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

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A short post to bring around a token of appreciation, especially for all those who keep supporting me, have faved and admired the Etsy shop and have bought Tsukifly products. A big thank you!~

In the picture below there is a code which may be used in Tsukifly Etsy shop for a 10% discount from all product purchases worth 10 Euros or more. To use it, enter the code at checkout. The code will be valid until the end of this month (May 2017).

Check Tsukifly’s Etsy shop to use the code.

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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 ~

On-going projects

If I thought there were many on-going / unfinished projects around before, now there is even more. And if we count in the photoshoot plans etc. not sewing related but otherwise dolly related projects we have even more outstanding number. Challenges for me but nothing I cannot cope with in due course. One by one whistling as you go by.

As I was travelling around last week I couldn’t get the pictures of the new headdress up on Etsy or here. However, here it is. With somewhat similar design as those odd cat headdresses (still coming – teaser on Instagram) and those bunny headdresses already on Etsy. I am yet to decide is this animal or just fluffy or what. Cute in any case and on Etsy. Vanamo (Volks Kurumi) as my model. Her head is one of those “famous” Volks heads, 9-10inch, so the headdress will also go nicely for Pullips and Blythes. Colors used: white (tassels), creamy (headdress), ribbons (black).

Pullip related commission set and a white bunny hat

I finished a commission outfit for Pullip. This nurse outfit + hat were made according to a reference with with certain alterations due to size, fabric and my own visions. I am glad to see it turned out well although I had certain worries as to the sturdiness of the fabric.SAM_4672

Another commission was a soft white bunny hat with a removable bow tie. The hat has one snap fastener to allow it to be fastened under doll’s chin. The red bow tie is removable with a small safety pin to secure it.

Unrelated to dolls is my own project to make a bed cover for my own bed. I wanted something calm and white so I ended up going fabric shopping to see my options. I concluded it would cost around the same if not less to make it myself versus to buy one. So the benefits with uniqueness and the fun of making it/selecting the fabrics sealed my choice. I went for the fabrics – the core of the cover (my fabric choices on Instagram) and the other fabric. Possibly a third quilt fabric for the other side to make it more thick. Now I need to attach the other fabric on the hem of the other, to line the whole thing around. The estimated project size is around 150cm x 240cm.

At the same time two very fluffy animal hats (Lillycat 8-9inch size) and a commission white bunny hat are waiting for inside linings.

With regard to some props. For one, I finally managed to get my doll sized couch around. Additionally I found some other props which I will have to see if they are for my use or if I should offer them for sale as some of the projects I originally got them for aren’t around or relevant anymore. I shall see to that over the coming weekend.

And please check Instagram for occasional project related pictures 🙂

Doll dreams and updates

I will share one of my long-term doll dreams.

Ever since I sold my tanned Supia Rosy girl (so lovely tan skin colour!) I have been pondering over the thought of getting a tanned girl at some point. Since I seem to maintain my ‘all girl’ group in which no boy is or has been able to penetrate, this tanned one should be a girl as well. My choice to be my tanned beauty? Read further ~

It is very likely that I would like to go for Peak’s Woods as they have always been among my favourite doll companies. I love their gorgeous face-ups, lovely models and styling. However, I haven’t got a chance (for one reason or the other) to order just yet, perhaps next time. But I have pretty much finally settled on a target.

Previously a very strong candidate was a Tanned Goldie. However, ever since the release of Tristan… Fairies of Colors (FOC) Tristan in tanned skin color (!) I have missed my chances twice now, perhaps the third one will be the one?

First was FOC LE Elf Tristan who would have been absolutely gorgeous to own. I am also a fan of dolls with elf ears (or other type of fancy ears) and currently half of my crew has some type of fantasy ears. While I loved the ears and the skin color I had certain doubts on the half closed eyes. Previously I haven’t fired well with them, I don’t seem to get contact…

Another time I missed her was FOC Tristan the Beauty_Beauty and the Beast in Valentine Punk . The whole set would have been wonderful and I liked the face-up as well. But the timing was off for me, so much so I couldn’t make it happen. So either I will try to look for her from second hand market (has proven quite impossible!) or Peak’s Woods will release her again at some point.

Peak’s Woods’ Urban Brown skin color ~!

She has a steampunk style character, part of the same story as my Lillycat Ellana, Freya. A curious combo I should say, but might they would be interesting together ~ In writing their visual appearances aren’t described in any conclusive way so they have quite a lot of leeway as to their doll forms.

Tsukifly Orange/Brown/Blue Patterned Stockings in MSD/MNF/Unoa size

An in progress picture of these was already posted in Instagram. I decided to post the MSD size on Etsy first as the Lillycat design still needs some further work. Personally I like the pattern on the  fabric. These stockings will certainly bring some spark into any outfit.

 

Another sewing weekend

It seems I pile up the inspiration and the implementation of the ideas for these weekends. During the week you either don’t have the energy or you don’t have the time. More than once I wonder how great it would be if there were more hours in a day…

I have been doing quite a many projects simultaneously and its satisfying to see them coming together one by one. Of course, while they are in progress my working table looks pretty much like it will drown in disarray.

Pullip Dress set commission – In Progress

This is what I have been working on for the most part. A Pullip dress set commission. The set will consist of a hat and a dress with certain tiny details. While I have maintained some of the artistic freedom in putting it all together it resembles the design for which it is based on. I have also made another kind of closure solution for the whole dress. I am a fan of the hat too. Perhaps I shall try something colourful in similar design in BJD size later on? Pictures will follow at later stage ~

Pillow covers for anyone? 

An idea of making decorative pillow covers available on Etsy has crossed my mind previously on few occasions. I have had this rather a good sized pillow cover completed for a while already. Now I finally got around to finish it. I probably went through several closing possibilities from simple ribbons to huge decorative buttons etc. A plain zipper was one too. Which option won? I will keep you in suspense for a while longer.

Face-up time

In winter time I usually don’t make too many face-ups because of the light and weather difficulties in this Northern country. However, some occasional exceptions may occur and this appears to be one of those.

When you have the inspiration you should make the most of it. So the Fairyland MNF 2014 Halloween head I have had rolling around my closet for a good while now got a face-up. Theme was wintary with snowflakes and tiny decorative details over her other eye. There are also some black spirals on the other side of her head but I realized this picture does not show them… Fortunately there are other shots to complement. As nobody seemed to be willing to adopt the little one with her blank face I hope she will have better chances now. Take a look at Den of Angels.

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Valentine’s Day is coming

Valentine’s Day

It is February and time for hearts, chocolates, roses and cards. We in Finland don’t have a very strong Valentine’s Day tradition (to my knowledge) although shops are certainly taking all the commercial benefit they can get out of this special day.

SAMSUNG CSCTsukifly’s contribution was to add new lace tops made with similar design as the Tsukifly sapphire blue lace tops (one of the three is still available). These are pink in color, with pink lace and ribbon/bow tie details. Completed in four sizes: SD/SD13, Lillycat, DD M-Bust and Slim mini/MSD/Unoa. Hurry if you wish to secure a specific size as there is only one of each. Check Etsy.

Etsy sections rearranged

The sectioning of the Etsy shop seemed to be a bit off. Some of the products didn’t fit in any of the sections and as a result you could only see certain products through ‘All’. So I proceeded to take a mixed approach of having some sections with descriptive headings, some under the previous size headings. Now as all the products belong in one of the subsections they are more easily found. I hope you find it more user-friendly now~

New creations & Etsy additions

I might have said I should sew more for my own girls instead of Etsy. I did do something. While I am still unsure of Lunetta’s own style she got a pair of cute bloomers as I adjusted a pattern in MSD size. Now I should do the same for Lillycat / SD since my other girls (and perhaps Etsy too) would need few pairs of those. There are great fabric pieces in my closet for just that purpose. I wonder are bloomers to be sectioned under Mix & Match? Lunetta got a white lace top as well. Nothing too frilly as too much lace doesn’t seem to be “her thing”. She seems to have adopted a brass four leaf clover necklace to go with it.

Rein is getting a top made out of a lovely golden flower brocade (the same fabric that was SAMSUNG CSCused for Lillycat corset top) with a lace collar. It is short design with less ribbon / lace / bow tie things so I need to get used to the idea of not adding ‘everything’. Freya got a short tulle skirt as I aim for something in steampunk style. So I should hope my girls have been happy over the weekend to receive some of the frantic sewing creativity I had.

Currently in progress / to be expected:

A longer SD/SD13 dress with light blue & minty details, some bloomers and Mix & Match light blue sweet lolita skirts in MSD and Lillycat sizes to start with. Later there will be a dress in Pullip / Blythe size and a tiny sized kimono set, but these two will take more time as they are at the back of the list. We shall see. Also some pattern stockings coming up.

Hint: You might want to check Intagram for some in progress pictures ~

Weekends are generally for relaxing. Why not to have a break among all the sewing and enjoy a moment with a cup of quality tea and a piece or two of a lovely Leonidas mocha pearl white chocolate?