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Friday, October 13, 2017

Of Bjd Lifestyle: DollyBird Vol. 12, a Japanese Doll Magazine

Some time ago, Anna placed an order at an online bookstore called Kinokuniya.  This particular shop specializes in Japanese books and magazines, so naturally Anna was drawn to them.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

And thus, a few weeks later, these sewing and fashion magazines arrived in the mail.  The other ones have their appeal, however it’s the center title that deserves special consideration. 

It’s an issue of DollyBird, a Japanese magazine for doll collectors.  Anna purchase volume 12 of this fine publication because of it’s focus on ball jointed dolls.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

The cover photo alone is quite stunning, both with and without the dust cover. 

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

The inside is just as beautiful as the outside.  The first thing we see inside is an article on bjd photography.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

It is a pity that no one here can read Japanese, however we can still enjoy the beautiful photos.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

Anna, I want you to study these photos carefully to improve your camera skills.  I want all my photos to look this exquisite.

You do realize how long it takes to get that good at photography, plus if I focused that much time on photos I would have less time to make things for you.

…Taking some things into consideration, I suppose your skills are adequate enough, at least for now.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

What is she doing in this magazine?!

Hikaru, this is a magazine for doll collectors.  That means many different types of dolls, including Barbie who is popular in Japan too. 

Anyway, why take that attitude with vintage styled Barbies too?  I would think you of all dolls would find them more appealing, at least compared to the regular Barbie dolls you seem to despise.

Hmm…I suppose she isn’t as tacky looking as the plastic horrors at the toy store.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

“Oh my, what an adorable outfit, isn’t it Miss Hikaru?”

You are quite right Momoko, it is a rather chic looking ensemble.  It would look wonderful on me.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

Now let us get back on topic, here is a fashion spread featuring male ball jointed dolls.  Intriguing.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

These are perfect, this is a excellent example of the styles you should be wearing, Yuki.  Don’t you agree?

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

“…What is that?…You want me to wear a bonnet?…”

Oh for goodness sake, no!  And it’s a head dress, not a bonnet.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

This, Anna!  You simply must make something like this for me.  It is gorgeous.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

“Oooh, yes.  The bunny ears would look so cute on you Hikaru! :)”

The dress, Usagi.  I was referring to the dress.

There are are so many beautiful pieces of doll clothing in this catalog, I mean magazine.  And it just gets better.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

I’ve found that one of the most wonderful things about this magazine is that there are included patterns and instructions for some of the pieces.  Meaning Anna can quite easily make them for me.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

However, Anna says that all the bjd patterns are for SD sized dolls.  Still, I believe Anna has more than enough skill to resize the patterns to fit me. 

And although the instructions are in Japanese, there are plenty of clear photos to follow.  Meaning she can’t use that as an excuse either.

Review of the Japanese doll magazine, Dolly Bird.  As seen through the eyes of a ball jointed doll.

Overall, I found this doll magazine to be a most wonderful and worthwhile purchase and I look forward to seeing more issues in the future.

Be at peace my dear readers.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

A New Name and an Odd Tea Party

Much time has passed since our latest ball jointed doll arrived, and things have been running smoothly.

Naming the new doll over some tea.

Our new doll is such a sweet girl, so exceedingly polite and well mannered.  The children (and Usagi) could really learn so much from her example.  She has truly been a delight.

Since she is fairly settled in here, it is high time to present her properly by name.

Introducing our newest bjd, Momoko.

So I now re-introduce, Momoko.

The name has a pleasant ring to it.  However, knowing Anna, it probably refers to some bizarre anime or manga series.  Again.

Actually, it comes from a movie that was inspired by a novel, though the movie did inspire a manga too.  Plus, I know of another manga series with a character with the same name, but that’s a different story.

Anyway, Momoko is the main character in the Japanese movie, Kamikaze Girls (the Japanese title is Shimotsuma Monogatari). 

It’s the story of a girl who wears lolita fashion, a clothing style inspired by the Victorian era that involves modest clothing with lots of pretty lace and ruffles (Hikaru loves it).  The character Momoko unwillingly makes friends with a biker girl.  It’s both a funny and touching story, so I do recommend it.

The first part of the name, Momo means peach.  It is also the name of her sculpt, which is why I told Hikaru I had some ideas for a name for her long before I ordered. 

Truth be told, this was one of the names I came up with when trying to choose a name for Hikaru (see What's in a Name).  The Momoko in the movie and Hikaru are similar in terms of personality and fashion taste.

Do you mean to tell me I could have been named after an elegant character in a movie as opposed to a some robot in a comic book?!

(Be nice Hikaru, many of your readers like manga.)


Oh well, what’s done is done.  Momoko is a lovely name for a lovely doll. 

Naming the new doll over some tea.

It’s so nice having someone around here who truly understands the brilliance of a perfect cup of tea, unlike some other dolls

Two ball jointed dolls getting a little too creative with their tea.

“Tea is super tasty with ice cream. :)”

“I want chocolate milk in mine!”

Naming the new doll over some tea.

Oh well, at least they bothered to drink the tea this time. 

Naming the new doll over some tea. "You want WHAT in your tea?"

“Miss Hikaru, may I please have some ice cream tea as well?”

Oh dear, not you too!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Doll Owner’s Corner: How the Bjd Hobby has Changed for Me

First of the month, time for Doll Owner’s Corner.  When I, the doll owner, talk about anything I want.

This month’s topic:

How the Bjd Hobby has Changed for Me

How the Hobby has Changed for Me

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much things have changed over the last couple of years since I started collecting ball jointed dolls.

I mentioned this before in this post, but when I first started I really just wanted to get one and only one doll and focus on collecting/making clothes and props for her.  Hikaru would have loved that so much.  But I also mentioned in that post how many cute and wonderful bjds are out there. 

So next thing you know, I have my second doll, and then another, and another, etc.  Now I have six ball jointed dolls and a ball jointed pet deer, and there may still be one or two in the future.

Another thing, Hikaru was almost larger.  When I first learned about bjds and started to get interested in getting one, I was so sure I wanted a SD or 1/3 scale doll.  What changed?  Partially the price, most dolls that size cost considerably more than 1/4 and 1/6 scale.  Plus, I couldn’t find a doll that size that I really liked, most of them are too “adult” looking for my taste.  Cuter is my thing.

The biggest thing is the blog.  When I started it, I wasn’t sure if I wanted it to be just about bjds or about all sorts of dolls.  I do enjoy other kinds of dolls (I actually own several Barbie dolls that Hikaru doesn’t know about, and several Monster High and vintage porcelain dolls as well).  Which is why the first few clothing tutorials involve taking measurements and/or drafting a pattern.  So that they could be used for just about any kind of doll, not just the ball jointed ones. 

But then I started making more patterns specifically for my bjds, mostly out of necessity.  I had trouble finding patterns for things, so I made my own.  Because if you’ve looked at our Doll Tutorial Directory, you will noticed that several of the tutorials were designed for American Girl, or Barbie, etc.  The same if you search for bjd tutorials on Google or Pinterest.  I mean you get a lot of results, but not as much as for other types dolls.  I wanted to make more for ball jointed dolls, mainly because I had so much trouble finding patterns and thought others did too. 

In other words, the blog has focused mostly on bjds because we needed it to.  There needs to be more out there about these dolls, and not just on forums like Den of Angels (though it is a fantastic place anyway).  There are several great blogs and sites with information about bjds along with patterns and tutorials (see this post for a few), but there still is room for much more.

That’s where I stand today.  I can’t say for certain things will be like this for me and bjd collecting in a few years.  Who knows, I may venture into creating them instead of just buying them, or at the very least start actually painting faceups.  Only time will tell.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bjd Unboxing: Kids Sky Review Part 2 and an Eye Review

We are continuing on from yesterday’s unboxing of our newest ball jointed doll, a Kids Sky Momo.  Now that it is day time, we can see her beauty in more flattering lighting instead of that horrid camera flash.

Unboxing a ball jointed doll.  Kids Sky Momo 1/4 scale bjd.

Her face up looks so beautiful in natural lighting, as well as those intriguing eyes.

Unboxing a ball jointed doll.  Kids Sky Momo 1/4 scale bjd.

Pity, the “new doll” dress doesn’t look as well in the brilliant day light.  However, Yuna and Sakura have a simple solution to her clothing woes.

Dressing the new bjd | From a Doll's Eyes

“You can borrow this dress!  It’s so pretty, it will look great, right?”

“Um…You can borrow my headband…If you want.”

Dressing the new bjd | From a Doll's Eyes

Now fully dressed, doesn’t she look lovely.  The three look so adorable lined up together.

They do right?  This is one of reasons why I wanted her so much.  I wanted a trio of cute yosd sized dolls to play with and do cute poses for photos.

Comparing the dolls' heights | From a Doll's Eyes

“Are you taller than us?  Did you grow?!  Show me how, I want to be as big as Miss Ghost Lady!”

Comparing the dolls' heights | From a Doll's Eyes

“…I think it’s her shoes.  They have heels.”

That’s right.  Though she look taller in her new shoes (sold here, in case you're interested), the new doll is actually about as tall as Yuna and quite slim.  I will do a body comparison later.


Anyway, I can see now that these three will be great friends.  I also believe this new doll and I will get along quite handsomely.  She is such a well-mannered young girl, and so mature for her age.

Unboxing a ball jointed doll.  Kids Sky Momo 1/4 scale bjd.

“I beg your pardon, but why does Sakura refer to you as ‘Miss Ghost Lady’?”

…Why indeed…

Review of EHS014 in 14 mm. glass eyes for ball jointed dolls.  Sold by Alice's Collections.

Now it’s finally about time to discuss the eyes.  They are EHS014 in 14 mm. glass eyes , and are a pleasant shade of blue. 

As mentioned yesterday, they were purchased at a steep discount for Usagi.  Anna has come to the conclusion that Usagi’s original eyes aren’t a perfect fit, literally.

Getting new eyes for a bjd. | From a Doll's Eyes.

That’s right, if you look closely there is some slight gaps along the edge.  Plus I think the pupils are a little small in proportion to the whole eye. 

I thought the ones I brought for Yuki were really nice (see New Arrival: A Doll Love Bjd Unboxing and Review), so why not get another pair?

Review of EHS014 in 14 mm. glass eyes for ball jointed dolls.  Sold by Alice's Collections.

They fit fine and look great on her.  I love how much shinier glass is compared to acrylic eyes. 

They weren’t my first choice for color (the first choice sold out), but they turned out better than expected.

Indeed, the color is much better than before, and far more suitable for our dear Usagi.

Adjusted this doll's eyes, now she looks cuter. | From a Doll's Eyes

After inserting Usagi’s new eyes, Anna took the liberty of adjusting Yuna’s eyes.  Their alignment was off from the start and it made the poor child look cross eyed at times.  Now with her eyes properly positioned, she looks so much more endearing.

Unboxing a ball jointed doll.  The family is huge.

Our ball jointed doll family has grown quite large over the past two years and has undergone some changes. 

I would like to thank all those wonderful readers who have watched over us since our humble beginnings as well as those who have joined us recently.  Your support has meant so much to Anna and myself as well.  And with that support we shall continue to share our stories, our experiences and crafts for many more years to come.

Thanks for reading | From a Doll's Eyes

Of course, that means Anna should get to work.  We are in need of proper attire, and doll clothing doesn’t sew itself.

Be at peace my dear reader.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Bjd Unboxing: Kids Sky Doll Review Part 1

First I must apologize for the lateness of this post.  It should have gone up over a month ago, but it was delayed due to Anna’s laziness (laziness!?).

Anyway, it is finally time to share some glorious news.

We have a new doll!

She is from the bjd company Kids Sky and was ordered through Alice’s Collections.  Anna said she had wanted this doll for ages.  However, when she finally ordered her, she chose not to mention it to anyone at first due to the expected timeframe.  I shall allow her to explain.

Well, normally ball jointed dolls are made to order, as in they don’t make your doll until after you place an order.  And it can take quite some time for them to be made.  Depending on the company and sculpt, it can take anywhere from 3-4 months to a year before your doll is ready to ship to you. 

So I was expecting to have to wait about 4 months for this doll to ship and then make an official announcement.  So imagine my surprise when after barely over a month I receive word that my new doll had shipped.  Super fast.  And even more surprising was how fast this doll showed up at my house afterwards.  So much for making an announcement.

So I grabbed the camera, woke up the dolls and opened up the box.  And then nothing.  I found myself too busy with other things to finish this and just kept putting off posting this.  Day after day and then week after week.

But enough of that, let’s start the post the way it was intended.

Indeed, let us begin.

The Kids Sky Bjd Unboxing

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo.

Here we all are, anxious and ready to meet our new doll.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

Yuna is quite eager to meet her new companion, though not quite as much as Sakura.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

Inside the shipping box is the doll box bearing the logo for Kids-Sky.  The journey must have been treacherous, just look at the damage to the box.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

Thanks to the ample padding provided by the cushion, our new doll is perfectly safe.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll! It came with a free cleaning eraser.

The fine people at Alice’s Collections have included a cleaning sponge as a gift.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Plus new eyes!

There was a special offer on doll eyes with the purchase of a doll.  Anna took advantage of the deal for Usagi’s sake.  We will discuss this at a later time

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

Here is the doll card.  Our new doll is the Kids Sky Momo, a yosd or 1/6 scale doll which is why Sakura and Yuna are so excited to meet her.  She will be their new playmate.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

Kids Sky included a little instruction booklet for bjd maintenance, how very thoughtful of them.  I shall expect Anna to study it well, she needs to reveiw some of the basics.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

Here is our newest little doll, packed in foam and wrapping for her protection.  I am relieved to find that she comes with appropriate undergarments.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

She came with the default company faceup (see Doll Owner's Corner: Face Up), it was done free of charge as part of the sale.  How fortunate for her (when will I get one?!).

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

The painting is nicely done, though I’m afraid her eyelashes may have suffered in the journey home. 

She came with free eyes in such a peculiar color.  Anna says they are blue, but they look near-purple in this photo and brown in others.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

Anyway, she seems to be a sweet and well-mannered doll.  The children are quite taken with her.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

“I’m Sakura!  What’s your name? Do you have a name yet?  Do you like my name? Wanna be friends? Nice to meet you!”

“Nice to meet you too.”


“And that’s Yuna!”

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

“….You’re pretty….Nice to meet you…”

“It is a pleasure to meet you Yuna.”

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

“This is Shiro.”

“Oh what a sweet little deer.”


Now that we are well acquainted, it is time to present the new doll dress.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

“…Must I?”

Yes, I insist on it.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

As with Yuna and Sakura, the new doll dress fits quite loosely on our new doll, but it is a tradition that must continue.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

Because Anna had indeed wanted this doll for a long time, she had planned ahead for some necessary items.  Such as this wig purchased along with Sakura’s and Yuki’s (see Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs?), and these shoes purchased along with the others (see Bjd Unboxing: Doll Family H Body and Shoes?).

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

I have always adored this doll wig, and am glad to see it finally in use.  It looks so charming on this new doll.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

And the shoes fit her well.  They are sold by Alice’s Collections, and I highly recommend them for a slightly more mature look for yosd bjds.

Unboxing a new ball jointed doll!  Kids Sky 1/6 Momo

Our new doll is dressed and ready…for some much needed rest. 

We shall continue on tomorrow.  Until then, be at peace my dear readers.

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