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Tiny Shoe Love

Written on July 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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I love doll shoes. Love, love, love doll shoes. There’s just something about the small size, the quaint details, and the adorableness of having tiny shoes that I just love. Which then inspired me to actually share more of my tiny shoe collection. I’ve already made a shoe display, but I just love shoes so much that I need to share more of them on a regular basis! This serves several purposes: allows me to play more with my tiny doll shoes, allows me to showcase some cute shoes that you may not have seen in person, and kind of enables me to buy more shoes. This is both of a good and a bad thing.

In this premiere installment of Tiny Shoe Love, I decided to show off two pairs of shoes:

Stock heels from Monique Magnifique:

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I like these stock shoes because they have the lacing detail with the two-tone design. Additionally, the shoes are just slightly curved to create a left and a right shoe (if you can’t tell the difference, it’s okay because there is an R and an L on the bottom of either shoe).

Vintage dark brown squishy Barbie boots:

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Vintage squishy boots are wonderful, I quite like them! They come in many colours, but this pair photographed is dark brown. As you can see, they managed to put in a lot of detail in a single-coloured boot. There is the lacing up the from, with the bow at the top, as well as the slouch at the back near where the doll’s ankles would be, and the boots are highly textured.

Epic Shyness

Written on July 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

It may surprise many of you (some of you?) but I’m actually fairly shy. I’m much better on one-on-one situations than large groups, which is why BlytheCon Portland was so overwhelming for me, and why I wasn’t able to actually be all chatty with a lot of people. Hopefully it is different this time around, because I will know more people this time around. Although, now that I think of it, last time I knew exactly zero people (well, I knew them online, but not in person). So… Things are different this time. Quite a bit different!

June 20th - BlytheCon!

I am so glad that we’ll have name tags, and I do hope it isn’t too awkward to try to crane my neck around to see names because I won’t already know everyone’s faces. I try, but honestly… there’s just so many people to know! I probably know dolls better than people’s faces (sad, but true!). I was quite overwhelmed last time – there were so many people! dolls! vendors! So many things to see, new dolls to experience. Now that I think of it, I didn’t even have my first Kenner back then! Things sure have changed since then, it’s rather mind-boggling, now that I’m thinking of it.

What will I be doing differently this time in Seattle? Hopefully I will…

  • Ask more questions when I’m at vendor tables! Last time I was so overwhelmed I barely spoke to the people running the stalls (so embarrassing…)
  • Say hello! I found out after the fact that there were people that I knew online that I hadn’t spoke to. Not this time (hopefully!).
  • Chat with new-to-me people. This may be the hardest part, because being shy doesn’t go well with attempting to be personable and and introducing myself to people. But I’m going to try.
  • Not be a socially awkward penguin. This may still happen. No promises.

And hopefully if you are attending, you will say hi to me if you see me?! Maybe…?

QOTW: Do you binge shop for Blythe?

Written on July 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

I have a confession to make – I binge shop when it comes to Blythe and Blythe things. Actually, now that I think of it, it’s really not much of a confession at all, is it? Blythe has been a pretty big part of my life the moment that the silver-haired Sophie came into my life. I often go through phases where I buy a lot of stuff, then a long, peaceful lull where I play mix-and-match with what I have, I do crafts and make things for the girls, and play with all of the dolly shoes that I have – and I have quite a bit. I really do love dolly shoes, for a while all I was buying was doll shoes. Squishy boots, vintage flats, more shoes, all the shoes, shoes, shoes, shoes!

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You’d better bring me back a lot of stuff this time, missy!

In less than two weeks (oh-em-gee), I will be having quite the binge shop! I’m looking forward to learning about new-to-me brands, and getting to see the products made by people that I’ve already ‘met’ online (or in person!). It’s always very exciting to meet new people, and to shop at the same time! I always look forward to meeting new people, especially when they also love Blythe as well!

Do you binge shop for Blythe?

Sponsor BlytheLife in August!

Written on July 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: News

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Love, Sophie: Why Having Sisters is (Sometimes) Okay

Written on July 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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Hello, my wonderful fans! Have you missed me? Because I have missed you! Today I am here to talk about why having sisters is okay sometimes okay. When I’m not tapping away at the keyboard of the laptop to “talk” to all of you, I live with a bunch of sisters, both older (Kenners) and young (Middie, Petites). It is hard sometimes to have so many siblings because it means that there is more sharing involved. And do you know how much I like to share? Not at all.

Don't drop me!
Shoes stolen from Belarus.

The nicest thing about having siblings is that when they move in, they bring a wardrobe with them, and shoes! Shoes are the best part of getting new sisters, because it means more shoes for me. It’s not that the shoes don’t fit my sisters, they do, but it’s kind of an unspoken rule that the shoes become mine the moment that they arrive. There is, essentially, a “shoe fee” for becoming a new sister here. If you want in, you’re going to have to bring me a new pair of shoes! The best sister arrival ever was Belarus (Love Mission) because she brought me two pairs of shoes. I learned from the very beginning to collect a shoe fee. The worst sister arrival was when Primrose and Lillian arrived. Not only did they pretty much show up naked (and without legs, to boot!), they didn’t bring shoes with them. The only saving grace that they had was the fact that Michelle was all obsessed with them (ugh) and bought a lot of shoes after they had arrived. Best thing ever. I confiscated all the shoes for my own closet, of course.

In earnest, I sorta like my sisters. Sometimes. Sometimes they’re okay. If Michelle brings anyone new home, they’d better come with some cute shoes. I’ll take some nice ankle boots, preferably black leather with a cute slouch look.

Sophie is a mostly stock Cappuccino Chat that came to live with me in June 2009. She loves shoes, new clothes, playing with her hair, fashion, magazines full of fluff and shopping. She aspires to be a model and would like to model for some of the ‘great’ dolly fashion houses one day.

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