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.
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.
Initial thoughts – I really like the Picco neemo body! I got it in fleshtone Picco neemo s. It’s so TINY! I’m not a fan of the wig, which was hard to get on. It’s too poofy and bulbous 😦 so I may have to just grit my teeth and attempt making a wig. Lastly, I wish her mouth was closed :-/.
^^ I have been a bit obsessed with repainted heads or just painted faces. I found this obitsu head for a steal on eBay and I decided to treat myself. I love her eyes and I’m always impressed by how someone can paint on something so tiny.
Just a quick post :-/. I’ve been way busy recently – my kitten got spayed and since I live in a tiny studio, I’ve had to figure out how to keep her confined and separate from my older cat (bathroom is a no go because of poor ventilation), I’ve been trying to lose weight (unsuccessfully) by spending some time on a treadmill, and I’m trying to keep up with my other hobbies such as knitting, crocheting, and journaling >_<. My name is Olive, and I’m addicted to having hobbies.
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!
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.
If you don’t count my Cu-poche!
Channeling early Bieber or Zac Efron.
I wish Obitsu came out with a doll body with the same proportions as the Azone Picco Neemo! I don’t see this girl as a child, especially with her eyes. I’m planning on making a junkyspot order, and I’m considering picking up a 11cm body and a 21cm body… hoping the 21cm body will suit her and not look weird.
I’m also considering making a wig out of alpaca! I don’t know though. I’m at that point where I feel like I don’t get many opportunities to craft (what with the new kitten), and I already have quite a few of half started projects.
The completionist in me is telling me to finish:
- The blanket I started a month ago
- The other sock I haven’t knitted
- Needle felting those daiso kits I purchased two months ago
Instead, I will watch Great British Bake Off and bake my cinnamon cookies.
I ordered a Cu-poche Cherie from Hot Topic, of all places, and finally opened the box for this figure. Cu-poche seems like Kotobukiya’s response to Good Smile’s nendoroids. They have similar features as nendoroids, but they have jointed bodies. I think the thing that sold me on buying this figure was that the body is about the size of Kelly dolls or obitsu 11cm dolls, they have magnetic feet, and their magnetic feet!
I’m not wild about the current Cu-poche releases of official characters, but the Cu-poche friends caught my eye. I guess these friends are like original characters that are the super basic line. I found Cherie for sale at Hot Topic (online) for a decent price, and decided to give her a shot.
I feel like Cu-poche was everything I wanted Nendoroid to be. The body is poseable, it can balance without a stand, it has magnetic feet that helps with posing (and that magnetic base can easily be photoshopped away), and the body can wear cloth clothes!
I really want Cupoche Alice! Her stock is so cute! I think I might be obsessed…
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.
So remember that thing I did? :< My Mandarake order came in today, as well as one of my crystals from eBay, and a 2nd hand checkered blouse I scored off of Facebook from a friend ^^.
To be completely honest, I made the order with the intention of getting a licca chan for customization, and I wanted to add another Licca to make the international shipping worth it. Nadeshiko Japan (the soccer player Licca) was fairly cheap and the one I will be sending off for a repaint. Her stock is really nice (not sure when my dolls will want to dress as soccer players though) – the material is sturdy and overall well made. Her face though 😦 her factory painted lips are kind of off center. Good thing I’m sending her away ^^.
The Licca Bijou series is so FANCY. I picked this particular girl from the series because of her stock and short, dark hair. She has a pretty nice leather jacket, some nice squishy black boots, and sunnies!
I’m not sure what I’ll name her yet… I think I need to redress her to figure it out because right now, my brain is just like “name her Bijou. Or Ribbon.”
Too cool for school.
Her stock is also really well made! The Bijou series is a bit more expensive than the basic Licca, and she feels more expensive too. I do worry about her feet and arms though, since she didn’t come with socks and her knitted top is sleeveless (staining oh noes).
>_< I’ve lost track of what I’m waiting on. And I’m running out of shelf space D: .
So 2017 is here. I always expect to feel different at the start of a new year, but I often never do. I think 2017 is another defining year for me, as i’m five months into living in a new state, I may be out of a job in a couple of weeks (still temping at the same place, hoping they’ll keep me on), and it’s the first time I’m starting a new year so far from home. I also think that since I expect to make California my new permanent home, my doll collection is kind of getting out of control…
Anyway, here are my resolutions:
- Lose some weight. I’m having trouble fitting into my clothes 😥 . I’m going to limit eating out to once a week.
- Save up for a condo or a house. XD This is kind of a lofty goal. I want to own my own place sometime in my 30s (WHICH IS SOON D: OMG). I know the real estate market for buyers is kind of crap right now, but it doesn’t hurt to start saving.
- Form good habits – exercising, journaling, meditating, relaxing… you know…
Here are my dolly goals:
- The next blythe I buy will be a new release with pink hair. NO EXCEPTIONS SELF.
- Own a 1st Gen Licca Repro.
- Maybe add a Jerry Berry to the family.
My doll collection currently has no pink haired girls! I went from 2 to none last year. If I’m going to buy a new blythe, she WILL have pink hair.
I’m also finding that I’m obsessing over painted faces (in particular, eyes). The Jerry Berry’s proportions are kind of similar to blythes (they can share the same clothes, and they also have big heads). The Jerry Berrys’ eyes are so dreamy. I also want a 1st gen Licca chan – I love her almond shaped eyes!
I think having goals like this will help me spend my money more smartly, as opposed to all willy-nilly, must buy all the things (like i’ve been doing this past month).
I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year :3.