Old theatre photos make excellent diorama backdrops

These photos are practice shots from a scene I’m working on for the Back Talk Cafe story. The backdrop is an actual photograph of an old shuttered theatre in a tiny rural town that we drive through at least once a year. (We are easily distracted by cool old buildings and structures.) By dinking with…

Discover the World With Barbie: #23 Philippines

I love this series! This particular one helped me remember how to spell Philippines correctly, for starters! Subscription based, each issue of Discover the World With Barbie included a 16-page magazine about the subject nation and a fashion set for Barbie either to wear when visiting the nation or a traditional version of dress for…

Trench Setter coat by designer Robert Best for Silkstone Barbie

Is not this the true romantic feeling—not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you?” — Thomas Wolfe This photo is one of my favorite setups for Barbie diorama; I love the classic elegance of black and whites with pops of color. Plus, this setup has kind of a James Bond…

Oooooo new red handcrafted wood furniture for the doll Cafe

Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.” — Liz Smith So excited! I’d been asking Bob (my amazing husband), a woodworker (when he has time), if he would make a red chair and sofa for my diorama setups. (I photograph these for my online listings for sale, as well…

City Seasons Winter in Montreal 1998 Barbie fashion set

Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming!” — Joseph B. Wirthlin The City Seasons series of Barbie dolls is one of my favorites. I love all of the clothes; they are very nice quality and highly detailed. This particular fashion set is from the Winter in Montreal 1998 Barbie.   By the way,…

Discover the World With Barbie: #18 Morocco

I love this series! And this one did help me remember how to spell Morocco correctly! Subscription based, each issue of Discover the World With Barbie included a 16-page magazine about the subject nation and a fashion set for Barbie either to wear when visiting the nation or a traditional version of dress for that…

Discover the World With Barbie: #3 Italy

I love this series! Subscription based, each issue of Discover the World With Barbie included a 16-page magazine about the subject nation and a fashion set for Barbie either to wear when visiting the nation or a traditional version of dress for that nation; it varies. (Frankly, some of the outfits don’t really make sense,…

Discover the World With Barbie: #17 Chicago

I love this series! Subscription based, each issue of Discover the World With Barbie included a 16-page magazine about the subject nation or region of interest plus a fashion set for Barbie either to wear when visiting the area or a traditional version of dress; it varies. Apparently, when they were thinking of Chicago, they…

Discover the World With Barbie: #19 Belgium

I love this series! Subscription based, each issue of Discover the World With Barbie included a 16-page magazine about the subject nation and a fashion set for Barbie either to wear when visiting the nation or a traditional version of dress for that nation; it varies. (Frankly, some of the outfits don’t really make sense,…