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Things I Learned About Eggs Today

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For some reason I just wanted a hard-boiled egg for lunch, but when  I loaded them into the pot, four of them floated. I thought "that is odd, I don't remember seeing that before". I also am one of these people that forgets to look for the expiration date on the carton, though I do think eggs keep longer than the cartons say. But in this case I googled it, and I ended up tossing those four. The rest seem to be fine. Here is the article that I read:
https://whatscookingamerica.net/Eggs/EggsFloat.htm
I learn new stuff all the time :D

Swag From The Doll Show

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Akutenshi and I went the the Kane County Doll Show today--it's held at the same place the Flea Market is at, but the Doll Show is a bit smaller--it just fills one of the buildings. Which was plenty--we walked around for about three hours and hardly even dug around much in the bins and boxes. They don't have much in the way of bjds, but there is plenty of other things to see and poke at. I found a pair of perfect little copper tankards and a plastic bag full of somewhat scratch and dent Monster High Girls..for 8 dollars! Patterns, shoes, lace, a small stuffed animal and some other tiny oddments were part of the haul. Mostly it was looking at hundreds and hundreds of Victorian, vintage and Barbie dolls. It was dollie overload. So.Much Fun. And the weather was absolutely perfect, too!

Urban Elf

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Just found this doing some disk cleanup--K doing some cosplay!

Baby Iplehouse Lina

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ZOMG the cute :D Tiny horns, tiny hooves, and a cute little face. If you collect tinies (or you just need a dose of cute) check out Lina's Sales Page. This adorable thing was found by akutenshi, so you have her to thank if Lina falls into your cart. :D

The Aloe Vera Sun Suit

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So I took a photo of this aloe vera leaf at Home Depot, just because I liked the patterns. Then I had a cool model by Xtrart-3d that needed new textures, so I tried out the leaf (with some tweaking) onto the suit bottoms:

I still liked the pattern, but the waistband was meh and I didn't like the look of the center seam (though the spangles were kind of fun). It still looked suspiciously planty, too. So I recolored it and
added a fur look to it. Here is the "alien fur" final:

A lot better! I still may do a little seam refining, but the basic print is pretty good.

Another Day Without a Post

Well, sort of..my old camera is being difficult and I spent the day making a two piece sunsuit out of an aloe leaf. Pictures tomorrow :D

Doll Easy-Sew Dress

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This is how it comes out--I really need to make a few of these to pad out my dollie wardrobes.
Check it out here on Deviant Art:
https://ylden.deviantart.com/art/5th-Atelier-Tutorial-No-Pattern-Square-Drape-Dres-451020927

Martha Boer's Tiny Artist

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There is a whole series of photos with her Narae dressed and working as an artist. The detail in the props is delightful! Go see it here:
http://www.antiquelilac.com/the-art-studio---fav-photos-2018.html

And thanks to Cat for spotting this!

Perlendraches

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I was rummaging around on Pinterest, looking for Egyptian bead necklaces and motifs, and I saw this cool thing. He's got a wire base and I think that he came from a Etsy store, but their search engine is
not great and the best I could do was find a similar item in a store in Hanover, Germany, called Perlendraches. Now if the photographer had put the store name in the photo it would be a lot easier to locate the artist. (Cranky face). But it's awesome anyway, and I love the colors.

It might be from this artist too--Alena Litvin (Pinterest/beadsmagic/jewelry). She has a lot of glorious beaded things..and comics:


So relatable :D
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The shoes are in the Renderosity queue :D


This is Fine

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Though today I woke up and there was no snow! Maybe Canada has finally shut the freezer door.

A Little Steampunk Bird

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It's like a baby Galena :D Soom has dug around in the parts box and come up with a pretty darn cute little bird. I don't collect this size, but I have to admit if I did, I'd want to bring her home. I love those sparkly eyes!

Also, if you happen to see this bird on Ebay, please contact the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, as they have lost one (and several other things):


Whoa, Tuesday Already!

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But we have shoes!! Actually there are even more shoes but the package was getting so huge no one in their right mind would want to download it, so some shoes got tossed into the closet. I actually thought I would do some matching hose next, maybe a dress... I can't tell you how much fun this is to do. I shouldn't because then people will want me to do it for free, so I will say it IS a ton of fiddly work with files and I don't like that part, but it's necessary for other people to be able to use them. A side benefit--here is a cupcake photoshop brush for you to screen cap and stamp on your own stuff:

It's on the inside of one of the shoes :D

Stacy's Pink Ocean Sale and a Sequin Brush

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Alice's Collections has marked down some of the clothes from Stacy's Pink Ocean as part of their Spring Promotions. I love her clothes (they are very well made) and especially her ability to choose and mix patterns and textures. It's worth a visit just to look at the photos, and there are 113 items to look at :D Now that I have run out of room for resin, it makes sense to actually buy the poor dolls some clothes. I have been using the fabric I have here for design ideas for virtual fabric, so it has slowed down my already glacial sewing; it's much easier to photograph cloth textures when the fabric is flat, than when it is sewed into something!

I did manage to make something with just a photoshop brush--sequins!

If you open up this render so you can see the detail better, the bow on the black and white shoe has clear sequins on it. And this is how they are made:

First you make a simple brush:

I think if you screen grab this, you can take it into Photoshop and select i…

Iplehouse Little Hoofie!

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The pictures aren't sized for web, so they take forever to load, but Iplehouse has a new child-like JID body to match the scale of the bigger dolls. And Faline has tiny hooves! And she is such a cutie! You can get a human version of her as well. Here is a cute close-up of her head:

She's a bit in styling like the souldoll Fairy girls, but I think Faline is sweeter. The only downside might be those tiny feet make standing hard..but she looks like she is standing unassisted in some of the promos, so maybe she is well balanced. Soooo cute! Here's human Faline:

Awww :D

OK, all reformatted....

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I had not realized that when I pushed the Tropical Theme button, away went the mobile formatting and the sidebar went bananas, so I spent some time this morning a) trying to remember the name of the theme I was using before, and b) how to set it up again. Now it's mostly normal again, though I still have a useless Home button on the side. But you should be able to read on the phone again. (Swirly eyes icon)

XiRuo At Loongsoul

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In most parts of the Northern Hemisphere it's Spring. It's not here, is supposed to start snowing again again, and snow all night. Yesterday morning when I went out to feed the birds it was 25 degrees F.
But Loongsoul has brought out a Spring Flower Fairy to get the party started anyway. She is Xi Ruo and has a glorious outfit and crazy great ears.

She is also on sale at Alices Collections, and you should use the money you save to buy ALL THE THINGS. I say this because I regret I cheaped out and did not buy Zi Gui's fullset when I had a chance, and though she looks fine in her scarves; her actual outfit would have been so much better. And her shoes. The only thing that the Loongsoul girls have that is mildly substandard is the sculpt of their feet, which are sort of vestigial, but can be stuffed into shoes easily. But you need to actually buy the shoes for that to happen.  Here is Xi Ruo's price page from Alice's:


Her face reminds me so much of the Resinsoul Mei th…

Deadpool Digs Disney

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REALLY REALLY REALLY NOT SAFE FOR WORK:

really, really funny mini movie. And rude.

Tropical Was a Mistake

..it hid my tools :p

Tropical template

I switched over to a tropical theme because I woke up to freakin' snow and I am tired of it. :D

Friday Humor with Katy Perry

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It will stick in your head, too :D

Clam and Passion at Soom

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The splash page has this typo too, and I looked at it for a long time since it's in Mistral, which is never easy to read, and decided, yes, the word was "Clam". It's actually surprising that Soom does as well as it does with English, which is a messed-up language with a different alphabet than Korean. They can also blame it on April, that month notorious for jokes.

Adonis himself is a re-release, and an Idealian--too large for me, but I do like his face. I'm not crazy about the Ringdoll-style officer uniform, but I do like this gender-bender version  a lot:

Heel feets!! Those are so awesome, it opens up so many fashion possibilities, and yes, amazing boots.
I have been busy with my own heels here:

The shoes, left to right are "Conspiracy Theory", "Steam" and "Candy." Candy has the chain and the bow hidden--it turns out Daz Studio has an option in the material pane called "Geometry Cutout" which is a way to hide different n…

Vermont Chick Makes a Doll Wig

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I have made a few wigs myself--the only ones I have made that I liked were yarn wigs; I am all thumbs with mohair. But Vermont Chick made a nice and rather romantic one for her Fashion Sized Dollshe, and you can read about it here. (I love her blog, she posts usually on Sunday and mostly sews gorgeous, very small dresses). You do have to click at the bottom to expand the post, there is just something about the layout she has for her blog that keeps part of it hidden.

Elesa Hagberg Makes a Steampunk Gun

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It's mostly a oil-based paint called Rub n Buff, but the effect is great! Read about it here and see some of the other projects she has done:
http://www.elesahagberg.com/2011/10/are-you-going-to-gun-show.html


Iplehouse Leah and Anagord's Digital Leah

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Iplehouse has a new Creaa girl up--when they first came out I found them a bit creepy, but Leah is just cute and elfin, with her little ears. For some reason I did not realize that the Creaa's were tallish and slim--here are the measurements, they are like slim msd dolls:

There are a ton of new clothes for her at Iplehouse as well, it looks like they had fun making clothes for her. Here is a longer shot of her:

Aww, what a sweetie!

Meanwhile here I have been painting shoes and test rendering them. I did these today--the model is amazing, it's by Arren and Anagord:

It's the Shellie heels from Renderosity.com, and I just hid the distinctive chain that runs around it, because there are already a ton of textures for these shoes with the chain, so I am making some without the chain. The heels are translucent in my version. The digital doll who has been modelling these is also named Leah, and she never falls over (though strangely I have had wig problems with her too --she has a…