Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The TBP Virtual Garage Sale

I'm probably jumping in way over my head, but I started the store over at Toy Box Philosopher yesterday.  Here's the link.

I plan to use this store to list some "quick fix" My Twinns in the future.  These will be dolls that either didn't need much work or that I didn't have time to blog about....and I'll try to keep them all under $100.  For now, the shop just has a few play dolls and some Tonners.  I'll keep adding inventory every day.  Check it out if you'd like, and feel free to offer suggestions about the kinds of things you'd like to see for sale!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Ariels for Sale

The Ariels are all ready to find their new homes!  These gemstone girls were an unruly bunch to pack into one photo, but here's my best attempt:

My Twinn dolls with the Ariel face mold.

Friday, September 11, 2020


I'm pretty sad to be at the end of my Ariel experiment.  I've learned to love this face even more than I used to, and I've really enjoyed finding subtle new ways to paint the mold.  In fact, I know the contours of this face so well at this point, it's going to feel really strange to work with a different doll next week!  In a perfect world I'd do this kind of series for every My Twinn face.  That would be so much fun!

The Ariel variation that I saved for last is the one that I assumed would be my favorite.  Three guesses about what her coloring is going to be...the first two guesses don't count.

This lovely girl's original pale green eyes didn't stick around for very long, but they gave me all the inspiration I needed to get started on this makeover:

2002 My Twinn doll with the Ariel face.

Monday, September 7, 2020

And the Winner is...

I decided to try out a new random drawing site this time, just to change things up.  This spinning wheel is from and I think it's a lot of fun!  I especially appreciate the fact that the program announces the winner, because I would not have wanted to call this one--it's a nail biter!

Here we go...

Directions for the winner are after the jump!

Friday, September 4, 2020


The doll I'm going to show you today was not a troublemaker at all.  In fact, everything about her makeover process was smooth, fast, and fun.  The delay in my post has more to do with the fact that my world is shifting in strange ways these days.  My eldest son and his girlfriend moved out at the beginning of the week, and this was both exhausting (moving furniture is hard) and sad (I love them!).  I'm also going to move to a new state myself in the next couple of months, and that's a big emotional adjustment.

Still, before the chaos of moving envelopes me, I'm going to work on as many My Twinn dolls as I can.  I'm also in the process of setting up an online store over at where I'll sell off many of my remaining dolls in a virtual garage sale.  I'll keep you updated about that in the weeks to come.

But this week, it's just business as usual.  I have the second-to-last Ariel makeover in my Abundance of Ariels collection to share with you, and this girl is a non-Denver giveaway doll.  To enter for a chance to buy this doll for $2.20, please see the rules at the end of the post.

Her initial appearance was not especially promising:

2009 My Twinn doll with the Ariel face.

Thursday, August 27, 2020


I feel like in every collection I put together, there's a troublemaker: a doll whose makeover has a bunch of rough patches.  The Ariel repaints had been going so smoothly, I suppose I should have been anticipating some trouble at this stage...and yet it always manages to take me by surprise.

Meet my latest troublemaker, a 2002 Ariel with a beautiful skin tone and the hint of a smile:

2002 My Twinn doll with the Ariel face.

Monday, August 17, 2020


Unlike Gabriel, the doll I'm going to show you today was one of the most inspiring Ariels in the whole group.  She really stood out from the pack with her dark hair and distinctive eyebrows.  While (spoilers!) I didn't preserve very much about her original appearance, those eyebrows gave me the idea I needed to make this girl different from Cassiel and Gabriel.

Thanks to Lilium's excellent suggestion, this version of Ariel will be named Sariel (yet another angel name!) which I tend to shorten in my head to the cute nickname Sari:

2001 My Twinn doll with the Ariel face.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020


Of the five Ariel dolls that I have left to work on, two of them came with bad staining on their limbs.  The stains are nothing like what I found on Cassiel, but the marks will still take a while to fade.  While the Remove-Zit is working its magic on those limbs, I've been focused on one of the un-stained dolls.

Despite the relatively good condition of this girl's body, for some reason I found her uninspiring.  Sometimes a doll's original appearance--no matter how beat-up or dirty--will speak to me in some way and give me ideas about what her makeover should entail.  With this girl, something about her heavy, blonde bob and pale, generic face paint left me feeling neutral.

To make matters worse, her fair coloring and heavy bangs made it really hard to take well-lit, clear pictures of her.  She was always trying to fade away into the shadows:

2001 My Twinn doll with the Ariel face.

Thursday, August 6, 2020


I'm already feeling a bit frazzled by too many Ariels!  Everything was fine when they all still had their original wigs and eyes in place, but now that I'm starting to dismantle each doll and remove her eyes and paint...well, it's getting hard to tell everybody apart!  I've labeled all of the Ariel bits that are strewn around my workshop, so at least nobody will get matched up with the wrong body parts.

I didn't want to add to this confusion by naming all six of the dolls Ariel (kind of like Dr. Seuss' Too Many Daves...), but I did want to choose a naming theme that would acknowledge this celebration of the Ariel mold.  So, I decided that all of the girls should have names that end in -iel.

The first doll I'm going to share is the one I've been working on the longest.  I bought this girl in February and have been gradually fixing her up ever since.  She's a 1997 Ariel who I re-named Cassiel:

1997 My Twinn doll with the Ariel face.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

An Abundance of Ariels

We're hunkered down here in Maine, waiting for whatever is left of Isaias, so I figured I'd get something posted before the power goes out.  I hope everyone further down the coast is doing ok!

The next collection is going to feature one of my favorite My Twinn faces: the Ariel mold.  This face is extremely common, and so there are always plenty of Ariels on the secondary market.

I was looking at my stash of dolls the other week and realized that I've amassed *five* Denver Ariel dolls with the same skin tone!  Apparently my fondness for this face (and its relative affordability) have caused me to accumulate an abundance of Ariels:

My Twinn Ariel dolls from the Denver era.