My June Posting Plans

So, for the last few posts, I’ve mentioned having plans for the blog for the month of June, without ever mentioning what they are.

So now I’m mentioning what they are. 😛

As you may or may not be aware, June is Pride Month.  I’m asexual myself, but I’m very supportive of the LGBT community.  And in today’s political atmosphere, I feel like it’s very important to voice my support.  Or in this case, photograph it.  So my posts this month are going to be either rainbow-themed or same-sex romantic (but always safe for work!) photos.  You’ll be seeing a lot of Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune. 😉  (But also some other anime, Monster High, possibly Vocaloid if I can figure out the right way to handle it, and anything else I can think of that actually seems appropriate.)

Today, I’m just going to recycle some rainbow-themed photos that have been on the blog previously.

New photos will appear next time I post.  (And I’ve already taken several photos of the Uranus and Neptune Figurarts, so I’m almost kinda sorta prepared!)

Deliveries and New Doll Year

Okay, so today I’m trying something new.  Because I only seem to have time to blog, lately, during my lunch breaks at work (and when I’m having to man the register and have no tasks I can do from there), so I’m going to try to write up this post offline at work.  (I mean, yeah, I could do it online, but since I don’t have my photos uploaded anyhow, why bother logging in to WordPress on the museum’s laptop?  And I’m not trying to write a post on my iPad without my keyboard.  No freakin’ way.)

Er, okay, anyway.  So, I want to tell you about three deliveries that came in the same day, and also talk about my dolly goals for the New Year.

The deliveries all came on…uh…Monday?  Tuesday?  No, no, it was Monday.  I think.  (Ack.  I totally meant to write this post the same day, or at least the next day, but…somehow, it’s now Thursday, and I’m only just writing it.  My life is nuts.)  Anyway, it only looked like two deliveries at first, because there was a box and a bag sitting on the porch when I got home, but then I found the third delivery inside the mailbox.  And we’re starting with that one because.

This order of tiny dolly clothes from nubanded on Etsy marks the arrival of the last of the items I ordered for the dolls from my Black Friday Junky Spot order.

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If you can read the little stickers, you’ll see that three of the five are marked as “gifts.”  I don’t know if that was just to be nice, or if it was an apology that it took so long to get the order shipped, but it was really sweet either way. 🙂  Of course, now I’ll have to figure out where/on whom to use the extra clothes. 😛

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Melitta’s new dress is super-adorable on her, but kind of doesn’t match her hair.  I may have to get her a new wig.  (Or just do some wig-swapping, I suppose, until I find a combination I like among my BJD Ai and Little+ dolls.)  I was going to give Ted the yellow shoes, too, but they really didn’t fit him.  Actually, the clothes Melitta was wearing are a little big on him all around, but…

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I found this Little Dal+ Taurus at my local Tuesday Mornings quite some time ago.  Her stock clothes didn’t do a thing for me, of course, and when I bought her I thought I’d probably replace her wig, too.  The wig I turned out to like, though, so it was just a matter of finding her something new to wear.  Enter this exceptionally adorable outfit!

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I love her flashy eye make-up. 😀

So, moving on!  For no readily apparent reason, I’m going to move on to the delivery that came in the bag next.  It’s the reward I got for backing a Kickstarter.

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These are the Crabapple Cousins, the main reward for the Kickstarter.  Aren’t they cute?  (Seriously, though, what is with the adorable food/animal fusion toys lately?  It’s not that I’m not enjoying them, but…what’s up with that?)

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The postcard and enamel pins didn’t really fit in the previous photo.  Figured I might as well include one of the plushies in this shot to give an idea of their scale.

There were also a couple of die-cut stickers in the backer reward, but in the interest of getting this post finished up, I’m going to skip over them and leave them for the gallery. 😛  So, moving on, the last of the three deliveries was a delivery from Tonner.

I learned from Confessions of a Doll Collector’s Daughter that the Tonner company is changing its methods.  Hopefully they know what they’re doing and have thought this through, but that’s not the point:  the point is that they’re discontinuing almost every doll line they’ve got.  So suddenly it’s a case of “if you don’t get ‘em now, you might never get ‘em.”  Because that’s just what I need right now, right?  Worse still, very little is on sale at their online store; it’s just never going to be restocked.  (And naturally I got there after they’d sold out a really lovely Indian-themed Ellowyne Wilde doll, and all they have left of Sad Sally is clothing.)  Since Tonner dolls are pretty expensive, ordering them full price is daunting—somehow more daunting than ordering Blythe and Pullip dolls, even though the prices are comparable.  But two of them were on sale.

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This is the City Girls line, which is labelled as being a beginner’s collector doll.  I’m not sure if the doll’s name is Houston, or if it’s her home town.  *shrug*  It’s kind of fun as a name, though, so I’m going with it as her name at the moment.

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I’ve wanted a Maudlynne Macabre since seeing pictures of her on the Confessions blog, but she was no longer being manufactured, and therefore had been jacked up in price from third party sellers.  (Or maybe I was just a moron and couldn’t find the Tonner site at that time?)  But now Tonner has her in stock, and on sale for $30!  So she’s really the reason I made the order. 😀

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A scale comparison.  I was surprised at how big Houston was!  I suspect she’s the same size as an Ellowyne Wilde and other Tonner 16” dolls.  (I totally should have grabbed Emma for this comparison shot!  That was totally stupid of me.  If I say “totally” one more time, I may transmogrify into an ‘80s girl all over…)  I’m looking at “slim MSD” sized clothes for her.

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I’ve found a couple of specifically Ellowyne Wilde outfits on Etsy that I’m thinking of buying.  One of them is more of a suit, which I think will suit Houston nicely.  The other is a colorful party dress, which I think will nicely suit the Ellowyne Wilde I’m thinking of getting.  (I know, I don’t need to get one of her at all, but look at her name!  How can I not get a doll named Ellowyne Wilde?)  Since the only Ellowyne Wilde dolls left on the Wilde Imagination site are quite expensive, I’ve been shopping around, and found a “basic” Ellowyne from 2015 (“basic” meaning she’s basically in her undies, naturally) with short red hair that I’m thinking of getting, as it’s nice hair and she’s significantly cheaper because she doesn’t have a fancy outfit.  I’m also thinking of getting a basic Evangeline Ghastly, too, but she’s rather pricey, so I may not.

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I’m hoping to find a good time and place to take some suitable outdoor photos of this cutey.  She needs something grim and dreary, but also pleasant, the sort of place the Addams family might go for a picnic. 😛

Okay, so that’s the deliveries covered.  Now on to the dolly goals!  (Got this idea from Olive, of course.)

My biggest doll goal for the new year is actually to stop buying so freakin’ many of them.

I am not on a good path for that, so far.  (In addition to what I’ve told you about, I’ve also ordered a Betsy McCall (another Tonner), the Made-to-Move-style Wonder Woman before she disappears on me altogether, and several vintage dolls from Etsy that I’m very excited about.  And I had a trip to Target the other day that ended up with three new dolls coming home with me, including one of the Shibajuku Girls, which I’ll post about more fully later.  Uh, at some point.  Like after I finally post about the yoga doll…)

So, I’m trying to at least tell myself to hold off on the “ooh, that’s new” and “ohh, it’s on sale!” purchases.  (She says, after having bought a goofy playline Barbie just ‘cause she was on clearance at Target and had transparent blue hands.)

I do have a few things I actively want to buy this year, though:

  1. My very first composition doll. (Already on the way!  Yay!)
  2. A translucent Blythe (but only if a new one is released this year)
  3. UFO a Go Go (if I can find someplace to put her)
  4. Uh…there was at least one more, but now I don’t remember what it was…

Mostly, though, I want to hold off on most purchases until such a time as I’ve finished cleaning up my house and can add new shelves to hold them all.  (I also kind of want to get one of those backyard plastic sheds to temporarily hold stuff while I’m cleaning, and then to be a crafting area after the massive cleaning endeavor is over.  But that is perhaps a ludicrous waste of money, since it turns out those things are not cheap.  And at this time of year, they’d be horribly cold.  And in the summer they’d be horribly hot.  So probably not a good idea.)

It is possible that I won’t have to work on Saturday, as the museum may be closed due to inclement weather.  In which case I plan to finally take those photos so I can get that next post up!  (But if we’re not closed…)

Junky Spot Black Friday Order!

Yes, it finally arrived!  Yay!  The post office finally found it in whatever limbo it’s been in for the entire month of December, and today they put a “Second Notice” in my mailbox.  (Even though the first one was in November.)

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Picking it up was weird, though.  Like, all the crazy people were out today or something.  This older man was hassling the woman behind the counter because she couldn’t do what he wanted her to do because the computers were down.  He kept on pushing, like somehow she’d magically be able to do it without the computer system, and when she couldn’t, he started comparing the service to being in a third world country.  Then the next people in line wanted a passport, even though that branch had all these big signs saying that they only did parcels and holding mail.  Ugh.  Why are people so annoying?  At least I was in the right place, and was smiling and friendly.  (Despite the month-long delay in getting my package.)

Aaaanyway, here’s what was in the package.  (Warning, nude, eyeless dolly photos ahead!)

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Wig Swapping

I thought I would share my adventures(?) in trying to find just the right match between doll and wig.  Or “the right match for the moment,” at least.

There’s two size sets being dealt with, tiny (Little Pullip+ and BJD Ai size) and large (1/3 scale and Pullip size), but before I get to the wigs, I think I’ll share Juliet’s new shirt first.

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This is her total look with the new shirt and everything.  The new shirt’s cute, right?  It’s by ttyacom.  I  just love the owl. 🙂

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This picture is the reason I wanted to start with the shirt:  I realized that, gorgeous as this wig is, it just doesn’t work on her.  Juliet needs bangs.  So her wig is in the mix here as well.  (I’ve ordered a new one on Etsy, but we’ll just have to wait and see if it looks right on her.  Also I’m hoping it won’t clash with her clothes…)

But I’m going to start the swapping with the little size, because it’s a lot faster; only two dolls, with two wigs each.

Starting points:

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Ending points:

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The Little Byul+ there was originally dressed in a My Melody kigurumi costume, which is naturally why her hair was so crazy short.  (You may have recognized her wig as the one Suve is now wearing.)  Her new dress is off some Disney doll I found at Tuesday Mornings.  Melitta’s stock wig looks much better on Byul than that little pink one, don’t you think?  It certainly looks better with that dress than it does with Melitta’s current outfit.

As to Melitta’s new wig, it’s by LalamShop, and it was actually intended for Little Pullip+ rather than BJD Ai, but they wear the same size, so that’s cool. 🙂  It’s an improvement in terms of wig/outfit compatibility, but still not quite meshing.  I think I need to find Melitta a new outfit.  Maybe if I just got her a skirt to replace the jeans?

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Little Mad Hatter and other news

For someone who’s supposed to be not blogging in order to save all her words for NaNo, I seem to be posting a lot. 😛

Anyway, just some little stuff.  First off, the two Little+ dolls I ordered from JPGroove:

Little Dal+ Mad Hatter
Little Dal+ Mad Hatter

She had shown up on their Sample Sale, but I noticed they also had one in the box, so I decided to go with that one, paying a bit extra in order to ensure that her hat was present and undamaged.  Also so she would have a stand.  So I now have all the Little+ Alice set other than Pink Alice.  (And why would I need two Alices?  It’s not like I have any shortage of other Alice dolls.  Well, not that you can ever have too many Alices…)  But I also ordered one who really was a sample:

Little Pullip+ Rovam
Little Pullip+ Rovam

Now that I’m comparing her to her promotional pictures, I see that the eyepatch was not necessarily supposed to be over her eye.  Oh well.  Anyhoo, you’ll note I just sat her down next to Bee Balm…who now has a name!  Her name is Melitta.

Also, her other outfit arrived just today.

Melitta in her new dress
Melitta in her new dress

The dress is by nubanded on Etsy.  And as you can see, it doesn’t quite fit her.  It was designed for a Hujoo Baby, and I thought they were the same size as BJD Ai, but it seems they vary a bit more than I thought.  So now I’m going to have to get a Hujoo Baby to give this dress to.  Well, I’ve been wanting one anyway…though I can’t get the one I really want. 😦

Due to their frame set-up, I can’t give you a link to the direct page, but at the Junky Spot, under Hujoo 11-13 cm, if you scroll down forever to get to the actual Hujoo Baby dolls, there are three:  Suve, Ted and Is.  The one I really want is Suve in “chocolate” but they only have her in “apricot.”  The only one they have in “chocolate” is Is, who’s too jowly for my tastes.  Ted’s all right, but nowhere near as cute as Suve.  And since they only just got in a bunch of Hujoo dolls, I don’t think they’ll be getting any more chocolate Suve dolls any time soon.  I checked Hujoo’s own web site, and they had Ted in chocolate as well as Is, but still not Suve.  (Obviously, I’m not the only one charmed by her little pursed lips.)  So I’m not sure what to do about that.  It would be silly to buy a doll I don’t like (Is) but the questions are “am I going to miss out on chocolate-colored dolls altogether if I don’t buy one now?” and “am I going to miss out on Suve altogether if I don’t buy her now?”  And I’m not sure how to get an answer to that question.  😦  (I might get a NanoRabi for now, and give her the dress, and worry about the Hujoo Baby later.)

Of course, Melitta still has the problem of her hair not working with her clothes.  If I get a Hujoo Baby, and if their heads are the same size, I could give the baby Melitta’s wig, and get her a new wig that won’t be so discordant with the jeans.  Because someone is going to keep wearing that wig, as I really like it.  (Though it’d be even cooler if it was some wild color, but even so!)

I still have one Etsy order still en route:  the Licca head and outfit.  It should have arrived last week, but the seller had a bit of a SNAFU and put the wrong labels on two outgoing packages.  So I got someone else’s package and they got my Licca head.  The seller got everything straightened out, so my order is now on the way, but the extra wait is definitely annoying.  (All the more so since I have her body sitting here waiting, headless.)

I’m still trying to figure out what to do about the Cardcaptor Sakura dolls, too.  Now that I know Pure Neemo XS will work for everyone’s clothes but Mei-Lin’s, I could go ahead and order one boy body and two female bodies, and then figure out what do to about Mei-Lin after I can try her clothes on the boy body, and on the 21 cm male Obitsu body I’m going to order soon from Junky Spot (to re-body Len) but then there’s the issue of what heads to give them, and where to find them appropriate wigs.  And also the issue of where to buy the bodies from.  Because it turns out that the one I got on Etsy was a wee bit over-priced.  They’d be much cheaper on AmiAmi…if they had them in stock.  I found a couple of other sites that have the boy body for about $10 less than what I paid for the girl body, but they don’t have the girl bodies, and they do have nice expensive shipping from Japan.  (But so did the Etsy seller.)  And I’ve never heard of the other sites, so I don’t know if they’re any good.  They certainly look like big stores, but…yeah, it’s always a gamble.  Maybe I should wait to initiate the whole process until after AmiAmi has them in stock?  (I’m assuming something like that is going to be regularly re-stocked, being a doll part, not a whole doll.)

Anyway, one last thing.  Yesterday, when I got home from class and checked my mail, I found one of those “sorry we missed you” cards indicating there was something I had to sign for.  Now, I live in a little subdivision, and there’s two routes to my house:  the direct route that requires a left turn across a busy road with no traffic light, and the indirect route that requires a left turn across the same busy road with a traffic light, and then makes me drive through half the subdivision.  Given that it was a little after lunch time, I had no chance of taking the direct route, and ended up driving through half the subdivision.  So I knew the mailman was still in the subdivision, and I could go chase after him to get my package that day, instead of waiting until this morning.  (Yes, I actually did that once.)  But the slip said it was a large envelope, not a package (there was also a place on the slip for the name of the sender, but I couldn’t read what had been scrawled there), so I assumed it was probably the dress for Melitta, as it was too soon for the Licca head.  And the only other thing I was waiting on was a package.

Long story short–“Too late!”–I decided to wait until this morning, since it was just a doll outfit.  Then I’m at the post office, waiting as they find my package, and they don’t bring out a little envelope.  They bring out a box.  And in that box…

Tada!
Tada!

Weirdly enough, this is the second time this has happened, and in both cases, it was a Blythe being delivered:  Romana‘s “sorry we missed you” slip also indicated an envelope, rather than a package.  (But seriously, this was crazy fast shipping!  (For $30, it should be, of course!)  I think Junie Moon only shipped these on the 12th or 13th, and she arrived here on the 17th, from Japan?  Seriously fast shipping.)

Anyway, I’m forcing myself not to de-box her until I’ve made some serious progress on my research paper.  (To ensure that I don’t succumb to the temptation, I’m even leaving her box in the plastic protective sleeve.)  It’s not easy to wait, though, lemme tell you!  Especially because this is a first for me:  I’ve gotten a doll right at her release, instead of waiting a year or more and then getting her.  (Admittedly, part of that is due to the fact that I’ve only become a seriously crazed collector in the past, I dunno, nine months?  Up until then, I was mostly only buying dolls I had access to in person, so mostly Monster High and Barbie and such.  My bank account definitely wishes that was still the case.)  Okay, technically, this is a “second” for me in that regard, because there’s also “Clara Marie“.  (I should never have said “I’m not going to reveal her name until I reveal her new look.”  It’s driving me nuts!)  But a brand-new doll line like that is a different thing than a new Blythe or Pullip.  Especially Blythe, though; they seem to sell out much more quickly than Pullips.  (Maybe they’re made in smaller numbers?)

Okay, I’ve wasted way too much time and far too many words on this, so I’m going to dive back into research on Virgil and Augustan propaganda.  (Whee!)  And if I finish that up, maybe I can figure out how to advance that scene I was stuck on in my novel.  (I’ve only written 1582 words today!  That’s short of the 1,667 daily goal!  (Of course, I hit 50k yesterday, so that’s kind of irrelevant, but still…seeing a blue bar instead of a green bar for my daily word count is painful somehow.))