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Wendy Dreary came for a fix-up

May 28, 2010

Wendy Dreary came for a fixup, originally uploaded by sylviecola(trying to catch up.).

This lovely sad girl I customized a few years ago was showing some wear and tear in her photos.  So, I asked her owner to send her back to me to fix up. She really loves her Wendy Dreary and was reluctant at first and said she couldn’t stand to be away from her.  But she finally sent her over.

It’s kind of nice to reunite with what was one of my first Blythe dolls. She was previously a Rainy Day Parade and was the one doll that perked my interest in Blythe. I think I wanted her most of all but went for some less expensive dolls.  I gave in eventually.  Now I know if there’s a doll I really want, I just need to plan on getting it instead of trying to satisfy my want with a cheaper doll.

Eventually, she turned into Wendy Dreary for a collector friend who was wanting me to do a goth girl for her. And Wendy has been very dreary. She got stuck at the post office without a notice to her mom. We wondered where Wendy disappeared to but her mom persisted and she had been sitting at her local post the whole time. So from the start she’s had a rough life in this incarnation.

Now she’s all freshened up and I will ship her back and hope there isn’t another strange ordeal of being lost in the wilderness.

In a Corner

April 21, 2010

In a corner, originally uploaded by sylviecola(trying to catch up.).

Meet Lucy Limeade. Remember a week or two ago I mentioned the factory or proto-type Blythes that I was expecting? Well here she is. Actually,  it’s just her scalp put on a Simply Lilac bait Blythe I had lying around. I’m deciding what to do with the faceplate she came with. I believe it is Tarts and Tea’s. It looks to be natural and the only one that matched to the pictures.

When my factory girls came they had some flaws with the eye-mech where they weren’t turning properly. I have since fixed the little problems.

The other doll I got was a Ribbonetta Wish Scalp on Urban Cowgirl. The eye lids also are RW’s. I’m deciding what to do with her. I fixed her hair. She didn’t have the bangs cut and not much thatching was in place so I sorted that out. I had to give her bangs because her thatching stops midway because she was meant to have thick bangs.

For now I plan to keep my Amaryllis girl. Normally, I find it difficult to bond with my customs unless their make-up is very light. But with this hair, I just have to enjoy it for a while.

The Power of Green

April 6, 2010

Agua get’s a makeover, originally uploaded by sylviecola(trying to catch up.).

No, I’m not talking about money…well not directly. I’m talking green hair. Anytime I’ve customized a doll with green hair and then offer her up for sale or even before she’s been offered up, the doll gets snatched up pretty fast.

This pretty girl in the picture is my customized Simply Peppermint, Agua.  Alas, she’s mine no longer and is actually on her way to Australia.  ‘

I wasn’t initially planning on selling her but the previous doll I finished up, Frankie Freckle Face, became too irresistible to sell so I decided to keep her for now.  And after an impulse buy or two,  I had to put another girl in her place.  Agua volunteered. My house is too crazy for her I guess.

I will miss her.  However,  I’m waiting for a factory doll,(impulse buy,)  that has Amaryllis’ hair and I’ve been itching to add her to my collection. Plus since this doll is a factory/prototype doll, I don’t have to feel guilty about customizing her since Amaryllis is quite expensive.

Back to green hair. I guess it’s no coincidence that of all the fantasy colors CWC uses, different shades of green seems to be one of the most frequently used. Pink is actually used the most for fantasy colors and then I think green is next.

Crunch Time

March 12, 2009

Maggie's girl

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted last but I’ve been working on stuff and the latest is a mohair custom I finished for a customer. I’m really pleased with her outcome. Mohair is tricky to work with and gets matted so easily so it takes me a while to detangle it after finishing the rooting. She has a Cool Cat scalp and eye chips and was previously a Prima Dolly Aubrena. I airbrushed her make-up in pinkish tones including some airbrushing on the lips. I must admit she’s pretty dreamy and I wanted to play with her more but her owner didn’t waste any time paying for her so off she went just as soon as she was finished.

I say crunch time because I’m expecting any day now so I had to get as much done as possible before the new living dolly make his entrance. This may keep me away for a while although I hope not and hope to get back to work after some recovery time. In fact, I’m expecting the new set of Prima dollies toward the end of the month so hopefully that will motivate me to get back to work. Or at least provide some much needed doll therapy.

I’ve also had many people ask if I’ll be putting up more episodes of The Chronicles of Judith and my answer is yes, I hope so! Probably slow but definitely plan to continue for as long as my sister writes for it and my husband is willing to do music for it.

But for now I prepare for the new one which will definitly keep me busy. Until then, sianara!

Best Intentions

December 23, 2008

My one SBL

Hello all. I hope everyone is getting ready to have a festive Holiday.  We’ve been busy with getting gifts off and kids being off school. I’m still working on mostly Momoko commissions and sneaking in some Blythe customizing to keep things interesting. Above is a new girl that I tried to hold off getting.  I originally just wanted her for her scalp so I could put it on Miss Sally Rice. She looks really good with other hair and many Blythe collectors have been experimenting with different scalps. And for now, Miss Sally Rice is still reasonably priced.

However, she will probably go the way of Ebony who was the cheapest and least popular of the Primadolly 2’s and became popular as a base doll for customizing. But then she became harder to come by just stock and now is hard to find and expensive.  To think I had an Ebony. Sigh… She was one of my first customs. Ah well.

Anyway, this girl above is Bow Wow Traditional and since she’s an SBL, I intended to break her down for her scalp and use her as a custom base. I’m not too fond of the SBL mold so I usually pass on these dolls. But I really like this girl and now my plans have been dashed for now. I’m just keeping her as is. I wish CWC would make more jet black haired girls. Especially an RBL girl. I would buy several.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season and stay tuned for more episodes of The Chronicles of Judith.

Introducing Judith.

November 18, 2008

Surveying her surroundings

I sold my first Prima dolly Aubrey I earlier this year but then CWC came out with an encore version so I jumped on getting another one at the Prima Dolly introductory price. I finally got around to giving her her own special look and personality. So here’s Judith and she may be starting her own blog chronicling her life in Suburbia as a boarder of a soon to be family of five. As you can see she’s pretty nervous.

Below is a very light custom I did for a dolly friend who always keeps me busy with her huge collection of dolls and ideas. She’s Mod Molly with some added make-up changes. I kept her green eye shadow and airbrushed a fresh yellow on her lids. I also repainted her lips and added more blush. She’s been given new lashes and sleep eyes and boggle. Nothing too dramatic from the original as I think Mod Molly is a great doll to begin with. She already had this hair cut but I went ahead and evened it out and fixed the wonky bangs that, for some reason, always need adjusting on stock Blythes.

She’s borrowing a sweater that my mom knitted. Perhaps I could get mom to knit more of these cardigans in different colors…

Iveta's girl

Well, back to work on the line of Momokos waiting to be madeover for those who wait. But I just had to have a Blythe binge the past week and get it out of my system.

Where have I been?

November 13, 2008

HH redo

It’s been ages and ages, I know and so much has happened sonce I last post. There was IFDC which was great and I was obsessing about our election here in the U.S. and thankfully my guy won!

I’ve done several customs in between and encourage people to view my flickr to see what I worked on the last few months. I did a few face-ups and am improving there. It makes me what to redo my earlier face-ups now that I’m getting the hang of it. I did redo my Lati Lea and Miel a while back.

I’m back with my obsession of Blythe. My latest girl is the one pictured. She was previously a Hello Harvest. Her hair was dyed this vibrant red and I gave her bangs. I redid her make-up as well and am really happy with the results. I think I’ll add a beauty mark and I’d like to make her an outfit if I can squeeze that in. I’ll probably sell her but I’m enjoying her company for the moment.

I had to close my commission book for the time being until I get caught up on those. One of my more recent ones that was very time consuming was this mohair re-root of Fruit Punch. I also redid her make-up as well. I definetly want to do more mohairs because they have such personality and I love the dyed ones in different fantasy colors. I dyed this batch with tangerine RIT dye. Her owner is happy and she came in time for Halloween. I think her colors are appropiate for that season.

I shall sign off for now and try to post more with my recent works in the coming weeks.

Maggie's girl