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New High Ponytail Wig for Sybarite on The Dolltique Marketplace

I’ve finished a new wig for 16 inch Sybarite beauties and other gorgeous ladies of like head size. Again I’ve listed on the new doll and related items auction site The Dolltique Marketplace!

Check it out! Register, and shop and list for free!

Here’s a shot of this pale blond ponytail wig. Will fit older resins Sybarites like Trapeze, mid generation resin ladies like Cadenza and newer vinyls like Forest.

Made of the softest most wonderful Katsilk Saran dollhair on a custom wig hardcap.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your day!

Don’t forget to check out The Dolltique Marketplace!

~awsumgal

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La La Land – a review :)

In a total departure for me, I’ve decided to review this “little” film I saw yesterday, La La Land.

This film had me smiling all the way through, except when I was tearing up. Truly I was smiling without realizing it.

It starts with the colours for me. The wardrobe and sets are no accidents. Everything is considered. It’s subtle in places, but everything has been thought out here and appears for a reason. The balance of reds for instance in the opening singing and dancing number, is superb. All of the bright jewel tones that are chosen throughout the film. It has a distinctive look. The second number, the quartet “Someone in the Crowd” follows the same pattern.  Again we get four bright true jewel tones. It’s lovely to look at and the four dresses are great. The costuming follows an updated 50’s vibe. The dresses are mostly too short for the 1950’s but the styles echo that time. Emma Stone has a couple of looks that feel very Audrey Hepburn. Pencil leg capris and flats paired with a white button up blouse anyone?

The only complaint that I have in terms of costuming is that some of Emma’s wardrobe just doesn’t fit her as well as I want it to. The yellow dress with the black flowers gapes a little around the neckline which I found distracting. The purple sleeveless sheath I love. It’s got a great looking cut, but it does some flapping around the armhole. The yellow dress Emma does the tap number in, so it’s possible that’s why the looser fit around the neckline (maybe…) but she doesn’t dance in the purple. Again, minor, but distracting for me personally.

There are lots of nice echoes throughout the scenes as well. A dance number is performed while moving through a film set we saw earlier as the Ryan and Emma were walking around the Warner Bros lot. A nod too, to the orange ad in the background where Ryan stalks the Van Beek that reappears. (I think.)

The dialogue is delivered beautifully, masterfully. One is pulled right into this story. The party scene in which “I Ran” is played, well I won’t give everything away but it’s a delight and will have you laughing out loud! Emma Stone rightfully gets the Golden Globe for this performance. She has emotive eyes for days this lady. She conveys so much emotion in her face. (If you like Emma Stone and have not seen “Easy A” go do so. A great, underrated film. Maybe I’ll review that next!)  Ryan Gosling apparently spent three months learning how to play the piano for this role. I’m glad he did, it shows. Otherwise that whole part of the story would fall flat. It doesn’t fall though. Ryan is endearing, and excited about his passion, Jazz, and it works. Speaking of Jazz, and who isn’t? I was happy that the Jazz musicians that appear with him are introduced by name both on screen (Khirye Tyler, Cal Bennet, Nedra Wheeler, Javier Gonzalez , Eddie Clifton and are fully credited in the crawl. (Yes, we’re those people. The ones who sit through the credits at the end of movies, and you should too!)

Emma and Ryan do their own singing and quite a bit of their own dancing too. There is at least one, maybe two sequences where it’s probably not them, because their dancing is not super strong, but it’s accomplished enough for the task at hand and Mandy Moore (not the actress – different Mandy Moore ) does a nice job with the choreo.

The music is great, the dialogue is fast and funny and believable, the lyrics work the story. I won’t give it away, but you get a nice little “gift” at the end.

This movie is a delight! Go and see it….. right now!

~awsumgal

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Sadie – ooak Pippa doll reroot repaint make over

Happy Saturday doll fans! Today I have for you a repainted, rerooted and redressed vintage Palitoy Pippa doll. Same scale as her American counterpart, Topper Dawn. I don’t do very many Pippa makeovers, not because I don’t like Pippa, but because they are very hard to come by on this side of the Atlantic, especially in Canada. No finding them in boot sales around here!

I have a small collection that I have curated over the years and there have always been a couple of girls who were waiting patiently for new hair and faces. This is one of them 🙂

I gave this girl a platinum blonde reroot because I just love that super pale blonde hair! I use a sew in method that is a variation of the lock loop, so I don’t fill their heads with glue. I don’t use any glue. I also don’t poke the hair into the scalp from the outside as that method tends to tear the vinyl of the head.

After her reroot she was parted and styled and given a trim. (Side note: I was sure I had taken some in process pictures but now they’ve disappeared! If I locate them I’ll update the post.)

Then on to her new features. I gave her warm brown eyes with a little black subtle liner and deep red lips. I use artist quality paints pigments and sealers on my repaints. I want them to stay looking fresh and just painted for years to come. I rerooted her lashes as well.

She needed something fitting to wear and I chose deep red silk to match her lips. Her raw silk outfit is a two piece dress. The strapless bustier top is fully lined and fastens with two brass beads ands hand knotted red thread loops and the matching gathered skirt has a silk waistband and also fastens with a brass bead and hand knotted thread loop. It has metal chain and red glass seed bead hem embellishment all the way around the hem.

I’ve made accessories to finish her look. She carries a hard sided red silk purse. This tiny purse has metal wire handles, is lined inside, opens for Pip’s important bits, and fastens with, you guessed it, a brass bead and hand knotted thread loop. She’s also got a chain necklace sporting a small red Swarovski crystal in the center and she wears a custom pair of shoes. The little gold shoes have chain uppers and stacked bead heels.

This little lady is on Ebay right now but only for another day and a half!

Sadie on Ebay

Thanks for stopping in 🙂

~awsumgal

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A Bit of a Change is Needed …

Another day, another deeply underwhelming response to my recent offerings.

(You can overwhelm and underwhelm, but can you just whelm? What would that look like?  Lol. I digress)

Sadly, a high water mark of apathy. I’m not even confident that anyone will read this post! I guess I’m just writing this for me. In light of this, I need to take some time to rethink how I spend my days.

We all, as artists, face challenges when we create and work diligently to overcome them. I am no different, but the challenges are out weighing the rewards in this particular arena. Challenges that are beyond my control – Our dollar is in still in the toilet, I am geographically challenged from a supplies standpoint, postal rates have just about priced me out of the market and there’s always the dreaded possible strike by the very same overpriced post office looming over all Canadian online sellers.

I need a break and I shall be taking some time to consider my next focus. Don’t be surprised to see me trying some different things going forward while I try to find the right niche for doing what I love. Creating things 🙂

See you in the funny papers!

~awsumgal

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New Lux Art Doll ladies Are Taking Shape

and taking over the studio. Seriously, they are everywhere. And if not the dolls themselves, it’s their bits. Legs and hands everywhere you look. It’s ridiculous! I need to keep building the girls and finding some order in the studio.

I’ve just taken a break from that to show the new dolls. I’ve done a new face which is a dream to paint. (Lady Pompadour is finished, but for her shoes. Honestly I was a little distracted first by a commission that needed to be done quickly and then my new doll sculpt 🙂 I still intend to give her shoes, I’m just being slow and neglectful. Hopefully she’ll forgive me! I have bought her an amazing new desk and chair, maybe that’ll make up for it! Pictures next time.)

And again, I’m off on a tangent!

Anyway, here is a pic of the new gaggle of ladies….

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Here is a lady I’ve got big plans for. She’s the only one with any paint as yet, but I’ll get to everybody 🙂

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Gotta fly, so until next time, be good, have fun and thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

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