Barbie portraits

You know us fabric hoarders—we can’t bear to throw out usable scraps of fabric. After I had made a bunch of face masks from the new Riley Blake Barbie print fabric, I had all these odd size scraps left over. The images make me think of Andy Warhol portraits. So … I framed them! In Barbie scale frames, of course. The framed image is 4” x 3” —just perfect for your Barbie diorama. They are available individually or collect them all.
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New Barbie book titles

I’ve just added some new 1:6 scale Barbie books. If you’ve ordered my Barbie books before and just want the new covers, send me a note with your order asking for the new books. Please note: Books do not open. They look great on a bookshelf or sitting loose on a table. Available now in my Etsy shop.

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Refurbished Susy Goose Skipper doll bed and vanity set

Just finished up refurbishing my second Susy Goose Skipper doll furniture set. Available now in my Etsy shop.

Susy Goose doll furniture was manufactured in the early 1960’s in Jonesville, Michigan — about 90 minutes from my house. The doll furniture could be found in stores as well as Sears catalogs. Barbie vanities, beds, and wardrobes seem to have survived the years pretty well and can be found in abundance on eBay, although the white plastic is usually yellowed with time. Skipper furniture, however, is quite rare and very pricey. While the vanity originally came with a sheer skirt, I decided to skip the skirt to better show off the painted carvings on the legs.

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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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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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