Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Retro Ladymate Powder Puff

I recently found and won this lovely retro piece from Japan!

I've often collected Ladymate music boxes, and there are a small few I will keep. These amazing types just draw me in, and when I do find one... I must say, it is hard to not want them all. Just like my last trinket music box here, this one is amazing in its own way...

 Found through Yahoo Japan, it arrived, sadly the red ruby diamond had to be reglued as it came off during transit to Guam. Otherwise, the powder puff came with its original "Ladymate" tag. I believe Sankyo and Ladymate are one in the same company.

 You lift the lid and underneath, (not shown) is a mirror, and inside a place for a powder puff and you could add your own brand of face powder. When the lid is removed, you will hear the same music box song as my first trinket box, "Fur Elise" by Beethoven.
 Music box key is underneath. In gold, silver, and clear acrylic, there is a red ruby center diamond, with eight white diamonds surrounding the ruby at the center of the lid. Very kitsch too.

 Both of my Ladymate/ Sankyo music trinket boxes. Love them both that's for sure!
 I also made a quick stop at the Goody Store and picked up these fabric swatches and I just couldn't resist these bento cuties. You are supposed to put soy sauce or other condiments inside the cute apple or one bear containers! I may just use them as props in my bento boxes. I'm so happy I found the fabrics in red, now I have a red gingham and red stripe. Yay!
 Number six and seven of my pin cushion chair finds, upcycled from Yesterday. I like the look, simple, not too shabby chic. LOL
 I will list two from my collection in my shop soon. I told myself I have to limit, no room to keep them in my display case. LOL

 My collection of pin cushion wire chairs. I will let go of two in my shop soon! Now, to decide which ones...
Thank you for reading! ~ ggsdolls

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rare Find Arrived from Thailand!

A rare find arrived from Thailand, today! A fellow collector's shop via IG, had posted that he was selling these lovelies. I quickly messaged him and asked how much? When he responded. I immediately sent payment and he shipped the following week. I was happy to find out, just like Japan, items from Thailand come into Guam quickly. Yay!

 A lovely vintage ceramic cat couple in blue with human faces. These figurines are similar to my lamb mug I got earlier this year. Perhaps also made in Japan? No markings. I love the texture in the way they made the cast. I want to say spaghetti style, but it isn't, like most of the Arnart figurines. So, I will have to do more research.
 They are quite tall, the male is about 12 inches. Look at how adorable they both are. I've never seen them before. Definitely keepers in my collection.

 This adorable set of ceramic love birds are from etsy. Made in China. They are really small for shakers. I fell in love with their eyes and that they remind me of anime birds in Macoto T. artwork or Ayumi Uyama style retro loveliness.
 They both still had their stickers. I believe these are not vintage. Maybe 2000 or earlier. They will be a part of my collection.

I was able to locate another two vintage pin cushion wire chairs. This one is from etsy. I will replace the flowers and rik rak trim only. Still beautiful, even the cushion is in lovely condition.
 This one I found via ebay. I love that the red cushion is not faded. I will keep the cushion as is, and just repaint the chair. More on them later.
Thank you for reading! ~ ggsdolls

Monday, September 18, 2017

To Open or Not To Open?

LOL, I was struggling with deciding on opening up the mint in package doll, I got recently from my post here.

Yup, I caved and opened her up...
 Francine, has long legs and wider feet than Licca Chan. Her pants was more like what we call on Guam, as "Bahaki" or "Ranch" clothes. So, I opted for an Azone International white pleaded skirt and Barbie's ugg boots from "Juicy Couture". I love her top, so that stayed on.
 She has straight long hair with bangs just like Jenny dolls by Takara. She is quite slender in build, and similar to Hasbro's Leggy dolls.

 She has very petite upper body and her face and length of her hair reminds me a lot of...
 Marina the mermaid, from "Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid" by Toei Animations. Though her hair is not as blond or her eyes green. She has the very same long legs you see in the anime. All she would need is a reroot, and repaint to be similar, and a tail.

 She is a fun addition to my small doll collection. I'm glad I was able to adopt her.

Thank you for looking! ~ ggsdolls

Friday, September 15, 2017

Finds Arrive Home

Today, is a much better day! Whew. The listings for the three rare items on my shop, turned out great. Two of the three were adopted. Thank you so much for shopping with me on Etsy!

Now, that my cold is pretty much without body aches, now, to just to get over the throat thing. Here are some finds I bought online that came in.

 I found this, and the next item in an online Japan shop. Lovely Kabaya jewelry necklace tribute to Sailormoon. I've seen this necklace a few times, and they often sell out fast. So, to find one still available was very nice. I love the design too.
 Sailormoon is one of my favorite anime's growing up. A new addition to my Kabaya necklace collection.

 This lovely mint in package doll is another Shiba vintage doll. She is similar to the doll I found here, 1970s Francine. This is the cheaper version I suppose. Often found wearing random fashions. But, still having the signature long legs and starry eyes. This one is blonde, and she comes with shoes too.

 The hard decision to open her up or not too? LOL. I'm so tempted to open her from her packaging. But at the same time, I want to hang her from the wall as is... Decisions. Haha.
 This item, I won through Yahoo Japan. No other bidders. Surprised, because this is a lovely vintage weaved bag with lovely artwork of posedolls. Still lovely, probably about 1950s.

 Some age stains inside, all original. I will display it, a new addition to my collection.

 Last, I got these items from Kuku Clara website. I needed a floaty, and some shoes for Nana. They arrived fast and that was because it was sent UPS. I wish there was a cheaper option to choose, for mailing from there. Ugh. Oh well.
 I made Nana a swim cap, and this lovely floral belt over a Moni bathing suit. Her lovely tan skin was begging for a swimsuit. LOL
She's so adorable. I need to do beach shots! Soon.

Thank you for looking! ~ ggsdolls

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Down with a Cold...

A few weeks ago, my husband was down with a cough and cold. Then, Sara got sick. More than likely from a school mate. Now, Taby. You guessed it, from the sickness of everyone else, I caught her cold. Ugh. I generally try to keep things sanitized, and clean house etc. But, I still caught the bug too. When Mommy is ill, Mommy's job is to stick it out and keep on going. Yup, and that's what I did. Even with a runny nose, and deep down throaty coughs... I still have to keep going. Oh well.

So, as a trooper somewhat drudging on... I have a few rare items from those two Lots I got last week, that have drawn a lot of attention. So, at first, I was planning an auction. But, having this cold, I'd rather not worry about it. In short, I've decided, I will just list them in my etsy shop on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 12pm, Guam time. So, if you are interested they will be listed at that time. I truly appreciate your patience with me on this one.

 I bought this cutie via IG from a fellow shop, and she arrived safely to me. She needed a lot of cleaning too. I had to wash her twice. No odors, just caked on dust. Her head and right arm can be moved.
 She very unique and has the markings, "MS" inside a duck on her neck. I believe she is made in Germany, a product of Müller and Strassburger doll mark M and S Superior (Germany).
 I will eventually list her in my shop. So, be looking out for her.
 All the cute babies...

I also received these two small plush bunnies! I didn't realize how small they were until they arrived. They remind me of Rune Naito or Ayumi Uyama plush cuties. I found them through IG via a fellow collector's shop, alleycat_kitsch. She had them listed and no takers, so, I decided to adopt them.
 Seller was so sweet, she even added a cute Hello Kitty handkerchief and a little pink bear! Awe, just adorable thank you dear! I know Sara will love them!
 Both have their original, "made in Japan" sticker. I took off their worn ribbons and replaced them with the sheer ones below. They will be added to my collection.
Do you remember this poor cutie here? Sadly, he has a damaged ear. The seller added the two pieces in the box, for the new owner to fix. I tried my best, but it was really hard.
 I used a tooth pick and even a Q-tip to try to get the piece together. Not a successful result.
 So, what do I do? Well... I decided to make him into a furry cutie. Similar to the furries I got from France. I worked on him while sick in bed. He is really tall at 11inches, so it took a lot more craft fur, then the others.
 Here he is. I added, two colors, than a gold rik rak trim. I love his big eyes. I may need to fix him up a bit more. I did secure the ear with plastic cement.
 Last, I bought some black ribbon for my cute Flockie. Here he is with his friends.
Thanks for reading! ~ ggsdolls