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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.

QOTW: Nameless dolls?

Written on February 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

I finally got myself to the post office last week to pick up my packages. I had a few packages of tea (it’s not an addiction, I swear! I can stop at any time) and my new doll. Last week I gave some hints: older release, blonde, and stock.

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I bought myself a Sunday Best (BL). She’s pretty much a delight and I love her. I’ve wanted a Sunday Best for a really long time – since way back when Flickr was the place to be with the Blythe photos and I followed people who participated in 365 and used their Sunday Best as their 365 girl.

She has no name yet. I’m feeling a bit bad that she doesn’t have a name just yet or that a name just hasn’t come to me… But it will with time. I hope. I don’t want to be referring to her just as “Sunday Best” forever.

Do you have any dolls that are nameless or remained nameless for a really long time? What did you finally name her?

Sunday Best’s wearing: top/made by me, capris/puppy52.

A little “whoops”

Written on February 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

Remember way back when I said I had that New Doll Itch and how I wasn’t going to buy a new doll because funds and how my money would be better off saved up for that little trip to the Big Apple in October? (Spoilers ahead.)

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Yeah, that didn’t last very long because I currently have a doll waiting for me at the post office. I just need to go get her but have been unfortunately mostly snowed/iced in at home (and driving in very questionable weather when I go to and from work).  The weather’s been rather frightful, and (in short) annoying as it is now February. Despite living in Canada, my part of Canada rarely gets a lot of snow. Vancouver typically gets a small amount of snow that easily washes away with rain a few days after snowfall. Instead, the west coast has been hit with multiple snow storms since the beginning of December.

Photos soon of my new acquisition doll. I’m very excited about her, and haven’t told that many people about who it is – yet! I didn’t even go through the process of getting her some kind of fancy dress, although maybe I should. I can give you a few hints about the new girl though, she’s stock, blonde, and not a recent release.

Middie Monday #17

Written on February 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings with tags:

It has been a few months since the last Middie Monday (#16 was published in October) – have you missed it? I still have just the two – Kitty Brighton (Jackie Ramone) and Lydia Melbourne (Yellow Marshmallow). Sometimes I muse with the idea of getting a third Middie Blythe (because everything is better in threes?), but then I stop myself.

I can barely clothe and shoe the two Middie Blythes that I do have. And I’m still operating that ridiculous challenge to myself that I’ll make the majority of their clothes by myself. Which is fantastic, because it means I can stop myself from shopping for them because I’m not allowed to buy new things. Yet on the other hand, it means that they don’t have a lot of clothes because I may just be physically incapable of setting aside time to sit down and sew or knit or crochet for them. That and I am the queen of making excuses for why they don’t have a larger wardrobe at this point. I’m pretty sure that since I got Kitty that I’ve made myself goals of crafting for her/them once a month, once every two months, etc. And those goals have not come to fruition.

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Sometimes I wonder why I bother with this goal. Maybe because I’ve so publicly declared that it’s a challenge, or just for the fun of it. That and I really don’t bring them to meets that often, so it almost seems “okay” that they don’t have very many clothes to choose from because nobody is going to see them anyways.

In the mean time, these two lovelies have been in the same outfits for at least as long since I moved (back in July…) and much longer than that. But I’m currently working on something new – so that’s something, right?

Do you have any Middies? Have you made any clothes for them or do you buy them?

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