The Barbie Party

Many moons ago I had a decent size collection of Barbie goodies.  Not so many dolls, but lots of furniture and accessories.   I lucked out and found a lot of things at a KB Toys (remember them?) near me, and before it was over with, Barbie had a well fitted out kitchen that rivaled my own!  At this point though I didn’t leave the doll goodies out like I do now as I not only didn’t have the space, but at that point I hadn’t accepted the fact that it was okay.  However, I did have one advantage in having a niece who was just the right age to enjoy and appreciate all of these wonderful Barbie items.

Evil Twin’s granddaugher (my grandniece), who we will call Florida Girl, came up every summer to spend time with her family here.  While she was visiting, they always came to my house to spend a day or two, and on one of these occasions, I decided it would be the perfect time to break out all of the Barbie gear.  It took up the whole dining room table before it was over with, but we had a great time setting it all up.  And then we got an idea–let’s have a party!  And thus, the Barbie Party was born.  Everyone was dressed in their finest clothing and ready to have a good time.

It wouldn’t be a proper party without tea, now would it???

Ken was the only guy, and as a result, he was a bit bored…

A nice group shot.

Some closeup candids of the guests:

As happens with kids, Florida Girl is all grown up now, and no longer into Barbie, but she still talks about the Barbie Party.  Eventually I decided I needed the storage space and I passed on all of my Barbie stuff to the daughter of a co-worker who was just the perfect age.  I’m sure Barbie is still busy having parties somewhere!

 

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Sorry girls!! (Lori by OG)

I mentioned before that I was off to the thrift stores last week with my thrift store shopping buddy Heather and I was hoping to find some super cool doll things.  Sorry to my gang, but it was not meant to be. 😦  There were lots of toys for little kids, but not much for the 8 and up group.  And I didn’t find any thing that I could use for “doll sized finds”.  I did see a kids jewelry box that would have made a cute chest of drawers, but I’m sticking to my “has to be better than what I already have” rule, and it didn’t apply.  Oh well.  It WAS a good day for me though, I got 3 shirts, a pair of shoes and a gorgeous purse in brand new condition.  Considering how most of my thrift store shopping lately has been for the dolls, I don’t feel guilty. 😉

We did stop at Target while we were in the Pittsburgh area to see if I could find any of the newer 18 inch Our Generation items or the Lori by OG line.  The store we stopped at was very disappointing in the 18 inch line, nothing new to see and I was very shocked at all that they had–this store is a busy store, yet they only had 1/2 of an aisle on one side dedicated to this line–wha?!?!  That surprised me more than anything because even the smaller stores around me have more than that, most have one side of an entire aisle and sometimes an endcap.

Speaking of endcaps…I have to thank Xyra over at Tea Time With Melody Q for clueing me in on this next thing.  She was fortunate enough to find some Lori by OG and told me that it wasn’t in the aisle with the regular OG stuff, that it was on an endcap.  Sure enough–that’s where I found some!  It was very odd though, it was on a back end cap, I might have missed it had it not been for her telling me about that.  I think this line is so cute and I really wanted to see it in person.  AND they had the one thing that I wanted the most…so of course I had to buy it!!!

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This is so cute, and I have to explain why I wanted it so much.  Not because I don’t have a car for my mini-dolls, but because it’s a Mini Cooper.  I used to have a Mini Cooper myself, and when I saw this on several blogs, my mind was made up that my mini girls HAD to have it.  I traded my Mini in a couple of years ago because I needed a bigger vehicle, but I have fond memories of it.  This isn’t the only Mini Cooper in my doll fleet either, I also have the Barbie one, the Sunshine Family drives it.  Yes, I’ve yuppified the Sunshine Family.  Sorry.

This car has so many awesome details to it.  I love that the doors open and close.  It has a working AM/FM radio.  I think they did a great job with making the headlights look realistic.  And at $24.99, it’s very affordable for either kids or collectors.  The only complaint I have is that it is a little difficult to get the dolls to sit properly, but if you’ve ever owned or ridden in a Mini Cooper, you know they got that part right too. 😉

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Check it out, the center console even opens!
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Look closely, the floor has a cool “rug” pattern.
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Love the opening doors, makes it easier to gets dolls in and out of the front seats.

I only have 4 mini dolls, and that’s probably where this collection will stop.  I started with Mini Isabelle and Mini Kit from the AG line and when I found out they were changing the line, I made sure I picked up Mini Sienna and Mini Lana from the OG line, those two were my favorites.  I’ve mentioned before that when my mom passed away, I inherited her 1/12 scale doll house.  I haven’t been sure what to do with it, but now I have a game plan–Mini House!  After the new year, I’m going to start going through the boxes and boxes of furniture and sort out what I can use and what I want to sell.  There is quite literally enough furniture to do 3 houses!  There are several pieces I definitely want to keep but the rest will be determined by how well it works with these dolls.  Let me just say that with everything in those boxes, these girls will be living in the lap of luxury, my mom bought some very high end pieces.  I just have to figure out a good place to put it!  I can already picture the Mini Cooper parked outside the Mini Mansion…

As you can see, the dolls were excited too, they couldn’t wait to try it out.  Kind of reminds me of someone who has won the “showcase showdown” on “The Price is Right!”

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Lori by OG is a cute line, the hardest part at the moment is finding some of it.  The store I found the car at had a nice selection of dolls, two cars, two campers, some clothes, ballet studio and the house–but no furniture!  It seems that the furniture is the hardest to find.  Earlier this week I went to another Target and they finally had some of this line in as well, and they only had one set of furniture.  Again, Target falling asleep at the switch on distribution of doll stuff, ARGH!  I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that.  I thought it was odd that at this store, the display was also on the backside of an endcap, it’s almost like they don’t want you to find it!

I picked up two of the four outfits currently available:

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“I Spot You!” and “Wonderfully Warm” clothing sets

As I was looking at these outfits, I had a sudden flashback to something from my childhood:  Dawn dolls.  Anyone else remember and/or love them?  I had quite a few of them and a decent collection of clothing.  Unfortunately I had to throw them all out, they were ruined and posed a health hazard for me (mold).  I think the way the clothing is displayed for the Lori line is reminiscent of how the Dawn clothing came, not sure if the little “mannequin” will stand on it’s own just yet.  Another item I wish I still had is the Tonka Winnebago, it was the perfect size for Dawn, and since Dawn was a little taller than the current mini dolls, it would work well.  Darn.

dawn doll  dawn doll outfit

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Evil Twin is coming next week and if we have time, we may stop at another Target that has a huge selection of OG stuff (most of the time), so I may pick up the other two outfits.  I may try my hand at making a few things for these dolls too, it would be a great way to use up tiny scraps left from other projects.

Do you collect any of the mini dolls?  What is your favorite thing about them?

Check out how the radio sounds here:

Unfortunately no volume control but I was shocked at how clear the stations came in!

 

Tag, you’re it!

In case you didn’t know, Saturday, June 13 was World Doll Day. Started in 1986 by Mildred Seeley, it was established as a day to “celebrate not only dolls, but caring, nurturing love and the people offering it, in general.” What a great idea, huh? In honor of World Doll Day, I was tagged by Farrah Lily from Cozy Comforts and Dolls to take part in a fun game. It was a pretty easy tag, here’s what I have to do:

1. List 3 favorite dolls from the ones you got last year.
2. List 3 dolls currently on your wishlist.
3. Tag 5 people to do the same thing! (Anyone with a home on the web, not just bloggers, can be tagged!)

Hmmmmm…let’s see. This is hard! I didn’t buy a lot of dolls last year and I only bought  AG. Interestingly enough 2 of my favorites from 2014 were purchased used from Ebay. Here goes!

1. Cassandra (an AG #40)
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I have absolutely fallen in love with Cassandra, I envision her as my “common sense girl”.  When I first started looking at a #40, I had some hesitation.  After a trip to the AG store in Columbus, I got to see the #40 mold in person and decided I really liked it, and went ahead and bid on her in an Ebay auction, winning her by only $1!  When she arrived I was absolutely smitten, she sat in a chair in my living room for weeks so I could look at her, went on a trip to visit Evil Twin with me, and completely stole my heart. I’d have to say that even if I included my dolls bought so far this year, she would still be my favorite.  Cassandra has logged more “in car” time with me than any of my other dolls.

#2 Kit Kittredge

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I have always thought Kit was cute, ever since they came out with her, and last summer I decided it was high time I bought her.  No regrets either, she’s most definitely one of my all-time favorite dolls ever.  Her stories are my favorite of all of the AG ones too.  In my doll gang, Kit is the funny, adventurous and slightly mischievous one!

#3 Rebecca

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It would just be wrong of me not to include Rebecca in my top 3, considering she’s the doll that got me back in to AG! She’s my other “common sense” girl in the house, just more assertive than Cassandra.  I bought her because she is my mini-me in looks (her hair is longer).  I don’t know if it’s because I bought her first, but in the back of my mind, I envision her as being the oldest of the girls.

My wishlist??  This is actually harder than picking my favorite 3.  Let’s see–I’ve had my eye on #55 for a while and lately I’ve been kind of obsessed over #57.  That’s two!  I’m going to say #3 is a doll I rescue from a yard sale/thrift store/flea market that is either in good shape (don’t know if you guys saw the one Amaya came across, wow!) or needs some serious TLC and can be customized without worrying about damaging her.

Now, who to tag?  I pick:

1.  Nonna from Mommy’s Doll Club

2.  Jen from The Dolls Between Us

3.  Emma from Wackadoodle Dolls

4.  Clara from Clara’s Craft Corner

5.  Sophie and Brenda from The Savage Dolls

If I didn’t tag you but you’d like to participate, feel free to still leave your answers in the comments below or let me know if you did a post on your own blog.

You can read more about World Doll Day by clicking on this link:
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-doll-day/