Friday, November 17, 2017

Japan Goods and My Dolls

Since that quick trip, I finally had time to work on my collection and much more. First, here's what came in earlier this week...
 I received a set of Vinyl Artist Gatcha Morris the Cat with Antlers by Hinatique. I had several people via IG asking if I could bring some in. So, I did. They sold very quickly too. I will try my best to bring more in. But, after checking most places, have sold out!!
 They are all so adorable! Then, Sara asked me to make her a charm to hang off her school bag. She wanted her favorite game character, "Bendy". Here's the end result. Not too bad, too. I also used the last sheet in the packet to make a cute pink bunny!
 What do you think?
 These below are listed in my shop already. If you buy two charms you get a third one free!
 I saw a fellow collector post on this set, so I quickly went to Amiami and bought it. Sanrio Little Twin Stars cosmetic Rement. I fell in love with the mirror and dresser!
 So many cute little pieces, great for scenic shots with the dolls too! Lots of stickers to put on and cut outs too. It was work!
 I also won this vintage Tomy Co. Mitty dollhouse case, "Restaurant." I have seen these sets before, but they often sell for a lot more. So, I was quite surprised to win this one so cheap... But, I'm not complaining. Hehe.
 It even comes with the doll that is a part of the set. I'm assuming it is about 1960s or earlier. The doll is named, "Mitty" and she is about the same size as "Dolly Darlings" or "Tiny Teens."
Poor thing, she's faded and her shoes had melted into the stand. Her dress is mint though. Needs cleaning for sure. The back side of the box, has four illustrations of Mitty's other house cases, besides the "Restaurant", is a "Bed Room", "Shop Store", "Hair Salon", and "Grocery Store".
 Inside the restaurant, there are plates, utensils, a pitcher, cups, tea cups, plates and ice cream cones, and a vase. It has the background scene of a restaurant and an area rug for the floor.

 Restaurant Signage too. Sadly, no register, counter or a table with chair set. I may try to find one that will fit inside...
 More on this house later, when I get some other furniture pieces for it. Then, I also got my replaced Afrocat Iphone 6s case. Yay! It fits too. I have it on my phone right now. Sadly, can't take a photo of it on my phone. LOL I was very pleased with how, Afrocat fixed the situation without any fuss. Awesome!

 I redressed Francine in this lovely pink dotted Susie Sad Eyes dress, that I altered and added a black velvet belt. Underneath she is wearing a tutu.

 I just need some ballerina flats or slippers. She has such unusual feet, that it can be hard to find her something to wear, unless it is boots, or tennis shoes! I just love her long slender legs the most!
 I also was able to find this lovely commissioned Kiraz fashion by the famous "Poupee Mechanique"! Leo had done this fashion for me when I used to own an original Kiraz doll. I knew keeping the fashion would be useful one day! One of my fave designs too, down to the little buttons on the coat. Leo has always been very intricate with details on his fashions.
 My 2nd Mamzell de Paris is no longer nude! LOL

My two girls side by side...
Thank you for looking! ~ ggsdolls

Monday, November 13, 2017

Amazing Work by Alex Dalton and More!

A few months ago, I was smitten by a doll from a fellow collector via IG posted on his stream. It was the teen version of Pebbles, from "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show", 1971. I decided to be brave and ask him where he bought her? His reply was, "No, I repainted and made her outfit." I was in awe... I loved the show and to have a doll just like Pebbles, would be dreamy. So, I asked if he was willing to customize one for me? He agreed. Oh my!
(Not my art, images from google.) 

I am so glad I asked him. She arrived to me safely, and I'm just in love with her! She really does look like Pebbles, and her dress is just so much like her cartoon character!! Alex did an awesome job!
 I love the little bone at the top of her head, used as a hair clip, so true to character!
 I will treasure this cutie. She now sits in my display case to be admired as I work. Thank you again Alex D. You are truly gifted dear!

 If you would like to contact Alex, and ask him about any of his amazing works of art. Just message him through his website here.

I also got this cute Woolikin Cat plush from Etsy. Her face reminded me of a Rushton. This cutie was made in Japan. Definitely vintage about 1950's or 60's. About 7 inches tall.
 She's was very well loved. I had to wash her clean, then, sew some areas and add a bit of fluff to her. She is small and I love her pink color.

A sweet vintage big eye plushy. I also added purple ribbon. After my trip I finally had time to take photos of my latest cell charm shrink plastic creations. I was playing around a bit with a few images. Some by Meyercord decals and also some vintage anime...

 If you hold them up and let light shine through you can see the images better. This shrink plastic doesn't have the white background, just the clear background.
 What do you think?

 I also redid some of my vintage ceramic figurines. The ever so popular polka dotted deer couple and my favorite red flocked bunny coin bank.
 I will add them to the shop soon. I also hope to do others later on...

Thank you for looking! ~ ggsdolls

Sunday, November 12, 2017

We Made It To Nakano, Tokyo For The Day!

Okay, why did it take this long... convincing myself that I could do it! Ha. Gosh, its probably been more than 8 years since Leo of Poupee Mechanique told me I should go to Nakano Broadway... What?! Yup, he shared with me back then when we emailed each other often, that I should check it out. It is now, Saturday, November 11, 2017 and I finally took his advice. There is a shop there, that I've found some of my best vintage goodies, online now! But, I figured I could convince myself, that if I could make it to Nakano, then maybe going their myself and picking up merch for my shop, will be less expensive, etc. Right? Read on to find out my discovery.

I told my husband, that since it was a 3 day weekend for most of us here in the US. I decided to take the girls and try for a quick visit to Nakano Broadway. A shopping plaza in Nakano, Tokyo area. He agreed to it and the girls and I packed super light, backpacks and extra change of clothes. We slept early and made out way to the Airport at 3am...
 After check in and TSA, we got to the gate and sat, as per usual, and waited. Our flight left a bit late and we got to Narita, Japan by 10am. Okay, now to make our way to Nakano. We got our tickets for the Skyliner into Shinjuku Station. We sat and ate a quick snack, before heading to the platform.
 It was pretty quick too, by way of Nippori train station. Then, on the Yamanote Line to Nakano. We arrived at about 12:45pm or so. The girls wanted to eat lunch. We left out of the North Exit and there was Nakano Street. We saw a KFC just to the right and decided to have lunch there.
 We all got meals, and what was very nice, was that each of our meals even had a little dessert. I got a chicken sandwich, wedge fries, a drink, and dessert. The cream dessert was like a cream cheese flaky pie, yum!
 I shared it with Sara. Very light and fluffy too. They don't have this on Guam.
 We sat for awhile, just to get our plan of action set. We decided to walk down Nakano and see what we could find...
 Once you enter, this is what you see, basically a street of shops, and very festive with holiday decor. It was very busy, lots of people.
 The girls spotted this pet shop, "P's first". They decided to go in and see all the cute pets. Kittens at the window and some really cute puppies too! A lot of people were going in to adopt pets. I know Taby wanted to get one, but seeing the prices made her freak out a bit. LOLs

 I didn't go in, sadly my allergies might go haywire. When they got done we started walking further into the street and sure enough at the end, was the infamous sign for "Nakano Broadway"! Yesss, we made it.
 It was just like walking into a dream, but this time it was real! I was giddy like a child. Then, Taby noticed as soon as we walked in... "Mom, isn't that, that girl from Galaxy 999?!" I turned to the right and sure enough, it was Maetel, life size too. OMG, "Quick Taby, take a photo of her for me!" She asked if I wanted to stand next to her. I was like, no, just take her photo. Sorry, I'm just not a selfie person. Hehe.
 It was awesome. They were selling her costume for cosplay, or eyelashes, etc. I think?! I didn't go over to look closely. My plan was to find this famous place where all the vintage dolls and toys were!?
It was four floors of retro and modern anime, games, gatcha, etc.!!! Oh snap! From the 1st floor we could see a game room, and lots of manga or book sales. So, we decided to head up to the 4th floor and make our way down. From the 4th floor, we found this one store as I turned the corner from the steps, Candy Candy in the window!
 A man was standing in front of this display looking at the dolls. Beside him was the entrance to a shop, that had a lot of "Sofubi" or "Soft Vinyl" vintage toys. I made sure to take a quick photo of the girls by the red temple makeshift gates. So cool!
 Mostly, guys in this shop, checking out all the vintage sofubi toys. I loved the light up floors. Very space like feeling too!
 It was just one of the small shops inside. We walked around and then headed back out. When I turned left, I was floored...
 ...drooling, it was vintage Mattel Barbie dolls and some rare ones made in Japan!! A Japanese Francie version mint in box, Japanese Midge loose, Ike Ike Eli just to name a few! Holy moly! I hit the jackpot!!
 I had died and gone to Dolly Heaven, seriously! Just as Leo had told me!!!
I turned around and across from the Mattel section, was a little nook and there was vintage 1st generation Licca chan!! I just died!

I had always wanted to be here to see all the goodies. Finally, let's mark this place off my "Bucket List" please! Yippee! I took a moment to look around at everything as quickly, but yet ever so slowly, and there was Rune Naito dolls in another section...
 Then, Sailormoon everything section, Ball-jointed dolls section, Blythe, Momoko... Oh my gosh people!
 Kewpies, cute big tan dolls... cute little dolls, Monchichi plushies...
 Rune Naito ceramic coin banks, etc...
 This one shop, had glass cases through out, and I saw a lot of very rare dolls, toys, even Alice Tears by Sekiguchi, Miss Take, and a Miss Nancy, still mint in box!
 I told Taby, that I would try to buy something to commemorate this joyous day!! Sadly, I left the place with nothing. What?!!!! Yup, not because I didn't have money with me, only because, I felt bad for Sara. She was not happy to be there, she was bored, and tired and her feet hurt. Sara just isn't a shopper like Taby and I. So, I felt it was okay, besides, I could always try to get something another time, in the future, when I come to visit this place again. We worked out way down to 1st floor, and with all our feet in pain, we went back out into the street of store, and found a restaurant with desserts. I even forgot to take a photo of the name of the dessert place.
 We sat and rested our tootsies. I said to the girls okay, let's have dessert then. We got served nice hot tea. The smell of the tea, reminded me of "Ahu" a coconut dessert on Guam. Delicious too! We also got iced water. There was ice cream on the menu. Taby got two scoops of vanilla ice cream with a waffle cookie, Sara had one scoop with two waffle cookies and sweet red bean paste and mochi. Mine, was the smorgasbord of fruit, mochi, sweet red bean paste, vanilla ice cream, and clear jells. It was definitely an interesting combination.

We finished, and decided we'd better head back to the airport. It was nice outside, but the wind was a bit chilly. We sat for a bit to rest our feet more and decided what to do to get back to the airport. We just worked out way backwards and this time we paid for the cheaper fare, and it took us a bit over 2 hours to get back to Narita Airport. This left us not much time to do any shopping. So, it was not a promising day for buying any goodies. We got through customs, and TSA, by the time we got to our gate, there was just 45 mins. before pre boarding. We made it on the 9:30pm flight back to Guam. We also noticed that we were not the only passengers that took a day trip. There were other United employees and their families taking a day trip like we were. Nice!

We got into Guam about 1am. Exhausted and please with myself for having made it to Nakano, we drove home, got there by 2am, and just took a quick shower, then, went to bed. It was awesome! Definitely a goal completed. But, I must admit, with all the food and train tickets purchased. We spent about $160 US dollars, mind you that was for three people. It was not worth me going there physically, unless I went alone. Having the items shipped to me, is more feasible, at this time. An experience learned.

Thank you for reading! ~ ggsdolls