I first learnt of Caramelaw after seeing one of her creations on the front cover of the Doll Scene by Louis Bou. I was completely enamoured by the whimsy and the fun of her gorgeous girls. They had a certain style and panache – they were clearly from another world and bursting out of an illustrated candy land. So when Sheena Aw aka Caramelaw asked if I could help her doll home from Auguste Clown, I of course readily agreed. So – for a short few days I had a very special visitor, and I’d like you to meet miss Meilla.
At 5am on my birthday I was slumped against my studio wall (I hadn’t gone to sleep yet) and I was wondering about my life decisions (I complain but I do love my work). Exhausted, I realised that a box had arrived… and boy did it make my day! I think of her as a birthday present to myself … everyone – meet Plum.
Oh man. I’m looking at my blog post calendar in my planner in shame. It’s been 1.5 weeks! I’ve had 4 posts planned in that period of time, but work has gotten the better of me (work, not even life! 1/3/4/5 am days, boo to you!). The weather has also been horrible, making it horrendous for doll work and sealant – and happy photographs. I’ve been a mopey lady the last week, the husband has even commented. A non-dolly me is a grumpy me it seems :D.
One thing that did perk me up though, was when Britt got to visit for a few days.
I’ve had two Simply Peppermint’s and each time, I can’t bond to them. So, I sent them both off to get a new lease on life, and the first came home this week – Juniper (I named her Juniper meaning young and evergreen). Juniper was sent to the talented Christine at Forty Dolly Winks and I asked her to have fantasy coloured eyeshadows… and a secret little smile.
I’ve been stuck in bed all weekend, and didn’t get as much work done as I’d like. But, happily, I did manage to get started on a few of the dolls I have waiting for commission as I wait for the supplies for the others to arrive.
Thalassa holds the record of being the girl that has travelled the furthest to visit my workshop. Coming all the way from Chile, Thalassa is an Selkie who thinks she is a mermaid. She started her life as a Merl Nostalgia, and she came my way to match her personality (and her awesome eyechips) with a new face-up.
Today we’re going to look at how to re-body a Pullip type 4 with an Obitsu body. Chibi, my pink Poison-girl beauty is going to be the model, so she will get a new body to match her Toffee sister. Chibi is a Pale girl, and will be going on a Obitsu 27cm in white. She has a soft bust.
<Warning! More Dolly Nudity!>
Recently, I’ve been looking at re-bodying my Forty Winks girl Quinn as I wanted a younger look for her. I was thinking of putting her on a Licca body (which I will do a tutorial for soon) but while I was at it, I thought I would show you the difference between three of the most popular Blythe bodies: the Standard Takara, the Pure Neemo S and the Licca.
<Warning! Dolly Nudity! Everywhere in this post!>
A few weeks ago, I sent one of my gorgeous Les Jeunette’s off to Floriana of Almond Doll for a new look. It was a bit of a tough decision, as Les Jeunette is one of my favourites (this blog used to be named for her after all…) but I couldn’t resist. Almond Doll has been one of my favourite customisers for a really long time.
Please note that as of the 29th of February, 2016 cracks have slowly started to re-appear on Chibi’s face after a very harsh summer. Will update soon.
I have told you about how much I love Chibi, the second girl in my Poison Girl family. The seller who sent her to me was an absolutely lovely lady in London, and packed her super well. Chibi was an April 2015 doll, and was one of the last before Poison Girl announced she was stopping customs, which I read with much sadness – as I LOVED seeing her dolls every month. The reason she was stopping customs was because MSC Matt had started to produce cracks all over her dolls. I barely thought that this would affect me, but when I opened Chibi, I realised that she had fine cracks all over her face.