Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring!!!

Hey friends! Happy Spring 2015!!! I just got home a little while ago from my 6 month thyroid check-up. Things are looking good. I got an ultrasound and from the looks of it, things look ok, but she will go in later to give things a better look and get back to me on it. She says my thyroid has shrunk and that eventually it will shrivel and be hard to see. Not sure how I feel about that, but the pills are working and hopefully this dose will be the right one...until I start losing weight and send my body into a rage all again. LOL! Oh well, I'll worry about that bridge when I get to it.

So today I am cleaning like a monster because I have guests coming over tomorrow. But I'm also kind of in a funk because I want to try making some videos of some new rubber bands I got recently for the Rainbow Loom, yes I fell into that lovely trap. I love working on that thing, well things now, I got a second one to make cuff bracelets with. So I found some different bands I wanted to try for fairly cheap, and I got a really cheap loom that looked interesting that I wanted to try out, if it's crap then it was worth buying for the bands and hooks, so no big loss. Yep, it was that cheap. LOL!

What else? Oh, I have yet to open Dreary. :-( Just haven't found a good time for it. I might try in a bit while the light is good because I want to play with my new little girl. Still waiting to get a shipping notice about my other girl. The seller seems to be a good seller, so I am sure it's just taking them some time to mail her off. I can't wait to see her too.

But that's about it for now. Just wanted to pop on to say, HAPPY SPRING FRIENDS!!!, and let you know what little bit is going on here with me. I'll post again soon, must get to cleaning. Take care friends, by for now.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Oh yeah, about that...

Hi again friends! So just as I sent my last post off to you guys, the UPS truck pulls up outside of my house to drop off a box for little ol' me. Ummm...yeah almost forgot this purchase. What?!? I got excited over my new girl coming from China, I forgot about my new girl coming today. I haven't opened the box yet, but I am excited to see my new pretty thing. Say hi to my new girl Maudlynne Macabre, or as I will call her, Dreary. Images from the Tonner Doll website.

At 35 dollars I felt she was a good deal. She uses the LilMissMatched doll body, which I sewed for this Christmas actually. I bought one mostly for the clothes at a cheap price and didn't like her, so now my mom owns her. I like the body and the clothes sets, which I finally got all of them after some struggles with Toys R Us, so Dreary has some very bright and miss-matched clothes waiting for her, but I will be making her some darker clothes as well. I wanted her for the doll as well as the clothes that I could share with my Resinsoul Bei doll, so that is extra exciting.

I plan to sew for this girl as well because there isn't much in clothing for her, besides the LilMissMatched clothes, and it seems her line may have been canceled. She was suppose to get clothing packs, a new blonde ghostly friend, and clothes for her friend as well that could have been shared with her. However that was mentioned at last year's Toy Fair and she has since been put on sale and nothing else has been mentioned about the line. So I think it's fair to say this girl is not going to have much more than the clothes on her back. I plan to change that and sew for her. I like sewing for her size and hope to make some super cute things for her. I can't wait to open the box and see her in person. I've coveted her for a very long time and so I am excited to see what she finally looks like in person. Eeeeeee! Ok, I'm calm, just excited.

And on that note friends I am off. I have some cleaning to do, box opening to do, and more organizing to do. I'll post again soon. Take care until then. Bye for now.

I did what?!?

Hey friends! Sorry it's been a while since I've posted. I've been trying to get organized, still in the process of it actually, but I am making progress. So those of you who have been following me for a longgggggg time know I've been trying to open a shop for a very long time now. YEARSSSSSS actually. Well, it looks like 2015 is going to be my year. I'm going to go into business with my mom, and maybe my sister, but either way this shop is opening this year. I was having issues trying to decide what I wanted to sell and what I wanted to do with my shop, but I've finally decided to go back to my original plan and sell handmade clothes for Blythe, which was my original plan yearsssss ago. I want to start with Blythe and like-size dolls and expand from there to other dolls, eventually doing face-ups of dolls, and then hopefully one day making my own doll. From there I'd like to build an empire to for dolls, toys, crafting in general, but first baby steps.

So now that I've figured out what the first step is, deciding on sewing for Blythe dolls, I need to start getting organized to officially open shop. I'm so disorganized right now, after the whole Christmas sewing thing I've let my craft area just sit in rambles. yep, almost three months of neglect. So it's time to get on track and back to it. I'm starting to focus on getting healthier so I can work harder on my shop and other ventures I am planning. But as my friend Kenny keeps reminding, hey Kenny, baby steps. So what I did today was my first baby step. I bought a doll. Eeeeeeeeeee!!!

I currently have an Ashton-Drake Galleries Blythe that sadly has the frizzy hair, a Blybe that is super cute but not the real thing, and I have now officially order an "almost" legit Blythe doll. She's technically made from Blythe parts, but not a doll that actually exists. Yes, I got a factory doll, but she was so beautiful I had to, and she was a decent price for a nude doll too. I know with factory dolls you aren't sure what you are getting, so I am going to be hopeful that she will be beautiful and will only need slight surface touch-ups if any. I don't want to think of names for her yet because she's two weeks off from being officially mine, but Poppy keeps popping into my mind. Here are the pictures I nabbed from the Ebay sale page. They only sold two others like her, so the odds of me seeing many people with my girl are slim. Have a look.

The hair is what caught my eye. I love this combination of pink, orange, and yellow. I love the dress she is wearing and will have to try to recreate it for her.  I'm just not sure on a name for her yet. But I really wanted her in case my main girl's hair proved to be a problem. I would reroot her my main girl, but she has a scalp that needs to be fully replaced, and I may do that in the future, but I want to keep her original. So I am just give her permanent buns on her head and just call it a day with her. Her hair kind of reminds me of mine with the frizz and I just feel like I shouldn't try to get rid of her hair just as I would not get rid of mine. So I will bun it up, make it cute, and keep on keeping on. My other girl's hair is fine, which is shocking for a cheap doll, and she will be in pictures as well. Then I have a Pullip my friend Xander bought for me, hi Xander, and I have a vintage Skipper that I rescued from the bottom of a thrift store doll random toy table that I plan to make into a boy Blythe one day, but for now I will use her to sell Blythe clothes as well, just need to finish rerooting her, she needs some tlc. I need to see about fixing her neck rips. Watch, I'll fix her up and can't bring myself to change her into a boy Blythe. *sigh* Oh well, it will be nice to promote Vintage Skipper clothes too.

So I have 5ish models, still need to get Skip ready to go and wait two weeks for my new girl, and need to bun my main girl's hair, and I'll be ready to go. I already know the theme I kind of want to stay around, but I won't force myself to stay in it, because I may change my mind what I want. I kind of want to go Mod and vintage with clothing, because I love that style of clothing, but I may want to change things up and do something lolita, so I will just keep things open on that.

So that means you can expect to see me here more posting. I hadn't been here much before because so many posts talked about my ex and would come up as suggestions when I would check to make sure my blog post posted properly for you guys to read. I didn't know if I could handle that and was really playing with the idea of deleting every post but my very first post on the blog so I'd still know when I created the blog. But then I decided against it. I've been in contact with my ex and it has helped me realize that he's just a crap person and will always be one and I am starting to become numb to his BS. So I am not going to destroy all the hard work I've done over the years because of him, I'm just going to move on. It's a part of my past and it's what made me what I am today. So I am ready to jump back in here and share what I've been up to. I want to share the things I made for Christmas, I want to share some things I've recently been working on, I want to share my plans and bounce ideas off of you, and I just really want to reconnect with you guys. So here's to trying again. This is the year of facing my fears and doing the things I've been wanting to do. So far so good, I can't wait to see what the rest of this year is going to bring. :-) I'll talk to you again soon friends, take care, bye for now.

Monday, February 9, 2015

A very Merry Unbirthday to you! Oh yeah, and to me too!

So I realized today was the 9th, and I groaned when I realized that my birthday is only 6 months away. Truthfully I am thankful for every birthday I get, but I feel I haven't accomplished enough and time is just flying by. So I wasn't too happy about it, but then I decided, what the heck, I'm going to do what I always do on this landmark occassion. Happy Unbirthday to me!!! LOL! Oh, and to you too, of course. :-) And in honor of today, I think we shall have a song.

I hope you all had a wonderful Unbirthday today, or I hope you had an awesome birthday if today just happened to be your birthday. :-) I'll talk to you all again very soon. Take care until then. Bye for now. :-)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope your new year started with a bang! Mine started kind of mellow, but I did have a very fun day. I am so positive for this year. I see a lot of fun things in my future. I plan to come back here and blog again as well as doing other doll and craft related things. I can't wait to share my recent purchases and tell you what things I have been up to. More coming soon to this very spot. Stay tuned. :-)

And on that note I am going to go for now guys and gals. I didn't sleep much  last night and I am thinking bed time is coming soon. So I will be back soon to tell you about the Christmas gifts I gave my mom and my sister, and yes the wardrobes were part of that. That is a while crazy story in itself. LOL! Take care until next time guys. Bye for now. :-)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Changing, Growing, Moving On, I Don't Know

Image From Free Digital Photos
Hey all, how have you been? I know I've promised a couple posts to you, and they are still coming, just I've been doing a lot of thinking, organizing, and changing and I just didn't want to post anything until I really knew what I wanted to do. I am still sorting it all out in my head, but I do have some ideas in mind, and I want to get them down so I don't forget a potentially good idea.

So ever since "the breakup", I have been realizing that my life was so hitched up on one person and I totally forgot who I was and wanted to be. I don't feel ashamed of that, especially since I see a lot of people do that in life, but I am frustrated by it because it took me off my own path in life and now I am suffering to find my way back. I keep "walking" by other people's paths, and I tend to pause and wonder if that's a path I should go down or if that is my actual path in life, but then I see that's not my path and keep pushing forward.

In going forward, I realize that the doll hobby is where I want to stay, at least for now, and I want to expand on it by becoming a toy creator at some point. Actually I have a small list of things I want to do in life. I want to become a writer, but since most writers can't live off their writing income, I want to also continue with my interest in dolls and toys. So a writing toy creator? LOL! At some point in life I'd also like to create some apps, but that would be more of a hobby that I'll see if I can make money off of. I would like to look more into creating toys, perhaps focusing on making 3D print out patterns for toys that owners of 3D printers can buy and printout. However, much like all new technology, it'll be awhile before 3D printers become a common household item, so I will also focus on getting dolls and toys made the conventional, or old-fashioned, way.

I'm sure I will have to go back to school to make some of this happen, and I am trying to decide what school, when I should go, what curriculum I will need to take, and really what direction I want to go in. I would prefer learning on my own and not having to go back to school honestly, and I am sure that is possible, so I will look into that as well. I just would rather learn things in my own time frame rather than spread across four years, taking a lot of classes I won't really need.

However, as I return to the hobby and try to learn the wants of hobbyists, I sadly see a lot of the older hobbyists leaving the hobby for new hobbies, preferring to enjoy the hobby in private, or putting their hobby away because of life changes. It's super sad to see so many blogs, Youtube channels, and forums become ghost towns because people have changed, grown into a new direction, and moved on to something new. Granted that's also a good thing, we should always continue to grow and change in life so I wish good luck to those people, but it makes a long-time hobbyist, like myself, feel a little lonely. Don't get me wrong, I know this encourages me to make new hobby friends while trying to reconnect with those older hobbyists still hanging around, but it still is sad to see some of the greats say their farewells, or worse yet, just fade off into the distance without so much as a wave good-bye.

So in figuring this out, it makes me wonder, how do I keep up with the constantly changing "target market" I'd like to eventually sell and talk too? I know, everyone trying to sell items have to deal with this, along with other issues in their industry, like the bullying in the doll hobby scaring off people from the hobby, so I guess I will just have to think of how to stay current.

In the past year alone I've already found my interests in the hobby changing yet again. *sigh* So I was all into 1/6th when I got into the hobby, then I got interested in bjds while still greatly loving 1/6th. Then I found myself switching over to 1/6th completely for some reason. I liked the dolls, but I think I also saw them as more acceptable of a hobby to "the ex" because they weren't "toys", they were collector's items, and he could accept that more. However I still had all my 1/6th stuff collecting dust, getting old and brittle, turning yellow with age. Now I am finding that while I do like bjds, I prefer them tiny. The tallest I would probably really like is an MSD and even they are a bit big for me. I like the fashion doll size bjds, and if I ever follow through on my plans to make my own bjds one day, they will be fashion doll size. I just like their size, I like how clothing for them tends to be super easy to find as well as shoes sometimes, and I just love things in mini form. So it finally hit me, I just love 1/6th and smaller scale items. So I finally decided to return to my roots and enjoy 1/6th again. Yay!!!

But in returning to 1/6th and starting to organize my life online and off, I realize that a lot of people I follow no longer are of my interest. So I am sadly unfollowing a lot of people so I can actually interact with people with the same smaller scale mindset. It sucks so much to change what you find interesting, because you have to let go of certain things in order to enjoy it, at least that is what I am finding. But I am glad to finally have some direction in life now. It's one step on the long way back. I think I finally found my path, and though I've only gone a little ways up it, I think it's going to lead me where I need to be headed. I'll never let anyone or anything stray me from it again. I don't mind if someone's path goes parallel to mine, just a long as they don't ask me to ditch mine and jump onto their path, because their is no fun in that, trust me. Always be true to yourself my lovelies, and always be the captain of your own ship, your life will turn out so much better that way. I look at it this way, you and someone else can be going on your individual paths and you can still hold hands, talk, bond etc., without giving up yours. Yes, it took me a long time to learn this, and no, I will never forget it.

So, what's next? Well I still have those posts to share with you about my mom's dolls, a doll I am trying to customize, and some 1/6th projects I have been working on for years and never finished. I have a Youtube channel in the works for doll related stuff, and of course I need to update this blog, my Tumblr, just a lot of updating. Oh...and there is still the issue of the Christmas presents I am suppose to be working on. I am going to try to do that while doing Nanowrimo next month. :-D What? I work better under pressure anyway. *insert uneasy laugh here*

And can I take a moment to tell you all a boneheaded thing about myself. So I am on a laptop, and I accidentally made my screen zoom out. When that happened before, I would freak out not knowing how to fix it until I learned about "ctrl+ or ctrl-" will adjust the screen, then I came across the instructions for a previous old laptop that explained that if you take your fingers and push them away or towards each other on the touchpad it will adjust the screen again. You have no idea how shocked, excited, and dumb I felt when I tried this for the first time. *sigh + eye roll* Well hey, we need to keep on learning, and I accept that as lesson learned. I no longer freak out when it happens, and it makes me feel super techy when I do it. So there's that. LOL! Just had to share that with you all.

And on that note I will let you all go for now. I must return to organizing and sorting. I want to have it done by November 1st. I still have a lot to do. My Tumblr alone is going to kill me. thousands of posts that need to be tagged, sorted, some deleted, and so much more. I almost want to kill it and start over, but I don't want to lose my followers there, much like the reason I won't delete this blog because it's got posts of "the ex" in it, I don't want to lose you guys. So I shall push forward, clean it up as best I can, and keep on keeping on. Things will get better, and I'll feel like myself once I am organized and ready to jump back into the hobby. Just wish I hadn't let it go in the first place. Oh well, could've, should've, would've, but didn't. Suck it up and move on. ;-) I'll be back with another post soon lovelies. Until then, take care, bye for now. :-)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

19 inch GentleTouch Vinyl Super Hero Doll Baby Boy Doll By Jen Print

Whew, say that title 10 times fast. LOL! So my mom has recently gotten the collector's bug, and found herself interested in realistic looking baby dolls. Not being sure if she'd like these kinds of dolls, she decided to get into the hobby slowly with a cute and affordable doll. Searching through one of her favorite only marketplaces, who doesn't love Amazon, she found several cutie pies, and she found one she just had to bring home. Be sure to click the pictures to see them at full size.

This is the Super Hero Baby Doll produced by Gentle Touch Vinyl by the artist Jen Print. This little guy comes in his Super Hero costume, has a cloth body, and a super precious face. He's got a bit of weight to him, but isn't overly heavy. His body is a soft cloth body, and it's good for holding or cuddling. His costume is super cute with an attached cape and a felt mask. Now with the cape you'll want to be careful because we noticed that it can snag easily. My mom got a second doll and straight out of the box the cape was snagged in two places. Just something to keep in mind.

My mom decided she wanted a second doll after she got her first boy, but decided she wanted the second one to be a girl so he could have a twin sister. The face works perfectly for that. My mom tried different outfits and 0-3 months baby clothes works "fairly" ok. Premature baby clothes might work better for them because the onesie kind of bags in the crotch, but get them some good fitting pants and you won't notice really. The head has a good amount of hair in it, and you can create cute hairstyles with it.

I am in love with these dolls, they are super cute and look charming in their new outfits. The horse in the background is a toy my brother, sister, and I all played with as a child. And yes, that means it's vintage, *sniffle* I'm so old. LOL! But I think they look so sweet "playing" with their toys. But I think my mom has been firmly bitten by the collector's bug...she's got a new doll coming in tomorrow, and this one is a super cutie too. I'll post about it tomorrow once UPS drops it off. Until then, take care my awesome readers. Bye for now. :-)