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  • 10:01:25 am on August 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday…

    Tomorrow is the solar eclipse! Are you ready?! I’m ready! Are you ready?!

    Shirls…that ewok IS actually in the box. It’s not a graphic…thanks!
    …so you like the names of my dolls. I try to give them distinguished
    names because they are easier to remember.

    I love going to TRU this time of year because the shelves are packed
    to the rafters. The Christmas shoppers will not be disappointed.

    Love the safety glasses.

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

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

    Jackie…thanks!…2 to 3 inches of rain per hour?! That’s a lot of rain!
    The other day the weatherman told us that 1″ of rain was equal to 1 ft
    of snow. Can you imagine?!…have a safe trip home.

    This is where I’d like to be right now :-)

    Phoenix Pope and I went to Michaels to see what we could see.

    We found these huge bullfrogs reminiscent of the ones used by
    the Hogwarts choir in Harry Potter The Prisoner of Azkaban.

    Lots of different skellies.

    Shirls…here’s the blue haired girl.

     
  • 10:43:06 am on August 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Yay! It’s Friday! Friday! Friday!

    Shirls…I, too, love that phrase “weather you can wear”, it’s perfect :-)
    I know just how you feel about some photos, been there. Sometimes
    it takes me forever to get the photo I want. I delete more than I
    keep…yeah, that action figure is very articulated for something that
    small…glad you enjoyed the photos…yes, Hasbro also has an action
    figure with a two-toned blue haired bob. Didn’t post that one because I
    was more interested in the light saber. Thanks for thinking of me :-)

    Chelsea 1 and Chelsea 2 playing with the Mattel Wellie Wishers.
    From left to right: Willa, Kendall, Ashlyn, Camille, Emerson.

     
  • 04:21:09 pm on August 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…sounds like it’s really hot over there, good to know your
    husband is doing better.

    Found this one-size-fits-all at Walmart. Love the kitty ears.

    Barbie gave Ken a new action figure and he loved it!

    It’s 2″H, has 11 points of articulation, 2 weapons and a stand.

     
  • 04:38:32 pm on August 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    After the new body types were released, Mattel changed the packaging
    on the fashion and accessory packs. Now they all come with this
    legend. It tells you which doll fits the fashion and/or accessory.

    It depicts Original/Petite/Curvy/Tall. This one tells us that whatever is
    inside fits all body types.

    Jackie…thanks!…I hope things are starting to settle down for you and
    your family.

    Diana Prince is ready to go to the gala.

    She’s carrying the “Godkiller” sword.

    Sister set from TRU.

     
  • 08:56:14 pm on August 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Kate…Curvy and Tall have the same sized feet so yes, they can wear
    the same shoes. Here’s a shoe pack for them. Madame LaVinia has
    high heeled feet and this pack has three of those: red/blue/black
    …yeah, the Queen of Hearts was just loud and funny….Stinky
    incognito just cracked me up!

    Jackie…sure, you can call those wellies. Nathan comes with a fishing pole
    so he uses them to go fishing…so sorry to hear about your sister’s
    kitty :-(

    Shirls…so the adventure comes to a fitting end with everyone safe
    and sound and back with Queen Elinor…whew! I’m sure they can all
    use a vacation!…when it comes to being villainous I’m torn between
    Maleficent and Ursula. Remember the scene where Maleficent turns
    into a dragon? I was horrified! And Ursula took advantage of Ariel’s
    naiveté and deprived her of everything she had in order to give the
    inexperienced teenager what her heart desired. Off with her head I say!

    I got two of this year’s Despicable Me 3 Happy Meal toys.

    Banana Flipper Minion…Despicable Me 2 minions are welcoming him
    into the fold. He fits right in, doesn’t he?

    Despicable Deck…the cards have rounded corners and are very
    colorful, just the way I like ‘em! Chelsea 1 and Chelsea 2 are showing
    them off.

    Back of the cards

    I saw these Hasbro Star Wars female action figures at Walmart.
    Barbie is there for scale.

    I would buy this one just for that light saber!

     
  • 04:35:07 pm on August 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Kate…hey, Stinky’s room got a makeover…looking good. Now there’s
    a place for everything and everything has a place :-) Cornetto looks
    so cute carrying the bag over his ear :-) Stinky has a lot of cute stuff
    …Tom Jones? Yep, they do have the same curly hair.

    Jackie…thanks!…little by little your lives will get back to normal. Just
    be patient. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing.

    Every time I see a new MTM doll I feel the need to buy it!

    Walmart


    Nathan, the new neighbor, came over to play and brought along his Tigger.

    Tigger is in the back introducing himself to the Wellie Wishers.

    Some of my Color Guard wanted to say “Hello!”

    Got some new stamps. Of these ten, who was the most villainous?

     
  • 09:52:25 am on August 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday…

    Shirls…isn’t City Chic a beauty?! People have been buying her left and
    right!…that photo of Antiope vs. the Evil Queen is priceless!…thanks :-)

    Macaroons from Hobby Lobby

     
  • 06:51:17 pm on August 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday everyone…

    Kate..thanks :-) …those tattoos on Tokidoki Barbie are fab but I am
    going to rebody her…let Stinky know that I’m at his party in spirit.
    Love all the goodies. I hope he doesn’t get a tummy ache from all
    those tasty sweets. Everybody looks so happy. I’m sure they’re just as
    relieved as he is…and he got some celebrity guests! What a lucky guy!

    Jackie…waving and sending good vibes!

    Shirls…love the group photo. Everybody looks wonderful!…the fairy
    village is just charming…you should go back into the files and copy
    and paste your text/photos into a word file if you haven’t already.

    From TRU

    I love Ken’s new look.

     
  • 03:14:57 pm on August 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Jackie…good to know your husband is doing better…wearable
    air, huh? That’s funny :-) …be safe.

    Kate…thanks!…I agree, I really like the MH dolls with their younger
    siblings…whew! I’m glad Stinky’s been cleared of all wrongdoing and
    gets to keep the red ruby…Yay! Party on Stinky!…love the little joey
    playing with the rock-a-stack :-) …you did great on Stinky’s tag team!

    Shirls…Wow, that story was EPIC! I went back to see when you
    started it and the little fairies started announcing Stinky’s arrival on
    May 7. We saw him for the first time on May 11 exhausted from his
    trip, poor thing, and sleeping in the fairies’ bed. You have keep us
    entertained for many moons!…I’m so relieved that none of this was
    his fault…and he gets to keep the ruby…bonus!…boy, that Antiope is
    fierce! She does have a “mess with me at your own peril” kind of
    face :-) and she knows how to handle herself. Strong, quick, reliable,
    you definitely want her on your team…and as far as the yeoman is
    concerned, he better shape up or ship out! He’s lucky he’s getting a
    second chance. If the King hadn’t been so generous it would have
    been curtains for him! And he’s a handsome devil, fools anyone with
    that pretty face.

    Fiona…oh definitely, a sharp pair of scissors is a must for cutting
    Barbie bangs…glad you got a chuckle from some of the photos :-)
    …Pawla is wearing a sleep mask because she’s having a family
    sleepover…no, Layla is not a musician though she loves music, she’s a
    computer nerd. She can hack into anything but only works for the
    forces of good :-) …oh yeah, around here everyone has to ask for
    permission to sit on a chair. Pets rule!

    I got three items from convention.

    Space chair

    Bud vase 7.5″H…I was going to use it as a glass but was intimidated
    by its beauty so it’s going to grace one of my shelves.

    10th Anniversary Tokidoki Barbie

     
  • 05:21:58 pm on August 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Shirls…you’re always so busy with your yard work and it’s worth it if it
    keeps your yard from flooding…thanks :-) …I would definitely give
    the Evil Queen a wide birth. She looks like a mean one! Loved how
    you described the apple :-) …it’s good to know that Antiope’s
    sleuthing has paid off. That yeoman better be careful; he doesn’t
    know who he’s up against.

    Layla Girard is trying to find a good place to read her book but
    someone beat her to it.

    A compromise has been reached :-)

    (blue owl cell phone chair from Claire’s)

    Current Happy Meal campaign from the Emoji movie. They are 4-5″W.

    Target has this great cape for little girls and it’s reversible!

     
  • 07:25:53 pm on August 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Kate…thanks! I really enjoyed that Chelsea photo shoot…yes, Mattel
    discontinued Kelly (4.25″H) in 2010 and renamed Barbie’s little sister
    Chelsea (5.5″H). She has had several changes in facial screenings
    during the past seven years…I really like those patterns Shirls sent
    you. Are you going to make any of those fashions? Love the casual
    ones on the left…I really liked that cutie from Brisbane too, might get
    her…yep, comic con was a blast :-) …that cat shirt is TDF! I would
    have bought it in a heartbeat!

    Shirls…so Katnis and Four arrived at the castle and the yeoman is
    MIA…hmmm…where could he be and is he in anyway involved with
    the disappearance of the ruby?! The plot thickens!…I’m loving how
    you and Kate are keep us on pins and needles. Nice tag team,
    guys! :-) …that photo of the King and Queen is fa.bu.lous! Love
    it!…aawww, thank you :-) It took me three days to gather all those
    items and two days to put them away! It was worth it because I really
    liked how the photos turned out.

    Jackie…it feels good to be home, right? Take care and I’m sending
    good vibes your way.

    From TARGET…Monster High dolls with their siblings.
    Laguna and Kelpie Blue…gotta love those names :-)

    Clawdeen, Weredith and Barker Wolf

    Pawla Wolf is the same size as Chelsea.

    Cleo, Sandy and Lux de Nile…are you enjoying those names as much
    as I am? :-)

    The siblings also come in single packs. I love Sandy’s high chair

    Pharrah De Nile

    15″ Treesa Thornwillow, daughter of a tree nymph :-)

     

     

     
  • 05:57:44 pm on August 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello Barbie lovers…

    Shirls…poor Stinky III is worried so it’s a good thing you’re keeping
    him busy. It’s fun that you’re always doing something with the
    dollhouse…thanks, glad you enjoyed the photos. Those turtles were
    super interesting and the handlers were very informative…I agree,
    that Popster Poppy was a looker!

    Jackie…ah, you’re finally home, whew…what a relief!

    Fiona…thanks :-)   I thought that mini doll was so darling :-)   I hope
    you find her in your neck of the woods. Yes, they come with a pet
    which is in the pet carrier so you don’t know which one you’re getting
    until you open it…you had so much fun when you went whaling. It’s
    always good to have a wonderful experience when on vacation. That’s
    not always the case…oh yeah, those turtles were too much! You
    should have seen how the children reacted to them. They were so
    excited!…in regards to your question about straight bangs I tried
    finding a tutorial on youtube but the crafters just do it free hand which
    was no help! Here’s what I came up with taking into account that I’m
    not a crafter and have never done this. I would put a plastic band
    around the doll’s head making sure it’s straight, tape it tight and
    stabilize it with straight pins. Then I would cut under the plastic band
    with VERY shape scissors. I know Kate and Shirls can give you some
    really good advise. I hope they chime in…the photo I posted cracked
    me up. She looks like My Favorite Martian :-)

    Of course I bought the skateboarder Chelsea (SC) so my poseable
    Chelsea collection is growing :-)

    Here are some of my older Chelseas so you can compare the facial
    screening.

    The articulation on SC is different from my other Chelsea but it’s still
    great! SC can’t spread her legs out as wide as my other Chelsea. She
    also has molded shoes which is fine with me. She has 3 click knees,
    her hips click when you move them forward/backwards and her legs
    are shapelier.

    SC can’t cross her hands but my other Chelsea can.

    These Chelseas have their name on their shoes!

     
  • 06:05:36 pm on August 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday…

    Kate…you know, you and Shirls should have been writers. You’re
    stories are really interesting. I love a good mystery and this one has
    piqued my interest. I’m looking forward to the reveal. Of course when
    Stinky’s involved you never really know what’s going to happen :-) I
    love where he hid the ruby, in a chamber six compartments deep! He
    looks so cool in that first photo.

    Jackie…stay strong!

    Shirls…yes, Lanie comes in a gift set with two other fashions. Can’t
    wait to see what yo do with her once you have her in your hot little
    hands!…I know exactly how you feel about getting 3 new dolls. I just
    bought that skateboarder Chelsea and I love her. Congrats on your
    new dolls. They are all fab! I think Mattel did a great job with
    Antiope’s celebrity sculpt (Robin Wright, remember her as Buttercup
    from the Prince Bride?)…so the ruby’s a mystery to you? I’m telling
    you, with Stinky you never really know what’s going on!…Fiona
    mentioned that the wrens might nest there again. That would be very
    cool, right, because they sure did keep you entertain…so Katnis, Four
    and Stinky III are on their way to Tanglewood Castle with Antiope
    following right behind them. Hmmm, I wonder what could be the
    matter? I know you’ll keep us posted but I’m intrigued.

    Fiona…hello, good to have you back. Your trip sounded wonderful and
    terrifying at the same time. Those whales look huge! But then on the
    other hand it is lovely to commune with nature :-) …I found a new
    line of mini dolls at Toys R Us which were from all over the world and
    the first one I saw was from Brisbane! They are about an inch high.

    We went to a comic con and had a wonderful time!

    There were lots of cosplayers which is my favorite part.
    Newt Scamander from the movie Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.

    The Joker

    Stormtrooper…you can’t have a comic con without a stormtrooper or two :-)

    There was a lot to see and do. There were some people from a pet
    store who exhibited 9 turtles. This one was my favorite because of its
    unusual markings. It’s a diamondback terrapin and it had white skin with
    black lines on its head and black polka dots on its feet.

    This was an alligator snapping turtle. The white arrow is pointing to a
    red “worm” that it uses to lure its prey. This one was ferocious!

    This turtle weighed 70 lbs. and was faster than a speeding bullet!

    We shared our dolls during lunch.
    Wonder Woman and Penelope Primrose holding a Pocket Pop WW keychain.

    Shopkins Shoppies Macy Macaron Visits France.

    Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark from Iron Man.

    S.I.S Kara

    Funko Pop Luna Lovegood from Happy Potter.

    A dynamite girl sitting on an owl chair from Claire’s.

    Popster and Welcome to Misty Hollows Poppy Parkers

     
  • 08:38:57 pm on August 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday everyone!

    Jackie…thanks!…still in the hospital? I’ll keep my fingers crossed that
    you get to go home soon.

    Shirls…a little makeover?! You’re kidding, right? That is a major
    overhaul and Barbie looks great! New hair cut, new body, new fashion,
    just what the doctor ordered :-) …so back to the foreclosure House
    and beach hut. Like you say, little by little it’ll get done…thanks! It
    was so sweet of my friend to repaint my dachshund. I wanted it to
    look more like a real dog and now it does…I agree, that farmer Barbie
    is very cool. Did you buy her?…so you’re little wren’s fledged?! How
    exciting that you got to see it happen. You  are one lucky lady!…I’ve
    been having a hard time not buying dolls because my TRU is packed
    to the gills with merchandise. They’re getting ready for the Christmas
    season. Every time I go to TRU I buy something…uggh!…you’re
    welcome :-)

    Kate…you’re welcome :-) …I like that rocker Barbie VERY much too!
    Wow, Stinky made out like a bandit! Look at all that stuff he got on
    his travels! LOVE the red tequila hat. He finds the best hats! And that
    sarape is TDF! Mad Max’s chain cracked me up! I know he’s be reliving
    his adventures through those goodies for a long time.

    You know, sometimes I don’t have any new photos to post and other
    times I have a huge backlog of photos to post. Right now it’s the latter
    which means I won’t have to take photos for awhile.

    My Target is being overhaul from top to bottom. It’s going to look
    great when they’re done.

    I bought another Lanie to restyle.

    I found another Chelsea with the same articulation as the Chelsea with
    the horse. This one comes with a skateboard ramp. As you can see
    the doggie does a flip on the ramp.

    The knee articulation is different from mine as is the design of the calf.

    Here’s my Chelsea.

     
  • 12:11:07 pm on August 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Yay…TGIF!

    A friend repainted my dachshund from the BBQ set.
    Before

    After :-)

    From TRU…Barbie the Builder comes with its own LEGO
    set…how cool is that?!

    TRU also had this new line of dolls.

    The girls are out for a ride.

     
  • 09:28:59 am on August 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Jackie…hopefully your husband will be released soon and you’ll be on
    your way home.

    Shirls…yep, that curvy doll is very cute, love her hat…thanks!

    Target had the Halloween Barbie/Chelseas and the Christmas Chelsea
    too. I’m not posting photos of them because they’re reissues from last year.

    From Target

    I really like it when the back of the boxes have an activity.

    K-mart

    This is a pink translucent unicorn with an ice cream cone as the
    unicorn :-) Barbie is there for scale.

    This is from Target. She reminds me of Blake Lively.

     
  • 12:08:22 pm on August 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…tell your hubby to hang in there. Things will get better…I miss
    Marie and Marigene too. I hope they’re doing well…good to know
    Stinky got there safely.

    Shirls…thanks for posting a photo of Wrenny Penny’s nest. I was very
    curious about it. It looks perfect there!…so that’s the lamp you got at
    the flea market. I just assumed it was 1:6 scale but I now see it’s 1:1
    scale. It’s very pretty. I love all the colors and the little round
    “marbles” remind me of candy…yum :-) …uh, oh, things are a little
    crazy at Tanglewood Castle? I’m waiting with baited breath to see
    what happens!…thanks! I knoooow! Chelsea is so charming. Hard to
    say no to her :-)

    Kate…I agree wholeheartedly! Mattel is doing a great job with the
    new sets which is why I’m having a hard time resisting them…yes, I
    heard about the convention in Kansas. That would definitely be a fun
    one to attend. Barbie and Hallmark, my two loves :-) …I looked on
    youtube for videos of that talking Barbie cause I wanted to see what
    she said. It was really cool!..that’s such a cute little mushroom!

    Sighted at Target

    This Barbie is just my cup of tea! Fantasy hair, bright colorful fashions!

     
  • 09:59:58 am on August 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…I hope you are all well.

    Chelsea and I went to Hallmark to see what we could see.

    Hanging with Super Heroes.

    Chelsea: oo…Barbie bought me this dollhouse! I play with it all the time!

    Chelsea: This is one of Barbie’s Christmas elves. He helps us keep the tree moist.

    Chelsea: This is too big for me but I really like it. Wow, it sure is heavy!

    Chelsea: It was fun visiting the Teeny Tys.

     
  • 05:22:08 pm on July 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone. We are a small but mighty group :-)

    Kate…thanks :-) …you’re welcome, I knew you would enjoy the
    nesting dolls from Bronner’s. They always have some good ones
    …those nesting gummy bears are just darling. I like that they’re
    translucent. Your photo story is so cute. The rock a stack is the
    perfect scale for Stinky and friend. I thought about doing the same
    thing to mine that you did to yours but didn’t because knowing me I’d
    loose those little rings in a heartbeat! I also like how the bears and
    rings are in ROY G. BIV order :-) …congrats on your Squishy Pop doll.
    I love those little critters!

    Jackie…it’s good to know that things are progressing favorably for
    your husband. Be safe.

    Shirls…that photo with Stinky on the horse is wonderful. Everyone
    looks great. Love the fashions behind the DOTW…I hope you find the
    DOTD decorations you’re looking for. The only DOTD dolls that I have
    are my Monster High Skelita dolls…thanks! I really like that Chelsea.

    Marigene, Marie, Fiona…waving!

    Found some goodies at TRU.

    I wish I had room for such a large item :-(

    I think the Pet Care Center would be fun to play with.

    It comes with these four little cuties. I would buy it just for the
    hamster on the wheel.

    Loved this fashion set.

    Slumber Party

    Aren’t the bunny slippers cute?

    Birthday Party

     
  • 11:16:46 am on July 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday ladies…

    Shirls…I think Gabby missed her calling. She should have been a
    DJ :-) Love Max’s knife…I Googled images of the Edsel and I think
    you’re right. I never got a look at the front of the car (which would
    have been a dead giveaway) because there was too much traffic. I
    didn’t find a photo exactly like the back of that car but close enough.
    Thanks for the tip.

    Tuesday Morning is starting to display its Halloween/Day of the Dead
    items.

    Found this Club Chelsea and Horse set at TRU.

    Chelsea has rotational and hinged shoulder joints and articulated
    knees. This makes her very easy to pose and stand on her own.

    See you later alligator!

     
  • 03:55:55 pm on July 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Shirls…oh no, Gabby lost her job because she talked too much?!
    Wow, that’s interesting. I thought people that went to beauty parlors
    loved gossip. She must have done an awful lot of talking for her to get
    the boot…So Cleo is queen of all she surveys now? Well let’s see how
    she does…observing animal behavior is soooo interesting, right?
    People make a career out of it. Look at Jane Goodall and everything
    she’s learned and taught us about chimpanzees. I think that’s
    extraordinary…it’s good to know that Wrenny Penny has an ally in you
    and that you’re keeping away those pesky ants. They can be
    trouble…that skin so soft has a bunch of uses doesn’t it?! I know
    people also use it as mosquito repellant.

    Jackie…take care and have a safe trip.

    More photos from Frankenmuth.

    Every year Bronner’s has a different float in front of the store.

    I’ve been looking for a reindeer for Barbie but can’t seem to find the
    right scale.

    Lani wonders if she should get this bagpipe for her beau. He’d love it
    but she doesn’t know if she could stand the din.

    I had a meal at Slo’ Bones BBQ Smokehaus. There was live music, it
    was packed, noisy, the wait staff was harried and I had to wear my
    eye plugs so I could hear myself think. I had…

    …sirloin bourbon tips and they were very tasty.

    I saw this gorgeous car on my way home. Does anyone know
    what make/model it is?

    The End!

     
  • 03:08:55 pm on July 28, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    More photos from Frankenmuth

    Zehnder’s chicken topiary is a landmark.

    Here’s the third and final couple that I saw taking bridal photos.

    Dish towels from Bronner’s.

    Sky with the Bavarian Belle in the background.

    Go Detroit Tigers!

     
  • 01:10:35 am on July 28, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good evening, everyone…

    I’ve been looking at convention photos on other boards and I gotta tell
    you the Houston convention was one of the best ever!

    Shirls…okay, so let me get this straight…you found that Gloom &
    Doom Venus McFlytrap in original fashion at the flea market?! Wow,
    you are one lucky collector! She’s in great shape. Venus is one of my
    favorite MH dolls..you know I’ve always loved those glasses there on
    the left, right?…now I can’t wait to see the lamp :-) …thanks for the
    link on the Carolina wren. I learn a lot just by hanging out with doll
    friends…so cool that you can observe the birds bathing…if one Stinky
    is trouble then two Stinkys are double trouble! Love that car, it’s fab!
    And it’s a good thing that Stinky II was able to fix it so they could
    hightail it on out of there and back to civilization!…so Stinky’s time
    with you is over and he’s on his way to Jackie’s? Happy trails to him.

    Jackie…so sorry to hear about your husband. I’ll keep him in my
    thoughts and I hope he makes a full recovery.

    Kate…I didn’t try on those flip flops but I’m sure they would tickle my
    feet to death!…thanks!…yay, you got a Squishy Pop! Can’t wait to see
    it…the fabric on your little bear is lovely.

    Fiona…thanks :-) …no I didn’t buy those flip flops. They were a little
    too novel for me :-) …good to know that you’ve been having
    moderate weather…have fun in Hervey Bay…wow, whale
    watching…that sounds like lots of fun! Tell us all about it when you
    get back.

    Frankenmuth…I love this town!

    I’ve been meaning to try out the beignet place and I finally made it
    there. The only other time I’m had them was in NOLA and Disneyland.
    They were TDF! These were not good because they were insipid. The
    powered sugar gave them some flavor but not enough.

    I saw some really cute t-shirts.

    The town was packed because there was a Rock & Roll K-9
    event…family fun with dogs. All the dogs looked good but this one
    was the snazziest!

    Taffy pulling machine. It’s always fun watching it work.

    Love the landscaping.

    My favorite candy tree.

    1932 Chevy Coupe

     
  • 03:51:00 pm on July 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies of the club…

    Jackie…that’s a great table gift…the dessert looks out of this world :-)

    After I saw The Art of the Brick I went next door to Dow Gardens. It
    was beautiful and there were a couple of bridal parties having their
    photos taken. The locals use this garden as a hangout.

    Waterfall

    I really liked the design of the benches…aesthetic and streamlined.

    Saw these crazy flip flops at the garden store ;-)

     
  • 06:21:49 pm on July 25, 2017 | 0 | # |

    You say goodbye and I say hello…hello, hello…
    I don’t know why you say goodbye I say hello :-)

    Kate…Isn’t it fun to hang out with family? It seems like your niece just
    got there and now she has to go home!…thanks!…wow, you did have
    less nesting dolls a few years ago. They are lovely and when you pack
    them up they don’t take up that much room.

    Jackie…thanks!…John always wears a fabulous costume. He is SO
    creative and he’s a nice guy too…love the blue sweaters, great job!

    Fiona…thanks! Barbie and I had such a good time at that museum.
    There was so much to see!…I hope you’re not too cold down there.

    Shirls…you remembered correctly. That cute lace top is by Sparkle
    Girlz. It’s really pretty…thanks, I really enjoyed seeing all the art
    in that museum…thanks for the link on Stinky (describes him to a T)
    and the Hastings Museum. If I’m ever in that area I’ll definitely stop
    by for a visit…holy smokes! That’s no picklemobile! Stinky got himself
    a Prowler and in bright, shiny red. That’s a perfect car for him. He
    definitely won’t go unnoticed hot-rodding around in that…for sure, for
    sure :-)

    Here’s a photo of all the L.O.L. dolls I have so far :-) why is one never
    enough? I love these little cuties.

    I went to Midland, MI to see The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaga
    and then I went to Frankenmuth so I’ll be posting photos. I had a
    great time and the weather was super!

    I know you’re not going to believe this but I didn’t buy anything at
    Bronner’s…miracle of miracles! That’s the first time that’s every
    happened!

    The Art of the Brick is currently at the Alden B. Dow Museum of
    Science & Art till September 3. Then it goes to Moscow, Russia and
    then to London, England (in case you’re making any travel plans).

    Sky and Lani at a Michigan rest area.

    The Art of the Brick

    Girl with a pearl

    Mona Lisa

    David

    Sky is the T in ART

    The Scream

    Andy Warhol

    Nathan Sawaga

    Swimmer

    Lani and Venus de Milo…two icons…one photo

    Yellow is Nathan’s signature piece

    Nathan Sawaga

    Snap Zone – the LEGO play area

     
  • 03:46:43 pm on July 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…I hope everyone is doing well.

    Jackie…wow, I love that golden doll. She’s just my cup of tea :-)

    Shirls…the doll in the lace top is lovely!…so Stinky got a red little
    number?! Can’t wait to see photos…thanks!

    Fiona…thanks!…hope you’re staying warm…the birds are by GANZ and
    sold at Hallmark stores.

    More photos from the gem museum…I had such a good time!

    This diorama is entitled “The Hold Up”. The herd of buffalo is crossing
    the tracks so the train is at a standstill. Nature trumps technology :-)

    The perspective is wonderful.

     

    The figures are about 1″H. Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7NHWKbQuRw

    Museum store

    This farm diorama was fabulous too.

    Watching a tutorial on making a cabochon.

     
  • 10:05:10 pm on July 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Will be off line till Monday, see you then.

     
  • 06:16:13 pm on July 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…sounds like you’re having a blast!

    Shirls…thanks!…wow, you got your own Stinky! He’s going to have a
    blast in your house! He’s such a character :-)

    Kate…tell your niece I said “Hello!” Stay cool and see you later!

    I went to a gem and precious stones museum. There were so many
    wonderful things to see. There were lots of jade items which I love.
    When we were done with the museum we went to the museum shop
    and to the conservatory next door. The photos will not necessarily be
    in that order.

    Chinese screen

    Can you believe that the image on the left is a mosaic? It’s so finely
    polished that it’s hard to see the individual pieces. The artisans
    duplicated the image from the photo on the right.

    Detail of mosaic

    There were also about 20 dioramas. The animals were all made of
    precious stones. The work was really beautiful.

    Woodpeckers-jasper, tiger eye, feet 14K gold

    This figure was about 11″H-Henry the IV King of France, ivory, Italian

    Most of the items in the back were snuff boxes.

    This Last Supper is about 10″L.

    Florentine mosaic

    Detail of mosaic

     
  • 09:34:38 pm on July 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Jackie…thanks for the info! Can’t wait to see photos of everything!

    Shirls…so sorry to hear about your friend. I’m sending a virtual
    (((hug))) and my most sincere condolences….you’re right, Peru Barbie
    fits right in with your Indian scene. She is such a lovely doll, great
    colors on her fashion…thanks! When I go to Premiere I have a hard
    time sticking to my budget but I always do. I never buy more that I
    can afford.

    Last of the Hallmark Premiere photos.
    Cherry pie a la mode, anyone?

    Nostalgic Houses and Shops #34 in the series (far right). The other
    four are compliments. I always buy this series as a dollhouse for Kelly.
    I didn’t buy the compliments…yet :-)

    Mini tree and a tree skirt

    This little bear would have been perfect for Kelly and Tommy. He
    bangs on his drum when you pull him across the floor.

    There was a ton of Star Wars merchandise.

    Puppy love series #27

    Mischievous kitten series #19

     
  • 06:58:46 pm on July 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Jackie…Yay! You’re there! I’m so jealous! Have tons of fun!

    Today is National Hot Dog Day! Indulge!

    North Pole Tree Trimmers – 5th in the series. I have 8 of them
    because Hallmark released a repaint and a compliment for the series
    of which I have 2. They are about 3″H and are Barbie’s little helpers :-)

    He works in the hydration department. He keeps the trees moist.

    I’m going to take this one apart so Kelly can have some Play-Doh
    …wish me luck!

    This table top clock is just beautiful…it chimes every hour on the
    hour, it’s musical, it has motion and it has a light sensor so it doesn’t
    chime at night when the house is dark…double thumbs up for that!

    Michael had to have the leg lamp for the fishing cabin :-) It lights up
    when you pull on the cord.

    Kieran got a Superman action figure.

    Kelly got a Wonder Woman action figure, the Fisher Price chatter
    phone and a new doll house pictured above.

    My store had the Bluebird of Happiness and the Christmas
    Cardinal…had to have them.

     
  • 09:09:43 pm on July 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Don’t know if any of you know this but the BFC is down because
    membership starts Monday 24…this is such bad timing for me
    because National starts this week and people were starting to post
    photos. Now I can’t see them!…arrrrgh!

    Jackie…Bon voyage!

    Fiona…you’re welcome :-) …the OOAK artists do an amazing job
    especially for convention…glad you enjoy the Hallmark photos…I
    agree, the Barbies are fab!…the LE Barbie’s fur feels like a bottle
    brush but looks like fur :-)

    Michael had to have the Batcopter for his action figure and vehicle
    collection.

    Hallmark owns Crayola and every year they release an unofficial
    ornament. Hallmark has never declared it as an official series. I really
    like that they placed crayons on the floor of the merry-go-round.

    I think Ursula is one of the best villain’s ever.

    The tentacles are roiling giving the ornament a dynamic look.

    The same can be said about this Santa. He looks like he’s going 100
    miles an hour because his beard is blowing in the wind!

    Isn’t Marvin the Martian fabulous?! Gotta love a Martian that carries an
    A-1 Disintegrating Pistol…

    …and has a push broom on his helmet :-)

    This is the 22nd in the Madame Alexander series. She was too cute to
    resist.

     
  • 09:28:26 pm on July 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…I hope everyone is doing well. I couldn’t be better.

    People have already begun posting photos from convention. There are
    3 people posting photos on the BFC and Rebecca is sending Rogier
    photos that he is posting on his blog. Here’s that link:

    https://dutchfashiondollworld.wordpress.com/author/dutchbarbieworld/

    Jackie…wow, you’ve been busy, busy! Have fun at convention. If
    you’re a Barbie collector convention is where you want to be right
    now! It is truly a magical experience!…well, Venus didn’t win but
    Roger Federer did…and what a win! He didn’t lose any of his sets from
    the beginning till the end! That was quite a feat.

    Fiona…thanks! Yes, my dolls are collectors too :-) Like mommy like
    dollies. They collect all sorts of tchotchkes…dolls, Christmas
    ornaments, etc.

    Shirls…so glad you’re feeling better from the poison oak. What an
    awful thing to get… Arrowhead Chocolates from Oregon, huh? I had to
    look them up. They look delish and I can smell them through the
    screen  …boy, you’ve had a lot of rain. Our meteorologist told us
    that 2 inches of rain was equivalent to 2 feet of snow! Holy smokes!
    …and you got caught in that downpour…bummer!…thanks!…congrats
    on your Candy Stripes and Lovin’ Leopard fashionistas. CS is a
    personal fave and who doesn’t love a curvy?!…so Stinky’s sibling is
    here already?! And they have the same name? The fun continues!

    I went to Hallmark Premiere this past weekend and had a ball as
    always! So…this means that I’ll be posting photos till the cows come
    home! :-)

    This is the goodies table organized by the local club.

    My only critique was that the wall was too high for me :-( I couldn’t
    look at/handle/photograph the ornaments on top. Which in hindsight
    might not have been a bad thing. It kept me from buying more
    ornaments :-)

    Every year some ornaments catch me off my guard. This year it was
    this bird family: Dad, Mom, Son, Daughter. I loved them! They were
    1:1 scale and the colors were lovely.

    Of course the knitted effect didn’t hurt.

    The Barbies were fab!

    The Limited Edition Barbie was spectacular! She came home with me.

     
  • 07:38:10 pm on July 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…I hope everyone’s okay and enjoying their summer with
    the exception of Fiona who has to bundle up :-) …burrrr!

    Jackie…I’m so bummed that Venus lost. My money was on her :-(
    …IBM International Brotherhood of Magicians…I like that :-) It’s great
    that he’ll travel all over like royalty…have a safe trip home.

    Shirls…yes, I’m having a great time rearranging my doll shelves. It
    takes me a long time because I arrange a little, I play a little…thanks!
    …love that photo of Stinky with the Star Wars figures. They look so
    cute together!

    I got Lil SIS Swing sister. She came with a black rock & roll handbag
    and some pink cat eye glasses for her big sister.

    Did I mention that the shoes say R and L on the soles? Takes away
    the guess work. Love that detail.

    She looks cute in her glasses.

    SIS Swing and Barbie Mystery Mini 1995 (blind box too)

    I’d love to have 1985 too.

    I love it that the handbags are perfect for Barbie!

     
  • 09:49:53 pm on July 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…don’t know what happened to yesterday. Sometimes life
    just gets a little too crowded!

    Jackie…I looked up that magic convention online. Boy, it’s jammed
    packed with events just like National…I’m sure your having a great
    time!

    Kate…I love that Squishy Pop. It’s perfect for Barbie who’s also a doll
    collector. I’d love to have a pair but I’m not buying any more because
    I don’t want a duplicate…minions are so crazy, they all make me
    laugh. Their hijinks remind me of Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd, the
    roadrunner/Wiley Coyote which I consider the golden age of cartoons…
    wow, that peony does look a little unusual…POSA has always been one
    of my favorite dolls. She has such a beautiful sculpt.

    Shirls…thanks for the info on relieving poison oak. I’ll pass it along as
    needed. Hope you’re feeling better…Stinky and Charlie’s Angels! I
    love it! He definitely has a penchant for adventure and they’re not
    stay-at-home babes so they should have a great time together…Stinky
    and Sidney? He sure knows how to pick ‘em, huh? He’s having such
    great time at your home. I hope all the “wine, women and song” doesn’t
    go to his head :-)

    Fiona…no, the Squishy Pops are not ornaments. They are little dolls.
    My Barbie is a doll collector so it’s perfect for her collection. I didn’t
    know what I was getting till I opened it. They’re blind box toys…I’m
    totally in love with those L.O.L. dolls and their little sisters. The cute
    quotient is a 10….stay warm!

    I’ve been organizing my doll shelves. I still have a long way to go but
    having fun along the way.

    From the archives

    These little cuties came all the way from Australia!

     
  • 06:33:23 pm on July 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Jackie…Happy Birthday!…and many more! Hope you have lots of fun!

    So you’re at a magic convention. What happens there? I’m assuming
    you see people doing magic tricks, participate in workshops where
    they show you how to do tricks, buy products in the salesroom but
    quite frankly I really don’t have a clue…Wimbledon has gotten very
    interesting. Can’t wait to see the finals this weekend.

    Shirls…so glad you stopped by. It was getting kind of lonely…oh no,
    poison oak? Bummer :-( I hope you get rid of it soon!…thanks!…you
    know Stinky and the minions are a perfect pairing. All of them are
    mischievous and funny :-) Love that photo!

    From the archives
    Coach store

    Disney store

    Snow Bite and her 7 minions

     
  • 07:23:40 pm on July 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Shirls…yep, those are the glasses I remember and Ken is
    wearing a Dating Fun Ken wig…looking good!…I see Stinky is still
    having his great adventure…so who’s taking him on a ride in the
    wheelchair? :-) …nice clinic…since Stinky’s been there for awhile he’s
    taking the time to really look the place over. He doesn’t want to miss
    anything!…thanks! I’m enjoying the TDF…I agree, Leading Baby does
    look like Miss M…stay cool!

    Jackie…have a save trip! Take lots of photos!

    I really like the L.O.L. lil sisters so I’m posting another photo of Lil Curious QT.

    From the archives…for those of you suffering from a heatwave here’s
    Barbie swooshing down the slopes.

     
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  • 04:58:28 pm on July 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Kate…yeah, I agree, those articulated curvys are very cool. I saw
    photos of Madame Lavinia redressed and she looked fab!…thanks!…I
    love getting a new computer. It’s a little crazy at first trying to figure
    out where everything is located but after that it’s a breeze because
    of the upgrades and increased memory. Hang in there, you’ll do just
    fine!… so the little Russian doll has hightailed it on over to the
    Alexanders, huh? She’s in great company…have fun with your niece!
    …they’re called Squishy Pops because you can squish them.

    Jackie…I’ve been watching Wimbledon too. Nadal was just eliminated
    in 5 sets…bummer :-( A Nadal/Federer final would have been
    fantastic. Britain still has 2 people, male and female, in the running…
    the Ninimomo Grand Tour dolls looks wonderful. I remember seeing
    them.

    From the archives:
    The theme for this year’s National Barbie convention is “Blast off With
    Barbie” so my doll is dressed for theme.

     
  • 07:37:13 pm on July 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Jackie…wow, you moved 14 times? That’s a lot of moving!…I really
    like the Barbie in that red suit. Looks good especially with that dark
    hair…that Barbie collector wearing the Bob Mackie fashion always
    looked so good in the fashion shows.

    Shirls…we all love that striped suit, it’s iconic! Your 3 Barbies look
    great in that suit, and there’s Skipper with her marshmallows
    …mmm…yummy :-) …I buy my L.O.L. Surprise dolls on ebay from
    people that are selling their duplicates.

    Leading Baby

    She has stars in her eyes :-)

     
  • 07:18:22 pm on July 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Tour de France – Day 9

    Since the riders go all over the country we get to see some beautiful
    scenery. This was another mountain stage more challenging than
    yesterday.

    It was a grueling climb.

    The riders look like little ants down there.

    One of the riders was in a terrible crash. He ran off the road on the
    left, his bike fell into the ravine and the rider hit the mountain on the
    right. He was removed by ambulance.

    Crossing the finish line. It was close but the guy in the green jersey
    won this stage. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are given seconds: 10,
    6, and 4 in that order. The seconds are taken off their time. They do
    this after every stage so they really add up.

    Chris Froome won the yellow jersey again for best overall time.
    He came in 3rd so he got 4 seconds taken off his time.

    This rider won the green jersey for best sprinter.

     
  • 07:06:02 pm on July 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I’ve been watching the Tour de France. Today is day 8 of 21. I can’t
    believe anyone would actually want to put themselves through such a
    grueling contest. Today they went through the mountains.

    You would think that the spectators would stay out of their way but
    they don’t and sometimes the riders crash into them.

    Lilian Calmejane…he won today’s stage. This is the first time a
    Frenchman has won in a long time so the French were ecstatic!

    Crossing the finish line…he got a cramp just a few miles from the
    finish line and lost some ground but toughed it out and won.

    He’s riding for Team Direct Energie.

    Podium ceremony…I love it that the models wear the same colors as
    the person on the podium.

    Chris Froome (Great Britain) also got his moment on the podium
    because he was the overall leader so he got the yellow jersey. If he
    keeps this up he’ll be the winner of the TDF.

    Lilian also got the polka dot jersey which made him king of the
    mountain because he had the best time.

     
  • 06:39:15 pm on July 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…I hope you’re enjoying your Saturday. Mine has been
    delightful and delovely :-)

    Jackie…that convention doll is beautiful. I’m sure everyone loved it…
    nice place you’ve got there…thanks!

    Fiona…bummer that the mini mixie q’s are so expensive over there
    because they’re lots of fun to play with as I can attest. TRU doesn’t
    have much new merchandise between January and June but when July
    comes around…BANG!…the shelves start to fill up in time for the
    Christmas season…I wonder that happened to the thesis lady too.
    Would have been nice to know the results of her research…take your
    time with that reroot, you’re in no rush and sooner or later you’ll be
    done. I’m sure Skipper is going to look great!

    Fanime and Lil Fanime

    Cat and Mouse :-)

    Felicia has a new handbag courtesy of an L.O.L Surprise doll and Lani
    is wearing a new dress.

    Lil Sisters are perfect for Kelly….PERFECT!!! Don’t you just love it when
    a plan comes together?! :-)

     
  • 04:46:28 pm on July 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Jackie…yeah, my favorite backpack was the one with the hair
    too…hmmm, that pool looks inviting.

    Shirls…yep, that backpack with the hair was a winner for sure…the
    uniforms in the fashion exhibit were for the girl scouts and the
    WAVES…I need to take My Size Barbie shopping too just like your
    friend…L.O.L. Surprise dolls are “blind box” toys. You don’t know
    what’s inside till you open them…the vintage dolls are gorgeous! They
    look fabulous in those fashions….I have that vanity. It’s one of my
    favorite pieces.

    Found these Squishy Pops Barbies (blind box) at Kmart. Kmart doesn’t
    have a big Barbie aisle but they always seem to have something TRU
    and Target don’t. I bought one because I didn’t care which one I got.
    They are 1 3/16″.

    Side of the box…there are 12 in Series 1.

    The black band is a removable stand.

    From the archives
    I got the previous Happy Meal minions…couldn’t resist so here’s Barbie
    and her 7 minions :-)

     
  • 05:25:49 pm on July 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…the glass exhibit at the park just keeps getting better and
    better. Thanks for sharing all the photos.

    Shirls…you’re welcome…yep, Felicia was the belle of the ball. I take
    my Barbies out and about all the time and I’m always surprised by
    people’s positive reactions…so no happy meal for you, huh? Aww,
    poor baby :-( and I understand completely…wow, your vintage girls
    are wonderful. I don’t collect vintage dolls but I can sure appreciate
    them and their fashions, and Stinky’s just happy to be surrounded by
    all those beautiful dolls.

    Saw this backpack with hair at TRU…so cute! If you buy a backpack
    you get a free lunch kit…sweet deal.

    I went to see a fashion exhibit by Mainbocher. This is Haute Couture
    at its best.

     
  • 04:51:25 pm on July 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Kate…Felicia and I had a great time at the celebrations. We went to
    two of them…I’m always amazed at stilt walkers too. I can’t imagine
    doing that…aww, that group photo is lovely. Everybody looks great!

    Jackie…minions are a hoot, aren’t they? They just crack me up…I
    love Trix. They’re tasty and fun to watch because they float…looks
    like your girls are having a good time poolside.

    Fiona…thanks!…yes, I actually went to two celebrations on the 4th,
    one in the morning (posted photos) and another in the evening (see
    photos below) Like Jackie said we usually have hot dogs, hamburgers,
    potato salad, etc. People can get pretty creative with their red, white
    and blue food too. Then when I got home I watched “A Capitol 4th” on
    tv which is the celebration from Washington D.C. So after all that I
    feel patriotically fed till next year :-)

    Shirls…thanks!…it’s always fun catching up with family. The
    telephone is a wonderful invention. Thank you Mr. Alexander Graham
    Bell!…Felicia was a big hit yesterday. People were taking her photo
    and asking me about her left and right. It was definitely the fashion.
    She was stylin’…that girl is #27 Sweetheart Stripes. She was in the
    first wave of fashionistas. I couldn’t resist that blue and black
    hair…Snooty Miss sweater-clad is a big hit. All my friends bought her
    and the new articulated curvy as soon as they were released. They are
    both great dolls…post your happy meal minion when you get it.

    #27 Sweetheart Stripes

    Interestingly enough I only took 3 photos of the evening celebration. I
    got caught up in the event. I didn’t even take a photo of the orchestra!

    Rehearsing the Color presentation.

     
  • 04:36:30 pm on July 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…I hope you’ve been enjoying the 4th of July. Mine has
    been super duper!

    Kate…I know just what you mean about a holiday during the week,
    and believe me, it doesn’t take much to confuse me :-) …thanks, glad
    you enjoyed seeing all my goodies…so which Happy Meal minions did
    you and your dad get?!…I love those LOL Surprise dolls and of course
    if I get the sister then I have to get the little sister too!…wow, loved
    the ending of your story. The little bear went from being a lowly little
    potato seller to a little Czarina! How cool was that?! Presto.. chango
    ..bang! Even Stinky didn’t see that one coming :-) Her fashion is
    worthy of her new status.

    Jackie…you’re welcome…I have always used Flickr but there are lots
    of other photo hosting sites out there…I’m loving your patriotic photos!
    I especially like the one with the sandwiches.

    Fiona…thanks :-) I bought some generic Kellys at Big Lots because
    they came with those animal shoes and Stacie’s shoes came from an
    Only Hearts Club doll.

    Felicia Fanning is off to a 4th of July celebration.

    Listening to patriotic songs.

    Posting of the colors.

    Reading the Declaration of Independence.

    Uncle Sam leading the kids parade.

    Standing in front of the Lincoln memorial.

     
  • 08:37:16 am on July 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy 4th of July!

     
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  • 10:18:55 am on July 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies!

    Fiona…thanks :-) …you’re having cold weather while we’re having
    summer weather. Stay warm!…your Kelly and Tommy look adorable!
    Looks like they’re in the wilderness on a great adventure.

    Shirls…you’re definitely having interesting weather…thanks :-) …I am
    having a ball with my LOL dolls…I know just how you feel about going
    shopping. When I don’t want to spend any $$ I just stay home. I know
    if I go to TRU I’m going to walk out with a purchase…ah, Spellbound
    Lover, such a beauty. A lot of things happen in an adventure and you
    can’t tell it all at once. Showing us this scene now is prefect for me
    because it keeps the adventure going. I love all the crowns and that
    everyone is dressed to the 9′s!

    Jackie…I’ve been hearing fireworks every night for about a week. The
    noise won’t stop till next weekend…I see your dolls are celebrating the
    4th in their patriotic fashions…the lobster fabric is a hoot!…have fun
    in your upcoming travels. Take tons of photos at convention so we can
    see all the fun you had.

    Marigene…it’s good that you stay busy and out of trouble :-) …you’re
    patriotic photos are just lovely!

    A friend got this ponytail holder on a perfume bottle and gave it to me
    because she thought it would be perfect for my Barbies. She was right :-)

    Here’s the current Happy Meal toy campaign at McDonald’s. Go see
    the movie. You know those minions are hysterical and we can always
    use a good laugh.

    Two friends having lunch.

    Saw this case at Walmart.

    From the archives

     
  • 06:27:35 pm on July 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy 1st of July…I can’t believe we’re half way through 2017!

    Happy Canada Day to all the Canadian lurkers!

    Jackie…wow, you got a lot of rain!…love looking at your convention
    photos. There’s nothing like Barbie convention…I won the Ken rocker
    centerpiece in the last photo :-)

    Shirls…thanks :-) my L.O.L. Surprise family is growing very quickly!
    …I’m sure riding a combine is fun!…yep, the keeshond is a VERY
    beautiful dog…Yes, there are holes in Ken’s head. I do remember your
    Ken. So he went through your revolving door? I would have kept the
    glasses too. They are very cool…I’m really happy with Blue Beauty. I
    think she’s lovely.

    Jackie…thanks!…strawberry mango smoothie, huh? Yum :-) …thanks
    for sharing all the glass exhibit photos. They’re wonderful!

    My two worlds collided…L.O.L. Surprise Curious QT and the MMMQ bunny :-)

    It Baby with tiara, pearl necklace, fashion, shoes, cat eye sunglasses, bottle.

    Sisters – 3″H Jitterbug wearing necklace, fashion, peep toe shoes with
    ankle straps, bottle…1.75″H Lil Jitterbug articulated at the neck comes
    with a bag and a pair of blue peep toe shoes for Jitterbug.

     
  • 05:29:46 pm on June 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hurray for Friday!

    Kate…yep, that smoothie was delish!…you’re welcome. I’ve got some
    Lalaloopsies and think they’re the bee’s knees. There are lots of
    different sets so chose wisely :-) …thanks for the info on the
    caparisons. I think it’s interesting that you have filled that niche…oo,
    the plot thickens! So Stinky and Sindy got the humble little potato
    seller to the POIR. I can see why she would be giddy from all the
    attention. So now she’s in a magical chamber and having her
    abracadabra moment…wow, the suspense is killing me! Love that
    photo of Stinky and the swan :-) They’re so color coordinated I can’t
    stand it!

    Fiona…it was lovely seeing Rexy Bear in photos. With all the fur, I can
    see why he would like being in the cold water…Chill is a little studious
    and very brainy. He develops computer software. The guy is loaded!

    The girls are welcoming a new arrival: Curious QT (middle). Couldn’t
    resist the Alice in Wonderland vibe!

    Got the MMMQ Farmer pack. I still find it hard to believe that
    something that small can have so many details. Mystery figure is Pink
    Roller Derby.

     
  • 05:01:56 pm on June 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hey there, it’s almost Friday :-)

    Jackie…I love seeing that cruise ship with all the dolls. I love all the
    fashions…thanks and yes, those red shoes are super!

    Fiona…I found photos of keeshonds on google and if Rexy Bear looked
    anything like this one then I can see why he loved the cold water :-)
    That is a beautiful breed…thanks! I’m glad you liked my new Barbie.
    Her hair is just beautiful.

    I bought #12 Chill In Check Ryan. I really like dolls with glasses. They
    fit into his head, they are not attached with a rubber band.

    I’m comparing him with an original Fashionista Ryan. I hope you are
    not offended by the nudity. If you are, please let me know and I will
    remove the photos.

    Love his boots! Their feet are the same size so they wear the same shoes…yay!

     
  • 04:27:33 pm on June 28, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…I have been to several Chihuly exhibits and they have all been
    breathtakingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos. He’s one of
    my faves! His sculptures are so well suited for an exhibit in a park
    because even thought they’re made of glass they’re very organic.
    Look at how great the yellow spikes fit over the gate. They look like
    rays of the sun…I love smoothies too :-)

    Fiona…thanks for a better photo of Moo, love the name :-) …it’s great
    that you take your pets on vacation this way you don’t miss them and
    they don’t miss you so everyone’s happy…Scandinavians sound like
    hearty folk. There’s no way I’m getting into cold water. Rexy Bear
    must have been part Scandinavian too :-) …yep, that mango swirl
    was delicious!…can’t wait to see where your inspiration leads.

    Shirls…oh no, you’re reorganizing your doll room?! Good luck with
    that! I’m sure it’ll look great once your done, don’t despair…I’m loving
    all the new dolls and just bought Blue Beauty. Good choices with 64
    and 68.

    I found the last 3 of the 19 fashionistas at TRU.
    Everybody’s going crazy over this one.

    Blue Beauty has become part of my Color Guard. She is the first side-
    glancing doll that I’ve absolutely loved.

    Love her dark red shoes.

    There is a headshot of her with her name on the back of the box.

    Found the Lil Sister LOL dolls at Target. Their containers are
    significantly smaller and they come with a keychain so you can hang
    them from your backpack.

    There are only 5 layers of surprises as opposed to 7 like the big dolls.
    Layer 1): Secret Message, Layer 2): a sticker-color change (not 4 like
    the big ones), Layer 3): accessory, Layer 4): accessory-usually a
    purse for the big sister, Layer 5): doll.

     
  • 09:42:08 pm on June 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone!

    Jackie…oh no, you didn’t find the patriotic hats? Bummer!…thanks for
    the convention recap. Barbie conventions are the best!.

    Kate…yep, Mattel has done a great job with the Fashionistas!…the
    L.O.L dolls are by MGA Entertainment. They make Bratz, Bratzillaz,
    Lalaloopsy, Mooshka, Moxie Girlz, Moxie Teenz, BFC, Vi and Va, and
    Project Mc² and own The Little Tikes Company…I have the BILB DVD
    and watch it once a year. The “Making of” feature is my favorite part
    of any DVD. I have never made Aloo Gobi but it does sound tasty…I
    feel like you and Shirls are spoiling me to death with your photo
    stories. I love photo stories! That humble little potato seller is a great
    character. I love it that people are always pampering Stinky, so he
    gets to ride on the horse. Very interesting first installment…and there
    was even a big, black, hairy monster! Thus the adventure begins!

    Fiona…thanks so much for the travelogue. I can’t tell you what a joy
    is to have you on this site. I love hearing all the stories about your
    wonderful country. I think it’s great that you got to take Missy with
    you.

    Had brunch with friends. I love it that doll collectors always travel with
    our dolls :-)

    Mango Swirl smoothie…It was aesthetic and delicious!

     
  • 11:32:34 pm on June 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    It’s Monday, Monday…

    Shirls…interesting that you went back and took a second look at the
    photos. I do that sometimes too. I did that a lot with Stinky’s
    story…thanks, sometimes the sky looks so beautiful I just have to
    take a photo…I’m having a really good time with my new L.O.L.
    dolls. I know I’m buy some more because they are just my cup of
    tea…thanks for the epilogue on Stinky. Everyone returned safely even
    though Toothless got a tongue lashing from the Queen for dragging
    his heels.

    Jackie…it’s always good to revisit convention photos. Love the
    centerpieces. Organizers put a lot of thought into them.

    Kate…I’m always surprised by how well Mattel has it’s pulse on
    current trends. Their ideas are so timely…Yes, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
    was in Bend It Like Beckham…L.O.L’s as door prizes is a prefect idea!
    I’m stealing that one from you :-) …it’s always good seeing your
    nesting dolls and Stinky in his red headdress.

    Fiona…thanks! I hope the L.O.L dolls make it to your neck of the
    woods. I’ll keep my fingers crossed…I would love to ride one of those
    paddlesteamers. They look like great fun…have fun restoring your
    new dolls. Rescue dolls are always entertaining.

    Okay so I posted the new male fashionista dolls. Here are the female
    dolls.

    Love this one. She has silver hair.

     
  • 06:11:38 pm on June 25, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday!

    Jackie…it’s good to be back to a normal routine, right?…Are your
    Genes all Ashton Drake or do you also have Integrity and JamieShow
    dolls?

    Shirls…you’re welcome :-) …I always like seeing the dolls IRL too
    because they can look very different from the promos photos…thanks
    for picking up on Olivia’s vibe :-)

    Blue skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies do I see

    I bought 2 L.O.L. Surprise dolls from ebay. As far as I’m concerned
    they’re just baby Barbies. There’s a lot going on with these dolls so
    you really get a lot of bang for your buck.

    Collector’s Guide: tells you what the carrier is for
    (bathtub/stand/hangout/purse) and the philosophy behind the dolls.

    On the other side shows you the dolls in Series 1, what clubs they are
    in, if they are popular/fancy/rare/ultra-rare, and what the stickers
    mean.

    There is a second guide that tells you how to make them
    cry/spit/tinkle/ and/or color change.

    The other side tells you how to use the carrier and …

    …gives you info regarding the color change.

    Here are the surprises: Layer 1) secret message: this one
    says “Fashion Fan”. Layer 2) four stickers: changes
    color/spits/tinkles/cries – you put them on the Collector’s Guide under
    your doll so you remember that they do, Layer 3): bottle, Layer 4):
    shoes, Layer 5): fashion, Layer 6): accessory – pacifier. The 7th
    surprise is the doll.

    So here is my 3″ Cheer Captain with all her accouterments enjoying
    her hangout. See what I mean? She looks just like a baby Barbie! She
    even has the B for Barbie on her uniform :-) 5 points of articulation.

    Here she is with S.I.S. Swing. Aren’t they the cutest things ever?!

    Hanging out with Chelsea and Tommy.

    She makes a perfect doll for Abby!

     
  • 07:11:46 pm on June 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hurray for Friday!

    Kate…thanks :-) …tell your dad “thank you” for the info re: Capt.
    Marvel. I really appreciate it. Didn’t know there were so many of
    them…Ken and Francie look wonderful in the colorful fabric!

    Jackie…sending you and your sister a (((hug)))

    Fiona…thanks…always good to see you…so people can ride on the
    paddlestreamers. Found their website online and I would love to ride
    one of those things and visit Echuca…It’s always fun to hear the things
    you’re doing with your band. I’m sure the uniforms are going to look
    great once you’re done.

    I went to TRU and found 16 of the 19 new fashionistas. I had a good
    time looking at all of them and taking photos. I wanted lots of them
    but didn’t buy any. I decided to wait and deliberate then go back and
    shop. I’m posting the guys first.

    This one reminds me of Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

     
  • 07:31:07 pm on June 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies of the Barbie club…

    Jackie…even though the end was inevitable I was saddened to hear it.
    May he rest in peace and may your sister find solace in his memory.

    Shirls…I like all the new fashionistas. Seriously, I think Mattel is trying
    to bankrupt me!…wow, your story was epic! So now all they have to
    do is get home safely. You know, that dragon was perfect for this
    story. You got him just in time :-) So now, there they go, riding off
    into the sunrise! Love that last shot. Thanks Shirls for keep us so
    wonderfully entertained. Now you can take a well-deserved break :-)

    Wow, talk about a dark and stormy night!

    My girls got a new one-size-fits-all fashion which Olivia is modeling.

    I love the white blouse. I’m going to buy multiples because it goes with everything.

     
  • 10:18:01 am on June 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…thanks! yes, people have lots of fun with LEGOS, my favorite
    was the one with the bike and the lamppost you see below, the
    bananas were very cute :-) …take care.

    Shirls…yep, the instragram photos are VERY neat. The composition is
    wonderful. I’m sure they edit out the joints. I could do a bit of that
    with Aviary in Flickr but right now Aviary is out of order because it’s
    being upgraded :-( …that cake was fabulous and it looked delicious.
    Usually they have more of the large builds like the elephant but this
    year there was just that one in the aisle…aren’t those bananas just
    too funny? I’d love to have that minifig of the woman pirate…I’ve
    never tasted a mulberry. Are they sweet or tart?…wow, Stinky got a
    breastplate! A nice, sparkly one! I’m sure it was a perk for both 4 and
    Stinky to confer/receive it. That was a very emotional little ceremony.
    No wonder Stinky is exhausted. Love that photo of Stinky in bed.
    The fashions and the bedding are wonderful.

    Marigene…love that Twiggy. I wish Mattel would release a repro.

    This was my favorite build. The lamppost is about 3′ tall.

    Cosplayer as Emmet from the LEGO movie.

    Burnt popcorn

    4′ Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones

    Duplo station…it was fun watching the children having such a good time.

    Robot vehicle challenge…you have to knock your opponent out of the
    circle. The one on the left won.

    LEGO derby races. The second on the left won by a mile!

    The End!

     
  • 09:37:06 am on June 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…glad you enjoyed Titus…I’m sure your sister is very happy
    you’re there with her…thanks!…good vibes going your way.

    Shirls…thanks! I love that book. I visit @barbiestyle on Istagram
    everyday and yes, I would love to be part of the team taking the photos!

    https://www.instagram.com/barbiestyle/

    Kate…those FP stacking rings are on my wish list too. Can’t wait to
    see photos of yours…Vina is not very talkative but when she says
    something, everyone listens. She and Olivia get along very well. I
    have other green dolls but she has the darkest and richest color…I
    love my new book. I had to have it since I browse the Instagram site
    daily. The book has a Credit page but it doesn’t specify who the
    photographers are :-( …I think the colors on Francie’s fashion came
    out great. I really like the way it looks…look at William, he knows he’s
    a celebrity :-)

    Two guys were putting up a poster of a tv show called The Profit. It’s
    always interesting watching people at work.

    I was gorging on my neighbor’s blackberries. I love this time of year :-)

    At the LEGO exhibit…I always have such a good time when I go to
    this show and even though I’ve been attending for many years all
    that creativity is still overwhelming. The theme for this year was Lights,
    Action, Bricks! The participants had to incorporate that somewhere in
    their scenes.

    LEGO glove

    This guy made weapons with moving/interchangeable/removable
    parts. They were a sight to behold and it was really interesting
    watching him take them apart and put them back together.

    Sushi bar

    This man makes a new hat every year.

    Captain Marvel next to her creator. He told me there would be a
    movie coming out in two years. I’d never heard of Capt. Marvel, had
    to google for info.

    2017 exhibit t-shirt

    This mechanical entry represents a father holding his son’s hand. All
    the little elements of the hands rotated in a very specific pattern! I’m
    telling you, this was amazing!

    There was a whole section of LEGO furniture.

     
  • 08:36:03 pm on June 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday…

    Jackie…massages are good no matter what’s going on…thanks! As
    soon as I saw that fashion set I knew I had to have it…you are in my
    thoughts.

    Shirls…Vina looks great in that jacket as you can see below…I think
    Stinky is going to be reminiscing about that cross country trip for a
    long time because it truly was an adventure of a lifetime!

    I bought The Art of @barbiestyle book and absolutely love it. I can’t
    tell you how much my photo skills have improved just by looking at all
    those wonderful Instagram photos.

    Photos inspired by @barbiestyle

     
  • 03:34:53 pm on June 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hurray for Friday!

    Jackie…thanks :-) I find minis hard to resist…I know the waiting can’t
    be easy so I’m sending you good vibes and a (((hug)))

    Kate…thanks!…I’m thinking about getting the stacking rings too…the
    minute I saw the LOL Surprise dolls I remembered the surprise balls
    you made for one of your doll meetings. It’s the same idea. The dolls
    look just like baby Barbies to me, and yes, there are 45+ to collect…
    in Series 1!!!! Series 2 is starting to show up in some areas…you
    know, Lanie looks good in everything I put her in and she doesn’t
    have a bad angle…I’ve always like that Russian princess. She’s
    beautiful.

    Shirls…so we were thinking along the same lines regarding the
    mysterious key, great minds :-) …hmmm GW, I know several people
    that have found some pretty good deals there…I really like that
    pink/gray/black set too and Lani looks great in leggings, don’t you
    think?…ah, so now the truth comes out. Stinky was being put to the
    test and was not found wanting…hurray! I wonder how the king will
    reward him because I’m thinking he’s going to be compensated for his
    good behavior. The suspense is killing me! Something BIG is going to
    happen. I can feel it in my bones :-)

    So here’s another fashion set I bought.

    Olivia’s leopard print jacket is so cute, and I like how Vina looks in
    those colors. Vina is starting to settle in here. It’s taken her a while.
    She’s very reserved and doesn’t make friends easily but once she
    does, they’re friends for life.

     
  • 03:10:00 pm on June 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    It’s Thursday…Thursday’s almost Friday :-)

    Jackie…thanks!…don’t know why but I’ve never been tempted to go to
    GAW. I know you always have lots of fun there.

    Shirls…It’s good that you’re taking a break from your creative writing.
    It’s a lot of work because you’re not just writing the script, you’re also
    setting up the photo story…you know, what I remember about the
    Tarzan movie (even though I never saw it) is that it won an Oscar for
    Best Song “You’ll be in my heart” by Phil Collins, such a lovely song.
    Don’t know why I never saw it. Going to have to correct that. The doll
    does have an unusual look about him but he looks great in your
    photo. Like they say, the dress makes the man…gotta love Tuesday
    Morning. I have found some wonderful doll items there too…Castle
    Dwellers, huh? I hope to see photos of them in the future…yeah, blind
    box are just not my thing either…thanks! Absolutely love that Polaroid
    camera. I’ll probably have to buy the little green toy soldiers too…
    Kelly’s dress came all the way from Australia from a dolly friend…I
    was thinking about the key in the Queen’s crown. It could be the key
    to a secret room where magical things happen or maybe it’s the key to
    the dragon’s lair!…so many possibilities!

    Found some more fashion sets at TRU. They are all for the Original body.

    Put them on my Tall dolls: Lani Rothschild and Myrna Loy

    My TRU just got the L.O.L. Surprise dolls.

     
  • 04:50:08 pm on June 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Kate…I hear ya…I don’t like blind box because I like to know what
    I’m getting too but they have become super popular, they’re everywhere!
    …the gummy candies were very tasty :-) …your silkie looks very
    relaxed and very fashionable.

    Jackie…take care and give my regards to your sister.

    Shirls…you keep writing, I’ll keep reading!…wow, the King and Queen
    look fabulous! I’ve never seen that male doll look so good! Love that
    breast plate! The Queen’s fashion is really beautiful, love the colors,
    style, stole and all the gold chains. Great little twist there at the end.
    The dragon got a great entrance, nice touch. Well, much to Stinky’s
    credit, he’s being the prefect guest! As they say, discretion is the
    better part of valor :-)

    Got some minis from amazon. I’m posting a link to the Super Impluse
    website so you can see more of the toys they have to offer. Lots of
    them work well for 16″ dolls and Riley Kish. The Barbie and GI Joe are
    3″H. The Fisher Price chatter phone is about 1.5″ from back to front
    and the FP school bus is just over 3.5″L. I have seen the dolls at TRU
    and have posted photos.

    http://superimpulse.com/our-brands/worlds-smallest/

    When you push the red button the film comes out.

    The phone clicks are you move it and the eyes move, subtly, but they
    move.

    This bus is darling. The door opens, the Stop sign on the driver’s side
    swivels, the driver moves to and fro and the bus clicks as you move it.
    I’m always amazed that something so small can have so much going on.

    17″ Maddie Hatter with her Rubik’s cube.

     
  • 04:19:51 pm on June 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Kate…thanks, and yes, I love that sweater girl. The articulated curvy
    looks really good…thanks for sharing photos of HF. I really like her
    and her original hair style. I think all her wigs are so cute.

    Jackie…sending you and your sister good vibes during this difficult
    time.

    Shirls…well, I agree, I find that sweater girl irresistible too…you
    missed out on the Mexico DOTW?! Bummer, at least I got one. I was
    shocked when she sold out in 2, count them, 2 weeks!…I understand
    that you want to see Lani IRL before buying her…Mattel has been
    cranking out fabulous fashion after fabulous fashion and I’ve bought
    lots of them :-) …yeah, the one-size-fits-all sounds great in theory
    but those dolls are significantly different in shape, and I agree, I think
    Original and Tall look great!…Mattel did a wonderful job with the
    collector WW dolls. They’re all fab…as far as I’m concerned, you can
    keep on writing the Adventures of Stinky and the Gang till the cows
    come home…what an imagination!…that little carriage is just too cute
    and the kids all look like they’re having fun with their guest while the
    horse acts as chaperone…it was a good thing Stinky kept his wits
    about him during his audience with the royal family, and how could he
    not be impressed with Cinderella. After all she is the fairest in the
    land :-) I love that everyone is dressed to kill!

    Sari…what a pleasant surprise…waving!

    I went to Target looking for the L.O.L. Surprise dolls by MGA
    Entertainment but didn’t find them. I think it’s a really fun concept but
    I only want 2-3 of them (I don’t like blind box items). Kate is very
    familiar with this concept because she has wrapped toys in crepe
    paper and all you have to do is unwrap and unwrap till you find them
    all. That’s exactly what this is and the dolls are adorable. Here’s a link
    to the promo:

    https://lolsurprise.mgae.com/

    What Target DID have was Barbie gummy candy. The graphics on the
    box, as always, are great. So if you want a treat, buy some. They’re
    by Kellogg’s.

    This is what they look like.

    The candy comes in these little pouches.

    Myrna Loy is taking a leisurely walk on a beautiful sunny day.

     
  • 02:11:39 pm on June 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Kate…thanks, and yes, the movie was super!…Vina in Solo in the
    Spotlight…perfect!

    Jackie…my thoughts are with you and your sister.

    Two new dolls have been posted on the BFC. I want them both!

    http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/shop


    Body Type: Articulated
    Facial sculpt: Karl Lagerfeld
    Fashion Sewn On: No
    Fashion: Sweater dress
    Accessories: Coffee cup, cell phone, pencil, journal, sunglasses, and purse

    Body Type: Curvy articulated
    Facial sculpt: Carnaval
    Fashion Sewn On: No
    Fashion: Aqua-gold metallic brocade dress
    Accessories: Golden hoop earrings, a golden ring, clutch, makeup and cell phone

    From the archives…

    Dr. Nikki Graham, world renowned surgeon/cardiologist/professor,
    British subject, lives in London.

    Remember this Doll of the World? She was released May 5, 2014 and
    sold out May 19, 2014. I was going to buy one a month for 5 months
    so I could put together a Mariachi band but my plans were foiled by
    her unexpected popularity. DOTW usually sell out in 2-3 years. I’m
    happy that I at least got one.

     
  • 02:07:36 pm on June 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday…

    Jackie…waving!

    Shirls…thanks!, yeah, I really like that School Pack fashion set…I
    know! Lani looks great! Have you tried finding her on amazon.com?
    Here’s a link:

    https://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Fashionistas-Fashions-Leather-Ruffles/dp/B01B65IO1O/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1497202908&sr=1-1&keywords=barbie+fashionista+dolls+leather+ruffles

    Link to shop.mattel.com

    http://shop.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ms/barbie/barbie-fashionistas-44-leather-ruffles-doll-fashions-tall-dtf07

    And the saga of Stinky and gang just keeps getting better and better.
    So glad they finally made it to the castle safe and sound even though
    it was a little late in the day. The princess and prince look just like
    royalty always do: amazing! I love the white lace collar on the
    princess’ dress and it’s good to know that they’re humanitarians and
    don’t take the peasants for granted. Four is ever the diplomat
    smoothing things over for Stinky. The carpets look wonderful. Love
    the print on the blue one but they’re both lovely. And look at that
    spread! They certainly deserve a good meal after their long journey.
    Leave it to Stinky to ask for something off the menu.  The fair
    maiden is certainly that. She’s beautiful. Love everything about her
    and the hand mirror is perfect. Poor Four, after sleeping rough for so
    many days, now he has to sleep on the floor! That bedding is lovely.
    Thanks for taking so much care setting up the scenes.

    Wonder Woman has a mini me :-) If you haven’t seen the movie, GO!
    It’s fabulous!

    Found some fashions at Target that are one-size-fits-all and that is
    almost true.

    This is the one I bought. I like the print on the fabric because no two
    dresses are the same.

    So here it is on Original/Petite/Curvy/Tall. It fits them all but does not close in the back on Curvy.

     
  • 07:45:02 pm on June 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…it’s Friday…glorious Friday :-)

    Jackie…I’m always ready for Christmas but I’m definitely not ready for
    Halloween!…nice nautical scene…happy trails :-)

    Shirls…I’m loving all the details in the Continuing Adventures of
    Stinky and the Gang i.e. the little family of geese, the jingle bells
    around the horse’s head, the jewelry box and the little sprite on the
    tapestry. Stinky’s carriage is just adorable. I can understand why Four
    has a twitchy finger after all that traveling through dangerous country
    and being sleep deprived, poor guy. This story just keeps getting better
    and better!

    My girls got some new fashions. I really like this set.

    Petite 10.75″

    It also fits Skipper 10.5″

    Wow! What a difference a doll makes. You must admit that Lani is
    rocking this fashion!

     
  • 08:09:36 pm on June 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Jackie…I’ve been listening to the political hearing too and between
    that and the elections in the U.K. my brain is fried!…your girl is
    dressed to the nines!

    Kate…thanks, and yes, that’s an Annette Himstedt doll. Her dolls are
    all so beautiful…poor William, he’s a very social cat and does not like
    being left along so you know he’s going to do all he can to make you
    feel guilty :-) …love your nesting dolls! You have a great collection.

    Hobby Lobby has it’s fall/Halloween items out and is starting to display
    it’s Christmas items. Their ornaments will be out in July, can’t wait!

    Someone on another board posted this credenza and I almost bought
    it but it’s too deep (4″).

    Lani is very photogenic. The camera just loves her.

     
  • 01:11:35 pm on June 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…thanks!…yeah, George Clooney is a dad at 56! Usually at that
    age they’re waiting for grandkids…I’ve got that Bath Boutique Barbie,
    wish I’d bought the whole set…the Birthday Fun Kelly set is adorable!

    Shirls…thanks…I have a hard time leaving that store too, and yes,
    those are Annette Himstedt dolls. I’ve always wanted one because
    they look so lifelike but where would I put it?!…I can’t tell you how
    enjoyable your stories have been. They’ve got everything: comedy,
    action, drama, you name it, it’s there. I’m so glad that having Stinky
    there has allowed you so much artistic expression. So now he’s on his
    way to Tanglewood with Four and Katniss. This is a little spooky,
    mysterious and exciting…let the adventure continue!

    Here are the last of the doll store photos.

    Prince Charles is 11″H.

     
  • 05:18:00 pm on June 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Shirls…thanks :-)   …Stinky looks fab in a tux…I didn’t know Queen
    Anne’s lace was a weed. I think it’s very pretty…6 inches of rain?!
    That’s a lot of rain!

    Kate…thanks! Love going to the doll store, and no, there were no
    nesting doll otherwise I would have posted photos for you…You got
    HF?! Can’t wait to see photos!…oo, your silkie with her tsum tsums…
    how cute!…you can turn Queen Anne’s lace into hats? How do you do
    that? …here’s a photo of Vina with her plastic gloves. I put them on
    all my dolls when I redress them. They are the tips of sandwich bags.

    Where’s Lani?

     
  • 05:59:46 pm on June 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there…

    Jackie…sounds like you had a fabulous time at your reunion!…your
    brides look lovely. I especially like Wedding Day Barbie.

    Kate…wow, Stinky and the giant accessories…that would make for
    interesting photos!…well, Fred does look like Patrick Stewart so I can
    see why you would think that :-) …Vina looks wonderful in her
    metallic mesh fashion.

     
  • 07:47:53 pm on June 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Sunday everyone!

    Marigene…hey there, good seeing you :-) …thanks for sharing photos
    of the beautiful baby and those gorgeous dolls!

    Shirls…thanks, Lani and I had a great time at the store :-) …BC looks
    fierce and I know she and Stinky got along like a house on fire!…I’m
    sure he ate everything in his fairy bowl as a courtesy but a little
    protein wouldn’t have hurt! Love the leaf they’re in…he’s met a whole
    bunch of different people on his adventures and he had an audience
    with the Queen! Just goes to show that he can handle himself in any
    environment. So now he’s going to Tanglewood? What a lucky little troll!

    Miniatures

     
  • 04:12:00 pm on June 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hey ladies…it’s Saturday, fun day!

    Jackie…waving!

    Shirls…thanks! Love my new girl :-) …thanks for the info about
    Brenda and her fashion…loved the re-post of Stinky’s adventures.
    He’s so entertaining!

    Lani Rothchild at the doll store.

    Genes

    Integrity

    Lani, Lucy, Fred and Ethyl

     
  • 07:15:22 pm on June 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hey there!

    Jackie…glad you got there safely. Computers…can’t live with them,
    can’t live without them.

    Kate…thanks! Yes, the Our Generation sets are for 18″ dolls like
    American Girls so they’re way too big for Barbie…what a great
    name…Kalinka Malinka :-)

    New girl in the house!!! I think I’m in love!

    She comes with great accessories: Honey, iPhone, clutch, Starbucks
    coffee, sunglasses, belt and she has 11 points of articulation (MTM knees).

     
  • 08:56:55 am on June 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello Barbie clubbers! Summer is finally here and I couldn’t be happier!

    Shirls…oo, your tough bunch…I like your tough bunch. “C’est cool” as
    the French would say :-) …love that photo of Scarlett Overkill (gotta
    love that name, almost as good as Cruella DeVil) and the minion…that
    pink floral dress on the non-Barbie doll is very pretty. Did you make it?
    …I was shocked and delighted that the glasses fit My Size Barbie.

    Jackie…thanks…have a safe trip and take lots of photo so you can
    share them with us :-) At first I couldn’t understand the concept of the
    gray lady Gene but then I got it and thought it was great…genius,
    actually! You can’t design a gray Barbie because by the time she came
    along we had living color.

    Here are the Our Generation mini sets I bought recently for Gooliope.
    They are all deboxed and I’ll try to take some photos with my dolls
    soon. I love that they are all retro items and the perfect scale for
    her. She loves getting new stuff.

    The radio actually plays six 30 second songs from the 50′s! How cool
    is that?!

    When you hit the keyboard, one key actually types!d

    One ringy dingy, two ringy dingy!

    From the archives

     
  • 08:39:31 pm on May 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello my fellow Barbie lovers! I hope everyone’s doing well.

    Kate…congrats on your fabulous new dolls. Can’t wait to see WW out
    of the box.

    Jackie…your Gene dolls are great. I especially like the one in the blue
    fashion from convention…isn’t DC wonderful? Love that town.

    Shirls…I’d never heard of the Uneeda dolls so of course I had to do a
    Google search. There are a million of them! Found this website:

    http://dollreference.com/uneeda_dolls1962-1979.html

    I think your dolls are 5″ Tiny Time Teen dolls and here’s a link just for
    them:

    http://dollreference.com/uneeda_tiny_time_teen_dolls.html

    That is such a darling scene. Love that little dolly’s undies :-) and you
    gotta love Stinky in his sombrero. He is one hip hombre :-) That fairy
    ladder is too cute. Love it!

    My Size Barbie got some new glasses. I bought a boatload of Our
    Generation mini sets which came with 2 pairs of glasses. I wanted
    them for Gooliope but they were too big for her. The good thing about
    having different size dolls is that they were bound to fit somebody.

     
  • 08:35:48 pm on May 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Kate…thanks :-) …I’m glad the BFC is going to continue too. My
    favorite part has always been the photo forum. I hope that continues
    too…oh yeah, the MH shoes have always been TDF! The designers
    have such a wonderful imagination!…your silkie looks lovely next to
    those white flowers.

    Jackie…thanks!…sorry your hubby is under the weather. Tell him I’m
    sending him good vibes…hope you get your AC fixed soon before it
    gets super hot…I really enjoyed your patriotic photos.

    Shirls…thanks!…can’t wait to see photos of your Hair Fair Barbie!
    She’s a looker…And you know Stinky’s going to want to wear the
    wigs. He loves stuff like that :-) …aawww, look at Stinky’s bunk, so
    cute! I don’t recognize the dolls. Are they as tall as the Kelly dolls?
    Somehow Stinky is always on wheels. Now he’s on a skateboard and
    loving it :-)

    TRU has this new Wonder Woman. LOVE the cloak!

    Also saw these 3″ Barbies

    Pilot suitcase

    If I had room for this I’d buy it.

     
  • 04:23:00 pm on May 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Boy, our numbers are dwindling!

    Jackie…Sounds like you’ve had some interesting weather changes…
    love the fashions on your dolls and the pattern on the curtains.

    Olivia has been in a pensive mood due to Memorial Day.

     
  • 04:18:30 pm on May 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

     
  • 10:42:58 am on May 28, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Jackie…thanks and you’re welcome :-) …that’s a lovely Memorial Day
    photo. Love the Star Spangled fabric.

    Bought the second Gooliope doll and named her Booterpe. She’s the
    big sister. Her hair is blue and very silky with a pink/yellow streak in
    front. I put her in Vina’s fashion. Vina is not happy ;-)

    Booterpe and Gooliope

     
  • 06:35:17 pm on May 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…I was very happy to get that email. I’ll post any further
    developments…thanks :-) …50th reunion?! Wow…have fun!…Bummer
    about your tv. The new ones are expensive and the quality is poor!

    Olivia and I went to Hobby Lobby. This is the one Marie sent me and I
    just love her. I think she’s so pretty…B is for Barbie!

    I bought something like this a long time ago for Ken’s fishing cabin
    and it looked really good in there.

    Isn’t this a great sign?

    They still had the beach chairs.

    Jackie…HL has the patriotic hats.

     
  • 05:23:08 pm on May 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Got this email from the BFC:
    Coming Soon…Thank you again for your patience and loyalty as we
    enter the final stages of preparation for the whole new Barbie
    Collection look!

    Here’s the scoop: We expect to re-launch the Barbie Collection
    experience in July 2017. Shortly after that, we’ll be opening our new
    membership program for you. Through all of this, we’re working hard
    behind the scenes to make the transition as seamless as possible.

     
  • 04:55:14 pm on May 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…Happy Memorial Day weekend.

    Kate…thanks!… I truly hope your doll club continues. I’ll keep my
    fingers crossed for you…Yes, that is Barbie’s mantle with the little
    English village :-) …wow, that is a wonderful fashion your Barbie is
    wearing…great job as always!

    Jackie…thanks for sharing your summer photos. Love to see your
    dolls outdoors…Gene’s fashion is TDF!

    Shirls…observing hummingbirds is so much fun. They are cute and
    quick!…I can understand why Stinky is still resting. He had a huge
    adventure!…thanks :-) I wanted another Effie to redress but there are
    so many other Barbies I want, and yes, a second fashion would have
    been wonderful.

    Saw a new TALL “Denim and Dazzle” fashionista at Target. I really like
    her. She’s got Myrna Loy’s nose.

    My girls got new fashions.

     
  • 08:10:32 pm on May 25, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Jackie…thanks :-) …your Barbie looks like a southern belle with that hat.

    From the archives

    Hallmark’s Old English Village. I collected one a year for ten years.
    I have multiples.

     
  • 08:12:28 pm on May 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Jackie…thanks, it’s fun hanging out with dolly people…oo, the sharks
    look terrifying!…I really like that Kenvention set too.

    Shirls…thanks!…man, Stinky sure has kept us entertained with his
    adventures. He’s having a great time at your place. He looks very
    relaxed in the hammock :-) and of course if he’s in the west coast it
    stands to reason that he’d go to Baja California. He’s now been coast
    to coast. He came from the east coast and went as far as the west coast.

    From the archives…

     
  • 08:36:55 pm on May 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…the beach is such a fun place to be. Love the smell of the sea.

    Kate…thanks!…Lola Falana?! Wow, I haven’t heard that name in
    forever. Love your Barbie in that fashion. Good job!

    Shirls…Get your motor runnin’
    Head out on the highway
    Lookin’ for adventure
    And whatever comes our way
    Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
    Take the world in a love embrace
    Fire all of your guns at once
    And explode into space

    This is definitely Stinky’s song :-) You know…every photo is a
    masterpiece! I can’t believe he went all the way to the west coast.
    This is what happens when you’re on a bike. Time ceases to exist…
    Looks like he went to the balloon fiesta in Albuquerque…Max and
    Catwoman make perfect road partners, and he ended up at the beach
    with the Malibu gang…what a great trip!

    Was hanging out with some dolly friends. These are the dolls I took
    for show-and-tell.

     
  • 08:15:52 pm on May 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie…ah, June brides, gotta love ‘em!

    Shirls…thanks!…holy cow! Stinky’s in the dog house! Jaeme’s even
    holding a wooden spoon! Ah well, he’s got to do lots of chores but no
    one can take away his good time :-) That photo of him in the helmet
    and flowers is just too adorable! He looks truly repentant.

    Claudia and her Auntie Clawdeen

     
  • 12:32:32 am on May 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Shirls…thanks!…Stinky and the Barbie heads cracked me up :-) So he
    found some Barbies his own size, huh?…aawww, that photo of Stinky
    and the beagle is too cute…and you made him feel right at home
    surrounding him by the Russian dolls and the nesting dolls. That’s a
    cool photo. He’s having such a good time at your house.

    Jackie…thanks!…looks like everyone’s having a fun time on the yacht.
    Love Barbie’s fashion.

    Kate…thanks!…Francie looks great in that fashion, love the
    kitty/double cherries/hearts fabric!

    This is the Hallmark ornament that made me a collector.

     
  • 12:53:13 pm on May 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Fiona…thanks :-) …there are lots of free photo hosting sites on the web.
    I use flickr and like it very much. It gives me lots of options and one
    free terabyte of space. I have Pro because it’s ad free. My albums can
    be public, private, seen by family/friends only, unavailable for google
    search and I use all those options. It also has great resolution. Here
    are links to youtube videos with lists of popular sites but remember,
    you have to do your homework to see which one works for you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1d-yLue2O8

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

    Jackie…thanks, glad you got a chuckle from the photo…love that
    Capt. Sparrow doll. I bought multiples.

    From the archives…
    This is one of my favorite Hallmark ornaments.

    The calm before the storm…Skipper loves her peace and quiet but
    knows it won’t last long.

     
  • 08:16:44 pm on May 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Kate…thanks! yes, she came with the dress. Buy it, you’ll do a great
    job with the repaint just like you did with Malibu Ken!

    Jackie…take photos of your bows so we can see your handywork…
    Barbie and Ken at the beach. Love that you painted that scene…have
    fun at lunch.

    From the archives…

    Barbie and the gang welcome MH Headless Headmistress Bloodgood.

    The sewing room

    Where’s Barbie?

     
  • 08:51:15 pm on May 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello ladies…

    Jackie…thanks!…nice outdoor scene. You covered all you bases with
    the tent and the food and the kayak…bows with a fork? I’ll have to
    look that up on youtube.

    Kate…thanks, I think Skelita is lovely. The artwork always looks a
    little scarier that the dolls. This is my third Skelita and there is also a
    skeleton doll…POSA and Skipper look very cute. Love POSA’s fashion.

    Shirls…thanks, and I agree, just when I think it’s safe to stop
    shopping for dolls, Mattel releases one I find irresistible…man, Stinky
    is having a fabulous time! Love that camping scene with all the details
    like Max’s knife in his boot :-) Stinky is in his element :-)

    Scaris Skelita

    Skelita and the Create-a-monster skeleton

     
  • 08:33:07 pm on May 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Kate…thanks!…you got two HF? Yay, can’t wait to see photos!…Your
    WW looks lovely in her LBD.

    Jackie…ha, ha, ha, da Vinci made me laugh :-) …stay cool and drink
    lots of lemonade…so what were some of the trivia topics?

    Shirls…wow, Stinky is definitely having a MAJOR adventure. Now
    he’s “Gone Fishing” :-) and with a mystery babe no less. You know,
    he’s no dummy. He likes them pretty and now he’s also got wheels.
    Super photos! Love all the stuff in the boat. And the hat is a perfect fit!
    …thanks!

    Amazon exclusive…MH Skelita Calaveras

     
  • 07:52:44 pm on May 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    You can pre-order the Hair Fair Barbie on the BFC.

    http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/whats-new/50-anniversary-barbie-hair-fair-set-dyx78

    Marigene…sounds like you’re having some interesting weather…lovely
    photos. I especially like the redheads with the same fashion.

    Kate…you’re welcome :-) …I love HRH. My girls have gone a little
    crazy over him…I’m really enjoying Stinky’s adventures at Shirls
    …your Barbie is so pretty and I love the fabric on the shirt.

    Jackie…LOVE Ken in his kilt! Congrats on getting that redhead.
    Everybody loves a redhead…yes, big scare. Hackers can hold us
    hostage because we can’t live without computers  …great Mother’s
    Day photo. The leaf chairs are fab!…that is the 2003 Tommy as Ivan
    the Porcupine from Swan Lake.

    Shirls…Stinky looks smashing in his tux. The bouquet of flowers was a
    great touch…thanks for all the wonderful photos of Stinky’s great
    adventure. You have a wonderful and very fertile imagination. Loved
    the photos of Stinky at the salon.

    From the archives…I looked high and low for these photos. Barbie is
    wearing a Hallmark ornament. When the white felt hat was released in
    2011 I bought a ton of them to give away. Everybody loved it. It only
    has 3 pieces. It would be really easy to make some in different colors.
    I commissioned the jacket and hat that Teen Skipper is wearing for
    Riley Kish.

    Then Hallmark released this red hat in 2012. It’s made of resin. I was
    hoping that they would release one per year but they only made these
    two :-(

    Art can turn something utilitarian and pedestrian into something pretty.

     
  • 02:47:48 pm on May 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

     
  • 01:38:00 pm on May 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello there everyone! Happy Satruday…

    Jackie…I’ve always liked that little blonde guy with the buzz cut. He’s
    got such a cute expression on his face.

    Shirls…okay, so Stinky’s great adventure has begun :-) I like how he’s
    getting a lay of the land. He’s going high, he’s going low, he’s leaving
    no stone unturned…thanks! No, HRH’s fashion is not removable in
    theory but I’m sure some people will manage to take it off.

    I redressed two of my dolls. Petite is wearing the second doll’s clothes
    and the second one is wearing a Herve Leger fashion and bag.

     
  • 03:25:17 pm on May 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello everyone…

    Jackie..fun photos of Stinky’s visit with your little gang :-)

    Kate…thanks. I love that little clown :-) …aawww, what a darling bear.

    Shirls…thanks!…man, that photo of Stinky in the fairly bed is so
    darling. He looks all tuckered out!

    Here are some height comparison photos with His Royal Highness and
    some of my girls.

    Petite and Curvy

    Original and Tall

     
  • 03:13:36 pm on May 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Kate…here’s how I post multiple photos on ITP.

    After you choose the photo you want to post, click on the down
    pointing arrow, then click on “View all sizes”. This takes you to the
    resizing page.

    I click on “Medium 640″ , then right click on the photo and
    choose “Copy”.

    Go to ITP, type in the tags and paste the address. Repeat as many
    times as necessary. Click “Preview” to see what you’re posting.

    If you like what you see, click “Post here” and you’re done.

     
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