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The Quickie Mop Refill Rant

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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. Whyy…

Marina Gets a Faceup

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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

Doll Pix From 2014

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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:

Unicorn Leads Police on Chase In Calif

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Soom's Romantic Garnet

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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.

2 New Little Cats At Iplehouse

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

Bubbles and Roses

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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!

K Submits a Recipe For Fish Cakes

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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…

Mitsuwa Meet-up, Feb 20th

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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 t…

Sicktress Is Interviewed at BJD Collectasy!

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

Iplehouse Eva and a Magnet

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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 hol…

Natalia Loseva has a blog!

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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

Well, WE Have a Bunny...

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...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.

The Granado Photo Contest!

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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…

Iplehouse Has a Cat Doll....

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150 Years of Photojournalism

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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 po…

More Cardboard Magic--Cristobal Valecillos

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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!

Karena on Three Bodies

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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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larger of this one 1408x1104 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: Here's the second one 999x632And the third one 1143x757Erzulie, 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!