Parisian Purple for Silkstone Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

I’ve had this hand embroidered hankie for some time now, just waiting for inspiration to strike. It’s unusual because it’s embroidered in variegated shades of lavender instead of just white. And then I found just the right shade of lavender silk and it all came together. Available now in my Etsy shop.


Barbie clone vanity by Marx Toys

Several years ago, I ran across a fashion doll vanity in an antique shop in Indiana. It had the word Marx stamped on the bottom. It was in bad shape and missing a leg, so I didn’t buy it, but regretted that decision later on. Last week, I discovered that same style vanity on eBay and managed to win the bid.  It’s in pretty good shape, and I’m planning to repaint it for a fresh look. Not so fond of the stool with the red flocking, so I might have to do something different for seating.

After a bit of research, I’ve discovered the vanity was manufactured by Marx Toys in the early 1960’s. It was sold as a set with a Barbie clone doll named either Marlene or Miss Regina. The original came with miniature accessories like a phone, photo frame, and hand mirror, and assorted bottles.

What I find unusual is that Marx Toys also manufactured a child size version of the vanity, called Budding Beauty. How cool for a little girl to have her own vanity that matches her doll vanity! The child size vanity below Is available now on eBay.