Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Barbie Moved Back Home!

Just popping in to let everyone know that my Barbie posts have moved back to my original blog (of almost 14 years) Happier Than A Pig In Mud. Anything new will be posted over there on Tuesdays, with sporadic updates any day I have something doll related to share. Please stop by for a free Party Dress Pattern with a complete step by step picture tutorial:@)

My Pinterest Board with all Barbie crafts/ideas at a glance can be found HERE.

We hope to see you at Happier Than A Pig In Mud where you'll find an eclectic mix of every day life, recipes, Barbie, crafts, seasonal ideas, and gardening. But most of all, it's where I hope you find a little inspiration:@)
See you soon!

Friday, September 29, 2023

Barbie Size Retro Televisions -Mr. Christmas -Walmart Alert!

My Walmart put out their Christmas decorations and the first thing that caught my eye were these little Mr. Christmas light and sound retro TV ornaments. They are written up as 3.75" but I felt from the bottom of the legs to top it was more like 5"... But please don't hold me to that:@) The scene is not animated, but when you turn the knob to on it lights up and repeatedly plays a song. I think these are a good size for Barbie holiday dioramas, and love the old time colors. Remember folks, back in the day, televisions did not take up the whole wall. They were small/smaller...

A pic from the site:

And my quick shot from the store:
The scene is vibrant,
and looks good on or off.

Grab it when you see it,
and happy shopping๐Ÿ˜Š

Friday, September 8, 2023

Football Season!!! Barbie Dress from Bottle Sweater Koozie

Years ago, I found a knit Eagles bottle koozie marked down at Walmart. Immediately saw an easy dress for Barbie and tossed it into the cart:@) You can still find similar items today in all different styles. I simply slipped it up over the doll's hips, and wa-la, Barbie is sporting her team colors for the game! The koozie is stretchy enough to fit all doll body types. I love these ideas that look at an item in a different way, maybe you already have an old koozie in the house you could recycle into a fun dress for Barbie:@)

A cute midi length:

A quick Google, and I see a Phillies version too (yep, they are headed to post season again this year). And I'm sure there will be Christmas theme'd koozies out soon too.

๐ŸˆMake something just for fun,
and GO Birds!!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Back to School Barbie Fashions at Walmart

Ok, Barbie mania has truly taken over the world of retail... Pink not only ~seems~ to be the color of the year, the color for 2023 is actually magenta:@) I saw so many cute outfits for girls at Walmart, thought I'd take a few pics... If there's one thing we could all learn from the movie... It's yes, we are ~all~ a limited edition. You go girl, you be you!

Cute little sporty top...
Would work with the pants below too.

A complete set:

The hoodie sets are my favorite๐Ÿ˜Ž

For our future politicians
or class presidents...

Ok little divas,
look at that faux fur trim on the sleeves...
Ack!!!

And yep,
even a pleather jacket๐Ÿ˜‰

Buy it when you see it folks, and
Have a Happy Day๐Ÿ’—

Monday, August 14, 2023

Cousin Rube's End of Summer Staycation-Barbie

Things slow down at Peace and Pancakes Farm towards the middle to end of August. Customers are scarce as everyone uses up some vacation time, and it's still too hot for mums... So Rube and Reenee decided to close the store for a long weekend before fall, and just relax at the farm house. A Staycation of sorts:@) It felt good to just sit with their toes in some cool water, catching a breeze for a while...

And Reenee was thrilled to spend a little quiet time with Rube. They've been so busy with the farm, and harvest season will bring in a ton of people for pumpkins and Halloween

Just a few days where the only decision they have to make is what's for dinner...

And with a belly like this... Rube takes dinner ~very~ seriously๐Ÿ˜Ž

After much deliberation...
Decision made๐Ÿ˜‰

Details: How to make a no-sew Handkerchief Top here. House backdrop, pool, and chair from Dollar Tree. Pink Smoothie and Pizza Hut Detroit Style Pizza from Foodie Mini Brands.

DIY Barbie Blog hopes that you too, can take a little time off as summer winds down. It's good for the soul...

๐ŸŒปHave a happy day๐Ÿ˜‰

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Foodie Mini Brands Series 2 -For Barbie Dioramas

I saw a newly opened display box of Foodie Mini Brands Series 2 at Walmart, and the frozen moments slice of pizza being pulled from the pie hooked me-I just had to see if I'd get lucky. How fun would that be for a football party picture!!! Now, I've mentioned before I'm a little leery about buying these balls... But, yep, I picked one up. Barbie says, hey, even dolls have to eat:@)

The front of the ball:

While I didn't get the frozen moments pizza... I will say, I feel this ball was worth the money๐Ÿ˜Ž No little cardboard boxes filled with nothing but air-yay! Everything is a substantial plastic, and the pizza and sandwich box lids do close. The pizza can be removed from the box, the hot dog comes out of the foil wrapper, and the sushi lid opens and the plate comes out. Everything is ~very detailed~ and as the label implies, all items are real restaurant name brands. Fun stuff folks...
I am pleasantly surprised!

Grab it when you see it, and...
Have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Š

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Rhinestone Gem Bling for Barbie Hair DIY

I saw a Blinger kit on QVC for adding rhinestones to hair and clothes. It was a small stamper that held a circle of gems, each one had an adhesive backing, as you pressed the unit closed it added a little bling to hair. They also suggested it could be used on dolls. So that got me thinking... The idea sounds truly amazing for a kid, she could get fancy, and her doll could match. ~But~ as someone that uses glue dots a lot for pictures, I'm not a big fan of glue around doll hair. So we needed a shiny alternative... Please stop by Happier Than A Pig In Mud for a complete picture tutorial HERE:@)

Barbie says, 
make something just for fun and...

๐ŸˆGO EAGLES!!!

Monday, August 7, 2023

Barbie Mania at the Stores... Uno Cards

Popping in with a quick post to share that Walmart had an end display of Uno cards, and one variety is from Barbie The Movie. They are really cute and would make a great stocking stuffer for little Barbie enthusiasts. And of course everywhere you go something else pops up... I hear Suave even made Barbie shampoo this year. It should be a fun (and pink) holiday season:@)

Grab it when you see it, and
Have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Š

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Barbie's Cousin Rube Says Pumpkin Season is Coming...

If there's one thing gardeners know, it's that Mother Nature has her own schedule and when vegetables and fruit are ripe, you need to pick them! 2023 has been an odd year in the Philadelphia area, I've seen huge sunflowers blooming in June, and a red tomato before July 1st. Cousin Rube says, we can now add to that, the first pumpkin in early August:@) Very exciting indeed!

Pumpkins have always been a big seller at our little Barbie homestead, Peace and Pancakes Farm. Rube says it looks like a bumper crop year. Should be a fun autumn๐Ÿ˜Ž 

Rube's girlfriend Reenee had some CSA boxes to deliver in the city, so she swung by Barbie's house for lunch. She brought the pumpkin as a little surprise๐Ÿ˜Š And of course there was time for some girly chit-chat. Barbie wants to know how their relationship is going... Reenee still thinks Rube is a very special guy๐Ÿ’—

Back Story: I tried planting mini pumpkin seeds in my home garden this year but the vines died. When I pulled them out at the end of July there was this little pumpkin. Couldn't let it go to waste๐Ÿ˜‰

My garden this year:
A full garden update will be posted this Saturday on

Let's enjoy what's left of summer, 
and trust that...
Fall is coming folks!
๐ŸŒปHave a Happy Day๐Ÿ˜Š
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