Gratitude

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Betrayal - Part I (A story without words)

Before I begin my tale, I would like to introduce the newest character in the play:  Caroline's Parlor, by American Girl.  I don't collect American Girl dolls, but apparently someone who once lived in my house did, because I received her catalog in the mail.  When I think that I almost tossed it without a second glance--am I ever glad I didn't!  AG's furnishings are perfectly sized for MSDs.  Despite its hefty price tag, I ordered the three-piece parlor.  What a wonderful set-piece this is!  It is all wood construction, solid, heavy and beautifully put together.  The only false notes are a few plastic accent pieces.  I am now looking for a wood frame for the reversible picture/mirror, and I have a couple of bids in to ebay for some pottery for the shelves.  Just 30 minutes to go before I know if they are mine.

Two of the other characters you have already met in these pages:  they are Mirrren, a U-noa Quluts Lusis, and Brodie, a U-noa Quluts L-Bi.  The third doll, Charlotte, is a new U-noa Quluts Sist faceplate that I purchased complete with faceup.  She is attached to the body that normally belongs to Reese (a different Sist faceplate with faceup by me).  For those of you unfamiliar with U-noa dolls, the Sist sculpt has a closed mouth while the Lusis sculpt has an open mouth.

And now for our (wordless) tale of love and betrayal...















To be continued...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chittenden County Doll Meet-Up, October 20, 2012

Having just read Modern Wizard's blog post of this event, it's going to be hard to come up with something different.  But I'll try.

First of all, I was a half-hour late because I waited as long as I dared for a FedEx home delivery that didn't come until after I had left.  The package was there when I got home, but you'll have to wait until next week to see what it is.  Suffice it to say that it's doll-related, but it's not a doll.

Three stalwarts attended the meet-up:  Modern Wizard, Lyrajean, and myself.  As usual, we were outnumbered by the dolls.



Modern Wizard brought Sardonix, a Cerebrus Project Juri 2006 with Shinydoll body, and Araminthe, a B&G Dolls Burrysa snarling.  Sardonix is usually accompanied by Noodge, a Fairyland RealPuki Soso, but this time she came alone.  Noodge, alas, has been SOLD.  (Boo-hoo!)  I can understand the reasoning behind the sale, however:  money needed for more dolls.  Been there, done that, only not with Soso.



Lyrajean brought her brand new Iplehouse EID Asa, a Soom Mecha Angel Sabik (80 cm tall!), a Unoa Quluts Sist, and her Volks YoSD Kira.

 


I brought Iplehouse EID Soo (an SID Soo on an EID body) to show off her reworked faceup, one of my two Asa JIDs (to compare with the EID version), and BID Ringo in her trick-or-treat outfit as the Great Pumpkin.

 
 

Big Asa and Soo traded wigs to see how they'd look in other colors and styles.  Wouldn't you know, the one I'd most like to buy is a discontinued style (see photo below).  I wonder if I could cut one of my existing wigs to look like it?  Not a good idea:  one slip of the snip and the wig is history.  Too bad.  Soo looks very film noir in it.

 
 

One more small group shot before I sign off:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

New Iple Girl Portraits

I took advantage of the sunshine earlier this week to take new portraits of some of my Iplehouse ladies. 

I hope I can actually post them, because a week ago Google notified me that I had used up my free photo storage space and needed to buy more.  If I have used up all my photo storage, it is because Blogger reads vertical .jpg photos taken with a Canon camera as horizontal.  In order to get them to display correctly, I have to convert the file to .tif or .png format, both of which result in huge files.

Before paying any money, I figured I should at least try to reduce the size of my photos.  It took a long time, but I resized all the .tifs and .pngs and then began the laborious process of substituting them for the photos already posted on the blog.  It wouldn't be such an onerous task, except that removing a photo also removes the caption -- and some photos have lengthy captions.  I haven't finished, but I have regained some space.  And a much wiser Balljointedwoman is now taking horizontal photos and cropping them to look vertical.  Apparently Blogger's software is okay with that.

Here is Soo with a new pair of eyes.  Her high-domed hard acrylic eyes did not photograph well.  Now I have her in a pair of low-domed Eyeco soft silicone eyes, size 11 mm.  They look much more realistic.



I took many photos of Beatrice/Bianca in her blue wig.  They're all good, so it was difficult to pick just one to show here.  She looks alternately pouty and sad, depending on the camera angle.



Out of curiosity, I put Beatrice in the off-the-shoulder Goddess Gown for EID that I bought on e-bay.  Would it fit her smaller body?  It did indeed.  In my opinion, the gown fits SID and nYID girls better than it does EID girls.  On EIDs, the back does not lace completely closed.  On the other two sizes it does.



In closeup, she looks every inch the haughty princess, don't you think?



*Soo's wig and Beatrice's blue wig from Jpopdolls; Beatrice's braided wig from Iplehouse.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pouty Pumpkin

Last year I made an adorable pumpkin Halloween costume for LittleFee Lishe.  I believe the pattern was by the House of O'Brien.  It was one of those sewing projects that I finished late in the day, photographed by the dying light and posted the same evening.  The resulting photos were less than pretty. 

This year, determined to take photos in full sunlight, I pulled out the same costume, put it on Maddy (Iplehouse BID Ringo) and set off to find some awesome fall color to use as a backdrop.



I have a knack for finding fall color that is just past its peak.  Or else not quite there yet.  The best fall color always catches me unawares, like on my morning commute when I have no camera and there is no place to stop even if I had it. Add the fact that I'm also usually late for work, so stopping is not an option. 

I did find some colorful scenery today.  I even found a place by the side of the road wide enough to pull over and get out of the car.  Unfortunately, there was no place to pose a doll inside the scene.  So I took a few photos, moseyed along the back roads of northern Vermont for an hour or so, and went home, where I photographed Maddy on the deck behind my house. 


I would have loved to seat her among a display of pumpkins, except that I didn't come across any roadside stands on my drive today and so didn't buy any.  I don't know which is worse: having an idea for a photo shoot that I can't execute because none of the props come to hand, or having no idea what sort of photos to take in the first place.

Maddy was the perfect doll to take on this sortie.  She looks as disgruntled as I felt after driving around--albeit a whole lot cuter!  She didn't perk up until I suggested we go inside and eat chocolate.  What can I say?  She's a girl after my own heart.