I was looking at eBay to distract myself... And found Addy's holiday dress... BUT the seller, though it was a good price, had freaking keyword jammed Isablah and Sage into the same title. Nonononononono.

Isablah has her own hideous collection. She doesn't need Addy's beautiful holiday dress.
My grandpa died last night. And so I'm probably going to be an ugly crying mess for the next bit. But I have to go to the funeral home and do that... And I'm taking Addy. I don't give a good god damn what anybody says about a twenty-something girl carrying a doll. I really don't.

The only problem is my Addy has only one outfit, and nothing black at all except her meet shoes. I could put a hair tie on her braid instead of the pink Build-a-Bear bow that's on it right now... But I don't think there're any black hair ties in this house. Maybe it's silly of me for wanting to give Addy something black so she can pay her respects too, as I'm the only person who'd notice it. But it means something to me.
poniesandpatchies: The Cabbage Patch logo (CPK)
So, under this cut is a list of all the patchies I can currently get to. There will be surveys linked at a later date. BUT for now. Just the list. It's a work in progress.
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And that's the list.

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Ok. Let me begin by saying I dislike perfection in dolls and in most other things... I like quality, yes. I don't like cheap Barbies (and usually don't like Barbies at all as a matter of fact), but perfection tends to turn me off faster than anything. I like wonk eye. I like dolls who have been attacked by dogs. I like frizzy hair and mats. I like to fix things, or at least give a doll a good home if I can't fix the issue on my own.

I also generally like a certain type of doll. I like some types of baby dolls, as my bunch of CPK will gladly tell you if you happened to ask them. But as for generic baby dolls, I'm not as fond. It has to be a special doll, with a lot of character before I'd think of adopting. And from what I'd read, Bitty Babies and Twins weren't a type of doll I'd normally adopt...

But the other day, I was perusing eBay, and I found a dark-haired, dark-eyed Bitty Twin. Or at least I thiiink her eyes are dark. The seller's description was absolutely hideous as far as descriptions go. The only descriptions that I find more hideous than this one are the "Please look at all photos. They give a better description than I could." ones, because frankly, looking at photos is NOT an option I have.

The seller's description said, paraphrased, "This is a collectible American Girl Bitty Twin doll. She is fully dressed, in used TLC condition." That was all right. But the next sentence made me absolutely livid. This is a direct quote. And oh look. I'll even rewrite it without the allcaps the seller used. I hate allcaps in eBay listings. "She is used and does need some TLC cause she was playing with the puppy and got her little fingers hurt(Ha,Ha)"

Now maybe I anthropomorphize my dolls too much. There're plenty of reasons for it, not the least of which is growing up on movies like The Brave Little Toaster and The Mouse and His Child.

But even without that, a nearly $100 doll getting her hand mauled by a dog is NOT a laughing matter. So, I vowed that if nobody bid, then I was going to. After all, even though I wasn't sure of my thoughts on Bitty Twins, I like brunette dolls, and other than CPK, I don't have too many. Most dolls when I was a little girl were blonde, or so it seems. And though my hair is auburn, it's darkened considerably over the years so that if you look at it in certain light, it looks brown.

The days till the end of the listing rolled by and on Wednesday, I was waiting in front of my computer as the minutes rolled down. The minutes rolled by with not a single bid. I plunked in a price one penny above starting price because $34.99 is an ugly number, and waited for someone to bid over me. Nobody did. The minutes, and then the seconds ticked down, and I had won.

Well, fast forward to this morning. My Bitty Twin came in the mail today. I accidentally slashed my finger trying to open the box with a pair of scissors (geez, Rhymer. Be more careful!), and pulled her out.

This ) was what greeted me when I unwrapped the bubble wrap burrito. The dress is soft cotton, apparently pink, with a soft lace collar and trim around the hem (though not eyelet lace), and three hearts appliqued across the front. Under this she was wearing a pair of velvet pants I can't remember the color of, though I know a friend told me at one point from the eBay listing photo. I have strong suspicions that these two pieces don't go together, but OMG velvet pants. I love them. They have a stripe of some slicker material, a little like... hm. a little like satin though not satin down the sides of the legs of the pants. I think the stripe may be blue if I remember right.

Her hair needs a good brushing, which I haven't given it yet, and maybe a braid spraying. It's fine and silky, but it feels a bit grungy. I read my wiki, so I know she's a post-2006 Twin, which I'm happy about. I like the girls with longer hair more than the ones with the top knot. I think there's more styling options with this kind of hair.

And her right hand is pretty deeply mauled. The right pinky is bitten almost completely through, but it's still on tight enough. It won't go anywhere, but there's a physical gap between finger and hand. The next two fingers, though not as bad are heavily chewed. And there are various tooth marks all over her hand and wrist. Who, I ask you, leaves their doll down where a dog can get to her? I mean, I may have done it only once, but then it was more a case of my accidentally dropping my doll in the yard and not being able to find her, because we had a big yard back then, the dog was a puppy and I can't look around for things as you well know, and one case where I had an armload of holiday presents and dropped a doll. The first one was just a little rubber roughing (because it was a Maxi doll. Anyone remember those? Hasbro's answer to Barbie!), and the second I didn't even realize I'd dropped till halfway through the schoolday, and I'd also lost one of the presents in the yard too.) But just leaving a doll as expensive and pretty as a Bitty Twin lying around is just absolutely ridiculous. And this poor doll's been subjected to that. Ugh.

But I don't mind her hand being the way it is. It's just a scar of where she came from, not a defect. It's just something that makes her different from most Bitty Twins out there, just like my lack of eyesight makes me different. I'm just making a note of it as part of the description.

So, this weekend, while we were at Walfart, AKA the People Zoo, this weekend searching for some Giftmas gifts last minute, I discovered they had sleepers for preemies. I have a soft spot for actual infant clothing, so I bought a sleeper for my Bitty Twin. And here is a picture of her in them.
Under here ) :D

I apologize for my picture-taking, by the way. I have an app that allows me to know through verbal feedback what I'm taking a picture of, but it has to use a digital image-finder service. This service sometimes makes guesses about what's in the picture based on obvious bits of what it "sees." So, I'm not sure if I got all of her in these pictures at all. AG are easier to take accurate pics of because they're bigger. I have a lot of trouble with taking pictures of MH dolls. I think I need to practice.

But anyhow, TL;DR, I got her. She's cute, soft, cuddly and I love her hairstyle, or will with a little brushing. Bitty Babies are still weird and their hair looks like a bad toupee according to a friend of mine, because of the way it's painted. XD. But this Twin is really freaking cute. And if anybody knows what outfits the clothes she's wearing in that first pic are from, please enlighten me. It's much appreciated.

Also, I'm thinking of calling her Milagro or Milagra. I need to find out if Milagro changes gender based upon the noun it refers to. But for those who don't know, Milagro is Spanish for miracle. And if anybody calls her Mill Agro, I will slap you silly. It's Meel-ah-gro.

Also, there will be a MH post with the paydirt I found, as soon as my mom can help me with the better pics. Ha.


Dec. 13th, 2013 08:14 pm
Just saw Addy's Meet Dress on a blonde. With a dorky butterfly headband. NOOOOOO! Not even sure what doll that was, but it was a blonde.

Also, speaking of Miss Addy, I bought her something for giftmas. It hasn't gotten here yet, and it's not exactly historical, but it just seemed right. It's a necklace and bracelet set, and the necklace has her name on it. And I know she wanted, in the first book, to learn to write the names of her family.

But I just had to share the little blonde wearing Addy's meet dress.
Posting this for reference and to print out for family and suchlike.
Looking through the box in order of which I pull out first.
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And my mom has as follows.
Ghouls Rule Draculaura
For Halloween, Draculaura wears a pink spider-webbed collared dress with black corset styled ties across the dip of the collar. The blouse is white and ribbed, with black fishnet sleeves that go to her elbows and trail down. Her skirt is made into 3 layers, one translucent and black with fuzzy black heart-bats, the second a sparkly pink, and the third a pale pink. She also wears pink tights that fade to black at her ankles, gray translucent shoes with curved black heels and a black spiderweb design that have pink on the sides with a heart above it accented with a black corsette design, a translucent cape from her skirt that is black on the back but decorated with pink heart-bats on the inside, and large, intricate spiderweb-like wings that fade from black to pink making a black corset on her back that meets on a pink bow. Her hair is permed and large, mostly black and filled with black tinsel with a only a separated portion containing her signature pink highlights, and her eye makeup is pink covered with a black spiderweb design and her lips are a bright pink. She also wears thick pink earrings that look like dripping hearts.
Her accessories include a swirly pink mask in a bat shape with black batwings on the top, a pink trick-or-treat bucket with her vampire skullette symbol on the front, a small skeleton with two detachable pink bows, a card with her CGI artwork, and a black brush and stand.

Dance Class Howleen
And someone from the Roller Maze set, but I can't remember who.
poniesandpatchies: The old MLP rainbow logo with coordinating hearts (MLP)
Due to a suggestion from [personal profile] nethilia well... a suggestion on her blog, I went out and found myself some braid spray which arrived in the mail today. Woo.

Because I didn't want to tackle Addy's hair until mom, sighted person and experienced with dealing with thick hair due to mine, got home, I decided to test it out on an MLP. But who?

Well, I have a lot of what most people call "bait" ponies. I have a habit of rescuing them from eBay and keeping them, chewed horns, missing eye paint, frizzy matted hair and all because I love them, and I hate perfection.

My ponies live (due to a horrid lack of space in this house) in a couple of huge tupperwear tubs until I can get a curio cabinet of my own. So it's to these boxes I ran. And the first pony with frizzy hair I grabbed was Sky Flier.

I hauled her into my bathroom and sprayed her down. I wasn't anticipating how light the formula really is, and got a leetle too much. But in about five minutes hair that had been so frizzy and dry that it practically squeaked when you brushed it was soft and smooth and silky and even better, staying in the style I put it in. So I could FINALLY redo that little mane curl that most MLP of that time period had.

Now. Fast forward about three hours. Mom got home, and somewhere in there we started in on Addy's hair. There's a description of her hair in the last post I did about Miss Addy... Well, we started undoing all that and found the nasty sort of surprise you don't ever want to find. No, no don't worry. I'm not talking about massive hair cuts in weird places you can't see.

Some small child, probably the gifter of the ribbons and the pretty hair ties that are also bows, the pieces of pink and white ribbon we'd mentioned, had also sat and tied part of Addy's hair into little hard knots for no apparent reason. They weren't holding anything in. They were just there. So, with me holding and Mom working, we finally managed to get all that undone, only to find Addy's hair is way drier than I thought it was.

Now bear in mind that I've never, ever dealt with any doll with textured hair before. And this is the first and only Addy I've ever touched, so I'm not sure what a new Addy's is supposed to feel like. But mom keeps comparing mine's hair to corn silk or straw. Which worries me. We don't have any Downey in the house and the prospect of Downey dunking a doll scares the ever-loving shit out of me, one because my bathroom is tiny, and two because we don't have any counter space. We have maybe a three-inch wide ledge that serves as a counter. There's no way to balance a dunking doll on it. So, we filled her hair full of braid spray after we got it brushed out and the knots taken care of.

And it's setting... I think it's gonna take more than one coat. For one, my Addy is, I've found from looking at the wiki and letting Mom read her neck stamp, a PC Addy. And she has epically thick hair that is right now all spread out around her head. But I think... I hope her hair'll wind up being okay. It seems it will if I just keep working with it.

AG and MH

Dec. 3rd, 2013 08:43 pm
First, oh my gods why. WHY did I just type in American Girl: TLC into eBay. What I found made me want to cry. Someone was selling a doll that they had rescued, one of those My AG/ Girl of Today/ Just Like You/ what the hell ever. Someone give me the newest official names for those? Anyhow, that doll had matted, chopped, frizzy hair, her joints were loose but she could still stand etc. But just. Oh god who cuts doll hair? I know little kids do but...

What really pisses me off though is the fact people on eBay will sell a TLC doll at Mattel listprice. Fuck that. But I entirely had to stop when I saw a pair of Addy legs for sale. Nooo do not want. I'm currently hugging my Addy like there's no tomorrow and kinda wanting to smack some parents up-side their heads. And here is the doll who made me want to hit a parent. And the seller too, maybe. Idek. For not properly describing. I had to bum a friend for a description.

Now, on to the MH and much better news. I just found, and nabbed, a DT Robecca from the local Walgreens. Local is half an hour away, y'all. Tennessee is a wonderful state. :/

Anyhow, I nabbed a DT Robecca, and found, to my great delight that she seems to NOT have a headful of glue! Hallelujah! Review, thoughts and that shit will be forthcoming at a later date.

Ok. Gonna go look at bait ponies. At least I can save bait ponies. TLC AG probably won't ever be a thing for me unless I'm freaking lucky as heck and find one at a Goodwill. TN is one of the VERY few places apparently where thrift stores etc are still allowed to sell toys.
Dear Mattel,

I have a few things I want to say to you, and a few suggestions. Maybe even a few bones to pick. So, sice there's a well-loved and possibly glue-haired Frankie Stein beside me and I've got my Neil Diamond going on, let's get started.

First, let's start with AG. I know there's gonna be a new historical coming out. And I know what I'd love to see. I want to see a girl of color, during the sixties, who gets to learn about and gain civil rights firsthand. I mean, I don't mind white perspectives. Don't get me wrong. But you know what? I'm about ready for some perspectives from some people of color in the historicals, I mean main perspectives. As far as I know, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong, there's only three main historical girls of color, Cécile, Addy and Kaya. I think there needs to be more, thank you very much. But then, anybody who reads this blog knows this. I'd kind of like to see a Japanese-American girl during WWII too.

Now, on to the MH. WHY the hell does Catrine DeMew's tail keep falling off? I don't have this problem with any of my other werecats, but Catrine's falls off constantly. It's annoying. Mattel, you need to work on your quality control. God.

I wanted to write more on both these topics, but I have a paper to write. *Sigh*

More Addy

Nov. 4th, 2013 12:41 pm
Well, I got my Addy doll in the mail this morning. And since I can't get a good picture of her, because it's a little dark in here, you get a description instead, and my thoughts. No LJ cut though.

When I picked her up out of the box, they'd stuck her in there facedown. So, it was her hair I felt first, and the back of her dress. She has really nice hair, actually. It's textured, of course, as everyone knows, and she's the first doll I ever had with textured hair. With dolls of color, I'm used to either that hair that feels like it's been relaxed, or the foofy huge Afro, or at the least little kinky curls, and Addy's not got that, so it was an interesting experience for me, touching her hair. But it's not dry, thankfully. Some Braid Spray should be used on it, but right now, I have neither Braid Spray nor a suitable brush.

Stylewise, her hair is pulled back in a low ponytail, tied at the back of her head with a piece of pink ribbon. There's also a white piece tied down at the very end of her hair. Both pieces are tied in nice, neat bows. On the left side of her head, someone has actually beaded in a set of amber plastic beads, you know the kind that little kids make bead bracelets out of. What concerns me is that the twist of hair the beads are attached to is knotted at the end. I mean, granted, it doesn't look like a hard knot, but it still looks like it might not be good for the hair. Could anybody who knows anything about this kind of hair tell me if I'm wrong about that?

Down the middle of her head, right over the center part, there is a microbraid. I think that's what you call them? It's a tiny little braid maybe about a half inch wide, that goes straight down the center of her hair. It's an incredibly well-done braid, actually. I was impressed because dammit, I can braid, but I can't braid like THAT. The tails of both the microbraid and the beaded section are pulled back into the actual ponytail.

There's another place on the same side where the hair is tied into it seems like two little knots. I'm not sure what that's about, but there's a tail of hair sticking out from it. I thought it was on the other side, but looking again, I realized it's on the same side.

Also, her hair hasn't been cut or trimmed in any way, and it's not a slime ball or full of dirt. So, bonus points for the person who had her before me. It's obvious she was loved.

As for her eyes, she has all of her eyelashes. They're soft and tight and not falling off at all. Yay! Both eyes as far as I can tell, seem to close properly. I thought one or both were getting stuck half-open, but I'm really not sure. Addy's also the first doll I ever had whose eyelashes are in a kind of arch pattern, so I can't exactly tell what is closed for her, as I usually tell that by when the doll's eyelashes touch their cheeks. Ah sighted person assistance realizes that often her eyes get stuck half open when she's lying down, sort of the way my BBE ponies' eyes sometimes do, which leads me to wonder if there could be a case of eye rust going on there. But I don't mind. They could be rusted completely open, and it wouldn't bother me any. As far as I know, no silver eye, but I can't see, so can't tell. But I'd love her anyhow, silver eye or not.

She's wearing her meet dress and bloomers, with her meet kerchief tied around her waist. She's missing shoes, stockings and all her meet accessories.

I actually really, really like her meet dress. I like the texture of it, and the fact it's long-sleeved, just the whole thing. It's a really, really pretty dress.

Maybe I can be lucky and find her meet stockings and shoes on eBay, which is where I found her. Also, all her joints and such seem to be tight, and I think she could stand on her own. So bonus there.

I absolutely love her. She is weighted nicely, and huggable, and right at this moment, she's beside me on my bed, sharing a piece of the same blanket I'm snuggled up under.

I see a sociology test in my future. It'll be nice to have a study companion who wants to learn as much as me. And to all the AG collectors out there who have an Addy just for that sense of false diversity, fuck you and the horse you rode in on. If you have an Addy, let it be because you love Addy, not just so you'll have a black doll.

Edited, because I got sighted assistance with telling the colors of her ribbons and beads and the condition of her eyes, and I wanted to be detailed.
My Addy doll will be here tomorrow. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE OMFGOMFGOMFGOMFGOMFGOMFG *Bounces around like a ball of squee* AAAH! I can't wait!

Just for fun, I should start looking for her stockings and boots, because she doesn't come with those, or any of her accessories. Thankfully, she DOES have her meet dress and drawers. Because if she didn't, she'd have to run around naked for a bit, as sadly, there're no eighteen-inch dolls in this house. All my CPK are sixteen or fourteen.

But yes. She has her dress and drawers so that works.

EEE so excited!
poniesandpatchies: The Cabbage Patch logo (CPK)
Name: Ava Marie
Picture: Forthcoming
Birthday: Probably sometime in February. She strikes me as a Pisces.
Type of Kid: Cornsilk
Year: Unknown but very likely eighties.
State from whence Kid was adopted: Oregon
Arrival Date: Unknown
Adopted from: eBay seller crystalullaby
Height: 16-17 in.
Hair: Seller desc said auburn, but it's brown.
Eyes: brown?
Teeth?: Nope. Just a tongue sticking out the side of her mouth.
Likes: Snuggling, being held, cuddling, playing, her new overalls, elephants.
Dislikes: Having things in her hair, people accidentally pulling her hair, new people (Sometimes, she's a little shy.)
Favorite color: Green.
Favorite food: Cupcakes and lollipops.
Favorite toy: She likes cuddling up in a blanket with a picture book and having someone read for her.
Favorite outfit: Short corduroy overalls with an elephant applique on the front and a shirt with pink hearts.
Best Friend: Shorona.
Name: Catherine Cora
Picture: Forthcoming
Birthday: Unknown
Type of kid: Transitional Coleco/Hasbro Sippin' Burp baby
Year: 88
State from whence Kid was adopted: New York
Arrival Date: Unknown
Adopted from: eBay seller catladymaria
Height: 14 inches.
Hair: Auburn/brown
Eyes: Light violet.
Teeth? No.
Likes: Her woolly pastel crocheted blanket, naps, cuddling, teasing her sisters.
Dislikes: Losing her booties, cold toes, mashed peas, storms, dirty diapers.
Favorite color: Purple.
Favorite food: Fried apples.
Favorite toy: Her plush puppy
Favorite outfit: Pictured.
Best Friend: Vallie Ann.
poniesandpatchies: The Cabbage Patch logo (CPK)
Name: Vallie Ann
Picture: Read more... )
Birthday: Unknown but I say 09/23
Type of kid: Cornsilk
Year: Unknown somewhere in the eighties.
State from whence Kid was adopted: Texas
Arrival Date: 09/13/13
Adopted from: eBay seller Tinkergirls
Height: 16 inches
Hair: Red
Eyes: Brown
Teeth? Yes. First tooth.
Likes: Going to the park, swinging, jumping in piles of autumn leaves, wearing bows in her hair as long as they're not frilly bows, cuddles, meeting new people.
Dislikes: Lots of lace, lipstick kisses, having to sit still for long periods of time.
Favorite color: Yellow.
Favorite food: Oatmeal.
Favorite toy: Doesn't have one.
Favorite outfit: Cream shirt with tan, orange, peach and yellow stripes and brown velour pants.
Best Friend: everybody, but especially Cora.


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