Saturday, September 25, 2021

1977 Superstar Christie

 The other doll I received for my birthday is 1977 Superstar Christie!

She is a reproduction of the Superstar Christie from 1977. (I got my Superstar Christie for my birthday in 1979.)

Look at that face and smile! No wonder child me thought she was the most beautiful doll I had ever seen.

The new doll - on the right - comes with a plastic stand. The original doll came with a yellow, star-shaped stand that I no longer own.

The new doll's dress is a little brighter, than the old dress, but that could be to it fading over the years. The new doll is a great reproduction.

The only difference, I think, is that the new head is a bit larger than the old head, and the smile is not as toothy. I am so excited to finally have her.

Ken Fashionista Slim - #154

I received two dolls for my recent 50th birthday. The first doll is Ken Fashionista - #154.

He is so cute and has a K-Pop vibe to his outfit. Such a young, fresh, look for a Ken doll.

I thought he'd look perfect with Destination Jungle Friends Skipper, because of the purple streak in her hair. And I was right. They look great together!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Merry and Her New Summer Dress

I've already shared with you the outfit I made for the "By the Sea" themed Little Darling outfit exchange, so here is the outfit that one of the other members made for me.

This mumu/sundress is perfect for walking on the beach, or using as a bathing suit cover-up.

The crinkly ribbons remind me of seaweed, swaying in the current.

And look at those cute bows on the shoulders of the dress!

Merry says that the outfit is pretty enough to wear at any warm weather party.

Ruby Red Galleria - Siblies

 The one doll I bought in the UFDC Convention Sales Room is Kelsey, a Siblies doll by Ruby Red Galleria.

The Siblies are 12 inches tall and are meant to be the younger siblings of the Ruby Red Fashion Friends.

There are currently 5 Siblies dolls.

She is so very cute and comes dressed in a great outfit. Her orange hip-pack opens and has space for her to store small items.

I think her face-mold is the same as, or really close, to Merry's (a Little Darling doll) face-mold (in the yellow).

Many of the Ruby Red Fashion Friends have Dianna Effner molds, so I wouldn't be surprised.

Unlike my Little Darling doll, Kelsey has joints at her elbows and knees. This allows her a bit more flexibility in her posing.

Kelsey and Merry are ready for the first day of school - tomorrow. And so am I.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Little Darlings "By the Sea" - Blue Variant

Lately, when I attempt a new doll clothes pattern for an outfit for someone else, I have been making a trial version for myself. 

So I made my version of the Sailor Romper in blue.

I'm glad I made a trial version, since: A - it is so cute, and B - the first hat pattern I made was not perfect. The one I made for the red outfit turned out much nicer.

Unlike the red romper, I did not put stars on the sailor bib.

Instead, I added extra stars to the hat.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Little Darlings "By the Sea"

Our small groups third Little Darling outfit exchange theme was By the Sea, since we were going to exchange the outfits at convention.

Taking inspiration from a photo of me as a pre-teen, I decided to create a sailor romper and hat.

My recipient also was given the unicorn floatie, because it is just too cute.

Here are two old photos that inspired me.

I think it turned out well.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Dolly & Me By the Sea: UFDC 72nd Annual Convention 2021 - Baltimore, MD - Part 8

 Friday, July 23rd.

Those who have followed my convention coverage know that I really enjoy volunteering for the Helper drawing. So I was up early and headed down to the Helper Room at 6:30AM. We quickly moved the Helper buckets to the main ballroom site and proceeded to set them up for the drawing. This involves lining them up on tables, stacked 2 deep, and removing the lids and labels and putting them in the buckets.There were about 400 buckets to to do this to this year, so we worked quickly and efficiently, to be done before 9AM.

While some of us were working on the buckets, other volunteers were setting up the tables where attendees could match up their tickets and pick up their notice that they won an item. A couple volunteers were ready to type the winners in a database. 

And we were ready. I was at the spot labeled N-Q - where I would line up the winning tags alphabetically so that attendees could match their tickets up quickly. The winners were called quickly and by the end of the drawings, I had one 3 items! 

Merlot, a doll by Rustie. I think she has an interesting look.

A 25" Japanese Nippon doll.

And a Tonner Fashion Model - Olivia.

There were a lot of happy convention goers when all the tickets were drawn.

The rest of the early part of the day was spent taking a last peek at the salesroom and the UFDC Boutique. While in the Boutique, I noticed that they had some of the lunch and dinner event souvenir dolls in stock.

Yo Ho Ho Maties by Jennie Sykes and Sophie Pearson

Under the Sea by Judy Porter (the doll in gold and the silver mermaid), Love on the High Seas by Ruby Red Galleria, Chesapeake Bay Cuties by Pat Moulton.

And Seaworthy Suits by Elizabeth Cooper.

My room mate and I then spent about an hour relaxing in the bar, before heading to the Ballroom area. We found some comfy, plush chairs and waited for people to arrive for the cocktail hour. And arrive they did! I was even social, LOL. I probably talked for close to an hour about K Dramas (and other Asian shows) with another Dollology club member.

When the doors opened, we all made our ways to our assigned tables. They were decorated with light house centerpieces.

Those who brought table favors, passed them around. I passed out some of the sweaters I had made all Spring.

Gifts from other tablemates included and rubber teddy bear,


And Paper Dolls. (Shown in the photo below with other items I received during the week.)

Dinner was steak and a crab cake, and a slide show of the week was shared on the large screens.

At the end of the banquet, attendees who had purchased the optional convention doll by R. John Wright, opened them up. She is adorable, and even holds her own little doll.

And that was that, the banquet was over, the convention was officially over, and it was time to leave.

My take-aways from this year's convention: I was surprised at how few attendees were consistently masked up - probably less than 10%; those attending were so happy to be doing something "normal" that they missed out on last year; and I really missed the people that I did not see this year that have usually been at convention. 

I hope that the pandemic is a thing of the past next year.