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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

 Repairing Chatty Cathy’s Voice

I realized there are a couple of older posts that I didn’t get notice of regarding Chatty Cathy voice repair. Someone asked if Greg Allred still repairs Chatty’s. As far as I know he does but his price went up by a lot so that and a botched eye repair made me look elsewhere. I didn’t want to but it is what it is. If you want to locate him to ask about repair, Google him. He lives in Las Vegas, NV. I found him on an old post response about repairing a Barbie’s voice. Hopefully this will help the person who asked that question.

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced repair person let me know.

You may contact me through my web sites at either https://www.originalchattycathydoll.com or at https://www.chattycathydolls.com 

Message or email me or find me on Twitter or Facebook! Fastest is message on either of the two websites above.

Cheers!

Kathy 

Happy Holiday Season Chatty Collectors and To One and All!

 Brunette Canadian decal eyed Chatty Cathy Doll in Red, White Festive Holiday Original Chatty Outfit


 Canadian Decal Eyes Brunette Chatty Cathy Doll in Seahawks Outfit

Hi Chatty Collectors and one and all! I hope everyone out there is having or had a wonderful holiday season. I realize that many of us weren’t able to go have big family gatherings but I hope all my dear Chatty collector friends found a way to have joy during this time of COVID. 

My two Chatty’s here are dressed for 1. In red/white looking festive for Christmas and 2. My Canadian brunette decal-eyed Chatty is wearing one of two Seahawks outfits for football season. Sadly the Seahawks season is coming to an end sooner than we here in the Pacific NW are used to. But hey, can’t win em all and we’ve been spoiled for the past ten years or so. Better luck 🍀 next season. I hope everyone’s favorite team (if not the Seahawks), will be able to get into the playoffs. 

If anyone is having trouble finding a repair person to fix Chatty’s voice box let me know. I’ll be happy to try and help. While many of us are stuck at home whether due to the pandemic or the snow (like we are here in Washington), it’s a fine time to spruce up your Chatty Cathy and other like dolls. You can purchase my e-book “Care of Chatty’s” and learn how to clean, fix her hair and other tips and tricks. It’s a good time for projects like caring for your Chatty Cathy and other vintage dolls. 

I’m still seeing so many of what I call “FrankenChatty’s” online. Chatty dolls with bright touched up lips, freckles and Shirley Temple like hairstyles. Ugh! I’m also seeing “reproduction” boxes for all kinds of Mattel Talkers and this drives me a little bit nutty. I want to ask the sellers what are people to do in 20+ years when they think they have a real Mattel original box? Same with the painted up faces and eye replacements etc. on Chatty Cathy dolls. I think we must preserve our dolls for the future whether in our family’s or someone else’s. How will future collectors know what’s original and what’s not if I don’t keep putting this info out here?  Okay, I’ve said my piece on this as usual. 

If anyone needs assistance with purchasing a pristine, truly original Chatty Cathy or Mattel talker just head on over to either, https://www.originalchattycathydoll.com or https://www.chattycathydolls.com to reach me and also buy my Chatty information guide “Care of Chatty’s”.

Everyone please stay safe, well and enjoy this season or try to make the best of it. I hope you find some peace and joy!

I realize many of us are lonely or weary of this difficult time. It’s hard I know and some days are more difficult than others.  Hang in there everybody!

Take care of yourselves and each other.

Hugs and Joy,

Kathy

Kathys Chatty Cathy Dolls & Vintage Talking Toys

Saturday, June 19, 2021

 Happy Juneteenth Everyone! 

10% off Chatty dolls over $100.00 on my sites! Good through this weekend! Celebrate #HappyJuneteenth this weekend with your loved ones & friends or give to your favorite Black/AA Charity or HSBCU but please make sure everyone is either vaccinated or masked up 😷 

Be Safe & Remember why we have this holiday. 

Please visit my store at Kathys Chatty Cathy’s & Vintage Talking Toys! 


Thursday, October 25, 2018

 A NEW SEASON OF "FRANKEN CHATTY's"

HALLOWEEN HAS COME EARLY

By K. Scott

First I need to say, I've failed for the last 2 years to tend to this Blog. And for that I am truly sorry. That is if anyone out there even  has cared!  The reason I'm unsure is, because I've failed to promote this Blog properly.  I was very new to Google's Blog system and still am a bit. Thus, I don't really have it out on the  web the way it should be.
  
The smell in the air is changing.  Summer is over and the Fall season is upon us once again. Halloween will be here again soon. Costumes, decorations, Trick or Treating, candy and kids pumped up on sugar.  I kind wish I could go Trick or Treating! But I have had the been going, in a sense, to a house of horrors.  
 I've been working long hours trying fix problems with my web hosting company (note if you want to even sell a few things, avoid Homestead.com). I haven't been able to change anything not even a line of text my site about 2 years. I have been  been cruising the internet looking at Chatty Cathy dolls just to see what's out there. I've been really examining the ones I find on a certain auction site. We all know it. It's the one that starts with the letter e___.com.  You know the one I mean.  
I don't know exactly why, I still find myself astonished to find, some of the worst Chatty's I've ever seen "'out there".  They seem especially bad this year or so it seems.  There are so many crooked, missing or no teeth, on almost all Chatty's. This isn't true for all Chatty's but many. I found this on almost all soft-faced early model Chatty dolls.  Then there are touch ups galore! This is now referred to as either, "enhanced or "restored" and even "OOAK's".  I'll say they are one of a kinds!  Oh my gosh!  It's like a house of horrors out there. It's a haunted house open year round.  But even though, I know these dolls are always out there or on there.  I still find myself very surprised. 
 I wonder why I am?  It's think it's probably because, I'm always trying to be the ever eternal optimist.  But alas, "Franken Chatty's" are out in full force for Halloween or so it seems. These Chatty's can be found far easier than a true original Chatty dolls.  It's true!  Go cruise and look for yourself.  
I suppose this is just a sad fact of doll collecting now.  
The Chatty world is possibly a bit larger now probably due to lack of jobs.  And being the people we are, full of hope and the land of opportunity. All the while we're trying to eat and care for our families. So innovation or entrepreneur's abound all over the place! While I admire this spirit, and am one such person myself, I don't think this is the way to go. Sadly, they do not understand or worse, don't care, about the end buyer of that "enhanced" or "OOAK" doll.  By this of course, I'm referring to the person or person's that will end up with the doll, and doesn't know that it's not an original Chatty. While I don't want to believe, people are purposefully trying to deceive people; the lack of disclosures in many of the descriptions, tend to make me feel otherwise.  I don't like feeling this way at all!

I have admitted before, I'm a purist when it comes to Chatty Cathy and other doll remaining all original.  If they just have to be fixed, then fix them the best you can. Please just fix them the way they are supposed to be.  Not to become a newly described "doll artist'"s rendition, of what they want a Chatty to look like with their artistic vision's.  If you want to make dolls, learn to make them!  Don't take a Mattel made Chatty Cathy Doll, and turn her into a "FrankenChatty"!!  
I mean, even Marie Osmond makes dolls from her own designs (or it appears).  
I have no reason to distrust Marie Osmond for heavens sake! Or do I?  :-)
Chatty's "out there", are being re-rooted with strange and odd hair colors, dyed to be Black, when they never were and, of course always the eye changes. 
 What is it about Chatty's eyes that people do not like?  What did she ever do to them?  Did she look at them wrong?
Well all Chatty lovers let's unite and fight to keep our Chatty's original.  By all means do get her voice repaired by a masterful repairman. Do fix her hair back to original or yes, clean her up.  Even give her a new outfit if she doesn't have one.  But by all means let's get it out there that this is all that should be done to an original doll.  
Well, until that day the season of "FrankenChatty" will come and go, and come again...
Yes, Halloween has come again.
Please be vigilant Chatty lovers!
Once again, I'm truly sorry I've neglected this Blog!
K. Scott

Saturday, January 24, 2015

We want your photos of Seahawks fanaticism

We want your photos of Seahawks fanaticism: News, weather, traffic, events and photos from the City Desk at The Seattle Times.
My Mom in Prineville, OR wearing her lucky gear and showing that she's an avid member of the 12th Women of the Seattle Seahawks!! Spirit of 12's still Rising!! GO HAWKS!! GO!!
Super Bowl 49 let's win it for our city, and our country!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day to all OUR Veterans. I posted earlier on Twitter that everyday should be Veterans Day. For each day a Vet is homeless,jobless, waiting for earned benefits, suffers with PTSD, TBI, a physical ailment, is in the hospital trying to deal with the loss of limbs, and for all the Veterans suffering in silence due to depression, we all need to keep them in mind every single day. Not just once a year. We need to give everything we can and then some.

If you know a Veteran reach out and have a conversation. Yes, thank him or her for their service. But more than that, help them reintegrate into civilian society. More than anything listen and pay attention to verbal and nonverbal communications.

If you served in the armed services, I want to thank you with all of my heart for your many, many sacrifices. To the families of all Veterans, thank you so much for your multiple sacrifices. We cannot know what you have been through unless, you choose to share some of your load with us. I know that most of us would carry the load for you if we could. Tell us what we can do if anything.

I am a pastor. I offer free spiritual, and other counseling services to Veterans for free. All you have to do is reach out through Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, my web site or this Blog. I will answer you to set something up with you whether by phone, email, or if you're in the Greater Northwest of WA state, I can meet with you in person. Please do not suffer alone in silence. Your brothers and sisters in arms are there for you even if you're far away. Your families love you. Maybe, like some of us, they cannot understand what you have been through. But they are right there usually.
Also, reach out to Got your Six, Wounded Warriors, USO and the host of other Veterans organizations out there (I don't mean to leave any out). If you are having trouble doing that reach out to a stranger. WE DO CARE! I know I do. I always have.
I remember each day that there are men and women in harms way right now. I know the few went to fight in place of the many. I know that you saw things, and may have done things, you never thought you'd see or do. I know it is hard to come back home and settle into "normal life".
My Dad was a Vet, so were my Grandfathers as is my brother.
I don't assume to know what you are going through back here at home (if you have a home). But I do think as one human to another, I can reach out and help however I can.

I am a social worker, community health outreach worker, parenting educator, mediator, paralegal, visitation supervisor, court advocate, a child and victims advocate, addiction support and outreach, and more. Please if you need help with anything contact me for fully protected confidential communication.
I can help as an ordained minister, as a social worker, outreach worker, as an advocate, mediator, legal assistance, addiction support, or just as a caring person. I mean this with all my heart. I know all the resources in our community if you need to get hooked up with housing, food or health care etc.

On this Veterans Day American citizens, please give of your money, time, prayers, voices, and actions to honor our beloved Veterans. I am not saying we shouldn't have one day of the year that is devoted to our Veterans. We should. But I believe we need to remember Our Veterans every single day. Just the fact that there are words homeless and Veterans in the same sentence is a national tragedy. This should not stand. Veterans waiting years for benefits is also Our national tragedy. Please give of your time not just today, but each day in a way that is needed.

I have heard from many Veterans that "thank you for your service" is not enough, makes you feel uncomfortable, or that you'd rather not hear it at all. At this point, I do not know if I should say it or not. However, not to say thank you for your service and all that encompasses, would render many of us silent. That will not work either. So until we meet online, on the phone, at the store, or in person, thank you so very much for your service to OUR country. Thank you for doing what I could not do.

God Bless our troops and God Bless all Our Veterans on this and everyday. Godspeed home to the troops in harms way right now.

If you can't think of something to do for Our troops, raise your voices to tell your representatives in Congress to bring OUR troops home now! We do have our voices. This Veterans Day (and each day), at the very least, let's make sure our voices are heard in Washington DC on matters of war and peace in this country of Ours.

God Bless All Veterans and Our Troops. I am praying for the safe return of all Our who are serving around the world.
Sincerely,
Kathy Scott, MLSW, Pastor (non-denominational), C.H.O, G.A.L. & etc.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Beware of Free You Tube Repair Video's!

                     Be Careful About What is Taught on You Tube!

Watching a "Expert" on Repairing Chatty Cathy Dolls, Break Chatty's Neck Flange

I saw a repair "training" video on YouTube. I have seen a lot of crazy and incorrect things on YouTube but this is personal for me,
People follow these directions and break their dolls and then send them to her to fix them!
She dipped Chattys entire body in just boiled water to show how to remove the limbs.
She heated up a Chatty Baby up with a blow dryer without protection. What's worse is when she tore the head off she was telling viewers to be careful because you can break the neck flange. So what did she do as she tried yanking the head off before it was ready? Broke the neck flange and brushed it aside in such a way to where viewers weren't supposed to notice the cracking sound and the piece that fell off the top of Chatty Baby's head!
Please be weary people of what people are teaching you for free especially on YouTube! See they get money for the views. People post things on YT to make money from the ads.
Do not try to do the process that lady shows on You Tube or you'll break your Chattys neck, melt her torso and ruin her voice box and probably grow mold inside the doll.
Bad form people really bad form.
I just want everyone to either have a mentor or learn through a reputable person who has expertise in museum-like doll restoration.
I realize everyone wants to try to get their Chatty talking again and don't want to pay a fortune. But let me warn you, learning on You Tube from the top Chatty Cathy repair video will cause you more trouble than you bargained for.
If you need help getting a Chatty repaired ask me for the names of one or two really good Chatty and Mattel talking toy repair technicians.
Have a Chatty Day!
Kathy S.