Happy Valentine’s Day 2023

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or not at all, I hope today is a good one.

Wanna be my Valentine? We could go out for a bite. A love bite of course.’

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Quick Post: Barbie’s Relate Ability

If you’ve taken any notice of the current Barbie play line dolls, you will have seen that Mattel is not only producing dolls with more variation in ethnicity and body shape, but is also including dolls with disabilities and medical issues, and I love it.  I have had some people say they wonder what child would want a doll with these types of issues, and of course the answer is any child who also has that condition or disability.  It’s about inclusivity, seeing a doll that’s just like you.  But it’s also about education and normalisation, showing that not everyone is the same, but we should embrace our own and each other’s differences. Empathy comes through imagination and understanding, and dolls like these can foster it.  I know that I would have loved these dolls as a kid, as I’ve said before, I’ve always liked my doll collection to represent my world and these would have been on my must have list.  Now of course, as much as I’d love all of them, money, space and my only-one-of-each-face mould policy mean I have to be picky, so at the moment I only have four.

Barbie, Ken and Chelsea have all been issued in wheelchairs, but so far, I’ve only bought Ken.  In fact, I’ve bought several.  It’s somewhat ironic that these dolls in wheelchairs have the fully articulated Made to Move bodies, while the dolls with prosthetic limbs aren’t articulated at all.  It means they’re perfect for head swapping though, so several static Fashionista Kens have been upgraded to these Made to Move bodies.  The wheelchair Chelsea dolls have bendable legs and straight arms. As much as I love the Made to Move bodies, I wonder if instead, these wheelchair dolls should have very loose joints in their knees, ankles and hips, meaning they can’t stand or hold any pose at all.

I just had to buy Fashionista #187 that has two Barbie pink hearing aids.  My mum, dad and sister all wore two hearing aids, so although I already had a doll with this head mould, I had to have her.  I love her 60s inspired dress and her hearing aids really are accurate dolly representations of over the ear aids. She sits on my book case and I know my mum and sister would have loved her too. 

Fashionista #197 has braces on her teeth – and a new face mould, so for me she was a must have.  Her face has similarities to both the Millie and CM Millie moulds, so in my collection she’s the younger sister to doll’s with these faces (she’s also been swapped onto a Made to Move body).  Her braces are just painted on and my only issue is that her face paint is quite pixelated, but I love her all the same.

My most recent addition is Chelsea in a back brace for scoliosis.  Again, mum had scoliosis, so this was a doll I had to have.  I was also curious as to whether it was just a standard Chelsea body with a brace moulded to look as though the spine was crooked, but was pleased to find it was a whole new body and leg type.  Scoliosis is most commonly picked up in adolescence, but can present in childhood, so I love that Chelsea was chosen for this condition.   

There has also been a bald Barbie, both Barbie and Ken with the skin condition vitiligo and Barbie with a prosthetic leg. I think one of the next releases will be a doll with Down syndrome. Kmart have also released their Anko branded dolls with disabilities and medical conditions. There have been dolls in wheelchairs, with hearing aids, low vision with a cane or Seeing Eye dog and a doll with a leg in a plaster cast.  I hope both companies continue to release dolls such as these, as every child deserves to have a doll just like them, and hopefully they’ll also spread a little understanding.

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Quick Post: Barbie Extra Mini Minis

I think these wee dolls are my new favourite thing. And I didn’t even know they were going to be a thing. Unlike most dolls these days, I didn’t see any advance photos or articles on the internet about them, until @modern_retro_collectables posted on Instagram that he had found them at Kmart. And even then, I thought they were the usual Barbie Extra Minis (see here), it took me a while to realise this doll looked a lot smaller. I wasn’t expecting my Kmart to have them, they always seem to be the last to get new stock, but there they were, just after Christmas.

These little girls are only about 8 ½ cms tall and as soon as I saw them I got vintage Pee Wee vibes.  I’m not sure why, they’re almost the same scale as L.O.L. Surprise dolls, but it was Pee Wees that sprang to mind.  I suppose it’s the rooted hair, fabric clothing and tiny accessories, things that the L.O.L.s lack.  And their clothing and accessories are quite spectacular, especially for the price ($13 each).

Barbie Extra Mini Minis with a Barbie Extra Mini, a Pee Wee and a L.O.L. Surprise for size comparison.

Two of these cuties really appealed to me, a black girl with burgundy hair and a pale one with ash brown hair with mauve stripes.  The dolls arms move at the shoulder, both back and forward and out to the side, and their legs move from the hip.  They have the tiniest dresses that are well designed and made and I love the alien print on one.  They have tiny high heeled feet, and one doll has wee runners, the other fashionable boots.  Each comes with a stand, earrings, bag and one has sunglasses, the other a hat.

Although they’re tiny, you do get bang for your buck. And once again it makes me wonder why Chelsea dolls – which in general are a comparable price – don’t come with this level of detail or accessories.  I’m also not sure how these wee girls fit in with the Barbie Extra dolls or the Barbie Extra Minis. Or my collection for that matter.  But it really doesn’t matter, they’re just so cute, they’re irresistible.  

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Chelsea Cutie Reveal

As much as I love Barbie cutie Reveal dolls (see here), I adore the Chelsea Cutie Reveals so much more.  I was quite surprised to find these dolls on the shelf at Kmart just after Christmas.  I’d seen pictures of them on the internet, and thought they were cute, but in real life they are so much cuter. There are four dolls in this series, a Monkey, Tiger, Toucan and Elephant, and none of them jumped out at me as a must have for a particular reason, but the elephant stood out as one I’d like – if they came to Australia.  It has a lime green outfit and hair, one of my favourite colours, and I have a soft spot for elephants after volunteering at the zoo another lifetime ago.  I spent many a weekend in a little fundraising booth outside the elephant enclosure, selling badges, posters, stickers, bags and the yummiest elephant shaped gingerbread, raising money for a new elephant enclosure.  And as we had a good extended view of the elephants, we were often asked to provide the keepers with notes on their behaviour.  I learnt a lot about elephants, and really became attached to Mek Kappah and Bong Su, the zoo’s two pachyderm residents at the time, so when I saw the elephant Cutie Reveal, I snapped her up.

These dolls aren’t exactly cheap at $29 (thank you Christmas gift card), not that much cheaper than the Barbie versions.  Where the Barbie versions wear fluffy pants and a reversible jacket, these wee dolls wear a non-reversible fluffy tunic instead.  Their little fluffy heads are as detailed and well designed as the bigger versions though.  They also have fewer accessories than their Barbie counterparts, just shoes, a skirt and tiny animal friend, but they still have the temperature activated colour change accents.  The dolls themselves are slightly different to the average Chelsea doll, these are articulated, with bendable elbows and knees.  The articulation isn’t great, but it’s better than none at all. I suppose they’re a lot fiddlier to make in such a small size, so perhaps the cost is justified.

Chelsea’s Elephant suit is made from aqua and lime green velveteen with a cute heart print. She has aqua elephant feet shoes and mittens. Her skirt is aqua with white print and her shoes are lime green.  The doll herself is dark brown and has a white printed body suit with leaf print and aqua vinyl legs and her hair is bright lime green with blue streaks. The only disappointment is the pixelated face paint, but she still has a sweet little face. These Chelsea dolls match the Series 4 Barbie Cutie Reveal dolls, but I haven’t seen them here in Australia as yet.

I did add another Barbie Cutie Reveal from Snowflake Series 3 to my collection just before Christmas – the Reindeer.  The other three dolls in this series are Owl, Polar Bear and Wolf.  Reindeer is almost as cute as my first doll, Bunny, and wears brown and white spotty pants and reversible jacket and gold hoof shoes and mittens.  She also comes with a pink and gold pink floral skirt, long brown boots, gold antler headband, pink snowflake shaped comb and tiny animal friend. The doll herself has the Millie face (different to Bunny) and pink hair.  She has gold painted pants and tank top.  I’m disappointed in her hair.  I love the colour but the fibre is horrible, not nearly as nice or soft as Bunny’s hair. Still I love her, she’s a great addition to my Christmas decorations, and I’m happy with my small Cutie Reveal collection. Especially elephant, she is such a cutie!

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Barbie (Second) Looks and Happy New Year

In a previous post I said that if the second wave of Looks dolls came to Australia, I probably couldn’t resist buying at least one of them (see my Wave one Looks here). Unfortunately – or perhaps that should be fortunately – they never hit our shop shelves. But two of wave three did, #10 Simone, the tall black girl and #11 Heide, the red head.

I know I’ve said I need to stop buying dolls because of space constraints and budget, but I think we all also know that’s not likely to happen. The theme ‘Red heads’ for a doll club meeting made me realise that I don’t have too many red heads in the cupboards, so I decided to buy #11 Heide. I rang my local Toyworld store to make sure they had them and was told there were several on the shelf, so I jumped in the car and headed off. However, once I got there I found the shelf completely empty of Looks girls. I asked at the counter, and the guy I’d spoken to on the phone checked with the manager. Someone had just been in and bought them all. I was really angry, surely they should have a limit on collectible dolls, as you can bet whoever bought them would be listing them on the secondary market. My heart still set on buying a doll, I had no option but to head off to the next nearest store. I rang first, and asked them to hold one for me though. The shop is quite a way off, but thankfully it’s off the freeway, so it doesn’t take too long to get there. And of course, once I had made effort to go so far it would have been rude to leave without #10 Simone too.

These dolls were slightly cheaper than the previous Looks dolls released here, selling at $41.99, where the others have generally been between $55-65.  I’m so glad I splashed out on both dolls.  #10 Simone is truly gorgeous.  She has the tall Made to Move body, very dark brown skin, long, silky, easy-to-style black hair and the most beautiful face.  #11 has a really interesting face and a mass of bright orange curls.  I was a bit disappointed that where she had been fastened to the box, the curls are a bit frizzy.  It’s at the back, so it’s not too noticeable, but one day I’ll have to sit down and try to de-frizz and re-curl them.  Their fashions are a bit different to wave one, instead of being dressed in black and white, these girl’s outfits are black and silver. Simone has a black pleather skirt and silver crop top with square puffy shoulders and silver boots and Heide has a silver jumpsuit scrunched at the lower leg with black pleather belt and strappy high heels. 

I was really happy to have these two in my collection, but there were two dolls from wave 2 I just couldn’t stop thinking about, #8 Andra and #9 Cam. I decided I really would like Cam, as there’s a deficit of boys in my collection. I tried winning him in a raffle at a doll club meeting with no luck (no surprise there) so started trawling the internet looking for a good deal. No luck with Cam, but I did find Andra for a really, really good price from an Australian seller, so I just couldn’t resist. Finally, I caved and bought Cam from overseas (at roughly the price I’d paid for other’s here in Australia), and I’m so glad I did, he arrived just in time for Christmas.

Like #10 and #11, these two also wear silver and black.  I really love Andra’s face, she’s almost a cross between Kate Bush and Miley Cyrus.  She has short upswept white blonde hair with flocked sides, and wears a runched silver skirt, nylon tank and the cutest little pixie boots that I just love. Cam has long dark brown hair, pulled back at the sides, silver pants, a black nylon singlet top, and again, fabulous boots. Just a note if you have these dolls, check them for that dreaded double sided tape, I’ve found it under the clothing of a few of my Looks dolls.  Also, Cam’s knees were bound in cardboard as some male doll’s are.

While in a perfect world, I probably would buy at least two (if not all) of the four dolls I’m missing from these first three waves, I’m content with the eight I have.  I’ll just hope they use the face moulds I’m missing in future (hopefully cheaper) doll lines.  Pictures of the next Looks wave (4) is starting to make an appearance on the web and the first dolls have been found for sale in Europe. As happened with the Barbie Basics line – and thankfully for both my doll cupboard and budget – all but one of this wave seem to use existing face moulds and their fashions are very different from previous waves, colour blocked, 80s inspired outfits. The one guy in the range who appears to have a new head mould, I might like to add to my collection, but I’m not interested in the girls (she says defiantly). So, what’s the bet they all make here to Australia? 

And another year over, another year older – quite literally for me, NYE is the second worst day of the year to have as a birthday – and it feels like it has just flown by. I was determined to get in one last post though.  So, Happy New Year! I hope 2023 is a good one for all of us, and I’ll see you next year!

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Merry Christmas 2022

Well, another year has flown by, and what a year it has been. It feels as though there has been unrest everywhere, not least in Iran, Afghanistan, and of course Ukraine, where it will be a very bleak Christmas indeed. I have to admire the strength and resolve of the Ukrainians though, and pray that the violence against them will end soon. In fact, I hope that all men everywhere who think they have the right to control, repress and inflict violence and misery upon others are taught otherwise. 

As a result of this violence, and the lingering Covid virus, most of us are experiencing rising prices on almost everything, making it very hard to make ends meet for some. Here in Australia, one of the driest places on the planet, we have had more water than we know what to do with. Many have been flooded multiple times, losing everything. Farm land has been inundated causing shortages and added price rises, and our waterways are still bursting their banks. As I type, the US is experiencing terrible snow storms and there has been a mass shooting in Paris. My heart goes out to those affected. 

For me personally, it has been a bad year. It started with a reaction to the Covid booster, the effects of which I’m still dealing with, as well as a few other health issues, so this is a year I’ll be glad to see the back of.

I have managed to post here once a month though (I hope?), although I would have liked to have been able to do more, and sometimes it has only been the lovely interactions here and on social media that have brightened my day. So, thank you, to all of you who read my ramblings and to those who comment or message here or on Instagram. I love reading your posts too.

If you can, please don’t forget to give to those less fortunate, and I hope – no matter your faith or religion – all of you have the happiest of Christmas times.

This year, Daya is having to battle Prince for the Christmas wrapping, something I often had to do with my wee poodle.

Merry Christmas!

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Krissy and other Barbie Babies

Kelly/Chelsea isn’t the littlest kid in Barbie’s world.  Over the years there have been several baby sized friends and family dolls, not the least of which is Barbie’s youngest sister, Krissy. Here are the ones in my collection, all shown with Grandma, to give you a sense of scale, and a size comparison to each other and Ryan, who has the first issue Kelly body.

Released around 1998/99, Krissy is Barbie’s youngest sibling (poor Mrs Roberts, how many is that now?) and is much smaller than Kelly/Chelsea.  As Kelly seemed to be getting increasingly older than the toddler she was originally intended to be, I suppose there was a gap for nurturing baby play and Krissy definitely fills that gap.  This little cutie is definitely a baby, there’s was no way she can be ‘aged’.  First released as Krissy Baby Layette in both blonde and AA versions, Krissy is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips.  She has tiny bent arms and legs which also have looser joints, so can be posed in a laying or slight sitting position, if supported, pretty much like a real baby.  Her layette provides everything a wee bairn needs including multiple clothing pieces  – tiny nappies, tee shirts, overalls, a tutu and Christening gown – toys, feeding utensils, wrap and hanging nappy holder.

Krissy was issued in several sets on her own – Layette, Scrub a Dub, Swing n Play – as well as with big sister Barbie taking on babysitting duties. I know I bought my blonde Krissy Layette at a doll club meeting, so I have an inkling the initial, singular releases may not have been available here in Australia.  If anyone can clarify this for me, I’d be grateful.  Some of the Barbie and Krissy sets definitely made it here as I have found a few Krissies for customising at the op shop.  I also saw the singular AA Krissy sets at the Mattel outlet in the US, but didn’t buy one due to my only-one-doll-per-face-mould rule, but really regretted it.  Luckily, I picked up the doll and most of her layette accessories at another doll club meeting, so have five Krissy sized dolls in all.  Krissy was only around for about five years which is a shame as she really is a cutie and all her little bits and bobs are so well thought out and made.  Her clothing especially is so well designed – although sometimes hard to get on, they’re oh so tiny. 

The very first baby in Barbie’s world is part of Barbie Baby Sits, first released in 1963.  This set not only included a cute little soft plastic, blonde headed baby in its floral lined bassinet with baby bottle, but an apron, glasses, school books, a bottle of coke and box of pretzels, clock, phone and list of phone numbers for Barbie. I’m missing most of the accessories but I picked up the baby at a doll club meeting.  Like Krissy, this baby is jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips and its limbs are similar in shape.  The safety pin in its nappy is a wee bit big, Barbie would have been dangerous wrangling that on the poor kid’s change table, but it adds to the charm of the set. This set was available until 1965, which brought a couple of small changes to the accessories.

Barbie Baby Sits was updated in 1976.  This time the baby included was one first used in The Sunshine Family dolls, also by Mattel.  This little cutie has fixed limbs and a moveable head with big blue inset plastic eyes and blonde hair. There are a few variations in the colour of outfits, blankets and accessories, which include a nappy, jacket, blanket, christening gown, bib, soap, duck, bear bottles, dish, highchair, bath and cradle as well as an apron and list of phone numbers for Barbie.   Some of the furniture and accessories are borrowed from The Sunshine family too. I’m not sure if this set was available in Australia, I don’t remember seeing it, if anyone knows, please let me know. I don’t have this set but I do have Sweets from The Sunshine Family, who you can tell saw a lot of play in my childhood.

The Rosebud/Heart Family-type baby dolls were used in the Barbie line, in 1995/96 they were included as young students for Teacher Barbie. These dolls are kind of cute in their own way, but they are way out of scale for Barbie, their heads are huge in comparison.  They’re most definitely babies, their wee legs moulded as a lot of baby doll’s legs are with bent knees and little feet that cross.  They’re fine laying or sitting down, but they can’t stand up. Each Teacher Barbie set included a boy and girl doll of varying ethnicity and hair colour, so collecting all the variations of these dolls is an exercise in itself. I find them a very strange inclusion for the Barbie line considering the scale, but I suppose they were the only small dolls Mattel had at the time.  These dolls were also sold in Europe and Asia as Barbie Lil Friends.

A new tinier baby appeared in the Heart Family line as a ‘new arrival’ around 1986 and was soon co-opted into Barbie’s world in sets with both Barbie – including in a couple of Doctor Barbie issues – and Skipper. I think my doll is from Skipper Cool Sitter 1998, and was an op shop rescue. This little cutie has an unbending body very similar to that of Sunshine Family Sweets, but the head has been updated.  There is a variation head mould that has a slightly different hairline, and occasionally these wee dolls were given a tuft of long rooted hair.

A new baby and toddler joined Midge and Alan’s Happy Family range from 2002/3. Hiding within Midge’s magnetic pregnant tummy was a tiny little Nikki doll.  And this doll really is tiny. Perhaps a touch too tiny to be in scale for even a new born in Barbie’s world. I know it had to fit inside the detachable belly, but I think it is a touch too wee. It is jointed at the neck, shoulder and hips, with little bent limbs. My baby is another op shop rescue, and thankfully it was wearing its weeny clothes. They’re so well made and I doubt I would have been able to find or make anything that small. I thought Krissy’s clothes were hard to get on and off, these are next level difficult.

In the later Happy Family sets, Nikki had grown to toddler size – and got some same-size friends – while the baby became an unnamed third child in the Midge, Nikki and Baby set from 2004. These little toddler dolls are jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips, with straight legs and slightly bent arms.  My Nikki is an op shop find and is from the 2004 set.  She has slightly different arms, one has a moulded cookie in its hand, the other hand contains a small magnet so she can pick up some of the grocery items in the set.  As I found both of these Happy Family kids at op shops these sets must have been sold here, as was the toddler sized Happy Family Neighbourhood Baby Friends set, which also included a little table and chairs.

Skipper Babysitters Inc from around 2017, introduced yet another range of babies.  These littlies have a body shape similar to the Sweets body, but with joints at the shoulders and hips.  There are several variations in vinyl colours and hair colours.  There are also probably a few tiny dolls I’ve missed, there have been so many over the years.  I’ll add them here, when and if I come across them.

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Holly Hobbie and her Gazebo

One morning a few weeks ago, I woke up with the immediate thought, ‘where’s my Holly Hobbie Gazebo?’ Which is weird, because it was never a favourite toy, and I hadn’t seen it or thought about it in years.  But I had to get up and start searching, and luckily, it was where I thought it was, in storage.

I can’t say I was a particular fan of Holly Hobbie, but in the 70s you couldn’t turn around without seeing the aesthetic – either genuine Holly Hobbie, or a knock off version – everywhere, so of course lots of branded and clone items made their way into my possession (and a quick rootle in a cupboard or two revealed that I still have some of them). I also remember having a couple of long peasant-style patchwork dresses that I loved, and which were the height of fashion at the time.  As a budding artist Holly Hobbie also impacted my artwork, making me realise that figures could be drawn without complicated facial features, or indeed, without faces at all, a lot of the Holly Hobbie et al figures have their faces hidden under big hats, drawn side on or even from the back.  And when I started researching my gazebo I was really surprised to find that Holly Hobbie was a real person, the artist after whom the character was named.

I bought the gazebo at a church fete at a time when I was getting too old for dolls, but I just loved the idea of it. It was in excellent condition, especially considering it is largely cardboard, and it came with a Holly Hobbie doll.  One pin that holds one of the sides closed is broken and Holly is missing one shoe and her picnic accessories, but these problems were happily overlooked. I can’t remember how much it was, but it can’t have been very cheap as I remember umming and ahhing for a while, and mum asking me if I really needed it, before deciding that I did.  It was a slight disappointment that it was out of scale for Barbie, and even a little small for dolls such as Charlie’s Angels, but I found it fascinating nonetheless, even though I didn’t really play with it very much. I vaguely remember having a small Holly Hobbie or clone rag doll at the time, but I don’t really know why I didn’t have any of the other vinyl Holly Hobbie dolls.  I remember seeing them when I was a kid, but I have an inkling they were quite expensive.  They were also not really fashion dolls and smaller than the other dolls I owned, so there were probably other things I wanted more. 

I still love the gazebo, and I still wish it were Barbie sized.  The Holly Hobbie dolls were made by the Knickerbocker Toy Company around 1976, so the gazebo must have been a couple of years old by the time I got it.  The main body of it is made from hard plastic, with six heavy, printed cardboard panels that extend the play area and then fold up to enclose the structure.  One panel has a hard plastic swing attached to it, and another has an orange polka dot fabric hammock suspended between hard plastic supports.  The others are printed with a vegie patch, stone path, picnic rug and barrel of apples.  The outside of the panels is printed with pictures of the Holly Hobbie characters and the gazebo.

The Holly Hobbie doll is six inches tall.  Her outfit of printed patchwork dress, blue floral bonnet and matching bloomers, white socks and blue shoes, is really well made and quite a good replica of the artwork fashion.  I only wish she had little brown boots instead of the blue shoes.  The doll itself is quite cute, the facial features are quite stylised – big round cheeks, a small mound for a nose and tiny printed eyes and mouth – and long strawberry blonde hair. I have a feeling I wasn’t a fan of the face as a child, but now I can appreciate its simplicity.   

I was just thinking I must find a friend for Holly, now that I’d rediscovered the gazebo, when a visit to a friend saw me presented with a gift of Carrie and her cute wee cat (thanks heaps Jason).  Carrie has short reddish hair and wears a little brown polka dot dress with attached calico apron, huge floral bonnet, white tights and brown shoes.  Better still, her wee grey cat is pictured on the gazebo, so fits in perfectly.  She also has her table, but is missing the stool, bowl, cup, spoon and ladle. There is a third doll in the series, Amy, with long blonde plaits, so perhaps she may cross my path at some time.  Of course, these dolls were just the tip of the Holly Hobbie marketing iceberg, there were twelve inch dolls, rag dolls, dolls houses, doll’s clothes as well as all sorts of other toys, cards, gifts and homewares.  And now, I’ll have to pull the place apart until I find my wee rag doll.  I know she must be here somewhere, and although she doesn’t really work with the gazebo, I’d like all my Holly Hobbie toys together. 

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Happy Halloween

Well, that’s come around quickly! I can’t believe it’s November tomorrow, and got quite a shock when my local council put a Christmas tree up in the mall last week, way too early for my liking. The year has just flown by and I’ve really missed my dolly play and weekly posts. Hopefully, I’ll be able to post more often again soon.

In the meantime, Sweet Treats Sindy is my muse for this spooky season pic, her hair is a perfect samhain colour. And despite the proofread, I still missed an apostrophe in the caption, d’oh! So, whether you celebrate or try to ignore it, I hope you have a Happy Halloween.

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