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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.

201700224Am I a Willa?

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.

QOTW: Do You Have a Mini-Me?

Written on February 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

One of the many reasons why I love Blythe is because she can be so versatile and she changes for each individual Blythe enthusiast. She can be a little girl, a girly girl, a tom boy, or completely and utterly glamourous. The sky is the limit when it comes to who Blythe can be.

20170220Oh hai, I’m basically Michelle in doll form.

And she can also be a mini-me. My personal mini-me is Belarus (Love Mission) – she’s just missing brown eyes (and I can’t bring myself to change out her eye chips because EBLs are perfection to me). I even got her some black glasses to complete the look. Although who I wish was my mini-me is Maple Reed (Devi Delacour) or even Cameo (customized Ichigo Heaven) because I wish I had dark red or pink hair.

Do you have a mini-me? (Share photos/links to photos below in the comments!)

Belarus is wearing: shirt/Dutch Blythe Fashion, jeans/Puppy52Dolls.

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?

Seeking: Talented People

Written on February 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: News

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In case you wanted to participate in the March Talent Showcase and thought it was too late, I had someone drop out unexpectedly so there’s a spot that has opened up! Again, this is an interview/feature opportunity on BlytheLife.com to bring attention to you and your work!

Concerned that your work isn’t quite what I’m looking for? In the past, I have interviewed: customizers, sewers, knitters/crocheters, miniature makers, and so much more! As long as it is Blythe (Kenner, Neo, ADG, Middie, and/or Petite) related, I’m pretty open to anything and everything – I just really enjoy interviewing people!

My original post on the 2017 March Talent Showcase was here. There is more information on How to Get Featured here, and you can email me at michelle@blythelife.com for more information as well. If you’re interested, get in touch with me! I try my best to reply to emails within 24 hours.

Sunday Best’s wearing: dress/puppy52.

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