I know I put up a lot of photos of squirrels, but they amuse me so much. This guy was actually asleep before I banged the lid of my trashcan down; I was sure he'd be gone by the time I got my camera out of my pocket, but instead he just kept an eye on me until I went in, and when I looked out the window he was asleep again. I think he found the warmest spot around!
I swore I wouldn't, but my mother-in-law sent me money, and I have been curious about Fantasia dolls in the past (I liked the open-eyed Vivian and the Sleepy Alice) they had before, and then chalyss sent me a link and I looked... and there was the "Souldoll" face I have been looking for ...but Souldoll inconveniently hasn't produced yet in exactly the right combination..so I filled out the forms to register, filled out Canary's order form, and hit Buy. The website is not entirely user-friendly; if you want a doll, you have two bodies to choose from and you have to flop around the site to find pictures--Body A is smooth, Body B is more a Fitness Body, with more muscle. Tan is an option, but for "Lily" (Canary's future name) I wanted Normal Skin, which is sort of a Volks/ Granado Normal Yellow.
Bust sizes are A (small) B (medium) and C(Really Large). The shop photos of Canary up there show her with a C bust, and it looks silly with her little head. It is a sign of how blase I have gotten about ordering dolls, that when I finished up I wasn't entirely sure if I had ordered her with a head or not, but I was "I like that body for that price, I can find a head", but the Fantasia rep wrote back to me and said I did get her head--but they don't offer makeup at this time. Heel feet are available on the menu, but they are expensive, so I passed. When you are ordering, the slot for "head" is an extra head, if you want the option smiling head. (It's cute, but like Barbie, the charm for me wears off pretty fast if they smile ALL the time.) She will ship with eyes. You can buy heads and bodies separately.
Billing: the "Detail Address" is your name, and you need to fill it out. When you get to the bottom, it looks like you can only pay with a Credit Card, but if you go ahead and click that, it swaps you over to Eximbay where you can opt for PayPal instead (I may be unworried about resin options, but for dolls it's PayPal or nothing). After that you just log in and pay as usual with PayPal. You get a receipt from both Fantasia and PayPal. The rep said they are going for a 60 day turnaround, which would be neat. They are based in Korea so I have a pretty good idea the resin will be fine; the jointing and size of the hands may be quirky, but we will find out! I will post lots of photos when she comes. I might even have Mister Super Clear by then, if not clothing. (Looks guiltily at Enoch the Naked Angel). But he looks so nice with nothing! Such a good sculpt. :D
It's 42.99 for a three-pack of the UV cut version, which I like a little better than the Matte. The Matte seems really sensitive to humidity. A three pack will last me about 3 years, too :D The best thing about the Junky Spot is that if you see something there, Emory has it in stock. He also used to send out the coolest, most demented stuff with dolls--I have a really nice jpop cd from him and a doormat with anime pigs on it that we use for everything ..right now it's keeping the bathroom door from closing and trapping the cat, but it has been under chairs and Christmas trees in the past.
It was a small Cooper's Hawk, and it was a big squirrel--he was also at an awkward angle for the hawk to get at. The hawk flew away a few seconds later. Meanwhile, K was working on a homemade tiramisu. We had way too many desserts over the past week, but they were delicious!
(She made scones, too, but I ate them before I thought to take a photo)
She's got not only an incredible outfit, but also fancy hands! Angell Studio makes beautiful girls, and they lay everything out on the sales page so you can actually figure out what things cost and how to order them. Also her pictures are just lovely: http://e.angell-studio.com/?product-3110.html
It's all good-- except that the can is sort of stuck to his hand (if he puts it on the table, it wants to follow him, or stand on one edge instead of flat because the axis of rotation aren't lined up with the can itself.) Also the sunglasses are somewhat adjustable for Mike's head, but it's not easy to put them on top of his head, and they aren't foldable to stuff into his shirt or a pocket.
I have to remind myself that the whole set was 1.99 so I should not complain. Victoria can't blink still, but she can roll her eyes :D The other props are from Mike Mapp's Urban Jungle and his Lands and Forests, at Renderosity.com.
Corun's sales page is expanded--you can now look at him right side up, and he's got some Mighty Fine Wings. There is now also a Human version, the same base price as Toothy Corun (wings are more). I think I like the fantasy version more, but it may be the wig/ clothes Corun has on as a human:
K and I went to a local pancake place that turned out to be a stealth Greek diner. So we both got "Greek" entrees and those were pretty good (a good gyro, and a chicken breast with feta cheese and leafy greens). The sides were pretty dire, including these buns that looked like refugees from an airline supply place; not only were they nasty when they emerged from the factory, they had become stale over the period of weeks or months they were entombed in plastic. I have to say the baked goods in the case looked good (and local) and they had some stellar looking gelato off to the side. I might go back since it's so close, they are open late and they serve breakfast all day; a meal that is hard to ruin. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there, though. I didn't try the coffee.
From there we went to Target, and they are full of Christmas toys--all the My Generation props work with SD dolls, and there were so many cute food items I was overwhelmed and bought none of them--instead I bought a keychain purse for 8.00, perfect for my Iplehouse SID girls:
If you have an EID or big 70 cm guy who likes Starbucks, the cafe is selling ornaments that are the right scale:
The little coffee bag ornaments are right too. The mini cups are too large, as much as I love them!
And here are the wall swans. They do nothing but add a jazzy,campy accent to your wall:
The Swan deployed:
And there was Door Pie--this is pie on a rack that is too close to the front door, as in right by the shopping carts, so that whenever the door opens whatever car exhaust, dirt, geese or whatever blows right in on and over the pies on the rack. It's fine to put washable stuff there, or chips and soda, but not wet pumpkin pies. Also the pies locally this season taste weird--we have had two pies, one homemade and one storebought, and they just weren't edible; they tasted salty and weird. I don't know if it was mold, some kind of product applied to the commercial products, or what--I wish we had been able to get one of our pumpkins to ripen enough to make a pie to compare with the other locally grown ones, because we use nothing on our garden produce except last year's compost. In any case I think we are doing an apple pie for Thanksgiving instead.
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3. HID Man Limited Suit Version Release - You can choose any head from HID / EID section. - Two type of limited suit is released with HID body.
4. New KID Lena / BID Linda Release - Limited outfit is released with the doll.
5. December Doll Choice will be released in basic doll price Sales Period: Nov. 15, 2016 – Jan. 01, 2017 - Ebony and Blue Gray skin won’t be released.
6. Total 10 FID will be released with various clothes FID Woman: Stella, Raffine, Miho, Mari, Bianca FID Man: Arvid, Felix, Lawrence, Claude, Leonard - 10 different type of new clothes will be released with the dolls.
The last item sounds really neat--Vermont Chick just got her FID Lawrence and he is a honey. Too small for me, but if you like that size, there will shortly be a whole new crop of them! I haven't found photos yet, but I haven't checked the Iplehouse Flickr yet either.
So now that I am stuck using Michael 4 as my 3d product demonstrator, I figured he needed some regular clothes, since he has mostly Prae's (gorgeous) anime inspired pieces. The problem is that because of the way his shoulders are jointed, his sleeves often look weirdly puffy so they won't "break" when Michael lifts his arms, as in the example above. Aside from the strange rubbery sleeves, the style is right, so I thought I would go look around the Daz marketplace and see what I could pick up cheap. I forgot that Poser men have the same problem Barbie does...the clothes are mostly like this:
It's a little over-the-top for daywear. So I kept looking:
Not really what I was looking for, but it's a look...
For Five Dollars? No.
Wait, maybe I could buy something daffy but paint it to be normal...
Or..not. The next one was briefly tempting, as I though "ooo, a mummy, to scamper across the dunes of Egypt, pop out of crypts"..but how often do you really need a mummy? And he was..expensive. I can also do the same look with a displacement map and texturing.
So this was very cool, but I am not sure I can get the wings and Michael to fit in the same render:
Well this is cool, but I probably wouldn't use it:
Oh, I have this one already:
OMYGOD!! No, stop, I totally do not need this AWESOME FROG THING:
So I ended up buying this:
It was 1.99 and came with the hat, the glasses, the spray can and the skateboard. :D
I think I see a little tear where the brown cat can't reach the bird :D The white cat holds the rat the way I would..."ewww". I have no idea where the original illustration is from; it was from an essay on writing and came up in an unrelated Google search.
And speaking of unrelated, I did a quick render yesterday using my friend Mike Mapp's newest Renderosity product, "The Urban Jungle." Since my V4 model won't blink, and I still haven't tracked down why, I switched to Michael4 (who still blinks). I use him a lot less than V4 so I have far, far fewer clothes for him, though I did find some hair, a shirt and a leather vest (by Prae, part of a really cool fantasy set). Though you can't see, he has no pants ;) The finished title is "Harry Dresden Goes Shopping", presumably a late night run for books. The character is Quinn by gypsyangel, also at Renderosity.
(In the Jim Butcher books, Harry also does Little League baseball coaching)
You can tell Christmas is coming--all the doll companies are trying to release something new. This is the newest Raccoon Doll girl , and I like her much more in the tan than in the NS (which is Iplehouse pale). These Raccoon dolls are fun--slightly bigger than fashion size, perfectly detailed and painted. Vermont Chick (on the sidebar here as "As the Resin World Turns" has at least two of them, so if you do a keyword search you can see them "at home" and how they are packed.
Then there is DollZone, (www.doll-zone.com) once again bringing the weird home to you for the holidays:
Here's the stats on the Deer: (Halt sales just means if he exceeds their casting capacity they will cut off the sales period). Deer Full-set $729 includes: nude doll$525, face-up $40, outfit,wig,shoes and eye(14 mm). Full-set does not include body blushing, body blushing can be purchased separately by $45. P.S DZ normal white, normal pink, normal yellow, gray and tan skin colors are available. Gray and tan needs $30. There are two face-up A/B are available. The outfit, shoes and wig in full-set can be changed to any 60cm boy doll's. Halt sales is depends.
It's the archive page here--keep scrolling down. If you are using Chrome, Translate the Page--the translation is quite good. The Squirrel up there is Nobility Doll's Scon, and normally he looks like he is coked out of his mind and possibly an axe murderer..but still weirdly adorable. Check out the "Scon Band" as you scroll down.
It's Granado's newest angel-in-progress! I think he looks like Jaden; I had one-- but he was one huge head for the bodies they had available at the time, so he is now over at Silver-Eyed Psycho's house in the UK, and he looks amazing--he has antlers and elf ears-- and I should bother her for a photo, now that he's all fixed up. :D This version is designed to fit on the big Evol or Embody bodies. I'd love a Raguel on an Embody, but I have this space problem. :o
Enoch has no place to be but on my worktable near the computer. Still naked, too. No new dolls until he gets clothes!
(Click to enlarge) If you go to the URL at the navigation bar, and you are on Facebook, you can see what advertisers see about you (Look under Lifestyle and Culture). My page is under a different name and they still have all the facts right.
I noticed that DollStories has an order period open right now for their elf Kirya (you can get human ears too) and their adorably sly vampire Sylk:
The girls are SD size, a little on the small side like Fairyland's girls (Kirya and Sylk are 53 cm tall), and remind me a little of Fairyland's style with a bit of Peakswood. I especially like Kirya because she reminds me of a taller, more amiable Shushu! (My Shushu is a cranky little thing). I think vermont chick would really like Sylk, though she would tower over V.C's Dollmore vampire msd boy. The bodies have cutie legs, and a slim overall look. I think they are cast in China (though designed by Glenna Hartwell in the US) and come with the seams removed. Here's Kirya blank:
Kirya with elf ears IN TAN comes to 520.00 usd before EMS, so the prices are very reasonable. I would be so tempted... but like I said before, I just had someone come in, and I have to make clothes still for Enoch the Naked Angel. :o
First up, see Alton Brown make Pumpkin Spice Miracle Ice Cream with Stephen Colbert, in the most unhinged way imaginable. Colbert's comment "You are going to make the scariest grandpa ever." I laughed until I cried: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkHJgJeo7xQ
This morning got off to a rocky start--I couldn't find my Krups coffee filter with genuine 14 carat gold plated mesh anywhere, and it's an integral part of my coffee process. I had to improvise:
Then I remembered that I had dumped out the measuring cup in the compost, containing yesterday's used filter, and I realized I probably had dumped the outer filter with the inner paper one; and sure enough, there was the Krups filter chilling on top of the compost pile. I brought it in and it is running through the dishwasher, where it will be as good as new. (The compost pile is mostly leaves).
This is nothing compared to what J texted me about last night--he's inspecting a plant in Ohio, and he said that when he went out to dinner afterwards, he set his menu on fire. The menus were on thin paper and were several sheets on a clipboard, and the candle was taking up a lot of table real estate. He had flipped over the top sheet when it "Poofed up" and he swatted it out. He said the waitress "was unimpressed" and said that it wasn't the first time it had happened. Alas, there are no photos.
Instead here is a photo of the supermoon--it was indeed nice, though here it's sharing photo space with my power lines :p