Hallmark Kiddie Car Classic

A couple of weeks ago, I found this Hallmark Kiddie Car Classic in an antique shop. I thought it might be about the right size for a Chelsea or Kelly doll, and discovered it fits Chelsea perfectly! I’m not sure if Hallmark still makes these, but you can find plenty of options on eBay.

GAW Barbie convention – competitions

We just got back from viewing the competitions and buying some raffle tickets. The diorama competitors outdid themselves this year!

1:6 scale furniture makeovers

A little while ago, I wrote about some doll furniture I repainted for a friend. I just finished a pair of chairs for the same friend and thought I’d share those as well.

Before … plastic Mattel Barbie chair
After

I hand painted the chairs in brown, cream, and gold and glued on brass stampings I found on Etsy.

1:6 scale miniatures

‘Tis the season for Christmas shopping. and while I was out today, I found some 1:6 scale miniatures for Barbie and friends. At World Market, they have these adorable retro kitchen mixer ornaments in red, pink, and teal.

And at Michaels, I picked up these seasonal miniatures for my Christmas dioramas.

New Hallmark Keepsake ornament: 1:6 scale crayon box

This weekend, I went to my local Hallmark store to see the new Hallmark Keepsake Christmas ornaments for 2021. I bought a bunch that I’ll share later, but one of my favorites is the mini box of crayons. They’re the perfect size for Barbie and they look great with my 1:6 scale Barbie paper dolls! (Paper dolls are available to download from my Etsy shop.)

I didn’t have any real crayons in the house, so here’s a pencil and scissors to show the scale of the paper dolls and crayon box ornament.

1:6 scale miniature delights

Yesterday, I received a surprise in the mail. One of my friends in France saw my blog post about feves and sent me some for my dioramas! They are so cute! Be sure and notice the Barbie mirror (it even says Barbie on the back) and the adorable little shoes. Thank you, Evelyne!

And in other mini news, I found some adorable brass picture frames on Etsy that are the perfect size for Barbie. I scaled down a Robert Best sketch and printed it on card stock and glued it to the back of the frame. Then I glued a couple brass earring drops on the back for the easel stand (I bent them in half with pliers). It’s a little pricey for me to make in bulk to sell in my shop, so here’s the shop info if you want to order a frame and make your own.

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

More progress on the flower shop

I’ve got a bit more done on the flower shop. I finally figured out what to do with signage in the lollipop holder and on the side of the building … which then led to me redoing the overhead sign to match. I’ve got a picture sitting in the frame where the flamingo was … haven’t decided if it’s permanent yet or not. Considering making that an oval clock. I also made tiny little tags for the flower buckets with the shop name. Still to do: wallpaper, curtains, and recover the cushion on the window seat.