Friday, January 31, 2014

Found at the Thrift Store

What I found at the thrift store. 

I got 4 Liv dolls for $1.69 each. Here are 2 of them. Three of them had wigs. One was broken so I ripped her head off. 

I like to get cheap, spare Liv dolls to either use their bodies or heads on other dolls because Liv doll bodies are the best. And they're cheap. 

I really dig the blue, fringed outfit on the left. She didn't come with that outfit on. It was on some generic doll that I got rid of. But I had to have that getup. 

Two Littlest Pet Shop Blythes. Now I have 7. I wish I had all of them. They're so cute. 

Broken Barbie bike I'm going to fix and miscellaneous doll purses. I also got some Barbie shoes that don't fit any of my dolls. I don't own any Barbies. 

Disney Animators' Collection Rapunzel. She was naked, filthy and her hair was atrocious. I cleaned her up, untangled the mess of hair. Then I had to cut off about 4 inches. It was a frizzy mess. 

She's back to her original Disney cuteness, almost. I'll have to make her some clothes and get her some shoes. 

Can you believe Mattel made both of these dolls? The one on the left is the one I got from the thrift store. I think it's a My Scene doll. All I know is it's absolutely hideous. But it only cost $1.99 and my dolls needed another boyfriend. I got rid of the velvet jacket he was wearing. It was gross and tacky. 

The one on the right is Ever After High Hunter Huntsman. He's wearing Cody Simpson dolls pants and shoes. I made the sweater. 

Hunter is a vast improvement. 

Only the clothes, shoes, purse and jewelry came from the thrift store. 

$1.99 for the Barbie scooter and the Liv wig. 

Tea set for my dolls. 

Disney princess doll dress that looks great on my Liv doll. They needed at least one gown.

Barbie Volkswagen. I cleaned it up and painted it black. Now they're very happy they have a car to go shopping. 


Monster High Honey Swamp by Mattel

This is Honey "Boo Boo" Swamp, Fright Camera  Action. She's the daughter of the swamp monster, whatever that is.

It took me awhile to find this doll here in NYC. I couldn't find her until after the holiday season was over. She was sold out everywhere. I was very disappointed because it was a decent price during the  holiday sales. I ended up paying full price. I really wanted her, though. She's my second favorite Monster High doll after Toralei Cat Tastrophe. 

This is her picture on the front of the box.

This is the back of the box. 

Her she is out of her box. I'm not sure if this is the actual stand she came with. I have so many MH stands at this point and I got them mixed up in a huge pile. She does come with a stand, of course. 

Her book/diary was boring as usual. Something about school. I don't know. I read it and immediately forgot it. I have no intentions of ever reading it again. 

She comes with a camera (because she's a filmmaker?). I wish she'd come with a cute purse that most of the MH dolls come with instead.

And whatever this thing is called. Can't remember and don't feel like Googling it. 

Honey Swamp is awesome. She's giving off some fierce, ghetto fabulous, Afro realness and I love her for it. She is beautiful. 

Her 'fro looks great from the back, too. 

Her small, plastic, pink hat is connected to a black headband. I'm not going to describe her too much because a picture is worth a thousand words, right? I had fun taking photos of her. 

Her pink, reptilian shoes. MH have the best shoes. 

I love her skin color and the designs on her skin. It makes her even more unique. 

Very cute dress. I just wish the shirt was longer. And I'm not too crazy about the fur underneath the skirt.

Don't cry for me, Argentina.

Here she is making a phone call after her cell phone battery died. 

Having lunch with Toralei at Robotica's Cafe. 

Bye, y'all!

EDIT: Honey "Boo Boo" Swampwater Child's left leg fell off shortly after this review. 

A piece that was holding the leg on just popped off. If I glued it back together the leg probably wouldn't have been mobile anymore. Also her left upper arm was bent. I couldn't straighten it out. 

So what's a girl to do? I called Mattel's customer service explained the situation and answered a few questions. A few days alter I received a brand new one by FedEx. This doll is in much better shape than the one I originally bought. 

So thanks Mattel. They have great customer service. 

But I still hate Barbies. And I think it's stupid that they put her in Sports Illustrated because every grown man wants to see a plastic doll in a one piece bathing suit next to half naked supermodels. 


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My First Handmade Doll Wig

I did some brief research on the internet to learn how to make my own doll wigs. There are a lot of different methods; some detailed and time consuming (I dismissed those) and a few that looked relatively easy and quick (definitely made note of those).

This what I came up with:

This is Moxie Teenz Arizona wearing the new wig which turned out pretty good. 

I bought one bag of hair from a beauty supply store. It's called Ya Man Afro Kinky Braid 100% Kanekalon Fiber,
Red. I used the whole bag. 

I crocheted a wig cap with a size C hook and very fine (crochet thread?) black yarn. Then I folded a piece of hair in half and sewed the pieces onto the wig cap very carefully. When I was done I cut it to the desired length. I may cut it so more. I also sewed some of the hair in place in the front to style it a bit and to cover the wig cap which is black. I didn't have red thread. It probably would've looked a bit better with a red wig cap underneath. It wouldn't be so noticeable. 

I wanted to buy more wigs for my dolls from eBay but I gave up after awhile because the prices are outrageous. 

This is a much cheaper option. It was fun but more importantly it didn't take that much time. I'm definitely going to make more. 

This is Bratzillaz Sashabella wearing the wig. She has a Liv body and a Barbie dress. (Boy, that's a lot of hair).

Here's a Liv's Alexis wearing the wig and an outfit I found on a doll at the thrift store. She looks cute. 

The wig cap is very soft and slippery so I have a piece of Velcro and two pins sticking in the dolls head to keep it on. 

This is a view of the wig from the back and the side. The black that's showing in the 2nd photo is the wig cap. 

All in all, I like making my own wigs. And I hate paying too much for everything on eBay. 


Friday, January 17, 2014

LPS Blythes' My Froggy Stuff Treehouse

I followed a myfroggystuff tutorial on YouTube to make a treehouse for my five LPS Blythes. Then I learned how to use papier-mâché by watching Ginger Lola's YouTube tutorials.

It's made out of cardboard then covered with papier-mâché, painted and covered with clear glue to give it some shine. It was a lot of work but totally worth it. I love the way it came out. The papier-mâché makes it a lot sturdier. 

Most of the furniture and the luggage I also made by following more myfroggystuff tutorials. 

The door opens and closes. 

Now my Blythes and their pets have a fabulous treehouse to live in.