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Friday, December 30, 2011

After Christmas Present Giveaway Winner!

Rosebud and Rex are doing the honors-and I just noticed that they are both looking a little sketchy--perhaps they wanted to win themselves! But they didn't...the winner of the Re-ment I Love Hawaii sets is ... AudraBark1 of "dollies with holes in their stockings" and "dolly fever" ! Which are both awesome--I love Audra's writing-- she has great wit and also lovely dolls, if you haven't already you should definitely check them out!
Thank you so much to everyone who entered and for looking at my blog and sharing yours.
Audra --please email me at cyndyanadoll at hotmail with your address and I will get a bit of Hawaii sent your way.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ai Gloxinia




Christmas was lovely and quiet at our house and brought a few new additions to my doll collection (Thank you, Honey! ). This is Ai doll Gloxinia  by Groove toys (formerly Jun Planning), she is 12.5 cm tall. Groove is the same company that markets J doll and the Pullip line. Gloxinia arrived packaged in a very sturdy, white, embossed, book-style box, with compartments for all of the outfit accessories and a small box of flesh colored eye putty.  There are 3 different face styles for the Ai dolls and each doll represents a flower, in this case a Gloxinia and I can see the resemblance, especially in her dress. She seems to be the only one with this face style currently available.

I adore her. I have been wanting a tiny BJD for sometime and have been looking. I have been a bit picky in choosing one that has the right combination of cute face and not too clunky body--that I can afford and is available, which I have found to be a tall order in the world of tinies. Ai dolls are "big-splurge affordable" for me-- for the current line.  Glox appeals to me for all these reasons-I love her cute little face and her red hair-her tiny little body is perfectly proportioned. I am not in love with her outfit, it is super well made and intricate, but not my style really. I can imagine her in a simple little floral dress and a sweater and once I get there on the "To Do" queue she will have it. What a cutie!




Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Giveaway! An After Christmas Present

    I have a little after Christmas Present to give. I love finding new blogs to read--I look at the blog reader like it is my daily newspaper--a happy, pretty newspaper with all the topics I love the most-dolls, crafts, yummy food, sewing, decorating, gorgeous photography, fashion, entertaining, art, musings  ...so much inspiration and creativity-- I can't get enough of them!
If you want to participate in the giveaway, just follow my blog, and post a comment on this post with a link to your blog (if you have one, not necessary to win). If you already follow my blog-Thank you!! Thank you! and please enter--and if I am already following yours post a link anyway so more people can find it too!

The prize is a 3 complete sets of Re-ment miniatures from the I Love Hawaii series, sets #3, #5 and #8 you can see them here on Re-ment's website as well. They are not in the box but all in the original cello packaging.
Includes:  Set#3 Ukulele, flower Lei, pink slippers, tropical drink
               Set #8 Golf Bag, golf clubs, visor, golf ball score card
               Set #5 Bikini, flippers, mask and snorkel
               Bonus! Teeny bag of Kona coffee, can of Macadamia nuts and bottle of 
                            Guava sauce from set #7 too!
Re-ment are incredibly detailed miniatures-and you do not need to be a doll or miniature enthusiast to like them, but they are about 1:6 scale.

Any one who enters by 3 pm Hawaii Time on 29 December will eligible to win. I will draw the winner randomly on the 30th of December and the winner will receive a little after Christmas cheer from Hawaii! I will post the winner the same day.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Steampunk Frankie and Beach Boy Gavin

Yes, Yes I did fall down a well. Well not really, but no matter I am back on track now. I have been working on my friend's Steampunk outfit and also on my next Gavin and here is a bit of update on both.
As far as Frankie's costume goes well she has been sort of a difficult subject, she is tiny for one thing and has a bit of scoliosis so she is hard to get a fit just right, I am a self taught seamstress and it takes me a while sometimes to adapt to new figures but I am still working on it here is a preview on my own Frankie--it took on a life of its own and strayed very far from the original drawing but I think it is starting to look pretty good. Ignore all the little threads--it has a few hours left in production... I have been dying to use this bird print sheer fabric since I bought it a year ago too, I think it suits both Frankie and the Steampunk theme pretty well.

As far as Gavin goes, (he is going to be a surfer boy and will be named Bohdi) he has been de-haired and I changed his eyes to light gold, here he is with his re-rooting hair, this is my first attempt re-rooting with mohair--it is so gorgeous and soft, he only has two plugs in so far. I have no idea what I am doing but it may work out.





Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Giveaway at Plushpussycat!!

Plushpussycat is having a give away for some adorable miniatures on her blog, check it out as well as her fantabulous blog!

Ceramics 101...well actually ART105B

I took a ceramics class a couple of semesters ago and I thought I would share my favorite project--this is really one of two that turned out OK, the last two projects. I really did not get the hang of hand building until the end of the semester and these were sort of free-builds--we could chose what ever we wanted--I tend to work better that way. I decided not to finish this with any glaze, the glazes in the classroom were very unpredictable and more often than not, no matter the color, they turned out a very bad shade of brown.

 This is my interpretation of an ancient Cypriot double spout ritual jug. I was so intrigued by the original--dated from 2100 BC, with all of it's little doll like figures. I added a few different figures to mine...
The ancient traveler, talking on a cell phone :) and
my kids playing ball with my poodles :) It's a keeper. Some of the other projects I made are sitting in the Goodwill down the street... maybe someone will need them for target practice or a brown mosaic...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Darling of the Day--Momji Lucky

The newest addition to my growing Maneki Neko Collection--Momji Lucky Message Doll. She makes me smile and I think she may be the cutest one in the collection.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Drum roll Please.... Presenting... Albert!



He's finished and has been introduced to all his new friends! The girls really took to him, but Gavin thinks he is just "OK".

I made this outfit for him, I think I will make him a black short sleeved t shirt to go with the pants--that way the outfit will look better with the black shoes. Does any doll share a shoe size with Gavin? I wonder if the Monster High boy dolls do? I would love to know what anyone thinks of my new Albert!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Bit Gavin Update a Bit Sightseeing

Pretty sails against a sun-washed blue sky. Packing lightly equals no telephoto lens handy!
This pretty peace sign was on the Beach at Camp Erdman when we got there.
Louis Vuitton Window at Ala Moana Center


I have been working on Gavin--I removed his eyebrows (again--I smudged them--always in a hurry (0: ). I also did the flocking--I ended up using a mixture of the flocking I had on hand --and the color turned out exactly how I wanted it YaY!. I have been out and about on our beautiful island this week as my sister is visiting from the mainland and despite the APEC conference and the partially rainy weather we have done a lot. Gavin's second coat of flocking is drying now and I even found time to make him a new outfit so I will have a photo update very soon--right after I redo his eyebrows.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Project Gavin Update


I finished re-rooting Gavin and now I am working on getting his hair styled into the final shape I want. It is turning out well--except that I smudged his eyebrow a bit. That can be fixed easily though with a little nail polish remover and a touch up with paint. I like working with acrylic paint because it is so easy to re-do--I don't usually seal the paint until the whole project is done, this way if I decide to go another way with his personality (eyebrows=personality to me) I can still make changes. I still need to cut his hair a bit shorter-still too tall--but it has to be slow going at this point because I don't want to cut too much off. I have also been working on the texture--hot water, gel and hair dryer to try and rough it it up a bit and to get it to form that faux hawk look. the part that is not rerooted is going to be flocked--including his side burns-I am now trying to mix just the right color of flocking--I noticed my favorite doll hair website has new flocking colors so I may just get a matching color already made--I can always work on an outfit for him while waiting for the flocking to arrive. Here is a photo of my Moxie Boy Owen, he has a cute old-fashioned Ken totally flocked hair style--I love it! I just noticed there is a bit of Moxie family resemblance between these two boys!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Project Gavin Update

Gavin now has a new hairline, new eyebrows and his re-root started, I am using katsilk saran in Honey Brown with Blondilicious highlights.--He is not going to have a mohawk, once all the hair is in I want to style it a sort of spikey faux hawk like this cute guy.  I am going to use flocking on the sideburns and back of the head. I have used this technique before on my "Crissy boys" and it turned out really well, I have also seen this technique used on Bratz and Moxie boyz-it also means less re-rooting-which is always a good thing!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Moxie Teens Gavin


I adore boy dolls!! I went a little crazy and purchased a few (more than a few) Gavins, the new Moxie Teen Boy Doll. He is super cute! I of course do not want six (yes, six) clones so I am going to customize them. Here is a shot of all my guys, and my progress on my first Gavin custom--I am calling him Albert--but we will see who he turns into as he gets closer to finished. The head and eyes were super easy to remove and replace with a little boiling water and my trusty cleoid discoid (a dental tool) if you are customizing dolls I highly reccommend getting a set of dental tools--makes things so much easier when you have the right tools.

Velvet Freckles


I named her Nikki, she reminds a bit of Nicole Kidman-- before she started using a flat iron. It took me a while to figure out how to reroot with this curly hair but I just went for it and I love the way she turned out! I made the freckles by flicking a paintbrush with watered down acrylics near her face--I wanted a super freckle-y look. I did that before the reroot. She has new green Margon 13mm sleep eyes. This is an Ideal 15 1/2" Velvet. Thinking I may need to freckle her arms as well. Click on the photo for a bigger picture-so you can really see all the many many freckles!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sewing

Wow time flies April is almost gone! I have done some sewing though, not for my Simona, but for Ideal Velvet and decided to list somethings on Ebay this week...something I have not done in a long time, I sew a lot, but most of my dolls are standing around nude waiting for a modeling job. Here are two of my girls (both reroots by me) wearing some new clothes. Ideal "Crissy" dolls are my first doll loves and the dolls that got me started in collecting. I have too many--in fact I could not find my Furga because she is somewhere in a box in the "doll storage room" among about 150 Ideal Crissy family dolls--time to pare down? hmmm

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dreams of Furga

I LOVE Furga dolls! Furga was an Italian company that made a lot of dolls in the 60's and 70's and they were always my favorites in the big Wishbook catalogs at the time-they just have such sweet faces! If you have seen a Furga first hand you know that the eyelashes can get a bit outrageous though it's part of their charm. My obsession is with the Alta Moda S girls--but they are so far out of reach at the moment. I do have Simona and I think I might sew up an outfit for her today. These angels are two late 60's-early 70's girls. I looked through old Wishbooks online for to pin down their names --Rita and Carlotta. They were originally wearing fantastically horrible granny dresses and bonnets, never a look I loved,  but I love their faces (that is my only collecting criteria afterall), the brunette really needs a reroot as her hair falls out in chunks every time I brush it... she's on the list...
I currently have 5 Furga dolls in my collection, Rita (the brunette here), Carlotta (pretty sure she is Carlotta, she is the blonde here) Alta Moda Simona,  a Lisa Jean and an odd large toddler doll.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cupcakes and cute rooms

I made these cupcakes and I would love to eat them in a room that matches--pale pink, black and white.
 I have been searching for cute furniture to inspire my doll furniture making and came across this. Both my daughter and I actually screamed when we saw this super cute room.  So many cute decorating ideas and inspiration here!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Doll Furniture

My new passion (they change daily!) is doll furniture, it started as wanting to create a backdrop for doll photos of Ellowyne and friends and then I needed wall paper (got it--Martha Stewart wrapping paper on clearance at Target) some accessories (got some--dresser, shelf-repurposed odds and ends from Goodwill--Re ment odds and ends borrowed from my daughter) but no where to sit!! so after pricing some to scale furniture--and they are few and far between--they were way outta my price range, I decided to make a chair and now I want to make more!!
Prudence Moody and Dal Melize and my chair!

Friday, March 4, 2011

One that Got Away and Some on Their Way

I was thinking lately about some dolls I wish I had bought and now are no longer availiable or too crazy expensive. At the top of the list, Tonner's first Ellowyne titled "Her Reluctant Debut".  I first saw as a drawing in Haute Doll magazine before her debut. Wish I had bought her, I remember repeatedly visiting her on the FAO Schwarz website and letting her price stop me everytime--now if one is to be found at all she is 5 times more. She is exquisite, and I would have gotten the Melancholy Melody outfit as well!
But on to Happier topics, I am a big fan of Amazon and one item that has been in my Amazon shopping cart for alomst two years now is Dal Melize, this week I was browsing the website and when I went to my cart there she was; my cart mascot and next to her "Only 1 Left" I hit the panic button--and now she is on her way to me along with a couple of teeny too cute to pass up Angel Dals.