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Mr. Ropuha's Day Out

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The weather today was perfect, so I ducked out of work and went outside and weeded, watered and took out Mr. Ropuha for a small photoshoot (Since he is about toad sized, all his shoots are small ;) ).
My moss patch is now big enough to hold his table, 2 chairs and a Tokidoki Unicorno:

Although I have resisted it so far, my local nursery has a lot of Ropuha sized stuff, including a cottage:
And also some teeny ferns, finger-sized:

But so far all Arnold has is the table set, a teacup, and the moss patch-- which set flowers this week!

Here Arnold sees something:

Because I was quiet, our resident wild rabbit came out to eat clover blossoms:


Arnold went to sit with the mermaid:


And to check out the hollyhock:


And finally to have a small nap in the hydrangea:

(Giving a new meaning to "flower bed") He's fun and easy to carry around for photos, I should take him out more! He's from Whispering Grass via Jpopdolls.

The ABS Cheetah

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I should say that I think this is in ABS plastic, because that is what Hujoo normally does their figures in, and the cost of Azela is only 200.00 USD, even though she is 60 cm tall. Here is April Lee's Sahara that she bought last year, and a mini-review. (April bought her as a fullset direct from Hujoo in Korea.) The photo of Azela, above was lifted from The Junky Spot and if you live in the US, Emory ships from his in-stock collection, so you get it fast and for minimal postage (compared to EMS from Korea). Azela is 260.00 with a faceup from there, click on Hujoo on the sub-menu and then scroll down to see her--click on the thumbnails to enlarge them.

CrowBlackJay Dragon

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"Draw Me Like Your French Girls"
Thanks to Ilsonya, I found some flickr pictures belonging to a Russian artist CrowBlackJay. Check out the posability of this little dragon, approximately 47 cm long, according to Ilsonya, here. Such an elegant little dragon! Apparently not for sale..yet.

The Adult Mesmerizing Mermaid

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Haha yes, the Snip tool in Windows and the Zoom Viewer are not entirely compatible, but this is the Adult Mesmerizing Mermaid at the Spirit of Halloween... and I love it. Although Halloween is a ways off, the Spirit is a 24/7 online operation owned by Spencer Gifts, LLC, and you can "get your costume on" anytime there. This mermaid is one of their more expensive "theatrical line" outfits and considering the amount of work in this one, I think the price of 169.99 is cheap..sadly, I am pretty sure that the only sizes offered aren't going to go around my hips, and that is not an easy alteration with the complicated wrapping they have going on here. (Such a clever way to make "scales" though!)  They do have plus sizes and some of the offerings are pretty amusing, like the "sexy raccoon" My favorites, though they are short and not quite work-appropriate, are the Hello Sailor variety like this one:
That is the "Shore Thing" and it got g…

The Six Million Dollar Box of Chocolates

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If you are an American Express card holder, you may already be aware of David Muransky vs. Godiva Chocolatier. I wasn't, until a Chicago law firm, via AmEx, sent me a polite request for a deposition relating to a transaction I had in March 2015 at a local Godiva store. After some cogitating and photocopying I remembered that was when K had visited, and I had bought her a box of raspberry stars with my AmEx. Coincidentally the next day, someone named "Jose Hernandez" used my card number to buy a ticket from Dallas to Santiago, Chile; and as I pointed out to AmEx a month later, when I received my statement, that this was unlikely-- as I have no acquaintance with Mr. Hernandez nor a working passport of my own. My money was refunded, I received a new card and I sort of forgot about it until the request for the deposition.

Meanwhile, AmEx looked around for someone who had lost their card number to fraud "because allegedly Godiva had printed up store receipts with the ca…

Farming

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Although it is probably easier to grow vegetables in New Jersey, where the dirt is naturally sandy, and the weather milder; I have to say Chicago in the summer does pretty well. Last year we grew so much cabbage and broccoli we had to give some of it away, and it looks like this year crookneck squash may be on everyone's menu in the neighborhood. I'm getting a bowlful of black raspberries every day now:
As you can see, the squash plants are big:

There is a pepper, though I haven't had much luck with them in the past:

Some really terrible basil (I think the dirt here has too much clay in it). Also with bonus if blurry firefly:

And some pretty good parsley, probably because I had the wit to keep it in a pot:

I've got a struggling rosemary plant and maybe some onions--I wish I had started some spinach and peas earlier, but maybe next year. The weeds grow even faster than the "farm" plants and there are some tricks that we need to use, like keeping netting over …

The Dye Bath

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Sunday got off to a rocky start--we were out of milk and bread, it was supposed to storm, and I had to drive to Target in the truck since it was in the accessible slot in the garage and had AC. This was at an hour when I am not really qualified to run a toaster, much less a motor vehicle; but I got there OK, got my stuff, and even managed to resist the lure of 4.00 coffee in order to go home and make my own.
 Then the storm veered off somewhere else, and it was sunny, so I decided to both dremel down the top of a body to fit Deesse/Danu's head on it, and to try using the iPoly dye to dye that junk body. ( The junk body was the former Headless Laurel, but Laurel has a head now, but it is now on a Loongsoul Cartoon Boob body, which is actually a lovely, beautifully posing body even if it looks like Hugh Hefner designed it)

("Was this really necessary?") But Laurel, look how well the resin matches AND you have joined fingers now.

I did the dremelling first, and it actually…

The Hippie is Done!

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I guess this is "Souldoll Fan Art"-- it was super fun to do. All the parts are washable by hand in warm water, too, dry flat. I discovered it is easy and fun to sew with those stretchy polyesters that make humans sweat, but fit all sizes of dolls. I went to the Salvation Army yesterday and bought a stretchy polka dot shirt to make into a doll dress later, once I finish some other projects!

Also, making doll stuff with yarn is quick and easy--apparently I remember how to crochet, and while I am still a very messy crocheter, I can actually make something... mostly flat... with it. :D Here is the previous post showing the  outfit's progress. http://dollsartcats.blogspot.com/2016/06/one-off-knockoff.html

Iplehouse Elves

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Iplehouse said "What shall we do next?" and someone said "Everyone LOVES elves!" (Which is true). Grace looks awesome as an elf there on the left, though I have to laugh at the Elvish Glamor Bust. Aurora looks like she came in the first release with elf ears; she just always looks serene and elfy... and I don't recognize the cute pie on the right*.

 Elf clothes could be Mighty Tempting.
*Oh wait, that is Vera. She looks super in elf ears.

Also there is summer clothes and jewelry!


And Pamela has a suit that looks like a butterfly

Aww, Pammy, why so cute? Is it the big eyes? The potato nose? The complicated expressions? I just like this girl, especially with the slightly ratty blonde wig. You just know her life is as out of control as her hair.

Granado Jupiter's Head

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Yes, he's here; and so amiable. He's a nice neutral color between Normal Yellow and Normal Pink, and would be super for any number of bodies if it wasn't for his huge Evol body neckhole--he's just a great sized head (8-9 for wigs). I did have to wrestle with ORD Customs a bit for him as once again the shipper for Granado didn't bother to sign the customs form swearing that all the infos were true on the form, so someone just shelved it at ISC until I wrote an email looking for it. They have no problem processing the larger boxes because (I think) the paperwork comes direct from Granado and everything is signed, but I will have to look into it. At least now I have a 1-800 number to call ISC Chicago direct if I can't find something. (Chinese EMS has it going on, by the way--they knew perfectly well that it had come out of Customs into a holding pattern, and even what time it passed through ISC.) Here's another photo:

So glad he's here safe, though now I …

Cherry The Second

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Still very WIP, but I have reinforced her shoulders. For some reason this body is just the nicest poser ever, it's drilled very carefully inside. It's just a fluke that the shoulders came out of the mold so thin!

I even managed to wrestle the forearm pin into the slot on the elbow piece for this pose. :D

Since she is a cyborg, she is G rated even topless--which I think is slightly odd, but with clothes it makes no difference:


Such an elegant doll! Soom really outdid themselves when they created her!

The Soom Free Choice Is Up!

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And everyone has the fantasy parts you'd expect. I give huge props to Soom for how they organized the web pages--it's done all in photos so you can see what you are getting instead of puzzling through text, which had to be annoying for anyone not using English as a primary language. And for those of us who need pictures ;) So you can scroll up and down and mentally assemble your dollie.

If you order Epidia GET THE EXTRA POSE PIECES otherwise she won't stand properly. Just saying. You need them for anyone, really.

This Week's Random Photos

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It does include a Garnet that I did a trade for, a full doll with certificate. She did need some epoxy reinforcing on a cracked shoulder on one side, and a thin one on the other, but I plan to texture and paint the shoulder caps and cover the repairs that way, once I have time.
I may have posted this one before. I just love how cranky she looks ;) Granado Fayette on a Maiden body.

My Sweet Witch Galena (the first Sweet Witch) and Deirdre's hat.

Liliana Vess looking fierce on the top shelf..with one arm taped on. >.<

The sky over Target...

And the other direction, with picturesque parking lot foreground...

And finally, a political bumper sticker sent to me by a friend: