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Blog Anniversary Presents

Wow! I want to thank everybody who commented on the blog’s anniversary post. Your kind words warmed my heart; you are why I adore being part of a blogging community. I didn’t expect anything more than your comments for the blog’s anniversary. It was a pleasant surprise when I received gifts from two awesome people to mark the occasion. I didn’t ask for it, I didn’t expect it, and I feel positively spoiled by their generosity.

The day of my blog’s anniversary, my husband surprised me with this gift. He claims that it was no small feat keeping it hidden from me over the past few weeks. I have been working towards getting the last boxes of random brick-a-brack unpacked, and he claims to have moved it several times because of my productivity. Honestly, I don’t know how I could have missed this; it is huge.

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This is a Barbie Bed & Bath Fold Out Doll House from 1998. It includes a bathroom and a bedroom area. It is missing the bow on the outside, but the inside is fairly complete. The canopy over the bed is missing, but there are different variations of this toy that never had a canopy. In any case, you can see pictures of a more complete model here. It certainly is a charming, even if it has some discoloring from sun damage. Thank you, my dearest, for such a thoughtful gift.

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The house itself opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the blog. I can repaint this and make it into any number of backdrops! It could be the Tardis. It could be any number of houses featured in the show. It could be a palace or alien world. The possibilities are endless! I am going to re-watch some Doctor Who episodes with Ood in them to see if any rooms are worth recreating with this house. If nothing strikes my fancy, I will keep it in mind for future projects.

Next, I will share with you a gift from my friend Gwen. I have to start by saying nothing is more fun that getting a package in the mail that you weren’t expecting. The box arrived a few days after the blog anniversary post. The pictures aren’t the greatest because I was having lighting trouble, and I hope you can forgive me.

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I won’t lie. I have seen this guy on shelves at various stores and I have been tempted to buy them every single time. So, so tempted…. Why? Because he looks like that one character. You know the one, I think his name was Ricky. Despite the resemblance, I never could bring myself to buy one because my budget has been too tight to splurge on a new doll. It appears that I am not the only person who saw the resemblance. Gwen included a note with this doll saying, ‘He reminded me of the plastic guy from the first episode.’ Deliciously fitting for a Ken doll.

The doll itself is called Water Play Steven or Barbie Beach Steven and he is a 2015 release. Wow! He is so modern for my collection; it’s hard to believe. I know he will need a facial repaint to truly capture the essence of Mickey Smith, so he isn’t on the short list for upcoming projects. I have a back log of projects I want to do before I dive into repainting. Still, I am glad to have this doll as part of the collection. It makes me smile to think of my plastic Mickey hanging out with the dolls. It is a delightful reminder of the season that pulled me back into Doctor Who after so many years.

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Who doesn’t love a good Disney prince? Well, at least when their heads are firmly on their shoulders (I’m not bitter). This is Eugene Fitzherbert from the Disney Rapunzel movie. I liked him in the movie because he is clearly more flawed than the average prince, and who doesn’t love his name? I’ve been a sucker for Genes ever since I watched Star Trek as a child. I’m getting off track! More commonly known as Flynn Rider, this doll has a nice head sculpt that captures his character. There was sticky note on him saying ‘Lose the goatee and he will look like Jack!’ I can certainly see the smoldering resemblance between the two. I think that this doll is destined to become Captain Jack Harkness, in all his glory.

The doll is a Mattel 2014 Flynn Rider doll. While I couldn’t find a review or similar for the doll itself, this post by Never Grow Up compares him to a Disney store Flynn Rider doll. I am a little bit scared because a blurb under one of the pictures says that his pants won’t come off. I…. I feel like this is the exact opposite of the Jack we all know and love. Will it be a disqualifier? Maybe. I will have to unbox him and examine him to know for sure.

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Now, the astute reader may wonder why I haven’t unboxed these two dolls. The answer is simple: my toddler loves unboxing. I am going to save the unboxing for a snowy (do we even get snow down here?) or rainy day when we can’t go outside, so right now they are hanging out in the front closet. I am sure they’ll strike a pose with the Ood ladies once they are free of their plastic prisons.

Speaking of Ood, I have been working on the Ood mask pattern. Something just came over me yesterday and I started making notes for version 2 of the mask. If I am lucky, I will only need two versions. I won’t know for sure if version 2 of the mask will be the final version until I crochet it and see how it fits on the dolls. My wrist is doing well enough that I tried knitting with my brace off yesterday. Yay for progress! I finished one of the gloves for the first Ood doll. With some luck, I can get the other one done and posted next week.

Also… The new sewing machine foot arrived! I chose a clear version of a 1/4″ piecing foot, and it is fantastic. I have been playing around with it by piecing together scraps of fabric; it is much easier to use than the larger 1/2″ foot. I love having a 1/4″ guide as I’m working. I plan on starting on the jacket and other aspects of the second Ood later this week! I have the fabric cut, so I just need to sit down to get the sewing done. Then comes pictures and writing and everything else…. Well, the life of a blogger is never easy. Now you know some of the cool things I have queued up for the coming weeks.

Once again, I want to say thank you for everybody who wished me a happy blog anniversary. I appreciate your kind words and the motivation you give me when I read them. Ya’ll rock! Thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic week.

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Ood Shoes

Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been a busy week. A friend of mine gardens, and we have been busy harvesting, prepping, and canning various fruits and veggies. It is exhausting work, and I am glad it only happens once per year. Even with all of that going on, I have been making time in the evenings to crochet. My wrist had a hard time with these, but I managed to get them done by doing a row or two each night. Take a peek!

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To create these, I used a pattern by the same people who made the pattern I used for Cofelia’s flats. This pattern is for Barbie Basic Socks and it was created by dezalyx.  Since this doll has normal feet, I didn’t have to make any major adjustments. The only change I made was in the length – their full pattern creates a knee-length sock while I stopped at more of a boot length. I considered staying true to the full original pattern, but I just didn’t see an Ood as being the type to have boots that ride that high.

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I think that this height is more appropriate for the overall Ood style. It also compliments the length of her pants. I went until approximately row 16 in the pattern. I didn’t do a very good job of writing down notes while making them, but I did count 16 rows on one of the shoes. If you make this pattern, make sure to put the shoe on the doll every 3-4 rows. Their legs increase in diameter surprisingly fast, and on the first sock I had to unravel a few rows and add an increase because it didn’t fit.

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I am excited for how well this outfit is coming together! She is really starting to look like an Ood. My next project will be her gloves. Because of my wrist problems, I expect it to take a while before I finish them. Please be patient! I promise I am doing my best, but I have this brace on for another month, and it greatly limits my range of motion. Combine that with black thread and you have a less than ideal crocheting experience. Still, I do my best! Hopefully it will be enough. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day!

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Blog Anniversary

Wow. Has it been one year already? It is hard for me to believe. So many things have changed since I started this blog. I have grown as a person in more ways than I can explain in this post. I am in a different location halfway across the country from where this blog humbly began. My family has changed so much over this time, too. My daughter has grown and is becoming an amazing little person of her own, and my husband continues to inspire me to be my best every single day. The blog has changed, too. In the beginning we went through several redesigns, and then my husband found the theme we used for the vast majority of the last year. Today, that theme changes; I hope you like the new color scheme.

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My husband was the brain behind the last design, and he perfected this new one as well. He has really been a great support of my blog; he even made the Barbie Who? header. He has a great eye for things in graphic design, and I am incredibly lucky to have him to fix my mistakes. As a couple, as with the blog, we’ve come a long way. I sincerely hope we can go even further.

When I started the blog, I wasn’t sure that anybody would want to read it. I figured that I was the only person who had a soft spot for Barbie dolls and Doctor Who. I’ve been proven wrong! The blog received it’s 100th follower, DrStuWho, on August 31st of this year. As of today, this blog has 101 followers. Wow! It simply blows me away that so many people have taken an interest in my work. Thank you, all of you. I appreciate everybody who takes time to visit this blog, be they followers or lurkers; the people who comment and the people who read. I am grateful for all of you and what you bring to the equation.

With that said, it all comes back to the dolls. I have completed two dolls, Cofelia and Peri. Both dolls had their challenges, but I managed to finish outfits for both dolls that do justice to the Whoniverse. I am currently working on two Ood dolls, as well. I had hoped to have a few more dolls finished at this point, but quality always beats quantity. Considering the chaotic year I’ve had, I am okay with where I’m at. I am very happy with how everything has come out so far, and I hope to continue making dolls inspired by Doctor Who to share on the blog.

Once I finish the Ood, I have a dozen ideas that I want to pursue. I only wish I had more time to spend on this project! Here are a few of the ideas I hope to begin in the coming year.

Donna Wedding Scene – I have a Donna doll and have several patterns that I could adapt into her dress. I would only need to get a Ken doll that matches her ‘groom’ and a few filler dolls for the rest of the wedding party. It would be so cute!

Amy Pond – A friend gave me a Midge doll that looks like Pond. The only question is what outfit? She is a strong contender for having her own wardrobe, to be honest.

Madame de Pompadour – I love every single outfit she wore in her episode. Actually, that may be an understatement. I would love to attempt to make something as ornate and beautiful as one of her dresses.

River Song – I’ve had the doll for this since the beginning, and I feel like she’s waited quite patiently for her moment to shine. Like Amy, the hardest part would be choosing one outfit for her to wear. She is going to be in the next Christmas Special, so maybe if the timing is right…

Astronaut Skeleton – Since I can’t crochet the Silence, I will settle for the next best thing. This would be an interesting repaint if I can find a doll that I like for the astronaut outfit I was gifted for my birthday. It would be an interesting first repaint, for sure!

I will try not to get too far ahead of myself, but I am excited for what comes next. I want to continue making dolls so that my daughter has something special to play with when she gets older. That is why I started this blog; I do it for her. My daughter is a toddler right now, and she is so vibrant. I want only the best for her, and the diverse characters of Doctor Who are the role models I want her to look up to as she continues to grow. Doctor Who does an amazing job of making compelling characters, and I look forward to sharing them with her over the coming years.

Once again, I cannot thank you enough for visiting my blog. I appreciate that you took time out of your busy life to read what I have to say and to enjoy what I am doing. Thank you, and I sincerely hope you have a fantastic day.

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Happy (Belated) Birthday to Me

This post is long overdue. I meant to write this post when it was my birthday back in June, but you know how life can be. Things were chaotic, and I didn’t have a chance to finish writing about it until now. Since I sprained my wrist, I now have to take a doctor mandated break from most crafting for the next week. I plan on spending that time catching up on things! I want to get some writing done for the blog about things that happened this summer. I think this will be a fun way to pass the time until I can craft again.

My birthday is June 2. I know, I know, boring stuff. Most years I just get some warm greetings and some cards. Beyond that, it always passes by without much hooplah at all. This year was different; my friend Gwen surprised me and came for a visit! Gwen and I have been friends since we were at university together. We are both science nerds, and we hit it off swimmingly years ago. We have managed to keep our friendship alive despite the distance between us. Gwen drove 8 hours to visit me while I was staying with family. It was the best possible thing for me to see Gwen and have her support at that time. On top of that, she didn’t come empty-handed. She brought a few small gifts with her. Gwen has been supportive of my blog from the beginning. She has also been an amazing friend to me over the years. After the death of my Aunt Marie, I was in a slump when it came to blogging. Gwen helped get me back into the groove of things again. Thank you for being my cheerleader!

Gwen’s first gift was a Midge doll. Gwen said she found this doll at a flea market and had to get it for me because of her hair. Gwen thought that the doll would make a great Amy Pond. I have to agree. This girl is lovely, don’t you think?

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This doll rang a bell in my mind the moment I saw it. Then I remembered that Crochet with Cindy has this doll! She uses it to model some of her creations! Here is a link to a post where her Midge is modeling a lovely outfit. From the time I saw her on Cindy’s blog, I thought it looked like Amy Pond. Seeing it in person has confirmed that feeling. The doll is known as Palm Beach Midge and she was released in 2001. Most collectors agree that it is a travesty for a doll with such a pretty face to be on a body with painted clothes.  I feel similarly, but her freckles makes me forgive the swimsuit. The necklace is another story – I find it even more annoying than the clothes because it is harder to cover up. I am going to use this doll for Pond. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that she will be a perfect fit with that character.  I haven’t decided on what outfit(s) I will create for her, but you can bet it will be something that will do justice to them both.

She also gave me another doll. This doll is vintage and positively stunning.

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I love Barbie dolls that are older than me. There is something charming about the dolls made in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. They can also be deceiving. The first time I saw a vintage doll, I thought it was a cheap Barbie knock-off from the dollar store because the plastic was different than I was used to seeing. Luckily, I took a closer look and realized that she was a real Barbie doll. This is the blog post from that adventure.

This doll appears to be even older than my first vintage doll. She is Sunset Malibu Barbie, a doll that was released from 1971 to 1977. My Vintage Barbie has an informative blog post about her. This specific doll was an earlier model made in 1971 or 1972. Her butt marking says ‘© 1966… Made in Japan’. Production of this doll started in Japan, but it left that country in 1972 to move production to Taiwan. Later runs were made in Korea as well, so you can get a fairly accurate idea of when the doll was made by looking at the country of origin.

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Considering she is a decade older than me, she is in great condition! She doesn’t have any major flaws on her face and her body doesn’t have any bites or scratches. I like how the painting of her lips, eyebrows, and teeth haven’t chipped away. It really brings out her personality. I also like her orange dress. I wasn’t able to find anything online to indicate weather this is a Barbie dress or something homemade. The dress does have a bit of fraying, but it is in better shape than most of the doll clothes I’ve come across since starting the blog. Overall, she is an amazing gift that I will cherish. She has a special place among the dolls I own.

Gwen’s next gift was a stunning Barbie astronaut suit.

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I generally keep my eye on the Barbie aisle in stores, but I have never seen this outfit. Isn’t is adorable? This is the Barbie Careers Astronaut Fashion Pack from 2014. It has the outfit, a pair of boots, and an awesome helmet. It seems to be lacking gloves, but I’m okay with that. Doll gloves can be fickle and easily lost.

For this, is there really any question as to what episode I have to tie it into? I have to turn it into one of the skeleton astronauts from Silence in the Library. It would involve a fairly extensive repaint, so I will have to keep my eyes open for the perfect doll to use for this project. I’m sure that one will pop up before too long.

Gwen’s final gift is something I have pictured in the blog a few times before. Stands!!

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She gave me doll stands! How cool is that? This is something that has made picturing the dolls much easier. I can’t believe I went so long without them. Gwen gave me five stands, but one of them walked away (I suspect the cat and toddler). I have considered getting stands in the past, but I never would remember them when I was browsing eBay. Luckily, Gwen saw my need and said it was no big deal. These stands make it much easier to pose dolls and create dynamic scenes. I am really excited about the possibilities they open up. Thank you so much, Gwen, for such a thoughtful gift!

I am very lucky to have good friends in my life, and I am even luckier to know that they support me. Gwen has been a great support for me and has gone above and beyond anything I could have ever asked of her. Above all of that, she gave me a promise. Gwen said that she would keep an eye out for dolls and other Barbie things that strike her as Whovian. She isn’t as big a fan of Doctor Who as I am, but her judgment is solid (just look at that Pond doll!). I hate to rat her out, but I don’t think she’s seen series 8. The blasphemy! Still, I trust that she’ll find some wacky stuff by the next time we meet up. Gwen lives in a more metropolitan area, so it will be interesting to see what she can find. I’m sure the things she acquires will be different from what I can find in our small new town. Thank you, Gwen, for everything. You rock!

Beyond these cool new acquisitions, we hit an absolutely fantastic milestone yesterday! 100 followers of the Barbie Who? blog! I am blown away that 100 people want to go on this journey with me. You all inspire me and help keep me motivated. Thank you for following my blog and being so supportive over the last few months. I can’t thank you enough. You guys rock!

In my life, things are going well. My wrist is slowly improving, and I even finished one of the Ood shoes. I couldn’t work on it for more than a few rows at a time, but those rows add up after a few days. Also, I am still waiting for the new sewing machine foot. For some reason, the postal service decided to send it to the wrong hub. I am hopeful it will be here before the weekend. Then I can start on the sewn Ood jacket! That will be fun. In the mean time, I am looking for a glove pattern and making a strategy for the Ood hindbrain. I have seen several different ways that people made knit/crochet brains, but none of them look like they will scale well do miniature size. I will keep looking and make my own interpretation if needed. That is enough rambling for one day! I look forward to everything ahead, and I hope you have a fantastic day.

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