Saturday, July 4, 2020

New Purchase -BMR 1959 Man Bun Ken Doll -Thoughts...

Please allow me to start this post by saying, I am not a big fan of this new modern BMR "edgy" look for Barbie and Ken dolls. That's probably why it took me so long to get one of these dolls. ~But~ with the second generation being released the price has gone down on the first six dolls, add in some credit card points (read: free money:@), and that brought the price down to a Walmart doll, so I ordered one. I wanted a poseable male, so that gave me two options. While I'm tickled with the lime green haired one (and might get him eventually), I chose this one.

Say Hi to the nice people Ken... 
 Thank you

As for articulation, this is written up as a made-to-move doll, and I have to say, he is wonderful to pose! Absolutely perfect. Even better than the lesser priced female made-to-move dolls I've picked up at the store. I really like the build and muscles too, he has a very nice body😎 *Insert smug look here*. Thank you again, um... Ken...

Accessories: The basketball shorts are fine, I can use them for pics, sandals are cute and the fanny pack is nice to have for male and female dolls. Sandals and fanny pack are made from a softer, bendable plastic. My glasses came with a flaw on the left side, not sure how that will look in pics. The hoodie sweatshirt... It's crazy big. The arms covered the hands by about an inch and it has to be pulled over the doll's head to remove (no velcro). So big I might think about trying to sell it to bring the cost of my doll down even more.

Now, that hair, my biggest issue with this doll... Love-love-love the flocking on the sides! The man bun action? Um, not so much. I've seen other doll bloggers release the bun and straighten the hair into a ponytail. I have a military background, I'd LOVE to cut the hair on top short and somehow make it stand up straight like a flat top haircut. But I don't want to mess up the doll. Sooooo, at this time, I'll leave him as is, but once the bun gets messy... All bets are off😉

As for the fun box, tissue paper and packaging, it's cool but... I'm not a collector, just a person that likes to play with dolls...

Overall, I'm tickled with this new doll. He's much more handsome in person and it's nice to have a fully articulated male that's Barbie branded!

~Get it if it makes you smile and have a happy day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Barbie's 4th of July Parade!

When I was a kid, folks would decorate their bikes with streamers and balloons for the 4th of July and join the local parade. Do people do that any more? I think I even remember baby strollers being decorated... And while I know we probably won't be having parades this year, I thought I'd give a little wink and nod to what seemed like simpler times:@) Barbie, Ken, Kelly and Ruff (who has quickly become my favorite pet with the bent ears and tail) are all decked out in red, white and blue and ready to join in the fun! And, of course it's hot in July, so they are all set for a BBQ and cool dip in the pool later in the day too.

I've made Barbie size balloons from ping-pong balls before, 
this time I used mini Christmas ornaments wrapped with pipe cleaners.
The red and blue are glass, fine for pictures but plastic might be best for kids.

R,W&B fans on the spokes and sparkle tinsel on back of bike are holiday toothpicks.
You tend to accumulate such things when you have a food blog too😉

 Kelly's cute dress is a 50¢ thrift store find. I handed the doll it was on back for resale, 
only wanted the red, white and blue dress😊

From all of us here at DIY Barbie Blog,
we wish you a very happy, and peaceful, 4th of July weekend-enjoy!

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Foam Sandals for Flat Footed Barbie -Free Pattern DIY

No matter our age, dress size, or what we look like, there's a little diva Barbie in all of us:@) I picked up a pair of hot pink kick-around sandals at Walmart, and while sitting on the garden swing one day I thought... I bet I could make a pair for flat footed Barbies! And so I did. It takes a little patience to cut something this small out of a foam sheet, but it really wasn't difficult. And hot glue can be a bit messy but I aimed for just the smallest dab, and that helped. The little gemstone adds some bling, Barbie's a blingy kinda gal.

This is just one of those projects I made simply to see if I could...
I think they turned out kinda cute😉

From tip of toe to end of heel, aim for a  scant 1 1/4" long.
 Hopefully you can save the pic and use your scroll wheel to make the pattern smaller so you can trace it.

Draw the pattern on to the foam.
Flip pattern over and draw the other foot.
Cut out.
Glue longer strap over the shorter strap.
Embellish if/as desired.

My inspiration:

Barbie says she's ready for summer now! 

 ~Make something just for fun...
 And have a happy day😎

Thursday, June 25, 2020

4th of July DIY Barbie Crafts Round-Up

We're only days away from the 4th of July Weekend and I thought it might be fun to post a little DIY Barbie crafts round-up of ideas! Most are no-sew projects that come together quickly using scraps and items from your crafting stash. Let's celebrate the holiday ~and~ help keep the kids busy:@) Click the links for tutorials and free patterns.



Bathing Suits:


Oh and, if you're looking for some food or other craft ideas... 

Barbie says,

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

4th of July Barbie Glasses from Pipe Cleaners -DIY

Even though there won't be big crowds this year, we can still have some fun with these 4th of July Parade Glasses for Barbie! They whip up in minutes and only require a pipe cleaner (Barbie likes the sparkly tinsel ones:) and some red, white and blue embellishments. I used star sequins, you could use beads, rhinestones, buttons, felt, glitter, stickers or anything else from your craft stash.
 *You know it's hot outside when it looks like even Barbie is sweating😓
...or is she melting???

I simply wrapped the pipe cleaner around a size 13 knitting needle,
and twisted it to secure the circle.
Then moved over a bit and repeated.
Fold each side back to create the arms of the glasses and trim to size (Maybe 1 to 1 1/4" long).
Glue on decorations.

 A quick side view.

Barbie says,
Make something just for fun and have a happy day😎

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Red, White and Blue Bathing Suit -Walmart Barbie

There is no doubt about it, I have a soft spot for the red, white and blue! I've seen similar inexpensive dolls with the painted flag bathing suit at Walmart in years past, they usually come out in time for July 4th. This year I decided I liked her look and added her to my Barbie Army. Only five points of articulation, shoulders, hips and neck. But her hair is variegated with at least two and I'm thinking(?) three browns and shiny highlights. Pretty face and great smile too.

One thing I like about this doll, while the elbows don't have articulation, 
the arms are a softer plastic. 
So you can position them using glue dots or rubber bands to help hold items.

Simple Barbie doll, $4.94 at Walmart.

The girls loaded up the car and headed to the shore for the day!
Knock-off doll car, $1 from the thrift store... ~But~ it does have a made in the USA sticker😉
No-sew bathing suit from ribbon here.

How to make a Barbie necklace here.

~Grab it if it makes you smile and have a happy day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Uncle Sam Hat from Recycled K-Cup for Barbie, Ken or GI Joe

All it really takes to whip up this silly Uncle Sam hat for the 4th of July is a recycled k-cup. As for decorations, anything goes as long as you have some red, white and blue! My red stripes were colored with a Sharpie, there's a blue ribbon wrapped around the bottom and the red brim is a circle cut from some felt. Gold sequin stars add to the festive look. Other options: Paint, glitter, buttons, stickers, etc. It all came together in minutes using hot glue. If you find the hat is a little large for Barbie, Ken or Joe, you can always stuff or glue some cotton balls inside.

 Now, this is ~your~ hat folks, you can make it as detailed and extravagant as you'd like,
or as your craft stash allows...
I kept mine very simple😎

But I do I think Joe looks rather dapper😉

One last word about GI Joe...
For those of us that like dolls with articulation, the GI Joe's are amazing.
Even his fingers bend!
When I was a kid, they were the same size as Barbie and Ken.
The newer ones are just a tad shorter, and his head is a bit smaller than Barbie and Ken, 
but then, I guess people come in all shapes and sizes too...

Make something just for fun and have a happy day!

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Thrift Stores Are OPEN! New Scooter for Barbie

Well, it seems like it's been ~forever~ but the thrift stores and flea markets have finally begun opening back up here in the Philadelphia area. I've even seen a sign or two for yard sales! I am thankful:@) I found this fun Barbie size scooter for $1, and Barbie took it for a test drive down to the ice cream stand. It's a good size and Ken fits on it too, although he kicks dirt and wishes it wasn't purple... I'm happy with it and sure it will work it's way into photos. But even more than that, I'm happy to have my stores back open and Saturday morning routine returning to normal! (Albeit with face masks.)

The markings on the bottom say Spin Master 2010, a quick Google search didn't tell me much more. 
But Barbie thinks this is one-sweet-ride😎 

My ice cream cone was a purse that came in a 97¢ Barbie Mystery Pack,
I had a duplicate so I cut the strap off. 

I hope your world is beginning to get back to normal too-
Have a great day!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Simple Elastic Waist Barbie Skirt -Three Seams

I've wanted to try making a simple skirt with an elastic waist for Barbie for a while, but I've been held up by two things... My sewing machine wasn't working correctly and elastic is scarce because everyone is making face masks these days! Well, Ma lent me a working sewing machine and I found some elastic in my crafting stash, so I got to work:@) What I love about this most is, it only requires a 6" x 3-4" piece of scrap fabric. The variation being, you can make the skirt as long, or short, as you'd like (or using whatever amount of fabric you have for the length).

6" x 4" rectangle of thin fabric
4" long piece of 1/4" wide elastic

  1. Fold top and bottom (6" sides) of fabric over about 1/4", crease with nail or iron.
  2. Sew 1/4" bottom hem.
  3. Pin elastic to center, then to each side of folded top.
  4. Place one end of elastic under presser foot, lower needle, Stretch elastic with both hands and stitch, removing pins before you get to them if desired. Ideally we'd use a zig-zag stitch which creates a waistband of sorts. If you're having difficulty with the zig-zag stitch (and I did), a straight stitch will work fine for this small doll garment.
  5. Fold so right sides are together and sew 1/4" back seam (creating a tube shape), back stitch top and bottom.
I think this pic gives a good idea of the procedure:
Bottom seam, stretch elastic and sew, then just fold in half and sew wrong sides together to create the skirt.
Turn right side out-done😀

Just a simple little skirt.
I'm still trying to learn Ma's sewing machine...
My biggest issue so far has been not pushing on the foot pedal hard enough.
As time goes on I'll post an update, I do want to use that zig-zag stitch for the waist.
But these skirts are fine for beginning sewers, quick pics and doll play!
And so far Barbie hasn't complained about the elastic against her waist😉

6/14/20 Quick update -My son fixed my machine!!!
I made this skirt with the zig-zag stitch to test it and I'm tickled👍

✂Make something just for fun and have a happy day!

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