Cornflowers and plywood

Hello everyone =^^=!

I somehow feel I am kind of repeating myself by saying there are lots of unfinished projects on the table, this and that needs to be done etc. I shall still go through by introducing new updates / products but also I shall increase doll photos while I still have natural light before the dark that is lurking as the winter is approaching (the natural phenomenon here in Finland every year).

Etsy Updates – Tsukifly 

Let’s start with the updates. I have been hinting about this basket before and finally got around to take the pictures, to measure and finish the text for it. So it is now available in Etsy. I had some lovely cornflowers growing in my little herb box and some of the were now used for the photos.

The basket is suitable for both MSD and SD sized dolls but I would still say perhaps better in scale for SDs. Vanamo (Volks Kurumi) and Lunetta (Souldoll Aehael) as my models here.

Another thing is this tiny summer straw hat. Cornflowers got in these pictures too. After all its rarely you get to use lovely flowers in the pictures. This straw hat is small, for 4-5 inch heads such as Soom faeries (my minigem Juchy, Junia as a model) and Lillycat Chibbi as well as Pureneemos (tested). The hat is loose for the head so there are generally some room for different poses. The hat can be found from here.

Thoughts about Vanamo (Volks Kurumi)

I feel Vanamo is doing well with her white wig and those eyes with seashell details. Still SAMSUNG CSCcan’t quite believe how that face-up turned out so well straight out. Vanamo happens to be the only one of my girls with a face-up made by myself. So I suppose I am proud of the outcome. Her story is still a bit of a mystery, she was sort of an unplanned purchase ^^;

Originally I just wanted her to be the one girl who could pull off an overly cute pink style, sweet lolita etc.

I am plotting a story which would bring depth into her character. Different from my girls she is part of the “real” world instead of the fantasy worlds. You might think it would be easy to come up with the character when the playground is kind of the world you live in yourself… Not quite.

More about this project as I progress with her ~

Designs and updates

I wonder where this summer is going? One day it is rather warm and so sunny you don’t really see anything without sunglasses. On the next day it is chilly, cloudy and windy. Later you are surprised by the rain which is not exactly warm.

I have been drawing inside. My dear friend has been visiting me (check her lovely blog!) and we have had wonderful time around Helsinki. We also visited Fazer’s experience center to get some good chocolate, kiss-kiss candies etc. I also got great tips for my Etsy shop along with pictures (thank you!~)

Some of the hats and headdresses have got updated photos. Check for example Tsukifly Fluffy hat  and Tsukifly tassel / cat ear headdresses.

And! I finally got the new dress added in the shop as well. That is the slim mini/MNF/unoa sized dress called White Sweetness. White with red details and a matching headdress. I really liked the fabric I used on the skirt part. It has cute polka dot kind of details. Other lace details complement it nicely. In complete white I think it didn’t quite come out but with red details the whole dress is more lively. The dress is here.

Lately I have been drawing a lot of patterns. I plan to make available some of the basic patterns through Etsy as soon as I figure out a way to fit the size correctly so that it will be correct. I also need to test run the patterns so I can be sure of their functionality ^^

Cute summer dresses in SD size coming up next month as well. I already got some good combinations I want to test. One will be made out of flower fabric with kind of gold lace tulle upper part ~ Already looking forward to see how it will turn out.

Be back with more updates etc. within few weeks time.

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 ~

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.

 

Etsy’s January and dolly plans

Second update for the month. I feel like clapping my hands a bit. For both the joy of finishing these items as well as for the fact of having a second update for the month.

This is filled with photos of the new updates for Tsukifly’s Etsy shop. Some of the items were suppose to be there already for the previous month but due to health issues I was unable to finish any of the plans. Better late than never, right? So while I am home for few days I felt it was sufficient time to finish the projects.

My dear friend Irene greatly contributed to my focusing on Blythe size for the time being. It seems. Thank you so much dear once again~ ! So it did have a desired effect, right? Besides the Blythe socks ISAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSCalready mentioned earlier I was able to finish the dress set properly with a tiny off-white tulle skirt to go with it. Easy to put on a doll with my new faves: hook & eye closure at the back. Ribbon details on both sides of the waist area. Now found on Etsy.

Personally it seems I am a fan of tulle skirts for my girls. Off-white is quite nice on Mella even if she has nothing else on her. That is the off-white tulle skirt under the red dress set. Appears SAMSUNG CSCto look like a normal white in the picture though. Natural light is rather minimal in Finland for this winter time. I might be inclined to offer some tulle skirts separately for Blythe/Pullip size in the future.

Looking something like this. But they shall come later when I get there. If someone would like one in a specific size please inquire. In general these have 4 layers of soft tulle. As there are some designs from before I may consider a first pre-order item out of these. I have a feeling they would answer the demand better that way. And I am kinda out of the space to keep all the pre-made items, haha.

Other Etsy highlights for the month are a Dust of Dolls polka dot dress set with a similar off-white tulle skirt to go with the white/colorful polka dot one-piece dress. A snap fastener at the back and flower themed lace as a detail. Bubbla (my little model did give me some hard time – refusing to stand as my model u_u). Last pair of Tsukifly patterned stockings for Etsy. Second one in MSD size, the other longer stocking pair travelled within Europe already. These are short socks with ribbon details. And I like how the socks look with Lunetta’s shoes. I feel kinda tempted to keep them for her too…

Speaking of keeping the things I sew… I have a feeling I should sew things to keep for my girls as well. Etsy has got the majority of the things I have made during Autumn and now so my girls haven’t got any of the things they might need. Except for perhaps the other ofSAMSUNG CSC the two finished kimono projects as I resolved to keep the other for Freya for the time being (she has no other full outfit at the moment either…) To add under the kimono I wanted to finish a lace top for her, similar to those in Etsy.
The top is in off-white to match with her cute panties I bought from Taipei’s doll fair already two years ago. At the time I didn’t have a clue for who they would be for. Now I am very pleased with the combo. A new wig as well. Lovely color -Usagihime’s if I don’t remember entire wrongly.

Also Lunetta got a new cute wig of which I will not add a picture just yet. She is my next target, still without a proper “own” outfit. I haven’t got a clue what kind of style I would like for her except for the shoes perhaps. A dress, short and tulle/lace details are in my mind. Have to sketch a bit. Even the color I would like for her is a mystery still.

I will get to consider something for her within the limits of my already too full fabric box. I need to use more of the ones I have instead of losing myself in fabric stores all over again…

Darker fabrics appear to make quite a nice contrast with Lunetta’s fair white skin. White or pink is no no, too light and does not quite suit her character either. I have a feeling this will require some time.