I haven't had much chance to blog lately - we've been busy moving into our new house, and on top of that we won't get a phone line for the internet installed until November 14th. (It's like living in the dark ages...)
Anyway, here's a pic of my mum's Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night shop scene (1/12 scale) in readiness for tomorrow! :)
I've mentioned Dateman before, as one of my favourite sources for miniature books. Anyway, this weekend I had an email to say their new website is now up and running - take a look HERE. You can search by type of book, or by period which is great if your house is set in a particular era. Most books are 1/12 scale, though they do make some bigger 1/6 scale (A4) books too.
Eegee was (and is) a trademark of the Goldberger Toy Co, adopted in 1923 and standing for the company's founder, Eugene Goldberger. Mostly known for their child dolls, they did branch into the world of 1950s glamour dolls, and then the slimmer 12" fashion dolls. The first of the latter was Bild Lilli clone Babette - later known as Miss Babette - who was produced between 1957 and 1965.
Annette also had a boyfriend named Andy, produced 1961-63, who gained a snazzy quiff in 1962 (see HERE). In addition to his basic swimming trunks and socks + shoes combo, Andy had several separate outfits available (making 12 in total): striped pyjamas, terry cloth robe with matching towel, bermuda shorts and multi-coloured shirt, charcoal grey overalls, ?. (Info sourced from HERE and HERE.)
In 1963 they were joined by a pretty Tammy clone named Shelley - though not to be confused with an 8" child doll with the same name also produced that year. 12" Shelley had grow hair and came dressed in a simple red or black dress.
Eegee also made a clone of Tammy's little sister, Pepper - imaginatively named 'Lil Sister'. Lil Sister was just over 9" tall and came complete with freckles and a copy of Skipper's swimsuit.
Christmas is still months away, it's true. But. Knowing that I'm going to be having a baby just days before, and the fact that moving is already a struggle, I decided to spend my free time the last week getting all my Christmas shopping and wrapping done.
That out of the way I turned my attention to Christmas decorations. This year will be my first Christmas living with OH, and my first Christmas in years spent in my own place. In practical terms this means I can finally have the 1950s-esque silver tinsel tree (and not just in sixth scale!), and all the vintage ornaments I can get my hands on.
Searching for vintage decorations, I came across the Elf on the Shelf. Apparently it's an American thing where Father Christmas sends magical elves to keep an eye on children and let him know if they've been naughty or nice. Every night, when the kids are asleep, the elf goes back to Father Christmas' workshop to report on what he's seen - then in the morning the kids find him in a new spot in the house. Often the elf has been up to some mischief or other: see HERE, HERE and HERE.
I think it's such an adorable idea. They're quite expensive in the UK, £30 ($49) officially, but the basic white boy elf was on sale by a couple of pounds and, what with the potential added Christmas magic and the cute doll-ness of it all, I just couldn't resist ordering one. Even though the baby will only be a few days old I want to take some photos this year to make it seem as though the elf was sent as soon as they arrived, and then build on it as they get older. :)
As a company, cereal giant Kellogg's needs no introduction. Suffice to say that as part of a 1963-65 US marketing campaign they offered the chance to send off for Jaguar, Mustang or Corvette sports cars (sadly not the real thing), or '12 inches of hillbilly charm' in the form of a Calico Lassie doll.
You can see a full box scan with this ad HERE, and another ad for her HERE.
Lassie was made by Elite Creations and stamped 'Unique' - for all that she actually looked as much like the Ideal Toy Corporation's Tammy doll (comparison HERE) as Ellie Mae Clampett from The Beverly Hillbillies. The basic doll cost $2, plus two cereal box tops.
In addition to her basic outfit of blouse and jeans, she came with a Square Dance Outfit (yellow) and the imaginatively named Skirt Blouse Outfit (green and red gingham).
You could also get another three outfits for $1 and two box tops:
Mattel Ricky head on 21cm Obitsu body shows off on a fingerboard...
I can't say that I've ever really grasped the point of the fingerboard, a skateboard for your fingers. Not as anything other than a miniature prop at any rate (1/12 scale adult or 1/6 scale kids'). Over the years I've amassed quite a few of the tech deck and other boards, though I don't like to handle them much. The top of the board is rough like an emery board which sets off my chalk phobia - I'm very lucky that my fingernails grow into a nice shape with just clipping as I could never file them!! Then this month I picked up 5 smooth topped Ben 10 boards on eBay for £1:
Now the others can just be put in the scene and stay there, untouched. :)
Terri DeHetre was a doll artist who founded the Legacy Dolls company. A bunch of reproductions of her original dolls were produced for the company in 1987, usually in kit form - you can see some examples HERE, HERE and HERE.
My aunt gave me mine when I was about eight or so, and it's spent the intervening years sat in various places collecting dust. Anyway, I've been sorting through all my old stuff these last few weeks and my mum suggested it would look sweet in the baby's room. I gave it a good clean and washed its outfit for the first time in who knows how long... I think it scrubbed up rather well!