Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Long-Legged Legacy Lives On

No one in the eighties or nineties inspired a love-hate relationship quite like Barbie. On one hand, she was to be hated for her figure, her hair, her clothes, and her generally 'far more beautiful than me' airs. On the other hand, how much can one really hate a doll that mutely acquiesces to a dozen wardrobe changes a day, never once so much as frowning upon her eight-year-old owner’s undeveloped tastes? We left her behind, but for certain talented and creative photographers the likes of Michelle Brusegaard, a little part of her lived on in the dresses we kept, wishing they were just a few hundred sizes bigger so we could wear them ourselves. Brusegaard’s enviably original photo gallery of vintage and handmade Barbie dresses in various poses and patterns, ranging from the floral elegance of Royal Mod and the soft femininity of Yellow and Grey to the stylish simplicity of Another Pretty Dress (black and white) and the radiant, sweet innocence of Peaches and Cream, is a must-see for anyone who loves to see a fresh idea fleshed out just right. And for what it’s worth, the photographer’s beautiful non-Barbie compositions, not to mention her many and various paintings, prints, and other media, are well worth discovering on their own (I mean really, who is this talented?)

Of course, anyone who subscribes to Wishing Willow knows we’re loved for our giveaways, and no first-of-January feature would be complete without offering a unique and lovely calendar as a prize. Thus it’s serendipitous that Michelle has agreed to offer the winner of this drawing one of her own original Desk Calendars, simply for taking the time to browse her online collection. To qualify, visit Made By Michelle Brusegaard, then come back here to tell us about your favorite item in Michelle's shop. Tell us in a second post if you subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 1/09/09.

We have a winner! Kate who said, "I am overwhelmed by how much I love everything Michelle has made! I think I'll go with the super stationary set so I could have a variety of designs!"

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Irit said...

I love the Red Poppy cards - so delicate!

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Irit said...

I'm a subscriber.

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Nanci said...

I love the Barbie Clothes on a Line Digital Print

mverno said...

i like high fashion plates #3

2hippos said...

I love the red poppies!

Helen said...

I like the calendar. Thanks for offering this prize.

Shannon said...

Bird and Branches.

Barely Domestic Mama said...

Beautiful stuff - I really liked the Aqua Poppy Note cards and the "I Fancy You" Valentine cards.

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Barely Domestic Mama said...

I am an email subscriber to Wishing Willow.

BarelyDomesticMama@yahoo.com

JewelryInfusions said...

I'm a sucker for poppies! Really beautiful work.

JewelryInfusions said...

A subscriber!

mom2anutball said...

I like the Set of 4 Fashion Plate Gee Thanks Cards!

mom2anutball said...

Im a subscriber

Christy said...

I love the Red Poppy Enclosure Cards. Thanks for the great giveaway. ecghick@yahoo.com

ydsddd said...

Love the High Fashion Plates collage.

Annie said...

So many beautiful items, but I love the Set of 4 Screen-printed napkins-Sage with Black Leaf Print! They are gorgeous!

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Annie said...

I'm a subscriber!

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

rlgrady said...

I like the Set of 4 Screen-printed napkins-Sage with Black Leaf Print.

Thanks!

rlgrady[at]yahoo[dot]com

ms-texas said...

i like the Super Stationery Set-Birds, Peacock Feathers, Floral Pattern, Envelopes and Stickers

Shelley said...

Lots of good stuff here--but I picked Print from an Oil Painting- Hydrangeas in Orange and Aqua.

Thanks for a great giveaway.

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

Shelley said...

Subscriber

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janehixon said...

I like everything!....but I choose "The tiny couch with the flowers"for today.......

mommync3 said...

I like the Happy Birthday card. Thank you for the chance to win.

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mommync3 said...

Email subscriber

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danosor said...

Red Poppies;what a beautiful thought and sight.I am a subscriber.

Anonymous said...

I Fancy You-Valentines-Set of 10-Red Brocade with Kraft Envelopes
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gkstratos said...

I love the Looking-Up original oil painting.
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gkstratos said...

I subscribe
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Heather said...

I love the Red Poppy design, Thank You

paryjeja said...

I like the Set of 8 Happy Birthday Flat Cards with Peacock Feathers in Yellow Ochre, Chocolate and Khaki.

Stacie said...

I love the Set of 4 screen-printed napkins-Red with Black Leaf Motif.

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Stacie said...

I'm a subscriber.

stacie_vaughan@hotmail.com

zoe hunter said...

Great etsy site! I love the:
Red Poppies Calling Cards-set of 50

they are beautiful. thanks and happy new year

zoe hunter said...

I am a subscriber.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

love the red poppies calling cards too mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

subscriber

cpullum said...

I really like the The Reddest Dress-Signed Digital Print!!!
Carla
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Anonymous said...

I like the Screen Printed Jersey Scarf in Kelly Green with Black Wallpaper Motif. Thanks. Charlotte
charlottewinters@cox.net

Mia J. said...

I like the Set of 10 personalized flat notes- Aqua Poppies with gray text and Orange Envelopes. I really like the aqua and orange combination.

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Free Will is fantastic. Very ambiguous.

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Happy subscriber. Thank you!

Jenna said...

I really like the Wedding Invitations-Invitation and RSVP in one in red and aqua with red poppies motif. Thanks for the giveaway!

kendra22 said...

I Fancy You-Valentines-Set of 10-Red Brocade with Kraft Envelopes are beautiful ! thnx for the opp

kendra22 said...

subscribed ..thanks
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kalea_kane said...

I love the royal blue screened napkins. Gorgeous!

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

kalea_kane said...

I am also a subscriber. :)

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jimmy and Angela said...

I love the personalized red poppy cards. They're gorgeous.

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Jimmy and Angela said...

I subscribe!

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oona. said...

I love the Peacock enclosure cards, lovely!!!

Thanks for the giveaway! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

Screen Printed Jersey Scarf in Kelly Green with Black Wallpaper Motif is wonderful! It's now on my list of things to buy!
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Ashley said...

I subscribe via yahoo @
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Christine said...

I love the grey tunic dress with wallpaper.

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Alli said...

I like the Screen Printed Jersey Scarf in Kelly Green with Black Wallpaper Motif

julialynn said...

I really love the desktop calendars as I have been searching for the perfect one, I am a lil late, as it is alreadt Jan. 1, but that is okay. These are really lovely. I also like the fancy you valentine cards.

julia

julialynn said...

I am a subscriber

drming said...

My favorite is the Looking Up-Original Oil Painting.

Sarah said...

LOVE the Red Poppy Personalized Notes!

Sarah said...

I subscribe via Google Reader.

Sarah said...

I love the peaches and cream barbie dress print!! Not sure what it is about it...but it's beautiful and nostalgic at the same time!

Karen S said...

I like the screen-printed napkins - Sage with Teal Green Leaf Motif. So cute!

Karen S said...

I subscribe!

Jenndiggy said...

I like :

Set of 4 screen-printed napkins-Royal Blue with Lavender Poppies

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the I Fancy You-Valentines-Set of 10-Red Brocade with Kraft Envelopes.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Cheryl F said...

My favorite is the Season's Greetings-Set of 10 Holiday Cards

sito50 said...

I like the Sage with Teal Green Leaf Motif screen-printed napkins, although it's hard to choose a favorite item because she has such different products. Her prints from oil are very nice.

sito50 said...

I subscribe.

vboackle said...

i like the red poppies calling cards.

judybrittle said...

I really love the Screen Printed Jersey Scarf in Pink with Black Wallpaper Motif. What a great color and design. Thank you so much!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

Lauren said...

I like the birds and branches!

lauren
croasla0(at)sewanee.edu

mogrill said...

Love the Red Poppy! Cool!

Anya said...

I like the Red Poppies place cards. Thanks.

Wehaf said...

I love the Onions stationery set1

urchiken at gmail dot com

Lisa C said...

I love the Sage with Black Leaf Print napkins, they're quite lovely!

Lisa C said...

I'm a subscriber!

Celeste said...

I like this:
Set of 10 personalized flat notes- Leafy Motif in Pink with Moss Envelopes

very nice!

contact me at:
celeste@mail4me.com

toughturtles said...

Red Poppies

christin said...

i love the red poppies and the birds and branches! thanks!
christinbanda@yahoo.com

kat c. said...

i like the Birds and Branches Calling Cards in Lime and Royal Blue =)

katch05(at)gmail(dot)com

Bloggy Finds said...

I love the set of 10 personalized flat notes - red poppies w/chocolate text and aqua envelopes

jeanilynne[at]gmail[dot]com

Bloggy Finds said...

I am an email subscriber
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Vanessa said...

I LOVE the personalized flat notes- Red Poppies with chocolate text and Aqua Envelopes...cute!!!

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fluffybabybehind said...

I love the "I fancy you" vanentine!!!

fluffybabybehind said...

Iam a subscriber

Chloe said...

Aqua Brocade Calling Cards!! - really cute.

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Sassy said...

the screen printed scarf is just beautiful!

sstonesifer (at) gmail (dot) com

Sassy said...

i'm also a subscriber!

and the peacock note cards are too gorgeous!

sstonesifer (at) gmail (dot) com

Jennifer said...

I like the The Reddest Dress-Signed Digital Print!

jls_wss2003 at yahoo dot com

Shari & Andrew said...

I like the peacock flat notes

Shari & Andrew said...

I'm a subscriber

Stacy said...

My favorite is the Birds on Branches Motif in Fuchsia with Navy Text.

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shopannies said...

Set of 10 personalized flat notes- Birds on Branches Motif in Fuchsia with Navy Text
would be the ones that I would pick I love to write letters but

shopannies said...

subscribe through google reader

gahome2mom said...

I like the Red Poppies calling cards. Very pretty!

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gahome2mom said...

I am subscribed.

Heather R said...

I love the screen printed napkins, especially the royal blue ones.

Christine said...

I have just fallen in love with the Aqua Brocade Calling Cards! Beautiful! I love the idea of old fashioned calling cards ~

Everything there is beautifully done!

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Christine said...

I have subscribed

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AmberRose95 said...

My favorite is the I Fancy You Valntines-they caught my eye immediately! Thank you for the contest!

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AmberRose95 said...

I'm a subscriber also!

AmberRose95{at}gmail.com

cmgnbox01 said...

My favorite is the hi there-set of 4 cards. They are unique and beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway!

cmgnbox01 said...

I am a subscriber.

Dona said...

Print from an oil painting called Free Will. Wow, love that.

Chris said...

I really like the Wedding Invitations-Invitation and RSVP in one in red and aqua with red poppies motif. These are great and my daughter would love these for her wedding next Sept.

tiff said...

i've always wanted a desk calendar. i like the Red with Black Leaf Motif printed napkins!


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Danielle said...

I love the red poppies card set, actually I love the whole red poppies line!
thanks
yellyjohnsen@yahoo.com

Roxy said...

My favorite item is the Set of 8 thank you cards with aqua envelopes.

hockiemack@hotmail.com

Elsie said...

The flat personalized notes, with Birds on the Branches in Fuchsia, are just right for a greeting to a friend...with Spring just around the corner (almost?)...little birds are cheery!


Thanks for the sweet calendar giveaway!

pumkinlady430@yahoo.com

Elsie said...

oops, email is:

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

sorry for the error on previous post, I am sleepy

Danielle said...

I like the Autumn Orange Batik Leaf Bag

suburban prep said...

I love the red and black screened napkins.

Kim said...

I LOVE the Looking Up Orig Oil Painting.

Kim said...

And I subscribe

Bunny B said...

I love the Set of 10 personalized flat notes- Birds on Branches Motif in Fuchsia with Navy Text!
bunnybx at gmail . com

Bunny B said...

Subscriber!
bunnybx at gmail . com

Sharla said...

Her items are sooo pretty! One of my favorites is the Screen Printed Jersey Scarf in Pink with Black Wallpaper Motif. Great giveaway!

Sharla said...

I'm a subscriber!

Gloria said...

So hard to choose! Well, I must say that the High Fashion Plates (#3) are great!

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Tammy said...

I like the Red Poppies Pern. card

robin said...

Although all of the items in Michelle's shop are just wonderful, the painting "Looking Up" is the most amazing :-) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=16249460

Robin
robinb@mail.com

robin said...

I am also a new subscriber :-)

robin
robinb@mail.com

- Marybeth I. said...

Set of Four Screen-printed Cloth Napkins- Yellow Leaf - very nice

The Saunders Family said...

the red poppies are amazing!
mom2maria at hotmail

Jess said...

I love the Set of 4 screen-printed napkins-Red with Black Leaf Motif - so pretty!

jessica.tupper(at)gmail.com

Kathryn said...

I love the sage with black napkins-so cute!

Kathryn said...

I am a subscriber
kitschyhippo@gmail.com

:::ZebraLilly::: said...

I really love the bunny enclosure cards!
valeriemadison@hotmail.com
http://www.zebralilly.blogspot.com

bonobo said...

I love all of the screen printed linens - just lovely!

bonobo said...

I'm a subscriber

Jayme said...

i love the Set of 10 personalized flat notes- Red Poppies with chocolate text and Aqua Envelopes. i just love red and aqua together!!

jayme[dot]bouwens@yahoo[dot]com

Jenny said...

I love the Red Poppies personalized notes. The design and colors are great!
Thanks for the giveaway!
~Jenny~

Jenny said...

I also subscribe@

sarah said...

the red poppies cards are amazing!

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

JamericanSpice said...

I love the Set of 10 personalized flat notes- Red Poppies with chocolate text and Aqua Envelopes

Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

Well it sure didn't take long to find an item that I absolutely adore and can see my self wearing! Screen Printed Jersey Scarf in Pink with Black Wallpaper Motif.

Awesome shop!

imanoptimisticbeauty(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I subscribe via email!

imanoptimisticbeauty(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love Michelle Brusegaard's Lemon-Scented print! I also know a bit about Barbie - she was originated by a German lady because in those days if you wanted your doll to have a change of clothing you had to buy another doll, and the lady wanted her child and other children to be able to buy wardrobes for their original dolls!
It's very interesting to me that Barbie became such an icon!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - For an additional entry, I am a proud subscriber to Wishing Willow and the beauty it brings into our worlds each day!

leah said...

The 'Looking Up' oil painting is beautiful!

windycindy said...

Happy New Year! I love Michelle's work! Her screen-printed napkins and tea towels are my favorites! Please enter me in your delightful giveaway drawing. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I am a subscriber to your site!
Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

jamaise said...

I love her work. My favorites are the Enclosure Cards, I like Bunny & Peacock best. One of each thing in her shop would be nice!

jamaise said...

I subb to the newsletter:)

Liberal I am. Bona fide I be. said...

My fave is the poppy personalized stationary! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19105668
Beautiful stuff there!

Christina
bonafideliberal(at)gmail(dot)com

Liberal I am. Bona fide I be. said...

Subscribed!

Christina at bonafideliberal(at)gmail(dot)com

Sena said...

The personalized Birds on Branches Motif in Fuchsia flat notes are fabulous!
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Sena said...

I subscribe!
sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

fyjules said...

I love the Yellow Leaf Cloth Napkins there beautiful.

carolasar said...

I love the screen printed napkins- Sage with black leaf print. My kitchen table could use them!

Andi said...

Everything is gorgeous, but my fave is her Screen Printed Jersey Scarf.

Andi said...

I'm a subscriber!

Melissa said...

I love the Set of Four-1.5 inch ponytail holders-cream with red wallpaper and yellow/brown velvet.

Juicebox.mom said...

Nice! i love the red poppy cards.

bison61 said...

I like the Self-Portrait in Kitchen Signed Print

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SM said...

Set of Four-1.5 inch ponytail holders-cream with red wallpaper and yellow/brown velvet. I really love those.

JuliaA said...

i like the chartreuse poppies. thanks!

Anonymous said...

I like the peaches and cream dress and the yellow and grey dress...I had a Peaches and Cream Barbie in the 1980s and I collect them today.

adrnlize at aol dot com

Mika said...

The screen printed napkins are lovely!!! and I love the calendars as well.

Anam said...

I think the Screen Printed Jersey Scarf in Pink with Black Wallpaper Motif is the prettiest thing I've seen in a long time. Lovely!

Andria said...

I love it all! I really like the Black Tunic Dress/Top with Yellow and Gray. Thanks.

ecky said...

love the screen printed jersey scarf in pink with wallpaper motif. really pretty.
elkesten at yahoo dot com

Nicole said...

I love the Mystery Flower Thank-You Notes.

Jennae @ Green Your Decor said...

There's a lot to love, but I really like the set of 4 screen-printed napkins. The red ones with the Black Leaf Motif. I like them so much that I'm thinking about featuring them on my own blog. Lovely! Email: jennae {at} greenyourdecor {dot} com

David & Blair said...

the calendar! i think my girlfriend has some from you!

Cindy said...

The Set of 4 Fashion Plate Gee Thanks Cards-Screenprinted-with Red Envelopes make me smile. Thanks for the contest.

writer.in.seattle at gmail dot com

Linda and Greg said...

I love the Birds on Branches flat notes! Thanks for a great giveaway!
lindagregsmith(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda and Greg said...

I also subscribe!

Miss Anne said...

Ok, so I love this artist for a few reasons:

1. She's from Minneapolis!!!! Shout out for the Twin Cities!!! *originally from the area*

2. She's an amazing artist!!!

my favorite item (hard to choose) would be the Beigish Floral Calling Cards-set of 50 because i'm in l♥ve l♥ve l♥ve with dandelions in their wishing phase!

:) fabulous giveaway!

SeahorseLady said...

I like her "Pretty Birds" print and the nice "Foxglove" thank you notes.
Thanks for the nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Kari said...

I love the happy birthday card!

Kari said...

Im a subscriber!

cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
Red Poppy cards are my favorite flower!!

cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
i subscribe

Michelle said...

I LOVE Barbie!
My favorite item on Michelle's site is the 2009 Desktop Calendar. I plan on trying to make one now.

Michelle said...

I am also a subscriber to Wishing Willow

alexandrea said...

I love the painting Hydrangeas in Orange and Aqua.

kaylee8 said...

My favorite item is the Screen Printed Jersey Scarf in Pink with Purple Intersecting Circles Motiff!

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Screen Printed Jersey Scarf in Pink with Black Wallpaper Motif is beautiful!

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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber!

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April B said...

Screen Printed Jersey Scarf in Pink

beautiful said...

Set of 4 screen-printed napkins-Sage with Teal Green Leaf Motif. This is my choice. Simple and sweet. laili11harun@yahoo.com

beautiful said...

I'm a subscriber. laili11harun@yahoo.com

Rebecca R. said...

I like the screen printed jersey scarf in light green heather with dark teal print.
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Rebecca R. said...

I am a subscriber.
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britt farris said...

i love love love the Barbie Braid Signed Digital Photo!
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britt farris said...

subscriber!
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Kate said...

I am overwhelmed by how much I love everything Michelle has made! I think I'll go with the super stationary set so I could have a variety of designs!

kisigler@gmail.com

Kate said...

Subscriber!

rosannepm said...

Looking Up-Original Oil Painting is my favorite from her shop
rosans4@comcast.net

rosannepm said...

I'm a subscriber
rosans4@comcast.net

Aprilshowers said...

I love the Brown Flower photo.

Aprilshowers said...

I am also a subscriber.

philstacy said...

I like the calendar

Anonymous said...

I like the Set of 4 screen-printed napkins-Red with Black Leaf Motif

billlubi@cox.net

sexxigeek said...

e gee, thanks cards- so retro and cute, both adjectives i wished could describe every last object i use and own.
kfarris2@horizon.csueastbay.edu

sexxigeek said...

thank goodness, i am now a subscriber.

Deedles said...

Peacock Enclosure Cards in Fuchsia and Teal is my favorite.

wwe11 said...

I like the red poppies! Thanks for the chance to win.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Veronica said...

Just love the red poppies! Thanks for a great giveaway :)

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