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 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. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

No Dresses for Severus

Great news! The Licca Boyfriend body is actually just about the same size as a Blythe body! Severus is pleased, now he won't be wearing dresses.

The boy body has slightly longer arms and legs, but this isn't enough to worry.  I surmised that the feet were really close to Licca and Blythe and I was right!  The boots that come with Prairie Prose(?),* Cousin Olivia, Slow Nimes, Gentle River, etc. fit perfectly.

You can see a little bit of wrist, but not enough to matter.

Since daylight savings time my afternoons are already dark and I have mediocre photos.  Sorry!  Severus is wearing Coolcat shirt, Over the Stripes pants, and PP's boots.  

I was really happy to know that I am not starting completely over on his wardrobe.  I have several pairs of cargo-style pants like OTS and Casual Affair.  OTS stock is perfect.  The set was on the masculine side, except for the skirt maybe.  I also think Love Mission's police uniform might be passable for Severus.

A new adventure started last night when I found a falling apart Factory Blythe body.  Hint?  The is a tail. Bahahah! Feeling a little bit like a mad scientist of plastic.

*I can never remember her full release name.  The redhead with freckles that came in a prairie-style outfit.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Check our the "Last Chance!" section of my shop, Blythe Knits.   I am discontinuing most of my ready made items.  Hurry though, once this listings expire they will not be renewed.

I do not plan to stock overly often any longer.

Keep an eye out during Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, I will be running shop specials for these three days.

Little Severus

Little Severus (name for now) is complete with a boy body!  I ordered the Licca Boyfriend to be the donor.

The neck is a lot different than Licca.  I did not get photos of any of my alterations, but there is a good photo on Flickr by a customizer.*  I essentially mimicked her solution.  I did find that the two pieces of the body at the neck was not sealed well so I had to resort to a type of glue, that I will not mention, to keep the screw in to hold the washer.*

Severus and Gatsby.  

Severus is about one inch taller than a stock Blythe.  Gatsby has a Licca body.

His feet do seem to be very similar to this Licca's feet.  I am hopeful that I have shoes that will fit him. So far, all that I know will fit him is his stock clothing.  I will try out the rest of Over the Stripes stock. 

I hope to sew him some jeans and make him a knitted slouchy hat this weekend.

*Search "boy Blythe."   The customizer is named Astrosnik.

*It is not recommended type of glue for dolls.