I’m in a really weird doll mood.

I’m currently back to being obsessed about the idea of repainting doll heads. I did this for two of my Ever After High girls (that I’ve since sold on evilbay), but I had a really hard time getting what I pictured in my head to translate on the doll’s blank face. Drawing and painting are not my fortes, but I go back and forth between accepting that I’m just not good at art to thinking I might get better if I just practice some more. 😦 When will I learn?

I have major issues with drawing symmetrically and with with achieving depth in color and lines. I might try practicing sketching anime-style eyes before attempting doll repaints. Also, the next time around I will be using eye decals (thank you, Genius who invented the eye decal). I’m definitely going to hold off on buying any blank doll heads until Blythe Con has passed. I’m not sure how much I’ll be spending there, or if I’ll come home with a new doll in two weeks! Also, I’m not sure if I’m just going through a weird phase.

Currently, I’m waiting on a Merry Go Round Licca doll and a Pure Neemo Flexion XS Boy body.

not my photo! courtesy of google images.

I’m not sure if I’ll harvest this girl’s body and give it to one of my blythe girls, or if I’ll keep the Licca as is. If I do rebody her, I’ll probably purchase an Azone Pure Neemo Flexion XS girl body for her. As for the boy body, that one is eventually going to become this guy:

And if I can successfully put together a pure neemo version of him (Marshall Lee-esque – I won’t be spray painting his whole body and face grey, but I am getting the white pure neemo body and I will get the white obitsu head.), I will be making Fionna the Human too ^^.

I got so excited at the idea of putting together a doll that I couldn’t focus on anything else… I guess I should focus on getting one project done at a time! >_< This weekend I will be giving my cat girl face plates some makeup. I also have to finish crocheting that blythe carry bag! And, I have three baby blanket commissions. Behold, my WIP:

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I still have to attach the arms, and sew the face on.

By the way, I’m super excited about this three day weekend. My plan is to get a ton done!

Body Swapping and My Weekend Project

Finley (my Cadence Majorette) is back on her stock Takara body.There are pros and cons to the Sweetiiger body, but ultimately, the negatives won.

Pros to the Sweetiiger Body:

  • It’s super poseable. You have the option of switching out the hands as well. This was the biggest appeal for me. Finley on the Sweetiiger body was fun to pose!
  • Clothing made to fit the regular stock bodies will fit the Sweetiiger body.
  • It lends the doll a slightly more mature appearance, with a more defined and bigger bust, and a slightly taller height.
  • The neck peg fits Blythe dolls with NO modding.

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Notice the neck peg – it’s shaped similarly to the stock body, so this makes body swapping super easy. Also notice that the body does a good job of standing sans the head.

My deal breakers:

  • Loose joints – This may just be my particular body, or it may be that my expectations were too high. Sometimes the knees buckle when I try to pose Finley standing up while leaning on something. She even has difficulty sitting up without some finagling. The body I purchased doesn’t seem to want to support Finley’s massive head. Finley always seems to be slouching or about to fall over.
  • The feet are too big :(. I have quite a few shoes for my dolls, and only a few of them fit on Finley because of the width of the feet on the Sweetiiger body. I’m pretty sure I even ruined a pair by stretching them out too much trying to shove Finley’s feet into them.

And so, Finley is back on the body she came with. I’m going to miss her interchangeable hands and her funny poses 😥 . The stock body does have its own charm though.

I also wanted to share my weekend crochet project ^^. I made a baby blanket for a friend as a thank you gift.

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I decided to make a granny square baby blanket for the first time. This is a basic granny square (instructions can be found on this website). I used the whip stitch to attach the granny squares together, forming a big checkerboard pattern.

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And I added a bunny head and arms at one corner to make the blankie huggable and doubly cute ^^.

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ohai!

I think the next time I connect granny squares, I’ll try the single crochet method, and also a different accent color for the border and the connecting stitches.

Overall, making this blanket was easy, if not a tad monotonous. It did take me the better part of the weekend though, but it was a good change of pace from crocheting doll hats or trying a new pattern. There was no stumbling, and no having to concentrate on reading a pattern or keeping track of rounds or stitches.