Sunday, December 27, 2015

Skipper's Christmas outfits

I know this is a few days late but here is a list of Christmas outfits for Skipper.

1964 #1902 Silk 'n Fancy and #1906 Dress Coat (but you already knew about these anyway)
1965 #1914 Platter Party
1966 #1928 Rainy Day Checkers
1967 #1941 All Spruced Up
1967 #1948 Velvet 'n Lace
1970 #1730 Lots of Lace
1970 #1737 Velvet Blush
1971 #3477 Dressed in Velvet (Skipper's most lavish outfit ever!)
1977 #9710 Casual Fashion (despite its odd color combination, this is meant for December)
1985 #7982 Study
1989 #2633 Fashion Smarts (my all-time favorite Skipper outfit)
1989 Sweetheart Fashion #5886 red sweater and plaid skirt (sold only in Europe)
1007 Teen Sister #15890 red plaid jumper, red leggings
1998 Teen Skipper pack outfit shiny blue dress, white fur jacket
1998 Teen Skipper pack outfit sequined halter, light blue skirt with fur trim

Skipper has had tons of winter coats, plus outfits for skiing, sledding and ice skating, which are too numerous to list here.

The little girls' post-Christmas party, Dec. 27, 2015

In the apartment complex where I live, there are 12 girls between the ages of 3 and 12.  Since word got out last summer that I am a doll collector, the girls have been periodically asking (AKA bugging) me about doll clothes.  There are a LOT of naked baby and Barbie dolls in the neighborhood!
I always have extras.  Many of the outfits are leftovers from when I have bought a doll case full of stuff.  I take the stuff I want, but not all of the items left are re-sale-able.  I had a large amount of recent, good condition items, a mixture of dresses, pants, shirts, shoes and accessories in several sizes.  I distributed some of them to a few of the girls last summer, but I had acquired more.
The mother and grandmother of two of the girls and I planned a short party for today, Sunday, Dec. 27.  We invited all of the girls over to the foyer/hallway/steps outside my apartment.  I put all of the clothes in clear plastic baggies, and included a hanger and shoes with each item.  There were a few new pieces I had purchased, which I removed from their packaging and also placed in baggies.  There was clothing for Barbie, Ken, Skipper and some baby/toddler dolls.
Each of the eight girls who attended the party got a number.  I then pulled a number out of a large glass and that girl came up to the table and selected an outfit.  I figured this method would be fair and the girls couldn't fight over anything that way.  There were enough baggies for them to do this routine twice, so each girl took home two outfits.  A few outfits were left over, and the mother who helped me will give them to the girls who were unable to attend.
We also served punch and candy canes.
Going through the game twice took about 40 minutes.  One of the girls came up and hugged me at the end of the party.  Everyone seemed pleased with what they got.  I took pictures but I don't want to put them on the Internet because I didn't ask the mothers if I could do so.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Willows in the 1990s, part 2

Barbie has more furniture than house!

I decided to put a lot of the furniture from the 1990s in or near my A-Frame Pool House from 1990.  I decided that Barbie had done like the Hearts did in the 1980s and greatly expanded her house.  This photo has some of the furniture from the A-Frame, the Folding Pretty Living Room and Dining Room, Baby Sister Kelly's crib, Skipper's School Days playset and an Arco gym set.
The dolls in the photo are Hula Hair Barbie, Wet N Wild Christie, World of Beauty Shani, Disney Classics Belle, Gymnast Stacie, Baby Sister Kelly and Big Brother Ken.  If you look closely, you can find Little Brother Tommy, who has fallen over next to Kelly's crib.  I didn't notice that until after I'd taken the photos and started putting everything away!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Willows in the 1990s part 1

Three of the businesses opening in the 1990s at the Willows Mall were the Cool Tops Skipper T-shirt Shop, a Pizza Hut, and the Barbie Movie Theatre. 
A poster on the side of the theater
advertises Ocean Friend Barbie.
Another poster in the theater is for Songbird Barbie.
The eighth notes on the upper left indicate that
the movie is a musical.

The Willows Mall was greatly expanded in the 1990s.  Three of its businesses were a T-shirt shop, a movie theater and a Pizza Hut.  I've put all three of my 1990s playsets together to make an indoor mall. From left to right are the 1990 #4955 Cool Tops Skipper T-shirt Shop, the 1996 #65033-91 Pizza Hut and the 1996 #14618 Barbie Movie Theatre.  Showing at the cinema are two movies, Songbird Barbie, a musical, and Ocean Friend Barbie, an adventure story.
(Note: Both Ocean Friend Barbie and Songbird Barbie were sold in 1996.)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

etsy listings 10 24 15

These are the items I've listed on etsy in the past few weeks.

1969 Talking Truly Scrumptious hat

1971 Barbie Country Camper folding chairs and sleeping bags

1971 Cass Toys metal doll case

1972 Barbie Golden Glitter dress and shoe

1974 Ken Drink Pepsi Cola shirt and dickey

1975 Barbie's Beach Bus folding chair

1975 Barbie's Townhouse furniture and columns

1980 Springfield High Starr MIB

1985 Sekiguchi Mariko Dance MIB

1989 Cleo Barbie Valentines NRFB

1989 Hasbro Slumber Party Simone NRFB

1990 ladies' XL Listen Honey nightshirt

Sunday, October 11, 2015

indoors, 1980s

While the rest of her family is out, Mrs. Heart (second from left,
in the yellow bodysuit) throws a party at the Heart House.

I've decided that the way to show all the indoors playset items I have from the 1980s was to have the Heart Family enlarge its house.  As you can see, the Hearts made the downstairs a music room, and added a huge bathroom.  The second floor is still a bedroom.  A third floor has been built on to use as a home gym.
I didn't use the Heart Family home in my 1980s outdoor scene because the back of it (the exterior) is just plain gray chipboard, not a picture of a house.

Friday, October 9, 2015

barbie fairytopia

My next project is another one that, as far as I know, NO ONE has undertaken.  I would like to create a list of the various Fairytopia/Mermaidia/et al dolls.  These are all the post-2000 fairyland dolls aimed at little girls.  I've found a number of lists of the related movies, but none of the dolls themselves.
This is what I am looking for:
1.  The name of the doll, including the series name and the doll's name.  Is the doll named Barbie as xxxx, or does she have her own name?
2.  The stock number
3.  The year on the box
4.  If there is a second series name listed, such as if it is a movie or a sequel
5.  The height of the doll.  Is she 11 1/2 inches tall or another height?
6.  A photo, if possible, of the doll in or out of her box.
This is what I am asking:  If you could provide me the above information, I would like to start a list of year by year.  Even if you have only one or two dolls I'd appreciate it.  I would be sure to credit you with your information!