A rambling, scatterbrained account of the life of doll addict DorrieBelle. She's got an overworked husband, an autistic son, a damaged ticker and just discovered she's a full fledged insulin-using diabetic and slightly anemic. She's also a tightwad who loves to sew doll clothes, and could talk the ear off a bartender. And she's got a heckuva temper ! Luckily, her 'Empress of the Universe' delusion helps to keep things in check. If you wanna know more, we pity you... but here it is !
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Friday, March 22, 2013
I didn't choose the Barbie life...the Barbie life won't leave me alone !
Current Mood : Undecided.
Good news ! We paid a bill
we really didn’t have to, and it’s been settled in our favor, so a refund check
is already on the way ! While it’s not a fortune, it’s diesel and groceries for
most of a month, so I’m happy !
OK. So. Been thinking about
Barbies lately. Guess I’m sharing Deborah’s ‘Monster High Slump’, even though I’ve obtained several new dolls,
and there’s been new info and photos out, I still feel a bit blah about it all.
To tell the truth, the very little I want won’t be out ‘til August, which is
kinda why I went ahead and snagged the Scaris
set. I’m sure there’ll be the usual surprise dolls along the way, but I’m kinda
tapped for now.
So my fickle mind turns to
other dolls. Today I found an $8. pattern for making my own versions of Timey
Tell’s issue dress, something I’ve always wanted to do. Still…eight bucks. I
may try to make it m’self first. Plus, I’ve barely touched Elphie and Fiyero,
or the LDPs, including Princess Dorrie, and my few remaining sixth-scale dolls
that aren’t MH…I’ll confess, with
space becoming more of an issue than anything else, I was giving serious
thought to ditching Barbie altogether…but I can’t do it. I can’t give up Midge,
or Leia, or Malibu, or Molly and Nephlyte, or Lottie…
In fact, my special treat
from Aldi’s is pictured above. It’s so funny – I’d been hearing how fans have
found the new swimsuit MH dolls at
Aldi’s for $8.99, yet I wasn’t interested. But when we went yesterday, I did
dig through the overloaded sole cardboard bin of dolls, marked with Barbie, MH, and Disney Princess
logos. There was not one single MH doll,
and only two DPs. Evidently, the Pink Shoes Barbieline isn’t selling as well. I snagged the sole Belle, mostly
because she had the same face as the unfortunately permanently dressed Belle
ballerina I bought last year.
It’s really a sweet doll in
amazing packaging. Once the liner is removed, you can see how great it is. The
bed has a 3-d footboard, and is angled to elevate the doll’s head. There’s a
cardboard roll-pillow supporting her, and it’s themed to match the rose-printed
‘sheets’. The ‘Chip’ pillow is made of cheap fabric, but it’s a cute, useable
prop. The windowsill is also 3-D, showing a crescent moon, and the sill holds a
brush, mirror, toothpaste, cup, and toothbrush. I wish I could keep the
The outside box has a coupon
for an Oral B kids’ manual toothbrush, illustrated with what’s probably the DP one, the image is too small to see
much detail. You can also snag Sleeping Beauty (pink owl print) or Rapunzel (purple Pascal
print) in the same line. Also available at Target, and other stores, if you don’t
have an Aldi’s.
As for Belle herself, she
came with the stuff I mentioned, plus a loose, light yellow nightie with a Chip
and Mrs. Potts print, that (sigh) is only on the front. Plain yellow on the
Velcro ™ closure back. The neckline is neat, though, it mimics her iconic gold
gown, but in hot pink tulle, with a plastic pink rose button in the center. She
also has a yellow plastic eye mask with a crown on top that fits very well. I
was relieved to note that it does come off – ever since I ran into ‘permanent
crown-mask’ Three Musketeers Barbie,
I try not to take those things for granted. I like her slippers, they’re
designed to look like the oversized fuzzy kind, with a rose design on each.
Surprisingly, she has flat feet ! Barbie ‘gymnast body’ shoes are a bit big on
her, but they fit. No twist waist or bend knees, and her figure is a bit thick,
but her hair is lovely and her face has that slightly wistful, sad expression I
fell in love with last year.
The only big problem is
this. DP Belle has brown eyes. Ballerina Belle ’12 has green, which I prefer. DP
has better hair, so while I can just swap heads, I’m not sure I wanna. Either
way, I can at least quit looking for a body upgrade for Ballerina now. Oh, and because we all might need it -