Catching Fire Finnick is Walter O'Dair, a wealthy businessman whose aggressive nature and hefty bank account always get him what he wants. Walter is wearing the new Ken fashion mentioned in my last post. I used a fabric marker to get rid of the stripes. I'm all about pattern mixing, but I wasn't feeling the stripes with the houndstooth vest.
Jazz Diva Barbie is Deirdre Rose, a singer and Walter's love interest. I have a series of drama-filled photo stories planned around this couple. I can hardly wait to start posting them.
AA Happy Family Grandma is finally here! I've waited patiently for this doll to be offered at a reasonable price. I was beginning to lose hope that I'd ever find her brand new for less than $100 , but I finally found her NRFB for well under a hundred bucks. She is Millicent Clark, pastry chef and owner of Tastries. She is also Marisa Clark's mother. Look at the adorable gingerbread cookies (holiday buttons) she's offering.
Whoa, who is the hot guy with the plate of cookies?!
He's an unplanned purchase by the name of Trey (no last name yet). I honestly had no interest in Texas A&M Ken because in most of the pictures I saw, he looked like he was wearing eye liner and lip gloss. Well, I decided to take a chance once I saw that he was/is on rollback for $10. And once I had him here in the vinyl I was able to see that he's very handsome and the trick is all in how he is dressed. I'm still mulling possible jobs for him.
Brandy, now a clinical psychologist, was barely out of the box before Antonio was saddling up alongside her and professing his undying love. I think that dress had something to do with it. I know they haven't been together long, but they seem pretty serious. There may be wedding bells in their future.
I mentioned in a previous post that I was unhappy with the walls of the bakery. Well, you can see from these photos that I went in a completely different direction. I found a striped scrap book paper that worked perfectly with the pink and brown color scheme I wanted. The stripes would have been overwhelming from ceiling to floor, so I broke it up with a "chair rail" and solid brown at the bottom. I still need to add pictures of coffee and pastries. This will be a permanent dio.
AA Stardoll is Mia Starr(?), a television actress. Before I get into how this unplanned purchase came to be, let me explain the name dilemma. Naming the characters and businesses is something I get a huge kick out of. After I decide on a name, I Google it to see if there is a real person or business by that name just for fun. I was feeling pretty good about Mia's name: I thought, "This is the perfect name for an actress. She sounds like a real star." And then my Google search revealed that one of the real Mia Starrs is in fact a star...an ex-porn star to be more precise! What to do, what to do? I can't decide whether to keep the last name (there are plenty of other Mia Starrs who are not notorious) or change the last name.
I've always thought this doll was pretty, but I'd repeatedly passed her up during my visits to the local antique mall where I purchased my other Stardolls. I was disappointed to find that the Artsy body I bought for Robyn wasn't an exact color match. In fact, the mismatch bugged me so much that I removed her head (again), and now her head is perched on a stand with no body. I wasn't sure what to do with the Artsy body, since I had no other female characters planned that would need it. So finally, I decided to take the body with me to the antique mall just to see if it was a match for the AA Stardoll still on the shelf for $12. Sure enough, it was a match and although I wasn't sure who this dolly would be, I brought her home. It was during a conversation with my in-laws, who live just a few miles from Tyler Perry Studios, that I got the idea to make her a television actress. Mia is standing in Thomas and Camille's unfinished townhouse. I'm working to get it fully decorated by the end of January. I want to do a house warming photo story.
Ken in India is Hari (no last name yet). He is Alisha's husband. This is a stock photo as he has not yet arrived from India (literally). My previous purchases from outside the U.S. have taken two or more weeks, so I don't expect him to make it before the new year. Hari is wrapping things up in India. He is moving his fine jewelry business to the U.S.
Lily (Lammily) is a not-so-new resident since she was introduced in her own post, but I wanted to introduce a new character connection that was made after the previous post. Lily is pictured here having lunch with her aunt, Ann Willard. Ann is a kindergarten teacher at Mountain View Elementary School. Lily works part-time at Happy Hearts Child Care Center while she finishes her degree in early childhood education. By the way, Ann was named months ago, long before I made her Lily's aunt, so no I was not trying to make her auntie Ann- lol.
The last new resident isn't really new, just newly deboxed. Barbie ICB President Asian is Ling Li, the mayor of Dollton. She wanted to wave hello to all of our visitors and regular readers and wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.