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As you can see by the new header on my blog, I am. I’ve been on a creative jag lately – crocheting bikinis and making jewelry for my dolls. So, I nabbed some of Poppy Parker dolls from my collection and dressed them up to show ’em off. We got a sunny day yesterday (Hurray! No rain. It’s been raining nearly every day for ages here.) and I decided to put the good weather to use. I dragged all of them, my cameras and myself outside for photo time.

Foto Fab, Pillow Talk, Tears Go By & Look of Love

Foto Fab, Pillow Talk, Tears Go By & Look of Love

Youthquake, Sweet Confection & Endless Summer

Youthquake, Sweet Confection & Endless Summer

Endless Summer (again) & I Love How You Love Me

Endless Summer (again) & I Love How You Love Me

Summer Magic, Coney Island Saturday & Forget Me Not

Summer Magic, Coney Island Saturday & Forget Me Not

In the Air & Portrait In Black

In the Air & Portrait In Black

Today’s models’ names are listed under each image. Their photos were taken on the lower deck in our back yard in the late afternoon. LOL, I loaded them all into a box, set them up and clicked away. It was quite a challenge, shooting thirteen dolls (attempting to pose them naturally and in an interesting way while trying not to knock them over) with the sun beating down on me and a few insects trying to get noticed by this paparazzi (buzz, buzzzz). But, all in all, I’d say it was a success. Kinda makes me want to drag out my Barbie swimming pool and set it up for a full day’s shoot…we’ll see. Anyway, if you want to see more, be sure to visit my Flickr pages via the link on the right.

Sun & Fun,

It’s Only Just Begun…

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We’ve got company, so I’ve gotta make this fast.

Poppy in the Garden

Poppy in the Garden

Today’s model is Endless Summer Poppy Parker. She is wearing a Fashion Avenue Barbie dress, Misaki’s belt, a Barbie bracelet, Fashion Royalty earrings, Barbie sunglasses and a 4mm jumpring from the jewelry department at the craft store as a pinkie ring. Her photo was taken in the afternoon in front of my Mom’s garden. Her hand is resting on a new chair that I found at T J Maxx.

Sorry For The Drive By Posting,

But My Aunt Is In Town

And I Love Spending Time With Her 🙂

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I’ve had my eye on this dress for years. No lie. I remember when I first saw it at the Wu event at FAO Schwarz in NYC. The price tag kept me from ordering it right then and there, though. I’ve watched and waited and finally I found someone on the doll chat forums selling it in a lot with some other doll clothing from Integrity Toys. And it was priced significantly lower than it’s original issue price. Sure, it didn’t have the original accessories, but the dress was the only part that ever really grabbed me, so it was a perfect opportunity.

Poppy's New Dress

Poppy's New Dress

Here is the infamous dress – it’s from the Model’s Own accessory set. Though it was originally made for the more well-endowed Fashion Royalty dolls, a Barbie brooch pinning the back allows it to conform to Endless Summer Poppy’s less ample curves. I’ve accessorized the dress with Fashion Royalty’s black stud earrings, Lady In Waiting Dania’s necklace, Kimora Lee Simmons’ fur coat and Talking Drama Adele’s shoes. The light was really beautiful this morning, so I hustled out to take photos fairly early and the temperatures were somewhere in the twenties. I actually had tears falling from my eyes due to the wind and cold. But the photos I took in the front yard were totally worth it. Yay!

The Only Thing Better Than A New Dress Is A New Dress Bought On Sale!

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As you probably already know, I’m a Jets fan. Well, Gang Green took on the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday and lost. 😦 During the first half we received a serious stomping, but the whole second half had me believing the Jets could turn things around and move on to the Super Bowl. *sigh* Ah well, Jets fans are a hardy lot and take the bad with the good. We did better this year than last, we just need a bit more practice to get to the Super Bowl. I’m already looking forward to next season. 😉

Poppy Has The Monday Morning Blues

Next Season's Going To Be Great

Today’s model is Endless Summer Poppy Parker. She’s wearing silkstone BFMC Lingerie #6 Barbie’s satin slip, Shapeshifter Natalia’s Robe and Fashion Royalty earrings. The rattan chair was a gift from a friend and the Jets mug was a present from hubby (the coffee in it is real, I shared mine). The wall in the background is a terrazzo tile from Home Depot. The scene was set up in my living room in a patch of morning sunlight coming through the glass door. Since the temperature outside was a lovely five below zero when I woke up, an indoor shoot was a no-brainer. And an acknowledgment of yesterday’s game seemed appropriate.

Although Yesterday’s Dreams Did Not Come True,

They Were So Close I Could Almost Touch Them.

And It Encourages Me To Dream Of Tomorrow.

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The day started early with hubby and I cruising over to a doll show in Hackensack, New Jersey. I scored some great stuff and met up with a few dollie peeps. It was bliss. Then we zoomed back home to meet up with an old friend at her new apartment. More awesomeness. Oh, and we listened to the Jets game on the car radio on the way back from the doll show…we were down, tied, up…an exciting game before we lost the signal at halftime, LOL. When I called my Mom I found out we won in overtime. Yay! Sounds like the second half was just as crazy as the first. Go, Gang Green! So it was a super busy day, but a good one and I even found time for a dollie photo shoot.

Poppy Takes A Stroll Around Town

Poppy Takes A Stroll Around Town

Today’s model is Endless Summer Poppy Parker. She is wearing Checking Out Colette’s jacket, RuPaul’s jeans, LIV Daniela’s shirt, a backpack of unknown origins, Fashion Royalty earrings and Hard Rock Cafe Barbie’s dogtags necklace. The photo was taken in town, near my friend’s new apartment, in late evening sunlight. If you look close, you can see my buddy in the background, walking her dog.

It Was A Good Day – And Soon I’ll Tumble Into Bed – Happy & Exhausted.

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It’s the middle of August and I’m beginning to feel the summer slip away. The nights are getting cooler (better for sleeping, at least) and it feels like the days are going by so quickly. This time each year I try to really savor the season, squeezing in as many warm weather activities as possible. I’m nowhere near ready to say goodbye.

Party at the Barbie Dream Pool

Party at the Barbie Dream Pool

The star of today’s shoot is the vintage Barbie swimming pool that my hubby bought for me at the dolls how. It is so cool! It has an outdoor shower, a sundeck, a slide and ladder, a pool vacuum,  a lifesaver ring, a barbeque and beautiful railings. I added some furniture and many assorted littles to the scene, too many to list. There are nine dolls at the party – all of them have been featured here before. I had a ball setting this up in my driveway and I took a ton of pictures. It took so long to set up, that I started to lose the light, so I apologize for the less-than-perfect photo. But I hope you can still feel the fun coming at you through the image.

I Don’t Want To Say Goodbye. Tell Me Summer Is Here To Stay.

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Today is the last day of hubby’s vacation. Boo. 😦 We had so much fun. Like a little kid, I don’t want it to end. We spent the day by first hitting the flea market and then doing a whole mess of yard work. It’s hard work, but the results are very rewarding. And all that physical labor makes me feel strong. LOL, I’ll probably ache a bit tomorrow, but that’s the way it is. Tough to get old, ya know. 😉 Anyway, since I wish the vacation would never end, here’s a last look at the beach…

Surf's Up, Poppy!

Surf's Up, Poppy!

From Thursday’s visit to Point Pleasant, New Jersey – The model is Endless Summer Poppy Parker and she is wearing Summer Crush Misaki’s swimsuit. The waves crash madly upon the shore as Poppy enjoys a walk on the beach. The photo was taken in the afternoon in bright sunlight with the flash on to eliminate harsh shadows.

Down By The Sea, I Found Your Hidden Treasure

Just You And Me, We Overdosed On Pleasure…

– Men At Work, Down By The Sea

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Hubby and I went back to Point Pleasant beach in New Jersey on Thursday. It was another hot one, but not nearly the heatwave it was last time. The ocean was super rough, so you couldn’t do more than wade in it. Which is good for me because I don’t swim in the ocean. Jaws fear…I know, I’m a coward, LOL. But the fear is real this time, because there was another shark sighting at Seaside, just down the coast a bit on the same day we were there. Anyway, the waves were simply awesome to watch, nature’s fury at her finest. The hubbs and I got properly sun blushed, not too crispy and then we went up on the boardwalk. After loaded slices of pizza and pop, we hit the arcades and played Skee-ball, Ms. Pacman and air hockey. Best beach day ever!

 Poppy Plays Frisbee At The Beach

Poppy Plays Frisbee At The Beach

We brought Endless Summer Poppy Parker to the beach with us. She’s wearing a swimsuit from one of the Best Model Barbies and Fashion Royalty sunglasses. I stuck her in the sand and she stood no problem. She’s got herself a Mattel frisbee, the sun is shining and the summer crowds are behind her to cheer her on.

I, I love the colorful clothes she wears

And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair…

The Beach Boys, Good Vibrations

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Today I spent the better part of the day planting flowers in the garden. It’s always so exciting choosing plants and planning where they’ll reside in the yard. It’s good, hard work and the results are worth the exertion. I had the radio on for motivation, and I bet I was quite a sight singing and bopping along with the music. When I was done for the day, I was sweaty, dirty and already feeling the aches settling in. A hot shower took careof most of it, but I think I’ll take it easy tomorrow. 😉 I’m not as young as I once was, ya know.

Poppy Working In The Garden

Poppy Working In The Garden

Endless Summer Poppy Parker takes a break while helping me in the garden. She’s wearing a white t-shirt from New Versailles Veronique’s closet and Barbie’s shorts and sneakers. She’s sitting on a Radio Flyer wagon that is filled with garden tools (rake, hoe, pitchfork, shovel, hedge clippers and watering can) from a Dept 56 Christmas ornament set – both were found at the local flea market. She’s holding a water bottle made by Mattel. Her wagon is parked in front of my garden and you can see freshly planted blue-eyed grass and gerber daisies in the background.

All the magic of creation exists within a single, tiny seed.” – FernGully: The Last Rain Forest

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Did you climb trees as a kid? I did. We had a pink flowering tree in the front yard that I spent a lot of time in. Not too high and the branches spaced perfectly for climbing. My girlfriend and I would pluck off the blooms and drop them down to my brother – pretending we were princesses throwing them down to the peasants – to catch them before they touched the ground. So silly. There was also a giant tree a few houses over from ours. It was harder to climb and after reaching the third lowest branch, I would get vertigo. It felt like I was sitting right in the sky. Scary…but cool.

Endless Summer Amelie

Endless Summer Amelie

Fashion Royalty’s Nippon Misaki: Lady Like Amelie is wearing Endless Summer Poppy Parker’s top, shorts, headband and sneakers. The bracelet is Mattel, I think. Amelie is sitting in a tree, just getting it’s new leaves, in my front yard.

“Look at the birds, up in the trees.”

“We’re not birds. We’re a jug band.” – Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

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