Monday, November 30, 2015

Quick Update from Shade (rebodied blue-haired Mattel fairy)

Remember how I said my brother needed a girlfriend? Ever heard the expression, 'be careful what you wish for'? That's right, my big brother Orlando's in love. Her name's Celeste and she's an Evening Star Princess Barbie. Treesa found her at the thrift store.
The thing is, I've met Celeste and she just seems so...distant I guess. She doesn't talk much, and when she does she's really formal to everybody. And I haven't really seen her hanging out with the other dolls much either. She's always by herself. Not to mention she keeps getting this look in her eyes, like her mind's somewhere else.
I know she just got here, so she's probably still trying to 'find her feet' or whatever. And I know firsthand that used dolls can come with 'emotional baggage' they need to deal with before they can 'move on'. Treesa was MY second owner too, so I sort of know what Celeste might be going through. I just wish I knew for sure what her deal was. Forget figuring out if she likes Orlando back.  Right now I haven't got a clue if she even knows Orlando likes her. It's not like I can ask her. Why? 'Cause if she doesn't know I might get in trouble with Orlando for giving it away.
I really don't want to see my brother get hurt. It's tough liking someone who might or might not know you exist. I know. I've been there with Carlos. I just wish I could talk to Orlando, without looking like a jealous little sister.
Well I guess that's all for this update. I'll let you know if there's any 'further developments'.
See Ya, Shade

Friday, November 20, 2015

Lois' Story (Superman Returns Lois Lane Barbie)

The problem I have with being a character doll is character dolls don't get as much variety. Your average playline doll stars in a ballet, marries the prince, and saves the world all in the same day. But character dolls are usually stuck as whatever character they were modeled after. Between you and me I was getting really tired of being Lois Lane day in and day out.
I also had a 'super' annoying neighbor to deal with. I know statistically there must be plenty of Superman Ken dolls who can accept when they've been turned down and move on. This guy wasn't one of them. He wouldn't stop asking me out, even after I told him no. But what had really bothered me was the way he would ask. He kept using lines like 'we're part of a set' and 'we were made for each other'. He made it sound like he was only interested in me because I was a Lois Lane doll and he was a Superman doll. Personally I'd rather date someone who took the time to get to know me and then decided to ask me out. Supes didn't get that.
When I ended up at a thrift store I was really hoping whoever bought me wouldn't know who I was. I was nude, stuffed in a plastic bag, hanging from a wall rack with about half a dozen other nude, bagged dolls. I really thought no one would recognize me, that I was just another face in the crowd. I didn't get my wish. Treesa knew exactly who I was. When one of her sisters saw me later and said I looked familiar, Treesa told her I was a 'Lois Lane Barbie'. At least Supes didn't end up in the bag with me. I'm not sure what happened to him. Treesa didn't see him in the store or I would have heard about it by now. I have my sources.
I learned pretty quickly that Treesa is full of surprises. Before she picked out my new outfit, she asked if I had any preferences. I thought it over and decided I wanted something simple, comfortable, and practical. I wanted to get away from long gowns, ruffles, and anything else that reminded me of my original outfit. So I asked for jeans and a tee shirt. Treesa did her best, but you would not believe the trouble I had finding a decent pair of jeans. I'm a standard sized doll with a standard figure. You would think it would be easy for me to find clothes. But the retail, off the shelf Barbie jeans Treesa bought me were a no go. Let's just say, they didn't flatter my hips. But Treesa didn't give up. Eventually she found some decent, second hand jeans that actually fit well.
I thought I was finally getting the fresh start I wanted. Then I heard from a reliable source that Treesa was looking for a Superman Ken doll online. I felt so betrayed that instead of calmly talking things over with Treesa I just gave her a piece of my mind. She couldn't get a word in. When I stopped talking to catch my breath, Treesa grabbed her chance. She said that just because she wanted a Superman Ken doll for her collection didn't mean she expected me to pair off with him. She pointed out that in a collection this big I wouldn't even have to talk to him if I didn't want to. Treesa also argued that just because two dolls had the same mold, didn't mean they had the same personality. She said that if she did manage to get a Superman Ken he could turn out to be a perfectly nice guy.
She's right; I shouldn't judge other dolls because of how they look or who they look like. I wouldn't want to be judged for being a Lois Lane Barbie. If or when Treesa gets a Superman Ken I'll do my best to be polite, and I'll try not to let my past experiences affect how I treat him. I just hope whatever doll fate decides to send Treesa's way, doesn't turn out to be my old neighbor.
By Lois
Fashion Doll Memoirs Staff Writer

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Liebster Award Nomination

Hello again friends and visitors. This is Treesa. Queen Elsa, at the blog A Doll's Life For Me, was kind enough to nominate me for the Liebster Award. Thank you so much Queen Elsa! I know that technically I'm more of a moderator for this blog than an actual blogger, since my dolls are the ones writing the posts. But Queen Elsa's nomination specifically said, "Treesa at Fashion Doll Memoirs". Besides, getting every doll who has posted on this blog so far to answer the provided questions would take way too long. Not to mention the resulting post would BE way too long.

The rules for accepting a Liebster Award nomination seem to vary slightly depending on who you ask, but the general consensus seems to be this.

Step 1: Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Step 2: Copy & paste the award to your blog.
Step 3: Answer 11 questions posted by the blogger who nominated you.
Step 4: Nominate up to 5 (or 11) bloggers who have less than 200 followers and post 11 questions of your own for your nominees to answer.
Step 5: Be sure to inform your nominees that they have been nominated by leaving a comment on their blog.

There is an additional step where you post 11 random facts about yourself, but this seems to be optional.

The following is a list of the 11 questions posted by Queen Elsa, along with my answers to said questions.

Question 1: How do you compare with your zodiac sign, personality-wise?
Answer: I'm a Sagittarius. According to my internet resources a Sagittarius will, "crave adventure and excitement and welcome change with open arms". Um, me, not so much. I'd rather curl up with my laptop or a good book than go out, and I don't do well with change. A Sagittarius is also supposed to have an, "encouraging, positive nature". I do try to encourage people when they're down or going through a rough time, but I'm also a bit of a pessimist at heart.

Question 2: What's your favorite book you have read at least twice?
Answer: This is a tough one, since I love books. But as far as multiple readings go, I guess my favorite would have to be 'Home Is The Sailor' by Rumer Godden. Not surprisingly, it's a story about dolls.

Question 3: How do you relax and unwind at the end of a long day?
Answer: This may sound a little strange, but at the end of a long day I like to lie down, close my eyes, and let my mind wander. I come up with some of my best ideas that way.

Question 4: What is your favorite part of being a blogger?
Answer: Honestly, it's the feedback. I love it when someone leaves a comment on the blog. We live in a busy world and knowing that someone not only read a post but then took the time to respond, it makes me feel like I matter, even though my dolls should get most of the credit. I have low self esteem, so I take what I can get.

Question 5: What do you do to fix writer's block or you just don't feel like writing?
Answer: Ah writer's block, usually when I get stuck I try moving on to something else for a while, which is probably why I have so many unfinished fanfics taking up space on my laptop. When it comes to finishing things, whether writing projects or craft projects, I have a terrible track record.

Question 6: Where is one place you have always wanted to go (outside of home)?
Answer: I actually have a short list of places I would like to visit some day. Right now at the top of the list is the 'Princeton Doll And Toy Museum' in Hopewell, New Jersey.

Question 7: What is your favorite holiday?
Answer: Christmas, absolutely. I love the decorations, the music, the many Christmas television specials (though I tend to watch those on dvd rather than broadcast television). However, I tend to prefer the buildup to Christmas over Christmas itself. It probably helps that my birthday is in December.

Question 8: What is your pet peeve?
Answer: I suffer from sound sensitivity. So hearing the tv on in the other room when I'm trying to work on something drives me absolutely crazy.

Question 9: If you had the choice, what kind of climate would you like to live in?
Answer: I'd actually prefer the climate I live in now. It's hot in the summer, and cold in the winter, and I really look forward to the changing seasons. I don't think I'd like living somewhere where it's warm year-round or cold year-round.

Question 10: If you're falling from a fiery building, who would you want to save you?
Answer: Do fictional characters count, because Superman would be a good candidate? He has a lot of 'life-saving' experience. Plus he can fly, so I might not have as far to fall. I never liked the sensation of falling. It's one of the reasons I won't go on roller coasters.

Question 11: What is your favorite treat (to smell or to eat)?
Answer: Little Debbie Fudge Brownies

Now on to my nominees, this was difficult because most of the blogs I follow have already been nominated. In the end I decided to go with...

Rapunzel at Rapunzel's Ramblings
Charlotte at Charlotte La Bouff's Blog

Here are my questions for my nominees.

1. Who do you consider your best friend?
2. What is your favorite animated movie?
3. What is your favorite live-action movie?
4. Which do you usually do first, see the movie or read the book?
5. If you could be someone else for a day, who would you want to be?
6. What is your most prized possession?
7. What is your favorite type of music?
8. Why did you decide to start blogging?
9. Due in part to competition from Ever After High, Monster High, and Disney princess dolls, Barbie is not as popular as she used to be. Do you think Barbie can make a comeback?
10. Have you ever made a pop culture reference that your friends didn't get?
11. Do you want to build a snowman? (Sorry, I was running out of ideas for questions.)

My thanks again to Queen Elsa at A Doll's Life For Me.
Signed, Treesa