Monday, September 15, 2014

Barbie Mondays - Green, Straight Up


Hello, Dear Ones and welcome to Barbie Monday!
Today I would like to share with you some mix and match outfits for Barbie! As I said earlier on in the little series, all of my fabric was packed away for our move so I went out and bought just a few yards to make Carter's Barbie clothes. So I made many outfits from the same fabric. You'll see that today.
 Okay, a sweet little shirt and crop pants for Barbie in this sweet little green polka dot fabric. I've shown you other outfits made from this same fabric.
 I added some buttons down the front and trimmed the edge of her shirt with lace. Barbie loves frilly, you know! :) The little crop pants makes this outfit look so fun and cute!
Then I used the same pattern I've used before for some slacks too. She'll get a lot of mileage from these little pieces.
Then I made this little dress which reminded me of some of the styles my daughter wore in high school in the early '90s. You know, the wide padded shoulders, dropped waist and a little bit of a skirt train. I probably should have added darts under the bust to the waist so her dress would have shaped up much nicer on Barbie.  Maybe next time.
See the dropped hem? I think I hear Paul Abdul singing...Straight Up... :)
 Back to the little three button shirt...Barbie needed a skirt to go with this set so she could really mix and match her outfits. So my tiny fingers made her one.
 I know, I know, you've already seen the shirt but I thought I would show it to you again! :)
 Then her little skirt...the hem just at her knee. That's the most becoming length, don't you think?
Talking about length! Barbie is really milking this outfit and has decided to use her skirt as a coverup. Maybe a bathing suit coverup or a 'I've just jumped out the tub' coverup. That girl! Only Barbie knows for sure

Hoped you've enjoyed todays little outfits.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)
 I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Straight Up

Lost in a dream
Don't know which way to go
If you are all that you seem
Then baby I'm movin' way too slow

I've been a fool before
Wouldn't like to get my love caught
In the slammin' door
How about some information--please

 Straight up now tell me
Do you really want to love me forever oh oh oh
Or am I caught in a hit and run

Straight up now tell me
Is it gonna be you and me together oh oh oh
Are you just having fun

Time's standing still
Waiting for some small clue
I keep getting chills
When I think your love is true

I've been a fool before
Wouldn't like to get my love caught
In the slammin' door
How about some information--please

Straight up now tell me
Do you really want to love me forever oh oh oh
Or am I caught in a hit and run
Straight up now tell me
Is it gonna be you and me together oh oh oh
Are you just having fun

You are so hard to read
You play hide and seek
With your true intentions
If you're only playing games
I'll just have to say--bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye

Do do you love me
Do do you love me
Do do you love me
Do do you love me ?

I've been a fool before
Wouldn't like to get my love caught
In the slammin' door
Are you more than hot for me
Or am I a page in your history-book

I don't mean to make demands
But the word and the deed go hand in hand
How about some information--please
  ~ sung by Paula Abdul

Monday, September 8, 2014

Barbie Mondays - All About the Dress

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome again to Barbie Mondays. Hope you're enjoying these little Barbie clothes I've made and are having fun with me. So on we go...
Here is Barbie all stylish and comfy in a sweet little cream print dress. Just perfect for a picnic or a stroll.
I added a little lace for straps instead of fabric and added a little flower for her to feel special. The bodice of the dress is fitted with two darts to help show off her curves. :) I show off my curves too but I'm afraid my curves are not as attractive. Oh, I'm getting off the subject!
Barbie looks cool, calm and collected in her sundress. 
I don't remember where the pattern is for this dress. I'm old, ya know! :)
 Now for a late night supper or a casual party, Barbie will look all elegant in this long blue dress.
 There's more darts for the curves! :) This is really a sweet fabric and just perfect for Barbie.
I used this pattern earlier and showed you for a little short dress. I just made it longer and added the ruffle. Oh, don't look at at seam and knot on the ruffle ( it was supposed to go in the back) As perfect as I try to be, I make an oops occasionally! 

Hope you've liked these two Barbie dresses and you notice - no shoes! That's the way I go around most of the day - shoeless and clueless! :)

I wanted you to know we're in New York now and in our house but I'm just so very busy with the clean up (yuck!!), painting and waiting on our furniture and will start blogging about this adventure as soon as I can find my shoes! :) Thank you so much for visiting my tiny blog.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Devil With the Blue Dress On

Fee, fee, fi, fi, fo-fo, fum
Look at Molly now [or look out once again, now], here she comes
Wearin' her wig hat and shades to match
She's got high-heel shoes and an alligator hat
Wearin' her pearls and her diamond rings
She's got bracelets on her fingers, now, and everything
She's the devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress,
Devil with the blue dress on
Devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress,
Devil with the blue dress on
Wearin' her perfume, Chanel No. 5
Got to be the finest girl alive
She walks real cool, catches everybody's eye
She's got such good lovin' that they can't say goodbye
Not too skinny, she's not too fat
She's a real humdinger and I like it like that
She's the devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress,
Devil with the blue dress on
Devil with the blue dress, blue dress, blue dress,
Devil with the blue dress on

~ sung by Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels


Friday, September 5, 2014

I'm Still Here!

Hello, Dear Ones! 
Have you forgotten about me? I have been posting my little Barbie Mondays that I had put together long before but this post is for real. 
As I had shared with you all before, we took the looooooooooooong rode trip to upstate New York, signed the papers on our house and we're in the house now! Just got internet hooked up but we don't have our furniture yet. We borrowed daughter's air mattress to sleep on and brought a few things in the Uhaul that was pulled behind Kiki - so we're living minimal at the moment.

Now I knew I would have to clean up this house, but darlings, this was just the dirtiest house you've ever seen. I don't want to even remind myself of it again! I'm still cleaning after almost 2 weeks!! We did hire a painter to transform the walls. Hallelujah!! Lord, we could have never have done all of the work ourselves. The yucky wallpaper was stuck tighter than a girdle on a fat lady! Yes, ma'am, it was. But it is coming together slowly. We were wanting the walls to be painted before the moving van comes in a few days. Don't know if we'll make it or not. Mr. Precious and I will be painting a few rooms to help.

My life is complete as I'm getting to see my little grandchildren every day. My daughter and son-in-law have been such a tremendous help to us in so many ways. (they know we're going to be baby setting those little dolls)! The weather is just beautiful here and the mosquitoes are tiny! :)

So I don't have anything to show you today but wanted you to know how I appreciate you visiting my Barbie Mondays, even though you didn't get a reply from me. Please know I'll read all of the comments and when I start officially blogging again, I will be all over your blogs! :) 

I've missed you all so much as you are such a big part of my life.

I did want to show you something. Carter put together a tablescape this morning just for me.
Her mommy emailed me the snaps this morning so I could share them with you! My little sweetie - a little doll after my own heart!
Nothing like a little Minnie and Mickey to start your day off right!

Just know I'll be back to blogland when we get more settled. I'm as tired as an old dog but I'm taking my vitamins. I'll be passing on a Note Song this morning, but please keep the love singing in your hearts and know I LOVE YOU ALL!!

You are my bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)


Monday, September 1, 2014

Barbie Monday - Paisley and Red Dresses

Hello, Dear Ones, and it's Barbie Monday again.
 Today I wanted to show you this darling little dress made from a small paisley print.
This little dress is both modest and chic with 3/4 length sleeves so your Barbie will look stunning in this. Doesn't my little model have the prettiest of hair?
To be that thin, have that beautiful hair and look that good in my clothes! Well, I can dream! :)
There is a neck facing which I didn't use. I just turned the neck down and topstitched it. Also, The sleeves are cut right with the front of the dress so as you're sewing up the side seams you sew up the underarm seam as well.

Now it was time to make another little dress! This was the sweetest fabric and just perfect for Barbie clothes. This little dress has a square neck, long sleeves and a gathered skirt. Again, I was proud of how this turned out. Barbie was getting a little hot, you know Texas summers, so she tied her long hair back with a little piece of yarn! ;)
I added a little lace around the square neck and at the hem. You'll see two sets of stitching on the hem. One was for the hem and the other for the lace. Now Barbie has two new dresses and I think she looks very nice. If you'd like to make this little red dress:

 Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

She's A Lady

Well she's all you'd ever want,
She's the kind they'd like to flaunt and take to dinner.
Well she always knows her place.
She's got style, she's got grace, She's a winner.
She's a Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, She's a Lady.
Talkin' about that little lady, and the lady is mine.
Well she's never in the way
Always something nice to say, Oh what a blessing.
I can leave her on her own
Knowing she's okay alone, and there's no messing.
She's a lady. Whoa, whoa, whoa. She's a lady.
Talkin' about that little lady, and the lady is mine.
Well she never asks for very much and I don't refuse her.
Always treat her with respect, I never would abuse her.
What she's got is hard to find, and I don't want to lose her
Help me build a mountain from my little pile of clay. Hey, hey, hey.
Well she knows what I'm about,
She can take what I dish out, and that's not easy,
Well she knows me through and through,
She knows just what to do, and how to please me.
She's a lady. Whoa, whoa, whoa. She's a lady.
Talkin' about that little lady and the lady is mine.
Yeah yeah yeah She's a Lady
Listen to me baby, She's a Lady
Whoa whoa whoa, She's a Lady
And the Lady is mine
Yeah yeah yeah She's a Lady
Talkin about this little lady
Whoa whoa whoa whoa
Whoa and the lady is mine
Yeah yeah She's a Lady
And the Lady is mine. 

~sung by Tom Jones 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Barbie Mondays - Funky Blue Dress and Sock Clothes

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome again to Barbie Mondays. This was the most fun and easy little dress to whip up.
This little dress reminded me so much of the late 60s and early 70s, with mini dresses and funky angel wing sleeves.
Isn't it just the cutest thing? And this Barbie is really sassy and she's dancing for us.
Shake your groove thang, shake your groove thang...yeah yeah! :)

While I was browsing around looking for Barbie clothes I kept seeing 'sock clothes' and of course I had to try it. I bought colorful ankle socks and but I could have made longer clothes and more clothes if I had bought turn down socks. Are those called tube socks.
 
Turned out pretty cute, huh? These gals are ready for a day of fun, can you tell?
Just grabbed my scissors and went to town. The hats are the toe of the socks.
The shirts were cut from the top of the sock. I just cut out little holes for the arms.
The skirt was the middle of the sock and I sewed a little on both sides so it would fit her waist and not fall down! Now that would have been a disaster. Then I made the shorts from the middle of the sock too. I took them to the sewing machine and seamed an upside down U to make the legs and I seamed both sides like the skirt for the waist.

These two gals are very happy with their sock clothes! Talk about easy peasy! Hope you've liked  this edition of the Barbie clothes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Shake Your Groove Thing

There's nothing more that I like to do
Than take the floor and dance with you
Keep dancing, let's keep dancing
Shake it, shake it
Shake it, shake it
Shake your groove thing
Shake your groove thing, yeah yeah
Show 'em how to do it now
Shake your groove thing
Shake your groove thing, yeah yeah
Show 'em how to do it now
Show 'em how to do it now
Let's show the world we can dance
Bad enough to strut my stuff
The music gives us a chance
We do more out on the floor
Grooving loose, or heart to heart
We put in motion every single part
Funky sounds, wall to wall
We're bumping booties
Having us a ball you all
Shake your groove thing
Shake your groove thing, yeah yeah
Show 'em how to do it now
Shake your groove thing
Shake your groove thing, yeah yeah
Show 'em how to do it now
We've got the rhythm tonight
All the rest know we're the best
Our shadows flash in the light
Twisting, turning we keep burning
Shake it high or shake it low
We take our bodies where they wanna go
Feel that beat, never stop
Oh hold me tight, spinning like a top
Shake your groove thing
Shake your groove thing, yeah yeah
Show 'em how to do it now
Shake your groove thing
Shake your groove thing, yeah yeah
Show 'em how to do it now
There's nothing more that I like to do
Than take the floor and dance with you
Keep dancing, let's keep dancing
Shake it, shake it
Shake it, shake it
Grooving loose or heart to heart
We put in motion every single part
Funky sounds, wall to wall
We're bumping booties
Having us a ball, you all
Shake your groove thing
Shake your groove thing, yeah yeah
Show 'em how to do it now
Shake your groove thing
Shake your groove thing, yeah yeah
Show 'em how to do it now
Shake it
Show 'em how to do it now, yeah
Shake it, shake it
Shake it, shake it
Shake your groove thing
Shake your groove thing
Show 'em how to do it now
Let's get on down
Show 'em how to do it now
Show 'em how to do it now
Show 'em how to do it now
Shake your groove thing
Shake it, shake it
Shake it, shake it
Pump up your booties now
Shake it, shake it
Shake it, shake it
A little freakishness
Shake it, shake it
Shake it, shake it
Do it too you all
~ sung by Peaches and Herb




Monday, August 18, 2014

Barbie Mondays - Rescue Barbies

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome again to Barbie Mondays.
Today I thought I'd share my rescued Barbies. These are the poor little nekked Barbies you see at Goodwill for a couple of dollars. I saw quite a few tutes on Pinterest about how to spiff up these little gals and give their matter, tangled mess of hair a new doo! :)
I forgot to take a snap of the 'before' but if you'll just use your imagination you'll figure out how these Barbies looked. Pretty little faces but with a head of hair that looked like you had struck a match to it. So you're seeing my gals in their 'after' snaps above.
I covered up their bums as to not offend anyone. They stuck their little heads down in a bowl filled with warm water and some fabric softener. I didn't measure but it was probably almost 1/2 water and a little more than 1/2 fabric softener. My kitchen was really smelly good!
They soaked for about 15 or so minutes and then I rinsed as much of the fabric softener out as I could without wringing or tangling up their hair.
These were the rest of my supplies. Yes, that's Chloe Dawn's doggy hair detangler/conditioner, also Chloe's doggy comb, a wire wide toothed brush and scissors.
Now it was beauty shop time! I laid Barbie down and used Chloe Dawn's doggy comb and starting at the ends of Barbie's hair, started to gently comb out the tangles. A word of warning: hold Barbie's head firmly between your fingers and gently do the combing. You don't want to pop her tiny head off. Just sayin'! As I combed, I lightly sprayed her hair with the conditioning spray. Look how nicely it turned out. She did loose a few hairs and some seemed to stretch so I used the scissors to even up the ends.
Now don't rub rub with a towel to dry her hair or you'll get tangles again. I blotted very firmly with a hand towel to get out all of the excess water I could. Then I took a little bit of a paper towel and wrapped the ends of her hair like you would when your perming and rolled her hair up on a straw that I had cut to size.
See? Then to secure it, I just used a dress maker's pin and poked in right through the straw and her little plastic head. Not one peep out of her. This Barbie has certainly been under some stress as you can see she has a bald spot. But in the end I'll make her so pretty she won't care.
Now for the other Barbie ~ beauty shop time again! My gals are modest and so I wrapped them in luxurious paper towels um, robes. These little straws work wonderfully for rollers and there's my pack of pins.
 I went ahead and put Barbie's hair up in a pony tail and then started to roll roll roll.
Yep, my fingers are all pruned up! So I cut little pieces of paper towel and wrapped the ends of her hair and then rolled it up on a roller, um straw, securing each with a pin.
 Cute, huh?
Now this gal had a lot of hair so many pins were poked into her little hair. I had visions of long pretty curls for her.
 Looks almost elegant enough for a fancy doo just like this, doesn't it, if only the rollers were shorter. The pins look like pretty hair accessories.
Now with all this long hair, it was going to take a long time to dry so they decided to sun bath for a while on the patio in the bright summer sun. Nothing like a couple of paper towel clad, hair rolled up on straws with pins stuck in their heads and smelling like fabric softener bathing beauties.
For the results...this is our most stressed out Barbie with the bald spot. The relaxing soak and then a nice time spent in the sun helped to de-stress her. I told her I didn't think her hair would grow back though. She was okay with that.
Her hair was thinner so I put it up in a pony tail and braided it. I wanted to make her a pretty updoo so I found these teeny little plastic stretchy bands for her hair. They are no bigger around that your finger but stretch very well. In person they really don't show up so much as they do here in this snap, but the little bands are keeping her braid all up in a pretty doo.
Now for the Barbie with the really thick hair. Like I said, I had visions of long flowing curls for this one but the curls didn't look pretty like I thought they would. I let the girls sunbath for a few hours and then didn't take their hair down until the next day. Her curls looked pretty bad so I braided her hair too and decided to let her have a long ponytail. I do believe this is a late 80s or early 90s Barbie as she has the poofy bangs! I even curled them too.
Look at that pretty braid and I used the same little clear plastic stretchy bands on her hair too.
So if you have a little one who likes Barbies (or if you just want to play) but you don't want to spend much money on them - go to Goodwill and rescue some Barbies. This world will be a better place if you will give some nekked Barbie a home, a bath and a new doo! I guess you could tell I've been having a great time! 

I just love me some Barbies! Now I've got to get some with hair color other than blond!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Hair

She asks me why
I'm just a hairy guy
I'm hairy noon and night
Hair that's a fright
I'm hairy high and low
Don't ask me why
Don't know
It's not for lack of bread
Like the Grateful Dead
Darling

Gimme head with hair
Long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming,
Streaming, flaxen, waxen

Give me down to there hair
Shoulder length or longer
Here baby, there mama
Everywhere daddy daddy

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair

Let it fly in the breeze
And get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas in my hair
A home for fleas
A hive for bees
A nest for birds
There ain't no words
For the beauty, the splendor, the wonder
Of my...

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair

I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy
Shining, gleaming, streaming
Flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!

Oh say can you see
My eyes if you can
Then my hair's too short

Down to here
Down to there
Down to where
It stops by itself

They'll be ga ga at the go go
When they see me in my toga
My toga made of blond
Brilliantined
Biblical hair

My hair like Jesus wore it
Hallelujah I adore it
Hallelujah Mary loved her son
Why don't my mother love me?

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair

~ sung by The Cowsills