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

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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:

http://www.souldoll.com/board/pop4.php?ID=334

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)



Friday, July 20, 2018

Soom Makes Borol and Marl into Centaurs

Borol and Marl were hooved cuties on their first issue, and now they have expanded to Full Centaur status. :D They are either Romantic Eyes or Open Eyes, depending on what you choose, and Tawny is an option (so pretty). More photos:

Better view of the centaur bodies:

Open and closed eyes:

And of course there is a human version! The originals were msd sized, about 40cm tall.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

New Iplehouse Dolls--FID Dane, Snakes With Bow Ties

Iplehouse is usually such Serious Business about dolls, and then suddenly BOOM there are snakes with bow ties--actually this is BID Becky. She's small enough that if you put her on layaway she is somewhat affordable, but you should definitely get her as a fullset. Because you don't want to be painting those snakes yourself :D And there is a cutie Normal Skin one (you have several color options, just look at the sales page.) Here she is in WS, I think:

I kind of just want a snake as a standalone prop :D With a bow tie.

Then there is a more usual Tiny Hunk of Viking Hotness, aka FID Dane:

His outfit is really beautiful, especially when you consider he isn't that much larger than a Ken doll.






Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Souldoll Vito Calia

She's here! And what a cool doll she is! I'd say she is a little bigger than a Tonner girl, with a larger rear end and a smaller head.

The previous owner put hot glue in her hips and shoulders, which was good, and in her ankles, which was kind of good, though I took some of it out, and did her knees, which I picked out entirely as the knees are engineered to fit tight, and the hot glue just threw them off. She stands great! Her arms also work well, though you need to tug and twist them like an old EID to get the right angle on the arm peanut. The seams are pretty smooth and overall she just feels like a lot of care went into making her. Her face does need some repair--for now I am going to see if I can just patch it, because I really love the faceup. And the head sculpt is just so pretty--Souldoll always does such appealing sculpts for the girls. (Maybe for the boys too, I have just never had a boy head). I see why people were annoyed with the generous butt compared to the small head, but for some reason I am ok with it. Maybe because Tanith has an enormous wig so it doesn't matter :D

Hybriding a Vito. I would say no, for many reasons. First the hands and feet just go on differently than other dolls of a similar size. The neck is also just not shaped to take other heads. Here is a Minifee sized head on the body:

Ugh no. So lets try a Zenith girl head instead, in this case Sharon:

Haha no. This does let you see the difference between the Milk Cocoa Brown and the Normal Skin of Souldoll, though. Milk Cocoa seems close to Dollshe tan..though I still wouldn't hybrid since the neck hole of Erica Snow is way different. Much larger.
 Here are the heads together:

Sharon is still a teeny head compared to most SD girls, so you can see how petite the Calia head is.
So here she is, all together and looking fine--though I do want to make her some spare eyes (around 10mm, I think):

Oh noes, what if she wants a Vito boyfriend :o




Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Goblin Market and another SG Shirt


My order from Goblin Market came! The big horns are surprisingly clean (they are 3d printed), the medium ones are just about perfect as is, ready for paint, and the little ones have a bubble but I was planning on using paper clay to reshape them a bit anyway. It's a lot of horns for 20 USD plus shipping.

I've been sewing; hopefully this shirt will be done tomorrow and the intended recipient can model it. It's another one of those simple Soom Super Gem male shirts, this time with just a faced open neckline, no collar. The shape of the collar facing is right, but the fabric needed to be something very thin instead of the thick velour of the rest of the shirt. Design on it is yarn trim (usually used for knitting) plus an applique made of printed cotton.

Hems need finishing, and snaps in the back.

Two random photos from yesterday--a cloud joke:

"I'm a tree!"
And a squirrel eating mulberries in a tree in the front yard--I am sorry it's not more in focus, but he scooted as soon as he saw me:




Groucho Marx does the Mikado

A delightful snippet of Marx doing Gilbert and Sullivan.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Vivienne

Souldoll Serena came out from Souldoll last year, and she was magnificent--and expensive:

I liked the human version even more than the centaur (more practical for my small storage space, for one thing). But Lelahel on Den of Angels ordered her, and then didn't much like the body. I can see why someone would think it was a little awkward aesthetically, but I have had a lot of fun with it already. It is a lot more posable than the old bodies, but with the same beautiful hands (Souldoll has the best hands):

Anyway, I am going backwards--here is the box:

A really nice certificate:

Useful writing on the headcap so you wont mix the cap up with someone elses (easy if you are a customizer!)

And finally, Vivienne when I first managed to dig her out of her chrysalis (Lelahel packed her very securely!)

All the bumping in the postal truck had loosened her eyes, poor thing. I like her faceup but I want to put a little green at the corners of her eyes to cool it down a little--I love, love the default faceup but I don't think my skills are up to duplicating it, so it may have to wait until I can send her to someone. Meanwhile this one is pretty, especially the lips and brows, so I will keep it for a while.Luckily she is here during sewing season when it is warm enough to work on the porch, so she should get a dress soon. And her own wig-- that is someone else's wig.