Thursday, November 16, 2017

Celebrating 26 years!


Marv and I were married 26 years ago today.  What a wonderful journey we have had so far!  I love you sweetie!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Vinyl/ABS Plastic Ball Jointed Dolls

I have a number of big resin doll BJDs but I have been working on my display shelves in my doll room (doesn't every house have a doll room?) and they are too short to display the larger dolls so I have been populating the displays with some smaller BJDs and I thought I would share them.  I posted them on the Den of Angels forum for off topic dolls so some of you may have already seen these.

The Cat is "Freya" by Hujoo. in white ABS plastic.  I painted her face using pastels and acrylic paint.  After each layer I did a quick spray of a matte workable fixative (Krylon).

  Her dress is for Blythe, if I remember correctly.



The Kitchen set I have had since I was about 10 years old.  Its made by AMSCO and was designed to be Barbie scale.  I love it.  My dad recently cleaned it up and fixed all the wiring so it lights up again (it uses C batteries).  I have the burner under the coffee pot turned on in the photo and you can kinda see it glowing.


Below is a Jun Planning Ai vinyl doll.   This specific doll/outfit is the Matricaria one. 



She is posed in a vintage German grocery shop that works very well with all my Re-ment foods.  I LOVE Re-ment.  I am totally hooked on them.  I use to by them at a wonderful store in China Town that sold all Japanese items.  But now that I no longer live near there, I mainly get them on ebay.

Friday, August 11, 2017

New wig for my French Fashion Doll

Recently I got together with some of my doll friends who collect antique French Fashion Dolls.  One of my friends taught us how to make 18th century wigs for the dolls....as if the dolls were attending a costume party.  I had a wonderful time and have been continuing to work on the wig.  Here are some pics of my first attempt.



My doll is a Bru...early moon face...with wooden arms/hands and leather body from the late 1860s.

The wig is made from Tibetan Lamb.  


(Ignore the mess on my desk!)  I am still having trouble with the wig being a bit too frizzy.






I am also working on a dress for her.  Here she is trying out the fabric, feathers, handmade beaded flowers and a miniature ship that seems to have found a new home!


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Porto's Bakery

I love Portos!  I was excited to learn that my favorite Cuban bakery has recently opened a location closer to me.  When I lived in LA and worked in Burbank, I would often have lunch at their Burbank location.  Also a great place to order from for parties!  The location below is their Buena Park location....not super close to me, but far better than driving all the way to LA!  My hubby and I checked it out last Sunday and I snapped some pics:






YUM!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

OC County Fair

Marv and I spent Sunday evening at the Orange County Fair.  We like this fair a great deal.  I use to enter the LA County Fair when we lived in Tarzana and always looked forward to going each year. But the OC Fair turned out to be a much more doable fair and has all the great things I love about really big fairs but is in a smaller footprint.  I also think the home arts are better at the OC Fair and I particularly love their visual arts section.

I took some photos of the cakes in the culinary arts section for your enjoyment...my favorite is the wedding cake that looks like a geode....amazing.   And I also love the cake featuring characters from Miyazaki's films.







Thursday, June 29, 2017

Christian Hacker Grocery Shop Redressed

I spent some time cleaning the large Grocery Store.  I also got the Christian Hacker book and found this shop (424/4) listed in the book.  So I can now confirm that this is indeed made by the Christian Hacker Factory sometime around 1905-1907.  Here are some fun pics of all the items put back in the store.



 The Front Windows


The Cheese Display


The Bakery Display

The Back Pantry stocked with meats and butter

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hat Shop Re-Dressed

I spent some time cleaning the Hat Shop room box...it took a long time with Q-tips!  But it looks much nicer now and the mirrors and glass are nice and shiny.  I have not fixed the door to the glass cabinet yet.  I need to buy new hinges for it, so for now it is tacked in place with museum putty.









These glass shelves spin when the clockwork mechanism is wound up and released. 



I have a large collection of blown glass bottles from glass artist Sue Ellen Fowler.  I have been collecting them for 25 years or more.  I think they look wonderful in this shop, so I decided to make the left side of the shop a perfumery shop and the right side the Millinery shop.