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 ~

Summer dolly meet-up

Summer meet-up report

Plans to have a doll party/meet-up with some special fruit juice (by me with elderflower and frozen strawberries) and other lovely edible things finally materialized. The serving itself, even if important to some degree, wasn’t the primary thing. It was all the wonderful people who came to the meet-up with their lovely girls (bjds and pureneemos alike).

From my crew there were Junia (Soom Juchy) and Hisa (Volks Lorina) .

At the beginning of the day I must admit I was concerned over the weather (after all the plan was to be outside). And this quite a strong wind had done some damage around my courtyard. It was a mess (more or less) and the wind was still blowing quite hard. Luckily the wind started to ease down by the noon time.

Two storeys of bjds and pureneemos divided in their respective camps. Unfortunately we are missing Xaya‘s little pureneemo cuties as she needed to leave a bit earlier.SAM_6261Pureneemos are so cute (u_u) I feel I might be in trouble again. Sherimi’s Lisanna was also so sweet, it was nice to see her. And all three miyadolls were so adorable together. I feel the size, being in between YoSD and MSD could be a handy one to have. They were like YoSDs stretched. Little Mocha Tory with open mouth @_@ ~

Such a fun day! ~ Thank you again everyone!

Lorinas

My Hisa and Shara’s (Fyrd8th) Eiko together. Lorina power ~!

PS. More about the meet-up can be read and seen from Tiinyan‘s and Sherimi‘s blogs ~

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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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?

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.

Gosick ゴシック

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…

Instagram & Volks Dollfie Dreams

Instagram my dear ladies and gentlemen!

More updates for the new year! Tsukifly has an instagram account. I welcome everyone to follow as I intend to drop teasers of the new/on-going projects through that channel. One such teaser is already in, showing off the other new creation for the next Etsy update. I felt it was time to get around intagram also because I have been told for quite some time I should get one… So there you are ^^

Volks Dollfie Dreams

Another topic to discuss are Volks Dollfie Dreams. It has been 12 years since I first found these lovely dolls made of vinyl. So light compared to resin and their cute anime looks guarantee their appeal. They also hold their poses well, much better than the strings of the regular BJDs. Various possibilities to create a suitable body & head combination in size and style generally give you rather free playground.

Speaking of DDs I consider I have some experience as I started my BJD hobby with a DD. In 2005 my DD was the first one in Finland (to my knowledge). She was a Volks DD Sirius product model (white ver.) An old picture of how she turned out to look over the years. However, sad to say I later sold across the world for she didn’t inspire me anymore as she used to. I must also say I wasn’t such a big fan of the base body II she used to have.

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When I think back the possibilities with DDs there were not that many. Only normal skin color existed, limited supply of parts and optional heads. Now we have white, semi-white and normal. Four bust types, two torso types, four sizes: DD dynamite (DDdy), Dollfie Dream Sister (DDS), DD (original base bodies such as II and III) and Mini Dollfie Dream (MDD). Then these different torso types, the newest probably being the one-piece torso. More optional heads, more hands (I should order some!)

After having sold my first DD doll, I didn’t have one for a year or two. At some point I started to look back at them for the lightness and their overall looks still had appeal over me. A lot of new models had come around as well. I don’t quite remember how I came across Saber and there are many versions of her but the one with green eyes! Well, I was sold. Once again. The problem was how to find the right version and how to get her head 30521295210_61a5834920_bas I didn’t want the body of the original release.

Strangely enough it didn’t take all that long until a head of the right version appeared around DoA. Of course I had to jump on the opportunity! I wanted a little shorter DDS body for her so I got all the relevant pieces through DoA as well. Back in 2014 I did an assembling guide of DDS body as I got the parts of the DDS body. The Saber Extra head came around a month or so later. My second DD girl was home.

My Saber’s name is Rein. However, any character plans I may have had  for her didn’t seem quite right. I was already at the brink of selling her on more than one occasion. It seemed her style started to came around at the last minute as I got a milky white ringlet wig that is so far certainly my favorite on her. Now she has a rough sketch of a story/character linked to few other characters. I should get around writing it down. Also I now have an idea of some clothes I would like to try for her. Great timing for inspiration as I intent to make use of some of the fabrics I have stored in my boxes.

A long standing dream – for such time Volks will hopefully again re-release her (Sasara Kusugawa) with some other body than DDdy or I happen to come across some dazzling opportunity to get her otherwise. The prices are ludicrous at present…

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Another thing I may consider at some point, largely because of the size, is an MDD. Even more compact size than DDS I would like to have one as a model. No character ideas for such a thing though. Smaller sizes are not that easy for me. I have had plenty of tinies and MSD sized dolls but usually I end up selling them after trying a while to bond with them. So far only three in smaller sizes have remained. Two MSDs and a tiny. SD or the size ~ 58cm seems to be my favorite.

And! A new light background for the blog as well. A minor change as I still like the overall layout of the blog. Although I noticed I should update the header photo as well. Some of the photos are rather old and it is also missing Lunetta altogether…

A comprehensive Etsy update

This time it appears I made my monthly update a bit too early. The past two weekends have been quite productive for me. Tsukifly Etsy shop will grow in the amount of unique clothing pieces on offer. Rightly so for the coming Christmas market if you think commercially? And I know there will be more to come and quite active updating this weekend and the next. For that reason I will post this extra post for this month to show off some of the new pieces.

Probably half of these pieces have been completed earlier but are around now with some proper sets of sale photos.

Let’s start with some accessories.

Tsukifly doll sized notebook. I made this already quite long ago. Really loved this scrapbook paper I came across and just had to try out. I think it turned out cute with lace

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Hisa and the notebook – size reference

flower details and framed detail in front. Otherwise it is usable notebook with lined pages so you may write your doll’s story or make notes inside.Size is suitable for SDs or bigger dolls, otherwise may be a bit too big(?)

Hisa, my Volks Lorina, is the model for the majority of new sale photos. For one she loves books and reading. Especially old romantic novels like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She is also perfect for the new animal headdresses for she likes this kind of cute but elegant stuff. She has been in closet for too long, now is her time to shine again.

Fluffy Animal Headdresses

Inspired by the winter knocking to my door, I created something fluffy and warm to complement your doll’s winter clothing. Made out of a fluffy white fabric,these headdresses are cute and soft to touch. There are two styles available, one with cat ears and one with bear ears. They have lovely beige colored ribbon details. Made to fit for 9-10 inch heads such as Volks SD/SD13/SD16, Luts and Pullip heads. Now found from Etsy.

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Two animal headdresses – Bear and cat Then towards the clothing additions.

Then towards the clothing additions.

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Off-white lace dress is one of my personal favorites

First up is the Tsukifly Off-white lace dress for Lillycat cerisedolls. Modelled by Freya, my Lillycat Ellana, the dress is made of several layers of lovely off-white lace with white and rose ribbon/lace details. Some of you may remember those first pictures already quite a
while ago. Now, I can say finally, proper pictures for Etsy. More lace only clothing. I seem to like this material~

Then, as those few Pullip dresses previously offered in Etsy have gone I thought to offer few short, above knee-high dresses in Pullip size. These needed some work as I had no patterns in Pullip size and thus had to draw something from scratch. In total three different designs. First of the three with My melody fabric has been completed already before and will fit also for Obitsu body

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Alice Pullip dress

. The other two dresses are made with Pullip type 4 body, Tsukifly’s newest custom, Papillon de nuit as their model. Second design is the simplest of the three and requires some work with its ribbon fastening going all the way down. Third of the three is made from the same fabric as Alice within Alice dress set for Unoa/MNF. I hope they answer the demand for Pullip sized clothing.

Kimono project – two completed kimonos

There are two designs. One is in beige background and the other red/orange. Freya looks good in both of them. Makes my choice harder as I originally thought it would be nice to keep one of the two for her as she has too little clothes of her own.

In general the designs are similar, however, small differences can be found. Beige has separate collar fabric with small visible stitches. The red/orange has no collar fabric and hidden stitches. Lining in beige is white, other has lining in light rose color. Obi for beige is partly out of the same fabric as the kimono itself. For the red/orange I wanted to make one which was more of a stand out. Thus white, red and beige colors without pattern with eye & hook closures. Both sets have a head bow tie made out of the other set’s main kimono fabric. So it is not a mix-up that they are not matching with the kimono sets they come with. That little fun detail.

I also completed two pairs of patterned socks which I have been meaning to complete for a while already. I quite like how they look with the kimono on Freya. I am also pleased with them as they are a bit thicker than a regular stocking fabric, thus they provide a bit of protection for the leg and can also fill in a bit over-sized shoes. My girls certainly seem to have too many of such shoes or a too little feet(?) The inside of the stockings is white so no danger of staining either. The other pair is in MSD / Slim mini size, now tried out by Lunetta. Find them from Etsy.