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


Monday, August 11, 2014

Barbie Mondays - Colorful Slacks Set and Gown

Hello Dear Ones and welcome again to Barbie Mondays. Hope you're enjoying seeing the cute clothes I've made for little Carter's Barbie dolls.
Okay, today I'm showing you a cute little slacks set out of a very groovy fabric.
I added some lace to the bottom of the top.
Then I added a little lace to the hems of her slacks legs.
 
I've used this little top pattern and pants pattern (thanks to Lynnie over at Happier Than A Pig In Mud) over and over and they always look cute. Just add a little lace and it will have a different look.
Can you tell I was having almost as much fun staging my Barbie as making her clothes?

Then I got out my crochet hooks and realized I had packed all of my yarn!We're moving you know. :)
So,,, I trotted over to JoAnn's and picked up a few skeins. This is what I came up with. I was pleased as punch and thought it turned out pretty cute.
So Barbie wouldn't get a chill, I also made her a cape, complete with a little flower, to keep her tiny shoulders warm.
Isn't that little crocheted flower so cute?
I even made a little hat. Now this Barbie has the wrong hair style to pull of wearing this hat but you get the idea.

Hope you're enjoying seeing all of the little Barbie clothes. Again, I just had a ball!
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Cold As Ice

You're as cold as ice
You're willing to sacrifice our love

You never take advice
Someday you'll pay the price
I know

I've seen it before
It happens all the time
You're closing the door
You leave the world behind
You're digging for gold
Yet throwing away
A fortune in feelings
But someday you'll pay

You're as cold as ice
You're willing to sacrifice our love
You want Paradise
But someday you'll pay the price
I know

I've seen it before
It happens all the time
You're closing the door
You leave the world behind
You're digging for gold
Yet throwing away
A fortune in feelings
But someday you'll pay

Cold as ice, you know that you are
Cold, cold, as, as, ice, as cold as ice to me
Cold, cold, as, as, ice

Ooh, ooh, ooh, cold as, cold as ice
You're as cold as ice
You're as cold as ice, cold as ice, I know
You're as cold as ice, yes I know
You're as cold as ice, cold as ice, I know
You're as cold as ice, oh yes I know
You're as cold as ice, cold as ice, I know
You're as cold as ice, oh yes I know
You're as cold as ice, cold as ice

~ sung by Foreigner







Friday, August 8, 2014

Let's Tour Graceland!

Hello, Dear Ones! I am in the middle of getting the items ready to put in my Jeep to drive to New York as you read this post but I thought you might enjoying touring Graceland with me. We took this trip in June and it was on my travel blog, You, Me and Little Kiki, but I thought you may like seeing it here. We all love a little Elvis so enjoy...

Okie dokie! This day was June 19, 2014 and I promised you a tour of Elvis' Graceland. Now I must tell you we were surprised as to the condition of Graceland. You know Elvis passed away in 1977 and I remember exactly where I was. We were taking a road trip with the children to New Orleans and of course we were listening to rock and roll on the radio and then the announcement came on that Elvis had died. Anyway, we thought Graceland would be a little dingy and run down. Nope! It was absolutely pristine! 1970s, on the inside, but pristine. I'll try not to talk too much and let you take the tour. I must say - I loved it!
I thought these lions were out of place and there should have been hound dogs flanking the entrance. What do you think! :) Okay, I'll shut up now.
Wait! Is that a flair range like Robin at Decorating Tennis Girl has?
 Had to snap in the mirrored stairway!
 Lisa Marie's play set.
 Oops! Sorry about the duplicate snap up there.
They told us this was where Elvis had been a few hours before he died - at the piano.
Well, this concludes our tour of Graceland. I really did enjoy myself. There was so much to see. We took a little van over to the house and toured it and the van brought us back. Then we walked around the shops and saw Elvis' cars and planes. I took a picture but it was blurry of the seat belts in his plane - they were gold plated!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

It's Now or Never

It's now or never,
come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
it's now or never
My love won't wait.

When I first saw you
with your smile so tender
My heart was captured,
my soul surrendered
I'd spend a lifetime
waiting for the right time
Now that your near
the time is here at last.

It's now or never,
come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
it's now or never
My love won't wait.

Just like a willow,
we would cry an ocean
If we lost true love
and sweet devotion
Your lips excite me,
let your arms invite me
For who knows when
we'll meet again this way

It's now or never,
come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
it's now or never
My love won't wait.

~ sung by Elvis Presley