“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

This past week has not been a good one. This whole year hasn’t been, but this past week seemingly has solidified the year has it out for me.

It isn’t something I can do anything about either, which frustrates me as this means Thanksgiving and Christmas are officially finished with my family. While I hold onto tradition and family values, they couldn’t care less. I can at least try to keep Christmas the way I always knew it, with my dog at the very least, but Thanksgiving is finished.

Ah, the joys of being the sister who is only spoken to when they want something. One day, they may regret that, who would know.

But I am here to speak of dolls, which sort of ties into my stress of the last week. New playlines have begun appearing on the shelves. The new Monster High dolls hold no interest for me, although I would love a new Cleo de Nile one of these days, if I could find one I like. Of course there is new My Little Pony, Barbie, even saw the new La Dee Da dolls at Target (and by the by Spin Master, where are the stands? If you want me to hand over $20 CDN I would like a stand, otherwise, they can wait for a dandy of a sale). Of course the doll line I’m really looking for is Ever After High and you guessed it, nowhere to be seen. But oddly they’re showing up in England now.

This is the oddest marketing I’ve ever seen in my life, well, that I can recall. I would love to know why this is taking so long. I am highly tempted to e-mail Mattel and ask them exactly when we can expect to see the dolls in Canada, as I am aching to get my hands on them. Mind you, I do have Maddie on the way. A lovely friend in the States bought her and sent her to me as a gift. I was utterly gobsmacked and really need to get to a Christmas/Hallowe’en shoppe I know of to get her an awesome birthday gift.

I also received a new Pullip this week. I had waffled on the Starry Night Dahlia peasant doll for quite awhile, unsure if I wanted to order her. Also unsure if I wanted another Pullip as I really haven’t had a lot of luck with them as of late. Split seems in the vinyl (those are the older ones), eye mechs that don’t work right, crummy wig quality (to the point I rewigged one of them, ah the joy of prying THAT off with a sharp kitchen knife). But she finally won me over. I decided to order her from PullipDollDreams which is a small shop online. Their selection of dolls is smaller and sometimes can be more expensive than PullipStyle, but unlike that store when you pre-order you can do a deposit and then pay the rest, plus shipping, when the doll is in stock. So I went with that shop…as well they were scheduled to get Dahlia a month before PullipStyle.

Tuesday she arrived right as I was about to head out the door for some shopping, and I was absolutely giddy. She is adorable.

Dahlia in box.

She came with a little gift as well, which is just gorgeous. It is in another photo, I took it off the little key ring chain as I could not bear the idea of it being ruined.

Then it happened. It turns out Groove is adding a new design to Pullip which pretty well opens her up to a nice new flaw.

Dahlia.

Both lower arms have a crease in them, but sadly in the case of this one it is a crack. From what I’ve been told this a new design feature added this year, but why I’ll never understand. After a few exchanged e-mails Dahlia has a new arm on the way but it did take the joy out of the day to see that. As well, her eyes won’t close, but I kind of expected that.

The plus though, she has a lovely, soft wig and her stock is well made. Her shoes are enormous on her tiny feet (I read somewhere they’re type 2 shoes…someone forget they’re on type 4 body for Pullip?). And she’s very photogenic! Although too much daylight can wash her out.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

Dahlia.

She comes with a broom, head dress, stand and trading card. She is a charming little thing (and if anyone is wondering, her eye lid make up is a pinkish purple, mainly the lighter but a darker shade as eyeliner).

I did check my other Pullip from this year to discover that this crease seems to be the new thing, as Cecily is sporting it as well. How I failed to notice it is beyond me. Fairly certain this is the end of Pullip for me, but hey, now I just get to spoil them with new clothes and where I bought Dahlia is the perfect spot to buy them.

And one last doll, there will be oodles more photos of her come Christmas time.

Cindy Lou Who.

I had been eyeing her in the secondary market dolls section of My Favourite Doll for quite some time. At first I fancied she would make a wonderful Christmas gift for one of my sisters, as she loves everything to do with The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (must be her hero until he changes at the end), but decided I would enjoy her much more. This Cindy Lou Who is certainly more than two though.

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.

The rest is silence.

This week we are off to see Hamlet. And I will happily say I was looking forward to this most of the year, as I have not seen Shakespeare performed live since I was a teenager.

That is, until I started watching video and interviews online with the director of this particular production.

How do you feel about Shakespeare taken out of it’s original setting and tossed into modern times? I do not mean like the movie 10 Things I Hate About You (based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and is one of my favourite teen movies).

It amuses me the director states in one interview that it would be an anomaly to perform the play in it’s original setting, so she brought it forward into modern times. I would think people in modern dress speaking the language the play was written in to be more the anomaly. Not to mention she’s turned the play within a play into a musical.

I had such high hopes, as I’ve never seen Hamlet performed before, but I have come to the conclusion I need to go into this with very, very low expectations.

The themes and stories are timeless because they resonate today, but that does not mean you have to take it all and put it into modern day. I would have rather seen the play performed in it’s proper setting, rather then here and now. It is safe to say I’ll be very critical about attending next year and making sure this person is not directing (although last year they did something similar to this as well, which is why I passed on going). What is next? Will they do a production of Richard II set during Woodstock?

As my sister stated when I broke the news of what I had discovered to her ‘Is there a pub nearby? You know, in case it is so bad we have to leave for a drink?’

Thoughts on a book and dolls.

I really do need to put it in my schedule to update on here more often.

Well, as one can expect I did not receive the doll I was hoping for on my birthday. You’re likely reading the ramblings of the only person on the face of the earth who actually didn’t care if they ever owned a tablet or anything of the likes, but that is who I am. It is a lovely gift, just they could have saved themselves a lot of money.

The only plus I discovered is the book app. It is a lovely little app where you can purchase books for a lot less than what they would cost you in the stores. As well, many classics are free. With that, I did find a good many books and safe to say my summer reading is going to be awhile. I started with one called Cranford, and if you’re a massive Tom Hiddleston fan you likely have heard of the book through the BBC mini series.

What can I say about the book? It is a slow moving read and in my own opinion, not the most interesting book I’ve ever read. It basically tells the happenings of a group of women in a town named Cranford, obviously, in England. It is from the point of view of the writer (I don’t recall a character name for this person, maybe I’ve forgotten it), the central woman you hear about is Miss Matty.

If you like books like that, where not much happens, then it is one I can recommend. If not, then pass it over. I’m not even finished it yet and the only reason I am pushing on with it is solely for a certain intrigue that comes to light close to the end of the novel. All and all, an okay read, but it isn’t something I feel will stick with me for years to come. No idea if it is much like the mini series as I’ve never seen it, just bits and bobs of Return to Cranford. And if you are a massive fan of said actor, his character has not popped up in the novel and with only forty pages left or so, I highly doubt he will.

Next is Hamlet before I go to see it next week.

Now for the other thing I enjoy talking about: dolls. As stated, I did not receive the Serious Intention Ellowyne Wilde, much to my dismay. I was really hoping for her, not just because I hinted at her many times, but in a way it would have made it easier on my pocket book when it comes to dolls. As it is, she’s back on the to be purchased list (and certain people who seem to be unable to take a hint best not hint at what they’d like for Christmas this year, as I think I may forget how to take a hint as well).

Oddly a play line of dolls has caught my interest and I am awaiting their release in Canada with baited breath. Mattel, who pretty well owns the market with Barbie has extended the Monster High universe to fairy tale characters. I used to collect Monster High but lost interest as I never was one for monster stories. I sold the majority of my collection to fund Wilde dolls and Pullips, but kept Nefera, one of the many Cleo dolls (although I want to get a new one as mine has the older legs so they’re very loose) and one of the editions of Spectra.

But these, now these interest me greatly.

I am absolutely aching to see them on shelves here, even though I know the soonest is going to be end of August, and only if I can get to the city. Otherwise, Christmas time (unless the Target we are getting is on the ball…I wish they’d hired me but no sense crying over spilled milk).

The idea of these dolls intrigues me greatly, and I’ve always loved fairy tales. They’ve been popping up at Justice stores in the USA, do not look in Canadian Justice stores as you will not find them (trust me, I looked). Their bodies look better proportioned than Monster High, which are very wispy but I think works for them, as they technically are not human characters (although the argument can be made for Nefera, Cleo and Jackson/Holt I would say) and they are just plain adorable. A friend is keeping an eye out for Madeline Hatter for me, I’m just itching to get her.

I do plan to make a room for them on my book shelf, as it seems the best spot to display them, on a shelf between nothing but books and books. I might be able to get digital books now, but nothing will ever compare to the feel of a real book in your hands. So hopefully the design and shopping for it will keep me occupied for the summer, as I’m also frustrated over these Archive sales Wilde Imagination is having.

This seems like the summer for dolly frustrations, I swear. If things don’t stop with the weather and everything else I fear I might break down when I come across one of them on eBay for a decent price. Although that is hard to say, as the shipping is usually insane. Not to mention people are selling them for almost double retail half the time.

Simply Kate.

I have been absolutely remiss in posting. I do intend to blog more frequently over the summer months though.

Last month Tonner had a convention which was themed The Age of Innocence, which did produce some lovely dolls. Not surprising, as Tonner does make beautiful dolls (although the only one I desperately want is greatly out of my price range at $250 USD…considering you then have to buy her an outfit). I must admit, I would love to attend one of these conventions someday, as they look like a lot of fun.

The dolls I was more interested in seeing were the ones from Wilde Imagination. Ever since I first saw an Ellowyne online I was hooked and longed for one. I almost bought Invisible Ink when she was End of Edition but was fairly convinced shipping would be half the cost of the doll. Which it turns out it wasn’t. Anyway, as we can tell from my last post on World Doll Day, I did purchase the Ellowyne Wilde from the convention. Did I mention she came with two left shoes? Evidently she’s not keen on dancing.

Well, on June 5th they had an Almost Summer sale, which was 15% off any order over a certain price. I doubted the convention dolls were included but put Prudence in my virtual basket and entered the code to discover that she was. And a week after Lesley (my renamed convention Ell) arrived, Kate moved in.

Lesley and Kate.
She is absolutely adorable. Bright blue eyes shining out of her cute little face, and a quirky outfit which seems reminiscent of earlier Prudence releases.

She was missing her Certificate of Authenticity, which I keep meaning to e-mail about. I really should put that on my list of things to do on Monday.

Lesley and Kate.

They make the cutest, quirkiest pair. There is a Lizette that goes with them as well, but she just does not do a thing for me. She’s quite a mismatched looking thing.A few more shots of Kate before I close.

Kate.

Kate.

Kate.

Yes, I fail greatly at putting away Christmas decorations.

I have more photos to share, and lots more dolly chatter. Wilde has a new doll they’re unveiling in August that sounds like it could be something akin to a Pullip, which excites me greatly. I am hoping she is in my price range (meaning NOT resin), as I do adore Pullip but the quality control can be lacking.

As well I am hoping against all hope for Serious Intention Ellowyne Wilde for my birthday. I know it isn’t going to happen, but it would be nice considering everyone is doing a massive build up to whatever they bought me. Which if last year is anything to go by, it will be very anti climatic. It is a good thing I don’t get excited over my birthday.

There is an incoming in the next week or two, and I am hoping Moon Over Mortuary Evangeline Ghastly goes to End of Editions soon as I would love to snap her up. Despite being told I can not buy her as my niece wants her. The logic is lacking in that I tell you.

Too many dolls to catch up on before the autumn release I tell you.

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.

Friday Flashback.

I actually have many other things to be doing right now, so a quick fly by post.

How about another 80s flashback? Sound fun? Awesome!

Rowanne and Joy are with the band, as you can tell. They’re the New Kids on the Block figures from 1990, I think they’re made by a company called Big Step? They’re written on there but I’m too lazy right now to look.

I found them on etsy dirt cheap, I paid for all five of them with their little disc stands what they normally go for just buying one. Really surprised me, but it was too good to pass on. We used to have just Jordan and Jonathan kicking around here, but I have no idea what happened to them.

And Joy is finally getting her very own Wilde Imagination outfit. I purchased A Sunny Day set this morning for her. It was on sale for $30 off. Shipping to Canada is a touch expensive, but we can’t win them all. Her original outfit won’t go back on her and is very stiff (she’s the Let It Sew convention Amelia), so it will be nice to have an outfit that fits her proper. I’ve bought her hand made ones by other people, but with the big snaps used she just looks weird.

Well there we go, I really want to try to stick with a Flashback Friday post each week, we’ll see how that works.