Meet the girls. From left to right: Barbie, Barbie and Barbie. And their poodles - Larry and Peggy.
These are my girls. The one on the right is the first one I bought - Fashion Queen Barbie from 1962 or 63. The middle one is a Ponytail Barbie from 1962. And then there's the blonde Ponytail Barbie from 1961. I have one more brunette Ponytail, also from 1961, but she's not dressed. Yet.
The blonde girl is in her original clothes. I got her on ebay. The other two I bought from a local collection. They came in their original bathing suits and I had planned to make their clothes myself but have you ever seen how TINY their clothes are?* I ended up buying them dresses from a very talented lady on etsy who's probably way younger than me and has way more patience (and better eyesight!). You can visit her shop here. I already had shoes to match their outfits thanks to a friend and her collection!
The white standard poodle is also an ebay find from many years ago. She's been living in my poodle collection since I bought her over 16 years ago. She's now finally got a mom of her own.
The miniature poodle was a recent ebay find. When I went Barbie mad and went looking for an early Ponytail model I came across him. He came complete with two outfits, two leashes, a food bowl and a couple of other bits and pieces. How could I resist?
I love them, though to be honest, I think I could probably make a pipe cleaner or felt poodle that looks better than either of these... their charm is in their vintage-ness.
I have big plans for these girls. But I have things to do before I start playing with dolls. (Playing MORE with dolls). I have a grooming room to finish, an office to clean up (so I can find my projects) and Bratz dolls to make over and list in my etsy shop.
The To Do list never gets shorter. It just changes so I don't get bored of it.
* Tiny clothes on Barbies says the woman who's now making clothes for repainted Bratz dolls!