Sunday, July 31, 2016

Of Bjd Fashion: Improved Lace Sandals with a Tutorial

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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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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Naming Our Newest Doll and a Little News

Our new ball jointed doll has been with us for about a week and has settled in nicely.  So we have commenced with her lessons.

Naming Our Newest Doll and a Little News

Our little darling’s first lesson involves drinking tea.

Naming Our Newest Doll and a Little News: "What is this?"

“Miss Ghost Lady, what is this?”

It is tea, dear.  And I am not a ghost, I am Hikaru. 

Naming Our Newest Doll and a Little News: "What's tea?"

“What’s tea Usagi?”

“It’s a drink Hikaru insists on drinking all the time.  It calms her down when she gets mad and scary. :)

Naming Our Newest Doll and a Little News

“Is it a magic drink?”

Naming Our Newest Doll and a Little News

Such an imaginative child, who still persists in calling me “Ghost Lady” instead of my name…

Speaking of names, our dear little 1/6 scale doll now has a name of her own.  Anna claims she actually came up with it long before she even decided to order her.  That I find difficult to believe. 

Anyway, the lovely name bestowed upon this dear little doll is…

Naming Our Newest Doll and a Little News

Sakura

Anna says it means cherry blossom in Japanese.  Knowing Anna, I will assume it is a reference to some sort of anime or manga series as that is the case for both myself and Usagi (see What's in a Name? and Naming a New Doll).

And you are correct about that.  It comes from an incredibly cute manga and anime series called Cardcaptor Sakura

The first time I saw the product photo for the Mystic Kids Vanetta sculpt, I thought “She kind of looks like Sakura.”  Similar to how Usagi was named.  The name just stuck with it, right up to the day I placed the order.  Anyway, the name is very cute and pretty just like her, so it fits perfectly.

Now that we’ve explained all that, who wants to move on to something more fun than drinking tea?

Naming Our Newest Doll and a Little News: "Who wants to do something more fun?"

“I do!”

Naming Our Newest Doll and a Little News: "Who wants to do something more fun?"

“Me too! :)

Oh honestly!  What’s wrong with enjoying a nice cup of tea.  However, I guess it is time for our next activity.

Anyway, the next lesson today is on computer applications.

Alice’s Collections recently had a sale on bjd wigs and Anna took the opportunity to make a purchase.  She placed the order the same day she purchased Sakura, and the wig is scheduled to arrive within the next couple of days. 

How fortunate for Sakura.  After all, I had to wait over two months for mine. (And Usagi had to wait longer, without complaints.)

In the meantime, this presents the perfect opportunity to educate these two on the wonders of technology.  Namely the ease of online shopping.

Naming Our Newest Doll and a Little News:  Dolls doing some online shopping.

Pay attention Usagi!  And Sakura dear, leaning too close to the screen will harm your eyes. 

Now when you click here in Anna’s account, you can access the details and current status of her order.

Naming Our Newest Doll and a Little News: Dolls doing a little online shopping

“Why are there three wigs?”

Oh dear no, who are the other two for?!

You shall know in due time, look forward to it.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review

The newest member of our ball jointed doll family has arrived.  Anna ordered her from the Junky Spot, and three days later she arrived at our door.  Such efficient service.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review

Of course we were all eager to meet our newest companion.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: The floating head wants to see too!

Even Usagi’s “friend”, the head (see Welcome Home, Doll Family-A Unboxing) is showing some excitement.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Straight from the Junky Spot.

There are numerous notices attached to the package warning of it’s fragile contents.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Opening the box.

And inside the initial box of course is the doll box.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: What's inside the box?

Usagi is attempting to listen inside the box.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Random goodies inside.

Upon opening the box, we find a pair of socks of all things.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Attack on Titan socks?

The words “Attack on Titan” appear to be woven into the socks.  Anna says it is some sort of anime program.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: With candy and My Little Pony!

We also uncover a My Little Pony figurine, an edible candy bracelet for a human…

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Found a Tootsie Roll Pop in the box.

…This large candy lollipop…

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Random goodies and business cards in the box.

…And several other trinkets as well as business cards for the shop. 

This is a sort of trademark for the Junky Spot.  They include several treats and knick-knacks with every order.  Anna says it adds to the fun.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Unwrapping the bjd.

Now the moment we have been waiting for, time to uncover our precious new doll.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review

Here she is, and….wait, what is on her face?!

That’s right.  Unlike Hikaru and Usagi, I ordered the new doll with a face up (see Doll Owner's Corner: The Face Up).

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: It's a Mystic Kids Vanetta 1/6 scale or yosd sized bjd.

She is a Mystic Kids Vanetta, at 27 cm. tall she is a yosd sized or 1/6 scale ball jointed doll.

Anyway, the Junky Spot only had this doll in stock with a face up instead of blank, and the sale price was still pretty good anyway.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Mystic Kids Vanetta card.

She looks gorgeous although possibly a little more done up than I was expecting.  Her card here shows the default face up looking a little softer, more subtle.

I was a little surprised by the eyes too.  Bjds usually come with a free pair of eyes in a random color, but both Hikaru and Usagi came with blue.  So I half expected to end up with blue eyes again.  Imagine my surprise to see pink eyes with purple pupils.  They are really pretty though, so it’s okay.

This is information Anna neglected to mention to me.  What a shock indeed.  To see this tiny bjd, fresh out of the box with a full face of makeup.  Meanwhile I’ve been waiting over a year for a face up, but that’s besides the point.

But what’s done is done, now is the time to properly meet our new petite doll.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Meeting the other dolls.

“Are you a ghost?”

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Meeting the other dolls.

“Is that why your face is colorless?”

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Meeting the other dolls.

Oh, she’s so cute! :)”

Wow, your hair is so pretty!”

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Meeting the other dolls.

“This is my friend. :)”

“He isn’t finished yet?  Can I play with him?  Can the ghost lady play too?”

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: Time to get dressed.

Enough of that, now it is time to get dressed.

Hikaru is using the New Doll dress. 

It is a dress I made before I got her so she would have something to wear until I made something else.  She then passed it on to Usagi until I made Usagi some clothes.  Now this new doll gets to wear it, hence why it’s the “new doll” dress.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: The dress is too big.

Sadly it’s a bit big on her.

It’s humongous, but it has become a tradition and it will do fine for now.  Anna will need to start sewing something more befitting immediately.

Mystic Kids Vanetta, 27 cm 1/6 scale or yosd sized ball jointed doll.  Isn't she cute?!

In the meantime, we shall help her get acquainted with her new home.   I’m sure she will learn well by my example and will come to greatly admire me.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: The doll family portrait.

“Are you sure you aren’t a ghost?”

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: The doll family portrait

…..

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review: The doll family portrait

Yes, she will learn, but it may take some time.

New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review

Time and loads of patience.  Be at peace.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Of Bjd Hair: Another Wig Review and a Announcement

At long last, Usagi’s wig has finally arrived.  Anna ordered it without mentioning to either one of us until it was shipped.

Of Bjd Hair: Another Wig Review and a Announcement

But after waiting patiently for nearly a week, it finally arrived yesterday.  Poor Usagi was so anxious. (So was Hikaru.)

Of Bjd Hair: Another Wig Review and a Announcement

I must apologize for the awful lighting in the photos.  Usagi was much too excited to wait until daylight to open the package.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

Anyway here is the wig, carefully wrap in plastic and netting to protect it.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

The shop added their business card to the packaging.  The wig was purchased from Angelesque, which is where my wig came from (see It's Here at Last! or a Wig Review).  They service was impeccable as always.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

And here is the wig. 

It was made by For My Doll and it’s  M K-002 in Pink Cream.  It’s a pleasant shade of pink, but somehow seems just a tad darker than the product photo.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

And the hair somehow seems slightly rough, at least compared to my own silky flowing tresses.  

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

Anyway, let us try it on…I mean on Usagi.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

It looks well enough on her in this horrid lighting.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

Though it seems she isn’t accustomed to having any sort of headwear.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

And the style seems a bit off on her.  Perhaps the bangs should be trimmed, at least it would help her vision.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

Now here is what it looks like during the day.  The color is much more flattering now.  I think it is a fine wig, though there are a few small flaws.  I’ll let Anna continue.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

Well, Hikaru is right about the color and the texture.  The color is slightly darker in person, but that probably has to do with variations with computer screens and such.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

The wig also doesn’t feel as soft as Hikaru’s wig.  I’m not sure if it’s just a difference in companies and their materials or possibly just the hair style.  This wig is curly while Hikaru’s hair is smooth and straight. 

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

Beyond that, it is a nice wig.  There aren’t any bald spots or noticeable thin areas. 

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

The only other issue I have is how it fits Usagi, both in size and style. 

The wig is designed to fit 7-8 inch heads.  Usagi’s head is 18 cm. or about 7.8 in. and I’m afraid it’s a little loose.  Which is why she is wearing a balloon wig cap under it to keep it on (see The Incredible Balloon Wig Cap).

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

As for style, I can’t help to wonder if the style suits her now that I can see it actually on her.  It’s one of the hard parts of shopping for wigs and clothes for dolls.  You can’t always try it on before buying.

But maybe with some additional styling, things will change.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 after a bang trim.

Here’s how it looks with a trim.  Seems to suit her more already, and now she can see.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

I will probably have to go back and trim a little more to make it more natural looking, but this will do for now.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

And if we tie the curls to keep them out of her way, it seems to suit her a little more.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review

Maybe this wig will work better than we thought, and Usagi really likes it anyway.

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review: Let's Switch Wigs!

I couldn’t agree more.  It looks charming on her.

“Hikaru, I want to see what it will look like you!”

For My Doll Bjd Wig K-002 Review: Wigs Switched!

Well I was a little curious what it would look like.  (She was dying to try it on.)

Hikaru wearing a For My Doll wig in Pink Cream

As expected, it looks glorious on me.  Although I do prefer my own wigs, curls do suit me so well.  Maybe if Anna found a suitable set of curlers….

Usagi wearing a white Dollzone wig

My wig actually looks fairly adorable on Usagi, just to try on of course.  I’m certain if left on longer, Usagi would tangle it up horrendously.

Anyway, Usagi has finally received her wig, but that wasn’t the only package we are waiting on.  It is time for the grand announcement,  we are expecting a new doll!

And this time Anna didn’t spring it on me out of the blue.  We have discussed it often amongst ourselves.  She purchased the little one from the Junky Spot, the same store she purchased me.  Not just that, the doll is made by the same company as myself, Mystic Kids.  They are currently having a sale which presented the perfect opportunity to add to our little family.

Now to reveal which doll will be arriving shortly at our door step.  May I present:

mystic_vanetta_08

The Mystic Kids 27 cm. Vanetta

As with myself and Usagi, she shall arrive without clothing or hair.  And, Oh dear, she is scheduled to arrive today.  So if you will please excuse me, I must prepare for her arrival.  So much to do with so little time. 

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