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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14 responses to “Happy (Belated) Birthday to Me

  1. LOL! I had that same Malibu Barbie when I was a teenager. I agree the painted on bathing suit is annoying and I have often considered trying to remove it with pain remover but I am afraid it would ruin the plastic too. I may eventually try on a place that doesn’t show.

    • I am terrified of that, too! I’m not sure which would be worse, trying to remove it or trying to paint over it. I haven’t found any bloggers who have tried. We may have to break new ground. 🙂

  2. First of all congratulations on reaching 100 followers. I guess there are a lot of doll loving Whovians out there.
    I think your new Midge doll would be an excellent Amy even though I can’t recall her having such pronounced freckles. The hair is just right. The swimsuit is a pain but it will be covered. The necklace, I can see why you might want to get rid of unless it can be incorporated into her outfit. My sister has had some success removing painted on beards from Ken. I think she used nail polish remover. I’ll check with her and let you know. It didn’t take the skin colour off as well so it could work for a painted on necklace. I do wish Mattel would not use painted on clothing and accessories. If you decide to try that you could do the back of the neck first and see what happens. The little brushes are a good size for it.
    What a gem of a friend you have to pick things you can use for Barbie Who even though she’s not really a fan, having a pair of eyes in another town will be so helpful too. I am so lucky that my sister “gets” me and knows what I like.
    I have a couple of those older Malibu type Barbies too. Isn’t it amazing how she’s changed over her lifetime? The first Barbies I ever saw were the Swirl Ponytail and the Bubblecut so of course for me they were the “real” Barbie for a long time. Hope your wrist soon mends.

    • Thank you! You are so kind. 🙂

      I am very luck to have her in my life. She’s like the sister I always wanted. lol I’m glad you and your sister get along. I always wanted that with my sister, but she isn’t stable enough to be in my life.

      I agree about the Malibu dolls! I didn’t think she was a Malibu doll because of her fact mold, but I was proven wrong when I looked up the markings on her back. It was interesting to read about the different versions that doll had over the years.

      • As you noticed yours must be quite an early one to be made in Japan.It is interesting how you can date barbies by their country of manufacture.

      • I had no idea they bounced around so much during the 70’s! I knew the original ones were made in Japan, but that was about it. The vintage dolls have such a rich history.

  3. Happy belated birthday! What wonderful presents. I can’t wait to see what you do with them.

  4. Awesome presents! I’m excited to see Amy and the suit from the library! I’ve seen several doll mods that use acetone to take off painted on features from dolls. I’m with taswegian1957 though I would give it a try in an inconspicuous spot first particularly with an older doll. All the mods I’ve seen are with brand new dolls.

  5. Happy belated birthday!! I’ve run across that Midge doll and agree that she will make a perfect Amy Pond. But don’t use acetone on her body, you’ll ruin the plastic. You’re best bet is to rebody her, hot water helps to loosen the head and then you can just pop her on a new body. Good luck if you go that route.

    I have that same Malibu Barbie, two actually, one from Japan and one from Korea, it’s interesting to see the little differences in the two. The Japan body has much thinner fingers than the Korea body.

    • Thank you, I will remember that. I always hate using chemicals because you never know if it will cause problems right away or down the road. I have a blogging friend who used some type of cleaner and a week later the doll had turned pink because it hadn’t been rinsed well enough. That’s why I tend to be hesitant about it. We shall see what I end up doing. Luckily the Ood will buy me some time. 😉

      That is so interesting! I had no idea the molds changed between the two countries of origin. You learn something new every day. 🙂 Thank you.

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