Sunday, April 8, 2012

Wedding Attire

"Going to the chapel..."  *singing*  In preparation for the upcoming wedding of Rod and Danielle at Van's Doll Treasures, I have picked out a doll to represent my blog at the wedding.  Meet Tatiana.


This is my first three wall dio.  Since this is supposed to be a dressing room, I felt it needed the confinement of a third wall or else it would look like Tatiana was rolling in the dough... and she's not.  Three walls annoy me only because it means having to add more lighting and I prefer ambient lighting over a flood fill.


Checking the makeup and deciding on jewelry.

My mom made this ensemble 20 years ago!  All her fashions were original and still hold up in my opinion.  Of course, none of them really fit because Barbies back then had bigger torsos and boobies, but smaller hips.  I've put a little stitch in the back so the bodice doesn't gap open. 0.o


Hat adjustment and getting a hankie for her purse.


"How do I look, Kitty?"


Très Chic!


Behind the Scenes

My third wall is a pull away and is not connected to anything.  I put my desk lamp beside it so it wont topple backwards.  The larger wall is a 24"x48" piece of cardboard folded in half.  I was originally using it as a photo board so it is covered in cloth and has grommets in each corner.  The white twine is to keep it from opening outward due to humidity or gravity since it can be set up for days before I take any photos.

I have a few consumer photo lighting kits and the boom light above is from a set.  I got it from B&H Photo online.  Although I have an umbrella to go with it, I didn't bother diffusing the light.  That's a 150 watt bulb, so it wasn't that harsh.

The Extras
Chair was made by me
Boxes are Bieber
Trunks are Ben Wa Ball holders
Dress form is a plastic Barbie dress insert painted red and taped to a Barbie stand
Armoire is a jewelry box from Target (clearance $10)
Vanity is Bratz DJ booth
Mirror is from Barbie bathtub
Stool is from Dora Explorer set
Cat is from Monster High Clawdeen Wolf
Towel set is Liv
Island is piece of a napkin holder sitting on a decorative box
Rug is a dining place mat.
Other items are an assortment of Liv and Barbie

42 comments:

  1. Tatiana looks gorgeous in the dress your mum made. I love the 'behind the scenes' picture too.

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    1. Thanks, Carrickters! My mother loves sewing so she will be pleased at your compliment. I always like it when people show how they put stuff together so I usually add a "behind the scenes" when I do a diorama.

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  2. Wow! That looks great! And your mom's fashions are stellar! Wow!

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  3. Wonderful dio and great representation at the wedding. The outfit is an amazing vintage, your mother's an artist! I cannot wait until the wed photo shoot!!!

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    1. My mother is an artist, Rossetti! Plus, she actually dresses like this all the time. She herself is quite the fashionista.

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  4. Wow That that looks great :) I love her dress and hat. The room is banging I love everything about the setup and her jewlery box/ dresser. Can't wait to see the rest of the wedding!

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    1. Me too, Tinisha! I'm really looking forward to seeing Vanessa put the wedding together. My mom's hats were a big seller back in the day so I only have a few of those left.

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  5. Your Mom does fabulous work. That dress looks as stylish today as it did then. Love the room and the pullback to see behind the curtain.

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    1. She does, Dollz4Moi and she still keeps at it. She still does the Artist Markets when she can.

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  6. Oh Muff what would I do with out you? You shots are always amazing. I'm still trying to figure out a good space for my scene. What a perfect doll to represent you! Happy Easter.

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    1. Hi, Brini and Happy Easter to you! I think the only secret to my shots is that I take a ton of them and then post the few that were clear, lol.

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  7. She's beautiful! Your mom is very talented.

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    1. Hey, Veda! My mom is going to start blushing with all these compliments. ^_^

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  8. WOW!!!! She risk of being more beautiful of the bride!

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    1. Thanks, Sergio! She is a bit stylish, isn't she.

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  9. Kudos to your Mom for her excellent sewing and design skills.

    Kudos and thanks to you for sharing this all with us. Tatiana is gorgeous and the outfit could hardly be better fit for a spring wedding. Love her room and thanks for the behind the scenes photos.

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    1. Hi, D7ana and thanks for the compliments! I thought the color was rather spring like. She could wear it in an Easter Parade probably.

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  10. Fabulous! This is so exciting! Our first out of state guest. The dio is wonderful as usual. Your mum's dress is perfection. When you described the dress proportions I was thinking it would fit the Janay dolls perfectly. Thanks so much for the wedding promotion! Tell her I just made a couple new pews, so we have room for her. LOL!

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    1. Hi Vanessa! I'm going to look up Janay dolls because I would like to use more of my mom's clothing but I don't want to adjust all that stuff so it would be easier to buy an articulated body that they fit on, lol.

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    2. Muff - I hate to disappoint you, but Janay dolls are not articulated. That's why most of mine are sitting on the sidelines instead of partaking in the stories. They are very hard to rebody, too, because their head is different.

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    3. Noooooooooo! *sad face!*

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  11. This is so sweet. I love that she contemplated what jewelry to wear but I don’t see her wearing any in her dressed shot so I wonder if she decided her lovely pink frock was a stand-alone and she didn’t need any? In any event, she does make a pretty guest.

    Also love your dio, and thanks for the behind the scene shots. You made this feel very exciting so I’m off to check for invitations in my girls’ letter boxes.

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    1. Nice to meet you, Roville. ^_^ You know, my dolls and I get into these "discussions." She wanted to wear jewelry but I talked her out of it because the dress, hat and purse already had pearls on them. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don't.

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  12. Hello from Spain: beautiful photos. Your Barbie is very elegant. I like the hat. The room is lovely. I love all the details. The cabinet is very nice. You left the toilet also very good. I love watching the preparations before the wedding. Your guest is sure one of the most elegant wedding ... Keep in touch.

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    1. Hey, Marta. When I found that cabinet I was very happy. I thought it was a perfect scale to use for doll stuff. I added a wooden bar to hang the clothes from. The drawers are actually filled with all my dolls jewelry.

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  13. LOVE IT!! And she looks Marvelous. I'm heading to the basement right after this post to dress Synquis for the wedding. So tell Tatiana to save her a seat. LOL

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    1. Hi there, MustIWait. Tatiana is saving seats left and right so she'll be on the look out for Synquis! (^_^)//

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  14. Love it all! Save me a seat! See ya there!

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  15. Ummmmm I'm going to kick everybody butt for not telling me about this blog but first; this is so cute and I love that you have one light that lights up the whole room without using so many! Tatiana is looking really cute, oh wow!

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    1. LOL, Ebony, don't hurt 'em! When it comes to lighting I do as little as possible. So, if I can get away with just one, all the better.

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  16. I love love this post! Very nice diorama. Tatiana's outfit is too cute! Your Mom did a great job! Oh and I love behind the scene pic.

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    1. Evening, Georgia Girl and thanks for the compliments. I think this wedding is bringing out everyone's creative juices.

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  17. OHHHHHHHHH¡¡¡It,s very increible, excuseme mi english is very bad, but your photos and art is very beutiful.
    Kisses, from Spain.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarai! I understood your English very well.

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  18. hi! my name is gabrielle, you can call me gaby, and i love ur blog
    !!!! it is very creative! i invite u to join and follow if u want, www.aglover98.blospot.com!my blog includes American Girl Dolls, Barbie Dolls, Bratz doll and Moxie Dolls. u can check out all my posts. keep writing awesome posts!!

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  19. Hi and welcome, Gaby. Thanks for stopping by my blog. ^_^

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  20. Hmm, I thought I commented on this post! Away, I love the rooma and the dress! I have none of the old items I had for my dolls. :( Yes the fact that you have dress that your mom made that still hold up is a big plus. Great Job!

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    1. Thanks, Ms. Leo. I'm so happy I kept my mom's fashions. When she stopped making them she was going to give the extras away and I selfishly took them all, lol.

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  21. You're sooo good at making dioramas, I'm jealous!

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    1. Thanks, Dailey. Dioramas are fun and frustrating at the same time,lol.

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