THE END FOR NOW

I will still respond to comments, but don’t expect a quick response.

I don’t have time for my dolls and they are not a big part of my life anymore.  I still enjoy them but I don’t think I’ll ever be as involved with them as I used to be.  I really enjoy blogging, too, but I haven’t even done that since I moved, but here’s to the future and maybe one day I’ll be back!

I’ll be leaving the blog up for all of the information.

Thanks for everybody’s support!

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Just Popping In!

Wow, moving and settling in has taken far longer than I expected.  I knew it would be a long time before things were anywhere near normal, but I assumed that by now I’d have some kind of routine that left time for hobbies.  Well, I was wrong.

I lot of my things are still in boxes because renovations are going very slowly.  This isn’t a tv episode about flipping a house in only six weeks, this is real people trying to live their lives, fix up an old house, learn a new lifestyle, and afford all of it at the same time.  It’s going to take awhile.

I did get an Ellowyne Wilde doll shortly after we moved, though.  Right before I moved, I had heard that Tonner was discontinuing the line, so I grabbed one up from an online discount sale with the last of my doll savings.  She has since joined the rest of my dolls in their boxes, but I will try to take the time to write about her soon.

Since that purchase, I’ve been trying not to look at new dolls (or any at all) and have been relatively absent from forums and such.  It’s a lot easier to avoid temptation if I don’t look at all.  >.<

So, I’m not back from hiatus quite yet, but I felt that I’d at least let everybody know that I hope to be back to blogging eventually.  I just don’t know when that will be, at this point.

Taking a Break Due to Moving

I’m having such a hard time writing this post.  I’ve warned about it, and now it’s here, but I don’t know how to do it or what to write.  I’m sorry for the abrupt notice, but I’m going to take a break from the doll blog until after we move and get settled in. :/

There might have been some things that I said I was going to share before I did this, but there’s just too much going on right now with the holidays, visiting, and packing.  For instance, the dresses that I ordered from Amy_Couture_Shop on eBay arrived, but I’m going to save them until after I start blogging here again after the move.  It might give me something to write about when I might otherwise not have much to share.

I think it’s safe to say that I won’t come back until after January, and possibly longer.   We’ll be working on the house for a long time and I don’t know what our schedule is going to be like or how busy we’re going to be.  Whenever I do come back, expect posts to be fewer and far between.  I might post about moving and the new house in another blog, but I’m still on the fence about it.  (I’ve never been good at keeping a personal blog because I’m a private person and hesitate to share information that reveals too much about myself.  I already feel like I shouldn’t have shared pictures of the house and constantly fight the urge to delete them.  >.<  Anyway…)  If I do, I’ll try to remember to come over here and link to it, possibly on the “About” page, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for it if you’re interested.

Here’s one last picture of Andee wearing one of the dresses.  Consider it a teaser. lol

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And,…

  “In case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!”

The Last Few Posts Before Moving

I can see the quality of my posts slowly degrading as moving gets closer and closer.  I’m only going to promise one, maybe two, more posts before I stop blogging until after the move and we get settled in.  I keep toying with the idea of creating a blog for our new life, but I’m not sure if I really want to.  Actually, I created a few new blogs here on WordPress to save the names but haven’t posted in them.

I’ve packed up five of my dolls so far.  I’m waiting on one more clothing order and after that I’ll have nothing stopping me from packing them all up.  I thought that I’d be able to share the new clothes this week but the package went to the wrong post office (after also spending a month in mail limbo).  I guess it’s that time of year again.

I have a ton of (non-doll) stuff that still needs to be packed, mostly random things.  I’ve tried pretty hard to keep like things together but I don’t think I’m going to be able to keep that up.  I’m just going to have to put the hummingbird feeder with the palindrome and other randoms things and I’ll figure it all out on the other side. >.<

Second StarrshineDesigns Order

 

Because I promised that I’d share, but my dolls have been neglected with this moving business and are kind of dusty, so I hope you don’t mind close ups of just the items.

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I purchased the white skirt with black and glittery silver skulls, a glittery black pair of leggings, and the leopard print leggings.  The black top worn in the picture with the skirt was made by me and the top in the second picture with the leopard leggings was made by guppykisses.

The skirt is very cute and well made.  My only issue is that it’s rather tight and was very hard to get on over top of the leggings.  The doll can’t sit at all, in fact.  The listing says that it’s confirmed to fit this body and it also suggests that it would be great layered with leggings, which is what I did, so I’m a little disappointed.

The shorts that I previously purchased from the same Etsy store were kind of tight and difficult to get on over leggings as well, but not as bad as this skirt.  I’m sure some of it can be chalked up to the handmade natural of each individual item, but I think it’s important to share since I had the same trouble with both.

The leggings, on the other hand, fit just as I expected on the Minifee Moe body.  They’re a little long and bunch up at the bottom.  You can hide the bunching but I think it looks cute.

And, once again, I didn’t think to take a picture of the extras.  There were three pins–two had some unknown-to-me game characters on them and the other had “StarrshineDesigns” on it–and there were also four doll sized Halloween themed notebooks.

And, that’s it, for lack of a better way to wrap up this post. >.<  I’m still waiting on one more order and then that will probably be it until after I move.

Partial Alice’s Collection Order

I wasn’t very prepared for this week’s post but I wanted to throw something up.  Here’s a few pictures of Emelia wearing her new sweater and top from Alice’s Collections.

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I found the sweater in the boy section and it wasn’t available in 65 cm size, so I bought the 70 cm size and hoped it would work as an over sized sweater and I think it works.  There’s just a bit too much bulk around the neck, but other than that I like it.

I didn’t get individual pictures before putting them on, so I don’t have any of just the pink tank top underneath the sweater.  It has a bit of lace around the collar and a ribbon bow.

(The pants are made by me.)

I also bought a pair of black sneakers with white skulls on them and a black belt for Felix, but I’ve already packed him up.  Oops.

Moving Update

My husband and my oldest son left today to go ahead of the rest of us to the new house.  (We planned this a long time ago and didn’t realize it was right before Thanksgiving, or we might have planned differently.)  We rented a small trailer and put several pieces of furniture and all or most of their belongs inside it.  I can’t believe how much stuff we were able to fit into that little trailer–four dressers, two bookshelves, and a ton of boxes.

However, my husband waited until the last minute to go through things and so we spent the last few days ripping apart the house in an effort to gather all of their things to take with them.  We also pulled down everything from our side of the attic and put it into the front room because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it by myself after they left.  (The younger two aren’t strong enough to carry boxes over their heads from the attic access.  And I’m not inviting people into this place…)

As a result, the house is an absolute disaster.  Some rooms are not functional.  I’m feeling kind of overwhelmed and slightly claustrophobic (good thing it’s so nice outside).  I  have no idea what to do with some of this stuff or what some of it even is.  Why do we have so much stuff?  I feel like a tornado came through and I have to figure out what’s salvageable, what’s mine and what isn’t, and figure out a way to make it functional again with what’s left.

Anyway, due to how busy we were, I don’t have a doll post for this week.  The Alice’s Collection order came in, and it’s given me some motivation to take some pictures.  So hopefully I’ll share that soon, plus the other items that came in previously as well.  I just need a sunny day when I’m not trying to dig out of this mess!


P.S.  They’ll be coming back before Christmas (hopefully) and then we’ll move right after (hopefully).  As usual, plans are subject to change every five seconds.  And, don’t worry, I’ll be okay!

Impldoll Old Star Female Body (NSFW)

This post contains nude doll pictures.

A few weeks ago I came across a second hand Impldoll old Star female body on Facebook and I bought it with the intent of using it for Farrah, an Or-Doll / Nyx lop-ear Eris head.  It was described as yellowed, having several owners already, and only having the heel feet.  I’ve wanted to see this body in person, so I snapped it up.

I didn’t do very many box opening pictures, but here’s the body after I cleaned it up and put it together.  No offense to the previous owner, but it was filthy.  :/

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The old Star body is slimmer than the new version and I briefly considered getting one for Emelia at one point, but now that I see it in person, that’s not going to happen.  The arms are kind of gangly and unnatural looking and the shoulders aren’t wide enough, although the neck is about right.  It also doesn’t pose that well and leans back most of the time.  I’m going to keep it for a while, find something nice for her to wear, and see if it grows on me.  It was only $145 including shipping, so I honestly don’t feel too bad about it, and at least Farrah gets to be displayed again.

Here’s a few pictures of Farrah trying out her new body.

You can see the extreme color difference between the head and body.  I’m not actually sure what skin tone it is–either “real skin” or a custom color (Impldoll will do that at no extra charge, which is pretty cool).  I redid her face-up and added a bit of yellow to it but it didn’t help quite enough.  I was afraid to add too much yellow, as it is, she appears to have a sallow look to her.  Despite that, I think it’s passable, and you might not notice the difference at first glance unless you knew about it or looked for it.

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I put micro powder glitter on her face, which is the first time I tried that.  I thought it would be appropriate for an elf.  It has the effect of highlighting certain areas and creating a textured appearance.  I might take advantage of that in future face-ups.  Key features are: I made her upper lip a little bit darker than her lower lip, made her eyelids stand out by shading the crease rather darkly, and I went pretty heavy on the eyelashes.  I think she has a very stoic expression and I like it.  I’m happy with it, but it’s not the best I’ve done.  This could very well be the last face-up I do until next Spring.  It’s finally starting to get cold outside, or at least appropriate temperatures for November around here.

Patterns & Dresses

Every week, The Fletcher Pattern Company has different patterns on sale and I almost always check to see if I like any.  I look for Ellowyne Wilde patterns because they tend to fit most of my slim minis.  I also keep an eye out for American Model patterns because with just a few alterations, they can fit a lot of 1/3 sized dolls.  If they need to be resized, the pattern pieces are often already cut into sections because they don’t always fit onto one piece of paper.

This week, they had a few Halloween patterns being offered at $5 each, and they had one that I really liked for both Ellowyne and American Model.  I purchased “Happy Elloween 2007” for Ellowyne, and “Pirate’s Maiden” for American Model.  Both are wench or bar maid style dresses with corsets but different enough to get both.  I bought the PDF versions.

Who knows if I’ll get around to making either before I move, but I know I’ll make them eventually.

Also recently, I purchased three dresses from a seller that I’ve been wanting to buy from for a long time.  She was having a sale and I had some money–at the same time!  The seller is sen472 on eBay and AmyDollClothes on Etsy.  She sells beautiful dresses for several sizes of dolls for great prices.  I chose to purchase from her eBay store because she had more to offer there for Ellowyne Wilde.  I bought a black dress, a white and silver one, and a blue and white one.

You know, I’m wondering about getting an Ellowyne doll at some point, because I have so much stuff that’s supposed to be hers!  I prefer the ones with painted eyes and rooted hair.  But, it won’t be any time soon, because I have about $10 left in my doll fund until I sell some things (plus other dolls I’d rather get first).

Lastly, I finally got a shipping notice for my Alice’s Collections order but it’s still going to be a couple weeks.  I also haven’t forgotten about the things I mentioned in my last post, but this week is turning out to be just as busy as last week.

A Little Busy

I’m sorry for no “real” post this week, time just got away from me.  Dolly things have been going on, though.  The StarrshineDesigns order came in and I bought a used 1/3 body from Facebook that also arrived, and I did a face-up for the head intended for it.  I tried to take pictures of everything but they didn’t come out very well and I haven’t been able to retake them yet.

In other news, I’m thinking about packing up some of my dolls.  They’re mostly out of the way, so I was going to wait until later, but I realized that packing anything fragile is more time consuming so that I should start on them sooner.  (I plan on packing them as if I were selling them and shipping them.  I don’t know who will end up handling them or where they’ll be put amongst our stuff, so better safe than sorry.)  Now to figure out which ones get to go first…

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