A marriage, lots of work and other unexpected things that happened in the last 6 weeks

You haven’t heard anything in the last weeks from me but here I am. Many things came together in the last weeks that kept me from blogging. Often I was only home for two hours a day and for sleeping at night. Not enough time to blog anything…

So I thought hey, why not wait until the time-consuming phase is over and then blog again? That’s now. Well, we had a lot of work in the last weeks due to the marriage of a befriended couple that we know from the dancing staff. It was their wish to let us participate with some dance interludes. This was of course partly unknown to the couple. They only wanted us to participate in only one but we had planned even more which they were not aware of. As you can imagine leaving home after work just for dance training two or three times a week is time-consuming. The schedule for every day of the week was planned, when to leave, when to practise and so on. We did everything outside and this here permitted again since several weeks.

Help! DaVinci Resolve ….

After the marriage I found out that my main PC was not crashing anymore after choosing Windows 10. For more than 1 year the problem occured that the system forgot its graphic drivers with every new start. This gave me the opportunity to improve my skills in video cutting since I got DaVinci Resolve last year but have not been able to test it ever since. Within a week I had watched a course with the most important features and used it almost immediately. After doing so from Monday – Friday I was away on Saturdays so that only the Sunday was left for filming activities and cutting which was in fact not very much. At least I wanted to have a little rest from my weekly work.

That’s why I’m a little bit late in these weeks to blog anything new. My parcel with some donated dolls came. I have a few new Barbie dolls, really Vintage from the early years. I’ve been searching for some for a while now. On the literally hottest Friday evening of this year I find the time to finish this post.

How do you revive a Barbie doll’s hair?

That’s a very good question but it’s easy to answer when you know what hair fibre your doll has. In general there are only three hair fibres that were ever used by Mattel. You have Saran hair ( early dolls have until mid 1980s used widely), Nylon hair ( some 80s dolls have Nylon hair, very shiny, you find it mainly on MLP My little Pony) and Kanekalon hair ( mainly used in the 90s for Barbie dolls with giant amount of hair).

What you can do with every doll head is wash the hair to revive it. It’s artificial hair so nothing can really happen except that Barbie dolls produced in the last 15 years could loose their hair because they are glued in with resin or a glue, anyway something very gluey and stick but not resistant to heat. It seems that Mattel glued the hair in the head after they bought new machine which work automatically. It seems that the new machines don’t need a worker anymore. This a way of cost saving but what about the quality? Do you know that the glue comes out of the head after you debox the doll and comb it? Some modern collectors say the hair has a feeling like wax, not very pleasant. The original way how dolls got their hair is this one…

Here you have a worker but no glue. You can imagine it like a sewing machine for doll hair. Your thread is the hair. By the way these machine are expensive up to 3000 € and more in used condition.

But back to the topic now

The easiest way to revive the hair is by washing it. Treat it with conditioner instead of soap. I show you in one of my videos how I do this. The procedure is a little labor intense but it’s worth the procedure because the hair is always looking much better than before. What these sewing machines for doll hair do is this here

So basically due to the pattern inside the head that the machine made nothing will happen when you treat the doll with the conditioner. The hair pattern done by the machine is secured inside the head. You must proverbial cut the hair very short to be able to destroy the pattern. This here is my way to revive the hair …

This method also works for shorter hair and is a very good method to save hair so that your doll doesn’t loose so much hair. This method also works for Saran and Nylon hair but these fibres don’t tend so much to tangles. By the way the doll in my video has Kanekalon hair and I think this fiber was used mainly in the 1990s because it was cheap.

So I hope I’m able to give you a good idea how you can treat the hair of your doll to revive it.

New Barbie repair adventures ahead

I know I haven’t posted anything for two weeks but now I can tell you something new. I’m going to get a parcel this week with lots of Barbie dolls for repair and the best thing is I haven’t to pay for them. They are a gift from another collector who likes my idea to get repair without paying the repair itself only the shipping and handling costs and material costs.

She asked me to test a new glue for broken necks and I said I’d be glad to test and do a video, although I don’t know if this stuff is available outside from Germany. I’m curious to do the test. I heard a lot. Now I get the chance to do a test.

What else happened in the meantime?

Well I had to work only three days last week and had a long weekend that I used for Barbie, not for doing videos but to continue to develop my sewing and pattern making skills for Francie. I started on May 1rst I think with a pattern for Francie and had problem to make it fit to her size. I had too many wrinkles at the wrong places but this weekend I had an idea how to make it probably work. I tried it and had success with my idea. It’s not perfect yet but I think I’m on the right way to find the pattern. I did a second project yesterday and designed my very first sleeve. The sleeve is definitely something for the next weekend. I saw some progress in my Francie “Let’s Dance” sewing project. It feels good to see some progress.

Short update for pattern making friends

I can’t believe how fast the last week passed by. Last week I designed my first top pattern for Francie and I was really nervous how this would turn out because the pattern form I got for Francie was very similar to the pattern I did for Barbie. Had I used the right measurements? I was so nervous that I didn’t want to start sewing it. This sounds strange, I know. Again I had the same problem like with the one for Barbie. My front middle part had too much fabric to fit in a perfect way. I had this while doing my Barbie top. After my first Francie top try I already knew where to modify the pattern. I think the next try will fit much better because of the modification. This time I tried to document what I did because I realized that I forgot a lot. Additionally I took the measure from my Vintage Skipper so that I can do patterns for her or Ricky too in the future. Maybe pattern making becomes easier the more often you do it. At least I hope so.

If you ask yourself why I suddenly started to do pattern making for Francie, well this is due to the fact that I was not 100% satisfied with the pattern I used for my “Let’s dance” Francie dress project . So I decided to try another approach and doing my own top to come as close to the original as possible. You know I’m a purist. If you’re not familiar with the topic, just watch the first part of my new video series.

I’m going to insert a pic of my first try here in the next days. I’m still sitting here and write this article.

Designing Sewing Patterns for Barbie and the family

Greetings and welcome to my crazy Barbie world. You have not heard about any Barbie related stuff in the last weeks from me? Yep, that’s right. I was working on some new ideas and I do course after course to learn new things and improve my skills concerning Social Media.

That’s why you haven’t heard very much from me. Today I’m going to change this. I’ve been working on new sewing patterns for Francie, the cousin of Barbie doll. You may have heard from her?

Her size and proportions are a bit different from the measurements of Barbie and I created a sewing pattern for her. Since I’m not doing this every day it always lasts a while. While doing my draft I did a stupid mistake. It was the same one I did years before when I did my Barbie top. Nevertheless I wasn’t sure about my draft and asked someone who did many sewing patterns for Barbie and her family to have a look at my pattern. The answer was no. What should I expect? I’m long enough in the scene of collectors. You often have selfish persons.

You know it’s not for me about making money with the stuff. I simply want to do my own patterns in a correct way and become better in doing so. I’m convinced I can find someone who is willing to help me and understanding my own mistakes. You can only become better when you learn from your own mistakes.

What happened in the last 14 days?

Is is possible that I really wrote nothing in the last 14 days? Yes, it is. It’s not because I was bored by Corona. Nope, that’s not the thing. I used my time. After getting some new impressions of how Pinterest and reddit work, I tried it myself with interesting results.

I also did a course in interior design that was very inspiring. My PC got new usb 3.0 ports for better access to my external hard disc with all the video stuff on it. It really needs its own external hard disk because it’s so much stuff to store. My PC came with several usb 2.0 ports but they are bit slow for copying big data. A sweet little 16 Barbie found her way to me. I used the Friday before Easter to clean my bike. Since we have no reliable public transportation at the moment and you need a way to get to the office at least once a week I needed to clean my bike which was very dirty after 3 years. Shame on me but my time is limited. Now the bike is clean again. My first couple of peanuts also showed some green. They grow very fast. It’s interesting to observe them while doing so.

We had brilliant weather in the last 3 weeks, almost no rain and used it on our little balcony. I tried Netflix to get some deeper insights in the toy worlds of the past. Quite interesting to learn about MLP, Hello Kitty, He-Man, Transformers and so on from “The toys that made us“. Hopefully there will be more new episode later this year. From the impressions there I developed lots of new ideas for new videos. I think I used the time very well. I hope you don’t mind when I use this blog a little bit to tell about what happens to me during this crisis.

Can’t upload docuemtens on Facebook directly, so find it here

In the last days I had the idea to share with you some documents about Barbie hair and I wanted to upload the document on Facebook but it seems impossible since Facebook pages don’t support documents, only pics. What a bullshit… So let’s avoid the problem. I post it here and then you can get it from here. No problem.

I want to test the whole thing and see if you like my idea. For the start I’ve only done one doc. Let me know if you like the idea. I could also do it for other hair fibres than Kanekalon hair.


How Corona has a positive effect on creativity

I haven’t expected it but I have the time to write a second blog article this week. I told last Monday that everything was very new, very insecure in Home Office for me. The strange this is that my boss found not the time to call me on Monday and Wednesday and I’m waiting to start my work again but the PCs in our office are shut down. So again time to wait. I don’t like to sit just in the corner and do nothing. Instead I try to use as much time as possible for my own projects.

Here’s what I’ve done this week with the unexpected time

I continued to read one of my books, did watch a lot of videos not all about topics I want to improve my skills in but I used some of my time to learn new things, to get better in things. I also found some time to do short videos sequences for new videos projects on youtube. I did some pics for my Instagram account. New ideas came into my mind this week and not only one but a lot of them. A bunch of colorful post it stripes are everywhere in my apartment at the moment.

That’s one of the pics I did in this week. I also cleaned my apartment during the time, removed the dust, cleaned the kitchen, did the laundry (almost time to do it again) but the worst thing is you never know how much time you have to do the private stuff.

In a way this week was very crazy but who says it’s prohibited to waste time? We only a limited access to it. You know me. I try to do the best out of every situation.

Home office here I come

Monday morning, I’m at home waiting for the remote access to my office computer and nothing happens. The dream of a good Monday morning, right? Nobody is answering the phone in the office and I’m almost waiting for one hour now, installed everything but nothing happens. It’s eerie somehow. I want to work but I can’t.

On Friday I read by accident that the bus traffic is highly limited from today on. Of course I told my boss about the problem. He wants to solve it today but until now no sign of him. It’s a situation I really don’t like because I’m a workoholic and I don’t like to do nothing.

So I’m really surprised how my first day in home office will be.

What’s going on behind the scenes?

Well, I have not posted the most fancy videos in the last time. That’s right but I’m working, working, working to present you more interesting and longer videos in the next weeks. Don’t worry, everything will be fine.

I’m still alive, still working at several new projects at the same time with less time after closing time than ever before, using my weekend just to cut videos. At the moment while lots of businesses are closing down I do overtime so that I can go home Friday noon. I like the perspective very much. Not bad, huh?

Schedule?

Yep, I have plans what to do with the time. Some of the time will go into videography, some in other things I have to do. One thing that really encourages my mind is that we have almost Thursday here and the weekend is not far away. I have enough tasks at work and I’m happy that I’m not yet forced to do home office. Don’t be afraid the crazy Barbie collector is soon back with new videos and crazy ideas.

By the way I don’t like the Corona virus panic at all. Why don’t we keep calm and see what’s gonna happen? Keep calm and drink tea …