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Chinoiserie Chic Part II –Happy New Year

Posted by helen on February 19, 2015

nHappy Year of the Sheep

1. Say it with Flowers

Plum trees blossom onto the barren landscape in the cold winter, when other flowers have withered– so the plum blossom is called “a friend of winter” ,  it most vividly represents the value of endurance, as life ultimately overcomes through the vicissitude of time. The fragrance of plum blossoms “comes from the bitterness and coldness,” as the Chinese saying goes. Souls are tempered in the depth of experience, growing in inner strength and unyielding courage.

(Barbie’s Plum Blossom Dress is hand-painted by me, using Fabric Markers sold at Marshalls & Target)

2. Firecrackers & Red Envelops
Google knows the best: “In ancient China, bamboo stems were burnt to create small explosions in order to drive away evil spirits. In later times, the lighting of firecrackers signalled a joyous occasion and became an integral aspect of the Chinese New Year Eve’s celebrations.”

Red envelopes/packets are money wrapped in red paper given to Children from their parents, I think its time for Barbie to hand out Red Envelopes instead of receiving one, b/c she is no longer a child but old enough to be a grandma.

Barbie’s Firecrackers  are made of drinking Straws: just cut the straw into short pieces and string them together.

3. The sign is looking Good
I think this “Fortune” Sign has become a universal symbol.

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4. Red Couplets
Writing Red Couplets isn’t an easy task, as not everyone is a poet, even a best poet may not be able to come up with a pair of perfect couplets. but all Barbie has to do is to buy a couple of them and hang them up . they look pretty & festive, that’s good enough.

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Chinoiserie Chic Part I

Posted by helen on February 17, 2015

Every Day is a holiday, Barbie is hosting another party..

1. Raising the Red Lanterns to create a festive atmosphere …

the Lantern Makers want you to believe “the red lantern is a symbol of luck, wherever it is hung, that place will be prosperous and flourishing.”

Barbie’s Red Lanterns can light up if you push the tiny white buttons at the top,  I just don’t know how to replace the Batteries if they are out??

2. Paraols

Above the mountain is the dome of the sky. This is symbolized by the umbrella– its important function is to cast a shadow, the shadow of protection, thus the coolness of its shade symbolizes protection from the heat of suffering, desire, and other spiritually harmful force

3. Soul Food

Chinese Cuisine is widely seen as representing one of the richest and most diverse culinary heritages in the world… Holidays  are a time to celebrate with festive foods,   Many holiday dishes  have symbolic meanings… such as  Year Cake & Dumplings

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by helen on February 14, 2015

breaking news, Ken proposed.  I bet he proposed before, perhaps “many times”, but only got NO as answers.

Cupid Kisses

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The Missing photos

Posted by helen on February 14, 2015

I have been receiving messages asking why many photos on this blog are not showing.

b/c the photo hosting site http://majhost.com is down.

The site often had problems before, but it has never been like this time, its been down for a couple of weeks. I have no clue what is happening, except for seeing complaints posted by unhappy users on some online forums.

you may remember I posted on Oct 30th, I lost all of my image files due to the Ransom Virus Attack,  so– for these who are trying to download  Patterns —  I no longer have these images. The only hope is to wait for  Majhost to come back.

I now use Postimg.org as hosting site.

Sorry for the inconveniences.

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Little Red Dress –Barbie Loves Dior

Posted by helen on February 13, 2015

This iconic red dress was from  Christian Dior 1956 collection “Opera Bouffe”,  Dior then made Replicas in Pink & Black  in 2013.

The dress took much more time than I wanted to spend.  There are many layers under the skirt. I was going to make a self-fabric Rose, but the fabric is too thick, so I used Ribbon instead. It turned out very pretty.

its Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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Sweet Deals

Posted by helen on February 13, 2015

I said I have not purchased any new dolls  recently, but I just bought 6 of them from BarbieCollector.com as soon as its Valentine’s Day Sales began

http://www.barbiecollector.com/collectors/sweet-dolls-and-styles-20

Ironically,  I received the Payment Declined Notice from Barbie Collector within 5 minutes after I placed order.  Then I remembered my CC company canceled that card but Issued a new one 2 weeks ago,   this is what the Credit Card Company has to say:

We are sending you a new MasterCard that will replace your card ending in XXXX,  This is a precaution we are taking to help protect your funds in light of an account review that indicates you made a purchase at a retailer that has recently announced a data compromise.  Please note that we are not affiliated with this retailer and do not have specific evidence that your account has been compromised. This is an extra layer of security to help you avoid any potential risks.

I wish I were told which Retail it was.   Target? Kmart? Walmart? Amazon?  Best Buy? or  even BC? it leaves me wonder.   perhaps it was just a computer system glitch, then the CC company sent out thousands of new cards…

Anyway, I had to Call BarbieCollector, so I can save my order and the $20 BFC member reward. Okay, no more doll orders until another “20% off” sales in the 2nd quarter.

Happy Friday, the 13th, Everyone! lol

 

 

 

 

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Little Bubble Dress

Posted by helen on February 12, 2015

I have not posted much since the New Year began. b/c the interest in Barbie dolls is dying day by day, I have not bought a single new release from Barbie Collector: not lady of white woods, not shamrock celebration, not lady of haunted manor … nothing at all.

Mattel is releasing a new “little Red Dress” AA Silkstone soon,  photos of this doll showed up 2 months ago on a dealer’s website. Yesterday BFC posted sneak peeks.  she is just another disappointment. 2015 Silkstone dolls look like Mattel designers are not there, ETSY & eBay amateur sewers took place and did the design works for them.

I heard the little Red Dress will be $85, the Brunette Wearing Pink Ensemble will be $125. if that’s true, these dolls will stay in Mattel’s WI warehouse until next Black Friday’s Clearance Sales.

I have a little piece of Aqua chiffon, not enough to make a fuller skirt, but its good to make a mini skirt,  so here comes my Little Bubble Dress…  I’ll send this dress  to  URBFC club as a part of our large group donations to 2015 Barbie Convention Raffle Room.

Little Bubble Dress

little bubble dress

perhaps I should try other colors. I’ll have to see what I have in my fabric cartons.

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showing love….

Posted by helen on January 27, 2015

we are facing snowstorms…. posting a few pictures to lift up spirits…

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Throwback Thursday –Calendar Girl

Posted by helen on January 22, 2015

I made the doll pictured below  in Sept. 2010.  The Sketch was featured in 2011 BMFC Calendar.  I think I should make a doll out of Barbie Calendar each month, would it be fun?

of course, not every sketch can be turned into a beautiful doll. some sketches only look good as sketches

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Mix & Match –Pink Pastel

Posted by helen on January 16, 2015

After seeing this sketch online, many people think the outfits are similar to the “Movie Mixer”

No, the silhouette is very different, but we have seen the capelet from “DULCISSIMA”, “Movie Mixer” or “ravishing in rouge”.

Let me put your curiosity & painful waiting to the end! here comes “Pink Mixer”!

Adding a Little Drama:

I think Mattel will not offer this doll a Purse or hat.
Pink Mixer

Of course, this is a “Prototype” made by me. We’ll see if Mattel has better production dolls.

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