Saturday, November 15, 2014

Prettie Girls + Accessory organization

After coveting these for most of the year (and staying away because the price wasn't quite right to commit) they finally went on "sale" and my will weakened:

Lovely natural makeup on all the girls

While they are very pretty some quality assurance issues leaves little to be desired. First off the heads do not pivot. like not even a little bit, only side to side movement. Second the rib cage device they have that's supposed to allow them to angle their bodies barely functions! and by barely I mean it only half twist from left to right. All the money that went into getting that useless part could've been spent on movement at the wrist or ankles.  

Kamani's hair is a little too sparse ....

and full of gunk.

Third, the hair smells...bad. Like burnt plastic. Hopefully with time it will go away. Fourth and maybe the smallest issue is the big feet. Way to big for Barbie shoes, too small for most Monster High, good for Liv and perfect for Stardoll. My expectations might have been a bit too high.

I thought her outfit was darling but just changed the accessories

 The good does out way the meh. I love that their shapely, Lord knows more representation is needed as far as thats concerned. They come in a variety of brown skin tones, wear realistic neutral makeup and have some (better than nothing) articulation. Most importantly Im happy they exist in the doll world. I know they're called Prettie Girls but I wonder I've they'll get male characters?

Doll Accessory Organization

When you want your dolls to look their best you have a tendency to accumulate a good bit clothing etc. for them. For me I found even when I had all the shoes bags and jewelry in one container finding things was an issue and the visual clutter drove me batty. So I've re-worked some things and so far it's seems to be functioning well for me. I got these mini storage containers at my last Walmart trip in two sizes:

The small ones house belts...

Glasses and headbands...

and jewelry

The large one has big feet shoes. I prefer to keep these separate from Barbie sized shoes just to help me know what I have.

Small zip lock has Barbie shoes

The large is all handbags and backpacks
The all fit nicely into colorful units. It may seem unnecessary to have bins/zip locks within a bin, but it's totally worth it when finding what you need takes seconds instead of minutes!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Family Portraits + Tea Time

 It's the time of the year for family gatherings creating memories and lots and lots of pictures. So I thought it was the perfect time to give the dollies updated family photos. There has been a bit of shuffle from the last time including a few more single parents. First up! Tea time with Janelle, Athena and Barbie.

The Belmonts 
L to R: Jasmin, Jaden, Patrice, jose, Jordan, Jocelyn and Janelle (I noticed after posting Jose had no shoes ha!)

 The Armans
Top: Nikki, Dustin, Brooke
Bottom: Brie, Isla and Dave
 The Jacksons
Asha, Imani and Omar

The Gardners

Layla and Christine
 The Daltons
Ashley, Joyce, Lando and Larsa

 The Ayers
Barbie, Avery and Lana

 The Hills
Grant, Garret, Marrisa and Macey
 The LeGrande's
Emile and Sabrina
Gabbie and Jennifer
 The Greens
Roxanne and Ava
 The James

Nichelle and Dalton
 The Burrell's
Kaitlyn, Stanley, Keana, Nadia and Sam


Danica, AJ, Alex and Angel

 The Griffeys
Gigi, Kenneth, Kyle and jasmin
 The Ali's
Allan, Andy, Janelle, Tatianna, and baby Trevor
the McDermotts

 Dale, Darla,Tristan, and Teresa

 The Breckenridge's
Lydia , Haneslyn, Holly, Lance, Kylie and Liam in utero
 The Duncans

TJ,Tim, Jillian and Janessa

The Walsh's 
Brandon and Jodi
 The Carter's
Sean and Valencia
 The Stewarts
Trichelle, Keisha, Kordell and Zara
 The Watsons
Hana and Kaori
 The Kims
Suki and Kria
 The Gardners
Teresa, Christie, Saddie Barbie and Jonathan

Saturday, November 1, 2014

New Craft Office Space

We've moved to the new place and now completely settled! moving is so stressful, hopefully this will be it for at least two years. It feels so good to have everything consolidated in one place (I can't tell you how much tape, glue, staples etc was being hidden in so many areas around the old apartment). not to mention not needing to use my husbands desk!

 I have a working desk and I am thrilled! So here is the breakdown:

-All furniture and magazine files is Ikea
-Storage from Meijer, and decorative accessories HomeGoods

My dolls of the world have a display shelf

Clawdeen on her perch :-)

Doll and Craft bins

In here I keep fabrics, scraps, random furnishings, craft paper etc.

I found this great 20 gallon bin from Meijer and happy to report it holds all my dolls including room for some more. yay!

These colorful containers house all the dolls clothing and accessories and other craft items


Sewing materials etc.
Everything is so organized I'm afraid to touch it, truthfully I haven't had the time. I'm confident I can maintain it because everything has a visible place, nothing is hidden or out of sight.