Saturday, November 24, 2012

Action Figures, Ho!

I had such plans for this holiday weekend.  Shopping, projects ... eating foods that are bad for me.  I did have some fried catfish (delish), but that's the only thing I can tick off my list.  I didn't go to Walmart, Big Lots or Family Dollar like I intended.  When the time came I was just like, "Ugh."  I didn't do any projects either.  Again, I was all, "Pfffft."

I did do some house work though, which is when I became reacquainted with some very old friends.  They haven't been dusted in forever.  They sit high on top of my entertainment furniture and since they are more for looking at than playing with I rarely move them, thus the excessive dust. 0.o

Xena, Fake Argo and Callisto

Danger Girls

Rurouni Kenshin crew

Vash the Stampede of Trigun

Gabrielle sculpture and Xena's in the background

As I was looking at these figures that I've had for over 15 years, I thought about how my family never gave me grief over them the way that they do with my fashion doll collection.  Maybe it's because even as a kid I liked "action" figures, but not dolls, so they cant fathom the change.  Or perhaps they think dolls are too girly for my butch persona.  Or maybe they're just a couple of butt monkeys. ^_^

You know, I never did designate this as a 1:6 doll blog but I guess that's what it is because I felt really weird about not having a 1:6 doll photo, so I'm throwing one in, lol.

Anthony Rodriguez, his sister Carmen and their first cousin, Rae (standing).  I'm pretending that their mothers are twins and that's why Carmen and Rae look alike even though they have different body types.

Whew, that's better.  Hey, he's a man of "action," so he's a perfect addition to the post.  Actually, I think the "Man of Action" tag is for G.I. Joe's but whatever, Power Team guys are awesome too. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Speaking of Crocheting

Although my mom and sister do yarn work, they stick to making it for humans.  Moons ago my mother gave me the basic necessities so I could crochet my own doll wear. She tried patiently to teach me and I got the gist, sorta.  The problem lies in my innate dislike of sewing and certainly, crocheting isn't sewing but it's close enough that I don't like it either.

All these months have passed and I only made 6 items ... and I made those in one weekend, lol.  Did I give up too soon? I'm going to say, no I didn't.  I gave it a try.  It was annoying.  The end.

Here's the stuff I made though:

Jordan looks rather spiffy in that Moxie Teenz jacket.

I'm not a fan of Claudia's hat.  It looks like brains from the back.

Sasha's hat is actually a shoulder shrug, but her head's so big it fits.

Clawdeen's Bratz jacket and shirt are my favorite clothing, ever!

Tasha detests this hat but she has the shortest hair so it fit her better.

Carmen looks cute in anything!  She's so adorable.

Everything turned out "okay," but the problem is when I crochet, that's all I can do. I'm a notorious mulitasker.  When I exercise I also read a book and watch a movie at the same time while updating the games on my phone.  When I crochet I have to pay attention to the yarn and hook or I miss a stitch. I cant even watch TV when I do it or I end up unravelling what I've already done.  So, no thanks crochet, I'll leave you to the yarn aficionados.

A group shot as they waited for their turns to be photographed.  Meygana's just hanging around because she lives on the steps full time. Those original Bratz bodies (Carmen) are so short!  I love that everyone is different heights.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Barbie at the Southern Women's Show

One of the things that kept me busy last month was working at the Southern Women's Show.  It's basically a 4 day retail shopping event with some entertainment thrown in. I've attended many times in the past but it was my first time being there as a vendor.  Here was our booth!:

My sister knits and my mother crochets (not that I understand the difference).  I just sit in the corner and cashier so I don't have to talk to anyone, ugh.  At the show I discovered a jewelry vendor using Barbie Collectible Fashion Cards as holders for her earrings. 

How neat! It was interesting looking at the old fashions.  She also had these Barbie logo earrings for sale:
I didn't buy anything because even though my ears are pierced, I'm still wearing the same studs from when I originally got my ears done at 12 years old. 0_o

Thursday, November 8, 2012

So "Free" Costs $5.00?

Yesterday I took advantage of Big Lots' One Day 25% Off sale on all Mattel Toys.  On their website they had one of those dinner sets I wanted to get but the store I went to didn't have any, just the bathtub sets.  I was short on time so there was no way I could go to another Big Lots like I usually would have done.  I was going to leave when I saw a little flyer for a FREE Barbie Suds & Hugs Pups set if you spend $20 bucks.  I don't really want a Barbie Suds & Hugs Pups set, but I want just about anything if it's FREE.  Besides, I haven't bought anything in what feels like forever so I was more than happy to spend some money.  I got,

Clothing Set (at least every thing wasn't pink)

Dead Tired Clawdeen Wolf and latest(?) Fashionista Raquelle.

Each item was $13 with a final cost of $9.75 ea after the sale.  I actually could have gotten better prices with a Target BOGO sale, but hey. So, now that I've spent over $20 I'll be getting a FREE one of these:

Image via Mattel.Com

At least her outfit is cute and I can use that bucket... but then today, when I'm ready to send away for it, I read the print on the flyer. In 2 to 3 months I will receive this awesome item after I send Mattel $5.00.

Well, aint that a brick. I realize that inflation being what it is, the price of things go up substantially over the years.  When I was a kid, the cost to get something "Free" in the mail was 25 cents. You'd tape your quarter to an index card, send it off and in 1 month, not 2 or 3, you'd get some dubious crap in the mail that fell apart after 2 days.  No kid minds spending a quarter for junk, but $5.00 is a lot of money!

I know I'm being ridiculous and I could get a $18.99 set for $5.00, but don't tell me it's "FREE" and then tell me to give you $5.00 to send it to me.  Puh-lease.  Needless to say, there will be no hugs 'n' pugs 'n' suds or whatever coming to Muff's place.  Pfft!