Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Of Bjd Fashion: Pretty and Pink and Short?

Anna has been sewing for herself as of late, but that hasn’t stopped her from making a few pieces for us dolls.

She recently altered a dress to make a skirt.  It was made of a lovely pink eyelet cotton fabric and naturally she had plenty leftover.  Enough to make a few articles of doll clothing for myself and my fellow ball jointed dolls.

Of Bjd Fashion: Pretty and Pink and Short? Cute pink halter dress for yosd sized ball jointed doll

Clothing such as this adorable dress.  As usual, our dear little Sakura looks absolutely precious in it.  The pink color is very becoming on her.  The bodice is a halter style which is ideal for this warm late Summer weather.

Of Bjd Fashion: Pretty and Pink and Short?: Cute pink halter top and matching skirt for msd sized ball jointed doll.

Anna also made Usagi this outfit which consists of a halter style top and matching skirt.  I will admit it does look quite fetching on Usagi, if only her skirt wasn’t so terribly short.

Of Bjd Fashion: Pretty and Pink and Short? Cute pink eyelet skirt for msd sized ball jointed doll.

Anna made a skirt for myself as well, and while it isn’t nearly as revealing as Usagi’s it is a little more lacking in length than I would prefer.  I just can’t comprehend why Anna continues to fashion such miniscule skirts.

Of Bjd Fashion: Pretty and Pink and Short?

Why, because it’s cute.  Usagi likes shorter skirts because they are so cute and easy to move around in and pose for pictures. 

Plus they look pretty good on Hikaru too.  She has nicely molded legs and it wouldn’t kill her to show them off a little once in a while.

I suppose it isn’t such a terrible thing to wear something this far above the knee, occasionally.  And my legs are something to behold.

Anyway, Sakura and Usagi seem to be enjoying their new outfits.

Of Bjd Fashion: Pretty and Pink and Short?: The dolls are enjoying their new outfits

You look so cute!”

“You look so cute!”

Of Bjd Fashion: Pretty and Pink and Short?: "You look pretty."

“You look pretty too Miss Ghost Lady.”

Why thank you Sakura.

Of Bjd Fashion: Pretty and Pink and Short?

“But you’re knees look a little weird.”

Of Bjd Fashion: Pretty and Pink and Short?

“Is that why you always wear really, really long skirts?”

…Weird?…

…My name is Hikaru, not Ghost Lady!

Of Bjd Fashion: Pretty and Pink and Short?

Anyway, our new articles of clothing will serve us well.  And I am curious to see what other pleasant surprises will spring up from Anna’s sewing endeavors in the near future.  For now I am at peace.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue?

Anna’s mother was shopping at a local used bookstore and discovered something glorious for us.

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue?

It is a special issue of Haute Doll magazine, entitled the Volks Super Dollfie Issue.  Almost entirely devoted to ball jointed dolls from Volks. 

According to Anna, Volks is the company that first started producing ball jointed dolls such as myself.

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue? January 2005

Although it is an older edition, from January 2005, I’m sure this publication will be most informative or at the very lease entertaining. 

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue? Checking out the clothes.

The featured photos are inspiring.  This dress is quite chic.

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue? Checking out the clothes.

And this dress would look darling on me.

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue? The doll wants that dress.

Anna, you simply must make me a dress like this one.

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue? A really pretty doll dress

Like that?  You are asking a lot of me Hikaru.

Certainly not, you are quite adept at sewing ruffles and other details.  It’s a skill that is underused in much of your recent sewing.

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue? Looking at an article about doll conventions.

What is going on here?

It’s Dolpa or Doll Party.  It’s a convention hosted by Volks,

So many outfits that would look smashing on me.

You know this is not a catalog. 

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue? Looking at the clothes

Are you certain about that Anna?  There is quite a lot of fine merchandise.

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue? The doll wants the jeans.

“Oh Anna!  What are those?”

Those are jeans, Usagi.

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue? "Aren't they cute!"

“Can I have a pair, please? :)”

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue? "You can not be serious!"

You can not be serious.  Those tattered things!

Hikaru, if Usagi wants a pair of jeans, she can have them.  It’s not like anyone is making you wear them.

Perish the thought.

Bjd Lifestyle: Haute Doll Magazine, The Bjd Issue?

Overall, I’d say this is a wonderful find.  I am quite curious to see what is offered in the more current issues of this fine publication.  Maybe Anna could purchase a subscription for me.  Or perhaps we can look for other publications.

For now I shall continue to peruse this delightful magazine over some tea.  Be at peace.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Few Treats from The Craft Store

Anna made a small trip to a local craft store recently, you can see more details about it here on her blog.

Naturally she purchased several more items then she intended, and that included items beneficial to me, I mean us dolls.

A Few Treats from The Craft Store: Felt for doll clothes? Among other supplies.

For instance, Anna purchase a generous amount of felt.

A Few Treats from The Craft Store: Felt for doll clothes?

So many lovely colors, and they are perfect for warm clothing for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons.

A Few Treats from The Craft Store: Gray felt would make great doll coats.

These grays for instance would make charming jackets for me.  Maybe fitted with a rounded collar and...

A Few Treats from The Craft Store: Tiny faux pearls for doll jewelry?

Anyway, she also bought an enormous amount of faux pearls.

A Few Treats from The Craft Store: 3 mm faux pearls

Specifically 3 millimeter size pearls, perfectly sized for doll jewelry and accessories.

A Few Treats from The Craft Store: Doll pearl necklace

They aren’t as fine as the lovely pearls in my necklace here (see A Doll's Birthday, or It Was), but they will be quite satisfactory for a number of pieces for myself and my fellow ball jointed dolls.

A Few Treats from The Craft Store: Musical instrument pendants for doll use?

This piece is a little odd.  It is a jewelry piece shaped like an instrument.  Anna has been trying hard to find suitable doll props, without much luck I’m afraid.

Even if I were interested in playing percussion instruments, I’m afraid this tambourine is a bit too small.

A Few Treats from The Craft Store:  Use jewelry pieces as doll accessories

“What’s that Miss Ghost Lady?”

Ah, there you are Sakura.  This is a small tambourine, and may I remind you that my name is Hikaru.  Not Ghost Lady.

A Few Treats from The Craft Store: Use jewelry pieces as doll accessories

“Is it a toy?  Can I play with it?”

A Few Treats from The Craft Store: Tambourine for dolls?

I suppose at that size, it probably would work as a child’s toy.

A Few Treats from The Craft Store: Tambourine for dolls?

And Sakura seems entranced by it.  Maybe it will be useful after all.

Overall I feel that although Anna did bring home a few useful things, she has once again forgotten a few necessary supplies. 

Autumn is fast approaching, and we have so many more ball jointed dolls to clothe this year.  We need more seasonally appropriate dress fabrics and doll scale ribbon.  I am picturing plaids for this season as well as navy blues and dusty pinks. 

A Few Treats from The Craft Store

Maybe next time Anna should allow me to accompany her.  Then I could prevent her from leaving the store without all that is necessary.

Actually, I think if I took Hikaru with me we would never leave because she would want me to buy the whole store.

But I will take her “fashion predictions” into consideration.  In fact I have a few ideas of my own.  Look forward to them.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Doll Owner’s Corner: The Cost of a Doll

It’s the first of the month, time for another Doll Owner’s Corner.  When I, the doll owner, get to talk about anything at all without the dolls getting in the way.

This month’s topic:

Doll Owner’s Corner: The Cost of a Doll: Or "Why are these dolls so expensive?!"The Cost

Or “why are these dolls so expensive?!” :(

This is the sad cry of every ball jointed doll owner, as well as collectors of certain other adorable yet expensive dolls (American Girl, I’m looking at you).  But it is especially the case with the bjd. 

This is a genre where dolls that sell new for under $300 (here’s a list of them on Den of Angels) are considered cheap and budget friendly.  And that’s the price without any clothes, hair or face up (see Doll Owner's Corner: The Face Up), which could tack on an extra 80+ dollars.  And we haven’t gotten to shipping yet.

Why so much for a single doll? 

Well first off, there’s materials.  Hikaru mentions endlessly how she is finely molded and cast from resin.  She isn’t just being full of it.  Resin is a very fine and rather expensive type of plastic.  One that is dangerous to work with and takes time to properly and safely cast.

Doll Owner’s Corner: The Cost of a Doll: Who makes them?

Second, there’s the companies themselves.  These are very small companies/studios, not big old factories.  No mass production here.  Most of the time, your doll is made by hand when you order it from the company.  Plus most, but not all of the companies that make these dolls are overseas.  This means a high cost of shipping and possible customs charges depending on where you live.  That definitely adds to the costs.

Third, the extras.  Remember, I said that “cheap” $300 didn’t include hair, clothes or face.  And depending on what kind of character your doll has, they can run quite steep.  That’s because if you can’t find an outfit or wig exactly the way you want it and in a size that fits your doll, then you have to get them custom made.

Now there’s a bright side to all this and it involves that term “custom made”.  The point of ball jointed dolls that gets people so hooked on them is that they can be customized.  The fact that you can do much of the “customizing” yourself can help bring down the costs.

Doll Owner’s Corner: The Cost of a Doll: Making doll clothes helps.

For example, the clothes.  If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that Hikaru and her doll friends don’t own a single piece of clothing that I haven’t made myself.  And as I pointed out in last month’s Doll Owner’s Corner, it doesn’t have to cost very much for materials.  And many patterns are available for free (checkout the Tutorial Directory).

It doesn’t stop at the clothes, you can make tons of stuff for these dolls including wigs, eyes, props, furniture, etc. and even do their face ups yourself (if you have the nerve, unlike me).  Plus these are all items/services you can sell to others to help earn money for other things.  Like more dolls maybe.  :)

Of course even if you make/do everything for them yourself there is still that initial cost of the doll.  There is something you can do about that as well. 

Doll Owner’s Corner: The Cost of a Doll: Waiting for sales helps.

Like most things you buy, these dolls do go on sale at times.  And companies will have special events.  Usually things where if you buy certain items you get a free gift, like parts or sometimes a small sized doll. 

That’s how I got Usagi’s “friend”, the head (see Welcome Home: Doll Family-A Unboxing).  He was a free gift when I bought her, on sale of course.  And if I wait for a sale to buy him a body, I will have a complete doll for considerably less than his retail price.

So overall, ball jointed dolls can break your heart with their high costs.  But if you are careful about what you buy and when, then the costs don’t have to hurt quite as much.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial

Anna has reached the end of her crafting challenge on her own blog.  However, that doesn’t rid her of her obligation to clothe us dolls.

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial

Anyway, for this final week, Anna chose to craft some doll sized footwear for Usagi.

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial: Lace Sandals for a msd sized ball jointed doll

Sandals to be exact.  How very appropriate for the current warm weather.  I do remember receiving my first pair of sandals (see Of Bjd Fashion: Lace and Ribbon Sandals).  I am sad to say that mine are not nearly as well designed as this new pair made for Usagi.

The lace used is wonderful, the ribbon edge too, and the soft foam soles are like walking on air.  Plus, the well secured straps prevent any accidental loss of footwear.

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial: simpler sandals for a msd sized ball jointed doll

Anna also made this pair of sandals for Usagi as well.  They are considerably more on the casual side. 

Though I do love the use of that same wonderful lace, she left out all the details that make the other pair so beautiful and practical.  I suppose there is some benefit in how quick they are to put on.

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial

Still, Usagi loves both pairs of shoes.  She hasn’t stopped staring at them since she received them.

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial

Someone else hasn’t stopped staring at her own tiny toes either.  Anna made a couple pairs of sandals for little Sakura as well.

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial: Lace sandals for a yosd sized ball jointed doll.

This pair is a slightly more simplified version of the delightful sandals she made for Usagi. 

Anna used elastic instead of ribbon for the ankle strap.  It is a bit more practical for a yosd sized doll, and thankfully doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetic.

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial: simpler sandals for a yosd sized ball jointed doll.

Sadly, Anna also made another pair of the overly simplified sandals for Sakura.  Mark my words, the child will lose them by the end of the week.

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial

Still, she seems to be enjoying them immensely. 

Anyway, I shall spend the rest of the day watching my fellow dolls fuss over their brand new sandals, while I shall be content with my old, poorly designed pair.

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial: "There's a pair for you too."

“Anna told me to give these to you Miss Ghost Lady.”

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial: "For me?"

“She made them just for you because she thought you needed a new pair.”

…Thank you…

…..

…And my name isn’t Ghost Lady!

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial

They did it to me again.  Anna surprised me with a new pair of sandals made with this gorgeous lace.  They look wonderful on my dainty feet.  I shall get much use out of them.

And as with many other useful doll items, Anna has made another video tutorial to teach others how to make these beautiful sandals.

May the video prove helpful.

Now since we all have proper footwear, it would be a fine time to go outside and find a pleasant place to have some tea.  Right ladies?

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial

Sorry Hikaru, they can’t hear you because they are admiring their new sandals.

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial I suppose it’s fine to have our tea at home.  Plus it is much easier to admire my own fine new footwear without fear of getting them dirty.  Be at peace my dear readers.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Of Bjd Fashion: Darling Little Sun Dresses

As part of Anna’s blog challenge, Anna made some more delightful doll clothes.  This time she made something for Sakura who was quite terribly in need of something more fitting to wear.

Of Bjd Fashion: Darling Little Sun Dresses

Anna made three darling little dresses for our dear little Sakura.  She couldn’t have been more thrilled by them.

Of Bjd Fashion: Darling Little Sun Dresses: Red violet doll dress for yosd

The first dress is made of the same fabric as my red violet sun dress (see Of Bjd Fashion: Dresses to Sew and a Tutorial). 

The dress is also very similarly designed except for the sweet ribbons that tie at her shoulders.  A detail found in all of the dresses made this time.

Of Bjd Fashion: Darling Little Sun Dresses: Blue floral doll dress for yosd

The next dress is made from the same fabric as my beautiful blue floral skirt (see Of Bjd Fashion: Circle Skirts). 

I am a little distressed by this since Anna did promise to make a dress for me with the same fabric.  I will not fret over it since it looks lovely on Sakura.

Of Bjd Fashion: Darling Little Sun Dresses: Off-white doll dress for yosd

The last dress is made from a charming off-white floral print.  And what could possibly be more beautiful than the sight of a beautiful ball jointed doll in a such a lovely dress?

Of Bjd Fashion: Darling Little Sun Dresses

Three beautiful ball jointed dolls in lovely dresses.

Anna was kind enough to make matching dresses for all of us.  Usagi and Sakura are overjoyed by this.  I must admit I am quite pleased as well.  This dress is flattering on me and pairs well with my pearl necklace.

Overall, all the dresses came out wonderfully.  Now if only Anna would make a few more accessories for everyone, such as some decent footwear.  For now I am at peace.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs?

As previously mentioned, Anna took advantage of a sale on wigs at Alice’s Collections and a little over a week afterward, the package has arrived.  What joy!

Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs?

Anna did not receive the package until the evening, but this time she had the patience to wait until morning to open it.  Early morning, which sadly does not offer the best lighting for photos. 

But we can’t delay it anymore, Sakura is very anxious to see her new wig.

Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs? From Alice's Collections

Inside the box are three carefully wrapped bjd wigs. 

It is peculiar for there to be three wigs, but Anna shall reveal the reason shortly.

Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs? From Alice's Collections

All the wigs are fairly nice quality, especially when you consider their low price ($36.47 total and free shipping)

Each one has a band of elastic on the inside for a snug fit and the stitching is neatly done.  Isn’t that right, Usagi?

Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs?: Dolls playing with bubble wrap.

Stop playing with the bubble wrap you two!

Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs? From Alice's Collections AFB4054 Blond Wig for msd bjds

Anyway, the first wig is a short blond one sized for a msd or 1/4 sized doll.

Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs? From Alice's Collections AFB4054 Blond Wig for msd bjds.

Surprisingly, Anna purchased it for Usagi’s friend (see Welcome Home, Doll Family-A Unboxing).  He doesn’t have eyes or a proper body, but now he has suitable hair.  It actually looks quite fine on him.  Makes him appear less…odd.

Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs? From Alice's Collections

The other two wigs are sized for a yosd or 1/6 sized doll, but why two?  Sakura is the only ball jointed doll that size around here.

Simply because that won’t always be the case.  I actually plan on buying another yosd sized doll in the future.  In the distant future.  Someone who may make a good little friend for Sakura. 

So I’m planning ahead.  Since the wigs were on sale, why not get another one for that future doll?  Plus, I had trouble trying to choose between these two wigs.  Why not get them both and try them out on Sakura?

So we have to choose then?  Fair enough.

Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs? From Alice's Collections AFB6023 Blond wig for yosd bjds.

Here is the first of the two wigs.  A long wavy wig, the same shade of blond as Usagi’s friend’s new wig. 

The color looks wonderful on her, but I’m afraid the wig is a bit unruly.  How on Earth will we keep her looking perfectly tidy with such hair?

Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs? From Alice's Collections AFB6030 Brown wig for yosd bjds.

The next wig is a lovely shade of brown.  Cut and curled just below her chin, it is a very becoming style and would be fairly easy to manage.  I very much approve of this style.

Well then Hikaru, I am sorry to say that Sakura wants the blond wig.  The hair color looks better with her eyes and she really likes it.  Mostly because it is the same color as Usagi’s friend’s wig.

Wonders never cease to amaze me.  But I suppose with a little bit of a trim and careful styling, it may improve to my eyes at least.

Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs? From Alice's Collections: All the dolls have wigs now!

And for now, the entire ball jointed doll family has a full head of hair.  And I shall do my best to prevent it from becoming a hairy mess.  (Bad pun.) Be at peace.

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