Sunday, June 25, 2017

Morning Photos Outside And A Doll Makeover Reveal

Greetings and Salutations Doll Friends!!

Lately I've been feeling a bit paralyzed in my Doll Hobby... I have a 'To Do' list a mile long that I want to do. It seems like every morning lately I tell myself "Today I will do more of my Dolly To Do List" than I have been getting done lately". Then, by the time I get off work in the evening and get the evening meal accomplished and whatnot, I set to thinking of what I should start with regards to Doll Projects and I get paralyzed. Always wanting to post good informative posts here on the blog with regular frequency, I have gotten to where I feel the need to 'accomplish' a 'blog post worthy' thing with by 'hobby time' and for whatever reason, the last week or so, that just stops me dead in my tracks. Like "Oh, I don't have the energy tonight to get all that done." And so instead, I do nothing and waste my evening watching Netflix. So silly.

So today, in one of my Doll Groups, another person who's starting up a Dolly Food business where she makes doll food out of clay. She was feeling pressure to get things out the door to the people she'd asked to product test them for her. As usually happens in life, she hit unexpected delays and snags that was keeping her from sending out the parcels of dolly food. I am sure none of the people who she'd been so kind as to offer to send them to were upset by the delays. I actually wrote this to her in a comment:

No worries!! I would hate for this "business" part of it to steal your joy in the whole process! That happens to me sometimes with my blog... "Life" happens and then I feel like I am "behind" (the dead lines I set for myself) and get all stressed. In fact I have been feeling that way a lot lately. I only tell you this here because this morning, seeing you feel like you need to apologize about GIFTS you're sending people simply because you feel you're "late" makes me want to hug you and say "Slow down! It's a hobby! No Doll is gonna starve to death if food isn't out door even a month from now!! It's ok!" Because it is. Our dolls will not starve. So breathe and know we all understand you have a full life! I am gonna try and take my own advice too and try and take pressure off myself too and get back to enjoying my hobby without always thinking of how it will turn into a blog post. I'll pray for both of us to be more peaceful. It'll all get done exactly as it's meant to. Right?



So, as I was writing that to her, I decided I needed to listen to my own 'advice'. So, instead of thinking "What do I 'need' to do for the blog posts?" I thought "What would be fun to do with the dolls?" I decided the answer was to go out and take some photos with a few Dollies in the pretty morning sunshine before church. 


One doll I've been meaning to come and show you and tell you about is this little lady. Isn't she cute as a button? She is an Adora doll I re-wigged about a month ago. I love girl dolls with shorter hair cuts and have several of them in the Doll House like DoraBernieCourtney and Annie amoung others that I am sure I am forgetting as I am writing this post. So when I saw this cute little wig on eBay, I knew I wanted to makeover my older Adora doll with it! When I got my newer Adora Dolls, I decided that both my older Adora dolls would get makeovers and I wanted this little lady to look wholly different than she had. So a short hair cut is the perfect solution I think!


Isn't she totally adorable? I have have decided to name her Claretta after someone I know in real life. 


I think she's so pretty with shorter hair. 


Don't you?



I also decided to bring Patricia out for photos. She's one of my more recent makeovers and I hadn't had a chance to take her photo outside yet. You can really see the highights in her hair in the natural light, I think she looks so pretty!  This doll is actually my third inception of a Patricia doll. The second inception was a #Girlslife Doll by Jaks Pacific but I've since decided to get rid of all my dolls with this body type because I have way too many dolls and I wanted to get rid of a whole 'type' so I could also get rid of all the extra clothes and shoes (etc etc etc) that I had for them. The very first Patricia doll was also a type of doll that I used to have in my collection but that I got rid of because I had too many dolls. Teehee. So, as you can see, as I go along, I often 'upgrade' my doppelganger dolls as I go along and find ones I think are more suitable. 



I think she's perfect. She's got a sweek french manicure her prior owner gave her and that is perfect for a Patricia doll because real Patricia always has nice fingernails.  


More photos of Claretta out in the yard. Something about being out in the 'real' yard with the real light just makes dolls look so pretty, I think. 


Here are Claretta and Patricia.


I wanted to get more of the three of them but Samantha Doll just didn't want to stand up very well in the grass. 


But the two photos I was able to get of the three of them I thought turned out very cute. So, I had a lot of fun taking these photos! I need to stop taking everything so seriously and just 'enjoy my dolls' as Sew4Dolls says all the time. That's what it's all about, right?

Better run for now!
Have a fantastic day!
XXOO
Heather





Thursday, June 22, 2017

Even More Thrift Store Goodies For Doll House!

Hello Hello Hello Doll Friends!

When you know you can find amazing treasures for your Doll House just up the road at the local Thrift Store for less than the price of a fancy coffee, how do you keep from going as often as the opportunity presents itself? Serious question?!


Because I apparently can't stop going to the thrift store here in town when I know it's open... I very rarely walk out of there without at least one little thing for the Doll House and, more often than not, I walk out with a whole hand basket full. Teehee. I am not sure if I've ever mentioned it but part of the story of my life was that my mother always dreamt of owning a successful gift shop. This was back in the  1980s when 'sticker collecting' was all the rage and she jumped in with both feet and opened a huge sticker and gift store. Sadly it didn't take off for whatever reason and she ended up closing the shop up. After that, in order to get rid of some of the huge amount of inventory she owned, she had booths in Flea Markets. So, for many years, I would be at Flea Markets a lot. The reason I tell you all this is that I think that is likely one of the reason I am so good at finding things at thrift stores and garage sales. It was a skill honed in my childhood... Hahaha. It's also my favorite way to shop. I can't really stand buying much of anything 'new' and really don't like 'Malls'. Anyway, I am rambling. I guess my point is that one good way to get good at thrifting is practice practice practice. You get very good at finding the 'diamond in the rough' at even the dingiest dirtiest Garage Sales. 

These are my most recent finds...


The basket will be used as a 'laundry basket' in the Laundry Room and the little candle holders I am going to use to attempt to make some 'soups'. I figured for a dime each I could experiment and if they don't turn out I'll just toss them.


I even featured the little pie in my most recent post about a dinner at the Doll House the very same day I brought it home because I thought it was so cute. I got both it and the 'spaghetti' for 5cents out of the 'Five Cent Toy Bin' they have there. 


I love love love this little tea cup!! I think it might even be my new favorite... Maybe. My favorite is pretty hard to beat because of it's cute bird shaped handle... Right?



But this will definately be a cup I give to guests of honor at Doll Tea Parties in the future. 



This horse I found at the Goodwill the other day and I almost walked away from it but I liked that it has a lot of the bridles and a saddle. It was only $3.99 and so I actually brought it home That means I have four large horses now... That's not too many right? Hahaha.


So when I saw this gorgeous brown horse later the same day and a pony too... I forced myself to walk away. As I look at this photo I have a twinge of 'ouch' because they are so gorgeous and I don't have a dark brown horse... But it is probably best I left it there because these horses are not small at all and I only have so much storage! Right?


I laughed when I found another pony as twin to the first one. I put them in my cart to take a photo so I could show you. So hard to put them back on shelf! They were only $1.99 and 99cents! Ouch. Oh well... Notice the totally awesome 'Letters' Mailbox bank? I did buy that and for only 99cents!!! I love it! Can't wait to put it in a doll scene where a dolly is mailing a letter. It's a very heavy cast iron and I looked it up on eBay and realize I got an amazing deal on it. So, score!! I also got that set of red stacking cups. I have one set already and now I can use them both to set up Cup Stacking Contests at the Doll House! Fun!


I thought this Minnie Mouse kitchen would make a good kitchen for a Doll House if you didn't have one....? Kind of 'cartoony' but a good size.


Nostalgia! I had the blonde one of these dolls when I was little!


I almost bought these tiki torches for the Doll House. They were honestly the perfect height and would've been so cute at my next Luau but I decided against it. Again... Storage!! 


This table and chairs are not doll sized but kid sized but I thought they were just so cute and sweet I snapped a photo anyway. I bet some Grandpa made these! 


I also ran by Dollar Tree and found these cute clip on graduation hats. I bought a set, I'll come back and show you how they look when I get a chance to have a doll model them. 


I also saw these cute doll sized tapes and notebooks on clipboards. I am telling you, if you keep your eyes open, you see doll sized stuff everywhere!

Better run!
Have a great day!
XXOO
Heather

PS I never seem to have enough time to write blogs and tend to plow ever forward without looking back all that much. Sadly when I do look back I sometimes notice typo's in my writing and cringe big time. So, if you notice a typo in my writing I apologize. I need to edit better but it would mean even more delays on getting anything posted. If you happen to find one and want to point it out to me I'd totally appreciate it. Honest. I just noticed I wrote 'Treatsures' in a title of a blog the other day and felt like a total dork. So... If you see a really bad one, I'd love to hear about it so I can fix it . I know that when I am reading something and a blatant typo comes along or a misspell, I notice it and I want my writing to be top notch for you fine folks. So. Thanks in advance if you notice one and take time to tell me. 😊




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Anniversary Dinner At The Doll House!! YouTube Video Too!

Greetings and Salutations Doll Friends!

Recently, when I was 'researching' on eBay about dolly 'food', I ran across something that surprised me. I have always admired the American Girl Doll Lasagna Dinner Set but never enough to spend $24.00 on it (plus shipping). So I was very excited when I happened across an actual AG Lasagna set for $6.00 with free shipping! What?!




Well, I should say 'a lasagna set' because the items included were not exactly the same as the ones in the AG set. The lasagna and olive oil were included but also a salt shaker and no plates, forks or spatula. I didn't care though because it was the actual lasagna I wanted anyway. So I was totally stoked. I would link to the sellers information but it appears that it might've been a one-off  because the cheapest 'set' I found when I just looked was much more money...? I tell you eBay is a strange place sometimes. The same seller, at the time, also had other adorable sets that, had I known it would be a one-off, I likely would've bought. Oh well.. Such as the nature of eBay. I'll just be glad I got this set. Right?


I decided the moment I got it that I was going to feature the set into a scene of Heather Doll making dinner for Josh Doll. In real life, my husband and I celebrate 26th Wedding Anniversary in early July. So I found the lasagna set just in time! 


Isn't it adorable and real looking! So fun!





I had recently gotten the pasta plates as a thrifty find as well as the cute candle holder so it all felt like it was 'meant to be' for my dollies special dinner.


The candles being lit make it look so warm and sweet, right? Those are birthday candles and so I had to take the photos as quickly as possible before they burned out or dripped!



For desert Heather decided to serve banana splits since it's summertime and hot outside. She served coffee on the side out of the cute mugs I got the other day at a garage sale. It's so much fun putting it all together to make scenes!



After dinner Heather and Josh decided to play Monopoly because it's one of their favorite games!!



When the game was over, Heather served some scrumptious peach tart! Sadly they were both still much too full to eat any so they decided they'd have to cut it later. 


What a great evening!


Happy Anniversary Heather and Josh Doll!! If you're interested, I also made a little YouTube Video of Josh and Heather's dinner date. Go check it out if you have time!

Better run!
Have a great day!
XXOO
Heather

Monday, June 19, 2017

Garage Sale Treasures For The Doll House!

Greetings and Salutations Doll Friends!

My my my time does fly... Do you ever have seasons of your life where you have a hard time finding the right 'balance'? You know, where all the things that seemingly seemed to sync up very well, timing wise, stop syncing up as well? You can't really put your finger on what threw your life all cattywampus but you know it is because you feel just a smidge unsettled and have a hard time focusing on all aspects because something just seems 'off'... That's been me lately. Nothing has gone 'wrong' or 'bad' or anything but I still feel like I am running 100mph trying to keep up anyway. One lovely thing about being in my 40's, though, is I know I'll eventually catch my stride again. I only bring it up here because I feel like I've been 'falling down' on getting blogs posted as regularly as I'd like. I am determined to get back in the swing of things. However, if you're inclined, I'd love if you could say a prayer for me. Just a simple one, that Jesus would help me to find 'peace and balance' again, that'd be super. Goodness gracious, I hope that didn't make me sound bonkers. Nothing like admitting you're unbalanced, eh? Haha. I am kidding. Just made myself chuckle as I typed out the prayer request. So thanks in advance... 

On to the dolls!!


Garage Sale season has arrived!! It's one of my favorite times of the year! I went to several last weekend and, between them and a few thrift stores during the week, I found some nifty stuff for the Doll House! Here is my new, and so far un-named, Tolly Tot doll. I think she is abolutely gorgeous! Her hair is like it is brand new, shiny and bright and she can't have ever been played with. likely owned by an adult collector like myself. I am still amazed that I got her and the other one for such a good deal. I am considering names for this beauty. I often name my dollies after people in my real life and 'famous' people I admire so I keep gazing at her and considering who she favors. It helps a lot that I was a military brat growing up and so I've had lot of friends in my life. I really find it a lot of fun to name dolls after them. Kind of like re-creating my life in the Doll House. Sort of... The only hazard is that it also means I feel guilty if I ever consider getting rid of a doll I've named after someone though. Haha. Maybe that is silly but it could explain my ever burgeoning doll collection, right? I can't very well get rid of my 'friends' or people I admire! Golly, Doll Problems. Eh? 

 I already owned a Tolly just like her, named Sasha, who's hair wasn't nearly as nice. So, I suspect Sasha is in for a makeover with a new wig. I actually have a wig on the way that I am kind of thinking will be hers if it looks good on her. I am becoming hopelessly addicted to customizing dolls. It's just so much fun! 


This first item I am hoping will work as little 'hand puppets' for the dolls. I doubt that the puppets will fit over any dolls entire hand but I am hoping that perhaps they might fit over the fingers of a doll and I can secure it with a clear rubber band (the not so well kept secret of having dollies hold stuff well in photos) and make it look like a doll is putting on a puppet show. So... I'll have to let you know how that goes when I get a chance at trying them on a doll. 


Pretty self explanatory but these cute little frisbee's are nearly perfectly doll sized. I mean, they'd probably be the size of an 'oversized' frisbee but still very cute. As you can see, I got whole package for 25cents.

 I think these cute little pennants could be adorable on a doll's bedroom wall. Just flip them over and put on a team letter or mascot. Naturally when I do this I'll come back and remind you where I got them. 


They used to sell these at the Dollar Tree   but naturally the few times I saw them I thought 'Oh, I'll have to pick some up sometime...." and then never have seen them again. That happens sometimes at the Dollar Tree especially when you shop at a few different ones like I tend to do. So when I found these two for 59cents each at the Goodwill I grabbed them up!


These barrettes were only 25cents! If you look at the photo of my new Tolly at top of this blog post, you'll see she is wearing them. So cute!



I love these candle holders I got a Garage Sale last weekend! The top one was $1.00 and the set was $1.00. Isn't that amazing!?


This little fella was only 25cents!! I loved Woodstock when I was little and so this little guy is totally going in 'Heathers' bedroom in the Doll House. I use that bedroom for all the dolls depending on the scene I want to make but when I decorate it, it's totally to my own tastes. Haha. 


You can get these at Walmart for like $1. but for 10cents at a Garage Sale I had to get it. 


This whole ziplock of cute little doll sized items was only $2.00!!


I can't wait to have the dolls make a drumming circle with them. I used to sit in on them when I was younger (what can I say, I was a bit of a hippy) and there is nothing like the music created by a room full of drums. It's amazing. I love the little cups too! So fun!


I don't really go for board books much anymore since I have a lots of doll sized books already but as you might've figured out, I have a weakness for Bibles and Bible stories and these are perfectly doll sized and were only $20cents each. 


How could I not. I know I have a lot of books but I didn't have this one. Teehee.


This was probably one of my favorite finds lately, maybe ever. I got this goreous stained glass lamp for only $2.00 at a Garage Sale. I love love love it!! Isn't it pretty!


I love stained glass in 'real life' and so it will be perfect to have a doll sized lamp in 'Heathers' room with a stained glass shade. 


You can even put a tea light in it and make it actually work. SCORE!!


In my last post about thrift store scores I showed you a premie dress and a vintage doll sized jacket. Here they both are on my new Tolly. Since she was new I thought it'd be fun to let her model them for you. 


There is a tiny stain on the front of the dress but it fits like a dream Isn't it cute on her?! Yellow is a good color. I seemingly forgot to put shoes on the poor dear but I do know I go about the house barefoot all the time in summer so... Maybe she just kicked off her shoes to be comfortable? Right?

Better run!
Have a great day!
Heather