So, for starters, I thought I should admit — as April is almost upon us — that I won’t be doing April A to Z this year. 😦 I’ve enjoyed doing it the past two years, but I have two research projects due this April (in the same class, despite that the “final exam” date is in mid-May) and I’ve been sick all month, so I haven’t been able to get anything done on anything at all. (In fact, I spent a whole week doing almost nothing but sleeping.) However, it turns out that there’s a new, less posting-intensive April challenge available, only requiring one post a week (an improvement over my posting here of late), so I’ll be doing that instead.
I’ve found myself going crazy wanting to do doll shopping while I’ve been sick. Mostly I’ve been able to relegate that to “extensive browsing,” I’m glad to say, but a few orders have been made. (Of course, what I really wanted was to be able to go doll shopping in person, which probably helped make it easier to resist the online shopping lure to what little extent I was able to do so.) Alice’s Collections has had a spring promotion going on for some time, wherein you get a massive discount on a tiny little deer BJD (pet-style, not anthropomorphic) if you spend a certain amount of money on accessories, or buy a regular doll over 25 cm. (And I do mean massive, btw: $10 instead of $120. But I also mean tiny, as it’s only 12 cm tall. But for $10, that’s okay.) The promotion ends at the end of the month, so I couldn’t wait any longer in the hopes that another sale would kick in to mitigate the cost somewhat. (And I couldn’t pass it up, ’cause it’s a deer doll!) Thankfully, I held back from buying a YOSD satyr girl (though I really want one!) and just bought accessories. I got some new clothes for Arthur (again), some protective garments to protect various dolls from staining, a green wig and green eyelashes for the dark fairy — I mean, dryad — and…uh…I think there was more than that, but I’m having trouble remembering what. Maybe some clothes for Juliet, too? Oh, no, that’s right! Shoes! I bought some new shoes for Ivy that wouldn’t contrast so badly with her current outfit. (I still need to get her a different outfit that will match her cute rainbow shoes, though…) That should be an interesting package when it gets here, but it won’t be for at least a month, because they have to have the deer made.
There have been a few Etsy orders, too. I ordered some shoes and socks for Betsy, and some white bloomers from Patsy, but they haven’t come yet, because while the shoes and socks were pre-made, the seller has to make the bloomers before the order can ship. At about the same time I ordered some Mattel dolls from the ’80s and ’90s, mostly because there was one I’ve been wanting for some time now.
And just last night I finally ordered some dresses for the light and dark fairies. (Well, fairy and dryad.) It’s been hard to figure any dresses that would work for them, because I want them to be able to wear their wings and their clothes at the same time! (And most sellers don’t post photos of the backs of the garments to show how low — or not — they are in the back.) But I think these have low enough backs that they’ll work, and they just look so much like fairy dresses, you know? My biggest worry is that they may have been made for a slightly more slender doll, and therefore might not fit. 😦 If they don’t, they’ll certainly fit Houston, in which case Ellowyne could wear what Houston is wearing, and one of the fairies might be able to wear Ellowyne’s dress, but…I’m really hoping they’re going to fit, since they’d be so perfect otherwise.
More than anything else, what I’ve really been finding myself drifting towards (almost obsessively) in the past few weeks is the idea of adding a vintage 8″ Betsy McCall to my collection. I know I looked at some earlier and thought I’d prefer the Tonner version, and it’s not that I’m not happy with the Betsy I have (she’s adorable!) it’s just that somehow the vintage ones have started calling out to me of late. I’ve found a couple of them that are actually quite affordable (much more so than 8″ Tonner Betsys!) but I’ve been dilly-dallying, not sure which one I wanted to order. One of them is slightly cheaper and has nicer hair, but the hair is rather similar to my Tonner Betsy. The other one is slightly more expensive (and has higher shipping) and has less nice hair, but she’s got her shoes. Both are wearing vintage clothes that don’t particularly appeal to me, but finding them replacement clothes will not be difficult. 😛 (In fact, I’ve found a pair of nice vintage dresses on Etsy, and the seller who made my 14″ Betsy’s dress has some that would look gorgeous on the smaller Betsy, too…though then they’d feel even more like clones than they already would. 😛 ) Before I bought the fairy dresses (about $60, with shipping from Germany), I was thinking I might choose between the two Tiny Betsys and order one soon, but that is not to be after all…
…because this morning I got an e-mail from Ruby Lane about a change to one of the items on my wish list. I don’t like that they send those e-mails (I keep wish lists so I can find things again, not necessarily to keep abreast of their price fluctuations) but in this case it turned out to my advantage. The item in question was a 16″ Madame Alexander Princess Elizabeth doll in need of repair work. Primarily in the form of re-stringing, as she’s in pieces, but her face also needs some re-painting. The photos aren’t great (or I’d share them), but they seemed good enough to assure me that the doll is actually in pretty good condition other than that she’s unstrung; the crazing seemed minimal, and her eyes are evidently undamaged. (I think they must be tin, rather than glass.) Modern Madame Alexander dolls don’t always do much for me, but the old composition ones are lovely, and I’ve been wishing for a long time that they weren’t so deucedly expensive. So then here’s this girl, reduced down to $25 because of her TLC-needed condition. I don’t know how much it’s going to cost me to have her fixed up at the doll hospital (if it was just the stringing, I’d try it myself, but I’m not about to try painting her face), but I know the total cost will still be way less than buying one in perfect repair. Of course, I’ll also have to find her something to wear (she’s only got undies right now), but that won’t be hard to do on Etsy. Still, her shipping was pretty pricey ($15 shipping feels like a lot on a $25 doll!), and given the doll dresses just last night…8″ Betsy is going to have to wait. 😦 Especially since I’ve so far only worked two days this month, due to my aforementioned sickness. (Man, my paycheck will be pathetic this month. Maybe they won’t even bother with it, and they’ll just tack it onto next month’s wages.) But I’m on my second round of antibiotics now, so hopefully I’ll be back to normal by next week.
Anyway, I thought I should also mention that Bubbly Bliss has arrived, and she is gorgeous. 😀 I’ll do a proper post once I’m not sick and can take proper photos, but I did take a box shot before I freed her from her paperboard prison:
Given all the stars, I’ve decided to name her Stella. She’s so tiny and cute! And that translucent skin tone is amazing. It’s easy to see why the translucent Blythes always sell out so quickly, and then skyrocket in price. I was a little surprised by the roll wheel in the back to operate her eyes; I guess I was more expecting a little lever like on Pullips.
Once I’m well again — and have gone to the library to research the blasted take-home test (which is configured in such a way that you can’t do your primary research for it over the Internet, because this professor should have retired ten years ago) — I’m hoping to finally do the massive cleaning my place requires, which should let me add more doll shelves (so many more doll shelves!) and finally open some poor lasses (and at least one lad) who have been languishing in their boxes awaiting the day they can be released and join their fellows. And hopefully I’ll manage to set myself up a nice workspace where I can do face-ups properly. At this point I’ve got four BJDs (and that little deer on the way) in need of a face-up, and I still want to buy that grape Nano-Rabi from the Junky Spot, though that one probably won’t get any face-up anyway. 😛 (I almost ordered him the other day, actually, but I wanted to add on the DIY eye kit so I could make the perfect new eyes for the dryad, but I realized I didn’t know what size she needed. 😦 I need to take one of her eyes out and measure it, I guess. Ack, that sounds gross. I suppose I could also be all pedestrian and contact the artist on Kickstarter and just ask what size the eyes are….) Anyway, the point of this paragraph is just to say that if things go to plan (like that ever happens), then I’ll probably still be pretty quiet on the posting for a while, but then it should pick up again with a considerable improvement in quality over what there’s been lately.