Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pre-Thanksgiving Activities

Pre-Thanksgiving Activities With My Dolls

The "SAVE TOM" Campaign


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"A" as in APOLLO for Alphabe-Thursday

It's the beginning of another round of Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  Today we are studying the letter "A" as in APOLLO.

For this round of Alphabe-Thursday I'm going to try and take you on a journey around my neck of the woods...Houston, Texas.

I drove over to Space Center Houston today which is located right next to the Johnson Space Center.  I like you but I didn't want to pay the $16.95 price to get inside.  It's $16.95 online or $21.95 at the door and that's Senior Citizen prices.  So, I had to go to the free little park they have right outside the entrance.  I know I've taken pictures here before, but it's FREE!

This is a fake APPOLO capsule.  NASA doesn't call it fake...that's my terminology.  These prototype command modules were called boilerplates by NASA and were used for preflight testing.  I have no idea why they called them boilerplates.  Kind of a strange name...huh?
I took a picture of the sign and if you click on it you might be able to read the description.
If you'd like to see an actual APOLLO spacecraft there's one on display inside Space Center Houston and at other locations around the USA (and London, England).  Click here for those locations.

If you'd like to learn more about the APOLLO program this documentary was made for the 40th Anniversary of the APOLLO program by NASA.
If you want to watch an exciting movie try APOLLO 13 with Tom Hanks.  I highly recommend it.

Now head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.  Thank you for visiting!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Z" as in making ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ's for Alphabe-Thursday


Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  This week we are studying the letter "Z" as in making ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ's.

In keeping with my doll theme for this round of Alphabe-Thursday...
...here she is making ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ's.

Now head over to Ms. Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.  Thank you for visiting.


Thursday, November 06, 2014

"Y" as in YELLOW

This week we are studying the letter "Y" for Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."
Our weather finally cooled off a little and I've been spending time out in the garage trying to get a wooden trash can painted for the kitchen and a table finished that I started working on over a year ago.  I only have a limited amount of time to work on this kind of stuff since days like this are few and far between.  I wish we had basements here!

All of a sudden it was time for Alphabe-Thursday!  I had to dip into my archives to come up with something.  How about "Y" as in YELLOW? 

Some years back I got together with some Ginny Doll friends.  One of the ladies made our dolls ice hockey uniforms.  They wore YELLOW shirts.  I could be mistaken but I believe their helmets were made out of those Leggs eggs that held panty hose and were sold in grocery stores some years back.
She made an ice rink too.
 Things got ugly but that's how it is with Ice Hockey.

I think these pictures were taken with my very first digital camera.

Now head over to Ms. Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.  Thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"X" as in Ginny Doll X-RAY

Welcome once again to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  This week we are studying the letter "X" as in X-RAY.  (I know, not too original but X is a difficult letter.)
In keeping with my doll theme I will give you an abbreviated history of the Vogue Doll Company.  The company was founded by Mrs. Jennie Graves in Massachusetts.  She was a very talented sewer and in 1922 she dressed some German dolls and sold them to a Boston department store. Over the years she did well, but eventually sales declined.  At that time she decided to come up with a line of 8 inch dolls and they were released in 1946 and eventually called Ginny.

In 1948 Ginny started being made out of plastic.  Mrs. Graves had a group of home sewers making outfits for these strung plastic dolls.  In 1954 the company came out with a walking Ginny doll.  For sentimental reasons the 1954 walking Ginny is my favorite.  This particular doll had painted eyebrows and lashes and is referred to by collectors as the 1954 PLW (painted lash walker) Ginny.

Some years back someone posted an X-RAY of a walking Ginny doll on a doll list.  You can see in the X-RAY how the walker was made.
Here are a few other pictures that show how the doll is put together.  I no longer recall where these pictures came from but probably from a doll list just like the X-RAY picture.  There's no way I would ever be able to take apart a doll this way and put it back together!  This is a later doll because she does not have the painted lashes.  From 1955 on they had molded lashes.
As a child I never really had my doll walk.  It wasn't like you could give her a push and she'd walk across the room.  You kind of had to rock her and press down so her feet would move and then her head would turn.  I never found that too exciting.  I'm sure today's kids would be totally bored.

I know I've shown my childhood 1954 PLW before, but here she is again.  She's the reason 1954 is my favorite Ginny year.  Her walking mechanism is broken, but that's OK.  I wouldn't have her walking anyway.  I just want her to stand there and look cute.
I have a Pinterest board with some of the 1954 PLW Ginnys in different outfits.  I told you 1954 was my favorite year!

Now head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants. 

Thank you for visiting!