|Size matters: Oasis Doll Natalie on the left. Right, from back to front:|
U-Noa Quluts Sist, U-noa Chibi Lilin, Kaye Wiggs Millie, and Puki Fee Zoe
Crescent Trading is a service that makes Japanese goods available to overseas buyers. There is a fee for their part of the transaction, but it is a small price to pay for the opportunity to buy dolls whose maker is disinclined to bother with international sales. There are two ways to obtain a doll through Noppin: by lottery and by purchase. I never win anything, so for me the idea of a lottery is a don't-even-go-there proposition. Dolls for purchase, on the other hand, are first-come-first-served until the stock runs out. It's a good idea to have a currency converter open as you shop, to reassure you that 45,500 Japanese Yen is not as mind-boggling an amount as it looks.
|Sist ditched her high heels so she wouldn't appear|
disproportionately taller than Lilin.
Roron was far from inexpensive, considering the doll comes as an unassembled, unpainted kit. I ordered an extra faceplate while I was at it, because I could do so without incurring additional shipping costs. I'll have to assemble and paint her myself, but that is a project I enjoy. The savings over buying the completed doll on ebay are considerable. Any time you see a brand-new, artist-painted doll on ebay, you can be sure that the asking price reflects a healthy return on investment for the seller. On the other hand, if money is no object and the doll is painted in a way that you find irresistable, go for it!
|While the tights are a little roomy on Lilin, Narae couldn't get them|
up past her thighs. (See Note below.)
Meanwhile, Lilin is keeping the Garden bench warm for Roron's arrival.
A note about Lilin's outfit: This was to be an outfit for Narae, from a pattern called Cute and Colourful by Martha Boers. I printed the pattern from a PDF, not noticing that it did not print to scale. Even after enlarging the pattern on the photocopier, I found that the tube top, arm warmers and tights were too small for Narae. Enter Lilin, the recipient of garments that don't fit anyone else. I altered the tube top to fit Lilin's curves, then didn't want to hide it under a dress bodice, so the dress became a skirt. I still need to shorten the arm warmers and I should square off the toes on the tights to take up the extra fabric there. Lilin didn't want to wait for all that, so she appears here in the outfit as it is at this time.