1:6 scale chair makeovers

Here’s the last of the doll furniture I was finishing up to take to the GAW Barbie Convention this year.

First up, two pewter pincushion chairs that I repainted gold. The seat cushions are made from a rich deep red Dupioni silk embroidered with gold leaves. I have 2 chairs available.

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And next, I managed to snag two Barbie Fan Club chairs. I also painted them gold and made seat cushions from coordinating black petit point hankies.

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GAW Barbie Convention postponed

Well, I had a feeling it was going to happen … I got an email tonight from the hotel that my room reservation had been canceled since the event was canceled. And it was confirmed in the GAW Convention Facebook page.

So … over the next few days I’ll start listing the dresses I was going to take to convention in my Etsy shop. Stay tuned …

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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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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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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It’s a Barbie Christmas … tree

The church my sister attends does a Festival of Trees event every year over the Thanksgiving weekend. Individuals choose a theme, decorate a tree in that theme, and then donate the tree for a silent auction that benefits local charities.

This year I talked my sister into a Barbie themed tree. Throughout the past year, we’ve been collecting ornaments, dolls, and a variety of Barbie items from eBay, Etsy, antique malls, dollar stores, and the GAW Barbie Convention. My mom made a tote bag, I made a tree skirt, my sister knitted a Barbie blanket, and we roped the whole family into making a variety of ornaments.

Tonight, we spent an hour and a half decorating our tree. I think someone’s little girl is going to have a very Merry Christmas!

OOAK Silkstone Barbie for charity auction at GAW Barbie Convention

I’ve started working on my OOAK Barbie doll for the charity auction at the 2020 GAW Barbie Convention. The theme is A Knight to Remember, so I’ve decided I’m making a princess Barbie. I know … so original.

I found a repaint artist to collaborate with me; her seller name on eBay is Dolls-in-Reverse. She normally repaints and/or reroots Barbie Fashionistas, but I convinced her to try repainting a Silkie for me. The doll just arrived in the mail today and I’m thrilled with the results! For her first attempt at a Silkie, I think she knocked it out of the park. I gave Mindy the color palette I wanted her to work from to coordinate with the silk fabric I’m planning to use for the dress. (What that final dress will look like … I haven’t decided yet.)

The doll was originally Suite Retreat. I love her auburn hair color, but I’ve never been a fan of her original face paint — she just looks harsh to me. But Mindy has managed to soften her look and I think she looks amazing! Here are the before and after images. What do you think?

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1:6 scale throw blankets for fashion dolls

I sew. My sister knits. We work in the same building, so we usually grab a quick lunch and then head to one of our favorite craft stores to get some exercise. Ok … shop. I look for beads, lace, fabric, etc., and she looks at yarn.

For the last couple of years, she has volunteered to go with me to the GAW Barbie Convention. So this past year, I told her she should make something for Barbie to sell out of our room. She started knitting these adorable throw blankets. One happened to end up in my box after convention and I just love how it drapes on the furniture and adds that something extra to my dioramas.

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Now, we’re making them available in my Etsy shop. There are a variety of colors, sizes, and patterns to choose from. Check them out!

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