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Middie Monday #18

Written on April 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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It’s a Monday and I have Middies so it must be Middie Monday!

I’ve been attempting to craft more for the Middie girls lately, experimenting and trying to draft new patterns. I’m not going to show you the (failed) attempts at new patterns because they’re a) ugly and b) don’t actually fit properly. Back to the drawing board for me! Although after getting super frustrated, I turned to a tried-and-true pattern that I created to just have a ‘winning’ project:

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Middie clothes are just so much smaller and quicker to knit up than Neo-sized pieces. Almost like instant gratification.

But I have been doodling new outfit ideas, and mostly it’s just colour variations for patterns that I’ve already established fit the dolls. I really want to nail down a knitted romper pattern for the Middies, as it seems like a summer-ish kind of outfit to do.

Mostly because I suck at sewing.

Finally Settling on a Name

Written on March 31, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

A minor announcement, my Sunday Best (BL) finally has a name. Surprisingly, this is not the longest I’ve gone without settling on a name for a doll. A long, long time ago, I had bought a Fancy Pansy. I never unboxed her, she never got a name, and then I rehomed her. But that isn’t happening with Miss Sunday Best because she has a name!

Wilhelmina is pleased to meet you. She may go by Willa casually.

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(Hopefully, I don’t decide to change her name next week.)

Wilhelmina’s wearing: dress/Endangered Sissy.

Taking a Moment

Written on March 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

Lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve been “neglecting” some of my dolls and lets face it, that’s probably true. I’ve been busy with all the things and while I have knitting projects on the go for Blythe right now (either clothing or accessories), I’ve gotten to the point where I have multiple projects on the go and none of them are done (yet – maybe soon?).

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I decided to pluck one of my dolls off my shelf this week to ‘spend time with’, as it were. The goal was to change her outfit (didn’t happen), take some photos, and then snow happened outside and I wasn’t able to freeze for dolly photos (I am clearly not that adventurous). It was nice to spend some quiet time with a doll without the expectation that I needed her to model something, or to try on something that I was making. It was like low expectations for my dolly time and it fit me perfectly well.

For those new to BlytheLife, this is Eden Mouse. She’s a lover of pink and all things cute and girly. Her haircut essentially makes her my very-younger-self’s mini-me. She’s one of my first dolls that has short hair, and bangs, as well as my first NRFB doll that had major issues (her stock hair cut was awful!), and also the first doll to have a fairly well-defined persona. Eden is very easy to love.

But for those wondering where my slightly more in-depth posts are… I do have a knitting pattern coming up next week! And the start of the March Talent Showcase is this Friday.

Eden Mouse’s wearing: hat/made by me, shirt/Luxie Lou.

Trying Out Names

Written on February 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

Little Miss Sunday Best is still pretty much nameless. I’ve been trying out names on here over the last two weeks and so far these are the names that I have tried and decided against because they didn’t really fit:

  • Hannah/Hanna/Hannelore
  • Tess/Tessa
  • Lillie/Lily/Lilly (because I somehow forgot that my blonde Kenner’s name is Lillian Rose?!)
  • Beth/Bess/Bessie

The next couple of days I’ll be trialing the name “Willa” and see if it sticks.

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My first BL, a Mondrian, is named Lottie (which is a nickname for Charlotte). I’m sort of trying to find another ‘nickname’ for my second BL’s name. I’ve been very good about rejecting names so far though, gold star for me there, but have been failing to find a name that I feel “fits” her.

I can’t remember the last time I had this much trouble naming a doll.

I’m beginning to feel a little bit ridiculous.

Sunday Best is wearing: dress/Endangered Sissy.

Finding Motivation (Again)

Written on February 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

Once upon a time, I used to get very stressed out if I didn’t have posts to go up here. I made a plan to get three posts up every week and by golly, I was going to do it. As the years have gone by (have I really been writing BlytheLife since 2010?!), I’ve gotten a little bit more lax with my post scheduling. Part of it is because I went through a fairly intensive post-secondary program that sucked up a lot of my time, and the other part (in more recent months) is because I’ve gotten a job that keeps me fairly busy.

Something that I have discovered since graduation and subsequently working, is that it is hard to find time and energy to work on things that aren’t just: work, sleep, eat, repeat. Playing with dolls has fallen to the wayside because of the fact that other things (sadly) take priority. I still very much love Blythe dolls and think that they’re wonderful (and very much still love getting new ones!), but it’s hard to find the time to do things with them. Plus, now with my rotating shift schedule (hello world of nursing), it can be difficult to find time to go to meets or meet up with local dolly friends. It’s hard to go to meets at noon when I get home from work at 8am. (Actually, it’s just hard to find motivation to do anything after a night shift, let’s be perfectly honestly and frank about that!)

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Lately, I haven’t had a lot of motivation to do much outside of work, sleep, spending a small amount of time with people in the outside world. Last weekend, when I went to a friend’s house to watch a sporting event of sorts – I knitted doll clothes while I was there because I was in front of the television anyways. And you know what? I felt productive! Like I was doing something with my dolls (for once). And the dolls benefit – including the Middies because I finally made them something too. It was a nice feeling, and I’m going to be making an effort to include the dolls in more of my everyday activities (when I can).

How do you find motivation or find time to spend on your hobbies?

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