new, built in dolly display area was a big
event at our house! This area used to be the
wet bar with a pass through. On the other
side of this wall in the next room, is
another set of shelves that serves as Mom's
new library. So we each got a huge new wall
unit from space that we weren't using
This photo shows the entire wall unit.
It is lighted from above,
with glass shelves so the light will filter down through.
L to R: My
Ideal Whoopsie doll is wearing a handknitted
outfit from Kristin in Norway. Baby Face
Karen has her pink fuzzy purse but she needs
shoes yet. My Barbie bubblecut reproduction
in the Flame outfit is hiding in the very
back. Baby Face Cynthia in pink, then my
Barbie repaint in the pink formal in front.
My friend Maureen did the repaint, and it's
gorgeous. One of the White Balloon Helen Kish
dolls is in the back row next to Black Suzie
and then we have Robert Tonner's Sophie
wearing a winter outfit that was made for
Edith the Lonely doll. The little wood doggie
pulltoy was a gift from one of the Christmas
swaps. Ann Estelle as Hansel is on the far
L to R: Ann
Estelle as Hansel, then Edith the Lonely doll
with Natalie as a clown in the back. My
Sylvia Natterer doll is the little blonde
that's sitting, with BF Heidi in pink behind
of my dolls are dressed in Swap outfits,
so the clothing is definitely part of my
collection. I absolutely love EVERY swap
outfit I have received: there is so much
TLC in every one!! I have more swap
outfits than I can display so I'm
thinking of putting a cute little trunk
full of clothes, on the floor.
The plush dog is Nosey from
Betsy McCall series by Tonner. Orphan Annie
by Tonner is my token porcelain doll, but I
like her anyway. She is a Patsy reproduction
The Ginny doll is a doll
collector too: she is holding all her
ragdolls. This was a special gift from
Elsiecat. My Terri Lee in the back corner is
actually Patsy Jo, and she's one of the brand
new "Terri Lee for Girls" series
that Kmart has been selling. Beth on the far
right is wearing her Easter swap outfit from
L to R: My
Fuzzy Buzzies are a Mel Birnkrant creation:
those are the "bugs" in the front.
Black Sherri and Redhead Sherri are hiding my
redhead Olivia Reese Play Along Club doll in
the back corner. Olivia is a Mel Birnkrant
doll creation, too.
particular Redhead Sherri is my first,
VERY first, Baby Face doll and this whole
thing is her fault: it's her fault I went
on ebay and started my doll business and
ended up meeting all the Baby Facers and
Mel Birnkrant and it's her fault I have
more dolls than I can fit in this
display, because she is INTENT on
rescuing all her sisters. But she looks
so innocent, doesn't she?
The tan puppy is from the
PlayAlong Club Friendship pack, and the
skater boy with his dog is from the Avon Best
Friends collection. It is Best Friends that
inspired the Play Along pets. Next to the
skater boy is the ballerina from the Best
Friends collection, and she has a ballerina
cat. The Avon toys are extremely rare. In the
back row again, black Natalie is a Christmas
angel, with Cynthia standing next to her in
Jeanne's Retro 70's outfit with jeans and
platform shoes and a little midi top. In the
front row is another Sherri modeling my new
Mermaid costume. On the right right is my
dolly sized Energizer Bunny.
L to R: The
Gerber doll is very old: it is made of rubber
rather than vinyl. The head is vinyl, and the
body is rubber. This doll was manufactured by
the Sun Rubber company and is all original.
Behind Gerber are Natalie and Suzie wearing
Betty's Cowboy outfits. In front of the
Cowgirls is another one of the Avon Best
Friends dolls: a magician with her kitty cat
helper. Betty also made the fabulous Betty
Boop Carhop on roller skates. I found the
tiny coke bottle for Boopsie to hold, which
contains real Coca Cola.
The outrageous black cat in
front came from one of the Big Baby Bratz
sets. The tan kitty cat is from the PlayAlong
Dance set. Baby Face Kerri and Carmen are
behind the kitty, and they are wearing more
Swap outfits. Nurse Suzie is another special
creation from Betty. My Uneeda Tiny Teen doll
is the little bitty dolly in the front: I had
a similar Tiny Teen when I was a kid.
L to R: My
DeeDee doll is wearing her Denny outfit and
holding a REAL leather baseball glove, but
she's lost her blue baseball cap so she looks
more like a girl than a Denny boy at the
moment. My Babbling Babies by Mel Birnkrant
are in front of DeeDee/Denny, along with a
few of the Oodles by Mel. Baby Face Sally is
in the middle, back row with Sandi next to
her. Sally is adorable in her special Swap
dress, smocked by Melanie. I gave Sandy a
curly perm a few years ago using the boiling
water method, and you can see she still has
plenty of curls.
In front of Sandi is my Baby
Face Charlene and she's playing with one of
the Doggy Bag Doggies by Mel Birnkrant. The
doggies are extremely rare. This one was a
gift from a friend.
One of the Fruit Kids is
leaning against the middle pole. She was a
copycat of Mel Birnkrant's Color Me Cuties: I
think Fisher Price sold the molds and the
Gigo company made a zillion of these little
fruit kids for two years.
L to R: The
pink fruit kid is on the left. Suzie in the
back is wearing an outfit from Jeanne
Sonnier: from one of the first Swaps that our
club did. This Suzie doll is also my very
first Suzie doll. She and Naomi came
together, after Sherri.
The Cuddle on Delivery doll
by Tyco is wearing a Garden Fairy outfit by
CPK, made when Mattel owned CPK. One of the
real and original Color Me Cuties is in the
back, mainly because she needs the wall to
lean on for support.
Baby Face Sheila is wearing a
Swap outfit. I recolored her ponies using
pink highlighter marker. My Black DeeDee is
in the back. She is the same doll that is
featured on our Oxy page, covered with black
marker and ink. She's still free of all
Tattoos and looks great.
The little bathtub dolly is
Cara, wearing an adorable one of a kind
playsuit by Georgia. Georgia said it's One of
A Kind because she's not sure how she did it
and doesn't think she could make it again. :)
My DeeDee with Lavendar Eyes is wearing a
Swap outfit from Darlene Moocow, and Mia on
the far right is wearing a pale yellow
organdy dress that I made from vintage
to R: Ah.... we're down to the
bottom row. Heidi is wearing a gorgeous Christmas swap
outfit from Doris. The Bumble Bee on Suzie is my
prototype design for my Costumes pattern. The little red
wagon is an authentic Radio Flyer wagon. One of the black
Cuddle on Delivery dolls is hiding behind Laura, in pink.
The glamour girl is a vintage Horsman
Cindy doll from the 1950's. The outfit is not original
but was made for her by a creative seamstress. Pouty
little Brooke is hiding behind Cindy's skirts. My cranky
Berenguer Spinach doll is wearing aqua, and the solemn
little boy on the far right is my Apple Valley Stevie
Behind these dolls are all my doll books
on the upper shelf... and the lower shelf is my entire
collection of Cinderella videos.
I have almost 40 different Cinderellas.
Disney did not invent that story, not by any means. It is
an old fable that possibly originated in France in the
1700's. When the English translated the story, they
mis-interpreted the words for "fur slippers"
and translated her dancing shoes into "glass
slippers" because the phonetics were similar. So
that is how Cinderella wore glass slippers to the ball.