My lovely friend, Sarah, in the UK has allowed me to adopt her gorgeous fair Willow....called Birdie. She arrived to some very cold weather, poor little thing! My blue girl, Sherbet was SO excited to welcome her Twin home :) I found some time today to put together a photo story of Birdie's box opening......posted under the Stories tab.
Here's a photo of my two lovelies together....and one of them having a Tea Party in celebration of Birdie's arrival.
Wow, it's been ages since I posted!! I'd like to introduce my new boy, Evan :)
Evan is a YOSD size BJD by Impldoll. He's 26cm tall and came to me blank. I've had so little time to do anything remotely dolly for the last couple of months as our daughter married a couple of weeks ago. I've been flat out with wedding sewing and stationery :)
We had some warm weather last weekend so I gave him a face-up and then today I made him some clothes and a wig. I'm not happy with the wig but it will have to do for now...it's better than leaving him bald lol At some stage I'm going to wipe the face-up and redo it as it's not as brown toned as I wanted...he looks like a bit of a ginger. I'm determined this boy won't have red hair as nearly all my resin family are in red shades of varying hues.
He's much smaller than my Polly (Meadow Dolls Patti) but will still be a good little playmate for her. I liked his body so much that I've ordered a girl body in his size to use with my Sprocket Glee's head :) As much as I love the look of the Sprocket bodies, they are painful to stand and pose. So Evan will soon have a half sister lol
Poor boy was tired after all the work today so sat and read a book for a while....The Poky Little Puppy. We love Little Golden Books in our house :)
I'll try not to leave it so long between posts again!
Have a wonderful day wherever you are in the world :)
It seems like forever ago that I started working on this project! I've had Pale Pink Coco (by Kaye Wiggs) since September last year. She is very finely featured and has a lovely, very posable body, so I decided to bring to life the vision of a little Dragonfly Nymph that was playing in my head.....hence the name Dart.....that's what dragonflies do; dart around the surface of the water :)
I made her bodysuit from a piece of lycra dance fabric I had tucked away in my stash. It's made from resizing and adjusting an MHD Designs pattern. I love Magalie's patterns, they are so well designed and detailed.....and the instructions are wonderful. I have a few of them now, waiting in queue to be made up.
I couldn't find the right wig for the look I wanted so I moulded Dart's headcap from some Magic Paperclay I had in my papercraft stash. "Stashes" are such handy things to have lol I covered her head with cling wrap to protect her face and then moulded the clay over the top. It's very difficult to get a really smooth finish with this clay, which frustrated me a bit, but it's so easy to work with. I tried using Fimo too but spat the dummy with it when it wouldn't do what I wanted it to!! I finished the look with a coat of acrylic metallic craft paint and a little clear glitter paint, then added the two cabochons to represent the jewel-like dragonfly eyes.
The wings were a problem. I really didn't have the time for a wing-making learning curve so I approached Christina from Stitch Soup and asked if she'd consider making a dragonfly wings machine embroidery file. I was so excited when she agreed to do these for me. There is now a set of wings on the site with five different designs in three sizes!! It turns out that Christina loves wings :) I hope to make more of these for a couple of my other dolls when I get time.
Then there was the problem of how to attach them to Dart's bodysuit without them drooping or dragging the stretchy fabric down at the back.....I settled on designing a little corset belt that I have attached the wings to.....works a treat :)
I haven't decided whether to give Dart a fantasy face-up or not yet. This is the original factory face-up. One day I might get brave enough to have a go at a OOAK face for her!
I was lucky enough to find the exact shade of sapphire blue I wanted for her eyes. I've considered getting some fantasy eyes for her so I'll see how I feel if I change her face.
Overall I'm quite happy with how she turned out.......it's close to the vision I had in my head. I find it frustrating when I get a creative idea that I can't bring into the physical, so this one is a win for me!
Thanks for coming to visit......have a wonderful day :)
It's been so busy the last couple of weeks that I haven't had time to come back here to post!!
My Kaye Wiggs fair Abby arrived last week but I didn't get to spend any time with her until a few days ago. She's gorgeous! She's on the new MSD body, with a higher breastplate and a notch on the foot so it can be pointed (great for ballet practise lol). I really like this body :) Her head is smaller than my other KW girls so I've ordered her a 7/8 wig. I mostly have 8/9 so I don't have to fight getting them on!
From the first time I saw Abby I thought she'd make a great twin sister for Tristan (Maurice sculpt). I'm happy to say that they look fantastic together......
The higher breastplate means Abby can wear little crop tops :) She's going to be my little hippie chick when I find time to sew for her, so halter tops will work well on her body. The little knitted crop top she's wearing is one that I made for my Les Cheries when I had them. Before finding BJDs I had a little vinyl family, which has slowly been reducing. I love it when I find an unexpected use for something in my stash....doesn't happen often! I don't even know why I kept the Les Cheries clothes but now I'm glad I did :)
Her beautiful green eyes are handblown German glass eyes. Purchased from a friend who used to make porcelain dolls. They're gorgeous eyes!
My quiet, shy farm boy was very excited to meet his twin....he's been waiting a long time for her lol Her arrival has sparked a trial new look for him.....we'll see if it becomes permanent or not.
Wig is Mory in Bronze Auburn from Jpop Dolls size 8/9. It needs a bit of a trim if it's going to be Tristan's forever wig. I'm not sure about it yet....he looks so different in it compared to the Johnny wig he's been wearing. He also has new eyes.....deeper, brighter blue.....and they're a bit smaller. I think I like them :)
This is what I love so much about the BJDs. You can change eyes, wigs and clothes and have a completely different looking doll.
Have a wonderful day, wherever you are in the world
I'm going to start my crafty jottings with my reintroduction to dolls.......This is Matilda.....an Australian Girl Doll. Isn't her wild red hair gorgeous!!
The year my little granddaughters were turning 8 & 9, I decided to buy them a good quality girl doll each for their birthdays. My research led me to the Australian Girl dolls.....they are beautiful, sturdy and very well designed and made....and even better, they are designed by an Aussie couple with our Aussie culture in mind. You can read their story by clicking on the link.....HERE
I bought blonde Emily for my blonde granddaughter, Kate, and brunette Jasmine for my brunette granddaughter, Amy. Then I proceeded to make both dolls a complete wardrobe.....I was in 7th heaven! I was so impressed with these dolls that I decided I needed one of my own...as a mannequin for the clothes I'd make in the future (my story and I'm sticking to it lol)....so I just HAD to buy Matilda :) Red hair and freckles are a bit of a family trait so I'm a bit partial to redheaded dolls. I just LOVE Matilda's wild red hair! The Aus Girls have a gap between their big toe & second toe so they can wear thongs (flip flops)....each doll comes with a pair in the box.....soooooo cute :)
While scouring the web for doll clothes patterns and accessories I came across a beautiful blog by a very talented lady called Martha Boers.....her site is called Antique Lilac Her work is amazing! I suggest you go and get a cuppa and spend a wonderful hour browsing her creations. Anyhow, while I was browsing the beautiful posts I fell in love with her Kaye Wiggs dolls, which sent me on a search to find them. I'd never seen BJDs before and they fascinated me. Dolls that were posable....and could have their whole look changed with different eyes and wigs....WOW!!
To cut a long story short, I eventually found Kaye's dolls and bought SK Layla. The preorder process was so foreign to me.....and the wait seemed forever for someone who lacks the virtue of patience.....but it is so worth it when that box arrives with a new baby inside! Of course, I couldn't stop at one lol In the last few years I've been very lucky to add to my resin family. I have a range of sizes now and love them all but Kaye's dolls will always be my favourites....her work is beautiful.
Some of my family has been rehomed to make way for new arrivals and I'm always sad to part with one, but I have to be practical....I can't have them all.....more's the pity lol My greatest pleasure is to make clothes for them. It allows me to have a purpose to sew, knit and crochet cute little garments. And I love to make up stories for them. I enjoy developing their personalities as I go along and one day hope to do a series of photostories featuring them. More hours in the day would be handy...I'm still working and at times work overtakes my life to the point where I don't get any time with my dolls for weeks on end....I get withdrawals when this happens!
Enough waffling for now! Next post I will show some of my resin family and perhaps share a little of their stories...and some of the clothes I've made so far.
Have a wonderful day, wherever you are in the world
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