Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Can you guys believe it?  We are just about to call it a wrap on 2010.  It just feels like we just called it a wrap on 2009.  This year literally flew by.  When I think back on this year I think about all the things I’ve learned about myself and about life in general.  I think about all the people whom I have met in the past year and have also said good bye to.  I think about all the plans I made…and then didn’t see thru. Sad smile  I think about all the plans I made, and did actually see thru. Smile  I think of how my health has changed for the better by giving up gluten but also for the worst with acid reflux.  I think about how I was blessed to have another year with my family and friends being happy and healthy.  And I think about how fast time just passed and how I just didn’t have time to grasp all the happened this year.  Most of it is still on my mind and probably will be by the time I remember to start writing 2011 on everything.  But mostly what I think about right now on New Year’s Eve is how this year has given me a new appreciation for life and to respect it and not take it for granted and try to live it the best way you can.  This is our one life, no dress rehearsals and no repeats, so we need to try to get this as close to golden as we can.

This New Year’s Eve is the first one that I’ve experienced where I was looking forward to the ball dropping and doing the year all over again.  I promised myself to look forward to the new year from now on as something full of possibilities and great things.  I hope that will be the case for me as well as for all of you who have joined me on my crazy journey this past year.  May 2011 be a year of great wealth and discovery for us all.  Take care tonight everyone if you are going out or even if you are staying in.  Drink responsibly, don’t eat to much, enjoy time with family and friends, and just have fun.  It’s a brand new year people!!!  And it’s gonna be one great year.  Smile

See you in 2011!!!

Loves ya,

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I knew it wouldn’t last long.

Hey guys, I’m back.  Yeah, somehow I knew last night when I posted my last entry something would come up that I would want to post about.  My sister told me this morning about the website Gawker Media being hacked into and millions of logins and passwords being stolen and posted in a file on The Pirate Bay.  Some of the sites affected were Etsy and Twitter.  So if you are on those sites you might want to go ahead and change your passwords on those site.  Now here is a site that will tell you if your account is one of the ones affected.  And if you don’t know you info you can go here to find it.  If anything, it could just be time for a freshening up of your passwords to take away all worries.  Just wanted to pass this info on to you.  I hope none of you were affected.  Check your emails as some of the sites affected have been sending emails out to their users to let them know they might have been affected.  Bye for now…again.

Loves ya,

Back in the new year.


Hey guys, I just wanted to pop on real quick to let you all know I am still alive, I’m just dealing with trying to get into better health right now.  I think I need to focus on that for a couple of weeks to get a good habit going when it comes to dieting and whatnot, but not keeping up with my blog is a stress hovering over my head.  I’m so far behind on comments and I just can’t seem to feel well enough to get organized for stay focused long enough to do that and other such stuff I want to do.  So I have decided to take a blogging break until the new year.  I just want to get things going in a better direction with my health so I can make next year a much better year.  I’ve got big plans and I need to be in good health to carry them out.  So I leave you all for now to focus on that.  I’ll still be around however, reading your blogs, mostly lurking for now, but I will be there.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year.  And I’ll see you all in 2011!!!  Smile  Bye for now and take care.

Loves ya…and will miss ya,

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hoarders: Jim and Susan

So a couple of weeks ago my friend told me about the Hoarders episode with a woman who had a ton of dolls, thanks Sarah, and well I made some funny comment about it and mentally planned to watch it.  Well I forgot about it until now and went to go see if it was on the A&E website.  It wasn’t.  But with some super sleuthing I found it.  I thought maybe some of you would like to watch it.  It’s close to 45 minutes long, but interesting.  Have a look.


Liv doll sale on

Hey guys, as the title says, there is a special 2 doll special on  You can pick any two of the Liv: After School Cool dolls and get them both together for 10 dollars.  Now this is not 10 dollars each, this is 10 dollars total for both of them together.  Of course there is shipping if you have sent to your home and tax, but that’s a pretty good deal on these dolls since they are originally 13 dollars each and you are getting two for 10.  I have the Hayden doll, bought from Amazon, but if I had known about the sale I would have bought her and another doll through this sale.  Maybe if it’s still going at the end of the year I will grab two more dolls.  Next year I have a feeling I will be buying a lot more dolls but also selling and donating a lot of dolls as well, so I feel I can end the year on a doll purchase know some of my vinyl peeps will be leaving me next year.  But if you are in the market for some Liv dolls or some body donors check out the sale.  Bye for now peeps.

Loves ya,

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Coming out of hiding just to say hi.

Hey guys, so I am still here.  Still dealing with the death of my furbaby.  I think to myself I’m dealing with it fine, I knew she was sick and knew death would be the best thing for her in the end.  She was so weak and so sick and wasn’t eating any more.  So yeah it was best that she passed away, but it still hurts.  I still have her cage in my room because it needs to be cleaned and put away.  I keep telling myself it’s because I’m being lazy about it, but I really feel it’s because that makes it so final.  Seeing her empty cage and looking into it and seeing she isn’t there is what makes the tears start up again.  It’s really time to clean up the cage and put it into storage and finally give myself some peace.  I know she’s fine, wherever it is she may be, and if I’m really lucky I’ll get to see her again.  Who would have thought a little tuff of fur could crawl so deep into your heart and make itself at home there?

Well other than that I've been keeping myself busy looking for a knit doll bodice pattern.  I’ve found a few, one that I’ve used before, but when I knit it up now it’s very tight and I don’t want to use a thicker yarn so I am thinking maybe a slightly bigger needle but it make the top see-thru and that’s just not settling right in my “needs to be as close to realistic as possible” mind.  I want a tight knit, so I guess I need to go up in yarn thickness, add two of the same yarns together when I knit, or add a strip of fabric to the back of the knitted fabric to act as lining.  Ahh!!!  I don’t really like any of those options but I need to try something so I can get back to making some dresses.  I’ve realized I don’t have time to make any dresses in time for Christmas so I am just going to focus on Winter and Spring wear and take some time working up some guy clothing patterns instead of stressing over Christmas stuff.  Hey, am I the only one that is not getting the Christmas spirit this year?  I just don’t feel it.  I’m like “meh” whatever when I think about it.  I mean our tree is sitting in the living room half decorated and no one is rushing to finish it.  I want to finish it but my sister is always busy with work and when she’s off she wants to spend it gaming and whatnot.  I’m thinking of going down there and putting up some ornaments on the tree now since I’ve wanted to do that for a week now.  *sigh*  See what I mean?  It’s just all “meh” around here.

Humm, so anything else I’ve been doing?  Oh yeah, I tried to give my ADG Blythe doll a boiling water hair dip to try to tame her frizzies and it didn’t work.  Still frizzy like crazy.  I’m thinking I will have to do the much feared and get her a Coolcat cap and root it with some nice saran doll hair and then take her cap off, that will be damaged after removal, and put on the new cap.   But once I take her cap off I might want to try to saw into her head and see about fixing her gaze and maybe giving her new eyelashes if her old ones come out easily, which I’ve been hearing mixed reviews on.  I just haven’t done it already because she was a gift from my parents for when I lost 75 pounds.  I’ve since put back on about 40 of those pounds.  Sad smile  So guess what they got me?  Another incentive.  I believe I blogged about it before.  Two vintage dolls that I will get once I lose a large sum of weight.  *sigh*  I just wish I could lose a small sum of weight, but that’s a whole other story that I will get into at a later time.  But back to my doll, her hair is a mess and I don’t want to cut it.  So I am thinking of just dealing with the frizz.  I mean my hair is frizzy so why should I judge her for having frizzy hair, right?  So frizzy it is and who knows, maybe frizzy it will stay.  I’ve wanted to fix her hair because I want to finally take pictures of my dolls in the dresses I’ve made.  I need to set up a nice set for them to take pictures in.  I was thinking a Christmas set, but once again I don’t think I’ll be done in time for Christmas.  I’m still working on a logo.  Sad smile  I thought I had it figured out but I don’t, so yeah.  But I’ve gotten some good advice from “C” of Smidehouse and so I’m going to try tinkering around with my dolls and dresses and see if I can get a decent looking logo.  Fingers crossed tight.

But that’s about all I wanted to talk about today.  I will try to be around more often.  I need to check on my comments still, and just get back to everyone.  This year has just been a crap one on staying on top of everything with being sick, to dealing with crap people, to losing a pet, to still trying to heal myself from years of accidentally self-inflicted abuse…gluten.  That and weight has just turned my poor body into a trash heap.  Does anyone remember Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock?  You know I just went to find a video of her and I didn’t realize the Trash Heap had an accent until today.  LOL!  What accent is that people?  It almost sounds like a northern US accent. Weird, and I LOVED Fraggle Rock so that is super weird I didn’t notice that.  And umm, was her name Marjory?  Wow, I so need to go back and look at this show now that I’m an adult.  I’m sure I’d view it in a different light.  But yeah check out the video to see what I am talking about.  And isn’t it creepy how she always settled back into herself when she was done passing on her words of wisdom?  Or is that just me?  LOL!  But yes, what I have done to my body for most of my life has turned me into a living and breathing trash heap and I think it’s time to clean out the trash and become less of a heap and become healthy.  My dad was told today to lose 40 pounds, so he wants to go the gluten free route because it’s mostly healthy eating due to not being able to eat a lot of processed food.  I don’t think my mom is all for that yet, but she recently got me a Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies book and it sounds really interesting so I may have her singing another tune soon enough.

Well I was trying not to make this a novel, but too late.  I guess I just love to write and can’t help myself.  *sigh*  I’m off to attack that tree and try to do some cleaning up and sorting through my crafty supplies.  I’m thinking again about trying out the forum thing again.  My last one died because I was at a point where I was to sick to focus on it and to bring it to life.  I want to try it again and this time make it more than just a forum to talk about your dolls and toys.  I want to have swaps, challenges, selling on the site, auctions on the site, scheduled chats on the site, and just make it a fun gathering place for all kinds of doll and toy lovers and hobbyists.  While I love going to the forum for specific dolls, sometimes I’d like a place where you can share all your possessions in one place.  So I am going to attempt it again.  I think will be doing a name change on the forum, not sure, well see in the new year.  Everything is being put off until Jan. 1, 2011.  The rest of this year is simply for organization only.  Once I am organized then I can finally focus on carrying out all the things I want to do.  Oh I have a craft book review coming up that I think may be of interest to some of you, so look forward to that.  Ok, now this really turned into a novel.  I will talk to all your peeps later.  Be good until then.

“The Trash Heap has spoken!  Nyeah!”

Loves ya,
Mouse a.k.a. The Trash Heap Winking smile

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

R.I.P. Furginia. :-(

R.I.P. Furginia


The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... 

Author unknown...


Furginia was the first pet I bought from my own money.  I had to beg my mom to let me get her and then she had to beg my dad.  LOL!  They both gave in, I did tons of research on ferrets, and then one day before I work I went and plunked down almost 200 dollars for a baby ferret that kept biting me while I held her.  LOL!  My mom and I stopped by the pet store so I could get her some stuff and when I came back out my mom’s finger was bleeding because Furginia bit her because she was trying to touch her.  My mom said, and I quote “I could never love anything like this.”  Yeah, Furginia became her grandbaby and was smothered with hugs and kisses by the woman.  LOL!  Furginia was loved by everyone and was the sweetest thing.  She grew to trust is and was the princess of the family.  She will be greatly missed and forever loved by us all.  She’d been sick for a while and I did some research and learned she had something that couldn’t be healed.  So I choose to make her comfortable and decided that if she ever showed she was in pain I’d do the right thing and have her put to sleep.  She never showed that.  She was still herself up to the very end.  I found her curled up next to her favorite toy this morning, she thankfully passed in her sleep.  I love this little girl so much and I will forever miss her.  It will really hit me when the cage is out of my room tonight.  If you have animals give them an extra hug and kiss today for me and let them know they are loved.

I’ll talk to you all soon.  Bye for now.

Loves ya,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Where have I been?


Seriously, where have I been?  I just today learned that Joe Tai passed away back in September.  Sad smile  I remember when I first got into fashion dolls Joe Tai’s boots were one of the things I coveted.  And then when I learned about his dolls they too were added to my list of things I desperately wanted.  It’s so sad to learn of a talented person so young passing away.  It makes you realize how short life is and how you can’t waste your precious time here on Earth because you just never know.  Rest in peace Joe Tai, you will never be forgotten.

Loves ya,

Sunday, December 5, 2010

50% off of select girls toys on

Hey all, as the title says, there is a 50% off sale on today.  I’m not sure how long it will be for.  I just got the email literally like a minute ago.  So I just wanted to pop on and tell you guys.  It’s like two pages of stuff but the stuff is a lot of dolls.  A lot of the Liv dolls are half off.  Of course not the one I want.  They have all the outdoors Liv dolls on sale except for Hayden.  So either her sale inventory got bought out or she wasn’t put on sale.  *sigh*  Which is ok.  I keep missing sales anyway so it won’t bother me to pay full price.  I might get in on this deal for one doll and maybe a book or something.  I don’t know yet.  But I hope someone out there who reads this can take advantage of the deal.  They have those new Moxie dolls on sale and that is very interesting to me.  I’m curious about them but not enough to pay full price.  But half price is another think all together.  LOL!  Ok, talk to you all later.  I’m gonna catch up on some Shaytards then hit the hay for a few hours.  I spent all night working on the 10 dresses I sewed up like two months ago.  I finally embellished all but one of them since I liked it as is.  I think they all turned out nice and will be going up for sale soon.  I think I will open the shop with a sale for the holidays since I am so late in getting things done.  We’ll see.  Ok, talk to you all soon, bye for now.

Loves ya,

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I dare you not to cry.

Ok guys, so I was on Facebook today and one of the peopled I am friended to on FB posted this video with the caption asking why it made her cry.  I had to know so I watched it and I am still sniffling.  Quick backstory, it’s this little boy’s birthday and he’s opening his gifts with his family filming it.  This is one of the first good birthdays he’s had in years since he’s mostly been in the hospital.  So his parents decided they were going to give him a great birthday to be remembered.  His reaction to their gift is priceless and if you don’t cry you need to take a hairdryer to that lump of ice in your chest stat.  Ok, enjoy the video.

Touching right?  I hope he has managed to stay out of the hospital and is still enjoying his Xbox 360.  Smile  Ok, I’m off, talk to you all soon.

Loves ya,

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Two videos of epic proportions!

Hey guys, so I wanted to make a quick post about two videos.  One I had been meaning to post about and one I just found today.

This first video I learned about on Melly Kay’s blog.  I wanted to repost it for those who may not know of read her blog.  It has a Blythe doll in a music video, and not only is that cool but the song and video are pretty cool too.  Take a look.

This next video I learned about through =3 on Youtube.  This is a cat fight of epicness.  I hope that they eventually quit and went their own ways, but this video is such an awesome capture of their fight.  Take a look.

So yeah, that’s about it all peeps.  I’m off.  I have a busy day tomorrow of catching up on emails, comments, and other such things that got pushed to the side due to Nano, sickness, oh yeah and researching what to make for freaking Thanksgiving.  That mess was hard.  But now it’s all said and done and for Thanksgiving I have decided to make it simple or cook wayyyy in advance.  Talk to you all tomorrow.

Loves ya,

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nanowrimo 2010, it’s a wrap!

Nanowrimo 2010 Winner

I did it!!! And with 22 minutes to spare!!!  I didn’t think I would be able to do it.  I was over 30k behind on my words and wrote roughly 25k of those today.  Oh my God I am so proud of myself of pushing through and doing it. This month through some curveballs at me.  Oh, I glutened myself again on accident because I read the label and thought the product was safe but when I felt sick I checked out the product more closely and found it’s produced on machinery that has gluten on it.  It’s pay to not research.  So I am healing from that, but I forced myself to finish this Nano. I would have been so upset if I didn’t finish this.  I have several short stories instead of one long novel, but it’s meant to all meld into a novel.   But I know it’s crap and I will toss it, but it helped me speed up my typing time and it helped me learn more about my writing and this is why I do Nano, to learn more about myself and my writing.  I’m glad it’s over for another 365 days and I plan to go back to my regular writing and I hope to pick up writing every day as I have learned I get better with practice.  So yeah, I wanted to share my awesome win with you guys as well as bid a farewell to the end of November 2010.  I learned so much this month about myself and just things in general and I will say while I was sick most of the month I don’t regret a single day of it.  Well I’m off now.  Typing 25k in one day is exhausting.  I will talk to you tomorrow.  Oh and don’t forget your rabbits ok.  Smile  Bye for now.

Loves ya,

Monday, November 29, 2010

Have you met Andy Mills?

So I was hunting around the web today looking for the price of Doll Reader, I got a gift certificate to spend at Barnes&Noble and I was thinking of getting a Doll Reader.  So I went to the website to get an idea on the price and saw on there front page about Tonner’s new doll named Andy Mills.



Sunday, November 28, 2010

I will return to you soon.

Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know that I am focusing on finishing my Nano right now.  This month threw me off so bad with Nano, it’s almost over, and I haven’t even hit 30000 words yet!  Ack!  But I believe I can knock this out by today or tomorrow actually.  So I will be busy until the end of the month then it’s back to dolls and blogging and interacting with you all.  I know I could just give up on Nano, it’s not like we win anything, but I would be so disappointed in myself.  So I am determined to do this.  So yeah, I shall return to you in a couple of days.  Be good until then.  Smile

Loves ya,

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The things you find on Craigslist. *A doll post!*

So I know I haven’t posted much on the hobby as of late.  I just have been dealing with my own personal stuff and would rather post on my own doll stuff than stuff that’s already been posted about several times.  But today my friend Sarah send me a link to something on Craigslist that I just had to share.

So Sarah was looking around at the different ads on CL and suddenly came back with a “OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!”.  I was curious what was up.  She called me in order to hear my response to the ad.  So I clicked on it.  There were two small blurry pictures of dolls.

Ok, nothing out of the ordinary really.  Somebody selling a big lot of Barbie dolls.  So what, right?  Well then I looked at the asking price.  2000 dollars!!!  I kid you not.  Take a look at the ad here.  I’m showing you that one because the number is messed up by two numbers and I really don’t want people calling “Dan” and asking him what he’s smoking.  LOL!  So me and my friend had a good laugh over this until she hit me with another “Omggggggggg!!!”  She sent me another link.  It was an older ad for the dolls that wanted 2500 dollars!!!  LOL!  Ummm, ok.  Yeah once again we had a good laugh…until she hit me with ANOTHER “Omgggggggggg!!!”  LOL!  Seeing a trend here?  Well it was a link to another older ad for the dolls.  This one was one of three that were posted all asking for the same asking price of 3000 dollars!!!  For a set of 55 used dolls.  Wow.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I can understand if the person is trying to raise money for surgery or something as equally important and they are trying to do it through the dolls.  The dolls look like they are in good shape.  They are all dressed, some of them in the exact same outfits which I find kind of weird.  Most of them have shoes on which is seldom seen in used doll lots.  And while their hair needs brushing it still looks in good shape.  So it’s not like they are selling crap.  But do they really think they will get that much for all those dolls?  Honestly I’d be surprised if they got 100 dollars for the lot.  They are used dolls.  If anything they be bought for their clothes and experimenting by the doll community.  I am very curious about the high price for the dolls.  I also wonder what dolls those are.  And do you notice how a big bulk of them are red-headish brunettes?  Which is funny because for the last few years it’s been mostly blondes on the shelves.  Where did they get those dolls?  They don’t really look like Barbies even, so I am seriously wondering.  So what do you guys think?  Think it’s scam where you pay and don’t get the dolls?  Think these pictures are from an Ebay sale somewhere that they stole the pictures from?  Or think they are legit peeps just looking to make some money to help better their lives or make their kids Christmas happy…which I doubt or they wouldn’t be getting rid of their poor kids’ Barbie dolls!  LOL!

Ok, so I just wanted to share that with you.  Let me know what you guys think and I will talk to you all soon.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Loves ya,

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Be careful out there.

Black Friday sales have officially begun and I just want to wish those of you going out there a safe trip and I hope you find some awesome deals!

Loves ya,

I am thankful.

I’d like to share a little with you guys about the things I am thankful for on this special day.

I am thankful for my family.  Yes we like to put the fun in dysfunction, but I’m quickly learning that’s the majority of families if not all families.  So I am very thankful to still have the little bit of family I do have.

I am thankful for Ariel.  He’s such a beautiful person and the love of my life.  I’ve known him almost 12 years and I can’t imagine life without him and I hope I never have to.

I am thankful for my house.  It’s the house I have lived in most of my life.  I remember hating living here because I wanted to “get out” and move on, and etc.  Well now through observing my people in my life and seeing my current situation with my stomach issues and anxiety I am seeing how lucky I am to even have a place to call home.  There are so many people right now who don’t have a home and I could easily be one of them if my parents weren’t as loving as they are to not mind that I am still living at home while I am trying to get myself healthy again.  I pray and hope no one is out in the cold tonight…well except for those of you nutheads braving the stores in a couple of hours.  Winking smile  But yes I am so thankful for having a place I can call home no matter what.

I am thankful for food.  Even though I have had to give up most of the food I love, I still have an abundance of it at my fingertips while others may go a whole day without.  I would some day love to be able to help out one day by either donating to our local food bank or helping out at a soup kitchen one day.

I am thankful for my friends.  Without you guys I would be lost and alone.  I know that some of us aren’t as close as we used to be, but I still consider you my friend and am so grateful to know you.  I’m even thankful for the friends I no longer talk to because they have also helped form my life in some way.

I am thankful for you guys out there reading my blog.  It’s nice to know that someone out there finds my words interesting.  In the new year I will be organized enough so I can return the love more often than I do.  Big cyber hugs to you guys.

And last but not least, I am thankful for my blog.  This blog gives me an outlet to talk about things I find interesting to people who may actually be interested in hearing instead of those who listen just be nice.  Winking smile  My blog has been my way of reaching out to the world and I plan to make it even more so in the coming year.  I’ve got plans people.  Smile

Well that is just a small list of the things I am thankful for today.  I could go on, but I wanted to make it short and sweet.  I’ve got to return to cooking.  I had to put my bread in a the breadmaker, fingers crossed it’ll turn out good.  I’m off to work on my pie now.  Talk to you all soon.  Bye for now.  Smile.

Loves ya,

My favorite Black Friday commercial series.

Hey all, so I am sitting here watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and surfing the web and I keep coming across my favorite store’s commercials.  They crack me up every time I see them and I wanted to share some of them with you.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

I’m so jealous of this dog.  This is my first stuffing free Thanksgiving.  Oh I will miss you sweet sweet stuffing.  *tear*  Next year I will win you back my love.  This year I’ll be having mashed potatoes or just warm up a big sweet potato.  I’ll be making a pie, some special gravy, and some pumpkin biscuits.  I haven’t started anything yet, but I need to.  But I’m so tired.  Been up since 3 this morning because I was choking from this damn cold!!!  Ugh!!!  Guess I should get some sleep and then get up early and hit it before the turkey needs to go in.  *sigh*  Well peeps, I’m of.  I’m super tired.  Be safe during your journey over night and tomorrow and enjoy yummy food.  Smile  Bye for now.

Loves ya,

Monday, November 22, 2010

Obsession I can’t help but love.

Have you guys seen this?  This guy is too awesome not to love.  Check it out. I’m still in shock.  LOL!

Loves ya,

Dollhouse building with Darlybird.

picture source: link

Ok, so as some of you know, I’m desperately waiting for the day to come where I will be called mommy.  And during that wait I like to read mommy blogs and read their stories about how they raise their children…I consider it studying and note-taking while I am waiting.  Anyway, through one of these blogs I found my way to another mommy blog called Darlybird, where the lass/mommy who writes the blog decided last year to make a dollhouse for her little girls.  She first showed off the doll house which I really liked the look of.  She did pretty good considering she’s not a collector and she made a lot of stuff by hand by getting creative.  She then got some questions about how she made her dollhouse and decide to post how she came to make her house.  In one of her posts it kind of made me giggle how she came across “something called Re-ment” and she fell in love.  Remember when we all had that fall in love moment with Re-ment?   I know I do.  Smile  But yeah, she found them on Ebay and went to town with it.  She also did some shopping in thrift stores, dollar stores, and craft stores and created some very interesting pieces and interesting rooms.  I wanted to share her posts with you all, so feel free the click the links below to learn how she made the house in the picture above.

The Doll House
Preamble: The Dollhouse
Dollhouse Demystified--Part 1
Dollhouse Demystified --- Part 2
Dollhouse Demystified Part 3: RE-MENT
Dollhouse Demystified--- Part 4: Ideology and Clothing

In the first post about the dollhouse the mommy blogger mentioned that you could also make a “dollhouse” for your son too, and it got me to thinking.  How would you make a “dollhouse” for your son?  I was thinking you could make a military headquarters for them to play in, or a really neat car garage to play in.  But then again, I wouldn’t be against making an actual dollhouse for them, just with less pinks and focusing on more blues.  Maybe making a Ken doll or G.I. Joe a bachelor pad.  I think it would be fun and inventive to try to turn this around for a boy.  Smile

So the mommy of Darlybird mentions in her last post about the dollhouse that she didn’t want her daughters to play with Barbie, but when she was pregnant with her second daughter she came across the highly controversial Pregnant Midge doll all that changed.  She thought it would be fitting for her daughter to have the doll since she was pregnant and it would be a nice teaching aid showing her little one how her new sibling would come into the world, in Barbie terms of course.  Winking smile  She didn’t want her girls to play with Barbie because she worried about image issues and the lack of clothing Barbie tends to be “not” wearing.  So her and her hubby came up with an idea, to buy all their Barbie clothing from Etsy.  I think this is a great idea.  It helps to support the handmade movement, you will get better quality items, and you get more conservative and nicer looking items for your dolls.  I think if I have girls I will go this way too while also making them clothes for their dolls too.

So yeah, just wanted to share Darlybird’s dollhouse with you.  I think she did a great job and was very crafty and creative with it.  She wishes she could make another one this year because it was so fun.  I was thinking instead of making a new one maybe she could have modeled it.  Freshen things up or change things around or add to it.  I mean, I don’t see a closet in the house, and we all know Barbie has a wardrobe that would make Mariah Carey’s wardrobe look like…well mine.  LOL!  She could go all out purchasing new clothing for her daughter’s dolls and making a fancy walk-in closet for them.  She could also consider adding a garage to the house.  And the top of the house looks naked.  I bet it would look nice with a rooftop garden or patio.  So much potential there.  I really hope I have a girl or two who's into dolls.  But heck, even if she’s into G.I. Joe we are SO making a dollhouse together.  LOL!  Ok, talk to you all soon.  Bye for now.  Smile

Loves ya,

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The awesomeness of tilt-shift.

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So I’m sure you have all seen those cool pictures out there of places and people that look like dolls or miniatures but they are actual places and pictures that have just been manipulated to look so.  That manipulation is call tilt-shift.

So basically what happens is that the manipulation, or miniature faking, used with cameras and photo imaging software causes a blur to real life images, I’m assuming like if you were using a macro lens, and it makes the item you are taking a picture of look slight distorted and more like a miniature than a real like thing.  If you google tilt-shift you will get a lot of images people have taken and done such a thing to.  One of the first places I got introduced to tilt-shift is through Uniqlo’s online calendar.  If you have not checked that out, you have to, it’s so awesome.  I first heard of Uniqlo due to the cool screensaver with Asian women dancing…it’s not as bad as it sounds, you can find that through the site too.

But back to tilt-shift, I found this interesting since I love miniature scale and love how the picture make things look mini replicas or dollhouses even.  Now if you don’t have the interest of trying this yourself with your own camera or don’t have to know-how to do it, there are programs online that will do it for you.

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TiltShift Maker will take any picture, doesn’t have to be your own, and it with some pushes of some tabs you can make your own tilt-shift picture.  The pictures above are ones of an actual house I took from Google and manipulated with the TiltShift Maker tabs.  Try it out and see what you can come up with.  There can be people in the picture, it can be landmarks, or inside of buildings.  The only thing is the pictures tend to look better when you have a good distance between the camera and the focal point.

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Now this last one I had a little bit of fun with.  It’s of an actual dollhouse.  When I first saw the picture I had a second where I wondered if it was a real house or dollhouse.  When I saw it was a dollhouse I wondered if there was a way I could make it look distinctly like a dollhouse and not allow for second guessing.  I think I may have succeeded, not sure how the dollhouse creator would feel about that though.  LOL!

So yeah, I just wanted to share my new fascination as of late.  I know I am behind on a lot of things online, as usual, but I’ve been busy crafting and writing.  I am way behind on my Nano count and I wanted to be done by Thanksgiving.  I only have a few days left.  And it seems on Thanksgiving that is when my sister and I will finally get to see the new Harry Potter movie.  I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers, no not about the plot but of things added to the movie or how they did certain things, but I find it to be so hard to avoid.  Damn you popular franchise.  Can’t wait to see it.  Smile

Ok, I’m off people.  I have tons of writing to do, oh and I’m trying to get back into college and I need to get some forms signed for that as well.  Ugh!  Time is running out for everything!!!  *takes deep breath*  Don’t worry, I’ll be fine.  Just have a lot on my plate, and I’m not hungry but have to force myself to eat, if you get what I mean.  If I owe you a response to an email or comment, I’m super sorry and please know I will be getting back to you soon.  Next year my new year’s resolution is to become more organized and stay on top of things.  We’ll see how well that goes. Winking smile  Ok, talk to you lovelies later.  Smile

Loves ya,

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dollhouse Bookcase at Big Lots.

So I signed up to get notice from Big Lots when their fliers were coming out.  I get a sneak peek, and it seems they have another dollhouse book case for sale at 50 dollars.  Prices Valid 11/21/10 - 11/28/10. I know a lot of people found these bookcases interesting back in the day for the 1/6th dolls.  I personally see it as being to small, but some people may be able to work this for their dolls.  So just passing on the news to you.

Ok, and umm could someone explain one thing to me?  Why would anyone want a computer plug in christmas decoration?  I mean yeah I guess if you don’t have free outlets it would work for you, but umm…yeah.  Just seems odd to me.  Would anyone buy this?

Well in other doll news I have returned to the much neglected dresses.  I wanted to handwash them all and was so worried I’d mess them up that I didn’t do it.  Well I decided to suck it up and do it today and they are drying now.  They will need to be ironed tomorrow and then embelished.  Then I have six more dresses to make before next week.  And I’m still working through Nano.  Ahhhhh!!!  Oh and trying to plan my own Thanksgiving meal so I don’t starve.  Ughhhh!!!  Ok, I’m off people.  I am freaking starving now, which sucks.  I don’t want to eat, but my stomach as settled finally, but I don’t want to mess it up now.  Meh.  Ok.  More posts later.

Loves ya,

Happy Birthday to my sweetie!

So I know that technically this post is a day late, but I still wanted to make a post about it.  My baby love’s birthday was yesterday.  I feel so sad I couldn’t be with him.  I told him we WILL be together for his birthday next year and I was already planning it out.  I’m treating him to shopping, dinner, a movie, and I am going to bake him a cake.  Smile  He had to work today, and I believe he has worked on his birthday for the past couple of years, so he is due a nice birthday.  I would love to make these cupcakes for him.  Aren’t they awesome. Ok I would love to have one of them right now.  Oh well, it’s nice too look at.  My mom wonders why I look at the stuff knowing I can’t have it.  I tell her it’s food porn.  LOL!  She had a good laugh at that.  The shopping channels have been having this yummy looking crumble cake and she caught me watching one of the shows and that’s what made her ask.

But I just wanted to make this quick post.  My honey doesn’t read my blog, I don’t think he even remembers that I do blog, maybe he does.  But I wanted the world to know the man who makes me happy got another year older today.  Smile

Loves ya,