Monday, January 15, 2018

Incoming dolls~

I have managed to already be waiting for two MSDs for my new Mini!Larika universe.

Iplehouse JID Violet in real skin
She'll be Gabriela, the fellow guardian and friend of Connor who has gone missing at the beginning of the plot.
She's a strong, passionate woman who has an inner sense of justice. She's loyal, but also has a tendency to be stubborn.
I can spoil as much as she will fall for Donna ;) 
She'll come blank but Kanojo Kakumei will paint her. 

She will be Donna  Carter, one of the doctors helping the rebellion.
Donna is a cheerful lady, who is kind and generous but also has an unsolved trauma from a previous relationship. She thinks more about helping others than herself, so she never healed her own wounds. 
Ziya comes with both busts and a face-up by Pearls of Danube. 
I bought a pair of resin shoes from Youpla as well.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year and my goals for 2018

I have written and re-written this list at least ten times since I started making it. I kept changing my minds regarding what I want for 2018, but I think it reflects how I do the hobby, to be honest.
I usually screw up my plans, and that's okay. I still enjoy the hobby in my own way. 

I still wanted to create some goals, though, even though I know I'm impulsive and change my mind a lot. 

So here are what my final goals for 2018 are:

Attend DollConDK 
DollConDK is a new BJD con set in Aarhus, Denmark. It's fairly close to where I live, and my best friend, Maria, even lives in the same city so I have a place to sleep while I stay. I would have liked to participate in the exhibition contest, but I probably won't be able to this time. I do, however, plan to participate in the photo contest. 
Some of my friends have expressed interest in going to the con, so I hope I will be able to meet up with them.

Buy alpaca/angora/mohair wigs for my dolls
I have to admit, I have become a bit picky regarding things like wigs for my dolls. I love the feeling, the look and the styling of the more expensive wigs, and I'm a bit fan of SophyMolly and Amadiz. I won't limit myself to those two, I'm always looking for other wig makers to buy from, but many such as Frappzilla and belachixdollworld does super gorgeous fantasy hairstyles that won't match my concepts. I still want some, eventually, but I'm going for my "main" look for my dolls until I have them more or less "finished". 

Buy urethane eyes for my dolls
Same as being picky regarding wigs I'm equally picky about eyes. I love urethane eyes and I want them for all my dolls. I used to be a big fan of Dollshe eyes, but sadly they're discontinued as of current. But who really knows if Dollshe brings them back haha. Luckily, I also love ED eyes, Mako, Doll Bakery, SOULinaBOX, and many more. 

Commission clothes for JIDs 
I already know that dressing JIDs will be a pain in the ***. I know certain people, luckily does commissions for JIDs, and I feel ever so lucky my wonderful friend, Musume, does custom orders for JID clothes. I have already planned an entire outfit for my incoming Violet with Musume. I still want to commission an additional outfit for yet another JID, but I still need to settle on those details. 

Pay off Iplehouse JID Violet 
I didn't even notice Violet at first until Musume received her gorgeous Venezia. She's so stunning and gorgeous, so when I switched to minis, I knew I had to own a Violet as well. I quickly decided I wanted a Violet in real skin for my character "Gabriela". 

Buy a Youpla Olive
I saw the work in progress photos of Olive, and at first, I didn't feel any special vibes from her, but as I saw her with a finished face-up I could see her work as Gerda. She isn't 100% like Gerda's old shells, but I think it'll work nicely with a face-up that fits Gerda's personality and the Youpla MSD girls are 38cm which would be perfect for my little, energic girl.

Buy a Youpla Ziya
I might have spontaneous have gotten a Ziya on hold for January. I just couldn't believe I got the chance to get my hands on a Ziya! She's like a grail MSD for me. She is gonna be my character "Donna".

Consider a Harucasting Maji
I'm only listing it as "consider", so if I buy her, I won't fail, and if I don't buy her I won't fail haha. I, honestly, adore Maji, I think she could do a wonderful Charlotte.

Practice more wig-making 
I have been practicing making wigs with yarn, and even though it's tedious work, I actually enjoy it. It's fun and interesting to do, but because there's a lot of repetition I quickly lose motivation. However, I want to keep practicing so I can upgrade to alpaca at some point.

See more of my BJD friends during the year
I haven't seen people a lot in 2017 since I can't travel easily when I have my dog. But I plan to invite people to my place more often. Maybe even do a mini meet-up again someday!

Get back into taking photos (Maybe do A Doll A Month?)
I managed to do A Doll A Week so well for the majority of the year, but around fall I lost motivation for a lot of things, including taking photos. I don't think I will do another A Doll A Week, though. It seems too much at the moment. I think monthly photos seems a lot more doable.

Write my prequel to Larika in English and post it online for friends to read
This is a huuuuge maybe. I would like to write the prequel at some point, and since it won't be included in the actual storyline I think it'll be fine to share it.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Year balance 2017 and Merry Christmas!

I always dread this post, because I know how I usually fail my goals haha.

1. Avoid spending too much money on dolls. If I have to spend money on the hobby, I hope it can be on clothes and such. 

I can without a doubt call this a fail. I did buy some new dolls in 2017, did some trades, I sold all of it though, and went on to minis.

2. Try my hands at sewing again. 

I did try, but it was half-heartedly and I would like to try more seriously some day. If I remember correctly I only managed to make a top for my EID Jessica, while I had the Viking universe. 

3. Go to Jointed Hearts

I didn't go to Jointed Hearts. Now that we possibly have a con in Denmark, I would like to focus on going to that one, and at some point attend a bigger one in EU, like maybe Doll Rendez-Vous.

4. Learn more about photography.

I learned a bit. Not as much as I would have preferred, but small improvements are better than no improvements. 

So, in the end, I barely succeeded with a few of my goals. I hope next year will be easier to keep. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A fresh start

I'm not dead. I just haven't been feeling well lately, but I miss the blogging community.
I talked to Musume about how I didn't like how messy my blog was, and that I wanted to delete all my old posts, and she recommended moving them to a different blog. And so I did. 

I hope to tell you guys about my plans for my dolls. (MSD Larika universe is happening XD) 
But that's a different blog post.

Unrelated photo of Seldana