Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Never Ever Story

Never Ever was the second girl I customized. She pretty much seemed to grump around until I got the huevos to make her over.

Never ever have you ever seen such cute shoes.
The stripey socks and dotty bloomers *swoon*

Here's Never Ever in her welcome home portrait. I honestly love that little red coat so much I'd marry it. Anyhoo, she was already a pouty pretty. My daughters adopted her for me last Xmas.I could tell from her demeanor she was a mini-me. Blonde and bitchy.



She had several wild animal encounters during her first weeks of exploration here.

Never is on the far left below in this first OHfficial portrait after Xmas . Sweating in her Ice Rune outfit but 100% factory girl, she was a bit introverted.

Not like Taylor Hanson-Swift, who knows how to catch the light in a photo op.

Never Ever, Murphy Bug, Truly Scrumptious, JJ, Evidence, Mori, and Taylor; dolly family as of 12-14


Here's Never today, after her plastic surgery. Looking unimpressed with how long it took me to share her picture on social media.

Taking a selfie.


I love my little disgruntled girl.

And her SHOOOOOOOOEEEEESS.

...and of course her pull string!

Still pretty. :o)


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Crash Course in My Dolly Crush: the Evolution of Olive Lucy



This is the head of Rouge Noir.
Eeyew.

She's a (real) Blythe doll from the early 2000's-ish that someone Freddie Krugered
and forgot in a plastic tub at their mom's until earlier this year, when she was found and sold on ebay with a box that wasn't even hers, to me. :o)

She's a type of Blythe that apparently you have to use a chainsaw to open if you 
want to work on her BrAiNsz. Her lovely red hair was *gasp* snipped off at the scalp, rendering her a bad-side-of-the-rug velcro head. Then her scalp was sooperglued back on-ish. I think 10 (or there about) years of lying in dolly limbo had added to the seperation of her noggin. But still!! 
In doll lingo, I learned these dolls bought to be "reworked" are called 'bait dolls'. I'm still not digging exactly why 'bait', but it may click eventually (until then it's a real brainworm...) I got her for a fraction of the cost of a new Blythe and felt that justified my being able to bravely try my hand for the first time at CARVING A FACE MUAHAHAHA. 

 This is the only pic I have of her before I dived into her re-do. Her nail polished eyelids and lips pleaded with me to immediately put her out of her miserable customization as soon as she got out of the box. Her orange hair was what initially attracted me to her. I wanted her to be my Lucille Ball. But her Imma-try-this-and-see-if-I-can-root-hair-whoops-not-so-much wig was nothing short of a BAD WEAVE, Girl! and could not be salvaged. She wore a cuuuute bucket hat for a while until I got the guts and the semi-appropriate tools to begin her new face, and as much as I really loved the kitschy tacky orrrrrrrrnge color, that sucker was baaadly made and had to come off.
Awesomely, there was the original clover doll stand in this box. And she came with a licca body.


For the life of me, I can't get why someone would cut off this sweet red hair in favor of...that up there. As you can see, she'd been DONE TO.
original Rouge Noir (not my pic OBVI)




After some sanding, lip carving, work on the spot the angel kissed her (philtrum), nose holes, coloring ("face-up") freckles, new eyechips, new lashes, new wig and a walk thru the wardrobe closet, Olive Lucy is...kind of a real doll. :o)


 Her scalp is still scary under her hairpiece, and she needs her earring stubs ...figured out. But for the very first girl I customized my own self, I am thinking she was meant to live here for sure. Well all my girlz are, but she was waiting for me. :o)
Olive Lucy


Another time I'll tell you about her sister...the one that ACTUALLY was born in the box...


Saturday, October 18, 2014

What's kept me busy?


I've decided to play with dolls.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summer Wreath (Makes me feel fine)

 I am in love with the wreaths made by georgiapeachez. Serious work goes into gathering the vintage ornaments she uses, designing, and GOOD GOD, THE GLUING.

I know from the gluing because I decided to make one myself, since I had all these gold and blue shiny brites sitting around from Too Lazy To Put Things Away Properly.
Her latest showcase seashells for a summery change of holiday! And I happened to have a giant heap of those my daughter gave me when she 'got over' seashells. (Sometimes you just get over things. Yay for me tho!)

I consulted georgia peachez blog for the best way to go about it, since she's The Pro and knows how to make them fabulous yet sturdy enough to withstand shipping. I used a diff wreath form and the totally wrong wire for a hanger, and tho my glue was 'high-melt- or whatever, I feel like this piece is destined for breakage. All the bits are so fragile!! I live in a crazy house!! You can see where I already broke two legs off that little starfish. Oddly, that weekend I found a bag of shells at the thrift with some starfish in, so I'll be fixing that, however temporary it may be.

But I do love it. The golden sunny shiny brites and the oceany swimming pool blue ones. There are a few clear bubbly ones that aren't vintage from my stash. And since I pride myself on using what I have on hand instead of buying stuff, I'm really proud to have found a use for the seashells. And the gold ornies, cuz gold is not my thing. But I am reminded of Yeats - "...pluck till time and times are done, the silver apples of the moon, the golden apples of the sun..."



I took a clear ornie, filled it with sand and tiny shells, and a vintage photo of this little girl in her swimming suit on some lake dock somewhere, from my collection. (We do not have ocean beaches here, ha!)

However ephemeral this wreath might be, it's sure purdy right now.







Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thrift-o-Palooza





So. Many. Smalls.

Crafty stuff, collecty stuff, my kind of stuff.

"Mannequin" pincushion in mod flowers, some Dover Clipart, Kitty mug ("The Poopers"), new old cards for my collection (these SKI cards each have a US ski area trail map), glass owl bottle stopper, scarf for my collection..

More playing cards, a Scrabble charm that says "I LIKE BOYS WHO SPARKLE"...


20 skully charms with red sparkly eyes...

Star Trek coasters, more skellie charms, fourth of July bottlecap embellishments...

Jr. Cap'n pin..from some Princess cruise or another...couldn't find anything like it online. I just lerve nautical stuff (like the sort-of compass design on the scarf), vintage earrings in a fave color...

...a lot of red!! Dig the red thermos carafe! I want to have some hot chocolate out of it! (It snowed here a couple of days ago, I'm still in cold mode.)

Sharing for your vicarious amusement with ColoradoLady'sVintage Thingy Thursday! :OD

Friday, April 4, 2014

I Miss My Happy Mail

I miss swapping! :O(

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

...and so I bought these

   
       The Children's Hour...16 volumes published early 60's, maybe late 50's, RIFE (yeah I used that word) with incredible perfect delicious vintage illustrations, sat on the top shelf of the children's book section of the thrift for three weeks...maybe four, priced individually (UGH! Keep sets of stuff together!) for just $2 each, which was apparently just too much for anyone (I couldn't justify it for myself altho I wanted them and marveled that nobody bought them every week). Somehow, no unattended children got them off the top shelf and misplaced one, and no one bought JUST volume 11 or some such, destroying the set (I admit I thought about it, for just ONE volume is an ephemeral treasure, just look at the cover of volume 16!! Rocketships!) ..but I couldn't do it either.

Finally after all those weeks of pining and nobody willing even to pay $16 for the set, which had become half price week two, I knew these were One Of Those Things Meant For Me. I am convinced some things are invisible to other people just waiting for me to buy them. Why else would nobody want these incredible books? So they came home with me. :O) I will share some of the fab illustrations next time I have a spurt of energy.

Doesn't this cover remind you of that Twilight zone episode "To Serve Man"?

Here's what was going on above the box: Dean finds the bag of a million cat toys on the table.




So they don't stay there long.

Here's what else I scored that trip:
The long sheets are ATC backgrounds and bits...yes, I found Tim Holtz crap at the thrift!! Also caught another fishy for my shower aquarium.


This little old timey radio had been there a week before, so cute! I have to think the only reason no one bought it was that it's got a music box that doesn't work. 

 But who cares when it does this?

The charming fella on the left below...how chic is he? I promised not to buy any more sweet porcelain lady figurines but he's a GENT. He's marked GERMANY and his age eludes me.
The ski bunny is sporting a trendy red fur, actual suede ski pants, and probably won me over even more because the Olympics were still on during this shopping trip.

Self explanatory.



Last but most elfish, this happy little pixie planter/lamp!! You know I am a sucker for a vintage $2 lamp with a freakin' pixie and a spiderweb on it!! I'm not sure what I should put in the planter but if I wait long enough, a legitimate spider will probably move in. :OP



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