Friday, January 12, 2018

The Wal-Mart Barbie Haul!

This is my first ever Haul! It was the only time I have ever gone to a store and found dolls on sale in bulk! I was so excited.

I have bought a few things on Amazon before the holidays, but shopping in person is so much fun. If there is interest, I can share the other things I have picked up recently - I also made my first www.tinyfrockshop.com purchase!

Sorry for cell phone photos, I am hoping to take more detailed out of the box pictures later.

Ta da!
That is a lot of clothes and accessory sets. And off on the right are two rolls of paper (wrapping paper?) that were in the clearance aisle for $0.75. One is mirrored, the other looks kind of like burlap.


Dolls!



I was most excited about these two - normally $19.88 I got the Astronaut and Space Scientist for $5.00! They have some awesome accessories, including a laptop, sensible clothes and shoes, a lab coat, safety goggles, and a full space suit with helmet, boots, and gloves.


I picked up the blonde for a custom doll I am planning based on a friend's writing, the blue haired one was just so pretty and my first Tall Barbie, and I could not resist Wonder Woman in a lovely gown with her sword. Also, three of the new Hello Kitty fashions (which rang up at $5.00 and not the listed $7.97 so I was thrilled).


Older clothing sets were $4, I think the single clothes were $2 or $3 and the accessory packs were $2 except the guitar which was $1!



Accessories were fun to look through. I settled on one camping set with a fire and a seat, a sushi set (I already have one, now there can be lots of sushi), a set of belts and necklaces I don't have that also has a cup and binoculars, a guitar that I could see had other stuff and headphones tucked into the hollow back, and cleaning supplies (the dustbuster takes me back to my childhood).


The pink and yellow set at the top is a much older fashion pack that had the outer plastic ripped off and the yellow shirt was hanging on by one little plastic tag. But everything is there! A suit for the guys, and a lovely flowing shimmering beach gown.


The metallic silver tank top with the 80's stylized unicorn had to some home with me, and the more sporty set looked fun. I bought the set at the back mostly because the T-shirt says "RAWR" on it.


The teacher outfit has awesome glasses and books, and is generally pretty cute!

All of this was in the toy section, not in a separate clearance section. I have no idea if Wal-Marts outside of Maine are discounting this much, but I wanted to share. Also, Maine usually gets any and all new stuff (like Monster High) well behind major cities so I was super excited to actually find something NEAT in stores.

I hope to take more detailed pictures with a good camera later.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

So, Wal-Mart has a lot of Barbie items on clearance



Or at least my local one sure does!

It turns out that Wal-Mart, or at least my local one, is having a HUGE SALE on Barbie. Like half off or more on some items, even brand new releases (the new Hello Kitty clothes) rang up discounted (shelf said regular price for Hello Kitty clothes, $7.97, register rang up as $5.00). 

Older Fashionistas were $4.00! My local store had a lot from the last wave.

Wonder Woman in her lovely gown with a "hidden sword sheath" normally around $12-15, now $5. 

Barbie careers two pack, Space Scientist and Astronaut, normally $19.88 now $5!!! Scientist Barbie had a lab coat, sensible solid pants and top, flats, and protective goggles. Astronaut Barbie has a white jumpsuit with printed on details, heavy looking white boots, giant white gloves, and a bubble helmet.

I will try and get photos tomorrow, because I think this is my first big doll haul. I was so excited, and just wanted to share. I've never really run into massive doll sales or clearances before, so this was awesome. And I spent about 4 months of my doll budget (which is very small) so I won't be buying new things for a while. But I sure won't need to!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Doll Goals

Time for 2018 Doll GOALS. I am saying goals, not resolutions, because I want to have fun and not be pressured about getting stuff done for my hobby!

First, what happened in 2017? I want to do a wrap up post on 2017, but I FINALLY got back into my doll hobby and it makes me really happy! So 2017 will be a later post, after I finish recovering photos from the Great Hard drive crash of 2017.

I made two earlier posts this year about Projects and Clothing ideas. I'm going to take some things from them, but I also want a List of things I can actually make real progress on, so I will also remove a lot. And add a bit too!

Projects:

Modern Furniture Project -

  • Make a poof from old socks.
  • Make bedding
  • Make a couch
  • Make a chair 
  • Make a dresser
  • Make bookshelves and storage (felt bins 2 in by 2 in)

Modern Living Spaces Projects (mostly for display)

  • Make living room with Kitchenette
  • Make a bedroom
  • Make a generic store or shop that can have wall posters, stock, and front sign changed up

Fantasy/Castle/Magic Project -

  • Make castle walls and garden
  • Make a Druid grove
  • Make a "wizard" trunk (Harry Potter, yay MyFroggyStuff) with cauldron and potion bottles
  • Make books and parchment

Inspired by Books! -

  • Make a bunk/Room on the Earthrise (spaceship from MCA Hogarth's novels)
    • Design it to be modular - add a door to imply Reese's bathroom and hang her hammock, put bolsters and mattresses on the floor for the twins, nest of blankets and pillows for Kis'et'h, a real nest for Bryer...
  • Make the attic from Lyn Thorne Alder's Aunt Family

CLOTHES - 

I really want to expand the wardrobes, and I think I should just rewatch a lot of MyFroggyStuff and use the ideas to sew for my dolls. My CY Girls are larger, and don't have enough clothes, and Monster High and Ken and even regular Barbies are low on certain things.

No Sew Dresses - Froggy used a 12 inch diameter circle, and carefully cut holes for the head and arms, then belt it. No fray fabric like a T-Shirt works great.

Doll Cardigan Kimono - again, a Froggy video, from an old scarf. Uses the doll to determine the size, which is cool.

Tights or leggings make great stretchy tube dresses. Sew a back seam on a curve, again they do not fray.

Look at some of her Bathing Suit videos, good inspiration and could be extended to a dress.

Froggy has a lot of videos on making pants, shorts, and dresses for dolls.

Fun stuff, and expanding the wardrobe of the dolls, especially the CY girls who have 2 outfits is pretty crucial.

Characters and customs -

  • Give the old GI Joe knock off dreds, and a pirate outfit (he has dreds!)
  • Finish the reroot of an old Belle doll
  • Make the My Scene guy into a giant to hang with the Monster High Crew (he has a robe)
  • Finish the custom Reese Eddings doll
  • Make a custom Autumn from Stranded doll

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sewing Challenege on Figuvore - Uniformity

The challenge was to make uniforms! For two dolls. I ... went overboard in the number.

But I also did not do a lot of sewing. These are very simple uniforms, and the top/tunic has no sewing at all! I have not sewn doll clothes in *years* so I wanted to start with something simple.

I present... Druids! All members of the order wear a wrap tunic and a green robe.

As you can see, there are different styles of robe! Some have hoods, others do not.


The most detailed robe is on the tall My Scene guy on the right, because I think it will end up as part of his character - he is so *very* tall, he is out of scale with most of my dolls. He towers over the Power Team guy! So he is going to hang out with my Monster High dolls as the son of giants.


Clawdeen is modeling an alternative style of robe. All of the clothing is based off of the My Froggy Stuff video on making a Doll Lightsaber (and Jedi robes). She has the more "simple" version made from a folded square of fabric. I have yet to get that style to look good. I am happy that the robes also look good on child dolls, like my little knock-off Kelly here. Also, Druids love animals!


Here we can really see how tall the My Scene guy is compared to the others. Also, Power Team guy forgot his brown wrap tunic. He is studying nature.


The druid order was intended to be photographed outside at lunch, but that did not work, then ona quick afternoon break that never happened.... so they ended up at my cube. Still, they found a bit of nature.

BONUS Outfit! I was happy to make clothes for this Gargoyle, who has only one set. This is entirely no-sew, but I think I will embellish the collar some.


Just look at that collar! Drama!


But it is hard to look dramatic and fierce next to a fuzzy bird. Just saying.


Those cheekbones tho... LoL.

I am happy that I got back into doll sewing with a simple project that I could actually get DONE. The cool thing is that I can add to the robes - add on hoods, trim, closures, etc and make them personalized. Also, the uniform does not include pants because pants are hard to sew.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Having a party!

I was told that my dolls look like they are having a party!

Eliza has the pale purple curls, and the robot dog (thank you Kinder Surprise, from years ago in England).

Blue-haired-girl has a name, Emily after one of my favorite characters in Stardew Valley (fun farming game). Emily still has Komodo, her lizard pal at her side.

The other three do not have names. In the back is a doll I learned is a PB girl, and in front are my two brand new Made-to-Move Barbies! I got them for my birthday, and I am super excited. I am very late to these dolls! I love the articulation. The Skateboarder will stay as she is (possibly different clothes) because I really love her face. Yoga barbie may have a headswap, I have several dolls with faces I love who need more articulation.





Thursday, September 7, 2017

Doll Clothing Ideas

These can be smaller projects, I am splitting them off into their own post.

No Sew Dresses - Froggy used a 12 inch diameter circle, and carefully cut holes for the head and arms, then belt it. No fray fabric like a T-Shirt works great.

Doll Cardigan Kimono - again, a Froggy video, from an old scarf. Uses the doll to determine the size, which is cool.

Tights or leggings make great stretchy tube dresses. Sew a back seam on a curve, again they do not fray.

Look at some of her Bathing Suit videos, good inspiration and could be extended to a dress.

Froggy has a lot of videos on making pants, shorts, and dresses for dolls.

Fun stuff, and expanding the wardrobe of the dolls, especially the CY girls who have 2 outfits is pretty crucial.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Thinking about dolls, what I want to do

I was... away.... from a lot of things, for a while. I had a pretty dark period there. I'm getting back into a lot of my hobbies, and I really want to spend more time on my dolls, and making things.

There are a LOT of things I want to buy. Monster High and Ever After High Dolls, Made to Move Barbies (I don't have any), more Obitsus, more different body types, Lammily makes great dolls and AMAZING ourfits, more furniture and clothes and.... but there is no money for that right now. I've also got a lot of debt.

So, appreciating what I have, and using the craft supplies that I have to make things. I have.... LOTS of ideas, and I really need to focus. So I am making a list, and I am going to try and focus on some projects, and get stuff done. I also have a bunch of things to make for family for the holidays, so much of this is not likely to kick off until January anyway.

Projects:

Fix wigs - DONE!!!

  • Eliza and Emily have hard-cap wigs now, and their hair doesn't fall off. So happy!

Modern Furniture Project - STARTED

  • Make pallets for pallet furniture (3 full, 2 half made) - I don't have Jumbo craft sticks, just regular popsicle sticks, but I can do this, 16 sticks for one pallet, 17 for two half pallets.
  • Make a poof from old socks.
  • Make a full mattress - NEARLY DONE
  • Make a twin mattress
  • Make bedding
  • Make a couch
  • Make a chair 
  • Make a dresser
  • Make bookshelves and storage (felt bins 2 in by 2 in)

Modern Living Spaces Projects

  • Make a camper
  • Make a "tiny" home
  • Make a townhouse/apartment 2 stories and set up so that the occupant can change. Roof garden
  • Make an apartment for Emily and Eliza?
  • Make Room in a Box projects, they are great
  • Make Tiana's Place restaurant (cause it is neat)
  • Make a beach house or cabin
  • Make a generic store or shop that can have wall posters, stock, and front sign changed up

Fantasy/Castle/Magic Project -

  • Make castle walls and garden
  • Make one or two interior rooms with cool windows
  • Make a table and chairs or benches, possibly from twigs or paper tubes
  • Make a "wizard" trunk (Harry Potter, yay MyFroggyStuff) with cauldron and potion bottles
  • Make books and parchment
  • Make robes and a wizard hat
  • Make Hogwarts House Scarves (why not?)
  • Make a treehouse
  • Make a forest glen with fairies and such

Science Fiction Project -

  • Blaster guns?
  • Make uniforms, or futuristic clothes!
  • Make Jedi robes
  • Make Lightsabers or other force weapons
  • Make a bunk/cabin/living space
  • Make sliding doors (cause required, lol)
  • Make hallways for larger ship
  • Make a cockpit/bridge
  • Make small shuttlecraft 
  • Make aliens and alien plants
  • Make alien planet terrain

CLOTHES - 

I really want to expand the wardrobes, and I think I should just rewatch a lot of MyFroggyStuff and use the ideas to sew for my dolls. My CY Girls are larger, and don't have enough clothes, and Monster High and Ken and even regular Barbies are low on certain things.

Characters and customs -

  • Give the old GI Joe knock off dreds, and a pirate outfit
  • Finish the reroot of an old Belle doll
  • Make Elves! I have 5 NoxDeRume elf heads
  • Find bodies for 2 heads I bought with custom face ups