Weighing in on Scale

😀 Word play.
When it comes to the size of my dolls, scale is very important to me – more important than I realized when I first started collecting.

From a budgeting standpoint, the semi-fiscally responsible me would argue that having different scale dolls means also having to purchase different sized wardrobes. The cost of doll clothes and shoes really adds up quickly! Sometimes I’ll think about the amount I’ve spent on clothes, and realize that I could have purchased a whole new doll. Then I quickly poo-poo on that thought, because having a variety of clothes and shoes to choose from helps me to better enjoy the dolls I have. Also, purchasing a wardrobe that’s sort of one size fits all my dolls helps alleviate the buyer’s remorse.

I think my comfort zone is the 1/6 scale size, because my gateway doll, the Ever After High dolls, and the Neo Blythe doll are 1/6 scale. The larger dolls are also a bit foreign to me. The only time I’ve ever seen a bigger doll in person was at the anime convention I went to, where they had Smart Dolls and Dollfie Dreams on display. Those were 1/3 scale, and I remember thinking they were HUGE! I would feel compelled to seat them on their own chair, and also hang up their entire wardrobe in my closet so they don’t get wrinkled… 

Also, I’m not one for heavy lifting, I can’t imagine how one would travel with such a big doll! Maybe I just need one to understand their awesomeness. I do love seeing photos of these big bjds, and all the details that go into them. There’s also something quite magical of having one that looks so lifelike. I think if I was more of a dedicated writer, and my dolls personified a character in my stories, I would be able to better appreciate a doll to that scale as a source of inspiration. Also, if I was better at sewing, I’d probably love having a big doll that can grandly model my creations.

For dolls smaller than 1/6 scale, the only experience I have is with the sole Middie I owned, Bryn. I’ve since sold her and all of the middie scale clothes and shoes I had.

I want to say that Middies are 1/10 scale? She was super easy to tote around, and adorable in her own right. But I think, if you expect all you expect out of neo from a middie, you’ll find the middie to be a bit lacking. The big reason why I decided to sell her was that I would not reach for her as much as my neos. With my limited number of middie outfits, redressing Bryn wasn’t as fun. Also, surprisingly, the smaller the doll, the harder it is to make flattering to-scale dresses!

In the end, it boiled down to me not wanting to accumulate two sets of clothes.

I haven’t owned any other small scale dolls. Though, I am sorely tempted to buy a Hujoo Nano Freya and Rabi! Since they’re affordable, I wouldn’t feel too worried about doing their faceups myself, and since they’re like baby animals, I think I’d be okay with them Donald Ducking it or Mickey Mousing it … or Winnie the Poohing it (apparently, they can only wear a shirt or pants… Not both).

I don’t find my aversion to different scales all that limiting actually. Right now, I’m really loving and wanting ALL the Azones, the Jerry Berrys, the Rurukos, the Licca Chans, and a Red Berry Doll. In my next post, I will hopefully be able to show you progress on my Marshall Lee inspired hybrid.I kind of wish obitsu and azone came out with a grey skin option, as I’m not comfortable spray painting or dying plastic myself. I purchased the Obitsu Petite P Chan head in white skin, the Parabox eye decals, and an Army Painter Psycho paint brush (not featured) from Junkyspot. The body is the Pure Neemo Flection XS boy in white skin. That background is ironically just a random bit of scrapbook paper.

I hope the eye decals look good! 

Also, YAY it’s finally Friday!!

 

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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!

IMG_3391It’s a jewelry box that plays music and it looks like an armoire! I remember seeing this around back when I was a little kid, and since it wasn’t in use, I asked my mom if I could have it. It now currently houses my own jewelry and trinkets, and is sitting on the doll shelf. I love how to scale it is, and for something that’s nearly 25 years old, it’s in really good condition… and now it is MINE :D. No backsies, mom.

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.

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. 

Photo story – A day at the anime convention

Got dressed for a big day out… In costume and very excited!  Got to the convention and there are wall to wall people!  Made my way to the sets for some cool photo ops.  And made some new friends :3    And bought some furniture for home!  Goodbye Anime Expo!  

WiP: Amigurumi Cat charm

  

I’m almost done- I just need to make the kitty’s appendages. This will most likely hang this on Finley’s pull string. :3 I purchased some pretty beads at Michaels and Toho Shoji that I’m excited to coordinate. Lol, the cat’s mouth also kind of looks like a mustache if you stare at it too long…

I really love this cotton yarn! It’s soft and feels nice to crochet with. It’s on the more expensive (for me) end, retailing at $5 and change, but Michaels was having a 50% off one regular price item deal, so I convinced my entire family that we needed to go shopping and also stop by Michaels on the way :D. 

I originally was looking into a pull charm made of polymer clay (which I would probably purchase from etsy, rather than attempt to make one myself… I have too many crafty hobbies as it is at the moment.), but I was having trouble finding one that was both cute and the right size.

As for adding charms to pull strings, this is probably super obvious, but I just untie the end of the string tied to the pull ring and then add beads and what not, right? I don’t want to open up Finley’s head just yet, but if that’s the best way to go about doing this than I shall perform the surgery.

Before I go, some random thoughts:

  • Dear USPS – what are you doing with my packages??? My parcel arrived into my state, and then left only to show up two states away on tracking. I don’t even.
  • I may attempt a blog a day or a Blythe a day challenge.
  • Pixie Peaceful middie is so cute :(. What to do… 
  • I can’t wait for the weekend. 

Crocheting in miniature 2 – doll dress

I just finished crocheting a dress for Finley! I’m very happy with how the dress turned out. I’m not used to using crochet thread or a hook smaller than 2mm, but i’m getting the hang of it (I wrap the thread once around my pinky and on my index finger to get some tension, which I find makes crocheting with such a thin material easier),

Finley in her new dress

Finley in her new dress

She’s wearing her stock shoes and socks :D.

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The pink fleece jacket is from Daiso. The front won’t close because it’s too small, but it still looks cute. I will most likely put it on one of my EAH girls.

Annndddd here is what I’ve crocheted for Finley so far:

Crochet! All day! Every day!

Crochet! All day! Every day!

Now, I’m one to anthropomorphize animals, and when I was younger, I did this with all of my toys. I don’t know why I was that way, but I was convinced even a slinky had emotions. So, giving Finley a personality feels kind of natural to me… though I probably wouldn’t go sharing that with my friends or family because they just wouldn’t understand (I’ve had people say to me, “You talk to your CAT?” and give me side eye). I guess what I’m trying to get at is that I’m starting to get a feel for my new dolly – for now it would be what kind of clothing style suits her.

I found some of my old jewelry!

I found some of my old jewelry!

I also wanted to share the photo I took above. I recently found a box of some of my old jewelry, from when I was in junior high school and high school. I’m thinking of repurposing some of my old jewelry to charm up Finley’s pull string, or even make her some jewelry. I still don’t have a clear idea of how I want Finley’s pull string and charm to look. If I could find a white cat pendant or charm, that would be ideal. However, i’m not having very much luck on Ebay or Etsy.

Final thing I wanted to share before I went to sleep – a link! I really love this post by BlytheLife – The “Should you get A new Blythe” Flow Chart. It made me feel better about the possibility of buying a new Blythe.

The Craft Store (Michaels)

Michaels is one of my most favorite stores as of late. It was always fun to browse the aisles, but now that I’m crocheting a lot and I’ve gotten into dolls, all of the sudden the aisles I wouldn’t normally look at are calling to me. Other than the yarn and crochet hook aisle, I will now look at the scrap booking section for miniatures I can potentially use as doll accessories. I got so excited when I saw the little display of tiny home goods. 

 

Look at the little hangers!! Each packet ranged from 2-3 dollars. Also, Michaels always has a coupon you can use toward your purchase. I probably redeemed a 20% off coupon for these minis. 

The one thing I wish I didn’t purchase is the pair of rain boots. I thought for sure they would fit on a doll, but nope… Too small. Those will go to a friend who actually scrapbooks lol. 

I can easily find something to buy at Michaels, and they’re so prolific in my area. I kind of wish there was a Joanns or Hobby Lobby closer to me though!