Sunday, July 9, 2017

SYC Challenge Week Two

The fun continues...

As explained in my previous post, some dear dolleagues of mine and I are embarking on an SYC Challenge for the month of July. Week One was a success. We're having a wonderful time savoring our collections. And now it's time for another week of challenges, so here goes.

Day 9) Celebrate relics from retired doll lines (e.g., Barbie Basics, So in Style, Dynamite Girls, or any other defunct doll line).

Before there was So in Style, there was Shani- a line of black dolls with black features. The Shani line debuted in the early 90s and included black dolls in a variety of skin tones. Shani's handsome boyfriend, Jamal, was introduced in 1992 and was retired by 1994. His head mold was later re-used for Steven and AA Ken in the mid 90s and continues to be used for both to this day.

Integrity Toys put speculation to rest a year or two ago and announced that its Dynamite Girls line, which had been on hiatus since 2014, was retired. The Dynamite Girls were introduced in 2007 and were a line of colorful, trendy fashion dolls. Below is a convention workshop doll that I bought and customized. She was bald in order to wear the workshop wigs. I decided to give her flocking, because I liked the way she looked with short hair.

Day 10) Spotlight on OOAKs. Take some time to appreciate those One of a Kind items in your collection and what makes them special.

I don't have many OOAKs that I haven't already featured on this blog. Here is a Fashion Madness Kenya that I customized with a yarn reroot tutorial from MyFroggyStuff.

Day 11) The Doll That Started it All- Every collector has that one doll that started their obsession.
When my daughter was old enough to play Barbies, I decided I needed a doll of my own. I found a So in Style Tennis Grace online. When she arrived, it was love at first sight. She was the prettiest playline doll I'd ever seen. The rest is history.

Mommy's Doll

Day 12) Fun with Fashionistas- There is no denying the appeal of the Barbie Fashionistas line. Even the most exclusive collectors find themselves putting them in their carts. Whether you have one or one dozen, it's time to have some fun with your fashionista(s).

I decided to give my Tropi-cutie Barbie Fashionista a makeover. I redressed her and gave her rooted eyelashes and a toned down lip color.

Tropi-Cutie now known as Aphrodite

Day 13) Let's Hear it for the Boys. It's time to spend some time savoring your favorite guy dolls.

Ken Fashionistas Darius & Benjamin

Day 14) Spend some time going through the doll closet or wherever you store your treasures, and find something you literally forgot you had.

Look at this cutie! I forgot all about her. I think I had plans to use her as a certain couple's baby, but then I found another baby that looked more like them. I need to find her a family so she can come out of that box.

Day 15) It's time to play favorites. Because I know how hard it is to narrow it down to ONE favorite doll, you get to pick a favorite from three different categories of your choosing. For example, favorite Silkstone, favorite holiday doll, etc. Think outside of the doll box, and include other favorites, too, like favorite accessory set or play set.

The categories I chose for this challenge were Favorite Couple, Favorite Face Sculpt, and Favorite Male Doll.

Favorite Couple: Grace & Darren, Daytona Beach 2017
Favorite Face Sculpt is the Lea sculpt

Favorite Male Doll: Fast Track Victor James

Just like before, I’ll update this post with more pics as I go.

Sorry for the delay in updating pictures, I went to Orlando while all of this was going on, and while I continued to do the challenges, I did not have my laptop to update pics.


  1. Wow, I miss these theme-inspired kind of play. I must have been away from doll forums and groups too long! FOr sure you are having lots of fun in this! ;)

    1. Yes, Shasha, I haven't enjoyed doll play this much in months!

  2. We have had the most fun with these challenges!!! The greatest joy of it all is that we get to play everyday! Please join in the fun even if for your personal likings. Thanks Jewel!!

    1. You are very welcome! And I am thrilled that we have gotten to see some of your beautiful dolls and dioramas. You have such an amazing collection of dolls and furniture.

  3. I completely missed this post. You've been busy. I love that beautiful workshop doll you flocked. She's so pretty.

    1. Yes, I have! Lol Thanks. Desi is one of my favorites.

  4. Love Fast Track Victor James working that Clark Kent look. Sigh.

    1. LOL @ "Clark Kent look." Best-description-ever!