Showing posts from September, 2019

Modell stadtbummel

Dear Diary,

We are always searching for original Kathe Kruse outfits for me but we never find any. Once in a while, we might find a  pair of shoes, but that's it. This is so different from many of the other dolls made around the same time and a bit later. Original factory-made clothes for composition and hard plastic dolls made by R&B, F&B, Madame Alexander and etc can still be found. Even original outfits for antique bisque, porcelain and china dolls are available for sale. But, nothing for Kathe Kruse in the German Child size. There are probably a lot of reasons for their scarcity but I wish it were different. We like originals!

To make up for this lack - and to keep me a well-dressed boy - we tried to find people to make clothes for me. Unfortunately, that didn't work out at all. So, mein Vati took to knitting for me and even sewing some outfits. This met some of the need but was very limited by his amateur sewing.

Now, we have a new problem. The other day he explained…

Quintessential doll play - "the creepy doll people"

Dear Diary,
In a much earlier blog, main Vati quoted the famous doll designer Robert Tonner: "If you don't take dolls out of their box, they never have a life." Certainly, Vati has pursued this philosophy. Even when he was seriously collecting dolls, he always had a special doll or two to play with. Now, he plays only with me and I certainly have a life! 
The couple in this video certainly believe in giving their dolls a life - at least in some sense of the term. At the beginning of the video, we wondered what in the world...? But, as the video continued, we suddenly understood what their passion was all about. I have never seen a video which so succinctly shows the actual playing with dolls (not just collecting them) by an adult man and woman. Their home with all the retro kitsch is so much fun, too. You'll have to admit they look like they're having a really fun time.
I loved the lines, "If we're going to be the creepy doll people we're going to own i…

Rusko rocks!

Dear Diary,
Our blog's raison d'ĂȘtre is to reach out to lads and blokes who enjoy playing with dolls, encouraging them to be true to themselves, despite what conformity society may demand of us.  It's all a matter of choice and everyone should be able to make choices without guilt. 
Here's the problem:

and again,

I am always on the look-out for stories on the internet about this subject; sadly, they are few and far between. I have written about some in earlier posts so take a look if you're interested.

Today, I found this vlog post from a man in Germany. In it, Rusko makes the point that sometimes it's not about a man playing with dolls that's important. Sometimes, it's about giving yourself permission to just have them. This permission can be liberating - freeing ourselves from other's expectations. This highlights the point at which playing with dolls and collecting dolls intersect. But, that's a subject for another entry in my diary...
As a support…

Curry or soup?

Dear Diary,

Here in New Zealand, one of the favourite foods is pumpkin soup.  There are many recipes for it and it's often the soup du jour at restaurants and cafes.  I confess that I have never cared much for it - until recently, that is.  We were given a different recipe and wow! - is it good.  I'd like to share it with everyone.  Warning: when it says pumpkin, it doesn't mean the pumpkins carved for jack-o-lanterns.  The pumpkins often found in New Zealand vegetable gardens are Buttercup squash, Butternuts, Crown or Grey, Baby Bear, Golden Nugget, Musquee de Provence, Whangaparaoa Crown, Kumi Kumi, Queensland Blue, Triamble, Gateaux d'Eysines. 
The King's Pumpkin Soup
1 kg pumpkin meat 4 1/2 cups chicken stock 1 medium onion, chopped 6 spring onions, chopped 4 tomatoes, peeled & chopped 300 ml cream juice of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon curry powder 1 teaspoon brown sugar salt  freshly ground black pepper
Put pumpkin, chicken stock, onion, spring onion and tomatoes…