Saturday, June 28, 2014

Chittenden County Doll Club Meet-Up June 2014

The group met two weeks ago at the library in Essex Junction with more dolls and more members than ever.  Without further ado, here is a whirlwind tour of the dolls on view:

New member Shannon brought an array of Monster High dolls.  These girls have sass and style!

New member APnucka's crew included a modded Monster High with added snout, a Jun Planning Ai and Taeyang, and a Create Your Own Pullip.

Lyrajean brought the largest group:  Iplehouse EID Bichun, Bibiane and Asa; Volks YoSD Kira; Custom House Petites Anges Yuriel and Sariel; and an Obitsu 27 cm and an Obitsu head on a Volks Dollfie 27 cm body.  Did I miss anyone?  Oh yes, there she is between Yuriel and Sariel:  Hujoo Freya, the cat.

Modern Wizard brought her Elfdoll Winky, accompanied by an Evethecat British cat.  It was tiny, realistic, and totally adorable.  And she strung it herself.

Melface brought a SoulDoll Cubarem, a Dollzone Raphael, and a Doll Leaves Royal.

Finally, I displayed an Iplehouse SID Soo, a nYID Oscar and a BID Ringo boy.  (My BID Ringo girl stayed home this time, but will accompany her twin later in the year.)  I also brought an Alchemic Labo U-noa Chibi Lilin and a Luts Model Delf Avalanche.  nYID Oscar was fresh out of the box, having been delivered as I was having a quick lunch before leaving for the meet.  I didn't even take the time to finish dressing him!
I'm already planning for which dolls will go to the August meet-up.  It may be an all-MiniFee outing.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fairyland Sarang on Moe Body

If you are a fan of Fairyland dolls, as I am, the above title makes perfect sense.  If not, you probably have a few questions.  Sarang?  Did she mean sarong?  Moe body?  Did she mean more body?  For those who crave a few words of explanation, the Sarang head was an event gift from earlier this year.  I don't recall exactly which event, but seeing as Sarang means Love in Korean, I suspect it may have been Valentine's Day.  And the Moe body (or M-line) is a recent addition to Fairyland's MiniFee line.  Put the two together and we have a MiniFee M-line with a Sarang head.

Sarang means Love.  Wig from LeekeWorld.

I didn't place a qualifying order during the Valentine's event, so no gift head for me.  Some people who did receive Sarang heads gave them face-ups and offered them for sale.  Lucky for me, I was able to buy one with a really cute face-up.  I rarely buy floating heads, simply because I then have to find bodies for them.  I knew from looking at Sarang's photos that a Moe-line body would be perfect.  M-lines are a little shorter than the standard A-line and B-line MiniFees, (38 cm instead of 41 cm) with smaller, dainty hands and feet and a larger bust.  I didn't like the body when Fairyland first released it, but owner photos over the past few months have convinced me otherwise.  I mentioned to the head's seller in passing that I would probably order Sarang a Moe body.  She had one for sale but hadn't yet listed it.  Did I want to buy it?  Did I!  That was probably the quickest sale ever.

Clothing this body will be slightly challenging.  Some MiniFee things will fit, but slacks and some skirts will be too long, as the height difference is mainly in the legs.  The little blue dress she is wearing is short enough that it actually fits her better than it does the taller girls.  And the crochet bodice conforms nicely to her shapely bust.

No matter how I try to make her sit, she wants to sit cross-legged.

Shoes that fit MiniFee are already hard to find.  Tiny Moe-line feet make that search even harder.  Right now I have her in flats that I bought for U-noa Chibi Lilin, who is even shorter than she is.  Lilin, however, has slightly longer feet; on Sarang the shoes are loose.  Stockings would help, if I can find some that aren't too long.  The pantyhose I have were designed for taller dolls.
Wearing a pink-blond wig from LeekeWorld.

I have tried a number of wigs on her and have come to the conclusion that she wants to be a brunette.  Of course, most of the wigs I have that fit her are either very light brown or blond.  She seems to have a larger head than some of the other MiniFees and so fits better in a size 7/8, although I can squeeze her into a 6/7 wig if the cap is stretchy enough.

With MiniFee A-line Chloe to show height difference.  Monique and Jpopdolls wigs.
That larger head is something of a bobble head.  In order to make it fit on the body, I had to stick pieces of moleskin where the head joins the neck piece.  I encountered the opposite problem with Siean, who was an event head from last year.  Her head was so tight that I couldn't turn the resin knob to fasten it to the neck piece--I first had to carve away resin from inside the head.  All of which makes me wonder why Fairyland finds it so difficult to come up with a MiniFee gift head that is uniform in size with its other MiniFee heads.  Or did I end up with the only two models that don't fit?

I don't want to leave you with the impression that I don't like this little girl, because that is definitely not the case.  She's adorable and I like her a lot.  As the one short girl she brings an element of surprise and interest to my otherwise uniform MiniFee lineup.  As the French say, Vive la difference!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

It Took Four Months But Oscar Is Finally Here

After the longest wait ever for an Iplehouse doll, I finally received nYID Oscar yesterday.  He made the actual journey in record time, however, leaving South Korea Thursday afternoon and arriving in New York Friday morning, then reaching me exactly 24 hours later.  Of course, it helps that there are 14 hours difference between here and there--making it appear as though the plane departs and arrives at the same time on the same day.
Oscar with original 12 mm acrylic eyes.  Too much iris.

He arrived at my local Post Office too late to ride in the delivery truck.  When that happens, a Postal employee gets in his car and drives the package to my house.  Not that I'm special, just that it's Express Mail.  That's how Oscar made it to my door just ahead of my usual mail carrier.  In fact, the two vehicles passed one another in the street outside my house.
Oscar with 11 mm Eyeco silicone eyes.  Much better.

So, just when I was beginning to despair of showing him off at yesterday's doll meet-up, there he was with time to spare.  Well, not a lot of time.  Just enough to tear into the box and dress him in the clothing I ordered at the same time I placed the doll order.  Luckily I ordered everything I would need:  wig, pants, shirt, sweater, shoes.  In the interest of saving time, I left off the sweater.  I wish now I had taken the few extra minutes to wrestle it onto him, because the rest of his outfit was bland, to say the least:  pale tan-and-white jeans, pale yellow shirt, brown loafers.  I promised him I would finish dressing him and take lots of photos later.
There is a height difference between male and female nYID.  Olivia is wearing flat shoes instead of heels, so she appears even shorter.
After taking photos at the doll meet-up (which will get a separate post later) I realized that I would need to change Oscar's eyes.  Iplehouse sent him with 12 mm blue acrylic eyes, which should work given the width of the eyes.  They don't, unfortunately, because Oscar's eyes are rather narrow (dare I say squinty?) so all I could see were two slits filled with dark blue.  I had exactly two pairs of 11 mm Eyeco eyes left at home, a gray-blue and a light green.  I tried both on him and decided I liked the light green better.  What a difference!  You wouldn't think dropping from 12 mm to 11 mm would even be noticeable, but I can now see the entire iris with white on either side.
"She can't keep her hands off me.  Not that I mind."

The weather forecast called for good weather today, which gave me hope that I could photograph Oscar outdoors.  All morning I watched the gray clouds outside my widows.  Would it clear up?  Would it rain?  It did eventually clear up, but by then the sun had worked its way around to the back of the house, putting my deck in full sunlight with no shade except underneath the little bistro table.  I didn't fancy lying flat on the deck to take photos, so I opted to take them on my dining room table instead with my Shoji screen blocking the mess behind it.  I'm getting sick and tired of that screen as a backdrop; the alternative, however, is not pretty.

Olivia had a new dress to show off (Iple's Marilyn dress) so I photographed the two of them together.  I'd say they both enjoyed the session.
Love the shape of this wig, but the hairs won't stay where they're brushed.

Oscar, by the way, will be going by the name Phineas.  Oscar has too many associations for me:  Oscar the Grouch, Oscar Madison, "and the Oscar goes to...", not to mention, "I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener."  He doesn't look like an Oscar.  As long as he wore the oversize blue eyes, I couldn't come up with another name for him.  As soon as I changed them, the name Phineas popped into my head.  There is Phineas Fogg, of course.  But the Phineas I had in mind is one of the protagonists in the John Knowles novel, A Separate Peace.  Phineas, aka Finny.  I like it.  I think it will stick.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

After the Kiss (Samantha Grace's Story)

What just happened in there?  I thought I was in complete control of the situation.  Shane surprised me.  I didn’t know he had it in him.  Or, I guess I knew; only I didn’t expect him to act so soon.

Maybe I shouldn’t have expected to twirl him around my little finger.  After all, he’s had two years to think about things.  About us.  Two years to plan revenge, if revenge was on his mind.  Kiss her, make her care, leave her.  

I don’t know.  It didn’t taste like revenge.  More like hunger.  A hunger that’s been building for two years.  I guess I can’t begrudge him a kiss.  

But to leave so suddenly afterwards…  Was he so surprised by his action that he had to leave?  Was he afraid he’d take it further if he stayed?  Did he really mean he’d call me tomorrow?  Or was that his way of saying good-bye? 

I’m over-thinking this.  We met.  We talked.  We kissed.  He said he’d call.  Well lah-di-dah!  Lots of encounters go that way.  It doesn’t mean a thing.  If he comes back…fine.  If he doesn’t…fine.  I move on.  I’ve never been a weakling.  I’m certainly not going to start now. 

Samantha Grace is back, boy.  Get used to it.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Close Call for Iplehouse BID Ringo

Actually, it's more like a close call for me.  I always thought it would be fun to get Maddie (my BID Ringo girl) a twin brother.  Then, on December 31, 2013, Iplehouse posted a list of dolls that would be discontinued in 2014.  There, atop the list, was Ringo--the only BID slated for retirement.  The dolls would be available until the end of February, which meant it was now or never if I wanted to get him.  I ordered Maddie's twin brother in early January; he arrived in early May. That's longer than Iple's usual fulfillment time, because their English manager went on maternity leave during the same period.  She comes back tomorrow, so hopefully the logjam will clear up and the nYID I ordered in early February will ship soon.

What can I say about having two Ringo BIDs except that they are double the fun of having only one.  I took them outside on a sunny afternoon to let them get acquainted, and look what happened:

First, they found a wheelbarrow and Maddie got in.  I think she expected Max (short for Maxwell) to steer it around the patio.  Moments later, Maddie was on the ground, mad as a wet hen.  Max's response?  "I didn't do it!"  I don't think she believes him, do you?
Iplehouse sent Maddie with brown eyes.  They seemed to fit her personality, so I left them in.  Max, on the other hand, arrived with blue eyes.  Now I don't know whether to change hers to blue or his to brown.  Fraternal twins don't necessarily have the same color eyes, so I could leave them as is.  Someone suggested I give each of them one blue eye and one brown eye.  I'm still thinking about that one.  Max's faceup includes ruddy cheeks and freckles.  He looks every inch the scruffy boy.

Their cute new outfits are from Iplehouse.  The company's pants for its male dolls tend to be very tight and Max's check jeans are no exception.  They fit when he's standing, but he can't sit down.  His outfit includes a matching muffler, but it was too warm out for him to wear it.  Wigs and shoes are also from Iplehouse.

The Chittenden County Doll Club meets in two weeks.  I haven't decided which dolls I'll bring, as there are several the group hasn't seen yet.  The Double Trouble twins, meanwhile, have issued me an ultimatum:  Take them to the meet-up or else they'll pout and cry and give me no peace.  I think they are capable of it, don't you?