Interview with Filipa of Little Matilda Atelier

Written on March 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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For this week’s March Talent Showcase, I’m featuring Filipa of Little Matilda Atelier. Filipa customizes and creates cute doll clothes! Continue reading to learn more about Filipa and her beautiful creations!


Hello Filipa! Please tell us about yourself!
Hello Michelle. I’m Filipa, I’m 35 years old and I’m a Portuguese artist living in London, UK. I’m a wife and mum of two boys, ages 10 and 7, and a 9 month baby girl. I’m the founder and owner of Little Matilda Atelier, that is my happy place where the magic happens and little Blythe dolls became to life.

How did you discover Blythe? Who’s in your doll family?
I’ve discovered Blythe dolls about one and a half year ago on Instagram from Dolly Treasures account. I fell in love completely!!! I’ve messaged Eileen asking where I could buy these dolls, and she explained me that they were Blythe dolls customised by artists, and I could find them on eBay or Etsy. On that day I’ve started my journey as a Blythe doll collector and customiser.

I’ve searched on internet everything about these girls and found all the information about stock dolls and factory dolls. Five months after I’ve tried my first attempt of customisation on a faceplate. I found it really difficult, but my love for these girls spoke louder and I kept trying until customise my first doll in February 2016.

At the moment I have in my doll family one stock girl Dark Rabbit Hole and four TBLs named Saffron, Olivia, James and Amelya. I’m waiting for another stock girl Blythe, Varsity Dean. Many more will join my dolly family in the next few months.


Tell us about your first custom Blythe, what made you decide to start customizing?
My first custom Blythe was a Ginger hair TBL Blythe. I’ve decided to start customising because I was completely in love with these girls and I wanted to see if it was something that I could do. I’ve studied arts in University and I had some knowledge in carving, so I’ve decided to give it a try.


What is the process like for you when you start a new custom doll?
When I start a new girl is always a mystery. I have an idea in my head of like I want her to be, but somehow during the process it turns out for something completely different. At the end it’s even better than I thought. I start to choose the girl I want to customise, and when I find her I begin to work in the idea, like hair style, illustration in the backplate, eyelids and outfit. As soon as she arrives I start working.

What has been one of the biggest mistakes you’ve made so far while customizing? How did you overcome it?
One of the biggest mistakes that I’ve made so far while customizing, was an attempt of making an open mouth with little teeth. I’ve carved in the wrong way and made a big hole in the mouth. I’ve tryed to fix with air dried clay, and it worked for me. I kept this doll for me. She is my little blondie girl named James. There were other mistakes of course, but this one was the biggest so far.


What kind of lessons did you learn with your first customization project?
The biggest lesson that I’ve learned with my first customization girl, was that this is a job of love and requires lots of patience. I am an impatient person by nature, so I’ve learned to be patient. Customizing, works like a therapy for me. When I’m doing this job that I love so much, I almost forget everything. There are so many details to think about. I’ve also learned that we can’t do everything in the same day. I need to stop, and come back another day with fresh eyes. And the best lesson that I’ve learned is that customizing makes me really happy!!

What tools do you use would you say have been the most important in your customization process?
I use sanding paper P400 and 1500 Grit, different shapes of wooden carving chisels, surgical scalpels and a micro Dremel. All of them are really important, but I found that the Dremel helps a lot in the beginning of the carving process to gives definition.


How would you describe your aesthetic when it comes to your custom work?
I’m inspired by little ones, so I would describe my custom dolls like little girls with cute and shy faces, with pinky/ reddish freckled cheeks. I use the Licca body or Azone pure neemo XS to give them the aspect of little girls and I usually cut and style their hair to finish their childish appearance.

What kind of custom projects do you have planned for the future that you can share with us?
I have a few custom projects planned for the near future that includes a boy, a middie and a petite Blythe. I also have a project to customise a doll inspired in a Portuguese TV entertainer called Juju Red, a fairy, and a mermaid.


Besides your custom work, tell us about your other creative endeavors with Blythe.
Besides my custom work, I am developing a collection of clothes and hats, but it’s still in a beginning stage. It will take some time to come out. I’m also an Illustrator, so I’m creating my illustration of a Blythe doll and my Logo, that I will share soon.

Thank you so much for doing this interview with me, Filipa! What advice to do you have for someone who’s starting to customize?
Thank you so much Michelle for the interview. It was a pleasure. I would like to say to someone who is starting to customise to don’t give up. It can take some time to be happy with your custom, and in the beginning it may seems that you don’t know what you are doing. It’s absolutely normal. Relax, take your time, and keep trying. It gets better everyday!!! And everyone have their own style. The most important thing is to make it with love.

You can find out more about Filipa and Little Matilda Atelier on Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook.

Little Matilda Atelier Sweater Giveaway!


Filipa has generously decided to give away one black-and-white striped sweater for Blythe!

The giveaway runs until Friday March 17th 2017 at 11:59pm Pacific. The draw will be held on Saturday March 18th 2017 and the winner will be announced on Remember to use a valid email address for all comments. If you win, I will be contacting you for your address and forwarding the information onto Filipa so she can send you your prize.

Please only use one email address per person, those using multiple email addresses for more entries will be disqualified.

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QOTW: Are you a big winner?!

Written on December 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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Happy Monday, BlytheLife readers! Today’s the day that I announce who won big in the BlytheLife Holiday Giveaway!

A special thank you to the anonymous donor and Katie of Kult of Kulta & Blythopia for their generous donations!

Here’s a rundown of the prizes again (in case you’ve forgotten!) for the blog portion of the giveaway:



And if you participated in the Instagram portion of the giveaway, the prize is:


Awesome, right? I got some fantastic haikus (and haiku attempts). No judgement from me if you can’t count syllables as it was pointed out to me last week that I can’t count syllables properly either! Here are some of my favourite haikus that people submitted for extra entries:

From Pamela:

The Blytheness, head large, big eyes
The awesomeness looms
Blink on, vintage friend, blink on

From Laura:

Would love this prize for
Life is Blythe and Blythe is life
Cannot have enough

From Andi B. Goode:

Big head and big eyes
On such a little dolly
We all love Blythe, here!

From Fae:

Blythe, you have sent me
Across the world and into
The arms of dear friends

From Rachel Morssink:

Middie Blythe you star
On top of my Christmas tree
You sparkle so bright

There were a total of 222 entries into the blog giveaway – totally awesome! Thank you so much to everyone for participating!

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QOTW: Who wants to win the BlytheLife Holiday Giveaway?!

Written on November 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Giveaway, Question of the Week


It’s a silly question, as I’m sure most of you would want to win the BlytheLife Holiday Giveaway! Luckily, there will be a total of three winners! This giveaway is open to international entrants, please continue reading after the prize images for more details on how to enter (and get more entries!). This giveaway is a little bit different in the number of ways to enter – there will be both prizes on the blog and on the Instagram account (@blythelifecom).


For the blog:


1st prize: 1 Iris Linea Middie Blythe with 1 Kult of Kulta Middie dress and bow, and 1 Middie knit dress in the colour of their choice.


2nd prize: 1 complete Cafe Time Re-ment set.

For Instagram:


Prize: 1 Red Apple Petite Blythe

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March 2016 Commenting Giveaway: The Winner!

Written on April 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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It took me much longer than expected to sort through and filter through the comments/entries made in March – I deleted a bunch of spam, and then had to pull my own name out of the running because I don’t think anyone would believe it if I won my own giveaway! That said, I should probably show you all what the prize is! It is this:


The winner will be receiving this adorable pink alpaca stationery set, a pair of lashes, a dark blue pair of eye chips for Neo Blythe (from Cool Cat), and a dark purple short-sleeve sweater for Blythe (knit by me).

There was a whopping 117 comments made in the month of March (not inclusive of spam and commentary made by myself, of course) – thank you to everyone who commented on BlytheLife last month! And the winner is… Click to read more of this entry.

Wabi-Sabi Dolls Giveaway: The Winner!

Written on April 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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I greatly enjoyed reading all the comments on my interview with Ellis of Wabi-Sabi Dolls over the last week! It’s been enjoyable to see how you all like Ellis’s custom work, they’re so cute! In case you’ve forgotten, Ellis is generously giving away prizes to two (2) winners – each winner will be getting a pair of painted eye chips (created by The Art of War Faery) and a set of signature pull charms from Wabi-Sabi Dolls. Super awesome, right?


And the winners are…

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