Fields of Hay

Spotted these fluffy hays while walking my cat and thought they’d make a lovely doll backdrop for an evening shoot. Well, more like night shoot. I forgot to stalk the sun and only realized after 10PM that the sun was no longer giving a nice warm glow to that spot (not sure what time of the evening would be the best for that anyway). Well, I did make use of the sunset sky with some backlit photos but… yeah.
Iria also doesn’t have any new clothes, so I layered a bunch of her and Sigrun’s skirts together with Ye Rin’s shirt and got this outfit put together. I rather like it as a set. :3

Slightly repetitive because I had a hard time narrowing these down. xD

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Random photos entry 2/2

And now for the very few BJD randoms I have.

Miy is turning 11 next month. She’s been sitting in the same clothes in the same pose on my shelf for years, but a few months ago I took her out and made her new pants, yay. \o/ I love her despite never playing with her. She’s the oldest doll I have left (and my second doll ever). And I think she’d need a new fresh face up but with my track record, that will probably take a few years.

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Magical Green

My spring ritual is a little late this year because the weather hasn’t allowed it. The snows took a while to melt and it’s been too wet to shoot here, but today was finally a good day. I waited all morning for clouds to start to sail by and then had to take breaks while whooting because the sun came out occasionally. But it all worked out pretty well. The colours change a bit because of the lighting conditions but it’s fine. For once, I’m really happy with these photos. There are some issues, but maybe nobody will notice if I don’t mention them, haha.

I finished this dress for Iria a few days ago. I started it around the time I posted that red&gold commission dress. This is muchly inspired by it but has more pieces so that it can be combined with other pieces as well. I’ve been saving this green silk quite a while and only making small things out of it, but now I finally decided it was time to make something really nice and fancy out of it and this happened. Bye bye green silk, there are only scraps left now. I absolutely loved how it looked at this location and I know another place it would look great, too, but I don’t know if I’ll be taking Iria there. I’m kind of tempted by Llyr. I could take them both but I don’t think I could carry them there because the terrain is really hard to walk on. I’ll have to check it out soon, though, because soon there will be swarms of mosquitoes out and about.

This is really image heavy… again. I was out there for 1,5hrs and took over 200 photos, which I narrowed down to these 40-ish. So, sorry about that. xD

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Winter Nights

I haven’t had the time to photograph during the day but the weather is rather gorgeous, so I went out at night then. I absolutely suck at night photography and I don’t have any good lighting equipment either, so I just had to work with what I have. Which was the lamp on the backyard. There was nothing to light up the background, which is a shame. If I had proper flash systems these could’ve been awesome. But as it is, they dark and sort of bad. But at least it was fun rolling around in the powder snow with more falling all the time?

The first one is a flash photo (had to test it) and you can see the falling snow nicely.

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Red and Gold dress commission

I finished a slightly larger commission dress and thought that it deserves an entry of it’s own. Iria got to model it because it’s close to what she wore when she was still a regular human -style wise. Otherwise it’s a bit too luxurious for her and red & gold aren’t really her colours either. They’d gotten this same fabric in a camel tone as well, but I wish they’d have a different, darker brown and I could make something similar out of it for Iria. I love it because it feels super soft and looks a lot like suede, though it’s polyester. It stains quite a bit though and I ended up with a pink sewing machine and Sigrun’s hips turned pink too (she modeled it until I finished it because her clothes were less of a hassle to take off, lol).

But well, I have undergarments in the works for Iria and a corset. Maybe one of these days I’ll find fabric for the outer pieces of the outfit as well… I hope. Her outfit will be somewhat different and more plain.

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Snow and steel

Uugh, I’ve been busy, thus no updates in a while. But I’m alive! And today I took some time to take Iria out in her armours before there’s a lot of snow (though I bet that’ll melt soon anyway). I have some outfits planned for her that I’d like to sew this month. But I don’t know if I’ll be able to find the missing fabrics and if I have time. I mean, I’ve made some time between Christmas and New Year, but if my family distracts me non-stop, I won’t be able to work on it anyway. Sigh.

This was my first proper test with her after the torso change and elbow mods and she worked fine. I’m gonna test her arms with thicker string, though.

Oh well, now it’s back to commissions…

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Story: Journeys end

I’m (really slowly) working on a new outfit for Iria. I never even had a proper shoot in her original one, but oh well. I’ve had the design and some of the patterns done for months already and I even made one piece of it some time ago, but I have a hard time deciding which fabrics to use for the rest of it. That and I keep getting distracted: like yesterday, I was going to start cutting the fabrics. I took them all out and everything. And then I found nice leggins fabrics from by pile and instead, cut like 15 pairs of leggins (SD16/DDdy, SD & MSD size). Lol. =__=;; The sales coats are still in the works too. Oh, and last night I dug out an old silk dress I made 4 years ago, pretty much cut off the back and started making a new back hem to make it nicer and useable for Prisca.
And let’s not even speak of the SG corset I started last year, the shirts I cut for Null at the same time and another SD silk dress I cut a year ago. I have too much unfinished stuff. Though, right now I really wanna do something nice for my own dolls. ♥

Anyway, finally managed to finish this story.

The summer was coming to an end. The trees were dropping their leaves in the wind and amidst them, a lonely figure limped in the forest.

At times the woman had thought she felt something in the woods but calling out to it had brought her no answers. Must’ve been an animal.

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Almost like a new arrival (Warning: NSFW!)

This post relates to my original Zenith comparison again. And this entry is going to be looong.

Remember how I said I’d love to have the new body’s legs and the rest from the old body? Well, with Iria that’s not an option because she needs the new arms for the armour parts, but changing the torso would also be a HUGE step-up because the new body torso joint is just insufferable. I get so frustrated with its lack of posing and snapping back that I’ve been ready to throw the doll at a wall several times. 。゜(`Д´)゜。

So, I went and asked Souldoll if they would sell me the old body torso alone. To which they replied that it’s impossible. They have issues with casting the old bodies (which is why any orders with the old female body are delayed by a lot apparently). I replied and posted them photos of my body comparisons and said that I was very displeased with the new body and that it’s not worth what I paid for it. I also pointed out that they’re still selling the old body, so why can’t they make the torso for me. But they replied that they’ll be discontinuing it shortly. Clearly, they’re not willing to fix the master molds despite a lot of people liking the look of the old body. (。ŏ﹏ŏ)
They said they’d offer to sell me parts from the new body, but what the hell would I do with those? The new body is the problem in it’s entirety. And also that they’ll be looking into fixing the problems with the new body… sometime. Mainly the resin dust and gapping issues, probably not the shape of the joint, I don’t know. But for now there was no solution for me, so I gave up.

Then, later that same day I got an email from Souldoll that said they found an old body from their warehouse that had resin dust issues in the arms, but the torso was okay, so they could sell that to me. (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧ I nearly jumped out of my seat. But the message didn’t mention a resin colour, so I was a little wary and asked them if it was white skin. But nope, I got an instant reply saying that they’re sorry, they got confused and that the body they had was normal skin. (╯°Д°)╯︵ ┻━┻

At that point I was even more disappointed. When I messaged them, I was thinking that the worst they could do was say no. After their email I got my hopes up and then got shot down even lower than I was before. I wanted to forget the whole thing at that point. =____=;;

But then, the next morning I had another email from Souldoll waiting in my inbox, saying that they found one more body from their warehouse and that was white skin. (ノ。≧◇≦)ノ Whoop~! I was instantly like yes, yes I’ll buy it, yes! Let me buy it (even if it’s yellowed, I’ll take it )! I was afraid of mentioning this purchase anywhere because I was still kind of sceptical that I’d get it. They could send me the ns one, or a new torso… or it could get lost in the mail and I’d never get it ever… endless possibilities for a pessimist. :P

But now it’s here!
ヽ(´∇´)ノ (∇´ノ) ヽ(   )ノ (ヽ´∇) ヽ(´∇`)ノ
Even more miraculous that it managed to slip past customs. Nowadays they grab even damn tiniest letters, so how they let this one slide by, I have no idea. But saved me some 30€ there.

tl:dr Bought a new (old body) torso for Iria from Souldoll

Had to make a box opening because this almost feels like getting a new doll (mostly because Iria has just been sitting on my doll shelf since her arrival as I hate the body):

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I was planning on taking large!Pris photos today, but I noticed that her eyes will come tomorrow, so I postponed that shoot. And yayy, Iria is done, so I went out for a test shoot with her instead. I ran out of MSC semi-gloss and silver airbrush paint (well almost) and ran low on other paints too. Phew. I also finally fixed her eyebrows. I don’t think I did that much to them but her expression is sooo much better now. ♥

She doesn’t have the shield in these photos because she was already getting a bit too heavy to carry in one hand. Next I’ll need to test her with my Husky to see if he’ll be a human character like I planned or if he’ll join Iria’s story. xD

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Something heavy… [edited]

I ordered the Justitia armour set for Iria back in December and it finally arrived yesteday (a heavy armour package and a light feather package arrived together). I dyed it yesterday and painted it today, but the lance is still not done. I realized that I’m running out of MSC semi-gloss and I really hope there’s enough for it, too, because it takes several months for me to get more. =__=

Anyway, a bit of arrival and wip photos and some babble about it.

EDIT// Added some more detailed armour photos to the end -as if the entry wasn’t img heavy enough

It all started with yet another Zenith box.

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