Question of the Week: Your Dolly New Year’s Resolutions

Written on December 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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2010 is coming to an end tonight and 2011 is just about to begin! I’m quite looking forward to the new year for a multitude of reasons, there’s a lot of great things that will be happening in 2011:

  • I will hopefully be finishing up my degree in December of 2011 (it still feels weird thinking about that)
  • BlytheCon 2011 will be occurring in June in Portland, Oregon
  • There is a very high likelihood that I will be going to BlytheCon 2011 (!!!)
  • July 1st will be the one year anniversary of

There is a lot of great things that are happening in 2011, but what I’m interested in is:

What are your doll-related New Year’s resolutions for 2011?

Some of my doll-related New Year’s resolutions include:

  • For every 1 clothing item I purchase, I need to crochet/knit/sew 2 articles of clothing (this does not apply to shoes because I have no clue where to begin to learn how to cobble shoes)
  • Change my doll’s clothes more frequently
  • Take more photos of my dolls
  • Organize my dolls’ clothes better (and more efficiently)
  • Take my dolls out more often outside of the house for photos

So… What are your doll-related resolutions and what are you looking forward to in 2011?

Blythe On A Budget: 4 Fabrics to Think About Using

Written on December 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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For those that like to sew or create clothes for their dolls, it’s always a lot of fun to head out to the fabric and notions store and dig through remnants bins to find super cute pieces of fabric that everyone else seems to think is way too small for anything, but it’s definitely enough for a cute skirt or top or dress for your Blythe. But today’s article for Blythe On A Budget is to talk about various types of fabric that you could find in places other than the fabric store and also (perhaps) fabrics you may not have thought about using.

Felt: Felt is great to work with – it doesn’t fray, it’s easy to cut, you don’t need to hem. Felt comes in acrylic and wool varieties, there’s generally a huge variety of colours! You can find felt at craft stores, department stores with a craft aisle or your local dollar store. A dollar store that opened up near my house recently even has glittery sheets of felt that are priced the same as the regular non-glitter felt.

Mesh: While mesh can come in a lot of varieties, I’m thinking of the plastic pink or orange mesh that fruit or even cheese comes in sometimes! It’s cute, it comes with your produce purchase and it’s always great to find another use for it. You can use it as a layer of fabric underneath a skirt (a lot like tulle) or as a fabric overlay on a skirt or dress, which would look super cute on any Blythe fashionista!

Paper: Have you ever wanted to wrap your doll up for the holidays or as a present? Why bother with a box? Some wrapping paper can be so colourful and have cute prints, so why not reuse them to create a doll dress? You can fold paper to create pleats, darts or just shape the neckline. While it may be delicate, paper might just be the thing you’re looking for in creating a one-time-use outfit that can be recycled after you’re done taking photos.

Terry Cloth: Which comes in the forms of tea towels and towels, for the most part. You can most definitely find these in dollar stores or just the clearance sections of a department store. I have bought a few in light colours for the sole purpose of turning into cute little bath robes for my dolls, but I have yet to successfully manage one that actually, well, fit. But for those with more expertise or skills in sewing, I’m sure it’s an easier feat for others.

FAQ: Can previous giveaway winners enter more contests?

Written on December 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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This question has been asked more than once in more than one type of wording, so I figured I should better address it.

The answer, in short, is yes. If you’ve won a giveaway previously, you can enter a current on-going giveaway. Having won a giveaway does not decrease your chances of winning again (it also doesn’t increase it), as winners are chosen randomly by an unbiased and random internet website.

Some giveaways may have more restrictions than others (i.e. only people with USA or Canadian residency may enter), but other than that, everyone is free to enter as many contests as they wish – provided you only use one (1) valid email address.

Anyone caught using multiple email addresses for a contest to get more entries will be disqualified without wait for an explanation and will be further disqualified from future contests held on the website. So don’t cheat!

Blythe On A Budget: 10 Holiday Photo Ideas

Written on December 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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I’m sometimes at a loss for what to do around the holiday season with my dolls and a lot of other people come up with a lot more creative things than I do, but I wanted to share a little list of photo ideas you can do with your dolls this holiday season:

  1. Take them with you to the mall and get your photo taken with Santa (the Blythe On A Budget method would to hold your doll up and get a good angle so you can block out the child and still get Santa in the photo).
  2. Make the shape of a snow angel in the snow and gently lay your Blythe in the indentation.
  3. Have your doll in a mess of wrapping paper, tissue paper and ribbon.
  4. Have your Blythe hiding in the tree and have people try to figure out where she is.
  5. Have Blythe poking her head out of a stocking.
  6. Have Blythe head first in the stocking, trying to get to the good stuff at the bottom.
  7. Pose your Blythe next to the glass of milk (or bottle of beer) and cookies. Or have her trying to sneak a cookie.
  8. Have your Blythes opening presents for them or have your Blythes exchanging holiday gifts.
  9. Wrap your dolls in garland and hang small ornaments off of them.
  10. Strategically cover your doll with candy canes.

This is the last post from before Christmas, so I wanted to wish everyone a happy holidays! New blog posts will resume on Monday, December 27th.

Question of the Week: What do you want for the holidays?

Written on December 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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What I want to know this week, seeing as how Christmas (my winter holiday of choice) is at the end of the week:

What winter holiday do you celebrate?


What do you want for the holidays?

For me, I celebrate Christmas and all I want for the holidays is to spend an entire day playing vintage video games and just hanging out with my boyfriend.

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