Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bewitched ~ Barbie Time

This week I'm sharing one of  my character Barbie dolls: Samantha from Bewitched! 

She's still in her box. Any white specks are from the box's plastic front. Samantha's dressed in all black, with a splash of red on the flip side of her cape. She's definitely ready for a broom ride across the sky.

Bewitched was one of my favorite TV shows when I was a kid. It was just so cool the way Samantha twitched her nose and all kinds of stuff would happen. Probably like most kids who watched the show, I tried to move my nose the same way as Elizabeth Montgomery, but I never could master her twitch.

Here's the back of the box with a short history of the TV show.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Chinoiserie Silkstone ~ Barbie Time

 This beauty was my first Silkstone purchase. She's the Chinoiserie Red Moon, Fashion Model, Barbie.

She has long black hair, elegantly styled into a high ponytail. The Silkstone Fashion Model dolls were designed by Robert Best and inspired by the original 1959 Barbie. I love her sideways glance.

The outfit this Silkie is modeling is called "Black Enchantment". This has to be one of my favorite Barbie outfits. I love how the skirt poufs out. 

In this picture you can see the pink bow on the back of the dress. The outfit also came with pink gloves, a faux pearl bracelet and a compact (Barbie does not like a shiny nose!).

The living room wall is from Sindy's Scenesetter House.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Stanley Tea Cup and Saucer

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite tea cup and saucer sets by Stanley.

The cup and saucer features a crisp white background, with lovely flowers, greenery and plaid. I feel like I should know the name of the flowers depicted on this china, but I just can't think of it right now.

I don't know if there's a "technical term" for this or not, but I love the swirled ribbing on the cup and saucer.

The plaid makes me think of Scotland. Bagpipes played, inside my head, the entire time I was taking pictures!

The back stamp reads Stanley, Fine Bone China, England, Est 1875.

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Linking up to:
Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday

Friday, March 15, 2013

By Myself, Lauren Bacall

I recently read "By Myself", the autobiography of Lauren Bacall. This book was published in 1978 by Knopf. I was lucky enough to find it at one of my library's book sales for only a quarter. Our library has about a dozen book sales each year. The books come not only from the library shelves, but from people who donate books they no longer want or need.

This is a great book about Lauren Bacall's life, including both of her marriages (Humphrey Bogart and Jason Robards). It's a fast read as Ms. Bacall isn't into flowery words and long descriptions of how the sun set each day or how the smell of roses lingered in the air. She's straight to the point. When she "name-drops", she's very casual and matter-of-fact about it.

I really didn't know that much about Humphrey Bogart or her relationship with him until I read this book. Casablanca is one of my favorite films, so I really enjoyed reading about Bogart. Bacall's start in show business was as a model, which morphed into acting. Bogie was still married to his third wife when they started seeing each other. There's also a lot of drinking that goes on, but I guess that was standard for the time period. They were good friends with Spencer Tracey and Katharine Hepburn, whom Bacall calls Katie. Tracey and Hepburn visited Bogart every night, after his discharge from the hospital, until he died. Warning: The section that deals with his death is a tear jerker.

This picture made the cover of Harper's Bazaar. My fave of the two of them. This is a scan of the back cover, which looks like a poor quality picture since the book's so old.

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Linking up to Art @ Home for Literary Friday.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Vintage Barbie ~ Barbie Time

This week I'm showing off one of my vintage dolls.

This Fashion Queen Barbie is a brunette with molded hair. She comes with three wigs: blonde, titian and brunette.

Here she is as a redhead. I found this yellow, handmade, dress on Ebay, some years ago. It fits Barbie perfectly.

Do blondes have more fun? Ask Barbie! Here she is, modeling her blonde, bubble-cut wig.

This pink dress is vintage and snaps in the back. I didn't realize how wrinkled it was until I saw these pics!

The backdrop for these pictures is one of the living room walls of the Sindy Scenesetter House.

Barbie wears her brunette wig. The "fur-trimmed" coat and gold dress are a Fashion Avenue set. I think it came out in the late 90's or early 00's.

The set came with ankle boots, but I switched them out for a pair of black heels.

Thanks for your visit!