Giving dolls a character

For those of you who write doll stories, there is some considerable time devoted to assigning a character for each doll. In my doll room it starts with a face. The more unique the doll the higher the likelihood that they will be giving a starring role. The body comes next. If the doll is being designated a leading role then they undergo a body swap to the most flexible type available. These days barbies are given a Made to Move (MTM) body once one is available with the matching skin tone. Yes I have invested in numerous of MTM bodies to accommodate this step. After that a name is assigned then a profession. Families and relations are formed and then it just flows from there.

Here are a couple shots of some dolls I have rescued from the storage boxes, cleaned, and dressed. Barbies get first preference of course, as they started this hobby of mine, over 30 years ago. In the coming weeks the fashion royalty dolls will be next.

Doll room cleanup ongoing

Looks like a total absolute mess in here. Try not to judge, just think in time this place is going to look amazing. Lol! That’s my silent mantra every time I step into this room.

Emptying bins and bins of playsets and accessories and sorting them on the shelves.
Vehicles to clean and hundreds of dolls to rescue.
Extra large zip lock bags used to protect clothes and fashion royalty dolls from mould. Downside of a basement doll room is the room has a high humidity level, dehumidifier runs 24-7.

During this phase it’s also cool to find purchases from twenty years ago. Not just dolls or their accessories, but the marketing booklets, brochures and even instruction booklets.

Check out the new page I created just for that…Marketing Paraphernalia & Instruction Sheets

Simple Joys from Doll Collecting

If you’ve been collecting dolls for quite some time on occasion you come across things hidden away that makes an ordinary day feel like Christmas. That happened for me today when I found an doll shipper box and opened it up to find a brand new doll. A doll I have no recollection buying, and boy she is a beauty!! I was so clueless about the purchase of this doll that I had to use Google to find her name. Thankfully I hadn’t forgotten the face mold and Googled: “Agnes green fashion royalty.”

Meet 2017 Riviera Drama Agnes Von Weiss, who is presently displayed on my bedside table.

Agnes in green one-shoulder jumpsuit

This doll is amazing, with her pink clutch, simple jewelry, and wedge heels. I can’t wait to redress her downstairs in the doll room, pose her in the upcoming new sets, give her a name, and a character in the doll stories. This also means Agnes Group Shot!!!! I promise to post one soon.

Now another cool thing about returning to the doll room, is the purchasing of items on the top of my wish list which I missed and ripping open packages from the mail. Today I welcomed to the fold Fashion Royalty Le Tuxedo Eugenia Perrin-Frost and Barbie convention luggage. I’m a sucker for luggage, and I’ve missed all the cute pieces over the years coupled with Integrity Toys dolls, so when I saw this one on eBay I couldn’t resist.

Le Tuxedo Eugenia and Barbie convention luggage

One disappointing thing is that there are no clasps on the luggage, but they snap shut. The cool clear acrylic hangers compensate however, and I wish I could find a source for some more as the set only comes with four. The two garment bags are also pretty cool, especially as don’t have any in my doll collection (or human size collection, lol!). I plan to turn them inside out and make a pattern to sew longer black ones. Imagine a men’s suit in a garment bag swung over his shoulder walking to catch a flight. So many possibilities and so little time. Oh how I’ve missed these simple joys that this hobby brings. Have fun in your little worlds!!!

2021 Marks My Return

In the midst of PhD studies, I have started to unpack the boxes that have been sitting in storage for over five years. Occasionally I’ve taken out the dolls to play and redress, but I think I’ve truly healed and ready to return to my creative side and build dioramas and write stories. I’ve also started three different Instagram profiles. One for for the 1:6 dolls called lifecirclez, one for my Lego collection lifecirclez_lego, and finally one for my Playmobil collection lifecirclez_playmobil. Definitely go check them out.
Now here are a few shots from the new doll room.

One of four shelves being constructed

Then I couldn’t resist setting up a quick diorama of tools as I cleaned up my four room display unit.

1:6 scale tools

The few hours I spent in the doll room were truly a joy. I felt like I was opening packages that just came in the mail, filled with lots of new toys. It’s a wonder I stayed away for so long, but now I’m back in a good space, I am anxious to set everything back up and make this hopefully a permanent home for the dolls and the various other toys a collect. At the end of the day, it will be like a toy museum promising hours and hours of fun, allowing my creative juices to flow. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be posting again very soon!

Doll Room Shenanigans 

So the dolls are collecting dust and begging for someone to dress them, move their joints and basically feel wanted. As a doll collector and dioramist I sometimes hope that they do come to life while I’m away just as you see in movies like Toy Story. “Woody” and other toys were totally forlorn and depressed 

Soon the torment will be over and I’ll charge up the camera, although I desperately need a new one, and the sabbatical will be over. 

In the household of Zamora and Sayyid the guests have been chatting for over 9 months…

City Circlez will return

Not to worry, City Circlez will return soon… personal issues (a divorce) took a toll on my free time these past few months and so the doll room has been left idle.

Anyway, I am relieved that drama in my life is over and I am free to live my life the way I want to, so watch out I’m coming back shortly with a vengeance to make up with tutorials and stories in the coming months.

Thanks for your patience.

Circlez Admin.

Shoe Closet Tutorial

I’m sure you have seen the Barbie Wardrobe Closet and seen the price. It’s sold out on Barbiecollector.com and I nabbed four when they went on sale, but they still do not offer enough storage space for the clothes, bags, accessories and shoes for the dolls.

Speaking of shoes, yesterday I went through my Poppy shoes and had to make quite a bit of repairs to the heels using super glue, then wondered where is a better place to store them than a Ziploc bag.

2016-03-11_01-36-50My solution was to build a closet. Taking foam board, one side of a Fashion Royalty doll box, some T-pins, a pencil,  a metal ruler and a sharp craft knife, then a doll shoe closet was created within 30 minutes.

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Fashion Royalty box

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T-pins

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Pencil, foam board and craft knife

First I measured a piece of foam board to fit snuggly inside the box, then marked off the depth of the box and took that measurement and marked out at least 4 more. Next they were cut out using the craft knife and a metal ruler.

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20160311_144713Then each shelf was positioned inside the box with a shelf below to use as a spacer and leveler then secured with two T-pins on each side.

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Using a cut shelf as a level for placement of another shelf.

Continue doing this until you have placed all the shelves in the box. To make each shelf secure you could choose to put glue on the ends before securing with the T-pins, but I chose not to in case I wanted to change the spacing of the shelves later. Here is what the shelf looks like.

20160311_150430When I have chosen the right paper I will remove each shelf then cover with paper then put them back in the box. I figured I will make more of these so I need to see if I have enough paper to cover the lot. Here is another picture of the shoe closet with the Poppy shoes.

20160311_153651-1This same technique can be tweaked to make a clothes closet for the dolls. For the rod I inserted a dowel about two inches from the top, by piercing a hole into the box on either side. One shelf was placed at the top and then two below using the same method as described.

2016-02-20_09-02-232016-02-19_08-08-19Oh yeah by the way Zamora and Sayyid’s master bedroom is complete, including a nice space closet for them to share. The closet door was made mainly with foam board and scrapbook paper. The tutorial for the closet door will be posted at a future date.

This closet was inserted into the cardboard wall at the back and secured with tape.

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Feel free to ask any questions for further clarification on this tutorial.

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New photo story uploaded and diorama updates

Episode 2 of the Gift Exchange has been posted and looks like the ladies are getting a little  heated over the game.

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While in the doll room I finally found a solution for privacy on the rooftop patio. Using my Silhouette cutting machine, I cut out a lattice pattern from sheets of cardstock paper. Then each were mounted on to the back of the surrounding wall with balsa wood strips for support.TI5A7903

As explained in a previous post, the picnic table was made by TnT Things on Flickr. The shrubs where bought from several craft shops and the surrounding wall was made with cardboard and brick paper printed from the internet. The tutorial explaining how the wall was constructed can be found on the MyFroggyStuff youtube video on How to Make a Doll Swimming Pool 2 TI5A7915Then over at the home of Zamora and Sayyid, their bathroom was created using the recent Barbie bathroom playsets with a few modifications.

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BEFORE (Picture from Amazon, click picture to be transferred to product listing)

BEFORE

BEFORE  (Picture from Amazon, click picture to be transferred to product listing)

 

AFTER

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It may not be that noticeable in the pictures, but all silver tone fixtures (sink faucet, tub faucet, shower head, towel rack and tub tray) were spray painted with a shiny chrome spray paint. The miniatures beside the sink are a mixture of Barbie minis and Re-ment items.

The walls in the shower were replaced with sheets of dollhouse tiling, and this was also used on the walls. The shower curtain was replaced and a tissue box was made using the same fabric. Dollhouse windows were painted white and inserted into the cardboard walls. Eventually I will frame them with strips of balsa painted white. The toilet orginally came from a Gloria playset and was repainted white. White towels are baby bath rags cut and edges hemmed. The pink mat on the bathroom floor is a piece of craft foam.

Bathroom and NurseryNext addition to the Rultan home was the installation of a wall between the bathroom and the nursery. A shelf was placed on the wall in the nursery to display a few toys.

Nursery additions 2The numbers and letters on the wall to the right are foam stickers. When the baby arrives Zamora will need some support holding him/her for breastfeeding so I made a coordinating “Boppy” pillow, which is seen above the stuffed lamb on the rocking chair.

Boppy PillowThe baby car seat seen in the picture above to the right of the rocking chair used to look like this:

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24708145185_0f190d8913_o (1)24590437232_7aa478f1c6_o (1)Well back to the doll room to get some photo stories set up. 🙂

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