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An interesting subject was brought up recently on one of the doll chat forums that I frequent. It was a discussion concerning collector’s comfort level while taking photos out in public. I must be honest, I rarely feel embarrassed or awkward when I gambol about, dollies and camera in hand. Which is kind of strange, since I was so afraid of not fitting in or being considered “weird” as an adolescent. But as the years went by, I embraced the fact that a lot of the things I do dance outside of the ordinary or fail to meet the standards of “normal”. Maybe it is not a regular occurrence for the rest of the world to run into a forty four year old woman taking photos of her dolls in their neighborhood. But I have to say that the folks I’ve met all seem to take it in stride. I’m greeted with smiles and laughter, sometimes curiosity and even the occasional puzzled gaze. But I’m so happy doing what I love, that I smile right back and have had many a fun “dollie conversation” with people. Almost every one has a neat story about an aunt, sister or friend with a favorite doll or collection. So, I say to anyone that may feel a bit uncomfortable with taking their dollies outside for photos, Have some fun – Go outside and play!

I’m still going through photos from a few weeks ago, when I brought my dolls down to the shore at Point Pleasant, New Jersey. This time, Poppy totes her tube down to the water…

Let's Hit The Waves

Let’s Hit The Waves

Surf's Up

Surf’s Up

Today’s model is Hot Dots Poppy Parker. She is wearing Summer Crush Misaki’s swim suit and a swim mask from one of the newer Barbie single fashion packs. Her tube is actually a dog toy that floats (the original purpose is so you can play “fetch” in a lake or pool with your pup, LOL). Anyway, the photo was taken in the afternoon sunshine along the shoreline.

Don’t Be Afraid To Go Outside & Play!

 

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Yeah…I finally got around to editing some more of the photos from our jaunt to Point Pleasant.

Hot on the Boardwalk

Hot on the Boardwalk

Today’s model is Hot Dots Poppy Parker from last year’s Tropicalia convention. She is wearing Bonjour Misaki’s sandals, a butterfly sundress from a Barbie fashion pack and a long sleeved top from one of the Best Models On Location Barbie giftsets. Her photo was taken on the boardwalk rail overlooking the ocean and beach.

It’s Always Hot On The Boardwalk

 

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There’s nothing like sneaking away for a day off down the shore in the middle of the week. This past Wednesday, the weather was perfect and we heeded it’s irresistible call. LOL, I brought four dolls with me. Here’s the first one…

Sweet in the Sun

Sweet in the Sun

Today’s model is Sweet in Switzerland Poppy Parker. She’s shed her wintry duds in favor of Summer Magic’s bathing suit. Her chair is a giveaway favor from the Tropicalia Integrity Toys convention. Her photo was taken on the beach in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

The Sun Shines More Sweetly In The Middle Of The Week – Especially When One Is Playing Hookie!

 

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Everyone looks forward to vacation. It’s so much fun anticipating where you’ll go, what you’ll see & do. You choose your wardrobe, chart your route and make your reservations. Most folks bring along the camera, too. What’s a holiday away without photographic evidence of your adventures?

Since I’m a doll collector and taking outdoor photos of them is my hobby, vacation plans send me into a true state of bliss. Besides the usual preparations; I choose my models, pull together every dollie wardrobe piece I think I’ll need and more, gather the corresponding props and charge up the cameras. I spend so much time daydreaming of the possible photo opportunities as well as wondering what surprises are in store. There’s always something I don’t expect and sometimes they end up being my favorite photos of the bunch.

During vacation, I split my time between “dollie photo time” where I drag the dolls & cameras around everywhere with us and “down time”, just taking it all in and thoroughly enjoying my time with hubby. The down time keeps me from getting burned out and also is fab for scoping out future photo spots. Not to mention, it’s nice to hang with hubby – he’s a fun guy and I love having him all to myself for a while. Gah, I know, so mushy…but that’s just the way it is.

Anyway…for me, dolls make a vacation even more fun…and the photos that come out of them always make me smile.

Sabrina Searches For The Perfect Photo Spot

Sabrina Searches For The Perfect Photo Spot

Today’s model is Poppy Parker as Most Sophisticated Sabrina. Her hair has been washed and combed out. She is wearing a Mattel Barbie top & shorts (exact origins unknown) over a Dynamite Girls Check Mates: Beach Bunny Sookie bikini, Fashion Royalty earrings and a camera that I think was made by Mattel. Her photo was taken just off the boardwalk on the beach in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

If you’d like to see more of Sabrina, be sure to click on my Flickr link – She had a few wardrobe changes and visited some interesting places on the boardwalk.

Dolls + Vacation = Extra Fun!

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Continuing on with the beach theme, we also took a day trip to Point Pleasant, New Jersey while we were on vacation. This was actually during the first week of vacay, so technically I’m doing things backwards. Yeah, that’s how I roll. LOL 😉

Amelie at the Beach

Amelie at the Beach

Soaking Up the Sun

Soaking Up the Sun

Riding on the Shoreline

Riding on the Shoreline

Taking in the Sights

Taking in the Sights

Today’s model is Color Infusion: Cosmic Love Amelie. In the first couple of photos, she is wearing a Barbie sun visor, earrings made by me, Summer Blues Misaki’s swim suit & jacket, High Toned Rayna’s bracelet and sandals from a Barbie fashion multipack. She is sitting on an older Mattel Barbie lounge chair and has Barbie sunscreen and Summer Blues Misaki’s tote bag. Her photo was taken on the sand by our blanket.

In the last two photos, Amelie is wearing a Mattel Barbie top (possibly from a Fashion pack, I’m having a hard time remembering exactly), Queen of the hive Natalia’s short shorts, a Barbie headscarf (originally a sheer wrap that came with an evening dress) and High Tide Vanessa’s shoes. She is riding a remote controlled ATV that I found in Kmart. (I modified the ATV to better accommodate her long legs by removing and lowering the foot pegs on the vehicle.) Her photos were taken along the shoreline near the ocean and  further up the beach towards the boardwalk.

Nary A Shadow Can Touch My Soul

When I’m Standing Under An Umbrella Of Brilliant Sunshine

With My Toes Nestled In The Warm, Coarse Sand

Wrapped Up In A Cloak Of Balmy Ocean Breezes.

 

 

 

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Sometimes the best photos come from taking risks. Had this photo shoot gone wrong, poor dollie would have been lost at sea. Thank goodness it went pretty much as planned. It’s a good day when mishaps are avoided and you get the shot you’re looking for. 🙂

Whoosh!

Whoosh!

Today’s model is a customized Look of Love Poppy Parker with rerooted hair and repainted lips. She is wearing Cali Girl Christie’s bathing suit and goggles & swim fins from a recent Barbie fashion pack. Her swim tube is actually a floating dog chew toy from the pet section at TJ Maxx. Her photo was taken at the edge of the Atlantic ocean on Wildwood beach. I watched the tide line, got the camera ready and placed Poppy down to await the incoming waves. *Nerve wracking!* I have to tell you, it was tough stuff trying to avoid the other swimmers, positioning and placing Poppy down in the right spot (far enough to catch a wave, close enough to keep from losing her), watching the scene through the camera’s lens and keeping an eye on the ocean water, choosing the proper moment to take the shot and hurrying to catch Poppy before the waves dragged her and her tube right out to sea. LOL, I was giggling and smiling and just plain relieved by the time I got done! It was as much fun as when I was a kid and would lose myself in play. Only now, I have photos to look back on long after the moment has passed on and become a fond memory.

 
The Summer Sun Dried Up My Worries,

The Waves Drowned Them Under The Roaring Surf

And The Warm Ocean Breezes Blew Them All Away…

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I had a fiendishly fun time dragging Ghoulia around the boardwalk for photos.

Even Zombies Can't Resist A Merry-Go-Round

Even Zombies Can’t Resist A Merry-Go-Round

Today’s model is Monster High: Skulltimate Roller Maze Ghoulia Yelps. She is wearing the sunglasses from Monster High: Toralei’s fashion pack, a Bratz top, a Juku Couture skirt & tights, black bracelets & necklace from the Monster High: Ghoulia Yelps Comic Book Club fashion pack and a pink arm cuff from some random fashion doll (not sure who the original owner is). Her photo was taken on our vacation to the shore in Wildwood, New Jersey on the boardwalk pier.

It’s All Fun & Games Until…

Nah, It’s All Fun & Games.

And That’s All.

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Well, not really…it’s a Roadmaster Luxury Liner bicycle. But, I’m such a fan of that line from The Muppet Movie, that I just had to use it for today’s blog title. Heh, heh. Anyway, I’m still working on sharing more photos from our trip down the Jersey shore. So, here they are…

Poppy Rents A Bike

Poppy Rents A Bike

Biking on the Boardwalk

Biking on the Boardwalk

Today’s model is Ask Any Girl Poppy Parker. Her hair has been washed, brushed out and pulled back with hair clips found at the Dollar store. Her bike is a limited edition scale model of a Roadmaster Luxury Liner made by the Brunswick corporation in 1998 – a fun flea market find. Poppy is wearing a tank top from one of the Fashion Fever Barbie dolls, Cali Girl Barbie’s shorts, a one-of-a-kind crocheted bikini made by me and some random Barbie sneakers (Teen Skipper’s maybe?, not sure).  Her photo was taken on the boardwalk down the shore in Wildwood, New Jersey.

What’s Not To Like

About Riding A Bike?

 

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There’s nothing more soothing than a walk on the beach…the smell of  suntan lotion hanging in the air, the ocean breeze, the sound of children laughing while splashing in the waves…ahhh….

Poppy Strolling on the Sand

Poppy Strolling on the Sand

Today’s model is an ooak  rerooted Look of Love Poppy Parker with a lip repaint. She is wearing Summer Crush Misaki’s bikini. Her photo was taken on the beach in Wildwood, NJ.

C’mon, Baby, Walk A While With Me.

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We went on vacation earlier this month and  I’m finally getting around to downloading, editing, uploading and posting photos. It’s going to take a while to get to them all, but here’s a taste…

 

Poppy Arrives at the Newport Beach Resort Motel in Wildwood, New Jersey

Poppy Arrives at the Newport Beach Resort Motel in Wildwood, New Jersey

Poppy In Our Room

Poppy In Our Room

Poppy #2 On the Balcony of Our Room - You Can See the Beach, Boardwalk & Ocean!

Poppy #2 On the Balcony of Our Room – You Can See the Beach, Boardwalk & Ocean From Up Here!

Today’s models are Ask Any Girl Poppy Parker and a one-of-a-kind rerooted Look of Love Poppy Parker with repainted lips.

Ask Any Girl is wearing Stylish Escape Veronique’s sunglasses, an unknown Mattel Barbie top (possibly Fashion Avenue or My Scene), Holiday in the Hamptons Poppy’s trousers, Bonjour Misaki’s sandals and handmade jewelry (earrings & bracelets) made by me. She is carrying luggage from the Poppy Parker as Sabrina Most Sophisticated giftset. Photo #1 was taken at the front door to our room, photo #2 was taken in the room on the entertainment center.

Our second model is wearing Pretty in Plaid Barbie’s dress, Jet Set: High Toned Rayna’s bracelets & earrings and My Scene sunglasses. She is carrying luggage from the Poppy Parker as Sabrina Most Sophisticated giftset and Girl of the Moment Veronique’s train case. Her photo was taken on our room’s balcony.

There are newer, more posh places to stay in Wildwood, but none have what I consider the perfect location & view. Looking out from our balcony, you can see the boardwalk, beach & ocean. At night you can see the rides lit up on the piers in the distance. The great “Wildwoods” sign is center stage, with huge concrete beach balls leading up to it – such a fab photo spot!

We had a most excellent time and there are many more photos to come…eventually. 😉

Long After Our Tans Have Faded,

And Our Lives Returned To The Bump & Bustle

We Can Look Back On Our Photos And Remember

Those Happy, Carefree Days In The Sun.

 

 

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