Saturday, October 1, 2022

Walmart Alert! Barbie Extra Hot Wheels 2022 -Pink Convertible

Popping in with a quick post to say, Walmart just put out a huge display of the 2022 Hot Wheels cars and this year they made a replica of the Barbie Convertible from the Extra series. Light metallic pink body with wing doors, hot pink metallic hubcaps and blue star headlights. It's a cute little car for collectors, or to add to a Barbie theme'd Christmas tree, or for kids to add to Barbie play.  

I don't think I'm going to take mine out of the packaging:

The original toy:

Grab it when you see it and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Ž

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Barbie Makeover #3: The Clothes -Creating a Mini-Me Doll

When it comes to clothes, I am ~very~ casual folks, I even wear a company supplied hoodie at work. And as long as it's not 90 degrees outside, most days I'll be sporting a Philadelphia Eagles t-shirt or hoodie. So of course my mini-me Barbie doll needed something similar...

The hoodie is an old Ken shirt thrift store rescue.
Brought it home and washed it,
don't know what the little stain on the sleeve is, 
but it's not coming off.

I cut an Eagles logo from fabric,
completely covered the back in Liquid Stitch, wa-la!

The jeans are from an assorted pack of 12" male doll clothes.
Found on Amazon, a clone, not Mattel.
Elastic waist(?), and while it took a little time...
I did wiggle them up those rubber legs๐Ÿ˜Ž
Now, they do have elastic at the ankles,
and no, I wouldn't wear that...
But, it's as close as I'm going to get for now!

Sneakers finish the look.

So there you have it folks,
my mini-me doll continues to evolve...
Slowly but surely๐Ÿ˜‰

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Easiest Barbie Scarf ~Ever~ & Trend Alert! Super Scarves

Popping in today with the simplest Barbie craft in the history of Barbie crafts-yep. The weather is turning cooler to down right cold, are your dolls ready? I love-love-love this chunky chenille yarn. If you're having a Barbie party or sleepover, you can make tons of little scarves simply with one cut... And the best part, the ends don't shed. I know this is a no-brainer, but that's what I'm here for folks, to make sure the obvious is out there to help make you a rock star in the eyes of your girl:@)

And Barbie wanted to mention,
Yep, wrap up in an oversized chunky scarf,
and you (and your doll) will be super stylish๐Ÿ˜‰

The yarn:
Not cheap, but I don't think you'd run out, 
no matter how many kids are at the party๐Ÿ˜Š
It comes in tons of colors, 
I photographed some neutrals at Walmart...
That sparkly white goes with -every- Barbie outfit,
whether causal or dressy.
~Cut a piece of yarn 12"-18" long, mine is 18".

Barbie is nice and cozy as she goes pumpkin shopping
at Cousin Rube's Farm๐Ÿ˜Ž

Happy early fall!!!

Make something just for fun and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Š

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Curvy Barbie Overalls -Work in Progress...

As soon as I made Cousin Rube a new pair of overalls for the farm, I knew I'd need some for Reenee too:@) This is my first attempt at the pattern, but I wanted share how cute they look so far. Love-love-love the rolled up cuffs! The straps can be anything, farm scene ribbon is from Dollar Tree, and I do think the bib needs to be longer. But so far so good...
Yep, Reenee really does think Rube is a special guy๐Ÿ˜‰
Side note: I'm tickled to say, her head is more poseable now.
Don't know what was stuck when I got her, but ~yay~!

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

Monday, September 19, 2022

Big Man Doll Overalls (Rubeus Hagrid) -Free Pattern & The Barbie Farm Grows...

Barbie's excited to announce a couple new additions to Cousin Rube's Farm! I've been looking at the original chicken farmer playset for a couple years and finally picked it up. Mostly for the coop, but the doll will be used as a helper on the farm too. The coop is skinny enough to add just a little something extra to pictures:@) At this point in time I have quite the brood and chicks... Kinda on the lookout for a 1:6 scale rooster to complete the set! 

But the most exciting addition is...
I made Rube a new pair of overalls.
Gotta have a pair of long pants for the colder weather๐Ÿ˜Ž
I recycled an old pair of my shorts and used the original hems.

Side view:

And the back:

The straps are faux leather sewing trim from Ma's stash,
and the rivets are studs, well over 25 years old, 25¢ on clearance.
Gotta say, I do like the look๐Ÿ˜‰
So now he has summer overalls and winter overalls.
Next, to work on a shirt or two...

The Pattern:

✂What I did (all seams 1/4" and back stitched):
  1. Cut two of pants on fold. Cut one bib. ***Please Note: I used hems from recycled shorts for the bottom of the legs and top of the bib. If using non-hemmed material, please add 1/4" to leg hole and top of bib.***
  2. Place right sides of pants together, sew front from waist to crotch.
  3. Hem bib on all sides.
  4. Open pants, lay flat. Center bib on waist of pants, right sides together. Hem.
  5. Fold bib up, fold waist down, sew hem all the way across waist.
  6. Place right sides of pants together, sew back from waist to crotch.
  7. At this point they will look like pants... Sew up one side and down the other of leg seams.
  8. Turn right side out.
  9. Figure out what you'd like to do for suspenders... Fold and sew denim like I did for summer shorts here. Or use ribbon, cording, etc.
  10. Suggestion: The easiest way to dress the doll would be to add velcro to the back suspenders and inside of pants. What I did works, you just have to have a little patience๐Ÿ˜€
  11. Add any desired embellishments or sewing trim and dress doll!
The chicken farmer playset:
All advertising shows freckles... My doll doesn't have them-bummer.
She has a younger looking face than other Barbie's.
This is the tall, slender body type.
Can't see them here, but love the red farm boots!

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Recycled Candy Container Pumpkin Head-Barbie/Ken Halloween Costume

Dollar Tree Alert! Now, I'm not saying Barbie is calling Ken a pumpkin head, but... I had to grab one of these rubbery pumpkins filled with Halloween candy as soon as I saw it. They are super stretchy and pop right over the doll's head. Nothing else is really needed, it's that easy folks. Now Ken's ready for his trip to Cousin Rube's Farm for the Halloween festivities:@)

In case you're wondering...
Don't worry, he can see๐Ÿ˜‰
I'm thinking about using an Exacto knife and adding a nose too.
They also have purple and lime green pumpkins.

What I started with:
I've seen this item at Easter as dinosaurs,
this is the first time I've seen it for Halloween-Love it!

Update: I did add a little nose.
✂Not the easiest material to cut neatly...

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Barbie Farm Bucket to Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween

Popping in with a quick post and a big thank you! When I bought the Barbie Sweet Orchard Farm play set, one of the many accessories was a bucket that just happened to be orange. As Halloween approaches I thought it might be cute to add a Jack-O-Lantern face... My co-worker's sister in law has a Cricut, and I'm thrilled to say they humored me, and wa-la! Here's Reenee outside of the farm house with the Halloween bucket:@) And for the rest of the year, I'll simply turn the bucket to the other side for pics.

I'd like to take a minute to say thank you to ~everyone~
that supports me and my crazy little Bloggy Barbie World!
You help make it more fun,
and it is appreciated๐Ÿ’—

๐ŸŽƒBig smiles and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Š

Monday, September 12, 2022

Barbie Dollhouse Early Fall Decorating & Using Sale Ads as Props

Barbie did a little early fall decorating in the livingroom:@) Not too much, just a wink and acknowledgement of the changing seasons. The main seating area... 
I broke the glass dome on the candles shortly after taking this pic๐Ÿ˜ข

The long view:

I love looking at sales magazines to see if there's anything I can cut out 
to use as Barbie size props.
This mantle scarf from LTD Commodities is a good example.
Just a little something to add a seasonal touch to the room.
Only took a minute, I cut it out and used glue dots.

Barbie is still lovin' the little red truck craze...

And always a stickler for details,
the front of the truck on the other side๐Ÿ˜Ž
Fabric is a fat quarter from Dollar Tree.

Barbie says it's pumpkin season!!!

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

My Life 18" Doll Halloween Party Set for Barbie's World -Walmart

Continuing on with my suggestion that some of the play sets from the 18" doll, My Life series at Walmart are actually better suited to 1:6 scale and Barbie... There was an end display of two Halloween Party sets, and I just had to grab the one with the 'glass' candy jar! The tub for bobbing for apples is really cute (anyone remember bobbing for apples back when life was normal, pre-Covid???), and the chalk board sign will work for Cousin's Rube's Farm too. Now, did I get a great deal on this set? Ah, no. Paid full price. ~But~ as I've said many times, ya gotta grab it when you see it before it's gone, especially seasonal or holiday items... 
Rube's getting ready for fall festivities at the farm๐Ÿ˜Ž
The apples do come out, so they can be used as needed for pics.
And the tub may be able to be used to water the animals too, we'll see...

The set:

I was very happy that the Halloween sticker on the jar came off cleanly๐Ÿ˜Š
Now it looks more grown-up.
The lid comes off so the candy can be changed out.

While the Jack-O-Lantern drinking bottles are large,
I've seen people carrying something in a similar scale.
Also, the straw does come out,
so it can be used as a decoration, or it looks like a storage jar too.

Overall, it's a cute set.
Candy jar (and candy) good to use in the doll house all year.
Chalkboard for greeting folks at Rube's Peace and Pancakes Farm all year.
And a couple Halloween props, not bad๐Ÿ˜Ž

๐ŸŽƒGrab it when you see it and have a happy day!
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