Tuesday, February 19, 2013


I have just opened a new shop on etsy to sell my Art Dolls and BJD hats and attire from. The new shop is called Nightshade Dolls and can be found here. Not much to look at yet but I will post links and a new etsy mini as things start to get going ;o)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sloppy Snogs!

Big sloppy Valentine's snog with tongues to y'all!!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

TV Trauma

This is only going to make sense if you are in the UK, but, please, please, please, will someone tell me when it is safe to turn the TV back on again?

I'm talking about the nauseating family who play charades in those awful idents on ITV, apparently there to promote some brand of whisky or other. Obviously not doing their job very well as I can't remember which brand. They first appeared over Christmas... a time when there is never much reason to turn on the TV anyway, so not much harm done... but it's mid February now! I was kind of hoping they would have been sucked up that black hole with the Go-Compare idiot and all the Meerkats by now :o(

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Splashback horror!

Life lessons learnt the hard way: discovered that projectile vomiting and those trendy little bowl sinks do not mix :o(

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Church of the Open Mind

I felt a bit uneasy when I read about this earlier in the week: What happens at an atheist church?

I have my family to thank for the fact that I was never christened and not brought up to believe in any religion, just given all the information and allowed to make up my own mind. I knew I was an atheist long before I could spell the word. By High School this resulted in my spending morning assembly in the back row with the teachers, sat next to the solitary Jehovah's Witness and exempt from prayers. (Do I need to mention I wasn't the most popular kid?) Over the years, most of the other non-believer's I have met have decided, it's been something they have given a lot of thought to. Strangely at odds with many of my other friends who got married in church, christened their children and chose godparents for them (don't worry, they say, you don't need to be a Christian... errr - I think you DO!), but when I ask if they believe in god they shrug and say "it's just what you do, isn't it?"

I guess that's why the rather vocal atheist lobbying that seems to be gaining momentum of late, worries me a little. Is it a good thing if people give up on religion simply because it is kind of trendy? If you haven't really thought it through and reached your own conclusions, reached your own peace with the idea of a god-less universe, one you are no longer at the center of, what happens when you hit the really hard moments in life? Where do you turn? How will you cope?

I don't like the thought of someone 'preaching' atheism either, too easy for it to become a cult of personality. Why does the whole structure need to ape a religious service anyway? Why on a Sunday morning? A quote from the BBC article sums up what worries me: "It will become an organised religion. It's inevitable. A belief system will set in. There will be a structure, an ethical outlook on life." I don't want anyone to tell me how to think! That's where all the trouble starts, how long before we have breakaway sects of fundamental atheists who want to dictate what form our non-believing takes?

The one thing that does really appeal to me about this is the communal aspect though. I watched "A Dream of a Life" earlier this evening and it's a chilling reminder of just how easy it is for people to fall through the cracks of our fragmented modern world. We do seriously need to rebuild our local communities, give people a place and a reason to congregate and start to look out for one another again. With or (preferably) without religion.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Big News - Sad News

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about doll making... or rather, the fact that I no longer seem to have any time to do just that. I still love making dolls and doubt I will ever completely give it up, but right now, having a website, a blog, an etsy shop - all dedicated to Freaky Little Things (and the dolls I no longer have time to make) seems a little crazy. It just all makes me feel guilty that I am not making anything new, but until I figure out how to clone myself, that ain't going to happen!

When Art Dolls Only finished, the carrot and stick which kept me working away at the dolls just disappeared, so did the camraderie of being part of such a big group of like minded creatives. Since then I have done very little with Freaky Little Things to be honest. Also, the name Freaky Little Things itself doesn't really suit the critters I make anymore, another reason to rethink things.

I've gotten so used to blogging I can't imagine stopping, so for now I will continue to ramble on aimlessly post here, but I am closing my etsy shop and the website (the one I only just managed to get back up, yes, THAT one!). They no longer serve a purpose.

When I figure out what I am going to do next I will let you know...

Monday, February 4, 2013

Bah... Valentine's Humbug!

Call me a grouchy singleton but I am pretty sick of Valentine's Day already and there is still 10 more days of over priced roses and forced sentimentality to go. I quite like thinking behind Etsy's current "Anti-Valentine's Day" campaign although in reality it is just another slightly skewed marketing ploy.

You are probably thinking this is just sour grapes (over priced ones - with little love hearts printed on them, no doubt) but I have never really liked the idea that you have to express your feelings on one day of the year along with everyone else on the planet. I'm not sure emotions that can be turned on and off at will like a tap make me feel special...

Someone remind me of this next time I have had too much wine/mascara thinner and start whining about how nobody loves me!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Django Unwatched

I went to see Django Unchained with Jamie, my 18 year old nephew, last night. My spectacularly YOUNG looking 18 year old nephew... We had both been looking forward to our night out but they wouldn't let him into an 18 film without a passport or a drivers license so we had to settle for a night in with DVDs instead. I'd so forgotten what it's like to have to prove your age all the time... of course, for us girls, we just to cake on another few inches of make up and waltz right in!