Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hero's Welcome

Long ago, in the faraway land of 1997 Mattel factories, there was a golden age of Hercules doll production and extraordinary Megara toys. But one set of the rarest and most elusive of those dolls was the Legends of Love Gift Set.

But what is the measure of their rarity? Now this is where our story begins: a young Hercules collector, avidly awaiting a chance to complete her Hercules doll collection, who was lucky enough to get the Megara from the gift set in near mint condition on eBay.

Lo and behold, many months later, the collector was able to find the Hercules doll from the gift set, as well!

The two were thrilled to reunite.

The different shades of blue in their outfits are just lovely.

The two photograph beautifully together.

I am so thrilled to own these two dolls!

I hope these pictures brighten up your Wednesday!

Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

If you've been following this blog for a while, you probably know that I'm a collector of Molly McIntire's collection and that one of my goals in life is to own a complete collection of her items someday.

My absolute grails from her collection are her Route 66 dress and her Victory Garden dress. AND LO AND BEHOLD... I GOT HER ROUTE 66 DRESS WITH HAT!

Molly looks absolutely lovely in her new blue dress.

I love the floral buttons!

The hat is so cute!

I am ridiculously excited about this outfit.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Doll Craft Tutorial: Make an AG Sized Laptop

It's time for another craft tutorial!

Step one: buy a plastic credit card wallet. I think I got mine at Walmart for about $3.

Step two: pull out the plastic credit card holder.

Your wallet should now look like this.

Step four: go online and find pictures of a laptop keyboard and various computer screens. Scale them down to size and print.

Step five: cut out screen(s) and make sure it (they) fits (fit) in the top of your laptop. DO NOT GLUE.

Step six: cut out keyboard, leaving spaces for the latch of the wallet and the hinge.

Test for fit.

Step seven: spread glue around edges of case.

Glue keyboard down.

That's it! Your computer is now complete. If you didn't glue down the screen, you can print other pictures to switch out so that your doll can browse online.

I printed out an article on Moana because Lindsey was entered in Miss AG Playthings and one of the themes was "rock."

Here's a picture of the laptop in action, which I used in the contest. Lindsey's photo even placed in the top 3 for the round!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Well Done, Sister Suffragette


Today, all around my country and all around the world women (and men) are gathering in protest.

Today, I know women who are marching on Washington to make their views known and, for better or for worse, to create history.

Today, I am reminded of women gone before, marching for political equality, unhindered by sex.

Today, I would like to take the time to thank some of my heroes.

Thank you, Ida B. Wells, as you crusade against lynching and fight for gender and racial equality.

Thank you, Alice Paul, for putting your life on the line as you lead a struggle for the enfranchisement of women in not one country but in both England and America.

Thank you, Lucy Burns, for leading and sacrificing with Alice in both countries and refusing to back down, even when abused and incarcerated.

Thank you, so many others, heroes sung and unsung, remembered and forgotten, fighting to gain a voice and a vote.

Thank you for opening doors so that we, your daughters' daughters, may continue the paths you began for us, paving the future.

Thank you all.

Well done, sister suffragette.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Travelling in Time and Space

Back in the 1960's, Doctor Who used a lot of scale models. Now they mostly use CGI, although some models are still created. I know they used a scale model for the destruction of Big Ben in a 2005 episode, for example.

I thought it would be fun to experiment with that idea and a small, appx 4 inch tall TARDIS figure I have. Which picture do you think is the most convincing?

Have a good weekend, everybody!