Monday, May 28, 2012

Unpacking Dolls and Getting Organized

I couldn't stand it any longer.  Despite the remaining stacks of boxes in the basement, and the fact that I still haven't found the wastebaskets and toilet cleaning brushes for the bathrooms, I had to start unboxing dolls.

I started with the big Iplehouse boxes, knowing they contained not only the Iplehouse dolls but also some smaller doll boxes packed to fill up the extra space.  One of the boxes was surprisingly heavy.  Imagine my chagrin when I opened it and found a stack of doll magazines!  I expressly told the movers the box contents were fragile and not to stack them any more than 3 boxes high or to put anything heavy on top of them.  And what do I get?  Forty magazines stuffed into one box!  Forty!  Granted magazines today are slimmer than they used to be, but even 20 would have been too many.  Luckily the dolls beneath the stack were unharmed.

Before unpacking any dolls, I gave a lot of thought to where in the new house I could display them safely.  I have already had greening issues with some of the Iplehouse real skin resin.  There is no reversing the process in the two dolls affected, but at least I can take preventive measures with the others.

As it happens, the new house has a walk-in closet in the master bedroom.  It's not a huge closet.  Then again, I don't have a huge amount of clothing.  With my clothes taking up no more than half the available space, I saw an opportunity to turn the other half into a display/storage area.  I placed two folding bookcases against one wall.  The top shelves serve as display space, while the lower shelves hold plastic totes containing wigs, shoes and clothing.

One of the dressers in the bedroom is protected from the sun's direct rays, so I am using the top of it to showcase additional dolls.  This is nowhere near the amount of display space I need given the number of dolls I have.  The dolls will have to content themselves with taking turns in the limelight.

Meanwhile, the craft room in the basement is unpacked but not yet organized sufficiently for use.  I have a feeling that it will look messy no matter how I try to organize it.  The problem is it lacks a closet.  Everything is in full view.  Right now I can't afford to buy or build storage units.  I'm lucky to have the 3 mismatched, sagging bookcases that used to live in the basement of my condo.  They will do for now, even as I dream of how the room will eventually look when I pull it all together.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mr. Captain for SID

Freedom Teller now makes clothing to fit Iplehouse SID guys.  If you are not familiar with Freedom Teller, think classic tailoring and fabulous fit.  If you are into grunge, this is not the outfitter for you.  On the other hand, if you love traditional menswear but hate the idea of trying to sew it yourself, you've come to the right place.

Normally I wouldn't spend this much money on an outfit for a doll.  (For the record, I don't spend this much money on an outfit for me.)  How much money?  I'm not saying.  Go to Freedom Teller's website and see for yourself.  So what made me take the plunge?  Mr. Captain is an airline captain's uniform.  I schedule our company's airplane, so buying this outfit was a no brainer.

I picked Jamie (Iplehouse Claude) to model it, because he hasn't had anything new for a while.  Shane got the last outfit.  It's Jamie's turn.  And a fine captain he makes, too.  The set consists of a pair of off-white pants, a white short-sleeved shirt with epaulets, a jacket, a striped silk tie, a hat, and removable pilot's wings so you can pin them to either the jacket or the shirt.  There are also two spare buttons, one for the jacket and one for the shirt.  The hat was available in either white or navy.  I picked white.  There are no shoes with the outfit, and no belt.  The only belt I had on hand was black.  I felt it didn't go with the brown shoes, so I left it off.

The outfit fits like a glove without being too snug.  The pants are roomy enough to tuck in the shirt, which is tapered for a close fit.  I wondered how the hat would fit over a wig but there was no problem over a short, head-hugging wig.  I didn't try it with a bulkier wig.

I am really happy with the quality and fit of this outfit and wouldn't hesitate to buy from Freedom Teller again.  They also plan a line of clothing for SID women.  I can hardly wait!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Itching to Start a Face-Up

On the floor just outside my kitchen sits a small box with four cans of MSC.  The reason that these and other aerosol cans and cleaning liquids are readily at hand when everything else is in a limbo of boxes is because the movers wouldn't transport them.  Too dangerous.  That's why I drove from the condo to the new house, a distance of about 15 miles, carrying three freaked-out caged birds (the movers wouldn't take them, either) and a carload of potentially incendiary cans and liquids.

Each time I pass by the MSC, I have the same reaction.  Here I am, unpacking boxes, when what I really want is to do a face-up.  And not just any face-up.  A couple of months ago I purchased a Souldoll Chloe head from a fellow member of Den of Angels (DoA).  Normally I don't buy floating heads, because there is no guarantee I will ever find just the right body for them.  I could buy Chloe a Souldoll body.  The trouble there is that I have had mixed results with Souldoll bodies.  I have yet to find one that behaves as advertised.

I tried to buy the full Chloe doll last year after Souldoll announced that the sculptor was leaving the company and his sculpts would be retired.  I had been admiring her for a while and figured it was my last chance.  Denver Doll was still advertising that it had one in stock.  Of course, by the time I sent in my order, that in-stock doll was sold.  At the time, I took it as an omen that I should buy an Iplehouse doll instead.

Now I find myself with a Chloe head with no face-up and no body.  For the body, I want to buy a ShinyDoll Thaasa III body.  I have seen the Thaasa body (it may be version II) at a couple of doll meet-ups and am very impressed with its posability.  The resin should be a close-enough match, if not exact.  The size should work, too.  Chloe was one of the shorter SoulDouble girls, so the Thaasa's small frame should suit her well.  I am close to completing a couple of sales on DoA, which will give me enough money for the ShinyDoll body.  (That's if Iplehouse doesn't come out with a must-have Limited or Elemental Guardian at the same time.)

I love the look Chloe debuted with.  She was one of Souldoll's Christmas 2010 dolls.  I wish I were a good-enough face-up artist to achieve that same look.  (Minus the cherub sitting on her head.)  The new house cost me more money than I was expecting to spend, however, so sending the head away for an artist face-up is out of the question.  Besides, I want to play around with it and see what I come up with.

Chloe as she appeared in Souldoll's advertising

So far I have the head, the MSC, rubber gloves, a mask, and one set of pastels.  I still need to find my colored pencils, along with my artist brushes, foam applicators, and various other small tools.  The movers labeled everything from my craft room as Craft Room and stacked them all in the same area of the basement.  Even so, I'll have to open every box until I find what I'm looking for.

I know where the sewing machine is.  It's sitting in the middle of the table where I usually sew.  The trouble is that the table is surrounded by boxes.  So, no sewing yet.  Luckily, I have the bobbin cover, which popped off the machine as the movers were loading it.  I heard it fall and grabbed it quickly before someone could step on it.  It's plastic.  It wouldn't have survived being trod on by movers carrying heavy stuff out of the condo.  Another omen.  It's time to get back to work.

Monday, May 7, 2012

All Moved In -- Sort of

Resin Corner has officially moved.  I wish I could show a photo of my new craft room, but for now it consists of floor-to-ceiling boxes.  I'm a little afraid to go down there, in case all those boxes fall on top of me and I'm never seen again! 

My workplace has also moved.  Instead of going to work to rest up after unpacking boxes, I had more boxes to unpack before I could even sit down to my computer.  I'm tired and I have developed a cold.  Little wonder.

Because I haven't had a chance to take new photos, for now I thought I would share a few favorites:

Elfdoll Hazy

KazeKidz Layla Fair Elf

Iplehouse SID Claude

Iplehouse YID Harin