Saturday, January 13, 2018

What I Got For Christmas

  I'm not gone! I'm still here. I've just been taking a break. You may have read me say I have been having some health concerns, but I think it's stress. I'm still having problems, but I'm feeling better. I'm not going into it more, because this is my happy place.
  Meanwhile,it's freezing again. the day before yesterday it was in the high 50's,(Fahrenheit.). yesterday our street looked like this.




  It's even deeper today.
  I was so busy over Christmas, that for the first year since I've been doing the blog I didn't find time to do my Christmas list. (Fortunately for me,Ken shopped my Ebay watching list!) So, I'm going to post my birthday wish list this year. My birthday is in March, so Ken will have some time. I'll be working on that. In the meantime,here's what I got for Christmas.
  I'll save the most 'doll' gift for another post in a day or two.
   So,first of all,I finally got the Target elves I've been wanting for the past few years,ever since Emma got one. (You can see Emma's on his Doll-A-Day post HERE.)



I got the girl too! These were from Ken. I did more than hint when we were shopping at Target,so he couldn't help but know I wanted them.
Ivy made me a vase in her ceramics class and bought me this Fozzie Bear.



He's about 10" tall. Good,isn't he?
I also got plenty of movies. These were from Ken.


And these were from Emma.


Plus Ken got me these boxed sets I've been after for years.

The original "Poldark",which was my version of a soap opera during my teens.
Ken got me the new Neil Finn,(Ex-Crowded House and Split Enz),album,on vinyl,just like I wanted.


He also got me some reading material.


Ken also got me the Shirley Temple stamp I only recently found out had been made,and these new old cards to replace some of the cards in my childhood 'Touring' game that are starting to fall apart,since ken and I play it all the time.

They're old, but they're still sealed,because ken knows how OCD I am about used things,(In spite of owning so many old,used things!)

My friend Lori got me a Wizard of Oz calendar,a t-shirt,and a joke gift.(Those are political, so I'll keep it to myself.)


  I got some sweets from Ken's sister Diane,including Italian Nougat,and vanilla biscuits. I got a giant box of my favourite chocolates,Russell Stover,and some Tootsie Roll hot chocolate from Ken. (The hot chocolate was sadly disappointing.)


Ken's sister Gloria gave me some insulated socks.


Emma also got me some cute socks.


A Beatles t-shirt.


And some Whittard's Cherry Bakewell Biscuits.


And she also got me this Funko Batman Bookworm figure.

The Bookworm was played by one of my favourite actors since I was 7 years old,Roddy McDowall.



The figure is a pretty good likeness.



  This is a small figure. You may have seen my larger Batman Bookworm figure by Figures Toy Co.  HERE.
  Fuzz and his girlfriend Shanna got me this nutcracker and a new sewing box with sewing goodies inside.


 There were a few other stray items. The next time we'll see the one real doll doll I got.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #365:Shrunken Sunday:Littlest Pet Shop Blythe

  This is our last doll of the year, and the very last Doll-A-Day for a while at least! I suppose I should have been prepared with an extra special doll,but with Christmas,my back trouble,my friend's heart troubles, and some of my own,plus everything else that's been going on, I didn't even think  of that! I hope nobody is disappointed!
   She should have been yesterday's doll,and part of the Shrunken Saturday posts. She's just going to have to be a Shrunken Sunday instead.


She's a Littlest Pet Shop Blythe.


She's a fitting one for me to have because she's 'Fabulously Vintage',and so
 are most things I like.


She's dressed for a party,so I guess it's a New year's Party


She's only 4" tall.



Blythe originally appeared in the 60's, as much larger dolls,(They can wear Skipper sized clothes.)


While this little girl has plain  inset eyes, the original Blythe dolls had large eyes that could change colour by spinning to a different eye side with the pull of a string located on their backs.


Those Blythes are super collectible (and expensive!) these days,as are the more recent remakes. I'll stick with this girl!


As with the full size Blythe dolls, this kid has one big head!



It makes her top heavy. She couldn't stand on those tiny little feet with that head, even if she had her missing shoes!


Once again I'm using my really cool "Matrix" staircase. I love this thing!



 I originally intended this post for the day Ken and I went to Tiffin for Ken to see his all time favourite, Olivia Newton John,in concert.(We only got one ticket because A: I wanted him to have the best seat possible,which meant that, at almost $100,we couldn't get two like that! and B: She has never been my thing at all, so it would have been wasted on me anyway, and he might as well get the most out of it.) As it happened, we went into a collectibles shop, and they had this very doll,in her box no less.


   So, this marks the end of this year's Doll-A-Day. I'll still be around, and plan to do a Doll-of-the-Week. You just won't see me every day...unless I decide to do this again sometime!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Doll-A-Day 2017 #364:Libby Littlechap

  I have just realized that I have been a day off since day 322! I noticed when I had no days left numerically, and yet I was not on New Year's eve. I've corrected the numbers now.
  We're almost out of 2017 posts! Tomorrow is the last day of the year. Before we run out,today's doll is this girl.


She's Libby Littlechap.


She's part of the Littlechap family,made by Remco in 1964.


Libby is the youngest child of Doctor John Littlechap, and his wife Lisa.

 

Their older daughter is Judy, who is apparently a teenager.


The Littlechaps are a weird bunch of dolls. They are much larger than Barbie and friends, or even Tammy's family. Libby is supposed to be 10 years old,and she measures 10 1/4" tall. So you can imagine how tall the doctor is.


They all have broad stances and arms that stand out at their sides in a weird way.


Libby has a ponytail and bangs.



The Littlechaps were supposed to represent a Kennedy-like family,(and were pulled after President Kennedy's assassination),and yet, while the Kennedy's had a very young son and  daughter and were known for their (supposed) attractiveness, the Littlechaps have two older daughters and are really strange looking.

Look at those faces. They're like The Aliens Next Door.

Seriously,what is the deal with Libby?


The Littlechaps were sold in terrycloth wraps.

How come only the Doc gets a real robe?!

That kind of limited their play value. They were also available as dressed dolls,so who was going to buy the bathrobe dolls? Who wants to buy a naked,or might as well be naked,doll,and then have to put out more money to buy clothes for it because it's such a weird size it can't share clothes with any of your other dolls,which you are more likely to have because they are more popular,(And don't look like some other planet's idea of what humans look like)?!


They did have some nice, well made clothes though. Well,he was a doctor. They had money.
I will give The Littlechaps this,there were some nice playsets sold to go with them.


Their 'family room' looks more like it could be one of the girls' bedrooms.

Oh. I guess there was a reason for that.

Check this out.The doctor's office counts as a 'furnished room' in their house. I guess the doctor works out of their house.

Speaking of the doctor's office, it is great! I want this thing!


This looks so much like the doctor's office I went to as a kid,right down to the checked tile floor,(My doctor's was black and white though.),except where is the swivel stool? That's the best part of any doctor's office decor!
I ended up with Libby because she was in a load of auction stuff.

 

She isn't a doll I would have bought on purpose, and yet, I have kept her and plan on buying her outfit because, not only was she naked when I got her,but this is pretty much the same outfit I had as a kid!

Her hat is not a hat,but more of an ear muff thing I guess.
There are some slight differences, like my red and blue plaid coat had a hood,and my school bag had red and blue plaid on the front of it,but otherwise,she's wearing my clothes and carrying my school bag. Plus I had red snow boots at one point, but they had buckles on the sides. I wore some ugly brown boots with my plaid coat though.One thing Libby avoids with her coat that I had to deal with? When she turns her head it doesn't go into a stiff polyester hood that doesn't turn with her so she can't see!


  I missed getting a really affordable lot with Libby's red velvet dress and the winter coat,hat, boots,mittens, and school bag. Since then I have been watching for another lot. But nothing has come up that has the combination of clothing and price I want.

 

I was holding out doing this post on Libby until I had snow and the coat. No coat so far, but we definitely have snow!
 

 There is a load of it! So Libby has had to resort to borrowing this vintage Hong Kong red velvet coat and hand made knitted tam o' shanter.



The sleeves are a bit short for her. That's because she has long monkey arms!
  Tomorrow is our last day for every day posting.Check out our final doll of the year then.