Product Type: John Hinde Novelty Toy
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The nicer side of Voodoo
Watchover Voodoo Dolls
Member Name: Joker25
Watchover Voodoo Dolls
Advantages: Quirky, well-made
Disadvantages: Big and chunky
Somehow, I have ended up with more keys than the average jailer. I have two keys for home, three keys for my holiday home, two keys for my mum's house, a car key, a key for work, a key for a padlock and a key for the front door of the place I used to live. There's also two USB sticks, two mini-torches, a shamrock that has my name on, a Tesco clubcard, a boomerang, a Bagpuss keyring and another keyring with my name on (in case I forget after looking the first time, presumably). Attached to all this is a big long loop of ribbon to help me find them when they're in my bag, because the combined weight and inevitable pull of gravity tends to mean they sink to the bottom. To be honest, I don't understand people who just have a couple of keys and who put all their others on a separate keyring for use as needed. My keyring is a wonder of physics; a vortex that draws all keys to it and binds them together like the fabric of the universe. Which is a poetic way of saying that as long as a key is on my keyring, it will stay there forever. The minute, nay the second, it is removed, it is lost to me forever.
Knowing that I quite like keyrings and quirky things in general, my boyfriend got me this as a wee 'just because' present. I think he picked her up (that sounds very wrong, but we are still talking about the keyring) in the airport but I've seen them in shops throughout town so it shouldn't be hard to track one down.
As voodoo dolls go, she's quite small and yet quite big for a keyring, being the same size as my thumb but twice as broad. She's described as 'Venus' which equates to a doll made out of cord with black eyes, no nose or mouth and a really quite funky pink outfit. The semi-featureless face makes her sound a bit creepy, but actually she's really sweet and the kids I teach always want to see and hold her. She also has a little jingle bell on her head, which is handy for driving cats insane, as they can't figure out where the oh-so-alluring sound is coming from.
The card that she came on said that she watches over her friends' love lives (presumably using her teeny wee heart wand to zap them if they aren't being soppy enough) but I'm not sure how accurate this is. Certainly I haven't felt any urge to matchmake but maybe a doll so weeny just isn't able to overcome my natural 'can't be arsed' tendency.
She attaches to your keys by means of a loop and one of those bobbly chains, which I always break so I replaced it for a proper keyring. Truth be told, I didn't have high hopes for her staying intact as she's largely made of glued cord and fabric, and bigger keyrings like this tend not to last terribly well. Turned out that I underestimated the power of voodoo though, as she's still going strong and looks in much the same condition as the day I got her, despite being fussed over by numerous small children and being in and out of my handbag at least ten times a day.
I love my Mrs Voodoo and I think she'd make a great and unusual gift but it's worth bearing in mind that she wouldn't suit anyone who likes discreet keyrings, or who tends to stick their keys in a trouser pocket.
Summary: Unusual keyring