7/01/2018

2018 IFDC Dolls - Triple Hippie Poppies

Here it is! The big reveal. Three Poppy Parkers, all dressed in hippie style.

Item # PP132
Peace of My Heart
Poppy Parker™ 
2018 IFDC Companion Doll
Approx. Ship Date: In-stock, ships once the lottery winners have paid
Retail: $160.00 + Shipping
Edition Size: 500
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Body Type: Poppy 1.5
Foot Sculpt: Industry articulated foot
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Auburn
Eyelashes: Yes, hand-applied
Quickswitch: No


The Story:
Any girl attending a weekend long music festival will tell you- looking good at all times is the way... After all, you don't know who you will meet; you never know, rock stars are everywhere! Poppy Parker picked her weekend wardrobe with care, making sure that her sweet and fashionable personality shone through at all times!


I thought this description was pretty funny. I don't know what weekend long 
music festival they're talking about but the original one was a mud fest.


https://youtu.be/HKdsRWhyH30

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Item # PP130
Time of the Season
Poppy Parker™ 
2018 IFDC Centerpiece Doll
Approx. Ship Date: In-stock, ships once the lottery winners have paid
Retail: $160.00 + Shipping
Edition Size: 350
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Body Type: Poppy 1.5
Foot Sculpt: Industry articulated foot
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Light blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

The Story:
Ready to jump on-stage with her favorite band and dance to the beat, our girl Poppy is perfectly dressed for a swinging ol' time at the concerts!
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Item # PP131
Summer of Love
Poppy Parker™ 
2018 IFDC Souvenir Doll
Approx. Ship Date: In-stock, ships once the lottery winners have paid
Retail: $175.00 + Shipping
Edition Size: 500
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Body Type: Poppy 1.5
Foot Sculpt: Industry articulated foot
Skin Tone: Hungarian
Hair Color: Ash blonde mix
Eyelashes: Yes, hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

The Story:
Poppy is the belle of the party, romantically dressed for the summer of love! Soft and ultra-feminine, our girl is a pure vision of femininity and could outshine any summer goddess!
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If I collected Poppy Parker, I'd definitely want Sumer of Love. Her hair is lovely and the dress is pretty. On eBay, she has already sold for a low of $277 to high of $425. There are several higher asking prices currently.
Peace of My Heart seems to be averaging at $400-$450.
Time of The Season looks like it's going for around $340-$375.
Prices will go down as the week progresses.

I like the outfit on the "Peace of My Heart" Companion Doll. It's very cute. 
The notice says that the dolls come with an alternate "I love you sign" hand. I don't see it in the photos. 

To the photographer who shot these images, I wish you would have used a different background color. I'm not sure what the intention was in using a color so similar and without much contrast to the doll but she is disappearing into it. Were you going for vintage? It didn't work. :-(


The W Club is holding a "right to buy" lottery for what remains of these convention dolls. Members have been sent instructions for entering.



6/29/2018

Another Hippie Poppy and I Really Don't Care, Do You?

With so many members of the W Club who weren't even born yet in the 60's and who don't have any idea about what it was like, this doll will be ideal. As far as I'm concerned, she's just another hippie wannabe doll. The one unique thing I see is a hand making the peace sign. Now that's different and it's pretty funny. It looks slightly small but that may just be the photo.
I must tell you that most 'real' hippies do not have highlighted hair and do not wear eye makeup. But Poppy is not real and I really don't care. She looks as if she really doesn't care either. Do you?




"Free Spirit" 

A Little Nazi

Joni Mitchell-Woodstock (1969 Live)


I came upon a child of God

He was walking along the road
And I asked him, where are you going
And this he told me
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an' get my soul free
We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
Then can I walk beside you

I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it's the time of man
I don't know who l am
But you know life is for learning
We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
By the time we got to Woodstock

We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation
We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

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"Billion year old carbon...Caught in the devil's bargain"


6/25/2018

2018 Poppy Parker City Sweetheart Collection Reveal

On Saturday, June 23, the W Club membership was presented with the Poppy Parker City Sweetheart Collection Reveal and a live chat with designer, David Buttry. I didn't attend the chat so I don't know what transpired.

Here is the collection and most the text as published by Integrity Toys:

Poppy Goes Back To The Big Apple!

Poppy Parker and New York City go hand in hand. Ever since her arrival last year to start her modeling career, Poppy has fallen in love with her adopted new home. Whether it’s taking in the tourist locations, poetry readings, attending debutante balls or new modeling assignments around the city, Poppy is becoming New York’s City Sweetheart!






Off-Beat Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The City Sweetheart Collection
Approx. Ship Date: August
Suggested Retail: $135.00 US
Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 900
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Body Type: Poppy 1.5
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Paper White
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied




Co-Ed Cutie Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The City Sweetheart Collection
Approx. Ship Date: August
Suggested Retail: $135.00 US
Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 900
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Body Type: Poppy 1.5
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: New Hispanic
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied




World At Her Feet Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The City Sweetheart Collection
Approx. Ship Date: Mid-September
Suggested Retail: $135.00 US
Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 900
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Body Type: Poppy 1.5
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Light Red
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied






Peach Parfait . Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The City Sweetheart Collection
Approx. Ship Date: August
Suggested Retail: $135.00 US
Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 900
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Body Type: Poppy 1.5
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Platimum/Light Blonde Mix
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied




Girl Talk Poppy Parker™ and
Darla Daley™ Duo-Doll Gift Set
The City Sweetheart Collection
Approx. Ship Date: Mid-Sept.
Retail: $175.00 US + Shipping
***IT DIRECT EXCLUSIVE***

Edition Size: 800
Head Sculpts: Poppy and Darla 2.0
Body Type: Poppy 1.5
Foot Sculpts: High-heeled
Skin Tones: FR White / FR Black
Hair Colors: Auburn Mix / Black
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

6/23/2018

3-D Printed Wig Stands by PB Ray

One of the super creative members of our doll community, PB Ray, gifted me with these two printed wig stands. I know 3-D printing has been around for several years but I am impressed at how it's being used in the doll world these days.


The tall one is sporting a Sybarite sized wig and the shorter one is wearing a Kingdom Doll wig. The stands have a nice 'tooth' that keeps slippery wigs in place.

PB sells the stands on Etsy. Apparently, they have become so popular that you have to get on a wait list!

Priced well at just under $10., they come in black in the two sizes shown. Shipping is $8. in the US for up to 6 stands.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/dollydollyfashions?ref=l2-shopheader-name


6/22/2018

Facets BBQ Invitation - Sunday, September 16th 2018







6/17/2018

Ryan Roche Miniature Mannequin Doll Collection & Kadira from Phyn & Aero

Ed Note: This is a re-done version of a post I made two days ago.



Yesterday, Phyn & Aero debuted their Summer 2018 releases.

The promotional text:
Ryan Roche Miniature Mannequin Doll Collection
Ryan Roche's full size work has been featured extensively in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and WWD and is sold only through the finest retailers in the country. Subtle, feminine shades and luxurious textures are inherent to each collection and tell the poetic story of the distinct sensibility in which it is rooted.
Now, for the first time, exacting miniaturized replications of her designs are available for the doll collecting community! Every Ryan Roche mannequin outfit is designed to represent the look and feel of the exquisite work of renowned designer, Ryan Roche.  Extremely limited, every RR cashmere outfit is made by a womans cooperative in Nepal with the same yarns and colors that Ryan uses in her collection. Ryan oversees the production of the prototypes to her exacting specifications.
Estimated shipping is Third Quarter, 2018.

The basic doll comes in four different rooted saran hair colors: midnight, sable, platinum and copper. The retail price of each of these basics is $130, dresssed as shown.







The body used is the same used for the new Wonder Woman, Scarlett O'Hara and Outlander dolls.
The perfect model for the most exclusive fashion doll clothing ever made. The Ryan Roche mannequin stands 16" tall with 15 points of articulation and is made of meticulously finished hard plastic and vinyl...The Ryan Roche mannequin has an exquisitely detailed face up designed and directed by Ryan Roche. Wearing a mid-length, bias cut slip dress of nude matte charmeuse and matching high heel, faux leather pumps, she looks every bit a Ryan Roche muse. Stand with acrylic base is included with each mannequin.
Really? "The perfect model for the most exclusive fashion doll clothing ever made?" It doesn't look it to me. I think their faces are dull and lifeless. I also think the photographs are poorly done and difficult to see clearly.





The crocheted horror on the doll above reminds me of a holiday gift I was given when I was a teacher. A parent of one of my students made it. It was a doll with a huge skirt intended to be put over your extra roll of toilet paper which you certainly kept on the toilet tank. No thank you. 
The photo on the right is one of Roche's human designs.



Below a runway version you see on one of the dolls. I like it on the model, not on the doll. Not everything translates well on dolls.



The dolls are open editions. The outfits are LE 100 and are priced separately from $225. for the cable dress with wrap sweater, to $180 for the trousers and sweater outfit, to $150 for the crocheted dress.

If I needed 16" vinyl and hard plastic dolls again, I'd buy Tylers and Sydneys off eBay or from other collectors. At least they're attractive. Ms. Roche, don't give up your day job. Jason Wu is successful at interpreting his own fashions for dolls. But he started with designing for dolls and then became famous for human designs. Working in reverse clearly doesn't always work. Check out his work.

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Andrew Yang's "Kadira" now offers an extensive set of options for blanks, open and closed eye painted heads, painted nudes, wigs, outfits and dressed dolls in two skin tones.
Kadira's premiere collection reflects the ever-changing landscape of modern doll collecting starting with her 12.5" sculpt, raw and striking in its blank form, tightly strung together, delicately articulated and crafted from high quality resin.
She is a doll with a story but one you get to create through your own designs, a curated selection of painted nude dolls styled with wigs, outfits and accessories or fully dressed beauties for those who are ready to pose and play.
Estimated shipping is third quarter 2018 except for the Kadira blank pale and tan dolls which will ship at the end of June.

Full body Blanks $295 .

Blank Heads $50.






Closed Eye Heads $85.



Painted Bodies Nudes (Dramatic and Classic in Pale and Tan) $345. LE15 and LE20






There are two dressed dolls, separate fashions, a wig set and a shoe pack available as well.

 



For more details and descriptions, I highly recommend Happily Ever After's website at: https://www.happily.com/category-s/135.htm



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6/11/2018

Lady la Fay Kingdom Doll - London Fashion Doll Festival Charity Auction

This stunning OOAK doll called "Lady la Fay" is one of the dolls being donated to the London Fashion Doll Festival to be auctioned off on eBay for the benefit of the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital Charity.

Alexandra Forbes and Amanda Arnold of Kingdom Doll are the very generous donors.

Auctions go live on the 20th June and end on the day of the festival, the 30th.

Look for her on the LFDF 2018 eBay page.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/londonfashiondollfestival

She is going to garner a lot of attention and a huge winning bid, I'm sure.



6/03/2018

Behind the Scenes Photo Set-Up Featuring Kingdom Dolls Savile, Viola and Nimue

I was inspired by Nimue in her floral gown to create the following backdrop.
My photography studio has a huge bulletin board on one wall. I pinned up a poster showing a classic greenhouse interior. The brick floor is a magnetic sheet from Room With A View. 
One of my favorite props is Gene's gazebo. While there was no room for the matching table and chair set, one chair did the trick. 
The tiny terracotta flowerpots are a breeze to fill with silk flowers, they can also disguise seams in the flooring. 
All the other greenery was purchased at Michael's, an art and craft supply mega chain store. Some are sticking out of the gazebo and some are tacked to the bulletin board. The potted trees are also from Michael's.
What you don't see are my strobe lights on stands or my camera on a tripod. 



Here are some of the ladies in the greenhouse garden.
All their gowns are from Aquatalis. Wigs by Ilaria. White hat from a Dutch hat maker. Silver shoes on Viola are from Kingdom Doll. Savile's neckpiece is by Superdoll. 







5/22/2018

How to Re-Cover a Horsman Lounge Chair by Miriyum of Yum Yum Couture




1.
You will need 1/2 yard of fabric, 8" X 12" rectangle of 1/4" foam cushioning, 1/8" stiff cardboard or posterboard, Fabrictac glue, spray adhesive, small Phillips screwdriver, sewing machine and paper towels, marking pen whose marks disappear when ironed. Get them all together before you start to work. 




2.
Using side pieces of fabric peeled off the chair as templates, cut 2 side pieces from your fabric.


3.
Apply glue to cardboard edges ONLY of chair sides and press side pieces to chair. Notch inner curve of fabric to fit the chair and prevent overlapping fabric. Clip wider curved side of the fabric to fit the curve of the chair. Notch fabric at the front of arms so that you have smooth corners.

Apply extra glue as needed.

Let dry.


4.
Using cardboard from back as a template, create a fresh cardboard for the back of the chair. (15cm wide and 38cm long) Mark the holes where screws were on the template. Place new cardboard back on fabric and trace rectangle allowing about an inch of fabric on all sides.

Cut out back section of fabric.


5.
Spray cardboard back with adhesive spray on one side. Lay sticky side of cardboard on wrong side of fabric for back, making sure it is centered on fabric.

Smooth fabric to make sure there are no bubbles or creases. 

Make a line of glue on long sides ONLY of cardboard and fold the long sides of fabric onto cardboard. Leave short ends free/unglued. 

Let dry.

Use a tack or reamer to mark where the holes for screws are on the finished side of the back.


6.
Apply glue to rectangular top of chair and to the top of the inner edge. Matching cardboard of back to the top of the seat, press fabric overlap onto the chair and gently press back onto the chair, folding the back to fit the edges of the chair.

Apply more glue to the back of the chair and press the back section onto the chair. At the foot of the chair, once again apply glue to rectangle and a line of glue on the inner chair edge and press remaining back onto chair, pressing crease into back and matching cardboard to inner edge of chair.

Let dry.

Match up holes on legs to holes in back and screw legs of chair back.


7.
Upholster seat cushion.

Use cardboard peeled from seat cushion as a template to cut fresh cardboard seat. (It is 15mm wide and 24mm long.) Use new seat cardboard as a pattern for the seat. 


8.
Cut a section of fabric at least an inch wider on all sides than the template. Using disappearing marking pen, mark the template rectangle on the right side of the fabric. Mark the quilt lines on the right side of the fabric. The quilt sections on mine were 38mm wide by 48mm long.

Pin fabric to foam. Using a relatively long stitch length, sew first all around the edges of the marked rectangle. Don't stitch beyond marked lines or back stitch. You can pull the hanging threads to the back after you are done to secure them. 

Sew the long lines on the rectangle and then the short.

After securing all your threads to the back, trim the foam to the sewing lines.


9.
Apply glue to edges of seat cardboard and fit cardboard to the back of cushion, matching corners. Press unquilted fabric sides to the cardboard, trimming if necessary and notching the corners of the fabric to ensure a smooth fit.

Apply glue all around edges of chair seat and to the seat itself. Press seat cushion onto chair making sure corners are even with chair and that no raw edges of fabric show at corners.

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Thank you, Miriam, for permission to publish this!

If you'd like to visit Miriam's fashion website: http://www.yumyumcouture.com