Monday, November 25, 2013

Dolls! Mystery Doll Reveal

Here is the Mystery Doll; she is a Diva Starz Fashion Doll made by Mattel in the early 2000's. I just love her!! There is an interesting write-up about these dolls on Wikipedia.  I think this doll is Miranda. These dolls are 11 inches/28 cm tall, are battery operated and talk when you push the top off their head. Various personalities provided their voices to the dolls. They were discontinued after a few seasons as the sales dropped off.

Here are some of the op-shop dolls I got last week, including Miranda, waiting for their makeover.

Here they are having a good soak in the fabric softener:

No dolls were harmed in the making of this blog post.
Here is Miranda showing off her beautiful pink streaks. The hair was gossamer fine after her salon treatment. I am quite impressed by the quality of these dolls.

I was lucky to get three of these Diva Starz dolls, here is the second one that I made over, wearing a tagged Barbie dress that I got from the same op-shop.  Miranda is wearing a Barbie dress too. After researching these dolls, I realised when I went back to the op-shop that their shoes were also on sale. I am guessing that the 'people out the back' (Audra's phrase) didn't know that these shoes went with these dolls, so they bagged them separately. I was lucky to get three pairs!!

Finally, here is Tia or Nicki waiting for her make-over.  She does look rather forlorn waiting for her make-over next to those two stylish chicks!  I am hoping her hair responds as well as the others have to the fabric softener.

Thanks for all your guesses about this doll, it was a bit of fun.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dolls! Mystery Doll Clue Number Two

Mystery doll clue number two is in the photo above.  She is one of the dolls I got recently from my favourite op-shop.

And here is yesterday's clue:

See if you can guess who she is!!

Happy Guessing.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dolls! Last of the Bratz Op Shop Five Makeovers Done

Here is the complete line up of the 'Op Shop Five' that I have been making over during the last couple of months. Below is their before photo. I tried to compose them in a similar fashion so that the before and after was easier to compare.

Here are the last two dolls to receive their makeovers:

Wearing a Moxie Girlz outfit, trying to look punk in tartan and combat style boots.


I know I have raved about how well the fabric softner worked on these Bratz dolls hair, but I am going to say it again - what magic stuff! I also gave a Barbie doll the same treatment, and considering this Barbie has quite bad quality hair, it came out well in the end. I will show you my latest dolly makeovers in my next post.

For now, here is a 'mystery pic' of a gorgeous doll that I got in one of the bulk doll bags at my favourite local op shop. I will blog about her (and the many other dolls I got in the bag) later on this week.

Mystery doll - can you guess who??

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

1950's and 1970's Vintage Clothing Patterns - Mother and Daughter

I have been 'missing in action' over the last month, but here I am at last. I had an operation a couple of months ago and I am fine now, but I have 'developed' another couple of symptoms that need looking in to. Nothing like everything happening at once!! Anyway, none of this has kept me away from the Op Shops, and I got this sweet little Enid Gilchrist pattern book for Women and Teenagers yesterday.

They suggest mixing and matching the skirts and tops to create many looks:

This pattern is for a slip to wear under a dress which ' smoothly at the waistline, yet have ample fullness around the hem. You will like this pattern." I like the nifty panel insert under the bust and at the center back.

The advertisements are hilarious; one for the Commonwealth Savings Bank (an Australian bank which is still going strong) which advises teens to save up for their wardrobes with one of their bank accounts.

And this one for a Bernina Record sewing machine.

Going forward to 1978 is this cute pattern for little girls' dresses. I just love the artwork on these old patterns, and that is the reason I get them when I see them. This one has come all the way from Perth, by the looks of the shop stamp on the pattern cover.

I got a new follower recently; thankyou Nymphaea!
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