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The 26th was a day of relaxing, and enjoying our “loot”, at the Huber house. The little kids were having fun playing on the new WiiU, (thanks, Layne and Elissa!), when Mom and Dad told us older girls that there was one more present we had yet to open, from Rett.

We all trooped upstairs, and Dad brought it out of the attic, wrapped in a sleeping bag. And it turned out to be. . .a vintage dress form! Dad had found it at an antique mall nearby, and he and Mom felt that it would be an excellent present for us girls, rife with creative possibilities. He bought it, and Rett paid for it, as his gift to Daelynn, Mikaela, and myself.

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It’s original cover was quite old and stained, so Daelynn and Mom underwent the task of recovering it. First, they covered it with a layer of batting:

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Next, with a layer of black, somewhat stretchy, velvety fabric.

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Finally, we attached some fringe around the bottom, and Dad fastened a hollow, metal filigree ball on the top as a “head”. We also put a small piece of shiny silver fabric inside the ball, to finish it off. And of course, dressing her up was the last step!

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When we went to the Calgary Science Centre a year ago or so, one of the activities we girls quite enjoyed was dressing up the dress forms that were in the craft area. There were all sorts of ribbons, pieces of fabric all shapes and sizes, and various pins and clips with which to construct your own creations. We’re hoping to acquire our own inventory of such items, but for now have to be content with putting together outfits to put on her from articles of clothing we already possess.

During this Christmas season, we have enjoyed going for walks around the neighbourhood and admiring the Christmas lights and displays that people come up with.

In the Weird category, this display is about a block away from our house.

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At the start of the season this “Nutcracker Elvis” was flanked on both sides by guitars, but somewhere along the line the one on the left went missing. (“Elvis’ Guitar has left the neighbourhood”.)

Keeping more in the Christmas spirit, we really enjoyed this creative nativity scene, made out of 4″x4″ posts, with the head coverings and the height of the posts being the differentiating features.

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Of course pictures don’t really do it justice (except maybe in Elvis’ case).

About a week before Christmas I purchased a used copy of Empire Builder, the crayon rail game with the North America map, from Amazon.  This is the version that I first played (back in 1985 or 1986).  It has a different map than the current version in that it is only southern Canada and the United States (the latest version also has Mexico).  This game was the impetus for me buying the British Rails game during Christmas 1986.  It was the creative spark for the trucking game which I made (for Marlin I believe), was a pretty much unplayable, and parts of which hung around until our recent move to Texas.

The 1984 version of Empire Builder
The 1984 version of Empire Builder

The game arrived yesterday, and was eagerly opened (by myself and Danaya who is my prime partner in crayon rails).  Alas, it was missing the six large puzzle pieces that make up the playing board which is essential to gameplay.  I have emailed the Amazon partner who sold the game (and described it as “Condition: Collectible – Very Good”), and am waiting to see what the resolution will be.  Who knows, maybe they have six large puzzle pieces of the Canada/US map with lots of mileposts on it hanging around their online store.