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  • 04:26:42 pm on August 15, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Afternoon/early Evening, :)
    Jackie – A bear on your street? Wow, what with the alligator you have quite a menagerie going on! Glad you will be home soon! Poor kitty and poor sister who lost her kitty – there are always more who need good homes! Those little boots are “wellies” also called gum boots – great for rain and/or mud puddles!

    Queli – What shoes can the curvy Barbies wear? I now have a Madame Lavinia and I want to get a selection of shoes for her – can she wear the same as the Tall dolls? Out of all those Disney villains, hmm, hard to say since I haven’t actually seen all of the films – but I would say that the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland was the least bad – she was just a bit of a loud mouth and did a lot of yelling. It seems like a lot of the others actually wanted to kill someone so that makes them worse. I love those stamps and will get a sheet soon!

    Shirls – Stinky will hero-worship Antiope like he did Becker at Marie’s house – I’m sure he will sit for hours listening to all the tales! That yellow dish is Stinky’s bed – it came from the supermarket with tiny grape tomatoes in it but it is shaped like an Easter egg and caught Stinky’s eye immediately. The little ceramic figures (in the second photo they are in the lower right corner – those are the ones you mean, right?) came from Japan and they had soy sauce in them – they had tiny corks but they disintegrated.

    Xoxo Kate
    Julia and Barbie, as flight attendants, are set to greet the passengers as they board the airline.
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    They aren’t so sure about this guy – too much luggage! He will need to check his bags before boarding.
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    He thinks he is an elegant traveler!
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  • 01:16:20 pm on August 14, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Afternoon,

    Shirls – We had a great time working on the story together! Love the shot of Antiope subduing the Queen! I love the little re-ment miniatures and have not allowed myself to go overboard with them! I like tiny tea sets, too but I don’t want to get into collecting them – not enough room in the house. That is one of the reasons I don’t have the vintage cardboard Barbie Fashion Shop – way too big (not to mention expensive!).

    Jackie – At this point, the food I have for my dolls is almost entirely sweets! I have some sushi items but it is 90% cakes, pastries and chocolates – I try not to eat like that myself but the dolls can! Glad your hubby is slowing getting back into his routine. Ft. Lauderdale has a very nice Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (at least it did in the late 90s when I was there).

    Queli – The new Ken dolls are really great! I like the clothes, too. I like the new Holiday doll for this year – some people on other doll boards were fussing about her but I think she is pretty and so is her dress! Love the little army guys! And I think the little boys playing with them look sort of like Tom Jones! Cool tiny macaroons!

    Xoxo Kate
    Cornetto made sure the ruby was returned safely to Stinky’s room. He made a comment on how messy the room is and announced that Grandpa made a set of shelves for Stinky.
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    Stinky, Cornetto and the little green dog quickly empty out the room! They have made a bigger mess but the shelves need to go in first.
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    The shelves are put in place…
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    His room looks much neater and now he can add to his collection of souvenirs quite easily!
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  • 03:44:45 pm on August 12, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – Good that your husband needs to take it easy – it is always tempting to rush back to work but he still needs resting up! I hope you are getting enough rest, too.

    Queli – I like that egg chair from this year’s convention – I loved the sci-fi theme. I like the Tokidoki Barbies, too – I guess they can’t be re-bodied because of all the tattoos!

    Shirls – Your Stinky looks right at home with the fairies – I found that he can fit well into just about any scene although he has a bit of troubles with larger dolls (like Crissy & Velvet, the larger Madame Alexander dolls, etc.) unless he stands on a box! Stinky will be happy to meet the returning heroes – I bet he will have a bit of a crush on Antiope!

    Xoxo Kate
    Stinky’s Party…
    Merlin brought a lot of cakes and pastries for the party because he knows Stinky and all the smaller folk really like sweets!
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    Everyone enjoys the food and good company!
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    Cornetto reminds Stinky to put the ruby back into the little bag so it won’t get lost!
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    First Stinky wants to finish his tray of goodies (he is going to get a tummy ache if he continues to eat like this).
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    Later on when the party winds down, Stinky receives a visit and a lot of attention from two famous jazz singers, Claudette Gordon and Madame Lavinia!
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  • 10:56:47 am on August 11, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Morning,

    Queli – I love the MH dolls with the smaller dolls – what a great idea! And the accessories that come with them are always so cool and so are the clothes! I want to make clothes from those patterns but I also have a huge backlog of patterns/fabrics that it might take some time. Love Layla’s blue robe and blue chair!

    Shirls – What a fabulous story this has been (you have done most of the work so I can say that!) and it has been such fun working with you. Glad the Yeoman was found out – lol that he roasted food in his room! And Stinky never would have left his room in the night – he is a really sound sleeper especially after being at a large banquet! How cool that Antiope helped in the attack on the evil queen’s castle! She is a really pretty doll. Love all the characters you came up with – I’m sure we will hear from them again!

    Fiona – Now that you mention it, I think some of my scissors have been blunted a bit by synthetic fabrics! Plus I just finished making a bunch of horse covers (doll size) out of synthetic fabric so I hope my good shears aren’t all dull. We used to have a person in town who could professionally sharpen scissors and knives but not any more.

    Jackie – Glad things are on the mend and getting back to “normal”. Your kitties (and Stinky) will be happy to see you! My brother and nephew arrive on either Wednesday or Thursday (they are driving here and taking time to see some sights) and they will be here for about a week. It will be fun but tiring!

    Xoxo Kate
    Merlin tells Stinky that Toothless the dragon showed up with a message from the King and Queen – the true culprit has been found and that the ruby is his to keep!
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    “All’s well that end’s well,” says the little green dog. Merlin decides that a celebratory party is in order and Stinky starts planning all the food!
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  • 02:26:19 pm on August 8, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – Stinky can wait as long as needed! He is safe with you and just hang out! I’m glad your husband is home and on the mend and also glad your son is there to do the driving. I see so many people texting and driving it is really sad, not to mention scary – not good at all! I like those Sharknado movies – so odd and silly and I will sit and watch them all the way through!

    Shirls – That Yeoman sounds shifty! I hope they can find him or figure out what is going on! We never know what is going to happen next! Did Antiope make it to the castle?

    Queli – Love the shot of Chelsea on the sofa with her minis in the background – wonderful! It is interesting how different the Chelseas can be – were they supposed to be a replacement for the Kelly/Tommy line? (Because Mattel stopped making Kellys, right?)

    Xoxo Kate
    Stinky had to help me check out the lovely patterns from Shirls! Thank you again, Shirls! :)
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  • 06:23:32 pm on August 7, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – I’m so glad you and husband are back at home! I’m sure that rash will go away really quickly now.

    Fiona – I think the best thing for trimming any doll hair is a Really sharp pair of scissors and the smaller scissors the better. I had a Skipper with uneven bangs and hair (I think a small child got to her). The woman who cuts my hair told me about the small, sharp scissors and said to cut first from one side and then go to the other side and keep going back and forth from one side to the other. I’m not very adept at re-rooting but this did help me a lot.

    Queli – How cool is the little doll from Brisbane! And how neat that you were at Comic Con! I love all the creativity that goes on there! Fabulous turtle and his colors! The black & white are almost like a blank coloring book! Alligator snapping turtle – scary! Wouldn’t want to meet one in the wild! Love Penelope Primrose, too!

    Shirls – Glad Stinky is helping out with the beach hut! He likes being with people and hanging out so he is good in just about any situation! I’m glad you re-posted that photo of Stinky when he was first in the royal court – there are a lot of people!

    Xoxo Kate
    On this end, Stinky is concerned about the now hidden ruby so he and the little green doggy discuss the situation. How did the ruby get into his luggage? Did Stinky even pack his own luggage? No, he remembers people telling him he didn’t need to bother – it would be done for him – so who packed his luggage??
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    He decides to get a message to the King & Queen to let them know the ruby was hidden in his luggage. The black swan will fly a message to the King & Queen and Stinky will try using the telephone (not sure if he knows the number or even if they have a telephone at the castle!). Stinky secretly crosses his fingers hoping he won’t be accused of theft and sends the message off.
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    On a completely different note, I found a black cat shirt at a thrift store today and William approved!
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  • 02:28:03 pm on August 6, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Afternoon,

    Jackie – Hang in there – you and hubby will soon be home! Glad they are keeping such a close watch on him! It will be nice to sleep in your own bed again!

    Fiona – Looks like an amazing time! Those whales are really wonderful – they are so huge! How great that you got to see them up close and having fun!

    Queli – That shot of the ceiling at Target is cool – I don’t usually look up when I am in stores. It makes you realize just how large those box stores are!

    Shirls – Glad the baby wrens are growing up – what an adventure to fly for the first time! Love Modern Circle Barbie with her short hair! Antiope will be able to catch up with the others – she is tough enough to travel alone!

    Xoxo Kate
    Stinky was roaming around the doll’s house and started thinking about the ruby sent from Shirls’s house.
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    He didn’t actually receive a note from either the King or Queen saying they were giving him a gift of a ruby – could the ruby have been stolen, slipped into the little purse and then shipped to him with all the rest of the goodies????
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    Stinky is a little worried so he goes and finds one of the nesting robots to ask if he can hide the ruby with them until he finds out more about the ruby.
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    The robots quickly open up…
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    The ruby fits perfectly into the smallest one (hard to see but the ruby is in there!).
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  • 12:35:13 pm on August 4, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Afternoon,

    Attention – photo heavy post!!

    Queli – Thank you for showing all the new dolls coming out – there are almost too many to choose from! The little dachshund looks great with the new re-paint! I saw some of the new Rocker dolls – I like that they are similar to the 80s Rockers but with an up-to-day twist.

    Jackie – Hope you and hubby will be going home soon. Bad enough to be in the hospital but to get a rash on top of it all – how frustrating! Sending good vibes!

    Shirls – Lovin’ Leopard is really pretty – I can see why you like her so much! I hope the baby wrens will be able to fly soon!

    Xoxo Kate
    Okay, Shirls sent me the items Stinky had collected on his trip.
    Stinky hauled the box into his room. Wonder Woman and the little green dog got set to help him open it.
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    Wonder Woman opened the box and Stinky dove right in!
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    Some Barbie cards and a note!
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    Wonder Woman said there really wasn’t enough room in the doll’s house to take out all the items so Stinky and the little green dog moved down onto the floor.
    Here are souvenirs from Stinky’s visit with his Native American friends!
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    A totally cool serape from Mexico – it goes perfectly with the plastic sombrero that came as a top on a bottle of tequila!
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    Cool items from Hawaii!
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    A tiny hat that is shaped like a heart (can’t see that from this angle), a cool button that has a coat of arms on it, and gifts from the faeries of the Wild Wood!
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    He picked up quite a bit during his stay!
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    Looking pretty cool!
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    They took a quick break to eat some sushi!
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    A magazine from Tennessee, a picture frame, some flowers, and a red backpack!
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    A beautiful medieval bag had a large ruby in it!!
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    Stinky was excited to see the famous breastplate he received from the King and Queen!
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    He quickly put it on – William was milling around but didn’t touch any of the tiny items – good kitty!
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    Stinky hauled all of his souvenirs back to his room. Wonder Woman thought he should put some of them away, but he wants to admire them and wear as many items at once!
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  • 11:36:09 am on August 2, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Morning,

    Shirls – I had to toss some of the stuff inside the talker body – some metal bits were rusting and broken plus some rubber ring was falling apart and getting gunk everywhere. I will try to clean up the rest of the bits so it can then be a sort of museum display for the other dolls! What is going on in the Fairy Kingdom? I hope new Stinky will be able to help in some way! That lamp is so cool and what a sweet little nest for mama bird and her babies!

    Jackie – Sorry to hear your husband had a rough night – I hope he is able to get some sleep – always difficult in a hospital – I hope you both will be able to go home soon! I haven’t heard from Marie – I hope she is doing well and that it is not too hot in her area!

    It has been very warm here and that is a bit discouraging – hard to get motivated in humid weather – my father and William are like damp rags on the sofa together, just resting, napping and watching DVDs. :)

    Xoxo Kate
    My niece brought a present to the Princess of Imperial Russia and her court all the way from Germany! What can it be?
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    A little wooden mushroom!
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  • 03:07:29 pm on August 1, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Afternoon,

    Queli – Mattel is really doing a great job with the new sets! The Chelsea dolls are sweet, too. And those tiny pets – that hamster wheel is too cool! Love all the new Hallmark items – Kim told me that the 2019 Barbie convention will be back in Kansas at the hotel across from Hallmark for Barbie’s 60th!

    Jackie – Glad your kitty sitter likes Stinky! Hope you and your husband will be back home soon!

    Waving to all the doll friends!

    Xoxo Kate
    The inside of a Talking Barbie body – I found this at the bottom of a box lot of Barbie clothes – what a mess!
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  • 11:16:25 am on July 31, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Morning,

    Shirls — Love Stinky and his wonderful visit with the Native Americans! I used to have that Breyer horse he is riding – pretty colors! That is the WonderWoman doll (the Princess of the Amazons one) – her body is a Made-to-Move body.

    Jackie — Glad you made it safely to Florida. All of the people I know who have pacemakers said it took a while to feel better after the initial operation but now they feel fine and don’t have any problems. Hope you husband feels better and can go home soon!

    Xoxo Kate
    Stinky was out for a stroll and met a little blue Gummy Bear! The little blue bear admired Stinky’s hat.
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    Bear has also brought a toy to share – mini stacking rings!
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    They are not the easiest to pull off – I had to shave a bit off the top plug with an Xacto knife – I think the company made them Not to come off but I didn’t like that idea.
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    Oh ho! Stinky sees the rest of the little Bear’s family peeking over the edge!
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    Nesting Gummies!
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    They are quite a colorful group!
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  • 01:05:53 pm on July 30, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Sunday Afternoon,

    Shirls — I keep the 2 Stinkys in separate rooms when one isn’t traveling – they only come together every once in a while when it is really necessary! Love the green MH doll and that hat looks great on her! How sweet of you to help mama wren – I hope her babies grow quickly! Loved Stinky’s pink hair stripe!

    Queli — That taffy making machine is too cool – I always like to watch cotton candy making – it is almost like magic! I like that big cheese outside the CheeseHaus! Love to see all the nesting dolls – such great colors – thank you for posting so many!
    Just noticed those Gummy Bear ornaments in one of the photos – next time I post, it will be a story about Gummy Bears – I took all the photos yesterday and wrote up a quick story – so stay tuned!

    Jackie — Sending good vibes to your husband! And also for a safe trip for you. Stinky will wait patiently for your return and please feel free to keep him as long as you like since you will probably be really busy when you and hubby return home!

    Xoxo Kate
    Here is the little Monster High squishy doll I got at Walmart.
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  • 11:30:34 am on July 27, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Morning,

    Fiona – Sweet birds! I love seeing them in the birdbath. I saw a little chick-a-dee (our state bird) bathing in a puddle the other day and he was having such a great time ducking his head in the water and letting it roll down his back! I get to see my niece once a year and we have a great time together! Have a lovely trip!

    Shirls – Lol – glad the new Stinky has some mechanic skills! You had such fun with my travel Stinky and I’m happy you got one for yourself (and your dolls). So travel Stinky is now on his way to Jackie’s? He will have a fun time looking at all her convention goodies! The pickle mobile and banana mobile from the Richard Scarry moveable figures are a good size for Stinky.

    Queli – Lol at those grass flip flops! They don’t look like they would be comfortable but maybe they are just for show. That brick exhibit looks amazing! I love all the creativity that is out there! I got a Monster High squishy doll – now I need to open the package and take a photo!

    Jackie – Those convention photos are great! I loved the theme of outer space – such fun! The table gifts are always so fun and plentiful – plus the added excitement of possibly winning the center piece – I hope to go to another convention or GAW soon!

    Xxoo Kate
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  • 09:54:03 am on July 25, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Morning,

    Taking my niece to the airport tomorrow – today is just relaxing, laundry, packing, etc. It has been a busy, fun 10 days! Slowly starting to catch up now.

    Jackie – Glad you liked your Anita dress – I had such fun making them! Looks like you had a wonderful time at convention – that doll is so beautiful! And your table gift sweaters are really lovely – my dolls love the cream colored one you made!

    Fiona – It has been unseasonably cold here and that is fine with me – I don’t like the really hot, humid weather – it is almost chilly enough to wear a coat (but not quite!).

    Shirls – Love the new Prowler car! Both Stinkys look quite pleased about it as well! That link to Stinky says it all – he is not vicious or really bad and also has a good sense of humor!

    Queli – Love all the tiny dioramas – looks like the Barbies would see it as a mini-display, too. I love tiny accessories/displays that the Barbie size dolls can interact with – so many possibilities!

    Xxoo Kate
    From 2015 – I had fewer nesting dolls sets and the Princess still had her old body! ;)
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  • 06:05:26 pm on July 21, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Just popping in quickly – having a great time with my niece – she loves nesting dolls so we have been having a lot of fun with them. Boiling hot here so the air conditioners are going full blast. Glad the new Stinky arrived safely!
    Shirls I am so sorry about your friend!
    More later!!
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  • 05:39:16 am on July 14, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Morning,

    Going to pick up my niece tomorrow morning – can’t wait!

    Jackie – Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you are having fun at the magic convention! Didn’t the guy from Night Court show up one time? It sounds like a lot of fun!

    Queli – Those Squishy Pops are cool – I like the crystal ones, too – they are sort of like mini-Barbie trophies! That Russian minion makes me laugh every time I see him!

    Shirls – Glad Stinky is having fun visiting all the places in your home! He fits right in with the minions! Hope your poison oak goes away quickly!

    Fiona – Marie got poison oak one time when she was doing a photo shoot in her back yard – not fun! I also read that the smoke from a burning poison oak plant are harmful, too so people have to be careful if they are clearing the land by burning.

    Xxoo Kate
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    The inside of the single peony looks like something from Star Trek!
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  • 10:56:39 am on July 10, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Morning,

    I got a new computer and have been trying to figure out all my old programs/apps – everything is here but just a bit different! We are full into summer weather now but it is not too bad – my niece is coming on Saturday and will be here for a week. I will try to peek in but if you don’t hear from me, you will know why!

    Queli – I love the new curvy articulated dolls – I have my eye on the Madame Lavinia doll with her fabulous 1920s outfit. That fashion exhibit looks wonderful! Why are those tiny Barbies called Squishy Pops? I thought it was some sort of soft candy at first.

    Shirls – I love your vintage line-up! They all look fabulous and Stinky looks like he is really enjoying himself! Poor Rootie! I hope all the noise is over in your neighborhood.

    Jackie – My Dad is doing okay – his back bothers him a lot so he likes to watch DVDs – right now he is watching Napoleon Dynamite and having a good laugh.

    Fiona – I have tried re-rooting a couple of times and it is not easy! I always have trouble with the bangs and/or the center parting. For such a small head, it takes a while to put hair in all the tiny holes!

    Xoxo Kate
    The shelf in my room with my three Madame Alexander dolls. The little Russia doll decided she wanted to be with the Alexanders and not with the nesting doll display so she hangs out here.
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  • 10:08:59 am on July 5, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Morning,

    I hope everyone enjoyed the 4th! I stayed inside and only heard a few booms from across the river – William didn’t pay the slightest bit of attention. I don’t think he even heard the noise – no kitty freak-outs here!

    Jackie – Love all your patriotic photos! Great shots of DC, too! Photobucket seems to be back in action again. Some people on other doll boards also had troubles but are now able to post.

    Queli – Looks like Felicia had a nice time at the celebrations! I like that Uncle Sam on stilts – I am always in awe of anyone who can walk on stilts or ride a unicycle – seems totally impossible to me! We are planning to go to McDonald’s tomorrow after my father has some lab work done at the hospital.

    Shirls – Stinky fell over when I was setting up the shot so of course I had to write that into the story! Hope Rootie was okay with the fireworks!

    Fiona – I didn’t make that outfit – the little bear came with it! She is actually a Muffy Vanderbear and I found her on Ebay when I was looking up Russian costumes.

    Xxoo Kate
    Here is a group portrait.
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  • 03:03:37 pm on July 3, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Afternoon,

    The minute there is a holiday mid-week, I get all confused – I spent most of today thinking it was Saturday – and then I realized I have to get onto the board and finish the little Bear story!

    Queli – Love the MMMQ farmer pack – sweet! Curious QT is great – I always like anything that is Alice in Wonderland. I told my father about the minions at MacDonald’s and he is all excited to get Happy Meals so I know what we will have for lunch tomorrow! How cool that the LOLs have big sister/little sister – means you have to collect more but I love the idea!

    Jackie – That is a lot of rain – hope it didn’t do much damage! Those flowers are lovely and really hard to tell the glass from the real! Two bites – how scary to be bitten by a shark – yikes! Convention will be here soon! Can’t wait to see your photos – I love all the table goodies and centerpieces – such creativity and fun! I got out of Photobucket entirely and now use Flickr – it didn’t take too long to figure it out and Queli helped!

    Shirls – That Aloo Gobi is really tasty – I love Indian food – so tasty! Spellbound Lover is just gorgeous! I had her in my castle at one point but she went through the revolving door along with the Princess of Ireland – that was a really lovely series (I think there was a Faery Princess and one called The Bard as well).

    Marigene – Glad you are having a nice retirement! Your garden is always so lovely – your dolls look great, too! I find the fireworks a little too loud also. Our town has a ban so people can’t set off fireworks within the city limits (thankfully) – some people do but not many. Our big fireworks display is held in the town across the river so we can still see it.

    Fiona – I keep forgetting that you are in winter now! I hope it isn’t too cold. So you have Christmas in summer, right? I also understand the water will swirl down the drain opposite to the way it does up here – either clockwise or counterclockwise – I’m not sure what it does up here… OKAY – I just went into the bathroom, turned on the tap, filled the basin and watched the water go down counterclockwise! Lol!

    Xxoo Kate
    The last part of the story…

    BOOM! The lid pops off and the transformation is complete!
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    A little Czarina!
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    Stinky fell flat on his face and the swan tipped over…
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    Everyone welcomes the new addition to the court and admires her lovely new clothes!
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    Look at her embroidered boots!
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    Sindy brings Brego over and they feed him the potatoes!
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  • 11:23:26 am on June 30, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Good Morning,

    Jackie – I have been making those horse covers for the Marx horses for several years now (I sell them in my Ebay store) – a lot of the Marx collectors like to do medieval dioramas and the Caparisons (horse covering) are made to fit under the Marx horse armor. Love all the glass/garden photos – beautiful!

    Queli – That mango swirl smoothie looks fabulous! Thanks for the info on the LOL dolls – I also like the mini Lalaloopsies but have yet to get any – I can’t make up my mind which ones to get – there are way too many choices! It is great to see the different size Ken bodies – glad Mattel is making them!

    Shirls – Aloo Gobi is an Indian recipe with lots of tasty Indian spices in it – I had to cut the recipe in half since it makes a huge amount of food and I also found out that it doesn’t freeze well!

    Fiona – How sweet that Moo was carried by her daddy! And what a wonderful face – so expressive! Rexy Bear is a wonderful name, too! Thankfully we are not anywhere near those devastating fires – I keep seeing it on the news – so sad for the poor people living through it!

    Xxoo Kate
    The rest of this story takes place outside of that dark closet and hallway so the photos were easier to take!

    The little black swan and the nesting doll hurried ahead to tell the Princess that Stinky & Sindy were bringing back the little bear.
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    Stinky and the Madame Alexander Russian girl help prop up the little bear who is overwhelmed with all the attention.
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    The Princess waves her arms and a giant nesting doll appears! She is going to do some magic to spruce up the little Bear a bit so she won’t have to be a potato seller anymore. ;)
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    Bear has fainted!
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    “This will be a magical transformation,” assures the Princess. “And you will have a new post in my court to help with the nesting dolls.”
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    They put the lid on and Stinky helps tuck in the excess fabric. ☺
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    The magic will take a few moments and Stinky has taken the time to get dressed up for the occasion.
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    He and the swan have become good pals!
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    To be continued…

     
  • 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!)
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    They met a humble little potato seller…
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    She told them she was very tired and her poor foot was so sore.
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    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.)
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    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.
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    Sindy helps the little bear get onto Brego’s back and Stinky gets to ride as well since his legs are so short.
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    The group heads down a long hallway. ☺
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    They weren’t even bothered by the giant cat!
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    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.
    xmasnestingdolls2

     
  • 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
    flowerpowerfrancieken

     
  • 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.
    marja

    The mother’s name was Marja (pronounced Mar-ya) so I named the doll after her.
    marja2

    Everyone was excited to see how many dolls were inside!
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    The smaller, inside dolls started milling around and checking out their new home!
    marja4

    Nine so far! Stinky was pretty sure this wasn’t all though.
    marja5

    Wow – 15 total! The wood of each doll is very thin – so amazing how they can make them!
    marja6

    And all of them have tiny faces!
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    Including the 15th one!
    marja8

     
  • 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
    nesting

     
  • 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
    hairdown

     
  • 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
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    The various hair pieces…
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    The fall is a little stiff but brushes out easily.
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    This headband piece is my favorite – I’m not the best photographer – I have seen other people’s photos where this looks perfectly natural!
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    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.
    DSC08656

    DSC08657

     
  • 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
    vinasolo

     
  • 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…
    nestingdollshelves

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

     
  • 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
    silkstonetsumtsum

     
  • 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
    vinasilvermesh

     
  • 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.
    sindykalinka

     
  • 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
    peoniesjoan

     
  • 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
    modfloatinggardens

     
  • 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
    franciepinkkitty

     
  • 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…
    beardmalibuken

     
  • 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
    summerwhitespinks

     
  • 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
    blackdresswonder

     
  • 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
    goldnglamour

     
  • 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…
    meetingbear

    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.
    oldbear

     
  • 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…
    cleaningsun

     
  • 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
    nestingdolldance

     
  • 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
    goldnglamourfq3

     
  • 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
    parisgownwall

     
  • 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.
    hatcollection

     
  • 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!
    bakingwithstinky

    bakingwithstinky2

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

     
  • 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.
    DSC01091

    Suddenly they saw a lovely green woman!
    DSC01092

    Vina has arrived! She patted the little dog whilst Stinky raced off to find something for a welcoming present…
    DSC01093

    He returned quickly, all duded up!
    DSC01094

    They enjoyed coffee and chocolates as the day faded…
    DSC01095

    The little dog was too polite to mention it, but Vina has an odd hair-do!
    DSC01096

    The next morning, Stinky went to one of the clothing drawers to find some new clothes for Vina.
    DSC01099

    He brought quite a selection!
    DSC01101

    Here she is wearing the blouse and pants from The Lace Caper.
    DSC01102

    And I spring dress that I made recently…
    DSC01104

    And a colorful shift dress I made…
    DSC01105

    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. ;)
    DSC01107

     
  • 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!
    parisgownstinky

    And more hat swapping!
    parisgownstinky2

     
  • 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.
    sambastinky

    Of course, Stinky had to try on the hat!
    sambastinky2

     
  • 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.
    foureggs

     
  • 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. ☺
    easter2016display

     
  • 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.
    easteregghunt

    easteregghunt2

     
  • 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!
    easterpresent

    Inside was a little bunny!
    easterpresent2

    Sweet!
    easterpresent3

    Bunny fits in well with the smaller Easter friends!
    tinyeasterfolk

     
  • 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!
    easterbaby2

     
  • 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.
    woodeneggs

     
  • 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…
    giantegg

    Inside the egg is a teeny figure (we always called him George).
    giantegg2

    Bunny and little George liked this plastic giraffe egg!
    giantegg3

    George found a big egg!
    giantegg4

    Bunny found an even larger one! (But what are Stinky and George looking at?)
    giantegg5

    The largest egg!
    giantegg6

    And of course they are nesting eggs! ;)
    giantegg7

     
  • 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).
    DSC02583

    They tidy up all the plastic eggs…
    DSC02584

    The Easter Bunny brings in a big egg!
    DSC02585

    It is the nesting egg set and Stinky is excited about all the possibilities.
    DSC02586

    After all the organizing, where is Stinky??
    DSC02587

    He fits easily into the largest nesting egg and everything is cluttered again but the story will continue!
    DSC02588

     
  • 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!!
    DSC02593

    Stinky is very interested in the mystery figure.
    DSC02594

    A tiny heiress, an even tinier doggy, and a handsome suitor!
    DSC02596

    The tiny mystery figure!
    DSC02597

    Thank you, dear Queli! ☺
    DSC02598

    The figures are so teeny, they went to the doll’s house where PoohBear and friends gave them a big welcome!
    DSC02600

     
  • 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.
    elegantevening

    elegantevening2

     
  • 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…
    kens

    The one on the far right is going to be a one-off masked crusader style doll!
    kens2

     
  • 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
    silkiewardrobe

     
  • 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.)
    peacelove

    Someone made the little black poncho many years ago…
    peaceponcho

     
  • 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 ( barbie.mattel.com ) – 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
    50thannivfrancie

     
  • 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
    beachscene

     
  • 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!
    green

    Vintage Apple Blossom Kologne Kiddle and Gertie, the green dinosaur…
    green2

    More green friends!
    green3

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
    green4

     
  • 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!
    stpattyshort

     
  • 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!
    walkingjamiestinky

     
  • 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
    stpatty

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

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

    Plus he tried on a vintage Dawn hairpiece!
    stinkydawn

     
  • 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
    dottedbestbuysa

     
  • 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
    australia3

     
  • 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.
    stpatricksday

     
  • 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
    shoestore

     
  • 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
    talkingpjdresses

     
  • 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!
    Silkstonesandcup

     
  • 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
    lazydayfrancie

     
  • 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…
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  • 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).
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  • 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!
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    Here is the same now!
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    Francie is going to stay inside and have a relaxing cup of tea!
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  • 02:14:03 pm on February 13, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Blizzard update – 2pm

    Can you see my car?
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    This shot taken from my back door.
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    I struggled through the snow and put the yardstick in on the top of the car – 16 inches and counting!
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    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!
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    Look at the snow bank next to my back door!
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  • 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…
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    5am
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    8am – stuck a ruler into the snow atop my car – it is at the 8-inch mark!
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    8am – a view down my street!
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    10am – ruler is almost covered at a little over 12 inches! (Later today I will take out a yardstick!)
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    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!
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  • 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.
    partyflounce

     
  • 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
    pinkandblackkenbarbie

     
  • 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.
    dunebuggy5

    Some of the smaller ones can fit in the back…
    dunebuggy6

    Stinky is very thoughtful and gives up his place so another nesting doll can go for a ride.
    dunebuggy7

    The purple Kizmo nesting doll reminded Stinky that he has his own Bananamobil!
    dunebuggy8

    Stinky decides to follow the dune buggy.
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    Off they go to more adventures! ;)
    dunebuggy10

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

     
  • 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.
    dunebuggy

    Articulate Silkstone pulled him out because they have a surprise for him!
    dunebuggy2

    A super cool Dune Buggy!!!
    dunebuggy3

    Away they go! Stay tuned for their “adventure on the floor”!
    dunebuggy4

    Such a good boy!
    mamashelper

     
  • 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!
    brunettearticulated

     
  • 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!
    xoK

     
  • 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.
    rollerrinkstinky

    He realizes he can fit in that Easter cup…
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    I like this shot of him peeking over the edge!
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    Tammy gave Stinky some vintage Bakelite blocks that were in the big jar (after they had a good scrubbing).
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    And a pink plastic pig…
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    And some tiny cows (Stinky had better start reading up on animal husbandry if he is going to start a farm!).
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    And, look Fiona! He got a little kangaroo joey too!
    rollerrinkstinky7

     
  • 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.
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    A plastic Easter cup plus two glass jars full of mystery items…
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    A Barbie dune buggy – missing the trailer hitch and the flag pole for the back. (Stinky is very interested in this item!)
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    A close-up of the Tammy doll.
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  • 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!
    blackleathergroup

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  • 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…
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    Add cut up green tissue paper to make trees…
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    Stinky is very excited about the new scenery!
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    He can hide deep in the jungle!
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  • 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!
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    Painting in progress…
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    Working on the curtain…
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    Barbie takes a look at the completed theatre.
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    A side view with the removable scenery…
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    Stinky produced and directed the first play!
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    It featured Kiddles and Robots!
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  • 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…
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    Just got some fabric and sweet William kitty loves it!
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  • 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!
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    Here are the tiniest inner most dolls with Francie’s hand for scale – so tiny!
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