Friday, June 25, 2010

Barbie Love

Is this not cool? I rarely visit ToysRUs but today I happened to be there with my daughter (trying to spend a $5 gift card, right?) About eight years ago I sent a message to friends and family that my Barbie collection was complete and no matter how beautiful the new Barbie's were, you must not give one to me. It's only fitting that I'm the one who broke down.

I just thought this new edition was so unbelievably gorgeous. Black and white with a little bit of silver (in the accessories which I didn't buy...yet) thrown in. Take that you pink and purple shiny, fluffy stuff! I'm actually too lazy to find all the info about this doll so I'll just say there are about 20 different versions and the advertising implies that you will add new accessories for her every season.

My Barbie History

I'm a light-hearted collector. When I started making real-live grown-up money I started buying/receiving "collectors edition" dolls. Probably about the same time most of the baby-boomer population was doing the same (meaning they probably aren't worth that much because everybody has them). My collection has a "Little Debbie" edition, a Speigel edition, a Pocahontas edition (this was given to me by a dear friend that met the woman who was the voice for the Disney production of Pocahontas and so had her autograph the doll, but she signed it Pocahontas. Couldn't anybody have signed it that way?) And then there was this one. The last one. The doll that was so beautiful I couldn't possibly continue collecting after her...........until today.

I hate the fact that now you can hardly go in and buy an outfit because they are marketed to make you buy the whole doll instead of a single outfit. As a kid I loved shopping for outfits that were rarely purchased because they were too expensive. Besides, my mom sewed and knit several wardrobes for my, and my sister's dolls so buying clothes was hardly necessary. (I love those clothes now, but you know the store bought stuff always seemed nicer then.)

I have a love/hate relationship with these dolls. I love how beautiful and special they are. I hate the fact that I'm not supposed to take them out of the box and play with them. (In 7th grade I was the victim of an "I still play with Barbies too" scam which resulted in two new kindred-spirit-type friendships but was also rather humiliating. So believe me, if I could take them out and play, even at my age, I would.) With the exception of one fabulous "special" outfit and one Christmas doll (out of about 15), I have not taken them out their boxes. Promise. But it's killin' me. Seriously. They are stored in a closet where I can't see them just so I don't open then up. And now my daughter knows about them. How can I explain this foolish notion of collecting when I don't entirely believe in it?

Anyway. I new Barbie!!! I wonder what she would look like with her hair in small braids in an updo, or different shoes, or a custom designed dress? I wonder if she wants to live in my daughter's doll house and go for a ride in her pink convertible? I probably will never know.

Should probably mention that I have no affiliation with any big or little toy mfgs.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

More Randomness

Check out this link from Cleveland Plain Dealer - Would love to be a bridesmaid in this dress - just for the petticoat!

Who doesn't need a pair of cotton-candy pink, high-waisted, linen/cotton pants for the summer? Well, I thought I needed them. Then I made them. If the fit wasn't so fantastic they might be on their way to Goodwill as we speak. Here's a peek at the construction, the fit pix will have to come later.

This weekend I SEWED!!!! Saturday was a long dress for my daughter that I've been wanting to make for ages. The picture shows two version of the same pattern (see sidebar for review - thanks for all the lovely comments from some of my favorite bloggers). Today the white thread was loaded, the interfacing was applied and off I went working on three blouses (leftovers from last year) at once. They won't get finished today, but I am hopeful for this week.

I keep forgetting to post about this suit I made for a wardrobe contest (the year of monochromatic looks that included matching gloves) that I didn't finish on time. The jacket hung on my dress form for almost a year before I completed the hand work and the pants were a terrible fit; not worth trying to fix. After playing around with several different combinations I came up with one ab-fab outfit that I will wear whenever I need a confidence-booster. It makes me feel good and makes me hold my head just a little bit higher.
Life's still a bee, but at least I'm closer to my favorite pastime and might even find enough to time to pass there (get it?).