Another girl coming home?

Just like most collectors, I have a seemingly never-ending wishlist. In my case the wishlist is made up mainly of dolls that I’d really like to shell OCs into (plus a few extras like Aileen dragons). In all honesty, the wishlist could be almost completely done if Fairyland ever decided to sponsor me, but recently I decided that a Luts Honey Delf Lolly would do nicely for one of my characters.

Isn’t she pretty? (Image belongs to Luts)

I really like her, but of course I worry about how she would look with my Fairyland dolls especially, since those are the ones she will often be posing with – I guess that is one of the worries, when you’re a mono-company collector such as me! I do have a handful of Latis though, but they can make any picture look absolutely precious.

Lolly would be the shell for my character Rikkilea, whom also happens to be the character I’m dedicating this year’s NaNoWriMo to! However she is currently a distant dream, as funds are more than limited (strangely, sitting at home and waiting to get better doesn’t yield tons of doll money), and as such I won’t be able to bring her home anytime soon, unless somebody decides to do a trade with me! So while I listed Rikkilea as one of those characters that won’t be part of my life in doll form anytime soon, Lise (from Red Riding Hood) decided to mess with my plans a little. She has decided to get herself a new doll from Fairyland, and as such she will be getting a free gift. Being generous and nice as always, she decided that she wants to gift me the LittleFee gift faceplate for reasons I still don’t fathom! And while I was absolutely determined to turn her down and tell her to sell the faceplate to fund some dolly stuff for herself, I made the grievous error of going to Fairyland’s page and looking curiously at the faceplate – well, I obviously needed to know what I was turning down. And BAM, I was hooked. I rarely see the potential in a blank face, but even I could tell how absolutely stunning this face had the possibility of being. And while still being determined to turn that crazy “Santa Claus meets fairy godmother”-impersonator down, I of course peeked at my doll wish list to see if it would be able to replace any doll. Luckily, this faceplate would not be suited for any of my characters! Crisis avoided!

(Image belongs to Fairyland)

I wondered though – this faceplate reminded me of some other faceplate. Lise and I discussed it for a while and ended up agreeing that it was probably that “Fairyland feel”, where they all feel a little alike in the best way possible – they have the Fairyland look, and they look cohesive when together. Then I later looked at the Lolly sculpt (when I find a pleasing sculpt I like to look at it a lot in the beginning), and the crisis returned with an orchestra and it’s own full-length trailer. Somehow this sculpt reminds me of the Lolly face! And while I seem to be the only one who can see it (something about the lips especially, but also the eyes), I absolutely cannot unsee it. So yes. I will be getting another floating sometime head next year, dang it. I don’t know if she will completely replace Lolly as my Rikkilea shell, I have my strong suspicions. Especially considering I’m a little afraid to purchase outside of Fairyland, as I really really love their posing, and I’ve had to sell my Momocolor doll due to her posing. Also, I’m plotting on winning the lottery and buying some expensive doll for Lise and clothes for all her dolls (and a wig for Connor) to make up for all these precious gifts.

So you’d like to see a mock-up of her, you say? Alright! Luckily I’ve gotten a new, gorgeous phone for my birthday (thank you, family!), so I have a lovely (and fun: My brother would not make a pretty sister!) program for makeup, as I don’t yet feel ready to do a full mock-up in Photoshop (although absolutely taking tips on how to do that).

Mock-up by me (Image of blank faceplate belongs to Fairyland)

Mock-up by me (Image of blank faceplate belongs to Fairyland)

I’m not completely settled on the look yet, but I really like the strong lips and the bold eyeliner, as I’m hoping for her to look a little 1940’s in her makeup, but still twisted in my own way. The pink leaning lipstick has been chosen over the traditional red due to me wanting her wig to be lilac/lavender. I’m wondering if it’ll feel too boring in the long run, or if her accessories will make a more “interesting” faceup a little too much.

Do you do mock-ups of dolls you’d like to own? Would your brother look lovely with blue eyelashes and strong, pink lipgloss? What do you do when you can’t decide between several sculpts for a character?

Leeke World Art Fairy wig review

As mentioned here I recently purchased 3 wigs from Leeke World – all three of them are ART wigs. It took them a while to get home, but that was mostly the fault of the Danish customs services. The Art Fairy was purchased with Ozzie in mind. Just like the other wavy wig I purchased (Winter) it was so incredibly soft that I basically wanted to rub my face against it. My husband arrived home to find me with the wig in hand and just stroking it. I want my cat to be as soft! I didn’t brush it, because I still haven’t located my toothbrush and I hate having to haul everything out of the closet it’s currently in. I really want that cupboard for my girls… It has a bit of fly-aways, but I doubt a lot of brushing would help. Maybe some sprays of water or wig tamer or something, but I have none of that lying around (well, I do have water…), but it still photographs very well. The only problem is the stray hair that insists on getting in her face, and unless that one starts marching in a row with the rest, I’ll yank it out.

This one had bangs in her face as well, and I just couldn’t make them look good in any way, so I grabbed my tiny scissors and went at it. It’s not as good as it could be, but it’s also not horrible. I actually read somewhere on Tumblr that wigs (doll and human alike) are actually made with bangs too long, so you’re supposed to trim them! Well that’s a mystery solved in my book.

The color in Leeke’s pictures is quite accurate, and the wig is so beautiful in real life. There’s something very magical about all the Leeke wigs I’ve received in this batch – they have a unique quality to them and I enjoy them a lot. Plus I’ve been lucky enough that all the wigs are just perfect for their character. Well, I’m still on the fence about Cassie’s wig and tan skin, but who knows if Fairyland will even release tan skin again?

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Leeke World Art Winter wig review

As mentioned here I recently purchased 3 wigs from Leeke World – all three of them are ART wigs. It took them a while to get home, but that was mostly the fault of the Danish customs services. The Art Winter was purchased with Cassie in mind, and I was quite happy when it arrived. It’s incredibly soft. I just bought a new makeup brush from The Body Shop and I thought that was soft, but this wig is even softer! I want hair like that. I didn’t even brush it (mainly because I forgot where I left the toothbrush…), but it didn’t really seem like it would help a lot. Funny stray-ish hairs are just part of slightly curly wigs in my experience. It’s especially bad in the face area, and I might need to figure out some sort of way to keep it out of her face. Tucking the front parts in might be a good solution, since it looks very lovely with this wig.

This wig has no bangs, which I’m quite grateful for. The bangs are just too long for LittleFees. The fit is quite nice though!

As for the colors I think it looks even better in reality than in Leeke’s pictures, so that’s a big plus! Also it’s a nice step up from Cassie’s current shell’s wig. Although white is very lovely, I think this suits her personality better. I’m not sure it fits so well with the tan skin tone though, so I might need to reconsider Cassie’s skin tone (if Fairyland ever decides to re-release tan skin!). Or maybe I should just try the wig on one of my normal skin girls, but that’s for another time…

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Leeke World Art Lavender wig review

As mentioned here I recently purchased 3 wigs from Leeke World – all three of them are ART wigs. It took them a while to get home, but that was mostly the fault of the Danish customs services. The Art Lavender was purchased with Kiri in mind, and I was quite happy when it arrived. It’s very soft and lovely. After brushing it a bit with a toothbrush (I read this tip somewhere, but I’m not sure it’s the best solution…it does create less static than a plastic comb though), about 8 hairs came out, and that was pretty much it, so it isn’t shedding like mad.

The bangs are quite long for a LittleFee though. So is the length of the entire hair, as it reaches a bit below her knees. While I can trim the bangs, I would not recommend trimming the length of the wig, as you’d then lose the bottom colors.

I think the colors are a little less impressive in reality than in the pictures, as I’m especially not seeing the green very much.  But all in all I’m very happy, because it’s such a beautiful wig. Plus it really suits Kiri’s skin tone!

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It’s raining dolls

Rain is on her way home! Well, almost at least. I’m working out the last details with the lovely MissFlynn as I type. I can’t believe how excited I get – I’m all tingly in my tummy!

I’ve got a beautiful wa-loli kimono from the talented Keely ready (I’ll do a review with pictures and all when Rain comes home and I get a chance). I’ve got a beautiful Licht wig coming, too (and the review will appear around the same time as the kimono review). All I need is shoes, which will likely take me some time to get… I don’t want to risk any more packages getting lost in the crazy postal system!

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m ready to mention it again: If you want to participate in a GO (group order), you should contact MissFlynn. She has a DoA account, but I prefer to keep an eye on her Tumblr: BJD Group Orders. She’s the nicest person, and she’ll hop on her tongue from USA to whatever doll company you’re ordering from, if that’s what it takes. If you’re annoying and want only a LittleFee faceplate (like myself), she’ll do her very best to find somebody for you to split with. She does split that enables you to get the clothes from a fullset, etc. The short version: Go join her group orders. She’s great at it!

She also has a Flickr if you’d like to see some group orders she’s had come through. She takes pictures of all the dolls that arrive at her house so we can check for mistakes before she ships them out. (I got my photo from her Flickr. Click it to see the bigger version on MissFlynn’s Flickr.)

Moving…

It feels like I only sit down to blog about bad things these days. But it’s either that or blogging about my wedding! (On a dolly-wedding related noted, I wish I could dress all my girls in either tiny replicas of my wedding gown or possibly of my niece’s dress – she’s a bridesmaid.) All my time these days go into the big box of “Wedding related problems and worries”. And when I finally have a little time, I usually look at other people’s pictures or…well, sleep. I’m tired all the time!

Anyway! The problem today is the fact that I’m moving. We’ll have our new apartment from the 1st of September, and we have to be out of our current apartment by 1st of October. This in itself is not a problem, it’s great! I want to get out of this awful, tiny place. But it poses quite a bit of problems. As in: I’ve ordered dolls from both Fairyland and Lati with my current address, and now it seems that especially the Lati dolls will NOT make it in time. And our wonderful, super-expensive postal service will make sure that all my packages arrive at my old address. They are capable of delivering LETTERS to my new address, but not packages. Hurray for stupid postal services.

So now I’ve asked Lati to change my address on my bat children order. I’ll bet about a million bucks that they either say they can’t, or that they say they will but then don’t. And if the package arrives after 1st of October, it means that anybody with a key to my former mailbox can go get my expensive and very much missed girls. I’m scared shitless. I’m also trying to figure out if I should ask Fairyland to ship to my new address…sigh. It’s just that if they ship really fast and it all goes through without a hitch, I’m guessing there might be a problem when the Danish postal service try to deliver a letter about them holding my doll hostage in customs…

This is absolutely not a fun situation. If Lati hadn’t taken so darn long with my order, this wouldn’t even have been a problem!!!

A goodbye…and hopefully a hello!

True to form it’s been a while since I last blogged – exams, a funeral, planning of my wedding and life in general has a way of getting in the way of me writing here! But now I’m back and will try to keep up again.

Picture belongs to Fairyland

As most people know by now (news get old fast in the doll hobby!) Fairyland released tan and a la carte LittleFees for a limited time. While I earlier had been looking at the new Luts Zuzu Delfs and sighing with love for Nine Tails, I just did not have the funds. I discussed selling Molly (my MiniFee Chloe) to raise money, but I was simply not charmed sufficiently to give up my dream of some day bonding with Molly. Then Fairyland released said tan LittleFees, and Rain happily screamed in my ear that did she mention that Kiri was tan? Gah. So yes, hopefully I will manage to sell Molly (preferably within Denmark) and raise the necessary funds to bring home Kiri, a tan LittleFee Leah.

It’s tough for me to even contemplate selling her, but reality is that MiniFee is too big a size for me. I consider Cassie, my Momo29, to be the biggest I want to go. I hope to bring home a MiniFee again some day, but for now I’ll be splitting her clothes in piles: One that Cassie can fit and one that is too big. The latter will be sold to raise funds for wigs and shoes for my bat children and basically everything for Kiri and Rain.