Friday, 24 June 2016

Poppy Parker

I'm giddy right now and that's because of the arrival of a long awaited doll...the alluring Poppy Parker by  Integrity Toys

Here she is! Feast your eyes on that iconic, beautiful face!

 That face!


I can't believe it's taken me this long...after all she's been on my wishlist for years. But she's finally home and I'm so glad I got her. I was scrolling through evilbay and happened upon the most beautiful Poppy I have ever seen...ever! She was a Young Sophisticate Poppy who had been rerooted and the result was nothing short of perfection! She looked so much like the, impossible-to-get-unless-you-have-a-kajillion-dollars, Bergdorf Goodman Poppy that I had to do a double take. However she was too expensive so I logged out with a heavy heart thinking that was that. But recently I was on evilbay again and there she was again, the epitome of dolly gorgeousness. Instead of giving up, this time I decided to message the buyer to ask is she was willing to let me have her for a lower offer. Then I headed off to bed thinking it was a long shot but feeling kind of good that I'd at least tried.

The next day I got a message that yes she would accept my offer. I can't even explain how happy I was! I mean it didn't rank up there with my wedding day or the birth of my kids, but it was all in one of the best dolly days ever! As if that wasn't enough awesomeness for one day, I realized they we lived in the same city in the same area and that I could pick Poppy up that night if I wanted! Oh yes please, I wanted to. I would be round at about 7:00 p.m. thank you so much!

The lady in question turned out to be a lovely person and we chatted for a while before I got my hot little hands on said Poppy, handed over my money and then floated home! Oh the joy. :)

This all happened a few days ago and I have spent the time since then happily redressing her, and photographing her in the 1:6 scale diorama hubby made for me.

 Wearing the Barbie Sweet Tea outfit and rocking it

 I can't get over how photogenic she is

It almost didn't happen, but I'm so glad it did. She's cured the dolly funk I was in; I've been having such fun photographing her and searching through my doll clothes for Poppy era clothing. Thankfully I've been able to find a few things. Soon I'll be doing a little online shopping at Clear Lan, a company which makes amazing clothes for Momoko, Poppy Parker and other fashion dolls. I can't wait!

 Miss Poppy



Boho beauty

Getting ready to move into the diorama

So, here's one very happy dolly collector signing off for now...

Happy Friday!

Becky

Sunday, 24 January 2016

A new doll and plans for 2016

Just popping in to introduce my beautiful new doll, Roan. She's an Iplehouse J.I.D. Sierra with a faceup by the incomparable Ban Sidhe of Ban's Boutique

I bought her during summer of 2015, and I absolutely adore her! Iplehouse is known for their realistic sculpts, and Sierra is no exception. 

Roan


Roan is the main character in one of my stories. She's the daughter of a fisherman who lives in a village off the coast of Scotland, but that's all I'll say for now. ;)



Scottish beauty

Through the rain

Longing

 Early morning


Every girl must have her love interest so one of my dolly plans for 2016 is to buy her boyfriend Coll, Iplehouse J.I.D. Owen. If you're interested keep an eye on my flickr for the arrival of Coll. :)

Thanks for reading. Bye for now!


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

More Rebecca...and a miniature art set

Greetings Dolly Peeps!

I'm back with some more pics of Rebecca (LTF Nanuri) enjoying her new diorama. Considering she was an impulse buy I can't get over how much I love this dolly!


Rebecca


 I love my desk!


 Me and my stuff.

Also my darling Hubby surprised me by making a wonderful miniature art set over the weekend. He carved the tiny pant tubes from wooden dowling and crafted the tiny art box and painter's palette from balsa wood. I painted the paints and the box and I really like how they turned out. The little wooden easel is from Michaels. 


Miniature Art Set



Tiny awesomeness!


Awesome possum just popped in to give hubby 5 thumbs up out of 5 on the awesomeness scale. Thanks Hubby you're the best husband in the whole world! <3

 Awesome Possum


5 out of 5


One last thing before I go. I made these miniature colored pencils from a tutorial by the incredibly talented  FoxyBelle on flickr. They were super easy and lots of fun to make. Thanks FoxyBelle!






Rebecca is one spoiled dolly! ;) I've been enjoying making miniatures so much that I'm thinking of making them to sell in my Etsy shop. Would you be interested in buying them? Feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks for looking.

Ta Ta for now Dolly Peeps!
Becky


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Making of Littlefee Diorama

Hi Dolly Peeps,

I've been wanting to make a playscale dolly diorama for a long time and when my Littlefee Rebecca arrived home she seemed the perfect doll to make a special room for. Besides she was tired of being photographed against a white background. ;)

Isn't she sweet?

So I enlisted my lovely Hubby to make the furniture. He has serious carpentry chops and can pretty much make anything he puts his mind to.

I started with choosing a wallpaper and floor. I chose pretty green and faux wood scrapbook papers from Michaels craft store. I didn't realize it at the time but this paper would prove to be waaaaaay too small, but I liked it at the time.

Wallpaper and floor.
  
Next Hubby and I designed what we wanted the furniture to look like, and he spent some time during Easter weekend crafting this amazing miniature writing desk and chair from some balsa wood he had lying around. He did such an incredible job! Thank you Hubby! :) Then I set about painting them which took at least an hour because of all the little nooks and crannies. I never realized balsa wood soaked up so much paint.


Behold the awesomeness!

Rebecca seemed to like it too. ;)

Testing the chair.

Then it was time to look through all my miniature props to see what would work with 1/6 scale. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few things in my Calico Critters (1/12 scale) toys that I could use. For instance what had been a waste paper basket could now function as a pencil holder on the desk, and what had been a laundry basket could now be used as a waste paper basket. The guitar, butterfly net and magnifying glass in the little basket on the top shelf came with my Liv Doll, It's my Nature dolls; the tiny glass jars are from Michaels; the little plant was a gift from my friend Jen (Spampy); the little suitcase that now acts as an art case is by Playmobil; the little bunny and tortoise are by Schleich; the mini bread and rug are Calico Critters and the basket the bunny is sitting in is from a Barbie zoo set.


Props
Next up hubby made the miniature corkboard from a sheet of cork from Michaels, a thin sheet of Balsa and narrow strips of balsa. It turned out even better than I'd hoped. Then I dug through my miniatures again and found the Calico Critters globe and green tray and the Lalaloopsy book. Plus I starting wondering what to put in those tiny glass bottles. Rebecca's character is a big nature girl and she loves to study bugs and butterflies. So I devised a cunning plan. ;) I went to Michaels and found some absolutely teeny butterfly stickers, then I simply stuck two of the same sticks back to back so both sides would look the same, and popped them into the bottles. I love the result! For the butterfly lovers out there please note that, in my imagination, Rebecca only collects butterflies that have already died naturally. No butterflies were harmed during the making of this diorama. Lol! ;)  

 Corkboard and Butterflies!
Next I made the playscale pencils. I found an awesome little tutorial by FoxyBelle at Flickr. I cut down some round tooth picks to the size I wanted and them colored them with markers. It was fiddly work but pretty easy and I love how they turned out! :)


   
Playscale pencils
 
Last I found some pictures on Google that I like, printed them off, carefully cut them out and stuck them on the corkboard with tiny pieces of tape. 
 

  Pictures!

I'm so happy with how everything turned out and Rebecca seems to approve too. I couldn't have done it without my amazing Hubby! Now all I have to do is persuade him to help me make the rest of the room. ;)
 

Finished!


Thanks for looking!

Ta Ta for now Dolly Peeps!
Becky
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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Introducing Rebecca

Hi Dolly Peeps!

Just a quick post to introduce my very first Littlefee Rebecca!

Brown Eyed Girl


Name: Rebecca
Company: Fairyland
Sculpt: Nanuri 2013 event head
Faceup: Eludys
Eyes: FL default brown
 
I bought Rebecca on impulse from the Marketplace at Den Of Angels and wasn't entirely sure that I would like her. But as soon as I tried her face on a Littlefee body and gave her a wig and eyes I realized there was something very special about her and fell utterly in love with her! Her faceup is by the talented Eludys who has the rare gift of making the dolls she paints look so alive! Ironically the body she is on right now was originally bought with my Littlefee Lise who was only home for a week after her arrival before her faceplate was sold and Rebecca took over her body. (That sounds kind of invasion of the body snatchers doesn't it? Lol!)

Hubby and I am making her a custom room box/diorama which I'll feature in a future post. I love making anything for my dolls, and working in 1/6 scale is a special challenge I haven't attempted before, but I'm really enjoying. Anyway here are some other pics of my sweet girl. I hope you like her as much as I do. 



My Sweet Girl



Rebecca


Cutie


Thanks for looking!

Ta Ta for now!
Becky

Monday, 17 February 2014

Hayden's Beach House - New Bedding

Hi Dolly Peeps!

Just a quick post to tell you that I finally got around to the task that I've been putting off for months; making the bedding for Hayden's beach house. If you've been following my blog you might remember me talking about my Liv Doll Hayden's House. Hubby bought it for me as an anniversary gift last year and I've been slowly transforming it into a beach cottage.

Here it was before the bedding.




Here it is featuring the new bedding.


Progress!

And here's a close up. 
 

Turquoise!


Sorry about the different floor. The old one (a roll of faux wood contact paper) got messed up and I've yet to buy another one. I'm fairly pleased with the bedding. I cut up an old dress that my daughter has grown out of and, because I can;t sew for the life of me, put it together using hemming tape. I think I'll redo the comforter but the pillow isn't bad.

Next on the Beach Cottage To Do List?
  • Make miniature pictures for the walls
  • Make small shelves for the kitchen wall
  • Make beachy accessories with sand and teeny tiny shells. 
Anyway, thanks for looking.

Ta Ta for now!
Becky

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Dolly Blog Interview

Hi Dolly Peeps!

I found this mass blogger interview by Ms Leo at I Luv Dolls Blog and thought it would be fun to participate. These are my answers. Here goes...

  • When did you start collecting dolls?  

A long loooong time ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth...actually when I was a little girl my beloved Grandma got me into collecting dolls by bringing me back dolls from her world travels. Of all the dollies she gave me I still have this set of nesting dolls. Thank you Grandma. I miss you. xox

Russian Dolls

  • What was your first purchase as a collector?

I think it must have been the Happy Family dolls that were sold in the early 2000's. I used to have the original Happy Family when I was teen and when I saw the newer ones I was so excited I had to get them.

  • How many dolls do you own?

Ummm... a lot! Probably about 60-70.

  • What is your favorite doll and why?

My absolutely favorite is my Asleep Eidolon Aure. She's a resin Ball Jointed Doll. She's so sweet and beautiful  that she just makes me heart melt when I look at her. *happy sigh* (Her eyes look black in this pic but they are actually a dark green. Which reminds me I must get her some new brown or blue eyes.)



Modern Snow White


 And in terms of barbie/fashion dolls my favorite is my beautiful Barbie Princess of South Africa. I have a soft spot for dolls of colour and I absolutely adore this girl!  Her name is Mbali.



Barbie Princess of South Africa
  • What doll or dolls are not your favorites and why?

My High School Musical dolls and any dolls with that body; the hips are too narrow and they have no articulation at all. They'll be going bye bye very soon, except the clothes which I'll keep for my Mary Kate and Ashley dolls. Mary Kate and Ashley are going to be my Blog co-hosts. Ironically they also have the same horrible bodies so I'll have to re-body them on Fashionistas or something else. We shall see. ;)

  • What is the biggest challenge about collecting dolls?

Money money money! Being able to afford what I want. Seeing stuff on sale and having no money. Note to self: Must NOT browse Ebay when I have no money. That totally stresses me out!

  • How do you display or store your dolls?

I actually don't have an effective display method for my dolls right now. But the few I do have out (Liv, Barbie Life in the Dream House) are going to be put stands on the shelf in our home office/craft room. Seeing them lined up all neat and pretty makes me feel happy. The others are carefully stored in plastic baskets and tubs.

  • Have you ever been to a doll show? 

No, never. Too much temptation. *shudders*

  • When you travel, do you look for dolls?

Yes, always. If there's a thrift store I'll make a bee line for it.

  • What is your latest purchase?

Yesterday on my thift store run I found a beautiful Liv Sophie (wave 1) with part of her outfit, the wig in perfect condition and the glasses! I almost peed myself I was so excited! Plus a singing Justin Bieber doll with his complete outfit.

  • What doll is on your wish list now?

Liv  doll Jake. Waaaaannnnnnnt! However he's listed at ridiculous prices on Ebay so I've decided to wait it out and hope I somehow miraculously find him at a thift store one day. Either that or I'll just sell my first born and buy him. Lol, just kidding. ;)



 *Image by SpinMaster


  • What do you wish you didn’t purchase?

Hmmm, nothing really. Even if I just buy dolls for the clothes it's worth it. But I do wish I hadn't got rid of all my Barbie Fashion Fever dolls. I thought that I was done with Barbies and that I would never play with them again...I lived to regret that.

  • What is your favorite doll related item?

My Liv Hayden's House. The turquoise kitchen is so pretty and nothing is pink for which I am profoundly grateful; thank you Spin Master! Anyway, I'm still working on it and trying to make it look like a beach cottage. Here it is. I still have to make bedding and put up some shelves in the kitchen. It also needs more beachy accessories and pictures on the walls.



Beach Cottage


Kitchen/Living room

Bedroom

  • How often do you photo your dolls and what doll is the most photographed
and/or photogenic?


I take pics whenever the sun is out which, in Canada during the winter, is not a lot. I find the Liv Dolls to be the most photogenic. Livs eyes are so vivid and they just pop on film. They are such gorgeous dolls! Here's my favorite shot of Liv Sophie. Look at those eyes!


Sophie
  •  Do you talk to other collectors in person or just on the web?

I do have one dear dolly friend (Holla out to Daisy! You know who you are) who lives in the same city as me, and we sometimes get together. I also talk to most of my dolly friends on Flickr or Den Of Angels (Ball Jointed Doll forum.)

  • If you had the chance to speak to Mattel or other toy makers, what
would you say?


Dear Mattel: Please, less pink people or, better still, none! Stop using that cheap and nasty shiny fabric and use more cotton. Loose the glitter and please always, always articulate your dolls. Pleeeeeease!


SpinMaster: Please bring back the Livs!

  • What doll do you wish would be reissued?

Liv Dolls, Liv Dolls, Liv Dolls! If I thought that begging Spin Master pathetically to bring them back, or camping out on their company doorstep, would work I would do it. *nods emphatically*


*Image by PicklePud on Flickr

  • What two dolls would you combine and how would you want them
combined?  (Muff style question.)

Barbie Dolls of the World with articulated Fashionista bodies. I've already done it. Almost all my DOTW girls have Fashionista bods. See? Here's Megan my DOTW Canada. Shout out to Canada cause it's where I live. I'm a transplanted Brit but I married a Canadian and LOVE it here. Canadians are awesome!


Megan


Thanks Ms. Leo. That was fun!


Ta Ta for now!
Becky