Photo Shoot:Christmas in the Snow



My 1959 Barbie in a red velvet White Christmas Cape and gown.

My goal was to capture a picture for a Christmas Card.

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My first efforts with flash, ugh!

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Washed out because of flash, Again, too harsh!

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Even doctored in edit, still not right!




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I threw a set of frosted lights in front of my scene.....and retook my pictures without the flash.

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Suddenly the lighting was perfect without the flash.

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An evening in the snow...mysteriously enchanting.

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It was hard to choose.

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Barbie: Maybe a closeup----Yes.....this is it!!


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This was brightened for printing!

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas...
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Backdrop is a matte silver wrapping paper with branches and berries.
Trees are Lemax with my own battery lights, 
Branch trees are from Michaels, frosted stems, separated and potted, with 
battery lights.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions, posts or any products shown or anywhere I shop.
 Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. 
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I will be sharing at these fine Parties!




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Making Cookies at the HFIM house!

In the kitchen of the HFIM house, Barbie and Monnie finish the window decorations.


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Barbie: Monnie, this wreath is adorable, perfect for the kitchen. It even smells like gingerbread.

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Barbie: Now that we have these wreaths done, we need to get started on the baking.


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Monnie: Well, Sindy is so busy with work and school, she left us her recipes. We should be able to do this?

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Barbie: I'd cream this butter, if is knew where to turn this thing on?

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Monnie: Come-on, it can't be that bad? Let's make two batches of dough, okay?

Barbie: Sure anything you say! 

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Monnie: This dough is really rich and sticky, more flour on the table please.

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Barbie: Here, I will scoop them up, you roll and cut them out!

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Barbie: How many do we have to make?

Monnie: Well, the boys eat them like popcorn, so I imagine a LOT!

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The wax paper helps the (Sculpey) dough not stick to the table.


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Here is the human Grand (age 5) making sure the girls are doing it right. She is a master cookie baker.

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Anna: I can help now that Monnie is on oven duty. We make many cookies in Sweden for Jul!

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Monnie; Twelve minutes and this first batch should be done. How many more to go?

Barbie and Anna: LOTS AND LOTS! And, then we decorate them. 

Anna: We must make gingerbread cookies, too. 



All the opinions and photographs on this blog are my own, unless otherwise stated. 

 I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions
 or products shown, or from where I shop. 

The dolls shown are from my own and the Grand's collection as are the clothes, 
which are vintage, or made by myself. Occasionally, I falter and buy something new.

PLEASE do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. 
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I'll be sharing at these fine parties:


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HFIM HOUSE: The Boys are Decorating!

The boys in the HFIM house are decorating, or are they?
*HFIM*Homefor Impoverished Millenials*


Ryan:Why aren't those lights working up there Aidan?


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Stephan trying to fix decor:Mostly cause nothing here works very well, Ryan. What do you expect, we are working with Antique stuff...or vintage, whatever. 



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Aidan:I think I got it now...just throw the switch again.

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Foofy, get out of the decorations!


Stephan:Ryan, get your dog out of the ornaments he is drooling all over them.

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Ryan:Foofy, get out of there. Aidan, since you got the garland lights working let's do this tree, quick. The game is starting. You spin the tree around and we will get these lights on in a jiffy and watch the game.

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Aidan: This is working great! (Zip---spin---Zip---spin)  DONE!


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There, the Design Mistresses should be happy with that---and a little vignette underneath there.


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Ryan: I think it looks great now lets get the game on.

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Ryan:Foofy get out of there.....someone give the dog a treat, please.

Stephan: I'm too busy trying to get this snowman to work, it's supposed to light up and move.



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Stephan:anyone for Ice Cones??? hahaha, I'll fix this little bugger, no matter what.

(As dusk settles and the boys watch the game, more house members show up to critique.


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Anna: Oh, I love the lights, we always have lots of lights at home, for winter is so long.

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Ryan: Just don't jiggle the table, we are watching the game. Go Bears!

Richelle: Aidan that is really sweet right there, but are there lights that work on that tree?

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 Aidan: I couldn't find the plug on that string.

Richelle:Sweetie, those are fake bulbs for decoration like regular Christmas bulbs.

Aidan:Okay, I will find a string, I think I have some red ones left.


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Chelsea:This tree will look great with red lights and a place to put my letter to Santa.



 Stephan: Well, I have to go---Richelle come keep Ryan warm....LOL.
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Richelle: So, you boys didn't quite finish. We need to get this decorating outside done. Bad weather is coming to Chicago on Tuesday.


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Ryan: There isn't that much left, just to hang the wreaths and get the final lights done. Have I told you lately---Richelle, you light up my life everyday.


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Richelle: Um, that's a lovely thing to say...Ryan...I'm speechless.

Ryan:Good, then I will ask you this, too, while I have you enamored under these lights. 
I Love you, Richelle, will you marry this impoverished millennial and live happily ever after?

(To be continued...)



All the opinions and photographs on this blog are my own, unless otherwise stated. 

 I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions
 or products shown, or from where I shop. 

The dolls shown are from my own and the Grand's collection as are the clothes, 
which are vintage, or made by myself. Occasionally, I falter and buy something new.

PLEASE do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. 
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I'll be sharing at these fine parties:


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Christmas is Coming

The Elves are fast at work for the Barbie Houses and Vickie's Vintage.


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Easily half of my stashes come from thrift shop goody bags, 
or thrift sales.

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Lots of stuff here ---with a vintage vibe to REDO.

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I worked almost 15 years for big box craft stores, 
so I have super sale stashes from them. I also picked some
things up cheap at the local flea/antique market in November.


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What will the elves come up with????

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First thing is a KEN tree---with sports ornaments. I think I have
some Chicago Bears fabric for a skirt.

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And Red lights----see you later, the elves are tugging at my sleeve to 
finish the rest.

(next More Decorating for Christmas)

All the opinions and photographs on this blog are my own, unless otherwise stated. 

 I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions
 or products shown, or from where I shop. 

The dolls shown are from my own and the Grand's collection as are the clothes, 
which are vintage, or made by myself. Occasionally, I falter and buy something new.

PLEASE do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. 
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I'll be sharing at these fine parties:


Sandi


Black Friday Week in Vickie's Vintage and a surprise guest.



Vickie's Is super busy, and...a special customer shows up. 

BMRobers: Really, Vickie, I love what you have done with the shop. It looks fabulous. My niece, Lara, has kept me up to date on all your efforts and the recent Skeleton Ball. And, she is my property manager for BMR Corporation here in Chicago. I hope your new lease is satisfactory.

Vickie: Oh my, you are my new landlord. Everything has been fabulous, the heat and electrical have all been repaired. Thank you so much.


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Lara:I'm glad to hear that Vickie. Your business, picked right back up despite the close down and all the problems. That coat is gorgeous, I hope I can borrow it, Auntie B.



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Vickie: It sure did, this weekend has been crazy, This is the coat I set aside for you as you had requested, Ms.Roberts. It's an original and in great condition.

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BarbieMR:I will just have to try it on...oh it is perfect! Thank you Vickie for thinking of me, and setting it aside. It really fits well, and the perfect length. So many fashions are too short for me nowadays.










































Vickie:How about this little red cocktail dress that just
came in. I haven't even had time to press it.

Barbie:Oh, that would be perfect for the holidays. I will take that, too.

Vickie: Well, let me just get these wrapped up for you. We appreciate your business and being a great landlord. 

Zoe:That was a huge sale you made Vickie. Who was that with Lara?

Barbie: What a day, that was our new landlord, Barbara of BMR Corporation and Lara is her niece and the property manager.
What a day, and still more customers are pouring in the doors.


Zoe: Thank you so much Monnie, here is your receipt. 

Monnie: The shop is so crowded, I didn't think it could be busier than during Halloween. 

Zoe: It's been crazy----have a great day!


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Monnie: I sure will, I will be back after payday!

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Sindy and Raquel are busy hunting through the merchandise.

Raquel:I just have to have these pink boots---!

Sindy: Great selections in everything. I was afraid Vickie's wouldn't reopen after that mystery and the close down.


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Lara: I love this swim suit, such a new take on a classic. I can't wait for my vacation after Christmas. 

Zoe: Yes, we got a whole line of samples from a designer here in Chicago...they are fabulous with their vintage vibe.

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 Lara: Vickie, be sure to call the office if you have any issues. We want to promote this block to improve the entire neighborhood.

Vickie:Thank you both----and we sure will. Hope to see you soon.


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Barbara M R:Happy Holidays, Vickie. And I will be sure to drop in, when I'm in town again.

Vickie:Thanks Ms.R, we are so lucky to have such good customers and landlady...thank you again for helping us to open for this weekend.

Meanwhile in the back of the store....

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Barbie: I think I might have to have that pink dress, it is so adorable. One can't have too many pink dresses? 

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Barbie: Was that THE Barbie, checking out before me....?

Vickie: That was my landlady and yes, THE Barbie...the one we all want to grow up to be.

Barbie: Wow!

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Sindy: Was that who I think it was?

Vickie: Yes, great selection, Sindy. Thanks for shopping at Vickie's Vintage.

Sindy: Great clothes Vickie and celebrities, too!



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Vickie, Zoe, and Carly all say,
WHAT A DAY!
And it's not even DECEMBER...yet.


(next decorating for Christmas)

All the opinions and photographs on this blog are my own, unless otherwise stated. 

 I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions
 or products shown, or from where I shop. 

The dolls shown are from my own and the Grand's collection as are the clothes, 
which are vintage, or made by myself. Occasionally, I falter and buy something new.

PLEASE do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. 
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I'll be sharing at these fine parties:


Sandi








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