Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wild Inspiration Daphne wearing Tonner's Torch Song Goddess.
Phantom Zone Supergirl wearing Tonner's Women in the Media Awards gown.
Beautiful Ashleigh repaint created by my dear friend, Donna B. of Designs by Donna. Wearing Franklin Mint. Wig by me.
Wearing a beautiful Kimono by Natasha.
Jewelry by Shiloh Winter Jewelry.
Her new name is : LiLing
which translates to: "the tinkling of jade pendants" (for her jade eyes.)
My first Tonner doll in my collection given to me by my dear friend Helene S.
Wearing Tonner's Spring Dance Sayuri Ensemble.
Jewelry by Shiloh Winter Jewelry.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
and wearing a silver crinkle organza top, and jewelry by me.
One of the best new dolls in Robert Tonner's collection is Antoinette. She has the most adorable little body, and her poseability is off the charts. One of my favorite classic Tonner dolls is Mei Li. What could be more perfect than a hybrid of the two? So---a Frankendolly experiment was undertaken, and Mei-toinette was the result!!!
I've found that the only doll that works coloring wise is the First Appointment Mei Li. The Bloom Antoinette body is the closest color match to First Appointment. Unfortunately, the new Mei Li dolls (though a perfect color match to Bloom) are too big in the neck hole. Hoping Robert Tonner takes this idea and runs with it. I've shown him pictures, and I'm dreaming.
Kishiko was rerooted & re-homed to one of my beloved friends, Sherry. Now she's called Lijuan...(photos by Sherry I.)
Friday, May 28, 2010
In 1973, I got my first "Barbie doll"-- a 1972 Pose and Play Skipper giftset. My mom was hesistant about me having a "grown-up" doll like Barbie, so to celebrate my little sister's birth, I got sweet little Skipper. This was a pivotal event in my life, and started a love story.
In 1974, my mom caved and got me a "grown up" Barbie. She was an Gold Medal PJ. PJ, who later was known as "Veronica" or "Ronnie" (after one of my mom's girlfriends) remained my favorite doll throughout my childhood. She was my "first doll love."
A couple of years later, my Aunt Judy was moving to her own place, and blessed me with her vintage Barbie collection as an heirloom because she noticed how nicely I took care of my dolls, and how much I loved them. For years, I kept the whole collection ---including a 1959 Barbie Ponytail, a 1961 Ken, a 1963 Midge, a 1964 Skipper, and a 1964 Alan.
There were also a TON of ensembles for Barbie---Floral Petticoat, Nighty Negligee, Sweet Dreams, Wedding Day, Silken Flame, Friday Night Date, Solo in the Spotlight, Enchanted Evening, American Airline, Ballerina, Registered Nurse, Tennis Anyone, Ice Breaker, Masquerade, Dinner at Eight (my personal favorite), Senior Prom....to name a few. Ken had an enormous list of clothes, and so did Skipper.
I kept all of these items, including a host of others that I acquired in the 70's and early 80's, in mint, complete condition.
In 2005, following some very difficult times health-wise for my family, I chose to sell my entire vintage collection. It was a hard decision, but I know that fully giving of one's self always results in blessing. It was so true. As my very last items were auctioned up on Ebay, I discovered the amazing world of repainting. Everything had come full circle, and a new adventure was about to begin.
During a momentary lapse of sanity, I almost let this girl go. Thanks to an angel of a friend, Susanne, she remains in my collection. Here is the beautiful Iris from the Metrodolls Garden Party. She's a Daphne sculpt (one of my favorite sculpts by Robert Tonner) and she is wearing Madame Alexander's True Romance (Madame Alexander clothing is another obsession of mine.)
Special Engagement Daphne in her original dress.
Diversion at Dinner wearing Monaeglow. (This particular Daphne reminds me of my mom.)
Daphne Starr of the Red Carpet wearing Tonner's Autumn Gold
Moonlight Mystery wearing Haute Doll Miss World Sydney's Gown.
Touch of Teal wearing Madame Alexander's Model Perfect.
Arrival At Port OOAK repaint...now Tiernan Finn...wearing a beautiful OOAK velvet gown by Ilse of MaxAmy Design, and a hooded cape by Kathi M. Necklace by Shiloh Winter Jewelry from the Celtic Christmas Collection. (Tiernan has since been rehomed.)
Wild Inspiration wearing Franklin Mint. Jewelry by Shiloh Winter Jewelry.
Raven Iris from the Metrodolls Garden Party Luncheon (Daphne sculpt) enhanced by me and
wearing Antoinette's Symphonic Ensemble by Robert Tonner.
Metrodolls Congac Iris wearing Franklin Mint Titanic Dinner Dress Ensemble