Color me Pastel for Barbie and Victoire Roux

Earlier this week, we went antiquing at some local shops and I found this gorgeous vintage silk scarf by Echo. The pastel colors remind me of Easter eggs. I’d been wanting to pair my wrap bodice with my faux wrap skirt pattern for some time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. A sweet bow accents the waist while a rhinestone brooch adds color. Available now in my Etsy shop. Oh … almost forgot! Today is the last day of my April sale! So check out the bargains while you can.

Fendi for Silkstone Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

I had just enough leftover fabric from the Fendi handkerchief to make a strapless dress with sweetheart neckline and matching tote bag. But with a spring chill still in the air, I decided Barbie needed a little shrug jacket and belt to go with her dress until warmer weather appears. This fashion available now in my Etsy shop.

Modeling this garment is my Silkstone Barbie Happy Go Lightly, repainted by Mindy Matthews of the eBay shop, Dolls-in-Reverse.

Minis for Barbie and friends

I’m always on the lookout for minis to include in my Barbie dioramas. Here are some treasures I’ve added to my collection that you can find in retail stores or on Etsy.

French feves from the Etsy shop ValueARTifacts

Feves (French for “bean”) are tiny figurines that are made to be put inside a “King’s Cake” for the “Epiphany” Holiday, which is celebrated every year on January 6th, the 12th day of Christmas. Tradition states that this is the day that the three wise men or “Three Kings” came to Bethlehem, to honor the birth of Christ. Traditionally it was a fava bean that was placed inside the cake. Whoever finds the feve in his or her slice of cake, is king for the day. SInce it was good luck to get the feve in your cake – these little items were saved and treasured.

In the 1870s the bean was replaced with small porcelain figurines; good luck charms, religious figures, saints etc, and a collecting craze was begun! The oldest feves were porcelain. As the years sped by, designs became more elaborate; different glazes were used, they were hand painted or gilded. Following WWI, due to supply shortages, plastic feves were made. Now this tradition of Feve production and collecting has been completely commercialized, and there is a vast assortment of porcelain, plastic and metal figures that are made. A lot of the newest feves are sold in series – more for collecting than for actually placing in cakes. Designs include everything from Harry Potter and Disney to the high fashion shoes and purses. Collecting Feves is very popular in France. The series are generally only produced for a single year.

Corset ghost chair from the Etsy shop TheParisianApartment. Rug from Etsy shop TinyHomeGoods.

My parents gave me an Etsy gift card for my birthday and with it I purchased this lovely corset ghost chair and rug.

DIY Modern Mini miniatures from Michaels

I stopped at Michaels this morning and discovered the dollhouse craze is back, this time with modern minis. While most of the minis are strictly 1:12 scale, I thought these would work well for Barbie. I think I’ll use the little ceramic trays to hold jewelry on a vanity or dresser, and I may or may not paint the mirror frame. The little storage basket is simply a plastic bucket with twine glued on the outside. These pieces are very affordable at $3-4 each, plus they were on sale today!

Susy Goose Barbie piano makeover

It’s becoming rather difficult to find Susy Goose Barbie pianos, so when I can, I snatch them up. Manufactured in Jonesville, Michigan, in the early 1960’s, these little gems have charming details. Often, however, the music box no longer works, the flocking inside has disintegrated, and accessory pieces like the photo frame, candelabra, and music stand are broken or missing. So I enjoy fixing them up and giving them new life.

I’m not exactly sure how many of these pianos I’ve repainted, but this is the definitely the most colorful. After a good soak and scrub in hot soapy water to remove the flocking, I started with a base coat of green chalk paint for primer. Chalk paint will stick to practically anything! Then I painted a couple coats of my base color of ocean green. The carvings are accented in gold, metallic emerald green, and metallic raspberry with a pearl white overcoat. I added green cameos in the oval frames on each side of the piano where the stickers were. I made a new music stand from wood and brass stampings, since the original was missing. Then I sealed the whole piece with Minwax polyacrylic sealer. I replaced the beat up mirror above the keyboard and the missing mirror inside the lid. Then I added a new silk cushion to the bench. Some sheet music, a picture frame, and candelabra complete the piece.

This beauty is available now in my Etsy shop.

Susy Goose Barbie piano, before and after refurbishment

Miniature tabletop photos for 1:6 scale dioramas

I did some cleaning and found a bunch more outdated Hankie Chic calendars. What better way to recycle than to use the photos from my calendars for Barbie’s house. So I’ve made some more table top framed Barbie photos to use in Barbie dioramas. And this time I made enough to share. These little pictures are available now in my Etsy shop.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1001280349/16-scale-barbie-portrait?ref=shop_home_active_1

Flower Shop open for business

I finally finished my flower shop. It all started with a Glitter Girls Sweet Shop. Almost every surface has been refurbished with paint or paper. The curtains are simply pieces of antique lace glued in place. I used scrapbook paper for wallpaper. The seat cushion is recovered with a scrap of fabric I had in my stash. The flower buckets are Solo cup shot glasses. Some raw brass stamped corners dress up the shelving unit. And the lollipop holder now holds stems of roses. The flowers are a combination of millinery flowers, paper, fabric, and clay that I’ve collected over the years. Now I need to figure out a backdrop for the shop … all of my usual backdrops are too small.

From Glitter Girls Sweet Shop to Barbie’s French flower shop, la Petite Fleur