Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Week of Arrivals

Why is it that dolls ordered months apart decide to come home all at once?  Sometimes I wish they would pace themselves, so that I could have some time to get to know one doll before the next comes knocking at the door.  I'm getting comments from the mail carriers, too.  How I'd love to be a fly on the wall of the Post Office sorting room when a new box comes in!
Don't laugh.  I took his little head off and refuse to put it back on.

First off, my Chic-lines from FairyLand arrived.  Ordered in early November, they constitute uncharted territory for me: dolls that blur the boundaries between resin BJD and vinyl fashion doll.  My other FairyLand dolls tend to have large heads in relation to their bodies.  Chic-line photos show more realistically proportioned dolls with small heads.  As a former collector of vinyl fashion dolls, I had to buy one of each gender to see for myself.
Chloe's temporary (too-big) wig

Fabilis and Chloe arrived in one large, surprisingly heavy shipping carton.  I knew the dolls themselves weren't large or heavy.  It turns out their individual boxes are quite solidly built.  Black with silver writing on them, they are appropriately chic.  I don't remember which one I opened first, but Chloe definitely made the better impression.  Fabilis?  The word pinhead springs to mind.  Only my RealPukis have smaller heads, but not by much.  My immediate reaction was to shove him back in his box and start making plans to sell him. 
Comparison shot: C-line Chloe with MiniFee Lishe
Meanwhile I dressed Chloe in some pieces that didn't fit other dolls.  We tried on a variety of Ellowyne Wilde shoes, which I had read were a perfect fit for C-line girls.  One pair of mules was a reasonably good fit.  Most of the other shoes and boots will require stockings with socks to fit.  I didn't have a wig in her size (4/5), so I put her in the only 5/6 in the wig bin.  I had to stuff it slightly with paper but it will do until her real wigs arrive.  (I ordered three: a short blonde, a medium length red, and a long brown, as well as a pair of blue glass eyes.)
Comparison shot: MiniFee Karsh with headless C-line Fabilis

With Chloe set to face the world, I took Fabilis out of his box again and tried some Matt O'Neil outfits on him.  The clothes fit well enough to serve, but being slightly loose they only emphasized the smallness of his head.  Yikes!  I should have ordered one of the neck connectors that FairyLand makes to enable the C-lines to wear other heads.  I doubt I'll put a LittleFee head on him because the LittleFees look too young.  On the other hand, the MiniFee event head that came with my order might work.  I couldn't imagine putting a MiniFee head on a body this size until I stood MiniFee Karsh next to the C-line body.  The bodies are about the same size.  And, as luck would have it, the Halloween event head is on the small side for a MiniFee.  All I have to do is paint it to look like a boy.  And order the neck connector, which will probably take another three months to arrive.
The C-line Fabilis head

The very next day Iplehouse BID Bono arrived.  I ordered her at the end of January, never thinking I would have her three weeks later.  Way to go, Iplehouse!  Bono, who will go by the name of Daphne, has peach gold skin and will be JID Daniel's little sister.  I ordered her with her full-set Steampunk outfit, and together with Daniel they will be time travelers. 

Daniel and Daphne (BID Bono)
I have been planning photo stories for these two ever since I ordered Daniel.  As eager as I am to get started, I am currently waiting for back-ordered props to arrive.  Needless to say, they're not from Iplehouse or they would be here already.  I am using the down time to put together various props that need some construction.  (Note that I am talking paper and not wood-and-nails here.  Put a hammer in my hand and I am a menace to society--or at least to my own fingers.)
Time Travelers

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Meet-Up: Love Is in the Air (Part Two)

There must have been something in the air at last week's meet-up because four dolls took the first steps towards becoming couples.  Let's start with Nerdy Victorian's Clara (MaskCat Ronia) and Muse (Spritdoll Stayne).

Things didn't look too promising at first.  Clara and Muse started out on opposite sides of the table.  Here's Clara.  Check out the body language.  She is nervously reaching to push back the lock of hair falling over her eye.
Across from her, Stayne is looking in another direction, seemingly more interested in something across the room.  But check out his body language, too.  He is fiddling with the flower decoration on his neck ribbon.  (He would prefer that I call it a cravat but I beg to differ: the ribbon is too narrow.)

Perhaps we should take a look at the tabletop between them.  It is laid out with Valentine's goodies, and Clara has taken the first step by proffering a biscuit in the hope that Muse will look her way. 
Things are not looking good at all, especially in comparison with the other couples in the photo.  Muse's body language clearly says that he and Clara are not together.  In fact, he looks pained to be there.  Ask him and he will say that they did not come together and they are definitely not going home together.  On the bright side, however, he has at least taken off his hat.
The next time I looked, things had changed.  Ignoring the fact that Muse has put his hat back on, note that their hands are touching.  The air around them must be crackling with electricity, because both look shocked and surprised.
But what's this?  Left to their own devices, Clara has found her way onto Muse's lap.  She may look sweet and shy but this girl moves fast!  Not so fast, however, that she doesn't know to keep her hands near his, so that she can stop him if he gets fresh. 
Meanwhile, Crispin (DollZone Luke) has seized the opportunity to claim Clara's chair and scoop up all the goodies he can reach.  The lovebirds never noticed.

Let's meet couple number two: Iplehouse JID Daniel and JID Asa.  The only thing they had in common upon arrival was their maker, their size, and the fact that they both favor Iplehouse when it comes to fashion.  Side-by-side, yes.  Together?  I think not.
After a bit, they introduced themselves.  Awkward, meet Shy.  Shy, meet Awkward.  What can we expect?  They're at that age.
The real icebreaker turned out to be a park bench.  At first Asa's body language is a bit tight: her ankles are crossed and her hands are held demurely in her lap.  Daniel is giving out mixed signals. On the one hand he has stretched an arm across the seat back, while on the other he leans away from Asa. 
There appears to be a mutual attraction, because after a while both are leaning in towards each other.
Whoa there!  Things have taken a turn.  Has Daniel pulled Asa towards him, or has Asa relaxed and leaned into him?  Either way, I'd say they have become quite comfortable together.
Awww... And on that note, I think we'll leave these two alone to enjoy each other's company.

I hope you had a happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Meet-Up: Love Is in the Air (Part One)

The Vermont Doll Lovers met yesterday to celebrate Valentine's Day.  There were five of us: Lyrajean, Megan, Modern Wizard, Nerdy Victorian and myself.  True, we were a week early, but in all things love, dolls and chocolate, who cares?  More pics at

Lyrajean's dolls.  Standing: Volks Sleeping School A and Volks Tohya.  Seated: Volks Chlyo and Volks Masha holding Volks Dollfie World Cup head #1.  Heads without bodies are known in the hobby as floating heads.

Also from Lyrajean:  Customhouse Ai Petite Yuriel and Sariel, Hujoo Freya in new kimono, and Alchemic Labo Unoa Sist playing guitar.

Be my Valentine?
Megan brought two of her handmade 1:6 scale creations. Above is Russell, seated in a cell phone holder/chair I brought for my smallest doll.  He's a bit tall for it, so he had to remove the seat cushion.

Megan's robot Lucy shares the sofa with Lyrajean's Xagadoll Sylvia, while Modern Wizard's Elfdoll Doona Kathlen and Elfdoll Tiny Winky stand by.

Here's winking at you!  Elfdoll Tiny Winky, aka Jujube, found a Valentine's box from which to pop out.

So did Muggins, Modern Wizard's Evethecat 3-D printed British open-eyed cat.  There's something about an open box.  Leave one standing around and before you know it there's a cat in it.

Sword-carrying Takara Cutey Honey rounds out Modern Wizard's Valentine's crew.  Poor girl is having a bad hair day.

Nerdy Victorian's dolls:  cuddling on the floor are Dollzone Yan 2 and Dollzone Luke (both holding teddy bears).  Next to them is Doll Factory Bobo.  It's hard to see unless you enlarge the photo, but Bobo is a tiny mouse with a serious addiction to doughnuts, especially pink iced ones.  In the back row are Resinsoul Mu and Volks Kira (holding another pet in a box), Maskcat Ronia and Mr. I'm-here-in-body-but-I'm-absolutely-not-in-the-spirit-of-this-tea-party (Spiritdoll Stayne).  Actually, Ronia and Stayne developed a bit of a relationship over the course of the meet-up.  I'll devote a separate post to those photos later.

Also belonging to Nerdy Victorian:  Maskcat Ceci, who seems to be hiding the fact that she does not yet have a face-up, and an adorable bunny in a box.

Here's a better look at Doll Factory Bobo.  Yum!

My crew is made up of Iplehouse SID Grace on nYID body, Iplehouse JIDs Daniel and Asa, Doll Chateau Ada (in the chair) and Iplehouse KID Lisa.

Ada (aka Moosehilda) is standing on all four legs, thanks to the non-slip grip of her sandals.  She's supposed to be a moose, but frankly, real moose just aren't that cute.  And there's Bobo again, still gnawing on that doughnut.

Being on a slightly shorter body hasn't diminished Grace's attitude at all.  If anything, she is basking in the extra curvaceousness of it.

Lisa has her Steampunk on, but fellow time traveler Daniel came in civilian garb instead, much to Lisa's disappointment.

Daniel and Asa.  These two also developed a relationship during the meet-up.  More about that later.

Although I didn't plan it that way, I brought four different resin colors to this meet-up:  Lisa and Grace are normal skin, Daniel is peach gold, Asa is real skin and Ada is white skin.

Next month's meet-up occurs just before St. Patrick's Day.  Time to round up any green outfits I might have.  Lisa will be back, but I may have to spend time at the sewing machine to come up with outfits for anyone else.  It may be time to try out the Medieval princess pattern I bought recently.  There is even some dark green velvet in my stash.  The only question is: do I have enough of it?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Anticipating Spring

Whether the groundhog sees his shadow tomorrow or not, I expect we in the North Country will see six more weeks of Winter anyway. It's not Spring here until the sap begins to run.  When the sugar makers start collecting and boiling sap, and the steam rises from the sugarhouses, then will Spring be ushered in.  No doubt that's why I indulged in some fairy garden furniture on a recent visit to Jo-Ann Fabrics and why I made colorful little dresses to replace my Realpukis' Christmas elf outfits.  Regardless of the calendar, the snow and the cold, Springtime is coming. 

Actually, I stopped at Jo-Ann's hoping to find some doll-sized Valentine's Day trinkets to take to next Saturday's meet-up.  They had Valentine's Day themed sock monkeys.  Have I ever mentioned how much I hate sock monkeys?  Well, I do.  So no monkeys.  Nothing else seemed appropriately sized so I wandered the aisles looking at the other decorations on display.  St. Patrick's Day.  Easter.  Fairy gardens.
Fairy gardens?  About half an aisle was devoted to fairy garden furnishings.  I saw lots of cute stuff, some of it unfortunately too small for my Realpukis.  A gazebo and its related items looked promising, however, so I bought a few pieces.  I figured if they were a good fit I would return for more later.  They were, and I will.
The dresses came together quickly and easily.  Each consists of a bit of embroidered ribbon trim for a bodice, coupled with a lace tutu over an acetate underskirt.  I left their resin Realpuki shoes on, even though the effect is somewhat comical.  SoSo in particular reminds me of a small child playing dress-up in a tutu and cowboy boots. Though she's not wearing boots, the effect is similar. 
I was feeling ambitious enough to make underpants for all three of them, as well as wigs for the two who did not have any.  I had to fix the wig Moosehilda had borrowed.  Her slightly larger head had stretched it.  When I tried to put it back on PuPu, it was too loose.  Some elastic sewn into the wig on the inside took care of that. 
The underpants were easy:  a piece of white elastic with a built-in ruffle.  To form the crotch I stitched a small piece of white ribbon to the elastic at front and back.  After I finished everyone's panties I found the same style of elastic in my stash in black.  I should probably make a pair to match SoSo's tutu.  KaKa models hers in the photo below.

Oooh!  KaKa's dress is slipping.  I'd better sew some ribbon ties to hold it up before she suffers a wardrobe malfunction.  I think I'll take these little ones to the meet-up next weekend.  They don't take up much room (although their gazebo will) and maybe there will be some Valentine's candy they can steal.  Have I mentioned that these little imps like to take things?  Well, watch out because they do.