Toy Like Me Campaign, Make-unders on Bratz Dolls, And Inclusive Doll Play

On Facebook the other day I saw a link about wonderful company called Makies which creates customisable dolls, with “inclusive accessories to represent everyone. Create your Makie and choose their accessories!” (bolding in original text). You can read more about the company on this article by 3dprint.com.

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What a great response to a need. Something inclusive and beautifully produced. While the girls do have very similar face and eye shapes, I like that the skin tone and hair is different for each of the dolls. I also am really happy at the girl like nature of the dolls rather than overdoing on make up and hyper-sexualization that can happen with children’s playthings.

In fact, one woman gives broken Bratz a new life with a make-under, new clothes, and sometimes new limbs. Sonia Singh refurbishes Bratz creatures she finds at thrift stores into recognizable dolls. She repaints their faces to look more like a child’s face and between her and her mother fashion clothing that is cute and more closely resembles child play clothes. You can read more about her Tree Change Dolls here.

'I found this ex-Bratz doll at the Margate tip shop in Tassie,' Ms Singh wrote, 'She was definitely ready for a tree change! I have re-painted her face, sewn overalls, moulded new shoes, and re-conditioned her hair. Her top is hand knitted by my Mum!'

If I knew how to paint the faces back on, I would start doing this for my nieces. I love the re-purposing of items that the Tree Change Dolls represent. Plus, this woman does such an amazing transformation that it is just incredible. Please go to the link provided and check out more of them. They are just too adorable!

One of my sisters has opted to buy her girls Calico Critters to play with instead of barbies. I do think the critters are cute and their accessories are adorable. But I really like that there is a new wave of inclusive toys that look like the children who are playing with them.

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I do wish there were more male dolls out there that weren’t hyper-sexualized. Hopefully that will become a trend that catches on as well. Learning caring and nurturing skills is just as important for boys, and giving them dolls (not just baby dolls) that look like them also an important step in inclusive doll play. Read this wonderful story about a mother who taught her three boys how caring for a baby doll is an important part of their growth as men. She read them a book called William’s Doll, had a discussion with them, and then a doll diapering, feeding, and bathing instruction time.

I’m a Woolly Mammoth!

If you have access to Google’s earth day logo today click on it and take the quiz. I found out I’m a a woolly mammoth!

This means: So unique, you’re technically extinct, but on the bright side scientists hope to be able to clone you some day! According to my co-work that is totally me. :D Link to the quiz is here as well.

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Infograph on a DIY GoT Wedding

I was contacted by Kathryn Hempstead about a cool infograph on creating a Game of Thrones Wedding for your big day. My wedding is thankfully over and done with, but for all you theme interested brides out there, check this out. Or if you just want to read a funny and informative infograph on doing a GoT wedding, you are in luck! [Source]

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The Perot Museum and Instagram

If you’all aren’t following me on Instagram you should be. I find posting pictures there super simple and they show up on Facebook, Twitter, and this website. What? So easy. Plus I have downloaded a grid app and love playing with filters. So, I’m probably most active on that right now seeing as I started a new job and life is once again about setting up a new routine.

One place that I took a ton of pictures of was a visit to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science here in Dallas. It is awesome! The museum is well laid out, we started at the top after taking an escalator up to the fourth floor. The escalator runs along the side of the building and you can stare out over Dallas as you ride it to the top. This was both cool and terrified the part of my brain that is deathly scared of heights. We also went through the Sherlock Holmes exhibit as Rebekah (Chris’ sister not picture here) and I both love Sherlock. We enjoyed the exhibit though it was chalk full of people and picture taking was not so easy. I did get one photo of a phonograph. So, yah, super exciting photo. The exhibit had us learn how to conduct “experiments” so we could view the clues and try to solve the case. It was confusing and people kept getting in the way. I got four out of five areas correct, but came to the correct conclusion anyway. I would love to go back and do that exhibit when a bajillion people aren’t standing in my way.

Here are my top pics of the day.

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Pinterest and the Supernatural Fandom

I finally broke down and created a Pinterest board Carry On My Wayward Son. It was inevitable. The Supernatural Fandom is one of the best. They are great. The show is really awesome as well. I think that the season five finale is one of the best season finales of any show that I’ve seen. I will admit that season six is a little wonky because the writers didn’t know they were going to get that season until the last minute, but the rest of the show is pure gold and available on Netflix for binge watching. Plus, the show has Misha Collins and Felicia Day on it as well as the two golden boys Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. What more could one want?

Dean LARPing

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Amazing fan art

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Felicia Day as Charlie in bobble head form for the win.

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Misha Collins has the best answers ever and always!

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Ron Swanson Fan Day

Ron Swanson Paper Dolls FOR THE WIN!!!

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There is a page called Ron Swanson Quotes which has a gallery of awesome pictures and quotes by the man himself.

My favorite Ron Swanson quote

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Mustached mug and other Ron Swanson Etsy Finds

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Ron Swanson street art.

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Really awesome, but really kind of weird, fan art

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The greatest Ron Swanson scene ever!

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Doctor Who Day, Mash-ups, and More

The Doctor is In and he is recommending a heavy dose of fandom glee in these fun Doctor Who finds that popped up on Pinterest.

First dose: A tree with a bow tie. It is probably only Whovians who would see Matt Smith in street art on a tree, but I immediately posted this picture to my Doctor Who board.

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Second dose: It’s the TARDIS in the shape of a motor vehicle with some left over attachments from its Police Box days.

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Third dose: Fan art of Tenant’s Doctor and a Dalek by ben rc using low poly.

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Final dose of Doctor Who magic: A perfect mash-up for Super Wholockians of the Supernatural Impala and the TARDIS the Impardis by SirGeorgPrime.

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