Painting day

I’ve been collecting some vintage Susy Goose Skipper furniture to refurbish and sell at the GAW Barbie Convention next month. I have 3 vanities and 2 beds (with another bed on its way). So far, I have them covered in 2 coats of white paint. Can’t wait for them to dry so I can pull out the accent colors! Gold, of course, and then I’m thinking I’ll do pink on one set, lavender on the 2nd set, and blue on the 3rd set. Stay tuned.

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Vintage Simplicity

I stopped by JoAnn Fabrics today and delighted in their selection of Vintage Simplicity items. Their line of items printed with images from vintage Simplicity patterns includes umbrellas, pattern boxes, totes, wrapping paper, fabric, mugs, and more. But today I discovered these little iron on appliques of miniature sewing patterns. They’re just the right size for Barbie’s sewing room, so I might have to set up her sewing room again.

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Hankie Chic products featured in Andersen Windows advertisement

Last fall, a production designer contacted me and asked if I would sign a release so one of my products — the vanity tray and bottle set — could appear in a national advertisement.

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I had no idea what kind of ad it would be, but today I discovered it was a tv ad for Andersen Windows. You can see my trays and perfume bottle sets in two scenes — on the end table in the living room of a dollhouse, and in the bedroom. I also recognized items in the dollhouse from other Etsy shops. So cool!

Below is a link to the ad on YouTube and a couple screenshots where I’ve highlighted where to find my product in the scene. 

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Chair makeover

To go with my OOAK Barbie doll for the 2020 GAW Barbie Convention charity auction, I’m making a simple backdrop, as previously shown here. Since the theme of the convention is A Knight to Remember—and I’m making a princess doll—I decided she also needed a throne. I found this vintage doll chair in an antique shop. From my research, I believe the chair was made circa 1910-30, possibly in Germany. The chair was well made, but a little worse for wear. So a makeover was in order.

After some sanding and a couple coats of gold paint, I embellished it with some brass stampings. Then I made cushions covered in royal blue crushed velvet. Here’s the before and after.

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Books for Barbie

I wandered into a local Dollar Tree store on my lunch hour this week, because … you never know what you’ll find! And I scored these adorable little erasers shaped like Dr. Seuss books. At first glance, you’d never guess they are erasers, and they’re the perfect size for Barbie and friends. At just $1 for 6, it’s a cheap way to build up Barbie’s library.

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Backdrop project

I’ve been working on my auction doll for the GAW Barbie convention. The doll has been repainted, and the outfit has been made, but before I take photos, I wanted to create a backdrop to go with the doll. After Christmas, I found a faux window frame on clearance at Michaels. I decided attach it to a floor with L-brackets. Then the doll can stand on the floor and the whole thing can either hang on the wall or sit on a surface.

To make the floor, I started with a square of plywood. I picked up some edge banding veneer to make the hardwood floor at Menards. I simply cut “planks” to size with scissors, and then ironed them onto the plywood square with my iron. So much easier than using popsicle sticks! Once the flooring was ironed on, I used a stain marker to get the color I wanted. Now I just need to seal the floor and assemble.

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Susy Goose Skipper bed

I just finished a custom order to refurbish a vintage Susy Goose Skipper doll bed. I recently redid a Skipper vanity and wardrobe for the same person, and we finally found a bed to complete the suite. I wish the Susy Goose company was still in business and making this furniture! The details are amazing.

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