Not quite as planned

I made it to a beach this weekend, and I even brought my newest blythe with me for photos… but I didn’t take any. I think maybe I don’t like the idea of Blythe dolls and the beach – maybe it’s the sand, the glaring sun, and the sea water, and how all of those things can potentially do some damage. 

Instead, I took the time to redress three of my girls:

I put Pineapple Princess in her other stock outfit. Her hair is still a HUGE mess, so I put it into two chunky braids. I think she looks really cute! I still don’t know what to call her. The only thing that comes to mind is Piña Colada. 

Marina and Reese also got an outfit change. Reese isn’t really season appropriate, so no photos of her, but Marina is looking particularly cute, so I wanted to share ^^.

Hopefully next weekend, I’ll take a girl out to the park for pictures. At this point, photo shoots or changing outfits feel a bit forced. I’m content with having all of my dolls just sit on the shelf and look pretty. I’m hoping that by pushing myself to tote a doll around, it’ll become something I want to do naturally. 

I’m kind of sick of being in this doll hobby funk. It’s getting old.

Nothing but hauls

My sister gave me an etsy gift card for my birthday, which was both awesome and not so awesome. Awesome because I love Etsy and shopping for doll things. Not so awesome because oddly enough, most of the stores I love only accept paypal (boo). 

I purchased the following on eBay and Etsy:

None of these photos are mine (taken from the sales listings). Clockwise from the upper left hand corner:

Very exciting.

I guess I like dressing my girls in tailored clothes or clothes that look like shrunken down human clothes (I have a hard time with shapeless or odd proportions). 

I redressed a few of my dolls. I hope to redress the remainder of my girls tomorrow. I’m pretty happy with how Marina looks wearing white, with her hair in her signature braid (it even forks at the end like a tail!). I think if the weather is nice this weekend, I’ll take two of my dolls out. But it’s only Monday, so who knows how I’ll feel on Friday >_<.

Blythe meets BJD world

I went to a doll meet today (40 scary minutes on the freeway D:), and it was an experience. The breakdown was like 90% BJD or Dolfie Dream, 8% azone, 2% other. My dolls were the 2% other. I brought Finley (my Chantilly Lace custom Cadence Majorette), Elowyn (Cherie Babette), and Mikan (one of my liccas), and I kind of felt like the lone stamp collector in a large group of coin collectors. XD I felt like I showed up to the wrong meet up.

The people at the meet were really nice and welcoming. I just felt a bit out of my element. My favorite doll I saw today wasn’t a bjd, but an Azone Kiki pop!

Kind of tempted by the azone kikipop, I’m not going to lie. Less tempted by these ladies:

I prefer Blythe because of the scale, and just how not serious they are. They’re lower maintenance and they look like toys (in varying degrees depending on how customized it is). I do have a fascination of bjds and how much work goes into them, but (for now) it’s an “admire from afar” type of thing for me.

My girl with all special chips

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. 

Bonus photo:

I can’t even debox without a cat getting involved.

WHO ARE YOU?

Elowyn in a dress by Sleepforever and a minijijo tutu.

I’ve owned Elowyn, my stock Cherie Babette, for almost a whole year. She was released on my birthday, and she’s the first and only translucent FBL, which is one of my favorite molds. 

Even after a whole year, I still don’t really know how to dress her or what about her makes her more than just a plastic doll to me. I guess I haven’t really “bonded” with her, as sometimes I look at her and I’m underwhelmed.

I’m still not sure about her. Though the thought occurred to me, maybe I just prefer fantasy haired girls!

Venturing out

Strangely enough, it’s been pretty rainy in Southern California this past week. I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired this week to take photographs in my apartment, so I grabbed two girls and googled directions to the nearest park. 

It’s amazing what a difference in scenery makes. I took out Mikan and Remington for photos since I can just toss them into a bag and go (toss… meaning gently wrap and carefully place in a tote). 

At this particular park, I actually got chased by a squirrel. And by chased, I don’t mean “oh it looks like that squirrel is maybe walking toward me or looking at me funny,” this squirrel literally danced around me and scampered after me thinking I might have food. Said squirrel:

Sometimes I feel like I need to push myself to do doll related things, just because I have a lot of dolls (in my opinion, lol for me I have a lot of dolls), and I’m expecting two more dolls in the near future (a repainted Licca and a customized Blythe). 

I know it’s okay to have things just to look at and appreciate, but the hobby for me has been an active one – dressing dolls, crafting for dolls, photographing them, and going to meets. It’s hard to get out of that mindset that I should be DOING something with my dolls. 

I need to learn how to chill.

Hello Elo

I wrote a post on my phone… and accidentally deleted it T_T. 

I think I had a pretty good day! I went to Costco and stocked my fridge, I took a long nap, and I redressed four girls. ^^ at the beginning of the year, I won a giveaway on Facebook hosted by Anne (check out her blog! :3).

All my girls are cat ladies, because only cat ladies are allowed under my roof! ^^ Elowyn is wearing a dress by annearchy, a tutu by minijijo, shoes by qmagicdoll, cardigan by Tired Mom Knits, and a hat made by me.

Marina is quietly judging my wine drinking and Finley is channeling Eleven from Stranger Things.

This girl doesn’t have a name yet, but I did get her out of her stock. I had to take a photo of her with my cats as these past couple of weeks, my two cats have been fighting, and I needed to catch the cute cuddling moment while I could (and I had a doll in hand so why not!).

I wish I had shorts in my doll wardrobe. Since this Licca chan’s stock is a mix of tough and feminine, I thought I’d go for a tomboy look. 

I don’t think I’m waiting for anything else in the mail. Which is both good and sad :-/. I love mail, but also I should probably stop shopping.

A peek at the doll shelf

^^ I got my orders of doll clothes (two sleep forever dresses and one second hand ronmiel set). I have to say, getting in dolly time is SUPER hard when the kitten wants to be a part of everything I do. I only managed to get the girls on my shelf redressed (will tackle the girls in the glass house tomorrow hopefully). 

From left to right:

  • Marina is wearing a minijijo dress, a knitted cardigan, and rement Mary Janes.
  • Mikan is wearing one of my new Sleep forever dresses and shoes from Kuloft.
  • Remy is wearing the Ronmiel long sleeve shirt, a pinafore from missblythe2012, and loafers from a Daiso Elly chan set.
  • Reese is wearing a plasticfashion dress and rement Mary Janes.

What you see here is the shelf that my two cats can’t reach (YET). I have the IKEA huset set displayed, as well as a chair I picked up from Daiso. I plan on painting the table with some chalk paint, wallpapering the back of the shelf, and crocheting a cuter rug… some day XD.

I feel so behind in my crafting/hobbies. It’s hard to get anything done with the kitten bouncing around (she’s so stinking cute and sweet from time to time that it’s hard for me to stay annoyed with her).

🙂 I hope to fit more dolly time in this long weekend.

Mail roll call:

  • Cu-poche figure from Hot Topic
  • A repainted obitsu head from eBay
  • 2 Licca chan dolls from Mandarake

… not… terrible… right? … I need to control my spending but something about the year ending is making me stress shop.