Art blythe Custom Dollies Dolls repaint reroots

Where have I been?

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

blythe Dolls repaint reroots

Week 2 of boycott and other projects

Custom for Laura

Today’s Blythe is a new custom I did for Plastic Fashions . She an extremely talented clothes designer that does both human size and Blythe size clothes. She was looking for a side part raven haired rbl girl so I turned her Saffy into one. As expected, a Raven haired doll is usually guaranteed to be quite stunning.

Well, it’s week 2 of the boycott against eBay. I’m pessimistic that they’ll change their ways because it’s obvious they want to push the smaller sellers out the door and align themselves with big companies like Sears and GM. You can read about all the dirty tactics they’ve been pulling here. They’re actually trying to make it hard for buyers to leave 5 star feedback ratings and testing out new page views that say in big red letters “This seller has low ratings for shipping time.” The seller doesn’t even know this is what their page looks like and this particular example showed that the Seller had 4 out of 5 stars for shipping time. 4 is said to be good when the buyer is selecting it and yet eBay is turning around saying it’s a low rating. Ridiculous isn’t it? Almost hard to believe but click here to see what I mean. And what’s worse is they’re advertising other sellers similar items to direct the buyer away from the auction. They’re advertising on that seller’s dime. So, as a sometime seller on eBay, I have to ask myself why on earth would I subject myself to that kind of treatment and actually pay for it? Well, I won’t. End of story. Their mission is accomplished. I’m not going to waste my money on them. And I’m not going to buy from them either. EBay will most likely completely change from being an auction site where you can find rare collectibles and hard to find items to just another online shopping mall where you see the same things you’d see in any shopping mall.

So what’s a doll collector to do? Check out the other auction sites. Sign up with a deputy service like Crescent so you can bid on Yahoo Japan. Check out doll forums like A lot of people sell their dolls through there and the official This is Blythe shop has lots of great stuff and good deals on newly released Blythes right in the U.S. Check out the many handmade items on Etsy. I’ll start adding links to great sites for doll purchases and sundries. There’s online stores like Hobby Link Japan which has some great prices on Blythes and Momokos but they sell out fast so keep up to date with their pre-order sales.

To be honest, I haven’t been using eBay as much to buy dolls and accessories. I had a few small purchases here and there but I found better deals elsewhere and I think prices will only rise due to the changes.

The first week of the boycott showed a 13% drop in listings. Not too shabby. They attempted to get my business by offering me $5.00 off shipping on my next five purchases. I’ve never gotten a coupon from eBay so I did find that very telling. But I’m closing the book on eBay. Time will tell what effect this boycott will have and hopefully the doors will be flooded open with their competition so the consumers have more choices on where to shop and sell.


Learning to Sew Part II

Punky Plum Pudding

My custom of the day is a one of a kind Tailor Gibson Blythe I call Punky Plum Pudding. As you can see, I went for the punk rock theme. What punk rocker doesn’t dye their hair? Especially in the color black. So I dyed it black and added some purple haze streaks. She has new make-up and sleep eyes. The eye shadow is airbrushed in gradation of deep plum and black. Her lips are a deep plum color also. She comes in the rocking outfit with leather jacket and I’m currently taking offers on her. The offers acceptance expires at 10pm Arizona time. Click here for more info.

So, I finally got a sewing machine and am learning how to use it. I made my first unsupervised successful A-line dress. I have Shannon modeling it in the picture below. I got a lot of help from some fellow local Blythe addicts. We had a little mini meet Saturday and traded secrets on sewing and customizing. Becca aka SewPixie brought me a really cool Blythe carrier that she made and I highly recommend them. And Candace of Candy’s Creations brought me the beautiful brown and pink dress that Fern is wearing also in the picture below.

We plan to have a bigger meet with some other Blythesters in Tucson next month. It will be nice to see the faces behind the avatars.
I wanted to wear that dress