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So here we are, exactly two months since my last post.  Ugg!  Where has the time gone? It seems that the older I get, the faster time goes by and the less stuff I get done. :0/  Anyways, no more grumbling about lost time; here’s what’s been happening since last I blogged.

First, arrivals!

On July 7th, my three girls, who had some spa time at Ban’s Boutique arrived home along with some wonderful goodies Ban Sidhe made for our swap.  My girls all look AWESOME!

First up is Rella who is a Fairyland MiniFee Tika.  I found her head on DOA and snatched her up as quickly as I could.  I know that she was originally supposed to be a male sculpt;  she has a very defined jaw line and strong features, but I wanted those features for Rella who is a character in one of my stories.  Ban Sidhe did an absolutely wonderful job with her face (as always!) and she looks great with her bright red wig which I found on eBay  very inexpensively.  When Rella first go back home after her faceup was done, I was worried that I had chosen the wrong sculpt.  She looked almost too strong for her character.  But Ban told me to wait until her wig arrived before I made any drastic decisions about her.  And Ban was absolutely right!  The wig made all the difference in the world!  It softened her features just enough and now she is the gorgeous Rella I had been imagining all along! She currently doesn’t have a body of her own and is sharing Dannica’s (MNF Shushu) body until I can get another body.

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Rella


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Rella makes for an absolute gorgeous model!


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She has Heterochromia, mean she has two different color eyes.  Her green eye is her natural eye, her blue eye is a cyborg eye.


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Rella has the ability to change her hair color at will.  Her favorite color is red, hence the red hair.  I think I may get her a different wig though because this one is driving me crazy!


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She doesn’t have any clothes that suit her yet therefore she gets wrapped up in my left over cotton voile! ;0)

Next is Ma’ari.  Ma’ari is another character from the same story as Rella.  She is a Fairyland RealFee Mari in Tan skin that I ordered from Denver Doll Emporium.  Ma’ari is my little alien girl and once again, Ban Sidhe outdid herself and painted her exactly how I wanted her!  In order to convey to Ban how I wanted Ma’ari to look, I took up my pencils and paper and made a couple of drawings of Ma’ari for her.  I was just totally blown away by the results that Ban produced and am so very happy with my little alien girl!  Ma’ari remains bald because her people don’t have hair.  They do, however, have these wonderful turquoise blue markings that cover the scalp, part of the face and the ears.  Each Ara’adeem’s (that’s the kind of alien they are) markings are unique to themselves and are a blend of their parentage, so tribes and families can recognize each other easily. I couldn’t find the perfect eyes (in the traditional sense) for Ma’ari that I wanted so I thought about trying out some larger beads.  I think I always knew that her eyes were going to be an amber color, but I did try some silver gray pearls and Ban had some black beads in her when she had her.  Neither sat right with me and then one day I was at Hobby Lobby and found myself in the bead aisle.  I found a lovely strand of faceted amber colored agate beads and thought they would be perfect for her and indeed they are!  I like that they are faceted because they give her eyes dimension whereas a smooth bead may have looked flat.  I also like the fact that there are reddish veins running through the beads which add to their character.

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Original concept drawing of Ma’ari


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My sweet Ma’ari in her ‘party’ dress that Ban Sidhe made for her. ❤


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That face! ❤


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The back of her head and ears.  I just love her cute droopy ears!


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Best Friends: Ma’ari & Rella

And lastly there is little Caris who will be sharing a body with Ma’ari until I decide/can afford to get her one of her own.  She is a Fairyland PukiFee Rin in tan skin that I found on DOA as well.  She will be my model for all my RealFee clothing I will be selling in my Etsy shop as Ma’ari is just a little too different for that.  (And she’s ok with that! ;0) )  She was originally a sleeping faceplate, but Ban opened her eyes for me and made her look very sweet and innocent.  She is currently wigless as I am having a custom wig made for her and the wait is a couple of weeks.  I spent weeks looking for the perfect wig for her but could never find anything that completely satisfied me.  Then I discovered Natrume in Etsy and she makes gorgeous mohair wigs that are hand dyed in a rainbow of colors for a variety of sizes of dolls.  I am very much looking forward to receiving Caris’s wig and finally having her complete! :0)

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Sweet Caris.

This month I also designed and sewed a new summer outfit for MiniFees and other Slim Minis like Bobobie and Resin Soul MSD’s and Unoa MSD’s.  They also fit the MSD sized YouPlaDolls.  The strapless romper is currently available in several different fabric colors/designs in my Etsy shop here.

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Strapless MiniFee Romper in Apricot


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Close up of the fully functional side seam pocket.  Moss Green & White Floral Romper.


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Roomy enough to move around in and cool enough for hot summer days out and about.  Scarlet Vines Romper.


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Ban’s beautiful Priya (YouPlaDolls Ziya) modeling a romper specially made for her.  (Photo by Ban Sidhe)

I also put up my first pattern in my shop and it’s for the MiniFee Strapless Romper for those who prefer sewing their dolls’ clothing themselves. :0) Check it out under the Patterns Catagory in my shop.  It’s 10 pages of detailed step-by-step instructions with photos in PDF form ready for you to download.

I sewed my Ruruko girls Lark and Yulee some airy white summer dresses recently as well.  I love Cotton Voile and how light and airy it is and it works perfectly for these tiny girls!

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Yulee & Lark out for an evening walk in there new summer dresses.

Well, that’s it for now.  Hopefully I won’t wait 2 whole months to put up my next update.

Enjoy your summer!

~Louisa

 

Flying Time….

Time has gotten away from me again!  How can it already be almost the end of May already?  It was January not too long ago! The reality of things is this: I have neglected my blog for 4 whole months. :0(  I am sad and disappointed about this and I hope to rectify it with more regular posts in the future.

So, what has happened in the last five months? you ask.  Here are the dolly related highlights month-by-month:

JANUARY

Towards the end of the month, I sold my MiniFee Shiwoo.  Although I really liked him and he was Kess’s beau Julian, I just wasn’t playing with him or photographing him any more and he just sat on the shelf.  So after much thought over the matter, I put him up for sale on DOA and he found a new home soon after.  If I find the right sculpt, I will of course be re-shelling Julian for Kess. :0) (Hint, hint Iplehouse.  We need more manly looking JID guys please!)

I also finally picked a sculpt for a character (Rella/Sameen) in another story I’ve been working on for the last couple of years.  I bought a MNF Tika head from someone on DOA.  She is currently at Ban’s Boutique getting a spa treatment along with my RealFee Mari.  They are both from the same story.

FEBRUARY

February started off my Azone PureNeemo buying spree when I found a second hand Lien on Facebook.  She is super-cute and I’m really glad that she joined my then very small PureNeemo family.

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I also started work on my first ever fully pose-able art doll!  Nissa is Adam’s (JID Boris) canine from his and Skyla’s story.  She is an alien and earth canine hybrid which accounts for her size and ‘different’ look.  I ordered a ball and socket armature from a seller on Ebay.  I love the idea of this armature, I just wish that it wasn’t so hard on the hands to put together.  Other than that, the armature makes a sturdy and very pose-able skeleton.  I then ‘muscled’ her skeleton with leftover strips of quilt batting I had saved.

First version of Nissa’s skeleton.  I ended up adding to her height- she was just too short for what I had in mind for her.

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Batting ‘musculature’. 

My friend Ban Sidhe and I have an annual Christmas swap, but last year our swap was delayed for a bit due to some unforeseen circumstances and we decided to make it more of a spring swap instead. (Because friends can be flexible like that! ;0) )  Ban has three RealFee/PukiFee Hybrids so I made her a dress and pantaloons for one of her girls.  It was probably one of the more detailed doll clothing items I have made yet and I enjoyed every minute of it! :0)

I have wanted to add some detailing to my doll dresses in the future, so I decided to look into different stitching methods and my boss suggested I try a Wing Needle for Hemstitching.  Unfortunately, one can’t just go to the local Joann Fabrics to find said needle, so I had to go to a specialty sewing shop to purchase one.  Luckily, there’s one only 8 minutes from our house! :0) I had a lot of fun playing around with the different stitches this needle creates, especially on Cotton Voile!

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Some fun stitches done using a Hemstitch or Wing Needle.

Since Ma’ari, my RealFee Mari, will look rather alien once she has her faceup, I decided that if I wanted to make and sell clothing for RealFees I needed to have a head that looked more… traditional.  So I bought a sleeping face plate PukiFee Rin to hybrid with my RealFee body.  Her faceplate is currently being modded to open eyed and faceupped by Ban Sidhe of Ban’s Boutique.  I can’t wait for my new girls to get home!  I need to find eyes for all three and wigs for Rella/Sameen and Caris (PKF Rin).  Let the shopping fun begin!

MARCH

March began with me getting the flu.  I haven’t had the flu since… well, I can’t remember when I had the flu last, but I was out of it for a week and a half.  It was most certainly not an experience I want to repeat at all in the near future, thank you very much!

Some time ago, I had decided that I wanted to start selling some of my patterns in my Etsy shop in digital form.  It is finally becoming a reality.  I thought it best to start with something simple and chose my Antilles Tank pattern.  It is super simple and looks really cute on my MNF girls!  We (my pattern drafting friend and I) had a bit of a challenge getting the pattern to print to scale, but we have finally worked out the bugs and I can move forward with the writing of the step-by-step instructions and taking photos for the tutorial.  I also plan on selling just the top in fun pattern designs for those who chose not to sew. :0)

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MNF Dannica modeling a sample Antilles Tank.

Back in February, I received a doll clothing pattern book called Hannon by Satomi Fujii.  It has patterns for three different sized dolls: Middie Blythe, Neo Blythe and Unoa 1.5 girls.  I have made a couple of dresses using modified versions of her patterns for my Ruruko girls and my MiniFee girls.  The book is mostly in Japanese, but also comes with clear English instructions along with helpful photos for step-by-step construction of each garment.  I highly recommend this book if you enjoy sewing clothes for your dolls, but you will need to make some modifications so that they fit your dolls specifically.  I used the Middie Blythe size pattern as a base for my Ruruko and the Unoa 1.5 pattern as a base for my MNF.

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I worked on perfecting and changing my new MNF dress based on the Hannon pattern and am finally satisfied with the design and materials I have chosen for the dress.

I ended up selling my MNF/Unoa Lusis hybrid Larriene.  She, like my MNF Shiwoo, spent a lot of time just sitting on the shelf and not getting much attention. She has found a new home in Pennsylvania.

The next step in Nissa’s creation was to sculpt her head and paws.  I had put it off for long enough and finally took the plunge once I had fully decided to use polymer clay.  I was concerned that her head would be too heavy so I chose to start off with a core of aluminum foil and build around it with the clay.  Once I had her head done I worked on her paws and the baked everything.  I haven’t sculpted in years and was afraid she wouldn’t look very good at all, but I suppose sculpting is a bit like riding a bicycle. ;0)

Since, having sold a couple of dolls, I had some extra dollars burning a hole in my Paypal account, I continued my PureNeemo shopping spree and bought Mia, Witch of the Note.  She is my very first full set PureNeemo and I am very pleased with her! She’s very sweet and has found a place in my PureNeemo and Ruruko girls’ story.

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Mia, Witch of the Note

The next  step in Nissa’s creation, was furring her after I attached her head and paws to the armature.  I was VERY nervous about this part as the fur I had chosen for her came from work, is of excellent quality and I only had a very limited quantity so if I messed up and cut it wrong, I was up the perverbial creek without a paddle! Luckily, I thought it all out and went over it in my head many times before my scissors met the fur and things went well.  Once I got done with that part I could breath again! :0)

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MAY

In the beginning of May we had family stuff happening and yard work so not much happened dolly wise, but I did get to finish Nissa off.  All that was left to do once her body fur was firmly attached, was to fur her paws and head.  Once again, a lot of thought went into this process as I really dislike having to redo things and thankfully all went well the first time around.  And finally, Nissa was complete!  She is fully pose-able, is soft as can be and has a personality of her own.  I vaguely modeled her after a wolf, but left her to her own devices once I had an idea of what she would look like.  I may make a couple of changes to her like lengthening her tail and maybe adding some white fur to her face, but all in all, I’m pretty happy with her. :0)  And so is Adam- which is most important!

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Meet Nissa!

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Adam & Nissa

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A Walk in the Woods

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Cleaning her paws after a roll in the grass.

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Skyla & Nissa

To continue my PureNeemo shopping spree, I found a Little Witch of the Water Miu fullset from a seller on Instagram.  She arrived within days of my paying for her and made herself at home very quickly with my other PureNeemo girls. Now, I need to start working on their clothes for their story, and then there will be sets to build and props to gather and…. the list goes on and on and on…

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Miu, Little Witch of the Water.

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Miu, Inor,i Tayte, Mia & Lien

So, there you have it, the last five months of dolly news condensed.  I’m trying to take photos of my dolls daily to post on Instgram, (which doesn’t always happen because real life happens and sometimes inspiration is lacking), but I try to spend a bit of time with my dolls each day.  I’m hoping (cross your fingers) to post more regularly for the rest of the year. :0)

Until next time! ❤

 

Welcome to 2017 !

Wow!  How did it get to be 2017 and the end of January already?!  Where does the time go anymore?  It seems to fly by faster the older I get.

November and December were quite busy for me preparing for Christmas of course, and then work picked up.  Usually things begin to slow down in November and then I have a couple of weeks off in January or February as our customers begin to plan and prepare for the new year’s business.  Not this year!  It got really busy and has remained that way, so no rest for the weary!

So here we are in the middle of January and what have I done so far?  Not much new in the sewing department, just sewing current designs for my Etsy shop orders.  I have, however, been on a bit of a shopping spree! :0) Here’s who has arrived this month:

On January 11th, the last of the Jun Planning Sasha dolls, Pipin, the golden rabbit, I wanted arrived.  I found him on Ebay for a really good price and just HAD to snatch him up before he was gone!  He had never been removed from his box until he arrived here.  He looks very regal and elegant and fits in nicely with the rest of my Sasha dolls.  One day I will write their story….

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Pipin.

The very next day, on January 12th, my very first Ruruko doll arrived!  She is a 2016 Happy Box CCSgirl 15AW Ruruko.  She had never been removed from her packaging and was brand new from someone on Ebay who received her with a Momoko doll.   She sold her on Ebay for a very good price because she only collects Momoko’s.  She is in fair skin and on an Azone XS body which makes her an adorable size especially next to my Azone PureNeemo dolls.  I named her Yulie.

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Yulie, right out of her packaging.  I love the weight of the Azone bodies!

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Yulie compared to Tayte, my Azone PureNeemo.  I love their size difference!

On January 17th, my MiniFee Tika head arrived.  This head will be for a character who is in the same story as Ma’ari, my RealFee Mari.  I purchased the head from the Marketplace on DOA.  My dear and very talented Friend Ban Sidhe will be doing her faceup along with Ma’ari’s.  Her name will be Rella.  Now I just need to save up and buy her body!

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MNF Tika head

Also on the 17th, my second Ruruko arrived!  She is a CCSgirl Fresh Ruruko 1607 and she has natural skin.  She is also on an Azone XS body.  She is just as cute as Yulie and her name is Lark.  She, Yulie, Tayte and Inori are all in the same story.

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Meet Lark.

As you can see in the photo, she has a bit of discoloration on her nose. I did a bit of cleaning and a bit of sanding and her nose is now nice and clean!  She had been played with by her previous owner.  I bought her on Ebay as well for a very good price.  Ruruko dolls are hard to come by under $200 so I got very lucky with my two girls. :0)

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Lark & Yulie

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Lark & Yulie getting to know each other on an MSD sized park bench.  I used a Prisma App filter for this effect.  I love how it came out!

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Yulie & Lark enjoying a sweet treat.  I used my Rement table and chair set and some miniatures I found at Hobby Lobby as props.  Works perfectly for them!

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A different view and using the Prisma App Filter again.  I love this look!

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And one more for good measure! :0)

I have ordered some extra hands for each of them from a seller on Ebay and they should be here in the next month or so seeing as they’re coming all the way from Japan.

I also decided to thin out my collection a bit and decided to sell my MiniFee Shiwoo.  He shipped out and arrived at his new home in Texas last week.  I am also selling my Unoa Lusis/MNF Hybrid.  I was just not playing with either of them and they were just sitting on the shelf looking sad.  This way they will have good new homes where they will be loved and played with.

I do have plans for re-shelling Julian’s character (formerly the MNF Shiwoo) as soon as I can find a suitable doll to do so.  I’m leaning towards another JID boy but haven’t decided on a sculpt for sure yet.

On January 31st, a new Azone PureNeemo arrived! She was bought from a dealer on Ebay and is blank with a black wig.  I am going to attempt to do her faceup myself with watercolor pencils.  I’m planning on buying a small airbrush kit so that I can use a sealant other than MSC (which is toxic, can’t be used indoors and it’s much too cold to spray outside).  Hopefully, when I update this blog next time, she will be all finished. :0)  She will be a part of Tayte, Inori, Yulie and Lark’s story as well.

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Azone PureNeemo Body and Rooted Head right out of the package.

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Standing right out of her packaging!  She needs a bit of a hair trim. ;0)

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Just a little handful! :0)

Well, that’s all I have for this month’s update.  I’m hoping to update a bit more often and more consistently this year.  See you ’round! :0)

 

 

 

Resin Hearts BJD Convention

So waaayyy back in the beginning of August, I received a message through my Etsy shop from Leslie, one of the organizers of the Resin Hearts Balljointeddoll Convention in San Jose, California, inviting me to be a vendor at their Dolloween Con on Saturday, October 22, 2016. ” WOW!  What an honor!” I thought and danced around my sewing room with the thrill of the invitation.  Unfortunately, I am not able to attend as a vendor because of lack of funds (we were going on our family vacation to Topsail Island in just over a week after I received the message) and the distance- I live in Ohio and California is on the other side of the country- and work- we are super busy right now and taking more time off would be frowned upon.  Since I was unable to attend, I had the option to donate some of the items I sell in my shop for contest and door prizes.  I jumped on the opportunity and made six ensembles for three different sizes- two ensembles in each size. It was fun coming up with entire outfits (sans shoes) and I enjoyed the process.  I think I may do something like this for some of my listings starting in the new year.  They also needed a banner and a bio along with photos of the items I was donating and that brought me to another dilemma: earlier this year my old laptop died and along with it went the originals of my old banner for my Etsy shop, so I solved the problem by deciding I wanted a new banner anyway.  I enlisted the help of my dear friend Ban Sidhe who is an absolute whiz with photo manipulation!  She made me my gorgeous new banner which I will hopefully have up in my shop this weekend.

So, if you’re in the San Jose area on Saturday, October 22, 2016 check out the Resin Hearts Dolloween Convention at the Santa Clara County Fair Grounds.  The con runs from 9am to 7pm.  For more details visit their blog here: Resin Hearts

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New Enchanted Daydreams Banner

 

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MiniFee Ensembles.  Left: Black one piece swimsuit, hot pink sarong and paisley beach bag.  Right: Sleeveless babydoll top, capri leggings and heart and crystal necklace.

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For LittleFee Top Row Left: Little fox and polka dot dress with bloomers and a hair bow.  Top Row Right: Polka dot corduroy jumper with long sleeve shirt and panties.  For PukiFee Bottom Left: Sleeveless ruffle top and matching ruffled jeans.  Bottom Right: Long sleeveless dress with bloomers.

I also did something a little different with my packaging and I think this is how I will be packaging my doll clothes from now on.

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Until next time! :0)

~Louisa

 

Where Has the Summer Gone?

Well, summer sure flew by!  I spent most of it working at my real job and not a lot of time playing with dolls or keeping up with my blog.  Shame on me!  But, here I am, on the 2nd day of October catching up a bit.

A few things happened this summer.  Firstly, I received my cute Fairyland Tan RealFee Mari two days before we left for vacation on August 25th.  She is just adorable!  I love her size and she poses beautifully!  Her resin is a bit darker than I thought it would be but still a very lovely color.  I just love her droopy ears!  To me that’s what makes her so darn cute! :0)  I haven’t had the chance to do much with her yet.  Like I said, work has kept me very busy and by the time I get home I don’t have much energy left over.  (This time of year is usually when we slow down and I have a couple of weeks where I’m laid off, but we’ve taken on a couple of new customers who are keeping us quite busy.)  Anyway, I plan on sending her to Ban Sidhe for her faceup once I figure out what I want her to look like, but for now, her sweet blank face will have to do. :0)  I also plan on making clothes for RealFees to put in my Etsy shop but that may have to wait until 2017.

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Right out of the box.  What a cutie!

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Size comparison to PukiFee (on left) and LittleFee (on right)

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Showing off her posing skills. Rock solid!

Like I said above, two days after Ma’ari (that’s her name) arrived, we left for our family vacation on Topsail Island, North Carolina.  It had been eight years since we’d been there and things have changed a bit, but the overall atmosphere was still the same: a family friendly beach environment great for relaxing and recharging.  I took Kess along with me and a little felted mouse named Melody that I bought from an artist on Instagram. Check him out here: Hansugarhippie

Melody had many adventures with me on the beach and in the maritime forest around the beach house we rented.

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Melody Mouse on the beach

 

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Exploring the rocks in the backyard

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With our treasures from the beach.

I had made a swimsuit pattern for MiniFees and made some swimsuits for Kess to model while we were at the beach.  I took most of the photos on the deck of the beach house.  The lighting there was wonderful!  Then on our last day, early in the morning, I took Kess out for shoot on the beach.

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Swimsuit #1 with a black sarong

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Swimsuit #2 with a hot pink sarong

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Swimsuit #3

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Sunrise on the beach.

I do eventually plan on adding these swimsuits to my store but I have a couple of other projects that I have deadlines for before I can focus on new items for my Etsy shop.  And then of course there’s work and Thanksgiving then Christmas… when will it ever end?!?

Till next time…. :0)

He’s Finally Done!

Adam is finally complete!  I have worked hard these last couple of weeks to get him all finished up and boy is it ever a good feeling to have him all together!  Of course he already had his fabulous faceup by the very talented Ban Sidhe and his wig and eyes and an outfit that Ban made for him for our Christmas swap.  But, I needed to personalize him a bit more; make him look exactly how I imagined him to be in his and Skyla’s story.  I started off with his clothing.  I chose to keep the pants that Ban made for him as a part of his outfit (because I dislike making pants and these already suited him so perfectly), but I needed to make him the type of shirt I envisioned him wearing when he went gathering his herbs and plants.  After a bit of research (Pinterest is a wonderful source btw), I came up with a plan to add a hood to a sleeveless shirt.  I used an ultra-suede material for the outer fabric and cotton fabric for the lining of the hood.  I added straps and buckles and whalah!  He had a shirt just how I envisioned it! :0)

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Prototype made of cotton fabric.

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Final product in Ultra-Suede Fabric.  I also made the bracers for his wrists with a combination of Ultra-Suede and Leather.

Next I needed to make his accessories and because he was a hunter before he became a healer I chose to make his weapons starting with his quiver and the harness that straps around his body and also holds his knife sheath.  The quiver itself is made of leather and so is the knife sheath and shoulder pad.  The straps are made of an Ultra-Suede material.  Jewelry findings came in handy when it came to attaching everything together.

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Next came the arrows to fill the quiver.  I bought the smallest dowel rod I could at the craft store  and then decided on an appropriate length to cut each arrow to- about 5 and a half inches.  Then I painted them with brown acrylic paint and waited for them to dry so I could start sculpting the arrow heads.  I used Milliput which is a two part apoxy that you mix equal parts together to make the sculpting medium.  I had never used the stuff so it was a bit of a learning experience but it worked out pretty well.  I did learn that it’s best to let it dry over night before starting to carve on it or else it’s too soft and will kind of crumble under your tool as you carve.  Once the arrowheads were all dried and hard at the ends of my arrows, I carved them out to look like they had been hand knapped and then painted them with acrylic paints. The I prepared my feathers after a bit more research on Pinterest on how to fletch your feathers/arrows.  I glued them to the end of the arrow and after the glue had dried I bound them to the arrow with some fine hemp cording glueing down the ends.

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Fletched arrows drying.  Floral foam comes in handy sometimes! ;0)

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All 6 arrows finished up.

Next I made his bow.  I was a bit nervous about making it but once I got started it went pretty well. I started out with a wire armature using a couple of different  craft wires and then I covered it up with the Milliput and let it dry overnight.  The next day I started carving on it, smoothing out the curves and giving it a more hand carved look.  Once that was done I sanded it down and then painted it with a mixture of brown acrylic paints.  I added the detail design with a Sharpie marker sealed it and when it was dry, wrapped a bit of fine hemp cording on either side of the handle/riser and then tied some black beading thread on for the bowstring and it was done. :0)

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Bow armature made of craft wire ready to be sculpted over with Milliput.

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Wire armature covered with Milliput and drying.  I changed the design a bit after it dried by adding more Milliout to the handle/riser.

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Bow all done!

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Adam is ready to go hunting now. :0)

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Closeup of his ‘special’ arrow.  It’s special because Skyla gave him the green feathers for it because she thought the feathers on his other arrows were boring. ;0)

Then last night I finished up Adam’s accessories with his gathering bag and another knife sheath and belt because he doesn’t always take his bow and arrow when he gathers his plants and herbs.  They were made of a combination of leather and Ultra-suede as well.

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The bag’s flap is held closed with a couple of magnets I got at a hardware store.

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His other knife sheath and belt.

I will probably be making him other items of clothing and accessories as he needs them, but these are the basics to complete him.  Next is a project of a slightly different nature: his trusted canine Nissa.  :0)

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Adam walking home through the forest in the evening.

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Almost home.

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Tracking.

 

A Challenge and Things Completed

Okay, so June just flew by!  Where is this year going to? It seems that the older I get, the faster time seems to go by.  I can’t believe that 2016 is half over already! o_O  So, the only excuse I have for not having blogged during June is because I lost track of time.  Is that a good enough excuse? :0/

So, here’s what I’ve gotten done lately:  I participated in a little photo challenge that I co-hosted with eala_city_magistrate on Instagram.  It was to help inspire us to play with our dolls and take photos of them.  There was a theme for each day and those who participated were very creative and had fun as well- which was, of course, the point. ;0)  Below are a few of my favorites.

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This was Day 8: Picnic

 

Adam & Skyla Dance Collage

Day 6: Dancing

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Day 4: Game Night

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Day 13: Playing a Video Game

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Day 16: Another Time

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Day 28: Magic

Yesterday I decided that I needed to get some painting of props for Adam and Skyla that I’ve had for over a year.  I also needed to get Adam’s tattoo done.  I’ve been putting it off for long enough only because I was worried that I would mess it up.  So I started off with the easiest ones: Skyla’s glove hands which were gifted to me by my friend Ban Sidhe. In their story, Skyla is a touch empath and has to wear black leather gloves to let everyone know what her special talent is.  She also wears them to protect herself from an onslaught of images that comes to her when she touches anyone or anything and also to protect the privacy of those she comes into contact with.

Next I worked on Adam’s knife.  In their story, this particular knife has been handed down from generation to generation and Adam received it from his maternal grandfather on his death-bed.  Nobody knows its exact origin until it accidentally comes into Skyla’s possession and she informs Adam where it came from and who it originally belonged to.  It is an unusual knife with strange carvings on it that nobody can decipher.  It is a heavy modified Fairyland knife from a few years back.

Today, I got up the courage to do Adam’s tattoo.  Only because the weather was perfect and it’s supposed to rain for the next two days here and I really, really want to complete him! They are very basic in design, but the very thought of messing them up and possibly ruining him scared me silly.  But, I put on my big girl panties and got to it.  His people have tattoos that denote what they are in their chosen profession.  Adam has two bands around his right bicep.  The top one is that of an arrow which symbolizes the fact that he is a hunter.   The number of feathers represent the years of training he’s had as a hunter; so because there are two feathers on his arrow he was a hunter in training for two year before he decided to become a healer like his mother and uncle.  The band below the arrow is a vine with three leaves which mean that he’s been a healer with three years of training behind him.

I still need to make Adam a pair of leather bracers, a sleeveless hooded tunic-type top and a gathering bag.  I think I may also make him a bow and arrow.

Below are the photos of the items I finished today.

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Adam’s knife and Skyla’s gloves before their final coat of sealant.

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Adam’s tattoo, Skyla wearing her gloves and Adam holding his now finished knife.  I added red Swarovski crystals to the hilt for some color.

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A closer look at the knife in Adam’s hand.

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The knife between them.

I’ve really been enjoying playing and photographing Adam and Skyla since he’s been home and is almost complete.

Oh, and before I forget!  During the last Fairyland Event I ordered a tan RealFee Mari!  She probably won’t be home until the end of August, but that’s ok, it gives me time to save up for her so I can pay her off when she arrives at DDE.  :0)

Until next time.

 

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