Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Doll Updates, Crafts and Goals (No More Doll Room, but that's OK!)

Hey everyone...woah, 3 posts this month so far...slow down!!  Haha, I don't know why, but I've been "rejuvenated" in terms of the blog, thank goodness.
I've also noticed that the "blogland" has gotten a lot quieter since I started back in 2014.  It seems as though a lot of people have moved on from blogging and I can definitely see why.  Is Instagram is the new "blogiverse"?  I definitely love Instagram (I have 5 different doll accounts...5!!)
Either way, I'm still here and still hoping to share my doll hobby with you all.  I'm glad some of you are still here, too! (Barb, Sharon, X, Flo thank you for always stopping in!) :)

Above is a video I made recently just to say hi and sort of give an update on what I've been doing.

Sadly, the doll room I was working on last year has officially become the girls playroom as it just didn't make sense to use the spare room for all of my dolls when the girls just kept going in there (especially Little Button!) and messing everything up.  I can't say I blame though, it was like a doll paradise in there.
I'll do a separate post on that soon. Hopefully, LOL. I know I shot a video of it a while ago!

In terms of doll crafts, I'm working on finishing my Mermaid Grotto set as well and I have made a few little things from My Froggy Stuff's videos, which I will share once I photograph them.  I still haven't done any sewing!  Someday, ha.

In terms of regular crafts, I'm working on my first granny square crocheted blanket.  It's going to be a gift for my father-in-law who is a Big Bang Theory fan and I'm trying to make a replica of Amy Farrah Fowler's afghan that is often seen on her couch.

I just finished all of my black and white squares so now I can move on to the color!

I'm also doing a little fall cross-stitch piece and hoping I can finish it before Autumn is over.
Crocheting and cross stitching are so relaxing for me.  I think what is boils down to is it's a way to focus on something intently so that your brains "quiets down" a little and I've really been enjoying it for that reason.
Ain't nobody got time to meditate so this is the next best thing for me. ;)

This piece is called "Happy Fall Ya'll" and it's by Country Cottage Needleworks.

Over the summer I finished another one of my 80s cross-stitch patterns from a franchise I grew up with called "The Care Bears".  They were super popular in the 80s so you may recall them. ;)

These are my two "vintage 80s toys" cross-stitch pieces I've already completed.  

It just brings me back to my childhood! :)  I definitely plead guilty to forcing my 80s nostaglia onto my daughters.

My next doll project will be a mass body swap to weed out the Fashionista's I want to keep, use up my MTM bodies and then donate or sell the unarticulated hybrids.  I need to thin the herd and let go of what I don't want anymore.   I'm really trying to only by 1 or 2 Fashionista's from each release as I just don't need them all!

That's about it for now.  I hope you're all doing well and happy in your hobby.
Talk to you soon!

xoxo Farrah

Friday, October 12, 2018

Summer Wrap Up

Oh, you know it...summer wrap up here we come.  Always a little late as is my style. :)   I had attempted to start a personal blog (Sitting By the Creek) last year to write such posts, but it quickly became clear that not only could I NOT keep up with one blog, I definitely couldn't keep up with two blogs!  I've made the decision to stop posting there and just add a personal/seasonal post every so often here on my doll blog just to make life a little easier.

Below are some photos from our summer here in Upstate NY and I hope you enjoy!  

This year we celebrated Pumpkin Pie's 9th birthday!  She was only 5 when I started this blog and very much into dolls and toys.  Now she's a "big kid" and loves art, sports and music.  I can still catch her playing in the doll room once and in a while, but my little pumpkin pie is growing up!

Here's Pumpkin Pie and me on her birthday. :)  
She's such a wonderful, sweet, senstive girl and extremely creative!  
As you can see, after 20 yrs of coloring my hair, I'm letting my natural hair color grow out and it's pretty streaky with silver! 

Next we celebrated Little Button's graduation from Kindergarten.  The kids performed a bunch of cute songs and had a little "diploma ceremony" and it was so sweet.  I was a little emotional about it as she's "the baby" of the family and already all done with Kindergarten!  The time is flying, just like everyone told me it would.

Shortly after we celebrated Little Button's 6th birthday.  So many birthdays, so many celebrations!  So many tears from Mommy!  I'm a mush, it's bad.
Her big gift this year was a Fin Fun mermaid tail, which she adored.  I can't say I blame her as I would LOVED one of those tails when I was little.  Heck I would love one now! :D
This kid is an absolute joy and your typical "second child."  Funny, laid back and completely present in the moment.  I can't believe she's 6 already!!

In mid-summer we took our yearly family vacation to Long Lake, NY, which is a cozy little town in the Adirondacks.  My grandfather was born and raised there so my mom and her siblings have been going there every summer for ages!  I grew up going there and now my kids are growing up here as well.

It's a very special place for us to all get together and see my mom's side of the family that we don't see very often.

This was my nephew's first time joining us!  My brother and his wife shared a cabin with the girls and I (hubby stays home and enjoys a relaxing week to himself, haha) so it was lots of fun spending more time with this adorable child!

We always try to visit the neighboring lake, Lake Eaton as the water is really shallow and the scenery is stunning.

Even though it's always sad to leave the Adirondacks, it's wonderful to back to the farm.  That's one thing I love so much about living here.  It's never hard to come back.

Next up was fair season. 

Before we knew it, summer was over and the girls went back to school.  I'm ALWAYS sad to see summer go as I just don't feel like it's long enough, but we were quite spoiled with a gorgeous, sunny, hot summer this year so I feel like I can't even complain!

Autumn is in full swing now and life has picked up again.  I'm trying to find happiness in the little day-to-day things and relish the little pockets of time I can sneak away to myself.

I hope you all are having a great Autumn and looking forward to all of the cozy holidays up ahead.

xoxo Farrah 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Oktoberfest Barbie 2006 Dolls of the World and Happy Fall!

This summer, my husband and I discovered a flea market!  We live in such a rural area, that these seem to be so few and far between, but low and behold, there was one within 20 minutes from our house!  Apparently, it's been there for years, LOL.

I was really lucky to stumble upon someone who was selling her daughter's Barbie Dolls of the World collection and she had a bunch of dolls there, but this one in particular caught my eye.

2006 Oktoberfest Barbie! 
She was listed for $10 brand new in-box, so I thought that was a pretty good deal! 
I LOVE the Dolls of the World collection, but unfortunately I only just started re-collecting Barbie again at the end of 2015, so I missed out on pretty much all of the dolls that are already out.  And there are A LOT of them.
I was able to grab a bunch of other DOTW dolls from this seller, mostly out of box, but they were in great condition and I'll make a post soon to show you who else I found. :)

Theses boxes are really nice and give some information about the featured festival as well as some information about the doll and the designer.  There are 2 more dolls featured on the box from that year's "Festivals of the World" line (Kwanzaa Barbie and Diwali Barbie), which I hope to collect eventually!  I think there are 7 in total.

I decided to take mine out of her box as I am not really an "in-box" collector; I just don't have the room.  She comes with a stand, collectors card and a certificate of authenticity, which is nicer quality than the newer Barbie Collector dolls!  Although, I'm sure that's not a shock to most of you, now that we can see that Mattel has made a pretty slow and steady decline into cheaper, crappy overpriced dolls!

She has a very sweet face and I believe this is the closed mouth Mackie mold (one of my favorites) and her hair style is really unique!

She's wearing a traditional German dirndl costume that consists of three separate pieces.  The fabric is thick and durable with some tiny embroidered flowers on the bodice. The skirt has a second lace layer underneath  The arm bands are separate from her outfit and she also wears a black choker necklace.

I love those colorful teeny tiny ribbons that are coming out of her hair! 

Her stockings are textured, thick and very good quality.  Shoes are plain mary-jane pumps, but do the job.  You kind of have to cram the feet down into the shoes and I feel like this "shoes sort of fit" effect is pretty common with dolls that are wearing stockings.  No big deal in my book, though!

Overall, I'm so happy to have found this doll!  She's sitting out on display helping to promote Autumn cheer as we play this game we always do this time of year where we "see how long we can freeze before we turn the heat on."  ;)
The only thing that would make her more perfect, is if she came with a tiny pretzel and a big mug of beer.  And a tiny accordion. :)

Just for fun, here's a little behind the scenes of this photo shoot.  I was excited to get the "fall backdrop" out. :)

Hope you are all having a Happy Fall (or Spring!) where ever you are.

xoxo Farrah