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Fifty Shades of Red: Fall invites artists to experiment with the autumnal auburn highlights.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 16:13

Living in the Northeast, I find my favorite times of year are spring and fall: spring because it is getting warm (but not oppressively humid) and the birds and buds are reappearing; fall because it is briskly cool, ideal for walking and watching the leaves turn golden yellow and burnished red. It is truly a feast for the senses.

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Love, Set, Match: Dolls of real-life couples and famous screen pairings make collectors tingle!
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 19:05

Have you heard the news? If you were anywhere within five feet of E! Entertainment TV this weekend or trying to gather your e-mail from Yahoo, you were treated to the breathily delivered news that model Kate Upton and “bad boy of the ballroom” Maksim Chmerkovskiy are an item. Upton, who has achieved fame as a nubile bikini model for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, and Chmerko . . . let’s just call him Max—he became famous for glowering and smoldering on ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS. Because he would appear surly and rude, and fight with the judges in a second language, Max became known as the resident hothead hottie (not to be confused with nice-guy, towhead hottie, Derek Hough).

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Body of Proof: These dolls and pop icons have interesting past and double lives.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 26 September 2013 13:24

It seems that there are a few truisms in life: the sun will always come up tomorrow; you can’t escape death and taxes; Disney will always find a way to land in the news cycle. This week, a long-held rumor about Ariel, the underwater princess, has surfaced to the top of the blogosphere. If you’ve ever wondered whom the redheaded nymphet was based upon, the answer is the very young, teen-star sensation Alyssa Milano.

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Show and Tell: TV dolls say a lot about characters, collectors, and culture.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 15:34

There was a time when TV was considered the “idiot box,” and I suppose for a lot of people that insult still remains true. I, however, am not a pseudointellectual who gleefully runs down the “boob tube.” You see? The nicknames are quite awful when it comes to the flat screen in your living room.

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Dishing About Dolls: Celebs let their hair down and their doll opinions fly!
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 19:07

I love to talk! Even beyond that, I love to read, browse the Internet, and discover really intriguing sound bites. With everything circulating on the Web these days, it seems as if quotes should be termed “babble bytes” because everyone’s thoughts—whether they are kilobytes or megabytes in length—will be borrowed, circulated, and blogged about.

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Boy Toy: Crush-worthy singers are the perfect playthings for gals of all ages.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 15:24

Mighty empires might crumble; political parties can sweep in, cause change, and then recede with the tides; science will discover new planets and summarily discount others. Philosophies and religion will ascend and descend, but throughout it all, one thing remains the same: young girls will shriek and scream when cute musicians take the stage.

I’m quite sure that going all the way back to the medieval years and the apex of the Renaissance, there were teenagers circled around lute players and they were yelling their lungs out over the latest madrigal.

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Conversing over Coffee: A blogger pours out her heart about dolls and caffeine.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:08

There are two things I am very passionate and serious about: my coffee and my dolls. Like an outspoken NRA advocate, I firmly believe that you’ll have to pry my fourth cup of coffee out of my cold, dead hands! Yep, I’ve always managed to tune out the naysayers in my office that would grouse about coffee being the root cause for all evil health issues: hypertension, high blood pressure, insomnia, indigestion, bad breath, bad ulcers . . . you get the picture!

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The “It Girl” Forever: Mona Lisa has captivated songwriters, historians, and doll artists.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 13:27

I love a mystery. My bookshelves are lined with the likes of Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Barbara Vine, and Ruth Rendell. (Yeah, I know, Barbara and Ruth are the same person—Ruth is the real name, under which she pens traditional police procedurals, and the other is reserved for more potboiler, macabre, and psychological whodunits.) I also used to have quite a collection of Anne Perry titles until I learned when Anne was a teenager, she actually participated in the cold-blooded murder of her friend’s mother. (See the Peter Jackson movie “Heavenly Creatures” and it is chilling and jaw-dropping.) That realization of her criminal past made me give all of her books away: it’s one thing to imagine murder—it’s another to commit it.

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PANdemonium: There is a riot of Peter Pan dolls that invite us to fly and believe.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 15:08

My son’s middle name is Peter. Nothing special or unusual about that. However, my son was adopted from China, where the name his orphanage assigned him was Pan Zhi Hong. Now, as a literature-loving mom and a particular fancier of Victorian and Edwardian tales, I couldn’t let the sign pass me by. How many people have you met with the actual name of “Pan”? I had never met one until I met my son.

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Icy and Intriguing: Virginie Ropars brings a mature and menacing vibe to the Snow Queen.
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 16:28

One of the best parts of blogging and being in the doll world is keeping up correspondence with doll artists around the world. When I was a young girl—probably fourth to maybe even ninth grade—I had a huge array of pen pals. They lived everywhere: America’s Southwest, New England, New Orleans, South Korea, Japan, and Ireland! Yes, I certainly had a busy weekend when I’d sit down and pen letter after letter to these never-seen friends.

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