Sunday, March 29, 2015

Steaming Through Time - Chapter 1

Today we begin a Steampunk-themed story centered around Iplehouse JID, KID and BID dolls.  Captain Daniel is a JID Daniel.  His assistant, Lincoln Green, is a KID Lisa.  Daniel's little sister Daphne is a BID Bono.  Our intrepid heroes find themselves temporarily marooned, they know not where.  Let's watch and listen...

Daniel (muttering to himself):  There's something wrong with one of the navigational systems, for sure.  I can't get our coordinates, which makes these charts less than helpful.  I hope Lincoln returns with some answers soon.
Enter Lincoln.
Daniel:  How close are we to England?  Can you tell?  And what year is it?
Lincoln:  We're on the wrong side of the ocean, sir.  New England.  And it appears to be 2015.
Daniel:  That's overshot it considerably.  Both in distance and in time.  We must undertake some repairs, I fear.
Lincoln (takes off his coat):  Do you know what the problem is?
Daniel:  No.  That's the first order of business, of course.  There's nothing for it but to start taking things apart.
Lincoln:  It wouldn't hurt to find this place on the charts.
Daniel:  If, as you say, this is 2015, our charts will be useless.  This is the farthest we have penetrated into the future.
Lincoln:  Pardon my saying so, Captain, but the town outside didn't spring up overnight.  Many of the buildings have seen a century or two.  It will show up on some chart in one form or another.
Daniel:  Have at it, then, and welcome.  I will be glad to have some idea of the distance we need to cover to retrace our steps.  What I cannot fathom is how we could be blown so far off course.  I wonder if it's simply a navigational error or if there is some other mechanical malfunction at play.
Lincoln (with a barely suppressed chuckle):  You didn't anger the local witch at our last port of call, did you, sir?  Perhaps she sent us off with a spell.
Daniel:  You laugh, but it's a possibility not to be ignored.  I will consult the spellbook later.  For now, let's find this place quickly.  I want to get back on course as soon as we can.
Lincoln:  Aye aye, Captain!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Treefriend and the Realpukis

Some people say the wall between our world and Faery is impenetrable.  They are wrong on two counts.  One, it is a veil, not a wall.  Two, there are places where the veil is as sheer as gossamer wings, with no more substance than a puff of air.  Already the more discerning among you are murmuring words such as "portal" and "access".  Ah, but that is to suggest that there is movement between our world and theirs.  If so, where is the point of entry?

If you would enter the world of Faery, seek out places where children play.  Faeries are attracted to the music of childish laughter.  Furthermore, children believe in faeries and in all things magickal.  Faeries appreciate that and so they swarm to children like bees to nectar.  Surround yourself with that kind of magick innocence and you will find a faery crossing.

How will you know if you have stepped through a faery gate?  Observe the wee creature rolling a hoop across the clearing.  It wouldn't surprise me if he had "borrowed" his plaything from the human world.
 Did the owl in that tree bole just hoot in greeting?
 Things are not always what they seem in Faery.  You may have come across a Treefriend. 

The Realpuki thinks so.  Let's hang around and see.
Yes, it is indeed a Treefriend.  Treefriends are generally benevolent, hence their name, so the Realpuki has rounded up two friends.  He has a plan involving his hoop and two lengths of rope.
The third Realpuki stands by and supervises.  The other two appear to be having enough trouble without any help from him.
Now their project becomes clear.  They have fashioned a swing--of sorts.  I wonder if they are aware of the cat in the very treetop?
Will it hold?  There is only one way to find out.
It's nice to see that the supervisor has volunteered for the dangerous task of testing the swing.
It's not the most comfortable contraption.  This project might need some rethinking.
Everybody up!
The topmost Realpuki has discovered something about the cat; namely, that it's not a cat.  It's a meowl: an owl with a cat's head.  Judging by his expression, I suspect he's debating whether or not to tell his friends.  Imagine their surprise when it flies down over their heads!
Ho ho!  Here it comes!
Not such a surprise after all.  I suspect meowls are a fairly common creature in their world.
It's time to tiptoe away before the folk of the Fae see you.  Now that you know where the gate is, it will be easy to return for another visit.  Until then, keep believing in faeries!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sionna Fomhar Has Arrived!

Two posts in two days--what is the world coming to?  Really, I just couldn't wait until next Sunday to showcase her so I thought another post was in order.  Fairyland's Sionna Fomhar arrived on Saturday, while I was at the doll meet-up.  I found an Attempted Delivery notice when I got home.  Wouldn't you know?  My mail carrier usually comes between 12 noon and 2:00 p.m.  I got home just before 1:00.  Too late, obviously.

This morning I drove down to the Post Office to claim her.  I could see her box behind the counter, with what looked like a big black mark on it.  On closer inspection, the black mark was revealed to be a large gash.  A Postal employee had stamped it, "Received in bad condition."  You don't say!  I have never received a box with this big a hole in it.  Little dings now and then, but nothing like this.  It measures 10 inches on the diagonal.  Did a handler dig in for a better grip, or did someone in Customs try to satisfy his curiosity without opening the box?  Or was someone looking to grab a prize from within the box?  I'll never know.

All I can say is thank heavens for balled up Korean newspaper and foam cut-outs.

It could have been much worse, because the event gift head was wrapped in bubble wrap and set loosely among the foam and newspaper.  The only thing that saved it was being on the far side of that block of black foam.  (The tear in the foam happened when I cut through the packing tape to open the box.)  Luckily nothing was damaged and my inventory of the contents turned up nothing missing.  Whew!  It's all there.
The doll box itself was at the bottom of the carton, wrapped in a layer of bubble wrap.  The outfit, shoes, wig, necklace, fox ears and tail, were in a separate box.  I nearly threw away the broomstick; it was rolled in bubble wrap and I took it for a wad of packaging material.  The gift head is a Fairyland F60 Sleeping Elf Rin.  I didn't take a close-up of it, but you can see her just below the calendar, which was another gift.

This was my first glimpse of Sionna.  Her sleeping head, which I ordered without a face-up, is tucked between her knees.  The rest is foam, bubble wrap and a plastic head protector.

Hello Sionna!  I went for the complete set--what Fairyland calls Designer's Complete--which included these sparkling eyes.  I'm not entirely sure both eyes are the same color.  Maybe it's just an effect caused by the direction of the light.
And here she is fully dressed.  I say "fully dressed" but in order to put on the coat I had to remove the little puffed sleeves that go with her dress.  I also had to remove her hands, because there is no button or other fastening at the elbow to make the sleeve opening wider.  All those buttons on her coat are glued on, as I discovered when one of them popped off.  A little glue, a few minutes to dry, and we're back in business.

I haven't attached the tail to her costume.  Based on the promo photos, I had the impression it would stick via magnet, the way the ears do, when actually the tail has a pin at the end.  You pin the tail to her dress and it sticks out through the back slit in her coat.  I could tell just by looking at it that it would get in the way of her doll stand, so for now it's back in its box. 

I don't seem to have taken a full-length photo.  I'll remedy that later.  Here she is with her default red mohair wig.  I thought I'd have a little fun and try some other wigs on her.
This one is a Monique Gold JRock.  I rather like this one on her, especially with the fox ears (not shown in this photo).
I don't remember which wig this is.  It might be a Soom, purchased for my Quartz Ice Dragon.  I did the braids.
Here Sionna models a short LeekeWorld wig in a color they call carrot.  And a first view of Sionna's fox ears.  They attach to her head--right through the wig--via magnet.
I think this one might be my favorite.  It's a Jpopdolls Winter Angel in dark brown.
Last one for now.  This is Dollzone's Silverado, braided by me.

Sionna's head is a bit loose, making her a bobble-head.  I'm hoping to fix that with a piece of moleskin attached either to her neck or to the inside of her head.  Fairyland seems to be having head issues of late.  Either a head is so tight that you can't turn the resin key inside her head, or else it is loose and bobbles.  There is a happy medium in there somewhere.  Hopefully Fairyland will slow down and pay a little more attention to quality control.

I can't wait to photograph her side-by-side with FM60 Mirwen.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Meet-Up of the Vermont Doll Lovers, March 14, 2015

Technically it won't be St. Pat's until Tuesday the 17th, but that didn't stop us from meeting in his honor on Saturday.  It was a bittersweet meet-up for me.  Although I had been sewing for weeks and looked forward to showing off my dolls' outfits, my tracking that morning showed my Fairyland Sionna Fomhar as out for delivery.  As there was a chance I would get home before the mail truck went by, I chanced it and went to the meet-up.

There were five of us in attendance:  ModernWizard, Lyrajean, NerdyVictorian, Megan and I.  ModernWizard brought Elfdoll Kathlen on an Asleep Eidolon mermaid body.  Kathlen wore a green shirt in honor of the holiday.  When your lower half is a fishtail, a wheelchair is a perfect vehicle for getting around. 
Elfdoll Kathlen/Asleep Eidolon mermaid tail with Xagadoll Sylvia
Asa, Bichun, Bibiane
Volks one-off Tony and Volks Chiyo
Yo-Kira, Petite AI Yuriel and Sariel, Hujoo Freya
Lyrajean's dolls included her three Iplehouse EIDs: Asa, Bichun and Bibiane; Xagadoll Sylvia looking sharp in new slim jeans; Custom House AI Petite Yuriel and Sariel; Volks YoSD Kira; Hujoo Freya; Volks Chiyo and a Volks one-off Tony.  Bibiane scored a new red wig at the meet-up, thanks to NerdyVictorian who got some items she didn't need in a goody bag.
Maskcat Ronia and Spiritdoll Stayne

Bunny love
Jointed hands
NerdyVictorian brought Clara and Muse, her Maskcat Ronia and Spiritdoll Stayne respectively.  Both NerdyVictorian and I hedged our bets and brought some Easter themed items, figuring we might not meet in April.  As luck would have it, we were wrong and the next meet-up is indeed next month.  I guess that means our rabbits make a repeat appearance.
Russell seated
Russell standing alone

Megan's Russell sported enhanced painting and a new wig since we saw him last.  Her handmade doll looks better each time we see him.  Somebody needs to get him cast in resin.  Just saying.
Back: Lisa, Chloe, Benny, Mirwen; Front: Bono, Erzulie, Pupu
BIDs Bono and Erzulie; Pupu in the basket

I rounded out the group with FairyLand Feeple60 Moe-line Mirwen, Fairyland Chic-line Chloe, Fairyland Realpuki Pupu, Iplehouse JID Benny, KID Lisa, BID Erzulie and BID Bono.  Pupu looked lost without her usual partners-in-crime Soso and Kaka; the fact of the matter is I didn't finish their outfits so they stayed home.  I'm sure they will insist on coming next month as all three Realpukis love a good Easter egg hunt.
It's not the Easter bunny: it's Pupu
Erin go bragh!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sionna's Finished Outfit

See yesterday's post for commentary. 

Here are photos of Mirwen wearing the finished outfit.  She'll wear it to Saturday's doll meet-up.

A note about the sleeves.  Mirwen's hands attach by magnet, so I was able to make the sleeves as narrow as they needed to be to stay up, without worrying that her hands would get caught putting them on.  It makes snaps or other fasteners unnecessary.