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August 29th, 2009

Something is brewing in Corea

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Those evil minds at Fairyland have announced their *summer* event to start on Monday...or something like that.

Whatever it is, I hope in involves cat ears so I can pick some up for Kulta & Tuuli's brood.

AND NOTHING ELSE that remotely tempts me....

*puts up hand*

Ariss ....don't give me that look. And that goes for the rest of you too!

I was reminded....

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...when visiting Irondog yesterday, about this set of photos I took in June and forgot to *unlock* from private in my journal, as I was going to post them with commentary when I was in Vancouver.

Both she and Lilly had commented a week ago that they didn't know Willow's wig was two tone blonde, and when Irondog saw her brother Kulta yesterday, she made a similar comment ~ basically how the colour doesn't come across in photographs.

It reminded me about this set that I did, and how much it showed the wonderful wig of Willow's off, not to mention everything else. The light was early morning, before 8 a.m. and very soft, illuminating her light resin without washing it out.

Anyway....here are my favourite pictures of my little neko. :)


willow )

August 28th, 2009

Colour me stoopid

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While I really like my Kai (LatiRed) I have had issues with his posibility.

Sporting ridiculously long legsnd, double jointed he's beautifully crafted (and sculpted), but I'd been very peeved about the fact that his torso appeared to be two pieces yet was totally rigid...which made posing him in the seated position very difficult..if not impossible.

Now I'd been toying with trading him with another doll owner for her MSD Souldoll Amy, but had hesitated. I tend to go on my instincts and am glad now that I didn't initiate the trade because I learnend something important about my doll when visiting Irondog today.

While she was showing me the torso joint of her SD boy I got to thinking a bit more about the way my guy was engineered and what appeared to be an immovable joint (which made no sense). So I started by pulling slightly at the waist...nothing. I then proceeded to pull more firmly hoping it was just a matter of him being tightly strung and pop what should I find? That really is a joint which allows him to slouch forward into a sitting posture!

I have BONDED with my boy!

I can put up with a lot but I will not abide a doll that has to lean against another object in order to strike a seated post and I was thrilled to learn that he can sit on his own!

While I feel a bit foolish for not having forced the issue before this, I also have to say that there are few images of him online seated without clothes on so that I can see exactly how this joint operates and these guys don't come with instruction manuals....and when you start dealing with these more expenisive resins you get nervous forcing ANYthing in case you break something.

Anyway ~ Kai is now officially in my good books and will get his body blushing ~ something I'd held off on when still undecided on his sticking around.

In other news ~ found the cat eyes that will go into the CP Lishe neko girl =^..^= *purrs*

Resin theory

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Q: What happens when you put 2 crazy doll ladies and 10 dolls into the same room together?

A: The laws of physics get bent out of shape as time speeds up and 5 1/2 hours flash by in seconds.

*^__^* OF course Professor Tameiki had already done the math and predicted as much.

August 26th, 2009

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Hmmmm so the LittleFee's outfit fits her perfectly.

The pukifee's outfit can barely close and thank goodness I'd taken the time to spray him with MSC or I would have not been happy trying to get the colour that rubbed onto the resin, off.

Bad Fairyland.

I didn't get the fullset for the outfit though ~ it's the extra hands, sleeping face, and other promos that made that worth purchasing instead of just the basic set.

SO thankfully Apis at Fairyland sent him a little outfit (the Featherfall summer promo), while a bit big it keeps him from being starkers until I can get him home and see if I can't find him something in the boxes of clothing....although I'll have to make him something suitable regardless.

*sighs*

Dolly list Version 2

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 PHOTO
 
 NAME

MODEL
 
TYPE
 
 HEIGHT

M/F
 
 ROLE
 MIS.
 SUBobobie ~ Ariel MSD ~ resin43 cmF Fire Element 
 SIMON KOIVUBambicrony Elf ~ Kumi YoSD ~ resin27 cmMForest Elf ~ younger
brother of Tuuli
 
 KULTA HANNUCP Luts ~ Lishe minifeeMSD ~ resin41 cmF3-D version of
my Second Life
neko avatar
 
 KOHLDollzone ~ HidMSD ~ resin44 cmMPoet ~ half demon
companion of Willow
 
 WILLOW
VELVETPAW
Dollzone ~ Shoyo 3MSD ~ resin43 cmFNeko girl ~ younger sister of Kulta Velvetpaw, companion of Kohl 
 KULTA VELVETPAWDollzone ~ Floy 2SD ~ resin61 cmMNeko Boy ~
 Scholar, husband  of Tuuli,
 brother to Willow,
father of Aamu & Kuu
 
 TUULI
VELVETPAW
Elfdoll ~  Aurora LE40SD ~ resin57 cmFForest Elf ~
Wife of Kulta,
sister of Simon,
mother of Aamu & Kuu
 
 TAKARA RYUElfdoll ~ HazySD ~ resin57 cmFYakuza princess ~ older, half-sister to Kai 
 ROSEElfdoll ~ Doona: Little Soah Tiny ~ resin20 cmF  
 AAMU VELVETPAWFairyland ~ LittleFee Chiwoo Elf YoSD
~ resin
25cmFDaughter of Kulta & Tuuli 
 PIKKUFairyland Puki ~PongpongTiny ~ resin11 cmMForest sprite 
 PIPFairyland Puki ~  Piki
Tiny ~ resin11 cmMForest sprite 
 PLUMFairyland Puki ~ PipiTiny ~ resin11 cmFForest sprite 
 KUU VELVETPAWFairyland ~ Pukifee ShiwooTiny ~ resin15.5 cmMSon of Kulta & Tuuli 
 SAGANO KAILati Red ~ L SD ~ resin63 cmM Yakuza Heir ~ half brother of Ryu 
 SAMUAL AALTOLati Blue Rei head / DZ MSD new body MSD ~ resin 44 cmMMerchant Mariner 
 VIVIANObitsu 60cm GretelSD ~ vinyl60 cmF1940's film star 
 CLAUDETTEObitsu 55cm / Volks DDI torsoHarukaSD ~ vinyl55 cmF1930's film star 
 INARIObitsu 50cm
SD ~ vinyl50 cmFKitsune ~ Harvest Goddess 
 DUDEObitsu muscular maleTiny  ~ vinyl27 cmM
Brother to Monk  ~ he abides
 
 MONKObitsu muscular maleTiny  ~vinyl27 cmMCoroporate Executive ~ brother to Dude 
 AKAObitsu female ~ nano haruka headTiny ~ vinyl21 cmF
Red Kitsune messenger to Inari
 
KUROObitsu female ~ nano gretel headTiny ~ vinyl21 cmFBlack Kitsune Messenger to Inari 
 MARIAObitsu female ~ clearTiny ~ plastic / vinyl25 cmFAndroid 
 TURQResinsoul ~ Bao YoSD ~ resom28 cmMWater sprite ~ brother of Azul & Lapis 
 AZULResinsoul ~ Bei YoSD ~ resin27 cmFWater sprite ~ sister of Turq & Lapis 
 MIZUResinsoul ~ Jun MSD ~ resin43 cmM Water element ~ in love with Samual 
 SORAResinsoul ~ Mei MSD ~ resin40 cmF Sky element 
 LAPISResinsoul  ~ Yu Tiny ~ resin14 cmMWater sprite ~ bother of Turq & Azul 
 POCAFelixdoll Brownie ~ Adele
Tiny  ~ resin 11 cmFMeadow sprite  
 PEPITAFelixdoll Brownie ~ Angel
Tiny - resin11 cmFMeadow sprite 
 PENNIFelixdoll Brownie ~ Momo
Tiny ~ resin11 cm FMeadow sprite 
 MR. OMEGATriad ~ OmegaTiny ~ vinyl28 cmMCorporate Muscle ~ in lust with Dude / employee of Monk 
        

All in the family

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Yesterday I started on the doll list [info]drichrequested, for those following my madness but not familiar with the items and going cross-eyed from all my references out of context.

As I'm not at home I can't add photos to go with the items and I have to start hunting up heights that I don't know off the top of my head.

At this point I have them listed in alphabetical order by maker / model. If you prefer I can set them alphabetically by character name.

Let me know if there are any preferences.

When I get around to adding the photo thumbnails I'll put the entire thing under a lj~cut but for the time being I'll just be working on it as is.


*wish I could recall the html in IJ for tables...need to see if I can't scrounge that up*

...HAH...answered my own question with the *other* way of posting. I usually use do my own coding within a post. DUH.

Icky rainy day around here. Good thing I planned to take the sprog and his buddy to town for a buffet feast lunch (Teh Sprogs favourite restaurant) and then off to see that GI Joe movie. Yesterday was sunny and gorgeous .... it would have been a waste of a day to spend it in a theatre >D

*stares at bottom off coffee cup*....and that would be the signal that it's time for me to go to the barn and count some chickens...

August 24th, 2009

Back from the city....

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It was a quiet 18 hours while it lasted.

Teh Sprog has his buddy up with him 'til Thursday which means I'll have to put a bit more thought into the meals...but 9 year old boys are generally grazing locusts and will inhale anything shoved in front of them so they can get back to playing.

My box with dolls had indeed arrived by the time I reached homebase.

The Fairyland Pukifee Elf Shiwoo and Littlefee Elf Chiwoo are utterly and scrumptiously adorable .... if I thought to wee 11 cm puki could pose, it doesn't (but should) prepare one for the amazing posing ability of the larger models. The engineering behind these little guys is amazing.

Not only do they pose wonderfully but they are pretty when they do so....as in they have VERY pretty knees and elbow joints when they kneel etc....unlike most dolls which pop joints or have square *wretch* bendy parts.

I am now, officially, a hardcore Fairyland Fan. I'm safe from any more pukifee...one that middle tiny size is enough. I can't say I wouldn't bounce on another elfling Littlefee though... *stares at posing doll in awe*....so well made and so exquiste. I am so doomed to be sure if they include one in the line-up at for their holiday promos.

Aside from counting any resins prior to being hatched...these two are definately siblings...she just looks like she is ready to scold her bratty little brother at the drop of a hat. Kulta and Tuuli finally have their family....and what a pair they are! *^__^*

As an aside....the used doll I purchased this morning is a Fairyland doll aswell, as the company is under the the creative umbrella that includes three doll companies that work together FL, CP and Luts and designed/engineered this particular doll sold by the latter.

WOOHOO

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1. They are out for delivery!

2. Irondog has moved mountains (yes dear you have) to be available for another visit this week!

3. A seller I trust had an old CP Luts Lishe (far left, before Minifees became exlusively Fairyland turf) girl in the skintone I was gunning after, for sale this morning at a very good price.

I say she *had* because I'm bringing my Avatar base home. Spotted Leopard girl prowrrrr is a go!

...

Yes freaking hopeless but I did say I was planning on it and the CDN $ is up and the cost was a $150 US less than buying it new from FL.

Ariss that makes 23. I am made of fail but happy fail.

Resin stork commeth?

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The sprog went home with Teh Bob yesterday to save him a double car trip and he wanted to see his sister.

Today I go back home to pick him and his best friend up and turn around to come back to the farm. I was planning on taking them back Thursday.

I've been watching the tracking number for a pair of Fairyland dolls that I ordered waaaaay back in May and figured they would be arriving Wednesday, so there was a good chance I might be able to bring them up to squee when I dropped the kiddies off.

Apparently they are at the local post office already ~ Oh my.

Dare I hope that before I leave the farm the tracking update will state they are out for delivery??

*bounces*

July 24th, 2009

Oi....

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Okay ~ going to strike while the iron is hot...so to speak and squeeze another brain-fart out.

My Bambicrony Yo-SD sized doll, Kumi arrived on Monday without any ransom demands from customs.

*go me*

It was at this point that I realized that I really need to stay away from doll sites because my addictive nature is in full swing.

Why him? He was being retired and I'd always admired the sculpt and I had the money to get him (and his little wings and glass eyes) sans face-up, hair, clothes, shoes....so that was that.

I am (don't laugh) waiting on two others...*throws up hands*...don't say it! I KNOW! I know I've got enough. I think I've covered the bases in every size from regular SD to tiny and I'm quite content with the variety I have now. Darn it, I love 'em all. I know that when Fairyland coughs up the cat-ears and paws for the size of doll I'm waiting on for deliver, that I'll be picking them up because that was the original plan when I ordered the little resin tike (elf ears and cat ears....wonder how that happens...must be when a cat and an elf breed maybe?)..but beyond that I'm seriously good.

ANYway...back to this guy. He will stay in his box after a scrub down and coating of MSC this week, until I finish the body jobs on my RS kids. Then I need to make him a wig and give him his face-up and re-do the puki brothers. BUT before ANY of that I have 10 dolls to scrub and spray and Kulta and Willow need to be wired and/or sueded.

My weekend with too much chance of rain which means no chance of outside painting while the family is away means I am clearing the kitchen table and getting at this long, stinky job. I'll have to change Ryu's hands too..

*cringes at the nightmare that's going to be because she's strung so tightly and when I did Tuuli's I sliced my finger*

I have no lack of things to do between domestic moments and on top of all that....Xan has hooked me but good into SL. More on THAT....in another post.

*head desk*

I have also noticed that the resolution of the images that are hosted on Photobucket is dropping. Fair enough...that stuffs' hosted for free. I now have my FTP back and my own webhost and will go back to dealing with the boring upload without the bling over there. *shrugs*

July 17th, 2009

Riddle me this

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I have another doll (different size, maker, etc) incoming and I casually clicked on the tracking number this evening to discover that it went into and out of Canada Customs... in one minute.

WHAT does that mean...besides the fact that I will be waiting around for the mailman Monday morning?

*keeps fingers crossed that it means no customs charges*

MO dolls

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Waaaay back in April, a doll company named Felixdoll, started a promotion for their 11cm tall bjds. Basically at a third of the cost of a regular one, you could get three for the cost of one, with additional promotion items thrown in, such as extra heads, wigs, clothing, hand-sets etc to sweeten the pot.

These little dolls are similar to the Fairyland Puki and those that owned them love the little things to bits, saying that they are equal in almost every way to Puki in the ways they count the most ~ the production quality and posing ability of the doll itself.

Personally I think this crazy promotion is to get the product into the hands of puki lovers and snag the attention of those who were just not going to cough up the money for a tiny at Puki prices (which these guys are at normal prices). They just don't have Fairlyland clout and exposure. They will now.

Anyway...so what's a girl to do when faced with so many sweet little brownies for a decent price? Buy a few naturally.

Yes yes....I am utterly pathetic and made of total fail. Tell me something that I don't know. ;)

As the months rolled along they kept extending the *sale* and adding new versions to it and changing the promo items to the point that I really had NO idea what was going to be coming home to me when all was said and done.

Much to my surprise, my Trio of Trouble arrived this morning from the dealer, Ajumapamausa, in the US. I'd elected to have them shipped out non-EMS so I really wasn't expecting them until next week, so WOOT!

Now forgive the babble for a moment as I try to explain what arrived:

I'd ordered Adele and Momo (names of face-up/sets) on April 17th and then added Angel (another set) to the mix on April 27th ~ Karen kindly agreeing to combine the shipments so seriously who knew with the surge in popularity due to the extension of the sale when mine would roll in.

The reason I chose Momo was that I'd always been fond of that particular sculpt (that goes by that name) and this set came with an extra head (Nene) and I chose Adele because it was different from Momo yet also had elf ears, & came with a sleeping elf head. I picked up Angel as an after thought as I wanted a handset ...or so the logic goes. Cue the additional promos ....chaos ensues....so what kind of Brownie Hash did I end up with when I opened my box?

Batch of Brownies )

July 14th, 2009

The Cat's pajamas....or something like that

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Last night I played in SL (second life) and bought character a skin ~ meaning while I can change the human shape of my avatar to suit, I coughed-up coin to wrap her body in snow leopard markings with an animated tail and ears.

I am most please with my girl ~ she is smexy =^..^=

Today the only noteworthy things I did was I trim the backyard grass with clippers, weed the back section of the rock garden, move furniture around the sprogs room now that the girls' vanity is out of there... and play around a bit with Kulta here (who is wearing a new outfit I picked up for him when in Vancouver). I also went to the gym and finished off volume 9 of Kurosagi Corpse Deliver Service while on the bike.

...such a good read that. I know there are 11 volumes out in Japan but why isn't Dark Horse publishing another one this year? WHAAAAAH ~ I want more smart & funny horror manga!!

My box of needful things from Vancouver arrived and I've only just started to unpack those items I picked up at Daiso for house and dollies. I'd wondered why it was so heavy and discovered the answer on the bottom ~ along with the bubble gum machine, Xan had sent me her rice cooker which was too big for just her and hubby. *heh* At some point I'm bound to kill mine and it's good to have a back-up :)

Ariss, I'll haul it all out tomorrow to give you a better idea of what goodies I found at Daiso..

I've now made a list of the NEXT to-dos; Along with painting the front porch I need to paint the parging around the base of the house (that I can get at) paint the steel wings/fangs and claws on the 300 lb. stone dragon in my front garden, prep & re-paint a pair of stepping stools my grandfather made me and also take down and repaint the house numbers so they are once again visible from the street.

*looks at list and nods to self*

You know it feels good to be able to tackle the little piddly chores along with the bigger ones that NEED to be done. :)

Feline felicty )

June 17th, 2009

Family Vacation...

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I've got the Bonsai Bros squared away & I'm now working on configuring the Velvetpaw siblings and my camera into the carry-on bag.

I'm wondering how I'm going to fit 5 Rhubarb tarts in there as well?? >D

Anyway, after I took this shot I found Willow's own face-mask and put Samuals' back in the drawer. The next step is to attack my own packing.

And yes....like usual I'm packing clothing for 5.

*shakes head at the irony*

June 12th, 2009

Getting my goat

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Resinsoul has come out with a large doll that has the ears and removable horns of a dall sheep.

Now a much more expensive doll company, Soom, which produces monthly limiteds has done a theme with hooved and horned doll people in the past and there is a minor fluff-up in some forums about RS copying Soom....because as we all know, themes are exclusive.

Only ONE company has the right to make elves and only ONE company has the right to make vampires and only ONE company can make....

The point is, no one on the planet is going to mistake a $1200 US doll for a $200 one. Just the existence of animal horns does not mean copying and the fact that this doesn't even begin to resemble the expensive doll remotely (no hooves, no elf ears), so tossing around accusations of plagerism is rather simple minded. I don't see anyone screaming angrily at Souldoll for creating a centaur when Domadoll has offered ones for years.

As a matter of fact, there are companies that have been offering magnetic demon/goat/pan horns that you can attach to ANY doll for ages. I find this to be ridiculous to think that one company invented the concept.

What Resinsoul did was sculpt their own version of horns and married it with a head with PAN ears which IS unusual. I rather like the ears but have no interest in either the horns nor the doll.....but I still am annoyed with the way some people are ready to cry copyright theft so fast. Horns are quickly moving into the same area that detachable cat ears are in DOLLYworld..hardly uncommon.

What IS uncommon about cat ears...is when they occur on dolls like my Willow and her brother Kutla...because Dollzone did something OTHERS hadn't (and still haven't) and that is ~ remove the human ears. Ironically 99% of the people that see them don't realize how unusual they are until I pull back the hair to reveal....nothing at all. XD...

ANYway..yep it's all a lot of self-righteous bleating in Dollyworld. Same old, same old. ;)

June 7th, 2009

Sora

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Now that the face-ups on the little RS blue boys are done, I can turn my attention to Sora ~ Resinsoul Mei

No...you are not looking at Dr. Manhatten Jr. XD Her name is taken from the following:



空 Kū or sora, most often translated as "Void", but also meaning "sky" or "Heaven", represents those things beyond our everyday experience, particularly those things composed of pure energy. Bodily, kū represents spirit, thought, and creative energy. It represents our ability to think and to communicate, as well as our creativity. It can also be associated with power, creativity, spontaneity, and inventiveness.


When I return from Vancouver in July, I'll hopefully be able to finish her up and then get started on her brother Mizu/RS JUN (the water element). I'd been itching to get at this girl though and at least give her a face and re-attach it to the body (after 4 months on my desk). I will continue to work on the colouring of her face/head and body as I move forward with this project and decide if she needs a wig or just to go with a patterned scalp.



Thanks for looking.

June 6th, 2009

The other blues brother....

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Another coat of paint on the walls meant...I had time to do up Lapis' face. :)

He's 15 cm tall by the way, 4 cm taller than a puki for anyone who is interested.

Blue boy 1

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Yesterday I brushed another coat of white paint on the walls of the little room and had to stop due to a hand cramp. I suppose this wouldn't be such a problem if I wasn't one of those freaks that doesn't like to use a roller because it misses too many spots on these old wonky, rough walls. Today I think I'll be able to add colour to one wall but need to give three others another coat of white.

F**K! ~ I am really peeved that animals are eating my pumpkin seedlings and/or seeds. They have chewed up all the seeds and/or seedlings of the fairytale pumpkin sprouts twice, so today I'm replanting, but putting cages (strawberry baskets) on them so they can't easily dig them up or gnaw on them....or so the theory goes.

I also have chives and rhubarb that my mother brought me the other day, to plant. Before I moved here 12 years ago, I dug out pieces of plants from my old garden and given them to her to plunk into hers so that one day I could get a piece back. Today the offspring of my old plants go in...and it's funny.

All I asked for was a rhubarb plant ~ and she arrived with POUNDS of rhubarb to. The irony is that the locally grown food co-op started up this week and I had an order in for...you guessed it...rhubarb.

I am cleaning, chopping and freezing scads of it today.

I also started another thing on THE LIST...that being, giving my Resinsoul Blue boys face-ups. I finished Turq this morning :)

Having wired his body I am really happy with his ability to hold limited poses and stand like a rock. Sora and Mizu are DEFINATELY getting wired!! I think I might do that for SU too now that I think of it.

ANYway...I hope to get Turqs' little brother Lapis done today.


Turq )

June 3rd, 2009

Cause it's mine...

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Can someone please explain to me what is with the obsession with Dolly-people plastering their internet handle on the photos of their resin babies?

While I sort of get the idea of having the watermark on the side of the image, those who drop it directly in the centre of the photo strike me as uniquely paranoid.

*flaps hand in a bored manner*

You don't need to preach to an artist about wild an wooly world of cyber art theft ~ I leave that to the copyright lawyers and professional wankers & hand-wringers to hash out ~ but seriously....

Unless you are aiming to make a profit from the image I don't understand this need to shite in the middle of a beautiful image that they have taken agonizing pains to pull the elements together, compose, photograph and tweak to perfection.

Doing that makes it FUGLY. WHY are you bothering to share?

If you are afraid of it getting stolen post it in such a fashion that it can't be copied, is at a really low resolution or don't post it at all.

In other words: People get over yourselves.
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