A Tale of Two Reis

Posted October 27, 2016 by sylviecola
Categories: Dolls



My husband got me Ayanami Rei either for my birthday or Christmas. I can’t remember which one as he got me 2 different anime dolls and my birthday is a month before Christmas. Usually he will get me a not so limited special release Blythe doll because he knows I’m just going to customize it and then turn around and sell it. It’s sort of like he’s getting me art supplies and canvas. But of course, Blythe dolls are expensive canvas.

We both love the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. So he decided to go ahead and get Ayanami Rei. I told him I would just customize her and actually keep her. Here she is below. My first Rei. I did keep her at first. But then I had a few people ask if I’d consider selling her. And of course, money is always tight around here. I eventually took up someone’s offer and she ended up going back to whence she came. Japan. How fitting is that?


But alas, I missed her and I felt a little guilty even though my husband didn’t really care one way or the other. He likes when I bring in some money from time to time. But I love the doll and the character and eventually searched on Mandarake. (Shhh, don’t tell anyone it’s sometimes a good place to find Blythe dolls and not pay inflated prices…) I was able to find another one for a good price. So I decided I’d make another Rei for myself.


And to make it extra difficult to part with her, I put in some Alice Blice galaxy chips in her.


So this girl I will keep for now. She’s a cool character and now it’s putting me in the mood to pop in the Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD series.

Next post will be show and tell. I have 3 new dolls from other customizers I got to add to my collection! Stay tuned!

Introducing Bucky

Posted October 22, 2016 by sylviecola
Categories: Dolls


My latest custom is a Zinochika. I love the FBL mold once customized. Such a sweet face they have.


Her hair is pretty long and I think FBLs foreheads tend to look big so I gave her eyebrows and bangs to help frame her face better.


And of course, I call her Bucky because of her teeth. She’s a sweet little ginger. She has already found a home and I hope her new mama gets a lot of enjoyment out of her.


I will be working on some personal projects and need to find a new doll to customize to offer for adoption. I have a Middie waiting for a new face so we’ll see if I make her available or decide to keep her.

Till next time!

A girl named Arcadia

Posted October 11, 2016 by sylviecola
Categories: Dolls


Say hello to my latest custom, Arcadia. This is the name her mom has chosen for her. She is a trade with a dear friend in Argentina. She had a Stable House custom that I was smitten with and she finally agreed to let me have her by trade. So I got this Marrakesh with her in mind as she had always wanted a custom of her.


She has that wonderful color hair like the much sought after Princess A La Mode doll. I’m happy to report her mom is thrilled so I get to keep the girl she traded with me for her. I’ll do a photoshoot of her soon so I can show off a new girl in my collection


She just waiting on her Puppelina chips and then she’ll be ready for her flight home. I hope she gets there fast without getting stuck in customs!


Maybe 2, Maybe 3

Posted October 4, 2016 by sylviecola
Categories: Dolls


I’ve been having more time to customize and trying to have a goal of what I can get done in a month now that school is back in session for the kids. September came and went fast. Last week of September I took a quick inventory of the dolls I did that month. Wasn’t hard at all as I found it was only two! I had another commission on my desk waiting and decided to get cracking to see if she could be finished before the month’s end. I went to it, working on her in my studio instead of in my kitchen. Less distractions that way! I have afternoon help now with my son because of his special needs. So I took advantage of the extra help. I almost made it too. But my help cancelled on Friday, the last day of September so I had to stop working once the kids arrived home. Otherwise, I may have made it.

Saturday, I did have help so I was able to complete her. Technically she’s my first doll of October.


She’s a custom Candace Majorette. Isn’t she sweet? Her mama seems very pleased. I had to pack her up and send her back already.


As you can see she has little teeth and perhaps you can see some eyebrows peeking out too. My last three dolls have had eyebrows. I do like them from time to time. I can’t say I’d want them on every doll. Part of what makes Blythe a Blythe is that she for some reason never had eyebrows. But now it seems eyebrows are all the rage on these girls. Ah well, they’re fun to have on some girls. They can add a lot more expression for the overall look.

So October is officially here. I will set my goal to do 3 more girls this month. Stay tuned!


Little Girl Lost

Posted September 26, 2016 by sylviecola
Categories: Dolls


I just finished this sad little commission for a lovely lady in Argentina. I don’t know what her mama will name her yet but she is a custom Cherie Berrie. Or Very Cherie Berrie. I don’t know how you tell the difference between the two. I know her mama is ready to give her lots of love and kisses.


It will be hard to say goodbye to this little one. She’s so photogenic.



Don’t cry little one. You’ll be home soon!

Welcome to my room

Posted September 14, 2016 by sylviecola
Categories: Dolls

One of the fun things in this hobby is the many ways you can express your creativity. It’s a miniature world and the center of it, a dolly, needs a place to rest her head.


Enter, the dolly room. There are a few artisans out there that can make a complete miniature set up with everything a doll could want and need. No building permits necessary. The expense in materials is much more doable and your dolly could have her very own dream room, (or home.)


This beautiful room is created by Bimba Bambolina. I was lucky enough to get this in a trade with a client who wanted custom work done. I don’t use it often but every once in a while I like to take it out and pose my dolls in it.


Every little detail is thought of. There’s books, knick knacks and even tiny pencils. This room has cute bird house lights that actually light up!


I met another doll collector online today that also makes fun miniatures and room furnishings. Check out her blog!

Petal is ready

Posted September 12, 2016 by sylviecola
Categories: Dolls

I wouldn’t mind if she hung around for a while but a las I must offer her up in the world and allow her to fly if she wishes.


I even found a cute dress for her to wear. I think it goes well with her coloring.


Her hair is heat resistant so it may be fun to style more and play with.

If you think you would like to take her home, I’ve listed her in my Etsy Shop

Introducing Petal

Posted September 12, 2016 by sylviecola
Categories: Dolls

She’s just about finished. A quick post about Petal. I plan to list her and will update when I do. But for now, it’s time to just introduce her.


She started off as Charlotte Fleur. I got her without her scalp and dome so I went shopping for hair. I don’t like to do re-roots anymore and will do anything get out of doing a re-root. I do love the look of the natural fibers like alpaca and mohair so sometimes I’m able to trade services for one. In fact, for this girl I thought I’d have some gorgeous wool hair for her and sent it off for a trade but the person who I sent it to hasn’t had a chance to get to it yet. So… that meant trying something else. There’s this Etsy shop that sells some interesting scalps. I had my eye on this pastel bob for a while.


It reminds me of Hydrangeas we have around the neighborhood. They grow so well here and I love the way they go from pink to blue. I thought of naming her Hydrangea but decided on Petal.  I’d like to say it was her that told me her name but I think the eye chips might have had something to do with it.


These beautiful chips by Irene Garcia, aka Ig Sirenita really make her special. I hate to sacrifice them on a doll I’m going to let fly the coop but they were so perfect for her.

More on Petal later including where to get her. For now, I want to just enjoy her flowery goodness!

So Close!

Posted September 10, 2016 by sylviecola
Categories: blythe, Custom Dollies, Dolls

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And yet so far! I’m almost done with my latest custom.  I carved.  I sanded. I sanded some more. And more.


Finally the make-up. Shading, airbrushing, eyebrows. Will I do freckles?  I don’t know.


I still have eye-chips to do and some other odds and ends. This is the part where I get excited and impatient. Stay tuned…

Let’s resurrect this thing

Posted September 7, 2016 by sylviecola
Categories: blythe, Custom Dollies, Dolls

Hello Dolly friends. I’ve let this blog go and thought it was time to get back into it. I miss the old days of Flickr and it seems everyone migrated over to Facebook. But I found Facebook to be too negative. Even with all the cute kitty pictures and fun posts. I’ve been busy, still customizing and haven’t really shared them much over here. So without further adieu here are some of my more recent Blythe customs:




These have all gone to their homes or are on their way so they’re not available for adoption. I am working on a new girl though and will make her available soon. Stay tuned! I’ll be sure to post her here as well as on Flickr, Instagram, Facebook etc.

See you soon!