Thursday, July 16, 2015

My Wishful Thinking Wishlist and Why I'm Not Playing K'Nex With Someone Special

It happened when I saw Iris Clops pop up in my suggestions today. I have wanted Iris since I heard about her, but even more so when I learned about her "I Love Fashion" doll. It first started with a random picture that lead to an auction that was taken down quickly. They showed her off in all her glory. I was hooked, but the rumor was, it was fake. *sigh* So I let that dream go. However, as time went by, more and more sightings started coming out and then doll Youtubers started talking about her and sharing her and then Mattel let us know, it wasn't a fake and she could be ours very soon. Flash forward to today, I find out she's a Toys R Us exclusive and we'd have to hit the aisles to try to get her. Something tells me she's rare, and hard to find. I'm not willing to pay scalper prices or fight for her, so the dream sadly ends here. I'm still hopefully I can get her on Amazon for a decent price, sometimes I get lucky like that. We'll see. Fingers crossed. And hey, it is my birthday next month, and people are already asking me what I want. :-D

From there, though, things just got worse. The next thing that
caught my eye was Wydowna Spider and her "I Love Fashion" doll. I actually wanted this doll before I knew about the one for Iris. Wydowna is just such an interesting doll, being a spider and all, and I am so not a fan of spiders, but she's a cutie. Her clothes are cool, she gets a good amount of them along with shoes, and I love the way she looks. The only thing keeping me from getting her is that loud blue lipstick on her. Sure, I could repaint them, but I just don't think I could do her justice, and it would bother me to change the doll. But I do so love her, especially her widow's peak.

Next on the list is Monster High Ghoul Fair Scarah Screams. I love Scarah Screams. For some reason she reminds me on Winona Ryder from around the Beetlejuice days. She's Lydia Deetz and she's of sound mind. You ask her, she's answering, yes she loves that man of hers. LOL! I think that's why she appeals to me so much. Her white eyes, dark hair, pale skin, a perfect emo goth in the making, or just a misunderstood ghoul, take your pick. I have two of this lovely lady, her "I Love Fashion" doll and her "Freaky Fusion" doll. The "Freaky Fusion" doll, I have plans to customize her. I don't know if I am keeping her. I am really happy with the first Scarah I have, so I can easily pass on others. That is why I am passing on the fair one. She's cute, I love the yellow in her hair, and the outfit is super cute, but I think I will hold off. If I find a good deal on her, during Black Friday or something, then I will get her.

Next is the 2015 SDCC Monster High Valentine and Whisp dolls. In all honesty, I
just want Valentine, he's a hottie. Whisp is pretty and all, but I don't really have any feeling for her. Sorry Whisp lovers out there, she's just not my bag baby. But Valentine, he's so suave and awesome looking. He reminds me of a character I want to put into my doll comic one day, though he's a bad guy, not sure if Valentine is a bad guy or not. I'll have to find out. But alas, I'll have to hope they make another doll of him for cheaper. He's a bit pricey for me with his lovely lady in their exclusive set. Fingers crossed that our paths will cross again. *dreamy sigh*

The next dolls are along the same theme, I only want the boy. The Monster High Boo York, Boo York Comet-Crossed Couple Cleo de Nile and Deuce Gorgon doll pack. I only want Deuce in the set. I don't know, I've never been big on Cleo. In fact, I only have one Cleo and that was so I could steal her hands for my Howleen Wolf doll. Cleo will be customized. I don't know why I don't like her that much, the character is funny enough, but I just don't like the doll too much. But I have always wanted a Deuce, and this one is just so handsomely cool looking. Perhaps I'll get the set, keep him, and pass her on. Or perhaps I'll just wait for another doll of him that appeals to me like this one does. Only time will tell. Now, pardon me as I do some quick Deuce picspam just to show you how handsome this beautiful boy is.

The next doll(s) are the Monster High Great Scarrier Reef Peri and Pearl dolls. When I saw these ladies, I couldn't help but think that Mattel was taking notes from customizers on making a two-headed doll. This doll is so awesome and I loved the idea of a two-headed doll. I really want to know the story of these two girls. I so need to get back into watching the Monster High shorts and movies. Now the only down side to these girls is the fact that they are a water monster with a tail. There isn't much to work with with a doll that has a tail. They'd mostly be for display and as my collecting habits have changed, I don't collect dolls that will merely sit around to be on display. So sadly I'll have to just look at owners pictures of these lovelies when they come out. :-(

Now this next doll I MUST have. She's just so
freaking adorable. The Monster High Monster Exchange Program Isi doll. Seriously? So awesome! Look at the ears, the horns, the face-up, the clothes!!! She's so freaking awesome!!! The only reason I won't get this girl is if I can't afford her when she is released or she's hard to get. Fingers crossed tight I can make this girl mine.

This next girl, the Monster High Monster Exchange Program Kjersti doll, isn't necessarily a "must-have" girl, but she sure is a "must-see" girl. There's sadly only a blurry photo (image found here on maplesyrup44's instagrram) and cartoon pictures on the sales page for her, but she looks adorable and she's on the little sister body. She may possibly be a "must-have" after I see her. Even through the blurr, she just looks so cute.

The next two are Ever After High dolls. The first one
I am in love with is Ever After High Melody Piper. She looks so funky and reminds me of the skaters from the Jet Set Radio game, look down below at the video to learn more about the game. She looks like she's ready to grab Porter Geiss's spray paints and some skates and go for it! I am not big into Ever After High dolls, but this girl is awesomeeee!!! Humm, how many times am I going to use that word in this post. Anyone keeping count? That would be awesome. :-D And can I say, I am loving that Mattle is doing more body art on dolls. I always felt that parents being against it was silly. Her leg art looks amazinggggg!

The next doll is another 2015 SDCC Exclusive, the Mattel Ever After High Raven Queen doll. This doll looks so deliciously evil in her outfit. She looks like she is ready to take you down with a powerful spell. From what I remember, she doesn't want to be evil, but she is seriously giving it to me in this doll. Very nice. But again, I'll have to enjoy the owner pictures of her because yeah, so not going to try affording her. Sooo out of my price range, but she is still so...awesome. :-) Count anyone?

Ok, last one. This one doesn't seem to have an
Amazon sale page, but I saw him on the Monster High Arena (image found here). It's Finnegan Wake. Yes, he's a water monster, but he's in a wheelchair. Meaning he's mobile and in style! Ahhhhh!!! I want this guy so much. He looks so rad and is ready to hang ten with the best of them. I am not sure if he is coming out later this year or early next year. I may or may not get him. He's just so interesting and I can't wait to see real life pictures of him. Come home to me Finnegan! Come home to me!!!

And that brings my list to an end. I know, sad faces all around, but I just had to share with you all my wishful thinking list. I know if I get anyone off this list, it'll probably be about 2 or 3 of them. Which isn't bad by any means at all. And of course if I get any, you guys will be the first to know. :-)

So the Amazon sale was a bust today. There was a deluxe set of Ever After High dolls and a Boo York, Boo York doll and playset, and both were just a few bucks off, so I didn't get any dolls. There was one thing being offered a few dollars cheaper, a K'nex set with 750 pieces. I've always been curious about this toy and wanted to try making some videos with someone building things, but dangit all, by the time my computer acknowledged my click, they were gone. Like literally in one minute all were snatched up and waiting list was full. Another minute later and they were all bought. *pouty face* Oh well, there will probably be a good sale around the holidays, so I can wait and try to get it again. So yes, I left a sale with my money firmly in my pocket. Oh well, I got the new Sims 4 game pack yesterday, so that makes me feel better. I also plan to get some patterns this week or weekend, fingers crossed. If not, they will go on sale again in two weeks, so I can wait. Amazon, you let me down. *sigh* LOL!

And on that note, I am off my lovelies. I will talk to you all in the next post. Be good until then. Take care. Bye for now.

Love always,

Monday, July 13, 2015

What's On The Wishlist - 17-inch Monster High Doll / 17-inch Ever After High Doll

Hey guys and gals, how are we all doing today? I hope today reached you with happy thoughts and good things happening, even if it was a cloudy and humid day like it currently is for me right now. No worries, cloudy days are awesome too. I always tell myself something good is going to happen to me on a cloudy day. You just wait, it will, and you all will be the first to know. :-)

So, as I mentioned in my last post, I have been buying things to share with you all on the blog for the past couple of months. A lot of them items were to use in Yesssss, I still have plans to open that darn thing. Ugh, I hate still talking about it now because it's been years. However, I knew I needed some models for the clothes I wanted to make, and I wanted to customize some dolls as well and see how well they sell. So yeah, I have some of those to show you, and some other random stuff I've bought. However, I still need to take pictures of things, and some things I was going to try to make a video of. So until then, I figured I'd share with you guys what's on my want or wishlist.

So from the title, I'm sure you've figured out this post's item. The 17-inch Monster High dolls and the 17-inch
Ever After High doll. I love big fashion dolls. I've always thought to myself, if I make a ball-joint doll I would make her a tall fashion doll. I just love the proportions of fashion dolls, they are much like fashion illustrations and even models that walk the catwalk. The figures are elegant and unique, and that really shows in bigger fashion dolls. So when I first heard about the 17-inch Monster High dolls, I flipped. I knew I had to have them all. I was only first aware of Draculaura, Frankie, and Clawdeen, but then I learned of Gooliope and that she'd recently been released, I had to bring that girl home, and I did. I have yet to take her out of the box, but I plan on doing that this week and then I will share her with you. I've seen some box openings of her and I can already see the hair is going to be iffy, but she's a beautiful girl. Seeing how much I loved her, I had to find out when the other girls were coming out. Seems September or October, from what I've read. Basically, Fall. So I have time. Or so I thought. After watching a video by Anne Pecaro the other day, I learned of 17-inch Maddie Hatter. What?!?

Ok, so I LOVE anything to do with Alice in Wonderland, and I really LOVE anything to do with the Mad Hatter. He was one of my favorite characters in the story, and I knew I would want a Maddie doll when I heard about her. However, I never got one because I was worried I'd want to start collecting Ever After High dolls. That was the main reason I avoided Monster High dolls, there are practically no clothing packs or shoe packs for the dolls, so if you want to make them look different you'd have to buy the dolls themselves and that can get pricey unless you find a good sale. So I avoided it for a long time, but things changed, and now I have several Monster High dolls, and now I have 3 Ever After High dolls, and I still want more. *sigh* However, Maddie is one girl I really want. Only problem is, most of her dolls have gloved hands, so when I first heard about the 17-inch doll, I went looking for her hands first. *sigh again* Gloved. I think it's awesome they found a way to make gloved hands in small scale on the cheap, it makes for more interesting outfits, but I hate not having a "normal" option for them as well. So I was going to pass on 17-inch Maddie, but as I've said, I love tall fashion dolls. So she was put on the list. When I found out she'd be released in either August or September, I freaked out even more. I feel so silly for wanting to bring this girl home, but I simply must. I think I will like the 17-inch size more than they 11.5-inch(ish) size dolls. So, fingers crossed, Gooliope will be getting a new friend in about a month.

Well, after deciding on getting a big girl, Anne Pecaro did a hybrid doll with her Azone doll, Barbie doll, and Maddie Hatter doll. Say what??? Yes, I know, it sounds crazy, but oddly it worked. I'll post the video down below.

*sigh again again* I miss making hybrids. I used to do it all the time back in the day. Time to try them out again. Anyway, from this video I learned that Maddie was shorter than the other dolls in the series? Say what, again????? That sealed the deal for me. I must have this doll. I went searching for her, and though I fell in love with this one with lighter purple streaks in her hair, I just hated the hands so much, so I finally found one in the series without gloved hands. Score!!! So I'm planning to bring this cutie home either this week or next. I want to wait and see what kind of sales will be offered on Amazon Prime Day first. If they offer a Maddie on discount, then I will get her for the hands, and then get the cutie above and just switch the hands out. I may still do that even without a good sale during Amazon Prime Day.

What's Amazon Prime Day you ask? It's an Amazon celebration for Prime Members only, and it's suppose to have better sales than Black Friday. I thought, wow, awesome, a cool Black Friday sale in July. Amazon is so smart...until I got an email from Target boasting about a better than Black Friday sale in July. Then Best Buy chimed in with the same thing, and well, I was like nevermind. LOL! However, that doesn't mean the sale won't be good. I got a big hunk of my Monster High collection during Black Friday sales last year on the Zon, so I am hopeful to get some good deals this week. After the sale, if I didn't manage to get anything overly good, I'll get Maddie. And oh goodness, if they put Gooliope on sale, I am so bringing another one home. I want one to try to customize. *sigh one more time*

So yes, I blame the awesome Anne Pecaro for my wallet being a little more empty. LOL! Honestly, I am so happy to be inspired about dolls again. I was on the fence of giving up on them after the rough couple of years I went through, but then I recently reconnected with an awesome person who told me to just be me and enjoy what I love. And so I am. :-)

So that is what is on the want/wishlist right now. I need my big girls, and my little Maddie. After that, I think I will take a break and enjoy what I have. I have some purchases coming up this year for my gaming hobby, so I need to cut back on dolls for a least until Black Friday rolls around again. What? It's only 4 months away. I can handle that. I hope. ;-)

And on that note my lovely readers, I will end this long post here. The sun is starting to peek through the clouds, the birds are singing, and I've just been asked to go play some Guild Wars 2. It's a good day indeed. ;-) I hope all of you have a great day today and get plenty of play time in. I will talk to you all again very soon. Take care until. Bye for now.

Love always,

Sunday, July 12, 2015

That Beautiful Time In The Morning

Image From Free Digital Photos
Hi all, long time no see. I'm not even sure if anyone still reads my poor blog, and if you do, thank you so much, that truly means a lot to me. I figured it was about time I popped back in here, dusted things off, and took inventory.

So I am sitting here during that beautiful time in the morning. You know the time. Around 5 A.M. when the birds are all chirping and the bugs are loud, and there aren't many other sounds but that. Everyone in your neighborhood is still asleep, and it's just you and nature. I love this time of the morning. I'd usually be seeing it after staying up all night and I'd be just about ready to crawl into bed. However, yesterday and today I am seeing it after waking up from a full night's rest. Completely weird and backwards for me, but I kind of enjoy it more. It gives me a moment of silence in the morning before everyone wakes up. I can truly focus on a few things before all the distractions start. So I thought I'd focus my attention here for a bit.

So, when I started blogging wayyyy back in the day, I did it mostly to talk about dolls and what I was currently doing with them and what I'd recently bought and what I had dreams of buying. While I still plan to do that here, I felt it left me limited as years went by. I'm not just focusing on dolls any more. I've always been a sort of Jill-of-All-Trades, so I like to tinker in a lot of things. I've never really shown that here because I felt I needed to keep this blog about dolls. I tried blogging over at Tumblr to kind of have more freedom to post what I wanted, but that blog quickly turned into a sort of weird Pinterest for me, and I already have a Pinterest account, so it started losing it's excitement for me. Now I mostly use it for when I have anxiety. I tend to reblog things of interest until I feel calmer. It usually takes 30 minutes to a hour and then I may not touch the blog again for several days to a week or more. I'm thinking of restarting the blog under a new email address so I can kind of make it a side blog to this one to inform more people of when I post here. I'd like this blog to return to being my main blog, but in order to do that, I have to change how I post here.

I want to change this blog into a hobby and lifestyle blog. I want to post about dolls, crafts, music, life, whatever is really going on with me. While I did work some of that in before, I never really got fully into that because this is suppose to be a doll blog. However, I think I this blog can work well being kind of a central point of all things me. So I will keep my Tumblr blogs as a side gig, and come back and give this place some love. I honestly have so much to share with you all. I've been on a sort of buying spree, also something I sometimes do when anxiety is high, and it's all been waiting to be shared. So I look forward to sharing all of that with you soon.

The birds are getting louder, the bugs are dying down some, and now there is a rooster crowing somewhere in the distance. Yes, a rooster. There has always been a rooster somewhere close by in all the years I have lived in my neighborhood. And on top of all this lovely nature, I hear a siren off in the distance as well. I have another 30 minutes of awesome bird time before it's all over. I'm not really sure how to spend it. I'm still trying to wake up, so maybe I'll just sit here and listen and try to pick out the different birds I hear. So, have any of you experienced this beautiful time in the morning? If there weren't so many huge black spiders outside during this time, I would so want to go out and sit on the porch and enjoy it. Well...and if it wasn't already 80 degrees at 5 something in the morning. A humid 80 degrees. You know what? I think I'll just sit here at my desk with the window open and just enjoy the birds this way. :-)

So I think I will close this post off here my lovely lads and lassies. I'm still groggy from sleep, my internal clock is trying to tell me it's time for sleep and I am trying to tell it that it's wrong. So I will let you all go for now. I'll probably be tinkering with the layout here some to make it look more interesting. I still can't decide what I want for it. I have someone helping me think through it and hopefully we will come up with something soon. But I will still post while I am trying to decide all that. I hope all of you are having an awesome weekend, and that you have a lovely Sunday. I will be spending my Sunday playing some Guild Wars 2, some Sims 4, watching David in The Kitchen (don't judge), writing, and planning some blog posts. I'd say that's a pretty decent Sunday. :-) Talk to you all soon. Take care until then. Bye for now.

Love always,