Handmade floral dress & Fashion Fever handbag for Barbie

“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.” — Roger Ebert The quotes on this and a lot of these doll posts are grabbed at random from my Franklin Planners; am adding them as reminders that I need to write specific thoughts or details about this particular doll/dress. I have…

Shamrock Barbie dress for St. Patrick’s Day, of course!

Puttin’ on the green today! Feeling lucky? Shamrocks! I wish I knew who made it because it is very nice. I purchased it as part of a small lot of handmade dresses for classic Barbies. Dress even has snap back closures. I know, right? Very pretty! Photos © 2018 by Krystyn Hartman

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…

Ode to Granny’s “Pretties”

“Be careful with my pretties,” She hoped we’d understand. We did … and we didn’t, But respected her command.   Granny had these oddities, Little they had in common, She called them little “pretties,” and liked to gaze upon them.   Others called them chachkis, Nicknacks and thingamajigs, But Granny called them “pretties.” She was…

Having fun making Barbie dresses!

Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.  — F. Scott Fitzgerald Having fun learning about the different stretch fabrics and how the weight, thickness, amount of stretch — all have to be factored in (as I’m learning the hard way) when cutting and sewing for 1:6…