December recap

Or can I call this a recap while this December is only half way through?

It has been a productive month. There are changes in my personal life so there has been some extra time to use for sewing projects. So happy about that fact. I also feel that while it has been somewhat quiet for quite a while when I speak about dolly plans I have also lots going on there. Plans, story updates, style updates. Dolly hobby is periodic at present.

Not too many flattering pictures of Unoa Elder girls in Google picture search. Apparently enough to hook me though. Not that Google was ever the sole place to look for dolly pictures. I have had this little plan of Ange for quite a while now. And my wishes had been heard! Now I have one on layaway. Her name will be Yuiko (thoughtful child) and she is an apprentice witch. Initial plan is to make her something colorful yet dark while her wig will be pastel cute. However, it would not be the first time when a doll turns into something completely different once she arrives so I cannot say for sure. Let’s wait and see. She is scheduled to come around in Spring ~

Then Tsukifly updates.

Starting with two Vintage cardigans in SD and DD sizes, made out of lovely vintage knitted fabric with vintage lace details. I am pleased with the outcome and they are a great addition with any Tsukifly dress as well.

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Tsukifly Vintage White Cardigands

Second in line is a one-piece vintage time keeper dress for SD.  I have had “raw” sketch of this dress on a mannequin for ages. It really has taken way too long to complete but I amSAMSUNG CSC pleased how it turned out. A combo of embroidered off-white lace, light blue taffeta, brown polka dot fabric and vintage laces and bow ties. A clock necklace will be included with the dress.

Last but not least on the list are probably my personal favorites of the month. Diamond deer flower headbands. This patch on Etsy includes 2 tiny/slim mini sized, 2 MSD/Lillycat sized and 1 bigger Pullip / SD / Blythe sized headdresses. They are so cute and delicate. I just need more paper flowers for any future plans, these ate my last ones on storage.

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*Update* Tsukifly Custom Pullip Akiko

I felt the candy set didn’t quite match with Akiko so I completed a better suited outfit set to go with her. With fully and lively Japanese themed dress and accessories she would be an an unique addition to any Pullip family. Find the updated listing here.

So to recap, a lot of new updates, additions and great fun in making all of these. Thank you everyone for your continuing support!

I must also make a small note on one of my lovely buyers who was kind enough to send me a picture of her doll wearing a Tsukifly coat bought through Etsy shop. The styling in the picture was wintery and receiving it really made my day. Thank you!

I believe that is almost everything for now. Next wee I will travel towards North for Christmas and I have pretty strong feeling no new blog entries will be made for this year. Please do keep an eye on Instagram as I am more likely to update few Christmas theme pictures around there ~

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Herbs and summer

Hiya!

Back here again. Lately I have been busy with my studies so little has been left for anything else. But! No worries. I am advancing towards the end of an intensive lecture week in two cities. Still few days to go~

My guess is that it isn’t my studies you wish to read about. So into dolly related things.

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Those of you who have taken a look at Flickr have seen “the portrait” picture of (most) of my bjd girls. I cannot even remember when I have taken the previous one. Probably something like 7 years ago?! The fact that my girls haven’t been in the same place after year 2010 may have had something to do with the fact. Instead, scattered around the country… Then why could I not do this one properly? Because Mina (Aileendoll Camellia) and Hisa (Volks Lorina) both share a body with someone else. I didn’t include heads for this portrait but I consider doing another one sometime later to include them too.

Coming – Tsukifly: 

There are two Pullip / Blythe sized summer dresses to be finished on my table for Etsy. I suspect to complete them by the end of the week after which they will appear on Etsy along with some updated pictures.

  • One is a more colorful dress set with white under dress and an upper part, certain similarities to Chai Latte’s dress, with different colors and fabrics etc. in my attempt to use small fabric pieces found from my closet.
  • The other one is a turquoise summer dress with tulle and lace details and a bunny headdress.

Both dress sets are more detailed than any of the previous Pullip / Blythe dresses have been. I have used time to make them unique. Great additions to any wardrobe.

 

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Mella had a haircut. This was a moment before the “action”. Her hair is now shorter with bangs. A picture is on intagram and more will be coming later. Mella wants to show off something as she got a little package. Here she is also wearing an Alice in Wonderland patterned dress for which I was sewing buttons for.

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Summer with style updates

For an unknown reason I am having a style crisis over my girls. It seems to be a trend now. It happens every now and then. Few of them are missing that something, be that the right wig, eyes, clothing or something else. I am trying to figure out something new for each of them but it is not that easy. Especially when you don’t quite know what you would like them to have. If only there would be a possibility to test a box of wigs or eyes etc. to better get the idea. With my limited supply, nope. All I can do is to draw my ideas on paper or otherwise visualize.

For the summer I have gone through my dolly closet so I am going to post a separate album on Flickr for the sale stuffs. I have also considered a blog post with the details so will see which I consider a better option in the end. There will be those other things not suitable for my girls’ style or those I have leftovers in wrong sizes as I am going to make some style changes for them.

SAMSUNG CSCLunetta got a white dress. Together the dress and a separate lace skirt form a bell shaped dress combo. She could wear more striking stockings, go with white white lace stockings for more bridal look or choose black as she has chosen to do. Endless possibilities when the dress in itself is not too outstanding.

Those hand cuffs pictured with the dress are among new additions to Etsy. With them I have added a collection of total of 20 necklaces done over the years. There has not been proper pictures taken of them until now so I am pleased I finally got that done. Certain special design will be posted in separate listings later on. Have a closer look on the jewellery collection here.

Freya's Summer Dress set

Summer dress set design for Lillycat: One-piece dress, bolero, lace stockings.

 Freya’s summer dress set

I don’t think I have taken any proper picture of Freya’s summer dress set. So finally here it is. I have reused one of the short corsets previously completed, added the skirt part for it and she already had the accessories and lace stockings.

Freya and Lunetta were the first ones to get their styles updated. While Freya is pretty much completed, Lunetta is still missing eyes / wig side of the whole. In progress.

Some of you may know I have made quite a stock of flower head bands as well. With different details and sizes. The same situation as with jewellery was that there has not been any completed collection pictures of the designs. Along with jewellery I ended up doing that update as well. Although those pictures are still in progress – a lot of them to process through – few updated pictures here.

They tolerate gentle bending and there will be sizes from tiny all the way to SD/Pullip/Blythe available through Etsy. Keep checking back there. Previously there were only few SD sized designs pictured. Thus, a bigger selection for the coming summer.

While going through the stock I also came across this cotton candy / cute style skirt set available on Etsy. I thought having a picture on the mannequin might help to show off the skirt. If only I had a girl with such a style I would like to keep this myself!

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Tsukifly Cotton Candy Skirt Set -SD/SD13

Soom Juchy – Pumpkin Sprite

Meet the newest member of the crew.

Her name is Junia. Soom Juchy. A little sprite and a guardian of a fountain situated deep within an ancient forest. She rarely has contact with anyone which makes it all the more fascinating once she does encounter someone.

She is a tiny little fairy and Soom mini gem size. Height according to Soom is 31.5cm. I find it is rather hard to compare her with any of my other girls. Mina (Aileendoll Camellia) as a tiny is not as tall and is also considerably more sturdy while both of my MSD girls Tori and Lunetta (Dollmore Torrie and Souldoll Aehael) are taller and sturdier as well. Differently proportioned. This little girl is slim like a barbie doll, light in weight and with lovely light violet skin color. Such a delicate whole, fragile with all the details.

Previously I haven’t had a doll with wig size 4 inches and therefore had to order her with the default wig so I could at least have something for her. So tiny! Not quite sure the blond is her thing but finding alternatives has proven rather a challenging task. An odd size. I am somewhat close to considering an option of trying to make her a mohair or an alpaca wig of my own…

A great info page on DoA will get me started. Additionally I need to go through some barbie clothes. There might be something she can make use of. For now she is wearing a white lace dress I made for her so she has at least something to wear for the time being.

Soom apparently recommends eye size 6mm for her but I don’t have anything so small around @_@ So she is wearing DD-Anne’s Garden blue acrylic 8mm eyes I had stored away. I will try two other 8mm pairs for her as well. Hazel and metal blue/purple as they are. Then make a choice among those. For the time being at least :p

Her lovely transparent fairy parts sit in a box for the time being. I am trying to decide on the color and blushing style for them. Something dark or maybe pastel colors?

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Tsukifly spring updates

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With the lovely sunshine over the weekend mornings I ventured out of the bed early to have a photoshoot with Freya. Some of the Tsukifly creations got updated pictures. Like the above Black/Gold framed dress.

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I have kept mentioning this walolita outfit in some of my previous posts and finally, here it is. It is a 5 piece outfit set with japanese red bunny fabric kimono styled bolero, pleated red upper skirt, white lace under skirt, bow tie obi and a flower headdress. A great outfit set for the coming summer time with cute little details. Sleeves are elbow length in traditional kimono style. Find the outfit set from Etsy: Red Walolita outfit.

I was inspired to try out the making of panties. So a complete set for Lillycat was created. The white corset style top was already on offer alone but I thought it needed the panties to complement it. Now I am happy with the outcome. Check the updated listing here: Lillycat white underwear set.

Previously I took the picture with Lunetta showing off the winter style by Tsukifly. The Duffle coat was part of the set but not yet available through Etsy. I assure you this cute and fluffy duffle will be available shortly. Some of the pictures still need to be resized.

On the pages of a magazine

SAMSUNG CSCIts lovely how the sunshine seems to wake you up from the long slumber of the dark winter. It feels like you can do so much more with the light around. It is different to take photos with natural light than to try to figure out how to make it work with artificial means.

I wanted to change the outlook of the blog and now that it is done I see I am in dire need of new pictures. Both for Tsukifly purposes but also for the fun of it. So I made it my (yet) another project to take some new picture material.

Above you see Tsukifly clothes on Lunetta (Souldoll Aehael) in magazine style. This is why one of the Etsy sections is called Mix & Match because generally all the pieces go rather well together. So this is one example of that. In the picture there are four Tsukifly pieces pictured: Little Miss Polka dot dress, A pair of white legwarmers, An MSD Duffle coat and knitted wool hat. As for the duffle coat I am still finishing info, pictures and other details. A glimpse of that nicely with other items.

I was also pleased to receive a review and feedback regarding Tsukifly items. Thank you ~

Gosick ゴシック by Kazuki Sakuraba

I have decided on a new approach with the blog.

I shall update once a week with a new post on something dolly related. Tsukifly/Etsy updates will still come once a month. Thus, there will be three updates per month, one of which is guaranteed sewing/Etsy/Tsukifly related.

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A great new discovery!

Gosick (ゴシック) is a novel series by Kazuki Sakuraba. Just recently discovered by me as it appears to have quite many elements I am a fan of. In style of 1924 and set in a fictional European country of Sauville (or “Saubure” as in anime) located somewhere between France and Italy, an exchange student Kazuya Kujo discovers a mysterious girl, Victorique de Blois, in the the library. She has a brilliantly sharp mind and is frequently consulted by her brother Det. Grevil de Blois to solve tricky mysteries.together-1

Basically all the elements to keep me entertained. So lately I have been watching Gosick anime. There is quite a lot of manga to read. And then I  learned that it has been so popular that Volks and Groove have jumped on the opportunity already.

There are quite lovely Super Dollfies of Gosick main characters. Don’t they look nice together? Personally I must say Kazuya Kujo is just so nice. Yes. A boy too. Usually male dolls do not really work for me but Kazuya kinda tempts me. In his own disturbing way. Perhaps its the appeal of him being “the third son of the imperial soldier”?  The line Victorique regards so unconvinient as to thank Kazuya for not stating it too often.

These two look goood together. Did I say that already? Let’s speculate for a second. If I was to consider a boy in my crew I would probably go for Kazuya. Not because I like the series and character itself but because I like the features of the doll itself. A rare occasion. If he would not work as a boy the head would make a lovely girl too. The smile!

As such these dolls are not a news. They were made by Volks already in 2011. So quite a while back. Groove got around a while later than Volks what comes to Gosick related dolls. Kazuya Isul and Victorique Pullip came around. Of these two I think Victorique Pullip has together-1quite a lot of character.

While BJDs are my passion I am 10 times more tempted with those expensive Volks dolls than Groove’s Pullip adaptations but they are all quite well thought out. I am glad these theme dolls are made once in a while as it is great to see how they turn out to reflect the character’s of a specific series with their features and clothes. A complete set.

For me though, even if I were to get a doll which is a reflection of character in a specific series it probably would not stay as such. It would have to transform and become a character unique for me, with a name, style and story of it’s own. Otherwise it would not stay around for very long. My guess is.

I might just be inclined to add Kazuya on my long term doll wish list…