September, 2009

Shamed into Cleaning up My Doll Displays……

I have a wonderful collection of dolls. I am truly blessed to have some terrific examples to work with, sew for, paint, photograph, and play with…..

Comments on a Russian doll chat board that referenced this blog and the horrible way (my words, not theirs, lol!) that I store my dolls has shamed me into changing how I respect these gals and guys who share my studio and my world. Frankly they’re right!

In my own defense, none of us have enough space to show all of our dolls, and I didn’t want to “shoebox” anybody, I like to see everyone and be inspired to work for them. That’s just me. I’m a very visual person and love to have loads of visual stimuli around me. Out of sight, out of mind, is a little too literal for me! In the coming days (and likely weeks, tee hee) I will change how my collection is displayed. Watch this space and the My Doll Collection pages too….

I am on notice ^-^

~awsumgal

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When a Reroot goes Bad…… lol!

You know a reroot project is getting a little long in the tooth when you begin to count the number of plugs left to do, lol! I am rerooting a Blythe for a OOAK project that I will be blogging about. Blythe dolls are the biggest heads that I reroot. Even Crissy doesn’t have as many plugs. Blythes are closer to Barbie in the number of plugs involved and I prefer a plug by plug reroot rather than a wefted hair treatment. It takes a lot longer, but I can use my favorite silky Saran doll hair and it’s infinitely more styleable. It feels so much nicer too :o)

Having said that, this doll I wanted to use two colours and I wanted a very long reroot. This makes it more difficult, naturally, lol!

At this point I am almost finished. I have used an entire package of brunette hair and half a reddish auburn as well. they both went rather well. Then sadly I ran out of hair and had to open another. This brings up something that I run into from time to time. Sometimes the hair unravels really nicely. The first batch was double looped in the package and I was easily able to open into a single larger loop, which I then made one cut to the whole loop and had lovely long hair to reroot with. The second package, not so much, lol! In either colour. :o(  Both the red and the brunette became unmanageable masses of saran spaghetti!

Who’s hungry, lol!

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Here’s the useless brunette…….

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Thankfully, I had enough useable hair, but it took me longer to tease it out of the pile, phew!Now what to do with lump of hair……Maybe my next gal will have curly hair lol!

Here’s the head all haired up. All in all it was worth the effort, and I haven’t even styled it yet :o)

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Like I said, still needs a trim and style. There is much to do on the rest of the doll too. I will be blogging about her over the next while.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

~awsumgal September 23 2009

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My New Azone Neemo Flection bodies are here!

I’m so excited to finally have these in hand! They’re so adorable.

Look Ma, no stand!

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They’ve got a good heft to them, nothing flimsy about these bods! They may even hold up Blythes’ substantial head, lol! I haven’t tried yet but there’s a girl I’m working on that this this new Neemo Body is destined for :o)

Here are some shots of me playing with her posing options. Enjoy!

She walks!

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So I said “No Way!” and he said…….

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From soliloquy….

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to Bollywood dance!

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Maybe a little B ball!

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Leaping through the air!

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I want to put these on all of my Blythes! I love them but I’ve always lamented the fact that they are so difficult to pose.  I’ve seen the Azone Neemo predecessors to the Flection, the ones in fixed poses, like kneeling for example. I like the look of them but wasn’t too keen on switching out different body parts for different poses, so I had never tried them.

These bodies look shorter than Blythes’ stock body, but they’re actually the same height. They are however more substantial through the torso, hips and legs. I think Blythe shirts and dresses would fit this body, but pants or tighter skirts may not. I don’t have much in the way of commercial Blythe clothing so I can’t say for sure. I tend to make my own clothes for my girls anyway :o) I’ve noticed in sewing for them that attention must be paid to the way the arms extend upwards. The shoulder joints are angled. When the arm is all the way up, her hand goes in towards the rest of her. When her arms are down they are away form her sides. Very realistic looking! I like it :o)

These new Flection bods have me all fired up to take pics of my girls. They’re so very poseable and I love the hands! Woohoo Can’t wait!! (But I need to make some more clothing first, lol!)

Have a wonderful weekend all, and thanks for reading!

~awsumgal Sept 12 ’09

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Opening my Trapeze Sybarite Superdoll! Yeehaw!

I was finally able to purchase a mint Trapeze Sybarite and I was SO excited when she arrived! I have longed for this doll ever since I saw not only how beautiful she is, but how fabulous the red croc bag is that she comes in. It is drop dead, stop traffic, gorgeous and so is she!

First the outer shipper…..

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Then the bubble wrapped original shipper ( Love the seller! She wrapped this like it’s grandmas china!!)

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Here’s the original shipper…….

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Oooh the pristine white inner box!!!!

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Finally I see red! The famous crocodile bag, woohoo!

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This bag is so lovely, it’s like a high end designer handbag. There is real heft to this bag. It is a substantial piece of work! You could carry this sucker proudly on any street in any city!

I’m one happy doll owner, lol!

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Here she is all cozy in her pink satin lined bag.

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Here’s the accessory side of the croc bag:

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Her accessories are amazing too! Love the passport! And her shoes! They’re HOT!

Here are her tiny perfect wigs….

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Truth be told though, pretty as they are, they don’t stay put very well. I’ll have to make some wig caps for underneath these. I’ve been making some of my own wigs for these gals and experimenting with different manufacture techniques. I’ve finally got a method of making mini (low profile) hair wefts, so I can can make wigs with my favorite silky and soft Saran doll hair! That’a a whole other post though, lol!

A gorgeous red croc bag for her, which seems unopened and I still haven’t opened it :o)

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Here’s the lady herself… Isn’t she a keeper?

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She seems to be saying “Dang it’s good to get out of that bag…..what took you so long?”

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I will be taking her into the studio for a much more innvolved photo shoot as soon as I get a chance. I’ll need to make a few props first :o)

Hope you’ve enjoyed watching me unwrap this special doll :o)

Have a wonderful day,

~awsumgal

Sept 9 ’09

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Desperately Seeking Susan Replica Skull Case on eBay!

Hi peeps! I have just listed on eBay for a one week run, a mini replica (my take anyway!) of the skull case from the film Desperately Seeking Susan.

Please have a look at the auction if you’re so inclined. Click HERE to go see…

It’s fully functional. It opens and has a luxurious pink satin interior complete with an elastisized pocket in the lid. Perfect for your dolls’ extra wigs, shoes or jewelry!

In the meantime, here are a few pics, the first ones showcasing TRAPEZE!!!! my new Sybarite. Gawd isn’t she fabulous? (There will be much more of her to see in the near future.)

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Thanks for reading and have a great night :o)

~awsumgal

Sept 1 09

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