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Monday, December 31, 2018

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Seven: Barbie and Friends

"C'mon, Barbie, just take the picture!"
"You guys need to squeeze in a bit more!"
"Sardines have more room than we do!"
"I can't feel my leg!"
"Well, I want a picture of the six of us celebrating New Year's Eve!"
"So have somebody take it at the restaurant; let's go!"

Hope all of you have a safe and fun New Year's Eve. See you in 2019!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Four: Barbie

The Christmas holiday is a perfect time to catch up on craft projects!

Huge accolades to the Swedish knitter here who has put up over one thousand doll knitting projects for free.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Day Two Derailment

Sorry to fall off the wagon so early here, but in addition to everybody in the family having a good old-fashioned cold, Mr. BTEG had some other health issues crop up that have turned everything temporarily topsy-turvy here. We're all okay, but today did not go as I planned it!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Merry Christmas and Christmas Memories

Everybody seems to be putting up Christmas posts, and since I know a lot of you will soon be too busy to be looking at blogs until later next week, I want to wish all my readers Merry Christmas as well. I'm planning a 12 Days of Christmas series that will start on Christmas Day, as long as I get enough of a head start on photographing it. So for this post, I was inspired to post a Christmas past post of myself, since Tam has her own series going, although the pictures are currently from her friend's Christmases.

This is me on Christmas Day, 1972, at the age of four. In the photo, you can see my Dressy Bessy doll to my right, although she looks kind of funny, with her legs tucked underneath her. I also got the Fisher-Price garage, and the box to the left of Bessy contains what I believe was a scale. It had numbers of different weights, and you could balance the scale by putting, for example, 5 on one side, and 3 and 2 on the other.
I have a picture of Dressy Bessy on my Pinterest, from an eBay auction that must have ended ages ago. There were other styles of Bessy made over the years, but this one looks like the one that I had.
Here's a picture of my mom from the same day, holding my youngest sister on her lap, and holding my middle sister's Dapper Dan which she received that year, in front of my middle sister. 
Dressy Bessy and Dapper Dan were designed to help kids learn how to button a button, tie a bow, buckle a buckle, snap a snap, and use a zipper. They were made by Playskool, which made a lot of cool toys for younger kids back in the day. I think this was the same Christmas that we received a set of Playskool wooden blocks in different shapes and colors. I remember having hours of fun building things with those blocks.

The pictures are blurry, because I screen saved these from the Super 8 videos that my father took. There's quite a bit of video out there from when we were young, not so much from when we were older. And of course I, as the eldest child, got the lion's share of screen time. I did, after all, have two whole years to myself before my middle sister was born, and then there were another two before my youngest.

And about that afghan on the couch behind my mother, I also have a picture of a similar afghan on my Pinterest, with the caption "Almost everyone had an afghan like this." We certainly did, made by my mother herself.
Merry Christmas to all of you!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

LOL Surprise Dollhouse Update

I've pretty much completed the bed, and I've put up the kitchen wall, and edged the floor with Duck Tape.

Monday, December 10, 2018

LOL Doll Surprise House Project, and Two Knock-Off Dolls

I've never liked the LOL Surprise dolls very much, but two of the little girls in my life do. One is the daughter of my friend, who is four. I was trying to think of something unique, related to LOL Surprise, to give her for Christmas. I started thinking about furniture, because I don't know how many dolls this girl has, but from what I've heard, I'm pretty sure she has quite a number already and doesn't "need" more. However, since she's still only four, I was afraid anything I made that wasn't super sturdy, like wood and nails sturdy, would end up getting broken. Which was when I made the (possibly crazy) decision to make a little house. Part of what gave me that idea was some YouTube videos I've seen that show beds for dolls made out of foam core, and glued to a corner or wall of a room box. The house I've come up with for the four-year-old is basically a room box, but it's divided into two spaces, bedroom and eat-in kitchen. I'm taking pictures as I go along to record my work, so here's the first bits I've done.

Cutting out and gluing the foam core pieces together was nowhere near as easy as the YouTube videos show. Of course, Mr. BTEG only had a cheap glue gun, which I borrowed, so I'm not sure if that was part of the problem. I'm also not sure a high temperature or low temperature glue gun is the way to go when working with foam core. If anybody has any experience with this, let me know. I bought a high-temperature one, but then I found a dual-temperature one at another store, so now I'm torn. This box ended up mostly being held together with Contact paper, which was also used to cover the cut edges.
I attached two scrapbook pieces for the floor, wood for the bedroom, and tile for the kitchen. Then I taped on some scrapbook paper for the walls. Some of the paper that I bought is glittery, which I thought was a touch of which a little girl would approve. Of course, the paper sheds glitter everywhere.

The bare white wall on the right side is where a kitchen printout is going, when I get to the UPS store to get a color copy made. I found the printout online. The bunk-bed will be glued in the back left-hand corner. I'm thinking the kind of bed that has space for two on the bottom, with a bunk for one at the top.

Of course, it's easiest to make any kind of doll project when you have a doll to measure things against. However, I wasn't going to spend a huge amount of money on a doll, especially when ninety-nine percent of the LOL Surprise doll ball is stuff I didn't want in the least. So I picked up a couple of knock-offs from AliExpress, which finally arrived today.

I think I got knock-off Sugar, and Miss Baby. These dolls seem to have the LOL Surprise head, but the dresses and shoes are attached to their bodies, unlike the genuine article. I also got a pink bottle and pink seashell purse. Here's faux Sugar, minus her halo, which didn't come with her.
I had a... problem with faux Miss Baby. I realized quickly that her body was on backward! Or her head, whichever way you want to look at it. :) In any case, her toes and her face were pointing in opposite directions. Almost automatically, I twisted her body around so that the toes and face were both on the same side, but Miss Baby didn't have a head mounted on a neck knob, so I ended up with this.
I guess now you could call her Miss Baby Meets the Queen of Hearts. I'm going to glue her head back on, and hopefully it will stay.

The decapitation issue, not surprisingly, was not the only thing off about my two dolls. Their upper arms look strange in color related to the rest of their bodies, although I think Miss Baby is supposed to be wearing white gloves? In any case, the bottom of both dolls hands aren't painted at all.
Also, both dolls have chips off of their hair paint.
Think these dolls will ever become collectible, like clone Barbies and other clone fashion dolls are today?

So, work goes on with the house. I'm going to make the bed, with bedding, and a kitchen bench and table, and of course the kitchen printout needs to go up. I'm also going to put a piece of foam core up on the "roof," not as long as the house, but something the dolls can use as a "balcony." I got that idea after seeing that the official LOL Surprise doll house has one. By the way, the price for the official house is *insane.* You can get it for the low, low price of only $190.00 at Walmart!!! I wonder how many little girls will be disappointed this year that won't be getting the house. Some years, $190 could be as much as we spent on both of our daughters combined, or even less. I've discussed with Raging Moon how production quality issues could affect sales of these dolls, but being what I consider overpriced won't help either. As a matter of fact, that just makes quality issues like missing parts even more unacceptable.

Does anyone have any plans to gift a doll or accessory to a little girl in her life?