darwin: a black-and-white butterfly on an orangey red background (Default)
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darwin: A close-up of a girl wearing torn tights and stompy black boots. (Cross-legged.)
I used to be a massive fan of Monster High dolls but I think I've been getting a bit bored of those dolls lately. It's really sad, because I like the characters (Ghoulia's my favourite) and many of the first dolls from 2010-2012. I've not been interested enough in any of the newer dolls to want to get any of them and I actually think Mattel are starting to run out of ideas. It's not quite Barbie-level blandness - I just think they're running out of concepts to make the range consistently compelling. Ever After High seems to be where all their ideas are going now while MH just seems a bit repetitive at the moment.


17 April 2014 03:38 pm
darwin: A close-up of a girl wearing torn tights and stompy black boots. (Cross-legged.)
One benefit of the Indian Kathak Dance class we've been taking is that I've learnt to count to 5 in Hindi - ek, do, teen, char, panch (I don't know how they're properly spelt - but in any case Hindi's not even written in Latin letters so it doesn't matter so much).
darwin: An array of multicoloured flowers. (Flowers!)
*points at username*

My name was actually free! :-O
darwin: (Intentionality.)
Kerry and I were reading the Yacht Mollymawk website, which we found by chance while poking about on a thread on Wordpress localisation. It's a travelogue written by an English family who travel round the world in an old yacht as their permanent home - well, I think most of their travel has been in Southern Europe and the Caribbean - places like Spain, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. Much of the writing there is beautiful and the photography is too! (I have to say that the website is very well designed as well; the son, Caesar, is a web designer who learnt his skills while travelling.)

Jill, the mother, is the most common writer on the blog and I like many of her observations about education and travelling, but I have a hard time getting my head round some of the characterisations she makes about the people living in the countries she and her family visit. Things about how you can ~learn~ from people in third-world countries, that sort of thing. Or equating voluntary minimalism that those of us in western countries can do with the enforced minimalism that people in poor countries have to do. It's not quite on the level of...the stereotypical Victorian English explorer banging on about noble savages, but it is a bit annoying to see that. I think you can get cultural impressions from people but I don't know how I feel about generalisations like 'People in country X are nice' or 'People in country Y are all nasty'. People are...people wherever they are and they can vary!

Yes, there are things you can learn from people...but you can learn things from people anywhere, whether they're in England or Eritrea or Egypt or Estonia. Travelling round the world is a wonderful experience, but there are ways to gain perspective even within a 'first world' country like the UK (...like the increasing need for food banks over there?) or the US (there is more income inequality in the USA than any other industrialised western democracy).

I like the emphasis on conservation and not buying useless things that you're really not going to use, and questioning consumer culture is important but I don't think it's necessary to romanticise other groups while doing it.

...now I feel like a SJW. *sighs*
darwin: A pair of white Doc Martens covered with pink flowers. (Floral boots.)
I was browsing Doll Diaries, mostly looking at their Throwback Thursday section, and apparently someone's called their East Asian doll 'Suzuki' (that's a Japanese surname!) and put her in a Chinese-style outfit. I don't really care what people call their dolls normally but that one made me want to roll my eyes.
darwin: A girl sitting on a tyre swing. (Swing.)
Someone is trying to sell an ordinary, bog-standard calculator as a doll accessory.

Yes. A calculator. I can see it being a cute doll 'tablet' in a child's game, but...it's a calculator!
darwin: someone with painted nails holding her ankles. she's wearing big black boots. (big stompy boots)
Yay, an ebay buyer that actually paid me for an item within a day! (I put that item I was auctioning last week back up and someone bought it for $16 more than what the other person was supposed to pay...)
darwin: a black-and-white butterfly on an orangey red background (Default)
That person on ebay still hasn't paid me. It's been nearly 6 days since she won the auction. *rolleyes* At least I can re-list the item on Monday morning and hopefully I won't get a deadbeat buyer this time. D: I knew I was sceptical for a reason when I saw 7 feedbacks... (although I am shocked they weren't negatives, but buyers can't get negatives...)
darwin: a watercolour painting of a girl with red hair flowing round her (flameheaded)
I've not heard of Maru & Friends until now, but they are a company that specialise in making dolls of colour (there are a few white dolls too but the emphasis seems to be on the characters of colour, particularly the main character who's a Hispanic immigrant to the USA). As they're an American company they're focussed on people that you'd find in the States (like Hispanic and Black people).

Little Ghost is an artist in Manchester who designed the covers for the 'Girl for All Time' books and did the face concepts. Her art style is dreamy, feminine and a bit unearthly. I rather like it!

There was American Girl, Maplelea Girls and A Girl for All Time: now there's Australian Girl. I was wondering if there was an Australian Girl, as I knew there were equivalent companies in the UK and Canada (American Girl were the first of these '$COUNTRY girl' lines to come out.) There are some differences though; Maplelea and Australian Girl seem to be focussed on modern-day characters while American Girl and A Girl for All Time have large historical components.

Tootsa MacGinty are a company that make gender-neutral clothing for children. Obviously we haven't got any direct need for this (kids are not on the cards for quite some time!) but I like the idea of colourful, fun clothing for children of all genders. Too bad they're so expensive though.

Supermundane is an artist in London who has lots of lovely geometric and colourful and intricate pieces of artwork!


13 October 2013 03:05 pm
darwin: a girl standing in front of trees, sun caught in her hair (outdoors)
This Harry Styles doll looks scary.

I don't even like One Infection One Direction, but even if I did I wouldn't want this doll. I hate that awful grin of his.
darwin: someone with red hair, with a crown of flowers. she's staring at a pre-raphaelite painting. (wreathed)
That person is still selling that greasy doll for $200. He's not going to get anyone to buy it at that price! *thumbs down*
darwin: a black-and-white butterfly on an orangey red background (butterfly aflame)

Someone's smeared blusher all over this doll, she's got a very greasy face and the seller's got the nerve to try and sell this for $200 USD (roughly £125 or €150). If you're in the US or Canada you can get a new one for about $40 less, without all that blusher. (American Girl don't sell outside those countries but I think there are eBay sellers that have worldwide delivery. The problem, of course, would be the price of postage!)
darwin: a girl standing in front of trees, sun caught in her hair (outdoors)
Fred and George?! That's more Hess than me. At least I didn't get someone like Snape or Malfoy though.

Cut because of the massive picture )