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    Carson Catlin Cuts JLed, Ron English, and Beast Bros

    Carson Catlin just finished up these three new commissions. The Calaverita was Carson’s first sofubi custom. The silver paint if actually from a Krink marker.

    Check it: More of Carson's customs on Albotas
    Buy: Black 4oz Krink Mop

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    As the cold nights of winter grip their icy fingers around the grey days of 2013, the longest ongoing horror themed collectible doll line in history continues with Living dead Dolls series 25. Gretchen, Asa, Sospirare, Luna, and Cracked Jack want you to come play with them tonight...will you? Mezco has released The Living Dead [...]

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  • 04/08/13--19:37: Seen: Creature Feature @ TAG
  • On Saturday evening, Toy Art Gallery spoiled sofubi collectors with its five person ‘Creature Feature’ exhibition offering new works and four toy debuts from Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, Splurrt, Elegab, Kenth Toy Works, and Munktiki. In addition to several small-run and one-off pieces , the show marked the release of Splurrt’s...

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    Sideshow Collectibles, along with the 501st Legion and Think Geek, are giving you a chance to win a trip to this summer's San Diego Comic-Con. Follow this link to enter and good luck!

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    DC Comics has released official images and solicitation information for their products slated for a September 2013 release. Click the thumbnails above for the full gallery, and follow through for more information.

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  • 04/08/13--22:03: Name That…Brass Nipple
  • I liked the title because its sounded like the name of a really rough pirate type bar.

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    Following the sneak peek of the Carl Grimes figure at the International Toy Fair a couple of months back, McFarlane Toys has released images and information on the fourth wave of figures in their action figure collection based on the live action television series The Walking Dead. Click through to find out more.

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    You saw it in our International Toy Fair coverage, and now Kotobukiya has released official images and solicitation information for their very cool Marvel Comics Hulk Classic Avengers Fine Art Statue. Click through to check it out!

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    This Saturday, April 13th you will find Colus at Gunnzo for a release and signing event for his new 8” “The Hunted” Dunny with Kidrobot. The event will take place from 5-8PM, where there will be tacos, drinks, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream provided! There will also be some...

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    Plush Pizza and Beer anyone?! It’s been some time since we’ve seen a release from the lovely Steff Bomb, but she is back and kickin! This time with some delicious treats! “Have a Pizza My Heart” plush features some of your favorite toppings, cheese, tomato sauce, peponi and measures 9”...

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    The Cozy Cone Gift Shop at CARS Land has an Alarm Clock that is neither an Alarm nor a Clock. AND they are not even selling it! WEIRD! “John H.” sends along nice photos of the new “Alarm Clock,” at the Cozy Cone Gift Shop at CARS Land. (UPDATE: I was confused – I thought [...]

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    I know that I've told you many, many times that I absolutely LOVE the Fall season.  There's just something about it that really inspires me and I find that when I'm looking at crafts to make I generally gravitate towards those relating to the Fall season.  So, it should come as no surprise that I chose to make a Fall themed cross-stitch with my Winter creations.  Instead of a house this one had a wonderful picture of a covered bridge.  Certainly one you'd expect to see in New England.

    Like the other Mill Hill  - Buttons & Beads Series patterns I had bought the Covered Bridge kit included the pattern, embroidery thread, perforated paper, beads,  hay bundle button, 2 needles and instructions.

    The Covered Bridge   pattern uses full counted cross-stitch and outline stitching as well as beads and buttons for emphasis and depth. The pattern also calls for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched as the background.  In this case they were leaving sections of the dark blue perforated paper background untouched.

    I, once again, decided to frame my finished cross-stitch picture in a 5" by 5" white shadow box frame that is 1 1/2" deep and can stand on it's own (like the picture at the top of this post) or with its back picture stand (like the picture above) as I've been really happy with the way all my other cross-stitch shadowbox pictures have come out.

    I also decided to once again utilize the rectangular wood frame jig that my darling husband built for me(pictured above) that I could tape the edges of my perforated paper to. The wood frame jig is a rectangular embroidery hoop of sorts, but without bending the perforated  paper. He had made it out of 1/2" x 1" pine wood strips with an adjustable center strip that I used for this 5 x 5 square design.

    I had learned from previous mistakes that I needed to draw diagonal lines to locate the exact center of the perforated paper as in the last perforated paper cross-stitch picture I had done was slightly off center by a few holes which caused a problem with inserting the needles in the holes along one of the edges of my frame. So, I drew a diagonal line across each corner to get the center point of the perforated paper.

    I had also run into a slight problem with one of the perforated paper cross-stitch pictures I had previously created with the beads along the edge causing a problem when framing so this time I also drew squares on the perforated paper to show me where the 5" x 5" square was. Plus, I knew I wanted to square my picture so I needed to know where to end my stitching.

    While the end results of this design were wonderful some things in the kit and in the instructions could be improved upon so I'd like to offer the following constructive suggestions:

    The cross-stitch chart was in black and white as was the floss color code and symbol key. Both were easy to read and very clear. While I had no problem with the chart and keys I did have a problem with the way the DMC floss was presented. All of the floss was tied together in one big knot so you had to separate the floss pieces yourself, sort them, and try to interpret which color belonged to which floss # and symbol key on the color chart.  If you only have a few colors to deal with this isn't a problem. However, if you have several different colors of say beige to choose from that are close in color then interpreting the chart can be tricky. You may assign the wrong color to the wrong symbol if the colors are too closely aligned.

    As I have done with other cross-stitch kits I've completed I had to design my own thread color sorter and symbol key. I took a piece of thin cardboard and cut a 1" x 9" long rectangular piece out to use as a thread sorter. I then punched 17 holes in my cardboard strip in which to tie each of the different colors. Just above the hole I wrote the DMC floss # and just below the hole I added the respective cross-stitch symbol. I then inserted the floss threads that went with that # and symbol through the hole and tied them in a loose knot. This kit could be much improved if a thread sorter with respective #'s and symbols was provided.

    The beads were contained within two small ziploc bags which was fine. However, when several different beads of similar color or size are included within the bags it can be very difficult to distinguish between the colors or between the petite and regular size beads.  Labeling the ziploc bags as to which bead number they contained would enhance this kit and allow you to tie the bead # to the symbol number on the charts.

    The pattern called for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched as the background like the picture shown below:

    However, I don't like seeing the different perforated sections in the background and opted instead to finish all of the background with a dark blue DMC embroidery floss color that closely matched the color of the dark blue perforated paper and would be sewn as a half-cross stitch.   And, once again, I had decided to square the edges of my picture.

    Unlike all of my other shadow box pictures instead of mounting my picture on hard chipboard or cardboard I decided to mount this on a 1/4" foam chipboard piece.  I thought it would help draw your eye into the shadow box picture as the foam would create a slight curve in the picture within the shadow box adding to the distance effect.

    My results with the totally finished background, square edges, and foam chipboard is shown below:

    The kit had included a yellow hay bundle button that didn't really look like a hay bundle and, in both hubby's and my opinion, would be a detraction from the wonderful Fall design.  So I opted not to use it.

    Despite the relatively small issues I had encountered with the kit I was thrilled with the way my Covered Bridge  turned out. There is a lot going on in a very small cross-stitch picture and it is amazing to see all the details.

    It took me 32  hours to complete this picture including the framing. As always, my comments are meant to be constructive to enable future purchasers to benefit from my experience and to enhance their ability to create a wonderful little cross-stitch design.

    If you'd like make one of your own please click the link below:

    Posted by Linda Walsh Originals- "Doll Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns - "Instant Download E-Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals Dolls - "Handmade Dolls & Crafts for Grown-up Girls!"

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    The Bank of England has "no new toys to play with" to boost the economy, rate-setter Paul Fisher has said, despite being handed a more flexible remit by Chancellor George Osborne last month.

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    set database: LEGO 79111 constitution train chase
    image courtesy of Grogall

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    set number: 79111
    set name: constitution train chase
    theme: disneythe lone ranger
    year: 2013
    pieces: 699
    prices: us$100
    minifigs: 7
    new disney the lone ranger license theme.
    come with a constitution train and rail tracks.
    the train has a locomotive, a coal wagon with secret hiding place, a flatbed car with rotatable quick firing cannon and a prison car with sliding doors and rear door.
    also included a water tower that has fall mechanism, an explodable rock, 4 straight tracks and 16 curved tracks.
    minifigs included a lone ranger minifig, a tonto minifig, a rebecca reid minifig, a danny reid minifig, a butch cavendish minifig, a latham cole minifig and a captain fuller minifig.
    great playability.
    overall design is great.
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    It looks most of the playsets for the Toons (2009-2010) are going to be re-released this Christmas. The CARS included in the playsets are all plastic and while we’ve had a few limited re-releases at Walmart, does this mean more singles & deluxe diecast releases? Rescue Squad Mater Will we actually get the release of [...]

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    Elder Thing by ridureyu Submit your Flickr photos to Poe Ghostal’s Pic of the Day!

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    HARTFORD — Thousands of the toys and other gifts that poured into Newtown following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School ended up going to children's hospitals, mental health programs, victims of Superstorm Sandy; some are even destined even for homeless children in India.

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    Hot Toys has announced details of their sixth-scale Battle Damaged Mark VII limited edition collectible figure from The Avengers movie. This movie promo edition will be exclusively limited to celebrate the Iron Man 3 movie launch. The first 800 pieces will be available for pre-order in Hong Kong. For overseas fans, the figure will be [...]

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    [PR Newswire] - UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A passionate young artist sets out to save her school's art and music program in the new feature-length movie, An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky ...

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    Missed Alter's Black Hanekawa figure when she was up for pre-order before? Lucky you; she's getting a re-release this August. The 1/7-scale figure was reviewed by Emily more than a year ago, but Bakemonogatari is still popular enough apparently to warrant the re-release.

    Black Hanekawa will run you ¥8,800 at retail, so don't expect it to be cheap. Anyone who doesn't have her yet thinking of picking her up?

    [Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan]

    Alter's Black Hanekawa returns screenshot


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