Inspiring a Generation: My Little Pony

September 16th, 2010 Posted in NY Cupcake, Special Projects, Toys | No Comments »

In 1983, I received my first and only My Little Pony (Glory, unicorn).  She went everywhere with me.  Very recently I asked my mom if she was somewhere in storage; however, my mom believes she may have given Glory away to a new home.  I hope she will be treasured and loved.  I recently ordered another Glory off of eBay (no, not the same to me as my real Glory =( ) to complete my dream collection consisting of ponies from the USA only ranging from Generation 1 through 3.  To me, the more rubenesque or buxom ponies are the way MLPs should look (I really dislike the modern ones).  I’ve always been very young at heart.  I believe that the cause of true aging (psychological aging) is when you have eradicated the younger you- forgetting the joy of coloring with crayons, allowing yourself to become bogged down or obsessing over chores or grown-up problems, forbidding yourself to wear bright colors at an older age, allowing yourself to feel ashamed or letting others shame you for still loving teddybears or stickers or MLPs, etc.

*Wikipedia’s definition:

“My Little Pony is a brand of toy ponies marketed primarily to young girls and produced by the toy manufacturer Hasbro. These ponies can be identified by their colorful bodies and manes, and typically a unique symbol or series of symbols on one or both sides of their haunches. Accordingly, the ponies are named after the symbols on their haunches.

Following the related My Pretty Pony toy, introduced in 1981, My Little Pony was launched in 1983. The line became popular during the 80s. The original toy line ran from 1983 to 1995 (1992 in the U.S.) and inspired animated specials, including an animated feature length movie and two animated television series. The brand was relaunched between 1997 and 2003 (1999 in the U.S.), and then fully relaunched globally in 2003. My Little Pony celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2008.”

My husband was wondering why the sudden interest in MLPs?  Mainly because I’ve never forgotten my love for these dolls, Sue Dawe’s unicorns, and as an adult I can appreciate them more now (and care for them better) than when I was younger.  They will always bring back good memories of when life was simpler and much more carefree.  So the real question is why not?  Why not create happiness for yourself (whatever it means to you)?  My plans also include the restoration of those vintage ponies who need it the most, including a deep cleansing, hair restyling/curling without cutting, symbol touchup, and undoing of ink marks and the like if necessary (hopefully I will be mostly successful, fingers crossed).  I will definitely post pics of my ponies on this blog as my special project progresses.  The internet is filled with so many awesome information sources for My Pretty Pony and My Little Pony; I tend to use Google most but any search engine will work.  My blog will only serve to highlight personal interests and is not intended to be a comprehensive reference nor do I consider myself an expert on this matter (I’m just a huge fan of MPP & MLP).

*Official My Little Pony Site: My Little Pony by Hasbro

*Unofficial Forum: My Little Pony Arena

*Photocredit: KimSites.net & Wikipedia


My Childhood Toys of the 1970s and 1980s

September 13th, 2010 Posted in NY Cupcake, Toys | No Comments »

Recently something made me think of My Little Pony (btw, special post in the making on this topic); probably a longing for simpler times.  In the early ’80s, my sister and I were both given MLPs by our parents as Christmas? gifts.  She had Firefly (pegasus) while I chose Glory (unicorn).  They were some of the best Hasbro toys we ever received.  I also had a fascination with Strawberry Shortcake and Blueberry Muffin but never owned either of those dolls.  Later we moved onto Cabbage Patch Kids.  Since I’m five years older than my sister, she graduated to the Jem & The HoloGrams, Popples, and Troll Dolls phase while I became more interested with clothing and makeup.

Highlights of Toys etc. I Cherished:

  • Fashion Plates
  • Fisher Price Doctor’s Kit
  • Kenner Darci Doll (blonde version) *Jem dolls share the same mould as Aunt Darci.
  • Barbie (blonde version)
  • Barbie Colorforms
  • Raggedy Ann
  • My Little Pony (Glory, unicorn)
  • Cabbage Patch Kids (Catherine Delta, blonde pigtails version);  ♥ Toys R Us!
  • Anything from Sanrio, especially stickers
  • Science Discovery Set (microscope set)
  • Hasbro Fresh N’ Fancy
  • Kenner Spirograph

*Photocredit: Various Sources

*One of the most comprehensive doll blogs I’ve found online: Doll Links Blogspot

The World of Sanrio: After All These Years…..

September 13th, 2010 Posted in curiosities, NY Cupcake, Stickers, Toys | No Comments »

I began collecting stickers at age 8 and show no signs of stopping =).  I’m also nuts about Sanrio’s stationery and organizer re-fills (too bad they aren’t that easy to find for me).  My parents used Sanrio as an incentive for me to do well in school.  Maybe not the best idea but it definitely worked well.  It’s a good thing that I don’t live next door to a Sanrio (it’s like living next to an Anthro or Sephora/MAC).  The original characters I fell in love with were Little Twin Stars, My Melody, Hello Kitty, and Tuxedo Sam (back then I called him “tuxdo” because I didn’t know any better).  As an adult I love Pochacco, Chococat, Cinnamoroll, and Mr. Friendly (though he’s a SPAPA character, not a Sanrio one).  If I get the time, I will try to photograph some pictures of my sticker collection and will post them on this blog for those of you who love stickers as much as I do.  As an aside, does anyone remember Sue Dawe (unicorn artist), Lisa Frank (brand of stickers), and scratch and sniff stickers that came in a roll?  They occupied most of my thoughts during this time in my childhood (1980s)- sometimes different elements come together and become nearly inseparable.  How delighted was I to find Sanrio’s website online? Like a kid in a candy store…

*Photocredit: Various Sources

Bird Feeder

May 3rd, 2009 Posted in Decor, Home & Garden, NY Cupcake | No Comments »

DH and I saw two cardinals in the backyard on Saturday. I had birdseed for them and realized I needed a better bird feeder. I have a feeder especially for the hummingbirds, which I already set up last weekend. Haven’t seen any hummingbirds yet =( *bummer*. I ordered a really cute bird feeder today from Amazon. I can’t wait until it arrives! It is a pretty colonial design (can be hung or put on a post) and it cost $25, which I thought was fairly reasonable for its craftsmanship and size. The reviews I read gave it all thumbs up. I would be really pleased if it were also crow-proof but we’ll have to see. I hope this year I will see blue jays again like I did last summer. They are my favorite birds.

*Photocredit: Amazon.com

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My Creative Retreat

January 21st, 2009 Posted in Decor, NY Cupcake | No Comments »

Besides the obvious, like good-lighting and a cozy organized space; I also thrive on:

the scent of fresh linen soy candles
easy-listening, alternative, meditation/spa, or classical CDs
a small vase of pretty flowers with green fillers
my fave curios and wall art around me

My Favorite Childhood Books

October 2nd, 2008 Posted in Books, NY Cupcake | No Comments »

San Francisco Boy by Lois Lenski
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madelaine L’Engle
Tenggren’s Golden Tales From The Arabian Nights

All of which I now have copies of; well, Tenggren’s book is on the way. Only one alludes me =(. I remember it was a lavender/pale lilac colored hardcover book and I think it was called The Valentine Day Party (something to that effect). My memory of it is a little sketchy since the last time I borrowed it from the library was more than twenty years ago. I’ve been trying to Google it, but to no avail =(. I even called my old elementary school in hopes to speak to the librarian, but the librarian never returned my call- maybe she thought I was a nut =}?.. I don’t even remember the author; only that I loved the illustrations enough to hog the book for weeks at a time. I think the illustrations were drawn by pencil and filled in with light or pale colors. I believe it was about a young girl who was trying to fit in; she was a very shy girl who was invited to a friend’s party? Any suggestions? Please contact me through the comments form. It would make me very happy to finally find it; to be re-united with a very special book from years ago =). Feel free to drop me a line about a favorite book of yours. My nephew is slowly accumulating books for his library (he’s not reading on his own yet but good books are forever treasures). I’m always wondering about what books have inspired others, what books have helped to shape a person’s life.

*Photocredits: Amazon

Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle

September 26th, 2008 Posted in dollhouses & miniatures, NY Cupcake, Trips | No Comments »

My husband and I visited Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry in 2005 to especially see Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle. I purchased Within the Fairy Castle: Colleen Moore’s Doll House at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (Hardcover) by Terry Ann R. Neff (Author), Michael T. Sarna (Foreword), Barbara Karant (Photographer) five years before I finally saw it. This was truly a dream-come-true for me! I don’t remember feeling as excited about anything else, besides my wedding day.

*Photocredits: Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry

My Dollhouse Project

September 25th, 2008 Posted in dollhouses & miniatures, NY Cupcake, Special Projects | No Comments »

I began my project in Winter 2003. My husband’s grandfather’s wife inspired me. She’s been interested in miniatures for most of her life. Her father helped her build the dollhouse she showed me. Below is a picture of a Greenleaf Pierce Model (the same one as mine). I still have to do more sanding, wallpapering, electrifying, etc. Sadly, it’s sitting in the basement right now because of limited leisure time I can dedicate to building it. I think our two cats had been using it as a perch- although I used to shoo them away, I thought they looked really cute in it. The second smaller dollhouse is Greenleaf’s Glencroft Model, which I’m planning to make as a mercantile. I’m guilty of still having it in the box after all this time; yes, totally untouched =(. I really want to change the situation. I wish I had a better workplace for them with proper lighting and ventilation. I’m so envious of this one artist who has a two story carriage house as her workshop. She’s so lucky!

P.S. I’m planning to transform the Pierce into a Tudor style home somehow. I know there are people who would not agree, but that’s my dream.

I do have pictures from 2003 of me slaving over this project. I promise I will post them as soon as I can find the pics.

*Photocredit: Greenleaf

How To Buy Nothing & Housekeeping (Self-Improvements)

September 9th, 2008 Posted in NY Cupcake, Organization, Self-Improvement | No Comments »

*Reference: http://www.wikihow.com/Buy-Nothing*

I found a really good self-improvement article that I’d like to share. It takes strong will and lots of dedication to achieve shopping self-control, but I think it’s not impossible. There have been times when I was amazed and realized I actually didn’t feel that sorry about walking away from something that initially enticed me. So I guess I didn’t really love it that much or I would have still been pining for it. There’s nothing wrong with buying things you need or love and will get much use out of. The presence of clutter and unloved items are some of the signals that change is warranted. These are challenges that many people face, including myself. Another problem I have is I dislike parting with certain things because of an emotional attachment to them. One of the many things I have to work on =}.

Here are some other references I have found to be very helpful and effective:

Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston
Smart Closet Makeovers by Cynthia Overbeck Bix
Shop Your Closet: The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet with Style by Melanie Charlton Fascitelli
Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home by Martha Stewart
Organizing Plain and Simple: A Ready Reference Guide with Hundreds of Solutions to Your Everyday Clutter Challenges by Donna Smallin
It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh
http://clutterdiet.com/sample_weekly_plan.php

I also believe in 10-15 minutes nightly housekeeping activities rather than spending a whole weekend cleaning like crazy. What a waste of a good weekend! Binge cleaning has never worked well for me; it’s so over-whelming, unappealing, and shame-provoking.

Nathalie Lecroc

September 5th, 2008 Posted in NY Cupcake, Special Projects | 2 Comments »

I am so excited to be participating in Nathalie Lecroc‘s project! I can’t wait until her book (tentatively entitled Petite Anthologie de Sacs et Sacs à Main) is published!

I just received a JPG from Miss Lecroc of the watercolor painting of my handbag and contents. I can’t wait to get it framed! I have the perfect style in mind for it =). See #708 below. It’s mine! The original has my signature after the asterisk. I have removed the signature on this JPG for the purpose of my blog.