|Christmas in July, part 1
||[Jul. 30th, 2009|10:12 pm]
Another day, another doll!
July has been such an incredible doll month for me, I felt it was a fitting time to finally put an update here. I had been meaning to update for at least 2 or 3 months now, but other things in life took precedence. So, hopefully, now that I have extra time, I can post more regularly here.|
Lots of exciting things have made their way into my collection since the last time I was here, but July was like a windfall. I feel very lucky and thankful that I have been able to obtain all that I did this past month. Before I go into that, here are some highlights of the months leading up to this.
I love this doll so much. I always avoided the rag doll versions of the Chipettes because I thought they looked odd in their boxes. It wasn’t until I got a full view of a de-boxed one, that I fell in love. She is in excellent condition with full outfit, and I gave her socks and jumper a soak in the special doll clothes cleaning solution PERK!, by Twin Pines of Maine, to get them bright again. She sleeps in my bed right next to my pillow along with a Talking Alvin made by Ideal in 1983. (Talking Simon’s also around, but no Theodore… yet!)
I also started a mini-collection of articulated Fashion Fever dolls during my many trips to Jersey. Summer was the first, then Teresa, Nikki and Raquelle. Ironically, I never decided on a Babs! I also got a few Fairies Tinkerbell items in Jersey too. I just saw part of the movie a few nights ago, and I was pleasantly surprised at how cute it was. I hope to have pics of those items soon.
July started with some dolls I bought for customs. I tried and tried to dye their hair, using multiple methods, but to no avail. It looks like I’ll have to re-root. Ack. Not one of my favorite things. More on those as progress is made.
I also got 2 vintage Barbie items that I have been after for the longest time. One is secret for the time being, to be unveiled in a special photoshoot at a later date. The other will get a nice post very soon. My big My Scene lot from Robert in Mexico arrived and I was thrilled with the Coasterama trio and Cool Nights Nia (even with her ridiculous pink legs). The other 3 have the big-mouth syndrome, where the make-up, especially the mouth, is extremely overdone. I think I will be keeping Street Art De, because despite her clown-like face and hooch hot pants, I LUV her overall presentation. The box art is beyond cute and the accessories are to die for. (Being an artist, I love tiny dolly art stuff.)
I had thrift store luck when I scored a Generation Girl Ana, Bratz Tennis Fianna, htf Fashion Fever Kira, MS Let’s Go Disco Mads, an Integrity Alysa, a Splash n Color Skipper. Thanks to MS Hangout peeps for helping me ID some of these girls! They cleaned up beautifully and I re-did original hairstyles on those who needed it.
More My Scenes were in my future when a nice tip from a MS Hangout person alerted me to a sale at Sweet Dreams Creations. Very good communication and quick shipping were huge positives, but I was a little put off by the shipping. Anyway, I had missed their last sale, so this time I jumped on it. I bought LGD Mads and Nolee, My Bleh-bling Nolee and a Club Birthday River, who I’ve wanted forever for a custom. Since I already had a LGD Mads from the thrift store, I painted her eyes brown so she’d be a little different from the new one.
I’ve also returned to the vintage My Little Pony fold. I got a nice UK Baby Bowtie from an MLP Arena person in the states and more on their way. I’m also selling most of my newer MLP stuff, since all it was doing was taking up space under my bed and in my closet in boxes. This way, I can get rid of stuff while making money for more hard-to-find vintage ponies.
My big dolly luck came this past week. I will discuss that in part 2!