to 1:6th scale, too – I’m glad some doll was able to use it! Love all your Dating Kens!

    Jackie – How cool that your sister went to the Iditarod! I would love a ride on a dogsled! We are planning to go to the grocery store tomorrow morning and stock up on everything!

    Marigene – I don’t like the spring time change either. Yesterday my father and I were like zombies wandering around the house – he and William napped on the sofa almost all day. Today we have a bit more energy – just in time for a blizzard!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 09:57:45 am on March 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – Mattel did a great job on that St. Patrick’s Day Barbie – I like all the dolls in that series – pretty vintage style faces and great clothes! Freezing cold here today and going to be colder over the weekend – not done with winter yet!

    Marigene – The hellabourse flowers are lovely! We have bleeding heart plants that come back stronger every year and the alium bulbs I planted ages ago still come back but every year they are looking smaller and smaller – they still are pretty though! Sweet Fuzzbutt drinking from the tap!

    Waving and Hugs to all and don’t forget to set your clocks ahead this weekend!

    Xxoo Kate
    The Princess of Imperial Russia surrounded by some of her Nesting Dolls!

    On the shelf above, Sindy got the vintage red plastic telephone so she can call the other dolls. Stinky is still eating Christmas cookies!

  • 10:51:01 am on March 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Happy Birthday to Barbie – she brought all of us together!

    We are expecting a big snowstorm to come through this coming Tuesday/Wednesday – glad I didn’t put away the boots and shovels just yet – since it is March and the weather has been getting warmer and warmer, I hope it won’t last too long on the ground.

    Jackie – Congratulations for winning Bunco! I love that leopard print outfit from GAW (it was from GAW wasn’t it?) – looks great on a Bubblecut!

    Queli – That tiny giraffe is adorable! I haven’t yet bought a MMMQ set but I’m sure I will! And I love the fact they come with a mystery figure – how cool is that?! Plus the mix ‘n match thing is always a good idea.

    Waving to one and all! ☺

    Xxoo Kate
    Stinky needed a helmet for riding his motorcycle so the Princess of South Africa gave him the top half of a plastic Easter Egg!

    He also discovered that he can fit into Ken’s shoes!

    Plus he tried on a vintage Dawn hairpiece!

  • 04:11:36 pm on March 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Shirls – I love the idea of a Steampunk doll as well – seems like it would be easy to gather items to make it but then to find the time is always a challenge! Glad to see you back – love the beach house!

    Queli – Your Kens from the archives look good! I like the variety of male dolls that Mattel is putting out – I wish they had a bit more articulation – that was my issue with the male Twilight dolls and that Samurai Ken.

    Waving to everyone and hoping you are all doing well!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 02:57:02 pm on March 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Afternoon All!

    Wonderful news – the little cat, Ziva came home yesterday after being missing for almost a week! She was a little dingy (her fur is all white) and hungry but no worse for the wear. We think she must have been stuck in someone’s garage.

    Marigene – I’m glad you got at least one day of sunshine! Love the long hair Casey! Did you re-root her? We got about two inches of snow this morning and then it turned to rain – supposed to rain tomorrow as well – at least it will wash away more of the snow!

    Jackie – Hilda and her 5 assorted siblings will all be here at the end of April for the memorial service – they live all over the country so it will really nice to see them all together. I can’t believe GAW has been going on that long – fabulous!

    Queli – Alex is really sweet! What a great new friend! I’m not surprised to see Easter dolls – we went to Walmart yesterday and it was all Easter decorations – I love seeing all the different color eggs. And that Beauty/Beast packaging is so cool – took me a minute to realize what it was!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 09:32:10 am on March 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Queli – Thanks for the Flickr info – sometimes it isn’t so easy to figure out! Love all those Kens – the Samurai one was really cool – I have photos of him somewhere posing with Stinky – I’ll have to search for them!

    Jackie – That Ken/British Guardsman centerpiece is too cool! Looks like you all got telephone boxes though and that is cool, too! I’m sure you will have a great time at GAW! It has been just freezing cold here – sunshine but temps starting at 5f and the high of 15f with a lot of north wind making it even colder!

    The sad news here is that Hilda’s mother passed away this week. She was a wonderful woman and I will miss her a lot! The other sad news was her little cat escaped out of the house and we have all been searching high and low for her. Katie & Sarah (Hilda’s sisters) posted flyers, went to all the neighborhood houses and garages, contacted the local Humane Society, posted on Facebook, posted on the local missing pet pages, etc. So far, no luck. ☹

    Xxoo Kate
    Next holiday coming up – Ken and a little St. Patrick’s Day mouse.

  • 12:12:19 pm on March 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Marigene – I love that rainy day shot of Barbie in hot pink! Perfect for the kind of weather we are having today although when I looked out of the window earlier, it was “spitting” snow not raining. Love her dotted hat and umbrella!

    Queli – In your Flickr account, are your photos “public” or “private”? I have been playing around with the settings in my Flickr account and I think the photos have to be set at “public” or they won’t show up here.

    Waving to everyone! ☺

    Xxoo Kate

  • 03:24:48 pm on March 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – I liked that Doris Day Barbie they did – when I got one, her hair was all funky in the back – some sort of factory mishap because I got her new in the box – a complete bald patch where the head was strapped to the box – she got a wig pretty quickly!

    Marigene – I hope you get your spring soon! It has been very warm here (temps in the 50s) and the birds are twittering like mad plus I have been smelling skunks in the early morning. That is too bad the funeral and baby shower are on the same day.

    Queli – I forgot that you had that outfit – so super mod! I love his groovy sandals, too. I love that Easter cup and so does my father – he used it for some orange juice the other day – a little too large for an egg cup. Lol!

    Waving to Marie, Shirls, Fiona and anyone else who is peeking in!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 11:24:17 am on February 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Fiona – I just saw your post! :)

  • 11:23:43 am on February 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning!

    Queli – I think a lot of computer sites have been doing spring upgrading – it always makes for a few days of things not working correctly. I guess we have to think of it as spring cleaning! That crochet cardigan is just wonderful!

    Jackie – I hope your plumbing problems are on the mend – no fun at all! It is warm here (low 40s) and the snow is melting more and more each day – forecast is the same all the rest of the week with rain on Wednesday (temps in the 50s)!

    Shirls – I’m sorry about little Myah! So sad when our fur babies are not doing well. Sending good healing vibes to her! All the WoL outfits are just bits and pieces so I will have to mix and match (I don’t want to get into fully collecting the Love dolls but I do like their clothes!)

    Xxoo Kate
    I deleted a bunch of photos from my Flickr account and then realized most of them were recently posted here – oops!

  • 12:05:00 pm on February 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning (almost Afternoon),

    Is anyone else having trouble posting on Facebook? I can get into FB, click “like” on other people’s photos, but I can’t post anything of my own (photos or just writing). It has been going on for about three days now and I have refreshed the screen, re-booted the computer but no luck so far.

    Marigene – I’m sorry for all your troubles! Sending you internet {hugs!}!

    Jackie – It has been in the upper 40s all this week and the snow is melting slowly. It is supposed to rain tomorrow so that will get rid of more snow – birds have been singing and I could smell a skunk yesterday morning.

    Fiona – Glad you are back and with a new keyboard!

    Queli – When does McDonald’s start with the new Happy Meals? At the beginning of March?

    Marie – I like that green cardigan your doll is wearing! I also like the plant potting scene with the little kitty on the porch – sweet! William has been demanding my father’s attention – I can hear him meowing right now!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 11:55:23 am on February 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning!

    Jackie – We have been shoveled out but the snow banks are so high! The one along the left side of my driveway has started settling down but it is still over my head. It is supposed to be calm skies for the next week (fingers crossed!).

    Queli – I’ve seen a Karate MtM Barbie but not a soccer one – how cool! I like the bubble making one as well. What a great switch! I didn’t realize one could cut those white prongs off and still make the head switch.

    Marie – I love your TnT dolls in their vintage purple gowns – such pretty Valentine goodies, too! I hope you are doing well and your dear mother also! {Hugs!}

    Marigene – I’m so glad you have a wonderful sweetheart! It is getting a little easier to drive around even with the giant snow banks – the town has finally started snow removal so a lot of the banks will be taken away soon (yay!).

    Xxoo Kate
    Two tiny air hostesses…

  • 01:01:08 pm on February 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – We were able to get out this morning before the next round of snow started – hooray! My father and I went out for breakfast, went to the post office and visited a friend in a nursing home – now we are all tucked in until they dig us out again when the next storm stops! Thanks for the information about Kim – I will email her!

    Queli – That rose tea set is lovely! I always look up “mini tea sets” on Ebay and like scrolling around to see what it out there (I also look up “nesting dolls”!). I will have to look at the MMMQ sets when I next go to Walmart – they are really sweet and I think Skipper would like them (probably Stinky too!).

    Waving to everyone! ☺

    Xxoo Kate
    Merlin/Ken in my driveway (taken yesterday).

  • 04:36:25 pm on February 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    I’m so tired. I have shoveled and shoveled and shoveled – and I didn’t even have to do that much! We have a young man and his sisters who do all the snow blowing – they did the driveway and sidewalk and porch. I had to shovel around the car and then the city snowplow went by and dumped a lot of snow just at the end of our driveway – so discouraging. ☹ The snow banks are almost over my head and there is nowhere to put the snow. And the really discouraging news is we are supposed to get 6-10 inches more tomorrow. ☹

    Shirls – The WoL dolls have been washed and I used an X-acto knife to trim away some of the melt marks – they are currently waiting to get some clothes that I bought on Ebay – they can share certain clothes with Skipper and Blythe, too.

    Marigene – Glad little Fuzzbutt is back and in good shape. I had completely forgotten it is Valentine’s Day! Yikes – too much snow and I don’t know what day it is!

    Jackie – Lots of places are open – the frustrating thing is that most streets that are supposed to be 2-way streets are narrowed down to only one lane – very hard to drive around the town and one has to pull out almost into a street in order to make a turn. The big trucks are the worst – they get right up behind you and are annoyed if you are driving slowly.

    Queli – I love your lilac color guard – what great hair! If I haven’t said this before, I think you are a really good photographer! The weatherman said the total snowfall for our town was 2 feet and that doesn’t include tomorrow!

    Xxoo Kate
    Francie is all bundled up! (This is way before the blizzard dumped a ton of snow on us – now those white fence posts are completely covered!

    Here is the same now!

    Francie is going to stay inside and have a relaxing cup of tea!

  • 02:14:03 pm on February 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Blizzard update – 2pm

    Can you see my car?

    This shot taken from my back door.

    I struggled through the snow and put the yardstick in on the top of the car – 16 inches and counting!

    I turned from the car and took this shot of the side of the house – the red circle is where the electric meter is – hope they don’t need to read it!

    Look at the snow bank next to my back door!

  • 11:28:54 am on February 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    We are in the midst of a real blizzard! I went out early this morning and walked to the end of our street and back – at several moments during the walk I could not see a thing except swirling snow. It is supposed to go on like this until 7 this evening!!

    Xxoo Kate
    Okay, first photo was taken last night when it started snowing…


    8am – stuck a ruler into the snow atop my car – it is at the 8-inch mark!

    8am – a view down my street!

    10am – ruler is almost covered at a little over 12 inches! (Later today I will take out a yardstick!)

    But all is warm and snug inside – here is a pot full of orange rinds and cloves simmering in hot water – makes the house smell wonderful!

  • 03:20:38 pm on February 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Okay, so after digging out from the 10 inches of snow, we got another dusting by the morning – probably only about an inch and now we are under a severe blizzard warning until tomorrow night and they say we will get anywhere between 10-20 more inches – winter is here!!

    Marigene – Fuzzbutt is so adorable! That name with still work if he is a she. ☺ Lucky you to be having 50 degree weather!

    Jackie – I love all the Valentine dolls – I keep forgetting it is Valentine weekend. I’m hoping we will be able to get out of the house by Tuesday!

    Queli – That Bugs Bunny Barbie is great! And what a nice present from Joanne – she was a really special lady.

    Xxoo Kate
    I made a ruffle dress for Skipper.

  • 10:36:21 am on February 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    We have been digging out from 10 inches of snow yesterday. Looks like February is going to be really snowy and we are expecting more tomorrow – yikes!

    Jackie – Love all the Valentine dolls! What a great scene of Skipper’s first Valentine party! Glad the mold problem wasn’t worse!

    Fiona – Your Kelly dolls are really sweet! I’m tired of the snow now – we still have the rest of February and then March then it should start to warm up again.

    Queli – I always loved the Adler sets. The doll was really pretty, too and she had a great dress!

    Marigene – Your winter doll photos look just like the scenery around here! I can’t believe it is time to get Fuzzbutt spayed – time flies! He is getting to be a big boy and very lovely!

    Sending {Hugs!} to Marie!

    Xxoo Kate

  • 01:12:24 pm on February 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon All!

    Jackie – Congrats on changing the avatar! I can’t remember at all how I did mine in the first place. One of the repro dolls Mattel made (60s something) came with white vinyl boots and I have seen them in the box with the vinyl flaking off – felt sounds like it should be a safe replacement.

    Marigene – Lol at the little kitty deep in the snow! We didn’t get any of the 6-10 inches they predicted (maybe tomorrow??) – it was only a dusting of less than one inch – it did cover up all the dingy snow so everything looks snowy clean. Love the ski scenes! Glad you are at home with the kitties!

    Shirls – Someone on one of the other doll boards said he tried to bend the knees of the blond articulated Silkstone and the knee joint snapped – I’m glad Mattel listened to all the complaints and made the brunette one with improvements! Love seeing all your dolls together – what a great collection!

    Queli – Love the Kohl’s Barbies – great hair and ruffle dresses! I like that you can just see Ken’s legs and feet on the right side of that photo – relaxing on the sofa! I’m impressed you stayed up for the entire football game – way too late for me!

    Waving to Marie and Fiona and anyone else peeking in!

    Xxoo Kate
    Once on the floor, the gang stops for some nesting dolls.

    Some of the smaller ones can fit in the back…

    Stinky is very thoughtful and gives up his place so another nesting doll can go for a ride.

    The purple Kizmo nesting doll reminded Stinky that he has his own Bananamobil!

    Stinky decides to follow the dune buggy.

    Off they go to more adventures! ;)

    A behind-the-scenes shot of my floor assistant…

  • 12:19:48 pm on February 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon!

    Marigene – I love seeing the little green shoots just starting to poke through the earth – such a nice sign that warmer weather is on the way! My brother and his family live near the botanical garden in their town – it is a lovely place to walk in all seasons!

    Jackie – Great photos of Stinky playing football! I think he had a great time! Did you see any of the Kitten Bowl? The kittens kept climbing up on the goal posts (they were glorified scratching posts) and that would count as a field goal – my father loved it!

    Queli – Your dolls look pretty in their outfits. I always try the newer clothes on my vintage dolls to see about the fit. Most of the times the snaps won’t close in the back but it really isn’t that noticeable from the front. Not the way I would wear clothes, but the dolls can get away with it!

    Fiona – I will have to warn Stinky about kangaroo behavior! Right now the little ‘roo is in the doll’s house looking at a large cake! Yikes on all the critters in your church – glad the snake was taken away safely!

    We are supposed to get a storm starting tomorrow during the day and ending in icy rain on Wednesday – not sure how much we will get in snowfall.

    Xxoo Kate
    Silkstone Barbie found Stinky hanging out in the Easter cup.

    Articulate Silkstone pulled him out because they have a surprise for him!

    A super cool Dune Buggy!!!

    Away they go! Stay tuned for their “adventure on the floor”!

    Such a good boy!

  • 09:24:14 am on February 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning!

    Jackie – I didn’t realize Mattel had made so many cheerleader dolls – how cool! Are you going to get the repro? I always liked her outfit. Lol at the long hairs in their cars! I gave William a good brushing the other day and not much fur came off – that means he is keeping his winter coat – not ready for spring yet!

    Marigene – Love all your spring time photos! We are getting antsy for warmer weather here but it is not over yet – Tuesday night into Wednesday we will get snow and possibly up to ten inches! Your nephew is so sweet! Fuzzbutt was so interested to see a tiny human!

    Queli – How great that the fashions can fit all sizes of the Barbies! I love that outfit, too – looks very trendy! The Roman style sandals are really fabulous – they might fit Francie! I just saw an ad on TV for the Bunny bowl as well – lots of cute little rabbits hopping around with a tiny football!

    Shirls – Our temps have been 5f in the mornings, warming up to about 15f during the day – more snow to come this week. January and February are usually our coldest and snowiest months – good time to stay in, read a good book, play with pets, etc. ☺ Sweet little bird! And great lamps! And the zig-zag dress looks fabulous on her!!

    Waving to Marie and Fiona!

    Xxoo Kate
    The brunette articulated Silkstone Barbie. Her joints work more smoothly than the blonde one that Mattel first put out but some of the seams are a little rough – I think they still have some work to do but all in all she is pretty nice!

  • 09:59:46 am on February 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Oops! I didn’t see your post, Shirls!
    Love the Mulan dolls and the backgrounds are perfect for them. What a cool helmet, too!
    It is freezing here with temps just above 10f – brrrr!

  • 09:56:57 am on February 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning!

    I’m feeling loads better – I’m really glad I didn’t get the cough that lasts for weeks. William slept on top of me for most of the time – it was like having a warm 15-pound blanket!

    Jackie – William was really interested, but I kept him away from the jars when I emptied them – most of the stuff was dirty and had to be washed up and lots of little pieces kept trying to roll away. Have a great time at GAW – it will be a fun way to end winter!

    Marigene – I’m sorry to hear about sweet Tasha – she had a wonderful life with you! William sends furry hugs and purrs! I’m sorry your friend is having such troubles – prayers for him as well! Sweet little Fuzzbutt!

    Queli – Those new fashions are really great – looks like Mattel is back to making cool clothes almost like the Fashion Avenue years! My father is all excited about watching the Puppy Bowl (Animal Planet channel) and the Kitten Bowl (Hallmark Channel) this year – more so than the actual Superbowl! I love all the minis you have, too! That handbag is gorgeous!

    Marie – So glad all the prayers have helped your mother! Hilda’s mother just had a pacemaker put in and she is feeling much better, too. William sends furry kisses from Maine! Love the Helen Keller quote – so very true!

    Waving to Shirls and Fiona!

    Xxoo Kate
    Stinky introduces himself to Tammy.

    He realizes he can fit in that Easter cup…

    I like this shot of him peeking over the edge!

    Tammy gave Stinky some vintage Bakelite blocks that were in the big jar (after they had a good scrubbing).

    And a pink plastic pig…

    And some tiny cows (Stinky had better start reading up on animal husbandry if he is going to start a farm!).

    And, look Fiona! He got a little kangaroo joey too!

  • 11:39:07 am on January 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning!

    I can just feel a cold starting – grrrr! Lots of hot tea today – my father told be to put a shot of whiskey in my tea but I won’t do that until this evening in case I need to drive somewhere!

    Shirls – I like the way your Palm Tree Cove beach hut turned out – the dolls look like they are having a great time there. Great details! Poor little Myah – I hope she gets well soon!!

    Queli – I love the orange hair gals! What a fabulous name – Rainbow Cove – perfect for the color guard! The show & tells we have are all for Barbie meetings but it isn’t always Barbie – any dolls or creative thing is allowed.

    Fiona – That fake black leather was really easy to sew – it has a fuzzy white backing on it so it goes through the sewing machine easily and you don’t have to hem it!

    Jackie – More great photos! The fashion shows/stage shows at convention are really cool – I have no idea where people find fabric that matches a lot of the Mattel prints but they look great – I remember one woman had a human size Talking PJ dress – fabulous!

    Xxoo Kate
    Went to The Roller Rink Antique Mall this past Saturday and found these goodies! They need some cleaning before the dolls can have them.

    A plastic Easter cup plus two glass jars full of mystery items…

    A Barbie dune buggy – missing the trailer hitch and the flag pole for the back. (Stinky is very interested in this item!)

    A close-up of the Tammy doll.

  • 05:00:59 pm on January 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon All!

    Shirls – Lol about the dunny races! How cool that you were in an amateur theatre company! Those violets are really lovely. It is just cold here and the snow is still on the ground – it won’t really go away until the end of March.

    Queli – That is a great show & tell set up! I love the little Santa cups. Usually 3 or 4 people bring dolls for show & tell at our meetings. The Mixieqs are fabulous – I love that one can mix and match them!

    Jackie – Glad you had a fun time with Anita! GAW will be here before we realize it – I love to see the photos – the raffle rooms are great and so are all the goodies you bring home!

    Shirls – Great little gnomes! I got one at a garden center last year – I’ll have to look for my photos to see if I can find him! Hope your nosebleeds go away and little Myah feels better soon! Your Misty Copeland doll is lovely!

    Xxoo Kate
    Faux black leather plus pink & white make for a mod group!


  • 04:17:19 pm on January 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon!

    Queli – The new Hallmark ornaments are great! I love Madame Alexander one and that Lavender Luxe Silkie is really nice, too. Actually so is the Santa Claus!

    Jackie – Glad you are having a good time and that you arrived safely! Keep warm!

    Shirls – You have daffodils coming up? Wow! We have had more rain, a dusting of snow and just a trace of sun peeping out. We are really “in bleak mid-winter” as the song says. At least the days are getting longer!

    Fiona – How cool that you saw some friends in Jackie’s photos! I remember the Kelly clubs when they first started – some of the one-of-a-kind dolls were amazing and the little scenes people made were really creative!

    Marigene – Glad you are back up and running – I never know how a lot of the wi-fi, tv boxes, etc. work – I think they are getting more user friendly and that is a good thing. Beautiful hellabourus – springtime!

    Xxoo Kate
    More of the Blue Peter Theatre…
    SO, last week I started making more removable scenery!
    First painted tin foil brown and made strips…

    Add cut up green tissue paper to make trees…

    Stinky is very excited about the new scenery!

    He can hide deep in the jungle!

  • 09:13:24 am on January 25, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Marie – I’m sorry you have had such a heavy burden! I know what it is like to be caring for a parent who is slowing down a lot and preparing to leave. A few months ago, my father said that he feels like he is waiting for a train that is long overdue. Sending lots of love and prayers to you, your mother and your family!

    Marigene – When it says “6 Mondays until spring”, it doesn’t seem like that far away! It is very sloppy outside today but at least it is not slippery. We are supposed to get more rain so that will remove some more of the snow. Lovely spring photos!

    Queli – How great that you got that Russian Silkstone – she is really expensive on Ebay now and so is the Russian Nicolai/Ken – but they are both fabulous! And I like the Polish doll, too. My father is all happy that the Pats are going to be in the Super Bowl!

    Jackie – Have a great time on your trip – hope the weather is good for traveling! I didn’t realize the Ken in the green pants was a Cleveland centerpiece! I purchased a repro Fashion Queen Barbie there and Stinky took her headscarf so he would show up in photos!

    Waving to Fiona and McGee & Monika if you are peeking in!

    Xxoo Kate
    Photo heavy post alert!
    A few years ago, I was watching a DVD of a British children’s television program called, Blue Peter – they show you how to do a lot of projects and this one was for a little theatre!

    Painting in progress…

    Working on the curtain…

    Barbie takes a look at the completed theatre.

    A side view with the removable scenery…

    Stinky produced and directed the first play!

    It featured Kiddles and Robots!

  • 08:57:16 am on January 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning!

    Lots of rain, snow and sleet today – it is supposed to warm up and then just rain so I hope it will wash away/melt any ice. Good day to stay in with a cup of tea!

    Shirls – Love your brunette bubblecut! A great mixture of modern, repro and vintage! Congratulations on your forestry project! That was a lot of work but I’m sure it will stop your property from being flooded. Glad Misty Copeland arrived – I think she would love to dance around your house!

    Jackie – Your brunette bubblecut looks fabulous in the pink/leopard outfit! I think the GAW clothes are so lovely – I liked the pink version they did of Red Flare a few years back – I bet you have that one as well! I’m glad they made a bed that actually fits Ken.

    Fiona – I would love to keep all the nesting dolls out on display but I don’t dare because those tiny ones would be lost in a second! Everyone is safe and sound back inside the larger dolls now. William wanted to jump up when I was setting it all up but I wouldn’t let him.

    Xxoo Kate
    Finally they all are lined up…





    Just got some fabric and sweet William kitty loves it!

  • 03:59:59 pm on January 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Late Afternoon,

    Shirls – I have never tried that baking soda treatment so I don’t know if it actually works. Joe Blitman also said there were people who did neck split repair on Barbies but he didn’t mention any names. That is frustrating when the dolls are just sitting there and something happens to them.

    Jackie – I like that blonde bubblecut wearing the pink glittery Pak pieces – pretty! And that nice ponytail – is that one you had originally? Hope your cold doesn’t last long – no fun at all! That pink/leopard outfit is really smashing!

    Marigene – Love all your Skippers, Skooters and Ricky! And I always like matching fashions for the dolls. I love the look on Skooter’s face as she is holding Spongebob – she looks like she is really pleased with herself!

    Queli – I guess by later tonight we will know who is going to the Superbowl! I love the little t-shirt with the kitty wearing glasses – sweet! And it looks great with the striped leggings. Really cool shoes in that set, too!

    Waving to Marie and Fiona! ☺

    Xxoo Kate
    A large group shot of everyone!





    Here are the tiniest inner most dolls with Francie’s hand for scale – so tiny!

  • 04:01:25 pm on January 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Evening!

    Marigene – My old cat, Lucy (she passed away in the 90s), used to pull the furs off of her tummy. She was always very shy around other people – I was the only one she would go to. The vet said the fur pulling was a nervous habit – like someone biting fingernails. She eventually stopped doing it, as she got older. Sweet Fuzzbutt!

    Shirls – I’m glad your daffodils are coming up! We have so much snow here I can’t picture any flowers coming up yet! William likes watching the Animal Planet channel – he loves the show called “Too Cute”. Your vintage dolls and repro dolls are lovely!

    Queli – Tru seems to have a great selection of dolls – wish we had one around here – we don’t have a Tuesday Morning either. That is too bad about the Belle doll – she looks like a sickly version of Emma Watson. Beast looks good, though! Joe Blitman said you could fix a greasy face doll by taking the head off, filling the head with baking soda and then putting the head back on – changing out the baking soda every 6 months. That was for vintage Barbies – I don’t know if it would work for MC Hammer.

    Jackie – I think you can look online for a way to get rid of the sticky leg issue with dolls – I remember reading somewhere that a lot of the Mattel dolls from the early 2000s tend to get sticky leg due to whatever chemicals went into making the rubber.

    Waving to Marie and Fiona!

    Xxoo Kate
    Third layer of dolls – more than just a little crowded but so colorful!





  • 04:47:46 pm on January 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Evening,

    Marigene – I am looking forward to spring as well. January and February are the bleakest months here (plus I had to shovel a bit this morning). At least it is getting lighter each day. Sweet sleeper! Is that Sam?

    Jackie – Were those Disney dolls made by Mattel? The James Bond set is great – he actually sort of looks like a cross between Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. Say Hi to Anita from me!

    Queli – Olivia Townsend is so pretty – she is one of my favorite MtM dolls. I like her Hello Kitty and Mini Lala, too! Great new accessories for Barbie – I like the little sleeping kitty in the hammock set – plus it is a pretty cool hammock!

    Xxoo Kate
    Okay, the photo of all the outermost nesting dolls was a success – will there be enough room when they all start shedding their outer layers?
    Here are all the 2nd dolls – just a tad smaller than their outer layer counterparts.

    A group shot with outer layer dolls and second layer dolls. Sindy is doing a great job of organizing with the help of the Mde. Alexander doll and the 2 Stinkys are having a fun time socializing!

  • 10:31:35 am on January 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning!

    Queli – I love the WoOz Lalaloopsies! I keep looking at the various Lalaloopsies when I am at Walmart but haven’t bought any (yet!). The mini ones work really well with Barbie displays! The kokoschnik for the princess is permanently on her head – the one Stinky is wearing has an elastic band around the back. I thought I recognized Mimi – I loved her on that show – she was so funny!

    Shirls – One Stinky is the “travel Stinky” – he is the one who went on the road to visit Jackie & Marie and had all sorts of adventures. The other one went to the Barbie Convention in Cleveland with me in 2010 but other than that, he just hangs out at home. When they are both at home, one is usually in the doll’s house and the other is in one of the other displays. Love your houses! And you have a Mimi, too!

    Fiona – I put a little elastic band around one paw of my original Stinky so I could be sure to tell him apart from the “travel Stinky”. They both came from Finland originally so they have actually traveled quite a bit! Not sure why your photos are only showing up on the other page – who knows how technology actually works (or doesn’t).

    Jackie – I love all the photos of your various dolls! I always liked Mattel’s My Fair Lady and later their Audrey Hepburn dolls – such lovely fashions and dolls! And you have a Mimi, too! I hope your ultra-sound goes well and I hope you continue to feel well!

    Waving to Marie & Marigene! William sends purrs and rubs!

    Xxoo Kate
    The first group of nesting dolls arrive from the hall shelves.

    More keep arriving…

    Many of them speak only Russian and some only Polish, but there are ones from the UK and US, too.

    The group shot of all the nesting dolls (outermost layer) – 2017



  • 05:57:17 pm on January 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Evening,

    Jackie – Lovely crochet outfits! I really like the cardigan you made for my dolls when Stinky visited you. I like the little Christmas tree, too. Plus little Riley in her tutu is sweet!

    Fiona – Stinky can indeed fit on the rocking horse – I thought he would be too wide but he balances nicely. I miss Barbie Bazaar as well – it was always fun to see the various dolls and the writing and photos were really great.

    Marie – The bakery/café is wonderful and all the treats look really tasty. I love all the names on the walls, too! William is really good about doll (or soldier) displays – he just sniffs at them and jumps down. So far he hasn’t knocked anything down – good boy!

    Queli – I love all your non-Barbie dolls and I love Addy peeking over the top! Is that Mimi from the Drew Carey Show? And is that a Dynamite something doll from Integrity or a Poppy Parker?

    Shirls – I can never keep dolls in boxes. Most of the time I get them already out of the box just to save time! I love your MtM dolls hanging out at the foreclosure home – they look like they are having a good time! How great that you didn’t lose any tiny pieces! No ice coming our way at this point – we are in the midst of our usual January thaw.

    Xxoo Kate
    The Princess of Imperial Russia Barbie decided it was time for a large group photograph of all the nesting dolls.

    Sindy was glad to help – her first big organizing task!

    They asked the little Madame Alexander Russia doll to help and she said yes and also had a great idea…

    Get both Stinkys to help as well!

    The more the merrier!

  • 03:26:06 pm on January 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – Buffy’s earmuffs are made from a pipe cleaner and the sleeve puffs from Barbie’s vintage Lovely Sleep-Ins robe! I heard some talk about possibly not having Kenvention anymore – I think it must be really hard to organize – that is too bad because I liked the idea of a smaller convention plus I never made it to one!

    Marigene – Naughty little Fuzzbutt – lol that you could figure out who it was! I love Barbie and Skipper’s matching outfits – so pretty. And I have always loved the vintage Fashion Shop, too.

    Waving to one and all! ☺

    Xxoo Kate
    A sweet Russian group…

  • 04:52:33 pm on January 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Evening,

    Shirls – Sending more positive vibes for little Myah! Glad you aren’t in the middle of the ice storms – no fun at all. It is supposed to be in the 20s here the next couple of days and then warm up to the 40s again next week. I like the circus outfit but I know what you mean about her hair!

    Jackie – I thought the GAW circus theme was a good one – very colorful and fun! I bet those chicken dinners are tasty! I noticed the sign in Bronner’s that points out where the snack area is – plus a south and west check out areas – such a large store! I got that nesting doll fabric for Francie’s dress from Hilda.

    Marigene – I hope your cough goes away soon! Sweet Fuzzbutt – I hope he will enjoy being combed/brushed. William loves being brushed and purrs the entire time and doesn’t want me to stop. Plus his fur is so silky and soft.

    Queli – I love Venus McFlytrap – fabulous green skin! And the little Groot is sweet, too. I like those Santa mugs, too. Did you say that Bronner’s also has Halloween items? Or are they only Christmas? I wonder what it would be like to work there – you would get a lot of exercise that is for sure and it would be a challenge trying to memorize all the items in stock!

    Xxoo Kate
    Carla and Buffy love the little rocking horse they got for Christmas.

  • 05:16:06 pm on January 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Evening,

    Marie – I love that gallon of milk – makes me want to have milk & cookies! I’m trying to type this, crossed legged on the floor with William draped over my legs. My right foot is starting to get pins & needles but he is so comfortable I don’t want to make him move!

    Queli – The Bronner’s photos are so wonderful – it must be hard trying to just choose some of the items – they are all fabulous! I think I will do that Barbie Bingo at my doll meeting – it is a great way to give out the door prizes! It will be fun to see your photos of your ornaments! The tiny TVs are fabulous and that Oktoberfest Barbie is really pretty!

    Jackie – Someone posted on FB about the new Girl Scout Cookies available this year. S’mores is one of the new flavors and of course they have the famous Thin Mints – people would rebel if they got rid of those! I wish Mattel would make a repro Skipper wearing a vintage Girl Scout uniform!

    Fiona – Welcome back and glad you had a lovely time! I have some dolls with bent arms and they are definitely harder to dress! Glad you got a new Skipper, though.

    Xxoo Kate
    This photo is from 2015 when I had 10 sets of nesting dolls – I now have 22 sets (!) and did a massive photo shoot today that took about 2 hours but I organized them in the same manner. I will post photos over a couple of days soon (I hope people aren’t getting too tired of me only posting nesting doll photos!) ;)

  • 10:50:25 am on January 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning!

    Jackie – That seminar on how to use the cell phones is a great idea! I think even a lot of tech savvy people don’t know everything that is on the phones these days. I have seen lots of books like “iPhones for Dummies” etc. and they are Big books! Sweet kitty!

    Marigene – That cake sounds very tasty and simple to make! I’m glad you were able to get out to breakfast – that is always a nice treat! I have several tubes of chapstick stashed around my house and use them all the time.

    Queli – Those pets with the Santas are wonderful! I like all the ornaments you got as well. The Thanksgiving cornucopia is perfect! How did that doll bingo work? Did you go until 3 people had won and then they got prizes? That might be a fun thing for my doll meeting in March!

    Shirls – I hope little Myah feels better soon! We don’t like our fur babies to be ill! The last two times I had something on back order from BCC, it took a while – they kept getting delayed – but they finally arrived. I am waiting for the brunette articulated Silkstone.

    Marie – Love all the minis! The doughnuts look tasty. I AWAYS LIKE THE (William just stepped onto the “caps lock” button!) little cakes and pastries for the dolls – they can eat and not get sick. The coffee machine looks just like the one at our favorite restaurant.

    Xxoo Kate
    Sindy’s first day on the job. Everyone is happy to meet her – there are now so many nesting dolls that the Princess of Imperial Russia needs some full-time help (and Stinky has too many irons in the fire to be there all the time so he isn’t really all that helpful!).

    However, Stinky is always the first to welcome anyone, anywhere and he has a plate of cookies and a big smile!

  • 04:44:50 pm on January 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon!

    Shirls – I always loved the accessories for the My Scene dolls – they had some great extras – like that clear/pinkish plastic hanging egg chair – really cool looking! I was told the flu shots my father and I had wasn’t going to make us sick and so far (knock wood) we are okay! With all that help, Marigene should feel better soon!

    Queli – What a great show & tell for your doll friends! That must have been a fun afternoon. I will be hosting our next doll meeting at the end of March – I have already started planning the crafts and the food!

    Marigene – I’m sorry you are feeling so poorly! There is something going around here, too. The weather has been jumping around – yesterday it was 5f and tomorrow it is supposed to be 40f – small wonder people are getting sick! That is a lovely Color Magic Barbie!

    Jackie – I hope Anita (and everyone else) gets the luggage back with no more bother – I saw photos of the luggage at the airport all piled up in a big jumble. Is the FL airport open again? I like your travel doll and I like the lamp next to her!

    Xxoo Kate
    A group shot with the new nesting dolls. Stinky is wearing a vest that Cynthia (McGee) made for him several years ago. ☺

    Both sets do stack quite nicely!

  • 04:36:54 pm on January 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon,

    Queli – Glad you liked Stinky’s jacket – he is very proud of it (even though it is just made of a scrap of felt!). The new dolls are really great! I like that Ken you got, and the fact that Chelseas are now jointed, and that Life Science set is fantastic!

    Marie – Love the Nilla Wafers box! And I remember your dolls have made that pudding with the Nilla Wafers and bananas – very tasty! I looked up flyaway cardigans on Ebay and found lots of them – they are a very pretty shape – might have to get one for myself!

    Jackie – Love the scene with Elvis and Barbie – a great couple! There is a flu bug going around here (fingers crossed that my father and I don’t get it – so far we have been healthy!) – I know several people who had it and said it went away fairly quickly but wasn’t pleasant for about 36 hours – yuk!

    Waving to Shirls, Marigene & Fiona and anyone else peeking in!

    Xxoo Kate
    The PoIR Barbie with the plastic “My First Nesting Dolls” set.

  • 05:38:06 pm on January 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Popping back in to thank Queli for the cool round shawl/sweater pattern!

    Marigene – Hope you feel better soon! Kitties will snuggle with you!

    Jackie – Pretty Nurse Barbie! Mattel did a good job with that repro!

    Xxoo Kate
    I made a light weight striped one and then one in a heavier, shaggy knit.

    The heavier one needed a snap to shut it in the front since it kept trying to slide backwards off of her shoulders – the snap keeps the entire thing in place.

    Cut a circle four inches in diameter and someone else can have his own jacket! ;)

  • 09:48:48 am on January 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning,

    Woke up to two more inches of snow – fairly easy to sweep as it was light and fluffy but it was only 2 degrees above zero! Our basement windows are totally covered up and the snow is starting to come up to the lower part of the windows in our dining room. Hope we get our January thaw before we get more!

    Queli – That advent calendar is really cool! I’m glad it didn’t just have poor quality chocolates in it! I like that video of making marshmallows – America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country are my favorite cooking shows. That is a fabulous craft – the blue metallic looks good even if it isn’t reversible – I’m going to give it a try, too!

    Marie – Lol – I didn’t notice that cook on the video – I had to go back and take a peek – and got a good laugh! That is precisely what I would do! That photo of Barbie with her kitty on the blanket on her lap was just how William and I were early this morning!

    Jackie – I have been following Anita’s progress via the FB posts – how awful and I’m so glad she is safe! What an ordeal – so sad, too. I hope you can get out today – stay safe! I like that you and your sisters dress alike – I remember the pink jackets!

    Shirls – That Alexander set was put out by the MA Doll Company a few years ago – 2005 or 6(?). They have put out other “Russia” dolls but this was the first to have the wooden dolls with them. I always liked their dolls of the world series.

    Waving to Fiona!

    Xxoo Kate
    The Princess of Imperial Russia Barbie with the Kizmo nesting measuring cups. ☺

  • 11:18:49 am on January 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning!

    Queli – That is a great New Year’s resolution! The dolls look lovely in their matching clothes! Thank you for the photo of Dan/Matthew – now I remember him!

    Jackie – I hope that Emerald City show has good costumes whatever the plot lines are! I like marshmallows, too – I have seen bits on cooking shows where they show you how to make your own but it is much easier to buy them.

    Marie – Love the tiny smores! They look very tasty and so does the hot chocolate. The little white kitty is sweet, too! William is always interested in food so I will let him sniff a piece – most of the time he rejects it although he did eat a piece of corn the other day!

    Xxoo Kate
    Springtime! Just kidding – Francie wearing vintage Flower Wower.

    FQBarbie likes it too!

    And so does Sindy! ;)

  • 12:58:03 pm on January 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Afternoon All,

    Marie – I love calico dresses for dolls – I have been looking at vintage (1970s) paper dolls on Ebay – such great patchwork calico outfit – might have to start making some!

    Queli – I think that new B&tB movie is going to be pretty good! Too bad Mattel doesn’t have the license anymore, but those dolls look a lot better than I thought they would. Who did Dan Stevens play in Downton Abbey?

    Jackie – I like your white trees with the blue/green/violet ornaments – very pretty! I have never understood how surfers stay on their boards – there is no way I could do it! (Not that I have ever wanted to either but I am impressed with anyone who can!)

    Marigene – I hope your poor neighbor is going to be okay – falling is scary! It is warm here today – just about 40f and all the snow is melting like mad. Lovely bubble cuts! I avoid a lot of roads around here in the winter – it is annoying but I don’t want to slide around.

    Xxoo Kate
    Francie models the under-dress from her In-Print outfit.

    William photo-bombed the shot.

  • 09:47:41 am on January 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning All,

    Jackie – My father watched most of the rose parade – he went to one ages ago. That is cool about the giant Hello Kitty – she seems to have swept the country – I wonder if the little egg critter will do the same or is he (she?) too odd?

    Queli – That is a lovely garden center! I didn’t realize poinsettias came in such a variety of shades – they are all lovely! So Chelsea can wear some of the MH clothes – hmm I wonder if they would fit Tutti and friends. The MH gals are so skinny!

    Marigene – Beautiful Skipper! Did you re-root her or is that original hair? Ricky and Fluff are sweet together. We are supposed to get freezing rain tonight and tomorrow it is supposed to be in the high 40s and raining – that at least will get rid of some of the ice and snow.

    Xxoo Kate
    Last of the Christmas 2016 photos – the dolls had a wonderful time!

    That one set can stack atop itself!

  • 09:15:38 am on January 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning!

    Queli – I looked up Gudetama and that is him! They have a re-ment line of Gudetama/office – lol – I didn’t realize he is an egg! I just noticed The Beatles book near your doll reading on the sofa – how cool!

    Marie – I love the dolls making breakfast scenes! Makes me hungry for pancakes. Love the industrial coffee maker, too. William just jumped up and started walking in front of my keyboard – now he is trying to lick the back of my hand as I’m typing!

    I have seen a Moomin advent calendar on EBay – each day gives you a different plastic figure about 1 inch high – including a tiny Stinky! I might have to get it next year. ;)

    Xxoo Kate
    Day 6 – the big present!
    The smaller dolls ask Sasha for help.

    Madame Alexander Russia Doll! ☺

    One large wooden doll contains…

    The little doll herself!

    There is also a tiny wooden doll – such a sweet set!

    Meanwhile, on the floor…

  • 10:49:18 am on January 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning and Happy 2017!

    Woke up at 4am because I could hear snow blowers going – we got another 4-5 inches on top of the 12-inches we got Friday! Managed to get out and feed the little kitties I’m pet sitting today & tomorrow – had to wade through knee-deep snow to get to their front door – the plow guy hadn’t made it out to the more rural areas yet.

    Marigene – Love all the beautiful party dresses your dolls are wearing – hope they had a great time! I like that poinsettia tablecloth and the tiny Santas, too! I think we have the same amount of snow!

    Jackie – Is that the Barbie advent calendar that had the not-so-great-tasting chocolates in it or did this one have shoes & accessories? Love all of your party gowns, too!

    Marie – How frustrating to lose a big post! Glad you are able to pop in even if it just for a bit. Love the sweater dress your doll is wearing!

    Xxoo Kate
    The Princess of Imperial Russia announced it was getting too crowded so it was clean up time!

    Stinky and the new nesting doll really like the little guy in the cup who looks like he has a tummy ache!

  • 10:53:12 am on December 31, 2016 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning!

    Jackie – I think the storm ended up dropping snow on all areas including the ones that were just going to get rain – I’m glad our state is used to winter storms – they got the roads cleared pretty quickly!

    Shirls – The snow was slightly wet and heavy – perfect for snowballs and snowmen. I figured since I was already outside with wet gloves and knee deep in snow, I would make a few smaller snowmen and have fun with them!

    Marie – Your dolls look so comfortable with their feet propped up, a cozy fire and some good DVDs – a pretty good idea! William is sleeping right next to me as I’m trying to type – his tail keeps flicking over the keyboard!

    Queli – Love those Barbie size gas pumps! The new Kens are pretty good looking – I like the clothes, too. Several friends told me they are planning on staying up until midnight to have a glass of champagne – too late for me – I will be tucked into bed!

    Xxoo Kate
    Day 5 – starting to get a little crowded…

    Wow! A set called “My First Nesting Dolls” – plastic and easy for small hands. ☺

  • 08:26:57 am on December 30, 2016 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning again – have to continue with the present opening! ;)

    Jackie – I’m still smiling about the Gene funeral scenes – I remember how upset people were about the line ending. I hope Tonner won’t stop entirely – looks like he does have some new things planned.

    Marigene – Sweet Spooky with her wet tail! How funny she didn’t wake up – such a sound sleeper. William gets very distracted when snow slides off the roof – he looks up the windows and chatters and chatters.

    Marie – I ended up taking down a lot of the decorations, too. I left some of the lights and sparkly garlands around since it brightens up the rooms, but the tree has been stored back up in the attic.

    Shirls – I wonder if the prices for Tyler and Sidney will go up on Ebay now that they have been discontinued. I would love to get an Ellowyne doll some day so I hope they don’t go up too much!

    Queli – Great new MH doll – I love the ship/hat! Someone on the doll boards got the really tall Skelita doll with the changing eyes – really cool looking! The Daisy Pop Curvy is really pretty, too.

    Xxoo Kate
    Presents – Day 4
    Ricky helps Santa…

    Some new nesting dolls!

    And they are measuring cups! ☺

    They are very friendly!

  • 08:17:48 am on December 30, 2016 | 0 | # |

    Good Snowy Morning!

    Snow storm update – we got at least 10 inches maybe more…

    Xxoo Kate
    5am – lots of snow!

    Tiny snowmen cleared off my car!

    A shot taken from my back steps so you can see how deep the snow is – it was over my knees in some places where the wind had been.

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