Gratitude

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Special Halloween Meet-Up of the Chittenden County Doll Club

The Chittenden County Doll Club held an extra meeting yesterday in honor of Halloween.  The ghoulies and ghastlies came together in costume to celebrate the season, and Modern Wizard brought another of her craftily wonderful set pieces where the small ones could interact.

My Fairyland PukiFee multiheads Zefi (behind the pumpkin) and Bonnie (on the bench) met the strangest creature in the graveyard.  He said his name was Timonium and he claimed to be a Soom Faery Legend Auber.  Bonnie thought he must be very important to have four syllables in his name.  (Timonium belongs to Modern Wizard.)

Maddie, my Iplehouse BID Ringo, was dismayed to find herself seated next to the same scary lady as at Halloween last year.  (Araminthe, a B&G Dolls snarling Burrysa, belongs to Modern Wizard.)  Maddie didn't quite trust those sharp teeth dripping blood.  "Are you going to turn me into a pumpkin?" she breathed.  "You're already a pumpkin," Araminthe answered.  "Or hadn't you noticed?"  At which point Maddie began to cry.

Meanwhile, across the room, a very civilized Halloween party was underway with Lyrajean's Customhouse Sariel, Hujoo Freya (a white cat awaiting painting to resemble Lyra's calico), and Volks Yo-SD Kira.

One table over, a second group of Lyrajean's dolls enjoyed more Halloween snacks.  They are Iplehouse EID Asa in the leopard print dress, Volks Masha seated, and behind her wearing the Japanese mask is a Volks F26.

Goldi brought a Soom Teenie Gem Necy fox (without any of the fox appendages), as well as her Fairyland MiniFee Chloe.

Megan did not bring any dolls this time, although she did have two realistic raven heads that she had sculpted.  Regrettably I didn't get any photos of them.  Purplekiss101 brought a Crobidoll Yeon-Ho type B, a handsome fellow who did not look particularly thrilled to be wearing a bunny suit.


My Unoa Chibi Lilin wandered over to the graveyard after the others had left.  Something about the place made her witch's hat twitch and tremble in anticipation.  She knew she had to investigate.

The place was haunted for sure, because every so often a flash would go off, lighting the clearing and its stone occupants.  Lilin hurried back to the other table, where things felt safer.




Bonnie and Zefi went to sleep in the graveyard, in the hope that when they awakened the spooky goings on would prove to have been only a dream.  (These two Fairyland dolls have the optional sleep faces in addition to their open eyed versions.  I don't often buy the sleep faces, but these were so cute I couldn't resist.)



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Arrival of Iplehouse nYID Olivia

New Doll Alert!

That means a box opening.


It also means that I got absolutely no sewing done this weekend.

As for catching up over the next few days leading up to Saturday's doll meet-up...not going to happen.  Olivia no sooner made it home than I checked on my Fairyland orders and saw that my PukiFees have shipped.  They cleared the local sort facility today, which means they'll be knocking at my door tomorrow.  I'll be at work, so I'll have to make time on Tuesday morning to go fetch them from the Post Office.  Olivia and the PukiFees were ordered a month apart, and here they are within a few days of each other.  It never rains but it pours.  (I am not complaining.)

Back to Olivia.  I had been searching for a doll to replace SID Mari, whose peach gold resin disappointed me so much that I re-homed her.  Enter Olivia.  Like Audrey, she is a basic doll.  I like that Iple releases basics every once in a while.  If you can't afford a doll when she first appears, you can relax in the knowledge that she won't be here today and gone tomorrow, like the limited editions.  Oddly enough, I didn't love her on first sight.  It was something about the way Iple styled her.  I didn't like the wig and I loathed her outfit.  It took the introduction of new outfits some months later for me to see her possibilities.  I ordered the doll--and the new outfit.


In fact, I ordered more than the doll and the outfit.  I ordered a total of two wigs, two outfits, a pair of leggings, two pairs of flat shoes, and a carrier for the smaller dolls.  Here is the haul, before and after I removed the bubble wrap.



I had a choice of breast sizes with Olivia.  Not being a fan of ginormous hooters, I ordered her with a medium bust.  It's still quite impressive, so much so that I can't imagine what the large or the glamour sizes must look like in person.  The only trouble is that some clothing does not fit as well as it would if she were bigger.  After trying the white dress and shrug on Olivia, I decided it would look better on SID Zera, especially against Zera's darker resin.  (For anyone interested, my Olivia is normal resin with Faceup A.)

I love that Iplehouse has begun to make flat shoes for its larger girls.  The dolls ship with flat feet, but because the only shoes that were available for the longest time were heels, the first thing I always had to do with a new doll was change her flat feet to heel feet (included with the doll).  These dolls come tightly strung!  Attaching feet can be a painful adventure.  I appreciate that this time I did not have to go fishing for lost elastic way up inside her leg.  And I love, love, LOVE these red shoes.


Without further ado, here is Olivia modeling her outfits and wigs.

I love the colors in this outfit, but Iplehouse, could you please make your skirts a wee bit longer?  Or at least give them a built-in panty?  I photographed Olivia sitting down to preserve her modesty.  Standing, she shows a little too much anatomical correctness.

This one is not quite as short.  I knew the moment I put it on her, however, that she would be passing it on to my two SID girls.  Here is the same dress on SID Zera:

SID girls are broader across the shoulders, so the shrug lies better on Zera even though she has the same size bust as Olivia.  Zera borrowed the red wig for the photo.  It's the same size as all the other wigs I buy for Iple's larger girls, i.e., 8/9, but this one is a tighter fit than normal.  Olivia has a narrower head, so she can wear it without fear that it will pop off and fly across the room.

I confess that I bought the leggings without knowing what would go with them.  I figured I might have to make something.  As soon as I opened the package, I realized they would work with Zera's red sweater.  Judging by the fit, I seem to have put the wrong black tee shirt underneath.  I think this belongs to one of the boys.  It's not her best look.  I may try the leggings with just a black tee shirt--once I find the one that fits.  (When did I buy so many black tees?)


Finally, I put Olivia in a black stretch denim number that gives her a slightly edgy look.  It's another very short dress.  It comes with the choker, black panties and over-the-knee black stockings.


A pretty girl deserves a close-up:



Or two:


Have I mentioned that I love this girl?  Olivia is staying, for sure.  (I also like the name, so she will be keeping it.  So much easier for me to remember, too.)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Chibi Lilin Gets Ready for Halloween

My local doll club is having an extra meet-up this month in honor of Halloween.  I have already promised to bring one of my Iplehouse BIDs in last year's pumpkin costume, plus another BID in a new costume that I haven't started yet.  I have been putting it off for weeks.  Now all of a sudden I have run out of time.  If I don't make it next week I'll have to wait another year.

So what did I do this weekend instead of making the new Halloween costume?   I made a different Halloween costume.  U-noa Chibi Lilin happened to be wearing an outfit from last year--a yellow Laurel Burch cat print skirt with orange tights and top.  I once bought a package of fat quarters made up of the cat print in different colors combined with coordinating confetti prints.  I have used the black already.  One of my U-noa Sist girls is wearing it.  I wondered if there was enough fabric left for a second skirt.  If not I would use the yellow skirt Lilin already has, because none of the other colors suggest Halloween.


I found the black print and was pleased to see I could squeeze a skirt out of it.  I decided to make it a wrap skirt, using the black confetti print for the waistband and ties.  Many years have passed since I last wore a wrap skirt.  I no longer have one in my closet for reference.  Now that Lilin's is finished, I see what I should have done differently to make the skirt wrap more before tying.  Next time I sew one I'll know what to do.


Halloween can be a chilly holiday in the North Country, so I made Lilin some arm warmers in the same knit as the tights and top.  Of course, her shoulders are still bare, as is her midriff.  I went down to my craft room and pulled out a pattern for a cape.  Lilin is considerably shorter than the MSD for whom the cape is designed, but the wrist length version should be close to dress length on her.


The next decision to be made is: collar or hood.  The pattern (Gracefaerie's #27 The Cloak) provides both vampire and ruffled collars in addition to a hood.  I want Lilin to wear the long, straight, dark brown wig in today's photos; fitting a hood over it might be awkward.  I have cut it out and plan to make it anyway, but I may discard it if I don't like how it looks. 

There is another option:  a witch's hat.  This is not part of the Gracefaerie pattern, but of a pattern by Shelley Hawkey for a 14-inch cloth stump doll called Maggy.  I've wanted to make this doll for years, just never got around to it.  The hat looks like it will measure 8 inches in circumference when sewn, which is too big for Lilin.  I am going to reduce it slightly on the photocopier before giving it a try.


Today I got as far as cutting out all the pieces of the cape.  Then I started reading the directions.  Uh-oh.  It appears that I must make the cape with French seams.  Are you kidding me?  I have never sewn a French seam in my life.  All of a sudden my simple project has encountered a steep learning curve.  I'll have to practice on scrap fabric before I tackle the slippery stuff I bought for the cape.  All I can say is...RATS!  (If you are reading this in Google translator, substitute the expletive of your choice for the word in caps.)


Hmm, I wonder how a witch's hat will look without an accompanying cape?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Countryside with Red Chair

It's not often you see RealPukis out in the open, just walking along, looking for all the world like they are minding their own business.  RealPukis most often lurk just out of sight, waiting for an opportunity to wreak mischief, if not outright havoc.  Let's see what these three are really up to...


Look!  There it is.  I told you there was a chair out here.

It's big.  I don't suppose it was made for someone our size.


Not likely.  But I think it's too small for the children.  It may even be too small for the LittleFees.

Then who's it for?  And how did it get here?


Does it matter?  This is our chance to investigate.

Whee!  

Let's go!


It's comfy.  It's not all that big, either.  We barely fit.

This cushion is a good size for us.  


Hey, you think there's anything under the big cushion?

Oooh, like money that fell out of someone's pocket!

Dibs on whatever it is.

You can't call dibs.  We're in this together.  Share and share alike.


Oooh, shiny!  They're all scissors!

I want a pair.

Me, too!

En gard!

Your money or your life!


Hee-hee, hee-hee!

There's an extra pair.  You think we should take it?


I don't know.  Won't the owner expect them all to be here?

Not if the owner put the chair out to get rid of it.

Nah, it looks too new for that.

Maybe the owner of the chair isn't the owner of the scissors...


I know!  Let's hide and watch.  We'll see who comes to claim the chair.

And if no one claims it...it's ours!

Whee!

I know the perfect tree we can hide in.



To be continued...when the owner(s) of the chair arrive at Resin Corner.  Stay tuned...