August 25, 2015

The Campaign is on...

I have finished the transformation of 100 "Bratz" dolls and most have been listed in my etsy shop. The goal is to sell all 100 dolls before Christmas so that we can present a check to the organization who helps rescue girls out of the sex trafficking industry. These dolls are only $24.99, which means you can buy 8 of them for the price of one "Tree Change" doll.  I am not making a profit on these dolls.  This is purely a labor of love and I pray you will join me in this campaign.  For those who are not familiar with this project:

I purchase original Bratz dolls from second hand stores and online.  I begin by giving them a good bath and washing their hair. I then comb, cut and restyle it.

Now for the fun part! I completely remove their factory faces (wipe the slate clean, so to speak)

Once the ugly is all gone, I give them each a fresh, sweet, new, hand-painted face which is sealed with polyurethane. Once their hair and face is complete, I create unique little outfits for each one by altering, and mixing and matching, vintage and contemporary doll clothes.

The best part of this project and your purchase is that 50% of all proceeds are donated to a organization working to rescue girls out of the sex trafficking industry. If you would like more details about that, please contact me.

Keep in mind these are secondhand dolls with “hand-me-down” clothes and shoes. So they have flaws here and there. Don’t we all? And remember, these dolls are not meant to sit on a shelf. These dolls are meant to be played with. If you want additional outfits, look for them online through ebay or similar website. But even better than buying clothes, plan a day with your daughter or granddaughter and make some cute, one-of-a-kind, K.I.D.S outfits.

Last but not least, play hard and giggle a lot!  Find the one you want here!

Your doll will be shipped in a “gift ready” plastic pillow box (see example below) and be shipped USPS priority mail.

August 10, 2015

Another Creature found in the Wood's Secret Garden

No, that is not the creature.  That is what started our exploration.  We recently built a small back patio so that we could sit out back and watch the zucchini grow.  Seriously, have you ever noticed how fast zucchini grows?  Okay, back to that thing up there.  Over the last few weeks we started seeing what looked like mouse droppings, only they had a little white ball on the end of them.  So, being who we are, we wanted to solve the mystery.  So, I googled, "droppings with white tips" and guess what?  We discovered that what we were seeing were lizard droppings.  Yep, you heard me right--lizard droppings.  Here is what I have learned:  "Lizard droppings have white tips due to the process of reptile elimination: both feces and urine exit their body through the same opening: the cloaca. Lizards are very water-efficient and their urine is quite concentrated. The white tip on the droppings is uric acid crystals."  In case you were all wondering.  Ha

I am always amazed how even someone who has been a "learner" and thought she knew a great deal about nature and wildlife, can keep on learning even at almost 55 years of age.

Now we knew we had a lizard in the garden and by the size of the droppings, a pretty good sized lizard at that.  Michael has since seen that lizard (approximately 6 inches long) appear from under the tool shed and then disappear as quickly as it appeared.  I had yet to be so privileged.  I would go out into the garden and sit for a while and call out, "Here Liz-red, Liz-red"  That was the nickname I gave to him.  "Here Liz-red, Liz-red".  Well, late this afternoon, it happened.

Running along the raised flower bed border was a lizard.  Only he was not "Liz-red".  He was a baby lizard only an inch and a half long.    I went back into the house and got the camera hoping he would hang around for a few pictures.  To my delight, when I returned, there he was posing.  I was able to take three shots before he scampered away into the Basil jungle.

It would appear that "Liz-red" was not a he after all.  We now have baby lizards in the Wood's Secret Garden.