A lovely lady Ruth recently created this fabulous ballerina display and then put it up for auction with all the money raised to go to the wonderful charity ‘Little Princesses’.
Little Princesses raises money to buy real hair wigs for little boys and girls who are being treated for cancer and end up losing their hair as a result. You can find out more about the brilliant work they do here http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk.
I was so thrilled when I heard that it had raised nearly £500 – how brilliant is that!
We had some fabulous ‘Sindy’ girls at the ‘Makeover’ day held recently at the Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre.
The day included tips from Karen on how to give your dolls a makeover as well as lots of fun activities.
This gorgeous photo is of Alexina & Chloe White, Esther & Freya Tiddy, Megan Hughes and Alicia Sewell with her mum Cheryl and Karen who organised the day!
Toy franchises including Merrythought Bear, Meccano, Action Man and Hornby Dublo trains are back, in stamp form.
Royal Mail has announced plans to immortalise some of the most popular toy brands of the last 100 years in stamp form, with a limited edition range of stamps featuring toys including the Merrythought Bear, Sindy Doll, Spirograph, Stickle Bricks, W.Britan Toy Figures, Space Hopper, Fuzzy Felt, Meccano, Action Man and Hornby Dublo trains.
“The heyday of the British toy industry remains a magical era, one that shaped childhoods across the generations,” reads a statement from Royal Mail. “And with many of the best-loved toys from the past still with us, or perhaps relaunched after temporary absences, the children of today can still have fun with some of the world’s most iconic toys.”
Royal Mail spokesperson Philip Parker added: “British toy makers enjoyed a reputation for quality and innovation, and these nostalgic stamps celebrate ten wonderful toys that have endured through the decades.”
The stamps will be available to purchase online and in over 7,000 post offices across the UK from August 22nd.
Sindy, one of Britain’s most iconic toys, is making a comeback after being given a 21st century makeover by Tesco.
The glamorous doll has been revamped exclusively by Tesco which has made her seven inches taller with a fresh new look.
Sindy was, for many years, the UK’s best-selling toy delighting generations across the world after being launched in the early 1960s.
Sindy’s fashionable clothes, popular accessories and playsets made her an iconic doll and 150 million were sold worldwide.
Tesco believes she can once again become a British favourite toy.
Tesco head toy buyer Dawn Lavalette explained:
“Sindy stood out from other dolls and her captivating, angelic look made her popular all over the world.
Now we’ve restored her beautiful and unique look and worked with our own top fashion designers to come up with a dazzling new range of clothes.
We also think that many mums out there who were fans of the original doll themselves will secretly want one too.”
Besides her new 18 inch height Sindy will have a new, refreshed look with a set of 11 on-trend outfits for both day and nightwear, created by Tesco’s own top fashion designers.
The range will also include eight pairs of shoes including trainers, boots and sandals plus accessories for her hair and jewellery.
In addition, she will also have three friends – Zoe, Kate and Laura.
Dawn Lavalette added:
“This is just the start of the Sindy revival and next year we will have a whole range of exciting additions for customers to add to their collection including more playsets and stylish outfits.”
The new 18-inch high, free standing Sindy doll will cost £19.95 and launched on Monday September 5.
Tesco has licensed the Sindy brand from its Exeter-based owners and creators Pedigree Toys.
This ‘Vivienne Westwood’ Sindy doll was created for her 30th anniversary and was recently sold by the project manager who worked for Hasbro at the time for a whopping €326.00 (approx £200.00) on eBay – he was given her after the celebrations which involved a party where Westwood’s model Sarah Stockbridge wore the identical outfit.
She was bought by the Museum of Childhood who have a great collection of Sindys in their display.
Doctor Who is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – this lovely tribute was created by Tammy.
This year the Sindy brand will be celebrating 50 years of success with Sindy having been a role model, best friend and fashion icon to millions of girls throughout the world.
Thanks to Liz Sowden for these fab photos of Sindy enjoying her party!