Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

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.


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.


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 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.


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:


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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It’s hard to create a dolly microcosm when you are trying to move. When we get to the condo, the girls will have the top 2 shelves of a bookcase all to themselves. Currently they are living in two squares of Ikea expedit, which is not big enough! And the family is growing!

Here are the long awaited pictures of the doll furniture I’ve been working on: Wardrobe (cd crate w/ dowel), bed (serving tray with foam) and a little nightstand. We still need to make hangers.


Here’s the dresser:


Here’s Alonza in a headscarf made by Aunt KiKi: (one of their many crazy crafty aunties). She’s sitting at the 1972 Vintage Barbie table. I’ve got two more chairs on the way for it.


Garnet got a sweater made of handdyed fiber from Stephanie, handspun and knit by KiKi. Wow!


Alonza immediately tries to borrow it, and Garnet is bemused.

borrow sweater

Alonza wants to fill out the meme. Clever is still being shy, although her hair is improving.

icon:lonza icon

Doll:Prima Dolly Aubrey Encore

Name: Alonza

secret nickname for myself: Zon

Astrological sign: Libra

Favorite color: I love all colors!

Favorite movie: Pretty in Pink

I should have been born in: The 80s

My biggest secret: I have a long lost twin sister, Alvina. B says it may be ages until we see each other! 😦

Favorite quote: find it here


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DIY furniture

I thought I would be saving money doing this, now I’m not so sure, so I hope I seriously love how everything comes out. I am using wood craft store objects and sanding, painting, and sealing them. I’m going to be using a vintage green color and I hope it looks fabulous.

The bed is a serving tray. It can be either a sleigh bed or a platform.

The dresser is jewelry box (doll dresser?)

The wardrobe is a cd crate with a dowel wedged in The dowel will be bigger than normal, i think, so good thing I already decided I’d be making my own hangers.

Hanger supplies:

We need a jigsaw and some little nails to make the hanger form. I plan to use this tutorial.

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