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Happy 30th, Ren & Stimpy!

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30 years ago today, on August 11, 1991,  The Ren & Stimpy Show premiered on Nickelodeon.  It was one of the three original "Nicktoons," along with the shows Rugrats and Doug.  I have been a fan of the show since I was in my tweens.  My first exposure to the cartoon was the "Kilted Yaksmen Anthem," the lyrics to which I can still recite by heart nearly 30 years later.    John Kricfalusi, the show's creator -- along with his animation studio Spumco -- was fired from the show in 1992 among missed production deadlines and controversy about the show's content.  The show was then taken over by Games Animation, Nickelodeon's in-house animation studio.  To be honest, I prefer the Spumco episodes over the later ones.  To me, there is just something that is lacking in the Games shows.   I do have some Ren & Stimpy collectibles in my room. One of my favorite material possessions -- though not my first one!  An original cel of the Tooth Beaver from "Ren

Dolls redux

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Hello again, dear readers!  I hope your summer is going well.  As it turns out, mine has been the summer of dolls.  I have acquired so many that the shelf I posted about in my last post is no longer adequate and I had to get something bigger. I got this shelf at Walmart, in the hardware section.  It is actually a shelf for garage storage.  I was concerned about the shelf being able to accommodate my 16 inch dolls (on the second shelf) and I have a doll collecting friend who has a similar shelf, so I asked her to measure hers so I'd have a ballpark idea of what I had to work with.  Thanks, Sharon! This is the top shelf.  I had to do a DIY job on the little Japanese lady next to Jackie Kennedy -- one of the tuning pegs was missing on her guitar (which I probably wouldn't have noticed at all if I wasn't a huge guitar nerd).  I noticed that the peg looked much like the head of a Q-tip so I colored the head of a Q-tip with a Sharpie marker and glued it on.  Problem solved!   Sec

Doll display/storage

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This blog is still fairly new, but I think my love of porcelain dolls is well-documented.  I've been acquiring them through Facebook Marketplace and thrift stores, and it was getting to the point where I needed a space to store/display them. I was inspired by a friend on Facebook who recently posted pictures of her new shelving for her own doll collection.  So what I ended up doing was purchasing a 3-shelf Mainstays bookcase from Walmart.  At only $29.97 (before taxes), I couldn't beat the price.  Assembly was required but was very easy and hardware was included.  I didn't bother installing the middle shelf so my dolls would fit. Here are some more pictures! The top two shelves are for strictly dolls; the bottom houses most of my Steiff animal collection. So yes, I definitely recommend these bookcases if you're looking for shelving or a place to store books.  (And no, this is not a sponsored post.)

Anne!

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 In my last post about doll collecting I mentioned my porcelain Anne of Green Gables doll, which I also thrifted several years back.  Here she is! I have loved the Anne of Green Gables series of novels -- which were written by Lucy Maud Montgomery and the first novel was published in 1908 -- since I was very young.  I also grew up watching the 1985 television movie adaptation with Megan Follows as Anne.  (The most recent adaptation, Anne with an E on Netflix, is also quite good in my opinion.)   I found this porcelain doll at Value Village several years ago.  She is complete but it was very clear that someone -- most likely a child -- had messed with her hair.  So I put her hair back into the signature pigtail braids and she is as good as new.  I did some research on this doll and discovered that she was made in the studios of Anne of Green Gables Heritage Design for a company called Avonlea Traditions. I adore her and have her on display on top of a cabinet in my studio.  I also plan

Lovely Miss Elizabeth

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As noted previously, I am a thrift store junkie.  I love to thrift stuffed animals (as evidenced by my earlier post about the teddy bears) but one thing that I really haven't thrifted much are dolls.  Which is strange because I absolutely love dolls, and have ever since I was a child.  I have an Anne of Green Gables porcelain doll that I thrifted which I absolutely cherish, though.  (Maybe she'll be the subject of a future post!) I love to browse the knick-knacks section at Value Village, and next to that section of the store are the dolls.  I wasn't really paying attention to the dolls, but I did see a flash of white on the bottom shelf which piqued my interest.  I investigated further and found this beauty. She is simply one of the most beautiful dolls I have ever seen.  I did some research and she is an Ashton-Drake Galleries porcelain bride doll from 1994.  Her name is Elizabeth and she is from the "From This Day Forward" collection.  Phil Tumminio was the art

Rockin' the buzz

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  I recently buzzed my head!  How does it make me feel?  Strangely liberated.  I think that every woman should experience this at one point or another in their life.  It also feels great that it only takes about a minute to wash my hair now instead of the several minutes it took when my hair was long. I used Remington clippers which come with a set of guards.  For this cut, I used a #1 (3 mm) guard.  I basically went around my entire head but I did have to enlist my mother to help me with the back.  I also have a pair of hair cutting scissors so once that was done I took the scissors and trimmed up any places I missed. Other tips:  If you are buzzing your hair for the first time, go longer.  You can't replace hair that you've already cut but you can always go shorter if that's what you want.  Also, wear an old t-shirt.  You are going to be covered in picky little hairs, and that's annoying.  Doff the shirt once you're done cutting.  Finally, keep your clippers clean

My collie collection (so far...)

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I love collie dogs, and have ever since I was a little girl watching The New Lassie.  Unfortunately, I am not currently able to have a collie, mainly because I live next to a major highway and there is simply too much risk of puppo getting hit on the road and killed.  So I have decided to surround myself with lovely collie things!  I started collecting a few months back and so far have amassed a decent sized collection, most of it coming from local antique shops and thrift stores. Here is my collection! This antique collie cross-stitch came from eBay.  I do not have the patience to do cross-stitching myself, so it was nice to find one that was ready made.   This plush Lassie also came from eBay.  I believe she was a tie-in with The New Lassie TV series. This 1948 calendar came from a local antique store and is what "flipped the switch" on my collecting collie things.  All the months are intact on the calendar pad and I had it custom framed at my local framing shop.  Also on t