Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My Crissy dolls

I was fiddling around in the basement and found a box of my Crissy dolls.  I didn't find the outfits, the ooak Crissy, or the smaller grow hair dolls.  The light burned out in the back basement.  So I didn't go any further.
Basements, especially ones around 100 years old, are spooky, cold, and damp.  There may be spiders.
Ewwww, thats just creepy.  Actually mine is heated but still it's spooky.
But here are three of the four Crissy dolls that I found.

 This is Crissy.  She is a Canadian model who has golden hair instead of red hair.  Ideal was purchased
in the 90s (I think) by CBS who destroyed all the Ideal toy records.  So there is now no way to know
if the golden hair was planned or the Canada co just had plenty of gold hair to use up.  There seems to be
a large quanity of golden haired Crissy.  They are only a bit more expensive than a red haired doll.
 This is Harmony.  She was a larger doll with ball jointed arms which looks so ungainly.  She only had a few
1970s outfits that nowadays look so bland and unattractive.  I bought her off eBay.  The lady had a damaged Harmony doll, so she put the head on a Crissy body.  Now she can wear all Crissy's mod outfits.
 This is my favorite, the black model of Crissy.  Isn't she gorgeous?
 She is wearing a negligee/pegnoir outfit that I have neer seen in the Crissy records.  It is very well made.
The apple green looks great on her.  She is wearing a Krementz jade cat with diamond chip eyes strung on a
gold filled chain.  I have had that necklace for years, and it is perfect with the green nighties Crissy is wearing.

 Here is Harmony and Crissy wearing some great outfits.  Harmony has such a pretty face.  Crissy is
gorgeous.  She looks a lot like my Mom.

I loved Krementz jewelry in the late 1970s.  I had the jade and diamond kitty, and I had an ivory elephant hanging on a gold filled chain.  Elephant ivory had been made illegal to export, so companies had to use up
their supplies and the prices were very reasonable.  My ivory elephant came in the pretty Krementz box, and cost $7.95.
Krementz was a family owned company in business for over 130 years.  It was sold out of the family in the late 90s.  They were in Newark NJ, and the building was actually gold plated!
George Krementz invented a new way to overlay gold when he saw a gun cartridge making machine at the Centinial Expo of 1876.  He captured the gold overlay button market for the world.
I just wish I could find a picture of the gold plated building!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Extremely inexpensive perfumed powder

If you want a powder that costs only a dollar , then buy a box of cornstarch.  Pour it into a plastic sealed freezer bag or a cover jar.  Spritz your favorite perfume into it and shake or knead the bag.  Do that daily or twice daily over a few days.  The cornstarch will make a lovely light powder.  This was popular during the depression when money was very scarce and cornstarch was in every household.  A box of cornstarch usually costs less than a dollar.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

You meet the most interesting persons on airplanes

Before the terrorist laws, I loved to fly.  I loved to dress up and take a window seat.  I loved watching the sky and clouds.  Only once have I been in a huge storm while flying.  That was so cool!  Of course, all the fun of flying ended with the humiliating personal searches and the low class of people working for the govt who harass the passangers.  So I quit flying.  The only flying I do now is ......
Whats that you say????  It is a complete (sorta) United Airlines plane.  When you open it up, you find a cockpit door, a pair of passenger seats, a galley and a wardrobe closet filled with furs and beautiful clothing. There is also a stewardess......
 This is the stewardess, Katrina.  Doesnt her vintage airline uniform look great?
Here she is getting drink orders from her customers, Petina and her neice Suzette.  Petina takes a martini and Suzette orders  a whiskey sour. They are flying to Las Vegas for a spot of gambling.
 This is Katrina's sweetheart, Raffles the cat burglar.  He works with Bunny Manders, but Bunny did not go on this trip with Raffles.
Isn't Raffles handsome?  He is a very successful burglar.
 Here is another passenger.  Her name is Miss Piggy and she is headed to Las Vegas to headline a new show.  She is waiting for her gin and tonic.
This is Raffle's niece Glamara.  She is too young to drink at 15 so she ordered orange juice

.Opps, looks like Vicki forgot her clothing and fell while trying to take off her Blackglama  mink coat.
I think it is because of too much champagne.
Another passenger just arrived.  Its Capt Kirk!  I'm surprised he got through the gates with that phasor on his hip!  It looks like Katrina is thinking the same thing.
The flight ends well and Katrina takes a moment to say goodbye to Raffles.  She has no idea that he is a cat burglar!

A note about the actors......
Katrina and Raffles are the heads from Walmart's big head cat bathtoys placed on fully jointed Barbie and Ken dolls.  They were both originally totally pink.  I painted the heads to give them character.  I cut off Raffle's long pink hair and painted it black.

Capt Kirk is a jointed Capt Kirk Mattel doll that has been fitted with a Beanie Baby skunk head.  I also painted his hands white.

Vicki is a mod Barbie head mounted on a fully jointed Barbie ballerina body.

Glamoura is a Madame Alexander French Kitty doll.

Miss Piggy is a "Fabulous Beast" doll from the 1980s.  At least I think she is!

Petina is a Petina the poodle doll.

Suzette is a Walmart big head poodle  bathtoy mounted on  jointed strung Debbie Drake body.  I painted the body white.  She needs to be restrung.