søndag den 28. december 2014

2014: A year about dolls

So what was my plans for 2014 and how did I keep them?
I'd like to point out that I might have forgotten something important but this is how I remember the year...

I entered this year with these dolls:
Volks SD16 Ruby
Volks SD16 Garnet
Elfdoll Ruru NS head
Elfdoll Ruru Tan head
Volks Yo-Tenshi Yuh
Volks YoSD Kanon
Volks YoSD Anne
Ringdoll Zombie Sol


During the year I realized for sure that the Yo-size is too small for me. Anything smaller than SD is just too small. But for some very strange reason little Yuh is just perfect for me. So she survived another year here. She might be the doll who's been with me for the longest time now (since April 2011).
YoSD Kanon was sold to a good friend of mine.


In the beginning of the year I received the body for my Tan Elfdoll Ruru head.
I had found a Volks SD16 Ruby for sale and bought it to steal the body for Ruru to make a hybrid. When it arrived I discovered I liked the faceup on the new Ruby much more than I liked the faceup on my old Ruby. So in the end Ruru got the body from my old Ruby and new Ruby became my Marina.


I realized that NS is becoming a little too light for me so I sold two of my NS dolls: Garnet and Ruru (and SDGr Tae who was here only a few months). Most was sold to some of my friends.
Years ago I sold my first doll (a Dolkot Leaf WS) because white skin was getting too light for me. I've noticed my taste in dolls change ever so slightly and now NS is getting to light too.


In the beginning of the year I bought a Twigling Ingenieuse and she arrived in the autumn. She's pretty but I still haven't done anything with her. I hope to finish her in the new year. Or I might sell her if she ends up not working for me but I hope to give her a chance first.


I found a Twigling Ylisande doll and an Iplehouse nYID Asa. Both were the same light brow colour and I switched their bodies. I'm really excited about the Ylisande head on the nYID body. It's a nice hybrid. I might get her a EID body eventually but for now she's just great as my pirate queen.
Iplehouse Asa on the Twigling body is not my most favourite doll and honestly I might end up selling her in 2015 but let's see. I might just try and find Asa an Iplehouse body instead. I just don't really like the old Twigling body.


On new years eve last year I bought an Iplehouse Bibiane nYID PG doll. She's very great as my Princess Sienna character but I've been thinking about changing the head for a Doria head.
Not completely sure about the head exchange. I might just consider Doria for another character in the future instead.


This year saw the return of Peakswoods to my collection (I once had an MSD). But this year I got a grey skinned Dlight. When I saw the pictures of the doll I really like her. Within a few days I had a character in mind and I knew I had to try to get her and I was lucky to win the auction. It was a charity auction and I was very happy to participate.


I also had an Iplehouse Fantasy Doria head. I bought the head 2nd hand and after a few months sold it to a friend.
I also got Elfdoll Vivien and Hazy heads from Elfdoll's big sale. They were sold after a few months.
Also a Volks SD16 Ami Ayase was here for just a few months. The body was used as a hybrid and the head went to an other friend of mine.


So I'll end 2014 with:
Volks YoTenshi Yuh
Volks SD16 Ruby (+ extra Ruby head)
Elfdoll tan Ruru SD16 hybrid
Peakswoods Dlight
Ringdoll Zombie Sol
Iplehouse Bibiane
Iplehouse Asa Twigling hybrid
Twigling Ylisande nYID hybrid
Twigling Ingenieuse  

onsdag den 17. december 2014

What is a name?

Most of my dolls have names and I might refer to my dolls by their name or their sculpt. Some dolls even have surnames but mostly only have a first name.

It took me a long while to figure out Ylisande's name. She was my new pirate queen but she was not Marina. She needed her own powerful name. I decided to call her Morgan; Morgan O'Malley.
I now just call her Captain Morgan in my head.


These are my dolls and their names.
  1. Elfdoll Ruru (SD16 hybrid) : Sparrow
  2. Iplehouse Asa (Twigling hybrid) : Oya
  3. Iplehouse nYID Bibiane : Sienna
  4. Peakswoods Dlight : Elsa Maria
  5. Ringdoll Zombie Sol : Hamlet Jones
  6. Twigling Ingenieuse : ?
  7. Twigling Ylisande (nYID hybrid) : Morgan
  8. Volks SD16 Ruby : Marina
  9. Volks YoTenshi Yuh : Anne Elliot

The reasons behind the names:
  1. Sparrow is mostly an idea in my head. As a character she has evolved many times. Elfdoll Ruru has had the name for some time now and she is keeping it. I think it fits nicely with her new (and evolved) character too.
  2. I've finally named Iplehouse Asa. She got the name Oya after the goddess.She is the spirit of tornadoes and destruction but also just change in general. Until I have a Lahela I don't need Asa as my Hawaiian surfer and she's free to be someone else for awhile.
  3. Sienna is a character I dreamed about many, many years ago. For a long time she was just a face but lately I've seen her more clearly.
  4. Elsa Maria just came to me one day. I knew that was her name long before she arrived. When I first saw her picture on Peakswoods page I could clearly see Elsa Maria.
  5. I've always know his name was Hamlet Jones.  No questions.
  6. As you can see only Ingenieuse does not have a name. The character didn't fit with the doll so I'm not sure what to do with her now. She is still blank in her box.
  7. Ruby has had many names. It was actually my friend, Shin, who suggested Marina and it just fits her. Even if she is no longer a pirate queen.
  8. Little Yuh is my Jane Austen fandom brought alive. I love Persuasion by Jane Austen and Little Yuh is my child version of Anne Elliot.

søndag den 14. december 2014

Doll Wishlist Meme

I've been tagged to do this meme by two friends now... So I guess I better do it :P

1. How many dolls are on your wish list currently?
I don't actually know. I don't have a clear cut list. I know there are at least two...

2. How many Larger (65cm+) dolls are on your list?
Only one at the moment. I know I want a tan boy doll to be my voodoo king. I just don't know which boy: probably ending up getting a Ringdoll boy because I actually like their boys. I was considering a Dollshe boy but honestly I just like the Ringdoll boys more that the Dollshe boys. I'm just waiting for the right head or for owner pictures of Boyce to see if he might be the right one for me.
I'm starting to like the Iplehouse Bane pirate doll more and more but I'm afraid the EID is too big in the end.

3. What about 1/3 sized dolls?
I'd like to get an Iplehouse Lahela on the nYID body and in light brown for a Hawaiian character.
I'd also like to get an open eyed Peakswoods AB girl on the B-body in a tan.

4. And 1/4? 
None! I don't personally like that size. Tried it in the past but the dolls feels too small in my hands. I can totally understand why others enjoy this size but I know for sure it is not a size for me.

5. 1/6 and smaller?
None on the wishlist. I have one YoSD and I don't need any more. I actually like this size a lot but I think all my YoSDs end up looking the same so I don't think I need more than one. I like my dolls to look different but still look like "my dolls", you know?

6. What is your grail doll?
I don't think I have one anymore.
If I had to choose then probably a Volks SD16 Amelia in sunlight skin (though she does not actually exist) or maybe a sunlight-light tan Elfdoll Vivien SD16 hybrid (again does not exist and would not match at all) or maybe a Ringdoll creepy doll like Zombie (I check out Ringdoll's page often to see if they have made an amazing and creepy doll lately). All of these dolls are more like Dream Dolls and not so much Grail Dolls.

7. What is the most expensive doll on your wishlist?
Lahela is the most expensive because she is a CDS doll and because Iplehouse charge extra for tan skin. I think she's about $750 for the blank doll.

8. What about the most inexpensive doll?
The Ringdoll boy. He might be tan skin but Ringdoll don't charge extra for tan. I think he's about $550 for a blank doll.

9. Which doll do you most look forward to getting in the future?
The Ringdoll boy, I think. I have the character pretty much worked out in my mind and if I hadn't bought the Peakswoods girl now I probably would have gotten the boy now in their Christmas event.

10. Lastly, can you list all the dolls on your wish list?
The ones I'm sure about:
Iplehouse Lahela LB nYID.
Ringdoll Grown boy (maybe Boyce or Lucifer) in tan.

Tag some people to keep it moving!
The few dollie friends I have here are already tagged by others :)

 

tirsdag den 9. december 2014

Sparrow got herself a sword!

Some of you might know this; I've been looking for a sword for my Sparrow/Assassin (tan Elfdoll Ruru SD16 hybrid). I had one big rule: it should look like something that could have been from Final Fantasy - so a big fantasy sword.
It has not been an easy search but I finally found the right sword! It a 65cm version of Aestus Estus (from the Saber-universe). If you want to see it just google "Aestus Estus" (the red version).
I'm pretty excited about this sword and I can't wait to see it irl.

mandag den 24. november 2014

Captain Ylisande - Twigling Ylisande on Iplehouse nYID body (light brown)

I've decided to change Marina (more on that in a later post). So she's no longer going to be my pirate queen. Ylisande is going to take over as pirate captain because I still need to have a pirate!

The character is not fully developed yet. And she doesn't have a proper name yet, so far I just call her Captain / Cap'n.
 

This is Captain Ylisande. Faceup is default (and very lovely!) and eyes are from Volks (wig is from Eclipse21 and belongs to Sienna):
 
 This is the hybrid. I feel this body fits her head better, and the color match is very good!


 
This is her outfit. It's a match of Iplehouse, Volks, and Souldoll.

This is her new wig. It's an old Eclipse21 wig that my friend bought for her doll. Unfortunately her doll couldn't wear it, but one of my wigs fitted her doll perfectly so we switched wigs.

fredag den 21. november 2014

Small update

An update on my suff for sale:
I was able to sell two dolls and two outfits to one of my very good friends, a body and little clothes to another very good friend, a head to USA, two Volks outfits to England, and small items to Germany. I now feel more at peace with my dolls and items (I felt like I had to much and it stressed me).

Yesterday I went to the post office to ship the SDGr Tae head to USA. She's going to Hawaii. I'm so jealous! I wish I could just ship myself to Hawaii too and have a Holiday there!

Today I'm going to the post office to pick up my Iplehouse order. Can't wait to see the red dress and try it on Sienna. I've ordered some shoes for my Twigling Ylisande nYID hybrid too. I'm very excited to see them too. 

fredag den 14. november 2014

Sienna - Iplehouse nYID Bibiane PG

So I mentioned in my last blog that I wanted to change my dolls a bit.

Let's start with Sienna.
Sienna is still going to be Sienna, but since I no longer have Dalan (SDGr Tae is already sold), I've decided to make Sienna more of the Princess Sienna character that she starts out as.
So far I'm only missing the dress (ordered yesterday before it sold out) :D

This is Sienna:
She's an Iplehouse Bibiane nYID peach gold. Faceup by Shin. Eyes by GinaRolo


This is the wig that Sienna has now. The wig I ordered for her from Eclipse21 was just a tad too "dark blond" so I'm going for "platinum blond" instead:

And this!! This will be her new dress! I love it so much. I ordered the matching shoes too.
The dress might not be fantasy-princess but I don't care - I just need this dress!
 

tirsdag den 11. november 2014

Selling a few dolls

I've decided to sell a few dolls:
  • Elfdoll Ruru on a Volks SD16 body (NS)
  • Volks SDGr Tae fullset (NS)
Though I feel like I need to sell at least one more. I'm just not sure who.

These are the ones I'm keeping for now:
  • Elfdoll Ruru on Volks SD16 body (Tan)
  • Iplehouse Asa on Twigling body (light brown/tan)
  • Iplehouse nYID Bibiane (peach gold)
  • Ringdoll Zombie Sol (grey)
  • Volks SD16 Ruby (Ebony)
  • Volks YoTenshi Yuh (NS)
  • Twigling Ylisande on Iplehouse nYID body (tan/light brown)
And tomorrow I can pick up my Twigling Ingenieuse (tan) at the post office.

I've decided to update some of the characters for my dolls, so I'll update my blog later with the ideas.


 

mandag den 13. oktober 2014

New doll...

Years ago I saw pictures of a Twigling Ylisande dressed as a voodoo queen in a freak circus of some kind. I don't have a clear image in my head anymore. But the thing I remember is that Ylisande was/is a beautiful head (at that point I had only seen hybrids).

Over the years I've been looking at Ylisande. To me she looks a bit like Angelina Jolie and something else that I can't place. She's a retired doll now unfortunately. Twigling makes other dolls now, so the price of Ylisande on DoA are usually pretty high.
So imagine my surprise when there was a cheap Twigling Ylisande up on DoA, and I do mean cheap! Of course I had to get her.

So I talked to the seller and paid a deposit and the next day the doll was already being shipped to me! I'm still amazed by the trust the seller placed in me. Ylisande arrived very fast.

She's beautiful in real life too. I get now why she's usually a hybrid; the head is too big proportioned relative to the shoulders of the body. But it can be hidden, I think.

I got a Ylisande in light brown, and her resin is very beautiful. I LOVE tan dolls. I have often considered just owning tan dolls.
 

onsdag den 24. september 2014

The Zombie said...

Yesterday I had a discussion with Zombie. He let me know that though he liked being the only boy in the group of dolls he also felt alone in being creepy. So he told me to find him a friend. And not just any friend but a Ringdoll friend! I told him that I did not have money to buy him a new friend and that Ringdoll dolls weren't cheap. Also I didn't know what doll could be a good friend for him.

I ended up promising Zombie to look at creepy dolls. Dammit!
Do you know any good creepy dolls? Even if it's not Ringdoll.

mandag den 22. september 2014

Stories and stories 'bout pirates, princesses, and fantasy clothing... well, not really.

I'm thinking of doing my story about Sienna as a photo story like how Iplehouse do these stories about their limited dolls. I think it could be a fun way to tell the story. What do you think? It is worth the effort?

I've finally decided to sell my Volks SD16 Garnet. She's going to lille_aki (most of you know her) and she was sold on the condition that if lille_aki sells her again then I get to decide if I want her back or not.

Just a short update but an update nonetheless.

onsdag den 27. august 2014

An update... duh!

So my dolls haven't really changed all that much lately. But here I've tried to list them according to their characters.

My main girls:
Iplehouse Bibiane as Sienna. My main character and my lovely little lady.
Volks Tae as Dalan/Evi. Becomes Sienna's best friend after Sienna saves her life.

People in the camp:
Elfdoll Ruru and Kio Carolei as Sparrow and Adella. The twins. The first friends Sienna ever makes.

People Sienna and Evi meets:
Volks Ruby as Marina. She meets and helps Sienna and Evi after they leave the camp.

And the dolls that don't fit in:
Volks Garnet
Volks Yuh
Ringdoll Zombie
Volks Ami Ayase head
Volks Ruby head (the 1st)
And the Elfdoll heads; Vivien and Hazy.

I'm not gonna be selling Zombie because he's awesome. Yuh is my baby girl and the only yo-size. So she's staying too.
Garnet? Really considering selling her. She just sit on the shelf.

I've put the Elfdoll heads, the Ami head, and the Ruby head up for sale on DoA. Already the Ami head is sold (on layaway) to one of my international friends from the community. It's nice knowing she's going to someone I know.
 

fredag den 1. august 2014

The dilemma of the two Rubys

My last update was in March. Figured it was about time to write something here again.

I have two Volks SD16 Rubys because I wanted a tan SD16 body for my Elfdoll Ruru head. It's actually more like I have one body and two Ruby heads. Over the past months I've started to like the new Ruby head (known simply as Ruby the 2nd) more than my old Ruby head (Marina). I think Ruby the 2nd's faceup is a bit more fierce and strong than Marina's. Marina is like the sweet girl next door and Ruby the 2nd is more like the girl who will kick your ass in a fight.
I am considering renaming Ruby the 2nd to Marina, and rename Marina to Ruby the 1st.

Ruby the 2nd:
 Marina:
 

lørdag den 22. marts 2014

One, two, three, four, I should buy no more...

I have ONE doll from Ringdoll. I have TWO dolls from Iplehouse. I have THREE dolls from Volks. I have FOUR dolls from Elfdoll.

Yes, the 2nd Iplehouse is at customs but she should be here any day. And my 4th Volks is not completely sold, but my friend has made plans to buy her. I have ordered a doll from Twigling but I've not yet gotten any confirmation. So in my mind it counts.

I'm really considering keeping the Iplehouse F. Doria head. One of my good friends took some photos of her, and she's gorgeous! Now I want to keep her and see what I can do.

And need I say how cool I think it is that Iplehouse is doing a Pirate-inspired theme now. The Carved Heritage. I have high hopes and big dreams! I believe I can get the outfits I need for my story (based around my Iplehouse Bibiane).

søndag den 16. marts 2014

Answers to questions from Red Riding Hood (Liebster Blogger Award)

My dear friend asked me some questions on her blog as part of the Liebster Blogger Award. Never heard of it before but I like to answer questions about my BJD hobby.

1. What is the next doll you have planned?
As in going to buy or waiting for? I have a Iplehouse Bibiane on the way, and just ordered a tan Ingenieuse from Twigling.
But as for future dolls I have planned but not yet ordered (and I have no idea about when I'll order them), there are two: Iplehouse SID Asa and Lahela LB; my Hawaiian girls. I don't know when I'll end up buying them. Simply because I feel like I can only have about 10 dolls so I need to sell some to have room for other dolls.

2. Most people in the BJD hobby have characters for their dolls. Assuming you do too, how did the character come to be?
They are part of the stories in my mind.
The way a character comes alive in my head is first with an idea. Like with Marina (my Pirate lady), I knew I wanted a pirate doll eventually. When I saw someone selling their Souldoll Karin fullset I knew I wanted the outfit. Considered buying the doll just to claim the outfit. But I was lucky to be able to buy the outfit only. I knew I wanted it on my Volks Ruby. Then the next question was "can it fit a SD16 body?" Yes, it could. Then it was just a question of making the character come alive.

3. Do your dolls have a theme song and if so which one(s)?
No.
But I guess "Yo ho, Yo ho! A pirate's life for me" could be Marina's.

4. Where do you prefer to talk about dolls? (DoA, blogs, Tumblr, other?)
I use Resin Garden the most, then DoA, then Blogs. Resin Garden for discussion. DoA for news and sales. Blogs to keep up with my friends' plans.

5. What do you like the most about the doll hobby?
The creativeness and my friends.
I love my friends in the hobby and I don't think I would enjoy the hobby as much without them. But the creativeness is really, really important for me to actually enjoy myself in the hobby.
 
6. What do you like the least about the doll hobby?
The Drama! and the price.
The drama is the worst, I think.
 
7. Do you dream of any kind of doll that does not yet exist?
I'd really, really like one more Tan Volks SD16 girl. I often feel that if I sold every doll except my Volks Ruby then I would still be a happy girl.

8. Do you have any irl friends who share your hobby?
Yes, many. And very good friends!

9. If you could get 1 free doll right now, which doll would you choose?
Most like a Volks SD16 Amelia. But there are many dolls I really want.
Some dolls I'd love to get (but that I probably wont buy): Volks SD16 Amelia, Volks SD16 Ami, Ringdoll Frankenstein, Volks SD17 Reisner the Scarface.

10. Have you gotten any new friends through the doll hobby?
Yes, I have. I've met some good friends through the hobby.

11. Honestly, do you think you'll ever lose your interest in dolls?
Most likely. I don't see myself as an old lady still enjoying dolls. As long as I can and want to be creative with the dolls then I'll enjoy the hobby. If I suddenly needed money I would have no problem selling a doll.

torsdag den 30. januar 2014

Expanding

After I sold my Volks Lorina I had a lot of money (and I'm no Scrooge McDuck when it comes to money) so I've order quite a lot of resin; 3 heads and 1 doll.

I ordered a Iplehouse nYID Bibiane PG (I mentioned her before). Then Elfdoll did that discontinuation of all their dolls and I had to grab a few heads in NS; Vivien and Hazy. And yesterday I lost an auction on eBay for a Volks Irvin (a SD13 boy in the ebony skin like Ruby and he could have been great as her brother but someone had to outbid me with 2 seconds left and I had to little time left to bid again myself) so I went on DoA today to look at what's for sale there and I ended up with a Iplehouse Doria Vampire head NS. Not sure what I'll do with the head but I really love the Doria Vampire head so she'll probably go play with my Zombie.

The good thing about the Elfdoll heads and the Doria heads is that I can easily sell them later on if I want. The Elfdoll heads were averagely $55 each, Doria was more but not expensive (I would not pay a lot for a head I could get in the CDS if I wanted).

I really want one more boy doll. I'm just not sure which doll. I really like Ringdoll's dolls but there's not a doll from them I really, really want. Maybe the Carlos doll but I would have loved him in tan but he's only in NS now.

 

onsdag den 15. januar 2014

New eyes and wig for YoTenshi Yuh

I got new eyes and a new wig for Anne Elliot/Miss Elliot/Annie. I think they are so cute on her.
The eyes are HG Glass eyes from Volks 14mm blue with white.
The wig I think is from Leeke. Looks like Leeke's wig but I got in a trade.
 
I need at least one more pair of eyes from Volks. Volks release their YoSDs with acrylic eyes and I don't like that.  Probably a brown or grey-ish color for my Kanon, I think.