Sunday, 28 April 2013

Eating My Words!

So it was just a few posts ago that I declared that I was bored of Barbies. Well I'm here to eat my words! I found this beauty at a local thrift store...

...and was so spellbound by her awesomeness that she jumped into my hand and came home with me.  She was in really good shape so I dressed her in a Liv doll dress and some black Barbie boots, popped her hair up into a pony tail and sat back happily to admire her.

At first I thought she was a Barbie So In Style doll, but then a kind soul on flickr told me she was a first wave Barbie, It's so Raven doll. She has the Barbie Mbili face sculpt which is the same as the Barbie So In Style dolls, so no wonder she looks like them. How cool is that! I didn't even know Raven had her own Barbie. As I have a soft spot for Barbies of color I was thrilled to have another beautiful girl to add to my collection. 

After swearing off Barbies, 'just one more isn't too bad,' I told myself. But then I started thinking of all the other Barbies I'd squirreled away in boxes, especially the Barbie Doll Of The World dolls. So anyway to cut a long story short I'm currently surrounded by boxes of Barbies and I'm remembering how cool they are. Now don't get me wrong I'm still on my ANTI PINK campaign, but I'd forgotten how many of my Barbies are not slathered in pink and...I have to admit it...kinda awesome. Oh the shame!

So I've been taking them out of their boxes, undressing them and having an absolute hoot playing with them...uh I mean photographing them. ahem! *cough cough*

Here are some of my favorites.

Barbie Princess of South Africa. I redressed her in the Livin' Wild Liv doll dress. I adore her dark, ebony skin tone!

 My all time favorite Barbie

Barbie Princess of the Pacific Islands. Her photo actually doesn't do her justice. She's even more beautiful in the plastic. 

Tropical Beauty

Barbie Cali Girl Male doll. I can't remember what this guy's name was but who cares, he's amazing even without a name.


Barbie Princess of Korea. I took down her elaborate hairstyle and washed out all the gel stuff. I love how innocent and fresh she looks.

Oriental Awesomeness

So that's it. All that remains to say is that I've fallen off the Barbie wagon BIG TIME! But surprisingly I'm okay with it. 

Thanks for looking.

Ta Ta for now Dolly Peeps!

Monday, 8 April 2013

Shiny Even Newer Blog Design

It took me precisely 24 hours to realize that the blue and white Damask blog design was not my thing, so I changed it to this. I like the happy, breezy hibiscus motif much better. Anyway enough of my rambling about blog design.

Here are some cute bonus pics of my daughter's bunny just to make reading this worthwhile. WARNING: These pics may make you want to run out and get yourself a pet bunny! Steel yerself against the cuteness people!

 Feast your eyes on the cuteness!

 Check out those adorable ears!

By the way Awesome Possum gives having your own pet bunny 5 thumbs up out of five on the Awesomeness Scale. Just sayin.' ;)

Thanks for looking. Have a great evening.

Ta Ta for now Dolly Peeps!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Shiny New Blog Design

Hi Peeps!

So I was messing around with my blog trying to make it look pretty and I came up with this blue, white and black I'm still not sure if it works because it's all very pretty and sophisticated and my blog content is anything but. I mean my mascot is a possum wearing orange sunglasses. O.o

A.P. says, "'wassup."

Anyway it's all looking very shiny and pretty around here so I thought I'd ask Awesome possum to make an appearance to bring the general shinyness down a few notches. Also to get his vote 'cause he is my official mascot. And, y'know, If you're not listening to a possum you're not getting the right info. Uh Oh. look, he gives it two thumbs up out of five on the Awesomeness Scale. Not great, and definitely could be better.

I dunno. What do you think? Be honest, I promise I won't cry if you don't like it. ;)

Thanks for looking.

Ta Ta for now Dolly Peeps,

Meet the REAL Little Grey Coconut!

Hi Peeps,

Every now and again someone asks me what's up with my online name. I agree "Little Grey Coconut" is kind of obscure so I figured I should introduce you to the inspiration for it. Meet the coolest bird in the world...Coconut! Yup he's little he's grey...and his name is Coconut! Make sense now? :)

I'm awesome and I know it!

So let me tell you a bit about him. His full name is Coconut but we always call him Coco. He's an 8 year old grey Cockatiel with more personality packed into his tiny body than you could possibly imagine, a slight addiction to seeds and a surprisingly sarcastic sense of humor. I bet you never knew parrots could have a sense of humor did ya? Well they do. He loves to call me over to his cage, bend his head down to get a head scratch, which birds love, and then he'll whip his head up, bite me and then laugh! Ouch! That's just one of the many ways he loves to mess with me.

 Beware of Coco, destroyer of worlds!

He's kind of a grumpy little man but I love him dearly. There's something special about having the love of a parrot. I find that most dogs tend to love you on sight. They've been domesticated for over 4000 years after all, but parrots are usually only a few generations out of the wild. So whether they like you or not is completely up to them and they're not shy about showing it. When Coco was a baby he'd picked up an infection from the breeder and got very sick. We'd only had hm for a few days at that point so we rushed  him to the birdy vet. The vet told us to prepare ourselves because he might die. Thankfully after lots of TLC from the lovely people at the vet Coco pulled through. Once we took him home again all he wanted to do was sit on me and snuggle. It was during that time that he and I bonded. I became his favorite person and we've been best buddies ever since. His nickname for me is, "Baby," despite me trying to teach him to call me Mom. I tried to teach him the Hawaii 5-O theme song too but he wasn't having any of that either. Dang it. O.o

You know you love me...I'm just that cute!

He can say approximately 10 words and phrases. His repetoire includes:

- Whatcha doin?
- Pretty Boy
- Pieces of Eight (Just like a pirate's parrot!)
- Love you!
- C'mere
- Step up (when he wants to be picked up)
- Good bird
- Blows kisses
- Gives the occasional wolf whistle
- He mimics the phone
- Laughs

Plus he just happens to be the most awesome feathered friend a girl could ever have...ever!!! Oh...and whenever I get him out of the cage in the morning he loves me to kiss his tummy. There's nothing more awesome possum than kissing a warm little birdy tummy in the morning. *Sigh* Life is good. ;)

Anyway thanks for looking.

Ta Ta for now Dolly Peeps,
Becky & Coco

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Hayden's House Project - Almost Finished!

Hi Peeps!

I've been having so much fun working on this project. It's my first attempt at customizing a dollhouse, or in this case it's more of a diorama. Hubby and I went to Home Depot over the Easter weekend in search of white spray paint. While wandering the aisles I found a roll of contact paper that looks just like a piece of pine. I thought it would be perfect as a floor for Hayden's house. I did have some scrapbook paper I was going to use, but I figured this contact paper will be much tougher and you can even wipe it down with a damp cloth if it get's dirty. I'll get hubby to cut a sheet of wood to size and then attach it to the wood. Then Hayden's House will sit on top of the wood like a floor.

Anyway here's the progress I've made so far. Instead of using the modern sofa, chair and coffee table pictured in an earlier post, I chose to use a Barbie armchair instead. It takes up less room and tucks neatly into the corner. It also seems to fit the beach vibe I'm going for better.

Here's the bedroom. I still have to buy some fabric and make some bedding and throw pillows. I made the floor rug by cutting a piece of woven, texured scrapbook paper (which looks and feels just like sisal carpeting) into a rectangle. Then I cut thick, brown textured paper into strips and glued the strips around the rectangle. It was a really easy way to make a bordered rug, plus it cost next to nothing for the paper and glue. The basket with the bunny in it comes from a Barbie zoo set. The cushion in it was pink till I spray painted it white. I also painted black details onto the stereo on the shelf over the bed. I had some pink and blue bottles up there before but, in my mission to ruthlessly eradicate all pink, I had to let them go in favor of the stereo.

Next, the bedside table. Those two little plastic bottles with corks in are from a Barbie Cali Girl doll set that I bought some years ago. They used to have blue bases in them but I didn't really like the blue. Fortunately they popped out easily. The tiny magnifying glass is from the It's My Nature, Hayden doll set, and so are the pretty green bag and butterfly net hanging from the hook.   

I didn't really have to do much to the kitchen. I simply replaced the original backdrop with the green diamond pattern scrapbook paper (which I talk about in an earlier post) and added the dining set.  Today I decided to make another rug to I repeated the process for the smaller bedroom rug, but made it bigger. Easy peasy. You can see the texture better in this picture. It's curling up at the corners so maybe I'll try to iron it flat again.

The green tea set, cutlery and food came with the house. There's also a tray of muffins and a pizza, plus a cartons of eggs and a carton of milk but I forgot to include them in the pics.  

Oh yes, I almost forgot. The tiny bar of soap on the sink (pictured below) was from a Barbie Loving Family play set. It was - horror of horrors - an icky peach color, but of course I couldn't be having that, so it got spray painted white. The kids keep coming home from school, sniffing just inside the door and asking, "Have you been spray painting again?" I do open all the windows but the smell lingers. I hope it doesn't get the the point where I open my front door and a cloud of spray paint wafts out. The neighbors already think I'm nutty enough as it is! ;)

Last but not least is Hayden's little pet bunny Pip. He's a Schleich Netherland Dwarf rabbit. I found my It's My Nature Hayden doll 2nd-hand on Kjiji and she was missing the bunny that comes with her so the Schleich bunny happily stepped in. Isn't he cute?

Pip is named after my daughter's real pet bunny Pippin.

Thanks for reading.

Ta Ta for now dolly peeps!