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the date of up

I’ve slowly been trying to find some more time for my dollies. Since the update has been so long in coming, I’ve realized that there’s been some shifting of dolls since I last joined you. I now have 9 Blythes, 2 Pullips (one in pieces), 1 Taeyang, and 1 Dal. 2 Blythes were sold and went to live elsewhere (ADG MM and MSR)

Here’s the current B-fam.

1. Garnet 2. Clever 3. Alonza

4. Dell 5. Cade 6. Fisk

7. Pollen 8. Florrie 9. ?

Florrie and my Veronica Lace arrived this month and I love them both so much. I now have as many RBLs as SBLs. I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by 9 girls but I’m not sure if any will be up for adoption or not. If so, it would probably be Dell and/or Cade. But they are Garnet and Alonza’s BFFs, so what are you going to do?

I keep wondering who Alonza’s true twinnie is. She tells me she has one. I thought for sure it was Aubrena but now I’m not so sure. I think it’s more likely it’s another hybrid RBL with an Aubrey scalp.Alonza needs some love, and perhaps a new spring.

What to name Veronica Lace? She is my fairy tale girl with her crazy gleer (glitter deer) Ram and Jam. My two options thusfar are Grimm or Rampion, which is Francais for Rapunzel.

I’m so thrilled about Florrie. She is the CUTEST doll, no contest. I’m not rushing them, but I think Clever might finally, finally have a BFF. I’ve always wanted a custom Ebony since I saw dolli*fever’s Piper. I thought I would trim her bangs but now I think it’s part of her personality to have slightly shaggy hair.

And for the days that I just have to say F-the-world! there’s Brea and her dolly Molly Weasley to watch over me.

I do love my Jun Planning dolls…I adore Bax and Minou the Pullip/Taeyang couple, they are fun to dress up and have such a style. Brea, likewise, is like no other doll and has her own personality, no contest. However, the quality of the dolls is just disappointing. I hate their floppy bodies and fragile appendages and I don’t have money/time to waste in getting them new bodies.  I have another Pullip I kind of accidentally won on ebay. She’s gorgeous but her limbs are all fractured and I just want to sell her and not deal with having to fix it. Plus what i like about my other Pullip is that she’s so quirky and not just pretty pretty, so having one who is so traditionally pretty would take away from that. I also hate hate their wigs and the poor qualitiy of them. I wish they had rooted hair.

So close to being done with baby blanket Zen!

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Life in August

Everything new is old again.  I love my new job but it’s of course as exausting as any teaching job, although second-year teaching is NOT first year teaching by any means and I have a bag of tricks now that make everyday things much easier.

My OMGZ!!1! Full time job blythe arrived from Hong Kong. She’s an EBONY! I love her mucho! (will I be able to speak Spanish by the end of this year?) Michelle of course has cornered the market on Ebonies, so I’m just a copycat at this point, but I still think she’s grand. I haven’t though of name for her yet. When I ordered her I thought I’d customize her a bit, but now I doubt I will do anything except switch her chips and gaze correct her. I have a bunch of the new ixtee chips in the mail.

Name ideas: Zyta, Avenue, Tierra del Sol (the name of my new school in Spanish), Osprey, Gambrel, something german, an F name, a M name, an L name…? At one point yesterday I was delirious with tired and trying to come up with an a name and suggested “Jazz Hands.”  Omar suggested a few good ones which I forgot, one being WiFi.

She is doll number seven and I think Fable wants to be her BFF. Poor Clever is just not loved.

I have NO idea where our camera is, so there won’t be any pictures for awhile. Honestly, this place is a huge, huge mess. We have not settled at all from moving and there’s too much stuff here with Omar’s mom’s stuff and ours.

There’s so much to do for school and we are months behind with laundry and everything else. Sigh. I wonder if we will ever acheieve any sort of balance again.

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I wonder why we like little things so much. I love how many crazy aunties by girls have who can’t resist the temptation to make something small. Even smaller than possible for hoomans. Life reduced in scale, it’s poignant, precious. The doll laundry doesn’t pile up, the doll dishes never need to be done.
I made a wee cardigan that needs some serious perfecting, from this less than lovely (imho) colorway of fixation. (I love orange and pink and purple, just not together in this form, I don’t know. It’s like Kureyon 102 without the blue and yellow, but that takes away something). I started with 24 stitches on 3s, and then just kind of fudged it.
Here’s Garnet (with a haircut) modeling it:
Garnet in the cardi

Here’s a mental-visual list of things I’d like to learn to sew for Blythe:

A trenchcoat like these lovely ones on etsy

A high-necked halter dress like this.

A dress with wide waist like this. I’m getting one of these dresses from dear froggymonkey, who is lucky enough to have them at her local Walmart, so I’ll be able to study it.

Now I need one of my girls crazy aunts aka my unsuspecting sewing mentors to step up so I can actually do some of these. 🙂

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I have actually opened four out of five of my dolls. Here’s the rundown.

1. Alonza. RBL. Easy Peasy gaze correction, boggling. Wow, I thought, this is great. I can do this to all my dolls.

2. Garnet, ADG. A little scary. Involved cutting the back of her scalp open (jaggedly). I then clipped too much off her t-bar and now her eye mech doesn’t click properly. M. figures she has an EBL t-bar, so it needs to be replaced. Also, the ADGs don’t seem to gaze correct quite as dramatically as the Takaras. Their eyemech looks pretty much the same, but it has a much softer click and seems to just naturally rest lower despite how long the t-bar is.

3. Clever, SBL. Since she’s a STA and I heard the later SBLs are easier, I went for it with the pry method.  Her faceplate came off pretty easy with minimal cutting. I needed to re-spray matte her and swap some eyechips.  I managed to chip her grey eyechip, and over-boggle her so that her lower eye mech shows. I’m waiting for advice to figure out how to correct this hopefully without carving the lower eye mech.

4. Cade. SBL. She’s got that notorious PWP downward gaze plus a very loose neck. I tried my hardest to open her head but it just wasn’t happening. I cut away her scalp on the back of her head for basically no reason at all. I finally ended up gaze correcting her without having her head all the way open, I just wedged her open, swiveled her t-bar around, and clipped it with a animal nail clippers. Then I wrapped a little clear rubber band around her neck to create friction. Her gaze is more blythe-normal (not totally corrected, but oh well) and her neck is nice and snug. All in all, a sucess, but she does have some marks around her face plate from prying.

(5. Dell is looking at me like “Don’t you f’ing come near me, crazy lady. I really do think I will leave her alone because there are no further issues.)

6?? what?? 🙂

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In my summer of Blythe. Soon I’ll have to go back to teaching and not get to spend so much time with my dollies. We are also moving, so the whole thing is just crazypants. My last doll of the summer arrives today, #6, and to round things out, she’s and ADG like Garnet. I am pretty sure her name will be Aventurine, or Aven. She’s a Medieval Mood, so she’s going to probably look like Garnet with straight hair. I’ll be curious to see if there are differences because she’s one of the older ADGs, but I know she will be gorgeous and not resemble a green monkey. Omar confided in me that he was the one who won the Bratz Tokyo Pop Car on ebay! Eeep! An anniversary gift for me. Here are the results of my head opening surgery: spray matte, boggled, gaze corrected.

Clever was also matted, and last night she had a fabulous haircut which has yet to be photographed. Garnet had a slightly less exciting haircut, but her hair was getting too snarly for me to deal with.

The girls had an adventure which involved puppets! Click the pic for the whole story (flickr set)

WOOT. We got our fab Blythe Mode MJs. We are fortunate to be in the good graces of the shoe people.

Join our flickr group for Blythe in Barbie and Bratz clothes. Promised to be heavily guarded against spam by the meanest biotches around who don’t want to see your etsy ad in their community! Down with DIY! Up with shiny, nasty, stiff fabrics and crappy serged hems! Here’s Alonza is some Barbie clothes (Not fashion fever, and still fit pretty well!)

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I opened my first Blythe head! Alonza’s a champ. She’s also my only RBL, so she was a shoe in.

I wanted to gaze correct, boggle, and spray matte.

First off, it took me ages to unhook the spring, I finally had to use tweezers, I have tiny crochet hooks but they don’t cooperate!

I cut my t-bar but I had no real idea how the eye mech worked or what the t-bar position was supposed to be, so I freaked out for a good 15 minutes that I cut it too short. Then I got it back in place, and whew, all is well.

The boggling still needs to be checked, but jeebus, getting the eye mech out was way harder than I thought. I need all sorts of cheerleading for these things, mostly “press harder than you think you should!” It just flew out and I don’t know if I’d be able to replicate that motion. 🙂 Thank god for the little tools in my sewing machine repair kit.

During this whole process I’ve been searching the TIB board and flickr trying to get views of innerworkings of heads, I reread the Puchi tutorials so many times and wasn’t getting it.

I couldn’t find Testors Dullcote anywhere! I checked the newest Micheal’s, Joann, and a hobby shop. At the hobby shop the guy sold me Model Master Flat Lusterless. I really hope it works. Alonza is on the balcony right now with her first coat drying. I read a few good things about it in a BJD forum and it’s made by the same company.

So far, the first coat looks good! I kept her string attached and just put her eyemech in a ziplock.

Clever’s the other one I’m definitely spraymatting, I can’t get a decent picture of either of them because of their paleness and shine. But I’m not opening Clever’s head just for that, so I’ll just have to mask her off and go to town.

ADGs don’t need spraymatting, and I want to keep Dell kind of shiny, plus the Magic Eraser kind of matted her a bit (plus if I ever want her to have blush I’ll probably sand matte her).

Cade is sort of a project, she has some stress cracks from shipping, and she has a loose head that I’ve seen a few other people refer to as almost endemic of PWPs. She also has that extreme downward gaze so if I do end up opening her, I’ll replace her body, gaze correct, and spray matte.

I was suprised how unemotional I’ve been seeing Alonza apart, it’s been interesting and I’ve learned a lot!

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Two new girls joined our household last week, and I’ve only just had time to introduce them. 5 dollies are a lot of work!

Here are Dell and Cade, stretching after their long trip.

stretch

Here’s Dell. Her full name is Bedell, my mom’s maiden name. She kind of reminds me of pictures of my mom when she was younger. She’s a Birdie Blue, my first and only EBL. I like her small, perfect eyes and gorgeous hair. I did not expect her to be so stunning.

dell

She’s had two sets of eyechips changed, which is standard in our house.

The first are Man GG Girl (ebay) dark brown painted with black paint and foiled. The second are unfoiled Man GG Girl blue. She’s also had her stock yellowy blush removed, although I thought I liked it in photos, it was much less peachy in person.

dell browndellblue

Next is Pow Wow Poncho Cade, short for Arcadia, which is my oldest online handle, a reference to Greek myth and more applicably, a hokey 80s cartoon I loved. Given this, I hope to tell Cade all my secrets about my early experiences on AOL. 🙂

cade

Cade only has one set of new eyechips so far, purple Man GG Girl’s, painted and foiled. I put in some green with foils and I hated the foils so I took them out. I might paint them or just put them in plain.

cadepurple

While I was Magic Erasering off Dell’s offending blush, I decided, probably from low ADG esteem brought on by the community at large, to try to lighten Garnet’s lip color. It resulted in a hole in the color in her bottom lip, so I got to have my first adventure in lip painting! It took me several tries, but in the end I’m happy. I think the coral suits her. The hardest part was that the varnish was so thick and gooey.

garnet lips

Clever’s been out a bit for a knitting date at Unlimited with Jess and Aris:

arisandclev

We had a hair clinic tonight. Garnet’s hair has reached a state of frizz I can’t quite deal with (probably from having a ponytail while her lips were being painted). Alonza got a fringe trim, finally. Dell just got a comb out since she was in pigtails, and poor Clever had her hair washed for the billionth time because it still felt greasy from the fabric softener. I was so inspired I clipped off some weird patches of my own hair.

The petites have been sold. I have no real plans to buy another doll…well, not really. I do rather fancy FTS as a blonde+fantasy hair combo! I need to get to sewing again before summer’s over. And why are my dolls always barefoot? Well, they’ve been waiting patiently, and now Blythe Mode is here!

Signing off for now. Here’s a picture of the girls. Alonza couldn’t fit so she decided this was the solution!

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