Welcome Home and Joybird – Together again !

Hello Everyone

You may recall in my earlier news letter, that I mentioned the Joybird Furniture Company was using my miniature recreations of their furniture in an ongoing promotional campaign.

Well, the campaign is a hit ! And, I have been commissioned to make more !

I’ve been working hard the last few weeks to complete some of the pieces . It gives me great joy and an enormous feeling of accomplishment to be able to share this exciting project with all of you !  I hope you will indulge me by taking a look at the pieces so far .

Thank you !  Maryann

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To find our more about Joybird, go to : http://joybird.com/

Message me at : welcomehome@maryannroy.com

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“Welcome Home is a registered/trademark business. All contents, photos, designs, furnishings and ideas are that of the Artist, Maryann Roy, and may not be copied or used without written permission.

 

National Barbie Doll Convention 2015 Sneak Peek!

From the creative minds of Hilda Westervelt and Maryann Roy comes an exciting new offering, Mannequin Mavens ! 
Hand painted and restyled by Maryann and outfitted by Hilda, these spectacular one of a kind beauties will make their debut at the NBDCC 2015. One will be in the raffle room, one in the silent auction and 6 will be available for purchase at our special selling event held on Tuesday, July 28 at 12 noon ! Stay tuned for the room number.
We are so excited to introduce you to the “Mannequin Mavens” that we couldn’t wait, so here are a few enticing sneak peeks!
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Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to NBDCC !
Contact Maryann :  welcomehome@maryannroy.com
Contact Hilda :  hildaewestervelt@gmail.com

“Glory Days” for Welcome Home !

Hello Everyone !

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, I am featured in the “Home” issue of Glory Days magazine .  My copy from New Zealand has just arrived !

This vintage lifestyle magazine brings the past into the present  and blends a love of  vintage as well as modern day living. Find out a little bit more about Me and what makes Me tick, as well as what  started it all for “Welcome Home”.

Here’s a peek inside the magazine which also includes features on homes and vintage styling ! :

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All Mid Century, Retro and Atomic enthusiasts will love this magazine ! Get your hot little hands on the Glory Days “HOME “ issue by going to : http://www.glorydaysmagazine.com/

“Sun Goddess”

 

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One of the well-known things about anything miniature is that it can be mesmerizing.  You can look into a miniature scene and totally get lost while you intently examine every little detail.  Nothing wrong with that, I say!

Most of my sets include a semi translucent windowed wall as an impressionistic way to let in light and lend a hand at creating reality.   I decided to take that idea a step further and in this set, include a windowed wall that allows you to actually gaze INTO the room.

“Sun Goddess” is a complete room setting that will not only enable you to enjoy your fabulous Welcome Home vignette, but will allow you to arrange, re-arrange, and create future vignettes of your own!

Presenting – “Sun Goddess” !

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Window Wall – Interior side showing drapery :

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Showing a different look with the walls turned to the burnt sienna side.  The antique white windowed wall makes a nice contrast !

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This auction has ended . Thanks so much to all who were interested !  Follow Welcome Home for more exciting designs coming soon !

Maryann

Contact : welcomehome@maryannroy.com

More photos of the set in the sunshine !

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In the NEWs…

 

Hello All –

Time to update you on what is NEW with “Welcome Home” !

MAGAZINE INTERVIEW :

I am very pleased to share an interview that I did with “Glory Days” !   This vintage lifestyle magazine brings the past into the present . Originating in New Zealand, this delightful periodical  blends a love of all things vintage and modern day as well. Find out a little bit more about Me and what makes Me tick, as well as what  started it all for “Welcome Home”.

All Mid Century, Retro and Atomic enthusiasts will love this magazine ! Get your hot little hands on the Glory Days “HOME “ issue by going to : http://www.glorydaysmagazine.com/store/p22/PRE-SALE_Issue_10_-_Home.html

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PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN :

You may recall that I recently  posted some photos and information on a commission I did for the JOYBIRD furniture company.  I have just learned that my pieces are being used in an ongoing promotional campaign for JOYBIRD and I couldn’t be more pleased!

Here’s a peek (with permission from JOYBIRD) :

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BARBIE CONVENTION NEWS ! :

Yes Peeps –  I will be attending the National Barbie Convention this year in Arlington, Virginia !  And will be selling from my room alongside the very talented and lovely Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture !

I am dying to let you in on some treasures and surprises, but, at this time I can only tell you this – Remember the debut of the “Acryluxe” chairs I designed ?  Well, these are about to get a companion!  May I present the “Acryluxe SOFA” !  Debuting only  at Barbie Convention !

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I am so excited about this recent development in my “Acryluxe” line, that I just had to share and show you a sample !

There will be other surprises during convention week too, so I hope to see you all there. – Really looking forward to meeting you all in person!

 

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST :

I will be offering a ONE OF A KIND vignette for sale via SILENT AUCTION this coming Saturday, June 6, 2015.  This set evokes glamour and is reminiscent of those designs by one of my very favorite interior decorators – William Haines !

Unlike my previous 3 day silent auctions, this one will only run for the weekend (two days only– Saturday through Sunday at midnight EST.)  More details to follow.

Here is a tiny peek to get your imagination going !

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I am so happy to be able to share all that is NEWs with “Welcome Home” ! Thank you All for following along with Me !

Watch for updates from my OOAK Auction coming this SATURDAY !

My best always,

Maryann

Contact : welcomehome@maryannroy,.com

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“Welcome Home is a registered/trademark business. All contents, photos, designs, furnishings and ideas are that of the Artist, Maryann Roy, and may not be copied or used without written permission.

 

 

“Let’s Chat ! “

Now SOLD OUT !  Thank you Everyone !

NEW from Welcome Home !

“Let’s Chat ! ”  –  This darling chair is a recreation of a full-scale telephone chair that I spotted on FLICKR some time ago.  Its primary function of course, the perfect place to comfortably sit while chatting on your telephone.  Full Scale Original : telechair5

The hard-wired telephone is scarce today, but it’s for sure that our dolls still have their vintage communication devices, which makes this set perfect for any 12″ diva !

In case you do not own a telephone, this set still makes the perfect spot to sit and read or write a note to friends!

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“Let’s Chat ! ” includes : The Chair with built-in table Upholstered in “Daisy” ( an era appropriate yellow textured fabric), Ming Vase with floral accent, two books (do not open) and a mid-century style wall clock !

Debut price :   $135.00 plus shipping   ( 9 sets available) –   SOLD OUT !

*Phone and doll are for demonstration purposes and not included .

To get your set, please email me at: welcomehome@maryannroy.com

Quantities limited !

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“Welcome Home is a registered/trademark business. All contents, photos, designs, furnishings and ideas are that of the Artist, Maryann Roy, and may not be copied or used without written permission.

More Joy ! – Joybird furniture that is !

Hello Everyone

I may have been scarce these last few weeks, but that is because I have been working on a special commission for the Joybird Furniture Company !

You may recall my “Little bit of Joy” sale from last August, featuring special pieces from the Joybird collection –

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This collaboration has enabled Me to grow as an Artist and Furniture Designer. I am delighted to have had opportunities to work with them, and hope to do more in the near future.

The pieces shown below also utilize the actual upholstery fabrics that Joybird uses to make their glorious furniture ! (For people that is ! )

Here is the end result of another collaboration !

Maryann

 

“Eliot” Sofa :

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Hughes – Sofa and Chair : hughes1 copy

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“Hobson” – Sofa and Chair :hobson1 copy

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“Eastwood” – Sofa :

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Find “Joybird” furniture for your home by going to :

http://joybird.com/

Email Maryann at:

welcomehome@maryannroy.com

“Welcome Home is a registered/trademark business. All contents, photos, designs, furnishings and ideas are that of the Artist, Maryann Roy, and may not be copied or used without written permission.

 

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“Stacked” – Revisiting the Bubble Cut hair style

Attention All Vintage Barbie Doll Collectors and Lovers of the Bubble Cut Barbie Doll : Did you know that the bubble cut hair-do can actually be styled in a different way ?!

For those who thought only the rounded style (thus the term “bubble” cut) would do on these lovely gals, I have news for you . I will show you that  THESE:

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Introducing the “Beehive” !

My collector friend Jean and I recently noticed a few dolls on Ebay commanding a higher than normal buying price. Upon closer inspection of said dolls, we discovered their hair styles were not that of the typical “bubble cut” hair do. In fact, these dolls appeared to have hair with significant height and swirl effect as in a beehive or teased hair style. Some with an even more unusual bubble on bubble appearance like the Fashion Queen blonde wig. This prompted further investigation, so Jean and I decided to see if we could figure out just which dolls had this magical feature. Was it in fact ALL bubble cut Barbie dolls, and had we been totally ignorant of how to style their hair correctly all these years?!  Hmm…?

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Judging from what we deem the regular style bubble cut, we noticed that these girls seem to have a unique rooting pattern that begins with a very tight swirl off to the side or toward the back of the right side of the dolls’ head .  While the bubble cut dolls’ hair is rooted so that the hair lays a certain way, these particular dolls seem to be rooted in one continuous circle expanding outward around the entire scalp.

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In researching these gals and trying to determine which ones have this hidden coiffure we found that production year did not matter, nor did the hair color.  Dolls with the “Beehive” hair style have been found with 1961 markings as well as the later Barbie/Midge markings and each of these hair colors (Blonde, Brunette, and Titian) have been found with “Beehive” hair style as well.

What amuses me most is, that if Mattel’s’ original intent was the high beehive style when the dolls were first produced, their high hair would’ve prevented them from fitting into their original boxes! And this may be why today we occasionally find bubble cut dolls with flat tops to their hair style.

Check out this gal  BEFORE . Looks like the traditional Bubble hair style, right ?   goldbefore

Here she is  AFTER her comb through ! :

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These same findings (years/hair colors) seem to exist for what we are calling the “bubble on bubble” hair style also. A real head turner, this doll has a few extra rows of longer hair rooted on the top of her head.  The hair is thick and when combed, appears as if a wig was placed on top of the hair, almost like a hat !

Example – BEFORE Comb out :

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Who knows how this unique style came into being? As there does not appear to be an abundance of these dolls, was this a manufacturing technique? Or the way a worker held a dolls’ head on the machine while it was being rooted?

Here’s a prime example of the “Bubble on bubble” .  I have since sold her, but now, how I WISH I had kept her !  She looks like she’s wearing a mink hat !

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Since every bubble cut does not have this rooting pattern,( and believe me, we’ve tried to get many bubble cuts to do that swish), in order to find these very special gals, you must look carefully for clues and do a lot of combing hair ! A little sleuthing and a little know how and you may be surprised to find a STACKED beauty in your own collection !

Happy Hunting !

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Text and photos by : Maryann Roy

Additional text and research : Jean Petrelli

Dolls from my personal collection.

Maryann Roy : welcomehome@maryannroy.com