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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: “Who’s Hiding Under There?”


Two dolls hiding underneath some clothes.

Two yosd bjds hiding under clothes.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: “She Thinks I’m Cute!”


A ball jointed deer trying to fly.

A ball jointed deer trying to fly.

A ball jointed deer flying.

A ball jointed deer trying to fly.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Discussing Names and Teacups

Some time has past since the arrival of the body for our “floating head” and he has been adjusting pleasantly.

Names for the new dolls and more doll clothes.

It does help that he has a sweet little deer as a companion.  The two have been inseparable.  So much so, that it inspired their names.  Anna will explain all.

Our boy doll’s name is Yuki.  It means snow, or depending on the characters, lucky.  It pops up as a name or nickname in several different anime/manga series including Cardcaptor Sakura, Vampire Knight and Fruits Basket.  That last one in particular with the character Yuki Sohma, an extremely popular yet surprisingly shy high school boy.

The deer is named Shiro.  It means white or castle, but it is used as a name for pets among other things.  Kind of like naming a black cat Blackie.  It was the name of a dog in an episode of the Asian drama series Deka Wanko.

If you combine the names, you get Shiroyuki, white snow.  This is actually the main character from the anime Snow White with the Red Hair.  These two may not resemble that character, but combining their names like that was too cute to resist.

Yes, my friends, the anime names continue.  Sigh.


Anyway, Anna managed to produce a new simple outfit for Yuki in record timing.  How on Earth did she manage that?

In a word, rejects.  The pieces he is wearing were rejects from previous sewing projects.

Names for the new dolls and more doll clothes.  Jeans for a boy doll.

The jeans were the first attempt at making jeans for Usagi.  They came out too baggy, so I had to adjust the pattern and try again.  For this guy, the bagginess was just fine.  All I had to do was remove the lacey pockets and finish up the pants.

The tank top was going to be an undershirt for one of the girls, and again it was too baggy.  I just removed the lace and it was perfect.  Now he has a basic jeans and tank outfit.

I guess this outfit will have to do for now, and he seems to like it just fine.  So does Usagi.

Names for the new dolls and more doll clothes.

“Look! We match. :)”

Now in honor of our newest doll family members, I thought it would be wonderful to a tea party.  It’s been ages since we all sat down for a nice cup of tea.

Having a bjd tea party, with one problem.

“Can we have cake too?”

Only if you behave yourselves.

“…Can I have milk please?..”

“I want juice!”

Sigh.

Having a bjd tea party, with one problem.

“…Usagi, what’s tea?…”

“It’s a special drink that keeps Hikaru from yelling at people. :)"


Everything is about ready, however, I seem to have overlooked one detail.

Having a ball jointed doll tea party, with one problem. Not enough cups!

There are five of us, but my lovely tea set only serves four.  Oh dear!

Having a bjd tea party, with one problem.

(Don’t forget Shiro, that brings you to six.)

(Yes, but deer do not drink tea.)

Having a doll tea party, with one problem.

“We could use this, it’s a nice big cup!”

Where did that come from, I thought we got rid of the dreadful thing (see It Starts with a Cup).  Well, I guess it will have to do.

Having a bjd tea party, with one problem.

Well, we have a nice apple for Shiro…

Having a bjd tea party, with one problem.  Not enough cups!

…And tea and cake for all of us dolls.

“And juice!”

Yes, Sakura.  There is juice and milk too.

New names for dolls and new teacups?

Things are fine at the moment, but acquiring more tea cups is a must for future tea parties.  For now I will sip my tea and think over dish patterns for the new set.  Be at peace.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Celebration of Dolls

Today is a most glorious day.  Anna was informed that today, June 10th is known as World Doll Day.  A day to fully appreciate dolls in all styles and forms.

Celebrating World Doll Day, June 10th.

Unfortunately, Anna is far too busy today with other obligations to spend the holiday with her beloved ball jointed dolls.  I suppose we will have to celebrate without her.  It is a day for us dolls after all.

Celebrating World Doll Day, June 10th.

Why not celebrate this grand occasion with us?  Give your favorite doll  or dolls a little needed attention, show them some love and affection.  They will greatly appreciate it and so will I.

Be at peace and have a Happy World Doll Day!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Learning to Read


A doll learning to read.  Reading is for Everyone.

A doll learning to read.  Reading is for Everyone.

A ball jointed doll learning to read.  Reading is for Everyone.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Of Bjd Fashion: Pink Lace Ensemble for a Birthday

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My much anticipated birthday was last week.  However, just as last year, the celebration was delayed a bit, but for a wonderful reason.

So Anna could have extra time to work on this…

Pink lace dress for a ball jointed doll with accessories.  A complete outfit!

…My new pink lace ensemble.

A wonderful and well coordinated new outfit consisting of a gorgeous pink lace dress with ribbon rose accents, a pink underskirt, a pink lace purse, and a cameo necklace..  I was so thrilled when I first saw it. 

Pink lace dress for a doll with accessories.  A complete outfit!

The dress fits me like a dream.  Anna says the design was inspired by the dress she recently made for herself  and it was sewn using the same techinque from our fitted bodice tutorial video.

The tiny ribbon roses at the straps and on the sash were individually hand stitched by her.  Oh, I do wish she would use them for my clothing more often.

Matching pink rose head band for a doll.

The same exquisite roses were also used for the sweet matching headband (see Of Bjd Fashion: Headbands for Dolls with a Tutorial to make your own).

Pink lace doll purse to match the dress.

The purse is relatively simple in design, similar to some from our doll bags and purses tutorial.  It is made from matching pink lace with a long ribbon cord strap and a pearl bead clasp (it actually closes with Velcro!). 

It’s simplicity makes it all the more versatile, it will work with many items in my ever growing wardrobe.

Tiny cameo doll necklace.

I’m afraid the cameo necklace doesn’t match this new outfit, but it is a thing of beauty in itself.  Anna says she received it from her mother.  It was intended for human use, but with the chain shortened it became perfectly doll-sized.

Pink lace dress for a bjd with accessories.  A complete outfit!

The underskirt is among the most versatile parts of the ensemble.  With it, the dress is full and elegant.   However, the dress can be worn without it for a lighter more casual look. 

And I can easily pair the skirt with a nice blouse for a completely different style.  Such a versatile and beautiful clothing set.

I do wonder what the other dolls think of it.

"Wow, your skirt is so big!"

“…This dress is so pretty…”

“Wow, it’s so big!  What makes it so poufy?  Is there something under there? Can I fit underneath?!”

Pink lace dress for a ball jointed doll with accessories.

Yes my dear readers, this is what I put up with, curious children.  However, it is what comes with looking fabulous.

Be at peace.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Doll Owner’s Corner: Behind the Scenes Round 6

Beginning of the month, time for another Doll Owner’s Corner.  When I, the doll owner, talk about anything I want.

This month’s topic:

Doll Bloopers!

Another batch of behind the scenes shots.  The theme for this set is “How Does She Do It?”  Photos to demonstrate some of the methods I’ve found to take cute photos, so far anyway.

Lately I’ve been using clear hair elastics to style the dolls hair, but I’ve found them useful for other things.

Doll bloopers with some tips for taking doll photos.  Clear hair elastics help when a doll needs to hold something.

For instance, here when Hikaru wanted to add some touches to something I drew (see Wordless Wednesday: “It Needs More Lace”).  The elastics helps her grip the pencil, but are discreet enough to hide in photos.

I don’t use doll stands to help the dolls stand since they can do so on their own with a little work (I am eyeing these ones though). 

However they can only stay for so long before losing their balance, hence the “falling down” theme from the previous batch of doll bloopers.  A theme that continues here…

Doll bloopers with some tips for taking doll photos.  Bjds can stand on their own, but only so much :(

This was when my yosd girls were playing with the head (see Wordless Wednesday: Playing Catch).  Hikaru freaked out and they all came crashing down.

Doll bloopers with some tips for taking doll photos.  Ball jointed dolls can stand on their own, but only so long :(

This one is when I made Yuna’s new outfit (see Of Bjd Fashion: Yuna’s First Outfit with Tutorial).  Sakura started to fall over (again) and I attempted to catch her mid-photo.

Doll bloopers with some tips for taking doll photos.  A firm background to lean against helped this doll stay standing.

So close, at least she’s okay.  Yuna seemed a little worried. 

The main reason why Yuna didn’t fall too is because she is leaning against my backdrop.  It’s a tri-fold foam board, and if I place something heavy behind it, it’s strong enough to help support the dolls a little.

I wasn’t fully able to lend a hand for Sakura, but I was able to help Hikaru in the next few photos.

Doll bloopers with some tips for taking doll photos.  It doesn't hurt to give them a "hand" when holding large objects.

Here’s when Hikaru was doing her hair (see Wordless Wednesday: Fixing Her Hair), you didn’t think she was holding that big mirror by herself, right?

Doll bloopers with some tips for taking doll photos.  It doesn't hurt to give them a "hand" when holding large objects.

And when she took that selfie of herself (see Wordless Wednesday: Doll Selfies), how do you think she held up that phone?

Doll bloopers with some tips for taking doll photos.  It doesn't hurt to give them a "hand" when holding large objects.

That’s right, another hand from me.

Doll bloopers with some tips for taking doll photos.  It doesn't hurt to give them a "hand" when holding large objects.

And when Usagi tried to lift up Sakura (see Wordless Wednesday: Up, Up!), she also had a little help.

These are just a few of the little tricks I’ve found.  Feel free to share any you’ve discovered in the comments below.  I will be sure to share any more I find in the future.  Look forward to it.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bjd Unboxing: Doll Family H Body and Shoes?

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After waiting a practically endless amount of time, our package has arrived!

Unboxing the Doll Family H 45 cm. boy bjd body, plus cute doll shoes.

Inside is the long awaited body for Usagi’s friend, the head.

Unboxing the Doll Family H 45 cm. boy bjd body, plus cute doll shoes.

That’s right, he will no longer be a floating head.  You can see his excitement (at least Anna says you can).

Unboxing the Doll Family H 45 cm. boy bjd body.

Now to open the package.

Unboxing the Doll Family H 45 cm. boy bjd body.

Inside is a beautiful doll box with the company name.  Anna chose the 45 cm. boy body from Doll Family H and ordered from Alice’s Collections, a truly wonderful website for doll items.

Opening the box.

As you can see from the extra packages in the box, Anna ordered more than the body this time.

Unboxing the Doll Family H 45 cm. boy bjd body.

But let us get back to the task at hand.  The body was securely pack with foam to protect it on its long journey.

It's his new bjd body.

Look at him, totally in awe.  Time to attach him to his new body.

A Doll Family A head on a Doll Family H body.

It fits!  And it suits him well, though the resin color seems slightly off.  Still, it is close enough to serve our needs. 

There is just one problem…

He's got a new body, but he is still naked!

Eek!  He is naked!  Where are some clothes?

Dressing the new doll.

Here, put these on quickly.  Make haste!

A bjd with his new body.

Thankfully, Anna whipped up a pair of white shorts for our now decent friend.

Poster tack for doll eyes.

And using the eye putty Anna purchased along with the body, she can put in his eyes.  They were purchased ages ago (see Doll Love Unboxing Part 2: Reviewing a Wig and Eyes).

Added his eyes.

Now he can see where he is going, among other things.

And because he is now considered a “new doll” and is in need of more clothing, I will present the “new doll” dress.

Putting a dress on a male doll.  He needs to wear something.

Please put it on.

“…….must I?”

Yes, it is mandatory.

“…but I’m a guy.”

Just put it on!

Putting a dress on a male doll.  He needs to wear something.

……

“It looks cute on you. :)

……

New male doll with a new wig and a dress?

And with his wig, also purchased ages ago (see Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs?), he looks complete.

He looks upset.  He thinks the dress and wig makes him look like a girl.

He is feeling emotional right now.

And the poor guy doesn’t fit in Usagi’s lap anymore.

“There, there.  It’s okay. :)

Ball jointed doll shoe haul from Alice's Collections.

Maybe this will cheer him up.  Anna purchased several other items in addition to the body.  Mostly msd and yosd sized shoes.  Footwear for all!

Bjd haul for Alice's Collections.

As a gift, they added in more eye putty and a cleaning sponge.  We shall be needing these.Bjd haul for Alice's Collections.

Anna bought this set of eyelashes.  I do hope it means she will finally give me a face up.  I’ve been patiently waiting for almost 2 years, and still nothing.

Bjd shoe haul for Alice's Collections.  SH007 msd sized shoes in black.

For our friend, Anna bought these fine black shoes.

Bjd shoe haul for Alice's Collections.  SH007 msd sized shoes in black.

They fit him fine, though a little loosely.  He will definitely be needing socks.  The laces are quite long on them as well.  Perhaps Anna could trim them down.

Bjd shoe haul for Alice's Collections.  SH317 in white and SH330 in pink, yosd sized shoes.

For Yuna and Sakura, there are these adorable Mary Jane style shoes.  White with tiny flowers for Yuna, and pink with bows for Sakura.

Bjd shoe haul for Alice's Collections.  SH317 in white and SH330 in pink, yosd sized shoes.

Both pairs fit nicely, especially Yuna’s shoes.  The buckles for the straps are quite effective.  The “buttons” on Sakura’s shoes are a little trickier to operate.

Bjd shoe haul for Alice's Collections.  SH354 msd shoes in pink.

Usagi got these bright pink shoes with removable ankle straps.

Bjd shoe haul for Alice's Collections.  SH354 msd shoes in pink.

Usagi loves them, I find the tiny heart cutouts and scallop edges to be especially endearing.  Pity about the fit.  They are quite snug on her, but not so much to be unwearable.

Bjd shoe haul for Alice's Collections.  SH339 msd shoes in white.

And here is mine, isn’t it just gorgeous?  Ruffled lace, bows and jewels, elegantly blended in one perfect slipper.

Bjd shoe haul for Alice's Collections.  SH339 msd shoes in white.

Sadly, the jewels on one of the shoes came loose during shipping.  I shall have to have Anna reattach them at once.  She says she has a glue that will work wonders on it (It’s Aleene’s Jewel-It!! ).

Bjd shoe haul for Alice's Collections.  SH339 msd shoes in white.

Despite the jewel issue, these are wonderful shoes that fit my feet perfectly.  I shall get much use out of them.

Bjd shoe haul for Alice's Collections.  SH349 yosd shoes in black.

Anna also purchase another pair of shoes, these rather pretty yosd sized shoes with removable ankle straps.  I do like them, I wouldn’t mind having a pair in my size.  But who are they for exactly?

Special pet doll from Doll Family A.

Anyway,  Alice’s Collections was having a special event.  Those who made a qualifying purchase could receive a special doll.

Unboxing Doll Family A Luca, the deer.

This beautiful deer (Doll Family A Luca).

Unboxing Doll Family A Luca, the deer.

Anna neglected to mentioned it until just before the package arrived.

Unboxing Doll Family A Luca, the deer.

But now, here it is, a lovely new “pet” for us?

Unboxing Doll Family A Luca, the deer.

But first let’s put in its eyes, like most of us dolls, there is a free pair of eyes for the deer.

Unboxing Doll Family A Luca, the deer.

There, doesn’t it look sweet.  The children think so too.

Such a cute little deer bjd.

“Hello, what a cute little thing!  Is it hungry?  What does it eat? Do we eat it? Can we play with it?”

“….It’s cute….”

“I know!”

Welcome home, our new dolls.

Anna decided it’s best to let our friend take care of the deer.  It seems to like him and it cheers him up.

The ball jointed doll family is growing!

Our ball jointed doll family has grown greatly over the last two years.  And with the addition of a male doll and a pet, things should get particularly interesting around here.

For now we are at peace.

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