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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

Teddy, Terri, and T.J.

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What better for an inaugural post for this blog than a post about one of my favorite things in the whole wide world -- teddy bears!   I should preface this by saying that I am a thrift junkie.  I LOVE to thrift.  I am not able to do it currently because of the lockdown in Ontario but usually I am in my local Value Village at least once a week.  And I also love to research my items when I thrift them, as you'll see in this post. One thing I remember from my childhood are the Dave Nichol Insider's Report teddy bears.  I did not have these toys as a child (probably because I don't think there was a Loblaws supermarket in my area), but I knew others at school who did.  And one of the sections in Value Village that I love to check out are the stuffed animals.  So when I saw Teddy in the stuffed animal section several years ago, I knew that I had to have him.  About a month and a half ago, before the lockdown, I was lucky enough to thrift Teddy's wife, Terri!  However, I knew