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Fluffy Floret

Posted by helen on August 15, 2015

After more than a decade of abuse,  my aged camera finally refused to work for me on my 2nd day at Barbie Convention. I dropped it on the hotel floor twice.  now it’s completely dead.

2 new cameras arrived. Both are “point & shoot”, no Manuel Mode :(

Some testing shots:

Under the natural lights:

The Dress style comes from an illustration Robert Best did for Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2015 fundraising ADs.

under A 75 WT bulb in my kitchen, without flash

with Flash:

not so bad. it meets my basic needs.

The Camera is in Pink, that’s not b/c I bought it for Barbie who loves Pink,


as you can see,  Pink costs $9 less than silver– which is the color I preferred. with this $9 saving, I bought an Insurgent Tris Barbie, she was on clearance sale at Target,  $7.48,  after sales Tax, she is still under $9. :)

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Posted by helen on July 20, 2015

Seafoam green, a soft & soothing shade is like a breeze to cool down a hot summer day…

“Tribute Doll” is perfect for the dress:

Notice the background? that’s the famous Coco Chanel Staircase,

Quote: “During the fashion shows, which took place down stairs, Gabrielle Chanel would sit on the staircase. Thanks to the mirrors she could see everything taking place, but no one could see her. She wanted to know the immediate reaction, if the journalists and clients were pleased with the collection”

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who wore it best?

Posted by helen on July 18, 2015

Joan Holloway

Fashionable Floral:

Market Day:

I think “Floral” wore it better.

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Barbie Collector: Summer Blockbuster Promotion

Posted by helen on July 16, 2015

Barbie Collector is having “Summer blockbuster promotions”, I have not posted sales for quite some time, since the BFC bulletin board is down and some people have problems to receive newsletters from Barbie Collector, I thought I’d post.
the discounted price will show after you add items to your cart.
Ballet Wishes $15.99
FAO Schwarz Barbie® Doll $18.74
Fan BingBing $22.49
Zuhair Murad Barbie $45
DIVERGENT TRIS & Four $11.24
Hunger Games $14.99
OZ Fantasy Glamour Dorothy $59.99– she is still too much. she is worth no more than $34 in my book, I saw this doll at last Barbie Convention, the color of her gown is nicer than the promo picture, but the word “glamorous” is overused and devalued by BC. Nothing glamour, she is a small town girl goes to a big ball with a gown made out of her mother’s organza kitchen curtain in such a hurry (the dress is unhemmed). okay, end of my critiques

and …

Happy Shopping –Free Shipping on Orders of $75 or more KeyCode: A29595

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random photos…

Posted by helen on July 15, 2015

posting some photos to keep this blog alive….

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Pop Art Part I: Tokidoki

Posted by helen on July 11, 2015

the 2016 Barbie Convention theme will be Pop Art. I think its more interesting than the 2015 Theme “A star is Barbie” –I actually found the Broadway theme Boring & uninspiring… so I felt a great relief after my struggle with the raffle Doll “Ophelia”… now its time for some fun & delightful projects.



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2015 URBFC Raffle Doll Barbie Stars in “Hamlet” as Ophelia

Posted by helen on July 9, 2015

Convention is fast approaching, for all you Raffle Room “Gamblers”, Here comes our Star who needs some of your Raffle tickets, of course, it only takes one ticket to win…

The 2015 convention theme is “A star is Barbie”, our Barbie stars in the “Hamlet”, the most popular play of all time.

The original doll was “Fiorella”, donated by our generous club member Cynthia , then, I had the honor to be her “Art Director”, “Stage Setup Manager”, “Costume Designer”, “Hair Stylist” “Makeup Artist” …. any other titles Have I missed? ooooh, I’m her “Travel Agent”, too, I’ll have to transport her to the Raffle room … :( but I am thinking to mail her to the hotel if it is safe..

so, the curtain is up, Barbie is on the stage, under the spotlights:
Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 5,
Ophelia’s Flowers

“Look at my flowers. There’s rosemary, that’s for remembering. Please remember, love. And there are pansies, they’re for thoughts…And here’s a daisy, for unhappy love. I’d give you some violets, flowers of faithfulness, but they all dried up when my father died. They say he looked good when he died. (sings) For good sweet Robin is all my joy…. ”

Her dress is made of Aqua blue Chiffon & Pastel-colored Floral Georgette, I chose Ophelia for Barbie to play as I have fond memories watching this old black/white movie as a child, I thought the actress Jean Simmons who played Ophelia was the most beautiful girl I have ever seen.. the sadness of seeing her floating in the river with flowers lingered in my mind forever

Many famous actresses have played Ophelia, Vivien Leigh, Kate Winslet, Helena Bonham Carter…. now its time for Barbie to bring Ophelia to live…

Happy Convention & good luck with your Raffle Tickets. remember, our club donation is a large lot, the doll is only a part of it.

A photo of Ophelia from 1948 Film “Hamlet”

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Happy 4th

Posted by helen on July 4, 2015

Happy 4th!

Happy Barbie Convention, too!

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Happy July

Posted by helen on July 1, 2015

As the Barbie convention fast approaching, I am getting anxiety attack, I have done nothing for the convention, I found the theme uninspiring. its hard for me to do things I am not interested in. when I was at our club meeting last month, a few friends told me they have canceled their Convention registrations after seeing the convention doll “spotlight on Broadway”, but they are still going to the convention to do “Room Sales” –Aren’t they smart? Making money instead of spending money

June was an uneventful month for my dolls. I did not buy a single doll even there were some great sales, I managed to stay away from them…

Hope July will be more productive than June.

Happy July!

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Happy July

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Happy Summer!

Posted by helen on June 21, 2015

Its the beginning of Summer
I tired to get a jump on  Spring-cleaning, the plan fell short. Now Summer has begun, it makes me feel nervous. There are tons of things I should have done 3 months ago, I just didn’t and don’t want to do anything. Summer would bring more laziness out of me.

Summer is great for Kids!  “Come out and play!”  .

Although today is “Father’s Day”, I doubt I have any Dads who visit this blog, so the words “Happy Father’s Day” can be muted here.

Have a fun-filled Summer Season!

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