Thursday, May 17, 2018

AG Truly Me #76!

So... whenever I visit the AG store... it's next to impossible for me to leave there without getting a doll... (which is why my last visit was Labor Day weekend 2017, lol)

This time was no different! But, I had my eye set on getting either a Logan or a Truly Me #76... the modified Sonali mold won out, once I did a comparison!  I think I went thru 8 or 9 dolls (which were all I could find of him) before I picked out the guy you see here!

The plastic had a dent in it from traveling around in my car for about a month before I brought him inside.

But as you can see, he looks great inside the box...

 As well as out of it!  I love him, he's really cute.

He's all ready for his close-up... and a name!  I'm thinking Isaac, Blake, Joel, or Silas!  What do you think?

I found that I love his hair, it makes him look less childish to me. And his eyes are pretty... though they may get swapped out at a later date. 

He will also be getting an outfit change.... but this is where he is located right now (I'm not sure my man is thrilled... but I figured if he could display his toys in the livingroom... so could I, lol) And since I don't have a craft room set up yet, the livingroom and kitchen have turned into the crafting area... my neat freak man is dealing, lol.  BTW... a Wine bottle is the PERFECT height when you need to work on a wig... (the wig pic below, from Houseful of Dolls and More. I will be reviewing a few wigs later this week or beginning of next week... and this is my first curly... I am not sure I am a fan, though the colors are divine)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The beautiful girl I couldn't resist getting...

I have seen this lovely lady time and again on some of the IG accounts, and every picture of her is stunning.  On a whim, I decided to look on E-bay and see if anyone had her... and to my surprise, someone did, NRFB, at a bit cheaper than a new doll in store, complete with shipping!  I knew I had to add her to my collection, since she was retired in 2016.  She is elegant, and I'm looking forward to getting to know her!

Love that brand-new-doll moment when you haven't unboxed yet... and you know that she's never been opened!!

She's adorable! One look at her, and I knew who she was going to be, even if I didn't know her name!  She would be my steampunk girl, always ready for adventure, and willing to let her weird flag fly, since Steampunk would be dear to her heart.  Everyone, please meet Eleanora Jade Bridges!

So... after I started working with Eleanora, I noticed that her AG wig was kinda thin and stringy. (I could be spoiled by all the secondary market wigs, ESPECIALLY Zazou Doll wigs) But... I figured I could live with it.

I dressed her in her steampunk regalia from Dollicious Clothes (that I had bought ahead before I knew I'd be getting her... knew that I would find the right doll for this outfit), added LittleBittyHearts nose stud, and snapped a few quick pics before I had to leave for home (my doll collection is, for the time being, at my adopted family's house until I decide on one location/get my craft/doll room set up where I am now)

The next week, I stopped over again to add some removable eyeliner from LittleBittyHearts, to punk her up a bit, take more pics, grab more things to bring back to where I am staying, and felt once again that her hair, on the doll that I had to have in my collection was really thin. I was so disappointed.

I really love her, connected to her instantly... and yet she's not perfect.  She has a wonky left eye (right in the pictures), and her hair is thin and stringy.

Solution?  I just bought a replacement wig from ZazouDolls that I feel will fit her, and I'm going to see if I can use a metal nail file tip or tweezers to adjust her eye so that it opens and closes properly. And if it doesn't.... well, you know what, maybe that will be part of her charm!  Maybe it will bring her into our century as well, since it has burgundy streaks... once I get it, you can be the judge!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Fashion photo shoot

So... I haven't done one of these in a long while (maybe never on the blog?)... and my background is... my closet door, lol, but I figured I'd try to do a photo shoot for you guys, and model an outfit from TheGlamDoll, a few from of SashaLi, and one from DreamDollDesignz.
Let's get started...

Dahlia, Acacia, and Natalia are our models today.  I will be updating their profiles soon for you, but Acacia is dance instructor who is best friends with fashion major Dahlia. I'm still learning Natalia's story, but she seemed both shy and ready to break out of her shell and model with the ladies.

They decided to try on dresses from SashaLi first.

The tye dye awesomeness that Dahlia is wearing makes to wish I had a dress in that style, looks bother comfortable AND chic... I would have a closet full of them. She's got that surfer girl/flower child vibe going on here, I feel.

Acacia's eye really pop in anything blue or cool tones, I've discovered.  She looks great in just about anything I put on her! I love this mold, and I'm so glad AG came out with it. She has become one of my top 5 dolls.

I have to say, I am not a fan of magenta... but this dress on Natalia made me rethink my color scheme for her.  It's like this dress was made for her... and she's certainly made it her own.  Do you ever do that, come up with certain colors that you think are the doll's colors to wear?

What lovely ladies!  I've bought from SashaLi before, and all of her stuff is very well made.  I love how the outfits feel to me, very flowing, comfortable elegance.  I like her style, the 70s flair, and I'm loving her addition of flower hair clips!  There will be 2 more pieces from her coming up, but I must say, she is a very detailed designer.

Dahlia, being the fashion student, and used to working as a model as well, decided to let her inner tigress out to play last night in this saucy little number.  She would definitely have turned heads if she'd had gone out clubbing after this shoot... and she is taking notes on all the professional seamstress-ing that went into this dress.

After her photos though, she got into helping style Natalia and Acacia, redoing their hair and helping to fix little things here and there.

Acacia modeled a cute outfit from DreamDollDesignz, which struck me as both summery and islands.  She looked adorable with her hair pulled into a bun.  The quality in this outfit as well was on par!

I wanted to show the difference between Natalia without flash (first picture) and with (second picture).  I have a reflector coming in the next week or so, and I have seen how this can make a difference... but I also want to get a good camera so that I can get better pictures (there will be a photo course taken as well once I get it, lol).  I love Natalia's eyes, they always draw me in.  I've never been a brown eyed girl (I am a sucker for blue and green... and yet my man has hazel that typically fall to brown), but hers are so beautiful!  I may have taken more pictures of her than the other two...

I love this look on both of them, they are so summer ready!

Dahlia told Natalia that she had to try the pose D had done earlier... I think Nat is a bit nervous, but she pulled it off! (Pants were from EliteDollWorld, bandeau top was a gift from SashaLi... and I love it!  It will be seeing a lot of play this summer!!)

And then, since there was there was 1 more SashiLi dress... D and A talked Nat into being the last model for it.

I think I cut a tiny bit off the bottom of the short halter dress with chain, but I think she looks sweet in it, and very much not like a child.

Dahlia declared this photo shoot a success... and proceeded to claim the tye-dye dress as hers.

Thank you to the designers who made these outfits, I look up to you, and hope that one day, when I get my craft room put together and start sewing again, that my work looks as good!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WIP Wednesday...

Well, I crochet as well as doll modify... and sometimes, I do both.

I've been working on crocheting some fancy couture dresses for my dolls, since my sewing machine is in storage still, and my sewing skills may not be ready for fancy outfits with nicer fabrics than the quilter's cotton I've been using. Plus... there's something fun about designing my own crochet patterns for each custom dress.

I've been playing with designs to make the dresses more mature than the preteen designs I see... I love the idea that they are in high school or college age. I first started with an opera style dress for one of my MG customs, who goes by Betty Grable. I'd made it with Red Heart WW, and while it achieved the look I was going for, it reminds me of velvet weight or perhaps a lovely wool. Very heavy and wintery.

First up is Acacia's gown. It's a combo of a modern take on her holoku dress, and an corseted waist. This time, I looked for pretty Lion's Brand Scarfie yarn, which crochets up lighter and airier. I love the way the yarn drapes. I have to attach snaps tomorrow (the body of the dress has been done a month, but the finishing touches hadn't been added), but that should go rather quickly.

Next is the current gown I'm working to finish. It started out as Dahlia's dress, though I'm not sure if it will stay hers, since she is my costume designer. I'm hoping, when I have the first week of May off, to finish writing up my dolls profiles and take proper pictures. She/I got the idea for this dress from one that Waverly wore in Wynonna Earp, season 1. I couldn't figure out how to create the nude fabric  or the exact look, so I made what feels like to me a cocktail gown, but yeah... that was the start of this dress. Acacia or Mika are usually her models for her designs... so Acacia is showing this one off too (she and Dahlia are the only 2 dolls with me right now).

I also wish to create a champagne dress for Nevaeh... as well as a red one for either Mika or Alanna. We will see what kind of outfits I come up with after I finish these four...

.... and then there are my dragons... but that's a post for another day.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

This is gonna be fun...

So... I am slowly accumulating items to create a Steampunk Confectionary (thanks to inspiration from Brandy's Happy Home... I have wanted to make a steampunk room for YEARS!) and for a winery for my dolls! I am loving so many of the pics from her blog posts on this series, be sure to check them out!

I have wanted to build an "adult dollhouse" forever.  I had a curio cabinet that served as beds for my AG dolls as a child... but never had a dollhouse for them.  As an adult, I'm not looking to have the typical dollhouse, with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc.  I decided a while ago that I wanted to do scenes... and what better way to do it than to start with a Steampunk Confectionary and Café? I'd like to do a Victorian scene (though I suppose that would make it a Steampunk/Victorian type city...) as well...

I had wanted to do a 1950s diner as well... we will see if I end up with all restaurants, lol.

It's gonna be a while until I'm actually able to build it, since I need to build rooms for it, like BeastsBelle has on her blog,(though I think I'd like mine to be the size that her mom has... so I may be visiting Ikea...)

I'm going to be looking up some Café ideas, and posting images of fancy things that I'd like to make too...

I've never been to the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, so I got some pic ideas from these blogs (did not post a lot of pics, since these were from personal blogs and I didn't have permission... just saved them for inspiration)
Lola Lambchops
Nerd Travel Pro
More Than a Homeschool Mom

I think I can post a few pics from Pinterest and some of the Official blogs...
The inside of the restaurant... apparently it is not just a cafe, but a full restaurant... I NEED to visit here!

Candy Floss... while I've never been a huge fan of cotton candy... I do feel like this may need to be added!

Look at the cute bottles of candy!  I may need to make some for my shop...

I would be in heaven with all those chocolates/truffles to choose from

And... I will definitely try to make this display/menu board.  Brandy already has the design for the counters... but since I want to make this a scene and not a play area... I feel like I need more detail like this...

OMG, the MILKSHAKES!!!  They look divine! I want one or all of them!

And these!!  They are so cute... definitely figuring out how to make them!

So many things to make... and there were more pics that I couldn't post yet... but I will be soon!

Friday, April 6, 2018

March trip to AG!

So, had to drop off a Marie Grace that I rescued from E-bay in summer 2016 to the AG hospital March 29th, so of course I had to take pictures in the Tyson's Corner, VA (AGDC) store when I was there!

So, without further ado... here are my pics from the visit!

Luciana's stuff!!  It was so neat to see, even if the Mars Habitat was in a bit of a disarray when I was there, and trying to get pics without kids wandering around it was special (didn't think about the fact that a lot of schools did a mini spring break) Her collection was neat, though I cannot say I need anything from it.  I tend to go towards Maryellen's and Nanea's collections moreso, since I love those eras of fashion.

Random pics I got from the upstairs... 77 looks cute here, and I love the girls in this shot!!

I loved getting to see Tenney's mix and match... and I may need to grab a few things next time I go!

Maryellen's Camper (her outfit wasn't as cute in person, the pom pom buttons were all off center, no matter which outfit I saw.... but I LOVE the teal paisley/bandana material!!)

I will forever love the skating outfit... and I adore her birthday dress!

Ended up buying the plaid outfit... and while I don't need her birthday outfit, it was really cute.

EEEKKK!!  The New AG boys!  And I do love Logan... but I didn't add him to my collection this time.... I think for now, the only one I want is the one I got... and Logan, lol.

Apparently, this one doll and the brochure were the only 2 pics I took of the Create Your Own line... but I have to say, I have quite a few dolls in the CYO app that I'm dying to save up for... time will tell if I actually do it.  On one hand, $200 is a lot for a doll.  On the other hand... to have some of the molds in alternate colors to what is available in the normal AG stores would be incredible.  Some of my favorites (I'd be broke if I got them all...):

My Jess molds... The left would be Cadence, the right Violet

The Josefina molds... which, btw, are a horrible pic on the site... the Jose mold is so much cuter in real life!

My Sonali molds... love these!

And, as I was leaving, like I always like to... I got a few shots!

Hope you enjoyed the pics from my visit!!