Have you ever tried Vegemite? I made sure to add a tiny jar to my Australian edition doll.
Have you seen the Cole’s Little Shop mini groceries? A few years back, Cole’s Supermarket in 🇦🇺🦘 Australia gave a mini brand for every 30$ spent on groceries. They were very popular and the company ran the campaign twice - so you can collect Seasons 1 & 2. They are available on eBay- but shipping from Australia 🇦🇺 🦘 is expensive. I made a box opening video of them - link in bio
Video clip from Good Morning Australia- @morningshowon7 🇦🇺...
What’s the craziest diet you’ve ever been on? Once I went on a “bananas only diet.” 🍌 🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌😬 • Back in the 1990s - Supermodels Kim Alexis, Carol Alt, and Beverly Johnson discussed their “nightmare diets.” Kim Alexis said, “One night I was eating only a head of lettuce for dinner. Kelly (another model) walked in and said, ‘You’re eating a whole head of lettuce? How could you?’ I cried and said ‘But it’s all I’ve had all day. It’s not even 50 calories.’” 🥬
•This doll is a comedic commentary on my life as a fashion model in Paris.
•The Barbie portfolio photos were created by @dawsondigsdolls
* The video is from a speaking engagement I did in 2001
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Would you like to see more behind-the-scenes photos? I enjoy them. I guess it feels like we are getting the “truth.” For me, by the time I post the final product, it looks very different than the raw Image. •I often hear that people feel like Instagram shows a perfect “filtered” life. A skewed perspective so to speak. I am guilty of that. I use filters on myself and the photos. An unfiltered life isn’t always pretty. Because of my experiences as a teenage fashion model, I know a lot about photoshopped images. Because my goal on this account is to make you smile, I try to keep it positive and upbeat. So I do filter out the negative parts of my life. BUT… I don’t want any of you to feel like because your life isn’t perfect - you are a failure. No one’s life is perfect - No matter how polished their Instagram life looks. I have struggled and juggled my way through 58 years of life. I have experienced suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, marriage problems, trouble with my children, serious medical and financial issues. Ten years ago, I was standing in line at a food bank. Shocking but true. •I like to say that “the Lord, laughter and lipstick have gotten me through.” So, this morning I share rare behind the scenes issues of my real life to encourage you that life is not picture perfect. It’s raw. And hard. BUT I choose life - and I believe that laughter is good for the soul. So I will continue on trying to make you smile - cause we all need more reasons to smile.
My real life is @tonyagetsreal
#unfiltered #grandgetsreal #monday4dolls...
Happy Sunday! Do you enjoy wearing stretchy clothes. 😳 I’ve gotten so used to wearing pants without buttons or zippers. 😂 How about you? These amazing outfits were gifted to me by @dzastprince and Grandma Barbie is so comfy in them. 😀...
What was the last game you played? We played Bananas. I am decent at spelling. My husband, on the other hand, spells very creatively. Even the grandkids know to double check his words. What’s your favorite game? • CHECK OUT my new IGTV if you want to know where I got them. 😀...
How do you feel about public speaking? Are you afraid to get on stage and talk? Did you know people fear public speaking more than death, spiders, and heights? •For many years, my passion was talking to groups about body image, what true beauty really is, and sharing stories about my teenage modeling experience in the “Ugly World of Beautiful Women”. I loved using humor in my messages - Because as Mary Poppins sang, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” I got over my intense fear of public speaking- because I felt so passionately about my message. Fast forward a decade - and I am able to use my doll photography hobby that I started with my granddaughters - as a comedic commentary on my life during quarantine. These parody Barbies gave me an international platform ( 😳Yes! I am VERY nervous about all the attention, interviews, and live TV shows 😬) But - BIG BONUS - I am able to share my message about body image, true beauty and modeling worldwide. 🔈 That is something I am passionate about ♥️ so it was worth getting over the stage fright. 😀
•LET’S GET REAL
Do you ever ask for help? I will admit that I am very independent. 💪 My husband might say, “extremely independent.” 😂 But sometimes I need help. Most days, I do my social media on my own. Ron loves music, he knows so many songs and will give me tips on music 🎶 WHEN I ASK. (He always reminds me that he’s not a mind reader.) Sometimes, I need him to hold some tiny things in his hands. He will help me WHEN I ASK. If I want him to dress up for a silly twinning picture, he will, WHEN I ASK. We all need to learn to ask for help - whether it real life stuff or just holding a doll. 😀 • They may not want to be in the photo, but perhaps they will lend a helping hand....
Was your grandma stylish? One of mine was very stylish and the other always dressed like an old lady 👵🏻 I will admit that I dress a bit like frump lady. 😳 What was your grandma like? 👵🏻👵🏽👵🏿👵🏾👵🏼👵
#myownbarbiestyle #barbiestyle #barbiestyledbyme...
What TV 📺 show reminds you of your childhood? For me, it’s Family Affair. I recently binge-watched the series, and it evoked so many memories. The clothes…The decor…Buffy and Jody…Mrs. Beasley…Cissy…Uncle Bill…Mr. French… What TV 📺 show does that for you?
•1960s Barbie Family + Accessories: Kenner Easy Bake Oven, Barbie, Barbie Lunchbox, Barbie Dream House, Marlboro Cigarettes, Coca Cola, Maxwell House Coffee, Tupperware, Mrs. Beasley, Classic TV 📺
#grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #1960s #familyaffair #mrsbeasley #60snostalgia #barbiecollector #barbiecollection #barbiephotography #barbiephotographer #swapmeetfinds #swapmeet...
🏖 Did you have a Malibu Barbie? Grandma & Malibu Barbie are getting ready for a beach day. 🏝 Isn’t Malibu Barbie looking great for 50? Even with all that tanning? Grandma can’t wait to ask Malibu about her skin care routine.
#twinningiswinningwithgrandma #grandmagetsreal #malibubarbie #barbiephotography #barbiephotographer #dollstagram #dollstagramm #barbiecollector #barbiecollection...
How do you feel about aromatherapy? What’s your favorite scent. I love lavender oil - I put some on before I go to bed every night. The tiny bottle of lavender came in an older collectible ReMent set. It looks so cute in photos.
Happy Miniature Monday!
#grandmagetsreal #rement #rementjapan #tinythings #dailymini #miniatures #dollhousesofinstagram #realisticminiatures #barbiephotography...
Have you ever ridden on a motorcycle? I have - back in the day. I actually had a modeling job (1981) with a Harley. • I had a little fun with my motorcycle photos, can you tell? I got my @harleydavidson dolls out out the attic - along with this motorcycle I found at the swap meet. ➡️ watch the video - it actually makes noise 🔊 and vibrates. Do you have any of these dolls? Their fake leather is all peeling off 😬 - What a mess.
#grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #harleydavidsonmotorcycles #barbiephotographer #barbiephotography #barbiephotoshoot #barbiephotos #barbiecollection #barbiecollections...
Hello! Where are you at? I am in Southern California - just a few miles from Disneyland or the beach. I’ve been able to photograph my dolls in a lot of fun touristy places. Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park, at the Santa Monica Pier, Huntington Beach Pier, The Hollywood Sign, Harry Potter World at Universal Studios, and even the Mattel Store. My husband would love to move away from the traffic and crowds - but I enjoy Southern California 🌞 🏝 🌊 🐭 🧙♂️ Whenever he talks about moving - I say, “I’ll miss you.” 😂...
Did you have a Grandma Barbie as a kid? Do you have one now? Let’s pretend my Grandma Barbie is taking a vacation and traveling all over. Remember Flat Stanley? Post a picture of Grandma visiting you and your dolls and I’ll share them in my stories. (Keep it G rated) 👵🏻 use the hashtags #grandmabarbiesvacation and tag me @grandmagetsreal Be sure and tell me what city you are in 👵🏻❤️XXOO
#grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #grandmabarbie #barbiephotographer #barbiephotoshoot #dollstagram #dollstagramm #dollstagrammer #dollcommunity...
Happy Mini Monday!! Which of these minis are your favorites? Remember as you start your week that it’s “the little things.” My 8-year-old grandson has started collecting coins 🪙- right now he is concentrating on pennies. I’m scrounging around in all my drawers, jars, purses, etc… looking for pennies. They don’t mean much to me - but it makes him sooooo happy. It’s the little things. Let’s try to make someone happy this week. 😀 It can be sharing just a compliment, a smile, or maybe a penny.😀...
What “real-life” items have you repurposed for your mini world? This bookcase was a utensil 🥄 🍴 holder. Scroll through to see my wine 🍷 cork rooster, a business-card holder briefcase 💼, and salt 🧂 & pepper shakers that are diner coffee pots. Miniatures are everywhere if you are looking 👀
Going live at 11:30 am PST to show you @sherrisdollshow 😀 Have you ever been to a doll show? What was your experience? I’m hoping to see some Instagram friends 👋 PLEASE SAY HELLO IF YOU COME 👋 and find some Barbie-Sized minis and accessories to share with you. What do you want to see? • Tips - bring 💰 cash (Not all vendors take credit cards) & Wear comfy shoes.
#grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #dollshow #barbieshow #tinythings #modernminiatures #barbiecollector #barbiecollection...
Are you an Opener or a Saver? People that are true collectors get nervous watching me unbox things. 😳 I purchase tiny things to use in my photos - so they ALL get opened. Would you have opened this?
•Petite Cosmetics by ReMent 2005
#rement #rementjapan #tinythings #dollhouseminiatures #modernminiatures #dailymini #grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #minibrands #unboxing...
Is anyone else in your family a collector? What do they collect? My hubby is into antique fishing 🎣 lures - so he enjoys searching with me. We popped into an antique mall in Durango- and we were both glad we did. 😀 I found some fun tiny things. 🤩
#antiquemall #antiquemallfinds #grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #tinythings #dailymini #miniatures #acmemagnets #realisticminiatures #barbiephotographer...
What is your favorite social media channel? Since today is Social Media Day - I thought it would be fun to discuss it.
•INSTAGRAM: Instagram to me is about community, encouragement, and Inspiration. Back in the day, we joined clubs to hang out with others with similar interest. Now, we hop on Instagram. 😀 We might miss out on the lemonade and cookies that we used to share at the in-person club meetings, but Instagram is an international group with so much to share. 🌎
•FACEBOOK: Facebook is a wonderful place to share recipes, pictures of grandbabies or pets, and funny Memes. (Sharing is the reason my Quarantine Barbies went viral. 😳)
•YOUTUBE: We enjoy watching YouTube at our house. Whether I’m fixing an appliance, researching for a future trip, or wanting to learn to take better iPhone photos - I can find it on YouTube. (I am hoping to get better at making videos to show the Behind The Scenes of my miniature world.)
•TIKTOK: My grown kids are so amused that I have been successful at TikTok - because I still mistakenly call it Tic Tac. I originally thought it was all about teenagers in bikinis lip-synching. I was wrong. I am not the only grandma on there and I have found lots of accounts that I enjoy following.
•TWITTER: I’ll be honest - I avoid confrontation at all cost. So mostly I avoid Twitter. 😂 I only occasionally post and seldom engage.
•PINTEREST: I am a fan of Pinterest. You can get lost on there for days if you’re not careful. It’s a fun place to look for ideas, research projects, and share your creations.
•SNAPCHAT: The only reason I have Snapchat is so my grandchildren can play with the filters.I may learn to use it someday. maybe.
What social media channel do you spend the most time on?
#grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #instagraminfluencer...
What is your favorite iconic vintage Barbie fashion? I don’t own many vintage items - but I ❤️ the looks. Grandma Barbie enjoys twinning 😉 with keychains 🔑⛓ and Christmas 🎄 ornaments. #twinningiswinningwithgrandma #tuesdaytwinning #twinningtuesday...
What made you start a doll account? This doll was what started it all for me. • I bought my first Mattel’s Happy Family Grandma Barbie many years ago at Toys “R” Us. I was a public speaker and taught a message titled “Living Beyond Barbie” on body image and aging positively, so I thought Grandma Barbie would be a nice prop to hold up. I used her many times, but then I had to take a break from speaking when my husband became disabled. ~ Grandma Barbie was packed into a box with my other speaking items and put in the attic. ~ A couple of years ago, when my daughter was cleaning out the attic, my granddaughters were thrilled to find a box of Barbies. They were especially happy to find Grandma Barbie ~ They asked, “Grandma, why did they make a Barbie of you?” “Why do YOU have Barbies?” and “Can we play with them?” As my granddaughters played, I listened in on their game of make-believe and laughed as Grandma Barbie, sounding just like me, asked, “Who’s hungry?” “Who wants candy?” and “Do you want a dollar?” ~ I told the girls. “I’ve seen in the news that Mattel has made Barbies that look more like real people, so…”
“Let’s try and find a doll to represent each person in our family.”
And so began my Instagram...
#twinningiswinningwithgrandma #twinningiswinning #twinningtuesday #tuesdaytwinning #grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #happyfamilybarbie #grandmabarbie #barbiecollector #barbiecollection...
Have you ever been to a National Park? Which one? We have visited the Grand Canyon a couple of times - but it was the first time for our son. There is a fire 🔥 in Arizona- so it was smokey - but still Grand. Afterwards, we stopped and had a picnic. I finally used my Tonka Winnebago in my photos. What do you think?
#grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #roadtripusa #arizona #grandcanyon #barbiephotographer #barbiephotoshoot...
Comment a story, movie, book, or show about tiny people, dollhouses, or miniatures? The first show that I remember liking is “Land of the Giants.”
•photo by @greggsegal
#grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #twinningiswinning #twinningiswinningwithgrandma #miniatures #dollhouseminiatures #dollhouseminiature #modernminiatures #tinythings #honeyishrunkthekids #barbiecollector #barbiecollection #dailymini...
Have you been to Old Town San Diego? We went to San Diego to go to Kobey’s Swap Meet. I was so surprised to see so many miniatures in old town. Such a beautiful historic place to visit. I need to go back just to shop at the stores there. This is a video of the old town and our 2nd day at the Swap Meet and my great finds. YouTube YouTube link in bio.
#oldtownsandiego #swapmeetfinds #swapmeet #dailymini #modernminiatures #dollhouseminiatures #miniaturesofinstagram...
Where do you go on your last road trip? We are packing to go to New Mexico. Someone asked if I am taking my dolls. Hmmmm… I was considered leaving them home - but 🤔 now…. Should they go along? Would you like to see New Mexico?
#grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #myownbarbiestyle #roadtripsnacks #minibrands #tinythings #newmexicotravel #grandmabarbie...
New YouTube - Link in Bio. Have you been to Kobey’s Swap Meet? We were told that Kobey's Swap Meet was a great place to find vintage items. We decided to go for a weekend to San Diego and check it out! Not only did we have a great time seeing the sights - we found some really great tiny things. This is part one of three. We went back THREE days in a row and each time found vintage collectibles, Barbies, and tiny things. If you are looking for vintage toys and miniatures or just want to get fresh air, sunshine, and a great swap meet experience - I highly recomment a trip to Kobey's Swap Meet. We stayed at the Old Town Inn. It was reasonably priced and very adequate for our needs and walking distance to Old Town San Diego. We even got to enjoy sitting by the pool and relaxing in the sunshine. It was a great San Diego experience. Stay tune for parts 2 & 3 I found some great items for my Miniature World!
#swapmeetfinds #swapmeet #grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #sandiego #tinythings #vintagetoys #vintagebarbies #fleamarketfinds...
Have you made any summer plans? I am planning to make over / update all my dioramas. AND I’m going on to see my grandkids that live in New Mexico. How about you?
Photo by @greggsegal
#twinningiswinningwithgrandma #twinningtuesday #grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #tinykitchen #minibrands #tinyfood #minifood #tinythings #barbiedollcollector #barbiephotography #dioramas...
#tbt Do you have a senior yearbook photo? I dropped out of high school to move to Paris. I later got my GED. So… No senior yearbook photo. But… I have this video talking about it and - I do have some school photos from my earlier years. • Often, mothers asked my opinion about their teenage daughters wanting to become models or actresses. • My best advice is, “Have the girls wait until they are finished with college and pray they change their minds.”
In the July 2001 issue of W magazine, supermodel Christy Turlington said that she is ready to settle down and start a family. “Turlington says if she has a daughter, she won’t push her to follow in her footsteps down the runway. ‘I wouldn’t encourage my child to work in an industry that focuses on superficial attributes, given all the information out there today about how delicate the age from 12 to 18 is.’” • In the September 2001 edition of Mode, Carré Otis tells of her early days as a model, “There were the drugs. There was the extreme dieting. There were the three suicide-by-OD attempts. There was the boundary-warping behavior of the adult wards of teen lovelies…” CONTINUED IN COMMENTS...
🎈 100k FOLLOWERS 🎈 I want to thank YOU for following Grandma Gets Real! You have made this account my happy little corner of the world. 😀 🌎 A 100 thousand thanks! 😘
#barbiephotography #barbiepgotographer #dollstagram #dollstagramm #barbiecollector #barbiecollection #dollinfluencer #barbiestyle #grandmabarbie...
How many pets are at your house? My husband is very allergic to animals. Because of that - over the years, we have had frogs, outdoor rabbits, birds, hermit crabs, etc…. The grandkids have been begging for a cat or dog. 🐈 🐕 My hubby said, “Over my dead body.” My reply was, “We will consider that option.”🤣😂🤣😂 You should’ve seen the grandkids faces. 😳😳😳😳
Photo by @greggsegal
#twinningiswinningwithgrandma #twinningiswinning #twinningtuesday #grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #dollstagram #barbiephotography #catsofinstagram #crazycatlady...
Do you ever use an app for special effects? What do you think of the tiny barbecue smoking? I have tried to make tiny fires 🔥 before and decided the @mylumyer app is a much safer option. 😳🔥
#memorialdayweekend #memorialdaybbq #rement #rementjapan #tinyfood #minifood #minifoods #mylumyer #grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #bbqmaster #bbqnation #dollstagram #realisticminiatures...
😀 NEW VIDEO! LINK IN BIO. What would you like to see on my YOUTUBE channel? The new video is our trip to the Torrance Antique Street Faire. Let me know where I should go next 🚘 🛒 or what I should make a video of. 🎥 📸 I need ideas. 💡
#torranceantiquestreetfaire #tinythings #grandmagetsreal #barbiegetsreal #nostalgia #vintagetoys #vintageclothing #fleamarketfinds #miniatures...