The Frustrating Saga of Missing Congost Ken continues: A Journey of 3 Weeks and a Missing Comma

My Tropical Ken from Congost embarked on a journey of a lifetime. After weeks of anticipation and excitement, he finally arrived at his destination in Germany. However, there was a slight hiccup in the last delivery that threatened to delay his highly anticipated arrival.

The Last Delivery: A Missing Comma

The saga began when Congost Ken’s package was sent out via postal service from Spain to Germany. Little did the sender in Spain know that a simple comma would make all the difference. Unfortunately, when the package arrived, the post office was unable to locate the correct address. The missing comma left the package stranded, waiting to be discovered.

Congost Tropical Ken mummy

The Problem with the Address, Congost Ken undeliverable?

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the problem lay in the address details. The numerical portion of the address lacked a comma, rendering it unreadable to the post office’s automated system. As a result, the package was incorrectly routed and couldn’t be delivered to the intended destination. So instead of being delivered he made a trip via Denmark back to Spain. There’s no need to understand why via Denmark. I even tried to contact the hub in Denmark to get him delivered to me but the only things I got to hear was that I contacted the wrong subsidy of DHL. They possibly could have helped me but who cares?

The Importance of Local Knowledge

Had someone with knowledge of the area stumbled upon the missing comma, the saga would have likely ended there. However, this unfortunate oversight left Congost Ken’s package untraceable, causing frustration for all parties involved. Nothing is more exciting than chasing and tracking your parcels every day.

Congost Tropical Ken in

The Solution: Another Shipping Fee

After days of searching and deliberation, a solution presented itself. The sender agreed to pay a small fee of 12 euros to have Congost Ken’s package reshipped to the correct address. This additional measure ensured that Congost Ken would arrive at his destination without further delay.

Lessons Learned

The frustrating saga of missing Congost Ken serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of attention to detail. A missing comma, a seemingly insignificant error, can have far-reaching consequences. This experience also highlights the value of local knowledge and the significance of double-checking addresses before sending packages.

Congost Tropical Ken
Just freshly deboxed Tropical Ken, still tired from the Journey

Conclusion

In the end, Congost Ken’s journey was not without its fair share of challenges. However, thanks to the persistence of the sender and the resourcefulness of the postal service, Congost Ken finally arrived at his destination. The saga may have started as a frustrating ordeal, but it ultimately served as a lesson in the importance of attention to detail, local knowledge, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Own experiences

Many many years ago a friend of my parents wrote a postcard from his vacation. Instead of the postal code a part of the phone number of my parents was written down. You may be surprised but the card arrived at my parent’s with a little delay but it arrived with the request to tell the friend the right postal code for the next card. From my own experience I can tell you that I also do mistakes concerning postal codes. Last year I ordered mountain cheese from Austria for the whole family. Being in hurry I changed the numbers in the postal code but the city and the street of my parents were correct. It was delivered despite mistake but it was not DHL that delivered last year. Be sure that this year I check the postal code of my parents twice before I order anything.

Congost Tropical Ken Christmas
Congost Ken enjoying his new home for X-mas

For more information and pictures use this article about Congost Barbie https://barbie.final-memory.org/the-enigmatic-spanish-barbie-dolls-from-congost-unraveling-the-untold-story and for more information about Ken himself you can use https://somethingabouttheboy.com/superstar/mattel-european-exclusives/

Pizza Party with Skipper, Courtney, and Kevin at Pizza Hut

After an 18-month hiatus, the Pizza Party is finally back on! And what better place to have it than Pizza Hut? Today, we gather to celebrate with Skipper, Courtney, and Kevin, our three beloved dolls who bring so much joy and laughter into our lives.

Skipper: The Special-Head Mold Doll

One of the highlights of this party is the presence of Pizza Party Skipper, a unique doll with her own special head mold. This mold is not commonly used, but I happen to love it. The sculpt of Skipper’s face captures her mischievous and playful nature perfectly. She has those adorable dimples and twinkling eyes that instantly bring a smile to your face.

Courtney: Best Friend Forever

Alongside Skipper is Pizza Party Courtney, her best friend and constant companion. Courtney’s optimistic and bubbly personality complements Skipper’s mischievous charm. Together, they make the perfect pair, always ready to embark on a new adventure or solve a mystery.

Kevin: The Boy Friend

Kevin, our boy friend, rounds out the trio. With his kind and caring nature, Pizza Party Kevin brings a sense of stability and warmth to our little doll world. Whether it’s sharing a pizza slice or lending a helping hand, he is always there to support Pizza Party Skipper and Courtney.

Pizza Party at Pizza Hut

And now, the moment we have all been waiting for – the party at Pizza Hut! The smell of freshly baked pizzas fills the air, and the sound of laughter echoes throughout the restaurant. Skipper, Courtney, and Kevin, dressed in their casual attire, are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their delicious feast.

As the waiter brings over the pizzas, our dolls’ eyes light up with excitement. They take turns choosing the toppings, each creating a unique pizza that reflects their own preferences. From classic pepperoni and cheese to more adventurous combinations like Hawaiian and vegetarian, there is no shortage of choices for everyone to enjoy.

While they eat their pizzas, our dolls engage in lively conversations, sharing hilarious anecdotes about their adventures and secrets. They reminisce about the times they have spent together, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Pizza Party Skipper and her friends from the 1990s

Memories of the 90s

In addition to pizza, Pizza Hut also offers a variety of sides and desserts, allowing our dolls to satisfy their cravings for more than just savory pies. They indulge in cheesy garlic bread, garden salads, and delectable chocolate sundaes, creating a feast fit for royalty.

As the night comes to a close, our dolls’ energy levels reach an all-time high. They dance to the infectious tunes of the jukebox, creating their own mini disco on the floor. The laughter continues, and it is clear that this pizza party has exceeded all expectations.

So, as we gather our dolls and bid farewell to Pizza Hut, we can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude. Their presence in our lives has brought endless joy and laughter, and a party like this is just a small token of our appreciation for them.

In conclusion, the party with Skipper, Courtney, and Kevin at Pizza Hut was nothing short of magical. The combination of their unique personalities, special head molds, and a shared love for pizza made this celebration truly unforgettable. We can’t wait for the next party, where new memories will be created and old ones will be cherished. The next Skipper that awaited the children after Pizza Party Skipper was this one here https://barbie.final-memory.org/teen-skipper-a-journey-of-transformation-and-friendship/ . A Play set was also available for the Pizza Party series which you can see here https://dollyconfessions.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/skipper-highlight-reel-pizza-party-skipper-and-friends/

The Enigmatic Spanish Barbie Dolls from Congost: Unraveling the Untold Story

Introduction of Spanish Barbie:


Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost, produced from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, have captivated collectors and enthusiasts alike. These dolls have sparked a range of emotions, with some embracing their unique charm while others dismiss them as an acquired taste. Despite their intriguing allure, the history of these dolls remains largely undocumented in any known book. In this blog post, we delve into the enigmatic world of Spanish Barbie dolls, shedding light on their production limitations, exploring the divided opinions they evoke, and uncovering the untold tales behind these collectibles.


Production Limitations Under License:

The production of Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost was subject to certain limitations imposed by the licensing agreement. These limitations partly contribute to the scarcity of information surrounding these dolls. Congost, a Spanish toy company, held the license to produce Barbie dolls during this period, but due to various factors, their production output was restricted. The limited availability and distribution of these dolls have only added to their allure, making them highly sought-after items among collectors.

Love and Hate: Divided Opinions:

Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost have generated polarizing opinions among collectors and Barbie enthusiasts. Some individuals adore their unique characteristics, which set them apart from the more mainstream Barbie dolls produced by Mattel. Others, however, remain skeptical of their unconventional design choices and perceive them as departures from the traditional Barbie aesthetic. The love-hate relationship that these dolls evoke has only deepened the mystery surrounding them, fueling curiosity and intrigue among collectors who seek to understand their true essence.

The Quest for Documentation:

The lack of comprehensive documentation on Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost has created a void waiting to be filled. While various fragmented accounts and anecdotes exist, a comprehensive and definitive resource on these dolls is yet to be discovered. This knowledge gap presents an opportunity for collectors and researchers to piece together the puzzle and contribute to the understanding of these elusive dolls. By pooling information, sharing insights, and collaborating, enthusiasts can collectively unravel the untold story of Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost. I did restore the one in the blue dress several years ago. You can read a bit about Congost here https://en.barbiepedia.com/blog/barbie-congost.html

Conclusion:

Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost remain an enigma, with their limited production under license, divided opinions, and lack of comprehensive documentation in any known book. As a result, the quest to learn more about these dolls continues to intrigue collectors and enthusiasts around the world. By delving into the history, examining the production limitations, and exploring the love-hate relationship they evoke, we can begin to uncover the hidden narratives behind these unique dolls. Let us embark on this journey together, as we strive to shed light on the captivating world of Spanish Barbie dolls from Congost.

The fascination of Congost Barbie dolls

I have collected some of the Congost Barbie dolls but my collection is anything than complete. I don’t have any reference book but I’m always happy when some fellow collectors from Spain share their knowledge about Congost Barbie dolls with me. There’s no full documentation in form of a book.

The search for Congost Barbie dolls

I’m always looking around to find these dolls. Sometimes it’s easy to find them and sometimes you have months in which you find nothing. If you like the idea of sharing my knowledge of these dolls here, you are welcome to let me know. I know I’m not the only one loving these Barbie dolls from Congost. I have some more dolls that I could share with you but I think this ok for the start. Hope you like my little idea here. I have written down some more information about Congost Barbie in a follow up article which you can read here https://barbie.final-memory.org/exploring-the-hidden-treasures-more-congost-barbie-dolls

The Frustrating Saga of the Missing Tropical Congost Ken

Introduction of Tropical Congost Ken:

In today’s interconnected world, online shopping has become a common practice. With just a few clicks, you can order products from anywhere in the world and have them delivered right to your doorstep. However, as many have experienced, not every delivery goes as smoothly as expected. In this blog post, we will delve into the frustrating tale of Busy B, who ordered a Tropical Congost Ken from Spain two weeks ago but has yet to receive it. Let’s uncover the series of events that unfolded, leading to a Barbie Ken doll chaos .

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Tropical Congost Ken

Ordering the Congost Ken:

Around two weeks ago, Busy B from Germany placed an order for a Tropical Congost Ken doll from Spain. Excitement filled her heart as he eagerly anticipated the arrival of his long-awaited package. Little did she know that this would be the start of a frustrating journey.

The Elusive Delivery:

After a few days, she received a tracking link from the buyer, allowing her to monitor the progress of this package. With anticipation, she checked the tracking details regularly, hoping to see the status change to “Out for Delivery.” However, to her dismay, the tracking information showed that the package had already been delivered by last week Friday. Being home all day long she know this a pure lie having him delivered.

The Missing Postman:

She was puzzled by this information since she have been home all day on the supposed delivery date. Busy B. has eagerly awaited the arrival of the postman, but to my surprise, no one showed up. Determined to find out what had happened, she contacted the delivery service, DHL, to inquire about the situation.

The Blame Game:

When she reached out to DHL, they claimed that the postman could not find my doorbell, hence the failed delivery attempt. She couldn’t help but feel incredulous at this response. She knew for a fact that her doorbell was functioning perfectly fine. Unfortunately, lazy postmen seem to have become a standard problem in Germany, and she couldn’t help but wonder if this was the case in her situation as well. Speaking German has become a big problem to all the postmen somehow.

The Parcel’s Unexpected Journey:

Driven by frustration, she decided to take matters into my own hands. Busy B diligently continued tracking the package and was surprised to discover that it had somehow ended up in Denmark in the last few days. In a last-ditch effort, she contacted DHL Denmark, hoping they could shed some light on the situation and assist her in retrieving her long-awaited Tropical Congost Ken.

A Disappointing Response:

To her dismay, DHL Denmark informed me that they were unable to help me as she had reached out to the wrong division of DHL. Frustration overwhelmed her as she realized she had been caught in a bureaucratic maze, unable to find a way out. The lack of proper customer service left her feeling exasperated and dissatisfied.

Tropical Congost Ken from Spain
Arrival of Tropical Congost Ken, end of November 2023

Conclusion:

Her experience with the missing Congost Ken serves as a reminder that even in today’s modern world, where online shopping has become the norm, there can still be hurdles and frustrations along the way. From lazy postmen to unhelpful customer service, the journey to receive a package can be much more complicated than expected. Let Ken’s story be a cautionary tale for all online shoppers and a reminder to stay patient when faced with delivery mishaps. She doesn’t know how this story will end.

Last update

Today she got a feedback from DHL still stating that my address is not available!? What a nonsense! Busy B hopes she can get the seller to send her back to me again as soon as the Ken is back in Spain. The next part of the story how Ken finally arrived at his new destination can you find here https://barbie.final-memory.org/the-frustrating-saga-of-missing-congost-ken-continues-a-journey-of-3-weeks-and-a-missing-comma/ . For more information about Spanish Ken dolls read here https://somethingabouttheboy.com/superstar/mattel-european-exclusives/ or for Congost as a toy company from Spain https://en.barbiepedia.com/blog/barbie-congost.html.

Teen Skipper: A Journey of Transformation and Friendship

Introduction:

In the year 1996, the iconic doll line Barbie introduced Teen Skipper, a beloved character that captured the hearts of young girls around the world. Skipper underwent a remarkable transformation, evolving from a young girl into a teenager, complete with a grown-up body. This blog post delves into Teen Skipper’s journey, highlighting her newfound friendship with Nikki, an Afro-American character. Together, they embarked on exciting adventures, donned hip clothes, and even launched their own fashion line. This remarkable era lasted until 2001, leaving a lasting impact on the world of dolls and the imaginations of children everywhere.

Teen Skipper’s Transformation:

As the 90s unfolded, Barbie sought to reflect the changing times and the experiences of young girls. Teen Skipper was created to bridge the gap between childhood and adolescence, allowing girls to identify with a character going through similar changes. With her new, more mature body and stylish fashion choices, Teen Skipper became an instant hit among girls who were eager to embrace their own coming-of-age journey.

The first Teen Skipper from 1996 in original box, never removed from box

The Arrival of Nikki:

In 1997, Skipper’s world expanded when she welcomed a new friend named Nikki. Nikki, an Afro-American character, brought a fresh perspective and diversity to the Barbie doll line. Her inclusion not only made the doll collection more representative but also fostered a sense of inclusivity and friendship among young girls.

First Teen Nikki, new afro american doll in 1996, friend of Teen Skipper, never removed from box

Height and Style:

Nikki’s arrival also brought about a change in Teen Skipper’s physical appearance. In order to reflect diversity more accurately, Nikki wasn’t designed to be taller than Skipper. This non-existing height difference allowed girls to celebrate and embrace their unique physical features, promoting a positive body image and self-acceptance.

Moreover, Teen Skipper’s fashion choices became even more hip and trendy. With a keen eye for style, she explored various fashion trends of the late 90s and early 2000s. From denim overalls to vibrant crop tops, Skipper’s wardrobe was a reflection of the fashion-forward era, encouraging young girls to express themselves through clothing.

First Teen Courtney, friend from the 80s and 90s to Skipper, brunette doll, never removed from box
Teen Courtney

Teen Skipper’s Fashion Line:

In addition to embracing her own evolving style, Skipper and Nikki embarked on a joint venture – their very own fashion line. This collaboration allowed them to showcase their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. From designing trendy outfits to organizing fashion shows, their fashion line provided young girls with endless inspiration and encouraged them to pursue their dreams.

The Legacy:

Sadly, Teen Skipper’s journey came to an end in 2001. However, the impact she made during her five-year run remains significant. Skipper, Nikki and Courtney not only promoted diversity and friendship but also empowered young girls to embrace their individuality and follow their passions. See all her fashions here https://modelmuse.fandom.com/wiki/Fashion_Avenue_Guide

Conclusion:

The era of Teen Skipper from 1996 to 2001 was a transformative time for the Barbie doll line. With Skipper’s evolution into a teenager, the introduction of Nikki, and their joint fashion endeavors, this period marked a significant shift in the representation of young girls in the world of dolls. Through their stories, girls were inspired to embrace their own growth, celebrate diversity, and pursue their dreams.

My own thoughts about Skipper

Being born in the mid 80s I felt too old to be interested in normal Playline & Pink Box Barbie from the mid 1990s on. I still had a look into the toy departments of local department stores because I had a little cousin and my mother and I went shopping for her sometimes but the Teen Skipper line was out of my focus back then. In my late teens and almost 10 years after becoming a collector I discovered her and I must say I really like her.

The idea is so fresh and the clothes were so different from the ones my Skipper dolls had. Before we had Teen Skipper she was changed at least once in the 1990s. You can read more about Skipper here https://barbie.final-memory.org/pizza-party-with-skipper-courtney-and-kevin-at-pizza-hut/

How I Finally Got My Hands on a 1962 Ken: A Frustrating Adventure

Introduction:

Embarking on a thrilling adventure is always an exciting prospect. Finding my 1962 Ken doll was not really what I expected at first but he got me into in an adventure. However, not all adventures are smooth sailing, as I discovered a few weeks ago. In this blog post, I will recount the ups and downs of my journey to find this elusive doll and how I eventually managed to add it to my collection. Somehow this time it was a frustrating adventure to get my hands on this 1962 Ken.

The Initial Encounter of the 1962 Ken:

My adventure began when I stumbled upon what seemed to be a promising lead on a 1962 Ken doll in Austria. Filled with excitement, I eagerly contacted the seller to discuss the details. At first, everything seemed to be going well, and I was thrilled at the prospect of acquiring this rare piece. However, my enthusiasm was short-lived.

Ken 1961This Ken is from 1961

The Initial Encounter of the 1962 Ken:

My adventure began when I stumbled upon what seemed to be a promising lead on a 1962 Ken doll in Austria. Filled with excitement, I eagerly contacted the seller to discuss the details. At first, everything seemed to be going well, and I was thrilled at the prospect of acquiring this rare piece. However, my enthusiasm was short-lived.

The Disappointing Turn:

Suddenly, without any warning, the seller ceased all communication. I found myself in a state of confusion and frustration, as the possibility of owning the 1962 Ken doll slipped away. It was an unsatisfying situation, particularly since I had plans to continue my video series featuring this doll. Determined to salvage the situation, I sought advice from fellow collectors. I know it’s not always easy since there are a lot of competitors who also want to buy this or that doll.

Seeking Guidance:

Desperate for answers, I reached out to a fellow collector who had previously purchased another doll from her. To my dismay, he revealed that the doll he bought from the same seller was damaged upon arrival. This information left me feeling disheartened, but it also served as a valuable lesson in navigating the world of vintage doll collecting. For more information about Vintage Ken I can recommend you this page https://somethingabouttheboy.com/

Turning to eBay:

With my dream of owning a 1962 Ken doll still burning strong, I decided to explore alternative avenues. It was then that I turned to the popular online marketplace, eBay. Armed with caution and a discerning eye, I meticulously searched through the listings for a while until I found a Ken doll that met my expectations. The 1962 Ken is harder to find than his 1961 Ken brother.

dark brown flocked haired ken from 1962 in red swimming trunks with red white beach shirt and thinner eyebrows
My 1962 Ken with narrower eyebrows

The Final Triumph:

After careful consideration and thorough research, I finally found the perfect 1962 Ken doll on eBay. Although the journey was filled with unexpected twists and turns, the joy and satisfaction of finally acquiring this rare gem outweighed the initial disappointments. With my newly purchased doll in hand, I was able to continue my video series and share the excitement with my audience.

Conclusion:

Adventures, as enticing as they may seem, can sometimes present unforeseen challenges. My quest for a 1962 Ken doll was no exception. From the initial excitement to the disappointment of a lost opportunity, I learned the importance of perseverance and exploring alternative options. In the end, my determination paid off, and I was rewarded with a treasured addition to my collection. This adventure served as a reminder that even in the face of setbacks, the thrill of the chase is what makes the journey worthwhile.

Introducing the New Francie MOD Dress: A Nostalgic Fashion Revival

Introduction of a new Francie MOD dress:

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, new designs and trends constantly emerge, captivating the hearts of fashion enthusiasts. The recent development of the new Francie MOD dress has ignited excitement among fashionistas. With its unique charm and undeniable potential, this dress is poised to make a lasting impression in the industry. In this article, we will delve into the success of its first design, reminisce about the iconic Shopping Spree ensemble from Mattel in the 1960s, and explore the definitive potential of the new Francie MOD dress. Let’s introduce the new Francie MOD dress and have a nostalgic fashion revival today.

The Success of the First Design:

The initial release of the Francie MOD dress was met with resounding success. Fashion lovers were captivated by its modern yet retro aesthetic, which seamlessly blended classic elements with contemporary style. The dress exuded a sense of sophistication, making it a versatile addition to any wardrobe. Its popularity quickly soared, establishing the Francie MOD dress as a must-have item for fashion-forward individuals. Maybe you will be able to buy the pattern at Etsy or another online marketplace in the future.

Blonde 1970s Malibu Francie in white Mod dress with red white heart border
My first design of the new Francie mod dress

A Nostalgic Reminder: Shopping Spree from Mattel in the 1960s:

The new Francie MOD dress evokes a sense of nostalgia, reminiscent of the beloved Shopping Spree outfit by Mattel in the 1960s. This ensemble was a fashion phenomenon, captivating the hearts of young girls and fashion enthusiasts alike. The Shopping Spree outfit is an example for a chic and stylish outfit that exuded elegance and glamour. The new Francie dress pays homage to this iconic outfit , incorporating elements that transport us back to a bygone era while still maintaining a contemporary edge.

blonde francie doll in white mod dress from the 1960s with pink squares, original design of mattel

Francie in “Shopping Spree”, an outfit designed by Mattel

The Pattern: A Personal Touch:

One of the most exciting aspects of the new Francie MOD dress is the availability of its pattern. As a fashion enthusiast myself, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to create this dress and infuse my personal style into it. The pattern allows individuals to unleash their creativity and customize the dress to suit their unique preferences. Whether it’s experimenting with different fabrics, colors, or embellishments, the pattern ensures that each dress becomes a personal masterpiece. The best thing is that is really easy to assemble this outfit within one hour.

two blonde francies in mod dresses, the left original from the 1960s, the right is handmade in red fabric with withe dots and a tiny cream ribbon at the bottom

One Francie in “Shopping Spree, the other Francie in my own MOD dress

Definitive Potential:

The new Francie MOD dress undeniably possesses the potential to become a game-changer in the fashion industry. Its fusion of vintage charm and contemporary flair appeals to a wide range of tastes, making it a versatile choice for various occasions. Whether it’s a casual outing, a social gathering, or a special event, the Francie MOD dress effortlessly exudes confidence and style.

blonde francie in red mod diy dress with small white dots and tiny border in cream, Introducing the New Francie MOD Dress
Second edition of the Francie Mod dress here in red

Conclusion:

The new Francie MOD dress is a testament to the ever-evolving nature of fashion. Its successful first design, reminiscent of the iconic Shopping Spree outfit from Mattel in the 1960s, adds a touch of nostalgia to its modern appeal. With the availability of the dress pattern, individuals can now personalize their Francie MOD dresses, adding their unique flair to an already remarkable design.

As we embrace the definitive potential of this dress, we eagerly anticipate the impact it will make in the fashion world. Stay tuned for more exciting developments and fashion-forward trends from the Francie MOD dress collection. It’s never too late for a nostalgic fashion revival. For ideas how to find the right size lace read here The Quest for Tiny Lace and Barbie-Size Rickrack: Elevating Designs to New Heights

Finding Joy in Riley Blake Fabrics: A Journey of Persistence and Triumph

Introduction in finding joy in Riley Blake fabrics:

In the world of fabric enthusiasts, stumbling upon a breathtaking piece can feel like striking gold. The sheer excitement of discovering a fabric that captures your heart is unparalleled. Such was the case when I first laid my eyes on the incredible beauty of a Riley Blake fabric. However, as a resident of Germany, procuring this fabric seemed like an insurmountable challenge. This blog post narrates my quest to obtain the elusive Riley Blake fabric and the joy of finally finding it. This time I thought I would never find this fabric somewhere in Europe. One of my former fabric dealers sold his business during Corvid and I have not realized it until several months ago this wonderful Riley Blake fabric appeared in the Barbie community.

The Initial Obsession:

The moment I saw the Riley Blake fabric online, I was instantly captivated by its exquisite design and vibrant colors. It possessed a unique charm that made it stand out from the rest. However, my excitement quickly turned into disappointment when I realized the fabric was not easily accessible in Germany. The thought of giving up on this fabric was disheartening, but I was determined to find a way.

 
 
 
 
 
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The American Dilemma:

Driven by my desire to acquire this fabric, I decided to explore the option of purchasing it directly from the USA. However, to my dismay, the shipping costs amounted to a staggering $60, not to mention the additional tax burden. This obstacle seemed insurmountable, and I began to question whether my dream of owning this fabric would remain unfulfilled.

A Glimmer of Hope:

Just when I was on the verge of abandoning my quest, a ray of hope emerged. Through diligent research, I stumbled upon a dealer in Germany who specialized in sourcing Riley Blake fabrics. The mere prospect of having this fabric delivered to my doorstep within the country filled me with renewed hope and excitement. Eagerly, I reached out to the dealer, hoping that this time my search would finally bear fruit.

The Triumph of finding the Riley Blake fabric in Germany:

To my delight, the dealer confirmed that they had the exact Riley Blake fabric I had been searching for. The feeling of joy that surged through me at that moment was indescribable. Finally, my persistence had paid off, and the fabric was within my grasp. The process of placing the order was smooth, and within a short span of time, the fabric arrived at my doorstep.

cream colored fabric with butterflies in pink, blue and yellow, right size for Barbie
Riley Blake Fabric Butterfly Blossom in cream

Conclusion:

The journey of obtaining the Riley Blake fabric from Germany was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. From the initial frustration of not finding it locally to the disappointment of exorbitant shipping costs from the USA, my determination to acquire this fabric never wavered. Thankfully, through my unwavering resolve and a stroke of luck, I discovered a dealer who could provide me with the fabric I yearned for. The happiness that fills my heart now, as I hold the fabric in my hands, is immeasurable. It serves as a reminder that persistence and determination can lead to triumph, even in the world of fabric hunting.I will keep you all updated in how finding joy in Riley Blake fabrics. Maybe I will go hunting for more Riley Blake fabrics via Amazon.

The Evolution of Barbie and Her Family: A Nostalgic Journey Back to the 1960s

Introduction of the evolution of Barbie and her family:

In the world of dolls, Barbie has undeniably left an indelible mark. Since her creation in 1959, Barbie has captivated the hearts of countless children and collectors alike. However, Barbie’s journey was not a solitary one. Throughout the 1960s, Barbie’s family grew, introducing a diverse cast of characters that added depth to her imaginative world. Let’s take a look back at the evolution of Barbie’s family during this iconic era and have a look at the evolution of Barbie and her family with a nostalgic journey back to the 1960s.

1959: Barbie, the Trailblazing Fashionista

Barbie made her debut in 1959, breaking the mold with her stylish fashion choices and glamorous lifestyle. Created by Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, Barbie was named after Handler’s daughter, Barbara. With her chic attire and sophisticated demeanor, Barbie quickly became a role model for young girls everywhere.

Picture with Barbie in Bridal dress, Barbie is from 1960 and has a blonde pony and ponytail
First Barbie from 1959

1961: Ken, Barbie’s Dashing Companion

Two years after Barbie’s introduction, Ken stepped into the spotlight. Named after Handler’s son, Kenneth, Ken became Barbie’s dashing companion. With his charm and impeccable fashion sense, Ken perfectly complemented Barbie’s elegance. Together, they embarked on countless adventures, capturing the imagination of children across the globe. I wrote an article about the early Kens last year which you can read here https://barbie.final-memory.org/ken-ken-or-ken

Photos of Barbie and Ken, Barbie wears a bridal dress, ken a casual t shirt and a pair of trousers
Barbie and Ken in 1961, the first evolution of Barbie and her family

1963: Midge, Barbie’s Best Friend

In 1963, Barbie welcomed her best friend, Midge, into her ever-growing circle. Midge was known for her vibrant personality and her infectious laughter. With her cheerful demeanor, Midge added an element of fun and camaraderie to Barbie’s world. The bond between Barbie and Midge showcased the importance of friendship and support.

The picture shows how the Barbie family grows, in 1963 Barbie gets a new best friend called Midge
Barbie got a best female friend, another evolution of Barbie and her family

1964: Skipper, Barbie’s Adorable Sister and Ken’s best friend Alan

The following year, Barbie’s family expanded further with the arrival of Skipper and Ken’s best friend Alan, who is also regarded as the boyfriend of Midge. As Barbie’s younger sister, Skipper brought a youthful energy to the mix. With her playful spirit and trendy outfits, Skipper became a beloved character among young Barbie enthusiasts. Together, Barbie and Skipper embarked on countless sisterly adventures, fostering the importance of sibling bonds.

You can see all family members until 1964, starting with Barbie, to Ken, Midge, Skipper and Alan

Like Barbie, Skipper and Midge go out to the city, Alan and Ken also spend their free time together going hunting or for a Saturday night dance. Alan has the same size like Ken. They are designed to share their clothes. Alan is also the secret hero of Barbie – the movie, the one with his striped beach shirt that probably nobody outside the Barbie community can identify without problems.  Alan is easy to identify by his red hair. After being introduced in 1963 he disappears in 1967 and re-appears in 1990 to marry Midge after a friendship of almost 30 years. Isn’t that incredible?

1965: Francie, Barbie’s Fashion-Forward Cousin

Barbie’s cousin, Francie, made her debut in 1965. Known for her impeccable fashion taste and avant-garde style, Francie pushed the boundaries of fashion and became an inspiration for young trendsetters. Her presence in Barbie’s world highlighted the importance of individuality and self-expression.

Barbie family and friends in 1965 starting with Barbie & Ken to Midge and Alan to Skipper, Francie

1966: Tutti, Barbie’s Cherished Baby Sister and her twin brother Todd

Barbie’s family was completed in 1966 with the arrival of Tutti and Todd, Barbie’s adorable baby sister and baby brother twins. With their innocent charm and tiny stature, Tutti and Todd captured the hearts of both children and adults alike. Tutti’s and Todd’s inclusion in Barbie’s world emphasized the importance of family and the joy that younger siblings bring.

Barbie family and friends in 1966 starting with Barbie & Ken to Midge and Alan to Skipper, Francie and Tutti

Conclusion:

Barbie’s journey through the 1960s was not just a personal one. It was a journey of growth, friendship, and familial love. As Barbie’s family expanded, so did the opportunities for imaginative play and storytelling. The evolution of Barbie and her family is not always easy to understand because a lot of member come and suddenly disappear again. For a deeper look at all friends I wrote an article many years ago Barbie doll wiki: What to know about Ken, Alan and the other male friends

Through the introduction of Ken, Midge, Skipper, Francie, and Tutti, Barbie’s world became more diverse and inclusive, reflecting the changing times of the 1960s. These iconic characters left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of children, ensuring that Barbie’s legacy would endure for generations to come. In the late 60s the first black friends of Barbie were available. They are maybe worth another blog post since some friends are new in the Barbie world while others disappear again without any trace. Let’s hope that the evolution of Barbie and her family will continue in the future.

Introducing the Colorful Riley Blake Barbie Malibu Fabrics Collection

Introduction: Seeing the colorful Riley Blake Barbie Malibu fabrics collection

Yesterday, while browsing through Instagram, I stumbled upon some exciting news for all the Barbie enthusiasts out there. Riley Blake, the renowned fabric company, is launching a brand new fabric collection dedicated to none other than the iconic Barbie herself. Named “Malibu Barbie,” this collection is set to captivate us with its vibrant and eye-catching designs.

The colorful Malibu Barbie fabric collection takes inspiration from the classic Barbie dolls of the 1980s, bringing back fond memories of our childhood. What sets this collection apart is its unique feature – hand-painted drawings reminiscent of the vintage Barbie doll boxes. These drawings have been skillfully incorporated into the fabric designs, adding a touch of nostalgia and charm. Sadly these boxes disappeared in the late 1980s and are only known to those who were children back then, those who got them from older relatives or those who are collectors.

Reminded by the Riley Blake Malibu Barbie fabrics collection on own childhood

The colors used in the Malibu Barbie fabric collection are nothing short of stunning. With its bright and playful palette, this collection is sure to bring a burst of joy and energy to any project. From cheerful pinks and purples to vibrant blues and greens, these fabrics perfectly capture Barbie’s fun-loving spirit and her signature style. Almost a kind of art all by itself. I discovered the colorful Riley Blake Malibu Barbie fabrics by accident just after having seen the Barbie movie in Summer 2023. Barbie – the movie and tickets for a pre-premiere

Whether you’re a seasoned seamstress or a passionate crafter, the colorful Riley Blake Malibu Barbie fabrics collection is a must-have for every Barbie lover. The versatility of these fabrics allows for endless creative possibilities. Imagine designing trendy clothing pieces, adorable accessories, or even delightful home decor items inspired by the beloved Barbie dolls.

Wonderful idea to revive the comic Barbie style from the 1970s and 1980s in the Riley Blake Barbie Malibu fabrics collection

Not only are these fabrics visually appealing, but they also boast Riley Blake’s renowned quality. Crafted with utmost care and using premium materials, the Malibu Barbie fabrics are made to last. Their durability ensures that your creations will stay vibrant and beautiful for years to come. I’m convinced that I will buy at least a Jelly roll of the colorful Riley Blake Barbie Malibu fabrics collection. Unfortunately these farbrics are not available as single pieces but only as a Jelly roll via amazon. Since shipping from the USA is too expensive for a piece of fabric I hardly see any other chance than buying it there.

If you’re looking to add a touch of nostalgia and playfulness to your sewing projects, the colorful Riley Blake Malibu Barbie fabrics collection is the perfect choice. Get ready to dive into a world of vibrant colors and classic Barbie charm. Let your imagination run wild and create something truly special with these delightful fabrics.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, the colorful Malibu Barbie fabric collection by Riley Blake is a true celebration of Barbie’s timeless appeal. It brings together the best of both worlds – the charm of the 1980s Barbie dolls and the high-quality craftsmanship that Riley Blake is known for. So, gather your sewing tools and unleash your creativity with these colorful and nostalgic fabrics. Let the Malibu Barbie collection inspire you to create something truly magical!