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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Traveling with Dolls: Bjd at Church

Traveling with Dolls: Bjd at Church

On Easter Sunday, Anna decided to allow me to accompany her to church.  Finally, a chance to explore someplace new.

Sadly, Anna was too distracted by her other obligations to notice that I was still trapped in my carry bag during the church service.  I was able to still hear the beautiful music and bits of the sermon.  And afterwards I was able to spend some time exploring at my leisure.

A Bjd in Front of a Church Organ

Here I am in the Sanctuary, very spacious indeed.  Behind me is the rather grand sized pipe organ.  I have heard it is among the largest ones in the state of Arizona.  Quite large in size and frankly in volume as well.  I had no problems hearing it’s melodies despite being confined in my carry bag.

Ball Jointed Doll sitting on a balcony.

Still nice to admire from afar.  I had an excellent view of it sitting at the balcony.  Naturally I was careful not to get too close to the edge, a fall from that height would be disastrous indeed.

Church pews

I had a wonderful view of all the pews as well as the organ.  Yes, plenty of room for a large number of church going humans.

Bjd sitting in a church pew

I found the pews to be spacious, possibly a bit too spacious, but that is to be expected for dolls of my size.

Ball jointed doll sitting in a church pew

I also couldn’t help noticing how dim the lighting was, at least on the balcony.  It made it most difficult to properly capture my radiance in photos.  Difficult, but thankfully not impossible.

Ball jointed doll with a Hymnal

Also thankfully, it wasn’t too dim to read from the hymnal, a must during church services.  Although I found it difficult for other reasons as you can see.

A ball jointed doll and lillies In honor of Easter, the sanctuary was nicely decorated with these lovely though unfortunately fake lilies.  Anna insisted on getting some photos of me posing with them.  They would make a lovely holiday card she insisted, so I relented.  You can view it here if you haven’t had a chance to yet.

A bjd sitting on an altar

I decided to explore a little more and discovered the chapel just down the hall from the sanctuary.  It is normally used for the smaller later service, but was vacant due to the holiday.

A ball jointed doll sitting on an altar

Such a quaint room, a bit more brightly lit, and with a modestly decorated altar.  I am quite fond of the beautiful cross set up in the center.

A ball jointed doll standing next to a cross

It is only slightly taller than myself and the design is simply rendered but elegant.

A ball jointed doll sitting on a piano.

Since this church is fairly known for it’s music program, it seemed natural to find a charmingly well used piano in the chapel.

A bjd trying to play a piano.

I’m afraid I haven’t had the opportunity to learn to play.  Most pianos you see are too wide to be played well by a single ball jointed doll, not even one as graceful and agile as myself.  Pity, I would have loved to fill the room with music.

Having drinks with a ball jointed doll.

After church, Anna and I attended a small fairly casual celebration with some of Anna’s acquaintances.  There was food prepared and various drinks, mostly alcoholic which I can’t say I entirely approve of.  Anna was sensible enough to choose water, and she was also considerate enough to remember to bring my tea set. 

The time spent was pleasant enough, despite random people touching me or making overly blunt comments.  They clearly have not spent nearly enough time around dolls with my charm and splendor so are ignorant of proper behavior.  So being a patient and understanding doll, I will overlook it, for now.

The church I attend is First United Methodist Church in Mesa Arizona, check it out when you get the chance.

I originally thought it would have been too much trouble to take Hikaru to church, but decided it would be too much fun not to.  Plus there were several people I know who hadn’t seen her yet or at least hadn’t seen her since she finally got a wig (see It's Here at Last! Or a Wig Review).  Sadly some of those people weren’t at church this week. 

Anyway, it was fun taking pictures and showing her off, both at church and later.  Those “blunt comments” Hikaru mentioned are actually just the usual comments one can expect from people seeing a ball jointed doll. 

Some people think they are a little creepy or just a tad bizarre, mostly in a good way too as strange as that is to say.  I tried to tell Hikaru this because Miss “patient and understanding” was actually a little more steamed than she lets on.  People did say nice things about her too which I reminded her.  

And technically only one person actually touched her, just out of curiosity about what she was made out of, and this was mostly because I forgot to warn anyone about that or about having clean hands.  No harm came from it, and I brought Magic Erasers (see Doll Owner's Corner: Weird Supplies for Dolls) just in case.  Overall, nothing to make too much of a fuss about.

Alright, maybe I was the tiniest bit heated by the comments.  And I really wish Anna would remember that one of her responsibilities of being the caretaker of ball jointed dolls does involve educating others on proper handling and decorum.

Anyway, I found my visit to church pleasant though rather brief, this time at least.  And the after activities were still delightful.  I enjoyed myself and look forward to many more adventures later.  I am at peace.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Have a Happy Easter

 

Happy Easter from Hikaru the Ball Jointed Doll

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ready to Depart

Anna has insisted time again that the only reason she doesn’t take me with her on her excursions is because we are lacking in an appropriate bag to carry me safely to her destination.  Well now there is no such excuse.

Lacey Purple Doll Carry Bag

Behold!  My custom made doll carry bag, crafted with care. 

As Anna mentioned here on her own blog,  my bag is made from the same pretty lilac fabric as her everyday tote bag as well as other forms of daily luggage she has sewn. 

It seems to resemble the shape of what I’ve heard some refer to as a “duffle bag”, but I assure you that it is the optimum shape for dolls such as myself.  Anna said she was inspired by this well-crafted tutorial for a doll bag.

Inside View of Lacey Purple Doll Carry Bag

Anna made my bag with plenty of storage space for any articles of clothing and other necessities I will need on our travels together.

Bjd lying in new carry bag

Inside the bag it is a fairly spacious and comfortable fit, though I suppose it could be improved somewhat.  Maybe the addition of a few soft cushions will be of benefit to me.

Ball Jointed Doll in Carry Bag

Still it will do nicely, for the time being.  I cannot help but admire the lace trim, it is the same used for my red violet sun dress (see Of Bjd Fashion: Dresses to Sew and a Tutorial) that I love so dearly.

Purple Lace Trimmed Jacket and Skirt for a Ball Jointed Doll

Speaking of lace trimmed clothing, Anna also made me a lovely set of travel wear. 

A light weight jacket with a matching skirt, both made from the same lilac fabric and trimmed with the same wonderful lace.  Pity that Anna made a slight error when constructing the sleeves.  They are quite narrow which makes for a flatteringly slim look, but rather difficult to put on. 

Still, the two pieces coordinate beautifully with my carry bag.  Yes, I am definitely traveling in style.

Purple Lace Trimmed Jacket and Skirt for a Ball Jointed Dol

So now the question is, where are we going?  And when?

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That is a good question.  Any thoughts on where to take a ball jointed doll?  Please comment with any ideas you may have.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Doll Owner’s Corner: Vintage Clip Art

Time for another Doll Owner’s Corner, where I, the doll owner, get to talk about anything I want without Hikaru interrupting.

This month is about clip art, vintage clip art to be exact. 

I love vintage images to decorate on my own blog, and occasionally used them here too.  Most of the images I use I get from The Graphics Fairy.  You can find tons of images for free there in just about any topic, including dolls.  That’s what it’s all about right?

So here are a few vintage images involving dolls that I found at the Graphics Fairy.  They have tons more so be sure to check them out later.

Doll Vintage Clip Art

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Doll Vintage Clip Art

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Doll Vintage Clip Art

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Doll Vintage Clip Art

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Doll Vintage Clip Art

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Doll Vintage Clip Art

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