I really can’t believe 2016 is almost over. I probably said this about 2015, but this year really flew by. It’s kind of scary how fast it went, and I feel like this sort of feeling is a sign of aging. 10 years ago, I don’t think I felt this way (I think I felt like time inched forward).
In 2016, I quit my job, moved to California, and adopted a new kitten. I got my first car. I made new friends. 2016 was a big year.
To treat myself during this holiday, I’ve been window shopping these past few days. I bought some shoes on the second hand market, and I’m pretty pleased :3 .
Check it! I kind of only really wanted the boots and the two Mary Janes, as I’m not a fan of Barbie heels for blythe or licca.
I love how the Mary Janes look on Mikan! I think these shoes might be a tad too big for regular blythe feet, but I was looking for shoes for licca anyway ^^.
Also stinking cute ^^.
I feel pretty complete with my shoe collection.
I hope everyone has an awesome holiday!
This year, how prizes at Blythe Con Chicago worked was that every one who purchased a ticket would receive a goody bag upon arrival. In that goody bag are an assortment of dolly-related goods and a chocolate bar with a golden ticket (because the theme was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory :3 ). The golden ticket tells you what door prize you won, and you redeem the ticket for the prize at one of the tables.
The goodies from the goody bag!
My golden ticket door prize!
(Some of) the things I purchased!
The thing not pictured in my haul is the custom face-up commission I purchased with Chantilly Lace. I decided on the spot that I wanted Finley (my stock Cadence Majorette) to have her face redone by a professional customiser. I have mixed feelings about Finley’s stock face. On one hand, I really do like her stock – it’s cute and classic. On the other hand, her face lacks the personality that my other dolls have. I’m excited and anxious as this is my first time getting a doll customized and it was quite a bit of money I wasn’t expecting to spend!
But I’m mostly excited!!
It also feels a little weird being short one doll! But with the clothing I purchased ta the convention, I only really had enough items for three outfits, so I guess there’s that.
Rosaline is wearing polka-dotted pants from Cmon Dolly (LOVE), and a top purchased in a lot on eBay (I think it might be a Barbie top, but I might be wrong). She’s going casual today.
Marina is wearing the complete dress set I won as the door prize. The set is by Miema Dollhouse. I love the daring color combinations, as well as the super cute whale print. The teal color actually matches Marina’s hair perfectly!
Rory is wearing a headband from Kbabydolls, her shirt is from Cmon Dolly, and her pants are from Our Blythes Argentina.
The shelf seems a little lonelier without my blonde girl. She should be back in a month or two though!
I am exhausted. Blythe Con Chicago was my first Blythe convention, and it was all so very exciting and exhausting. I had no idea what to expect, and I also only knew a handful of people going. I’m kind of painfully awkward in large crowds and with strangers, and I’m not so great at self-introductions. I’m actually still a little frazzled from the day – visual overload with well over one hundred dolls and so many colors. To make this easy (for me), I’m going to split the experience in sections.
The Pre-meet: I only stopped by to say hello. There was quite a turn out, and some people vending small items. From photos the pre-meet looked pretty fun (… Next time!).
- Getting there – I recommend getting to the convention early. I got to BCC 15 minutes late, and had to queue for a bit to get in. If there’s an item you really want to purchase, and there’s a limited quantity, definitely get there early. I don’t mind so much queuing, especially since I kind of expect it at any convention, but I do feel the sense that I missed out on some good items (really wanted a pair of skinny jeans from a particular table!).
- The set up – I first checked in at the welcoming desk, and received my goody bag and name tag before going into the main hall. The venue was a huge open space with two rows of vendor tables on one side and tables for the attendees on the other.
- Shopping – so much shopping! I did some damage here. I was excited to see quite a number of the sellers as I had a shopping cart on etsy filled with a few of the items they were selling. It was also really nice meeting all of the vendors (super nice, super talented).
Vendor: Our Blythes
Vendor: Forty Winks
Vendor: Chantilly Lace
Vendor: Cmon Dolly
- Panels – there were a few panels held (Kenner panel, Intro to customizing, and a few others). I didn’t attend these as I lost track of time.
All the kenners!
- Meeting and greeting and sitting – I met a ton of nice people today. In this kind of setting, it’s definitely easier to make new friends as everyone is there because they love blythes and want to hang out with fellow Blythe lovers (XD I think). I also spent a lot of time sitting at a table… Resting my feet. I’ve been doing so much walking in Chicago and making several rounds to the vendor tables for browsing and shopping that my feet were killing me.
- Taking photos – I had a serious case of visual overload. So many colors! So many dolls to look at! There were a couple of sets for photo taking, and also so many beautiful dolls set up on tables. Some con goers also did smaller meet ups to take photos of dolls from the same customizer.
Dr. Blythenstein Yarn Heads
Plushimi customs to the left
Forty Winks custom
Posing in a set.
I had a great experience at my first convention. It amazes me that it was a completely fan-run convention. It was very organized and also everyone went home with a donated door prize (it was anything from a customized doll, a doll customization voucher, doll clothes, or doll accessories).
Next year Blythe con will be held in San Francisco! I hope to be there too ^^.
Also – will post photos of my haul when I get back home!
Yeah that title looks weird. >_< … sorry.
BUT! In a few hours, I will be making my way to Chicago predominantly for Blythe Con USA 2015. This will be my very first Blythe Con, and my first time traversing the streets of Chicago. I’m all packed, with my two girls dressed and ready for our trip. ^^ I’m taking Finley, my mostly stock Cadence Majorette, and Marina, my Project Dollhouse custom. Hopefully, we all make it through the trip with little to no accidents >_<.
I have specific shopping goals for this convention – I’m going to try to limit myself to buying separates, and pieces I could potentially use to dress my future Azone/Obitsu hybrids. I’m also excited to see the tables for quite a number of sellers, as I always prefer buying things in person than over the internet. I’ll most likely upload the Blythe Con photos as soon as I can via the Flickr app, and I’ll also make a post regarding the convention when I get back.
Also before I pop off, my two Azone Pure Neemo Flection XS bodies came in the mail! I ordered a white skin boy body and a natural skin girl body. I posted two photos because I couldn’t quite get the colors to show true (it’s nighttime here ). XD The white skin boy body is on the left and the natural skin girl body is on the right. Ok, I’ll try my best to describe the colors and other differences I noticed in bullet form (:D just because).
- The boy body is kind of like NC15 in MAC foundations, and the girl body is kind of a bizarre shade of orange – maybe the lighting is playing tricks on my eyes too… If I had to guess, I’d say maybe the girl body is a very orange NC 30? >_< Best way I can describe it.
- The boy’s body has a slightly broader torso than the girl body.
- The girl’s body has a thigh gap.
If the girl’s body isn’t a color match for my Merry Go Round Licca chan’s head, I might just go ahead and make her Fionna Human. Also, I’m starting to think maybe I should try dying the boy body a light grey… but it seems a bit too advanced for me.
😀 Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!
Finally finished with this project! It feels like it took me a while to complete, but then again I’m used to projects taking me at most a weekend (I mostly undertake small projects).
- The pattern: Garden Bag
- Difficulty level: Easy. Done in all single crochet. And each panel of the bag is done as an individual piece, which is later attached.
- Duration: SO LONG D: . I think this took me two weeks, because I would have to put the project down a lot.
- My deviations: I used three skeins of Lion Brand Pound of Love (two in baby blue, and one in cream). The bigger panels of the bag measure 60 stitches across, and the thinner panels measure 25 stitches across. I made two pockets instead of three, and I used the griddle stitch instead of single crochet. The pocket also measures 64 stitches across, and when I made the bottom of the pockets, I skipped 3 stitches on the outer side, and two stitches in the middle (for each pocket). The bottom of the pocket is also two rows long of 28 stitches. I also made the straps longer (chained 100 for each strap).
I made this bag specifically for Blythe con, so I can easily tote my girls around. I’m not sure if I’ll be using the bag for this purpose, because it’s not quite sturdy enough. The pockets lack structure, so when I hold the bag by the straps, my girls are precariously leaning forward and stretching the pockets outward. I think I might have made the pockets too roomy, which is surprising because I intentionally tried to avoid that.
I think if I were ever to make this bag again, I would use the yarn it calls for. I calculated that if I were to buy the yarn at the store in the exact amounts, it would have cost me about $30. The 3 skeins of pound of love set me back $17. Definitely need to wait for a sale for the cotton yarn, since the pattern calls for 17 skeins. Anyway, I found that the acrylic yarn didnt behave the way that a lot of the comments on ravelry described. The tension of using two cotton yarn strands is probably a lot tighter than my two acrylic yarn strands. I also found that I had to alter the pattern a lot to achieve the bag size I wanted and to come close to the size shown in the photo on the pattern. I’m thinking this might have to do with my yarn choice as well. I think that using cotton would have made the bag look cleaner too.
The bag looks very handmade XD … Because it is… Lol. I think this might become my yarn bag for when I decide to crochet somewhere outside of my room.
I wasn’t as productive as I had hoped to be during the long weekend, but I did manage to cross off a few things from my To Do List.i updated Marina’s pull string! I purchased these super cute charms and beads from Michaels about a week ago. Marina is my mermaid girl on land. She’s not necessarily all about ships and boats, but she is all about the sea, and what better way to traverse them than on a ship?I also put Rory in my new Les Jeunette stock. I seriously love those stock glasses. They kind of remind me of my own frames, except mine are a bit more rectangular. I didn’t realize that stock glasses kind of click into place. The glasses actually remind me of her:
My girls are quickly forming cliques – there are the princess type girls (Finley and Rosaline) and the trendy girls (Rory and Marina). Bryn doesn’t give two shakes about what anyone thinks about what she’s wearing. Case in point – her giant cupcake hat. She kind of floats between the two groups.
I think my next girl will either be a stock girl that I’m completely in love with in stock form (Hello Dark Rabbit!), or a cat girl.
The two girls coming with me to Blythe Con will be Marina and Bryn. This will give me a chance to shop around without having to agonize at the convention over who to leave Finley with, even if the customizer did agree to take her as an on the spot commission (plus, I realized that all the vendors probably have a ton to pack and bring home as it is… may be best not to add to their luggage). I have my heart set on a number of items from the vendors’ online stores. My goal is to buy a couple of things for Bryn (staples), and versatile separates for my Neos.
5.5 weeks until Blythe Con!