Gratitude

Sunday, May 26, 2013

New Guy in Town Spells Trouble


That sure is a pretty dress you're wearing, Jillian.
Thank you, Shane.  I wore it especially for you.


What are you looking at?  Oh, who's that?
New guy.  I forget his name.  Anthony.  Anders.  Something like that.
Does that mean you won't introduce us?


Why do you want an introduction?
Because you seem to know him.  And he's looking this way.


Hi, my name is Jillian.
Andrew.  I'm pleased to meet you.


Are you new in town?
Yes.  Yes, I am.  I've met a few of the guys, but no one quite like you.  


(She's beautiful.  I could stare into her eyes for hours.  Days, even.)


(He seems very sweet.  If only Shane weren't so insanely jealous.  I'd like to be Andrew's friend.)


Listen up, new guy.  Keep your hands off my girl.  Jillian is mine.
Hey, there's nothing going on.  We introduced ourselves, that's all.


And that's all it will ever be, unless you want a heap of trouble.  You get what I'm saying?


Loud and clear.  I don't want any trouble.


(Who does he think he is, ordering me away?  I'll make friends with anyone I choose.  Just see if I don't.)





Sunday, May 19, 2013

Chittenden County Doll Club Meeting May 18, 2013

Now that Modern Wizard has posted our doll club meeting from yesterday (http://ccdollclub.blogspot.com/) I can finally post mine.  No kidding, I wait for her to post so that I know who's who among the dolls in attendance.  No way could I have spelled the names of Lyrajean's two Volks dolls otherwise.  In my humble opinion, we should each come to meet-ups with cards (or slips of paper) to hand out.  On each card would be our name and the names of the dolls we have brought, along with a comment or two about the doll, if desired.  It would help those of us who blog, but who have no short-term memory, when we are faced with photos of lovely dolls and not a clue who they are.

Did I say lovely dolls?  Let the parade begin:

From Lyrajean:

Little Volks YoSD Kira, in front of some very tall legs.

The beautiful Iplehouse EID Asa.  Lyrajean makes all her
dolls' outfits, as I do.

This handsome guy is Volks Hijakata Toshizo.  He is about
as tall as Asa, so I am guessing he is SD-16.


Also from Volks, this is Date Masamune.  I believe he was wearing
a kimono and a different wig the last time we saw him.  He is a
little shorter than Hijakata Toshizo, so I am guessing SD  size.

From Goldi:

Three tiny dolls:  Fairyland PukiFee Pong, who is faced-up
to resemble a red squirrel;  Bambicrony Ciao Bella Cherry
Tea; and from Luts, a CP Tiny Delf Dorothy.

Finally, to lay to rest the rumors that MiniFee Celine is merely a
Chloe with teeth, here is my Celine on the left with Goldi's Chloe
in the pink wig on the right.  Not even close!

From Modern Wizard:

A dude with attitude:  Timonium, a Soom Faery Legend Auber.
He is 1:6 scale, or close to Barbie size.

On the right, Modern Wizard's Sardonix, a CP Juri 2006 head on a
Shinydoll Thaasa body.  On the left is my Fairyland MiniFee Juri elf,
named Calandra, who has a faceup by Jay Searle.  She is nowhere near
Sardonix in size.  Sardonix is seated and Calandra is kneeling beside her.

From Megan:

This talented young woman sculpts her own dolls from Sculpey.
On the left is an elf girl in 1:6 scale (same scale as Timonium,
above).  On the right is a 1:12 scale dude.  Wish I had brought
a RealPuki to the meeting for comparison.  The head-to-body
proportions may be different, but the size is pretty close.

And finally, my crowd:

A sofa full of MiniFees:  my Celine (Sidonie); Goldi's Chloe; my
Shushu (Mallory); and behind the sofa, my Juri elf (Calandra).  I
didn't take close-ups, as I have been featuring these girls for several
posts now.  Sidonie's outfit dates back to my black-and-white project.

My LittleFee Shiwoo on the left, with Lyrajean's Volks Kiri and
Goldi's Bambicrony Cherry Tea.

Wig switch:  Sidonie, Chloe, and Mallory.  (Actually, I
think they look better in their original wigs.)
Our next meeting is in July.  I should have my Iplehouse JID Benny by then.  I'll also bring some small elves to play in the forest setting that Modern Wizard is bringing.  LittleFee Ante is all agog at the thought of attending a meetup!  She'll need a new outfit.  Better get sewing.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

All Minifees Present and Accounted For

Minifee Celine arrived yesterday.  She shipped on Thursday, exactly three calendar months from the date I placed the order.  If you've been following my blog, you already know that in the interim I acquired two additional Minifees, bringing the total to three.  I don't know what it is about the number 3:  I have 3 LittleFees and 3 RealPukis, 3 Iple BIDs and 3 Iple JIDs, as well as 3 Iple SID men.  I didn't set out to collect in threes; it just happened that way.

Bald and naked, still in the box.  Celine arrived with bright
blue 16 mm eyes.  They are so big they make her look
cross-eyed, so I changed them to a pair of 14 mm.

I ordered Celine with her fullset.  The costume did not particularly thrill me; all I really wanted from it were the wig and the shoes.  Plus, by spending a certain amount of money, I qualified for an event head.  One of the choices was a Minifee version of Siean.  The thought of having a Mini-me version of Feeple65 Siean sealed the deal.  The downside is that I now have a head without a body.  Siean can borrow one of the other girls' bodies, but I can never display all of them together.  I guess that means I am on the hunt for a Minifee body.  Alas, no money.  I have to sell a doll first.

Minifee Siean head.  I'm debating whether to paint it myself
or send it out to another artist.

Although I took the time to dress her in it for photographs, I expect I will be selling the rest of the costume.  It's very fussy, compared to the way my dolls usually dress.  I am also leery of the black fabric used for parts of it.  The black panties left marks on her resin within five minutes of putting them on.  This made me doubly nervous about the blouse, which is made of the same black fabric from the bust down.  (The rest is netting.)  After taking photos I put her in an outfit I already had.  The black marks came off with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, but I'm not taking any chances.

Stuff!  Top left: wig.  Bottom left: costume.  Top right:
purse and heel feet.  Bottom right: shoes.

While I waited for Celine I worried about her feet.  Fairyland's site shows her wearing high heel shoes, but I had heard that Minifees come with flat feet.  Some flat-footed dolls can wear high heels.  Usually the shoes are built up under the ball of the foot as well as the heel.  Celine's shoes are true high heels.  Big sigh of relief, then, when I saw among the pieces of her costume a separate small bag containing a pair of heel feet.  Of course, that meant I would have to change her from flat feet to heel feet.  This is never a prospect I enjoy, because I always end up dropping one end of the elastic and having to fish it out of the upper leg or torso, depending on how far it has retracted.  And yes, the same thing happened this time.  I'm afraid she is going to wear these shoes for a very long time, because I am not changing back.  Unfortunately, I have yet to see other high heel shoes for Minifees on any of the sites I have searched.

I'm still trying to figure out that bow in her hair.  At first I thought it
was hair, but now it seems to be hair between two layers of a net
fabric something like her skirt.  It's very stiff.  Hairspray?  Starch?

Of my three Minifees, Celine is the most loosely strung.  Because of this, it is difficult to get her to stand unaided in her high heel feet.  On the plus side, it makes her easier to pose when she is seated.  I had fun getting her to curl up on the sofa for photos.  There is not another doll in my collection that does it so well.

Her over-the-knee stockings are held up by garters.  The shoes
are deep purple with a black heel, sole and strap, a black rosette
with rhinestone, and a gray-and-white bow in back.

One of the things that appealed to me about Celine is her two front teeth.  I don't always like seeing teeth on dolls.  A full row of clearly delineated teeth is enough to send me screaming into the next room, because they remind me of poorly executed portraits done from snapshots.  A couple of teeth, or just a hint of teeth (such as the mouthpieces in U-noas and Naraes) can be completely charming.  If I am not mistaken, Celine is the first Minifee to show teeth.  The other sculpts all have closed mouths.

The teeth are not overly visible.  In fact, most of the time
they are hard to see.  These 14 mm eyes allow white to show
on both sides of the irises, unlike the 16 mm eyes, which
show white on one side only.  (See first photo.)

So, we come to the issue of a name.  I've had three months to think about this one. During that time I have come up with and rejected any number of names, but one that always comes back is Sidonie.  I'm thinking of the French pronunciation, with the Hebrew meaning:  captivates.  Yes, she certainly does.

On the same note, Juri Elf has finally settled on Calandra, which means dove, which is appropriate given her white skin.  Oh dear!  I've just remembered some words from an old song:  "Running Bear loved Little White Dove..."  That earworm will be with me now for the rest of the evening.

Sidonie, Calandra, and Mallory.
Edited Monday, May 13th:

What a dolt I am!  I just had another look at Celine's photos on Fairyland's website.  I have her gold skirt on backwards.  Not that turning it around makes any sense, because instead of a skirt in front all you see is the bottom of her blouse and her matching panties.  It's like she forgot to put on a skirt at all!  I think I like my way better.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Rage for Minifees: Here's Number Two

Never let it be said that I do things halfway.  With my first Minifee still on order (due "very soon," according to Denver Doll Emporium ), I have lately acquired Minifee Number Three.  (I know it says Number Two in the title.  The real Number Two was the first to arrive, followed by Number Three, debuting here today, with Number One bringing up the rear.  Follow me?  If not, don't worry.)

Of all the Minifees, Shushu has long been my favorite.  So, when the opportunity arose to buy one on the Den of Angels Marketplace, and I saw that the doll was already in Vermont, I had to have her.  Luckily, I had recently sold a couple of dolls, so I had the money in my Paypal account.  Because I wasn't familiar with the seller, I assumed she lived in a different part of the state.  I should never assume.  It turns out she lives in my former home town, not far from the library where our doll group meets.  Small world!


Instead of mailing the doll, we arranged for a hand-over at Starbucks in the local Barnes and Noble.  Of course, neither of us knew what the other looked like, so it wasn't until after lunch that we connected.  By then I had about 15-20 minutes before I had to run back to the office.  It's hard to ooh and ahh over a new doll and also show off an older doll (she wanted to see Iplehouse EID Lahela) in that amount of time.  I felt rushed, when what I really wanted to do was kick back and talk dolls.  Ah, well, maybe another time.


This Shushu has an artist faceup, so she looks a little different from the Shushu on Fairyland's site.  I love how she looks.  I did change her eyes and wig.  Her original eyes were a little larger than I like.  I replaced them with flat-backed oval glass eyes (not sure of the brand, but I believe I bought them from Kemper).   The wig, on the other hand, was very tight.  It did eventually stay on her head, but the smaller size made the bangs too short.  One of my U-noa girls happily snatched it off Shushu's head and claimed it for her own.  I found a LeekeWorld wig that works well with Shushu's blonde eyelashes.  The style is a bit whimsical, consisting of Princess Leia side buns, each with a giant corkscrew tail sprouting from the middle.


Although the seller included an outfit (striped jeans and a top), I wanted to make Shushu a dress.  I used the #20 Lilac Afternoon for MSD pattern from Gracefaerie.  This pattern includes bodice pieces for several sizes of MSD, one being the vinyl Goodreau doll.  I had already made it for U-noa Chibi Lilin. Shushu tried it on, it fit, so I cut it out again for both Shushu and the Juri Elf.  What with one thing and another, I finished only one of the dresses this weekend.  Shushu is wearing it in these photos, while Juri is wearing an outfit based on a pattern for Ellowyn Wilde by MHD Designs.  (The actual pattern is too form-fitting through the midsection to fit a Minifee, so I made a slightly-gathered skirt to provide more room.)


Juri Elf is still undecided as to her name, although she is leaning towards Calandra, which means lark.  Shushu, however, has revealed to me that she is to be called Mallory.  I wasn't even thinking about names for her.  If memory serves me correctly, I was making my bed and passed by her place on top of the bureau.  Mallory popped into my head as if from nowhere.  I looked it up in a name book and didn't like what I saw.  It means ill-fated.  I asked her:  Are you sure you want to be called Mallory?  It's not a good name.  I ran a few other names past her.  No dice.  It's Mallory or nothing.  Yes, ma'am.  Mallory it is.


Have I mentioned that I absolutely love this girl?  I absolutely do.