Monday, February 29, 2016

The Quickie Mop Refill Rant


So this is a Quickie Mop refill. It has these clever plastic tabs with little matching caps on them, and the mop pole has a metal holder with matching holes that holds the refill securely. This way you get to have a nice clean sponge whenever you need them, and the sponge stays put even if you scrub hard. The pole itself has a lever mechanism that folds together the two sides of the sponge so you can squeeze it out. So I went to Target a while back, and I was out of refill sponges, so I was VERY CAREFUL to be sure that I was buying Genuine Replacement Quickie Parts to put on my Quickie Mop handle. I even read the package, which I almost never do (I shop mostly by box color, which is why J does most of the grocery shopping now--vendors keep switching up their packaging which results in me bringing home things that are "diet" or "jalapeno" or "honey nut" instead of what I should have been getting). So I bring it home and it DOES NOT FIT on the handle. Whyyyyyy??? So I look more closely at the mop handle and behold it is a "Type S," and the mop refills are Type Something Else even though they were placed RIGHT NEXT to the same type S mop handle I have.

And they were not cheap. So I'm using them anyway.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Marina Gets a Faceup


A fantasy faceup for my Impldoll Deborah--I did it keeping one eye on the thermometer and another on the sky, because a storm front was predicted to come in around 4 PM; so I worked fast. I will probably touch it up a little when we have another sunny day. I am almost more excited about the yarn I got for her wig than I am about her face--it's several different colors and super soft. I have work today I need to finish, or I would be making that wig this minute. :D

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Doll Pix From 2014


Marilyn (Iplehouse Jessica) finds a unicorno.

Coppersmith finds a key, but not apparently his shirt.

I discover that Benmore is not really a girl. I thought he'd be convertible from his promos, but I was wrong

I discover that making wigs is harder than it looks:

Costco apples come with free face protectors.

And from this year, cats like to check out what you are doing outside with a camera:

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Soom's Romantic Garnet


Suddenly Soom, after a pile of little things, has put up another Super Gem sized girl. She's gorgeous, of course, and on the new body; they are offering the female ball-jointed hands as an option for 140.00, and the built-in heel feet (which I suppose might be popular, I am not fond of them myself.) I already have a Garnet, and while I would love to get another New Body and the hands; the fact is that if you get one head, one faceup, and the hands you are looking at 900.00 before EMS. At the price I could get a 4-armed original gray Shiva off the MP at Den of Angels. I'm sure that reflects the actual cost of casting and preparing her, but that is too much for me personally. I wish they would do just a body event. They are doing an eye event, but the sale pages are a bit messy so it's hard to see what you are getting if you want anything besides 14mm.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

2 New Little Cats At Iplehouse


Cheesy and Spotty! They are basically different "face ups" for the base white cat doll, but they are adorable.

Bubbles and Roses


So I spent some of the day cleaning floors, which is not newsworthy, but I did find an old photo of Bubbles with the rosebushes (Knockouts, which are not at resistant to black spot as you might think) that were lovely..until the rabbits ate them. Now the rabbits have vanished, and I need to replace two of the bushes. So far the Rugosa (it looks like a Hansa, they weren't sure at the nursery) has done ok, between less rabbits and being amazingly spiny. I have also been out there fluffing and petting it (carefully) so I hope it does well. I also did a trade on Den of Angels for some Heliot Hooves with Loptr and got a little portrait enclosed with the hooves..so cool!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

K Submits a Recipe For Fish Cakes


You will need:

2 cans of pink or red salmon (About 30 ounces total)

2 cups of canned pumpkin (30 ounce can would suffice)

  4 large eggs, beaten

1 cup of almond flour

4-5 green onions, very thinly sliced (Just cut)

2 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning

2.5 teaspoon hot sauce

1.5 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 small jalepeno, deseeded and diced

Zest from 2 lemon and just a little lemon juice from one of the halves or so.

  Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425F and cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Drain the liquid from the salmon and using your fingers,  You need to get the bones out if they are in there. This is sort of an annoying process the first few times you do it. There is a method though to getting the bones out, just try to split the salmon in half length wise or where ever you see the vertebrae and then peel the bones off of each half of the salmon. Once that's done, crumble the fish into a large bowl and take any little bones you discover after that. A few bones, especially small ones, won't be the end of the world.

3. Add the pumpkin, eggs, almond flour, jalepeno, green onions, Old Bay Seasoning, hot sauce, paprika, black pepper and lemon zest.  Mix well and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

4. Brush the parchment paper with some kind of oil (canola) that has been melted, then use a 1/3 measuring cup to scoop the cakes and drop them onto the parchment.  Gently shape into patties. Try to keep them super uniform.  Brush the tops of the cakes with coconut oil, canola oil or ghee, then bake for 20 minutes.

5. Carefully flip each patty and return to the oven.  Bake an additional 10 minutes until golden brown and crisp.

6. You are done! yum! K got the recipe from Jacob--I would check your own oven--425 is hot for mine and if the patties are thick, the tops might scorch.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Mitsuwa Meet-up, Feb 20th


I left before a lot of people came, so I don't have a ton of photos--but the dolls that were there were very nice--look at this glamorous Switch boy! Here is Akutenshi's Mr. Bun (Soom Northerly Breeze), in a new outfit from Mandarake:

And the back:

And a Hypermaniac girl that Rachel found at the Naperville Doll Show, now all cleaned, wigged and dressed:

I think this is a little Soom bunny girl:

Hmm, now that I look at her I am not sure--maybe Akutenshi will know...anyway, here is a small Chiwoo:

His friend a Fairyland Shiwoo and a Little Fee of some kind:

(I would totally fail a small doll quiz; I can identify Volks Yos because they have their own style, but otherwise I am mystified..but here are two Yo-sds--they are adorable, I wish the photo wasn't blurry:

Finally a Bluefairy boy, maybe a Louis? He was really nice to hold, a good weight and well balanced and very appealing in person!

As for Mitsuwa food, the place that sold bubble tea is gone; but there is a wonderful tempura place instead. The food is beautifully presented:

I admit I just bought a pack of mochi candy ;)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sicktress Is Interviewed at BJD Collectasy!


Go here to see, and see the work that Sicktress has done these last couple of years!

Iplehouse Eva and a Magnet


So I have been trying to sell this Garnet head on the Den of Angels MP, without much success, and this means that EVERY DAY I had to be on the MP to push up the listing, which meant that I was looking at what other people had to sell. :P And I found an amazing deal on an Iplehouse Eva--who was not only a great price, but she was in Realskin (a gorgeous color) and on the NYID curvy small body, which I also like a lot, in spite of the noisy hip ratchets. Her first owner was a super nice seller in Seoul with a great reputation--and the best part? She had been kept in a sunny room, and her color had gone from pinky-brown to greenish olive on her legs and forearms, which was why she was marked down so much. (The new Iplehouse realskin is much less sensitive to light than the first batches were). Here's the color shift on the legs--the flat feet were stored in her box so you can see the difference)

This made me happy because I wanted a greenish girl to be an elf girl (I was sort of holding out for an olive green Beryl from Soom, but I think that is not happening), so she would be getting colors and ivy tattoos anyway, and if she is already green, I don't feel the need to keep her always in her box--I can just play with her. So she arrived in record time from Korea, and the box had some amusing tape on it (the outer shipper was recycled):

Her string needed a bit of adjusting--it had worked the knot up into her head, and one of the magnets in her headcap had fallen out in transit, so I needed to put the magnet back in. I originally though I would keep her faceup, but the lips were a little light and I wanted a slightly different eyebrow shape; so I wiped it off carefully and redid it. While I was doing that, I reglued the magnet in the headcap, and then went out to do some errands. And then I came back to find I had glued it back in with the polarity reversed, even though I had marked it--I just forgot that X was "in". :p

I've glued magnets in wrong about 50% of the time; and usually you just put isopropyl alcohol on it, and pop it out by having the magnet stick to the opposing magnet.

But usually I find out almost right away when the magnet is in wrong, so the glue hasn't quite set. (I test them by holding the glued magnet in with my finger and then hold the opposing magnet near enough I can tell if the polarity is right). But this magnet had a nice, clean, deep well with tight sides and plenty of time to cure, and it wasn't budging. I tried hot water, I got stronger magnets to try to pull it out. The Blue Otter Paradise horn (at the top of the magnet stack with tape on it) is especially great for this as it acts as a handle.

But that little magnet was not moving. I finally just had to carve away a narrow channel around the magnet, put in acetone, and pry with an awl before it finally came out.

And you know I tested it this time, once it was glued back in the right way.

So finally her headcap was fixed, and Akutenshi7 had made a nice mohair wig for her, so she is all ready for her closeup (though in a borrowed dress)

I also took down my Garnet listing, because it was costing me money ;)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Natalia Loseva has a blog!


And on it she shows her process, and also the exact measurements! The dolls are so pretty! Natalia Loseva dolls

Also, here is the Facebook page so you can maybe write to her about prices and how to buy them:

https://www.facebook.com/NatalialosevaDoll

Friday, February 19, 2016

Well, WE Have a Bunny...


...says Soom, though they are actually cute little elves.

I think the narcoleptic ones are the cutest, though they are not something I would buy for myself. Soom also seems to be having no problem casting or delivering these little cuties in a timely way.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Granado Photo Contest!


Dear all,

Do you enjoy taking BJD's pictures? Our photo contest is back!

Same as 2015's photo contest, all submitters will get a prize!

:: Entry Qualifications ::

Customers who owned our dolls and love photography.

:: Entry Period ::

2016/2/19(Friday) - 2016/3/31(Thursday) (closes at 12:00 p.m. Hong Kong standard time)

:: Photo Types ::

A single photo or a set photo.

All photos must include Granado dolls, but there are no restrictions for including other brand's dolls.

Please submit the photos to dpp.doll@gmail.com

You can give a title and a little description for your photos.

:: Awards and Prizes ::

1st place:

The winner will receive a new normal skin doll head for free. (Value: $160)

You can choose doll heads that we released before.

(Exclude the doll heads that we announced discontinued forever like Taya, Titus, Fayette...

But doll such as Mars, Venus, Nico and others are still available.)

The winner does not need to pay for the shipping fee, but the head will not contain magnets.

2nd place:

The winner will receive a $50 Coupon.

You can use it when you order $120 or above.

3rd place:

The winner will receive a $30 Coupon.

You can use it when you order $120 or above.

All submitters:

All submitters will receive 2% discount (Not include shipping fee) for the future purchase.

All discount will be refunded via PayPal after customer made an authenticate with us.

:: Submission Rules ::

1) Each customer can only submit a total of 5 works.

2) File format: JPEG, File size should be less than 2 MB.

3) All photos must be original works that have not formerly been shown on any websites.

4) We may use your photos for future advertisement.

5) The winners will be notified through email by early April 2016.

:: Webpage ::

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Granado.Doll

Twitter : Granado (@DollGranado) | Twitter

Tumblr : Granado Doll

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Iplehouse Has a Cat Doll....


SQUEEEEEEEE

150 Years of Photojournalism


It's a collection of photographs of people, places and things from 1860 to around 1915 (volume 1) and it was put out by a German publisher, Konemann (there are umlauts over the o, I know there is a keystroke combo to do this in Windows but I always forget how). The author is Nick Yapp; I picked the book up off a Barnes and Noble sale table, so the chances are good you can get it on Amazon. (I have the multilingual edition, the original is German). I use it for costume refs--the photo above, besides being an ingenious way to teach kids to swim, shows the white shoes, removable collar and cuffs and dickey shirt front of a 1900s middle-class gentleman. And of course there are wonderful photos of people at work:

I think this image is a bit older, the 1890s maybe. There is a later one of a beauty pageant c. 1913--I love all the dresses:

and there are lots of street scenes, this one of a "street chemist" c. 1870

I would not drink those free samples). And there are lots of portraits of famous people, including this adorable one of Gustave Dore, who looks like a charming rascal:

I just want to pinch his cheek...though really I want to see him prepare an engraving plate :D

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

More Cardboard Magic--Cristobal Valecillos


This beautiful image comes from artist/photographer Cristobal Valecillos--he spoke with Hi-Fructose and said:

“My art form involves an innovative concept of using raw cardboard and paper, born out of a desire to create art without generating waste. This led to my inspiration to use everyday materials that are around us and craft something beautiful with them,” he says. “My goal is to show people that fashion is not only about consuming and wasting; we can bring forth inspired art into the world by recycling. Rather than creating waste, I am converting it into beauty, and I am reminded that we can express ourselves in extraordinary ways by using the most basic elements.”

Go check out his series "A Cardboard Life" on his website and look at the "Behind the Scenes" video (2:38). Also, what would we do without hot glue guns? hehe!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Karena on Three Bodies


She's a small pink head and I like her on the Mirodoll body best, though she gaps a bit. Of the Impl bodies, I prefer the smaller Star body.

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Dawn


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I was filling up the Dawn bottle and mixing in water (the kind I use is the 2x concentrated kind, and I find it's easier to just pour some in a second bottle, and then add a lot of water, than deal with the concentrated mix right out of the original bottle).The results looked so cool that I went and got my camera. I think I can use these to float some Poser mermaids later, but in the meantime here they are for anyone who needs abstract blue bubbly "underwater" photos:

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Erzulie, my Impldoll Star/Idol combo was supposed to go up for Valentine's Day yesterday, but Comcast seemed unwilling to post it up, so I gave up and went to bed instead. Here she is--hope your Valentine's Day was nice!