This blog shows the progress of my 1:6 scale dollhouse, Maison de la Royale and the various projects I work on with my dolls and dollhouse collection.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Lady Liberty Barbie

I finally got Lady Liberty Barbie de-boxed and done on my table display, ready for Fourth of July. (That required the monumental task of clearing off the dining room table, which required me to take time and move all of my sewing projects, clays, and dolls and props, lol...) 

I had a glass cake plate that I use for a pedestal for dolls since it has a slight chip /nick on the edge and I don't use it for food, just for displaying dolls at club meetings, etc. since I usually put a doily or cloth on it. This would be a perfect pedestal for her.  She will be the perfect foil for my Fourth of July cake I am planning to make for that weekend. 

I really love her face and gown. The little mat underneath is a patriotic quilt that I made and have not yet finished but was perfect to go underneath of her for this display. I used red white and blue patriotic fabrics in a simple square design.  


Saturday, June 13, 2020

Vintage Best Buy Patriotic Dress

As I stated in my previous post, I have been gathering the dolls together in red, white and blue for Fourth of July decorating. I have also been purchasing dolls on my list that I do not have or have wanted. 

One of these vintage outfits was a Best Buy 1976 Patriotic Freedom Barbie dress. I recently picked it up on eBay for a very good price, no accessories but it was in mint condition. I am hoping to find the matching one for Skipper. Here it is on my Free Moving Steffie. She is wearing Sweet 16 Barbie's shoes. 

I have always adored the Revolutionary soldier's on the skirt of this dress! So adorable. 

Here are the rest of my vintage Barbies from the 1970's decked out in red white and blue outfits. 

The Malibu Ken and the Walk Lively Barbie are both, childhood dolls and quite special to me. The Free Moving Steffie and the Francie were purchased in a large lot of dolls and clothing with cases at an auction I attended. The Francie and the Steffie I kept and Francie's outfit was complete in the box of clothing I found, I could not believe how many Barbie outfits this little girl had- she was so lucky! Francie's foot was partially chewed but she was intact. I never had a Francie as a little girl, always wanted one. I pick them up now whenever I can. 


Friday, June 12, 2020

Vintage Barbies in the Mail!

I have had some recent - just two- bad buying experiences on Mercari recently and today my dolly delivery made up for it. 

Today I received two packages in the mail, which mystified me as I had only ordered one item. Then I remembered I had canceled an order on Mercari when the seller 2 weeks ago had made me an offer I could not refuse for a Barbie/Ken Wizard of Oz Tin Man in the box (had been displayed) for about $12 with shipping which came to about $17+ dollars. She waited about the whole three days before printing the label and then did not seem to ship the item, as it was never scanned. I waited two days and then sent a message and asked if the item had been shipped as it had not shown up as shipping in the system, if it had been scanned. I was wondering if she had even shipped it, but just printed the label and would ship 'whenever' she wished, (Mercari is notorious for sellers doing this) . She did not answer my message for a day so frustrated, it had been five days, I canceled the order and went about my business. TWO DAYS LATER SHE CONTACTS ME ! And asked if the item had shown up in the mail???

Well, Mercari seller, it did. Thankfully for her, after a long back and forth, I told her I would send the package back. How she shipped this item first class I do not know, as it was in a large box and had to weigh more than 1 lb. I refused the package and took it back to the post office and wrote on the box 'return to sender' .  Ugh. 

But my two 'vintage' from 1995 and 1996 showed up today. One is Patriot Barbie and another is Lady Liberty Barbie. This doll is so gorgeous. Both were new in box. I got them both in a lot on ebay for best offer at a great price with shipping. I have been working on getting my 'fourth of July' Barbies together and these were two dolls I really wanted to display for the upcoming decor this year on my table and mantel. 

So here they are-

           The detail on both of these dolls is stunning. They are both FAO Schwartz Toy limited editions. I simply adore the pink George outfit. And her hair. The boxes are very well done too. I wish that they did the dolls so well now as they did back then. 

These are the close ups of the Patriot George Washington Barbie. Next is the Lady Liberty Barbie. 

I will take more photos of them out of the box closer to Fourth of July when I get my decorations set up. I am thinking of using Lady Liberty as a centerpiece doll for the table, like my friend Leslie did at our Fourth of July party at her house for our doll club meeting last year. She even had the matching plate with this doll, nearby with a tiny custom Lady Liberty Kelly doll that matched by the famous Luis! IT was a wonderful table display. 

Here is the famous photo from my blog post last year-

Happy Fourth of July 2019 blog post 

I loved this centerpiece so much. Looking at it, now I remember she used a gold cake plate with hanging crystal type pendants , one you can buy at the hobby store. It really was eye catching to see. 

I have a plain glass one that I was thinking of using and maybe using some red or blue glitter rope to outline her on the table. 

More on my fourth of July doll endeavors coming soon!

Monday, June 8, 2020

More Mini Brands!

I made a run to Target this weekend and picked up more Mini Brands! I only got one or two replicas.

All of these items you see on the table in front of Tammy came out of the two
round eggs below. There are five items in each plastic ball/egg. 

I also stocked my shelves with the previous Little Shop and Mini Brands, the cabinets look well stocked now. I am thinking of collecting enough for a small mom and pop grocery store . The Comic Book store that I was working on has kind of stalled and I could always interchange the store shelves with signage and furniture until I get all of my Big Bang characters together.  I will have to take photos of that diorama/ store and have been wanting to do something with it. The door and windows would just have to be finished but that would be a good project to do one weekend, now that it is warm. 

Plus, the dolls need somewhere to shop for food. lol. 

I have some more postings to catch up on- so stay tuned!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Wizard of Oz Kelly & Tommy set

This adorable little set came in the mail today. I found it on Mercari , a selling site and it was used but came with all of the accessories. Dorothy even had her basket, shoes, and Toto! Tin Man even had both his little ax and his oil can. They had all been displayed, hair was a little awry but they were in mint condition. I could not beat the price with free shipping. 

They are simply all adorable. My next move will to be purchasing tiny little stands for them. The lion fell a couple of times and I had to fish him out of my flower bed for this photo shoot. I wanted a yellow field/yellow brick road feel to this photo shoot and the wheat field across the road from my house gave that Kansas look/ to these little cuties. 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

The Two Dorothys Meet- at the Emerald City Cafe

This has been a diorama that has been on the back burner for a while, and since I have some other dolls coming to expand it out, I thought I would get a move on with it and have some fun. 

I love Wizard of Oz, it is one of my favorite cult classic movies. I still have my 2000  Wizard of Oz talking Dorothy Barbie intact. I cannot find her darling ruby red slippers- (which I took off and put somewhere 'safe' so i wouldn't lose them) I remember purchasing her for myself and feeling embarrassed when I did it as I had bought the entire set for my stepdaughter when she was small and we would watch the movie on the weekends. I so wanted this doll so much- this was way before I got into dolls and doll collecting and felt so guilty for wanting her! 

I now have the Integrity Toys Poppy Parker version of Over the Rainbow! and she is darling. I found the Tin man at a really good price on Mercari and he is on his way as well as the entire set of the wizard of oz kelly/tommy Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and cowardly lion coming to me. They are hard to find affordable- I found them on Mercari with free shipping. 

My diorama encompasses both Dorothy's  meeting for tea at the Emerald City cafe . 

My Vintage talking Mattel Dorothy is wearing a pair of Poppy Parker shoes, to replace for her slippers that I have misplaced. Hopefully I will find them in the mountains of shoes that I have. I still have the original Toto and her basket! As well as her socks! Her hair is still in its original braids with bows too. 

My Integrity toys Poppy Dorothy has her shoes and socks on too. I have never put on her jewelry or gloved hands, which I think I might do for another photo session. One of my disappointments with this doll is it did not come with a Toto dog. I really thought they let us down with that. So I have used a Jewel Secrets Barbie pug dog that I have customized with a jeweled beribboned collar for my Poppy's Toto dog on her lap. 

     Here you can see pugdog Toto better on Poppy Dorothy's lap

         Closeup of the Tea table with green plates, tea cake and orange iris flower
        arrangement on the back table to remind us of the Poppys in the movie

I hope you have enjoyed the preview of the photos of The two Dorothys meeting. It has been good to be more creative which has been difficult for me lately. Enjoy!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Real Littles Shopkins & Zuru Mini Brands Miniatures

May has come and almost gone and I haven't even posted a blog post yet! 
I have many things I wanted to blog about but one of the things I am a day late and (many dollars short) on posting about is the Real Littles Shopkins and the Mini Brands (Zuru) that My Froggy Stuff on YouTube has posted about as well as Barbie Gets Real on Youtube too. They both have done de-boxing on these unique miniatures that are playscale. MiniBrands and Shopkins are sometimes slightly larger than 1:6 but work for the dolls, especially Integrity dolls, and the larger items can work for Tonner dolls and even American Girl dolls. 

So where DO you find them? Good question! 

Your best best is Target. They advertise on locations as having them at Walmart, but I have not found MiniBrands at Walmart. Target is the best location I have found. 

Below is a photo of the two items - I purchased two Mini Brands and one Shopkinds item.

  As you can see, the Mini Shopping brands come in round plastic ball shaped plastic packages, with LOTS of waste packaging. My Froggy stuff shows how to use the plastic tubes in one of her videos as shelving in a shop. 

These come with six items as well as a catalog showing items to collect. The shopkins above comes with two, and a catalog, and is cheaper, but was sloppy. I had to put it under water! which caused a mess in my sink and it was still in plastic cube. I had to clean my sink before opening the packaging. So a heads up - it makes a huge blue slop that might stop up your sink. ick. 


Here are the two items I got out of the Shopkins after I cleaned up the packaging.  They are in more plastic after I got rid of the plastic cubing. 

Shopkins catalog insert

    On the interior of each shopkins, the little character was wrapped in this packaging. You will need scissors to open this or an exacto knife. 

                                                                                              Cherry Vanilla Shopkins

                                                                                           Scribblers shopkins 

 These two were extremely cute. The Breyer's ice cream carton is very large, and so is the Scribblers container, but will work for playscale. 


Opening the Mini Brands egg

LOTS of waste packaging material. 

Mini Brands Zuru catalog shows the rare brands and all the brands that you can tick off as you collect.

I received two of these Butter items

Of course, my Poppy cannot choose which one she likes the most. I think she likes the Moonpies and the donnettes the best since she has the sweet tooth. My Sheldon will have to have those Moonpies. I will need to do a scene with him and Amy arguing about Me-Maw coming to visit and calling him Moonpie. lol 

The other Minibrands and shopkins in the background are older ones I picked up in a larger set from Walmart a few months ago. I can say now I am hooked and want to create a grocery store now or a convenience store. 
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