Who is Strawberry Shortcake?

strawberryshortcake2Last week I listed a vintage Strawberry Shortcake sheet that features the original illustrations of the character.

According to Wikipedia,  Strawberry Shortcake is a licensed character owned by American Greetings, originally used in greeting cards and expanded to include dolls, posters, and other products. The Strawberry Shortcake properties also include a toy line of the character’s friends and pets.

The original design of Strawberry Shortcake and her cat, Custard was done in 1977 byMuriel Fahrion during her time as a greeting card illustrator at American Greetings’ Juvenile & Humorous card department. Cindy Mayer Patton and Janet Jones designed the other later characters of the classic Strawberry Shortcake line. Lynn Edwards was the editor of the line and developed the personality profiles and the story line and philosophy. The first doll was a rag doll designed by Muriel Fahrion and created by Susan Trentel, Fahrion’s sister.

Strawberry Shortcake was very popular in the 1980s with many licensed products produced based on the original Strawberry Shortcake and the line of characters. The Strawberry Shortcake line of characters each had their own fruit or dessert-themed name with clothing to match, and they each had a dessert- or fruit-named pet. Like the Strawberry Shortcake doll, all the other characters’ dolls had hair scented to match their dessert theme. The characters lived and played in a magical world known as Strawberryland.

Since the 1980s, there have been two redesigns of the Strawberry Shortcake image, in 2003 and in 2009. Currently Strawberry Shortcake has both a website and a facebook page.  For a list of the line of characters see Wikipedia.

Sources: Wikipedia

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Trends for Halloween 2013

halloweenThe boom in Halloween business continues to grow each year, and is the second-biggest decorating holiday of the year – behind Christmas. The NRF’s 2012 Halloween consumer spending survey reported a record 170 million people planned to celebrate Halloween and were expected to spend $79.82 on decorations, costumes, candy and parties, with total Halloween spending estimated to reach $8 billion. Ity is always fun to see what the trends are each year. So here’s some insights:


    1. Movie releases are a big influencer of costume trends this year. Expect to see characters from Oz the Great and Powerful,The Lone Ranger,Iron Man 3,The Great Gatsby,Star Trek into the Darkness, Superman: Man of Steel, Monsters University, The Smurfs 2, The Wolverine,The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Thor: The Dark World
    2. TV Shows are another big influence. “Duck Dynasty” is costume royalty this Halloween as nearly one in two costume wearers plan to deck themselves out in camo and big beards as a group look. That’s more than those who would select the Royal family or the newest Kardashian brood: Kim, Kanye and North West.
    3. Social Networking is a growing force in influencing decisions on Halloween costumes. Nearly 70 percent of typical costume wearers admit social media platforms like Facebook and Pinterest influence their costume choices, while nearly half of them say they get inspiration from looking at photos of what others wore in their social media newsfeeds. People dressing up will on average post 10 pictures of themselves in their ensemble to a social media channel!


  • Buying costumes at the Thrift Store: After topping nearly every music chart around the world, hip-hop artist Macklemore has been an inspiration to many, including those seeking Halloween costume ideas. Almost one in two people who plan to dress up this year and have heard the artist’s “Thrift Shop” anthem say they would consider finding a costume in a thrift store because of the song. Close to fifty percent of respondents admit the song has made shopping at secondhand stores cool.
  • Creativity Wins: Careful costume consideration is key as nearly a quarter of survey respondents think you can tell a lot about someone’s personality based on the type of costume they wear. To stand out from the crowd, 41 percent of people planning to wear a costume will get creative and create their own instead of buying a pre-packaged look, and only 4 percent will wear the same costume every year.
  • Popular Themes include Vampire,Zombie,Skeleton,Grim Reaper,Fairy,Princess,Superheroes, Individuality(create your own idea), Humorous costumes are trending up, Sexy, with the option of showing less or more(Less lingerie style, more wearable), Rave and Gothic Costumes. Four in ten of those who typically dress up for Halloween opt for a funny costume with the rest of the costume-wearing nation split between scary and sexy costumes. More men than women (43 percent versus 18 percent) go for scary costumes while 42 percent of women choose costumes that make them look attractive.
  • Fun for the Whole Family – And Fido Too: Ninety-two percent of parents typically dress up their children and 78 percent join in the fun and also wear a costume. More than one in two respondents will decorate their homes with Halloween decor this year, and pets will get in the spirit of Halloween this year too, as four in ten say they’ll dress up their pet. Top pet costumes in 2012 were Pumpkin,Devil,Hot Dog,Cat,Bee,Dog or Ghost (tie).Superhero,Witch,Bowties and Superman


Sources: Herald On Line

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Christian Dior Neckties

I currently have three Christian Dior neckties listed on eBay. My search for background on Christian Dior’s neckties landed me on the ties2pillows website. Neckties are fashioned out of silk, linen, synthetics, cotton or wool. The patterns in the fabric are created in one of two ways—woven or printed. Christian Dior ties are classics. Tasteful designs in elegant color schemes make these ties a reliable staple. No one would even think to question the quality of Christian Dior. Christian Dior is credited for bringing the “New Look” to men’s and women’s fashion in the late 40’s. By the 50’s his vision of men’s attire brought

slim, somber and conservative neckties back into fashion. Christian Dior designer ties, complete with their charming designs and elegant color schemes, are exceptional men’s ties.

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Listings 9.29.13

Ziggy and Christian Dior Today!

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Who is Ziggy?

ziggyapronZiggy is a cartoon created by Tom Wilson, a former American Greetings executive. Ziggy first appeared in the 1968 book collection When You’re Not Around, published by American Greetings. The newspaper strip began in June 1971. In 1987 the strip was taken over by Tom Wilson II. The animated 1982 Christmas television special Ziggy’s Gift, which contained the Harry Nilsson song “Give, Love, Joy”, won an Emmy Award.

Ziggy is a small, bald, trouserless, barefoot, almost featureless character (save for his large nose) who seems to have no friends, hobbies, or romantic partner, just a menagerie of pets: Fuzz, a small white dog; Sid, a cat afraid of mice; Josh, a discouraging parrot; Goldie, a fish; and Wack, a duck. The appeal of the cast is juxtaposed with the endless stream of misfortunes which befall Ziggy. The character is frequently depicted in surreal or arbitrary situations, though many jokes mine typical comic strip pop culture territory, such as computers and the perils of modern life.

There have been annual calendars produced throughout the years, as well as various books, dolls, collectables, holiday-themed toys and promotional items. Vintage Ziggy items have become quite collectible.


Source: Wikipedia

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Metal Art Clay Jewelry

Yesterday I listed a pendant that appears to be handmade from metal art clay. Today I found this video from Fire Mountain Gems that demonstrates how this product is made into jewelry. Enjoy!

Handmade Songbird Pendant

Handmade Songbird Pendant

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Listings 9.19.13

Jewelry Today!

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Did You Know Amazon Sells More Than Books & Media?

Amazon has expanded it’s catalog to include products from art to jewelry, kitchenware to clothing, office supplies to collectibles, …you get the picture.  And if you are a Prime member, your shipping is free for many products. Here’s a  sampling of items that I currently have for sale on Amazon.

To see my catalog of Rose’s Sundries products on Amazon, click on my Amazon Store tab

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4 Ways to Tell Your Kathy Van Zeeland Bag is Genuine

Here are 4 ways to tell a Kathy Van Zeeland bag is genuine.

  1. Look for the signature hardware. A charm/key fob is a signature part of a Kathy Van Zeeland bag. Also look for heavy metal charms on zipper pulls.

    Kathy Van Zeeland Key Fob/Charm

    Kathy Van Zeeland Key Fob/Charm

  2. The inner lining of the bag is patterned, not solid. The patterns may vary but common ones are a little purse repeating pattern or a blue floral.

    Kathy Van Zeeland Patterned Lining

    Kathy Van Zeeland Patterned Lining

  3. Look for a robins egg blue fabric tag with a little purse icon sewn onto the lining.

    Kathy Van Zeeland Fabric Tag

    Kathy Van Zeeland Fabric Tag

  4. The bottom piece of the bag has a purse icon outline.

Also if the stitching is loose sloppy or uneven, it is a poor quality fake.

Sources: Wiki Answers

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Listings 8.25.13

Kathy Van Zeeland Handbag Today!

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