Friday, June 30, 2017

Cat's Beautiful Beryl

She is a Soom Beryl that once belonged to MissAlly--now she is at Cat's place, and Cat commissioned Christy "Captured in Thought" to paint her. Christy isn't usually available for commissions but made space to paint "Yetta" for Cat. The results are gorgeous--the photos are by Christy. Here are two more:


You should visit Christy's blog and see more of her work!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Baby Puss in Boots


Soom has a new release in the Teeny Gem category--normally I ignore these, but Akutenshi thought this was adorable, and I agree! The outfit is so cute too! Here is the human version (you can get both for more money):


And here is the full outfit, with the hat and boots added:


It's hard sometimes to keep to the "no tinies" rule, but I need to save money right now for normal, non doll things!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sicktress Does Pre-Orders for Deesse 2!

Hello everyone! 
I’m finally finished priming and Déesse version 2 is ready for her second sale! This time, I will attempt to offer her in more colors, including Cacao. The colors available this time around are:
  1. Ebony; 2. Dark tan; 3. Cacao; 4. Medium tan*; 5. Dark Grey*.
*These need a minimum order, as they may not be as popular as the first three. 
She is $150, including US shipping. For international, please enquire.
This is a preorder, and it will be open until July 25, 2017. I will be using Haru Casting again, and estimate the heads to be ready within 2-3 months of the end of the preorder, depending on their workload. 
If you would like to order, or have any questions on bodies she may fit on, please pm me here or email me at sicktress@gmail.com.
Thank you for looking! Boosts are appreciated.


Monday, June 26, 2017

FID New Releases from Iplehouse...

Yes, new Fashion Dolls from Iplehouse!! Awww, tiny Aurora! She is so pretty..and Iplehouse has been good about making clothes for this size doll. Check them out here.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Two Iplehouse Girls and an Amaryllis

I have a Tokyo Asa from 2013, and I thought it would be fun to compare it with the old YID body from around 2010 or so, before they made the switch to the New Young Iplehouse Doll in 2012 (The dates are approximate, for some reason Iplehouse pulled off the order period information on their website, argh.) Asa is on an "old EID" body with the original joints, and a Medium bust. Compared to the YID body she is SO HEAVY. The Yid is very light and while the joints are basic, she is still a nice poser and a pretty sculpt. I like that you can see that they are from the same "house" in style. I think the YID will hold my Sidonia head, but I haven't decided yet--I may put my original Gitana head on there instead.

And randomly, the amaryllis I sat on last year is blooming again--I guess it forgave me :D
3 day time lapse:


Friday, June 23, 2017

Black Raspberries, and 2 More Costume Books

I love summer. These taste excellent; I am surprised the birds haven't eaten them all, but maybe they prefer the seeds in the feeder.

I found a couple more fun costume books! The first one is a look at some of the historic men's clothing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is beginning to have a world-class collection of Western costume.

There are gorgeous photos of items in the collection, and some very good essays to go with them--it is a little annoying to read, because the clothes are grouped more by theme than by chronological order, and that bugs me--fashion is very organic, with one silhouette growing from the previous ones, so to really understand the context I think it's important to show things in the order they came--you can do insets or pairings of "historically inspired" items, but every period has it's own distinct branch on the family tree. It was nice to see some history of things like the "Aloha shirt"-- originally a Japanese clothing salesman (Musa-Shiya, 1935) made shirts from kimono fabric and sold them in Hawaii, and it grew from there), and the "Zoot Suit" which was originally based on the "Harvard Baggies" style of the 20's but made more stylish by Filipino and African-American adaptors in the late 30's and 40's. There was even some tidbits from modern Nigerian and Congolese men's fashion--I would love to see a whole book devoted to these. It's a worthwhile read and not too expensive for a pretty coffeetable book.

Then there was this book: "Costume Close-Up" by Linda Baumgarten and John Watson
This book is totally the cat's pajamas. I took a fail photo of the cover:

But look inside--the authors took just a few sample pieces, and patterned them:

Took reference photos of the front and back, with detail close-ups:

And best of all, photos of the INSIDES:

And I have to say one of the delightful things of seeing the inside of someone else's fantastic historic gown, is to see places where the sewer just said EFF MY LIFE and cut in a little bridge piece of fabric, or slapped trim over some questionable area, or went back and added some support or just plain sewed something on crooked and said I MEANT TO DO THAT. The struggle is universal.

The book also shows the tools used for pinking and other neat things. It is a treasure!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Porch

It's technically a "Three Season Room" but as it was, it was a junk storage area-- that was bitterly cold in the winter and an Easy Bake Oven in summer. It was also prime real estate for spiders, because of the black walls and a ready supply of ants. So...many..ants.

The first step was to remove a lot of the rubbish that was living in there, and then primering over the black paint--the wood underneath is insanely rough--it might even be redwood, since the cabinetmaker who did a lot of the additions on the house seemed to have an endless supply of the redwood. I don't like it; I'm a pine and birch and oak person; and this stuff sucks up an incredible amount of paint--the original black oil paint has now had all the oils sink in to the wood, so the black pigment mixes annoyingly with the primer. Once the primer in on, the top coat will just be white, with the soffit the same color as the exterior of the house. Here is the primer--this stuff is good:

It goes on heavy and smooth, even on the rough wood, and doesn't have much odor. You don't want to get it on your hands though, because it's irritating and really hard to get off, so you need these:

And safety glasses for when you paint overhead. In order to discourage bugs, I bought a tube of this "Alex Fast Dry" silicone seal to run around the edges of the windows and fill cracks. Hopefully that will block drafts as well. It works so well, I need to get a couple more tubes of it to go around the outside of the house and seal up some of the other windows as well.

(No, I did not use the Redi-Whip first) :D I did also buy a good brush even though I know acrylic primer just kills brushes, especially when you have to force the paint into corners. This brush is pretty much dead and done, but it did 80% of the porch first:


I'm hoping that once the primer is on, I can switch to rollers--they put paint on much, much faster.
Progress:


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trolling on Twitter

An adorable photo of the Queen and Harry --I thought at first "Wow, she must really like horses" and then realized that they are probably Prince Philip's or Charles' polo trophies. I would have guessed ther are china corgis around somewhere but the photo is too small to tell :D

All I did today was paint the porch with primer--my fingers have white specks all over them, even after a shower. That is good paint!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Midsummer

The first echinacea is open! I have a lot of sunflowers, too--thanks to both my brother, and the birds, but they probably won't flower until August. Meanwhile I have black raspberries from the box I planted last year from Target, when a batch got moldy in the fridge:


And I have a ton of daylilies:

And a cat and daylilies:

It was gorgeous this morning so I went to Home Depot and bought a can of stain for the back gate, and then of course it absolutely poured all afternoon, and then it was gorgeous this evening, so we went to Naperville for dinner. They had some fun public art set up--benches made to look like favorite kid books! There were a lot of them but I just took photos of three of them:

We walked up the river to the Millenium tower--it's Tuesday so the carillon was playing, like a giant music box:

Then we had a really nice dinner. Summer is just way too short here, but it is also not very hot, which is great.
In doll news, I sold that Granado Maiden body, and I am working on selling this Impldoll Karena on a Mirodoll body. I"m trying to get everyone in one storage area!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Twigling Has A Site

Twigling, an Australian bjd artist, has a new site up--it's very arty so it may run slow for you, so here is the link to the Gallery, which shows some nice, if not entirely Safe For Work, photos of her previous creations:
http://twigling.com/gallery/
There is also a video showing the assembly of the dolls, which is fun to see. Twigling girls are very tall, 67 cm in some cases, so you need to keep in mind if that will work for your character. If you go look at the shop portion of the site, you will find measurements, and blanks of the head sculpts. You can also do custom colors. I seem to remember the wait can be slow; in the past Dollshe has done the casting, though that may be different now. I have to admit I like the art as much as the dolls :D

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Amazing Quilt!

Rajendora (Sewing Box Designs) sent me this amazing quilt!!! It's actually for Captain Aldwood, so I had it "delivered" by Camigwen, the Messenger of the Fae Court.

So much detail! All hand-embroidered 0.0 Camigwen points out the peacock on one corner, for India. (Aldwood was there as a midshipman, and actually missed most of it as he came down with some kind of stomach ailment, alas). Behold the beautiful compass roses!

The African plains are represented:

And of course a lion. Aldwood has only seen them in the mountains of Algeria, not in the central part of the continent:

There is a leopard, which delights Aldwood as it reminds him of his Boatswain, Consuelo, who is a species of Panthera fae and one of his closest friends:

Ayers Rock, which Aldwood has not seen, though he has been to the north coast of Australia and admired the great number of colorful fish there.


 And he has been to Stonehenge on holiday:


And the Arctic, which Aldwood admits was his least favorite voyage. Luckily he spends most of his time in the Mediterranean now :D Camigwen is a little envious of this beautiful piece of art.

And Captain Aldwood sends his profound thanks for this wonderful (and practical) gift! <3

("I am smiling!")

The Quilt's finished size is about 22 and one half inches by 30 inches, and is wonderfully soft--the back has a ticking print flannel that is soft and warm.

I might have to make Camigwen a cloak to make up for her lack of any bedding :D


Friday, June 16, 2017

It's Almost Time for the 2017 Soom Super Gem Free Choice!

Dear SOOM fans,

Hello.

We will organize 2017 Free Choice Event - Super Gem Male soon !

Please check out details below. 

Order Period : Open on June 22th (Thu) 2017 A.M 11 ~ Close July 6th (Thu)  A.M 11 _Korean Standard Time

* Sales for one head + one body as a set; make-up is available.
  (Ex. Ordering one body with two head is not possible)

* Make-up and body blushing will be same as original version; however, these will be done according to it's skin type.

* Layaway payment is acceptable.

* SGM heads are compatible with both SGM OLD Body and 2012 SGM Body. (OLD Body and 2012 Body parts are not compatible with each other.)

* For more information for the 2012 SGM Body, please refer to The Gem Gallery page.
  

* SGM is abbreviation for Super Gem Male.