Spring coming along

I changed the colours of the blog to be more spring/summer like. :3 And to celebrate I also took a few snapshots of my Vera (yeah, more swing photos). I actually had grand plans for these and woke up early. But just my luck: it was cloudy. The ONE morning I was ready to go right out and make use of the beautiful morning sunlight our yard gets– and it’s cloudy! Of course NOW it’s sunny that I’m back inside, but the sun has already turned and comes on too strong. In the early morning it shines through some trees and creates beautiful soft shadows. :/ Since the lighting was dull, I wasn’t inspired to really take a lot of shots or play with her poses this time.

Oh, but I’m finally closing in on a name for her. I want to have one with a meaning of “air” or “ether”. Unfortunately my favorite candidate is a masculine name, so I may have to look into it some more. Even with a name though, I’m not sure what to do with her. I’m considering selling her body (with margery/adriana head) and switching her to light brown and to share the body with the Dark Vera when she arrives. Mostly because I don’t really have the space to keep two SWDs around. But I just don’t know right now… I think I’ll have to see what I think of the new skin tone whem my dark girl arrives first, and then decide that to do.

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Swinging towards summer

I’m really on a roll. Commissions aren’t moving as well as photos, but it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve actually enjoyed taking photos. Lately, it’s just been me shooting sales or commission stuff. Feels good to do something for myself for a change -even if it’s just taking photo.

We removed the netting from around the cherry tree yesterday, because I’m pretty sure the hares won’t be eating it anymore. I made this swing a while ago but the weather hasn’t allowed me to test it -and the tree was inaccessible anyway. I also have an SD size, but that will have to be tested later (I have some niiiice plans for that one). ):D

I was only supposed to test the swing, but this turned into two mini-shoots. First one was Avis when I was just setting it up, and then I took Min Ki there too, because I quickly -finally- gave him a manicure and then felt inspired by him.

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A Victorian Lady? +outfit photos

Okay, so I’ve planned on making a Victorian outfit for Seere for quite some time, but I haven’t come across good fabrics for her. Then, I found this off-white striped satin that is just beautiful and thought “Heck, if I can’t find nice red fabrics, I’ll just make her a red and white outfit, then”. But then I got the Vera head and thought that she’d look gorgeous in such an outfit as well, and decided to make it for her instead. Only, she doesn’t really work red, so she got purple and white.

It’s a good thing I switched the sizes, because the white satin is pretty much gone now. I wanted more of it for the skirt but there just wasn’t enough. Also, due to a little pattern mishap with the skirt this ended up bigger than it was supposed to be. Now the outfit is kind of a late 1860s and 1880s hybrid. The shape of the skirt goes to late 1860s and early 1870s but this jacket type was more common in the 1880s. Oh well… Some day I’ll make a princess or a sheath dress of the 1880s style and then something biiig similar to the 1860s. There are also a few historical outfits from the Victorian era that I’d like to replicate in doll size… some day.
Yes, I’m big on Victorian fashion, although I don’t often get to make Victorian outfits for my dolls. But I’ve done quite a bit of research the era and even wrote my thesis on Victorian women’s fashion.

I’ve made a few Victorian-inspired outfits in dolls size before. My very first one was this one for Seere (she so needs an updated version soon). And the next one was this for Lilya when she was still a MNF. But after I sold her, I gave the skirt to Avis and made her a new jacket to go with it. This new outfit is pretty much an upgraded version of the purple dress I made for Lilya.

My poor Vera is still nameless and I also don’t have properly fitting eyes for her, so she looks a little blank, but let’s not let that bother us… Warning: there are a lot of photos.

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Withdoll Light Vera

I received a Light Vera head from Withdoll in advance, so that I can show the doll with a different styling from the promo photos. Withdoll also extended her sales period for a week, so go check her out. Mizya got the Dark Vera head as well, but she only received it today from me, and I don’t know when she’ll paint it.

I’m quite loving the sculpt. She’s got smaller eyes than their previous big girls and super lovely pointy ears. I don’t have eyes or wig for mine, but I tested a few styles for her. She’s wearing leekeworld 14mm glass eyes through the wig photos, and in other photos she’s got Soom 14mm eyes. (Yes, I really only have blue spare eyes.) This face up I made would definitely need a light coloured wig, but unfortunately most of my SD wigs are dark or brown.

I will also be getting a pale brown Dark Vera eventually, but I put her on layaway, so she probably won’t get here before late summer. I have her sword here with me already and I have plans for her, but nothing has progressed as of yet. At least I have time. xD

Anyway, to the Light Vera photos. She’s gray skin.

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Dark Red

I took Prisca outside today since it was finally sunny and there were a few red-ish leaves left. This is an old silk dress I made for Lilya when she was still a MNF but it had some issues. I started taking it apart to add something to the back, but then got bored I guess and left it unfinished. It’s been in a fabric pile for years until I finally dug it up last week and completely re-did the back. A little fix wasn’t enough because Prisca is a lot taller than a MNF and she’s wearing super high heels too. And now she basically has a new dress. :D

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Senior Withdoll Girl (SWD) Shoe review

I finally received the renewed legs and feet from Withdoll today, so I dug up my SD shoes and did some quick tests.

I didn’t review the shoes in the original SWD post because the feet were so tiny they didn’t fit any shoes I had. I suggested that Withdoll make them bigger by certain measurements and they did. Now the feet are okay to balance on and they fit into lots of shoes.

(Tata’s paradise SD16 shoes)

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(I’ll reply comments tomorrow, I’m too tired today. x_x)

Oh yay, today, I was able to try out a shoot I’ve been thinking about for a while now. The weather just hasn’t been really cooperating: whenever I start thinking about building a set on my bed, the sun goes away. And when I consider doing it on our balcony, it’s too sunny. Well, today I built it on the balcony after the sun had turned away, so HA! Beat it. The downside was that the sun was also going down so there wasn’t as much light as I would’ve liked. I had a really interesting reflector set up and then I brought in my fan and… it was interesting. :P

Anyway, Prisca and Delmia got matching dresses (finally, I’ve been thinking of making another one of this style for years) and I wanted to try some dynamic poses with them. Slightly repetitive with the poses but I wasn’t trying to get a full shoot out of this. I was, however, supposed to take some close ups but I forgot. Oh well, I really like the last two ones ♥

The test poses I started out with. I promise the rest are nicer.

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Etsy update

Been neglecting my blog for a while. Sorry for not replying to comments either. I’ve been painting and sewing and there’s still tons and tons to do.

Currently I’m trying to work on matching dresses for Delmia and Prisca, a chiffon dress for sale and a new outfit for Iria. After that I should make a few SD shirt patterns, sew some msd shorts and unisex hoodies for sale. As well as a few “Dany dresses” for sale but I’m still missing some fabrics. :/

Yesterday, I updated my Etsy shop with some casual collection items (skirts and simple shirts). Some modeling photos:

Avis is cuuute in this get up. :D

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Golden Evening

I took some big!Prisca photos yesterday although I didn’t get her her new eyes yet. The order arrived but the seller accidentally sent me the wrong size, so I have to wait some more. =__=

I’m not sure if I should separate her from my regular Prisca tag somehow or not. Same character, different doll, different size… I just love making my life complicated. ^^;

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Senior Withdoll Girl (SWD) review

Mizya and I were able to get Withdoll’s new SWD girls a bit ahead of everyone else, to review the dolls and show everyone a different styling. We received them today and took some photos of the body before getting to the painting. This is still a prototype of the body and they might make improvements to it before the final release.

I have the Margery head on the SWD body in these photos. She wears a 8-9″ wig and 16mm eyes. I had hoped that 14mm would be fine for her, because I have plenty of those but no, they make her starey.

First of all, I compared the SWD to the mini girl. They’re both gray skin and it’s worth noting that although Pris is from 2011, the colour is pretty much the same (with the exception of Pris having yellowed). WD colours are very consistent.

The Margery is very similar to Priscilla. But her nose is smaller & softer and her eyes are much larger, making the bigger doll actually look younger. I do wish the head was slightly smaller all in all (if she wore 7-8″ wigs and 14mm eyes, it’d be quite perfect).

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Caged Bird

Took these last week but I was really lazy about updating. xD

At the same time I also changed the theme on my blog. Took me the whole day to customize it but it’s quite okay now. There are some settings I just could not find how to change, but oh well. Maybe some other day I’ll have the energy for them again. I should actually make a new layout for the main page too. And start working on my photobook… and sew.

I’m also waiting for a doll package but the lazyasses at the international airport have some Thursday-arrival-issues and can’t even manage to forward it to customs. And the customs is in the same place. =___=;;; I want my dollie~

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Battling Dragons

These are all kind of similar again. Especially the Delmia photos because I was running out of light and camera battery. It was blinking quite a while before I stopped and then I just quickly snapped some close ups of her (which happen to be my favorite photos of these) hoping that the camera wouldn’t die on me.

Anyway, just executing an idea I had. Some more to come if the weather gets better -or if I could at least get some light indoors. :I I’m kind of sad that the pose where Prisca has her hip out nicely doesn’t really show in photos. Bad angles, I guess but I was paying more attention to other things.

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