Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Juliana and Jabari (my first video)

I am so excited.  I made my first video using Windows Movie Maker.  : ) I was deternmined to give it a try.  I hope you guys like it.  I take off my hat, scarf and gloves to you videographers out there.  Lol!  This took me practically two days to produce.  I uploaded my own song from my personal cd but had to figure out "hours" later that youtube would not allow it due to copyright infringement.  Anyway, I am open to suggestions and constructive criticism about what I can do to make it an easier task the next time....if it is a next time.  : )

My video is about one of my favorite couples in London Heights.  They spent a beautiful day out shopping, dining, and now are heading back home to retire for the evening....

Jabari and Juliana...a love story

Thanks so much for following!!

Be blessed!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Where has time gone?

Hi blogger friends!  It has been almost three months (tomorrow) since my last post.  Where has time gone?  I have no updates to post for my room (Obsession) organization other than the fact that I have made NO progress.  Lol!  The reason being is that I am mentally drained when I come from work and do not wish to do anything that requires me to think...well think with effort.  I work in a social services atmosphere so go figure.

Sunday, I was determined to get some dolly time in.  I decided to redress some dolls and do a photo shoot for my blog.  The first part is that of ten dolls that were redressed and the latter half is that of ten dolls that I can't seem to bring myself to redress...not sure why.  Anyway, I hope to be there one day.  Lol!  I have seen most of them redressed on various boards and sites and really like their restyles....so maybe one day.

Alvin Ailey in Jonathan Adler outfit       Lea in Donna Karan outfit

Christie in Audrey Hepburn outfit       Kyori ~ outfit unknown

Adele (FR) in Anja (FR) outfit          Birthstone in  Birthday Angel outfit

Teresa in Fashion Avenue                Zodiac doll in Fashion Avenue

 Top Model Midge in Fashion Avenue          Uhura in BB fashion pak

And dolls that I can not bring myself to redress yet.

  Cosmic Love Amelie (FR)               Perk Collette (FR)

 Gold Stroke Adele (FR)                Paparazzi Bait Adele (FR)

  Glam Slam Kyori (FR)                 Jordan Bionica (FR)

 Integrity Fashion Forward              Model of the Moment Nichelle
 Spring Forward Eugenia  (FR)       High Brow Adele (FR)

*Bonus pic!  I know I said ten. Lol! I couldn't pass on this one.
                     Babysitter Skipper ~ love her!

Thanks for following!

Be blessed! *~*

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This is for you Tracy India! "Nichelle Complexion Comparison"

Tracy India of Dolls and the City wrote a post on Monday about Model of the Moment Nichelle.  She is seeking an articulated body match for her.  I thought hmmm, I do not have one to sell, but I could possibly help by assisting her with the body complexion comparisons.  Some of the dolls are very far off in complexion comparisons and were just photographed...just because. ; )  I agree wholeheartedly with Ms. Leo that photographing the darker complexion dolls is very hard.  I would think that perhaps natural light will do the trick. I will have to give it a try.   What do you think?  Tracy India, I hope this helps.

Top Model Nikki and Model of the Moment Nichelle

Dynamite Girl (FR) and Model of the Moment Nichelle

Nadja (FR) and Model of the Moment Nichelle

Alvin Ailey and Model of the Moment Nichelle

SIS Pastry Chandra and Model of the Moment Nichelle

Quiet Storm Annik (FR) and Model of the Moment Nichelle

I my opinion, Quiet Storm Annik matches her to the tee.  Nadja is a very close match.  I hope she will find one without paying two arms and two legs...no pun intended.  If only Mattel would listen.

Be blessed!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

My hiatus is "almost" over!

Hello blogger friends!!! I have been following you all, but took a little time away from my blog to work on a long overdue project. I have been busy organizing my doll room (Obsession), deboxed some dolls that I have had for a long while (still have a long way to go) and unpackaged some furniture created by FDQ published artist Vanessa of Van's Doll Treasures. : ) ...still so proud of you Vanessa! I was determined not to keep the new furniture packaged up for a long time like I did with the white sectional. However, working on Obsession has been an on-going project that has been in the making for a few years now (lol!). I have set a few target dates to have it finished and I am probably only about 50% done. Okay, first, let me tell you that my inspiration room no longer exist....sniffles. It really hurt me to take it down, but it was huge and I really do need the space for something else. In case you have forgotten what it looked like.

My Jonathan Adler inspiration room

This is what it looks like now.  I still have to remove these items.

This is how it is for right now....cramped on a small shelf  : (. 
It probably won't look so cramped once the girls leave.  It will then be the
 home for Juliana and her cousin Dallas.
I deboxed some dolls to create space in my doll room. They are all BB dolls. I decided to start with these dolls because they will not be placed on a shelf or cabinet just yet. They will be temporary housed in a container with the rest of the BB divas and divos.

BB from pink and black trio, three BB swimwear dolls that I received for some
commissioned work, and the three BB metallic dolls.  I really like the BB metallic dolls.
They are all very pretty! 

Some of the BB's waiting on the above crew.

I have a few more that are hiding somewhere in this room...

One view of what I have done thus far.  I removed them from storage containers and placed on bookcases basically to clear some floor space.  I still have a ways to go (sigh).

Most of these dolls will be deboxed and placed in
cabinets that I purchased from Ikea.  They are temporarily on these bookcases.

And finally, I have unpackaged the lastest furniture that I purchased from Vanessa. All of the following pics are still in the decorating stage. I have not decided who will get this apartment. Hmmm......

I plan to paint the lampshades black. and place table top mirrors on the two side tables.
(note:  the lamps are Christmas ornaments from Hobby Lobby)

more decor to come.....

Next up is a space that has been created for my guys. This apartment will be shared by the Remi brothers. Jabari (below) and Jamal Remi. Jamal should be arriving sometimes this month.

Jabari Remi (Juliana's significant other)

Jabari enjoying a Falcon's Football game

Still a work in progress...I need to get a table top and make a lamp
And finally one of the boutiques that I have temporary named "Pinky's" because I can't find my project tablet that has the original name (lol).  My plans are to have it simlar to the Black and White store.

I have a loonng way to go with this one.  It will be moved to the
space where my inspiration room was

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Interview ~ Thanks Ms. Leo!!!!

Thanks Ms. Leo for a great post!  This was fun.  It will help us to get to know one another better. 

When did you start collecting dolls?
I started collecting dolls "officially" in 1995.  I have always had dolls (mostly Barbie) from my childhood that I kept in a train case after my Mom told me I was too old to play with dolls.  I eventually redressed some and moved them to a curio that was given to me by my ex-boyfriend to display them.

What was your first purchase as a collector??
My first purchase as a collecor was the 1991 Shani dolls.

How many dolls do you have?
I have "a lot" of dolls from baby dolls, Fayzah Spanos, Madame Alexander 8 inch dolls and 16 inch fashion dolls, Daisy and Willow, Barbie, Integrity, Monster High, Lolly Pop Girls, miniature American Girl dolls....basically too many to count!  Now do you see why my doll room is named "Obsession"  Lol!

What is your favorite doll and why?
My favorite doll(s)...I must say is my vintage Julia and Christie collection and the Goddess of Africa equally.  I love all of my dolls, but I love love them!  My FR dolls come in very close afterwards.



What doll or dolls are not your favorites and why??
My least favorite has to be some of the Avon dolls.  I purchased them back when I bought dolls that were collector or special editions, etc.  Some of these dolls are simply not cute and  neither are their clothes.  I can not for the life of me understand why I made the purchase to begin with.   Note:  I sold some at out last doll show in May...yay!

What is the biggest challenge about collecting dolls?
Picking and choosing certain dolls based on cost.   The more expensive ones goes on my wish list.

How do you display or store your dolls?
I have dolls displayed on book shelves with books, in curios, and as part of my decor in my living room.  I have a doll room that is a work in progress.  Most of my dolls are in storage containers.


Have you ever been to a doll show?
Yes, several!  In fact, I was chair person for hosting one a couple of weeks ago and have plans to attend one on Saturday.

When you travel, do you look for dolls?

What is your latest purchase?
Preordered Adele, Remi, and Darla.

What doll is on your wish list now?
Bodacious (FR)!

What do you wish you didn’t purchase?
Queen of Hearts (Bob Mackie).  I spent way too much for her and refuse to sell her cheap.

What is your favorite doll related item?
My Randall Craig living room furniture...love love it!

How often do you photo your dolls and what doll is the most photographed
and/or photogenic?
I love photographing my dolls.  Lately I have only been doing so for my blog.  The most photogenic in my opinion is my Top Model Nikki doll.  Gorgeous doll!  Another fav are the silkstone dolls.


Do you talk to other collectors in person or just on the web?
Both!  I have a special doll friend that I have known for several years.  She moved away a couple of years ago, but we talk atleast once a week.  I also blog with a few people here that I consider my good friends.  Doll people rock!

If you had the chance to speak to Mattel or other toy makers, what
would you say?
To Mattel specifically, why so few AA dolls?  To Integrity, please bring back Nadja!

What doll do you wish would be reissued?
Malibu Christie

What two dolls would you combine and how would you want them
combined? (Muff style question)
I would love to see Society Girl (Mattel) on an articulated Model Muse body.

Be blessed!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Are we there yet.....Morristown here we come!

Lydia borrowed her Mom's Mercedes mini truck so that they all could ride together to attend the wedding of Danielle and Rod over in Morristown.  Ironically, each of the girls drove two-seaters, so this is usually their option anytime there is a rode trip.  They girls laughed and talked...while bumping their heads to the tune of Kem.  The trip was only a forty-five minute drive.  They would be there in no time if the traffic permits.  The closer they became, the more they talked about how happy they were that their friend Danielle had found true love with such a great guy.

Mercedes mini truck = Happy Family mini van Lol!!

Lydia (driver), Eugenia (front passenger), Kim (back seat right passenger)
and Ginger (back seat left passenger) 

Lydia:  "We have about 10 minutes before we are there.  The traffic
on I-85 is not as bad as I thought it would be".
Eugenia:  "This is great.  It would be tasteless to be late".

Lydia:  "Alright, ladies we are here...15 minutes early".
Ginger:  Girl is that Mike?
Eugenia:  "Yes, it is and his precious little one.  His wife Adele is directing the wedding. 
Ginger:  "Umm, um, um"...lucky her. 
Kim:  "They are such a cute couple."
The ladies decide to go inside the church and wait until it is time to go inside the sanctuary for the ceremony.

Ginger:  "That is a gorgeous purple dress that lady has on".
Kim:  "Yes, it is.  I love her short hairdo as well".
Lydia:  "It's real cute and sassy".
They talk and people watch....

It looks like the guest are starting to go inside. The girls follow suit.

Kim:  "Lydia do you have tissue?  I think we're going to need it".
Congratulations Danielle and Roderick Taylor!!

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