Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To buy factory or not to buy factory, that is the question

I own/owned factory Blythe dolls.  I truly prefer formally released dolls.  I have been entranced by factory before...most recently the "translucent" factory doll which more than likely a TBL.

I am being pulled in by another doll.  She is a Heather Sky-like doll.  I have wanted a Heather Sky for most of my Blythe collecting days.  I love the tan skinned releases, but have only been able to afford Prima Dolly Ginger (adopted by a friend) and Sunshine Holiday.

I found a Factory that has blonde hair and the face mold does look more like a Takara released Blythe.  TEMPTATION!!

I know I just bought Hollywood who is amazing and cute little Alicia Cupcake.  And, I am expecting Twinkle Princess from my husband.  BUT, I can afford this doll for most part.

I would want to keep her stock except I might spray matte her.

I'm probably going to buy her. Why deny it!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Elf Bomber Jacket

For people who are wondering if the Elf on the Shelf Bomber Jacket will fit Blythe the answer is- kind of!  It is over sized and has velcro down the under side and sides of the sleeves, but over all fits pretty well.  I surmise the velcro placement is to make it easier to dress the elf.

Severus and Coco


A friend on Flickr said she removed the velcro and stitch the jacket together.  She scrunched the sleeves to make them shorter for Blythe's arms.  I didn't bother, but good to know that it could be done.

I love the patches.  They are Christmas themed, but could easily be painted over.  You could even create tiny patches and sew them over then decals.  The best feature is the working zipper.

Festive Dress

I have had a lot of fun creating the long styled dresses. I think this is one of my favorites so far:

Isn't it cute?  I found the trimming and fabric from Wally Jolly World aka Walmart.  I could not pass up these festive Dachshunds.  The trimming is strips of tulle or netting with elastic.  I made a Middie skirt by sewing a double layer together.  

In addition, I made a Middie dress just like this one for my daughter's Christmas present.  It was adorable as well.
 
I am attempting to get Christmas presents finished up.  I keep adding handmade items to my daughter's stash.  It is easy to create for her since she is getting dolls + accessories, a microscope, and a Mab Graves' Pinkie and the baby dino cameo from me.

I started transitioning my Blythes into winter clothing.  Most lack maybe 10 long dresses for all of my Neos and Middies.  I probably will have them all in long dresses by Christmas.  It would be fun making Severus, the boy Icy, his name sake's wizard robes will the same pattern with alterations....



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Alicia Cupcake Middie Blythe

Hooray! My nice postman delivered my parcel from Junie Moon today early yesterday morning rather than late in the afternoon!



Obligatory full stock clothing pic.  


She is too cute.  I am happy about how different she from my current Middie collection.  Her hair is lighter than Lily Brown.  Unfortunately, she makes my third blue eyed middie.  I am hoping to get a green eyed girl sometime soon.

Here are some observations of Alicia Cupcake:

Rounder face, maybe?
Fuller lips
Different breast
Narrower chest and shoulders

My most current middie besides AC is Furry Bella Bo.  I used her as comparison, in addition to Lily Brown, to see if her face was indeed rounder.  I positioned there faces both to look up and to me I see a slight difference.  I see a major difference between AC and Lily Brown.

The way her lips are painted make them fuller.  I'm guessing this is to keep up with the current trend of pouty lips in the customizing world.

My 9 year old daughter is the one who spot the chest differences.  First things she said was they are smaller and pointier.  This does appear to be the case.  Her shoulders do not seem quite as broad either.  I think this is because the chest isn't as broad.

You see the differences in the following photos:

Maybe the face are the same?  What are your thoughts?

Faces and chests look different to me.  The chest do not look as broad.


Here is one with clothing.

I was afraid that Alicia Cupcake and Lily Brown's hair was going to be the same.  According the the official release information on AC was that her hair was light brown.  If I'm going to have multiply dolls, I really prefer them to all be different.

After her hair was combed, it feels really nice.  It is uneven to an extent, but I'm not concerned. It is a minor issue.

Quite different.

My daughter said that AC's hair is really close to mine.  I have more red in my blonde actually, but it is close!

These are my two favorite pieces from AC's stock.  I prefer this type of middie shoes over the boots and heels.  

I might be getting the other new middie, Twinkle Princess, for Christmas from my hubby!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hollywood

Hollywood made it here safe and sound!  After a few washings of the hair with lavender oil, she is looking fabulous now.

I found her rather interesting when comparing her with the other EBLs I own and with some RBLs.

First up, EBL-1 Bohemian Beats (first version)


Notice the skin tone difference?

Second, EBL-10 Disco Boogie


RBL Prima Dolly Saffy (unsure of the version) since the hair is similar in style.


RBL Sunshine Holiday since Hollywood seemed really tan up against Simply Chocolate (FBL) and Nicki Lad (RBL).



I read up some on EBLs face mold and skin tones once winning Hollywood.  According to a wiki EBLs share the same skin tone aside from Cinnamon Girl who was released with a tan.  However, Hollywood seems darker than DB and BB.  Both a fellow dolly/knitting friend and myself observed this as well and pounder if this is due to sun exposure.  I purchased both DB and BB never removed from the box.  

Also, another dolly/knitting friend thought that Hollywood's face was rounder than BB.  I think this is just an illusion.  If you try to look past the blushing on Hollywood, you can see that the faces are the same.  Her make up is brighter and more "mod" than BB who is much more a natural girl.  With the blush differences, Hollywood's is much more noticeable it draws the eye down to the lower part of the face creating the illusion.

I cannot find anything on this detail but in a discussion it was said that EBL face mold is the same as BL.  I have not ran across this yet.  

Here are some more shots:

First night, her hair is still wet.

All glammed up in vintage Mattel PJ dress and handmade granny square hat.

Hollywood isn't her name.  If you have seen Cool World, the Kim Basinger's character is Holly Would.  Not a name I really want to keep for this girl, she is too sweet.  










Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hollywood Blythe

Tuesday after an intense, light headed, eBay Auction, I won EBL Hollywood Blythe.  Of course, I am completely and utterly broke now, but she will be worth it.  When I purchased Disco Boogie in Spring of 2013 I had a very hard decision to make, NRFB Disco in the US, or nude Hollywood in Hong Kong, both for about the same price.  In fact if I remember right, Hollywood was higher.

I chose DB obviously.  I had never seen an EBL Hollywood go for the price offered and it sent up a red flag for me.  Her price seemed way too good to be true.  I actually had a strong feeling that something was wrong with her, like a broke eye mech.  Now, I have a Hollywood on her way to me in the US!

I feel guilty for spending so much on myself right at Christmas time.  I decided it is time to part with a lot of my Pullip items.

Here are some of the seller's photos:




I have looked at photos that others have posted on Flickr.  I really love the BL version of Hollywood, but with all honesty, I will not be able to every afford or justify her cost.  

Hollywood will arrive with some of her accessories.  From the photos I can tell she has her undies, boots, purse, stand, and card.  It is hard telling if anything else is traveling with her.

She is in my town right now!  Even though she does not say "Out for Delivery," I figure she is for sure since she got here in enough time to make it on the truck.  I might order entirely too many items to know the inner workings of my local PO.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Is that a Mermaid?

Story goes like this, I was watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents on Netflix and was looking at all of the items that my daughter left in the den, one being a Blythe body.  I assume this body is a factory body since I have not found any of my formally released dolls bodies falling apart.  It fell right apart without much persuasion.

This is the first time I've gotten to see how the legs function.  The peg that is inside the leg that is inserted into the hip to created joints have a more rotating motion that I did not expect.  The reason this is not noticed on the doll is because of the way the hip hits the "groin" area; it makes the legs' motion more fixed.

Interesting stuff, huh?

I pulled the plastic away from the hip and cut the piece to get the hip joint I needed for my experiment.  After some whittling, sanding, cutting, and, finally, dremeling, I was able to get the joints the exact size to insert into the Monster High Create-a-Monster mermaid fin.

It is not a tight permanent hold yet.  I have to problem solve that.  For most part, the project went as I wanted it too.  The tail was not designed for a head as big as Blythe so a stand will be needed to hold her up.  I  used my customized TBL as the test subject.

Sorry for the blurry pic.

I do not care for the pink band's decor, but I really does make the fin look more complete.

This doll is still for sale.  To see her specs, see this post:  TBL for Sale---SOLD.  As of right now she is "as is."  I might remake her some and try to sale her later.  If I do that, I will consider selling the mermaid body with her. :)