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    Several years ago I decided to enter one of the doll challenges on the Cloth Doll Artistry community that I belong to. I didn't win, but that was okay with my Santa. So, a pattern he became. And, that suits him just fine.

    I had previously written about being "In Sewing Heaven" on a post on my Linda's Blog when I was creating him but, wasn't able to tell you the details of the challenge at that time.

    Well, the rules of the challenge were that we would each have a partner that we would swap 3 different holiday fat quarters with. Each of us would use the fat quarters sent by our partner to make a Santa doll. We were each sent a simple body pattern to use that could be altered anyway we wanted. The clothing was entirely up to us as long as we used the fat quarters we were sent and, as a bonus, could add 2 solid colors. There were three categories we could enter our doll in: Silliest Cartoon Character Type Santa, Most Creative In Color In Style, and Most Traditional In Style To Father Christmas.

    My partner had sent me a bright red/green fancy floral fabric, rustic pine cone printed fabric, and a light beige/cream fabric. I decided to make my Santa Victorian in nature (pray tell now why would I choose that? LOL LOL) with a long lined coat and cuffed and gathered pantaloons.


    I also decided to partially embroider and watercolor his face and give him silver embroidered glasses, as well as a raised nose. He had a full curly mohair mustache, full combination straight and curly mohair beard, and a straight mohair full head of hair.


    His lined jacket was adorned with gold trim on the inside and outside edges of his jacket with the front lapels folded back and tied in place with red DMC floss bows. His lined jacket was fastened with a wired gold bow with wood button and the lined sleeves were gathered and cuffed with bright red fabric.

    You can't tell from the pictures, but he's also wearing a solid green tunic that is gathered at the neck and wrists and fastened around his waist with a gold rope. His hat had a lined band, large red pompom and matched both his coat and cuffed two colored pantaloons.His black boots had criss-cross laces of white DMC embroidery floss.   And, I decided to sit him atop a wrapped box with a large wired ribbon bow and have him hold a pre-bought decorated wooden sled.

    It was a tough challenge as all the Santa's that were submitted were excellent. I submitted mine under the Most Creative In Color and Style category. It was hard choosing which one I liked for each category - besides my own, of course!! LOL LOL

    Alas, he didn't win. Of course, I'd hoped I would win. I didn't but - a pattern he'll be for all of you to make. And, he's just fine with that.



    For more information on my "Presents For You" Santa please CLICK HERE.

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    Why?!

    “Why, why, why?!” - I’m sure many of us have asked themselves this question at some point in their life when bad things happen. Sometimes we seek an explanation as to why something bad happened - an explanation may make us feel better.
    When we can't find an explanation, we end up feeling worse. When that something is unfair, we also feel angry. Bad things are even worse when it’s related to a bond that you had with a person or an object.
    • Somebody stole something from you - why you?!
    • Somebody close to you stabbed you in the back - why you?!
    • Folks who you don't even know start to gang up on you either in real life or the net - why you?!
    • That project you are working on is going haywire all of a sudden - why you?!
    • You been studying all year and failed your exams - why you?!
    • You discover that you have an illness - why you?!
    • Your boyfriend/girlfriend dumped you for your brother/sister - why you?!
    • And so on and so on...

    I have a very strong belief that things that go bad actually help you become stronger to prepare you for more of the same (or worse) as you continue your journey through life.
    Life is like being the captain of a ship sailing the seas of life. Its not always calm seas and clear blue skies.

    Its the first time you are facing a fierce storm. There is a huge intake of water, the rudder breaks, the mainsail is up when it should be down, you panic and you end up capsizing.


    The following day, you find yourself on an island with your battered but repairable boat.
    The island that you ended up on has scarce resources but you don't complain - you use your resourcefulness to make do with what's available.

    In this situation, many people would start to complain and blame others or use the situation as an excuse to give up. A classic example is “I can't do blah because I don't have the money.”
    Excuses like these are very easy to make and may make us feel better in the short term but in the long term its very damaging as we start to accept the situation instead of doing something about it.
    Make do with what you have now - if you need more then go and get/make it yourself later.


    Now back to that battered boat of yours. Make do with the resources you have on the island to not only repair but at the same time reinforce weak parts of the boat such as the rudder. You come up with a smart way to lower the mainsail even faster than before and before you know it your boat is ready to sail the seas once again.

    You are back at sea continuing your journey through life and come across another storm. This time you are more prepared with not only an upgraded ship but with new learnings too - learnings that you would not have gained unless you went through that previous storm.

    You dont panic like last time. You now know how to steer through a storm based on wind direction. You also now know that the wind and waves can turn shallow areas of sea into a more dangerous place than open areas as waves become more steeper and so on. You say to yourself “I can do this.”


    Multiple bad things never happen at a time of our choosing

    But as you battle with the storm, a giant sea serpent appears who likes the look of your boat and wants you for its 3PM snack. Now you have 2 bad things happening at the same time.
    “This can't be happening! Why now?!”

    All of a sudden it feels like something or someone really hates you. When more than one bad thing happens to you at the same time, its sometimes unbelievable and can take a long time to recover unless you are armed with the knowledge that all of this shite that is hitting the fan is for your own good - even though it may not seem so at the time.

    The giant sea serpent takes a bite out of your hull and you capsize ending up on the same island again the next morning.
    But this time you are armed with learnings from the previous time you ended up on the island. You fix your boat in less than half of the time it took and this time you paint your boat with a layer of poisonous giant red ant poo paste which may or may not prevent that giant sea serpent from trying to take a bite out of your boat - but you won't know until you try.


    Bad things will always happen to you - deal with it

    Stormy seas and sea serpents are not pleasant at all but there is nothing we can do to prevent them - its part of nature and will come back again and again.
    In life, shite hits the fan and bad things happen all the time - but just imagine that nothing happened and that life was plain sailing - life would be dead boring and you might as well end up being a vegetable.

    Everything may seem all lost when bad things happen but if you let go of that rudder and purposely let your boat go under then you are a gonner for sure.

    I’ve been around for about 4 decades now and while life is not getting easier, I’ve gained many learnings to help me deal with many bad things that have happened in the past. The storms (bad things/challenges) are getting bigger but the rewards are getting bigger too but this is because I choose to upgrade my ship each time and fight the storm with new knowledge and techniques - instead of dropping everything and letting go.

    As for illness - yep I have that too. I was depressed for a while but realised that being depressed didn't help the situation at all and decided that I needed to get on with life and make the most of it while I still can still walk. As soon as I decided to continue to live my life, my outlook on everything changed for the better and I'm able to forge forward.
    As for the learning that I gained from being diagnosed with a sickness - I learned how to be positive in times of bleakness and its helped me continue until today and for tomorrow too.

    Its very easy to just give up and when bad things happen, giving up is a way to prevent the pain from happening again. In the case of a once brave captain, she would steer the boat to the nearest tropical island and remain in that paradise of a comfort zone and die an uneventful life.
    I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with living an uneventful life - its absolutely fine for Harry or Sally but is it really for you?


    Things going bad is necessary for us to learn and become stronger

    Recently, something very bad happened in my life. And as with many bad things, it was so sudden and I was like WTF?!
    I was initially in shock, angry and depressed for a while but soon back on my feet because I have a strong belief - things going bad is necessary for us to learn and become stronger. No pain, no gain.

    This belief is not a religion that I hold onto hoping that things will turn out OK. Through past experiences of shite hitting the fan, I observe how I have adapted and learned to face similar bad shite. We all can adapt but only if we choose to. This belief has helped me get through *a lot* of bad shite ^^


    Don't let the bad stuff that is happening to you drag you down through the depths of the ocean. Know that bad stuff is a necessity to help you grow even though it can be painful. With this knowledge in mind, you can get through anything. This knowledge has helped me and I know it will help you. I’m still mending from my wounds but at least my boat is chugging along and I'll soon upgrade it on my next stop with turbine engines and a titanium hull^o^

    Stay strong and never loose focus. Don't let go of that rudder, don't let the ship go under.


    As for the photos in this post - taken at various locations around the world ^^


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    Well, we know the older 2011 and 2012 singles case assortments have been pushed out to consolidators. Now, the 2-packs are oversized deluxe are available also … So, if you’re missing any, you might check your favorite close-out/discounters. Since these are only available at $2.50 and above, you won’t find them at the $.99 Store [...]

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    set database: LEGO 30100 andrea at the beach


    image courtesy of Eurobricks

    image courtesy of LEGO.com
    set number: 30100
    set name: andrea at the beach
    theme: friendspromotional
    year: 2012
    pieces: 28
    prices: us$5
    minidoll: 1
    great small set.
    come in polybag packaging.
    promotional set.
    included andrea in yellow shirt and light aqua skirt and a bucket, a shovel, a sandcastle and flippers.
    great playability.
    overall design is great.
    must have for friends lovers.
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    AFi8thScoopbannerDAY 1 Hey everyone!   Welcome to the launch of Action Figure Insider’s 8th Anniversary Celebration.  As has been the case for the past seven years, on the week of our anniversary we have a little something we like to call “Scoop Week” where we bring you a variety of new, exclusive news on all your [...]

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  • 04/23/13--04:34: John Crane Symphony in B
  • This toy from the B range at John Crane is possibly the best musical toy we’ve ever seen.


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    Injustice – Gods Among Us by marccrowther Submit your Flickr photos to Poe Ghostal’s Pic of the Day!

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    I may be out of town doing supposedly (hopefully) fabulous things, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging! Here is an oldie but goodie: a favorite, yet often overlooked post that I wanted to share all over again. Enjoy! I’m dithering over this post. I’ve gone through several topics that are lingering on my [...]

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  • 04/23/13--06:00: Toy Aisle Trolls > Crock
  • Toy Aisle Trolls is a feature highlighting acts of vandalism to in-store toy items. If you find a ruined package, a stolen figure, a swapped-out figure, or any other such acts, take a photo (cell phone photos are fine if they’re not blurry) and email them to poe@poeghostal.com. Submitted by: GeekSummit Hey there, Just wanted [...]

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    EE is having a sale on Jazware Toys (BO Get one 50%) which includes the new Hanna Barbera line … And the weird and oddball Adventure Time & The Regular Show figures …     Tweet This Post

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    Grant Cleveland, CEO of DuneCraft, who had his first art opening at the Dick Kleinman Fine Art Gallery, is having another opening at Fairmount Center for the Arts. The opening will be on April 27, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with an Artist’s Dialogue at 7:00 p.m. Dick Kleinman, a massive proponent of Cleveland’s [...]

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    I'm definitely enjoying photographing the new resin Gene doll. It reminds me of the days when I'd get one doll at a time and spend a week changing her clothes and taking pictures. I haven't done this in a long time.
    In the images on this page, Phoenix is wearing Sybarite Neurotica's dress. It fits
    very nicely except the straps of the dress are extending above the natural shoulder. I like it anyway.  The shoes fit, too, but because Gene's ankles do not bend the shoe's angle, when she is standing up, is off. The wig is by Cheryl Wood. She's wearing her own gloves smooshed down and folded over.
    This doll looks great in everything!


     
    Above you can see the detail of her glove hands. This is the set of hands that is painted white. They were easy to switch to the regular color hands without tools but did require a third hand. In my case I held the doll between my legs and switched the hands. You can see the other hands in prior photos I posted of Phoenix.
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    Tom in CA has graciously allowed me to reproduce his Gene comparison photos.
    First we have blonde versions of all three Gene Marshall dolls. On the left is an Ashton Drake, center is Integrity Toys and right is the new Phoenix.  Do you have a favorite? 
    In this particular picture, I like the IT version primarily because of the hairstyle which makes her forehead smaller than either of the others. 


    Here is another comparison which is great because it shows the head shape differences. Phoenix has a much more realistically proportioned head.  The Gene on the left looks as if she's missing part of her skull!


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    Must Be Destiny, Bro.

    The dudes in the pic above entered a subway car from separate ends. They don’t know each other, but God damn they fit! My new OTP.


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    The new Hornby eLink system uses your PC to help you control your trains.


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    Nearly 3,000 children living with their families on military base Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas were treated to a special toy giveaway on April 17 hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and national partner Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Military Services. Families stationed at Fort Bliss, as well as resident members [...]

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    COARSE Toys has just unveiled their latest art figure, LOCKS, who’s first emergence was in the “Souls Gone Mad” solo exhibit at Rotofugi. LOCKS stands 11” tall and will be available in two colorways, milky bliss and blush, limited to 250 pieces each. They will be available for Pre-Order on...


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  • 04/23/13--10:45: First Contact Enterprise E

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    The next piece in Pop Culture Shock's Mortal Kombat life-size bust collection has been announced. Click through for images and information on both the regular and exclusive editions of the Mortal Kombat 9 Scorpion life-size bust.

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