Barbie for big girls.

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I am an avid Silkstone and Fashion Royalty collector who enjoys photographing her collection.  I enjoy sharing tips I have learned about doll photography and collecting as well as making and displaying dioramas.

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56 responses

  1. Rebecca, your photos are sensational and this glimpse into your creative world is fascinating. Needless to say your doll room is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Look forward to receiving updates from your blog,
    thank you
    Barbara

    February 6, 2011 at 2:11 am

    • Thank you very much Barbara! I hope you continue to enjoy the blog….and I hope I continue to keep adding content ;-)

      –Rebecca

      March 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm

  2. Barbara Batchelder

    Enjoyed reading your blog, Rebecca! Great job!

    March 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    • Thank you very much Barbara!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm

  3. Great blog. Enjoyed reading through it. Looking forward to more posts :)

    March 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    • Thank you so much Julia! Glad you liked it. I hope to be able to add new content each week. Thank you so much for your comments and support!

      March 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

  4. Hi Rebecca!
    i like your work, is reallly Great!!!
    I know what I mean…. i like your “Vogue-Paris-50´s” very elegant vision
    Jose
    My pics in:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldplastic/

    psd. i like Barbie but prefer Ken

    June 14, 2011 at 3:24 am

    • Thank you Jose! Thank you for the link to your flickr photos. They are fabulous! You have a great eye for composition and detail in your photos.

      June 14, 2011 at 7:05 am

  5. Aitziber

    Hi Rebecca,
    I use to see your flickr photos, but didn’t know about your blog (of course, I’m already suscribed). I love you doll room, collection and photos. I`m trying to do a diorama and your work inspires me!
    Greets from Spain! Aitziber

    July 21, 2011 at 5:25 am

    • Thank you so much for the comment Aitziber! I am happy you are enjoying the collection and photos. Good luck on your diorama project. I am inspired by so many people on flickr and it really warms my heart to hear that I am giving some of that back to others.
      –Rebecca

      July 21, 2011 at 6:04 am

  6. Rita Bright

    Hi, I have been receiving your posts and love them. I have a question ( I know it’s a long shot!) about one of the silent auction items you photographed. The 3rd picture with the red haired Barbie and the package of outfits (WOW!), do you happen to remember who donated that set? I can’t stop looking at it–I love that set and just want to know who put that all together. All of the convention photos were wonderful.

    Thanks, Rita in CA

    August 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

    • Hi Rita,
      Let’s see if I can help….if the photo you are referring to is the lovely orange red haired barbie with Ken and the outfits with the colorful umbrellas, that was donated by Vickie Ruby. Hope that helps! ;-) Wasn’t that set TO DIE FOR?!

      August 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

  7. Teri Allbright

    Rebecca it was so great to meet you at the convention this year. I had so much fun and look forward to next year. You were a hoot! Hugs to you girlfriend and kisses too! Best, Teri (SmittenKitten)

    October 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

  8. DSDIVAS

    Thanks for accepting! :)
    WONDERFUL SITE
    DIANA S.

    November 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

  9. Del Molto Amore

    Hi Rebecca, you have a fabulous blog, congratulations!
    I would like to show my OOAK work, I hope you like it!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Del-Molto-Amore/118015168278416

    Regards from Spain!!!

    November 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

    • Thank you very much or should I say Muchas gracias! ;-) I am glad you like the blog and your OOAK work is fantastic! Thank you for posting the link. I will check back for new work.

      November 13, 2011 at 11:48 am

  10. Mary Mcelroy

    Rebecca,
    I posted a link to your blog on Pinterest. If you want it taken down, I’ll be happy to do so. But I want others to see your awesome collection and photography.

    Mary

    January 6, 2012 at 7:13 am

    • I don’t mind at all Mary. Thanks for posting it!

      January 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

  11. What a fascinating wonderful blog you have! I have recommended it to a few friends as well.

    Wonderful, wonderful!

    February 16, 2012 at 2:51 am

    • Thank you! I am glad you are enjoying the blog.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  12. Donna

    Just discovered your site from Pinterest and enjoyed all the photos … brought back memories of growing up playing with Barbie.

    P.S. When you asked us to not to use your photos as they are copyrighted by you, does that include Pinterest too?? Thanks ~donna

    March 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    • Hi Donna,
      Glad you are enjoying the blog. I don’t have a problem with people using my photos on Pinterest as long as they are linking the photos back to my blog. I have a problem with people using my photos to try and sell something without getting my permission. Hope that clarifies things and a big “Thank You!” for asking.

      March 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

  13. Jeris Ragusa

    Hi. I am new to this doll stuff and I need your opinion. I am interested in the “The Birds” Barbie because I visited Bodego, CA recently and saw the school house. I am torn between the 2008 Mattel version and a non silkstone Matt Sutton from the 2005 Barbie convention. How much do you think his Barbie cost in 2005 and which one would you buy??????

    March 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

    • Hi Jeris,
      I am an unabashed fervent collector of Matt Sutton’s work so I will always be biased in his direction. The 2008 version from Mattel is very nice and I am sure is much less expensive than one of Matt’s OOAK’s. That being said, being able to have a OOAK work of art by Matt Sutton would definitely have value for me as a collector. I guess you have to go with where your heart leads you on this one.

      March 29, 2012 at 4:40 pm

  14. Jeris Ragusa

    So, when you go to conventions, what does a non silkstone Barbie cost approximately? I am so glad that you said that you would go with the Matt Sutton because the aution ended last night and I already picked that one!!!!

    March 30, 2012 at 7:03 am

    • Matt’s work is artwork so it isn’t inexpensive. At convention, his works will go from mid 200’s to over 600 dollars. His OOAK auction pieces will sell in the thousands. I can easily say that Matt’s pieces are many of my absolute favorites in my collection. If you won the auction…contrats! If not…there is always next time ;-)

      March 30, 2012 at 7:10 am

  15. mayenobe

    Thank you so much for letting us glimpse at your wonderful collection. It’s a dream! And the way you enhance it is really inspiring!!!! I could never do such a thing!
    I myself have started a vinyl collection which I called “Chronicle of the Western Costume” (from Middle Ages to today). Some outfits are manufactured, others are OOAK but I sometimes find it difficult to find the right period clothes; so I’m desperately seeking all sites selling period suits and accessories (I find your 1940s beauties so cute!!!)
    So first of all thank you for giving us the link to Bogue’s site. That’s a really clever artist. You also mentioned “La Boutique” several times but I don’t know what it is (although they seem to sell very nice things). Could you please tell us a bit more?
    And – sorry I’m being very novice – I don’t know what DD (as in the “Trace of Lace in DD Savoir Flair”) means either…
    Thanking you in advance for your advice
    Mayenobe (= means “new house” in old French and that’s the name of my house)

    April 2, 2012 at 5:45 am

    • Hello et Bonjour Mayenobe,
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment! I am glad you are enjoying the photos of my collection and blog. Your collection ” Chronicle of the Western Costume” sounds wonderful. I agree that finding people who do period clothing in 1/6 scale is very difficult. La Boutique is a pair of sisters who do 1/6 purses and outfits. They are more well known for the purses they produce and they have a “Purse of the Month” Club. You can find photos of their work at http://www.picturetrail.com/dianawieler
      If you want to order anything from them, email them at dianawieler@sympatico.ca

      Thank you for asking what DD means. I realize that I use abbreviations sometimes and don’t stop to think that many people will not know what that means. I will try to be better about that.;-) DD stands for Dressmaker Details. They make very detailed clothing for 1/6 scale and I adore them. They are manufactured by a company called Masterstroke’s and Steven Frasier is the designer and owner …..I love all his work. Steven is one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. You can find Dressmaker Details at many retail doll stores. I buy most of mine through http://www.windycitydolls.com or http://www.pinkponytail.com. Sometimes I go directly to Dressmaker Details at http://www.masterstrokecanada.com/miva/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=MC&Category_Code=DRE

      Hope this information helps.
      Rebecca

      April 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

  16. Karle

    Hello! I really lile your pictures. Would you mind sharing a secret? How do you hide / remove the doll stand in the pictures where the doll is free standing?
    Thanks!

    July 7, 2012 at 6:33 am

    • I don’t know how I missed this comment. Sorry for the late reply. In many of my shots, I use armature wire that has been twisted around one of the dolls legs and attached to a stand off camera. I photoshop out the wire in post processing. Sometimes I will use wires that support the dolls under the arms but that usually turns out to be more work to photoshop out the wires. If I can get away with just leaning them against something, that’s the road I choose. Hope this helps. :-)

      December 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

  17. Hi there, I just adore your site, it is so informative, thank you. I am a Doll Artist that deals ONLY with creating METAL MESH costumes for dolls, I was not sure if you would like to feature this work on your site and share it with other doll collectors. We have been designing now for over 12 years. I have never created a gown or costume on a FR and would love to. Thank you in advance and keep up the GREAT work!!! Fan Forvever!

    September 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    • Thanks for sharing the information Kat and Josh. I will be sure to check out your website!

      December 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  18. Do you sell your photographs? Someone asked, but I don’t see an answer. How do you make Barbie stand? Earthquake wax under her heels? Remove the stand using Photoshop or what? Thanks!

    December 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    • Yes, I sell my photos. I am currently working on a book of photos. I have also done a 2013 daily planner that was sold at the 2012 Barbie Convention. Feel free to email me if you are interested in obtaining a print or in the daily planner. I finally answered Karle’s question about how I make the dolls stand. There are a variety of methods that I use but typically armature wire is my “go to” method. The wire is hidden underneath a skirt usually and the part that is attached to something off camera is typically easy to photoshop out. I actually did a write up on this for a fellow blogger here http://fashiondollfoto.blogspot.com/2012/03/foto-tip-7-strike-pose-rebecca-berry.html

      Hope this answers some questions.
      –Rebecca
      raberry65@msn.com

      December 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  19. Anne Laurence G

    Hi Rebecca,
    Oups, sorry, I used a picture of yours to show to my french Ellowyne doll forum the chandelier I want to buy.
    Here’s the link :

    http://www.lemanoirdellowyne.com/t3016p30-la-future-vitrine-des-ellowynes-et-autres-poupettes-de-puppedoll

    I hope you don’t mind but if you do, I will remove it obviously.
    Sorry again, I didn’t mean any harm.
    Puppedoll from France

    December 18, 2012 at 2:52 am

    • Hi Anne,

      I don’t generally have a problem with people sharing my photos as long as they give it some kind of photo credit ( like a link back to the blog :-)). The main thing I don’t allow is when someone uses my photos to sell something without my permission. If you are just using it to show something, no problem..as long as you link the photo back to the blog. Hope that helps. I can’t see the photo you are referncing because I have to sign up for the forum you posted it in. Thanks for letting me know. Did you find your chandelier?

      December 18, 2012 at 6:16 am

  20. Anne Laurence G

    Thanks Rebecca, I had already put the link to your blog as well, under the photo.
    I didn’t know you had to sign up for my forum, I thought anybody could see this topic.
    And yes, I’ve found the chandelier, a nice ebay seller agreed to ship to France, hurray !
    Your photo shows the black chandelier but I’ve chosen the white one.
    Thanks for your photo, it was very helpful to assess the size of the chandelier compared to a doll.

    December 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

  21. Teddie

    Thank you, Rebecca for all of your photos and comments. I’m trying to do some dioramas, now with my Barbie size dolls. The foamcore board is not cooperating. I have glue failures and bubbling under the wall paper several days after applying it and having it look great. Paint buckles the foamcore. Some glue buckles it even after sealing the surface with a lacquer. Yikes! It is so frustrating. I’m considering going to cloth covered walls and just gluing it to the back side. Any info from you or your readers would be appreciated.

    I share your weather much of the time, though we are a bit dryer here on the north tip of the Olympic Peninsula in the sometimes “Blue Hole.”

    January 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    • Hello fellow Northwesterner! Beautiful country you live in on the Olympic Peninsula…wish I could get out there more often. Yes, paint is often a problem with foam core. If I use it with foam core, I use light coats of spray paint and allow it to dry thouroughly between coats. Most often, I glue paper to foam coare and I also get glue failure from time to time and have to end up repairing. I don’t know that anything will last forever but I have been fairly happy with most of the spary adhesives I have used. I have not tried fabric on foam core yet…I have glued fabric on plastic furniture but not hung it up on the wall. I am sure it would look fantastic though :-) I think with diorama building, so much is just trial and error. The more we try, the more we learn right? Feel free to share what works for you and what doesn’t. That way we all benefit too. Would love to see photos of your dioramas :-)

      January 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      • Teddie

        I don’t know what happened to the note I was writing. I tried to add a picture, and the note disappeared. I will try again to use the spray glue to mount wallpaper. I will also see if I can cover up the bubbly mess with fabric if I can break and flatten the bubbles. Thanks for the tip about spray paint. None of it is water based.

        January 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    • Bill

      Spray adhesive works well for me. Also, there is a product in the art supply store that comes in sheets that you rub onto one surface and then place the other surface onto it. It works best on paper-to-paper projects, but will occasionally work on adhering very light weight fabrics to paper or smooth cardboard.

      July 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm

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    February 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm

  23. Teddie

    Here’s a follow up on the bubbly walls. I could not rescue the wallpaper. It did peel off fairly easily from the foam core, though. One wall lost quite a bit of it’s paper covering. I had painted poster board a similar color to the one on the wallpaper. I gave it just two or three light coats to get the effect I wanted. Now, how to stick it to the foam core was the next challenge. I decided to use double sided sticky tape, but I needed tough stuff!! So, I got some of the 3 1/2 inch wide by 15 foot long double sided carpet seam tape. Wow!! It really sticks! The walls are rescued. I’m happy, and my grand daughter is happy. It took the entire $5 box plus one piece from a second box. Three new pieces of foam core would have been cheaper, but I had applied wooden wainscoting with wallpaper I printed and wooden floor trim around the top of the carpet. That is too much work to throw away.

    Thank you so much for the spray paint tip. I will never try to hang heavy vinyl wallpaper on foam core walls again, either. Too bad! I have a huge roll of it.

    February 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm

  24. Lisa Marie

    I just happened upon your blog & I’m spending my evening reading it. I love it! Your exhuberant personality including your whit, charm and creative talent make this reader a huge fan. Some of the things you shared are things I have thought about but never put in to words. I’m selling off my Vintage Barbie collection so like you, I can focus on my Silkiesd & FR’s. Thanks for your hard work in putting this great blog together. :o}

    February 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

  25. Melissa Heather

    Dearest Rebecca,
    Hi, my name is Mel and I’m in Tasmania, Australia – yes all the way down here! I just wanted to thank you for your delightful blog. I have been stuck in bed for a week with a knee injury and have just spent the past few hours reading the blog in its entirity! I loved it!!
    I now feel like I’ve been to all the conventions with you, dressed and redressed all your beautiful girls and experienced heaven in your doll room – divine! It is so generous of you to share your love for this beautiful artform and I do believe it is art!
    I received my first ever Fashion Royalty doll this week, the Bonjour Paris! from the Funny Face collection. My love for this movie pushed me over the edge to actually buy a doll and now I believe I am hooked – have just bought Obsidian Society Vanessa NRFB on ebay!! Very excited!!
    Anyway my absolute delight in my doll prompted me to search from other people in this wonderland and low and behold I found many, many others down this enchanting rabbit hole – and your blog!
    Thanks again, so very much. Would love to make it to a convention one day but that’s a LOT of money from here (which translates to lots of dolls!). I will do it one day – I’m sure the 10th Anniversary one will be awesome.
    Lots of love,
    Mel

    February 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    • Hi Mel!

      First and foremost, how is the knee coming along? Hope you are healing quickly. Wow! Thank you so much for this lovely comment. I am so glad you enjoyed reading through the blog and that it is helping keep your mind off of the knee. Congratulations on your first Fashion Royalty purchase. You bought a beauty! There are many, many collectors who connect via the internet…we are an avid bunch :-) Hope you are finding the doll boards like Doll Divas and Pink Parlour. Welcome to the rabbit hole :-)

      {{Hugs}}
      Rebecca

      March 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

      • Melissa Heather

        Thanks Rebecca,

        Knee is much better thank you – have to be able to walk to the door and get my Obsidian Fedex delivery!!
        Have a wonderful time in Paris, what an absolute dream.

        Enjoy,

        Love Mel xx

        PS I look forward to you filling us all in :-)

        March 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm

  26. Hi – great site – like your design!
    I visited a lot of websites but I think this one has got something special in it. Excellent Blog!

    March 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

  27. Beth

    Hey Rebecca it’s Beth, I am sending you a pm over at BFC to ask for some advice, if you could check it when you get a chance would appreciate it very much. Thanks my dear and as always love love the pics, the new ones are to die for..:-)

    May 27, 2013 at 3:29 am

  28. Would love to introduce you to Designer Dolls Magazine, the fashion doll enthusiasts magazine that celebrates customizers, fashion designers, and dioramas. It’s all about the fashion doll at: designerdollsmagazine.com. I’ve also written a couple of entertaining books on the subject!

    August 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

  29. Rebecca your photos are so beautiful!! So happy I found your blog. We are already friends on Flickr but didn’t know you had a blog too.

    Any chance you would do a feature on my shop? http://www.tinyfrockshop.com I sell resale Barbie and 12″ doll items styled in a Vogue like way! LMK. xo Pamela :)

    tinyfrockshop[at]gmail.com

    December 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm

  30. In case anyone here is interested, I have published a few books on the fashion doll, such as “The Fashion Doll Diorama,” and “Photographing Your Favorite Dolls.” They are just fun, informative, entertaining little books, both available on Amazon and Kindle. others can be found by me, too, searching “Karen Carson-McGuire” (I am editor of Designer Dolls Magazine.) Thanks for looking and Happy Designing!

    December 2, 2013 at 6:04 am

  31. Hello Rebecca,

    I stumbled upon your site today . . . not sure how I got here . . . but am I ever glad I did! Your dolls, photos and tips are wonderful. I’m just starting out in my doll collections – what would you suggest as a first Silkstone doll? I have several vintage Barbies and I love the look of the Silkstones.

    Thank you and I look forward to following you!

    Blessings,
    Teresa

    December 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

  32. this is awesome :) thank you for sharing

    June 29, 2014 at 6:44 am

  33. If anyone would like to submit their dioramas for the September issue of Designer Dolls Magazine, please send them to: DESIGNERDOLLSMAG@gmail.com. If you include a couple of paragraphs about yourself, you may be a Featured Artist in the issue. NOte: Designer Dolls Magazine is a monthly, printed doll customizers’ and diorama enthusiasts magazine. Thanks! Karen Carson-McGuire, Editor (designerdollsmagazine.com)

    June 29, 2014 at 12:02 pm

  34. Does anyone have a staircase how-to they’d like to have published in Designer Dolls Magazine? I for one would love to see one of these instructional articles, using foamcore board, I think(?)

    July 9, 2014 at 6:30 am

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