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If you’re reading this, thanks for checking in. I’ve been away longer than intended, but precisely as long as I needed.  Before the break, hubby & I had taken a few day trips down the shore. I brought a hoard of dolls and took so many pictures that I never really did share them all. So I’ll just pick up where I left off…

Eat Your Heart Out, Farrah Fawcett!

Eat Your Heart Out, Farrah Fawcett!

Today’s model is a frankendollie: an Old Is New Giselle head on a Poppy Parker body. She is wearing a Barbie bathing suit – from a Fashionistas clothing pack, I think. In her hair are tiny clips from the dollar store. Her photo was taken at the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Once again, it was hard to choose a favorite, there were so many. If you’d like to see the other ones, just click on my Flickr link.

Um, I’m not sure if I’m going to make it to post here tomorrow. But I don’t think I’ll be gone all that long.

Meet Me At The Beach…If Only In My Daydreams…

 

 

 

 

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We’re still wrapped in winter’s chill despite the fact that it supposed to be spring. Sure don’t feel like it. Oh, and it’s windy, too. Bah! But it’s never too cold to sneak outside for a dollie photo shoot.

Barbie In The Great Outdoors

Barbie In The Great Outdoors

Today’s model is yet another Frankendolly: 1965 My Favorite Barbie reproduction American Girl head on LIV Hayden’s body. I had to carve away a bit of the front of the neck hole to seat it properly, but that’s usually the case with the reproductions – they’re just built differently from all the other Barbie doll heads. She’s wearing Barbie Basics jeans, an LIV top, a My Scene jacket, a Barbie scarf (from one of the Glam or Rocker dolls from a few years ago, I think), Elektra Barbie’s socks and Barbie sneakers. Her photo was taken on the little rock wall along side our driveway in the afternoon. And despite the wind gusts, I did get her to stand all on her own. Gotta love those LIV bodies!

I’m Dreaming Of A Green Springtime…

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Did you see Disney’s Rapunzel movie Tangled? I did. And I highly recommend it. My husband took me to the theater around the holidays and it was a great night out. The movie was a visual feast and the story was well written. The music was alright, not near as good as The Little Mermaid, but so few can compare to that favorite of mine. After seeing Tangled, I sorely wanted to add a Rapunzel doll to my collection. On Christmas day, she was waiting for me under the tree.

Rapunzel - Released From The Tower

Rapunzel - Released From The Tower

As much as I liked her straight out of the box, I like her even better now. I gave her a new body – LIV Sophia was the donor (I did add a rubber band around the neck knob to seat it better). I had some fun playing with her hair – I added mini braids and then wove them into the larger braid (I was going for a simpler version of what her hair looked like in the movie after the three little girls braided it for her). She ditched her trademark gown for one of the fashions from Barbie’s Target exclusive New York fashion pack. She’s now how I’d envisioned her if she left the Tower and hit the NYC scene in 2011.

I caught some photos this morning when the sun showed it’s face for a bit. The picture was taken on my front porch. The background is two dining table square chargers (perfectly sized for a wall and a floor – the wall part is resting against an outdoor chair) with two fabric placemats covering them.

All Those Days
Watching From The Windows
All Those Years
Outside Looking In

All That Time
Never Even Knowing
Just Bow Blind I’ve Been – “I See The Light” – from the movie Tangled

 

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One of my favorite Disney movies is The Little Mermaid. I love everything about it: the art, the storyline, the music and the characters. It’ so beautifully done, whenever I watch it, I become completely immersed in it. I even have the cd soundtrack in the car. So I guess it stands to reason that I’d have several versions of Ariel dolls.

Ariel Shows Off Her New Legs

Ariel Shows Off Her New Legs

This is yet another Frankendollie from my collection: a Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Seaside Holiday Ariel head on a Volks 1600 B-type beauty dollfie body. I like the petite stature of this body, it captures the youthfulness of her character and has nice articulation. Ariel is wearing High School Musical 2 Gabriella’s blouse and a skirt from a Barbie fashion pack. I couldn’t bear to cover up her cute little feet with shoes yet. Her photo was taken on my front porch in afternoon sunlight. A few pieces of marble and terrazzo tile serve as the walls and floors of the background.

Up Where They Walk, Up Where They Run,

Up Where They Stay All Day In The Sun,

Wanderin’ Free… Wish I Could Be… Part Of That World.

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I’m a big fan of all things Egyptian. I love watching the shows on the discovery channel about the pyramids and their history. I especially like collecting dolls and props relating to Cleopatra, mummies and the like.

Shadi is an Egyption Preistess Mummy for Halloween

Shadi Is An Egyption Priestess Mummy For Halloween

Yet another Frankendollie is featured today. She has a Bratz Shadi head (hair washed and brushed out & swarovski crystals glued on under her right eye) on a Fashionistas Barbie body. Her costume is strips of material wrapped around her for mummy wrappings, Cleopatra Barbie donated her headdress, sandals and staff, Princess Dolls of the World Cambodia’s armband, an OOAK bracelet from a doll show and a necklace that I made from a vintage costume jewelry earring.

Her diorama started with a page out of a 1956 magazine featuring Egyptian artwork pinned to foam core for the background, a large piece of terrazzo tile from Home Depot for the floor, a tall metal container (a flea market find – maybe a planter?) for the column, and the chair, trinket box and statue were Christmas presents from hubby (The Egyptian Collection: made by Pacific Giftware). It was all set up on my front porch in the afternoon to take advantage of the beautiful sunlight.

I Want My Mummy! 😉

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Oh, boy, there was no mistaking that Autumn is here today. The wind was sending leaves a-flying and the clouds raced across a deep blue sky. It was crazy conditions for taking doll photos. But, that’s okay  – it keeps me on my toes.

Tarina at the Pond

Tarina at the Pond

Braving the elements is a Frankendolly: a Tarina Tarantino Barbie head on a Fashion Royalty Caucasian replacement body. She is wearing a jacket from Barbie as Veronica (Archie), Face Time Eugenia’s dress, Mattel bracelets and earrings and a scarf I made myself. You can’t see them (unless you check out my other photos on Flickr), but she is also wearing the boots from Anna Sui Barbie. Tarina’s photo was taken at the pond in our community in bright afternoon sunlight.

Happy Winds Day!

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So I’ve been Frankedollie-ing again. I can’t help it. There are some really beautiful dollies out there stuck on stiff bodies with little or no articulation. That’s no way to go through life…time…whatever. It’s not that the stiff bodies are ugly, it’s just that it’s like they’re frozen in those perfect poses, lifeless, or at least suspended in time. And I just don’t give them the attention they deserve if they can’t move. So, it’s a necessity. Ya know?

Gwen in the Woods

Gwen in the Woods

Gwen is a mix of parts from Mattel: a Goddess of Spring Barbie head on a pivotal body from Pop Life Kelly. She’s wearing the sundress formerly worn by Top Model Teresa, the underskirt from Cynthia Rowley Barbie, the awesome jelly shoes that Toy Story Barbie Loves Alien! wore and Goddess of Spring’s earrings. The ring is a people-sized earring with the post trimmed shorter and bent double to fit the hole in her hand. She is posed on a rock in my side yard in the afternoon sunlight.

One of the hardest parts of posting a photo every day is narrowing down just one from the many that I shoot. Especially today, because I had so much fun and ran my doll all over the yard, choosing many different locations to showcase her against. So if you’ve got some time on your hands, a visit to my Flickr photostream will show you many more images of dear Gwen. 🙂

I Like To Move It, Move It! -Reel 2 Reel, from the movie Madagascar

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Does this happen to you? You see a new dollie who would be absolutely perfect if only one thing was different: body style, clothes, hairstyle, facial screening…you get the idea. It happens to me so often. I don’t know if I’m really picky or if I have some strange need to always change something to make it more of my own. If I was a NRFB collector, my collection would be so much smaller. Because there are so few dolls that I find perfect just the way they are. Thankfully, I’m not afraid to go after what I want.

Building The Perfect Dollie

Building The Perfect Dollie

This little lovely started out as a Big Ben: Dolls of the World – Landmark Collection Barbie doll. Her hair was washed and dunked in very hot water to smooth it out and make it shine, then I reworked it  back into it’s original style (although new, it was a tad messy and I knew I could fix it). I gave her a new body – the donor was Fashion Royalty Nu Face Giselle. She then raided the closets, acquiring Firefly Agnes’ dress, My Scene Barbie’s earring posts coupled with the dangles from Shapeshifter Natalia’s earrings, Festive Decadence Agnes’ necklace and Christabelle Barbie’s bracelet. Her photo was taken in my back yard in the late evening sunlight.

“If I Can’t Find A Reindeer, I’ll Make One Instead!” – Dr. Seuss, The Grinch Who Stole  Christmas


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I’m not really an impulsive person. I have a tendency to plan and prepare. I like to get the lay of the land before jumping into a situation. And I’ve noticed that I usually approach photography the same way. I’ll check out locations, do a little recon, before I haul my dollies to a new picture spot.

I walk around the yard in the mornings in my nightgown, cup of coffee in hand, scouting areas for future photo shoots. [Sometimes I wonder if my neighbors think I’m a ghost (especially on gloomy, misty mornings) or that I’m a lost soul or just a bit soft in the head with all my wanderings. LOL] Afterwards, I check the weather forecast, find a doll and dress her up. Eventually, I set her up in the area of choice with whatever props I’ve chosen and snap away.

It’s a rarer instance where a shoot is either “timing entailed” or a complete “grab and go”. But some situations call for a quick response because the moment simply won’t last. A few examples that I can think of off the top of my head are: rainbows, sunrises and sunsets, the breaking of a wave on the ocean’s shore, catching the results of breezes and anything concerning wildlife. It’s like, “wow-*poof*-gone”…know what I mean? And those are the shots that I love the most, if I’m fast enough to catch them , that is. 🙂

Rini and the Butterfly

Rini and the Butterfly

When I was skulking around the yard today, I happened upon a butterfly slowly flexing his wings in the shade. I ran back inside and grabbed my camera, hoping he hadn’t already flown away. I got lucky and took a couple quick snaps…and then I thought maybe I could get a dollie photo, too. So I ran back indoors, scanned the doll cabinet for a doll, rushed to find her a pair of shoes *hurry, hurry* and started posing her as I was hustling back out the door. Oh, he was still there. Yay! Carefully, I set my model down next to Mr. Butterfly and my luck held for a few shots before he flew away. And in the editing process, I found I had actually managed to catch the moment – without mishap and in focus. Thank heavens, as there are no “do overs” with this one. 😉

My model is a frankendollie consisting of a bargain bin rescue head: Sailor Moon, Mini Moon Rini, Wicked Lady on a Hollywood Nails Barbie body. (I had to add rubber bands under the neck knob to make it thick enough for the neck hole in the head to fit without wobbling.) She’s wearing Fashion Fever Barbie separates, recent Barbie playline shoes and Fashion Royalty earrings. Rini is posing (please excuse the less-than-stellar pose, I really was rushing) in my front yard in the shade on a sunny morning. I did use the flash on the camera, since the scene was a bit on the dark side and I wanted to illuminate the detail in dear butterfly’s wings. Isn’t he handsome? LOL, Mr. Butterfly steals the scene.

A Photograph Is …Proof Of A Moment.

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