A very special salad and a Milk Tea restock from Taiwan

Since when did my dolly blog turn into a food and lifestyle blog? Gradually apparently. (^o^;) Don’t worry, this is occasional but there are certain other things I like to share with you from time to time.

Let’s start with this very special salad. Since it was a gorgeous day on Friday, weather was sunny and warm, everything turning green and flowers blooming, I wanted to mark it somehow. As I love making different kind of salads I thought here I have a great opportunity. This is one of my special favorites with a very Finnish and local specialty called bread cheese (Originally from Southern Ostrobothnia, Northern Finland and Kainuu.).

Recipe (how to make your own): 

Ingredients: 1/3 cucumber, chopped; any salad you like, the amount you prefer (I used oak leaf salad); a good slice of bread cheese (any other cheese will do as well); one spring onion, chopped; blueberries.SAMSUNG CSCAfter taking the ingredients out and chopping the ones that need chopping / slicing just put them together and a great salad is done for you to enjoy. Tip: if you like sweet, I would recommend some honey on top of the salad to give it extra sweet flavor.

I also had a great pleasure to stop by at the Post office on my way home to pick up a package from my dear friend Irene ~ When I was visiting her previously I was hooked to these Milk tea things. They are great in flavor and may be stored for quite a long while. Also work friendly, easy to take with you if only hot water is available. Apparently now they have new flavors (!!). I also got some nice fabrics to use for the dresses. These will go well with some of the fancy pattern fabrics I have or just on their own.

SAM_5560As you may guess these Milk Tea bags are not generally sold/available in Finland. So far I have found one place that has occasional stock of 3:15 PM brand, in one flavor only. And I know they have close to ten to choose from! Once I got home and opened the package my little fairy Junia went to inspect the pile of Milk Tea found from inside.SAMSUNG CSCThe amount of milk tea totally caught me off guard! Thank you dear!! Four different flavors to test and compare: Sun Moon Lake; Roasted; Early Grey and Matcha Latte from another brand (Barista Coffee).

Milk Tea Table – a comparison table 

Roasted Milk Tea (3:15 PM) – Most basic / traditional by flavor. Similar to black tea + milk with hint of added sweetness.

Early Grey Milk Tea (3:15 PM) – Most distinct in flavor, Basis in Early Grey black tea, perhaps its the bergamot that makes the difference?

Sun Moon Lake Milk Tea (3:15 PM) – Sweetest flavor of these three. Flowerlike taste. Reminds me of the 3:15 PM Rose flavor. My favorite.

Matcha Latte (Barista Coffee) – Matcha is great in flavor, again sweetness comes with it. Less hassle compared to if you make your own Matcha all the way through. Not in a separate tea bag though, Matcha powder is loose in the bag itself. Need to watch out how to open.

Flavors and their descriptions are my interpretations of them. Perhaps they will serve as an indication what to expect / which one to choose depending on whether you prefer a more sweet or less sweet option. In any case I totally recommend you to have a try if you come across them somewhere.

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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Monthly Update: March

First weekend of yet another month is before us. A great opportunity to share some of what has been done around here.

It has been rather dark and I haven’t had many chances to take proper pictures of some of the pieces I have completed. This weekend I feel I had a bit more luck with that. Not exactly a sunny day, but still bright enough to get my camera in focus.

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Tsukifly lacy layers skirt (Lillycat/Slim SD)

Let’s start with a skirt design. Many layers of black lace with a pattern fabric waist piece. This waist piece may be hidden under a shirt etc. or it can be used to create a great detail for the outfit along with its buckle. In this display picture the skirt is used with a longer underskirt and to my eyes is a great addition to the outfit.

NB: the other side of the skirt has been made longer than the other on purpose to create a detail.

In my previous post two of the Lillycat Cerisedolls sized corset designs were completed. Following the tests with the created pattern, two additional corsets have been completed since then. A short greenish one and white with light-blue details. Both of these new ones have a corset lacing/braiding on both sides to add in details.

All of these three pieces will be added and available in Etsy in due course.

I have been experimenting with a cape design, but that is so far from being completed that I shall leave it to some other occasion.

Additionally a “forever project” has finally been continued. Having Freya and Sheri around seem to give me strange inspiration to proceed with writing their story. This time in a proper manner. So far it has consisted of a pile of short stories without any order, but over the time the order has formed. Only that I have shamefully decided to disregard this fact – I haven’t done anything to place the stories I have written so far into their proper order. Now I have started with this, so much so, that the first Chapter of this sequence  has been completed. A good basis to continue from.

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Freya [Lillycat Cerisedolls Ellana] and Sheri [Soom Sweet Witch], the two main characters of the story. Here they might seem friends but “the truth” may well be completely different…