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Friday Five: Totally TV Moments

I didn't bother giving this post an adjective like 'craziest' or whatever because, well, if you've ever seen Totally TV you'll know that every moment is an 11 on the crazy-ometer. If you haven't seen it, all you need to know is that it's a YouTube channel for kids featuring adults dressed up as Disney princess and villains to act out [insane] plot lines, and take part in [bizarre] YouTube challenges.  Marianna has been obsessed with it on and off since discovering it last year, and right now Bing and Midge have been all but forgotten in favour of endless vids about Princess X getting tricked into almost marrying Villain Y. They play other characters too, including their own original series The SuperPops, but you've got to draw the line somewhere.  (Lack of OTT Disney villain is where my line is at!) Anyway, here are five aspects I found I couldn't hate thanks to the sheer brilliance of their scripted insanity... #5. Clone Wars It's just a

Mini Mart: My Dolly Dolls

Supplier:  My Dolly Dolls Website:   Etsy Store Products: Absolutely amazing retro style tailored clothing for Barbie sized dolls. I bought a little top (£6), capri pants (£13), a blue pleated dress (£24), and a floral halterneck dress for a curvy Barbie doll (£24). You can check out more of their wonderful work on their instagram . :) I wanted these as some show pieces for my room set ups and I'm so thrilled with the fit and the quality. There are tiny buttons, interior linings, belts, buckles, and even working pockets in the capri pants. I love it all so much I can't even decide which piece is my favourite! It's definitely a store I'll be going back to... Post and Packing:  About £6. For more like this, please click the image below:

Mini Mart: Wooden Tales Workshop

Supplier:  Wooden Tales Workshop Website:   Etsy Store Products: I decided it was time to give the 1/6 scale house a bit of an overhaul so I sold on a lot of Re-ment and other stuff and ordered a load of flat pack furniture. This was pretty adventurous for me because, well, I'm not good with full scale flat packs and this only promised to be more frustrating. For the most part, thankfully, it was straightforward. Except for the corner wardrobe unit. The air was very blue whilst that was going together, and the less said about the state of the sides you can't see the better!  But, finally, we're at the stage where it only needs a few little paint touch-ups and the drawer handles glued on. (The bottom drawer of the dresser is actually open not badly fitting, btw.) I'm going to raise the legs of the Sindy bed a bit too to bring it more into scale. Every time I look at it I can see all my mistakes in building but, overall, I'm very happy with how it looks and how m

Union J Dolls

Union J are a British boyband who were signed to RCA Records after finishing fourth in series nine of The X Factor. They had a few top ten UK hits and also provided the world with this wonderful video of one of their younger members needing to be told that Taylor Swift's bearding career has nothing to do with her facial hair...  In 2013 Vivid released a set of lookalike dolls. Hamleys were initially selling them for £17 a piece, but you can get them new on Amazon now for £12.99 each. ★  Jaymi - box front / box back . ★  George - box front / box back . ★  Josh - box front / box back . ★  JJ - box front / box back . For more like this, please click the image below:

Friday Five: Ice Cream Flavours

My five favourite ice cream flavours! #5. Raspberry Ripple #4. Bubblegum #3. Pistachio #2. Strawberry #1.  Vanilla I know, so boring. But it does have to be soft serve! Or Cornish ice cream. :D What is your favourite flavour? Let me know in the comments! :) For more like this, click the image below:

Little Mix Dolls

Little Mix are a pop group who won the eighth series of The X Factor back in 2011. That's kind of where my knowledge of them begins and ends. But! In 2012 they got their own fashion doll line, produced by Vivid Imaginations. ★  Jesy Nelson - box front / box back . ★  Jade Thirlwall - box front / box back . ★  Perrie Edwards - box front / box back. ★  Leigh-Anne Pinnock - box front / box back . For more like this, please click the image below:

34 by 34 Films

One of my bucketlist items for this year is to watch 34 new (to me!) films. Here's my progress list: ★ 01. Spirit Untamed (2021) ★ 02. Luca (2021) ★ 03. Old School (2003) ★ 04. Don't Mess With The Zohan (2008) ★ 05. Due Date (2010) ★ 06. Diary of a Madman (1963) ★ 07. Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) ★ 08. E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982) ★ 09. The Addams Family (2019) ★ 10. Trouble (2019) ★ 11. Just Friends (2005) ★ 12. Monster-in-Law (2005) ★ 13. The Addams Family 2 (2021) ★ 14. The Wrong Missy (2020) ★ 15. Dumplin' (2018) ★ 16. The Edge of Seventeen (2016) ★ 17. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) ★ 18. Isn't It Romantic? (2019) ★ 19. Home Sweet Home Alone (2021) ★ 20. Back to the Outback (2021) ★ 21. The Santa Clause 3: the Escape Clause (2006) ★ 22. One Magic Christmas (1985) ★ 23. Alternative 3 (1977) ★ 24. 'Twas the Night (2001) ★ 25. Noelle (2019) ★ 26. Santa Stole Our Dog! (2017) ★ 27. Last Christmas (

Friday Five: Broadcast Signal Intrusions

I love anything a bit creepy and mysterious, and anything to do with retro TV and radio. So it's a no brainer I'd be fascinated by broadcast signal intrusions. Ever since broadcast began there have been people attempting to disrupt, hijack or jam the signals. Reasons range from state censorship of foreign shortwave radio broadcasts right through to a random guy being angry about HBO's monthly subscription fees . Sometimes signal intrusions are accidental, like the time in 2012 when a cut cable was being repaired and three minutes of a gay porno film was shown instead of Canada's CHCH-DT's morning news show. Sometimes they're all but a military operation, like the time in 2015 when TV5Monde was brought to its knees by a sustained cyber attack lasting over three hours. More typically they're the result of lone individuals or small groups of pranksters. Here are five of my favourites... #5. Zombie Apocalypse On February 11th 2013 KRTV in Montana had thei

Cave Club Dolls

Mattel's new 10" Cave Club dolls look awesome. They have all the crazy hair fun of trolls or lines like Hairdorables, with the added draw of dinosaurs. Literally. There is a dino with heart pattern and brushable hair. It's like they've tapped right into the wants of my three year old brain! My favourite thing about the line is the dinosaur cot mobile in the babysitting playset. Cutest. Thing. Ever. Wave one was released in March 2020. Basic Dolls ★  Tella and Hunch  - box front / box back. ★  Fernessa and Ptilly  - box front / box back. ★  Emberly and Flaire  - box front / box back. ★  Roralai and Ferrell  - box front / box back. ★  Slate and Taggy  - box front / box back. Playsets ★ Wild About Cats (Roralai) - box front / box back. ★  Wild About BBQs (Emberly)  - box front / box back. ★ Wild About Babysitting (Fernessa and Furrah) - box front / box back. ★  Rockelle and Tyrasaurus - box front / box back. ★ Sleepover Fernessa - bo

Top of the Pops #2 July 1975

Barbie Week

For the last month or so homeschool has been a bit of a nightmare. Marianna has learned that if she tantrums long enough and hard enough my will to complete the work sent home is inevitably eroded. Her excuses range from not liking the books they're reading, to her hand suddenly hurting far too much to write the single word answers required of her, to the theory that if only she was doing something 'fun' (as opposed to the many and varied craft projects suggested by her school teacher) then she would be getting on with her work nicely... So, in the interests of maintaining some semblance of sanity, I asked her to come up with fun topics she would want to focus on. The net result is lots of dolls, fairies, and princesses. But. I can totally work with that! Here is what we've been up to this week: MONDAY Introducing Barbie and Friends  - Put together the Barbie jigsaw printable .  - Cut and stick Barbie characters (printable A and B ) to A3 sheet.  - Discuss who's wh