There’s a double meaning in the title today. As it is the time of much traveling and we have heard our kids say “are we there yet?” But also in my face-up practicing. The latest is the above Lati Blue Yern. She actually had a very beautiful face-up from her previous owner. But I really intended on getting a blank Yern from Latidoll and then this one came up in the secondary market so I grabbed it and was excited I wouldn’t have to wait most likely 2 months for one from Latidoll to arrive. Also the make-up was a lot more dramatic and I prefer subtle natural “nude” face-ups. So here she is and I’m really happy with it.
Finally, I decided to finish Miel. I had originally started with redoing her eye-brows because the default had way too much criss crossness going on and too bushy. Miel is portrayed as a boy doll for Lati but many like to make him a girl. The renewal bodies are genderless anyway. Then I decided to take off the rest of her make-up and managed to leave the new eye-brows in tact. So here she is and I’m so happy I went all the way and redid her.
Happy 4th of July for us in America and for the rest of the world, Have a great weekend!
All this time I’ve been known for my love for Momokos and have re-rooted so many of these girls. So I feel a little guilty each time I sell another to fund yet another resin purchase but there’s no turning back. I’m truly hooked on Asian ball-jointed dolls and the choices are many. I’ve let go of quite a few momokos and am down to 13. Meanwhile my resin kids are multiplying. I think I’m up to 12 but half of those are Lati yellows and those are small,(actually shorter than a momoko,) This latest girl is Domadoll Okja. Her story is so cute and irresistible that I had to have her. She stand just a little taller than a Momoko but completely different proportions. I just love her sass and her rubenesque body.
Now here’s an experiment I had fun with. I had a Bobobie Erin that I got for the body but then didn’t need her body so I took her apart and put her in rit dye and now she’s this little green girl. Not perfect but pretty cute I think.
Where to begin? It’s been some time since I’ve updated. I’ve been knee deep in trying to get some dolls ready for IFDC at the end of July. But here’s a recent custom. Another gothy type girl for a customer who desperately wanted her own goth girl after seeing the other 2 I did recently.
My Lati babies finally arrived after 2 months since ordering them and then I added 2 more on top of that so now I have 6 yellows. I think I’ll stop there for now. They’ve restocked too so I could get a Lami but I don’t feel I need her. I’ve reached my saturation point with six so unless I let one go I won’t be getting her anytime soon.
So, after getting the other bebes with Lati’s default make-up I finally decided to redo my Lea. I had originally done her to be similar to the company’s default because that’s what I liked at the time but now after seeing some more face-ups from other artists, I wanted to put my own touch to her. I LOVE the results and I don’t think I’ll ever order a basic doll with make-up now that my skills are improving. Also pictured is my Luts KD Bory who ended up getting repainted as well. Now I’m happy with them and can stop fussing over what I didn’t like before.
It’s hard to catch the subtlety of Bory’s brows and they look better in person than this picture. I just want to keeping going at it with doing these resin beauties make-up but I unless I redo every doll I have I’m out of dolls to do. I’ll take more pictures of these cuties tomorrow but untill then I must get back to finishing my dolls for the convention.
The resins are truly taking over. Here pictured with my 2 Latis is a MSD sized little girl from Luts. She’s a Kid Delf Bory. I’ve named her Kino after the anime Kino’s Journey. I did the face-up on her and again fussed over the eyebrows quite a bit. I’m finally going to leave them alone and she’s really a cutie. She’s the big sister to the tinies.
So in my title I mention about poor customer service. I had a pretty lousy transaction with an online seller who shall remain nameless. But I will be happy to divulge this information to anyone that asks privately. I decided to track down some Olsen twin dolls hoping to find a body similar to Blythe that could take the special spray paint I got to make a black Blythe. I avoided eBay and went with some unknown through another site that had a collection of online antique stores. The dolls were $6.00 and domestic shipping was $9.00 . Yes that’s right- 2 dolls that come to about 9 oz and they were charging more than the dolls themselves and more than double the actual cost to ship the dolls. What’s more, they didn’t ship it priority mail which would have cost them about $5.00. They state on their site they ship insured parcel post. Well, I finally found out they didn’t ship it insured either. If they shipped it first class package rate it would have cost them $2.70. I’m guessing they shipped it for $2.70.
Now, I know I went in and bought the items knowing the shipping was inflated but I compared it with other sites so I went for it. And that would have been fine if I actually received the package. But it’s a month later and it’s a no show. So that’s when I start to get more than a little annoyed that they charged so much for shipping. When they can’t even shell out the extra 14 cents for delivery confirmation I start to lose sympathy when they give me excuses that they’re trying to recoup their losses in paypal fees, listing fees, inventory fees ect… And I’m no stranger to incurring these fees myself. But what really pushed me over the edge to where I finally filed a paypal claim was their lack of responses to my questions. 2 weeks after I made the purchase I finally contacted them. I asked for a tracking number I think 3 different times and heard nothing. Out of the 5 times I attempted to contact them they responded 3 times. 2 of those 3 times was AFTER I filed the claim. So they had no choice but to refund me. What’s really hilarious is they said they hoped I learned a lesson in shopping with them. I laughed out loud at that response. Yes, I learned more about poor customer service. Thanks! 😉
So here’s the lesson for the rest of us sellers that strive to give excellent customer service. Don’t try to pad your shipping cost so much just because your other fees are cutting into your profit margins. If you’re going to add handling fees then you sure as heck better make sure the customer gets their package and send it with a tracking number so if it does get lost, you can show the customer you sent it and you’re not some fly by night scammer. I’m not going to wait around guessing whether it was really sent or not. I don’t have a crystal ball and I don’t expect my customers to have a crystal ball either and just take my word for it.
If a customer asks questions no matter how stupid and how much you think it is a waste of your time, answer them! And answer them professionally. This seller didn’t act professional in the least. I asked for tracking numbers, I expect a response one way or the other. I didn’t find out there was never a tracking number until after I filed the claim with paypal. That’s a little too late to respond to my questions don’t you think?
Naturally this seller thinks I’m one of those difficult avoid at all costs customers and she made no bones in letting me know that. Again, I had to laugh. I’ve done so many online transactions and have met so many wonderful people both sellers and buyers from all over the world. This is the first deal that went sour. I can say one thing for certain. She doesn’t have to worry about ever getting business from me again. If this seller continues to run business this way I won’t be the only problem customer she’ll ever run across and want to avoid.
And that’s all from the trenches of dolly land. I know all of us doll collectors-especially of the Asian doll variety are quite versed in internet shopping and weighing costs of shipping, exchange fees, reliability of overseas sellers ect… Here’s to more savvy shopping and may you never run accross problem sellers with poor business practices and very poor customer service!
I have closed my commission book for a bit so I can get ready for IFDC at the end of July. I took a break in between commissions here and did this Volks Dollfie man head. Then I gave him a razor cut and I think my Momokos are going to fight over him. I’m planning on bringing him IFDC and have some other doll heads to work on so I can offer them up for sale.
So, as I said in my title “famous last words” because in my last post I said I wasn’t into the bigger ball-jointed dolls and then after finishing my face-up on Sooah, I felt like playing with her. I put a black wig on her and she turned completely asian and really cool looking so I going to style her up in more street clothes with a punk goth type theme and will also bring her to the convention. I may even try to make clothes but I’m still a beginner in sewing and have lots to learn. I guess working on Sooah and getting her face-up just right brought out her personality and I guess we “bonded” as they say in the doll world.
Stay tuned for more face-ups on the smaller Obitsu and Volk’s dolls. 🙂
I’ve had 60 cm resin ball-jointed dolls sitting in work pile for some time. Sooah here was a birthday present from hubby- well more like a gift certificate which I picked out this girl thinking I may be interested in a doll this size. But she sai in a box not made-up and here she finally is finished. I think as far as the resin dolls are concerned I prefer the tinies so I’m adopting this one out. I enjoyed doing her face-up though and am trying to hone my skills in that area. I finally got the tricks and techniques and am very pleased with how she came out. I also redid my DIM Persia head…
Again, sitting in the not played with pile so I will also adopt him/her out. I just prefer little dolls and when they get bigger than 11 inches tall, I lose interest. I don’t have the room for dolls this size with little hands wanting to grab and tug so it’s just not practical. They are lovely to look at in pictures so I’ll just enjoy them from that angle.
Working on these dolls was a nice change of pace from re-rooting. I have stuff waiting to be done and will tackle those this weekend. But I have to break it up so as not to get burnt out. Here’s my latest re-root. Just a simple one but less is more sometimes. I also changed her eye color, eyebrow color, added lashes and freckles.
There’s lots to catch up on since it’s been a while since I’ve updated. In between then I completed four customs. One of which is this Rainy Day Parade above. The customer was looking for a melancholy goth girl and RDP is a great base for that with her jet black hair. I also made her dress from the “All Spruced Up” dress pattern at Puchi Collective. It was my first dress with sleeves and a collar. Being the novice sewer that I am I got stuck on the sleeves. I had no idea how to attach them and spent an entire evening trying to figure out how it was supposed to go together. After some trial and error I finally figured it out but went ahead and left the first dress as the practice dress and made another one for this doll. There were some happy accidents along the way and I think I’ll have to make more dresses so I can get the hang of the sleeves and collar. I think mom will be impressed but I won’t let her look at the stitching or anything like that 😉
Again, I obsessed over my Lati face-up and ended up redoing her eye-brows. Now she’s done. I will leaver her alone and focus on making her some more clothes. That and some clothes for 2 more Latis– Lumi and a Cat Coco. They probably won’t arrive till the end of April. Gah, the wait!
And finally I did a different doll for a re-root. One of the new Dynamite Girls- Aria. She’s been given and razor cut with my new razor cutting tool that was suggested to me by a hairdresser. I loved using it and it was so easy to get this nice look that’s modeled after an Ashlee Simpson hairdo the customer referenced me to.
For the other two customs I did recently, check out my flickr site for those pictures.
Have a great weekend!
So I think I’m going to get her one. I’d like a Lati with less of a frown and am looking at Lumi. And I’m definitely selecting the make-up option so I can just enjoy her when she arrives. I went and touched up Meegiko’s make-up as I found myself obsessing about any perceived imperfections. Oh well. I’m happy with her now… for now…
I made Meegiko some dresses. The same A-line pattern from puchicollective only Lati sized. She’s wearing one of them and I’m getting the hang of the machine. Still going at a painfully slow pace but since these dresses are so small it doesn’t matter. It still gets done fast since there’s only at most a 3 inch line of fabric. I hope to tackle another kind of pattern like the empire dress.
I’m squeezing these little me projects in between re-roots. Here’s my latest, a re-rooted 04NY. The customer wanted an opposite version of Dramatic bride and 04NY is the perfect doll to do that. Imagine Dramatic bride without melanin and this is what you get. She’s a nice fresh cool version. Here she wearing R&D’s Midnight Sparkle dress.
So I just realized I think I’ve had this blog up for a year now. I can’t believe how time flies. I was reminded of this because of a comment on one of my very first 60cm face-ups. Admittingly not my best work but hey, it was my first one. So here’s my latest one. I had his picture up a few days ago but ended up redoing him and like him better now. Not so washed out looking and very sweet and innocent. I re-worked this wig too so that it would be more boyish. Gave it a haircut and turned it on it’s side. I may still get another wig for him as this one is kind of funky.
So today was quite a happy doll day. I finally got Princess a’ La mode after a few months of buying her. She was waiting on the release of Momoko Slow Smile Traditional. That release was delayed quite a bit so PAM now named Midori was waiting in Japan for a while. I guess you can say it was an early Christmas for me. Such colorful girls. Who knew I’d be drawn to fantasy hair color.
I’ve had this head for a while. It’s a DIM Persia head. I was going to give him a face-up and then sell him but decided to keep him. And while I liked this face-up o.k., I started getting nit picky and next thing I know, I almost started over again. I’ll take pics of that tomorrow. He’s waiting on an outfit from Volk’s because he’s got nothing to wear. I got him a track suit because that’s all I can afford at the moment. Man, the clothes for these type of dolls get expensive!!! But they’re very cool. I’ll definitely go for the more rocker punk look I think. We’ll see what strikes me.
In the Blythe world, I got Retro Mama. I just couldn’t take it anymore and had to get her. I sold some things to pay for her and I’m not sorry I had to let some other dolls go. She is so cool. She has this luminescent skin. Very cool. I’m also waiting on Princess Al a Mode. I actually got her in late October but was waiting on Slow Smile Momoko’s release and expect them in one big package from Crescent. Ichigo Heaven is in there as well so it’ll be quite a dolly bonanza. And that’s it for dolls purchases this year. Honest, I swear… Oh wait, I pre-ordered Follow My Back Momoko. But that’s really it. Anyway, here’s a picture of Meringue, my Mrs. Retro Mama aka MRM.