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    I know lots of parents who aren’t really into children’s music and they’ve actually admitted they refuse to put kids music on in the car. I often wonder why and maybe it’s that they think all children’s music sounds like Barney? We are fan favorites of Laurie Berkner, Rabbitt, Raffi and now, Rock-A-Baby.  I’ll say [...]

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    As has become customary, Mattel gave stragglers who stuck around their showroom booth on the final day of New York Comic Con a glimpse at an accessory from an unannounced, in-the-works, figure. While Clamp Champ's clamp accessory, which was teased at Power-Con, was a fairly obvious tip-off, this time Mattel's hint is a little more cryptic. The figure-less, white Evil Horde crossbow implicates Buzz-Saw Hordak, could also mean a Filmation-styled Hordak figure is on the way, and introduces the possibility the crossbow will be included with another figure or weapons pak to complete the vintage-era look on the Classics' Hordak. What do you think or hope it will be included with? Share your thoughts in our forums.

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    It's only been a week since my sister was here for a visit, but I think she'll be surprised at how much I've accomplished with my needle felting since then.

    It would have been nice if she was here for a whole week of crafts fun and games but we had work to do on her new Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber website and work to do on her Inspired Creations By D wall art quilt kits. So, we were a little busy.

    However, I'd be lying if I told you we didn't have a chance to play. We did go fabric shopping one day and, well, truth be told we did buy some fabric. We had a delightful time shopping and I must admit we probably bought more fabric and crafts supplies then we needed, but we couldn't pass up such good deals. At least that's what we told ourselves.

    We went fabric shopping first and then went to my favorite lunch restaurant - California Pizza Kitchen. I just love their garlic chicken pizza and for the last twenty years every time I've had lunch there that's what I've ordered. In fact, most of the time whoever I went with whether it was my mother, brother, granddaughters, or grandsons we ALWAYS had the Garlic Chicken Pizza. Since I knew what I wanted I wasn't even going to look at the menu but for some reason decided to look anyways. I was really disappointed when I couldn't find it on the menu and then the waitress told me they didn't have it anymore. Boy, was I disappointed. My sister suggested we try a garlic cheese pizza. Needless to say the pizza wasn't anywhere near as good as their Garlic Chicken Pizza.

    I can't tell you how many times over the last twenty years I've had lunch there with my Mother, granddaughters, grandsons, brothers, and sister. Such great memories with everyone laughing about the garlic breath we all had afterwards and my searching for the hot red cinnamon Tic Tacs in my purse. After all, who wants to walk around with garlic breath when they're shopping. I was so disappointed I decided that California Pizza Kitchen just went to the bottom of my favorite restaurant list.

    After our disappointing lunch we went shopping for some crafts supplies at both A.C. Moore and Michaels. This cheered me up as I just LOVE browsing through all the aisles and craft supplies thinking of all the things I'd like to make. And, of course, we bought a few craft supplies. Okay, make that many supplies. We probably bought more needle felt craft supplies than we needed - but, you can't pass up good deals especially when you have coupons! That's our story and we're sticking to it.

    We decided to spend the next three days working on her websites, fiber products, and quilt kits. After a grueling three days of computer work we finally finished as much as we were going to do this trip so we had some time to play. We wanted to learn as much as we could about needle felting and working with roving.

    I had bought two mini roving kits for making a snowman and a penguin that I thought would be a good introduction into working with the fiber so we started there. We just wanted to get the feel of the fiber and how easy or hard it would be to work with before we embarked on our free style hand creations and working with the molds we had bought. I took the snowman and my sister took the penguin.

    We learned how to form the roving into balls or whatever shaped we needed and which roving tools to use as each had their own purpose. After pricking my fingers twice to the point of drawing blood we decided needle felting was not a craft for young children. The needles were really sharp and THEY HURT when you pricked yourself. OUCH! At the very least if you're needle felting with children adult supervision is definitely required.

    I finished my snowman, as shown in the picture above, and my sister finished her penguin, as shown in the picture above and to the left. For her first attempt and my second attempt at needle felting roving we were pleased with the results. Two years ago I had made a winter penny rug that had sheep in it and required you to needle felt the sheep's body, but that was just felting the wool roving onto the felt piece. I didn't have to shape anything then so this was a little different. I reviewed this in my "The Book Review Corner Blog" in a post entitled: "I Really Wanted To Try Needle Felting and Penny Rug Felting - I Loved It!

    My sister decided to take a bold step for her next needle felted creation and try a free style hand felted picture. She wanted some sort of mountain scene with trees, sun, mountains, grasslands and a moose. She's into nature, gardens, and quilted landscape wall art not dolls, silk floral, and genealogy.

    I opted for an easier winter scene with the blue felt roving backing, a snowman with a tree and presents.  I wasn't surprised at what my baby sister choose as she was always more adventurous than I.

    Well, we worked on this for several hours and between the laughter and "bleeding - OUCH! OUCH!" we managed to get several needle felted projects completed.

    By the time we were done we definitely had a better feel for needle felting and knew which of the products we liked or didn't like. My sister had brought some of the white, brown, dark brown, and black/gray combination roving from her alpacas that we used in almost all of the creations. My sister's alpaca roving was clearly the best roving by far. Very fine, very soft, and very easy to needle felt.

    Some of the small packages of dyed roving that we had bought might have said 100% wool roving but they were anything but. Some were roving, but some looked more like dyed raw mohair to me. I will definitely not be buying that again. However, we wanted to create needle felted pictures and to do that we needed different colors.

    My sister's white alpaca roving would be wonderful for dyeing except we haven't learned how to do that yet. It's on the agenda - maybe next year.

    In any event. her alpaca roving makes exceptional doll hair, especially the white for Santa's. I'm hoping to have some time this winter to create dolls and ornaments using her alpaca roving. I'm fortunate that my baby sister gave me some roving last year and this year to use with my dolls and crafts - and use it I will. It is definitely the best roving I have ever used for my doll hair.

    If you'd like to see for yourself just visit her Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber website here. If you'd like to know more about her Rock Garden Alpacas farm please Click Here.

    We had a delightful time as we always do.  We  worked hard, shopped, ate, laughed, cried from the pricking of the fingers, and learned A LOT.  We still have a lot more to learn about using the alpaca fiber, but we're off to a good start.

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    set database: LEGO 8429 helicopter

     image courtesy of peeron
     image courtesy of brickipedia

    image courtesy of peeron
    set number: 8429
    set name: helicopter
    theme: technic
    year: 2002
    pieces: 147
    price: us$na
    minifigs: none
    small technic set.
    re-released version of similar 8812 helicopter by LEGO in 1994.
    main model is a helicopter.
    can be built into a building alternative.
    building alternative included a single propeller plane.
    come with working propeller.
    overall design is good.
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    That forgotten box of toys in the attic could turn into a treasure chest: Here’s what to look for.

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  • 10/15/12--06:00: Trailer for He-Man iOS Game
  • The tongue-in-cheek intro reminds me of the New World trailer for Godzilla 1985, but maybe that’s just me being a ridiculously sensitive fanboy. Anyway, the game looks fun, and as long as it doesn’t try to goad me into spending real money on upgrades and so forth (I’m looking at you, Jaws Revenge), I suspect it [...]

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    Link to the all-in-one order page For the first time since the Wind Raider, I think, I’m actually going to be attempting to order something off Mattycollector. I’ve been remiss about posting these “Happy…” Mattycollector posts since the subscription became standard and there have been few things people actually had to order, but the Great [...]

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  • 10/15/12--06:00: diy: spider web garland
  • Apparently I’m obsessed with spider webs this year – all of my Halloween DIY ideas revolve around them! This easy cotton twine garland is my latest pride and joy – I wanted something that looked natural and modern at the same time. It’s hard to find ways to decorate for the season without resorting to [...]

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    Little Nemo in Google-Land

    Today’s Google Doodle by Jennifer Hom and Corrie Scalisi is an interactive motion comic tribute to Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland. Celebrating it’s 107th anniversary, Little Nemo was one of the most popular comics of its time and pioneered many narrative techniques used by comics to this day. McCay’s work is a bit pricey and tough to find these days, but definitely worth having for any comic fan.

    (Via Cartoon Brew)

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    The Radiate Skateboard is part of our ToyXplosion 20 list for 2012! To see the entire list, visit our ToyXplosion 20 page here. Do you have someone in your home or on your Holiday shopping list who loves skateboards? If so, listen up and watch what we have for you today. It’s the Radiate LED SkateboardRead More

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    Tformers continues with our coverage from NYCC 2012. Just in are new official images of the Transformers Beast Hunters Cyberverse legion scale action figures. Get the official looks at the Airachnia, Smokescreen, Bumblebee, and Twinstrike toys in robot and alternate modes now. Stay tuned for more news coming from NYCC 2012 today.

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    Dollar General has expanded its toy section for the holiday season. The discount retailer has stocked its toy aisles with some of the most popular toys and is delivering

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    What a fun Monday this is turning out to be! Not only are we giving away a skateboard, but also $50 worth of Monster High products AND we have a very cool Monster High Scavenger Haunt to tell you about! Monster High Scavenger Haunt Treat your ghoulies and ghosties to a sweet Howl-o-Ween treat byRead More

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    Takara Tomy have announced the next release in the Transformers Alternity action figure series will be Super GT Optimus Prime that is said to be the first prototype in a new "Transformers GT" series that will introduce new figures with racer design styling on the vheicles. Get a look at the Super GT Optimus Prime previes that show him with decked out with sponsor emblems, and a cool racing spioler on the back. According to details from Autobase Aichi, the Prime figure will debut at the Dengeki Festival on October 20th. Check out the images for more details now!

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  • 10/15/12--07:32: Uglydoll x MIMOBOT
  • Mimoco and Pretty Ugly have announced the release of four Uglydoll MIMOBOT flash drive designs: Babo, Ice-Bat, Ox, and Wage. Premiering at New York Comic Con 2012, the flash drives are now available in 8GB ($19.99), 16GB ($29.99), 32GB ($39.99), and 64GB ($69.99) sizes. Each MIMOBOT comes preloaded with Mimory (avatars, wallpapers, icons, screensavers, and [...]

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    Congratulations to Felix Baumgartner and the Stratos team for an amazing and historic job well done! May outer space bring all people of the world closer to inner space. Transformers fans know that space is more than meets the eye, and surely Join in celebrating this momentous event by posting a congratulations to Felix and the whole Stratos Team. Hooray for Victory!

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    More just in from NYCC 2012 is the Transformers Universe Official Trailer Debut and new screen images for the MMO game being developed by Jagex. Get a look at the video showing various game sequences featuring fan designed robot fighters now. It's time to pick a side! Will you be joining forces with the Autobots or the Decepticons in Transformers Universe?

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    If you need help deciding what all cool stuff to pick up from the October MattyCollector sale today we have features posted of the review samples on most of the new items.  Check them out below: Voltron Black Lion DCSC Elasti-Girl MOTUC 30th Anniversary Cy-Chop MOTUC Rattlor MOTUC Frosta JLU Guy Gardner/Batman/Martian Manhunter 3-pack DCUC [...]

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    Nendoroid Iron Man Is Freaking Adorable

    Next February Good Smile Company will release the cute-as-poo Nendoroid Iron Man Mark 7: Hero’s Edition. equipped with a both a closed and open helmet booster effect parts, and a diorama pedestal base that features a teeny, tiny city skyline complete with Stark Tower.

    Buy: Nendoroid Figures
    Peep it: The Most Amazing Iron Man Cosplay Ever

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