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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Is There a New Doll?

I feel I may have great cause for concern.  I believe Anna may intend to get a new ball jointed doll, possibly very soon too.

Are You Getting a New Doll?! I haven’t been able to confirm this directly with her, but she has been dropping hints left and right.

She has mentioned in conversation the idea of having other ball jointed dolls around, and maybe that I might enjoy the company.  I admit that some additional company might be pleasant.  However, I am positive that Anna isn’t ready for the responsibility of keeping multiple ball jointed dolls at a time.  And I do hate to admit it, but I’m afraid I simply am not ready to share my dear human with others quite yet.  Which is why it makes me quite nervous that Anna has increasingly brought up this topic.

Oh No! She's Shopping for a New Doll!It isn’t just her conversations, I frequently catch her viewing online doll shops.  A specific one to be exact, Alice’s Collections.  She has implied that if she were to buy another doll it would likely be from this shop.  She did seem as if she was just joking at the time, but I’m starting to have my doubts. 

Who Are All These Bjds?I’ve watched her staring intently at some of the dolls featured.  Mainly a few that seem to be on her wish list (see Doll Owner's Corner: More Dolls?).  Those particular dolls aren’t really that much of a concern, most of which are very fine dolls that come from the same wonderful company as myself, Mystic Kids.  However, I’ve noticed her spending a decent amount of time staring at dolls of seemingly more questionable companies.  Even showing pictures of said dolls to her closest friends and family. 

This does not bode well my dear readers.  It is bad enough to bring in a new bjd into our home, but to bring in an unknown doll from a strange new company is simply unthinkable.  I will not allow any ball jointed dolls in this house without my approval, especially those of a questionable background.

First off, Hikaru is the last one to decide if I am ready to have more dolls.  Some people would say that I’m still not ready to have her even, does that mean I should just give her up?  Nope, the only ones who can tell me if I am ready to welcome home a new ball jointed doll is myself and my budget.  Both of which are actually giving me the okay, but there will still be some time before I get a new doll.  Sort of for Hikaru’s sake. 

It’s actually kind of cute that Hikaru doesn’t want to share me, there are some things she needs to remember though.  There is enough of me to go around, and no one can take her place as my first bjd.  Also, having more ball jointed dolls around will benefit her way more than me.  Just being able to borrow clothes from other dolls would alone make it worth it to her.  Plus it would be a good excuse to put together that sitting room she keeps hinting on among other things.

Second, how in the world can she sound so incredibly prejudice about other doll companies?  Seriously.  Just because a company is new to her doesn’t make it “questionable”.   Especially when it is one that has actually recieved a number of decent reviews, like the ones I have been looking at.  That’s usually how I hear of a new company.   I also make it a point to look at dolls that I think Hikaru will like after being properly introduced, in person that is. 

That’s right, if and when I get a new doll it will be purchased without Hikaru.  I will consider Hikaru’s personality in the process, but it will be my decision in the end.  And when the time comes it will be up to Hikaru to welcome the new doll properly and help to raise the doll and develop his/her personality.  That is actually something I think Hikaru would greatly enjoy. 

It's Time for a New DollI realize I may have been out of line.  The choice to acquire more dolls after all is Anna’s and hers alone.  And I may have been a bit harsh with my judgement of unfamiliar doll companies.  It was possibly out of my own insecurity, but what reason do I have to be insecure?  I am a lovely and finely sculpted ball jointed doll and the treasured first bjd of Anna.  Nothing can change that.

Hikaru is Making Plans for the FutureThat being said, I am now quite looking forward to welcoming a new doll to our wonderful home when the time comes.  They will be in my care after all. 

Of course she/he will need an appropriate outfit to wear which I will select naturally.  And they will need a suitable name, I shall need to make a list of suggestions for Anna.  Not to mention possible wig choices, neccessary footwear, accessories, furnishings….

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Incredible Balloon Wig Cap

One of the absolute strangest gifts I received this past Christmas was as follows.

Ball Jointed Doll Holding a Pack of Balloons

A package of latex balloons.

Anna bought them for me because she had read in various articles that they could be used to fashion an inexpensive wig cap.

Ball Jointed Doll Holding a Balloon A wig cap is essential to keeping a doll’s precious wig on their head.  And being economical is not such a vulgar thing as some would suggest.  Which is why I agreed to go along with Anna’s idea, as bizzarre as it seemed.

This is coming from the doll that threw a fit when she first saw the balloons thinking it was a bad joke?  The same doll who also called me a miser and a cheapskate for wanting to try this out?

Anyway, the idea with this is to have something worn under the wig to keep it from slipping around or off  the doll’s head.  There are silcone wig caps on the market that run about $5 plus shipping, but I thought it would be good to try this idea first.  After all, I can buy a pack of 15 balloons for a dollar.  And if it works just as well then it’s all good.

Ball Jointed Doll Wig Cap from a Latex Balloon

It came out looking like a doll size swimming cap.  It was actually a little tricky to use.  I found myself cutting up two balloons before getting a cap that was the right size for Hikaru. 

When I finished that and got the cap on I found it difficult to get her wig on over it.  It was a super snug fit.  But at least now we won’t have to worry about her wig popping off at inconvenient times.

Ball Jointed Doll

Indeed it was a hassel getting my wig back on.  Here’s the before…

Ball Jointed Doll Wearing a Balloon Wig Cap Under Her Wig

…and after.  I must admit my wig does feel much more secure now.  Now when my hair is brushed and styled I shall be confident that it will remain on my head.  I am also relieved to see that the pink latex can not be seen through my hair.  I was a tad worried.

Ball Jointed Doll Trying Out Her New Wig Cap

I do admit I was a bit apprehensive about the effectiveness of this method.  And that the thought of wearing a balloon on my head just so Anna could save a few dollars seemed thoroughly distasteful. 

But this idea did turn out brilliantly.  And now all the money that could have gone to purchasing more expensive wig caps for me can easily go toward other things, also for me.  Maybe I should make another wish list.  For now I am at peace.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Doll Owners Corner: Behind the Scenes Round 2

First of the month again and the first of the year too.  Time for another Doll Owner’s Corner where I, the doll owner, get to share whatever I want without a certain doll butting in.

This month, I’m sharing more behind the scenes blooper photos.  They are just too much fun not to post.  For those of you who are new, you can see the first batch of bloopers here.

Ball Jointed Doll Wearing Craft Flowers on Her Head

First up is from this post about my last craft haul.  Hikaru was in another silly mood and decided to “try on” some of the fake flowers I bought.  Probably a bit too big for her.

Ball Jointed Doll Trying to Swipe Craft Supplies

She spent a good amount of time trying to think of reasons why pretty much everything I bought should be used for her.  This is her trying carry it all away when my back was turned.

The Sheet Fell Down During A BJD Photoshoot

This photo came from a different shoot, not sure which one.  I was adjusting some things and the sheet just came down and suddenly it’s “where’s Hikaru?”

Ball Jointed Doll Hair Accessory Malfunction

This photo was taken when Hikaru got her pink dress (see It's Finish! and It's Gorgeous).  The matching hair accessory is a pain to get on and even more so to keep on her head as you can see.

Doll Santa or Knome?

When Hikaru opened some of her presents early (see Early Christmas Presents), I thought that the stocking cap she got looked like a gnome hat when pointed up.  What do you think?

The Doll Fell Over in the Middle of a Photo Shoot

 When showing off her coat for that same post there was a little mishap.  Hikaru fell flat on her back knocking over the backdrop. 

I would have found it funnier if it wasn’t for the fact that she landed right into a patch of bright sunlight that was coming in from the window.  Resin and sunlight don’t mix, it accelerates the yellowing that comes with age.  So a few years from now, if Hikaru’s face looks yellower than the rest of her body we will all know why.

Ball Jointed Doll Photo Ruined By a Toothbrush

This is from yesterday’s post.  A photo of Hikaru with her presents that came out beautifully if it wasn’t for the toothbrush in the background.  When taking pictures of dolls it is always good to have a toothbrush handy to fix their hair, but not so good to have it get in the shot.

Ball Jointed Doll Trying to Get Her Shoes On

This also from the same post.  Hikaru couldn’t wait to try on her new shoes, so she attempted to put them on herself.  She didn’t realize there was some packaging material inside the shoes.  She wondered why they were so hard to get on.

That’s all for now, but look forward to more behind the scenes shots as well as other fun stuff coming this new year.
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