Aqua Hand-tied TuTu Dress Ensemble Fits My Size Barbie Doll (38″ tall). The ensemble consists of a TuTu dress, headpiece/hat, flower belt, and crochet shoes. Silk flowers are used for the flower belt, headpiece/hat, with silk flowers trimming the shoes. The headpiece and flower belt are constructed using recycled plastic as a base with silk flowers attached using a cool temperature glue gun.
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The above photos feature Project Runway inspired one-of-a-kind head pieces that fit Frozen My Size Elsa Doll (38″ tall) and the current My Size Barbie Doll (38″ tall), both style dolls have a slightly larger head then the vintage My Size Barbie Doll (36″ tall). The one-of-a-kind head piece was inspired by Ashley Tipton’s head pieces worn with her winning runway designs for Project Runway (season 14). The one-of-a-kind headpieces are constructed using recycled plastic items.
The above photos are one-of-a-kind head pieces that only fit the vintage My Size Barbie Doll (36″ tall). This style doll has a slightly smaller head than the newest My Size Barbie Doll (38″ tall). The one-of-a-kind head piece was inspired by Ashley Tipton’s head pieces worn with her winning runway designs for Project Runway (season 14). The one-of-a-kind headpieces by Marilyn’s Menagerie Doll Clothing and Accessories Designs are constructed using recycled plastic items.
Project Runway (season 14) Inspired Headpieces For Frozen My Size Elsa Doll (36″ tall) And My Size Barbie Doll (36″/38″ tall) are my newest one-of-kind head piece designs. I love, love designing for the large size doll and decided to create silk flower head piece inspired by Ashley Nell Tipton. Ashley Is The First “Project Runway” Winner To Win With A Plus-Size Collection on Season 14 Project Runway Show. I have fallen in love with her silk flower head pieces featured with her clothing designs since watching her winning runway collection. Working with silk flowers has always been an important part of my doll designs for My Size Barbie Doll (36″/38″tall). Lately, I have added the Frozen My Size Elsa Doll (38″ tall) to my collection and will shortly add Frozen my Size Anna Doll (38″ tall). Check out my Pinterest pins of head pieces that also inspire me to design more head pieces in the future.
Project Runway addiction is difficult to deal with when the season ends and it is months before the next season starts. My friend and I meet every Thursday night to watch, then critique the weekly fashion designer show. We pick our favorite designers at the beginning of the season and enjoy watching our favorite designer either move ahead or be eliminated. I get depressed (just joking) when the season show ends, but the previous years have been filled with the other shows such as, Project Runway All Stars, (now playing, almost completed), Project Runway: Under The Gunn (Tim Gunn, no longer available, I personally liked this show), Project Runway: Juniors (hope that this show returns again).
The above photo shows my collection of throwaway recycled items that are used in constructing many of my doll designs. The featured one-0f-a-kind head pieces pictured in this blog are constructed on throwaway plastic containers such as some of the items shown in this picture. Some doll designs that I have used throwaway plastic: head pieces, many styles of hats, stiffened collars, shoes, stiffening peplums, masks, crowns, wedding crowns, head wreaths and much more.
Recycled items, such as: plastic containers, newspaper, cardboard, paper mache, plastic bottles, and much more, are used in many of my Marilyn’s Menagerie Doll Clothing and Accessories Designs. These head pieces are constructed on plastic containers that the silk flowers are placed and glued with a cool temperature glue gun to the base. Getting burned by a hot temperature glue gun is not something that I prefer, so a hot temperature glue gun is not part of my supply list.
As I am collecting food items in the grocery store, my mind is racing ahead trying to figure out how I will use the recycled containers in my craft designs. There are other recycled items that are used in my designs, such as: newspaper, cardboard, paper towel rolls, cereal boxes, cardboard boxes, plastic containers from fast food restaurants, containers containing fruit or vegetables, the collection grows very quickly. Unfortunately, my living space is small and I have to limit the amount of recycled items that I can store. Many times if I need a recycled item for a design, I have to make a trip to the store to acquire a grocery item just to get the container.
My dream was to be a fashion designer in my early years ( now 78 years old), so shows like Project Runway are of interest to me. I am using my imagination to design for large size dolls like Frozen My Size Elsa Doll (38″ tall) And My Size Barbie Doll (36″/38″ tall) and having a lot of fun. I would like to see these dolls become popular for a young girl to learn about fashion design because the doll size is ideal for showing detail in a garment.
Simple Definition of unconventional: very different from the things that are used or accepted by most people : not traditional or usual : not conventional (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconventional)
Things fly when your having fun! My ticky, tacky workroom is big enough to turn around if everything is in its place, if not its a disaster. Most of the time it is a disaster! Spreading out to work on a project is almost impossible so I have chosen to work in my small living room area. My recliner is my work chair and my computer and table sits next to this chair with my television in view.
Creating tutus are so much fun! Unfortunately, I don’t have a very large space to work on my creations and had all of my supplies stacked on the living room davenport. Everything had to be sorted and moved continuously for me to complete a design. I was getting very frustrated and began to think of a solution to my storage problem.
Most of my groceries are ordered once a month from Walmart because of my knee problems and are delivered by mail carrier. Every month there is a stack of cardboard boxes piled up in a corner of my living area. As I looked at the stacks of crafting supplies on my davenport, layer upon layer, I realized something had to be done to increase my storage area plus organizing my supplies. I looked at that stack of cardboard and decided that those boxes could help solve my storage problem. My davenport was wide enough to hold four large boxes and each box holds smaller boxes that contain my supplies. The top of the large boxes give me a layer for storage of my craft items that are waiting to be completed.
It may not be pretty, but it is functional! My favorite unconventional workspace is my davenport (aka..daveno, sofa, now called a couch) and you can determine my age by the davenport term that is used for my seating area! The above photos show the chaos ((definition: complete confusion and disorder : a state in which behavior and events are not controlled by anything. (http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/chaos:) that is part of my life! Everything pictured appears to be an utter calamity and nothing seems to be organized. But looks can be deceiving, because now I know where my supplies are to complete my designs.
It is amazing how much stuff can be stored: such as, glue gun container, fold-over elastic, scissors, silk flowers, fabric, recycled items, tulle, books, crochet bands (for tutus), ribbon, tutus in progress, headpieces (made from recycled plastic), headbands, glue, thread, crochet thread, patterns ( Custom Dolly Designs By Marilyn’s Menagerie), and much more.
My dollies girls (My Size Barbie Dolls (large 36″/38″ tall) and Frozen My Size Elsa (38″ tall) sometimes don’t like to stand up straight and fall over like dominoes. When one doll goes down, they all go down! So to the rescue, another box was rescued from the recycle center (shown in above photos)! I cut holes in the four corners of a large box to stand four dolls and now I am not constantly picking up dolls.
Nineteen years ago, my husband died and with the end of a heartbeat, my life was changed forever. I had to move from a twelve room house to a small apartment, abandon my true love …crafting… while pursuing an education, and working a part-time job. This all happened, as I was approaching the age of sixty and had spent 40 years as a wife, mother and grandmother. This time was the most difficult and the most fulfilling time of my life as I pursued that illusive computer education while working at our local public access television station.
All of my crafting supplies were placed in storage for ten years, and many family members suggested that is was to costly to keep these items. But I just couldn’t part with my treasures… finally at 72 years old, my job ended and it was time to unpack those crafting supplies. I have realized that your dreams and imagination are as strong at seventy-eight years old as they were at eighteen years old. You just have to approach them differently. Because of knee problems, I don’t move as quickly but the mind is racing a hundred miles an hour with crafting ideas that need to be designed and created. Recycling throwaway items that end up in the recycling center has become an important part of my dolly designs. My motto is: Recycle~Design~Create.
This crocheted doll costume was designed during the 1976 Bi-Centennial celebration. I have included a link to Wikipedia to explain how important this celebration was to the country. The picture of this doll was taken by my daughter when she was 18 years old and she is now 56 years old. The doll was displayed at different celebration events during the 1976 celebration and she was pictured in the local newspaper.
This is such a beautiful doll and I am not sure what happened to her, either she was sold or donated to the annual Salvation Army Christmas Doll Tea. This crocheted design, (dress, cape, hat with rolled crown) is for a large doll probably 32″s tall. The doll is no longer available but I still have the crocheted costume. This outfit is crocheted using 4-ply acrylic yarn and crocheted with mostly double crochet stitches. The design has red, white and blue stripes with navy blue felt stars attached.
The following picture is taken at the Salvation Army Christmas Doll Tea in the early 1970’s. This was a long time ago, I was in my early twenties and we had recently moved to Kelso, WA. An article was published in the local newspaper about this event and it sounded so interesting, that I decided to participate by dressing and donating two dolls.
The two large dolls dressed in the wedding dress and the velvet 1800’s dress were donated by me (pictured) and won the grand prizes. There was a silent auction bidding process during the tea and at end of the tea the highest bidders were awarded the dolls. These two dolls, at that time, had the highest bids for any dolls auctioned at any earlier Salvation Army Christmas Doll Teas. Not being able to find an older article for this event, I have included a link has been included from the year 2009 Salvation Army Christmas Doll Tea to explain this yearly event.
I loved to donate dolls for this event and looked forward to creating a one-of-a-kind doll designs throughout the years. Unfortunately after my husband died 18 years ago, getting an education and working had consumed most of my time. Now that I am retired, I hope to participate in this event again in the future.
During the early 1970’s, doll collecting became a passion and dolls took over my time. Dolls were scouted out whenever I left my house, at the Goodwill, the Salvation Army, garage sales, thrift shops, antique shops, donated dolls and may gifts were given from relatives. We moved into a new twelve room house and every room in my house was consumed by 3500 dolls. My husband hated each and every doll that had taken over his home. Unfortunately, I disliked taking pictures and do not have a picture of the collection of dolls that were finally sold in the eighties.
Many of the dolls were cleaned, repaired, dressed and donated to the Salvation Army at Christmas time. Alice, my mother, and Dee, my sister, spent many hours throughout the years preparing these dolls for children to receive at Christmas time.
Doll shows were also a place where the refurbished dolls in beautiful costumes as well as doll clothing was sold by me, my mother, my mother-in-law and my sister. If a girl fell in love with a doll or doll clothing at one of these events and the parent couldn’t afford to buy a doll or clothing, the item was given to the her child. Alice, my mother, and Edith, my mother-in-law, have since died, but the memories will live on in my heart forever. We had so much fun making children happy with our dollies and clothes. Taking photos was not something that I enjoyed doing, so these are the only doll show pictures that I have of all the shows that we worked in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.
The memory that will live with me forever was the young woman who stopped at our booth that we had opened at a consignment shop at our local mall. I love conversation and felt that this young woman seemed troubled and wanted to talk. She proceeded to tell me that she had just buried her premature baby and didn’t have anything to remember her baby. She admired the dress sets that my mother was selling at our booth. Mother offered her an outfit to remember her baby and she was in tears admitting that she wanted one of these dress sets but couldn’t afford to buy one. We finished that day feeling very good that we contributed to this young woman’s memories.
How I miss working these doll shows with my mother and mother-in-law. They were both remarkable women who grew with the times. My mother was 95 years old and still playing bingo the week before she died. My mother-in-law vowed to crochet beautiful tablecloths for each of her four children and all of her grandchildren. She was still setting in her chair crocheting the day before she died at 86 years old. They were both young of mind, alert and lived a full life until their last moments.
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