Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Obsession Confession . . .

Nope . . . It's NOT All About the Jewelry!!!

This Booklet was included in each doll's box along with her stand, black heels and sunglasses

I confess . . . I like to collect things.

Not everything, like hoarders do, but when I really, really like something I want to collect it. And I want to collect a whole lot of it!  That's probably why I own a pretty significant selection of preccious metals, high quality gemstones, vintage beads and hand torched lampwork from a wide assortment of talented glass artisans. While technically a business, I know that it looks suspiciously like a collection to my husband.  Nope . . . It's NOT All About the Jewelry.

The inspiration for Barbie was a German doll called Bild Lilli, based on the comic-strip character Lilli.

On to my Obsession: I LOVE VINTAGE BARBIE!

To me, it's not about the doll ... it's about the CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES. This outfit is made of silk taffeta!

I love the way the vintage Barbie booklets resembled haute couture designer sketches

. . . and up until about five years ago, I was pretty much obsessed with collecting said doll, along with her miniature haute couture wardrobe manufactured by Mattel between 1959 and 1972. I no longer actively collect, but after ten years of doing so, I have quite a hifalutin collection, if I do say so myself. I hope you'll enjoy a few examples seen below.

Just as she came off the toy store shelf in 1961 - Mint condition with orginal box

Now it's only my opinion, but I'm pretty darn sure that Barbie was the first Super Model! What's my proof? When launched in 1959, she was marketed as a "Teen-age Fashion Model". Now she's a lot more famous (and wholesome) than Janice Dickinson, and I'll put her up against even Cindy Crawford's longevity any day. Case Closed.

One of the most sought after vintage outfits includes a politically incorrect, REAL fur stole

Items that are unused and in original condition are called NRFB - Never Removed From Box

The first bubblecut hairstyle was released in 1961

When launched in 1959, Barbie wore a black and white zebra striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail, and was available as either a blonde or brunette. A mint example still in its original condition with box can sell for $10,000.        ... BTW, I don't own one !!!

1960 Ponytail wearing "Busy Morning"

This doll is considered Rare with her near-white Patinum hair and amazing white lips!

I must let it be known that I Do Not Love Pink. I don't even LIKE it all that much.

The real reason for my obsession was the wardrobe. That spectacular, haute couture-inspired ever changing reflection of American fashion. Tiny zippers that really worked, fabrics like silk, satin, linen, taffeta and even chiffon. Didn't exactly make much sense for a child's toy . . .

This gown is made from satin and chiffon ... for a CHILD'S toy! What were they thinking???

Equally amazing were the accessories. The miniature cats eye glasses with working hinges have always impressed me the most, but Barbie's jewelry was nothing to sneeze at - pearl studs and gold hoop earrings, a pearl choker, pearl pendant on the tiniest chain I've ever seen, and a gold charm bracelet.

Barbie really knew how to dress back in the day! Nowadays ... not so much.

Barbie is a fashion icon with the most detailed wardrobe ever made for a doll. 

Don't forget, Barbie was billed as a teenage fashion model. Notice the short, bob hairstyle of 1965-66

1966 Barbie with a longer bob hairstyle and high-color makeup is highly coveted!

Anyhow, it's something I adore, and just wanted to share a bit with you ...

Barbie's Iconic Cats-eye Sunglasses

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Unless It's a Brain Teaser!!!

Do not try to figure this out!

No matter how smart you are,
No matter how long you think about it,

Or how many dictionaries you consult . . .

There is no way you're gonna get it!  But here you go - 

What common nine letter word is still a word when each of the nine letters is removed one-by-one?

Each time you remove a letter, it still remains a word. From nine letters, all the way down to a single remaining letter!

So take a few minutes to try and come up with a nine letter word that fits the bill, then scroll down for the answer. Or just go ahead and scroll down - because it's just never gonna happen . . .

The word is   * startling *

Now take away the letter in red, and you're left with the new word . . .
startling = starting
starting = staring
staring = string
string = sting
sting = sing
sing = sin
sin = in
in = i
Pretty cool, huh?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Wikipedia defines a Random Act of Kindness as a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual - either spontaneous or planned.

Visit GaleazGlass on Etsy - Kelly creates beautiful Stained Glass Art

I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks to Kelly, of GaleazGlass who created such a beautiful & inspired treasury this past Monday with the loss of my mother in mind and to celebrate the bond between mothers and daughters. I find her gesture perfectly amazing and tremendously kind!

And I want to express my most sincere appreciation for every comment and click that all of YOU contributed towards its success. Please know that the personal convos that I've received mean so very much to me. This is a great team full of great women!

(✿◠‿◠) Please accept my thanks ...
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