Haruka and Michiru

Just a random little post…sort of.  Apparently October is LGBT History Month, which I had never known until I got an e-mail about it from the university.  I used up most of my LGBT material back in June, though, so…here’s a random shot of Haruka and Michiru I took during the photo shoot earlier.

“Shall we go?”

They’re heading off for a night on the town (or something).

I still haven’t replaced Haruka’s broken-footed body, because…well, reasons.  (I’m still on the fence about getting another Pullip body or trading out for an Obitsu, among other things.)  Michiru’s new dress is a Blythe dress by sleepforever.  It’s actually a bit risqué (the top part is see-through), but otherwise I think it’s totally her style. 🙂

They’re up on a little wall-mounted mini-shelf in my bedroom, which had formerly been filled with manga (for reasons that made sense at the time) that’s been cleared away to make more room for dolls.  (Because what else matters, right?)  As to the other occupant of the shelf, whose hair you can see in the photo… Continue reading


Holding Hands, v.2

Trying to pose two Pullips even remotely romantically turns out to be well beyond my feeble skills. 😦  Also, those skirts keep turning…neither of them is on straight, and I didn’t notice until just now.  But that’s nothing compared to trying to get their tiaras on.  I need to rig up something with wires or something.  Those clips they’re attached to are worthless.

Groove’s sample sales are dangerous things. 😛  I also picked up Sailor Jupiter…and then when I checked back about a week later, I saw they’d put up a bunch of J-Dolls, so I ended up getting Sailor Mercury and Byul Cheshire Cat du Jardin as well as a J-Doll to be a clothes-changer.  (All my other J-Dolls have stayed stock.  This new one comes in an outfit that’ll be awesome on Haruka…)

Pullip Amelia

So I finally managed to do a photoshoot of Amelia!  And it’s only taken me a week to get the post written up!  (Ack.)


I had trouble getting her hat and especially goggles to cooperate with me.


The side view gives you a better look at one of her rabbit ears. 😛  They’re super-soft.


The flash going off for the close-up didn’t do her lips any favors. 😦  But it really shows of her wonderful eyechips, though.  They’re glittery, and have little bunnies on them!  Super-adorable!


To show off her pink eyelids, and her cross-hatched eyebrows.

(You know, I think I used to be capable of writing a better doll review than this.  Ugh.  I’ve just been so out of it for so long…)


Here’s what her outfit looks like without the capelet and the flight helmet.  I really like the pink blouse.


Her purse is sort of cactus-themed, like a Tokidoki accessory. 😛


The cameo broach on her ribbon is a sweet touch.  And this shows you how nicely made her blouse is, too.


A sort of a corsety-belt thing.  (Oh god…my words are failing.)  Her pants are a velour-type material, so also very pleasant to the touch.  (I’ve been very tactile lately.  Not sure why.)


Last detail shot.  Not what I feel about the boots.  The cowboy theme doesn’t quite fit in (though I guess the cactus purse ties in a bit) but the colors are nice.

The gallery for this post is here.

Bah.  That was a terrible write-up.  My deep apologies.  I’m just totally off my game, lately.

Actually, I’m officially putting my main blog on semi-hiatus in a few days.  Technically, I guess this one is on a semi-hiatus, too, but it’s less about not feeling the drive to blog than it is about not having the right opportunities to take any photos.

Maybe when Arthur’s new clothes get here, I’ll have some drive to get photographing…

Oh, btw, in case anyone remembers that I said anything on the subject, I did eventually find all of the other eyechips I made for Pyrrha.  So it’s just a matter of finding the time to get Nadia’s eyechips changed.  (And figuring out what’s wrong with Pyrrha’s eye mechanism now and getting that fixed.  Though unfortunately I think it may require new heart-pupiled eyechips…)

A Big Day for Deliveries (Unexpectedly)

I wasn’t expecting anything today.

Well, no.  I was hoping to get that package from Amazon.  The one I ordered on the 14th, which got lost in the mail, got refunded, and then I had to re-order it and today was supposed to be the first day of the delivery window.  (But when I checked this morning, they still hadn’t even shipped the bloody thing. 😦 Boooo!)  But I wasn’t expecting anything else to arrive today.

So then I was surprised when I got a package this morning.  Inside it…

big delivery 1

A tiny, non-windowed box, like Wonder Woman came in.  I haven’t actually de-boxed her yet, but here’s what she looks like still in the package:

big delivery 4

I’ll give her a proper photo shoot and review when I have a chance.  (Maybe work will be light this weekend and I can take her to work with me and take her picture there.  That’d be cool.)  I gotta say, I love the glittery eye chips (they were one of the big selling points for me, in fact), and her face-up is really sweet.

Anyway, if Amelia was the only package that arrived, I wouldn’t be doing this post; I’d just wait until I had her full photo shoot ready.  But when I was starting my dinner, I checked the porch again (because it occurred to me I forgot to actually look in the mail box to see if there was, you know, actual mail) and found two tall cardboard mailers taped together.  Inside…

big delivery 5 big delivery 8

I didn’t even know they had shipped yet!  I thought it said they were going to ship the 15th.  Maybe it said the 1st and I mis-remembered, but either way, I wasn’t expecting them to get here today!  I hadn’t even gotten an e-mail telling me they were shipping!  (Though I guess I didn’t check my e-mail this morning, but I know I checked it last night.)

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Pullip Make It Own Wig Selection

Yikes, how’s that for an exciting post title?  And after I’ve been absent for so long, too. 😦

Well, things are still weird here, so…yeah, things will stay sporadic until my life gets back under control.  Now that the semester’s started, I’ll be working fewer hours, which might give me more time for dolly things.  Maybe.  Hopefully.  (Goodness knows I still have two Pullips and a Taeyang waiting to be deboxed, not to mention another Pullip coming pretty soon.)


Back when JPGroove was offering a discount code to celebrate San Diego Comic Con, I used that code to place an order.  Those two Pullips, and one of the “Value Sets” of three wigs.  The dolls are still in their boxes, unfortunately, but at least I can finally show you the wigs.

Oh, but first, meet Nadia:

Pullip wigs 3

Technically, she’s shown up here before, as Tiger Lily Byul, but since I got a new one whose wig hairstyle wasn’t messed up, the original became free for re-styling.  Just taking down the wrecked up braids and putting her in this Monster High dress from Etsy really changed her look a lot!  I wish I had a full progression to show for her, but unfortunately she’s still got these same eye chips in.  Because Byul takes Blythe-sized eye chips, right?  So I was gonna have a big eye chip trying on party, letting her try all those eye chips that I decided weren’t right for Pyrrha.

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I’m back, but not very.

Yeah, that title makes no sense.  I know.

Anyway, the thing is, while I’m now done with July CampNaNo (preliminary report can be viewed here on my other blog), I can’t actually, you know, do much right now for the blog, because I hurt my back on Wednesday, and I now need to spend most of my time lying down until it gets better.  (I go into that on the other blog post, too.)

The big problem about the back is that I can’t really even get into the room where most of my dolls are right now.  Because I have some mouse issues in my house, and there’s this thing blocking the door so they can’t get underneath it, but now I can’t pick up the thing ’cause I can’t bend over.  And that really sucks, because I got a Taeyang from Amazon a few days ago, and the two Pullips I ordered from Groove should be arriving today.  (Ironically, though I intended to use their SDCC discount code to order the SDCC 2016 Pullips, I ended up ordering older dolls instead.  Amusingly, I ordered the Taeyang as a partner to one of those Pullips, and I ordered him several days after placing the Groove order.  He got here on Friday, even though he wasn’t supposed to arrive until tomorrow at the earliest.)  There’s another post I want to do that was going to involve photographing things on my bed instead of in the dolly room, so hopefully I can get those photos taken soon.  (Then again, I’ve been saying that for a while now about a lot of things, haven’t I?)

Because the Urgent Care center I went to for my back was in the same parking lots as one of the local Tuesday Mornings, I have an unexpected new girl in my collection:

boxed Tiger Lily 1

You may be thinking “Hey, didn’t you already have that doll?”  And you’d be right.  I did already have a Tiger Lily Byul.  So why buy a second one?  Well, ’cause I took her out for photography enough that I totally wrecked up her hair.  And I broke her bow string.  So this way I have a pristine stock Tiger Lily, and I can remove the messed up wig on the original (though in truth it’s really just the braids that are messed up, not the wig itself), and re-dress her in something that doesn’t have real fur on it, and maybe give her new eye chips.  Given the paucity of darker skinned dolls in the general Groove catalog, I didn’t think it would be a good idea to pass one up. 😉

Her new name will be Nadia.

So far I haven’t deboxed the new Tiger Lily, because all my spare clothes and wigs are in the room I can’t currently access, so there’s not much I can do for Nadia, unless I want to put her in some Barbie clothes.  (Or strip a Monster High or Skipper doll nude and let her have those clothes. 😛 )

I really want to get to the other Tuesday Mornings in the area to check for other Groove dolls, but I’m not leaving this house today while my package from Groove is still on the way. 😛  If it gets here soon enough, I might venture out, though.  (However, I hadn’t been to a Tuesday Mornings in months.  It could be that Tiger Lily had been sitting there a while, because everyone else didn’t want her, as Byul is very unpopular.  So it may be that checking the other stores won’t actually do me any good.  But I wanted to check for Monster High dolls originally, as I went into Target earlier in the week and all the Monster High and Ever After High dolls were on clearance, as Mattel is beginning to unleash the new, watered down versions.  In fact, Target actually had one of those in stock for Monster High:  that it had no wrist joints wasn’t nearly as shocking as the fact that it had no knee joints.  Facially, it didn’t look too bad, but that may have been because it was a new character, so I had nothing concrete to compare it against.  But I’m not about to buy a Monster High doll without working knees though.  No freakin’ way.)

Oh, one last thing before I go.  My stats reflect the weirdest thing.  After puttering along at the usual 30-40 views per day, on Saturday it reported 100 views, and on Sunday 216.  Almost all of those views of the kind that don’t register as being views of any particular page or post.  I think it must have been some kind of bot accessing all my posts in the late hours of Saturday and the early hours of Sunday.  I have (not counting this one, obviously) 226 posts and 11 pages, so that’d average out to about 40 actual views per day on those days; in other words, normal days.  Did anyone else have a massive jump in views on those days?  (I mean, obviously said bot wasn’t accessing all of WordPress all at once, ’cause it didn’t hit my other blog.)  I’m wondering if it’s some kind of search engine cataloging thing, or what.  Regardless of the cause, it’s strange.

Oh, btw, if you want to see the rest of the awkward box shots of Tiger Lily (box shots looking down at a box on a bed are not ideal), I put them in the Stock Byul gallery.