Monday, August 26, 2013
I thought I'd share them with you, dear readers, today. Two "Fortune Cats" from Peak's Woods, one black, one pink, I have to listen to my kids each time I get them out, and explain why I can't unroll their fortunes.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
You can see sort of a crappy full-length shot of both dolls, which Leslie of The Vintage Goddess had for sale for $2400 at this year's Barbie Convention, here:
The 1970s version is actually for sale in her online store (I believe the set sold at convention). I think the 1960s version comes up less often and is slightly more popular.
Her arm is actually on the same side as one of the original Barbie Basic Model 03, though this doll wasn't released as a Target exclusive till two years later. Her hair style is also similar, though her facial screening is quite different.
Her outfit is really cute--check out the beaded details and the boots in the full-length photo.
Again, I'd love to add both to my collection. I can't decide which doll I like most!
Check out the pop star (and see how the doll's styling was inspired) in her music video here on YouTube:
As you might notice, this doll may have started off as a Barbie Basic Model No. 03. However, the dolls that have this face mold don't have brown eyes, their facial screening is different, and their arm poses (there are several versions of this doll) are slightly different (this doll's arm is on the opposite hip, for example, compared to one of the dolls).
The outfit is pretty much identical to the one Namie Amuro wears in the New Look video, and it's really well done.
I would love to have this doll in my collection, but the dolls rarely come up for sale. Leslie, the lovely and wonderful The Vintage Goddess on eBay, had both versions for sale at this year's Barbie convention. She was gracious enough to allow me to take photos of both.
The asking price for the dolls varies, depending on what the original owners ask--in this case, the set included both dolls (they are rarely found as a set), and was $2400. From what I can tell, the set is sold, but she still has the 1970s version available and in stock.
Leslie is your go-to person for anything hard-to-find when it comes to Barbie, by the way, and especially Japanese exclusives!
Friday, August 23, 2013
I'm usually a no-nonsense kind of parent--it's a requirement as a mom of four. There is just no other option. But since David is in high school this year (how did that happen? Am I really no longer in my 30s?), I feel like the, er, responsible thing to do is to allow some extra-curricular activities into the schedule, and to encourage them, even. We'll see how long this lasts.
That being said and, while my sanity is mostly still in tact, this is another favorite from the Magia 2000 fashion show. She is a gorgeous Steffie repaint with a beautiful fashion. Amazingly, Mario and Gianni found it reasonable to create her for a raffle prize and gave her away to one lucky person in attendance at the show that night!
Friday, August 16, 2013
Of course it's this girl. She is a former a Barbie Basics Model 03 (Steffie), with a complete repaint and hair restyle. Her gown is soft pink with intricate beading and silver thread embroidery. Her large green cape gives her the appearance of movement. She includes beaded jewelry as well.
See additional photos on Flickr. I so wish I could have taken her home! (There's always next year!)
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Check out the rest of the photos on Flickr. Also, I have an additional set of the dolls.
Mario did the narration, and Gianni and Ibrahim Ismail (another talented designer) assisted with tray-passing the dolls down the runway. Special guest and OOAK collector Richard Simmons joined in as a doll-passer as well, about halfway through the show.
The collection was introduced as The Colours collection. There were 50 one-of-a-kind dolls introduced, plus an additional raffle doll and the pair of silent auction dolls as well.
Next year, I'll be sure to budget accordingly--I won't be leaving without one of these amazing pieces. Each one was really an amazing work of art. And did I mention: I could have listen to the descriptions (and speaker, Mario) all night? Simply mesmerizing.
Monday, August 12, 2013
You can see the rest of my competition room photos on Flickr as well.
Feel free to peruse the rest of the set on Flickr!
My favorite item from the live auction was Marie Antoinette by Magia 2000. Exquisitely beaded and embroidered sapphire silk, this wonderful repainted Silkstone is a gorgeous tribute to Bob Mackie's Madame du Barbie. She helped raise money for the charity auction, and is simply a work of art.
You can see additional photos on Flickr--as a lucky tag-along, I got a sneak peek before the auction, and was simply floored.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Before I hop in the shower this morning, I though I'd post a few quick photos of the convention doll. She's really gorgeous, designed by Edge of 17.
The AA version has black and white hair (the Caucasian version has red and black hair, I think). Her outfit uses a black spiderweb pattern over blush shantung, with lots of ruffle detail. She includes an umbrella with a silver skull on the handle. And yes, that would be a nose ring!
See a few more photos on Flickr.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
I'll be posting additional videos when I return as well.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
We got to see amazing silent auction donations of all types--photos will come later on Flickr, since I brought my real camera--as well as previewing the wonderful live auction dolls and meet the artists.
I wasn't sure if I should post this, but I decided I'd better. Apparently, I'm enough of a nobody to not be aware of the tradition that if you're a Somebody, you aren't required to wait in line with the rest of us lowly registrants. Unfortunately, I'm unaware of this tradition enough not even to recognize the Somebodies! Not that I was offended or anything, of course. Thank goodness I was wearing flats and had an adult beverage.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Guests were treated to sneak peaks of auction items, as well as products for sale. In addition, while waiting outside, we were offered Blue Butterflies and cupcakes as refreshments. As always, it's a delight to meet designers in person, and put faces to names.
This was my first time in attendance at a Magia fashion show, and it was such a treat! We were shown 50 amazing hand beaded and embroidered works of art, runway style, complete with music and narration. I took photos with the real camera which I'll upload when I get home.
Special guests included Ibrahim Ismail and Richard Simmons. It was gorgeous, fun, and simply breathtaking! If you a chance to meet the artist in person, it's a treat! I'm now officially a fan girl!
Now, I need your help! If you are on Facebook, please "like" my photo on the Peak's Woods page. Your help will be greatly appreciated and will actually help contribute to further MegannArt dolly clothing on new doll bodies.
Remember, go to this photo on Facebook to vote, and you have to "like" the photo itself, not a comment, feed, etc.
Support an artist! Visit my website (MegannArt) for an Etsy shop, Twitter, Facebook (with occasional discounts), Pinterest page, and much more. Plus, there is even a new pattern book out now that has some BJD patterns, called Dolly Bureau!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
He uses an incredibly creative technique of mixed media designs to make fantastic couture dolls, ranging from $275 to $425. Metallics, feathers, beading, silk--all kinds of texture go into his work--each piece fitting the title perfectly.
If you are visiting New Orleans this week, stop by tonight or tomorrow for this amazing debut trunk show. You'll want to meet the artist and pick up one of these amazing pieces. Also, visit his website, Art Dolls by Tommy, for items for items for sale, descriptions, and shopping--even if you're not in town.