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  • 10:03:07 pm on October 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Queli ~ I like the Fashionista in the green gingham dress! Nice earrings and lover her hair. She is sweet!
    Pretty Christie doll you have. She looks great in the dress and it seems to fit her fine. That is good news.

    Jackie ~ Ha! Have a great time with your sisters!

    Stinky and Chelsea wave good-bye until next time. See Stinky’s little dog? His name is ‘Doby’ and came all the way from Las Vegas!

     
  • 09:19:42 pm on October 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I have tried benadryl, allegra, and calamine, but those blisters are still raging. I noticed today, I have a new area on the left thigh just above the knee. I guess that is where I have rested my arm when I am bent down. I think I’m going to have this around for awhile.

    Queli ~ Got your response. In fact, will be sending everyone an email NLT tomorrow. ~~ I really like the yellow lace dress! I have been eyeing her at the website and so glad you posted a ‘real’ picture of her. I like her dress, freckles and hair. The little blonde with white blouse and flower pants is really cute! Like the denim skirt to, BTW. The curvy girls are always so pretty. I like the one in the striped dress too! Boy, I like them all!!! (not thrilled about # 86) though.

    Just about forgot!  The little house is a Fisher Price.  I painted over the logo that is in front.  I think the house is called Country Home.   Queli, now that you mention it, the house does kind of remind one of a cake :-)

    Waving to Kate, Jackie, and Fiona!!

     
  • 09:04:19 pm on October 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Here we are upstairs. I think this little room is supposed to be the bath area. Stinky says he doesn’t need a tub, haha!

     
  • 09:01:45 pm on October 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    As you can see, it is pretty cramped up here. I sure hope we can get his new fairy bed to fit! What a cozy little place.

     
  • 09:37:16 pm on October 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Jackie,
    It has been quite the day around here. And my arm is not looking any better either. Still swollen.

    Love the stage for the Disney Princess show. The carriage is beautiful. Love the architecture in the back ground. Thanks for posting these cool pictures!

     
  • 09:31:54 pm on October 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    To your immediate left is his living room. The miniature GF clock(kitch magnet) fits perfectly here. You can see the staircase to the 2nd story. The home is rather cramped, but Stinky seems to like it close and cozy.

     
  • 09:28:25 pm on October 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Stinky’s tour of his new home begins as soon as you walk through the front door. Off to your right is the kitchen. He has the tea kettle on and something in the little green pot. It may be boiling over, whatever it is. A sink full of bubbly dish water too. The fridge door opens, but the graphics have been peeled away.

     
  • 10:41:42 pm on October 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Stinky’s new home has been moved in and sits next to the Foreclosure House. This way, he has his own home to go to and can still visit his Barbie friends. The house is on the table now for photo purposes. He is pretty happy with it (can’t you tell) and was pretty excited to get that little white picket fence put in. He already has a couple of pumpkins thanks to the fairies. In fact, the fairies are busy building Stinky a new bed since he liked theirs so well. Hope we got the measurements right!

     
  • 10:34:11 pm on October 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Stinky is welcoming you to enter his new, happy, little home! He would like to take you on a tour :-)

     
  • 10:27:41 pm on October 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I have determined one of the areas in the poison oak blister clusters, is also an insect bite. I thought something had bitten me and figured it was just a mosquito. Now, this bite is causing some cellulitis and have a good sized area on the arm that is pretty swollen, red, tender, and hot to touch. Going to have to keep an eye on that. Feeling better today physically. I’m just kicking myself for not having walked the distance, and taken the time to head back to the house to wash that area!

    Just finished putting the beagle to bed. Amazing the routine that even animals need to have. The cat goes along now and waits while ‘beagle’ is being tucked in. Then she gets cuddled on the way out. This happens every single night. :-)

    Queli ~ CYE. Oh to be a kid again and play, play, play! I try to keep the ‘kid’ in me alive although there are just some things I can’t do anymore. I do what I can though :-) Probably why my knee is messed up, ha! What a sorry mess I am!! ha!~~

    I stopped using the flonase today since the itch has decreased greatly and because it does have steroids in it. I didn’t know it would work for that purpose and decided ‘why not’ and tried it.

    See, I thought the Brazilian DOTW had the eyelet fabric too, but she has more of a lacy type for her white dress. Apparently, white fabrics are popular there? And note the hair similarities too, so they would go together nicely. ~~ Now I have MHK twinsies!! I was going to part with the first one, but once I slicked him up; couldn’t do it! You know how that works. ~~ Will be interesting to see Gooliope’s hair when you finish.

    I like the fabric print of the Rocker Barbie’s dress. I also like her keyboard!!

    Jackie ~ Thanks for posting some Disney pics and information on the changes. Never been there, but always interesting to hear about the changes people notice from time to time. Sounds like you are feeling your age today. Bothers me some days too :-( But, I am in denial most of the time, haha! ~~ Have a great sister day Wednesday!

     
  • 09:16:34 pm on October 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Feeling rather punk today. Left knee is bothering and of course, I came in contact with poison oak again. Was wearing gloves, but apparently it rubbed my arm. Worse case of it this time. 3 clusters of blisters and the itch is very intense; so much so couldn’t sleep very well along with a sore knee :-( I’m trying my flonase on the rash and it does relieve the itch for about 4-5 hours per use. Spent my day on the couch watching tv. Unusual for me!! ha!~~ Big weather change for us again. It did reach 78* today until the rain came. We are about 56* right now. May get down into the 40′s by early morning.

    Jackie ~ Great pictures! Disney items at the store and American Girl store! I’m not really crazy about the AG dolls themselves, but I love their outfits and all the cool stuff made for them. You would have to have a lot of room for it all. LOTS of room. How big is the Chewbacca doll? He is kinda neat. ~~ Would hate to cut into the pretty Russian Doll cake! That is pretty cool. Glad you are able to post pictures again :-)

    Queli ~ Thanks! Yeah, I noticed the eyebrows. I love them! ~ Good to see Gooliope and Booterpe. I like the colors in Booterpe’s hair. Little Rocker Chelsea is sweet and I do think her pink fur jacket is too cute!

     
  • 08:55:13 pm on October 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I thought I had a full length picture of this Brazilian DOTW. Wanted to compare her white dress and hair with Luciana who is supposed to be a Brazilian dancer. Didn’t Luciana come out around the time of the Olympics in Brazil?

     
  • 08:46:17 pm on October 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I found a Mod Hair Ken (1972) on my travels home. I already had one, but I liked his face, shirt and shorts. He was kind of a mess. The shirt is actually too small for him and is meant for the Kens that came out in 1969 or so. Anyway, his white shorts were stained, the socks were about as brown as the wicker shelf, shoes dirty, and so was his body. Couldn’t wait until I got home to clean him up!! But what could I use on those socks and shorts? Whitening toothpaste!! Worked pretty good although socks are still dingy looking. Afraid to wash them again as I don’t want them to fall apart. Love the red and blue stitching at the top. I decided to do something with the other Mod Hair Ken, so fixed his hair and gave him a new outfit. There is such a noticeable difference between these 2 even though I am sure they are the same doll.

     
  • 08:35:49 pm on October 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Here is Mod Hair Ken in his brown plaid jacket. His hair had a huge bump which I never tried to do anything with.

     
  • 11:41:54 pm on October 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Turned out to be another busy morning, but I made sure I had time to take some photos this afternoon :-)

    Jackie ~ What a bummer to not be able to post your pictures! You want to share and can’t! ~ Such pretty fall pics and love the sunset. Can’t wait to see what that Stinky has been up to. ~~ Forgot all about having seen Lion King. Maybe I have seen more Disney than I thought.

    Queli ~ It is kind of neat to be able to find a forever outfit for a doll. Sometimes you just know it when put an outfit on a doll and it is absolutely meant for them and only them! ~~ Camping Fun is cute! I’m with you on undoing the shirt…can’t ever get things back the way they did it! The Ken is pretty neat too and they do make a cute couple. Anyway, I have seen a couple other Barbies that I think are sweet. I love the Country Barbie with the chicken under her arm. I think she is adorable! ~~ Nice schnauzer and he looks good in a red collar and leash. (he has to match his human). The sunglasses are pretty cool and I love your backdrop!

    Keep on having doll fun!

     
  • 11:30:40 pm on October 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Luciana has a beauty mark :-) I haven’t deboxed her yet, but I did set her free just a little.

    I see I missed getting her earring back in place. Always notice things AFTER I have posted the pic.

     
  • 11:27:23 pm on October 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Here she is! Luciana. She is beautiful (IMO) but had to get rid of that piece of cardboard under her skirt!!

     
  • 09:56:52 pm on October 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    OK, back from taking the dog out.

    Queli ~ Last, but not least. Fun idea with Disney faves. I do like Hei Hei from Moana. Saw a mini of him and just about bought it.
    I had never even heard of the Sweetsville Dolls. I wasn’t a doll fanatic yet in 2003. Was too busy working and going to school. The little Duke de Sucre is a cutie-pie though! ~~ I do like the outfit and saber from the Rey of Jakku doll. I will have to score that little Ewok some way other than buying the doll. Figure the odds on that one. The Cruella doll is pretty amazing..dig the cheek bones. She reminds me of someone, but don’t want to say who :-) She looks great in the dotted dress and her clothing looks good on your other doll. ~~ I agree with you 100% in regard to dolls being a respite from reality. I do think playing with them helps with reality though. Dolls become the focus…nothing else; so clears the mind and relaxes. I like to say that I live vicariously through my dolls. ha! ~~~ Thanks for posting the microwave corn on the cob! Notice it’s a guy doing it too?

    Yep. Forgot the camera. I did take Stinky and 2 other dolls plus a few props. Never once unpacked them. No time.

    Hope to get some new doll photos this week-end. Have Luciana and 2 other dolls I picked up on my trip plus Stinky’s new house!! We are going to ‘move’ it onto Barbie’s property so will be next to the Foreclosure house. It is so small, it looks like a playhouse for Kelly. Stinky will still be able to visit his Barbie friends if his house is nearby.

    Later

     
  • 09:19:58 pm on October 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hey,
    Another action-packed day here! Some sun and bit of warm up was good enough reason to work outdoors for a couple of hours. Decided to tackle that viney-thorny bush growing in the ‘ditch’. Took 2 hours, leather gloves, cutters, and plenty of scratches, ha! I call the stuff; “Deer Thornbush” because if you ever hike in the woodlands, there is always plenty of deer hair caught in the plant. It is wicked stuff…gets caught on your clothing and won’t let go! ~~ That is not all I did. This morning after PT and fresh-up headed to Belks for a fantastic sale. Boots, boots, and more boots! Great tops and PJs too. Then it was Hobby Lobby to get some picket fencing for Stinky’s new house! Perfect scale and oh so cute!

    Fiona ~ So happy to see you made it in too, but sorry to hear you have not been feeling well. Working too, so does not leave much time for dolls. I hope you are feeling better and have some down time with your dolls. They are a great escape and opportunity for creativity. See you soon, I hope! :-)

    Went through all the posting to catch up a bit on dolls and what’s happening with everyone.

    Kate ~ Missed some of your photos, but enjoy as always the ones I did see. I like your ‘Blue Humbug’ dress! I like the doll too, I am still considering her. You know I love anything with Stinky! His witch hat is just perfect for him…the color goes so well haha! What a blast he is and always falling over in shock, what a hoot! The green ghost game has some neat pieces and even glows in the dark; eerie. ~~ Not so sure I will go for the Dream House either. Never had it as a child, so probably won’t need it at this age either although it is eye candy for sure. ~~~ Cutting the backs of doll shoes….I have had to do some especially recently. They are buggers to get off and I’m afraid I’ll break those plastic ankles. Hate to cut them, but almost have to. I have heard of sprinkling the feet/shoes with powder and it does work on the vinyl to vinyl. Haven’t tried it on these plastic dolls. ~~~ My Luciana doll arrived after I left for Nebraska, so had to wait to see her until arrived home. A little disappointed at first, but once got inside her box and did a little maneuvering in there,(got rid of the ridiculous cardboard under her dress) she looks much better! And yes, she is beautiful! I like her!

    Jackie ~ Glad you have had some travels and adventure too. I drove all the way to NE….850 miles one way. Then another 300 visiting my brother back and forth. Love the drive though and have my places to stop along the way. Go through parts of Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska. Many fave antique shops and flea markets to visit, so I take 3 days home to have time to shop some more :-) More loot!! ha! ~~ I am going to have to try that lemonade concoction, sounds interesting. Love your beach shot on Sep 26th and Stinky’s hammock beach shot too. He sure has been having a lot of down time and relaxing :-)

    Queli ~~ I will have to get to you later. It is time to get my dog out for her last bathroom trip before the skunks come out to play.
    Later,
    Shirls

     
  • 11:15:39 pm on October 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello Everyone,

    Can’t believe it has been a little over 3 weeks since was last in! I have some catching up to do, but will do that later. ~~ I took another 3 days for my visit because it was going by much too fast and so much to do! I have been home since late on the 6th, but have had a lot of catching up to do around here. Had a lot of visiting back home to catch up on as well. My cousin’s GD is getting married soon, so a lot of wedding decorations were being worked on. That was totally fun! Visited my brother almost every day and enjoyed that immensely. I think the most fun thing I did with an old friend, was go on Nebraska’s annual Junk Jaunt. We drove a little over 300 miles in one day. There were so many stops to make, so we cherry picked our stops so we could go the distance. It was also a very fun road trip as well. Parts of NE I had not seen in years; the Sandhills area. Lots of open range there. It was 97* that day(Sep 22) and very windy. Got home at 8:30pm; left at 7am. Guess you can say we shopped until we dropped :-) Made one last-minute stop (my idea) at Walmart and so glad we did. As we were entering ran into someone I had not seen in probably 35 years! What a pleasant surprise. Had we not gone, would have missed her. Some things are just meant to be.

    I found a few fun things on the Jaunt, but my favorite find was a little Fisher Price Country Home. So cute! Now Stinky will have his very own house!! He has seen it once and loves it, but he wanted some changes made to it of course. He suggested repainting it to look more like the Moomin home, but not so sure I want to do that because it is a darling little house the way it is. Have been working on it as time permits.

    I know you are wanting to see some pictures, but, I pulled a fast one and forgot my camera!! Would never have done that years ago when I didn’t go anywhere without it.

    That’s about it for tonight. It is good to be back and look forward to posting with you again to see what you and your girls & Stinky of course, have been up to.

    Hope all is well with everyone and see you later.

     
  • 11:00:58 pm on September 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    As was feared, Ken did lose his head. (follow story line with this daily photo sequence of Jaeme and Ken).

     
  • 10:51:27 pm on September 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,

    Still having a problem with the shipping when placing an order with Barbie. Have to call and have customer service remove it. Decided to get the Luciana doll @ 40% off.

    Kate ~~ I parted with that Ken….he went out the revolving door. I deliberately had taken his picture to show the holes in his head. I clipped the little prongs on the glasses so wouldn’t have those when use on other dolls. ~~ I think that box will work perfectly for Stinky!

    Queli ~ I had considered doing just that with that Ken, but decided to part with him instead. ~~ Barbie chose wisely! Ha! I would have taken the colorful storage bins too :-)

     
  • 10:25:27 pm on September 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

     
  • 10:22:28 pm on September 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I think Ken is a little intimidated by Jaeme. He wants to tell her that he needs his glasses back because of the holes in his head.

     
  • 10:10:15 pm on September 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,
    Busy, busy!

    Jackie ~ The space suit is awesome! Stinky must have gone to the international space station. No wonder Stinky III couldn’t find him. After his rough landing here at home, he is back to watching tv and eating popcorn. ~~ I like your beach photo shoot! Love the little chairs with umbrellas attached. The hammock is pretty cool and isn’t he cute in the little grass skirt?! :-) Glad you are having some fun with Stinky now.

    Been watching the 3 hurricanes too. Wonder if Kate will get anything out of the one heading northward?

    Queli ~ I think she was my favorite Bond girl. ~~ That pair of MH shoes fit Jaeme so good! And they look good too. I like the doll glasses and the dolls look good in them! ~~ Love that bike! It’s the color combo I like.

     
  • 09:53:04 pm on September 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    He’s paying attention now! Just hope he doesn’t lose his head….

     
  • 09:36:38 pm on September 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Decided I had better trim the Ivy and Vinca vines. So pretty, but also invasive. A nice day to be outdoors. With all the wet weather, we have a healthy crop of mosquitos.

    Queli ~ Eye exam photos are great! Love all the glasses you get. The inside box makes a good backdrop for the photos. Truly a nice doll set.

    Jackie ~ Palm trees are so pretty. ~~ Can’t wait to see what Stinky is up to next!

    Waving to Kate & Fiona!

     
  • 09:30:25 pm on September 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

     
  • 09:26:46 pm on September 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,

    Be sure to check your emails.

    In the upper 80′s with humidity. Enjoyed the cooler weather while it lasted.

    Queli ~ I knew you liked the lightsaber and glad you bought the doll. I like the the one with the ewok, but not sure of anything else with the doll I am interested in. Bet that one will sell quicker for the ewok even though it has a bit of a higher price tag. I like your Jedi Knight in all black. The saber is pretty cool too! Nice job.

    Kate ~ Love your little paintings! And the easels! Stinky is becoming a budding artist and has all the right accessories too :-)

    I keep forgetting to mention that my Stinky made it home 2 days ago from his trip to outter space looking for his brother. He singed a little hair and buggered up his space suit a bit when he sort of crash landed in the back yard. Meant to get a photo, but just didn’t have the chance to do so.

    Hi to Jackie and Fiona!

     
  • 11:08:53 pm on September 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    So pretty in pink!

    Hi Girls!
    Finally having some sunshine today! Yesterday’s high was 64* and today’s high was 82*. The rain has finally stopped, though we only got a tad over an inch all together (thank goodness). I have had a busy day and more of them coming up. I was hoping to have time to take a few doll pictures, but no such luck.

    Queli ~ Thank you! Queli, that is just so weird; I could swear I saw the post. I looked and looked for it, but never found it because you didn’t post it in the first place. Was I dreaming? haha! Or hoping? :-) I like the family house! It looks so nice even when folded up and displays well too. That little beagle dog has found a siamese cat in the laundry basket. We have a beagle and a siamese, so had to have minis of my pets. I think the sneakers belonged to a Hard Rock Barbie. ~~~ The dress matches perfectly with your color guard doll! I still have the dress and tea set boxed. It just looks so nice in there. ~~ Your sewing room is fantastic! I see lots of goodies in there! I remember the fashion fever hats. I liked how they were packaged. Love the dress on the sewing form and Esmeralda is a pretty doll all dressed up. I use her for my gypsy with the tambourine. ~~ The Barbie with the shorts set and huge hat is so cool….had to have her too :-)

    Jackie ~ I know what you mean. Setting up scenes does take a lot of time. ~~ Lunch with friends is always fun and good for the soul. ~~ It is looking fall here. Some of the trees are starting to turn and leaves are beginning to drop. I noticed some farmers had already begun corn harvest the 3rd week of August…that is early.

    Waving to Kate and Fiona!

     
  • 09:43:21 pm on September 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Trying on some shoes. Getting ready to go out for the day.

     
  • 09:27:52 pm on September 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,

    All quiet, but rather wet around here. Irma was like a kitten compared to Harvey. No wind, and only .60 in of rain over the past 2 days. I think today has been a wetter day than yesterday and only about 66*. I think we clear out by tomorrow afternoon. Just a wet noodle. The neighbors after losing one of their trees to Harvey last time, decided to cut one of the other trees down because of Irma. We all thought we were in a wind advisory for 50mph winds. They are disappointed now they did it because we had just a mild breeze :-(
    Just never know.

    Queli ~ I don’t know where I got the idea you wanted Stinky. Thought I had read it in one of your posts. Maybe you were thinking out loud and I read it between the lines :-) Or I was hoping you would…? ~~ Lotta work on Target. The white-washed front might look pretty good with the red target logo. ~ I always forget about the My Scenes. Some of them were very pretty and I parted with a couple I sometimes wish I hadn’t. Oh well. ~ Love Portia’s purse! And the 911 Memorial pic…..I agree with you.

    Jackie ~ You have had several bear sightings now haven’t you? Aren’t they out of their usual habitat there or not? ~~ Looks like you have a great time at conventions; whether it be Barbie or Gene. ~~ Gene’s gowns are lovely and well made. Love the backdrops!

    Kate ~ I have gone back to mid-August looking for that post. Can’t find it. Crazy.~~ I like the picture of your Let’s Dance dolls and their scare with the headless Barbie. There’s just something about the straight arms and legs in motion making the dolls appear alarmed. I think my favorite dress is on the doll down on the floor. :-)

     
  • 10:07:19 pm on September 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Gene gets the Tonner’s old room. They lost their room to the King & Queen of Tanglewood for Stinky’s Adventure.

    Speaking of Stinky, he is still zooming in outer space looking for his brother who he can’t seem to find up there. Said he has been watching Irma from up there and may spend a couple of more days in space before he comes back down. I told him to be careful on re-entry because his suit may get too hot and melt if he comes in too fast.

     
  • 09:49:16 pm on September 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,
    Not expecting as much out of Irma as did Harvey. We are in a wind advisory starting later tonight and until about noon tomorrow. Not going to be near as much rain this time, although will be rainy most all of tomorrow with an afternoon break.

    Can’t believe it has been 16 years since 911. I remember that day pretty well. Was traveling by myself in car on way to NE. Was just getting into E. St Louis, MO when started to get the early reports on the radio of what was happening.

    Kate ~ I was thinking Queli had posted something in here about wanting Stinky after Jackie was finished. ~~ I don’t know why Sporty Ken is going for so much. Maybe it’s his looks or poseable body? I do find it interesting that some playline dolls will hold or even increase in value. ~~ I like my Stinky. Even when he is just hanging out with the girls :-) Really like your group photo! Bear’s outfit is so cool!

    Jackie ~ Good to know most all is well with your hubby! ~~ Hopefully, things will be in order when you go there in Oct. ~~ Love your head shelves!!

    Fiona ~ By the time the hurricanes come so far inland, they are not even considered hurricanes anymore. The worst damage is where they first hit land after coming across the body of water (Atlantic). Being over the warm water ‘feeds’ the hurricanes, but being over land begins to slow & weaken them. Since the ocean water is warming(80-85*), it is creating very intense hurricanes and other tropical type storms. They are increasing in number this year as well.~~ I wish I knew how to make shoes. I have a couple of dolls who have no shoes. They have high-heel feet too.

     
  • 09:15:28 pm on September 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Here is the update for local weather due to Irma. Wind advisory from 7pm Monday to 7am Tuesday. Sustained 30-35mph with gusts up to 50mph. Sounds just like what we had with Harvey. Rain both Tuesday and Wednesday. Ugh.

     
  • 03:53:41 pm on September 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Jackie! You and your sisters with Mel Odom snuck in on me!

     
  • 03:50:53 pm on September 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Queli ~ Thank you for the brief and fact-filled information on Gene and the fashion doll industry. Interesting. I for one, am probably one of those people who never really delved into Gene’s background and impact. I have one other Gene only because of the price she was available for. I guess that is why my other Gene hangs out as Alice in Wonderland!! haha! I just couldn’t pass this one up. I liked the red hair and golden hair net! After I left here last night, I did go to ebay to find out who this Gene is. I think she’s pretty nice myself, and will no way find herself joining ‘Alice’. Also, for knowing who the little MA doll is! Thanks! You know your dolls :-) ~~ Nice photos of your shoe pack and indiv. shoe pairs.

    Jackie ~ I will watch the news for awhile on Irma and just keep learning more on the danger that a lot of the people there are in! The whole state is covered. I’m just hoping Irma won’t be like Harvey. Amazing how far inland these things are becoming before they finally poop out. Relieved to know your hubby will be OK. ~~ Oh, I wouldn’t go by flea market values to determine Gene’s actual value. I have found a #4 PT Barbie with a number of outfits and other articles of clothing for only $15.00 (she was in nice shape) and we know #4 is of much higher value. I did look up this Gene last night. One sale of NIB for $35.00. I was a little surprised at that! I would think these older ‘original’ Genes would be worth more though. A few other ‘loose’ ones for less. (Iced Coffee). The outfit alone sells better, I think. I did see some other Genes at quick glance, that are selling for well over a $100. They could be newer ones too, IDK. ~~~ Ken, I always like vintage football Ken! :-)

    Later

     
  • 03:14:46 pm on September 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,
    My clothes dryer just popped, so will BBL but first a word from my Stinky. He has heard that his brother is in outer space, so he wants to join him.
    Just needs to be strapped on and he’s ready for blast-off. Says he also wants to miss Irma.

     
  • 11:06:09 pm on September 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,
    What a beaut of a day! A little breezy this afternoon with a few clouds. Spent part of the day browsing a wholesale store and an antique/flea market. Found a few goodies at both places. I bought 2 new fall garden flags and already hung one of them. (I get the small flags that fit the black flag stands ) At the flea market found a little Madam Alexander McD’s size, a black lace mask, and a Verdun patch.  I’ll use the patch for the King’s Court dolls.

    Queli ~ No, I am not going to sell that cutie-pie Ken :-) ~~ Curvy shoes fit your Skipper to a ‘T’! How exciting to find shoes to fit her! The little black pair look very nice on her too! ~~ It has been a long time since I have been to Claire’s. So long, that I don’t recall them selling anything but jewelry, hair adornments, etc. I’ve been missing out, but maybe that is a good thing, ha! ~~ Pretty fabric! The blouse is very pretty. The dress looks so good on Curvy!

    Hi to Kate and Fiona!

    Jackie ~ Your furballs are so elegant :-) Love the grumpy face. ~~ Thank you for sharing the fork bow trick! I tie terrible bows. Maybe this will help. ~~ Your Stinky is asleep and mine just eats popcorn and watches TV. What gives? ha! ~~ I’m keeping an eye on Irma. Was watching news and seeing all those people waiting to get into a shelter gave me a sinking in the gut feeling. I mean it is getting down to the wire.

     
  • 10:32:55 pm on September 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Look who I found today for $6 bucks!! Could not pass her up. No box or stand. She has straight-leg and arms, but who cares at that price. Clothing is nice and clean; shoes still tied.

     
  • 10:42:54 pm on September 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I want to unbox this Ken so bad! Sporty Ken 2009

     
  • 10:19:04 pm on September 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,
    Boy, these hurricanes that travel so far inland. Harvey and now it seems that Irma has shifted to the west and will be headed our way again, but I don’t think we will see near as much rain or wind with this one. Oh my Florida! The whole state will be devastated by Irma! Not good at all and then another is following behind Irma. Earthquake in Mexico to top it all. Not to mention all the fires in western half of the country. Don’t even want to think of what the disaster debt will total in lives and loss. Signs of the times I’m guessing.

    here are links in regard to Irma:

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/08/us/forecast-hurricane-irma-timeline/index.html

    https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-irma-florida-georgia-south-carolina-north-carolina-forecast-path

    Queli ~ Barbie and Ken are really enjoying their shopping outings with you :-) Look at Ken! He is just all in it! Barbie has made a good choice for a tree. Great times had by all, ha!

    Kate~ Thanks! And do I love colors! I haven’t been checking ebay here lately to check for price/values on anything. I will have to venture in one day. But, yeah! Amazing what the first wave MH dolls can bring. Some playline Barbie doesn’t fair too badly either like the fashion fevers. I have a Sporty Fashionista Ken I want to unbox real bad, but for the past 3 years he has been selling as high as $75. Not fluke sales either. ~~ The paper nesting cards are very cool! So colorful too! Really like them!! LOL at Stinky and the paper lady! Cute story as always. Thank you for sharing your BD treats with us :-)

    Jackie ~ I’m hoping your hubby will be OK too. Evacuation has been chaos. Just glad this didn’t happen earlier. ~~ Loving the fabrics! Barbie and Ken’s matching dress/shirt is very nice. Love the Stinky in orbit with little Kelly in her night clothes looking through the telescope. The sky is the limit they say :-) I like the Little Theater photo too. The costumes are so cute on such little dolls.

     
  • 08:26:32 pm on September 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,
    Such beautiful fall-like weather here the past 3 days. It was 51* here this morning, so made the morning walk/run a fresh one!

    Jackie ~ Keeping an eye on Irma. Our local meteorologist says it will likely head for Tennessee again as a tropical storm. Too early to tell for sure exactly what it will do further inland. Evacuation from so. Florida looks like a calamity. Terrible. Will your DH be alright?

    Yes, Stinky does like his bling and the jealous Yeoman knew that when he planted the Royal Ruby on Stinky.

    Queli ~ I have my favorites of Steely Dan and have a couple of their albums. Pretzel Logic is one fave. ~~ Guess I need to check out the SG minis for fairies. Can always use another fairy or 2 in Fairywood. ~~ The daily dress calendar would be interesting and helpful to determine dress of an era.

    Kate ~ Hi and thanks! ~~ I may have to take a peek at the Moomin advent calendar. ~~ Oooh, Stinky has some beautiful ‘gems’! Is he going to get to keep them? He has a very good eye!

    Fiona ~ Hi and how are things going? Getting the mastery over the computer? I absolutely do not like starting out on a new puter!

     
  • 08:03:51 pm on September 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Reorganized one of the shelves in the doll room closet. After I took the picture, realized Venus McFlytrap wasn’t among the group. The two other Cleos are running the salon right now. This is always fun stuff to do. The shelves had become too much of a mishmash of dolls.

     
  • 09:23:12 pm on September 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Sometimes, I just like to single out a doll and put her in some ‘non-doll- place :-)

    Queli ~ It was a fun haul to get!  I had to get some fall decor too that day. ~ Teen Skipper looks good in the Belle dress! Seems she can fit Petite clothing pretty well. ~ I like Barbie’s collection of dolls.  Gotta have dolls for the dolls.  Really like the little fairies.  I don’t think I have seen them before.  The little guy with the white and red polka dot hat is a hoot!

    Hope everyone is doing OK. Jackie, where do you have Stinky now? Is he still in orbit? ~~ Keeping an eye on Irma. She was a Cat 5, now a 4. Wondering what path she is going to take.

     
  • 09:26:12 pm on September 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Jackie ~ Flooding was just in spots, thank goodness. Esp. where there were creeks or rivers. ~~ I’ve been keeping an eye on Irma who could be another dilly. Cat 4 right now. ~~~ Ha ha! So Stinky is heading for outer space! Oh my. Love the helmet! Fits him pretty good and actually looks like a full suit on him. Is he going to visit the space station?

    Queli ~ The landspeeder is awesome! Is it child size for them to ride in? Wouldn’t it be great to have one for the dolls? ~~ Ken looks so good shopping. He must be looking for more figures to add to his collection. ~~ Pretty Barbie with the advent calendar. What a fun one! ~~ I have actually been tempted to buy one of the fidget spinners. Maybe I could stop twirling my hair :-)

    Fiona ~ Nice to see you but sorry you lost your posts! Would it help to copy them before you post them? Then you could paste it in your next post and try again. Sometimes I go ahead and copy my posts before I click on ‘save my message’ just in case because I have lost a post or two in here.

    Hope everyone has had a good Labor Day weekend. The weather has been very nice for it. Rain starts back up again tonight for us.

     
  • 08:44:44 pm on September 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Goodies from my last little shopping spree…….2 weeks ago?? Found another guitar at HL and the yummy looking cakes. Gidget and Ripper at WM…they are from ‘The Secret Life of Pets’. The helmet and lower legs belong to Sabine Wren who I also bought the same day :-)

     
  • 08:32:59 pm on September 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Since we are doing some Star Wars, here is Sabine Wren. Had to get her because I like all of her bright colors. Looking at the skin tone of her head/face, I hope she’s not one of those that turn a greenish hue after a couple of years.

     
  • 08:28:38 pm on September 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,

    Another lovely day. Went to my favorite flea market in KY this afternoon. They had some flood issues, so today was their first day open this week. Could see the watermark on the walls which was only about 8 inches deep. But, the foundation the building sets on is about 2 ft high. A creek runs nearby and had over-flowed it’s banks. Part of the parking lot was still full of debris.

    Queli ~ Oh wow, love your pictures of Ken’s action figure collection! Very nice! I like the X-wing fighter with stand on the coffee table! Cool! ~~ I think I forgot to answer a question of yours from a few days back. The doll working out in the bathroom is an ITBE doll (Integrity/FR). Can’t remember her name so I just call her ‘Iris’. Still have her box buried in the closet. I will have to find it so have her name :-)

    Hope everyone has a fun 3 day week-end!

     
  • 11:43:55 pm on September 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Cerese Hood, daughter of Red Riding Hood, got tired of being high on the closet shelf, so brought her down so she could hang out by my puter for awhile.

     
  • 11:38:20 pm on September 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,

    The last time I posted was Thursday evening. As the night wore on, it got pretty interesting out there with the rain and the high winds! I could not believe it would be quite like that being so many miles inland. I awoke at 2:40am to the sound of high wind gusts and rain pelting the windows. It kept that up until late Friday morning. Rest of day Friday was rainy and still maintained 30-35 mph winds. We got 5 inches of rain Thursday night and another 1 inch yesterday. Nashville received 9 inches (about 40 miles south of us). They did have some flooding downtown and a few homes flooded. Some photos showed water to be aprox. 3 ft. deep. Here, the Red River was past flood stage. A few homes also flooded, but mainly due to new subdivisions which adds more pavement and nowhere for water to soak; it just runs off. We had minor tree damage at our house; lots of limb tips and leaves all over. The neighbor lost one old large tree. Several trees downed in the neighborhood. It stayed in the 60′s for temperature, so rather cool. Woke up to a sunny sky this morning and a lovely day. Wish could say the same for those in Texas. I can’t believe the power of that hurricane! It still had the swirling motion even up here! The rain would blow east and then west and so on. Crazy. To imagine 140 mph winds like Houston would have had would have been frightening to say the least.

    Queli ~ Star Wars madness! ha! Good thing the figures are shorter than Barbie and Ken! Whew! ~~ Very nice science class display!! Good job!

    Kate ~ Cute story of the Sock Monkeys being introduced to the family. Stinky in shock is always funny…down he goes, ha! He is always helpful with the nesters, so that takes pressure off the Princess. ~~ Thank you, Kate. That is a dress on the MS Barbie. It is a tad too big(esp. arm holes), but I just couldn’t pass up the flower print! I like to dress those dolls in kid’s clothing. I think the cupcakes are dog toys, but wouldn’t swear to that. I have a little cheeseburger that is so neat. It does have a ‘squeeker’, so I know for sure it’s a dog toy. I’m glad you had a good birthday with a surprise in the mail!~~ We will be back in the 80′s by tomorrow, I think.

    Jackie ~ Cute little kitchen/house. Easy storage for that size. I like the Barbie. Pretty dress and love her shoes! I see Stinky likes high places and enjoys playing with the kids. Love his purple glasses! Also glad to see you having some fun :-)

     
  • 08:49:21 pm on August 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATE!

     
  • 08:43:41 pm on August 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,

    It has been overcast today until this afternoon. The rain has set in, so will see how long it lasts.

    Queli ~ Such a pretty tea set! All the colors coordinate :-) The little girl on the left likes to be coy doesn’t she? ~~ I like the flowered skirt on the dress from WM. ~~ Center stage sisters; so cute! ~~ Yeah, Stinky looks pretty sweet in the fairy bed. He is sleeping on his side, so one of horns is visible. He looks so cozy!

    Kate! ~ Happy Birthday to you and wish you many more! ~~ (My BD was this month too) ~~ Will be waiting for your BD party photo shoot! :-) ~~ The Wonder Bread loaf is pretty neat. Stinky looks like a little astronaut in the helmet he made. What a character! Mine is still eating popcorn and watching tv. hahaha! I think he thinks if he can outlast those 2 girls in that room, he will eventually get it. But they just continue to ignore him and visit through all the tv programs. He has even gone as far as having a wall put in and a window with a sill so he can put some of his plants (in the pottery)in the window.

    Hi Jackie and Fiona!

     
  • 09:38:15 pm on August 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Stinky says he misses the fairy bed.

     
  • 09:26:29 pm on August 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    If this is a Mackey, I like it too because of the closed mouth and not so big of a smile. ~~ This fairy stays with the rest of the fairies.

     
  • 09:21:56 pm on August 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Teresa has always been one of my favorite facemolds.

     
  • 08:44:22 pm on August 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,

    Forgot to mention my shoe pack and card arrived yesterday! Yay! I really like the shoe box that is included.

    Jackie ~ Thanks. I know what you mean by the days traveling too fast. I keep fairly busy and don’t have much time for playtime. I am hoping I get some play in tomorrow since we have 100% chance of rain tomorrow thanks to Harvey. It moves in tonight and will be here Thurs, Fri, and Sat. 4″ to 8″ of rain expected. I can’t believe these storms are traveling so far inland. In fact, it will go as far as Ohio.

    Queli ~ Thanks. I like your favorite facemold pictures! The black haired Steffie is gorjus! Teen Skipper is pretty and love the navy polka-dot dress on her!

    Kate ~ Thanks. I had noticed the sprinkles on Cornetto, but just never thought of him looking like a unicorn shaped donut :-) ~~ I’m hoping Stinky will dry out or degrease himself this winter when the air is dryer. The humidity is always pretty high here along with the warm temperatures. I don’t set my AC to run too cold, so maybe it is still humid enough in here to help keep him ‘sticky’. When he dries up some, I will try to glue down his hair in the back. The biggest difference I see in the Stinkys are their eyes. Mine had small red pupils so I gave him bigger ones.

     
  • 08:51:52 pm on August 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    When she’s not at the Castle, she gets together with the Fairies and guests.

     
  • 08:47:30 pm on August 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

     
  • 08:42:03 pm on August 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Be careful not to gaze into her eyes for very long. Little Scout Fairy likes to ride on her shoulder.

     
  • 08:38:24 pm on August 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Watch out that she doesn’t sprinkle any fairy dust on you!!

     
  • 08:30:07 pm on August 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,

    Queli ~ Glad to hear that Marie is doing alright. ~~ The Mega Block MH figures are pretty neat. I have looked at them at the store but decided not to get any. Some are pretty cute :-) ~~ Now I like the SUV with the mud splatter!!

    Jackie ~ Glad your storm fizzled out! ~~ I’m with you; it feels like fall could be earlier this year. ~~ There has been 51+ inches of rain so far in Houston area. I think that breaks the continental US record. And to think, Harvey is not finished dumping rain yet as he moves upward out of Texas. Seems the evacuation there has been going pretty good and some pets are being taken care of as well.

    Kate ~ The eggs that crack open are pretty cool! First time I have seen those. We were just discussing all the desserts we have so it was cool of your friend to send you some other foods. The buns look good too. ~~ Stinky can be a part of about anything and so much he can do himself. So, he could take center stage pretty easily. Right now my Stinky is just enjoying his popcorn and watching tv. One thing I noticed with the new Stinky that I hadn’t noticed with travel Stinky, is his body has a rather greasy/oily feel and a bit shiny.(Kind of like some #5 ponytail Barbies). Some of his hair is not sticking down in the back and I’m afraid glue would not adhere to him very well. So, I was wondering if your Stinkys started out that way and eventually got ‘dry’? In one of Stinky’s photos, he even had a ‘shine’.

     
  • 11:17:33 pm on August 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    There are getting to be too many people living in this house! I have to do my workout in the bathroom!

     
  • 11:11:42 pm on August 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls!

    Queli ~ The dolls I got were Antiope, Wonder Woman, and City Chic. ~~ Removed another doll head today and had much better luck. The knob only had the 2 small prongs, so much easier. I finally deboxed the New York Yankees Barbie. Her box was not that great, so got her at a discounted price. I couldn’t believe how floppy & loose her body was. Since I had another body like it in my spare body & parts box, she inherited it. Not quite a color match, but her uniform does a great job of covering. ~~ Yeah..I liked the FF dolls too, but have since parted with a lot of them. Just have a couple of Teresas (loose) and Shannon, who is still in her carton. ~~ I like the floral print skirt of the dress you found. Also the little bottles and books at Michaels. Will be great for Halloween.

    Jackie ~ Yay! There’s Stinky! Long flight and ready for the beach. ~~ That is a very sweet little ‘house’ you found at the airport! Works perfectly for the little ones and Stinky. Cute story too :-) He likes to play with the kids and is so good with them. ~~ Big mess in Houston! And more rain to come! Saddened me to see the elderly folks in the Long Term Care facility sitting in water. ~ Sorry about your friend’s brother. ~~ I miss Marie and Marigene too and wish they would come back.

    Kate ~ Thanks. ~ What a fun day with your doll friends! Dolls aren’t near as fun if you can’t share the good times with others who love dolls. ~ Stinky is admiring your Van Gogh. Good job! I like it and the little easel. The outfit is perfect to go with it!

     
  • 05:29:08 pm on August 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Remember the Fashion Fever dolls?

     
  • 05:27:07 pm on August 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Jaeme, sitting pretty.

     
  • 05:26:02 pm on August 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

     
  • 04:43:44 pm on August 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls!
    I’m just hoping I can get this post written before my internet drops again. Been having this problem now since Tuesday night. I need to call the ‘company’ but their customer service is pretty bad. Out of 273 ratings, 268 are bad, bad, bad. Had this same problem about a year ago. They try to put the blame on the router.

    The dolls I had ordered went all the way to Mississippi before it came back up here. Crazy. At least I got them and the order for the dolls was correct. I have heard several stories. Makes me wonder if I want to participate next year. My shoe pack and membership card are supposed to arrive Tuesday, yeah!

    Queli ~ Getting to be a lot of neat little stuff that is tempting to buy for the dolls. I did buy one small figure, but it’s not that small; the Super Hero Girls. I got the Mini Katana. When I do the re-photo shoot, I will post a pic. I don’t like to remove doll heads. It is too tricky with the prongs and the long prong in the middle. I nearly twist the knob off and that is with a warmed head. And like Kate, I have cracked the necks too. Sometimes it doesnt matter because you don’t want the body anyway.

    Kate ~ Stinky’s new hat story is good! Love the way he falls over whenever he gets emotional or stunned, haha!! He looks great in the green hat. :-) That is a cute furr-baby on Momoko’s lap! ~~ Sly Stinky and his shell game!

    Jackie ~ Good to see you! Missed ya! ~~ Harvey sounds bad and the amount of rain predicted is beyond comprehension! And some folks just will not evacuate. It would be hard to leave, but with it being a cat 4, and all that rain, AND the length of time it will just sit over them, who would want to take the chance?

    Well, I’m posting this now….

     
  • 10:16:03 pm on August 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,
    Here’s the saga of the shoe packs and membership card. I placed an order end of July(online), but had trouble with getting rid of shipping cost. So, called and with assistance, got my order in. Even showed I would get the s. pack and card on the invoice. OK, got my dolls, no shoe pack or card. Aug 7th I call. 15 min wait time. Was told I did not get those items because I had not placed the order online. Was told that next time I placed an order online, I would get them. I said it would be months before i would place another order, if they could be shipped. Hesitation and hum haw around. Said yeah they could do that and was there any other questions I had. I asked when, and was told 6-8 working days. OK, that was Aug 7th. Today, Aug 24, still nothing. Call again, 30 minute wait on hold. Nice gal helps me, says she will look into a few things and call me back. Hour later she calls. Said there was no record of my call(had the name of who assisted me that day), no record of even putting in an order. She had to go to her team leaders who OK’d to send my things. She will email me in “a couple of days” with tracking when ready to send.

    Queli ~ I did watch one of the NOVA eclipse programs on Tuesday and it was really good. ~~ That is a cute fashion. I like the busy fabrics. ~~ I found a DOTD coffin shaped box at the Dollar General store. It’s pretty cool for a buck. ~~ Can’t remember which doll I rebodied, but she had the Tommy neck knob, and it was a bugger to get off.

    Kate ~ I haven’t been to the BC site in awhile, but was reading some of the posts from people who were having problems. I just hope they get the ‘bugs’ worked out, long call waiting, improved customer service, etc. ~~ Enjoyed your Julia deboxing story. Leave it to Stinky to toss a boot at the box! ha! And then he fell over!! Poor Julia is so weak and everyone is checking on her. Emily the cat is so pretty with her long hair! Look at her toes! :-) Stinky looks great in the nurse cap. I didn’t think about putting the extra nurse cap on him here, until I was done & pictures posted. Stinky got Alan’s shirt in the shell game!! What a fun day you had!

    Hi to Jackie and Fiona!

     
  • 10:39:25 pm on August 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Here is Stinky with the girls at the Foreclosure House. This is the room he wants, but I am not so sure these 2 seem interested in giving it up. They have that ‘look’…you know what they are thinking, but just can’t say it right now.

     
  • 10:30:23 pm on August 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls!
    Not sure what to think of Barbie Signature so far. I tried to do my order on line, but kept charging for shipping. Called them and received assistance with the order. (city chic, antiope, & WW). Got my order as you all know, but the free shoe pack and membership card did not come. Called them. I was told I didn’t get it because I didn’t place my order on line and when would I order again because they would send me my stuff then. I mean, I just ordered, come on. Told the guy I would not be ordering for some time and also explained that I had attempted online order…bla bla and he said OK they would ship it and would be 6-8 days. Well, that was 2 and half weeks ago and I have not seen anything. Is this par or do I need to call them AGAIN?

    Kate ~ It was great! (eclipse) And was nice to get a break from all the stress of the world. ~~ I see some cool shoes and boots in there!  Oh my!  So relieved your nephew escaped serious injury!  That sounded like a pretty bad roll-over.  Powers that be, must have been watching.

    Jackie ~ I can see the partial eclipse in your top picture. Apparently, a reflection of the sun was on your lens. If you look just below where can see your hair, in the very dark area, you will see a tiny eclipsed sun. :-) ~~ The duck looks similar to a muscovy duck. Not sure that is what it is though. Baby sure looks cute. ~~ DH looks pretty tuckered there and so glad he is up and at ‘em now! ~ Yes, the dolls are always up to something. Glad Stinky is keeping busy at your house. He needs to otherwise he gets into dutch.

     
  • 11:54:19 pm on August 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I just know Jaeme is going to come around that corner!

     
  • 11:51:52 pm on August 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Jaeme is wondering where her sis, Alysa disappeared to……(love the monster high shoes)

     
  • 11:49:41 pm on August 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

     
  • 11:48:20 pm on August 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    There you are! Fishing too I see.

     
  • 11:43:20 pm on August 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls!

    The solar eclipse was fantastic! An experience in life that is difficult to describe. Never saw one before and won’t ever see it again. Made my hair stand up on my arms and brought tears to my eyes. Forgot about everything else in this world for those brief 2+ minutes of totality. In fact for the full 3 hours. Birds stopped singing, cicadas stopped too. Just one mockingbird making strange little sounds and of course, crickets. Greatest thing, people were united through it all. All the cheers that went up and neighbors climbing out their upstairs window to get a view from the roof. Street lights came on as the ‘haze’ moved in and the shadow came. It cooled down 5*. Jupiter and Venus came to view at 1:25 pm! Awesome just isn’t enough to describe this phonomenon that moved across the country at 1,447 miles per hour. Something so much greater than we are, can only leave one breathless and tingly.

    Queli ~ Well, I hope that means I will be getting a box like that in the mail soon. What a mix-up or whatever…I hope I don’t need to call them AGAIN. :-( (Barbie is so cute from the back).

    Jackie ~ Oh no, not puter issues! Maybe it is the Grimrucks!

    Kate ~ More fun with family visiting :-) ~~ Yeah, Stinky had only 2 baths while he was here! ha! ~~ All the blue dresses are so pretty together and the Star Trek tops are great! Right down to the insignia/button. So talented with sewing projects! Everyone receiving those items had to have been happy! Nice gifts from your friend.

    Fiona ~ The flu can really be hard on a person and takes awhile to get to feeling normal again. Congrats on your Skipper and Tutti haul. Those kinds of dolls are fun to ‘rehab’. It can be rewarding.

     
  • 10:50:25 pm on August 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls!
    We have totality tomorrow; 2 mins and 20 secs! I think that will be cool. I’m not sure if I am going to be outdoors all that much or not because I’m just not sure how safe it is even if you aren’t looking at the sun. I saw something online tonight (which I didn’t take the time to read), but it said not to have your pets out in it. Well if it isn’t safe for them then how is it safe for us? We do have our glasses and am sure they are the good ones (hope).

    Jackie ~ I hear ya and hope you made it home OK. Get some rest and quiet as you need.

    Queli ~ It is fun to go shopping with you! Learn a lot, ha! So the ewok really is in there!!! OH no! That is not good news for me hee hee!

    Here’s a photo I forgot or maybe decided to omit from Stinky’s adventure to the Castle. After he received the breast plate of honor, I think it was suggested he have a bath.

     
  • 11:36:36 pm on August 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

     
  • 08:36:45 pm on August 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hello Girls!

    Stinky, having enjoyed his stay with the Faeries, is back at the Foreclosure House. He is really trying for a room there, but I’m not sure he will be successful at convincing the 2 now in there to give up the room. He has even taken it upon himself to make a few changes. Oh no, does that mean more attempts at photos? ha!

    Queli ~ You and me both! (the beach; and one with swaying palm trees). Pretty gal! At first I didn’t know who she was wearing the foster grants, but, I have her….can’t miss that shock of pink of hair :-) ~~ I love the names you give your dolls. If I ever need help creating names for another story, I will have to source you! ~~ Been awhile since been to Michaels..may have to go one of these days. Nice bullfrog! I found the cutest little tree frog in one of my plant container’s drainage dish. He was so cute; pretty small and boy, could he leap! ~~ There’s the blue haired girl!! Love the colors of her uniform along with that blue hair…very striking! The ewok graphic is so cute on the other box. If he were actually in the box, I would get that doll for the ewok.

    Jackie ~ Glad your hubby had a good week and that you can head for home tomorrow. Have a safe trip. Wonder if the flight will be loaded with eclipse fans? I hope Stinky has behaved himself while waiting, ha! Bet he can’t wait for a little action.

     
  • 09:26:56 pm on August 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls!
    Hot and muggy! Very muggy! Like Jackie says; ‘weather you can wear’.
    Been taking some doll pics, but not happy with how they are turning out. Too dark, or not just right, or out of focus. Have a few that are keepers so one day I’ll get them loaded on to the disc, then to photo host, and eventually here :-)

    Queli ~ Cute little dress and fitting everyone is a plus. Nice kitty ears will be fun for Halloween. ~~ Good to see Four taking a break and going home to Barbie for a change. And he plays with toys!! Love the tiny action figure! He is pretty articulate. ~~ Diana is stunning in the gown..much prettier than the one she comes in. Really like the ‘godkiller’ sword down the back of the dress! ~~ Sister set from TRU has colorful winter fashion! ~~ Love the facial expression on banana flipper minion’s face! Priceless. Despicable Deck is cool. Your little ones display the cards very well :-) ~~ I saw the Hasbro Star Wars action figures at Wal Mart too. Was kind of in a rush, but there was one with blue hair and I kinda liked her! (at least I think she was part of the Star Wars…) Made me think of you and your color guard girls.

    Jackie ~ Good to know your hubby is on the mend and already back to work. Yes, glad someone sent him home at 1pm!! He must have been pretty tuckered out. Bet you will enjoy some doll time and be happy to see Stinky!! :-) More Stinky adventures soon! ha! ~~ A bear on your street? Is he out of his normal habitat I wonder?

    Kate ~ Ah, little soy containers. You know, I think I asked about them the first time I saw them and had forgotten what you said. I think they are pretty cool. Wonder if you could find little corks to fit them? ~ Stinky’s incognito look is impressive! Is he a French artist? Wonder what he has in those bags? Nice looking flight attendants! ~ My Stinky is still enjoying his stay with the heroes and fairies. I’m sure once he returns, he will be deciding on where he wants to live. He also wants to start digging through doll clothing to see what he can find to wear.

     
  • 09:53:24 pm on August 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Antiope, Katnis, and Four have all made a safe return back to the Fairies and Queen Elinor. Stinky was so glad to see them again, but seemed a bit shy around Antiope although I think he was taken by her. He wants to spend another day or two so he can hear all the stories about this trip. One thing for sure, passing through the Wildwood was pretty quiet…not a Grimruck in sight. Hopefully, it will stay that way.

     
  • 09:41:09 pm on August 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls!

    Rainy and cloudy today. Good day to clean house. Later on, was able to get out and clear out some more flower beds. Mid-August and already doing a fall job. Been messing about in the doll room whenever I get the chance. Can’t seem to stay out of that room :-) I am needing to find a room for my Stinky. He is wanting his own room now so while he is visiting the fairies I figure had better start sizing some things up. He has been eyeing a room in the Foreclosure house that is currently occupied. We’ll see. I don’t want to have to evict anyone even though the Tonners were evicted so could use their place for one of the Castle scenes and have not moved them back in as of yet.

    Queli ~ I would like to have the climbing gear from the camping fun Barbie. ~~ Nathan makes a nice playmate for the little girls. Got to have a few boys around to balance things out :-) ~~ Nice collection of color guard you have so far. It is fun to pick a theme and just collect those, but I do like a variety, ha! ~~ Who was the most villainous of the villains…. the Evil Queen? Well, we saw what happened to her :-) (she is still around but keeping a low profile for now).

    Kate ~ Indeed! I am so enjoying your pictures of Stinky wearing all his stuff. Maybe because he had no place to keep it all so HAD to wear it around every day, haha! ~~ That was so special of your dad to make shelves for him :-) So cool that he takes an interest in this too. Everyone gets to have a little fun. Is the yellow dish Stinky’s bed? Now, his room is tidy and has a place for all his stuff. (sorry about that, ha!) ~~~ Seems that is what I have the most of too; desserts and sweets. They seem to be the easiest to come by like the tray of macaroons Queli posted. I used to drool over Marie’s dinners and foods for her Barbies. I hear you on the tea sets. I see a lot of them at the flea markets and just have to walk on by. ~~ Before I forget, what are the little white ceramic items in Stinky’s room?

    Jackie ~~ Bet you are going to miss having your son around. Things are gradually getting back to normal and hope you will be home soon. Always glad you stop by. ~~ Doing the scene of Antiope and the Queen had me laughing. The picture turned out looking a little rougher than I had really wanted, so just want everyone to know the Evil Queen was not seriously hurt; just strong armed. She did try to stuff one of her apples in Antiope’s face and that just did not go well for her, ha!

     
  • 10:27:14 pm on August 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    City Chic

     
  • 10:21:48 pm on August 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Again!

    Queli ~ Well, I did just that..copied the whole thing in a word file. I have the photos, so just the printed story.

    More new dolls! The little keyboard looks interesting! And I do like the brown-haired Holiday Barbie! ~~ Ken is getting younger and younger all the time! ha! I like his thick brows and his eyes. Nice hair too :-)

    OK, as promised earlier today:

    Here is Antiope ‘subduing’ the Evil Queen as Four(who is hard to see; too dark)is trying to talk the Yeoman into coming with them.  He did need assistance from Katnis since Yeoman was under the influence of some bad apples.

     
  • 05:09:42 pm on August 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls!
    Quiet weekend here at home. Just the way I like it. Was able to get a couple of pictures done which I will post later. I think you will enjoy the one :-) A scene from the Evil Queen’s Castle that needed something visible, ha!

    Kate ~ We had fun didn’t we? Glad Toothless made it to your house. I bet he met with Merlin and was gone before anyone knew it. Oh I bet Stinky is so relieved and proud he gets to keep one of the Royal Rubies! He had better take care of it before he loses it, ha! Cute little party filled with sweets and good friends! I see Stinky is still all decked out. He is going to remember this for a long time. Kangaroo is going to have that cake all to himself isn’t he? He is cute! The Minnie cakes are pretty cool! Don’t realize how tiny some of these things are until you remember how small Stinky really is. Look around real good so don’t miss anything :-) And wow, Stinky meets Claudette and Lavinia! Lovely dolls that I have been admiring from afar…so far.

    Jackie ~ Yes, hubby needs to stay mindful and get his rest so he heals and doesn’t loosen his wires. Glad you can come by as I’m sure you need a little something different to help you through. This stuff is good therapy, JMO. ~~ Elinor it is, and I keep misspelling it too…no E at the end.

    Queli ~ I had to go back too into the story to remember a few things :-) I may need to write it all down someday before it goes poof!
    ~~ Your girls looks so relaxed in the Space Chair. ~~ Such sweet little girls with your bud vase ~~ I like the Toki Doki dolls too! ~~ Always enjoy your posts and pictures. I don’t think there are many dolls and doll ‘stuff’ that I don’t like….that is the problem :-)
    I’m glad you enjoyed the story. One of these days you will have to entertain Stinky!

    Hi Fiona! ~~ Radio stories go back a ways :-) Have a radio station near here that still does them.

     
  • 11:15:25 pm on August 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    This is Katnis’, Four, and Antiope’s last night at the Castle. They will be leaving in the morning to return to the Fairywood. They too, are glad this is over.

     
  • 11:08:43 pm on August 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls!
    Just a quick fly by. Will be back in tomorrow to post to you.

    My Stinky is just so happy his brother is in the clear. He is so excited hearing about his brother’s experiences. He wants to meet Katnis, Four, and the new Antiope. He wanted so badly to go to the Fairy cottage to meet the Fairies and Queen Elinor. So, that is where I took him and he is going to stay there until the heroes return so he can meet them as well.

    Don’t worry guys, there will be no more Stinkys visiting any more castles for a long, long, time :-)

    Thanks and glad you enjoyed the saga, ha! Thanks for your input too Kate. I think we had a good time with it. Can’t wait to see Stinky’s party/celebration.

     
  • 08:36:14 pm on August 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Please read my earlier posting from this afternoon prior to this, the grande finale.

    Now for the grande finale(I’m sure everyone knew Stinky was innocent). Yeoman did spill about how he was so jealous of Stinky and all the attention he was getting. What took the cake was when the Kings and Queens had the Breast Plate of Honor ceremony for Stinky, and the Yeoman was not invited. He had wanted to be a Knight so bad he could taste it. Then, when Four was knighted in a secret ceremony; well that was the straw. While everyone was at the dinner, the Yeoman snatched one of the Rubies to later be put in Stinky’s Breast Plate case. Yes, the Yeoman was the one who took care of Stinky’s packing so he would not have to worry about it that night or the next morning.
    As soon as the King and Queen heard this confession, they sent message to Kate’s Stinky via Toothless. Sending a dragon into the modern world is a big responsibility, but they are confident that Toothless will accomplish this mission as well. The Queen is proud of her young dragon even though he broke the rule. Maybe it means her dragon is ready for the next level. Besides, the King and Queen are certain there will not be a reprisal coming from the Evil Queen. A message was also sent to StinkyIII and Queen Elinor. Antiope, Katnis, and Four will enjoy another day at the Castle before leaving. And the Yeoman? Well, the Queen has the key to the dungeon where he will spend 24 hours or when the ‘apple of truth’ wears off……he is still babbling! The King will once again take the Yeoman in, but this time will try to appreciate him more and help him become the Knight he always wanted to be.
    And about the bag? They emptied it’s contents on the floor and found several days supply of full cans of tuna and corned beef hash(Stinky’s off the menu choices), one set of silverware & of course, his own clothing.

    THE END

     
  • 03:43:35 pm on August 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Antiope at work! Isn’t she beautiful!?

     
  • 03:41:09 pm on August 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Story update:
    Katnis and 4 have implored the King and Queen to allow them to search the Wildwood for the Yeoman. Much against their better judgement, they lent the pair a couple of swift horses. Not long after leaving the Castle, they spied Toothless and he saw them as well. Although Toothless had been strictly forbidden to enter the Wildwood or fly above, he does anyway.

    In the meantime, Antiope is still at the Castle of the Evil Queen, debating on whether or not to invade and see what is happening or to merely head for Tanglewood, and approach the King and Queen with what she saw. Easy decision to make once she saw that the Evil Queen had released 6 spy ravens from her castle. With her keen sense of hearing, she heard ‘wings’ above and saw the dragon. To her amazement to be seeing such a thing! Dragons have not flown in years since there were no dragon riders left. Antiope knew this dragon had to come from Tanglewood Castle! She allowed herself to be seen by Toothless and the reaction was immediate; Toothless alit nearby with great fierceness. And then Antiope heard foot falls in the woods….it was Katnis and 4 on horseback!! They immediately assured Toothless that Antiope was on their side. Antiope told them what she had seen, and they made the decision to ‘attack’ the Evil Queen’s castle! (talk about taking charge!) Antiope scales the walls of the castle and enters through a window. She immediately locates the Queen and the Yeoman. She could hear the Yeoman babbling incessantly as the Queen urges to him to hurry up and get to the good part about Tanglewood Castle and the King. Antiope rushes to the entrance to allow Katnis and Four to enter and together they surprise the Evil Queen. Antiope subdues the Queen(and her apples) as Kat and Four manage the babbling Yeoman. He was reclining on a large sofa, eating an apple…the kind that makes you tell the truth. To make a long story short, in spite of also fighting off the nasty ravens, the three escape the castle with the Yeoman as the Queen still dazed and not sure of what exactly happened. Antiope headed for the stable to grab the Yeomans bag and strapped it on Toothless’ back. He took to the air and headed for Tanglewood as the three with Yeoman head for Tanglewood as well. The Yeoman continued to babble all the way back and had regaled his childhood, his youth, his time as a laborer….the three knew they needed to get to the Castle before he would spill the beans about Stinky. The King and Queen needed to hear that!

    More later.

    Antiope subduing the Evil Queen and her apples!!

     
  • 03:06:09 pm on August 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Jackie ~ It almost sounds like your hubby had more done with his heart. Hoping he does get more mileage now :-)

    Fiona ~ Amen to ‘should have written it down’. Had no idea it would become a novel, so think I am going to hasten to the ending. ~ Sharp and small scissors a must. The ones I use have very pointed tips and only use it for cutting hair(my own)and my dolls.

     
  • 09:13:51 pm on August 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls!
    Been a busy day!

    Queli ~ Love the owl chair! And Layla matches to a ‘T’! She has a nice library!

     
  • 09:11:30 pm on August 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Here is the Yeoman when he first became a part of the King’s men. The King took him in, in hopes of making a great Knight. But, this is what he did early on. He took one of the chickens from the courtyard, took it to his room, lit a fire right in the room and proceeded to try to roast it right there!! The King was very upset and disciplined him hard, even though he had felt pity on him when he took him in.

     
  • 09:01:49 pm on August 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Back at Tanglewood since the Yeoman’s disappearance, the Queen having the master key to the Castle in her crown, was able to access the Yeoman’s room and found that he had packed his belongings but left the room in such disarray. The only thing the Queen found were a couple of pieces of the royal silverware under his bed. It was apparent, he was gone. He had been questioned pretty hard by the King since the King was not well pleased with his performance. Yeoman had been passed over twice for becoming a Knight. The Yeoman upon questioning, was just too free with accusations of Stinky having stolen the Royal Ruby; that he couldn’t be trusted because of his heritage, and was always grinning. The King had seen something different and what this Yeoman said, was not about to change his mind. It took a lot of courage for Stinky to come forward with having the Ruby. He could have just stayed up north, hid the Ruby and never said a word, but that is just not Stinky and the King knew it. (Boy, if the King could have seen him hiding the ruby in the nesting robots!! ha!)
    Upon learning that the Yeoman had no intention of returning to the Castle, the Queen unchained Toothless, her dragon, and set him out in search of the Yeoman. She has ‘trained her dragon’ and Toothless knows he is not to enter the Wildwood as not to be seen. No one needs to know there is a dragon flying again in the realms. But, Toothless has not returned and until he does, no one leaves or enters and no one is declared innocent or guilty.

    Here is the Queen and Toothless her young dragon. Note the key to all the Castle in her crown.

     
  • 08:38:46 pm on August 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    The King and Queen have finished their questioning everyone. Four and Katnis were in defense of Stinky, but, unfortunately since Four and Stinky had separate rooms on their last night, Four could not verify what Stinky did during the night hours. Nor could Katnis verify what Four did that night. Stinky’s message via black swan was a complete surprise! Admitting he had the Royal Ruby! But his claims of not knowing how it got hidden behind his breast plate in it’s case or the fact he did not even pack his own things seemed to ring some truth to the King. Stinky just didn’t have the opportunity to do it based on how the events of the day, that night, and the morning the trio left the Castle.

    These 2 offered a great defense for Stinky. He was plum wore out after the ceremony and dinner. His room was empty of his belongings except for the his breast plate. No bags, no nothing and he never left his room until Four woke him up at 4am.

     
  • 10:14:15 pm on August 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls!
    Busy day, so went by quickly. Spent a lot of time making phone calls or should say, playing phone tag. Worked for a little while down in that drainage ditch. I think I am getting ahead of the poison oak down there as well as other types of weeds and small trees. We had 3+ inches of rain Sunday and it sure is nice to not have water backing up into our back yard because the ditch is plugged up.

    Queli ~ You are welcome! Some pictures do take time to set up. But, as you say, when they turn out great it is worth it. I went back and looked at them again. Working with such small items and to get them to say put or sit nice, can be a task. The older I get, sometimes the harder it is to set things up. I am bumping into stuff and knocking things over…..ha! Or I’m in too big a hurry. I see Chelsea has her shoes off since her feet are on the sofa. Good girl! ~~ Interesting MH series. They sure mellowed on the face paint though. The feet and hands are more ‘animal’ on the little ones. I do like the high chair! Queli, I’m just not sure I’m all that crazy about these new
    dolls.

    Kate ~ You are welcome! I have had those patterns for awhile and I finally figured out that I am not going to use them. Kept them as a collector item and decided to not keep them for that either. And then I thought of you! You sew!! Perfect! They go to Kate :-) And it is also a thank you for allowing me to have Stinky for so long and the inspiration it/he did give me to play again!

    Jackie ~ Hope you are doing OK and I really hope you can be home soon. Take care.

     
  • 09:08:48 pm on August 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    And here is the Evil Queen of the Wildwood Forrest Castle. You will be learning more about her very soon! Here she is with one of her infamous apples. She has an apple for everything! And the one she is holding in the photo, is her “tell me the truth NOW” apple.

     
  • 08:47:36 pm on August 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Let’s take a moment to see what Antiope has been doing. Remember her? Keep in mind she was not on the King’s list of individuals he wanted to see and since the Castle is on lock down, no visitors are allowed in and no one can leave unless permitted by the King.

    Antiope is swift, intelligent, cunning, and seems to have a keen sense of what is going on around her. She is an expert with a bow and able to hold her ground in close hand to hand fighting. Not only that, she is center mass with daggers. She is a survivalist in any situation.

    While Katnis and Four were waiting for the Yeoman, Antiope took to the Wildwood Forrest and hid at the outter edge so she would remain out of sight and yet be able to watch the road and keep an eye on Katnis and Four. Once Toothless arrived to guide the pair to the Castle, Antiope moved on deeper into Wildwood Forrest. Something wasn’t right. Not far off the road, she found a wooden, 2 wheel cart that seemed to have been hidden in the thick underbrush. It had not been there long, was empty, but there were footsteps leading away and also horse hoof prints. Taking a closer look, the cart bared the insignia of Tanglewood Castle.

    Antiope continued to track the trail all the while making certain she was not spotted or followed. After perhaps several hours, she came upon an iron fence and more of a cleared area. She was entering what was known as the Wildwood Castle. Not much is known about the King here, but the Queen is widely known as the “Evil Queen” of the Wildwood. The Wildwood is always avoided if at all possible(that is why they take the tunnel when leaving the Fairy Woods). The Evil Queen is a part of the 4 Kingdom federation, but she is just not well liked and is not very scrupulous. Grimrucks are nasty creatures that lurk in the Wildwood and she uses them to her advantage.

    Antiope takes position where she can monitor the comings and goings of the Castle. Carefully, she takes a look for the stable and there she finds a horse with a rich harness which also bears the Tanglewood insignia. Now, she must keep watch because she is certain this is where the Yeoman went off to. But, why here? And then she spies the Yeoman! He is dragging a nasty looking bag that seems to be full. It seems he is hiding this bag in a room in the stable! Once he has done this, he quickly heads toward the Castle where the Evil Queen awaits him at the doors and takes him in.

    Stay tuned for further updates on the Wildwood Castle!

     
  • 09:10:55 pm on August 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Update on Katnis and Four. They have arrived at the Castle after a long wait for the Yeoman. He was to meet them at the edge of Tanglewood Forrest to escort them to the Castle but, he never showed. The Queen then sent Toothless, her dragon.
    A message sent through Fairy Scout has arrived. Both Katnis and Four have been questioned at length. As soon as they arrived the Castle, they were immediately taken to the King and Queen. Word is out now the purpose of the questioning is because one of the Royal Rubies is missing! The King has received the message sent by Stinky via the black swan. Katnis and Four were shocked at the news of the contents of the message as well as the King. It seems he and the Queen have also been questioning all members of the Court and those who work at the Castle, right down to the stable workers. Katnis and Four had been able to do some questioning of their own before being taken to their rooms, to find out the Yeoman was sent out yesterday for supplies, but never returned!

    Jackie ~ 10 new meds. Wow. Glad you have home health there to assist you and get you started. Keeping my fingers crossed that all works together to achieve the goal. The drivers down there remind me of the drivers here. I hate to go out any more, because of the aggressiveness of drivers, speed, and yes, not using those turn signals. I can drive all the way to Nebraska or further west, and not have a problem until I get back here. Awful!! ~~ Yes, Stinky was a big inspiration and one I needed!

    Kate ~ Oh such cute pictures of Stinky. I may have to lift a couple of them! Now he has his back pack on…aww. I’m glad he sent that message. I’m sure the King in all fairness will get things sorted out and now that Katnis and Four are there, they will be in Stinky’s corner. Four had grown very fond of Stinky. ~~ The black cat shirt is perfect match for you AND William!

    Queli ~ Great instruction and picture guide for cutting doll bangs. I just smooth the bangs down, hold them down with my left thumb and use a small, but sharp scissors. I usually start out a bit long on the cut as the bangs will sometimes ‘lift’ after any restriction of thumb(or tape) is removed. I use good lighting and carefully snip away any stragglers. ~~ I love Chelsea’s doll shelves!! That is soo darling! Great way to display your mini’s and create a play room too. Good job!

     
  • 08:30:14 pm on August 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    To refresh your memory as to who the Yeoman is; he is the one who met Katnis, 4, and Stinky last time.

     
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