If you’re a regular follower on my YouTube channel, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been playing around with YouTube #Shorts lately.
My cousin, who runs the ASMR channel, ASMR Tingle and Taps, gave me tips on how to grow my YouTube channel using YouTube Shorts. The Shorts videos I’ve uploaded so far have been doing extremely well, but I haven’t found my “niche” yet.
If I didn’t have a full-time job as a school librarian, I’d make a bunch of cool stop-motion videos with dolls, like the Romeo and Juliet #Shorts video at the top of today’s blog post, and I’d publish all my stop motion videos as YouTube Shorts.
But the Romeo and Juliet YouTube shorts video that I published on my YouTube channel today actually took me several HOURS to make. Yeah…. You read that right. I said it took me several HOURS to make a 30 second video! That’s just not reasonable.
So I’ve come up with a different plan. Now, hear me out please.
My favorite playtime buddy, when I was a kid, was my cousin Virginia. We played Barbies at the beach, on camping trips, and even at school, where we were classmates. In fact, the two dolls in the stop motion portion of this video are supposed to represent the two of us, playing at the beach together:
Virginia and I used to say, “Let’s do a pick” before we started playing dolls. We’d lay all the dolls out (usually nude) on the floor, and we’d take turns picking a doll.
Then we’d lay all the outfits out on the floor and take turns picking what clothes our dolls would wear.
It was a fun way to begin our doll play time!
When my two daughters starting playing with each other, I taught them how to “do a pick” to avoid controversy over the most popular toys, and it really worked for them as well.
So here’s my proposal, and I’d like to see what you think.
I’ve bought some vintage catalogs of Barbie dolls and outfits, like the one you see below.
What if I created YouTube Shorts that have scanned pages from inside my vintage catalogs? We could play “Let’s do a pick” and people can watch the Short, featuring three or four different dolls, or three or four different outfits, and then we all leave comments under the YouTube Short, stating which doll or outfit we would pick for playtime, and why.
If you don’t want to say why, of course, you wouldn’t have to, but I’d love it if anyone reading this gave an opinion. Is this a game that would be fun to play? Would you enjoy it? Would you participate?
Let’s give it a quick try, okay? Without having made it into a YouTube Shorts video yet, let’s look at the image below. Which doll would you pick and why? Please leave a comment.
Your options are:
These doll images come from the Mattel 1970 Living Barbie and Living Skipper catalog leaflet.
Disclaimer, Copyright, and Trademark Credit:
If you’d like to learn more about the Mattel family of Barbie dolls, please visit Mattel’s Barbie website. Disclaimer: ChellyWood.com is not affiliated with Mattel, but Chelly personally enjoys designing clothes to fit the dolls their company has created.
Mattel, Inc. . Living Barbie™ and Living Skipper™ [Leaflet]. [Hawthorne, Calif]: Printed in USA. [Not paged].
[Back cover statement: “BARBIE,” “STACEY,” “P.J.,” “CHRISTIE,” “KEN,” “BRAD,” “SKIPPER,” “CASEY,” “FRANCIE,” and “TUTTI, BARBIE, & SKIPPER’S TINY SISTER,” are the trademarks of Mattel, Inc. for its DOLLS.]
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8 thoughts on “Let’s play a game with dolls in 2023! #DollCollectors #DollClothesPatterns”
I wish I played Let’s Do a Pick with my cousin who is the same age as me when we were kids, but she lived and still does live in Georgia. I’m 56 going on 57 years old now and I have been a doll collector off and on since 1994. I enjoy your doll clothes patterns and I would like to give them a try someday.
Yes, you definitely should! If you’re new to sewing, I recommend this tutorial with this pattern. It’s one of the easiest to sew, and it looks pretty, no matter what fabric you use for the skirt. You don’t have to use plain white fabric.
Francie Hair Happenings. The hair styling dolls all came out after I was no longer playing with my Barbies. I would love to have one now.
Francie is one of my all-time favorites too.
Thank you for leaving a comment! 🙂
Lol too cute. My friend and I did something similar, though less organized. I’d have gone straight for the 3rd, Francies Hair Happening. She come with 4 hairpieces, one of which has definite Princess Leia vibes. 😉 Love the idea of stop motion shorts! I’m not a social media person really, but about to have to become one soon for promotions of my new lil venture. Ive been thinking I also need to figure out “shorts” content, though more “time lapse” to show a doll being created than stop motion. But hey, if you’re doing stop motion shorts, I’m thinking you can now call yourself ” Animator”, on top of librarian, blogger, teeny tiny tailor $ educator… you are a woman of many hats! Thank you!
Thank you for making me smile today! I guess I do wear many hats! 👒
Hi happy new year 2023 I don;t have dolls like yours I wish I got BJD Dolls but I have not – Vincent.
Thank you, Vincent, for taking the time to leave a comment, and happy 2023 to you as well! 🎉