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. 😀

Hello Autumn!

I really enjoy dressing my dolls, and I will often redress the girls all on the same day. It’s become something of a ritual for me, where I’ll pull out all of my boxes of doll clothes, shoes, and accessories, sit down on my bed, and slowly coordinate an outfit. Sometimes an outfit will suit the dolly’s designated personality and style, and sometimes it’s a complete fashion miss, but doing this wardrobe change often helps me cycle through all the pieces I’ve accumulated in this year. This activity is also stress-relieving for me, and it helps me bond with my blythes.

Speaking of bonding, I thought I’d do a bit of an introduction of each of my girls as I’ve come to fancy them ^^.

Finley – She’s a bit of an odd one. She’s my only stock girl, and real release (Cadence Majorette). I had thought she’d be an outgoing, tomboyish, adventurer type, but then she became the older sister – the easy going, patient, quiet and lady-like one. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure that’s who she is either.

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Finley is wearing: hat crocheted by me, striped t-shirt I purchased in a lot on eBay, overalls by Reve de Rui, and pink converses from the Simply Guava stock.

I’m actually not sure who she is at all yet, and that’s tough! I’ve had her the longest out of my girls, and I still can’t pinpoint her personality or style. I think part of my difficulty is that I purchased her as my first doll because I thought she would be a good first blythe doll. I would get a feel for what being in the blythe hobby was like, without breaking bank. She remains stock because I can’t bring myself to carve her or alter her irreversibly. I’ve changed two of her chips and spray matted her face, but that’s it. The only thing that this girl is attached to is her name, and that she likes to daydream, she’s easy going, and she likes to try new things.

Rosaline – She’s a super girly girl. She loves sparkly things, and she’s very excitable. She loves the color pink, pinafores, polka dots, play dresses, ruffles, and fairy tales, and heroes.  She has a strong personality, and is apt to fighting to get her way or going off alone. I dreamed her up while marathoning Steven Universe. She’s based on an original character of mine, as one of Peridot’s successfully forced fusions. Her separate shards were able to successfully sync with one another because of each of the fallen warriors’ strong desire to carry out Rose Quartz’s will to protect the Earth. Rosaline is not a sum of her parts, but an entirely new crystal gem, born in the Kinder Garden, unknown to Home World. She quickly befriends Steven, is seen with suspicion by Pearl (because she resembles Rose) and Garnet (because of the nature of her birth), and begrudgingly accepted by Amethyst (because of their shared birthplace and Rosaline’s resemblance to Rose, but begrudgingly because she is bringing disharmony to the group).

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Rosaline is wearing: knitted top I won from a Blythe Life giveaway, jean capris I purchased in a lot on eBay, and Country Summer’s stock boots.

Bryn – She’s a tough girl in a small package. She will take no sass from you. Although she’s the younger sister in the group, she’s also quite mature, but also kind of bossy.

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Bryn is wearing: Alicia Cupcake’s stock blouse, socks, and shoes, and Yeolume Podo stock skirt.

Rory – She’s the resident hipster-librarian closeted-otaku. She loves vintage, glasses, and old timey things. She’s bookish, and quiet.

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Rory is wearing: knitted cardigan I won in a Blythe Life giveaway, Sugar Mag collared undershirt, Les Jeunette’s stock pinafore, Ice Rune’s stock hat, and Cadence Majorette’s stock shoes.

Marina – She’s the resident mermaid. Her look is ethereal, confident beauty.

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Marina is wearing: long sleeve top and shoes I purchased in separate lots on eBay, and a crocheted skirt by me.

Marina is definitely getting changed again this weekend when I pick up my etsy order from the post office. She’s a bit too casual for my taste, but I really don’t have much in the ways of a wardrobe for her in my current clothing collection. Hopefully, Marina’s stand will come soon too!

I think it’s a little funny how I’ve written more about the dolls I’ve had longest, and less and less as the list goes down. I’m still getting to know my girls, and I like that their individual “auras” or vibes are different from one another.

ROAR my posts are all so long and ramble-y! I hope everyone has an awesome day tomorrow!

Playing with Miniatures

I decided to update my dolly shelf today. I’ve accumulated some miniature items from Michaels over the past year that have just been sitting in a box. I’m not yet up for creating an entire room, since I’m lacking most of the materials I think I would need. I do plan on moving within a year, and I also expect moving something as delicate as a Blythe room might be problematic. SO! My girls will have to make due with their dolly shelf ^^.

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Currently, my blythes live on one of the top shelves that are built into the wall of my room. I lined the shelf with some contact paper, and I taped up some mini frames onto the wall. I’ve also been meaning to draw something on the mini easel, so I’m glad I got around to doing that today.

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😀 It’s my cat!

I also found something very exciting in my basement!

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Lastly, my sample Moo cards came in today! They almost look like trading cards.

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I made sample Moo business cards using their promotion – you can order a sample of 10 business cards of your own design for free. I’ve only ever seen business cards by Moo once, and I wasn’t sure this was something I would use for my etsy store. I decided to try ordering the sample first, to see how I feel about them. My order consists of 8 different designs, with the business card being portrait style, rather than the traditional landscape. The finish of the cards are matte (I wish I got some with the glossy finish). I didn’t really have a solid idea of what I would want my hypothetical business cards to look like, so I just picked photos I’ve taken recently that I liked and used them as the design. I also kind of winged it for the writing on the back.

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I’m not entirely happy with the little image on the bottom of the card back. I need to work on a cleaner looking logo for my etsy store. I have some rough sketches of what I might want as a logo, but nothing finalized.

I really like these cards! They’re super cute~. My mom actually took one to use as a bookmark.

In the future, I might include them in packages when I ship out orders. I would definitely recommend Moo cards if you’re in the market for nice business cards. I’m not sure how competitive their prices are, as I haven’t done the research, but in terms of the finished product – the cards are printed on stiff paper, and they feel luxe.

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!

More donuts! More kitsch!

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I’m slowly working through my yarn stash! ^^ I finished one skein making the light blue pixie hat yesterday, and I’m almost through a small skein of tan colored yarn that has gold running through it. I recently got a Michaels gift card, so I will probably be adding to my stash soon, but still! It feels good to have used a skein up, especially one that’s been in my stash for some time.

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I also decided to make a kitschy-type bracelet (for me) with the mini pull ring from the Twiggy Twiggy set I purchased for Rosaline’s pull string. I wanted to use up some of my seed beads, as I’ve only used them to decorate Rosaline and Finley’s pull strings so far. I kind of like it!.It’s cute in a kind of summer camp way lol.

^^ As usual, I can’t wait for the weekend! I plan on doing some carving (I got my Cool Cat order for some more carving tools) and some coloring! Olive – adult by weekday, living my best life on the weekend?

Crocheting in Miniature – The Donut Edition

I was pretty taken with the donut appliqué pattern that I decided to make tiny ones that would be to scale for my girls.   To make the donuts, I repeated the donut part of the appliqué one more time, and I whip stitched the two donut pieces together on the outer and inner edges. I then added the frosting and the sprinkles. It’s hard to tell with Blythes if something is perfectly to scale. This is owing to how hugely out of proportion their heads are to their 1/6 scale body. I think her head is a similar size to the American girl dolls (in that they can share hats), and if I recall correctly the American Girl is scaled to 1/3. The donuts look pretty good in Finley’s hands though!      

  I found the template for the Krispy Kreme donut box online (thanks Pinterest!). I also found out I’m not great at paper crafts. I didn’t score the folding parts of the box neatly so it came out looking a little sad. Next time.

And now I am off to get some dessert for myself because looking at the donuts has made me hungry. ^^

Edit: forgot to mention what yarn and hook I used! Also, I did one thing different to the pattern.

  • In the beginning of each price, instead of chaining 7, I chained 6.
  • I used a 2.5 mm hook.
  • For the donut, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Glamour, and for the frostings I don’t remember what brand they’re from but I purchased them at Michaels and I want to say they’re level 2 acrylic yarns. 

Doll Clothing Haul Part 1

Here we go:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And clearly, no photoshoot is complete without a shot of my cat.

Random P.S.

There’s something very eerily compelling about this song.