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  • 10:14:19 pm on November 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good evening ladies…

    R.I.P. David Cassidy.

    Day 21 HP challenge: Out of all the characters that died, if you could
    bring one back, who would it be.
    …Fred Weasley. It really hurt me when he died during the battle of
    Hogwarts. He was loveable and mischievous. I also felt for George
    because he lost his twin.

    Shirls…so glad you’re feeling a bit better…like those MA dolls, do you?
    Me too! Happy hunting :-) ..Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Your
    celebration will be low key and there’s nothing wrong with that
    …Tangerine Twist and City Chic, two of my faves!

    Kate…thanks for the link. Love the gray poodle and the music. The
    dolls and furniture were nice too. So cool that something you made
    was in a video :-)   …you’re welcome…yes, I liked MOTOE. It was a
    really good movie. I also saw the made-for-tv movies with Alfred Molina
    (2001) and David Sutchet (2010). They were really good too. It’s
    interesting to see how different actors put their spin on the Hercule
    Poirot character…that shade of blue really suits Francie.

    Jackie…ah, Maggie Smith, she’s one of my faves too!

    Walmart has this 18″ King from Skull Island and it comes with 3 3/4″
    figure. I love the way it looks.

     
  • 10:26:46 pm on November 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    The 30-day Harry Potter challenge

    Day 1: Your favorite book.
    Day 2: Your favorite movie.
    Day 3: Are there any of the films adaptations that you disliked because they’ve ignored important parts of the book.
    Day 4: Least favorite female character and why.
    Day 5: Favorite male character and why.
    Day 6: What house would you want to be in: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin.
    Day 7: Favorite female character and why.
    Day 8: What do you think would be your favorite subject.
    Day 9: Least favorite male character.
    Day 10: Which are more magical/powerful: Horcruxes or Hallows.
    Day 11: Which character would you say you are most like.
    Day 12: Which creature/animal did you like the most.
    Day 13: Least favorite movie.
    Day 14: Team Voldemort or Team Harry.
    Day 15: Who would be your best friends at Hogwarts.
    Day 16: Favorite professor
    Day 17: Did you enjoy The Deathly Hallows movie or did you think it didn’t do the book justice.
    Day 18: Least favorite critter or animal.
    Day 19: Do you prefer the books or films.
    Day 20: If you had to meet one member of the cast, who would it be.
    Day 21: Out of all the characters that died, if you could bring one back, who would it be.
    Day 22: Harry Potter or Twilight
    Day 23: Did any of the books/movies make you cry.
    Day 24: Any particular scene you wished would have been put in the movie but wasn’t.
    Day 25: Nineteen years later. Are you happy how it turned out, or do you wish something was different, i.e. Neville married Luna.
    Day 26: If you could be able to work one spell without a wand what would it be.
    Day 27: Would you rather own The Invisibility Cloak, The Resurrection Stone or The Elder Wand.
    Day 28: Would you rather be a Wizard or a Muggle.
    Day 29: Are you a Quiditch fan.
    Day 30: What affect has Harry Potter had on your life.

     
  • 10:24:28 pm on November 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…are you ready for Thanksgiving? It’s such a wonderful holiday.

    Day 20 HP challenge: If you had to meet one member of the cast, who
    would it be.
    …Kenneth Branagh, he played Prof. Gilderoy Lockhart and did it very
    well, might I add. This man is so talented. He’s an actor/director. I
    just saw him in Murder on the Orient Express where he directed and
    played Hercules Poirot. The movie was excellent. I’m seen him in
    interview and he’s a great conversationalist, very humble, very smart.

    Kate…thanks :-) …have you seen Beat Bugs? It’s a kids animated
    show on Netflix. It’s about 5 little backyard bugs and their adventures.
    The soundtrack is the music of the Beatles! Not cover versions, either!
    The original versions. The creator said that he wanted to bring their
    music to new generations. It’s such a cute show…great answers to
    the HP challenge…oh yeah, it would have been great to see some of
    the scenes you chose. So many really good ones were left out…I
    agree, don’t leave a scene out just to replace it with one you made
    up!…your girls look so schnazy in their colorful fashions. Love the gold
    skirt.

    Jackie…I loved the books too. I stared reading them when #4 came
    out so I read four in a row. Then the wait was on for #5, #6, and #7.
    The wait seemed eternal. I’m really tempted to give my hard copies to
    the library and buy the new illustrated version. They’re lovely…Harry
    Potter Land is on my wish list. I’d love to see it…ah, the royal bed
    chamber, perfect for a newly crowned prince.

    Fiona…thanks! I knooooow! I made out like a bandit at the Tea Party
    …Barbie WILL share her coffee. She has enough there for the whole
    neighborhood :-) …I can see that you find volunteering fulfilling,
    satisfying and rewarding. You do good work. Pat yourself on the back.

    Found these dolls at TRU. They are by Madame Alexander/Marvel,
    13.5″H and inspired by Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow,
    Spider-Gwen, and Black Panther.

    Captain America

    Black Widow and Spider-Gwen

    I’m so happy with this playset.

     
  • 04:22:41 pm on November 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday…

    Day 19 HP challenge: did you prefer the books or the movies.
    …hmmm, tough one. I usually prefer books over movies but in this
    case the story was so visual that it was interesting to see how the
    books were realized…did you see what I did there? I had my cake and
    ate it too :-)

    Shirls…love your girls. The blonde looks like Charlize Theron to me
    and I’ve always liked that leopard (?) hat…I think it’s funny that you
    went to a craft fair and didn’t fall in love with anything…hey, it happens
    …yep, those 22″ Tylers were door prizes too and two very deserving
    people got to take them home. I could have pick one but I don’t
    collect that scale so I left them for people that did, no need to get
    greedy…here’s the link to the Kingdom Dolls website. Eira , image
    9/46 in the gallery, is my fave!

    https://www.kingdomdoll.co.uk/home.html

    Jackie…check your Target. They might have renovated it too, you
    never know…I went in a completely different direction with the
    mannequin tree and used a Christmas tree that can be found at any
    craft store.

    Basically I just flattened the branches, put on a Barbie blouse, tied a
    candy cane ribbon on its waist and threw in some mini Hallmark
    ornaments…I might change the ornaments and add some lights…we’ll
    see…but this is more or less what the final product will look like.

     
  • 05:20:29 pm on November 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Day 18 HP challenge: Least favorite critter or animal.
    …well, that would have to be Kreacher the house elf from HP and The
    Order of the Phoenix. He was a real stinker!

    Kate…I knoooow! I got lots of goodies :-) thanks!…great choices on
    the HP challenge. Wasn’t Peeves a hoot?! He reminded me of Mr.
    Mxyzptlk from Superman. He was a trickster too. I agree, so glad all
    the actors were British…I love your doll shelves especially that Yellow
    Submarine.

    Jackie…holy cow, you ended Stinky’s adventures with a BANG! Loved
    all the photos, great looking castle. You did great building up the
    suspense by posting sneak peeks :-) So now he’s Prince Stinky.
    Seems fitting because he’s always acting like royalty, now it’s
    official :-) Thanks for sharing all his adventures. You and Shirls did
    such a great job hosting him. I love the way he looks in the bed.
    Three Stinkys could fit in there!…I enjoyed the HP books too and was
    sorry to see the story come to an end.

    Hallmark ornaments at TRU

    Now my Target is completely renovated and it’s looks fabulous! The
    last thing they did was put in a Starbucks.

    I went in to take a look around and found some Christmas ornaments
    …lots of coffee cups and a coffee press. These are great especially for
    people that put up food trees.

    Here’s the coffee press (3″) next to some 1:1 scale presses (10″).

    The press ornament is not 1:6 scale but it’s so beautifully made I just
    couldn’t resist.

    It works well with the big dolls too. Gooliope is 17″H.

     
  • 02:23:15 pm on November 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 17 HP challenge: Did you enjoy The Deathly Hallows movie or did
    you think it didn’t do the book justice.
    …yes, I really liked it and I liked the fact that it was split into two
    movies because it would have been really difficult to put all that
    information into two hours and even so they left some things out. Of
    course waiting for Part 2 was a killer but it was worth it!

    Jackie…Stinky looks so relaxed in the tub :-) and the rubber ducky is
    there to keep him company, love all the pink…no, I haven’t seen any
    Barbie sized mannequin trees. The smallest ones I saw were 20″H
    from Tuesday Morning but I think they would be relatively easy to
    make. I took out two of my plastic mannequins and put a sparkly
    blouse on the green one. Now I just have to go to Joann, buy some
    greenery, red and white ribbon and put it together. Then I’ll
    hang some of my mini Hallmark ornaments on it. I’ll see how it goes.

    This year American Girl released it’s first boy doll…Logan.

    Walmart did too…My Life School Boy doll.

     
  • 08:16:14 pm on November 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…
    Day 16 HP challenge: Favorite professor
    …wow, there were so many that I liked…Prof. McGonagall-
    Transfiguration, Prof. Hooch-flying, Prof. Sprout-Herbology. Remember
    when the students had to repot the Mandrakes?…what a hoot! And
    when the kids were petrified by the basilisk? She made the potion to
    bring them back again..okay, she’s my choice. I’m going to go with
    Prof. Sprout. She was so funny :-) and knew her stuff!

    Kate…thanks!…I never saw Dhoom: 3 either. I’m going to see if I can
    find it…yay! You’re going to a dolly Christmas party? Please take lots
    of photos!…oh my goodness, the little people are so cute and so tiny!
    All that kitty sitting sounds like fun. Gives you and your dad an excuse
    to hangout with some different critters…great choices on the HP
    challenge…I have no clue why Kylo is a baddie. I was taken aback by
    that and I hope it’s explained in the next movie.

    Jackie…Hermione, great choice. She was the brains of the operation!
    Yes, Emma Watson has really blossomed. I loved her as Belle
    …Stinky’s having breakfast? The pancakes look yummy…it’s great
    that you can help your neighbor with a donation… it’s nice seeing
    dads play house and have tea parties with their daughters :-)

    Here are all my door prizes. I told you I did good :-)

    Love the way it looks on the inside with the red roses.

    Gooliope and her new bag.

    Loved the box of cards.

     
  • 09:10:33 pm on November 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 15 HP challenge: Who would be your best friends at Hogwarts.
    …I don’t have a clue. I know I wouldn’t be hanging out with the
    people in the inner circle so probably with those in band and choir.

    Jackie…uh oh…Stinky’s adventure continues!…you’re right, having
    tea anywhere is great :-) but having it at the Grand is super!

    Shirls…great collage of gone-but-not-forgotten. They’re all my kinda
    girls. Love the white lace dress…thanks! We had such a wonderful
    time at the tea party…no, I had never heard of Pioneer Woman
    dinnerware so of course I had to do some shopping today and what’s
    the first thing I see when I walk into the store? You guessed
    it…Pioneer Woman dinnerware :-) Ain’t that a kick in the pants? It’s
    so colorful!…you know, I don’t know if the Pidgin dolls are resin dolls.
    I’ll have to ask somebody and get back to you.

    More tea party…the next four photos are of the door prizes. We all
    made out like bandits!

    More show-and-tell

    Evangeline

    Kingdom Dolls

    The End…

     
  • 09:18:29 am on November 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Heeelllooooooo ladies…

    Day 14 HP challenge: Team Voldemort or Team Harry.
    …Really?! This is another no brainer for me…Team Harry, of course!
    For some reason, because of this question, I got to thinking of Kylo
    Ren from Star Wars and how evil skipped a generation. His parents
    and so many others sacrificed so much to do away with the evil
    empire and now he’s trying to be a baddie. Why?!

    Jackie…you’re photos of Stinky and that cute little house are just
    Adorable (yes, with a capital A)! Aawww, a Thanksgiving kitty…I’m
    sure Stinky’s very happy with the treasure the Sorcerer’s apprentices
    and alien gave him. We all know he loves sparkly stuff. He must be
    part niffler :-)

    Some friends and I got together and had a Tea Party. We had a great
    time. Everything looked beautiful and the food was super tasty!

    One lump or two? :-)

    One of the lady’s made this cake and it was soooo good I couldn’t stop
    eating it!

    The sandwiches were very tasty. There were even some cucumber ones
    in there.

    These are the dolls I took for show-and-tell…all my Maddie Hatters
    and the Mad Hatter Ken plus ALL the tea items I could find in my
    stash.

    This is a Pidgin doll.   http://www.pidgindoll.com/

    I love that even the little critters are wearing hats :-)

    To Be Continued…

     
  • 09:57:33 pm on November 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Day 13 HP challenge: Least favorite movie.
    …#3 HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban…too much was left out and the
    story was not told in chronological order. It jumped around too much
    ..that said I did like the fact that it had some scenes that were very
    playful such as when the children were in the classroom and sending
    each other magical notes. That rang really true to me :-) It also had
    the Hogwarts choir with the singing bullfrogs even though music was
    never mentioned in the books as a subject. That seemed really logical
    to me.

    Jackie…nice photos…platinum haired Barbie looks great with the
    orange background…I really like the sofa where the Kellys and
    Chelseas are eating…I agree, I think the books were a big hit because
    the story was very interesting, it had a little boy as the main
    protagonist and it had universal appeal which is why everyone, young
    and old, read it. We knew that at some point Harry would have to face
    Voldemort but I don’t think anyone could have guessed how dramatic
    that finale would be. The story was basically a fight between good and
    evil which is something we can all relate to.

    Fiona…good hearing from you. Oh yeah, I can just imagine how busy
    this time of year is for anyone involved with the Salvation Army…I
    would really recommend the Harry Potter books. I like long stories and
    this one was VERY long, truly a story you could sink your teeth into. If
    you ever have time to read it, do so. I think you’ll love it…I love
    shoes too which is why the Monster High dolls were so irresistible to
    me…thanks :-) Maui is just under 16″H and Moana is 11″H.

    Shirls…thanks :-) I’m glad you’re feeling better…Can you imagine
    Maui with rooted hair?! He would have been out of this world! I love
    the big guy…so glad you’re enjoying your new dolly :-) …Hey, I’m
    with Katnis. No more trips with Stinky! Once was enough. Four must
    be a glutton for punishment.

    We got this doll at Barbie Convention Nashville 2015.

    Katrina Kaif from Dhoom:3

     
  • 09:27:44 am on November 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Day 12 HP challenge: Which creature/animal did you like the most.
    …well, that’s a no-brainer for me…Dobby!

    Jackie…that’s Prof. McGonagall 2, everyone else 0. I’m sure all
    teachers could use a magic wand in their classroom :-) …I love arts &
    crafts fairs. There’s always so much to see and buy…Maui’s tattoos
    are spectacular!…

    Shirls…I knooow…so much business to take care of after a long
    absence. Just remember that those things will still be there the next
    day so take it easy…oh yeah, Maui is a fast worker and a charmer :-)
    …the kids are having a Halloween party? Good for them. They all look
    great!…Kelly would like to hand you a Kleenex in case you need one :-)

    Barbie and her newest bike.

     
  • 10:48:58 am on November 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday…

    Day 11 HP challenge: Which character would you say you are most like.
    …hmmm, I think I’m most like Prof. McGonagall except I can’t turn
    into a tabby cat :-)

    Shirls…it’s good to have you back and I’m very glad to know that,
    little by little, you’re feeling better…I know it can be quite a task to
    scroll through weeks of posts. There’s a lot to see!…thanks for all your
    comments. You got it all covered!…yes, I remember when the guys
    went off in their sporty little red car and had that little mishap. They
    crack me up!

    Maui found a babe!

     
  • 10:30:53 am on November 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    November 11…Veteran’s Day

     
  • 10:28:44 am on November 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    The 30-day Harry Potter challenge

    Day 1: Your favorite book.
    Day 2: Your favorite movie.
    Day 3: Are there any of the films adaptations that you disliked because they’ve ignored important parts of the book.
    Day 4: Least favorite female character and why.
    Day 5: Favorite male character and why.
    Day 6: What house would you want to be in: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin.
    Day 7: Favorite female character and why.
    Day 8: What do you think would be your favorite subject.
    Day 9: Least favorite male character.
    Day 10: Which are more magical/powerful: Horcruxes or Hallows.
    Day 11: Which character would you say you are most like.
    Day 12: Which creature/animal did you like the most.
    Day 13: Least favorite movie.
    Day 14: Team Voldemort or Team Harry.
    Day 15: Who would be your best friends at Hogwarts.
    Day 16: Favorite professor
    Day 17: Did you enjoy The Deathly Hallows movie or did you think it didn’t do the book justice.
    Day 18: Least favorite critter or animal.
    Day 19: Do you prefer the books or films.
    Day 20: If you had to meet one member of the cast, who would it be.
    Day 21: Out of all the characters that died, if you could bring one back, who would it be.
    Day 22: Harry Potter or Twilight
    Day 23: Did any of the books/movies make you cry.
    Day 24: Any particular scene you wished would have been put in the movie but wasn’t.
    Day 25: Nineteen years later. Are you happy how it turned out, or do you wish something was different, i.e. Neville married Luna.
    Day 26: If you could be able to work one spell without a wand what would it be.
    Day 27: Would you rather own The Invisibility Cloak, The Resurrection Stone or The Elder Wand.
    Day 28: Would you rather be a Wizard or a Muggle.
    Day 29: Are you a Quiditch fan.
    Day 30: What affect has Harry Potter had on your life.

     
  • 06:18:51 pm on November 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Day 10: HP challenge-Which are more magical/powerful: Horcruxes or
    Hallows…hmmm, the seven horcruxes will make a person immortal
    but the person has to be evil incarnate to bring that about. The three
    Hallows have different powers that will make the owner invincible and
    immortal…so…I’m going to go with the Hallows.

    Jackie…Voldemort and Snape, baddies for sure! I didn’t feel bad for
    Snape. He could have been nicer to Harry.

    Okay, so now that I have Moana, I had to have Maui. Got this 16″
    Maui from Walmart. He sings and he talks :-)

     
  • 09:05:48 pm on November 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Day 9 HP challenge: Least favorite male character…wow, there were
    so many…but I’m going with Uncle Vernon. He made Harry’s life a
    misery.

    Jackie…oh yeah, Professor McGonagall is the best…that sign in your
    photo made me laugh.

    Kate…thanks :-) …that is a darling photo of Skipper and teeny tiny
    Pooh Bear.

    I found these Star Wars items at Barnes & Noble. I thought they were
    fabulous!

    Cute designer handbag from Nordstroms.

    Target has these sweater ornaments. I bought a hot pink one for
    Barbie.

    So here she is wearing her hot pink sweater. She’s holding a jacket
    ornament from The Container Store. The Barbie on the right is
    wearing a jacket ornament from last year’s Hobby Lobby collection
    and now this year The Container Store has it too.

     
  • 04:46:15 pm on November 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 8 HP challenge-What do you think would be your favorite subject
    …my favorite, which was never mentioned in the books but was in
    movie #3 , would be music. Can you imagine what those witches and
    wizards could do with their voices and musical instruments?! I’m sure
    they could cast a spell on their vocal cords so they could sing in 2,3,
    or 4 part harmony or more! Wouldn’t that be wonderful?! They could
    bewitch their hands so they could play amazing things on the piano,
    etc. In movie #3 we saw the choir at the beginning of the movie and
    bullfrogs were singing the bass line :-)

    Shirls…it’s good to have you back but I’m so sorry to hear about all
    your troubles, trials and tribulations :-( You have my most sincere
    condolences on the passing of your brother. It’s always tough loosing
    a loved one. And of course now you’re sick. Take care of yourself so you
    can heal emotionally and physically. Sending you good vibes…your
    Barbie is beautiful and I LOVE her fashion! That’s a great coat.

    I found The LOOK Nighttime Glamour Barbie at Barnes & Noble. I
    haven’t seen her in other retail store.

    Nordstroms…girls department

     

     
  • 08:34:51 pm on November 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 7 HP challenge-Favorite female character and why…this is
    another tough one for me because there were so many good female
    characters in the books. Okay I’m going to go with Prof. McGonagall
    because she was with Harry from the beginning. She was smart,
    practical and a no nonsense sort of teacher and I loved the class she
    taught…Transfiguration. It was really cool :-) …and…she could turn
    into a tabby cat…even cooler!

    Kate…give your dad my fondest regards! I went to a military
    miniatures show and it was out of this world. I’m never been to one
    and was left speechless by the tiny customized figures and
    dioramas. I’m going to post some photos later on so you can show
    them to your dad. He’s going to love them :-) …the Journey Girls are
    TRUs 18″ dolls and they compete with Mattel’s American Girl dolls…I
    didn’t know that about Effenbee, thanks for the info…you’re going to
    love Moana. It’s a very fun movie…I love that Green Ghost game. It’s
    so perfect for your dolls…I like your choices for the HP challenge…you
    know, if JK Rowling never writes another book in her life, she’s won
    her place in literary history with HP.

    Jackie…Gryffindor is a great choice especially since it’s Harry’s
    house :-) …I agree, JK Rowling was in the zone when she was writing
    those books…can’t wait to see your photos from Universal…so that
    upside down Christmas tree isn’t your cup of tea, huh? You made me
    laugh with all your questions :-)

    More photos from the garden center/flower shop. I really like that
    place because it always has some great seasonal decorations.

    They carry the Karen Didion elves with I really like. These are 10″H.

    A friend gave me these 2 wigs and I gave them to Dating Fun Ken.

     
  • 06:40:39 pm on November 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 6 HP challenge-What house would you want to be in: Gryffindor,
    Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin…anyone but Slytherin!

    Jackie…when we turn back the clocks is when I realize how many
    clocks I have!…I really liked Neville too…lovely landscape…good to
    know the kitties are okay.

    TRU has this lovely 18″ Journey Girl from Australia. Made me think of
    Fiona.

    I went to a local garden center and flower shop. The store is all dressed
    up for Christmas.

     
  • 02:27:07 pm on November 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I hope everyone’s enjoying their Sunday.

    Day 5 HP challenge: Favorite male character and why…this is a tough
    one for me. Harry would be the obvious choice or Dumbledore
    but…I’m going to go with Mr. Weasley. I thought he was a great dad,
    well loved by his family and I loved his obsession with the muggles. He
    also served as a surrogate dad for Harry.

    Jackie…glad your back safe and sound…it’s always good to see
    Stinky. He sure does know how to pamper himself :-) Those Barbies
    look great in their beachwear.

    I won a mandala vest on another board. Remember the cape I posted
    at the beginning of the year?

    Well, the mandala vest is basically the same thing except it’s crocheted
    and about 5.25″ across. I put circles where the arms holes are so you
    can see them better.

    I think it’s beautiful. SpongeBob SquarePants Barbie is wearing it. She
    was a gift from another doll collector who has passed away :-( so I
    really treasure her.

     
  • 12:59:11 pm on November 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Ladies…just to let you know that Shirls is back from her trip and will
    post on the board as soon as she can.

     
  • 11:05:12 am on November 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday…

    Day 4 HP challenge-Least favorite female character and why: Dolores
    Umbridge, for sure! She was at Hogwarts to teach Defense Against the
    Dark Arts, she was a spy for the ministry, a bully, abusive, sadistic.
    She made everybody’s life a misery including the staff. Imelda
    Staunton portrayed her to a “T” in the movies.

    Jackie…good choices in the HP challenge…watch Moana when you get
    a chance. You’ll really enjoy it…have a safe trip home.

    Marigene, Marie, Kate, Shirls, Fiona…waving!

    I’m really loving my new Moana set! She has 13 points of articulation.

    Moana’s fashion is beautiful and very elaborate.

    I’m not going to explain the symbols on the oar because I don’t want
    to spoil anything for those of you that have not seen the movie.

    The minions met the Kakamoras and pandemonium ensued. These
    little mischief makers had a great time together. One of them even
    keeled over from all the excitement just like Stinky :-)

    New graphics at TRU

    New display too.

     
  • 03:22:48 pm on November 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Day 3 Harry Potter challenge: Are there any film adaptations that you
    disliked because they’ve ignored important parts of the book.

    Yes, I didn’t like Movie 3 The Prisoner of Azkaban because it wasn’t in
    chronological order and they left out the quiditch championship! I
    mean…really? Gryffindor had been trying to win that championship
    since forever and that’s the part they left out of the movie? Couldn’t
    believe it.

    Kate…I really like that pink fashion. The polka dots in two sizes look
    really good, great job!

    I bought another Disney fairytale doll, Moana. She was released
    yesterday and is the 4th in the series. I tried to resist but couldn’t.
    Absolutely love her. She comes with Heihei (the looniest sidekick
    ever) and 14 Kakamoras (coconut armored pirates). Those Kakamoras
    are little stinkers. They’re tiny but their strength is in their numbers.
    There are a million of them!

    I haven’t removed anything from the case because I like the way
    everything looks in there but I will remove them at some point. I don’t
    know why but I feel like the minions and the Kakamoras will get along
    famously together and wreak lots of havoc :-)

    Mine is 964 of 6000 and has 13 points of articulation.

    This time it was much easier for me to remove the acrylic casing.


    Heihei is on Moana’s left.

    This is the shopping bag I got with Moana…it’s HUGE…31″ x 23.5″!

    Barbie got her photo taken at the florist.

     
  • 04:22:30 pm on November 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Okay Jackie, we’ll do the Harry Potter challenge.
    Since this is day 2 of the month I’m posting the first two answers.

    Day 1 your favorite book: the first one, HP and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I
    was so taken in by this little boy and the new world he was going to
    be a part of. For eleven years he knew he was different but he didn’t
    know why. He was treated like a pariah by his family and all of a
    sudden he finds out he’s a wizard, the chosen one, has a lot of money,
    becomes the center of attention and goes off to live with people that
    can do weird things just like him. Wow!

    Day 2 your favorite movie: #4 HP and the Goblet of Fire. I knew HP
    would end up being one of the competitors but wondered how J.K.
    Rowling was going to get him there. Loved all the challenges and the
    pacing of the movie was perfect. This is also were we meet Luna
    Lovegood who turned out to be one of my favorite characters.

    Barnes & Noble has a large Harry Potter section. New illustrated
    editions of the books have been released and they’re really nice. If I
    hadn’t bought the original set, I’d buy these.

    Book 1…they are about 11″ x 9″.

    Uncle Vernon and cousin Dudley trying to keep Harry’s admissions
    letter from him.

    Book 3

     
  • 07:58:34 am on November 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Today is Day of the Dead in Mexico. This is the day to remember
    family and friends that are no longer with us. This day is
    simultaneously somber and festive. The cemeteries are packed with
    visitors, graves are cleaned and festooned with marigolds, the official
    Day of the Dead flower, mariachis walk around and sing to them.

    Altars are placed in the home with photos, foods, flowers and other
    items the deceased might have liked.

    You start your day by having Day of the Dead bread with your coffee.
    It’s very tasty, sprinkled with sugar and decorated with femurs.

    People also write “Calaveras”, poems to the dead.

    There are different types of candy sold on this day, sugar skulls being
    the most popular.

    This is the most iconic image of death that I can remember. She is
    “La Catrina”.

    Here is my La Catrina, Skelita Calaveras. May our loved ones rest in peace.

     
  • 11:47:03 pm on November 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Okay, Jackie asked about doing another challenge and I found a Harry
    Potter one. Is this something you’re interested in? I don’t know if
    there are any Harry Potter fans here. I’m a HUGE fan but we can take
    a pass on this one if no one is interested.

    The 30-day Harry Potter challenge

    Day 1: Your favorite book.
    Day 2: Your favorite movie.
    Day 3: Are there any of the films adaptations that you disliked because they’ve ignored important parts of the book.
    Day 4: Least favorite female character and why.
    Day 5: Favorite male character and why.
    Day 6: What house would you want to be in: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin.
    Day 7: Favorite female character and why.
    Day 8: What do you think would be your favorite subject.
    Day 9: Least favorite male character.
    Day 10: Which are more magical/powerful: Horcruxes or Hallows.
    Day 11: What character would you say you are most like.
    Day 12: Which creature/animal did you like the most.
    Day 13: Least favorite movie.
    Day 14: Team Voldermort or Team Harry.
    Day 15: Who would be your best friends at Hogwarts.
    Day 16: Favorite professor
    Day 17: Did you enjoy The Deathly Hallows movie or did you think it didn’t do the book justice.
    Day 18: Least favorite book.
    Day 19: Do you prefer the books or films.
    Day 20: If you had to meet one member of the cast, who would it be.
    Day 21: Out of all the characters that died, if you could bring one back, who would it be.
    Day 22: Harry Potter or Twilight
    Day 23: Did any of the books/movies make you cry.
    Day 24: Any particular scene you wished would have been put in the movie but wasn’t.
    Day 25: Nineteen years later. Are you happy how it turned out, or do you wish something was different, i.e. Neville married Luna.
    Day 26: If you could be able to work one spell without a wand what would it be.
    Day 27: Would you rather own The Invisibility Cloak, The Resurrection Stone or The Elder Wand.
    Day 28: Would you rather be a Wizard or a Muggle.
    Day 29: Are you a Quiditch fan.
    Day 30: What affect has Harry Potter had on your life.

     
  • 01:52:09 pm on November 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Barbie Hello Kitty doll is on pre-order at barbie.mattel.com

     
  • 10:41:33 am on November 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…today Catholics celebrate All Saint’s Day. It’s a day to
    remember the Saints and all the innocents (i.e. infants/children) who
    has passed on before their time.

    Jackie…I don’t have another challenge but I’ll give it some thought.

    I know most people don’t like to think about Christmas till after
    Thanksgiving but for me the earlier the better. I’ve been going around
    to different stores to see their holiday items.

    Walmart

    Pier 1 has some of the most elegant items.

    They also had some mini mannequin trees just like Tuesday Morning
    but theirs were 24″H.

     
  • 11:05:57 am on October 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Halloween!

    Day 31 Your favorite ending: Pinocchio

    Jackie…you certainly have gotten lots of enjoyment from Disney :-)
    no, those sweaters were not hard to put on. I just put plastic gloves
    on Ken’s hands so as not to snag the yarn and it slipped right on.

    Kate…yeah, I really like the cell phone chairs too…the photos with the
    kids playing the Green Ghost game are perfect for Halloween. Love
    how it glows in the dark :-)

    I was hanging out with some dolly friends and these are the dolls I
    took for show-and-tell. My theme was Same Style, Different fabrics.

     

     

     

     

     

     
  • 11:31:31 am on October 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning everyone…

    Day 30 How has Disney made an impact on your life: it’s given me
    countless hours of entertainment.

    Jackie…thanks, love that handbag too!…Tomorrow is the last day of
    the Disney challenge. Time just flew by!

    I was at Tuesday Morning and they were all ready for Christmas.
    This is ceramics from Boleslawiec, Poland. It’s in the SW of the
    country almost near the Czech Republic/Germany border. I’ve always
    liked the look of it.

    They had 5ft mannequin trees and…

    …20″ ones.

    They had two walls of chocolate/candy/cookies, one on either side of
    the register. Their chocolate is amazing. I buy lots of it to give away.

    I like buying sweater ornaments and they had three. I used to buy
    them at Michaels but they’ve stopped selling them :-(

    My guys look a little aggrieved :-)

     
  • 10:17:55 am on October 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning ladies…

    Day 29 what moment would you want to experience for yourself: the
    rags to riches moment in Cinderella. I love the way she looks in her
    beautiful new gown. That was truly a magical moment!

    Jackie…so your trip is winding down. Hope you took lots of photos!…
    glad you enjoyed the shopping trip.

    Saw this at Target.

    This is from the 2017 Hallmark Signature ornament line and just
    PERFECT! for Barbie :-)

     
  • 04:39:30 pm on October 28, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday…

    Day 28 Do you prefer Pixar or traditional animation: Pixar

    Kate…thanks :-) I love the AG girls too but, like you, I have no room
    for them!…Stinky would look great in that little boat but I hear ya,
    he’s going to have to do without…your Halloween decorations are just
    darling! Francie looks so cute and of course Stinky and Cornetto would
    have to climb to the top of that pumpkin :-)

    Cell phone chairs from Claire’s at TRU. I have the blue one, bought
    the pink one for Kelly.

     
  • 04:26:20 pm on October 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Day 27 Which character do you think you’re most like: None

    Jackie…that scene with Dumbo’s mom was a tearjerker for sure…I
    like the WellieWishers for the same reason.

    Displays from TRU

    Found this fashion at Walmart

    Same style, different fabric

     
  • 04:27:42 pm on October 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 26 What moment do you think is the saddest: when Bambi’s mom dies.

    Fiona…so you’re rehearsing Cruella de Vil with the band?! What are
    the odds? It can’t be a coincidence that you’re way over there and
    we’re way over here and we’re all thinking about Disney. Small world,
    huh? I agree, that was a fun movie.

    WellieWishers Emerson and Camille

    Kit 1934

    Z Yang

    Z Yang flash drive

    Walmart

    Walmart

     
  • 11:26:48 pm on October 25, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Day 25 What moment do you think is the funniest: anytime Heihei is
    on screen in Moana. That rooster just cracked me up!

    Kate…yay! Cubby it is!…I like the Disney sets too. I thought I would
    only buy Cruella but I really like Moana too!…the Space Race
    outfit is super duper! Love the little thingy she’s holding in her hand.
    Yes, the little ghost looks overjoyed at seeing the poodle. That is such
    a cute photo :-)

    Jackie…your trip sounds very colorful!…I love that song from Robin
    Hood. Good choice!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcGU8OUXCDE

    Yep, people can get a little crazy with Halloween. I’m just amazed at
    some of the decorations, almost as elaborate at the ones for Christmas.

    I went to the American Girl store to see what I could see.
    Maryellen 1954

    Nanea 1941

    I think she has such a great face!

    Melody 1964

    WellieWisher Ashlyn…doesn’t she have the sweetest face?!

    From Walmart

     
  • 04:12:45 pm on October 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 24 Disney Challenge favorite villain song: Cruella de Vil

    Kate…nice choices on the Disney challenge. The “Mustard” quote
    cracked me up!…that lion cub needs a name so here are some
    suggestions, in no particular order: 1) Leo (predictable but to the
    point), 2) Leonard and you could call him Lenny,  3) Evan (don’t know
    why but he looks like an Evan to me), 4) Cubrik and you could call
    him Cubby. I’m sure you will come up with more options…yes, I think
    my Target will be all done for Christmas too. I wonder if they’re going
    to have a grand re-opening?…very nice Halloween decorations. How
    cool that they glow in the dark.

    I went to the Disney store and they had 4 of the 5 fairytale gift sets
    on display. The Little Mermaid was the only one missing. Moana and
    the Kakamoras will be released next week. I’m so tempted! So here
    they are in order of release: Cruella and the Dalmatians, Rapunzel and
    Flynn, Robin Hood and Maid Marion.

     
  • 07:07:46 pm on October 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 23 Disney challenge favorite love song: Baby Mine from Dumbo

    Jackie…take care, be safe and have fun.

    TRU has events every weekend. They were setting up for the L.O.L.

    Surprise/Num Noms trading event. They were giving out Monster High
    and Disney princesses posters and an L.O.L. Surprise keychain. I got
    that :-) Not a lot of children showed up but it was fun hanging out
    with the ones that did.

    Saw this at Joann.

    Target had two Barbies in special display cases.

    Barbie and the Rockers Barbie

    Dolphin Magic Isla…don’t know if any of you have seen this movie but
    it’s very cute.

     
  • 12:36:56 pm on October 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday everyone…

    Day 22 Disney challenge favorite Pixar film: Toy Story

    TRU has two new styling heads. Love the blue streak on this one.

    Ready for adventure!

     
  • 12:31:18 pm on October 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    More than half way done with the Disney challenge.

     
  • 12:51:37 pm on October 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday…

    Day 21 Disney challenge favorite sequel: Toy Story 2

    Kate…I agree, Re-Ment has great details especially when you realize
    that their products are mass marketed. Their quality control has been
    consistently good through the years. I have lots of their food products
    but also lots of their non-food toys like the Hello Kitty set and the
    Chemistry set…I think Mattel made the Camping Fun blouse that way
    so it would hang well around the waist, which is does. The less fabric
    the better it drapes. I was able to tie it back the way it was and it
    looks great :-) …that little lion cub looks so darling. It has the
    sweetest expression on its face. Have you named it yet?

    Jackie…I think working at Disneyland/world could be a very positive
    experience because you’d always be surrounded by happy, optimistic
    tourists.

    Waving to Shirls, Marigene, Marie and Fiona!

    So you know my Target is being renovated and they’re almost done.
    The modifications to the parking lot are done so parking is back to
    normal.

    They’re done painting the exterior and the sign is up.

    I asked if they were done with the ceiling and I was told “yes”. Now
    they’re working on the grocery section and the coffee shop.

    I looked around the store and saw lots of fashions with roses on them
    so Barbie is on the cutting edge as always :-)

    Mattel has released Barbie on the Go. The dolls are 4″H, they come
    with a horse or car like this one…

    or individually packaged…

    or in a playset.

     
  • 02:09:17 pm on October 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hooray…it’s Friday!

    Day 20 Disney challenge favorite soundtrack: The Lion King

    Kate…good to know you’re okay and that life has been keeping you
    VERY busy!…thanks!…that Re-Ment set is just awesome! I love their
    stuff. Everything is so perfect and colorful. The cookies look so real! The
    spoon handles are adorable. Since you collect nesting dolls it’s always
    interesting to see the items you find to augment your collection…nice
    job!

    Shirls…thanks!…Stinky and Chelsea seem to be having fun and they
    both look so cute. Doby from Las Vegas, huh? Nice addition to the
    collection…sending you good vibes.

    Okay, so I know I said I wasn’t going to remove the shirt from
    Camping Fun Barbie’s waist but the temptation was too great. It was
    stitched into the back of her pants, just a few stitches that I easily
    popped with my seam ripper. The shirt was not meant to be worn,
    it’s small, doesn’t have a collar but here she is with it on.

    Barbie of Jakku with (a scale appropriate) BB-8.

     
  • 11:25:11 am on October 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 19 Disney challenge favorite scene: when Hopper gets his
    comeuppance in A Bug’s Life.

    Jackie…ha ha, cell phones make lots of errors :-) …have fun with
    your sisters!

    Shirls…thanks! I like the girl with the hat too. Amazed I didn’t buy
    her…so you’ve tried everything under the sun for that rash. Hmmm, I
    guess you’ll just have to let nature take its course…Stinky looks very
    comfortable in his new house. I think it suits him just fine. It has lots
    of rooms for him to wander around in.

    Another fashionista from TRU

    I’ve had this Barbie for a looooong time. Her head says 1989, waist
    says 1966, has a TNT body which is why I was surprised that this one
    size fits all fashion actually fits her. TNT bodies are very wide at the
    chest compared to Petite/Curvy/Original/Tall but, even though it’s a
    little tight, I got the Velcro to close.

     
  • 11:21:26 am on October 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Day 18 Disney challenge favorite villain: Mother Gothel from Tangled

    The Barbie Dream House is currently sold out in the Barbie shop. Did
    anyone here buy one? I don’t collect vintage so I didn’t.

    More fashionistas from Target

    Love the yellow and the lace.

    Love the freckles on her too.

    I really like how Mattel has its pulse on current trends. I just saw a
    woman walking down the street in a jean skirt that had the same
    flower design.

    The skirt looked like this but the flowers were like the ones on Barbie’s
    jeans.

     
  • 10:54:46 pm on October 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Day 17 Disney challenge favorite couple: Timon and Poomba from The
    Lion King.

    Shirls…I love Stinky’s new home! It’s just too adorable! For some
    reason it reminds me of a cake with white icing :-) It even has a little
    doggy door. You know, he is just one lucky dude. He’s so cute he gets
    everything he wants and then some :-) The white picket fence is
    perfect and the interior design is really great. Who made that house?
    Fisher Price?…I did CYE and returned it…ha ha, sometimes our brain
    says yes but our body says no  …so the poison oak is getting better
    but the bug bite is not :-( Have you tried Benadryl cream?

    Jackie…the Disney photos are so much fun. I love watching their
    shows and Cinderella’s carriage is TDF!…have fun and be safe.

    More fashionistas from Target

    She reminds me of Justine Bateman and I love the freckles.

     
  • 08:07:25 pm on October 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Day 16 Disney challenge favorite opening: 2016 The Jungle book. I
    liked this opening because I think it was the first time Disney included
    the opening as part of the movie. Here’s a link to it on youtube (I hope).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaygvMXYtsk

    Jackie…thanks for the tour of Disney. It’s really interesting to hear
    how things have changed. Nothing ever stays the same, does it? The
    price sure has skyrocketed!…loved looking at all the photos at the
    Disney store. I love walking around in there. The Snow White costume
    is super especially the fabric on the skirt. I saw it at my Disney store
    the day I bought Cruella. Oh to be five again…it’s so much fun going
    to toy stores, right? And the American Girl store is a wonderful place to
    visit. The displays are great and I’m very happy that everything is 1:4
    scale and not 1:6 scale otherwise I’d be in big trouble! The Wellie
    Wishers are so cute that’s why I was so happy to see Mattel release
    them in 1:6 scale so Chelsea could get a set because I wasn’t going to
    buy one for myself.

    Shirls…oh no! Poison Oak?! Bummer :-( I didn’t know that Flonase
    could stop the itch. Good to know…thanks! Booterpe’s hair is soft and
    luscious . Gooliope’s hair is stiff and frizzy so I think I’m going to wash
    it, condition it and see what happens. I’ll take before and after photos
    …Brazilian DOTW and Luciana would look good together, I think. I
    wonder if Mattel used the same eyelet fabric on their fashions? I’ve
    always loved the Princess of Imperial Russia’s headdress. The whole
    doll is wonderful…your Mod Hair Ken cleaned up really well. Now
    you’ve got twinsies :-) …you’ve got a lot of great dolls on that vintage
    shelf!

    Another Rocker doll from Target.

    They share the same fabric.

     
  • 10:32:47 am on October 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Day 15 Disney challenge favorite location: Zootopia

    Shirls…oh, yeah, now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Luciana is fa-bu-lous!
    Love all the iridescence. Her facial screening is perfect and I love
    her eyebrows. She’s articulated at the elbows/knees, I see, so I’m
    thinking she’s on a pivotal body. The eyelet fabric is lovely. Congrats,
    you’re going to have lots of fun with her.

    Jackie…thanks!…Lion King is one of the best musicals ever! I’ve seen it
    four times and every time I see something new and different. Julie
    Taymor outdid herself with the costumes and direction and Hans Zimmer
    did an outstanding job with the score! It’s a visual and musical feast!

    I was playing with my 17″ dolls and they were playing with their
    dolls :-) Here are my two Monster High Gooliopes (I renamed the blue
    haired one Booterpe) and Ever After High Maddy Hatter. Booterpe is
    holding Princess Peach, Maddy is carrying Cinderella, and Gooliope has
    Mini Lalaloopsy Rosebud Longstem (long name for a mini).

    I saw some new Chelsea playsets at Target.

    Love her jacket and the yellow tambourine.

     
  • 02:29:57 pm on October 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday…

    Day 14 Disney challenge favorite singing voice: Gazelle from Zootopia
    voiced by Shakira.

    Jackie…I’m having fun with the Disney challenge too. I think I’m more
    surprised by all the Disney movies I’ve seen!…your quartet looks nice
    sitting on the fence.

    Shirls…I liked Hei Hei too. He was so funny and he came through in
    the end :-) …I REALLY like the way my Ken looks as a Jedi Knight.
    That’s going to be his forever fashion so I’ll have to buy another
    Dolphin Magic Ken to redress…I don’t think you’ll have a problem
    finding that ewok. Just look for him next year during summer
    yard/garage sales which is when parents tend to clear out the “old”
    toys to make room for new ones…I love my Cruella. I’ve been having
    lots of fun with her. My friends really like her too…Yes, I too thought
    it was interesting that it was a guy teaching us how to microwave corn
    on the cob :-) …congrats on your new doll, Luciana. Looking forward
    to seeing her.

    I bought a new Camping Fun Barbie at Walmart. Mattel has released
    quite a few camping dolls through the years. This one is a personal
    fave. I took one look at her and she was in the cart!

    I’m dying to remove the checkered shirt from her waist (to check it
    out and put it on her) but if I do I’ll never get it to look that way again
    so it’s staying put. So here she is getting ready to take a long walk
    with her schnauzer (from Michaels), Snookie.

    I have lots of Barbie sunglasses but I think these are the best EVER!

    Love her hiking boots.

    There are three dolls in this set. I also found Ken.

     
  • 12:37:03 pm on October 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…Happy Friday the 13th!

    Day 13 Disney challenge favorite talking voice: Chief Bogo from
    Zootopia voiced by Idris Elba

    Shirls…time flies when you’re having fun. I see you had a wonderful
    time! Bummer that you forgot your camera :-( That Junk Jaunt sounds
    amazing! Can’t wait to see Stinky’s new house.

    Fiona…sometimes life does get in the way of our dolly fun, doesn’t it?
    Good to have you back and I’m glad your okay…I was very surprised
    by the reaction collectors had to the Sweetsville dolls. It was vitriolic!
    I only have two of them and now I’m sorry I didn’t by a full set…oh
    well, that’s life. I think they’re kinda cute.

    It’s hard to believe that the Sweetsville dolls were released in 2003,
    seems like a long time ago and they were only around for a few
    months. I only have two of them: a boy, Duke du Sucre, and a girl,
    Belinda (?) which I got at a yardsale. I think they made a good
    addition to my Kelly collection.

    I put their names in the graphic to make them easier to ID.

    They were only out for a short time, less than a year, but they came
    with lots of cute sets.

    Duke du Sucre and Belinda (?).

    They are the same size as Kelly 4.25″.

     
  • 07:10:00 pm on October 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 12 Disney challenge favorite kiss: Phillip kissing Aurora.

    Jackie…it’s always great seeing photos of Capt. Stinky!

    Target had some new rockers.

    They share the same fabric.

     
  • 03:32:04 pm on October 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 11 Disney challenge favorite quote (funny): Hakuna Matata-Timon
    from Lion King

    Remember the 2003 Target Exclusive Halloween Party dolls? I just
    got Spider Kelly as a gift. She’s my favorite of the bunch because I
    love her facial screening and her articulated knees. I now have four of
    her :-) So here she is with her hair cut and restyled. She’s wearing a
    Sweetsville fashion/shoes (those were the lemonhead dolls, remember
    them?). I love this little cutie.

     
  • 03:22:22 pm on October 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Jackie…here’s how I post photos from Flickr.

    Choose the photo you want to post and click on the down arrow at the
    far right.

    Choose “View all sizes”

    Choose the size you want. I chose Medium 640.

    Right click on the photo and choose “Copy”

    Come to the board and post the photo the way you usually do…and
    you’re done.

     
  • 01:18:26 pm on October 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…76 days till Christmas! Can you believe it?!

    Day 10 Disney challenge favorite quote (serious): “You can’t get what
    you want just by wishing for it”…Kiana from the Princess and the Frog.

    Kate…I purge my photos too otherwise the albums get unwieldy…time
    just flies, doesn’t it?…thanks :-) …that rainbow was magnificent
    …Madagascar was by DreamWorks…you were so close! It’s name
    was Meeko…I love the way Stinky looks in all his hats. That one is
    perfect for Halloween… I’ve always loved that ghost game. I had
    never heard of it until you started posting photos so thanks for that.
    Your little cuties look like they’re having a fun time. The fact that the
    game is fluorescent is a bonus!

    One more rainbow photo.

    Macaroons anyone? (Hobby Lobby)

     
  • 04:15:09 pm on October 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Day 9 Disney challenge favorite sidekick: Hei Hei from Moana

    Jackie…thanks!…I agree, rainbows are fun…I enjoyed the Robin Hood
    movie too…have a safe trip.

    More from Hallmark Debut

     
  • 04:10:39 pm on October 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday everyone…I hope you are all doing well.

    Day 8 Disney Challenge favorite animal: Nick Wilde from Zootopia

    More from Debut

    This log cabin would be great for the kiddies.

     
  • 11:20:22 pm on October 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday…

    Day 7 Disney challenge favorite hero: Robin Hood

    Today nature gave us the gift of a double rainbow. Everybody and his
    brother was out there taking photos :-)

    My photos didn’t capture its beauty.

    Jackie…sounds like you’re having a wonderful time.

    Phoenix Pope and I had a great time at Hallmark Debut.

    I bought four ornaments. The Soulful Saxophone was free.

    Kelly got a new bike.

    This ornament gets the “Best Use of a Snowflake Design” award.

     
  • 04:02:28 pm on October 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello, hello…

    Jackie…hello there!

    Day 6 Disney challenge favorite heroine: Alice in Wonderland

    From the archives:

    At the mall

    Gale and Peeta

     
  • 09:14:47 pm on October 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Day 5 Disney challenge favorite prince: Phillip from Sleeping Beauty

    Jackie…waving :-)

    Kate…thanks :-) …Carla is rocking that fashion. She looks so pretty
    and I love her curly handbag…forgot to mention that your little
    poodles are very cute too.

    From the archives:

    Draculaura and the Seven Minions

    Bananas anyone?

     
  • 01:47:32 pm on October 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Day 4 Disney challenge favorite princess: Cinderella

    Jackie…it’ll be a while before Florida gets back on its feet…stay dry!

    A little dental humor :-)

    Saw this giant chair at Bed,Bath & Beyond. Life is interesting, right?
    You never know what you’re going to find.

    From the archives:

     
  • 03:17:32 pm on October 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Day 3 Disney challenge favorite character: Flik from A Bug’s Life.

    Jackie…thanks!…have a fun time and take LOTS of photos!…yay,
    that’s two votes for tale as old as time :-) …I’m sure your animation
    cells are beautiful!

    TRU has this enormous LOL Surprise hemisphere. It comes with 4
    surprise balls, 5 fizz balls, 10 accessories balls. Ken is there for scale.

    Target just set-up it’s Day of the Dead merchandise in the Halloween
    section. The figures on the top shelf are 17″H.

    Remember I told you that I bought Hasbro’s Rey of Jakku with BB-8 to
    cannibalize it? Well I took everything off that doll that I possibly could
    to use on Ken or Barbie. Then I remembered that I hadn’t taken a
    photo of her once I removed her from the box so I had to put
    everything back on her! So here she is in all her glory. Ken got the
    light saber, belt with holster and BB-8; Barbie got the vest, sleeves,
    skirt, boots, and hands. The rest of her went into the Goodwill bin.

    I love this little cutie :-)

     
  • 05:46:55 pm on October 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    One of the reasons I like playing with dolls is because it
    gives me a respite from reality. In Barbie’s world everything is perfect.

    My heart goes out to all the people in Las Vegas :-( I have friends
    there but they’re okay. They’re just shaken by this senseless act, as
    we all are.

     
  • 05:46:02 pm on October 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…have fun and please be safe…Snow White? You went with a
    classic!

    Kate…thanks! I’m so happy with Cruella’s new look. I’m going to
    leave her in that fashion for awhile. That “leather” fashion is wonderful
    and you’re right, the coat just covers it all up…I have seen the
    Amidala doll deboxed and those fashions are lovely too…Fred Basset,
    of course! I knew he looked familiar!…Alice in Wonderland…great
    choice! Those fashions for your curvy doll look wonderful. I really like
    them both but that shade of blue is just lovely and the poodles are cute too!

    Day 2 favorite song: Tale as old as time sung by Angela Lansbury.
    This one was tough because the Disney discography is HUGE!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=343e0ymrvlQ

    Cruella wearing the Mattel Hilary Duff Red Carpet Glam fashion.
    I love that it has polka dots because it’s to theme :-)

     
  • 06:41:20 pm on October 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    How about if we have a little fun with Disney? Here is a 31 day Disney
    challenge. Just to keep it simple let’s do “animated” movies only.
    If this is not your thing…no problem. My favorite movie: Toy Story

     

     
  • 01:46:30 pm on October 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday everyone…

    Jackie…me too! That corn on the cob came out nice and clean!

    Natalia Okono is wearing Cruella’s fashion and rocking it! I tried it on
    a MTM body but it was too big and the fashion wouldn’t close. Natalia
    has a pivotal body which is narrower and perfect.

     
  • 02:59:11 pm on September 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday…

    Kate…thanks! …that corn on the cob was so fun to make. It was
    like a science experiment. All the while I was thinking: will it work?
    And of course it did. Cracked me up!…I know exactly what you mean
    about the shoes and yes, that slit down the back is very helpful…I
    knoooow, that puppy video just melted my heart. He was so fearful
    and reluctant at first and then at the end, when he got the hang of it,
    he was so happy…love that photo of your doll with all her fab fashions!
    The little doggy is so cute. Where did he come from?

    Jackie…I just made your concoction. I put everything in it except the
    pepper and it tasted pretty good :-) …so you made some corn on the
    cob? Wasn’t that fast and fun? And no mess! That was my favorite
    part.

    Here are my girls wearing their fashions with the ruffle on the bottom.
    The one on the far right is the newest one.

     
  • 11:07:14 am on September 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    People are so creative. Aren’t these skeleton cupcakes wonderful for
    Halloween? The heads are made of marshmallows, the spinal column
    is a cake pop stick and the ribs are yogurt covered pretzels. Got it from
    Hallmark.com.

    Ingredients
    12 marshmallows
    60 or more yogurt-covered pretzels
    1 candy necklace (cut the elastic and separate the beads)
    24 candy googly eyes
    Small tube white decorating gel
    1 dozen frosted cupcakes (we used white, but you could have fun with
    Halloween-y colors, or even chocolate frosting with crumbled Oreos so
    it looks like the skeletons are rising from the grave)
    12 cake pop sticks
    1 food safe marker

    Directions

    Poke one cake pop stick into the center of each cupcake, making sure
    you have a few inches sticking out the top.

    Get the heads ready: On one flat side of each marshmallow, draw a
    mouth (as happy or scary as you like!) with the food-safe marker.
    Then add two dots of decorating gel to stick the googly eyes on. (You
    can also just draw eyes on with the marker.) Set them aside.

    Stack the following on the cake pop stick for each cupcake: 1 yogurt
    pretzel, 1 candy bead, 1 yogurt pretzel, 1 candy bead, 1 yogurt
    pretzel, 2 candy beads.

    Break or cut the tops off 24 pretzels to use as arms. Stick them inside
    the top rib (see picture). You can add a little decorating gel to help
    them stay in place if you’d like.

    Top each skeleton with a marshmallow, with the head facing the same
    direction as the tops of the pretzels (they should look like ribs).

     
  • 06:07:17 pm on September 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Saw this video on another board and had to share…showing a puppy
    how to go downstairs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQqj9s5yPgw

    Jackie…thanks :-) you’re right, sometimes I can get the shoes on but
    not off :-) ..what’s up with photobucket?!

    Waving to Shirls, Kate, Marigene, Fiona, Marie!

    Two more Barbie and the Rockers dolls have been released at Target.

     
  • 07:49:49 pm on September 28, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Kate…thanks :-) yes, that dress is a one-size-fits-all. Can’t wait to see
    the fashions you’ve made for curvy…that upper shelf is so colorful. It
    showcases your nesting dolls very well :-)

    Jackie…thanks, I’m so lucky to have such generous dolly friends…
    the animal hospital sounds like it’s very comprehensive…sorry
    photobucket is being uncooperative :-(

    Remember this fashion from Target? It came with a gift card. I bought
    several of those cards just for the fashion. Love this cupcake chef.

     
  • 05:40:37 pm on September 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…waving :-)

    Out of the blue I was given this Moschino (mos-KEY-no) Barbie. I was
    really touched by this gift and of course I love her. I think she’s beautiful.

     
  • 05:28:05 pm on September 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Kate…several people I know have pre-ordered that dream house so I
    hope to see lots of photos of it when Mattel releases it. I think the fact
    that it comes with a doll is a huge plus!…your silkie looks lovely with
    her skull earrings and fashion :-)   perfect for Halloween!

    Jackie…walking down the beach is so relaxing.

    I found another sheath dress with a ruffle at Walmart. I really like this
    style and my girls look really good in it.

     
  • 12:00:35 pm on September 25, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hey there!

    Kate…thanks! I’m having a great time playing with Cruella and the
    Dalmatians. They are all very photogenic…thanks for the info on
    Cruella’s hair. I didn’t know that!…your Nyota Uhura looks lovely in
    her fashion and boots. You are such a good seamstress.

    Jackie…Madra’s coat does look like Cruella’s :-)

    If you have a Platinum Membership you can pre-order the Barbie
    Dream House reproduction from 1962 on BC. It will be available
    to the public October 16 and it comes with the doll. Images from BC.

    http://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-dream-house-1962-reproduction-fnd44

     
  • 10:28:48 pm on September 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…I hope your Sunday was grand. Mine was
    supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! :-)

    Jackie…I’ve always thought that Madra was a fitting rival for Gene.
    She looks great in that dress…no, the Dalmatians are not getting into
    trouble but they are a handful!

    Shirls, Kate, Marigene, Marie, Fiona…waving!

    Isn’t she pretty?

     
  • 03:51:46 pm on September 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…thanks!…like they say, great minds :-) I love that Kenvention
    furniture. I am going to dig it out and play with it…Stinky wasn’t
    interested in anything until they brought out the hats! He looks great
    in that captain’s hat. It was made for him :-)

    I finally took photos of Cruella. The lighting was poor and no matter
    what I did I couldn’t get it to look any better :-( This set was not
    meant to be deboxed. I had quite a time removing it from the
    packaging. Cruella’s skintone is what I call vampire white :-) and she
    comes with 13 points of articulation. Of course I love the articulation
    because I’m going to play with her and redress her. Can’t wait to try
    that fashion on Barbie.

    The outfit that she’s wearing is beautiful. The coat is soft and luxurious.

    She’s wearing a beaded necklace, and a two piece faux leather
    fashion: sleeveless top and floor length skirt with slit at left leg.

     
  • 06:05:58 pm on September 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hurray! It’s Friday!

    Kate… :-) so glad you liked the name :-) …you know, I almost needed
    an engineering degree to get those items out of their packaging! What
    an ordeal!…thanks!…I love the way Sindy looks sitting with the sock
    monkeys. They make a nice little group.

    Jackie…thanks!…so how did the siren saga turn out?!

    Okay, so everything is debox and in mint condition. Nothing got torn
    or broken…whew! First up are photos of the Dalmatians. They are so
    cute I can’t stand it!

    Pongo and Perdita…their heads are articulated, Pongo’s dog collar is
    red, Perdita’s is blue, collars are made of faux leather and the golden
    dog tags are metallic. I was surprised by how heavy the dogs were. They
    felt really good in my hand.

    The five puppies are unique and have different poses. Their heads are not
    articulated, their collars/dog tags are molded. There is one female and
    four males.

    The puppies have pink paws; the parents do not…loved that detail :-)

     
  • 03:02:53 pm on September 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    I was finally able to removed the acrylic case from my Cruella doll. I
    was being too gentle; I had to give it a REALLY hard tug. So right now
    I’m just enjoying her and the Dalmatians on the base. They look great.
    Later on I’ll remove everything from the base and really scrutinize her
    coat and fashion. Everything is tied down really well so it’s going to
    take me awhile to make that happen.

    Kate…thanks!…you know, the thing about acronyms is that you just
    assume that everyone knows what they mean (which is a fallacy). I’ll
    try and be more careful with that in the future…Stinky and little Socky
    found a colorful, puffy playground…how fun!

    From the archives…I need to take this store furniture out again and
    take more photos. It’s from Kenvention and I just love it.

     
  • 05:13:46 pm on September 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello, hello…

    Jackie…I’ve always like that Baywatch Ken, so handsome.

    Isn’t this a great shirt? Saw it at Target in the men’s department,
    almost bought it but I need another shirt like I need a hole in the
    head :-)

    Sighted at TRU

    I think she’s so beautiful.

     
  • 05:28:40 pm on September 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…nice cheerleaders!

    Shirls…thanks! oh no, Ken lost his head and got the boot?! Poor guy
    …Jaeme looks good. Love the earrings.

    Kate…thanks! …love how you’re going to recycle that box. Great idea,
    it’s perfect!

    Well, Disney just released the Disney Designer Collection Fairytale
    Series Cruella De Vil & Dalmatians. After jumping through several
    hoops I got her at the retail store. The packaging is very elaborate
    and heavy which is lost on me because you know I’m going to debox
    her. I absolutely love her. Here are some quick photos. I can’t figure
    out how to remove the acrylic casing but I’ll work on it and keep you
    posted. This is a Limited Edition of 6000 worldwide. Mine is #3575.

    Outer slipcover

    Acrylic casing…this is the one I can’t remove.

    These cheekbones could cut a 2″ steak! Love ‘em!

    Perdita, Pongo and five puppies.

     
  • 11:15:56 am on September 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Monday, Monday…time to start a new week.

    Shirls…thanks :-) …the Ice Cream Romper Barbie is a looker. Love
    that two-toned hair…since you’re a crafter, have you considered filling
    in Ken’s holes and matching the paint?

    Jackie…stinky went from space to ocean, from one big blue to another
    …he didn’t find his brother but he did find a space buddy out there…
    great idea of putting Stinky on a stand :-) …ah the beach! Nothing
    more relaxing especially when you’re surrounded by good friends who
    will take care of you and sing to you. Love the skirt :-) Is there
    anything he doesn’t look good in?!

    From the archives…2009 photo story

    Barbie: Hey sweetie, what’s going on?
    Ken: Got some storage boxes from Office Depot. We each get a set
    and you get first pick.

    Barbie: I’ll take the colorful ones.

    Ken: Why doesn’t that surprise me?

     
  • 12:20:42 pm on September 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there, hope you’re enjoying your Sunday.

    Shirls…thanks!…that’s a lovely suit on your doll. Looks very Chanel
    …and aren’t the Monster High shoes wonderful?! I would love to have
    every single pair ever released though I know that’s impossible.

    From the archives…

    Don’t they look good in glasses?

     
  • 11:08:12 am on September 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday…

    Jackie…thanks, the black suit is from Hunger Games Mockingjay Peeta
    …nice photos from the Bahamas.

    Shirls, Marie, Marigene, Kate, Fiona…waving!

    From the archives…Katie went to get her eyes examined.

     
  • 06:49:43 pm on September 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hurray for Friday!

    Kate…thanks :-) …you did good with that second painting and Stinky
    is certainly not short on talent!

    Shirls…definitely pretty in pink…so the puppy is playing tag with the
    cat, no wonder he’s wagging his tail off!…thanks for the info on the
    sneakers…thanks!

    I caved and bought Rey of Jakku & BB-8 because I wanted that
    lightsaber more that I wanted my next breath! I had toyed with the
    idea of buying lightsaber chopsticks but they’re a little too long for 1:6
    scale and I’m not good at customizing. I cannibalized everything I
    could from that set including the doll’s hands.

    I found this image on the internet and tried to imitate it.

    My Jedi Knight

     
  • 09:38:14 pm on September 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…that is such a beautiful Barbie and I love the color of Kelly’s
    hair. It’s always good to have lunch with friends and of course the
    Barbie family house is one of my faves.

    Shirls…there are so many things I like about your photo. First, the
    Barbie Family House. I have three of them. Don’t know why I need
    three but I have three :-) …2nd, I think your Barbie is lovely, nice
    facial screening…3rd, the sneakers are too cool!…4th, the puppy’s
    tail seems to be wagging away happily. Looks like he’s found
    something fun to investigate…no, I never threw my hat in the ring to
    host Stinky because I knew I wouldn’t have time to do it.

    From the archives

    The sewing room

     
  • 07:04:08 pm on September 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…I’m sure the Gene conventions were lots of fun…I remember
    meeting Bob Mackie at that convention.

    Kate…I’m so sorry but I can’t host Stinky :-( you know I love the little
    critter to bits but I’m just too busy and don’t have the time :-( …that
    headless Barbie scaring everyone just cracked me up! Even though
    the style is the same the fashions all look different because of the
    fabrics. I especially like the hot pink one.

    The renovations at Target are ongoing. I’m just amazed at all the
    changes they’ve made. It’s going to look really good once it’s finished.

    They’re whitewashing the outside.

    Part of the parking lot is closed off and they’re digging in there.

    They installed some curvy mannequins.

    TRU is done installing the Claire’s merchandise.

    This is the new Happy Meal set: four fun books to read.

    My Scene Kennedy got new glasses.

     
  • 11:38:03 am on September 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Shirls…Iced Coffee is a beautiful doll and looks great on display
    …you’re welcome. It is really surprising and sad that Gene doesn’t get
    the respect she deserves. I don’t collect her because I only collect 1:6
    scale but I really like looking at her. Her fashions are beautiful and
    well crafted.

    Kate…I was so excited that those shoes fit my Florida Teen Skipper
    because she’d been wearing the same shoes for years!…and I’m very
    happy to know that your LaVinia is shod too!…Michaels is such a fun
    store. I’ll be there for their sale too just to see what I can see…it’s
    always lovely seeing a group photo of your dolls.

    Jackie…I’ll never forget where I was that fateful day. I remember
    crying all day. What is it about humanity that thrives on cruelty,
    deceit, brutality and conflict? We have never been at peace with each
    other and with time things only get worse. We’re a mess :-(

    Fiona…the gift set shoes fit original and petite since they have the
    same size feet…you’re welcome. Because of the new body types it’s
    become easier to dress and shod our more unusual dolls…thanks for
    sending good vibes, take care.

    Portia Fulbright is on her way to meet some friends and is running a
    little late!

     
  • 10:34:25 am on September 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I was a little off my game yesterday due to September 11, 2001.
    May all the victims rest in peace.

     
  • 01:15:29 pm on September 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hurray! Football season has begun! Go teams!

    Jackie…good to know that your husband is doing okay with this
    weather system…ugg, what a mess!…Go quarterback Ken! :-)
    I guess Claire’s is there because they need to drum up some business
    and this is when people start shopping for Christmas presents so I’m
    sure we’ll be adding Claire’s items to our shopping carts :-)

    Shirls…that MA Halloween Leopard Happy Meal doll looks great for her
    age!…an Ashton Drake Gene in the Iced Coffee fashion with perfect
    hair for $6?! And she’s a redhead! You get bonus points for that!…You
    found some wonderful items…congratulations! I don’t think people
    have ever understood how significant Gene was to the fashion doll
    collecting world. She broke the Barbie ceiling. Barbie was 1:6 scale
    and designed for young girls/teenagers. Gene was 1:4 scale and made
    with the adult collector in mind. She was a small town girl who made
    good, became a famous movie star so we saw her in fashions from her
    movies and in fashions of her decade. I mean really, who doesn’t like
    fashions from the 1940s? If it hadn’t been for her we wouldn’t have
    Integrity, Tonner, JamieShow, and all the other adult collector fashion
    dolls. Madame Alexander dolls had been around since the 1920s but it
    wasn’t until Gene came on the scene that they released a 16″ fashion
    doll…thanks :-)

    I really like all the shoes I got from Mattel in the membership shoe pack…

    …but these two pairs are my ultra faves.

     
  • 06:11:39 pm on September 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone. I hope you’re enjoying your Saturday.

    Shirls…thanks :-) …so, do you plan on selling that Ken? He’s a cutie.

    Jackie…nice bows…that is such an easy way to make them :-)

    I was very surprised to see that my TRU had moved all the Hello
    Kitty/Monster High items and was getting ready to display items from
    Claire’s. This is a chain of stores that sells accessories/jewelry. I got
    the blue owl chair from Claire’s and I have found very nice 1:6 scale
    items there. Time will tell how much of their merchandise will be sold
    through TRU.

    I’ve always had a hard time finding shoes for Florida Teen Skipper
    because her feet are wider/longer/higher instep than Barbie’s. I tried
    Curvy’s heels/flats on her and they fit!

    Doesn’t she look great in her new shoes?

    I think we all love it when Mattel releases the same fabric in different
    items. Here is a dress and blouse to exemplify that.

     
  • 12:32:11 pm on September 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    It’s FRIIIIDAAAAY! :-)

    Okay, so what’s going on?! First we get bombarded by Harvey, then
    Irma and now an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico?! We’re under
    siege by Mother nature!

    Kate…thanks :-) …let us know what you find at Walmart and have fun
    …that first photo made me laugh. Stinky and the mini sock monkey
    are a hoot! Love the shape of the round nesting dolls, and
    interestingly enough they all look like they’re have a very nice time
    socializing…hmmm, and who is this mysterious paper lady that’s
    joined them? Wow, she and her friends are awesome. Now you can
    send nesting dolls to your friends in an envelope, very cool :-)

    Jackie…that is a very cool background. I love all the heavenly bodies.
    The fabric on the fashions is GREAT! Your dolls look wonderful! The
    photo of Kelly stargazing is too cute :-) …I’m sure Kelly, Tommy and
    Stinky put on a great show!

    Photos from Hobby Lobby…my dolls love going shopping with me and
    I love having them with me :-)

    Ken: What’s this?

    Ken: Who knew? :-)

    Barbie is looking for a new Christmas tree and this is a definite possibility.

    I like the graphics on these ceramic ornaments.

    I loved these BIG cupcake tree toppers.

    I really like putz houses. I know someone who makes them and they
    are really labor intensive which is why I’m shocked by how inexpensive
    they are.

     
  • 10:51:21 pm on September 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Shirls…thanks…some of the dolls on your shelf are faves of mine
    …Jinefire, I’ve always wanted to find a dragon to be her dad, still
    looking…One Modern Circle Melody, I’ve always like her hair style and
    the color of her hair…Video Game Hero Barbie with the two tone hair,
    love her face.

    Jackie…thanks…first Harvey and now Irma. Will we ever get a break
    from these disastrous weather patterns? Be safe.

    Still playing with Teen Skipper…this one-size-fits-all fashion is too baggy
    on her.

    This one-size-fits-all fashion looks pretty good.

     
  • 01:36:38 pm on September 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Walter Becker, half of Steely Dan, passed away on Sunday Semtember 3.
    I love their music and was very saddened by his passing. Their sound
    is unmistakable as are Donald Fagen’s vocals. Here’s a link to one
    of their songs, Do It Again.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgYuLsudaJQ

     
  • 01:22:56 pm on September 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Fiona…you’re welcome :-)

    Shirls…that LOOK Barbie looks great anywhere!…thanks!…the little
    guy with the red polka dots is Toad from Super Mario, Princess
    Peach’s attendant. She is on the sofa at the far right dressed in pink
    which is her signature color…the fairy dolls are Sparkle Girlz minis
    from Walmart.

    Kate…Force Friday was a day when companies released collectibles
    from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” movie that will
    premiere December 15. Few things sell out and it gives stores time to
    restock between now and then and get people all hyped over the
    movie. So you have lots of time to go from store to store and take a
    look at everything. I went to TRU/Target/Walmart/Walgreens to see
    how they showcased their items. It was great seeing all the new
    merchandise. Some of the stores had some of the same things but
    they also had lots of different items and they all displayed them
    differently. Ken, Barbie and I had a fun time checking everything
    out…thanks!…nice little bauble you got there. No wonder Stinky is
    entranced!…I looked up the Moomin advent calendar and found one
    that comes with 24 characters and a little building. It looks really
    cute!…I usually buy the Barbie playline calendar but this year I think
    I’m going to buy the Daily Dress calendar from the Metropolitan
    Museum in NY. It comes with a fashion a day and the month is color-
    coordinated. Photos from amazon.com

     

     
  • 07:40:52 pm on September 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hellooooooo ladies!

    Shirls…nice haul! I especially like the pets. I just bought a schnauzer
    for Barbie at Michaels…thanks :-) yes, a child can ride that two-seater
    landspeeder. That would be a great gift to find under the tree on
    Christmas morning :-)

    Jackie…thanks!…love the colors on the backdrop. They’re very pretty.
    Boy that Stinky sure does get around. Now he’s having a space
    adventure. The fun never stops!

    Fiona…good to have you back :-) Here are photos of Florida Teen
    Skipper wearing Petite’s Blue Brocade and Tutu Cool fashions. I took
    them off the dolls. Skipper has a slightly bigger bust and a smaller
    waist so I’m going to say she can wear most if not all of their fashions.

    Barbie is a doll collector too :-)

     
  • 02:59:49 pm on September 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Labor Day everyone…I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend.

    Shirls…congrats on your new doll. Love that two-toned blue hair! She’s
    a great addition to your collection…thanks!…thanks for the info on Iris
    …she’s beautiful!

    Fiona…oh no, you lost your post…bummer :-( …been there, done that
    …good to hear from you…see you soon!

    More Force Friday…this time we’re at TRU.

    This is the first thing we saw…Luke’s landspeeder! How cool is that?!

    I really liked this years Career Advent Calendar. This is the first time
    Mattel has included a Barbie.

    This Barbie doll advent calendar will inspire all year long with 24 days
    of gifts — with Barbie doll on day one followed by 23 career-themed
    clothing items and accessories!

    Be a ballerina, baker, ice skater, pet doctor and skier

    The baker cooks up fun with cooking accessories, an apron and
    cookies

    The ice skater glides into the championships in a purple skirt and ice
    skates; a trophy rewards her hard work and skill

    The pet vet cares for an adorable puppy with vet-themed accessories

    The fidget spinners are the pet rock of 2017 :-)

     
  • 11:44:15 am on September 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday everyone…

    Shirls…I’ve always loved LRRH dolls. Their costumes
    always look so good to me. Love the facial screening on your doll
    …boy, you got a lot of rain! Nature sure can be powerful…thanks :-)

    At Walmart on Force Friday.

    Ken had to have this x-wing fighter.

    He likes to admire his action figure collection. He has a lot of them and is always rotating them.

    Ken’s a Star Trek fan so Capt. Picard is one of his faves.

    He-Man…I am amazed that a 2″ figure can look this good!

     
  • 08:47:55 pm on September 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Kate…good to hear that you had a grand birthday!…thanks, and yes,
    those fashions are one-size-fits-all…what a great BIRTHDAY
    present :-) the sock monkeys are darling and it looks like they like to
    socialize so they’ll fit right in with the rest of the crowd! I especially
    like the photo of the SM looking at Sindy. He knows a cute girl when
    he sees her :-)

    Jackie…that 2 story house is so cute, love the living room chairs!
    Stinky is having a great time as usual…thanks, and yes, Mrs. Brighton
    is super smart! She makes her students work hard but keeps them
    very interested.

    So, did anyone go shopping on Force Friday? I went to several stores
    and had a great time. All the stores had giant Star Wars : The Last
    Jedi cutouts and the merchandise was readily available. I’m so glad
    the action figures are not 12″H because I’d be bankrupt! Here are
    some photos from Target.

    This was my favorite t-shirt.

    This was my favorite figure: the Praetorian Guard.

    I know some lucky child is going to get this bike for Christmas!

    Stormtrooper Halloween costume

    Wookie Halloween costume

     
  • 07:41:58 pm on September 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there Barbie lovers!

    Kate…thx for the lip balm info…love Stinky’s polka dot helmet!

    Jackie…Kelly’s party looks like a lot of fun, love all the fun colors and
    the piñata…so you couldn’t buy some Barbie goodies at Walmart
    because the technology wasn’t working? Bummer :-( Hope you can
    get them next time.

    Shirls…your MS Barbies look so nice, love the floral fashion…thanks!

    Classes start soon so Mrs. Shelly Brighton, the science teacher, is
    taking inventory.

     
  • 06:27:51 pm on August 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Kate…Happy Birthday to you…and many more!

     
  • 04:06:11 pm on August 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Shirls…I’ve always liked that photo of Stinky on the bed, so sweet
    …yeah, that Mackey facemold is beautiful…Teresa is a great facemold
    too. She’s been around for a long time…thanks!

    Jackie…you’re welcome…they cracked me up too :-)

    I found these fashions at Walmart…I love variations.

    The Center Stage sisters.

     
  • 06:15:32 pm on August 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Shirls…thanks!…wow, your girls are just lovely, like the way you’ve
    decked them out!

    Kate…yes, that mud splatter does make a difference…I agree, those
    MH Mega Blok figures are much sturdier which is why I bought them
    …ha,ha, Cornetto does look good enough to eat, right? :-) …I love
    your lip balm. I WANT ONE! At least Stinky knows that when you’re
    done with it he can have the “hat” :-)

    Some of my favorite facemolds:

    Neysa

    Steffie

    Louboutin

    Florida Teen Skipper

     
  • 02:40:09 pm on August 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    I contacted Marie to see how she was doing and she’s doing just fine.
    She doesn’t live anywhere near the flood zone so she and her family
    are in no danger…one less thing for us to worry about.

    Jackie…no more trivia? I hope your petition helps them change their
    mind in your favor…those WWE dolls just came out and I think Mattel
    did a great job with them…good to know your weather isn’t too bad.

    Kate…thanks!…Cornetto looks so cute. His mane looks like chocolate
    candy covered with vanilla icing and sprinkles :-) …Those minis your
    friend sent are just darling. I especially like the cracked egg.

    From Michaels

    Mega Bloks Monster High figures that I have so far.

    Found these drink markers at Target…aren’t they cute? :-) They’re about 3″H.

    This SUV comes with a Barbie. Gotta love the mud splatter. Saw it at TRU.

     
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