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Brief Update

I'm still alive and still in the hobby, but I need to find a good place to set up to take pictures. This new house we moved to here in Kansas (3 years ago, OMG) is much darker inside than our old house in Iowa, which was a Victorian-era house with huge windows. So once I can get an area set up where I can take photos again, this journal will be more active.

In the meantime, here's a photo of some of my Dollfie Dream Girls: Tempest, Mercy, and Merit!

Tempest, Mercy and Merit

Starting Up Again



It's a New Year and I've decided I want to do the A Doll A Week challenge as part of my larger Project 365. Basically, the idea is to post at least one doll photo a week. While it is easy to add the photo onto Flickr, I thought it would be fun to talk a bit about the doll on here as well.

The photo today is of a Hujoo Nano Freya. For Christmas, I ordered a couple of Freyas (a grey and a white) for my husband because he's all about anthro cat-girls. Junky Spot sent along this Nano Freya for free, and actually I adore her. Not sure of the name yet, although I'm leaning towards Luna or Felicity? She's hanging out on my desk, since she's ABS plastic and doesn't break when she gets knocked over. Tsuki (the black cat) has already pushed her down a couple of times, LOL.

As it happens, Bob wasn't that keen on the full-sized Freyas (he didn't like their big heads), so I may sell them on Ebay. He actually liked the Nano Freya better, so if I can sell the other two, I'll get him a little one and he can keep it on his desk. Bob's rather meh about dolls, although he admires the Dollfie Dreams, but they are way out of his price range. He collects action figures and plushies, though.

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Very long time since my last post!  We moved a few states away, so I've been busy with real life.

Got a couple of dolls for Xmas! Skylar is a Bluefairy Shiny Fairy May 1st on a Junior blossom body, while Raleigh is a Bluefairy Shiny Fairy Jaden on a Junior blossom body. I really love the junior size! I actually just was buying the May 1st, but the seller included the Jaden head, so I got a body to go with it. Bless Bluefairy and their speedy shipping!

Here are a couple of pics. Sorry for the flash! The light was terrible and since a storm is coming in, it will be a couple of days before we get good sunlight. Anyway, meet Raleigh and Skylar!



Raleigh is a Bluefairy Shiny Fairy Jaden, which is usually a boy's sculpt. I think she makes a very cute girl, though. These eyes are temporary. They came with another doll and look fine in person, but don't photograph that well. The new eyes will also be green, though. I got the name Raleigh from Pacific Rim.



Skylar is a Bluefairy Shiny Fairy May 1st with a custom faceup done by the previous owner (Olliepopdoll). Skylar is actually a boy's name, but I think it's cute for a girl. Most of my dolls have old-fashioned names, but for the four dolls I have in this size, I decided to go trendy.

I wish the full-length shots had come out well, but they were a bit blurry. Their outfits are darling.

I Dream of Pink!

Haven't posted here for awhile! Real life has been hectic lately and I haven't had much time for my dolls. But I did manage to fit in a few pics recently.



Luca and Rowena

They're not a couple or anything, but both have troubled pasts and that gives them a sort of sympathy with each other.

More pictures here )

I'm amazed at the number of pink wigs that I've managed to acquire--my original plan was to only get "natural" hair colors for my dolls, but now probably half of the wigs I have are in fantasy colors (pink, blue, green, turquoise, grey, etc). And what is really funny is that I used to hate pink with a passion! But it was my Gram's favorite color--she wore it all the time. After she passed away in 1999, anytime I see pink it reminds me of her. So now I quite like the color!

Another Day, Another Doll

Ah, Bluefairy, you live to troll your customers, don't you? First you spring the White Choice, then right after that the tan Marine dolls, and now there's a chance to get your choice of Shiny Fairy May sculpts.

I admit to being tempted, but I just don't collect that size of doll. But I always thought the first Shiny Fairy May sculpt was really cute. Still, I prefer to stay in the MSD size, so I can switch out eyes, wigs and clothes at will. Also, I'm holding out for a Somang release.

Bob did let me order another doll, a Luts Kid Delf Peach (that wig hides a lot of her face--here's a bit more detail). I think she'll make a nice sister (and cat-girl!) for Ciaran, since Kaj just doesn't look that much like him. (Ciaran and Kaj were supposed to be cat-boy twins, but their sculpts were so different that I couldn't make it work for me.)

I like the upturned eyes of this sculpt and her pursed lips. She's a cutie! I almost thought about getting a boy version of the doll instead, but honestly, girl clothes are easier to make, and Bob is rather meh about my boy dolls. I do eventually want to get a Bluefairy Kyle boy, though. No hurry.

Anyway, I have some brown ED eyes coming in that were meant for another doll, but I've grown to like the eyes I have in that doll now. So I'm going to try those brown eyes in Kaj, and the new doll (tenatively named "Niamh", although I might change my mind as I often sometimes do) will get the red eyes he's wearing now to match Ciaran. There's something appealing about brown-eyed blonds and I only have one other boy with brown eyes, and his are more orange.

Luts being Luts, I daresay I won't see her until September or October. The last time I ordered directly from them, it took a little over three months, but looking at their releases in the waiting room thread on DOA, it looks like they're running about six weeks.

Haven't posted much in the way of doll photos lately. I'm still taking them, but I've been shuffling eyes/wigs around, so most of the photos are to help me judge if a look is working for me. So these pics aren't all that good or interesting, nor are they meant to be.
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Doll Updates

Got some eyes in and have been switching things around. There was a grey pair (Enchanted Doll Milky #26, 16mm, low dome) that was supposed to be for Luca, but they were more silvery than the cheap glass pair he had, so for now, he gets these pink ones (Enchanted Doll Milky #13, 16mm, low dome):



The picture is kinda dark--it was cloudy today--but this gives an idea of the color. The pink will go with pink/grey/purple/lavender wigs. Poor Luca--he's so girly that I keep subjecting him to the pastels. But at heart, his character is that of a normal boy, LOL.

Dunno what I'll do with the others yet. I have a doll coming in, although I had planned for him to be brown-eyed. But we'll try these out and see how they suit him. I'm flexible.

Changed Isao's (Kid Delf Maska) name: the Japanese persona was just not working for him. His new name is Miska Varga (or Varga Miska, if you use the Hungarian order--but since he's actually American, the name will be in English order). It suits him much better. Here's a current pic of him: he got some new eyes in the other month. They are Enchanted Doll Milky #34, 16mm, low dome.



Need to take more pics of everyone and update the profiles!

No bites so far on the sale of Kaj (Kid Delf Almond). I'll keep him up for a few more weeks, and if he doesn't sell, I'll pull him down and give him another chance. I don't feel like going down on the price because it is very fair, especially compared to what other people are asking for older dolls that aren't anywhere near to the pristine condition of my doll.
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Meet Ivy!

Meet the latest Bluefairy in the fold. Her name is Ivy Sandoval. She's a Bluefairy Tiny Fairy Robin girl, with normal skin because I obviously ordered too early. But on the plus side, I only had to wait two and a half weeks for her, as opposed to almost 3 months!



A few more pictures here )

No idea what default look she'll end up with. The Real Champagne wig looks stunning on her, but I only have the one and I'm not sure how often Leeke recycles their limited colors. I know they do sometimes, but not sure if Real Champagne was popular enough to warrant a return engagement. I'll just have to keep an eye out for it.

I wanted to take more pictures, but we have some storms coming in and I lost the light.

Kid Delf Krewe!

Took some pictures of my Kid Delf dolls (Kid Delves?) a while back.



From the left: Isao, Charlotte, Wilhelmina, Ciaran and Kaj.



Birds of a feather flock together!

I need to put up some profiles/bios for these guys! Time to take more pics!

Comparing them with Bluefairy, I think the Kid Delves pose much better and are sturdier, but their resin quality is nowhere near as nice as Bluefairy. However, they go well together aesthetically and can wear the same clothes/wigs.
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Quickie BJD Meme



Noooo! I have to think.....!

Meme answers )
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Meet Daphne!



And here is my latest doll. She's a Bluefairy Tiny Fairy Blossom Louisa Valentine. Her name is Daphne Vyse.

More pics here )

Daphne is the first doll I've had with narrow eyes and I admit it has been a challenge to figure out how to photograph her. It does give her character--with a tilt of her head, she can be bitchy, sly or contemplative. I wish I was good enough to capture just how gorgeous she is: her skin and the make-up is so delicate. Daphne was the name I was planning to give her originally. I thought about Elise, which really went well with her default outfit, but once I got her in other clothes and wigs, Daphne seemed a better name.
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Project: Goth-Loli Dress Rescue

This dress came with a lot of doll clothes that I bought last summer. It was handmade and rather poorly sewn. There was a partly open seam on the bodice and the skirt was gathered unevenly. But I figured these things could be easy enough to fix.

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The finished product, with boots and a pair of bloomers from another dress.

I'm still not happy with the sleeves, but after ripping and resetting them three times, I decided to just leave it. Obviously, I need more practice with inset sleeves! At least the skirt is finally gathered evenly--I did a simple gather, half on each side, and made sure it was evenly distributed. Pleats might have looked better, but the original skirt just didn't have enough material in it. I'm rather meh about how the lace was on the edge of the sleeves, but because of the way it was sewn on, I could not rip it out without damaging it too badly to reuse, so I just left it.

I also need to practice more with invisible hem stitches. There was a bit of a challenge with finishing the seams because they were so small, but it's not so bad when done by hand. Part of me would like to get a serger, but I can't see that I'd use it enough to justify the cost. Unless I found a good-quality used serger inexpensively, it's just not worth it.
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Edie's Sorrow

Edwina is a bit cross-eyed at the moment. Kept trying to adjust them back, and then realized that the S-hook in her head in nudging over the eyestem on one of her eyes. This will be solved when the new eyes (urethane Enchanted Doll) arrive, as they have no stems in back. The gal organizing the group order said they should be shipping next week to her, so I'm thinking about 2 weeks to here.



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Meet Chiharu!

This is Taira Chiharu, my newest doll and yet my oldest. Someone put her up for sale on Den of Angels for a really reasonable price. The seller said she was from 2007, but the mold was discontinued in 2005-2006. I was interested in her because she is an original mold Xiao. I like the sculpt a lot because she has a bit of a smile, whereas the newer Xiao sculpts are frowning. She has the older resin, which is a slightly different tone than the newer Bluefairy dolls.



She's a charming doll. Not completely set on the character yet, except that she's a Japanese-American from California, very cute and cheerful.

I posted about this on my regular blog, but forgot to cross-post here.
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Hesitant





Kaj and Rowena. Their relationship is complicated.

Meet Rowena!

This one was rather an impulse buy, I'm afraid. I got her back in February--she's a Bluefairy Tiny Fairy Limited Kitten Mittens WS Denis. She'd been on the marketplace a while and then the seller decided to be more reasonable with the price. (I don't care if it's a limited: I'm not paying more than it would have cost for me to buy the doll from the company directly!) She was in beautiful condition and I really like the sculpt. Found some cheap Chinese glass eyes that really go well with her. Urethane is wonderful for taking pics, but some things do better with glass.



Here's a recent pic. Her name is Rowena Kilmeny. I kinda wanted Kilmeny as the first name (it's from a Scottish poem) but it's too obscure and Bob actually vetoed it. But it is a legitimate last name as well, so I went back to my fave story Ivanhoe for the first name.

I love this dress! Bought it at the Dairyland Summer Meet in 2011 from a gal there. It's obviously handmade (seams aren't finished) but is so cute! Unfortunately, one of the sleeves is too tight at the end, so I have to remove the hand to get it on the doll. Keep meaning to take it apart and fix that, but I'm lazy and it's just as easy to slip the hand off the S-hook.
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Meet Rosemary!

I've been terrible about updating, due to IRL distractions, but for the next month, I'm going to try to make a post a day in this blog. (After that, a bit of a break as my parents will be visiting.)

I realized I haven't introduced all my dolls yet, so that's what I will be doing in the next few posts. First up, Rosemary Winterbourne. She's a Bluefairy Tiny Fairy White Winter Rachel. She arrived back in February (ordered in late December).



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Interesting thing about her sculpt is that the head is removable without completely restringing the doll, rather like the Kid Delfs. This is extremely convenient. Not sure if they'll start doing that retroactively with their other molds, or just going forward.

I'm still working on her character. I had imagined one thing, but she ended up being so much cuter and perkier than the company pics that I'm having to change things.

Meet Kaj and Ciaran!

So the two Kid Delf dolls I ordered from Luts finally came in, after nearly a three-month wait. Looks like mine were almost the last to be shipped from their winter event.



Meet Kaj Utne (Kid Delf Almond) and Ciaran Malachy (Kid Delf Yuz)! Both are white-skin. The other Kid Delfs I have are natural skin, and it does yellow more than the Bluefairy resin. I'm hoping the white skin (which is a bone white) will go into a cream color. But we'll see.

They were originally meant to be brothers, but the molds don't look enough alike. Kaj has a much bigger face/head than Ciaran, and strangely enough, his body is a touch taller. I don't know why, since the bodies should be identical. Luts does more make up on their dolls (Bluefairy tends to be light and almost bland). I had meant for the Almond doll to have darker hair and the Yuz to be a blonde, but as it happened, the Almond had light brown eyebrows, while the Yuz had light black. I hadn't asked for a custom face-up, so I'm guessing that was just their default?

Ah well, the best laid plans...that'll teach me not to work out characters and storylines before I get the dolls in hand!

I had previously ordered them matching red eyes (Enchanted Doll Milky #19 Urethanes) since they would be brothers, but I'm not sure what to do now. The eyes do look fantastic against their pale skin and match their hair well enough, so I might just leave it. It'll just be a were-cat thing.

They came with optional cat ears/tails, but I need to track down some drafting tape (that won't leave residue), so no pictures of those as yet. No, the boys are not vampires. They are were-cats. Because were-cats are awesome.

Here are some more pics of the boys )

At this point, the boys are rather mysterious!
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Meet Kaj and Ciaran!

So the two Kid Delf dolls I ordered from Luts finally came in, after nearly a three-month wait. Looks like mine were almost the last to be shipped from their winter event.



Meet Kaj Utne (Kid Delf Almond) and Ciaran Malachy (Kid Delf Yuz)! Both are white-skin. The other Kid Delfs I have are natural skin, and it does yellow more than the Bluefairy resin. I'm hoping the white skin (which is a bone white) will go into a cream color. But we'll see.

They were originally meant to be brothers, but the molds don't look enough alike. Kaj has a much bigger face/head than Ciaran, and strangely enough, his body is a touch taller. I don't know why, since the bodies should be identical. Luts does more make up on their dolls (Bluefairy tends to be light and almost bland). I had meant for the Almond doll to have darker hair and the Yuz to be a blonde, but as it happened, the Almond had light brown eyebrows, while the Yuz had light black. I hadn't asked for a custom face-up, so I'm guessing that was just their default?

Ah well, the best laid plans...that'll teach me not to work out characters and storylines before I get the dolls in hand!

I had previously ordered them matching red eyes (Enchanted Doll Milky #19 Urethanes) since they would be brothers, but I'm not sure what to do now. The eyes do look fantastic against their pale skin and match their hair well enough, so I might just leave it. It'll just be a were-cat thing.

They came with optional cat ears/tails, but I need to track down some drafting tape (that won't leave residue), so no pictures of those as yet. No, the boys are not vampires. They are were-cats. Because were-cats are awesome.

Here are some more pics of the boys )

At this point, the boys are rather mysterious!

30 Days of BJD: Day 25 & 26

25) Have you ever modded a doll? (Do you think that you would?)

Well, I've taken every single one of them apart to restring at some point, and I've wired the Bluefairy dolls. Stupid bolts for the S-hooks have come out a couple of times and I've had to repair those (quick fix, just annoying). All the eyes have been switched out because I don't like the way acrylic eyes photograph. Wouldn't put it past me to attempt other modifications in time, although I'd probably either get some cheaper doll to experiment on, or wait until something breaks. I'd like to try seam-sanding at some point if I have time, but that would be a summer project. It's too cold here most of the year to do that sort of work.

26) Done your own faceups? (Again, do you think you’d do that?)

No. Part of me would like to, but I've never been good at painting or choosing colors. I often ask my husband for advice when picking colors as he has a better eye for such things. That would also be a case where I'd have to get a cheap/free head to experiment on. I'm not bad at drawing or calligraphy, but painting has never been easy for me. I think I'd prefer to use my energy towards something I'm better at (sewing) and leave the face-ups to those who are really good at it. But never say never!

Random pic today is of Luca, who I subjected to a frou-frou lace shirt for Valentine's Day. He did not appreciate it!



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30 Days of BJD: Day 24

24) What about your favorite part of the hobby?

This is so lame, but I love being able to change out the wigs and the eyes. There will be times when I don't even feel like dressing the dolls, but I'll have them stand around in their undies and just put different wigs on them. I used to color my hair a lot, to the point that it was kind of a joke in the family since they never knew what color my hair would be when we met up. That had to stop after I had some problems with meds that had me losing my hair! While I am off those medications now and my hair is returning, it is still fragile, so I have to keep it my (boring) natural color.

But the dolls! I can change their hair color whenever I want, how often I want and it's fine!!!

Also, I do like the clothes and look forward to making some. I used to enjoy sewing garb when I was involved with the SCA--I'm self-taught, so everything was a learning experience! Getting to work on a smaller scale, with subjects that don't gain/lose weight, sounds refreshing! I have a lot of fabric just sitting around, too. Just need to figure out what notions (snaps, buttons, elastic, ribbon, etc.) I'll need.

I've been putting the sewing off due to organizational issues (have to have a space to work in and be able to find my tools quickly!), but the prospect has me highly motivated!

Learning a lot about photography now, also due to the BJD hobby.

Also, I love how the BJD hobby ties in with so many other things: sewing, photography, writing, etc. They're not just decorative. I'm not terribly familiar with other doll collecting (Barbies, American Girl, etc), so I don't know if they branch out so much as BJDs do.

Today's pic is of Chauncey. I think this new Leeke Indi Brown wig will be his default.




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