Monday, October 1, 2018

World's Newest Harry Potter Fan

That would be me. I saw these dolls at my local Wally's a month or so ago and decided I really liked them. At that point, I hadn't read any of the books nor seen any of the movies, so I didn't know anything about Harry's story. I just liked the dolls. I started with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Then I got Harry, Ginny Weasley and Professor Dumbledore. Last but not least, I got Professor McGonagall. These dolls inspired me to go back and read the books and watch the movies. Now I'm a big fan!



Here is Harry. Each of the kids came with their own robes.


Close up.


Ron Weasley.


Close up.


Hermione Granger.


Close up.


Ginny Weasley.


Close up.


Professor Minerva McGonagall.


Close up.


Last but certainly not least, Professor Albus Dumbledore.


Close up. This is actually the Dumbledore from the first two movies played by Richard Harris. Sadly he passed away after the second movie was completed. James Gambon took over the role the rest of the way.


Mattel did a great job on these dolls. The likenesses to the actors and actresses are pretty good. I'm not a fan of painted hair, but Harry and Ron look perfect. All the other dolls have rooted hair including Dumbledore. All are also fully articulated. My hope is that Mattel will come out with dolls of Professor Severus Snape and Rubeus Hagrid. Snape is my favorite character. If Mattel releases one of him, I'll be the first one in line to get him. I love Allan Rickman's portrayal of him. :-)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Roy Dean Comes Home

Roy Dean spent the last eight years travelling around the country on his motorcycle. After living off and on in various locations, he decided to return to Moreville and settle down. Upon arriving, he called his old friend Jack. They agreed to meet at Casey's for a few drinks and some catching up.



















Roy opened up a motorcycle dealership and shop just outside of town. Time will tell if any of the Moreville ladies will capture his heart. 

On a personal note, I know it's been awhile since I posted. Between life's interference and the loss of Vanessa, I've had a difficult time getting back on track. For that I apologize. Thank you all for your patience and for continuing to follow me. I really appreciate your support. :-)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Heartbreak

Hello everyone. Cindi here.




It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow to let you all know that my dear friend Vanessa Morrison passed away Wednesday, 10/11/17, after an 8-year battle with cancer. Many of you followed her on her blog, Van’s Doll Treasures, where she posted stories about her various doll families in Morristown. She also showed us photos of things she made, treasures she found and doll bargains she discovered in her travels. She also kept us updated on her health condition.

I was first introduced to Vanessa’s blog in the Autumn 2012 issue of Fashion Doll Quarterly magazine. There was a 4-page article in there that featured her and her doll collection. I started following her blog shortly thereafter.

Later on, I started thinking about doing my own blog. Since I didn’t know anything about how to do that, I sought Vanessa’s advice. She was very kind, patient and helpful with my myriad of questions. After that, Moreville Life and Times was born, and she became one of my first followers. Without Vanessa’s encouragement and support, this blog wouldn’t exist.

When her dog Buttercup had puppies, she posted pictures on her blog. She was looking for homes for the puppies at the time. We immediately fell in love with the one she called “Blackie” since she didn’t have a name for him. We named him Bruiser.




Here's a photo of the little guy.


After several emails, we agreed to meet Vanessa in Buford, Georgia on a cold January day to bring Bruiser home with us. I immediately recognized her by her big, beautiful smile – truly a smile that could light up a room. We had a nice visit that day. We were hoping to get together again sometime in the future. Sadly, that never happened.

The last time I spoke to Vanessa on the phone was this past August. She sounded happy but tired, so we didn’t talk long. It was so good to hear her voice. In her last email to me, she was excited about starting physical therapy so that she could walk again. She was determined not to let her illness bring her down. She stayed strong for as long as she could.

They say that people come into your life for a reason. I know why Vanessa came into mine. She taught me the power of a positive attitude, no matter what challenges life throws at you. She taught me to enjoy life each and every day. I told her this last Christmas. She cried. Now she’s an angel, lighting up God’s Heaven with her bright, beautiful smile. Her light shines through the darkness.

Rest now my friend. The battle is over. I love you and will miss you always…

Sunday, October 1, 2017

New Residents

Several new residents have moved in since my last post. Some are new students attending Moreville College. Let me introduce you to them.



This is Daniel and his friend Tiffany. Both are freshmen. Daniel is studying computer science, and Tiffany is undecided. She is the Birthday Wishes 2017 Barbie, and he's one of the new Ken fashionistas.


This is Helena. She's a graduate student in Psychology. She's the Queen Hippolyta doll that I was lucky enough to get on clearance at Wal-Mart.


This is Suzanne and her friend Nancy. Both are studying to be teachers. Both are new Barbie fashionistas.


This is Diana and her husband Trevor. They're from the Wonder Woman Gift set. Though I'm not a fan of painted hair for the guys, he was too handsome to pass up.


This is Gloria and her best friend Nichele. Gloria has been here in Moreville for a long time. Nichele just moved in. Gloria is one of the So In Style dolls. I'm not sure what doll Nichele is, but I found her at a local thrift shop.


It's Ladies Night at Casey's. The four bffs, Alexandra, Maya, Janet and Miranda enjoy getting together as often as they can. These dolls are not new, but they were having such a good time, I couldn't resist taking a picture.


All the new residents have been re-bodied for better posability. 

I'm sorry that it's been so long since my last post, but I've been very busy. Thank you all so much for your patience and for continuing to follow me. :-)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Jack and Cindi's New Home


I'm rating this blog post PG-13 - parental discretion advised. Adult themes - nothing graphic, only implied.


After dating for over a year, Jack and Cindi felt it was time to take their relationship to the next level and move in together. Since neither of them wanted to move into the other's place, they decided to buy a condo that would be theirs. Jack has just finished giving Cindi the grand tour of the latest unit he found...


















Looks like Cindi can't wait to move in with Jack. I know they'll have many happy days and nights in their new place. They may eventually get married somewhere down the road. For now, they're happy to be together in their own home. :-)



I got this modern kitchen for my birthday from Marianne and her mom. I've had my eye on it for quite some time, and I was really thrilled when I got it. It was too modern for Grace's cabin, so I thought it would be perfect for Jack and Cindi's new condo. :-)