Construction of the Rultan home

It’s been seven years since Zamora and Sayyid Rultan got married and since then they have been living in the same one bedroom house. For those who have read my past photo stories on City Circlez this couple are familiar to you just as their home:

Picture from a previous story

Picture from a previous photo story on www.lifecirclez.net

Picture from a previous photo story on www.lifecirclez.net

Picture from a previous photo story on www.lifecirclez.net

They have outgrown this cozy home for two especially as Zamora is expecting their first child. To accommodate the growing family Sayyid has bought a modest two bedroom home and has undertaken all the renovations.

First room is the kitchen seen below:

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As you can see a few tidbits have put in the kitchen already (I couldn’t resist playing a bit)

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The kitchen is from a past Barbie playset and of course I had to kitbash it a bit by removing a pink counter which ran around the stove plus repainting couple areas in silver.

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Stove burners accentuated with metallic silver pen

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Fridge handles repainted

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Cupboard handles and molding repainted

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Sink faucet repainted

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Microwave buttons repainted (will get to butterfly decoration eventually)

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Pot rack repainted

Next the holes for the windows were cut out of the cardboard walls surrounding the four tier plastic shelf and the windows fitted in. The windows were bought many years ago from Michael’s craft store and really are for a smaller scale dollhouse.

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Then the windows are framed with thin popsicle sticks and the scrap paper is permanently adhered to the walls. Apartment 1

With kitchen components in place:

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The little cabinet is from Re-ment and is being repainted before I mount it on the wall. Next the door to the left is tackled.

The door was obtained from an online site years ago which sold prefabricated 1/6 scale doors and windows. The downfall of the doors is that it is just tall enough for Barbie and Ken but not for Integrity Toys dolls (except Poppy). It came unpainted so I gave it two coats of white paint and then cut a hole to fit the frame in the wall and glued it in. Later on I will cut out a piece of clear acrylic of clear plastic from doll packaging as the glass in the top window area. Now to find some door handles and maybe a lock then a small step inside and outside.

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Upstairs will be the living room. I feel sorry for the couple having to climb steps to get to each room of this townhouse.

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Windows temporarily installed as the windows need to be taken out to be painted white. Then the wallpaper has to be chosen out by Zamora. :)

Here is Zamora’s sister Viola posing to give a sense of scale.

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So I think its time to head back to the doll room to work on this project a bit more. Here is a shot of both floors under construction, with another two floors to follow.

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Thanks for visiting! :)

Lighting up the apartments Part 2

The following post outlines the steps to lighting up my doll apartment using LED strip lights. This is a continuation from my previous post Lighting up the apartments Part 1.

Below are the contents of the kit I purchased from Amazon plus a separate purchase of connectors (in the zitrades packet)

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First step is to take the roll of lights and cut off the length of lights needed. They are arranged in multiples of three. As you see below there are three lights between each copper junction. Its across the copper junction that you have to cut, whether its three or six lights at a time, once its a multiple of three.

I cut the first three off the roll which has the power connection attached and then another set of three, as my rooms need about two strips due to the size. 20150625_085159

Below is a close up of the copper junction after it has been cut.

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The next step is to expose the copper by peeling back the plastic coating.

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As you can see just enough plastic is cut back to expose only the copper leads.20150625_085336Next step is to connect the newly cut light strip to an LED connector so two sets are along one circuit.

First picture below shows the connector closed and the following one shows it open with the led lights pushed into the connector.

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Once the two sets led lights are secured by the connector this is how it looks.

20150625_090324The end with the power cord is then attached to the power outlet.

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Now its ready to be mounted on the ceiling of the room. The lovely thing is on the back of the lights there is an adhesive, just peel back the paper and stick.

This is what the ceilings look like:

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The lights really give that much needed light in the dark corners of this apartment and they are very easy to operate with the included remote. The lights can be dimmed, made to flicker in four different settings like a Christmas tree or discotheque, or they can change colour.

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I hope this little tutorial inspires you to tackle this little lighting project. The LED lights are effective, the one drawback though is that there should be more led strips with the power cord end to facilitate installation in multiple rooms. The only way round this hindrance is to buy more kits, which I will be doing anyway.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Thanks for visiting!

New Photo Story Posted – Shriek!

While I put together the post on the lighting of the apartments, I rustled up a quick little photo story with Dana and Skylar. Check it out here.

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Here are some extra shots from the story, taken specially as an inside look for this blog.

Closeup of Table setting

Closeup of Table setting

Closeup of stove top

Closeup of stove top

Behind the scenes of photostory Shriek

She just would not kneel on her own!

Then after their story was complete I moved over to other areas in the city for some quick diorama setups:

Shop together

Shop together

Laundry Day

Laundry Day

Selection of cheese to go with these wines?

Selection of cheese to go with these wines?

And a few Behind The Scene Shots of the dioramas specially for you my readers:

Outside Laundromat

Outside Laundromat

Corner of Laundromat

Corner of Laundromat

Dry Cleaner corner

Dry Cleaner corner

To the right of deli

To the right of deli

Supermarket bts2

To the left of deli

Thanks for visiting!

Lighting up the apartments Part 1

The day I decided to build apartment building structures…

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…instead of single rooms with an open roof…

Stand Alone Office Structure

 

…I knew there would be an issue of lighting the rooms once complete.

I searched several sites and tried out items like watch battery led lights to flashlights to push button closet lights and then finally just shone photo lights into the rooms but to date nothing does the job quite right. My last test involved the photo lights and this is the effect without Photoshop:

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Way too bright in certain areas and dark in other spots like instead the kitchen. Even after Photoshop there wasn’t much improvement:

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I continued to test out the photo lights with a closeup:

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The picture did not improve. So I headed to the apartment downstairs to test these photo lights in another room:

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The room looks nice an bright and cheery and much improved from the shots from upstairs, so the photo lights could work here. The picture quality can only improved further when I hit the jackpot and get a new camera. :)

So a solution has to be found with the upstairs apartment’s dark corners. And I think I finally found the perfect solution, LED strip lights. I bought these some time ago and it may help the situation greatly.

Stay tuned when I post part two to this post where I will go through step by step of the installation of the LED strip lights.

Thanks for visiting!

 

Back to the doll room

First things first. Thanks to everyone who participated in my survey last month. It is my pleasure to announce that the information gathered has assisted in the preparation for the revival of my photo stories which will be published very very soon. :)

So what have I been doing since my last post?? Playing with dolls of course! LOL!

After the drooling session over the IT dolls released on the webinar last month I took a little hiatus and now I have lots to share….

Presently under construction in the doll room is a coffee shop. Once again MyFroggyStuff and my daughter have influenced some creative play. Here are the results so far:

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The main counter was made like on the video with a few adjustments, like a little more support on the base. I also used a little more pliable board than cardboard for the base and then the counter is actually foam board covered in contact paper. The red display case/cashier counter is from the My Scene coffee shop playset, along with some of the accessories on the counter like the coffee machines and red cappuccino cups. Other miniatures are from Re-ment sets and Barbie playsets.

Construction of Jammin Javas aerial

The red display case/cashier counter is from the My Scene coffee shop playset. To make the display case a bit more realistic, a piece of clear plastic was cut from packaging and glued on to the front right as seen below.  Construction of Jammin Javas pastry counter

The accessories on the counter like the coffee machines and red cappuccino cups are also from My Scene playsets. Other miniatures are from Re-ment sets and Barbie playsets.

Construction of Jammin Javas

The chalkboards are from a roll of chalkboard contact paper and the writing is applied using a white pencil crayon. The red raised

Next on the list to do are the surrounding walls, floor, cleaning up the edging of the main counter, making little trays for the food in the display case, make miniature packages of coffee, sugar, etc and dig for more miniatures to accessorize the diorama.

Oh before I forget, the name of the coffee shop is Jammin’ Javas. I made a coffee shop many years ago and made t-shirts and aprons, so this setup is just another franchise branch in City Circlez. My new girls are modeling the attire:

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Closeup of Jammin Javas apron

For those curious about my previous attempt at a coffee shop, here is a quick flash back:

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As always I try to make sure there is quite an assortment of reading material for the guys and gals, so on June 2nd (a day after release) multiple copies of the latest DerPuppe issue was made and distributed.

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Guess this is the only time Ianna got a chance to catch up on her reading. Others decided to be antisocial…

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Which brings me to an update on the roof top balcony…

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Barbeque on roof

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Grill closeup

Apart from creating the stone area I am most pleased with the result of my re-upholstered patio furniture. All pillows were hand-sewn by me, and boy was that tedious.

Reupholstered bench

Reupholstered chair

Couple things still need to be completed up here, like making the blue sky more realistic, putting soil or stones or moss in the flower beds along the wall, raising the height of the grill, put in lots more trees and shrubbery on the wall and of course placing more minis and dolls in the scene, so the party can get started. :)

In other parts of City Circlez people are getting on with their lives, so here’s a sneak peek:

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Zola is making a healthy smoothie after a long day of meetings at work.

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Mercedes as usual has guests over at her apartment…

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Don, Dante and Julian (Mercedes’ current boyfriend)

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Phoebe with newborn and Felicity

Phoebe and her newborn

…but where is Mercedes? Probably in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

And oh dear looks like lights are out over by Dana and Skylar.

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Skylar, Carly, Elizabeth, Melanie (on ladder), Val (holding ladder), Dana and Cazia.

Finally just for fun, here’s a super quick tutorial on how to make doll sized door knobs:

Doorknob tutorial

Thanks for visiting and check out my Sales presently going on.

IT Spring 2015 Releases

Being the ever so dedicated W Club member I tuned into the webinar an hour early and got my lunch prepared in the meantime. At 12pm I sat with plate in hand in front the computer screen. To the left of my desk sat my iPad with a draft email waiting to be filled in with my preorders and to my right my cellphone silenced from disturbances.

The moderators started on time, made their introductions, read out a few house keeping items, one being to refrain from sharing the news or pictures until the following Monday, thus the reason I am posting now.

Please note ALL pictures in this post are the property of Integrity Toys.

The first line presented were the dolls in the new Katy Keene collection. I’ve decided these were not to my taste as the Color Infusion dolls have the Amazonian big feet and hands. The clothes however I may try to get on the secondary market.

Winning Number Lucki Red Lorelei Limited Edition Size of 425 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Winning Number Lucki Red Lorelei
Limited Edition Size of 425 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

The Odds are Stacked Gloria Grandbuilt Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

The Odds are Stacked Gloria Grandbuilt
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Blue Serenade Katy Keene Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Blue Serenade Katy Keene
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Shimmering Dynasty Katy Keene Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Shimmering Dynasty Katy Keene
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Everything's Keene Katy Keene Gift Set Limited Edition Size of 500 Gift Sets Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $185.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Everything’s Keene Katy Keene Gift Set (pic 1)
Limited Edition Size of 500 Gift Sets
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $185.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Everything's Keene Katy Keene Gift Set Limited Edition Size of 500 Gift Sets Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $185.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Everything’s Keene Katy Keene Gift Set (pic 2)
Limited Edition Size of 500 Gift Sets
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $185.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

 

Everything's Keene Katy Keene Gift Set Limited Edition Size of 500 Gift Sets Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $185.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Everything’s Keene Katy Keene Gift Set (pic 3)
Limited Edition Size of 500 Gift Sets
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $185.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

If I had to order something from this line. It would be the Everything’s Keene gift set shown in these last three pictures. I have a few Color Infusion dolls and they would love the lingerie and ensemble from the first picture.

Next up was FR-16 in the webinar. All these are 16 inch dolls and I don’t have one single doll that size in my collection, and it’s going to stay that way. The fashions are to die for, but a shrinking machine hasn’t been invented as yet.

Super Natural Anais McKnight The FR:16™ Collection Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $175.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Super Natural Anais McKnight
The FR:16™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Incognito Elsa Lin The FR:16™ Collection  Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $175.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Incognito Elsa Lin
The FR:16™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Fall Phenomenon Elsa Lin The FR:16™ Collection  Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $175.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Fall Phenomenon Elsa Lin
The FR:16™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Shades of Grey Hanne Erickson (pic 1) The FR:16™ Collection  Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $175.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Shades of Grey Hanne Erickson (pic 1)
The FR:16™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Shades of Grey Hanne Erickson (pic 2) The FR:16™ Collection Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $175.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Shades of Grey Hanne Erickson (pic 2)
The FR:16™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $175.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Third collection presented was Poppy Parker in The Model Scene. Capturing a young and fun array of styles, I liked this line quite a bit and ordered two dolls from this collection (ones with larger and additional pictures).

Go See! Poppy Parker Limited Edition Size of 750 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately First Week of June Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Go See! Poppy Parker
Limited Edition Size of 750 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately First Week of June
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Spring Song Poppy Parker Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-June 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Spring Song Poppy Parker
Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-June 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

The Camera Loves Her Poppy Parker Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

The Camera Loves Her Poppy Parker
Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Hippy Dippy Poppy Parker (pic 1) Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid to Late July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $130.00 IT DIRECT EXCLUSIVE, WILL BE OFFERED IN JULY 2015! DETAILS TO COME

Hippy Dippy Poppy Parker (pic 1)
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid to Late July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $130.00
IT DIRECT EXCLUSIVE, WILL BE OFFERED IN JULY 2015! DETAILS TO COME

Hippy Dippy Poppy Parker (pic 2) Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid to Late July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $130.00 IT DIRECT EXCLUSIVE, WILL BE OFFERED IN JULY 2015! DETAILS TO COME

Hippy Dippy Poppy Parker (pic 2)
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid to Late July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $130.00
IT DIRECT EXCLUSIVE, WILL BE OFFERED IN JULY 2015! DETAILS TO COME

Peace Love and Soul Darla Daley Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Peace Love and Soul Darla Daley
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Peace Love and Soul Darla Daley

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In some of the pictures this Darla looks forward facing, keeping my fingers crossed that they really are. Her outfit is so cute and I am dying to try that shirt on my FR girls.

Hot Shot Nigel North Limited Edition Size of 600 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Hot Shot Nigel North
Limited Edition Size of 600 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Yup surprisingly I did not order this male doll. There are quite enough blond guys in my collection and I wasn’t too impressed by the outfit. Then this year IT promises to release the new Homme dolls with improved articulation so my pennies are saving up for that. Hope their is an Indian guy in that new line. Ok here is the rest of Poppy line.

The Midas Touch Poppy Parker Limited Edition Size of 600 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately First Week of July Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

The Midas Touch Poppy Parker
Limited Edition Size of 600 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately First Week of July
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

The Midas Touch Poppy Parker-closeup

The Midas Touch Poppy Parker-accessories

The first ever black Poppy is definitely coming home with me. She is gorgeous!

Wedding Belle Poppy Parker Limited Edition Size of 900 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Wedding Belle Poppy Parker
Limited Edition Size of 900 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Out of this World Poppy Parker Limited Edition Size of 900 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $120.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Out of this World Poppy Parker
Limited Edition Size of 900 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

So tempted to order Out of this World Poppy, but the dolly bucks can only stretch so far and the IT convention is on the horizon.

Next collection is my ever favorite FR line.

Style Notes Isha Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

Style Notes Isha
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

FR Style Notes Isha-closeup

FR Style Notes Isha-accessories.No way would I pass on the first ever tall bodied Isha.

Prestige Natalia Fatale Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

Prestige Natalia Fatale
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

Tempting due to that suit, but later in the year I am bound to find it sold separately.

Decorum Eugenia Perrin Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

Decorum Eugenia Perrin
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

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FR Decorum Eugenia-hair detail

FR Decorum Eugenia-accessories

This will be my seventeenth Eugenia doll joining my collection. The family reunion will be so much fun!

Refinement Vanessa Perrin Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

Refinement Vanessa Perrin
Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

FR Refinement Vanessa-shades

FR Refinement Vanessa-outfit

FR Refinement Vanessa-closeup

FR Refinement Vanessa-accessories

Vanessa is fantastic!!! The screening, the clothes the accessories. A+++ Only one thing I would change is the colour of the shoes. Raise your hand if you have enough black heels in your FR collection.

Fine Print Elise Jolie Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

Fine Print Elise Jolie
Limited Edition Size of 800 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

Another very tempting purchase, mainly for the clothes. I am not a fan of the fierce looking, up to no good, Elise Jolie.

Fame Fable Kyori Sato Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

Fame Fable Kyori Sato
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

This forward looking Kyori almost joined my preorder list, but dolly pennies are limited.

Timeless Adele Makeda Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

Timeless Adele Makeda
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Early August
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

FR Timeless Adele-closeupFR Timeless Adele-accessories

How lovely that IT decided to present their variant of Lupita Nyong’o’s blue dress at the 2014 Oscars. The hairstyle was not the same from that night, but it was an updo I have seen on Lupita. Standing ovation to IT for this number!!

The Spring 2015 FR collection closed with Tatyana.

Perfect Reign Tatyana Alexandrova Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $135.00 Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

Perfect Reign Tatyana Alexandrova
Limited Edition Size of 700 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late August 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $135.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer.

Last doll presented in the webinar was the Event Exclusive.

Royal Treatment Veronique Event Exclusive

Royal Treatment Veronique Event Exclusive 2015 Online Event Exclusive Limited Edition Size: TBA (Edition Size Based on Orders Received) Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Fall 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $225.00 + Shipping and Handling

I was disappointed by the choice of doll, the black and white prom dress and the mega price. The separates like others will be captured at a later date.

 

So as a recap, here are my ordered and confirmed dolls from the webinar.

My Confirmed Order

Please note ALL pictures in this post are the property of Integrity Toys.

Thanks for viewing!

Latest diorama setups

Some new photography lights arrived this week so I took the opportunity to set up some shots. Hope you enjoy.

Design Studio

Behind the scenes in design studio

Behind the scenes in design studio

Reading through DerPuppe

Reading through DerPuppe

One last piece

One last piece

Final touches

Final touches

Corner of design studio

Corner of design studio

Design studio

Design studio

CEO Office

Arriving early

Arriving early

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Ladies Gathering

Ladies hanging out

Ladies hanging out

Scrabble game

Scrabble game

DerPuppe May issue

DerPuppe May issue

Catching up with DerPuppe

Catching up with DerPuppe

Sidewalk Activity 

Bacon Bacon

Bacon Bacon

Bacon temptation

Bacon temptation

Taking a stroll

Taking a stroll

Sidewalk activity

Sidewalk activity

Thanks for visiting!

Rooftop Balcony construction

So the apartments are pretty much complete and so are the shops on the ground floor. Now my attention has turned to the rooftop where I plan to transform into a balcony for the tenants to use as an entertaining space. I started with a U-shaped wall on the outer perimeter using a technique used on MyFroggyStuff‘s tutorial on building a swimming pool. Here are a few mock shots taken with some dolls and furniture.

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Closeup of plants and Re-ment hose mounted on wall with hot glue

Plants from roof balcony cascading down the side of building. (Love this look!)

Plants from roof balcony cascading down the side of building. (Love this look!)

I used some plastic plants to stick in the floral bed created along the wall to block out the background of my doll room (need much more). This is quite a challenge as I am still seeing oddities through the foliage so my last step will be to erect a fake sky behind the trees.

Next step was to work on the floor of the balcony. I took a sheet of scrapbook paper that looked like paved concrete:

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Then cut it into 2″ x 2″ squares and glued them to cardboard.

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Once securely glued, cut cardboard around square to make tiles and sealed each with Mod Podge to get a gloss finish. 20150415_121113

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Once dry the tiles were glued to the floor, using pieces of popsicle sticks as spacers.

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As this is a very tedious task, I took some time out to play. :) Here is Sebastian hard at work (note spacers were moved once glue holding tiles in place was completely dry).

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Considering I want two different textured floors, one side tiled and one side decking, I stopped the tiles half away across the space. Next I took very small stones I found at Michael’s craft store and distributed them between the tiles. Once in place I squeezed a clear drying glue like Elmer’s over the stones to secure them.

20150417_194314I did a portion of the space at a time as the building is so tall I was kind of tired standing, but of course not too tired to fit in some play time.

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That’s the progress of the roof balcony so far. I am so excited to complete this space soon, as Summer holidays are around the corner.

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Final Office Quadrant filled

Today I took some time off to relax and where did I go? My doll room of course!

I decided to tackle the last office quadrant for W Modeling Agency and FR fashion line (all will be explained when I start back my photo stories in the near future).

Two days ago I did a mock arrangement of the space…

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As you can see this space formerly held the hospital room, but as no one is sick, I quickly made temporary walls from poster board covered them with this neat wrapping paper and voila! I was so thrilled when the wrapping paper turned out to be a perfect match for my Fashion Fever furniture I had been saving for quite a while. The floor are actually stickers that came with the Fashion Fever diorama boxes. I applied Tacky glue to the floor with a large paint brush and laid down the full sheet as is. It really has a nice shine, may just continue it over into the design studio next door.

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Just had to add this picture of Ayumi, she looks so studious here.

As I have quite a bit of story cards from the earlier released Fashion Royalty dolls, I put them to good use again in this office space.

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Closeup by Eugenia to see miniature paints, crayons and compass.

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Aerial view

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Things still to work on in this office diorama:

-joint in corner to be neatened up and some more artwork on tables.

-change the screen on the laptop.

-tv will get a different screen.

-the cork board to be littered with notes etc.

-the cabinet will be hoisted up to a better height for the FR dolls, as Barbie doesn’t work here.

-Wall to be installed behind Vanessa and Ayumi.

-door jam will be fixed up.

 

After playing a bit in the marketing office I went over to the design studio and added a black work desk in the left corner.

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Remember this picture from earlier in this post…

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That’s the same desk to the right in it’s original state and pink. After some spray paint and the addition of a cork board to the back it is transformed.

 

Lastly I thought I’d share a quick picture of the design studio where the gals are discussing the bags on the table. In the background you can see my shoe storage has turned into spray can storage. LOL!

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