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Barbie Loves Her New Kitchen

Filed under: Barbies and other favorite toys,Personal History — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I’ve been making plastic canvas furniture for the Barbie Country Living Home I found at ThriftTown back in February.

The kitchen is finally finished. I tried to make furniture that matched the original that came with it. You can see the original furniture here:

I kind of had to make a pattern myself to match the original furniture. Plus, the kitchen needed some storage, so I made a hutch for it as well. Here’s a photo.

Barbie Country Living Home with Plastic Canvas Furniture

I was browsing the dollhouse section at Hobby Lobby and I noticed that most of the accessories are sized for Barbie, not the traditional dollhouse scale (which is smaller). I absolutely LOVE the little forks, knives and spoons. I remember seeing little cutlery like that on Sesame Street when I was a kid and wished I could have something like that for my Barbies. Why did it take me so long to find them?

This is my first real Barbie. I had a Skipper before this doll, but this was my first Barbie. I used to think that she was a Malibu Barbie, but her face doesn’t look right. I am so sad that her hair is thinning. I brushed it a lot and stuffed it into so many ponytails that it’s kind of ruined forever. On the plus side, the new Barbie clothes fit her better than her counterparts from the Eighties.



  1. Impressive! I recently purchased a vintage red & yellow A frame Barbie house at the DI. It was it great condition. Now, I need to furnish it-is this hard to do? I have noticed the vintage accessories are pricey and very HTF at thrift stores. Thanks for the heads up on “hobby lobby”!

    Comment by discodiva79 — 11/2/2011 @ 9:08 pm

  2. hi there!!!

    your first barbie actually is a “malibu” barbie. but she is the later version of “malibu” barbie. you’re not going to believe me when i tell you this but this version of “malibu” barbie was my first barbie doll that i had too!!! well actually, my very first barbie doll was a “malibu” p.j. in the lavender halter bathingsuit & 2 ponytails with beads. but she didn’t last too long. i think my boy cousin tore the back of her head where her hair was parted for her ponytails. so, what was left of her ended up going to the garbage. :o(

    so, then my mom bought me this version of “malibu” barbie & boy! did we go through some adventures together!!! the backyard trips in her truck, weekends over at my grandma’s house. one day, when my grandma was dying her hair, i wanted my doll’s hair dyed too!!! so, my older cousins who were there too, put the hairdye on my “malibu” barbie. but sadly, the dye didn’t take. maybe it was a good thing too, cuz the hairdye was a grayish color! LOL……

    anyways, my “malibu” barbie survived a hair trim cuz i couldn’t stand the “layered” ends. i figured dolls needed their hair to be all even. and she ended up with hair reaching just above the bra-strap area. still long, but not as long as she first had.

    i recently replaced my childhood friend “malibu” barbie with the same kind of “malibu” barbie (mint in box), that wore the same red ribbed shiney halter bathingsuit that was gathered up the center front.

    you might be able to find a replacement for your “malibu” barbie childhood friend too. and she can have nice long shiney hair once again :o)

    thanks for sharing your pics….

    Comment by christina — 8/16/2012 @ 7:35 pm

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