Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Trade With a Flickr Buddy

  I am still going to post part two of my flea market trip. First though,I am about to mail a package I put together for a trade with a Flickr friend in Finland. I thought I'd show you what I put together for her. (So if you're reading this Odd Mod,stop now! Spoilers ahead!)
  I love doing trades. You never know what you're going to get,especially with traders from far away. Odd Mod is one of my favourite Flickr people. (You can check her out on Flickr HERE.) She has the most AMAZING 1/6 scale doll house EVER. Her doll house looks like a real house in her photos,and she has regular characters that live there that she manages to pose very realistically. She saw the barbecue grill I got at Target,and asked me if I could send her one. So we decided to do a trade. My problem was, she has such a great doll house,with the greatest miniatures of EVERYTHING anybody could want. I was having trouble finding anything I thought was good enough for her! The other problem was finding something she didn't already have! That fridge magnet dust buster is great,and I have two of them,but I looked through her photos again and there was hers on the wall of the doll house kitchen!
  So here's what I managed to round up for her. Keep in mind all this stuff is 1/6 scale. First,of course, is her barbecue grill.

I added one of  the Mexican rugs I got in Texas back in April.

The orange one.
And the little set of maracas I bought there too.

I have several of this particular mini basket. The weave is really tiny and the lid really comes off.

I also had to think of things that would fit in her house stylistically too. This Native America 'blanket' may not be her style,so she doesn't have to use it if she doesn't like it. It makes nice packing though.

This tiny cameo would make a nice necklace or decoration for the house.

I included a sweater ornament that has had the hanger removed for wearing.

This fan is a pencil sharpener.

You've seen these tiny real working desk lamps on the blog before. I thought this red one would look great in her doll 'Manna's room.

This little Merry Christmas sign looks like the ones I remember  from when I was a kid.

This little ring toss set came from somebody's Christmas cracker one year. There are a few of them around the house because we have a lot of the same crackers.

Speaking of Christmas,there's this eensy soldier.

These little dinosaurs were sold in plastic eggs at the grocery store a few years ago.

 This picture frame is for a necklace or charm bracelet.

I guess she can use this little wooden gavel if her characters go to court or an auction! That's not so far fetched.They held their own auction once. (You can see that on her Flickr  HERE.)

I wanted to send something that was really 'Ohio', so  made this Ohio State pillow. It may not fit her decor,but hopefully she'll find a spot for it.

Looking at this stuff,I'm not very impressed. In fact, her house, and everything in it, is so cool,I feel like I can't find anything good enough. She has a lot of great things in her house that she made, or her mom or husband made. She mentioned the possibility of her husband making something for me. I had been thinking about making something for her, but that decided it. She recently got a one of a kind Pippi Longstocking doll, made from a Midi Blythe head and an 8" articulated body. So I made her this Pippi doll,dressed like hers.

 I'm disappointed in Pippi too,as I usually am when I make something.

 I feel like I learned from my mistakes making her and if I had time I should make a better one for Odd Mod.

But she already mailed my package,and we agreed to send them around the end of July. The other thing preventing me from making another Pippi right now is,the weather is getting hot again. You might be thinking,"Huh? What does the weather have to do with anything?" Well, a lot. I don't have air conditioning,and Pippi is made of polymer clay. When the weather is really hot the clay just practically melts in my hands,and it's been nearly 100 degrees here lately. Luckily we had a cool spell this past week and I was able to get her made one nice,cool day. I finished her yesterday.
  There's something you might not realize from these pictures. Pippi is only 1 & 1/4 inches tall.

I have to hope that maybe she only looks questionable to me because she's so magnified.

 Every little flaw shows up way worse than it is...maybe?
 She has a wire armature, so she's poseable.
She even has one rumpled stocking.


She's the miniature version of Odd Mod's Pippi.

One of the dolls in her doll house also has a doll collection. I thought mini Pippi could be part of that collection.

You can see the real thing on Odd Mod's Flickr HERE.

My leeks are seeding. As usual, they are seeding without getting big enough to eat first.

  So that's my trade. I'll show you what I got in return when it arrives.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Mystery Barbie Shirt: Help!

  A while back I did a post on Tammy World's mom,who is a Kaybee Special Edition Fashion Avenue Barbie from 1998.

You can see that post  HERE.

  A reader contacted me to say she has a mystery shirt that is made of the same fabric as Mrs. World's original dress,which looks like this:

And here is the mystery shirt:

It was being sold described this way,"Fits 90s-and-older "TNT" body; too large for smaller-chested bodies like Teen Skipper, etc. Cerulean blue satin fabric with Asian flower pattern, lined in bright green."
She said it was being sold with a pair of jeans that might have originally have gone with it. They look like this:

Their description said,"Denim Barbie jeans - fits 90s-and-older "TNT" body, but only barely (bit of a struggle to get it over the hips); fits Teen Skipper body best. Black silk belt with metal buckle; green stitching on dark denim."
  If anybody knows what line these came from or knows anything about these pieces of doll clothing,please leave a comment. Our reader is going out of her mind trying to figure them out!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Flea Market VS Thrift Store Part 1: The Flea Market

  So last Saturday Ivy and I got up early and drove an hour and a half or so to a flea market. It was called the Picker's Paradise,and was supposed to be HUGE. I say, 'supposed to be'. It wasn't nearly as big as the ones Lori and I go to. I don't know if it was just not full this year because of the weather,or if the advertising exaggerated.
  When I say the weather,I'm referring to the rain we  had nearly every day for three weeks. The sky was black and practically every day it rained on and off,if not all day. Even though the flea market was quite a way from here,the rain was there too. We got rained on on the way there, and once there the flea market was deluged with rain. Most people covered their stuff up to protect it, so there wasn't much to look at. The buildings were so crowded  with people who were just tramping around in a circle,not even looking at anything, that those of us who wanted to look at the stuff couldn't. The ground was nothing but deep puddles and mud. Ivy wore boots,so she was ok. I don't own any boots except a pair of pale gray faux suede ankle boots I bought for winter. So my feet were soaked and my shoes were covered with mud. When we tried to leave, much earlier than I would have thought,we got stuck in the parking lot and had to be pulled out by the flea market bulldozer.
  But back to what I found. I went around the flea market for ages before I found anything. We did pass a table that was covered that I could see boxed Barbie's peeking out from. I said to Ivy that we'd try to come back when the rain had stopped, but I doubted we'd find it again. As it turned out,the place wasn't so big that we didn't find ourselves back there eventually. But the first thing I found,(Finally!), was this.

Isn't it cute? It's an actual Radio Flyer mini tricycle. It's the perfect size for 18" dolls.  I have a wheel problem. My front wheel needs turned around, but it's stuck.
  I got some more little 1/6 scale vases at the flea market. 

There were ten of them,but I was able to buy just the six  I like. One of these days I am going to put together that 1/6 scale antique store,and all my tiny vases and plant pots will come into use.
  We did eventually come back around to the lady with the Barbies again. The rain had stopped by then,so she had uncovered her stuff. She had some pretty good prices. Her stuff had the original clothes and accessories,but most of the boxes were damaged or dusty. I don't care much about the boxes anyway. I bought a very pretty 'big eye' Skipper.

She's Cool Tops Skipper.

She was from a line of dolls that had little Reebok covers for their shoes, to make them look like Reebok sneakers.The 'Cool Tops' must be all those shirts she's wearing.

How eighties is she?!

It's way too hot for that many shirts!


The same lady also had some older stuffed toys in a basket. The poor things had been soaked in the rain. I found this girl buried in the bottom of the basket.

She's a Fisher Price Lap Sitter doll named Audrey.

She needs her hair done.
She was made in 1973. The Lap Sitters were a series of soft bodied dolls with vinyl heads and hands,and some removable,and some made-to-their-body clothes.

Audrey has removable bibbed overalls. You may have seen my Lap Sitter Joey in his Doll-A-Day post.

  The only other thing I bought at the flea market,(besides the funnel cake with strawberries and whipped cream,that Ivy and I split.),was one vintage hanky. I was tempted by a plastic version of the Pity Kitty paintings by Gig that I loved s a kid. It had it's original hang tag and old piece of rope around it's neck.

Like this picture I had in my room growing up.

I wish I had bought it actually.
  After we left the flea market and been towed out of the mud to the exit by the bulldozer,we decided to try for the nearest Toys R Us. We'll hear about what happened after the flea market in the next post.