Monday, August 13, 2018

Tiny Hand Repair

As much as I love jointed hands, I do not love restringing them. I think these are Dika Doll hands, and they were getting so floppy the fingers dangled, so I reluctantly took the most floppy hand apart.

My experience with taking other things apart was helpful--I was careful to keep the pieces separate and in order, which was good. The new elastic was actually too thick to go through the ring and pinkie fingers, so I had to redo the old elastic for those fingers. Next time I am going to find some jewelry elastic, the colorful, very thin kind they use for bracelets. Even with micro-tweezers and tiny pliers, it was a pain. I did get them tightened and back together after a struggle; so Cherry, (a Soom Garnet), can hold things again.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Giant Tarot Card

K likes big hangings to decorate her apartment--they fold up small when they aren't up, which is useful if you have a small space but like to have a lot of color and interest in it. So I found this at Matt Green Designs on Etsy and ordered it--it came in about a week and was even bigger than I expected (it's 80 inches tall). You can ask for any of the Rider-Waite cards in a variety of sizes. I liked the feel of this one--it's smooth, tightly woven fabric a bit like ripstop nylon, but softer to the touch than most printed fabrics, and looks like you can wash it in cold water by hand when needed. It folds up to about the size of a keyboard, too.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Impldolls New Star Body!

This body has new engineering! Look closely at the neck, and at the shoulders in the next photo:
Look at the mobility on the neck and how the shoulders can lift up! There is also a refinement of how the upper thigh joint can fit into the main thigh piece, it's a much smoother join that before:

I'm so curious to see this body in person--you can order direct from Impldoll, or though either Alice's Collections or Denver Doll. I think direct from Impl may have the fastest turnaround time, but Alice has slightly more fluent English and Denver Doll is very convenient if you are in the United States.

Speaking of Denver Doll, how about a video tour? Just a phonecam from Anne Picaro, but you can get an idea of what the store looks like and what they have. (WAY more wigs and shoes than I expected!) Seven minutes, sound is a little uneven but gets better midway.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Garnet, the Preserver of Order/ SG Female Body sale

Ooo, Soom has released a Tawny Garnet! This is the Open Eyed version, there is also a cream white Romantic eyed version:

The outfit is splendid too! You can buy it separately. But most importantly, if you need a Cream White or Tawny body, you can buy it separately! Woot!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Akabara Studio Goldie

This anthro-Kitty has the cutest face! (Also her styling is so well done). She comes in 8 colors, (including light blue and grey) and looks nicely posable. More pictures:

That is the blue, and the other is either Ginger or Creme Brulee (I think Ginger, though). One more photo:

I love the little cork-heeled shoes, too.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Some Cute Mini Tools From My Generation

These are really msd sized--I got them at Target and they are a tad small for SD dolls, especially the new bigger ones that are 65 cm and up. Here is Rain, now on a Soom Super Gem 2016 body, so he's taller now than before, and the paint can is more like a pint can. But the lid comes off and there is "paint" inside :D

The only downside of upsizing Rain is that his pants pop open when he sits down-- so I need to make him some new ones. Otherwise that IOS resin matches the Soom resin perfectly!
(There was a plastic birdhouse in the set as well, and I didn't keep it--I have seen wooden ones at JoAnns and Michael's that looked much better and were in scale.)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sophie, Cherie, and a Cotton Cake

So I have been cleaning, and that means that dolls are being moved around. To free up room for my shoes, I actually put some dolls back in storage; I just need to remember that I still have them and not start rummaging around on the MP to shell a character I already have downstairs in a box. Sophie normally lives in her custom wooden box terrarium that J built, but it needed dusting inside and out, so Sophie had a chance to be out and about briefly. I just love her feet--the original paint is in bad shape, but any repairs will be for the next person who has her to do--right now I just like seeing how Soom blushed her. It looks cool in person, though yellow does seem like an odd choice for body blushing. It looks nice with the browns and greens, though!

(I added the fur cushioning to keep the hocks from chipping.) Cherie, a Magic Mirror Studios Siobhan, was keeping her company in the box, and probably running errands for her, too. Cherie looked glad to be out as well; I put her back in the general population in the closet once I was done with dusting.  I took a couple of photos first:

(I suspect these were for Sophie) Here's a treat just for Cherie:

And here is a treat for us that J made--the "Cotton Cake"(aka Jiggly Cheesecake):

It's from the video series "Cooking Tree", here:

Friday, August 3, 2018

Dolls For Sale

As you can see, there are a lot of dolls here. Ideally I would like about half as many, but the difficulty is in choosing who, and then finding someone who might actually want to buy them. The ones I am considering are:
--A Simply Divine Harlequin Head (Normal Pink)
--One of the two human Soom Migmas. (both have certificates, not-default faceups)
--A Dollshe Erica Snow in light tan, with box and certificate, extra feet (this is a hard one to part with)
There are others but I have to think about them. I'd love to trade one of these for a Souldoll Zenith girl body in NS or WS, I am not fussy about the price difference for the more expensive dolls because I need the space more than the money at the moment. If anyone is interested, please PM me on Den of Angels ( fishcake) and I will list the desired doll for you on the Marketplace--that way you have no obligations and you can see what is included.

Edit Aug 5, 2018--I am happy to say that the Erica Snow is spoken for and I am swapping for a NS Zenith Souldoll body!

I could still use a WS Souldoll Zenith Body, even an older one, in trade for the Migma, or the Simply Divine Harlequin head plus about 150-200USD from me.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Loongsoul Summer Events, Souldoll Head Event

It's summer, the Yuan is very low compared to the USD, and Loongsoul has a handful of pretty dolls, some new, some discounted. Jiao Mu Jiao is just a pretty Spring themed girl, 58 cm tall, a nice manageable size; then there is a fantasy Fairy Deer:

She is taller, one of the 69 cm Grace series.
Over at Souldoll they have begun the discontinued Head Event, so if you want any of these peeps, order now:
There are some Tinies as well, you will have to go see for yourself. It's kind of overwhelming!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Another Miracle Doll Snake Guy

So here is the big brother of that smaller Miracle Doll snake--and he is quite gorgeous!

His painting and styling are superb! We have been whining for years for a Naga doll, and here he is at last. Sadly, my car has eaten my monies, but the Snake can't take me to the grocery store.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Balthazar's Shirt, Done

It's a bit loose around the waist, now that I added the side slits. The back has hooks this time instead of snaps, and I think that is a better solution to closing this shirt--they are easier to put on, for one thing. Here's another pic:

That stitch around the bottom is sort of a fishbone pattern--it holds the hem up, looks interesting and is stretchy, which is great for this fabric.
Now he needs pants and to have the back of his wig fixed--it was a size 7 and was way too small until I split it. The color is so nice! The horns keeping it on are from Dika Doll, and not expensive--something like 30-40 as I recall. The shipping is the hard part, like all doll things from Asia.

The 4000 Doll Problem

Woman 'inherits' responsibility of finding home for 4,000 antique dolls

By Andrew Adams, KSL TV  |  Posted Jul 28th, 2018 @ 9:03am

PROVO — Hundreds of antique dolls that are part of a shuttered museum collection are in search of a new home.
Nancy Bentley said the roughly 4,000 dolls of the Laura McCurdy Clark collection have been mothballed for well over a decade in the old carriage house in Provo that once served as their museum space.
“It’s very extensive,” Bentley said, looking over seemingly endless cabinets of dolls, some of which date back to at least the early 1900s. “I think it was really hard for my grandmother to let go of these things.”
Bentley’s grandparents, Shirley and Monroe Paxman, operated the museum for close to two decades, but Shirley passed away in 2015 and Monroe died last September.
“There was a lot of care that went into these,” Bentley said.
The collection features a variety of styles of dolls, from wax to porcelain to cloth, that document everything from the provincial dress and life of Spain to “Bible women.”
Individual dolls came from as far away as Germany and France.
“We find the historic value of them as playthings, but — even though it’s not used as much anymore as a plaything — we like the historical significance of that,” Bentley said.
While many of the dolls capture “life and love,” Bentley admits some exude their share of creepiness.
One doll that is a part of the collection has three faces. Several feature frowns and unpleasant looks.
“That one in the corner there — she is wax and her face is peeling off and her expression is a little concerning — not really what you’d want in a doll,” Bentley said of one doll on the first floor of the carriage house. “I just think she’s angry and she’s falling apart.”
One doll upstairs that features sharp blue eyes and is losing her hair disturbs Bentley the most.
“She talks,” Bentley said. “The endless things that she says are creepy to me.”
Among the phrases the doll uttered in the presence of a news crew was, “my eyes are magic — I can see through anything!”
Bentley was already well aware of the stories.
“My grandmother told us — all of the grandkids — that at night the dolls would get out of their cases and mingle and then go back in different places,” Bentley said. “I think that they’re enchanted. I don’t think that they’re haunted, necessarily.”
Bently moved from California in February and her friend, Kandus Linde, moved from Michigan to come back to Provo and secure the dolls’ future.
Since that time, it’s been tireless work organizing and cataloging.
“It was almost around-the-clock,” Bentley said. “Now, we’ve become very attached to them!”
With the carriage house and neighboring home set to be sold, the two women are trying to find a new home for the dolls — either through a local business, museum or partnership with a private investor.
“A doll museum, maybe?” Linde questioned. “We’re looking at grants as well.”
Bentley is in the process of trying to sell many of the dolls online.
She’d like, however, to keep the majority of the historic dolls together. Bentley said she didn’t think they’d like to be separated.
“I think the dolls would be upset, I think my grandparents would be upset, and I think Laura McCurdy Clark would be upset,” Bentley said.
 Andrew Adams, KSL TV

Friday, July 27, 2018

Thistle's New Dress

Miss Thistle (A Fairyland Nanuri head on a Mini Moe body) has been wearing stuff belonging to the much larger Minifee sized Kalypso (Kalypso is a ShuShu head on a Soulkid body), but today I made Thistle a quick dress from a  human dress given to me by Chalyss. The original dress had a smocked top and since it was meant for a person, I have a ton of glorious purple patterned fabric to work with. The finished doll dress is just a simple tube with a few decorations and a halter of beads, but it was fun to do and fits her well because of the smocking. Moe upper bodies are very slim!

I am going to make a little lace underskirt for her as well, right now it is very summery and skimpy.

Here's a photo K took with a glitter notebook in back. You can see how it's not the most professional faceup, but it is cute at a slight distance :D

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tasty Water


Not shown--paint water, the best tasting water. Also toilet water for when regular water is boring.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Souldoll's New Doll Selling Plan

Souldoll is completely re-doing how orders will be taken, in that they won't be doing any more custom faceups or tattoos, and they will be limiting releases of special skin colors. They also won't be keeping the back catalog available, so August will be GET YER HEADS NOW month and September will be Full Doll of Your Grail Last Chance month.
For the full announcement look here:

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Monarchs and Goldfinches

Yes, we have them at last. It must be summer :D

(Two birbs, pretending to be sunflowers)

Bonus Queen Anne's Lace

And a bee on the rose (Rugosa variety)