Tiny Frock Shop Black Friday Order

Good grief, it’s taken me a long time to get any Black Friday stuff posted!  Anyway, before I get to the Tiny Frock Shop order, I want to briefly show you my Zeenie dolls Small Business Saturday order.  They were having a “2 for $20” sale, with free shipping, and I couldn’t pass that up!  But the dolls evidently got a good shaking on their way here. 😦

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The one on the left — Zennia — doesn’t look particularly shaken in the photo, but that’s because her headband had already slithered down out of sight.  She’s supposed to look like this:


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So yesterday’s mail brought my first Skooter to my house.

[(c) Henson/Disney.  Image from Wikipedia.  Click for source.]
[(c) Henson/Disney. Image from Wikipedia. Click for source.]
No, no, not Scooter!  Skooter!  This girl:

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Skooter is (was?) Skipper’s friend, with an even sillier name than “Skipper.” 😛  (Maybe they sounded more normal back in the ’60s.)  Skooter was a short-lived doll, only made from 1965 to 1968, unlike Skipper, who’s been pretty much omnipresent since her introduction.

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The swimsuit she’s wearing is actually Skipper’s.  (Naturally, just like Barbie and her friends, Skipper and Skooter share the same body, and can thus share their wardrobes.)  Skooter originally came in a red and white two-piece swimsuit, according to the photos on DollReference.com.  (And yes, that is the primary source of my knowledge on Skooter.  I knew her face instantly on seeing it because I’d seen pictures in a Mattel fashion doll book, but I hadn’t done more than glance at those pages of the book, and the shelf the book is on is currently blocked by stuff I’m storing for my brother prior to his move, so I can’t look at it right now.)

Anyway, Skooter here came from shopgoodwill.com, and…well, I’m going to have a lot to say on that subject towards the end of the post, so for right now I’ll just talk about the lot Skooter came in.  Naturally, she was listed as a Skipper, not a Skooter, and she came with a case and some clothes.

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Probably the most common vintage Skipper case on the planet. 😛  The hinge is a little rusty, and the lids cave in a bit, and it’s generally not in the greatest shape, which is probably why the bidding never got too high…in which case the other bidders were not looking at the real treasure of the lot:

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Look at her!  She’s practically perfect!  Her hair isn’t even mussed up!  Clearly, this is a doll that was not played with, but simply sat/stood on a shelf, being admired.  So she’ll already be used to her life here. 😛

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So, moving back to the case, here’s the interior, with some of the clothes inside.  (Please ignore the doll stands I had to use to get it to stay open for the photo. 😛 )  See that black line across the one side of the case?  That’s the string that was holding Skooter in place in transit.  Anyway, there’s a detail I want you to notice here:

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It’s a little dolly closet!  You can hang up all her clothes on hangers inside!  That is completely cool.  Why don’t modern Barbie carrying cases do that?  (Oh, wait, modern playline Barbies want you to buy whole new dolls, rather than new clothes…)

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This is a cute outfit, but the tights ensure it has to be put on the original Skipper/Skooter body only, and can’t be shared with, say, a Blythe or a Licca or a Pullip.

Yeah, you heard me.  See, I was looking at Etsy for new clothes for my girls, and in searching for clothes to put on that late 80s Skipper I got at the local used place (who still kind of smells funny, even after being washed, I’m sorry to say), I saw that some of my search results were showing vintage Skipper clothes on Blythes.  And one of the sellers mentioned how nicely they fit.  That should have just made me irritated that the vintage Skipper collectors were going to have to compete with the Blythe crowd as well as their fellow vintage Skipper collectors to get the vintage clothes…but it actually made me go “ooh, then surely Skippers can wear Blythe clothes!” which meant I had a whole new avenue to look in for clothes to put on the 80s Skipper.  (I’ve decided on a nice outfit for her, but I haven’t actually bought it yet for reasons.)

Anyway, since Blythe and Pullip can swap wardrobes decently, I thought I’d have Barbara and Selina model two of the outfits from this lot.

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This actually looks pretty cute on Barbara, doesn’t it?  She’s going to keep wearing it for a while.

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This one’s actually a Barbie dress, not a Skipper dress, and it seems to be homemade.  Anyway, I thought it matched Selina’s current wig pretty well (though the yellows look more similar in the shot where I didn’t use the flash, but then Selina’s eyes looked all dark and creepy) so I had her wear it for the photo.  Then I put her back in the articulated Silkstone’s little black dress, ’cause this one looks rather awful on her. 😛

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Her hand was hiding this little stain in the previous shot.  Looks like pen, doesn’t it?

(The gallery for this post is here.)

Anyway, so that’s what came yesterday in my first package from the Goodwill auction site.    Emphasis, unfortunately, on “first.”  I got excited looking at all that was available, and made a lot of bids on things that were quite inexpensive, never bidding all that much.  (I think the highest maximum bid I placed was about $40.)

But I forgot to look at the shipping costs.

Some of them are very reasonable.  And some of them are very much not so.  For example, this Tonner doll with a real weight of 1.9 pounds, and a “shipping weight” of 16 pounds.  Which means they charge you for the shipping as if it weighed 16 pounds, instead of 1.9.  Fortunately, on that one, I noticed the shipping cost before placing a bid on her.

Then there’s this Barbie, with a shipping weight of 8 times her actual weight, and a fixed shipping cost of $11.75, despite that she’s in a box that’s already had the crap beaten out of it!  And no, on this one I did not notice the shipping cost in time…and the only other person to bid on it bid just the tiniest amount too little to outbid me. 😦  So, yes, I just paid more in shipping than I did for the doll.  And that’s not the only time that’s happened.

The thing is, the first couple of bids I made were for things that were about to close, and I still got outbid at the last minute.  So I had gone on the assumption that most of the things I bid on would go the same way, that I’d lose in the last half hour.  And so I made a lot of stupid little bids, figuring that the chances of my winning any of the auctions were very slim.  (Especially since in most cases I was bidding less than I felt it was worth on the open market.)  But then on a lot of them I didn’t get outbid.  (The annoying one is the Barbie where I put in a max bid $10.00, and ended up paying $9.20.  If the other person had also bid $10.00, that’d be one thing, but they must have bid $8.20.  Who bids a weird amount like that?)

While I’m definitely annoyed at Goodwill for the crazy shipping costs, I’m mostly just pissed at myself for not noticing them until it was too late.  (Though that Barbie with the $11.75 shipping cost is decidedly the worst offender.  There’s no contest, in fact.  That’s way too much shipping for what’s essentially a loose (modern) doll in mint condition.)

The good thing is that I learned quickly, and I’m not making any more bids except in cases of things I feel like “ooh, I gotta have that or I’m gonna expire of longing!”.  Or for any Blythe or She-ra items.  (Blythe, of course, being unlikely apart from the LPS variety.  But She-ra is much more likely.  In fact, one of the few things I did get outbid on was She-ra’s Crystal Palace.)  Or at least on things with either very reasonable shipping or which are being sold by my local Goodwill, so I can pick ’em up in person.

The bad thing is that despite that it seemed like such a great bargain (and, actually, shipping costs notwithstanding, in most cases it still was) I ended up spending a great deal without meaning to, so many of the Etsy purchases I lined up in my cart are going to have to stay there for a while.  (Especially since I already made some of the purchases…)  That means most of my girls don’t get their new clothes after all. 😦  (I only got Romana’s and Hayley’s ordered.  And if I use the $22 that got added to my Paypal after I made all the Goodwill payments (ugh, timing!) it’s probably going to be to get the outfit for the ’80s Skipper, ’cause that outfit’s sold out before, and I don’t want to miss it again.  So Pyrrha and Rena may have to make do with clothes I already have around here.)

Anyway, going back to the very first line of the post, you may have noticed I said “my first Skooter.”  That’s ’cause one of the other items was also a Skooter — this time a blonde one (who was also listed as a Skipper).  But I only just had to pay for her this morning, so she won’t be here for a while, and I thought it was better to get this up now, instead of waiting for her.  (She’s coming nude, though, so she’ll be getting the red and white outfit with the tights from the case here.)

I’m going to have to go on a serious dolly diet now — especially since I desperately need to go clothes shopping for myself! — but with all those packages headed this way, there should be lots to post about.  :/  And hopefully starting next week I’ll be able to clean up enough around here to let me do more stuff.  I have a project in mind that’s going to require lots of space, but should be awesome if I can get it accomplished.  But I’ll give that its own post. 😉

Dolly Barrettes and Other Resiny Stuff

So, I finally got some pictures taken of my dolls with their homemade barrettes in place.  I’ll start off with the doll who inspired the whole project:

Barbara, beautiful in red
Barbara, beautiful in red

There’s something else to see here, before I get to my barrettes, though.  See?  She’s got new shoes:

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They’re a little bit large for her, being intended for Blythes, but as long as you don’t get this close, they look fine. 😛  They’re by MissBlythe2012 on Etsy.  The important thing is, they match her lovely dress, and they aren’t Barbie pumps, so they’re not going to break.  (Seriously, the white Barbie shoes she was wearing in the earlier shot of her in this dress?  One of them developed a fracture running through it.  All I can think is that they’re not designed to hold up the weight of a Pullip head.)  I don’t have a lot of other red clothes — though they might look nice with Romana’s stock outfit, now that I think about it — but since the red looks so good with the tanned skin tone, I’ll just have to get more red clothes for Barbara and Selina.

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Anyway, here’s the barrette that started this new application of my resin stuff.  Or rather, the barrette whose need started the…well, anyway, the shade of red isn’t quite right, being a bit too dark, but it still looks a lot better than that Monster High barrette did.  And it holds her hair out of her face, which is the important part. :p

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New Outfits for Barbara and Hangry

We’ll start with Barbara, for two reasons.  One, it’s simpler.  Two, her new dress is absolutely amazing.

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Barbara’s gorgeous new dress is by DollyBoutiquee, whose incredible clothes include items tailored for Blythe as well as ones tailored for Pullip.  Ideally, I’d want Barbara to have better shoes to go with the dress…not to mention a better barrette than an upside down Monster High one, but…I had the Barbie shoes on hand, ditto the barrette.  I found some nice shoes on Etsy that look like they’d probably match, but my dolly wardrobe doesn’t feature a lot of bright red, so buying bright red shoes is probably not actually the best idea.  (Then again, bright red looks really good with the tanned Pullip skintone, so maybe I should buy more red dresses and go ahead and get the red shoes…)  And I’m going to work on making a better barrette myself. 🙂  The important thing is that this dress is gorgeous, and it looks great on her, and it looks much warmer than that sleeveless one she had been wearing.  (I’ve put a coat on Selina, btw, since she’s wearing that strapless white Blythe dress.  It’s a Barbie coat — from a My Scene, I’m pretty sure — but it fits her pretty well…though I had to go all Monster High and pull her hands out to be able to get it on her….)

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I’ve shown Hangry in this shirt and these shoes before, but the skirt is new. 😀  (Technically, I haven’t shown her in this wig before — it being Selina’s stock wig — but it’s not “new” per se.)  The skirt (which reads “Doctor Who,” for those who can’t read it and/or don’t recognize the font/logo) is by sugarblocks.

"A thousand Daleks firing all at once can't get into the TARDIS.  So how is it that you're always sneaking in and raiding my closet?"
“A thousand Daleks all firing at once can’t get into the TARDIS. So how is it that you’re always sneaking in and raiding my closet?”
"Hey, if you have to ask, you'll never know!"
“Hey, if you have to ask, you’ll never know!”

Seriously, everything Hangry is wearing right now (apart from her wig) actually belongs to Romana.  (And I will take pictures of Romana in this outfit later, like when it’s less cold, and/or I get tired of her “Destiny of the Daleks” outfit.  I also still need to do the Romana and the Doctor photo skit I’ve been planning since before Romana even arrived…)

I really need to figure out Hangry’s name,  because that’s no kind of a name to use in this sort of setting.  Her personality seems a bit wild and snarky…which does not, immediately, suggest any names…

Assuming I don’t get dragged out of the house and miss the delivery, tomorrow’s Junky Spot delivery will complete Mei-lin and the all-Obitsu boy (who has a name now, but I’m waiting to announce it along with the finished photos)…except the boy still needs his beard.  Well, I guess that would make him a man, not a boy, though. 😛  I’ll probably post a shot of him pre-beard, just in case.  (Technically, he also needs socks, and maybe a shirt, but…once he has his wig, he’ll be basically done.)  I also realized that tomorrow may see the delivery of the Dal I ordered on Christmas, too.  Wow, is that gonna be a big day!  (Like, “red letter day” levels, even.)

I think this is why I’m not getting much work done on my novel; it’s so much more fun to play with my dolls (and/or buy new ones)…

New Year’s first blather post

Or something like that.  First I want to talk about the preceding two posts, the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day special posts.

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Barbara’s dress (and shoes) are from the Barbie Look collection.  Neither fits her perfectly, but…they look all right.  (But it’s killing the shoes; the stiletto heels keep bending and warping.)  Ironically, if I had waited until the mail came in (and had checked it before 10 p.m.), I could have put her in her beautiful new red dress from Etsy.  But I didn’t, so she’s still wearing this.  (I’ll show her new dress soon.)

The table came with my sole Ever After High doll, Madeline du Jardin.  (Formerly Madeline Dupres, formerly Maddy Hatter.)  However, I re-painted the roses to be darker, and the table to be sparkly black, so it would look more Monster High.  The food and stuff is totally random, in a variety of scales. *shame*  The cupcakes are Moxie Girls (I think), the stack of cups is Liv (I think), cake slice and the crepe are erasers that I thought might be good for Kaiko (to take the place of KAITO’s signature ice cream bar), the tea pot is Monster High (though I think it might actually be a watering can), and I have no idea where the little pink wine glass came from.

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Yeloume’s dress is Only Hearts Club, but her shoes are…uh…whichever little sister of Barbie those shoes came from.  (Stacie, I think?  Or is her name Courtney?  I know the doll they came with, I just can’t remember her name…)  I think the shoes match the dress better than the shoes that actually came with the dress.  I totally want to re-body Yeolume, btw.  Not only does she have minimal posing ability, but her joints are all quite loose, particularly her hip joints.  I want her to have a body that doesn’t flop around so much, even if it’s not much more posable than the one she’s already got.  (I was thinking a Licca body might be good for her.  I’m going to compare the sizes when I do the body swapping for the Licca Miku duo.)

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No, she did not come in that dress.  She came in a green dress.  (She’s a collector’s doll, as you might guess by the jewelry (which is original to her), the face-up and the eyelashes.)  I found her at Tuesday Mornings cheaply enough that I actually bought two, this one and one to leave in the box.

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I know I’ve previously mentioned that I had bought Pyrrha a new dress, which I had to give a colorfasting treatment before she could wear it, just in case, but somehow I hadn’t actually gotten around to showing it yet.  So here it is.  In an older photo, because Pyrrha is still in pieces, with a blank face. 😦  (But at least I’ve gotten glue sticks, so now her eye chips are also out, and I’ve been able to test the ones I’ve made.  I’ll post photos tomorrow or so.)  The dress is by NinaBella9, who also made her “main” outfit, the whitish two piece with the reddish paisley and the black hat.  (I still don’t know where those shoes came from, though…)  Anyway, the feather boa she was wearing in the New Year’s Eve photo came from Jo-Ann’s…or was it Michael’s?  It’s just an untreated crafting product. 😛  (And may have stained the interior of her kneecap, strangely…)

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I got this little guy at Michael’s.  I know there’s no reason to think of Falcor as flying overhead to herald the new year (even in the book, that never happens), but I’ve been looking for an excuse to do something with him ever since I got him. 😛  (Naturally, the tag called him a “good luck dragon” so they wouldn’t infringe copyright.  But he is so totally Falcor.)

"Akemashite omedito gozaimasu!"
“Akemashite omedito gozaimasu!”

The new Made to Move body is amazing.  (And the $15 price tag is sweet!)  It’s actually better for posing than that Obitsu body I got for Len.  (You know, the one that was too small!)  I’m totally going to get more of these.  Definitely Teresa will be next, but I just had to start with this one, because having her kneel in that kimono was going to look so awesome.  I meant to do something nicer with her hair than the simple ponytail she came with, but…time prevented me from actually doing so.  (Next year, for sure.)

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Since this doll had the same face mold as the Barbie from the New Year’s Eve party, I thought I’d just go with the joke(?) that it was really the same doll.  (The pink hair is not, however, a wig.)  This is my favorite Barbie face mold, btw. 😀  (Oh, and this box is where I got the spelling for the Japanese greeting, so if I got it wrong, I apologize.)

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And this is the reason this Bratz doll is still in the box:  the box is too cool to open. 😛

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Yeah, this one was random.  I had brought the mini Lalaloopsy in to photograph her, then forgot to give her to any of the dolls who could hold her, and…well, Mulan was the next closest I could find to a doll in a kimono.  (If I’d thought about doing this more than a few days before actually doing it, I could have ordered some Pullip, Blythe or Monster High-sized kimonos from Etsy.  But as it is, the one I put on Lea was the only one to spare.)  The reason Mulan’s face looks a slightly different color than her body is that it’s got a color-change treatment on it:  it turns white, so you can give her the half-painted, half-unpainted face like during that one song.  (Yes, this is a doll I bought back at the time the movie came out.)

Okay, so before I finish talking about these posts, the album for the party is here, and the album for New Year’s day is here.  (But the Pyrrha photos aren’t in those albums, only in Pyrrha’s own album.)

Now, other stuff.  I had wanted my last toy purchase of 2015 to be She-Ra related, since it was her 30th anniversary, but since Mattel stubbornly refused to admit that She-Ra was a doll line that had been aimed at girls, all they’re making these days is those hideous action figures that look nothing like the dolls, so I couldn’t buy anything new.  And I hit all the used places around here that reliably carry used/vintage toys on the 30th, but couldn’t find any that I didn’t already have.  (And I didn’t have time to scour the antique malls on the off chance of finding one.)  So I was going to go on Etsy and buy a vintage one there (even though I wouldn’t have gotten her until this year) but the Perfuma I had favorited was “unavailable” when I clicked on her listing, even though it didn’t say “Sold” on my favorites menu. 😦  And I didn’t want to buy one of the wave 2 dolls, since their 30th anniversary would be this year.  (Well, not like there were a lot of them on offer, of course, but I could have gotten an Entrapta…)  Besides, I wanted to recapture a part of my own childhood, not to get a doll I’d never had before.  So I had to content myself with some fan art instead.  Well, “content” is not quite the word, but…it was something I wanted to get, so…yeah.

Moving on, I’m disappointed by the early shots of the new look Mattel is going to give Monster High later this year, but I’ll wait until I see them in person to give a final opinion.  However, this has all the earmarks of executive meddling, by making the dolls simpler, and thus less costly to make, in order to increase the profit margin on each unit.  (Not only was each successive wave getting more elaborate, many of the new characters had entirely new and unique bodies on top of the unique facial sculpts each character had always had.)

Anyway, before I made that Etsy purchase, I let myself into yet another way to drain away my money:  I made my first pledge on Kickstarter.  The project is called Dream Big Friends, for an articulated 10 inch doll called Yuna.  The doll is very cute, and as of about 10:30 this morning, they still needed to raise $100,000 more by January 3rd if the doll was to go into production.  So if you see this before then, check it out and maybe help them out, okay?  (Fortunately, at the moment there don’t seem to be any other doll projects looking for funding, so I may be safe there for the time being…but this morning I already upped my pledge from the “one doll” rewards level to the “two dolls” level, to help out more.)

Anyway, the next few days will hopefully feature a number of posts.  I’ve got a number of photos of Pyrrha’s (unpainted) face “testing out” eye chips, and Mei-lin is nearly finished (once her hair gets here), as is the all-Obitsu male doll.  (Whose name is still uncertain, but I know his epithet already.)  Plus once the other Pullip wig arrives, there’ll be a wig-swapping post.  (Said wig is coming from Quebec, so it shouldn’t take too long.)  Oh, and there’s Hangry’s new outfit (which I actually bought for a different doll) and Barbara’s new dress, so I’ll probably show those in a single post, too.

New Year’s Eve (Dolly) Party

"Welcome to the party!"
“Welcome to the party!”

Barbara’s holding a New Year’s Eve party for all her friends.

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Of course, Yeolume is more interested in the snacks than anything else.  (She’s going to have to go to bed long before midnight anyway…)

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Barbie’s ready to dance long into the new year.

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Pyrrha’s always ready to party!

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Someone seems to be looking for a dance partner…

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Cleo, Draculaura and Frankie are waiting for the rest of their friends to arrive.

The party will keep going until the stroke of midnight, when Falcor the Luck Dragon will fly through the sky to herald the arrival of the new year!

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