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QOTW: How often do you play with your dolls?

Written on September 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

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To me, playing with dolls has taken on a different meaning since I was a little girl. Before it was all about make believe and the imaginative play that would go on for hours and hours. Nowadays, playing with dolls is primarily the dressing-up fun, finding the right pair of shoes for the outfit of the day, and doing little photoshoots – because why not?

How often do you play with your dolls?

Sponsor BlytheLife in October!

Written on September 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: News

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You have a doll-related website/shop/blog and BlytheLife has your target audience!

BlytheLife.com is an active doll website with a high readership that primarily consists of women who are Blythe and other doll collectors/hobbyists. By advertising your doll-related site or business with BlytheLife, you can ensure that your ad is being seen by the people that are your potential customers. Every time someone visits BlytheLife, they’ll see your ad on the side!

Did you know? Sponsorship costs are purposely kept low to keep advertising accessible to people in the doll community.

There are three spots currently available for the month of October and all sponsorship funds from now until July 2015 will be donated to BlytheCon Vancouver 2015!

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  • $10 – 1 month
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  • $5 – 1 month
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If you’d like more information on how you can advertise on BlytheLife, click here.

My Dolls’ New Home

Written on September 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

The majority of my Blythes used to live on my desk (prior to that, they were on a set of drawers). I got into Operation: Clean Room this summer, which still struggling to be realized on the grand scale, but I did manage to do some things to get my life a bit more organized. I haven’t gotten everything quite to where I want it just yet, but it’s getting there.

I started off by going to Michaels when they had a craft storage sale (50% off!) and then there was an additional coupon that could be applied to sale items (even better!) so I bought myself a small shelf unit. It now lives on its side, on top of my desk. I essentially have six cubes on my desk where the majority of my Blythes live on top of. Each cube has been slowly filled with goodies. The shelf unit I picked is a Recollections shelf unit (it’s called Recollections 6 Cube Organizer) because I had the time to wait for it to go on sale. The total price, after tax, ended up being less than $20CAD for the unit, which was a lot cheaper than similar looking shelves from other stores. At full retail price, it would have been more on par with other stores, so it was a better deal overall after applying the sale discount and additional coupon.

I won’t be showing you the other cubes, mostly because they’re a tad disorganized still (whoops), but one of my cubes has Cedar (Monique Magnifique) and Bennett (Margaret Meets Ladybug). They have some trouble standing up straight on the clover Blythe stands because their hair makes them quite top heavy, so they get to sit on the pink KLIPPAN from the Ikea HUSET furniture set. There’s some other minis in the cube with them, just because.

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Directly below that is a cube that consists of my CDs, as well as pencils, pens, gel pens, highlighters and my lovely Smidge House sofa where Joy (Doll Leaves BJD) and Kitty Brighton (Jackie Ramone Middie) hang out.

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And you’re probably wondering about the rest of my dolls were, here they are are on top:

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From left to right is: Kindred (Velvet Minuet, SBL), Sophie (Cappuccino Chat, RBL), Belarus (Love Mission, EBL), Eden Mouse (Punkaholic People, RBL), Moxie (Simply Bubble Boom, FBL), Minnow (Hi-Ho! Marine, RBL+), Tertiary Jane (Simply Peppermint, RBL), and Mollie (Simply Sparkly Spark, FBL).

For those wondering, my Kenners (Emmalynn, Primrose, and Lillian Rose), as well as my custom Blythes (Halo and Cameo) are often not on display. This is due to lack of space and stands. They are often wrapped up and tucked away unless they are attending a meet, or taking part in a photoshoot.

(Slightly) Subtle Signs of Blythe Love

Written on September 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

Last week I talked about my thoughts on public doll photography, something that can be difficult for me even five years into the Blythe hobby. This led me to start thinking about the other ways that I can celebrate my love for Blythe without having a Blythe in my hand.

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My phone wallpaper is of a photograph of one of my Blythes, Primrose. It’s been this image for a very long time now and I still don’t feel a need to change it because I love it so much. I do get asked occasionally why my wallpaper has such “giant freaky eyes”, which leads me to start chatting about dolls. By having Prim as my phone wallpaper, I can literally carry her around with me all the time.

I have a teeny tiny Blythe photo above the keyboard of my laptop. I often don’t get asked about this aside from classmates who are sitting to my immediate right and can see it clearly. It’s a Blythe sticker that came from mail that I had received from Katie of 2:22am/Kult of Kulta.

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My wallet is a Blythe wallet. It makes me super happy to have Blythe around all the time. I bought it in Vancouver’s Chinatown in about 2010. It has shown some wear and tear over the years, I’m cringing the day that I need to replace it – shall I go classic and get something timeless and likely leather? Or go Blythe again and find something on eBay?

Lastly is the newest addition to the subtle ways that I can share my love of Blythe, and that is with a hot pink flocked pullring necklace. A nod to both Blythe and BlytheLife at the same time. The flocked pullring is by Nikki of Luxie Lou.

I could wear my BlytheCon Seattle t-shirt, but that is definitely less-than-subtle. I haven’t figured out to inject more subtle Blythe into my life (I haven’t gotten a tattoo yet… probably not though).

How do you have subtle signs of Blythe love in your everyday life?

QOTW: Have you ever attended a meet?

Written on September 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

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Doll meets are ridiculously fun! I am really fortunate to live in an area where there are a lot of other Blythe enthusiasts, and I’ve become really good friends with some fantastic people. Prior to 2011, I never met anyone who also had a Blythe doll, or collected them, locally or otherwise. After having met people in “real life” that had Blythe dolls, it was really inspiring because I got to meet people who customized dolls and crafted beautiful things for dolls. Meeting people who also love the big-headed (in more ways than one) doll has made me appreciate Blythe so much more. We don’t just talk about dolls at our meets though, we talk about what’s going on in our lives, big life changes (some examples include: new houses, jobs, baby!, and pets). We hang out, chat, eat food – most of our meets are all pot-luck style to lessen the burden on the host. We come together and eat, chat, eat some more, take photos of dolls, and did I mention eating?

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Of course, sometimes some really odd and kooky things happen at our meets as well. Generally speaking, there are not Blythes harmed… (No worries, she was only in pieces for most of the meet…)

Have you ever attended a doll meet?

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