Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Real Barbie Housewives of NJ

You know I love some of those Bravo Housewives shows, especially New Jersey and New York. Anytime there is a new cast, try to find some of my dollie girls to pose as them. It was kind of trying because this year there are three new cast members and two of them are twins! You wouldn't think it would be that hard to find lookalike Barbies with so many of them having similar face sculpts among the Basics, DOW, and other non-celebrity dolls I've accumulated. BUT nothing was working until I found a Marissa Model of the Moment doll I bought for 25.00 at an antique store and had a second loose doll of her I picked up somewhere, ebay I think. They worked because the twins on the show are Italian and Marissa is suppose to be Brazilian, so the darker, tanned skin works.  When I do these "representations" of the housewives, my rule is I have to shop my own doll closet and use what I have. Trust me, I have a lot.

So here are my new girls and these bitches be bad!

Cast l-r: Amber Marchese, Dina Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Teresa Guidice, Nicole Napolitano, and Teresa Aprea

picture from Bravo.com


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Update on my State Fair competition entry

Well...I did not get a blue ribbon but I did get a yellow ribbon which amounts to an Honorable Mention and I'M HAPPY WITH THAT! Considering I kept changing my mind about entering and wasn't going to enter but decided at the very last minute to enter and sewed the dress, without a pattern mind you, two hours up to the deadline, yes I'm very pleased they didn't reject it as a hot mess and send it back! Was that too long of a run on sentence? I can see my 8th grade English teacher Sister Joseph Anthony (why did they always have mens names?) giving me the stink eye for from the grave for that. No wait, Joseph Anthony is the name of the hair salon I go to.

 I traveled to the fair today to see my doll in person and take a picture of her and just to make sure she didn't escape onto the midway and get funnel cake powder all over her dress! She did look a little lonely, can't wait to bring her home. This was the best picture I could get of her she's behind a picket fence next to a sock monkey...A SOCK MONKEY!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Barbiestyle on Instagram


Barbie joined Instagram today and she already has over 5000 followers! I've been on it for six months and still can't figure out how to post pictures on it but I'm sure Barbie has her own "team" working on it for her. Her pictures and fashion advice  are so cute and sassy, would we expect anything less? Here is the link to her page if you want to check her out  http://instagram.com/barbiestyle.

And if you want to follow me on instagram, my user name is pattiannny.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri Barbie

My entry in the Arts and Craft competition in the NY State Fair. Finally got her done at the last minute, worked up until 2 pm today and she had to be in by 4 pm, hey I always work best with a looming deadline over my head. Don't look to close because my sewing skills on this dress was lacking, but I entered the doll and not the sewing competition so hope they just judge on the over all look and forgive the construction. I had no pattern to work with, so I took apart the gown from the Jennifer Lopez doll and traced it. Hope I can do a better job putting it back together.

 Nina is from Syracuse, my hometown and where the fair is located, so that is why I chose to do a doll of her. Of course she is beautiful, so who wouldn't want a Barbie of her?


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Project

I've been working on a sewing project for the summer as I am going to  enter a couple sewn doll dresses in competition in the NY State Fair.  I actually have a little theme, I'm doing a replica of two gowns worn by the reigning Miss America, Nina Davuluri, who happens to be from my home town of Syracuse and represented Syracuse and New York State in the pageants before winning Miss America.

Here are the dresses:

Here is what I've done so far:

I used the Katrina Kaif doll and gave her a little make-over and an updo. When I turn in everything, the parade dress will be on the dress form and the yellow dress will be on the doll and her hair will be down and I'll add a banner, crown, and sceptre.  This competition is not a big money prize at all but I'm just hoping to walk away with one of those cool blue ribbons you always see people get in fairs!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

5th Anniversary of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett passing

It's all over the news today remembering the passing of two iconic 70s/80s legends who also ironically passed on the same day, 5 years ago.  Farrah's passing was not unexpected because it had been reported, she had been battling cancer for a few years. Michael's passing,of course, had such earthquake like aftershocks world wide not seen since the death of the likes of Elvis or John Lennon.  Ryan O'Neal was heard to say on an interview he felt Michael's passing on the same day as Farrah "upstaged" her.
 Oh well, that's show business for ya, even in death

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dolls with an Asian flair!

Two new dolls that I just had to have cause they're both so beautiful! One I had to order from a toy store straight from Bangladesh, India called RC Toys for 81.00 shipped (no worries, they have a facebook presence and a joy to work with). The other, after resisting ordering her off of ebay for 150.00, she turned up at barbiecollector.com for 39.00 last week and I just got her over the weekend.

First up is Fan BingBing, and a bried bio from wikipedia says Fan is a Chinese actress, singer and television producer. She was born in Qingdao but was raised in Yantai. She graduated from Shanghai Xie Jin Film and Television Art College and Shanghai Theatre Academy. She is also in the current X-Men movie Days of Future Past.

My next doll is Katrina Kaif and she was in the movie Dhoom3 and this is what the character the doll represents. Here is what her bio says: 
Katrina Kaif is a British Indian film actress and model. She is primarily known for her work in Bollywood films, though has also appeared in Telugu and Malayalam films.

 If you ask me if I have a favorite, hands down it's the Katrina Kaif doll, I just think she is so gorgeous. She really reminds me of Miss America, Nina Davaluri, who happens to be from my city and was Miss Syracuse before she became Miss New York and then Miss America. I think I am going to restyle her as Nina that is going to be my summer project. What do you think?