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Someone new has arrived, and I am smitten. It started with the Fashion Royalty convention a little over a week ago. I wasn’t able to attend, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t scoping out the ‘net for photos and news of new dolls. There were a ton of dolls revealed, total eye candy – lots of pretty lads and lasses. However, only one grabbed my attention so thoroughly that I hunted her down on the secondary market. Many monies later, she winged her way home to me. When I opened the box…ah, pure wonderfulness! Not a drop of regret for the dollars I dumped on her. Nope, not one bit. Dollies are way better than money anyway…and this one…well, she’s just special. 🙂

A New Favorite

A New Favorite

Fiery Red Hair & Emerald Green Eyes

Fiery Red Hair & Emerald Green Eyes

 

Classic Beauty

Classic Beauty

Sweet & Lovely - Definitely A Keeper

Sweet & Lovely – Definitely A Keeper

Today’s model is Poppy Parker from the Fashion Royalty/Integrity Toys Tropicalia convention 2012. She was sold nude to accompany the how-to hands on hair workshop that took place there. I received her new, never removed from box. As soon as she got here, I washed and brushed out her hair. Next, she got dressed up. Poppy is wearing Dynamite Girls: Back To Brooklyn Jasper’s dress, Miami Vice Kyori’s necklace, a bracelet that’s actually a jewelry charm from the craft store and shoes borrowed from Most Sophisticated Poppy Parker as Sabrina. Her photos were taken in our yard in the early evening sunlight. I took pictures in a few different locations, as the sun’s descending rays were constantly shifting – lighting the scene one moment and gone the next. So be sure to check out my Flickr link if you want to see more.

Yes, I’m The “New” Girl,

Yes, I’m The “IT” Girl,

But I’m Not Just A “Momentary Infatuation”…

I’ve Got The Spotlight

Not Just For Right Now

But From Now On

‘Cause I Have What It Takes

To Be Your Number One

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 3rd annual Ice Festival was held in downtown Stroudsburg yesterday. I dressed a couple of dolls, charged the camera batteries and went to join in the fun. Unlike the last two years, I showed up at noon just as it was starting. It was much warmer than in the past (forty degrees with low wind and peek-a-boo sunshine) and the crowd of folks walking up and down Main street reflected it. We watched an ice sculptor create a giant frozen chair using chainsaws, drills and chisels. When we got chilly, we popped into Starbucks for Peppermint Mochas and later scored a free hot chocolate at American Ribbon. One of the benefits of the festival is to promote local business, and we indulged in a bit of shopping along the way. As usual, my dolls did garner quite a bit of attention – they fit the whimsy of the festival – and a few folks even had their photos taken with them. It was an all around fun day and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event. 🙂

Misaki on the Flood's ice sculpture

Misaki on the Flood's ice sculpture

 

Misaki with the Bald Eagle ice sculpture at American Ribbon

Misaki with the Bald Eagle ice sculpture at American Ribbon

Our first model is Mint Mod Misaki. She is wearing Clash Control Erin’s sequined dress, Fashion Fever Barbie’s long-sleeved top, opaque black Fashion Royalty tights, Perk Colette’s boots, a hat, scarf and poncho crocheted by me and Ye Ye Amelie’s gloved hands.

Poppy on the Stroudsburg Photo ice sculpture

Poppy on the Stroudsburg Photo ice sculpture

 

Poppy on the Fleur de Lis ice sculpture

Poppy on the Fleur de Lis ice sculpture

 

Poppy on the Sherman Theater ice sculpture

Poppy on the Sherman Theater ice sculpture

Our second model is Poppy Parker from the 2011 hair workshop at the Dark Romance convention. She is wearing a Fashion Fever Barbie jacket, Dynamite Girls: In the City: Good Times Dayle’s mini skirt, London By Night Ayumi’s tights, Outsider Misaki’s boots, a scarf that I crocheted and handmade earrings also made by me.

Their photos were taken in the afternoon hours as we walked up and down Main street. The sun played hide and seek all day, dipping behind the clouds periodically, making for some challenging and rapidly changing photo conditions. The crowds were thick, so my shots were quick grabs in between waves of onlookers. Which is why some of my images lack the polish of my less complicated photo sessions – my apologies.

But it was quite exciting shooting on the fly. I’d spot a sculpture, pre-pose my doll, wait for a break in the waves of tourists, rush up, set up my doll, pull back and grab the photos (bracketing a bit over in the exposures to account for disappearing sunlight, trying with & without flash, watching my shooting speeds to avoid shake) and then snatch up my doll for the next one. LOL, I tried to be as unobtrusive as possible so other folks could take their pictures without waiting for me too long. It was funny – a few thought the dolls were part of the displays, others wanted to take pictures of the sculptures with the dolls in them and some wanted their photos taken with the dolls. It was so cute. Tee-hee! 😀

I hope you had a good time joining me on a virtual tour of the Ice Festival. You can see more photos by visiting my Flickr pages, just click on the link to the right. For best viewing, I suggest finding the “Ice Festival” album on the right and watching it in “slideshow” mode. Enjoy!

Icy Art

Temporary

Transient

Strong Yet Fragile

Fleetingly Beautiful

 

 

 

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Hi, again. I just went through the last of the photos I took when we visited Wildwood, NJ. Enjoy…

Poppy on the Boardwalk

Poppy on the Boardwalk

Today’s model is Poppy Parker from the hair workshop at last year’s Dark Romance convention. She is wearing a Barbie top, Misaki shorts and earrings and bracelets made by me. Her photo was taken in the evening on the boardwalk, with the beach and the rides on the pier behind her.

Hittin’ The Boards, Ridin’ The Rides, Playin’ The Games…

 

 

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You’d think after so many days of cloud cover and rain, that if the sun made even the tiniest appearance, I’d have a doll ready for it. But no. We did have some sun peeks today – not too many and not for very long – but I missed it. You see, after all the blah days, I’m finding it hard to get motivated. And then, when I started to get a doll ready, I decided I wanted to make her some ooak jewelry. And while I’ve got my supplies out, why not make a whole mess of jewelry? That was until I saw the severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for your area scrolling across the top of the TV screen. Oh, noes! So I got my dollie ready lickety-split and ran outside.

Wild Poppy

Wild Poppy

As thunder rumbled, clouds raced in and the brightness bled from the sky, I took some photos in the back yard. My lucky victim is the hair workshop Poppy Parker from the Dark Romance convention. She is wearing a fantastically crocheted bikini made by Betty in Canada – also known as watbetty. Her earrings, necklace, bracelets and anklet were assembled by me. While I was scrambling for photos (as the storm made it’s far-too-swift approach), I also disturbed some large rocks that must have had a whole ant civilization living under it. Eeeeeewwwwww!!!!!!!! Ants everywhere! It was all I could do to stay long enough to get the few pictures that I took. Despite all the complications, I did enjoy getting outdoors to create some images and had a good laugh at myself.

Today’s Lessons:

Make Pictures While The Sun Shines

And Keep Your Sense Of Humor Handy At All Times

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Some dolls draw me into photographing them again and again. I can’t help it. Might as well give in…

Sunshine Honey Poppy

Sunshine Honey Poppy

Today’s model is Poppy Parker from the hair workshop at the Dark Romance 2010 Wu Convention. She is wearing a Fashion Avenue Barbie top and vintage reproduction Francie’s Smashin’ Satin shorts. Her photo was taken in our back yard under bright, afternoon sunshine.

Every Time I See Her

It’s Like A Warm Summer Breeze

Crosses Over My Heart

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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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