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A new ghoul.

We did not go to that performance of Hamlet, nor do I have any intention of attending any of the upcoming performance. In all honesty, I’m not sure I’ll ever attend this Shakespeare festival.

Not only did the director modernize the play, but she abridged it and moved the ‘To be or not to be…’ speech to become the first lines you hear Hamlet utter. I’m rather sick of people having to butcher Shakespeare for a modern audience, some of us would like to see it performed the way it was written and in the time it is set in.

Regardless, the week has been a long one. I began reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which is thus far an interesting read. I had not realized it was such a long book (I’m reading on a tablet), so it obviously isn’t something you can read in an afternoon or two.

Yesterday I also made my first Monster High doll purchase in likely a year.

Monster High’s Twyla.

I had come across her a few days prior, but as my niece was short the money for a doll she wanted I bought her’s instead and hoped this girl would still be there later.  Or better yet, this town would get the dolls.  As it is, it would appear we’re about five months behind on new doll releases.

She is shorter than the other dolls (other than Howleen), and her eyes even glow in the dark.  I am not sure if this is a constant flaw with these dolls now or not, but her right elbow joint is very floppy.  I have a Dot Dead Gorgeous Spectra with the same issue so it makes me wonder.

The other issue with her is her hair.  It is a hot mess.  I trimmed it a little bit, but it might be getting more taken off.

The ghouls.

It might not be easy to see in the photo, but it frizzes horrid at the ends, I am wondering if they were going for waves and it just didn’t work out.  The furniture you see them with is actually going to be used to create a room on my shelf for the Ever After High dolls, whenever they actually make it to Canada.

Twyla with her hair pinned back.

It is interesting that these dolls have surpassed Barbie in sales, yet the quality control still seems lacking.  Although they are play line and I’ve been purchasing more collector dolls in the past year.  I am still eagerly awaiting Ever After High though, as fairy tales are a little more to my interest than monsters, although I do like the little collection of them I have.

In other doll related news, I am eagerly awaiting the release of this lovely girl.  I pre-ordered her from a different online store that expects her in stock the end of this month, so I dearly hope to have her by middle of August.

Strangely this coming autumn there are a few play lines I’m interested in, so I am hoping when our Target opens they are a little more on the ball than Wal Mart.  It would be nice to be able to buy these dolls without having to travel to a city, even if they do cost a few dollars more than Wal Mart.

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Doll Day.

I have so many things to do today, but thought I would post a few photos of my favourites in my doll collection (which might well be all of them).

From what I’ve heard today is World Doll Day, which sounds like my kind of day, aside from Christmas. This seemed like a great time to introduce my latest Ellowyne Wilde, that being Falling to Pieces from the Tonner Convention last month.

Lesley.

I absolutely adore her, she’s stunning in person. She arrived this Tuesday just past…and the next day came a 15% off sale from Wilde (which is still on by the by), and ordered the convention Prudence who I am hoping arrives early next week.

Victoria.

Victoria Baker, she is absolutely gorgeous for a basic doll. She is the Amber Stanhope character, who is sister to Christian and half sister to Siobhan (my Dark Days Ell).

Noelle.

Noelle Wynters, an absolutely stunning doll. The pale skin tone gives her a resin glow.

Sinead & Christian.

Christian Baker and Sinead Byrne. I never thought I’d see the day I’d want anything from the Evangeline Ghastly line, but he was so handsome I couldn’t resist. Then of course he needs someone his height, correct?

Striking a deal.

Joy Phillips and Rowanne Avery striking a deal with Loki. Those two are just trouble.

Felicity.

And we’ll close with Felicity, my first Pullip. I adore all the Pullips I have, but she’ll forever be special (not to mention she’s quite the Christmas girl).

A small part of me feels like talking about the concert, but I’m really not in the mood.  It was fun, but I don’t think I’d ever want to go with a large group again. I’m glad everyone else had a great time though, I enjoyed it but I think I would have had so much more fun alone.  I’m a fairly solitary person, so large groups cause slight unease.  In all honesty, I’m happiest when I’m alone in my room reading a book or playing a video game with music playing.

Or preparing for Christmas.

But don’t get me wrong, New Kids on the Block can still put on a great show.  I took some video which I don’t know why I bothered because they’re horrid.  I forgot it would pick up my singing…ah well, they’re only for my viewing.  But it was a great experience regardless and it was fun to share it with others.  Not to mention making new friends and re-connecting with old school mates.

With stars in her eyes.

Amid a snowstorm, a new girl arrived today. I have been anxiously awaiting her, as I’ve been hoping to add her to my collection for quite a few months now and was made a reality after some dolly returns I made late last month.

Cecily

With the seemingly limited release of My Select Pullips I have finally acquired Paja! I was not into Pullips when she was first released (fairly certain I was in college at that point), and I had a strange desire for the regeneration of her, but missed the boat there as well.

Therefore I had resigned myself to not owning a Paja of my very own. But then in the last month or so I discovered the My Select Pullips and was delighted to find Paja included.

As I was not keen on her stock outfit, this was a perfect option for me. I selected Merl’s outfit for her and named her Cecily, after the character on Road to Avonlea (based on The Story Girl and it’s subsequent sequel by L.M. Montgomery).

I can see why many long to add Paja to their collection, she has a charm about her that is hard to place a finger on or find the words.

Oh my!

Cecily & Loki

I also was able to select a free wig with her, and so I chose one I had been looking at for my Megurine Luka Pullip, as her stock wig honestly is a level or two above straw I swear. Maybe I just had all the luck, but I’ve hated her stock wig since she arrived a year ago.

There was a bang trim required, but I am satisfied with the results.

Luka.

Luka & Mandy.

I wanted to keep her in pink, as it only seemed proper to keep with her original colour scheme.

And in closing, one last one of Cecily and Luka together.

Luka & Cecily.

I am planning to talk about books, very soon. Life has been a bit busy and I’ve been battling sinus troubles. I have been re-reading The Deep Blue Sea, so it shall likely get some talk comparison to the film.

Good evening.

Hello, Noelle here again with another attempt at blogging.  This is only my second or third try I do believe, maybe number three will be the charm?  I still keep an eye on what my niece blogs mind, which thankfully she does not have any issues on.

As the blog name may give away, I shall likely blog and chatter on about books and dolls.  I am quite the book worm, although I do not have a collection to rival my late grandfather (I wish I did).  His was one of wonder for myself as a child, they were in the living room, the bedroom, they lined the spare room I would sleep in and they were even in the closet. I enjoy the classics more than modern books, I did begin reading Shakespeare at 13 years of age for the fun of it.

I believe there is no need to say I am eagerly awaiting PBS to show The Hollow Crown this side of the pond. Although I will not be analyzing his work to any degree, but I will likely blather on with my thoughts on it. Be them worthwhile or not is up to the reader.

My other love and passion is doll collecting. I have my moments I feel like I should give it up, but thankfully they are fleeting. I was disillusioned last month with two purchases which were returned for a refund, but have decided to simply swear off that particular line.  It is not to say the dolls are not worth the money, as they are (I am speaking of Amelia Thimble here), but for myself a doll so delicate with a few issues I cannot solve on my own it is too much.  Yes, my Pullips each of their own idiosyncrasy’s but I can deal with them.  That or eventually obitsu them.

I am currently awaiting a new doll I have been wanting since last summer, and finally was able to purchase at a price I could like, along with a nice outfit and a free wig which will be going to my Megurine Luka Pullip (her stock wig is as dry as straw).

As well I have a tiny collection of action figures, mainly Marvel based.  I would say mainly the heroes but Loki is hanging out with them in duplicate.  As well as a nifty Loki car I found in a dollar store.

So this isn’t complete text, I have a photo I took today of my first Pullip. This is Pullip Ddalgi, whom I renamed Felicity. Normally you would find her in Christmas garb, but today I stumbled upon this Moxie Girlz dress and thought she’d look absolutely precious in it.

Felicity.

This concludes my first post to this new blog I intend to continue on with. For the most part it will be rambles and reviews on books and dolls, as well as an array of other fun things. As the above photo shows, I do love The Big Bang Theory, but I can’t imagine how one could not.