My mint girls

As per usual, I redressed my dolls on Friday. I noticed that I tend to grab certain pieces of doll clothes and shoes moreso than others, which makes me want to declutter my blythe wardrobe. (The problem with that is that I have such a hard time letting things go!)

This week, my two minty blue haired girls are the best dressed (I also really like Elowyn’s outfit, but I’ve already shared photos of her in the previous post). 25470863270_3eda711cc7_zMarina is wearing stock shoes and blouse from Cute and Curious, and a suspender skirt by Kuloft.25141080284_488a4f6cb4_zReese is wearing a sweater I won from a Blythe Life giveaway, a tutu from MINIJIJO, and Zinochika stock boots.25651650132_598678ea19_kI also want to share these cute resin hair clips made by Iphis from the Crazy Doll Lady blog (twas the weekend of surprise packages ^^). Seeing these resin hair clips on my girls makes me really want to experiment with resin myself! Iphis has a few posts on her experiments with resin, and I’ve been watching some BJD resin eye making youtube videos (don’t even own a BJD, watching all the BJD videos), and it’s planted the idea that, “hey… that looks fun! I can do that!” XD I’m on the fence about adding a new project to my list though, seeing as how I’ve been slacking on the knitting lately, My yarn is not inspiring me to make things (and I feel lazy).

Anyway, I hope everyone has a good Monday!

Reroot Reboot

This is part 3 of my rerooting adventures (part 1 and part 2). This time around, I did a few things differently:

  • I spaced the holes much closer together, especially on the part lines. 😦 It was actually really hard rooting the part line because my crochet hook would rip the teeny tiny scalp area between two adjacent holes. >_< Hopefully the scalp doesn’t completely come apart when I’m done. After I finish rooting the scalp and styling it, I will definitely reinforce the plugs with some glue.
  • I’m using a smaller crochet hook, this time switching between a 0.9mm hook and a 0.8mm hook.

As of right now, I’ve completed the part line and thatched it.

I think the part looks way better this time around (except my eye keeps going to that tiny gap in the middle of the part line). In the right photo, I have the first reroot attempt on top, and the one I’m currently working on directly under it. My hands actually REALLY hurt from doing this (I’m not sure my hands have recovered from the last reroot I did). I think I’ll put the rerooting down for a couple of weeks, as I’m forming a callus on my index finger, and I’ve stabbed myself with the crochet hook twice yesterday (D: ow).

My doll family is also saying goodbye to my Parabox/Azone hybrid boy Marshall Lee. I was really pumped to make a character doll when I first put him together, but I’ve lost my motivation to make him whole, what with two failed attempts at getting a wig for him. It’s that sort of feeling where his being incomplete for so long, and not looking the way I want him to kind of bummed me out to have him on my shelf. The doll neeed to have grey skin and a cool black wig. I also took hardly any photos of him. This brings my doll count to – 4 Neo Blythes and 1 Licca chan.

The one good thing I got out of Marshall Lee leaving my collection is that his clothes are now on Finley ^^. I don’t have enough separates, so his flannel style shirt and jeans are a welcome addition to my girls’ wardrobe.

I actually have that same outfit, minus the fox eared headband. Though, now I’m tempted to crochet myself one. ^^

And  now I’m off to squeeze in all the fun stuff I can before the weekend is over and Monday (ugh) is here.

 

Today’s Highlights and Some Thoughts on Games

Today’s Blythe meet was a lot of fun ^^. The turnout was pretty good for both the people and the dolls. I brought out Reese and Finley today in their best Valentine’s Day duds.

From left to right: The entire doll spread, and two Tiina customs.

From left to right: A Stable House custom, a Tole Tole Custom, and two Happibug Customs.

I really enjoyed being able to see all of these pretty custom girls – I especially love custom girls with natural fiber reroots! I even got to see a Skinny Scalp on a girl. Alpaca and mohair are SO soft! I also heard the cute pips of two Kenners. The Blythe meet was a great way to cap my week and a half long break from work (back to reality tomorrow 😦 ).

I also really want to recommend the 3DS game I’ve been playing – Final Fantasy Explorers. I’ve been playing it since January 28th, and since then I’ve only been playing Story of Seasons on and off (though I did hit a big milestone recently – my character got married 😀 . Insert wedding below).FullSizeRender.jpgSome things I really like about Final Fantasy Explorers is the player’s ability to mix things up by choosing between an array of jobs, skills, and summons. I also really like how much the game allows me to customize my character. The one thing I’m on the fence about is the fact that changing jobs doesn’t set the player back in power – there isn’t a need to level a job to gain skills. On one hand, this decreases the amount of time I would need to farm job level experience, but on the other hand I don’t feel the same sense of accomplishment or sense that the decisions I make in raising my character really matter. I’m also not sure if I’m taking too much time on subquests or leveling, but the story progression is quite slow.IMG_6663.JPG

All in all, I’m quite happy with my game purchase ^^. It’s pretty nostalgic for me to play a final fantasy game and a JRPG, as it’s been a while. I don’t even like hack and slash type games (not a fan of the fighting in Kingdom Hearts), but I don’t mind it in this game! I’m a fan of turn-based fighting.

UGH. Tomorrow is technically Tuesday, but in my head it will be a Monday at work.

Edit: I also want to include links to other WordPress bloggers who attended the meet ^^: Heidi of HCB Dolls and Julie of Knitting with Dolls

Some dolly down time

I haven’t been feeling all too motivated to do doll related activities during this holiday season, so I kept it simple. I took some photos of my new Wendy Weekender, who I named Reese. As of today, she’s my only stock Blythe doll, so she’s looking a little out of place next to my customized girls. 23444461004_73c64def60_zI do one of these for each of my girls (though, I didn’t start doing this intentionally… it just kind of happened ^^).

I also added a single charm to Finley’s pull string. It’s a cameo from an old pair of clip-on earrings I had as a child. The cameo kind of sits on top of Finley’s new pull ring. I think it looks clean and refined… kind of like Finley’s new image since she’s gotten back from being customized!24046390386_d029c30e83_k

It’s weird because I kind of had her in my head as a tomboy adventurer (like Finn/Fionna from Adventure Time), but now she’s kind of gentle and ladylike. 24092133966_e7b9884f8c_zI redressed Finley, as I’m taking her out tomorrow :D. She is wearing Stella Savannah’s stock blouse, a MiniJijo tutu, Cadence Majorette stock shoes, off-white tights, and a pink shawl crocheted by me. She looks so good in pale colors!

One last thing! I think it’s safe to say that my stash-busting has been a huge success, largely thanks to the ripple blanket I made.IMG_5676.JPGThe one white line between the dark orange and the muted blue is where I officially ran out of worsted weight yarn . I had to go to Michaels and purchase two big skeins in order to finish the blanket. I’m really happy with how the blanket turned out. The pattern itself is really easy, and I felt the whole blanket-making went by pretty quickly. The blanket is now in the living room for anyone to use when feeling cold.

I now only have two skeins of worsted weight yarn (in cream and muted blue) and a dozen or so skeins of crochet thread and other thin yarns. 😀

9 Months of Blythe

This post will be kind of a “Things I’ve learned” rambling entry. The month of December usually puts me in a weird mood, with the holidays, and the whole saying goodbye to 2015, and having to adjust to the year being 2016 (adjust, meaning I have to remember to date things as 2016, even though my hand (out of muscle memory) demands I write 2015… is this just me?). I wanted to reminisce and talk about the things I’ve learned, and maybe how the doll hobby has affected my life, so here goes!

I feel like, with every new doll I acquire, I’m learning more about myself as a collector. Here are some of the major things I’ll be taking away this year, as my ninth month of collecting and 2015 comes to a close.

  • I wish I had done more research and splurged a bit more on a blythe I really wanted rather than only considering the more economical options. I kept my budget to $140, which at the time I thought was being generous. I wasn’t sure if I would like being in the Blythe hobby, so I didn’t want to invest so much money on a single doll. I guess this says a lot about hindsight, and I think I was trying to be practical. Nowadays, $140 for a doll doesn’t seem all that outrageous.

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  • I prefer the Takara Blythe stock body over the jointed Azone or Sweetiiger body for Blythes. The jointed limbs aren’t very good at supporting a blythe doll’s big head. I haven’t tried a Licca body on my blythe dolls because I can’t decide which one to try it on.

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  • I’m too much of a perfectionist, and way too hypercritical of myself to be customizing dolls regularly. I am also lacking in patience. All of these character traits lead to a stressful customizing experience.
  • I like Middies, but I don’t like having separate wardrobes. All my dolls are sisters, they must be able to share! … Just kidding. But seriously, I don’t see myself purchasing a doll that isn’t able to wear 1/6 scale clothes.
  • Sometimes, the Pinterest gods smile upon me and I’m able to create new dos worthy to be #hairspiration.

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  • I’m (currently) not up to the task of being a diligent BJD owner. I think the thing with BJDs is that there’s just too much going on – there’s the stringing, interchangeable eyes, wigs, the fact that the resin will yellow, the option to suede. Simply put, I’m not cut out to be a bjd owner.

My wallet’s empty stomach aside, I’m glad to have discovered the doll hobby. I’ve made a handful of friends and met a ton of nice people because of this shared love of Blythe dolls and miniature things. I wouldn’t have thought it, but Blythe dolls get me out of the house for photography, attending meets, and even out of the state to attend my first Blythe Con. My dolls offer a creative outlet for me in crocheting, occasionally sewing, and blogging, and these things bring me joy (or atleast a reprieve from my anxiety).

Here’s to another year in the doll hobby ^^. I wish everyone happy holiday hauling, and may all your dolly hopes come to fruition! (/end cheeziness).

Finding Inspiration

It’s a three day weekend! Thank you, Christopher Columbus ^^. I’m not sure exactly what I did to pass today, but one of the things I managed to do was very spur-of-the-moment.

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I made a sort of blythe closet! I had a wooden box that I stored some odds and ends in, and it was kind of janky looking. After seeing The below video by Jane (aka Maidensuit) on youtube, I decided to repurpose the box. I painted the outside of the box (did not paint the back… too lazy I guess) white, and lined the inside with scrapbook paper measured and cut to fit. I used mod podge to glue the paper in. The wood is kind of like balsa wood – very thin and easy to puncture or dent, I made a hole on both sides of the box, and superglued screws into the holes (the screws have a ring at the top of the screw). I then tied the ends of a pink nylon cord to each screw, The hangers I purchased from the scrapbooking section in Michaels.

I’m pretty happy with how it came out! It looks pretty cute on my dolly shelf, filled with the pink and yellow Daiso clothes. I’m feeling particularly productive ^^.

Blythe Con Prep

I will be attending my very first Blythe Convention this year! ^^ Also, I will be visiting Chicago for the first time too (business trip where I stopped by our Chicago branch does not count). I’ll only be taking a 3 day trip, so I’m devoting the first day to sight seeing ( 😦 missing the pre-meet, booooo), and the second day to the Blythe Con, and the last day for some quick sight seeing before I hop on a plane back home. I’ve already got my itinerary planned out for the sight seeing,

I decided way last minute that I would donate some crocheted goods to Blythe Con as door prizes! The theme is candy and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Marina is posing with Science the candy corn rat (the mousey is the donation)

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I hope whoever claims any of these as door prizes loves them >_<.

I’m not sure who I will be bringing to Blythe Con with me. Marina is a big contender. She has the most unique hair in my family of dollies, and I don’t have much in the ways of clothing that match her perfectly (her and Rory), so I will definitely be shopping with her in mind. I may bring two Neos… but then again the official doll of Blythe Con Chicago is the Middie. Also, traveling with one middie and one neo would probably be easier than traveling with two neos.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO D: !

Also, hooray for the long weekend!

Weekend Re-Wardrobing

I try to make it a point to redress my dolls on the weekends, for what good is a big wardrobe if it’s not being used! I definitely have favorite pieces within my dolly clothing collection, so try as I might, some dresses get pulled out more often than others.

This week’s best dressed girl:

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I think one of the good things about making and selling these hats is that if they don’t sell, my girls get new hats ^^.

With Finley, lately I’ve been struggling with bonding with her. When she stands next to my customized girls, her face seems to lack personality. However, when she wears outfits like the one in the photo, I’m reminded why I like her so much! Finley’s coloring pretty much goes with anything, and her almost white hair is striking.

Could use some improvement:

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I feel like this might be too much pink on Rosaline. The dress is new to my collection, and I wanted to try it out. I’m not sure if it would look better without the blouse underneath, but in any event, the high collar and the long skirt seem stuffy. I will most likely change her into something else tomorrow.

Honorable mention:

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I originally had Rory in this long sleeved dress, but I decided to redress her. I wasn’t feeling how dark the overall look was, and it didn’t seem summer appropriate.

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This is also not really appropriate for summer, but it’s actually been a smidge cooler where I live (80 degrees instead of 90), so I thought “why not?” I think she looks good in this Stella Savannah stock! I’m kind of in love with the hat I made for her, so I tried coordinating outfits around it.

Redressing my girls and coordinating outfits is one of the things I really enjoy in this hobby. I must have favorited a few hundred listings on etsy for Blythe clothes and accessories. I’m pretty sure my dollies dress better than I do!

Crochet Therapy

For me personally, crocheting can sometimes be a way for me to sidestep the stress of the every day – whether it’s a bad at work, worries about the future, or generally negative thoughts. I am someone who struggles with anxiety in varying degrees. It’s not so bad now, and I’m glad to say that for the past two years, I’ve had more good days than bad (which is definitely more than I could say about the period of my life prior to that. #darktimes #sorryIcouldnthelpmyself #neededtoinsertjokehere).

I didn’t expect crocheting to be therapeutic in the least. I picked it up on whim when my best friend asked me if I was interested in learning how to crochet with her. We sat down in her living room with our newly purchased hooks and yarn, and proceeded to watch a handful of Youtube videos explaining how to chain, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet. And then, my hobby turned into something of an obsession (OR maybe I should refer to myself as an extreme hobbyist, because it sounds slightly cooler and less unstable).

I’m not that good at crocheting. It takes me a while to complete projects, because I’m so finicky about mistakes (in that there must not be any) and my hands aren’t very nimble. When I’m working on amigurumi or a new pattern especially, I tend to concentrate very hard on the pattern and the hook and yarn I have in my hand. On the rare occasions when I attempt to freehand a project, I get lost in thought trying to picture where the increases and decreases should go in my row. When I really get into crocheting, my mind is so focused on what my hands are doing – making sure I don’t drop stitches unintentionally, making sure I don’t suddenly have more or less stitches, checking the gauge, and keeping track of my rows. This activity doesn’t really leave much room in my head for worries that shouldn’t be worries to the extent that I build them up to be.

I had a point to this post. …

I wanted to share the tops I’ve crocheted!

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I must say that having a spare body is terribly convenient. This particular body is a stock Takara body that came with Finley. The top on the left was worked from the bottom up, and the one on the right was worked on from the top down. All of them need snaps, except the dark red and white striped top at the bottom. I plan on sewing skirts to one or two of these tops. I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out though! It took some hemming and hawing on my part trying to figure out where to put the increases and decreases and how to finagle the arm holes, but totally worth it ^^. (I’m considering sharing the pattern here or on ravelry, but they’re pretty simple so I’m not sure if I’d really be adding anything to what’s already out there).

And so the low-buy begins

A while ago, I had watched this video by AliceAlicaArisu where she answers a BJD prompt (if you haven’t watched any of her video’s, I think they’re fun. She’s animated and eloquent I think). The part of the video which most applies my post today is her advice to “Enjoy the dolls you have.” My doll collection has seen some rapid growth from zero dolls back in February to a total of 5 expensive dolls (expensive to me because I don’t often spend large sums of money on one item)… and if I really have to think about it – that’s one doll per month almost (I don’t like to think about it, though granted, I did pay less than retail value for the dolls and the Yeolume was a gift from my friend).

Quick Roll Call!

Finley – Neo Blythe Cadence Majorette (2014 release)

Bryn – Middle Blythe Oski Tebya Lyubyu (2014 release)

Potpourri – Dear Mine Dear Pet Dorothy

Summer – Pullip Yeolume Podo

Rosaline – TBL+ (I believe) Fake Blythe

On the way

Neo Blythe Sally Salmagundi (2015 release) – Hasn’t shipped yet, but hoping she does soon.

I suppose shopping and hunting are also significant parta of a collecting hobby and one that I particularly enjoy. However, restraint and patience aren’t things that come easily to me. … Sometimes, I’ll see an item or doll on eBay that I don’t particularly want but think would be nice to have, and bid on it if it’s going for a good price. I develop a weird sensation of half hope that someone will outbid me so I don’t spend money on something I don’t really want and half hope that I might win the bid because the item is a steal. … This is how you end up with 5-6 dolls in the span of half a year.

I am officially on a hobby low-buy until BlytheCon Chicago is over ^^. Til then, I still have a ton of projects I haven’t started/are in the middle of.

Sewing doll clothes – I still haven’t started this. I have all of the materials including a sewing machine (which I don’t know how to use). I don’t really have any excuse. I could probably at least try making some skirts.

Yarn stash busting – I’m currently working on a Hoppip pokemon amigurumi.

I want to make some more beanies for my blythes,  some crocheted tops that I can attach fabric skirts to, and some more amigurumi (though what I will do with them, I don’t know). I actually have 12 skeins of the same color sports yarn that I purchased thinking I would make myself a cardigan. NOPE… maybe I’ll save that for the fall? Or I might just work on a giant cowl with a hood.

Make beads and small figurines out of Polymer Clay – I’ve never done this before, so it should be interesting

Water color pencil coloring – I purchased a Jetoy Choo Choo Coloring book at the anime convention I went to earlier this month. I kind of want to keep the book beautiful, so I will probably do some research on how to best utilize the water color pencils (which up to this point, I’ve only used on repainting).

Personal goal – reach 10K steps per day.

One last thing ^^ – I received the Twiggy Twiggy Pull Rings from Etsy! I purchased the Peach Glitter Pull Rings and the Sizzling Cinnamon Jelly Pull Rings.

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The jelly pull ring was actually a lot more neon than I thought it would be, so I’m glad I purchased the peach glitter one as well. I’m not sure if I’ll further modify Rosaline. I kinda mucked up her backplate screws by wearing down the shape of the head of the screw, making them harder to remove.