Saturday, April 22

Science not silence





Whew, I'm just in time!


In honor of The March for Science I am having a drawing for the Highly Coveted Life Science Set from Our Generation. 


The March for Science (formerly known as the Scientists' March on Washington) was a series of rallies and marches held in Washington, D.C. and more than 600 cities across the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.


According to organizers, the march is a non-partisan movement to celebrate science and the role it plays in everyday lives. The main goals of the march and rally are to call for science that upholds the common good and to call for evidence-based policy in the public's best interest.


The march is part of growing political activity by American scientists in the wake of the November 2016 and the 2017 Women's March.


Comment below or a my Facebook page by midnight tomorrow, Sunday, April 23, 2017. Momma and I shall contact the winner for a mailing address. 


The Our Generation Life Science Set includes one molecule model, one anatomy torso with three removable pieces (rib cage, lungs, and liver), one book, and one poster.


Good luck! May the odds be ever in your favor. 



Tuesday, April 11

The name of the companion





What a week! Grandmomma fell and is back in the hospital - but we think she's relatively okay. 


Then Phoenix Comicon announced Jenna Coleman will be appearing one day only on Sunday, May 28, 2017.


Jenna Coleman is an English actress best known for her role as Clara Oswald in the British television series Doctor Who.


Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, Coleman began her tenure as the 11th Doctor's companion in 2012 on the long running BBC series Doctor Who. Sworn to secrecy during the audition process, Coleman would refer to the project only as Men on Waves (an anagram for "Woman Seven") when asked what she was auditioning for. Producer Steven Moffat remarked that one of the primary reasons Coleman landed the coveted spot was because of the chemistry she shared with Smith and her innate ability to talk faster than him during scenes together.


Coleman's first appearance as The Doctor's companion was originally planned to happen on the 2012 Christmas special. However, she made a surprise appearance  in Asylum of the Daleks playing a relative of her character Clara Oswald, Oswin Oswald. Oswin subsequently died later in that particular episode and appeared again as her own distant relative in the episode, The Snowmen. Her final incarnation as Clara Oswald was introduced in the episode, The Bells of Saint John, where she carried on as The Doctor's regular companion, continuing on in her role as companion when current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, stepped into the role as the 12th Doctor. Her run as Clara Oswald concluded in 2015 with the show's ninth series.


In 2016, Coleman was seen in the television drama Victoria as Queen Victoria. Chronicling the early life of the Queen from her accession to the throne to her courtship with Prince Albert, the series aired to rave reviews on ITV in the United Kingdom. Following the success of the first round of episodes, a second series has been ordered and is currently in production.


Jenna. Coleman. 


Clara.


Queen Victoria. 


What to wear.... What to wear....




Sunday, April 9

Drama queen






Whoopsie daisy! Melody and Xyra from Tea Time with Melody Q named me to participate in the Period Drama Tag.


In February. 


I wrote this then ... but promptly forgot to post it. 


Sigh. 


Better late than never? 


Enjoy!



  1. Which period dramas do you like most? Victoria, Downton Abbey, Mercy Street, Penny Dreadful, and Outlander. 
  2. Choose four characters from a period drama that you like most. From a single drama? Claire, Jamie, Brianna, and Lord John from Outlander
  3. Which period drama have you recently seen that you recommend to other bloggers? Victoria
  4. If you had to choose, which period drama heroine do you like best? Claire from Outlander
  5. And which period drama hero? Jamie, also from Outlander
  6. Have you ever seen a movie which was exactly, or mostly, the same as the book? Enchanted April. 
  7. Which movies do you like most: Jane Austen (ex. Emma), Dickens (ex. Little Dorrit), Bronte sisters (ex. Jane Eyre)? Jane Austen
  8. Would you rather play Emma (Emma), Lizzie (Pride and Prejudice), Catherine (Northanger Abbey), Mary (Downton Abbey), Marian (Robin Hood), Amy (Little Dorrit) or Jane (Jane Eyre)? Marian, especially the Marian from the 1992 version. She was feisty!
  9. Would you rather have Call the Midwife or Cranford? Call the Midwife. 
  10. Which period drama that you haven't seen yet would you like to see? Cranford
  11. Which adaptation of Sense and Sensibility do you like most: 1995 or 2008? 1995 with Alan Rickman. 
  12. Which adaptation of Pride and Prejudice do you like most: 1995 or 2005? 1995, but my guilty pleasure is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  13. Which couple from a period drama movie do you like most. Claire and Jamie from Outlander


I think I shall nominate Karen from http://karenmomofthreescraft.blogspot.com





Saturday, April 8

Unraveling the mysteries





Wow.


All I can say is American Girl had better watch out. Target's Our Generation line by Battat is becoming a Serious Contender when it come to Cool Accessories for Vinyl Americans. 


(According to its website, Battat is a family-owned business that is almost 120 years old!)


AG still wins the doll department, hands down, but OGs accessories are becoming better and better each and every year. 




Momma got Me the Under the Microscope set a few years ago. (We found a few pieces of it after The Fire.)


Under the Microscope Includes:


1 microscope

1 tube stand

3 test tubes

1 pair of glasses

1 Erlenmeyer Flask


Today she found the Highly Coveted Life Science Set, which includes:


1 molecule model

1 anatomy torso with 3 removable pieces (rib cage, lungs and liver)

1 book

1 poster


AND the Lab Class Set! It includes:


1 volcano with functioning light

2 phials

1 bottle of baking soda

1 measuring spoon

1 rubber ball pipette

1 bottle of dishwashing liquid

1 pair of glasses


She also spotted the Specialty doll Blanca, who comes with:


1 non-poseable 18 inch doll

1 shirt

1 skirt

1 lab coat

1 pair of socks

1 pair of undies

1 pair of boots

1 bow tie

1 pair of steampunk goggles

1 pair of glasses

1 wind-up robot

1 caliber

1 atom model

1 pencil

1 robot spec sheet


I am seriously geeking out!


Does anyone want to play Mad Scientist with me?




Thursday, March 30

Nevertheless, she persisted






You may now officially call me an Old Battle Axe. 


A battle-axe is a derogatory term for an aggressive and domineering woman.


Perhaps the best example was Carrie Nation, who wielded a hatchet and made it her symbol. Not only was she a militant temperance activist, but she also became involved in the suffragette campaign for votes for women which cemented the stereotype.


So Momma and I were delighted when watching Doctor Who, and the Twelfth Doctor challenged a Viking to an axe battle. (Yes, yes, I know. We're a year behind.)


I knew I had to have one for myself! It took awhile, but then we spotted this beauty that sounded exactly like Peter Capaldi's description of the Twelfth Doctor's guitar: 


"We ended up with a guitar that looked like a Fender Stratocaster that had been described to someone who had never seen one."


Oh, yeah. I be jammin'. 


Anyone want to duel?




Wednesday, March 22

And the winner is...






... Nonna of Mommy's Doll Club!


Nonna is the lucky winner of the meal from Winter at Faux Real Foods:




•A ham sandwich 

•Potato chips

•Eggnog

•A mummy pumpkin tart

•And a boxed lemon pie - complete with tiny bite marks


Thanks Winter!!! It has been an honor and a privilege to host this giveaway!


Nonna, please email your mailing address to me at steampunkaddie (at) gmail dot com


BTW, Mommy's Doll Club is another excellent blog to check out at: http://mommysdollclub.com



Tuesday, March 21

Dreamy Great and Grand Luncheon





Whee! I finally got a story!


Tea Time with Melody Q is one of my very favorite blogs since it combines two of my favorite things: tea and dolls. 


Melody Q's mom Xyra has been very kind to us over the years, and even more so since The Fire. 


However, I changed the rules, so anyone who comments is entered to win, but I had to share this funny story. (I have an excellent consolation prize for Xyra, Kirsten, and Melody if they don't win!)


Winner to be announced tomorrow!


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"Hey, Mel! I have to tell you about this dream I had!" Kirsten said, laughing. 


"I hope it wasn't a nightmare, Kirsten."


"No, no, but you'll get a kick out of it because Gramma Enne AND Great Aunt Lanie were involved."


"Really? Spill!" said Melody. 


"Okay, so I was in the kitchen making my favorite sandwich for school..."


"Ham and cheese, right?" Melody giggles. 


Kirsten giggles. "Yes, but don't interrupt. The dream is fading."


"Okay."


"So I'm making my ham and Swiss sandwich. It's perfect little bit of ham, cheese, lettuce, maybe some tomato, a dab of mustard."


"Oooo, did you paint on the mustard like the guy on Sesame Street who painted the number on the bread in ketchup?"


"Seriously? You have to let me finish...but yes, I painted on the mustard." Kirsten giggles. "Anyway, I had it ready on my plate when the doorbell rings and who's there but Great Aunt Lanie. She sees the sandwich and says, 'I'm just in time! You have to have some chips with your sandwich!'


"We sit down at a lovely little square table with a navy blue tablecloth and I give her half of the sandwich and she pours chips on both our plates. While we're eating the door opens and in pops Gramma Enne. We all hug and go back to eating; a third half-sandwich appears on a plate, the table is now round with three chairs, and the tablecloth is lavender...."


"House elves..." whispers Melody. 


Kirsten's jaw drops and she stares at Melody. 


"Sorry! Continue, please."


"We finish up our lunch and Enne says, 'What shall we have for dessert?' Lanie adds, 'Yes, we must have dessert, but not chocolate; it's after 2 p.m.'"


Melody giggles. 


"I go to the kitchen. 'Well, we have this lemon pie we can share.' I open the box and jump, 'There's a bite out of it!'"


"'Oh, no!' they say."


"Lanie pipes up, 'Oh, I forgot. I pulled this little mummy danish out of the freezer. I had saved it for you.'"


"I say, 'Oh, that's sweet. Looks tasty too. Shall we split it?'"


"'Yes, there is enough for three.' Enne says, 'You know what would be perfect with that?'"


"Lanie and I turn to her with questioning eyes...  'Egg nog!'"


"Egg nog?"


"Sure, the last egg nog of the season."


"'Well, okay.' We split the pie in three and the egg nog too...and that's when I woke up."


Melody laughs. "Well, if you're going to lunch with anyone in a dream those two are the ones to do it with; you won't go away from the table hungry."


"But I woke up hungry and wanting a mummy danish! Where am I to find that in March?!" complains Kirsten. 


"I'd be more worried if you wanted the egg nog!"


The two girls head off to the kitchen laughing.


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Make sure you check out Tea Time with Melody Q at  https://teatimewithmelodyq.blogspot.com




Monday, March 20

Dr. Frankendolly, I presume





I am pleased to report that Lea 1.3 is Finally Here - safe and sound. 


Momma had to call American Girl last week when Lea 1.3 hadn't arrived yet. Apparently she hadn't even left yet!


Sigh. 


Lea 1.3 was sent out immediately and she arrived today. Thankfully her head now matches her body. No more farmer's tan!


Lea 1.2 will begin her sad journey back to Wisconsin tomorrow. 


Now, a quick observation on the AG Hospital and its recent quality control. 


Lea 1.2 arrived with the right head with pierced ears, but wrong body and limbs. She arrived with the standard hospital gown, socks, certificate, and doll-sized Get Well Card. Lea 1.2 also arrived with a tiny little hospital wristband. 


Lea 1.3 arrived with the correct head with pierced ears, body and limbs - phew! She also arrived with the standard hospital gown, socks, certificate, and doll-sized Get Well Card.


However, Lea 1.3 did NOT have the tiny little hospital wristband, but she did arrive with Lea's earring set which Lea 1.2 did not! 


Now, Momma and Lea 1.3 both prefer the earring set to the plastic hospital wristband, but come on AG. Little girls are counting in you to return their Vinyl American friends home safe and sound.


Please take a minute to double check before sending dolls such as Lea home. 



Saturday, March 18

Bye bye Johnnie





Howling, bye, bye, bye, bye
Bye, bye, bye, bye
Bye bye Johnny
Good bye Johnny B. Goode


RIP Chuck Berry

1926-2017


Written by Chuck Berry • Copyright © BMG Rights Management



Friday, March 17

Second chance





Apparently, I asked too much of you, My Gentle Reader. 

I did not receive One. Single. Story. describing the Pictured Meal by Faux Real Foods. 

Sigh

So I need to change the rules.

Comment below or on my Facebook page.
The contest deadline is Midnight on March 21, 2017. The winner wins the pictured meal!

•A ham sandwich 
•Potato chips
•Eggnog
•A mummy pumpkin tart
•And a boxed lemon pie - complete with tiny bite marks


The lucky winner will be announced Here (and on Facebook) on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. 

Good luck!



Wednesday, March 8

Frankendolly





I honestly don't know what to do. 


Should I laugh or cry?


Poor Momma sent her Lea into the American Girl Doll Hospital for total replacement. (Clementine and I were the only dolls to survive The Fire - all the others were either melted or unsalvageable.) 


Lea was the only doll Momma found that was recognizable. She decided to replace only Lea due to the happy memories of attending Lea's Jan. 1, 2016 release at the AG Scottsdale store with my Big Sister and I. 


So off Lea went last month after Momma got her Income Tax refund. 


Lea returned home today.


Snigger.


Someone at the Doll Hospital put Leah's lovely medium skin-toned head on a light skin-toned body. Poor Leah looks like she has a farmer's tan!


Momma called the Doll Hospital and Leah 1.3 is on her way.


I don't know who I feel sorrier for: Lea or Momma. 




Thursday, March 2

Hubba boba!





One of the things I love about Winter is her generosity in sharing craft tutorials. Not only does she make the best dolly drinks I've found, but she shares how on her blog! 


http://fauxrealfood.com/2017/01/07/doll-drink-tutorial-american-girl-dolls/


Apparently her secret is two-step epoxy - not the acrylic water used by so many. 


We have some of Faux Real Foods milk, eggnog (complete with nutmug!), and boba tea and they are all beautiful, tasty ... and sturdy. 


Boba, or bubble tea, is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung in the 1980s. Most bubble tea recipes contain tea mixed with fruit, milk, tapioca balls, and/or fruit jelly.


Now, Momma and I both love tea, and Momma adores tapioca - but tapioca in tea?! No, thank you!


That said, Winter's boba tea is about the prettiest (and tastiest) we've ever seen. 


Don't forget, you can win a Faux Real Food meal - complete with eggnog! Read my post for more details: https://steampunkaddie.blogspot.com/2017/02/tell-me-story.html?m=1


Check out Winter's website at www.fauxrealfood.com. View tutorials, reviews, and sign up for the newsletter to receive special offers. Free shipping until March 15 with orders over $15. Use code FEBFREE17 at checkout.



Wednesday, March 1

Faux food, real quality





Momma and I love chatting online with Winter, owner of Faux Real Food. She's smart, funny, and compassionate - and LOVES custom requests.


Knowing this, we had to ask her some questions. 


Steampunk Addie: What is your favorite doll food to make? 


Faux Real Food: My favorite doll food to make is anything I haven't made before. I love my customers, they consistently request unique and fascinating menu items and accessories. I feel very fortunate to be able to do interesting work.


SA: What was your favorite (or most memorable) custom request?


FRF: My favorite custom request? This is a tough question, there are so many I've enjoyed. These leap immediately to mind; I had a great time making a complete menu for a Mexican food cart, very detailed and time consuming but so cool when finished. Corned beef and cabbage dinner was a terrific challenge, Caroline's fish and Lima bean dinners turned out very well. I did a series of giant cake cookies with different themes for each month, those made me hungry! There are so many others. 


My most memorable requests so far have been a squid shaped tumor in a tiny glass jar filled with moonshine, an everlasting gobstopper based on the early 1970s movie and an old-fashioned slop bucket. Some dolls have more interesting homes than I do! 



Ooh, Momma just told me she asked Winter to make my birthday cake! Whee! April 9th can't get here fast enough!!



Check out Winter's website at www.fauxrealfood.com. View tutorials, reviews, and sign up for the newsletter to receive special offers. Free shipping until March 15 with orders over $15. Use code FEBFREE17 at checkout.


Tuesday, February 28

Tell me a story





I'll continue to review some of the yummy foods from Faux Real Foods this week, but now I want to unveil the contest and the rule(s). 


What do you, My Gentle Reader, need to do to win this Most Excellent Repast?


Tell me a story. Don't worry! It can be a short story!! I just want your ideas tying this yummy ideas into one Cohesive Meal. 


Okay, so tell me why one would eat at one meal:


•A ham sandwich 

•Potato chips

•Eggnog

•A mummy pumpkin tart

•And a lemon pie, complete with bite marks - I couldn't resist trying it!


The contest deadline is in two weeks, by midnight on March 14, 2017.  Momma, My Big Sister, Winter (and I!) will read them all and the Best Short Story (heck, I'll take a Rough Draft) wins the pictured meal!


The winner (and your amazing story) will be announced on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. 


Submissions can be sent to me at either steampunkaddie (at) gmail dot com or through my Facebook page. 


Happy Writing!