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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nature

"We can never have enough nature."

                                         --Henry David Thoreau


This is Cecilia, my new Cinema Princess Blythe doll. I wish this scene was a real place--I would love to spend some time there!




Friday, March 24, 2017

Beauty


She Walks in Beauty, Like the Night


She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes

-Lord Byron




This is Anna Sui, my current favorite Blythe doll. I call her Zelda. Her hair! Her hair is a dark, dusky purple; it is so soft, and slightly wavy. It's perfectly beautiful. As is she. 





Thursday, March 23, 2017

Another Happy Birthday


I had such a nice birthday last Friday: my dear husband showered me with gifts, I received many warm wishes on Facebook, and I bought myself a doll! Yay! One of my favorite gifts from that day is this background my daughter Jenna drew for me to use in dolly photos. I told her I wanted something monochromatic, something like a sketch, something that looked like a storefront...and when I saw this Bakery background, my jaw dropped--it is EXACTLY what I wanted! She is such a talented artist (yes, she did go to art school), so to receive a hand-made gift from her is always exciting!

I like to make birthday-themed photos on a regular basis, so I will have something new to post on friends' timelines on Facebook when it is their special day. (If you want to "friend" me on Facebook, my name there is Leslie Ann Andersen, and I have Blythe dolls as my avatar.) I know just the person to be the first one to receive this picture on their timeline--I'm going to go post it now!


This is the purple-haired Anna Sui, whom I call Zelda.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Giant Mushrooms!


Wow! Look at those giant mushrooms!

...is what I said to myself last week when I saw them in a photo on Flickr by the incredibly talented photographer, pure_embers (Laura Embers). I'm a sucker for awesome dolly photo props, and I just HAD to have those mushrooms, so I did what I always do when I need something: I visited Amazon.com. I searched "mushroom sculpture", and before you could say "Cheese!", it was on it's way to me.

I love this springtime outdoor environment; let me tell you how I created it. The background is a piece of fabric I found at eQuilter (for a link to the fabric, click HERE ). The ground is a moss runner I recently picked up at World Market; it is meant for a table or mantelpiece as part of your Easter decorating. It is apparently made of real moss, glued to a background--it really sheds a lot! The mossy stones in front of the mushrooms are sold as "vase fillers", and they came from Amazon (the link is HERE). There--now you know all my secrets!

It might be difficult to incorporate these mushrooms into other photos and settings...my usual go-to girls with fantasy hair colors and bright dresses don't seem to go with it. I will have to experiment. It will be a challenge. I'm up for it!

This model is Patience, my ever-lovely Veronica Lace Blythe doll.  (I don't know the maker of her dress, because I purchased it second-hand.)



Actually, there is ONE more secret I will share with you. If you are wondering where/how I set up my pictures, here it is: an unedited, straight-from-the-camera photo of my work space. I set up most of my pictures on this old baby-changing table (I had to remove the front rail). It's a great size, and there are two open shelves underneath to store props. After taking a picture (with my Panasonic Lumix camera) I edit it in PicMonkey: I usually have to crop it, brighten it, warm up the colors, and then throw in an effect or two, such as Lomo or Burst. I play around with it until I feel like the photo really "grabs" me, and then I save it to my computer. I put all my best ones on Flickr; I consider that my back-up in case something happens to my computer. Editing makes all the difference between a boring picture and a great one. l





Monday, March 20, 2017

Matching Dresses


At a customer's request, I made a Middie-size dress to match the Neo kitty dress I made last week. I've made Middie dresses before, but they were looser in the waist. This time, I adjusted the pattern so it would be a miniature version of the Neo dress, and I love how it turned out.



There's even a pair of kitty panties to match!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cecilia


I recently had a birthday, and--no surprise--I bought myself a new Blythe doll!

I've wanted Cinema Princess for quite a while, as much for her gorgeous box as for the doll herself, so when I found her at Mandarake, I placed my order. (Side note: Mandarake is awesome! I've bought several dolls there, and they arrive from Japan as quickly as they would arrive from a few states away. I paid on Tuesday and she arrived on Friday--and this has been my experience every time.)

Below: birthday haul.



She came with two stock outfits, and a beautiful pink chair. There are so many tiny accessories--a full set of jewelry to go with this gown, plus shoes, gloves, and a crown; and then there is a riding outfit, which I haven't opened yet...it has about a dozen pieces. So. Much. Stuff. I wanted to take a quick picture of her with these beautiful tulips, which my mother sent me, while they are still fresh; in the coming week I will try to take a few more pictures to showcase all the things that came with her.

I've named her Cecilia. And wait a minute--a riding outfit? Does this mean I have to find her a horse??









Saturday, March 18, 2017

Zelda


This is my gorgeous Blythe Adores Anna Sui doll. I named her Zelda, which is a name I've always liked; it seems slightly exotic to me, and it has the literary association of being the name of F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife, who was also a writer. When I mentioned the name to my adult daughter, I wasn't surprised that she immediately thought of the Nintendo game called The Legend of Zelda. I did a little Googling, and discovered that the creator of that video game actually named it after Zelda Fitzgerald! Isn't that an interesting fact?