I am VERY late with these Fourth of July celebration photos from Marie Terese & Annabelle. I know you were expecting more Poppy Looks A Plenty, but I need to get these up on the blog!
I had wanted to do a very vintage/antique photo shoot with these two with these fabrics but because of real life the sewing did not get done on Marie Terese's outfit. I had found alot of antique photos on the outfits of parades, etc. and celebrations they used to do in the late 1890's and early 1900's and wanted to re-create those costumes for these two. Annabelle got a stars skirt. And they got Fourth of July cakes.
Looks A Plenty Poppy Parker Giftset has arrived and I found some time late Saturday night to play and stage the pieces.
The set comes with one full doll, fully dressed on one body, and two doll heads/busts. I will show you first what is in the giftset, and I also pre-ordered the body back when I pre-ordered the giftset. This set is very easy to assemble.
It comes with one extra set of flat feet /legs and three extra sets of hands. Also three sets of jewelry, a purse for the doll in the evening gown, a soda pop bottle with a straw , and a black set of eyeglasses with rhinestones.
One doll has red hair in an upswept bun, another has long blonde hair, and yet another has shocking blue hair in a blue ponytail. Their hair is gelled to make it set in these styles.
I will just post photos now of the opening-
The dolls in their box, and out of their shipper. The extra bodies came in a seperate bag marked Poppy Parker
Certificate of authenticity of the giftset
Accessories, jewelry, shoes,and purses. Also extra hands and the extra set of legs/flat feet
Close ups of the body packs and the dolls assembled. I am sorry I did not take photos of the doll busts and how they are assembled. The doll bust has a small hole where the torso part attaches to it. It is important you hear the link snap up into the hole so the torso can turn at the bust. Each arm snaps into the socket. The blue doll's assembly was more difficult because of her outfit- the sweater has no snaps, openings, & is not stretchy so you had to put the sweater on over the bust WITHOUT ARMS FIRST . Then take the hands off the arms and shove the arms up the arm sleeves of the sweater into the shoulder socket of the body pulling down the sweater at the shoulder so you could see without ripping it. Sound hard? Yeah it was. That doll will not be coming out of that sweater anytime soon. Onto those pants..........those SKINTIGHT PANTS! Take a pen, a skewer, and make sure that the pants - THAT ARE LINED and tend to bundle up at the feet, have the holes which are very small, clear and free at the openings. You will haveto shove the pen or skewer when attempting to get Poppy's leg and feet into these pants. Be aware, you will think Poppy has gained weight but no it is these pants that are just SKINTIGHT . Once they are on, they are NOT COMING OFF... It took me about twenty minutes of patience fiddling with the fabric at the feet, patiently pulling it down and over each tiny foot, to get those pants on her. I won't even mention attempting to pull the hook and eye closure over her big fat Poppy wasp inch waist buttocks because her sweater covers it. I felt Like I had just pulled those pants on myself! This doll isn't getting redressed!
Blonde Loungerie doll....easiest doll to dress. Put on the panties, hook her little negligee under her bosom, and slip on her heels, and you're done! Add her earrings, VOILA! Take a rest, you have earned it.
The red haired evening gown with polka dots-- in the photos I was not in love with this get up. After playing with her and looking at the train on it, and putting her jewelry on, I am. I put the big earrings on her, as I like them on her. They really make this dress. I have seen people put the earrings on the blue haired doll but this dress needs a big piece of jewelry and those earrings match her bag. Her shoes are lovely,but they are difficult to keep on- you might want to use an elastic loop to keep them on.
I will attempt to do some individual photo shoots with each doll and do a blog post on each one. My Only concern is re-dressing and undressing the blue doll. I know Integrity's point of view- these dolls are not meant to be displayed forever in their clothing- their bodies come apart more easily for play, but with the blue haired doll I am not going to be willingly undressing her out of that cute outfit anytime soon . My second problem is the black sweater might stain her body if I leave it on too long without something underneath to protect her arms and torso. So I am torn between leaving her in this very cute and difficult outfit or re-dressing her in something else. It is extremely well made.
Third- I am not a fan of these head/torso and body deals. I much prefer just putting heads on versus torsos, arms and such. In the last moods collection, we got 2 heads and one dressed doll and purchased two bodies. Very quick, very easy and easy to dress with the blonde doll and lavender haired doll. So I am not a fan of these many parts. I realize it is easier for the company, but it is hard on the hands and there are more headaches when attempting to dress the doll with the outfits made so freaking tight- it is more nerve wracking than it needs to be to dress a miniature doll.
Hope you enjoyed the photos, a really great giftset, and if you have acquired it, alot of fun!
I'm a Little late with this blog post, but here are some pics you may have already seen posted. I hope you had a great Fourth of July.
I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July!
NOTE: I am selling a few dolls, off at great low prices on my Ebay store Ebay store PUMPKIN HILL STUDIOS Most of the dolls that are on sale are on BUY IT NOW at $99 and below and are Integrity toys , - Fashion Royalty, Poppy Parker, Integrity toys convention dolls, IFDC Convention dolls and outfits- $85,$89 $99 and some vintage/antique dolls are $100.
I was finally able to attend my doll club meeting and the theme of this meeting was Road Trip with Red White and Blue! We were hitting the road to meet at Leslie's home in Potomac, Maryland. The partial theme was 'Transportation/ Road Trip' so we all needed to bring dolls on the road, with a car, or some sort of transportation idea. We all also needed to dress in Red, White and Blue to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July- so NO PINK! (I was relieved at this restriction!LOL!)
I will only be showing a few photos of Leslie's INCREDIBLE collection. Two items that were fun were her Life size Barbie and her Shoney's Big Boy statue. So sit back and enjoy the pics.
Leslie had cute little themed doll displays all throughout the house. This was her lantern display. Our club member Jodi started the lantern craze from Hobby Lobby and all of us are on the hunt for just the right lantern to display the dolls at the holidays.
My favorite fourth of July display was this Statue of Liberty Barbie from the 80's or 90's displayed with the collectible Plate, and a OOAK Kelly by Luis, on a golden cake plate.
Joey, Leslie's adorable dog, helping a club member Marina, pack up some items. Dressed for the meeting!
Leslie's life size Barbie! and some of her memoriabilia
Some of the fun nostalgia items Leslie collects...
Road trip displays! with my phone and camera
My dolls did a hike to the park picnicscene with fourth of July cakes.
Janice and Debbie did a car scene with matching outfits
Jodi's husband repainted this cute car blue for her she won on Ebay and she got the outfit on Etsy. Really cute
Barbara's dolls from Big Little Lies
Leslie's dolls replicating her and Debbie going to the Grant a Wish convention packed to the gils and with Debbie wanting to take pics of the luggage! lol
Nita with her travel doll, Tina on the left and Marina's doll on the right
I did alot of photos of our Road Trip display with my phone and my camera.
I have been absent lately, but did want to get some doll photos in of some dolls and teddy bears that I don't usually share here.
These are some special favorites you don't usually see together, some special bears with my Madame Alexander vintage Cissy doll, one of my American Girl dolls Rebecca, Annabelle and Marie Terese, and two Boyd's Bears, a 25th anniversary bear Sterling and a Friendship Key bear. Here is Rebecca with just the bears.
I think bears and dolls have a timeless, childlike quality that never leaves us, no matter what your age. I have begun picking up a quantity of fine quality bears and bunnies. I have had these two bears for sale in my Ebay store but will be sad to see them leave me.
I also took some photos of the 'crew' and redressed some of them. Starlight Poppy is redressed in vintage Barbie, and one of my Barbies, to my delight, was already dressed in patriotic gear to match Aiden. I re-dressed Pillow Talk in a cute Snoopy outfit I had purchased ions ago but never put it on her until today.
I finally got pics of this little guy! One of the newest Chelsea boys, the blonde headed one. I had purchased him about two weeks ago but never got around to taking pics of him or Skipper's new bicycle from hobby Lobby.
Also new- Storybook Kelly Red Riding hood
I already have the Raggedy Ann and Andy that were my mother's, which I intend to keep in the box. I will probably de-box this one. I also wish to collect the others and de-box them as well. My intentions are to create a little storybook dollhouse for them all to reside in. I really want the Goldilocks and the bear one next. I have really fallen for the older Kelly dolls, especially for the storybook ones and want to create a little dollhouse for them. This one is really cute, she even has apples in her basket!
And last but not least- it wouldn't be world doll day without Barbie and Ken!
So I have not been in Target for a while. If you go, and , or have already been in the toy aisle, you probably already know that they have switched things up already. You can't disregard any aisle. It took me a while to find the coveted Glitter Girls items that the fashion doll collectors have been posting about on the boards.
The Glitter girls dolls, clothing and accessories are 15-16 inch dolls that are giving Wellie Wishers (American Girl) a run for their money. They fit 16 inch fashion dolls like Tonner, Avant Guarde, Ficon, and BJD'S as well as `12 inch fashion royalty and Poppy Parker and even Barbie dolls great too- the structures like their sweet shop. And they are reasonably priced, too. The sweet shop is something I have been lusting over for a long time now- but at $99.99 I don't have an excess $100 right now.
I had never seen them until today and I have fallen in love with the dolls! the little red haired Poppy is just adorable. They are also reasonably priced too. So these two items are on my list, as well as the shoes. I believe the shoes may fit my 16 inch Soulkid bjd.
Target also has alot of their Barbie items on sale too. They have alot of cute Skipper Babysitter Inc. items as well as the new Chelsea items.
I love the Chelsea in the train and the little playhouse! The new Toy Story Movie items were out, as well as the Barbie from Toy Story. She is 15.99 and is to be found with the Toy Story items in that toy aisle, which might be considered the boys aisle. Like I said, don't call it the boys aisle or the girls aisle now.
Target was CHOCK FULL of Toy Story items in all price ranges, from the inexpensive to the really EXPENSIVE....
I know my May Day post is late, but May Day is my birthday and I was busy yesterday. lol .
I baked a cake, out of the ordinary for me. I wanted to try something different since I had purchased a new kind of icing. I wanted a pink cake with blue icing and strawberries on top. I was going for something different this year.
The blue icing is actually blue vanilla buttercream. I had purchased it a while back and meant to use it with it with a white cake mix and red icing to make a red white and blue cake.
This year I did not go 'all out' for my birthday gifts...I have been re-vamping my collection and clearing out my dolls to re-focus my collection on building and structures. I have so many dolls that do not get enough love and camera time, it's time to clean out the herd and collection and focus on what I really want in my collection. I haven't been happy about not building like I used to do. I don't need a huge amount of dolls to do that. So I will only buy what I like, or what I absolutely can't live without. yeah, right says the doll collector who loves shiny things, lol.
I purchased this vintage Sweet 16 Best Buy Barbie that I had when I was a kid, she was one of my favorites. It is very hard to find her in mint condition with all the items that came with her, including the makeup box. Mine had a locket.
Later, I will do a photo op with her and my Pillow Talk Poppy. I swear she and Pillow Talk look SO MUCH ALIKE!
The other thing I purchased was Ladies of Fashion reference book on Portrait Madame Alexander dolls. This was recommended on one of my Facebook groups if you are into Collecting Cissy dolls.
A truly awesome book, it also comes with a price guide. The photos are lovely. There are other reference books that I plan on getting as I have also purchased a pattern from a reliable seller who sells reprints of vintage patterns on ebay for Cissy, Barbie, and other vintage dolls. I have not yet started on a dress for my Cissy as I cannot decide on the right fabric.
Anyhow, enjoy the photos!
Note: If you are interested, here is the link to my ebay store Pumpkin Hill Studios These are the CURRENT AUCTIONS catagory link that will show you all the dolls, Poppy Parker, Fashion Royalty, and the outfits and accessories on sale. I have a great selection listed at this time, as well as a 15% off Birthday Celebration sale on ALL merchandise on Buy It Now from May 2nd to May 6th .
I am entranced with the new Easter bunny rocking horse I purchased a few months ago at AC Moore and it is perfect for Marie Terese. I wish it would fit into the dollhouse for her and Annabelle into her room, but it may be cramped with a bed and the rocking horse, unless I use one of the attic rooms as her playroom.
Here is an 'imaginary' playroom for Marie Terese, where she is being served delicious cakes and pastries and playing with her new pet bunnies and PugDog and Mops and poodle after receiving this magnificent toy for Easter. I put some stockings on her with her new shoes to simulate how a child's stockings would sag and get wrinkled a bit back then at play. I like imperfections in my dioramas.
As you can see, Marie Terese is one spoiled little girl. The only thing I left out was a dollhouse and dolls out of the picture, which I may add later on. Lisa