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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Flying Heart


Why wait until Valentine's Day? London wants to send you her love RIGHT NOW!!


This is Prima Dolly London (2009, FBL). She's holding one of the hearts I made for my sew-a-heart-a-day challenge a few years ago (the link is HERE.)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Heart Collection

Of course you know I have a Blythe collection, but did you know I have a heart collection too?

Hearts are one of my favorite things. A couple of years ago I did a sew-a-heart-a-day challenge (the blog is HERE), and many of the hearts in this picture are from that; others are from craft swaps. It's so fun to see my dollies with my hearts!


Wendy is Simply Lilac and Hope is Simply Peppermint. They were released by Takara in 2009 and have the RBL face mold.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just a Random Picture

I "Blythe Happy" but I work messy!

I hesitated to post this picture, since all of my photos in this, my first month of posting daily, have been "posed". But I enjoy seeing them all jumbled together on my dining room table, and I thought you might too. This is what happens when I work to come up with a new picture every day...things don't get put away after the photo shoot. Once a week or so I clean up.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cupcakes


Because one size does not fit all:


I have several of these Littlest Pet Shop Blythes, and four Middie Blythes, but I don't photograph them much because I like the Neo Blythes the most. The little ones are perfect in this picture, though! That's Claire (I Love You It's True, released by Takara in 2004, SBL) hidden behind the giant cupcake.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keeping Busy

There are no idle hands around here! Penny is working at the sewing machine today, finishing up some new panty designs. What would I do without my dolly helpers???



Penny is a Cloud Nine Bowl. She was released by Takara in 2009 and has the SBL face mold.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sweet Friends


I love these tiny Lalaloopsies! This is the one for Valentine's Day that is only sold at Target. I always look for the seasonal Target exclusives, but I was disappointed that the Christmas one never appeared in either of the stores near me this past Christmas; I heard that there might have been a production problem. Oh well, it's not like I don't have plenty of the little dollies already!

The Blythe in this photo is London, a Prima Dolly London (she has a slight haircut from her previous owner). She was released by Takara in 2009 and she has the FBL face mold. I love pink-haired girls!




Sunday, January 25, 2015

Let's Eat!


"Hope you're hungry--I made breakfast."



This is Bonnie (Raspberry Sorbet)--my very first Blythe!  She was released by Takara in 2011, and she has the RBL face mold (my favorite!)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winter Day

Catching snowflakes on a cold winter day.


This is Wendy, my Simply Lilac. She was released by Takara in 2009 and has the RBL face mold.

Friday, January 23, 2015

My Secret Helpers


Merry is such a hard worker...and now my secret is out: I employ my dollies to help me make the embroidered panties for my Etsy store! I couldn't manage those tiny details without their help.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kat, Incognito




This is Kat, a custom by Kaleidoscope Kustoms. I love her hair--so pink, so floofy! The cute mustache was in my goodie bag at BlytheCon NY 2013; it's a great little prop. Thanks to whoever made that.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Whose Panties are Those?


Penelope: "Hey girls, look what I found--a bunch of pretty panties with names embroidered on them!"
Candy: "I wish they were for us, but those aren't our names."
Ellie: "I don't care! I'm taking this one and changing my name to Odette!!"


Sorry girls, that's a custom order for Mandy. If you insist, I will make you some of your own--with your REAL name on them, Ellie.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pink Girls


Yes, pink IS my favorite color (followed closely by turquoise). Here are the pink girls currently residing at Blythe Happy. Rumor has it that Stella Savannah may be joining us soon, after all, I will need a pink Valentine's Day gift from my husband, right?


Starting at the far left and going clockwise, these dolls are:
1. Custom by Kaleidoscope Kustoms
2. Snowflake Sonata
3. Prima Dolly London
4. Charlotte des Fleurs
5. Ichigo Heaven
6. My Little Candy

Monday, January 19, 2015

Knitting: The Results


One hour later, after taking a break from her knitting, Faith returns to find that Calliope has a surprise for her.

Faith: "Whaaaat? My dress is finished!!! Thank you, Calliope, it looks amazing--how did you do it so fast?"

Calliope just smiled a secret smile, and didn't mention that she has magic knitting needles.

THE END



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Knitting: First Lesson


Faith: "Oh no, I've been knitting this for HOURS and it looks terrible! All that time wasted. This is only good for the trash can."

Calliope: "Don't say that, Faith! It just needs a little help. Why don't you take a break and let me see if I can do something with it?"

Faith: "Okay, thanks Calliope, but only a magician could fix this."


Come back tomorrow for the conclusion of this drama.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Knitting: Off to a Good Start


Calliope: Thanks for helping me with my yarn.

Faith: My pleasure! It's the least I could do; after all, you DID agree to teach me to knit. When do we start?


Friday, January 16, 2015

Dolly Line-up


There's nobody here but us dollies...



These Blythes are Veronica Lace (released in 2008) and Sadie Sprinkle (released in 2013). The "old" dolls are actually modern dolls, made to look old, which I bought at a local craft store.




Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hats on Twins

Here are those hats I couldn't find yesterday--Megipupu on the left, and Lalatroop on the right. They look great on my twins, Daphne and Waverly.

These dolls are Candy Carnival, which was released in 2005. They are identical in almost every way except for their bangs. Daphne, on the left, has bangs that are noticeably shorter and flatter than Waverly's.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Put a Hat on It



With their big ol' heads, Blythe dolls are perfect hat models. I've been collecting hats for them almost as long as I've been collecting the dolls (nearly 3 years). Here are three of my favorites--but what am I saying, I love ALL the hats I've collected! 




Here's my hat collection (minus the ones on Bonnie, Claire, and Heidi!):


Oh dear, I just realized that some are missing. Where's my Megipupu? My Lalatroop? I'm going to have to do some digging in my dolly boxes.  All of these hats, PLUS missing ones, will show up on the dolls here on my blog, sooner or later.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fabulous ATC's


Heidi: "Our sisters are going to be super jealous when they see these ATC's Sara Ricer made of US!"

Calliope: "I know! I feel like we're famous!"



My friend Sara Ricer is a woman of many talents...she's a teacher, a musician, and an artist (she also has a dolly blog called Kid Life Crisis). We both enjoy making ATC's (Artist Trading Cards--click HERE to read more about them), and I recently received a wonderful and unexpected gift of FIVE of her cards!

The two cards above look so much like my dolls Heidi and Calliope that I had to take a picture of them together. You can see all five ATC's in the picture below. I had seen several of these online already, but I discovered that they are much more detailed in person--the brush strokes and subtle shading don't show up completely in the photographs. They really are tiny works of art.


Thanks a million, Sara! I love these cards so much!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Mini Books


So many books...so little time.


This is my Pow Wow Poncho (named Faith), who was released in 2003. She has the SBL face mold.

Making tiny dolly props is one of my favorite parts of playing with Blythe.  Faith's book were easy to make, here's how to do it:

1. Google "book covers" and select "images". You will have TONS of books to choose from. I simply copied and pasted the covers I wanted into my word processing program--it can handle photos as well as words. Then I just shrunk them down to the size that looked about right for a doll, printed and cut them out, and folded them.


2. Cut mini pages for the books from an old dictionary or other unwanted book, using an X-acto knife. I have a big old dictionary I bought at the library for one dollar!


3. Stack the pages together and dip the edge that will be against the spine into a shallow pool of glue. Press the pages in to the cover, and secure with a clothes pin until dry.


You could make a whole library for your dollies!

Also, if you are an avid book reader like me (and Faith), I want to recommend the website called Goodreads. I use it to keep track of the books I've read, set reading goals for the year (usually I go for 52, a book a week), and find new books to read. You can find me there under my real name, Leslie Andersen.






Sunday, January 11, 2015

Decisions, Decisions

I think she's leaning towards the heart...




This beautiful girl is London, my Prima Dolly London. She came to me in great used condition, and her hair was trimmed by her previous owner (it looks really cute like this!) She was released in 2009 and has the FBL face mold.

The dress is personalized and made-to-order in my Etsy shop; the panties can be found there too.



Saturday, January 10, 2015

A New Style

Brock is trying out a new bohemian style. 
I think it suits her well, and I love the colors on her.


This beautiful outfit was made by Elaine Bailer of Sugar Mountain Art on Etsy.  She makes the most interesting outfits for Blythe, and she takes fabulous photos of them! I just discovered her recently, and I can't believe I've been in the hobby for nearly 3 years and have only recently discovered her work! I am a huge fan.

Brock was customized by Chantilly Lace Blythe Customs (Out on a Limb on Etsy.) I had the privilege of attending her workshop on rerooting at the BlytheCon in New York City in 2013.  I'm a huge fan of her too!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Skating


The weather has turned so cold that the local skating rink is open for business. The triplets Tilley, Jubilee, and Alice are practicing for an upcoming competition.



These dolls are, from left to right, Simply Bubble Boom, Simply Thumpty Thump, and Simply Sparkly Spark.  They were released in 2010, and they have the FBL face mold. I love love love their hair colors!!

And just now, looking at this picture of them wearing their stock skating outfits, I suddenly understand their names: the circles on Tilley's dress look like bubbles (Bubble Boom); Jubilee's dress has hearts on it, and hearts go "thump" (Thumpty Thump), and Alice's dress has stars, and stars are sparkly (Sparkly Spark). Wow, I'm a genius!



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Reunited

Although separated at birth, 
circumstances have conspired to reunite 
Peach and Melon!


Peach (as yet unnamed) just joined the family, and Elody (Melon), who has been here for about half a year, is so glad to see her sister! Both dolls came to me in excellent "used" condition. This was just a quick picture; I'm looking forward to spending some time styling them--their hair could use some attention!--and taking more interesting photos. I've seen some beautiful shots of the two of them together, on Flick'r.

Prima Dolly Peach and Prima Dolly Melon were limited edition releases in 2007 (only 500 of each doll were produced). They have the RBL face mold.




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Color Story: Pink


This is Fleur. 
She likes pink. 
The end.


Okay, so it's not the end. I want to add a few words about how much I love this girl, Charlotte des Fleurs. I love her because pink is my favorite color; and I love how huge her hair is! There have been a lot of pictures of this doll on Facebook and Flick'r posted by owners frustrated with her hair, because this is not your normal doll hair. If you brush it or wash it (both normal activities for normal doll hair), it tends to tangle and/or fall out. After hearing of disasters resulting in Charlottes with shorn hair, I approached it very cautiously when I took her out of her box, and did little more than fluff and separate the curls.  I will never brush or wash this girl's hair. I think she looks perfect just like this! (Did I mention that I love her??)




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Farewell, Poppy!


Poppy: "So long, girls, I'm off to live in Georgia!"

Ophelia: "Goodbye, Poppy! 
Hope:  "Enjoy your adventure!" 
Eve: "We'll miss you!"
Heather: "Send me some peaches!"



And with that, for the first time, I'm sending one of my girls to live with a new family (not counting that time I sold a doll to a friend for half price, then regretted it, then my friend decided she was done with dolls and sold her back to me). This time it's for KEEPS!

I bought Poppy waaaaaaay back when I first started collecting Blythe. She is a "factory" girl (aka fake), and I wanted to see what the fakes were like. I was pleasantly surprised by her quality: nice hair, beautiful eye colors, great eyelashes, and all-around almost identical to Blythe. A few months later, though, I decided that I would only collect the authentic Takara releases, so I stopped taking pictures of Poppy. She has been sitting on the sidelines of my collection for two years, and I've felt bad for her.

The happy ending to this story is that Poppy with be the very first Blythe for a doll collector I met in the group Blythe World on Facebook. (I love all the Blythe-related groups on Facebook, and Blythe World is one of my favorites!) Since April is already a doll-lover, I know she will adore Poppy and give her the attention this beautiful girl deserves.

Farewell, Poppy!



Monday, January 5, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Goodbye Plastic Paradise


Eve and Ophelia react to the sudden and surprising news 
that Plastic Paradise is now CLOSED!


Plastic Paradise was a doll forum mainly devoted to Blythe. I found it a couple of years ago, right after I got my first doll. At that time it was a lively and exciting forum--we had swaps, challenges, and live chats, for example; but in 2014 participation declined steadily, until at the end there were only about 15 active members. 

Here's the farewell message that the administrator posted:

PLASTIC PARADISE IS NOW CLOSED - PLEASE READ

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the closing of Plastic Paradise.

To avoid any rumors, I will let you know that the closing of Paradise has to do with a tragic death in my family. My Brother-in-Law, whom I've known practically all my life, died in his sleep just a few days before Christmas. I am grief stricken and heart broken. He was not only my Brother-in-Law but more like a big brother, a friend and he and my older sister were my eldest daughter's godparents - so he was very dear to me. He had just had a complete physical where his blood work came back good so it took us all by shock. He had also just celebrated his birthday 4 days prior so what should have been a happy time turned into one that has really shaken us all. We found out just as my dad was being released from the hospital as a result of complications from leukemia. As I've mentioned on the forum, my dad's been fighting cancer since last December and was in the hospital not only last Christmas but has had some emergencies throughout the year including an emergency surgery at the end of September/beginning of October. With my older sister sorting through her own painful situation, I will need to pick up the slack and help out more with my dad. I want to thank you all for your support during this difficult time.

Really, Plastic Paradise could not have existed were if not for the positive attitude of our regular Islanders and all of the help and creative input I received from the Mods here. Bravo to you all -- I will miss you.

The forum will remain here in it's entirety but I will not be turning it over to someone because truthfully I am a terrible control freak but that's a different story and an issue that I need to work on in 2015.

I will put the forum on vacation and maybe when I get my head above water the Blythe hobby will still be here and there will be people interested in again visiting Paradise. xoxoxoxo Lisa



I will miss the small-town feel and the friendly support of the people I had gotten to know there. Hopefully we will all meet up elsewhere;  Facebook and Flick'r groups are still thriving, and of course Blythe Kingdom is a good option too.

Goodbye, Plastic Paradise! It was great while it lasted!




Saturday, January 3, 2015

Mirror Image


Who's that girl?


She's Jubilee (Simply Thumpty Thump)! She joined us on Christmas, and has finally been released from her box. I love her hair color! I can't wait to take pictures of her together with her sisters Sparkly Spark and Bubble Boom.


Friday, January 2, 2015

What Time is It?



The New Year's Eve countdown had me thinking about clocks. 

What time is it?  

Time to play with Blythe!





I had some help setting up the picture...as usual.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Frosty New Year


The new year is off to a frosty start here in Virginia!  
Bonnie, Citrine, and Grace wish you a happy and healthy 2015.