Saturday, February 3, 2018

Doll Owner’s Corner: When Dolls Take Over Part 2

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

This month’s topic:

12 Ways to tell that your ball jointed dolls have taken over your life

When Dolls Take Over Your Life

Continuing on from this post with more fun.

You know the dolls have taken over when:

  • You realize it takes you more time to dress your doll than to dress yourself, but hey, it’s way more fun anyway.
  • You plan trips to thrift shops, antique stores, flea markets, yard sales, etc. solely to look for furniture and props for your dolls.
  • You regularly receive small items as gifts from friends and family members because they thought you could use them for your dolls.
  • Most of the YouTube Channels you subscribe to are about dolls…
  • …And so are several of the blogs you follow.
  • Your dolls have more toys than your kids do…
  • …And they have more clothes than you do.
  • You frequently talk to your dolls, and catch your family doing the same.
  • Just when you decide you have enough dolls already and it’s no more dolls for you, holiday sales hit.
  • You spam your friends on social media with almost non-stop photos of your dolls, and dolls on you wish list, and doll tutorials, etc.
  • You’re talking to someone about your new ball jointed doll and tell them it was “only $200”, and then you wonder why they seem so shocked.
  • You find yourself learning more about holidays and customs of other countries because doll companies located in those countries have corresponding sales and events.  Happy Spring Festival.

And there will be more of these in the future as my dolls slowly infiltrate every part of my life, whether I like it or not.

Look forward to it.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Of Bjd Fashion: New Coats for Winter with Patterns

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Anna has finally, finally, kept her promise to me last spring.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

She made me a new coat!!

It is made with a creamy beige colored felt and trimmed with pearl buttons (they’re faux pearl beads!).  It is quite similar to the lovely felt coats she made previously, but with some improvements.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

Such as the adorable lace trimmed collar with matching pockets, and she used my favorite lace as well.

I just adore my new felt coat, and Anna made is just for me.

….Hikaru….sigh.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

Oh, yes.  She also made a few more coats for the other dolls, like Momoko here.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

Her coat is made in the same creamy beige colored felt as mine.  There are tiny bows on the pockets, just like a the coat made for Sakura last year.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

There is a strap on the back, just like mine, that cinches in the waist.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

Anna made a simple black felt coat for Yuki as well, too simple I must say.  No trims or buttons, but at least there are pockets.  What’s the point of a coat without decoration?

You mean besides keeping someone warm?  Anyway, Yuki wanted it that way, and I think it looks great on him.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

I suppose you are right, but I still believe it needs a little something.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

“Here Yuki, I asked Anna to make a scarf for you. Do you like it? :)”

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

“…um, yes Usagi…”

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

Good thinking Usagi, a scarf is just the thing we needed.  It will add some necessary color.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

And now this wintery ensemble is complete.  Doesn’t Yuki look dashing.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

It seems Anna didn’t stop at just one scarf.  Two tiny red plaid scarves for Shiro and our cat friend.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

Anyway, we simply can not forget our new doll.  She received a coat made from a beautiful shade of blue felt.  It is simply trimmed with a tiny blue flower by the collar.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

Because there may be other ball jointed dolls out there in need of winter clothing.  Anna has provided the patterns used to make these coats as well as some details about their construction.  I will let her explain.


Felt Coats for MSD and Yosd Ball Jointed Dolls

Materials needed:


MSD Bjd Felt Coat Pattern

Here’s the MSD sized pattern, it was based on Usagi’s measurements which are listed on the doll profile page along with all the other doll’s measurements.

MSD Boy Felt Coat Pattern

Here is the MSD sized boy coat pattern.  It is based on Yuki’s measurements.

Yosd bjd felt coat pattern

And here is the Yosd sized coat pattern, based on Sakura’s measurements.

These coats were actually made almost the exact same way as this tutorial I found for SD sized doll sweaters (I made some patterns here for Msd and Yosd sweaters too.).  There are just a few things different, I mean besides using felt instead of socks.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

For the sleeves, I folded the hem the other way to create a fun cuff look.  This is totally optional, but it looks so cute and it actually makes it a little easier to slide a doll hand through.  Strange, but true.

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It might be a little tricky to attach the sleeves to the coat (at step 3) since the felt is a bit thick.  After sewing, be sure clip it and trim off the excess fabric to reduce bulk.  Sometimes I’m lazy about doing that, but definitely not for this project.

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At step 7 on the sweater tutorial, it says to hem the bottom and the top (or neckline), but for these coats you first need to pin and sew on the collar along the top edge.

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Then you can fold down the edge and pin just like you would have done before to “hem the neckline”.  This will make the collar stick up, you just need to fold it down like normal when the doll wears it.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

And after step 9, you can add the back strap if you want.  You first pin it on the coat while your doll is wearing it. 

Pin it so it pulls the sides of the coat together to make it a little more fitted, then sew in place and add beads for “buttons”. 

Again this is optional, I didn’t bother with it for Yuki’s coat, but it looks nice on the girls’ coats.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

With different trims and colors, plus your own imagination, you can create a cute coat for everyone in your doll family.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

That’s exactly right, now everyone here is prepared for the winter.

Cute felt coats for MSD and Yosd sized ball jointed dolls.

Although, I can’t help but wonder how much better my new coat would be with a matching new hat.  Now there is something for Anna to ponder for the future.

Yet for now, I am at peace.


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Monday, January 1, 2018

Doll Owner’s Corner: Buying Doll Props

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First of the month and the year (wow time flies!), time for another Doll Owner’s Corner.  When I, the doll owner, talk about what ever I want.

This month’s topic:

About doll props and where to buy doll props for ball jointed dolls.

Doll Props

…Or where to buy them.  Doll props are those cute little items you buy or make for your dolls.  Little things that make “playtime” fun and make your doll photos come alive.

These include:

  • Food, and tons of it
  • Dishes (like Hikaru’s tea set)
  • Doll sized furniture
  • Toys and plushies :)
  • Tools and fantasy weapons

And many other fun things.

The tricky part about them is finding them.  Not everything is easy to make (especially for the non-crafty) and when buying it can be difficult to find what you want in the right scale. 

Not to mention the cost.  Many of the stores that sell ball jointed dolls do carry super cute props for them at not so cute prices.

Luckily, if you look hard enough, and think outside of the box, you can find fun doll props in some pretty interesting places and with great prices. 

Here are a few of my favorites.


Thrift Stores

If the thrift shop posts haven’t already clued you in, thrift shops (like Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.) are a good place to start looking for cheap doll props. 

Check out the toys for small useable items and maybe actual doll stuff, but don’t forget the household items too. 

You can find small dishes and knickknacks, tiny picture frames, jewelry boxes that look like small trunks and doll sized furniture, chairs (meant for teddy bears), even tiny picture frames.


Dollar or Discount Stores

Be it Dollar Tree, Family Dollar or (if you’re lucky to live near one) Daiso, you can find some pretty useful cheap stuff for dolls. 

Browse the toys for small items like figurines, tiny dishes, mini-puzzles and such. 

Also check out the stationary for cute food erasers, hair accessories for tiny clips and such, the party supplies for small items and the rest of the store for small novelties.  I’ve seen reading lights in electronics that look like table and desk lamps.


Oriental Trading Company

Oriental Trading Company is an online store known for selling bulk items for use for parties, classrooms and large families. 

You can find fun novelty key chains shaped like all kinds of useful things, small toys and books, and even holiday items.  I saw small Halloween pumpkin buckets intended for party favors that would be perfect for small dolls.


Party City

Party City and other party supply stores can be a brilliant source for doll sized goodies (see Finding Doll Props: At the Party Store?). 

They sell all kinds of party favors that are the perfect size for dolls, similar to some of the stuff at Oriental Trading Company. 

But unlike Oriental Trading Company, you can buy most of them in smaller amounts, even only one or two pieces for as little as 25 or 50 cents each.


Craft Stores

Joann, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and the like can have great stuff for dolls. 

Look for doll house miniatures, “doll making” supplies, small wooden drawers and chairs, fun shaped charms and such in with jewelry supplies, small toys (obviously), and even seasonal items. 

And near the checkout at Joann and Michael’s you will find their cheap novelty area that sometimes holds doll sized treasures.


Target

I regularly browse around Target for doll sized props.  It’s my go to place for buying blind bags (see Finding Doll Props: Surprising Blind Bags) and other small toys found in the toy aisle as well as with the trading cards near the checkout. 

I also stop by their “dollar section” by the door.  You can frequently find cute items that would work for dolls like fun shaped erasers and lips glosses, small seasonal novelties, etc. 

But I still mainly check out the toy section for one specific reason…


18 Inch Doll Lines

Yep, I mean those 18 inch tall play dolls, the most well known one is American Girl with their $120 price tag, but others include Target’s own Our Generation dolls, Springfield Collection (available at Michaels and Joann), My Life As..(from Walmart), Journey Girls (from Toys R Us) and many others. 

Many items made for these dolls are the perfect or near perfect size for many ball jointed dolls.  Look out for furniture sets, food sets, instruments (seriously), storage and carrying cases, accessories, sometime even clothes depending on the piece.


Grocery Stores

Technically, most of the stuff you would find at a grocery store you can already find at any other store (like toys, tiny hair accessories, etc.).  This is part of that whole constantly looking out for doll props habit that many ball jointed doll collectors develop.

However, there is one thing that you normally only find at grocery stores.  Tiny toy and candy machines. 

You know, those little machines by the door that you put quarters in to buy little toys and gumballs.  Many of those itty bitty 25 and 50 cent toys are perfect for my dolls.  Which is why I’ve been saving quarters like mad lately.

And if you’re lucky enough to live near an Asian grocery store, see if they have any gachapon machines. 

These are like the Japanese version of the toy machines, only they are much nicer (check out this video about them).  The toys are better quality and super cool.


That’s it for the moment, I hope this has given you a few good resources for finding fun things for your dolls.  Feel free to share your own favorite sources for doll props.

And stay tuned for more fun with the dolls.


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Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017


Cute ball jointed doll Christmas Photo

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bjd Unboxing: Surprise Again, Clover Doll Echo

Continuing on from the previous post, Anna bought not just one, but two new ball jointed dolls from the Junky Spot Black Friday sale.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

We have already unboxed the first darling doll, now let’s see what we have here.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Inside the shipping box is the doll box with an unfamiliar logo.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

It’s for Clover Doll, a company that I’ve frankly never heard of before today.  But I’m sure their dolls are lovely just the same.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Upon opening the doll box, the first sight we see is a martial arts DVD?

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.  With a few surprises in the box.

“Cool, let’s watch it now!  Can we please, Miss Ghost Lady?”

No Sakura, it is too violent for children.  And we are in the middle of something important.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Anyway, let us see what other surprises await.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

As we have learned from previous unboxings (see New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review), Junky Spot is known for including strange novelties in their packages.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

This time, in addition to the DVD we received a card game, a couple of pieces of chocolate, an animal eraser, and…

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll. And a fortune telling fish?

…a fortune teller fish?

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.  And a fortune teller fish?

It’s a thin plastic fish that tells one’s fortune based on how it lays.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Simply lay it on the palm of your hand and observe.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Sorry Yuki, it doesn’t seem to work for dolls.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Here is the doll’s card, showing her sculpt name and the date she was cast by her doll company.  So she is a Clover Doll Echo.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Now that we’ve gotten her cushion out, let us see our new companion.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Here she is all bandaged up.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

And now all unwrapped.  She is a lovely doll, but a bit of a mystery, so I will allow Anna to explain further.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

I first saw this doll over a year ago I think at the Junky Spot, but I overlooked for one particular reason.  The product photos.

The photos were mostly beautiful, but the way her mouth looked in them bugged me.  It looked a little too pouty.  And I couldn’t find any owner photos, so no way of knowing what she would look like in real life.

Over time I realized a couple of things. 

First, the over-poutiness was mostly due to her face up.  And second, every single doll I have every gotten with the default company face up has arrived looking very different compared to the company photos.

I thought that odds were more likely than not that this new doll would not look like the company photo as well, and most likely not have the same problem with her mouth.

So when I saw her at the Black Friday sale, at half price, I took a leap of faith.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

And here you can see she looks just fine.  Not at all over pouty.  She is a beautiful doll. 

And the freebie eyes are wonderful, I don’t even mind that I ended up with blue eyes, again.  So far, every bjd I ever gotten has come with either blue or pink eyes.  So much for being random colors. 

Anyway, these eyes look fantastic.  They are so shiny and realistic in person, but not in a creepy way.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

She poses pretty well too.  Obviously she can touch her face, but also her legs can do things the others can’t do.  She actually reminds me of a ballet dancer.  She has a beautiful body.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Well now, her body may be beautiful to behold, but she still needs to get dressed.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Now to present the “new doll” dress to our newest doll.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Now doesn’t she look wonderful in the dress, and in natural lighting.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Anna is right about her face up, it is gorgeous.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Such a beautiful doll, however she is a very quiet doll.  And she seems fairly out of it.  I do hope the trip wasn’t too tiring for her.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

“Where are you from?  Do you have a name?  Why do you look so sleepy?  Want to play now?”

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

“Go easy on her Sakura.  Our new friend is overwhelmed and needs to rest.”

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Momoko is absolutely right.  Even the cat doll is concerned.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Speaking of which, our little feline has shown to be quite obedient and learns things rather quickly.  Anna taught it to sit nicely for us.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Anyway, we have noticed that although our newest doll is a msd sized or 1/4 scale doll like myself and Usagi, she is noticeably smaller in stature.

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

That’s not an unusual thing.  There are many different doll companies out there making loads of different dolls.  As such, ball jointed dolls tend to vary in height and proportions among other things.  It’s why one common complaint upon their owners is being unable to buy clothes to fit their dolls. 

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

And that is precisely why I am taller than the two of you.

“Don’t be silly, Hikaru.  It’s your shoes that make you so much taller. :)

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Well, these shoes add a negligible amount of height.  I am still taller!

No you’re not, you and Usagi are the same height.

Humph!

Unboxing a Clover Doll Echo, 1/4 ball jointed doll.

Anyway, our little doll family is becoming much larger than anticipated.  I suppose a large family is a blessing.  This means there will be much more to look forward in the future.

But for now, be at peace my dear readers.

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