I entered the lottery on Junie Moon for the Anna Sui collaboration (Blythe adores Anna) thinking there’s no way I would ever win because:
- I’m not so lucky
- Only 500 dolls were allotted for international buyers
I entered for funsies, and I wasn’t particularly emotionally invested with the desire to own this doll (I liked Anna Sui more when I was younger than now, but I still think the aesthetic of the brand is quite pretty in a dark way).
Imagine my surprise when I found the invoice in my email! Seeing how special she was kind of cinched the deal for me. She’d also fulfill my desire for a blythe with all special chips!!
So I kind of veered from my original 2017 doll goals, But that’s ok because it was bound to happen. Whenever I would see a Royal Soliloquy for a price under $190, I was always sorely tempted.spesking of which, it would have been cool if this girl had winged liner.
She has amazing stock (I haven’t attempted taking it off… I’m pretty sure the clothing is a one piece and not two), really nice knee high boots, a soft fuzzy hat, earrings (which I’m not sure I’ll put in), sunglasses, and a purse… also, upgraded underwear!
I’m really glad my girl doesn’t have any manufacturer flaws. Photos had been popping up on Facebook of owners whose dolls had wonky eyelashes or even scratches in the makeup. My girl only had some hair issues, and will be getting a spa this weekend along with Marina and maybe Elowyn.
I can’t even debox without a cat getting involved.
Because of the new kitten, I haven’t been able to do much with my dolls or with yarn. She has a way of wanting to be a part of everything that my older cat and I do. Today, after a bit of cleaning and tiring the baby out with a good play session, I got to redressing my Blythes and organizing my shelf ^^.
My dolls are as inaccessible to my pets as I could make them. I have three girls in an IKEA socker greenhouse, and three girls on one of my shelves. I even took my IKEA huset living room furniture out of the box!
I really like the doll furniture set ($17 at IKEA). I will probably repaint the chair and table at some point, but I don’t mind the color of the couch cover. I like that I have the option to have my girls sitting instead of on their stands.
I think my favorite outfits this week are worn by Finley and Reese ^^.
I hope to make it out to the local blythe meet soon! I missed the last one because LA is too far away for me to confidently drive, but i think I’m getting the hang of driving now to feel less afraid to venture out that far.
^^ Also, I may have mentioned that I sent a girl away to be customized. I aim to start a sort of vision board for her to send over to Jann as inspiration. I think I’ve been pretty good this year about buying dolls (I think I just purchased the repro licca and the Hi-ho marine blythe), so getting my new blythe customized is sort of my xmas gift to myself! Very excited :3.
Gratuitous cat family photo, and till my next post, folks.
I’ve finally put all of my dolls on display! I’m not going to share photos until they’re dressed and have shoes on (>_< I know. Shame on me). The cats have been pretty much running my life (moreso than before).
I know kittens are adorable, but there’s something to be said about how chill older cats are. My older kitty is now the unwilling mom of the kitten, and she has no where she can escape to without the kitten managing to follow her (there is one place, in the cabinet where my kitten hasn’t figured out how to climb, but for some reason the older cat won’t go there.).
I’ve made a couple of things for my cats! First off, I’m growing grass for them ^^.
This is wheat grass, grown in a ceramic tiny bowl in some wet paper towels (yay DIY! Yay no dirt!). My older cat loves chewing on grass (and then puking it up).
I’ve also crocheted a mouse and a ball for my friend who has a cat.
To be completely honest, having a kitten is nothing like I imagined. I didn’t realize how hyperactive the kitten would be and how annoyingly in the way she would be to both me and my older cat. I’m hoping the kitten will learn to leave my older cat alone soon, because she’s near 8 years old and an unwilling participant in kitten motherhood. I’ve become a huge fan of older cats lol, and an advocate of adopting kittens in pairs.
For all I complain though, Nimby is so stinking cute.
I recently went back to NYC to get my cat. I literally made myself sick with anxiety for years at the thought of one day having to relocate with my cat. I’ve googled “long distance flying with pet cat” and “moving with cat” countless times, and I’m not sure anything really prepared me for what to expect.
I moved from New York to California (at first, by myself, and then I went back to get the furbaby). My cat has feline epilepsy, which she takes medicine for daily. Her seizures can be triggered by stress, and although she hasn’t had an episode in over a year, I still worry. She’s also about 8 years old.
Here is the ins and outs of my kitty’s trip.
Step 1 – Planning ahead
- I flew with my cat as an in-cabin pet. From what I’ve read, this is LOADS safer than checking a pet in. If you have you cat crated and sent by plane, you don’t know what will happen from when your cat leaves your hands to when you land and get your cat back. You can opt to add an in-cabin pet when you book your plane ticket. This cost me $125.
- I purchased a roomier carrier than I already had (I bought the Sherpa deluxe delta carrier). I wanted my cat to be as comfortable as possible during the trip. I made sure that the new carrier fit the size requirements as expressed by the airline.
- For domestic flights, my airline didn’t require any paperwork. I took my kitty the vet a couple of days prior to the trip to get some sedatives for her and also get her checked out before traveling.
Step 2 – The big day
- I didn’t fast my cat. My vet told me it wasn’t necessary. If my cat was going to have an accident, it was going to happen. It didn’t though! She was a trooper, holding it in.
- The total travel time was: 1 hour drive to the airport + 2.5 hours checking in, going through security, and waiting to board the plane + 5.5 hours on the plane + 1 hour getting out of the airport and driving to my apartment. TOTAL: 10 hours in the carrier.
- Checking in was relatively painless… It was going through security that sucked. Despite the airline customer service assuring me that my cat won’t need to be taken out of her carrier, TSA told me that the carrier would need to be scanned separately. They told me I would have to hold my cat, and go through the body scanner with her. I let the TSA people know that I couldn’t do that – my cat has never been in this sort of situation and was probably terrified, and she also hates being held. They took me to a small enclosed plastic room right next to the queue and had me take my cat out there. I highly recommend you insist on having your cat’s carrier scanned this way if there’s any fear that your cat might bolt. Also, my cat while she hates going into the carrier while at home, will gladly scamper in when she’s in an environment she’s unfamiliar with.
- The flight wasn’t too bad either. I sedated my cat as directed by my vet an hour before the flight. My cat was quiet for the entire flight, and car ride home.
Step 3 – Welcoming my cat home
- I made sure to set up the litter box in advance. As soon as I let my cat out of her carrier, I made sure she knew where the box was.
- I also showed her where her food and water bowl were.
- She was a bit out of it from the sedation, but it wasn’t too bad.
Step 4 – Cats are not the most well-adjusted creatures
The first two nights were kind of awful. My cat spent the second night crying and pacing the entire time. She also kept stepping on me and pawing my face, which is what she does when she wants food… But her food bowl was completely full. I got very little sleep.
It’s day three today, and I’m hoping she’ll settle down.
Mad at me
Big fluffy tail of fear
I hope this helps anyone who finds themselves in a similar predicament. I just wanted to let you know that it can be done… It has been done!
Last Friday, I had one of those terrible days where it was just one thing after another. On the bright side, it was a Friday, and I got Saturday and Sunday to find my center and reevaluate my mindset. (To be honest, I’m still dreading going back to work tomorrow.)
Today, I had the special treat of hanging out with one of my best friends who flew in from out of state ^^. We exchanged belated Christmas gifts – I gave her a hobonichi techo planner and she got me a ton of adorable stationary! I redid my On-the-go journaling pouch to include some of my new items: Look at all the cat things! I’m super happy about the Jetoy Choo Choo sticker book I got (soooo cuuuutteee :3).
We also went to a new Cat cafe that opened in my city: The cats were pretty sleepy the hour we were there, and surprisingly very tolerant to being petted by strangers. The hour of sitting around and petting drowsy cats actually went by pretty fast.
Now, let me introduce two possibly new addictions: This is a Sonny Angel figure! He comes in blind boxes, and I decided to get one from a toy store I went to today. I was hoping for one of the deers or the sheep, but I ended up getting an Uribou (I’m not sure what that is..). He’s so petite and cute!… And very naked and it’s kind of funny. I might buy another just to see if this is going to become a thing. My second new addiction is journaling! There’s something kind of relaxing/therapeutic to doodling, journaling, and scheduling. I do feel a kind of pressure to keep the planner looking neat. I’m hoping by the end of 2016, I will have a planner that tells a bit of a story as to how my year went.
Wish me luck tomorrow! I hope I get through next week without any incidents.
I’m still digesting the Thanksgiving feast… And the leftovers. I will hopefully do more dolly things this weekend, but I’m not hopeful as I’m currently vegetating. I’m also in this weird place where I’m not waiting for anything in the mail (yet! Still waiting on my commission customization of Finley.).
Actually, I am kind of waiting for something from one of my best friends ^^. My friend is an artist, and she promised me a digital art drawing of one of my dolls. I was super excited when I saw the progress photo: It’s Rory!! Totally framing that and putting it on my dolly shelf.
I’ll hopefully have more to post this weekend ^^. I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving had a good holiday, and happy Friday to both celebrators and non celebrators 😀 .
My intention was to make a cowl that could be pulled over the head and used as a hood. I wanted to try the trinity stitch, and winter is coming, so I thought a cowl hood would be perfect.
The Trinity stitch is very easy! Your starting stitch must be a multiple of 4. Skip the first chain and Single crochet into chain 2. Then, you do a Single Crochet 3 Together using chain 2, 3, and 4. Chain one. Single crochet 3 together using chain 4, 5, and 6. Chain one.
You keep doing SC3tog working into the stitch your last SC3tog ended on, and then you chain one. When you get to the last stitch, don’t chain 1 after the sc3tog. Instead, you single crochet into the last stitch. Chain two and turn.
Repeat for each row.
I hope my explanation was clear. If not, I really like New Stitch a Day for looking up new stitches.
Sooooo, I kind of made the cowl too wide and my cat took a keen interest in what I was crocheting. I ended up making a mat/blanky for my kitty ^^.
I really like trying new stitches! The trinity stitch was very easy once I got the hang of it. This stitch also has an interesting texture, and I was happy with the way the multicolored yarn made sort of a pattern of colors.
I hope it keeps my baby warm during the winter ^^.
😀 I got Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer in the mail! I haven’t played it yet, but I plan to on my commute tomorrow… which means farm life (Story of Seasons) may take a back seat for a week or so… along with all the other things I’m supposed to do but keep putting off (oops).
Also, check out my new hooks! One can never have too many hooks. ^^ I haven’t tried them out yet, but I hope they’re comfortable to use. I’m contemplating looking into crochet hooks with cushions, or more ergonomic hooks because the WIP i’m trying to complete is killing my wrists. I’m currently making this bag to carry my dollies in for Blythe Con:
😀 I could potentially carry a girl in each pocket! My bag is going to be only 2 colors (pastel minty green for the body and cream as an accent. I’m hoping it doesn’t end up looking like a baby bag), and I’m using acrylic yarn and not cotton because it was more cost effective that way. The whole bag is done in single crochet stitches, doubling up the yarn, and using a 4mm hook. Ugh. Single crochet at this scale is the WORST because it takes forever to crochet something as big as a bag. So far, I have 3 out of the 4 sides of the bag done… I still have the one large side to finish, as well as the base of the bag, the handles, and the pockets. I WILL finish this thing by Blythe Con Chicago!
Side note for anyone interested in making this bag:
- I think, if I were to make this bag again, I would just go for the yarn it specifies in the pattern (Lily’s Sugar and Cream cotton yarn). I do find acrylic easier to work with, but I think I would have preferred a cotton bag over a slightly fuzzy acrylic yarn one. Also, even though the weight of the yarn I bought is the same as the one specified in the pattern, I’m not dealing with the same issues I’ve read about in other people’s comments on Ravelry. Unlike a lot of other crocheters, I’m not finding the double yarn strands difficult to crochet with a 4mm hook. Additionally, I’m also worried that the bag will stretch out too much since it’s made out of acrylic.
- The next time I make this bag, I might use the half double crochet stitch instead of a single crochet stitch. 😀 And I’ll pick wilder colors!
When it starts looking more like a bag, I’ll update the blog with some progress photos ^^.
Here we go:
This is the full stock for Blythe Cute and Curious, that I won off of eBay. I love all of these stock pieces ^^. I wish that the recent releases came with more stock! This dolly came with two outfits, and what’s more – there are versatile pieces!
The dresses and tights on the left are from the etsy store Rabbit in the Moon. The tights were a thoughtful extra ^^, which is always nice. I haven’t tried the pink dress on Finley yet, but the white frilly dress is just way too short…the dress looks more awkward on Finley because she’s going commando at the moment. I might try pairing the dress with the bloomers from the Cute and Curious stock above.
I purchased the dresses on the right second hand from the youtuber Maidensuit, as she decluttered her blythe wardrobe. I pretty much covet her entire dolly family (in particular Coco Colette, Dear Lele Girl, and University of Love), I really enjoy Jane’s videos, because I really like oohing and ahhing over her doll and doll clothing collection. I actually wish there were more Blythe oriented channels out there.
The pieces on the left include Ice Rune’s stock hat, a pair of white tights from Zinochika’s stock, and a random t-shirt. On the right, we have two pieces from Reve de Rui’s etsy store, I really wanted a pair of overalls for Finley, and I had this particular pair just sitting in my cart for a while as I mulled them over. I can’t wait to have Finley try them on.
FInley was due for a change in outfit 😀 . I was delighted at how well this Pistachio Libby dress matches her hand-painted chips. Ugh. I love her in this dress.
And clearly, no photoshoot is complete without a shot of my cat.
There’s something very eerily compelling about this song.
She was like this the entire time I was trying to take photos.
Side note – Bryn looks completely exasperated in the 2nd photo.