Written on October 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings
It’s October 31st and that means that when the sun sets, it’s time for the ghosts and witches to come out to play!
Eden Mouse as a squid. Minnow as… Eden Mouse?
Squid outfit by me. Mouse hat by me. Dress by Plastic Fashion.
It also means that copious amount of candy goes on sale tomorrow, an annual treat for me ever since I’ve become socially deemed as “too old” to go trick-or-treating. Luckily, there will always be a pair that is not too old in the family for going door-to-door asking for candy.
This is not going to end well.
If you are going out, stay safe! I will be making Eden and Minnow go out together, and only cross at marked crosswalks while wearing reflective clothing. Although, truth be told, Minnow’s hair is probably reflective enough.
Written on October 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings
The age old question is frequently asked in the doll community: Do you prefer stock dolls or customized dolls?
For a very long time, I only ever had stock dolls. Most people barely consider a gaze lift or eye chip changes to be a ‘customization’ anymore, that is how common it has become – and yet it’s still the bulk of the customization that I can bring myself to do. While the idea of holding a melted glue stick to a very expensive doll originally made me incredibly nervous, the fact that I can do it without issue now is a nothing short of amazing in my book. Some people were meant to be customizers, I am not one of those people.
Halo (wearing Kult of Kulta) and Cameo (wearing Plastic Fashion), both customs by Friends With Blythe.
That isn’t to say that I cannot enjoy customized dolls. I have two customized lovelies, both by the same customizer (Friends With Blythe). They definitely do have something different than my (more) stock dolls. From the carving to the face-up and, let’s be honest, it’s nice to have a not-so-shiny doll face looking at me all the time. My custom dolls are the only ones that I have a non-stock Kenner or Takara body, they came to me on Licca bodies and on Licca bodies they shall stay.
Primrose (Kenner) wearing Luxie Lou.
While there are many people who have high preferences for custom dolls (and I even know a few people who are physically incapable of leaving a doll in their presence stock!), I love stock dolls. There’s just something about them that I adore. Maybe it is the shiny forehead, or the fact that the way the arms stick out make me smile. Then again, maybe it’s because I fell in love with Blythe initially because of photos of stock dolls and I wasn’t that into custom dolls to begin with. Stock dolls truly represent Blythe to me – be in vintage or modern releases. There are many beautiful new releases lately that some people have likened to already being customized (hello, stock matte faces…) and yet, as beautiful as they are (and I would love to add one or two to my collection some day), there is just something so charming about having a shiny face staring back at you, quietly judging you for your own outfit choices when you’re dressing them in an dress that costs more than your entire outfit. Or maybe that’s just how I feel. Maybe I should start spending more money on me instead? Just a thought.
Nah, all the monies go towards dolls. Dolls, dolls, dolls. And more doll things.
Written on October 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week
I am all for simplicity this year. For myself, I am reusing cat ears because there is nothing non-Halloweeny about turning myself into a cat. For my dolls, it’ll be something super simple after utilizing a hair tie, and a paper towel.
I may have used Photoshop as well… Any guesses on who’s dressed up as a ghostie this year?
What are your dolls’ Halloween costumes this year?
Written on October 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: News
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Written on October 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Article with tags: tiny shoe love
Tertiary Jane (Simply Peppermint) wears Plastic Fashion (dress) and vintage Skipper (shoes).
Tiny shoes are one of the things that I love the best about the doll hobby. Small shoes, clothes, dresses, and just all around small things. Sometimes I think that one of the reasons why I do love the small things to do with Blythe is because I’m not a particularly big person – Hello, genetics, thanks for making me 5’1″… and a half. That half inch is always very important.
I adore vintage Skipper flats. More vintage Skipper flats, I say!
Skipper flats on a Middie, much too big!
Skipper flats on a Neo, a much better fit. Licca feet would be too wide for these shoes.
I spoiled myself for my birthday one year when I bought a whole bunch of flats, new on card. Oh yes, I can be very generous to myself sometimes. And look at all the colours! There is something very darling about vintage shoes. Maybe it’s just because they just don’t make (doll) shoes like that anymore. Love them.
Tiny Shoe Love is a feature on BlytheLife.com to showcase and share doll shoes that grace Michelle’s picky dolls’ feet. We love tiny shoes in this house, and we hope you do too!