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Iplehouse EID and Impldoll Idol

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Here they are,by request from chalyss, hauled from out of the closet-- Iplehouse Aurora and an Impldoll Delia. The Delia is taller at 70 cm, and you can see the difference better in this Not Safe For Work photo. The Impldoll Delia body will take Iplehouse heads, though the Impldoll Delia neck is slimmer than the Iplehouse neck, and the colors aren't an exact match: though Impldoll does offer a color matching service (I have never used it). There are some other differences and similarities--the Impldoll Delia torso is more elongated and thinner than the EID, though the bust is bigger (Delia's bust is a whopping 30 cm). The general style is similar to a scaled-up version of the old, smaller 65 cm Impldoll Star body, but Delia is missing the mobility cut in the thigh and the upper arms that the old Star body had. I think Impldoll was the first company to do these cuts, though Resinsoul came in close behind (both are Chinese companies). Iplehouse later adopted the thigh cut for t…

Imp Sweater

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James Gurney wearing a sweater knitted by Jeanette Gurney (who is on Ravelry). Go check out the post to see a detail of the sweater.

Stay Up Late

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This cat was a total bedhog last night, and now *she* is the one yawning. I spent today keeping her awake by scrubbing floors, moving her toys, vacuuming and generally annoying her in revenge. I also put in Bex the Iplehouse Rebecca's Glow In The Dark Eyes-- and while here is a photo of them in the light, I wasn't able to get a clear photo of her in the dark, partly because I was giggling so much. You know those cartoons where the lights go out and the characters eyes are white against the dark? It looks just like that. I found a wig style I like for her, though I have to order her the correct color, since all I have besides the black is a sort of purple, which isn't right either. Once I get my last Granado photo contest entry done, I can work on some clothes for her that are more SF than just modern.

Donato's Open House

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Saturday February 7, 2015 12 - 6 pm Donato Arts 397 Pacific Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 New paintings from the 2015 George R.R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar will be fresh back from the Society of Illustrators, including oils from my work for National Geographic, Tor Books, Magic: The Gathering, Middle-earth, Disney, and many other projects over the past few years. Scores of sketches and preliminary drawings never before exhibited at conventions or galleries will also be laid out for perusal. Discounted prints, books and DVD's will be available to those who make the trip. I've included a few shots of works already hanging as well as a sample of the pieces to be on display throughout the four floors. As much as is shown here, it is just a teaser for what will be on exhibition! A new monumental canvas of Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol and Melian, from J.R.R. Tolkien's the Silmarillion is in progress in the studio for those who would like an early p…

Elf Ears

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Silicon ones from the Internet (I will update with the link later). And here is one with no ears:(Posted for K to look at).

Granado Anne and Soom Jethro The Giant

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She's the result of some doll churning, and I am happy to have gotten her for a very good price, though I feel a bit guilty about it, and also because I wiped the very professional faceup she came with to put my own on. Her head is fairly small, Elfdoll size, and my Bad Fairy says that she would look awesome on the new Granado Maiden body. This would require sacrificing someone else, though, and I am not sure I am ready to do that yet. Soom, in other news, is the master of the Stealth Release, and there is going to be "Jethro the Giant" which sounds a bit like they looked at Granado's Nico and decided to try a big guy themselves, and make it original by adding horns. (I just updated the link to his sales page, he's a Mega Gem, big but not Nico-sized. And he does have fun fantasy parts, big old hooves. Mostly I like his yellow eyes and outfit.)

Bird Women and Show Girls

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Yes, it's time to go review the Miss Universe Pageant with Tom and Lorenzo, and I thought Miss Argentina here had won when I saw a thumbnail of her costume because I assumed the palm tree was part of it. It's still pretty impressive. I also liked the rather daring "Bling Angel" of Turks and Caicos, here: This year the USA entry was ok, but Oh Canada..:D Also, "A wish? I wish these weren't part of my costume." says Miss British Virgin Islands.

The 75 Cent Texas Horned Toad

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Bought with our groceries at Jewel-Osco, I was unable to give a good explanation to the checker beyond "It was 75 cents?" He's rubbery and wonderful and perfect shoulder pet for a tall bjd. :D

Glowy Eyes

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See these beautiful blue sparkly eyes from Ersa Flora? THEY GLOW IN THE DARK bwahahah!! I will put them in Bex tomorrow--today was spent working on photographing Teodor, my Granado Mads. Nick the Target Gargoyle got to be a co-star in a few of them:

Warp Core and possum

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The cardboard prop is done! Photos were taken, which meant I wasn't on the computer much, or outside--though I did look out the window, and we have a possum. He or she is living under the shed, and is pretty cute-- since it's not living where I live. I prefer possums to raccoons--the possums aren't as handy with their fingers.

A Cheerio Box..

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...a shoelace, some shirt pins, a paper towel, some picture wire, part of a 4 way mirror box, and a slurpee top, all glued into some kind of infernal doll prop machine. Oh, and bamboo skewers and a quartz crystal.

Haru Casting

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Now that I have switched to Chrome, I can read Ilsonya's blog again (Chrome translates automatically), and she had a link to Haru Casting, a Korean-based casting service that looks like it's not too far from Soom. I had always assumed that Soom did their own casting, but it would make sense if they either farmed it out or sent out pieces when the order load got too heavy (and it explains the occasional shipping mistake Soom has). In any case, what I found fascinating was the color palette that Haru offers, as shown here: Now you have to mentally add a yellow shade to some of the colors to picture how resin will age over time (though they say they have essentially UV cut as part of the resin). The first purple Migmas have shown a tendency to fade to a olivish color, and the blues green a little. Of course the oranges and golds would stay the same. I'm looking at these pots and I want a Cyborg in each color. :D I want to see if Soom starts offering that blue blue at least. …

The Iplehouse Head Yard Sale

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Iplehouse seems to do Spring Cleaning this time of year, and the heads that have been rolling around in a box in the back get put out (I'm actually surprised they don't hang onto them and auction them, but maybe they just want to clean out.) Here is the list of heads: Leonard _ Light brown Kamau _ Special real Kamau _ Peach gold Rex _ Peach gold Luo _ Light brown Dreaming Akando _ Normal Evan _ Normal Luo _ Normal Ashanti _ Ebony Carina _ Special real Lee _ Special real V.Claude _ White D.Claude _ Normal V.Claude _ Normal V.Claude _ Gray V.Claude _ Light brown Edan _ Normal Felix _ Normal Soo _ Special real Rebecca _ Peach gold Justin _ Special real Rexy _ Normal Bianca _ Normal Bianca _ Peach gold Gentle Freezia _ Normal Iris _ Normal Joshua _ Peach gold Daniel _ Peach gold Boris _ Normal Benny _ Normal Tatiana _ Normal Tania _ Normal Kassia _ Peach gold JID Asa _ Special real Lonnie _ Normal Lonnie _ Peach gold F.Lisa _ Normal F.Lisa _ Gr…

Mr. Ropuha in the Woods

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I was cruising for Mr. Ropuha photos (he's the adorable toad up there, created by Whispering Grass) and I found this great photo on "Mary's" flickr. Not surprisingly her Flickr is full of cute stuff, and worth a visit. I like that she painted or made realistic toad eyes for this guy, it gives him a lot of dignity.

Amadiz Assassin

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That is an Iplehouse Asa, costumed and wigged by George Ramensky. (Studio Amadiz) She's styled to look like an Aion Assassin (I don't play, myself, but I love the styling and the costumes). If you visit Studio Amadiz's flickr (and you should) remember that it is mildly Not Safe For Work and there is some elegant but bloody Hannibal stuff--on the other hand you will never see more gorgeous bjd clothing and wigs. If you are at work and just want to see wigs, check out the Etsy, here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AmadizStudio He also has some great short wigs, which are so hard to find. I assume shipping is via EMS, I haven't heard any complaints about receiving items from the Studio. In local news, I have maybe some ice in a pipe somewhere in the basement, which means I have very little water pressure upstairs. I spent some time with a hairdryer downstairs, and then did the adult thing and gave up and went upstairs and logged onto Tumblr instead of trying to wash dishes. T…

William at work

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It would be great if William could actually pump out these starscapes--I could afford to buy a few more pairs of pants for the guys!

Finder's Keepers

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So if you live in Oregon on the coast, you can go to Lincoln Beach and root around for planted glass floats! Here is the official info:The project began in 1997, when a local artist first thought of glass floats as an intriguing way to launch the new millennium. Lincoln City sponsored the project, hosting the inaugural season in 1999-2000. Tourists came from around the country to search for their own brilliantly-colored, signed and numbered glass float. For Lincoln City the Millennium Float project was a perfect combination of art and the outdoors. Those who came in search of a float often found their way to area galleries where unnumbered floats were available for sale, along with a dizzying array of fine art glass from around the world. The city continues the promotion annually, running from Mid-October to Memorial Day – with hand-crafted glass floats being placed along the 7-1/2 miles (12 km) of public beach in Lincoln City, from the Roads End area to the Cutler City area. We pu…

Starscape

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Working on a quick painting of the Pleiades for a photo backdrop, among other things.

The Soom Simple Pose Body

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I will be honest--I hates it. How two little resin pieces can make or break a whole body I don't know, but even just getting her together (a body from the Cinderella release) was a major pain. Below you can see the torso with just the head string showing--that part is ok, though the tension for the head seems a little off--but it could be from me using a hook instead of the resin "banana" in there. Here are the Hip Pieces of Doom. Before you put the thighs on, be sure the slot points down: There is no room for a knot in the thin hip pieces--those two pipes have to touch each other inside the pelvis, so I tried tying the knot on the thigh side of the hip piece: That was a fail because neither the knot or the extra string would fit in the tiny space at the top of the thigh. So I did what I did on my Simple Pose Tremo body--I sewed the elastics together. USE A TOOL or the backside of the needle will be much happier going into your thumb instead of into the tough elastic. …

Wikipedia Names Your Band

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My own imaginary electronica-playing unsigned band, as created by Buzzfeed, here: Create your own indie band and cover I admit I rejected the first picture I found as being a sure sign of an utter crap album (it was a stock forest), and then poked at the second image a little to make it more pretentious.(The emu is by Karen Plimmer.) Then there is the inexplicable metal year of Miroslav: And here is "Theres Nadig", a Swedish vocalist who sounds like Bjork: (Photo by Dondu Small)