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Do you have an odd or unusual hobby? Something a little different... not quite mainstream?

Me, I'm a grown man that plays with dolls, LOL! :D

Yeah, for as long as I can remember, dolls have always fascinated me. Something to do with growing up with 3 older sisters I suppose. Just became accustomed to having dolls around. My mom loved dolls too and when she passed, I inherited her collection of dolls and plush toys.

I've added to that collection over the years and now have quite a few. Most are 1/6 and 1/3 scale, but I also have some rather realistic life size dolls! All have names and an imagined personality.

Don't know what it is, I just love dressing them up, posing them and photographing them. Brightens my day just having them around.

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How about you... what's your passion?
 

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I collect books on Western esoteric tradition and occultism. I just lent my copy of "Fire and Ice; The Brotherhood of Saturn" by Dr. Stephen Flowers to a friend of mine.

I have been known to meticulously gather the supplies for an elaborate ceremony or two. I have a robe and an athame, as well as a few sigils and pentacles made at the "proper" astrological times.

If I'm being honest, I don't believe that any of it goes beyond auto-hypnosis, visualization, and psychodrama, but sometimes the ceremonies can function as a sort of movement meditation to help me relax or gain insight. There was a time that I was following the rituals in Lyam Thomas Christopher's "Self-Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition," but I don't feel comfortable working with Hermetic Qabalah any more because I'm neither Jewish nor Hermetic.
 
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I ate fire and blew fire balls til I had to explain to my kids first grade teachers they did not make up those stories about me whipping them in tje front yard and did know the difference between fantasy and reality.

I did all the standard circus clown stuff, was a street performer and magician before I settled down...

I've participated in rainbow gatherings and burning man, enjoy building effigies and temples and burning them....a combination of the concept of impermanence/burning bowl ceremonies and large crowd performance/entertainment that I enjoy.

War protests and social justice protests have got me to march in DC and around the states...last big adventure was with our veterans to Standing Rock Oceti Sakoween to support our indigenous peoples in protecting their water and lands from the black snake.
 

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I'm torn between herding :kitty:s and wheat weaving. :oops: I kinda miss having my rl friend, America, in town because she is/was much more capable in both pursuits/"purrsuits".

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I am into languages, and writing systems. I enjoy learning (dabbling in, really) languages, and have a little Arabic, Hebrew, Pali, and Turkish in addition to what I learned at school. Duolingo is my "candy crush" mobile phone killer-app.

Recently I got into studying Yiddish, which opened up a world of early 20th century writings by Jewish Anarchist and Socialist activists, much of which is untranslated. Exploring the history (and current state) of these political currents (in any language and culture) is another not-so mainstream interest of mine.

Finally, I am into a more recent form of Western occultism, which comes under the umbrella term of "Chaos magic", highly eclectic, irreverent, decentralized, often original and spontaneous, this loose-knit group is my spiritual home in a way nothing else is.
 

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Do you have an odd or unusual hobby? Something a little different... not quite mainstream?

Me, I'm a grown man that plays with dolls, LOL! :D

Yeah, for as long as I can remember, dolls have always fascinated me. Something to do with growing up with 3 older sisters I suppose. Just became accustomed to having dolls around. My mom loved dolls too and when she passed, I inherited her collection of dolls and plush toys.

I've added to that collection over the years and now have quite a few. Most are 1/6 and 1/3 scale, but I also have some rather realistic life size dolls! All have names and an imagined personality.

Don't know what it is, I just love dressing them up, posing them and photographing them. Brightens my day just having them around.

How about you... what's your passion?
I hope @Namaste Jesus will not mind me sharing the link to his You Tube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC98OxQfp9JXZ-rhE1pW-boQ
 

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I sing to my cats. Not successfully, but I try. They seem to despise my efforts. They hide their faces with their paws. They run to remote corners of the house. They get matches and cans of gasoline and threaten to arson the house. But I love to sing....
 

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I sing to my cats. Not successfully, but I try. They seem to despise my efforts. They hide their faces with their paws. They run to remote corners of the house. They get matches and cans of gasoline and threaten to arson the house. But I love to sing....
We use to have this crazy cat that loved water. I bathed him regularly while singing "Roxanne" no idea why, just seemed to go along with his meow. Anyway, that very song comes on the radio one day and he gets up and starts meowing nearly in perfect tune with it! :D
 

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Good tune. My ex, Ann, when her cat would do something obnoxious to the furniture, she would stare at the cat and scold her, "Ruby, you little slut..."

So, I think the piece of music is apropos.

They are hustlers, selling their little warm bodies as heating pads, as comfort, while secretly they plan world domination. This is known.

Most of the world dictators were mere fronts for their pet cats, working behind the scenes.

Caesar used to call his pet cat/ overlord "Rex Dominatus," until kitty barked at him, "on the down low, Julie...on the down low...."

"Ok, Rex," offered Caesar, "what about Fluffy?"

"There may be hope for you, yet," Overlord Rex/ Fluffy encouraged the beleaguered general.
 

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I have always been interested in free-sailing model boats, that is model-boats that can sail themselves. I can't be bothered with radio control. By using a tiny clockwork machine that was designed to stall model gliders and bring them back to earth I have used these 'dethermalizers' to tack a sailing vessel and bring it back to the shore that it set out from, and so I could sail a model from the bank of a river or sea shore without losing it.

And so I've been fascinated by models since childhood.

@Namaste Jesus ...... 40 years ago I knew a neighbour who collected dolls. She searched the jumble sales and 2nd hand shops for them and a single doll's hand, or sounder could make her day. She rebuilt dolls and would send some to specialist auctions where they fetched very high values. My late wife became very close friends with her and together they made 'peg dolls' using a traditional wooden peg with round top and dresses made from scraps of material.... they collected hair from friendly hairdessers and the results were just amazing... they sold them at the Saturday market every few weeks. I remember them sat at the table together, chatting, drinking tea and making dolls. Happy days.
 

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@Namaste Jesus ...... 40 years ago I knew a neighbour who collected dolls. She searched the jumble sales and 2nd hand shops for them and a single doll's hand, or sounder could make her day. She rebuilt dolls and would send some to specialist auctions where they fetched very high values. My late wife became very close friends with her and together they made 'peg dolls' using a traditional wooden peg with round top and dresses made from scraps of material.... they collected hair from friendly hairdessers and the results were just amazing... they sold them at the Saturday market every few weeks. I remember them sat at the table together, chatting, drinking tea and making dolls. Happy days.
A lot of my smaller dolls I inherited when my mom passed several years ago. The life size ones and the 1/3 scale lasses seen in the OP photo are a more recent acquisition. I've never made any, but I did create the face on the one holding my guitar. That one doesn't come with a face of any kind. Don't know why, just always been fascinated by dolls.
 

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A lot of my smaller dolls I inherited when my mom passed several years ago. The life size ones and the 1/3 scale lasses seen in the OP photo are a more recent acquisition. I've never made any, but I did create the face on the one holding my guitar. That one doesn't come with a face of any kind. Don't know why, just always been fascinated by dolls.

You must have a larger home than us, we only have seating for three persons in our lounge so all models of anything are miniature. :)
We don't collect much, simply because our home is so small...... last year I cleared out my model boat collection apart from two, sold the lot to a tourist shop in Whitstable, and actually had some shelf space in our little hobbies room, and yet now I have collected 8 model boats ....... again!

This might be of interest..... about 20 years ago we bought a couple of glass paperweights at the boot-fair, round-cut like diamonds; that started a search for these in different colours. My wife is interested in gemstones and so each different colour can represent a gem. We now have 17no 80mm round-cut glass paperweights in differing colours from all around the world, and although they collect dust my wife loves dusting.... good music and dusting. :)

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Our place is around 2000 SF, but my larger dolls just occupy a corner of a small upstairs office. Well, when they're not out joy riding and the rest of the menagerie are all scattered about the house.

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Our place is around 2000 SF, but my larger dolls just occupy a corner of a small upstairs office. Well, when they're not out joy riding and the rest of the menagerie are all scattered about the house.

Brilliant picture! :)
Our lounge is 90SF....... I would need to measure up the rest but it won't come near to 2000SF. But it's easy to heat and there's only us two..... a happy place.
 

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Brilliant picture! :)
Our lounge is 90SF....... I would need to measure up the rest but it won't come near to 2000SF. But it's easy to heat and there's only us two..... a happy place.
Thanks! Yeah, it's just the two of us rattling around in this big ol tri-level. Bought it mainly for the land that came with it.
 

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@Namaste Jesus .....I have been thinking about your hobby and some that I have had both now and over the years, and yesterday my wife's 'J D Williams' shopping brochure came in the post, and I was looking at a picture of a shop window with several mannikins displayed. Do you buy mannikins to produce your dolls or do you have to make them yourself?

I've taken interest in mannikins before in connection with security and protection. I wrote for our national security magazine for 15 years and was always looking out for ways to reduce crime and loss, and an article about people having mannikin body-guards in their cars was a bit of a break-through for me because that led me on to thinking about mannikin police constables being in view through office windows and then the whole scenario of mannikins for a whole mass of differing security objectives started to surface. It's not necessarily the same as your hobby but I know that there are many differing reasons and values for mannikins.

Please can you tell more about how your hobby started for you?
 
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