Speaking of Barbies, I drove to Michigan last week and picked up a few more vintage mannequins, one in particular being a very beautiful midcentury style model that I couldn't wait to get. Missing one finger, plus a few typically added bumps 'n bruises over the years, I immediately set out to transform her into a life-sized Living Barbie (see catalog pages below.) Her outfit is actually an old nightie I found at a haberdashery, while the jewelry, glasses, and flower in her hair were all from Goodwill. The wig I found in my attic and was originally part of an old mermaid costume. After fixing her up and taking a step or two back, I think she turned out pretty amazing, and definitely a bit reminiscent of the vintage Living Barbie doll (minus bangs) from 1970 --and CLICK HERE for the original commercial starring a young Maureen "Marsha" McCormick!