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There are few things I enjoy more than draggin’ a dollie and a camera down to the beach. Since hubby was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, you just knew it was gonna happen. Now I’ve got a smile as bright as the summer sun. Here are some of the results from our sand and surf shoot…

Back To The Beach

Back To The Beach

Toes In The Sand

Toes In The Sand

Listen To The Sounds Of The Surf

Listen To The Sounds Of The Surf

Take A Walk On The Beach

Take A Walk On The Beach

Listen To The Waves

Listen To The Waves

Today’s model is a Look of Love Poppy Parker doll that has been rerooted and had her lips repainted. She’s one of my favorites and such a summer ‘go to’ gal. She was made for frolicking about in sand and surf. Her wardrobe consists of: Barbie sunglasses from the early nineties, a Barbie net shirt over a Skipper swimsuit top, shorts from a Barbie fashion pack, handmade swim bottoms found at a doll show and Summer Crush Misaki’s sandals. Her props are a chair from the Arco brand Backyard Pool Set, a Barbie boom box and Promenade Amelie’s beach bag. Poppy’s photos were taken on an overcast day in early July at the beach in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

 

Whenever I See Her

It’s Always Summer

 

The Sun Breezily Dances Upon Her Hair

In Her Eyes The Depths Of The Ocean Reside

 

I Think To Myself

Every Time I See Her

 

This Is The Place

Where I Could Gladly Drown

 

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I remember growing up with a whole gaggle of smiley-faced Barbie dolls. Eternally joyful, their frozen grins portrayed an almost manic state of elation. Not a frown nor a single look of displeasure in the bunch. Which is probably why I now find non-smiling dolls so enchanting. From sardonic smirks to thoughtful expressions – even those in-your-face, apparently down-turned mouths that convey such disdain….I get a kick out of them all. Pout on, little dollies. It will only endear you more to me.

Little Miss Grumpy Pants

Little Miss Grumpy Pants

The Loveliest Frown In Town

The Loveliest Frown In Town

Melancholy Baby

Melancholy Baby

 

Where Are You Hiding Your Smile?

Where Are You Hiding Your Smile?

Today’s model is Making A Scene Erin. She is wearing a hat & scarf set that I crocheted myself. Her wardrobe also consists of: London Calling Kyu’s sweater, London Calling Holland’s turtleneck top, Mattel Stardoll fashion pack skirt, Fashion Royalty tights (maybe from Picture This Erin? not sure), Rock Wedding: Rocking Ever After Lillith’s shoes and some random Barbie sunglasses. Her photos were taken in the waxing and waning sunlight streaming through our front door. A crumpled and reflattened piece of kitchen tinfoil served as a backdrop.

I experimented with a bunch of different options on my camera during this shoot – high contrast black & white, high-key, color pop…all kinds of stuff. It was fun to try them out. Some I like, others feel like a bit of overkill. But it’s neat to experiment, I think. Though mostly a purist, I think a little tweak of “camera magic” is exciting once in a while.

What Is It About A Pretty Girl’s Frown?

A Smile Is An Easy Invitation, But A Pout Is A Challenge.

I Betcha I Can Give Her A Reason To Grin.

Hmmmmm…

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We’re well into crunch time – the big day fast approaches. Soon it will be Christmas! I’ve been baking and decorating cookies, the tree has been trimmed and some of the presents are wrapped. I’ve been a busy little elf. We had a bit of snow, too. So, it truly is looking a lot like Christmas in these parts. Amid the hustle and bustle, I even found time to grab a few holiday dollie photos.

Season's Greetings!

Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Today’s model is Fame by Frame Imogen from the Tropicalia convention. She is wearing an elf hat crocheted by me, a sweater (sold as a tree ornament) from Christopher & Banks, LIV dolls Moolight Dance Daniela’s dress, Barbie stockings, boots from the 2008 “The Heist” convention Life of the Party fashion, Fashion Royalty earrings and bracelets and rings that are actually craft store jump rings from the jewelry department. I also created the wreath myself. It’s fashioned out of green wired holiday ribbon from Walmart and trimmed with a bow from a spool of ribbon found at Michaels in the dollar bin. Imogen’s photos were taken a couple of day’s ago in our yard – the first two in the front yard (in a snow pile that I carved a little path in – and, yes, she is standing on her own…with a little help from the snow. LOL) and the last image was taken in our backyard.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

And A Happy New Year!

 

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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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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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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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I love to mix things up. I’m not a “dressy-dressy” type person. I don’t know why, but I seem to resist the whole elegant/fancy/classy type looks thing. Maybe it’s just too serious for me. I like a little humor/silliness/opposition…tongue -in-cheek/cheekiness/sarcasm/tomfoolery…..I just can’t help but be a nonconformist. I’m bratty like that.

That’s not to say I won’t swoon over a beautiful gown every now and then. It just means that I’ll probably pair a sequin dream of a dress with pigtails and bare feet. LOL.

Jeannie Sparkles In The Garden

Jeannie Sparkles In The Garden

Today’s model is Crazy Girl Misaki – I’ve named her Jeannie after my Mom. Her hair has been washed out, but still retains it’s original style. (It was a bit stiff with product applied in the factory.) She is wearing an ooak fashion made by Karen Kolkman – a Christmas gift from dear hubby. Her photo was taken in the afternoon in our front garden.

Dress Up, Dress Down. Whatever. Just Be You. And Be Happy.

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Wishing Everyone A Very Happy Holiday!

Today’s model is Great Pretender Lillith. She is wearing a dress from one of the past grocery store holiday Barbie dolls, Fashion Royalty stockings, shoes from a recent Fashion Royalty shoe pack (only available at the last convention or through the W club/Integrity Toys site), ooak earrings (made by me) and an ooak crocheted hat, scarf  & cuffs (also made by me). The bench was a lucky flea market find. Lillith’s photo was taken in our front yard near sunset yesterday evening.

Yay! Yay! It’s Christmas Day!

 

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Between watching Big Brother and the Jets game, talking on the phone with my mother-in-law and playing with the kitties (who are adjusting beautifully to life at our house, I’m so proud of them!), I’m sneaking in a post.

Some dolls just photograph like they belong on the silver screen…

Imogen

Imogen

Today’s model is London Mist Imogen. I washed and combed out her hair. She is wearing her original earrings, a one-of-a-kind necklace made by me and silkstone Barbie Capucine’s top. Her photo was taken in our back yard in the early afternoon sunshine. If you look close, you can see a tiny piece of the new bench I got at the flea market – it was made for Boyds Bears and it’s really nice. Loves it! Anyway, you can click my Flickr link to see more pictures from the photo shoot. Oh, and the stuff you can’t see in this photo (but you can on Flickr): ooak bracelets made by me, a 4mm closed jump ring from the jewelry section of the craft store worn as a ring, Barbie Basics jeans and Monogram Discreet’s shoes.

That’s A Wrap!

 

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