Finally – some new arrivals!

Apologises for the lack of posts lately! Things have been pretty crazy and will probably just get crazier so all things dolly related have taken a bit of a backseat.

My dolly buying ban has been going strong. Still no purchases of anything dolly related (or otherwise really) since early April – although I must admit a Lego Movie Miss UniKitty kit did come home with me recently – it was the last one in the store and on sale, obviously it was meant to be! Anyway besides that one little purchase I am totally still on (in?) the wagon.

Thankfully even with this spending ban I have a few outstanding orders from late last year that had yet to arrive and I finally, FINALLY recieved the shipping notice for my basic Lati Yellow girls last week – WOOT! They were picked up from the post office this morning and I’m hoping to get a chance to open them either tonight or tomorrow. Now these girls were ordered on November 1 2013 so I feel like they have been a long time coming – pretty much exactly 6 months – I don’t think I’ve ever waited this long for anything before!

I’m hoping to get a chance to share my new girls with you this weekend – I’m especially excited by my Basic Lumi who is pretty much the doll that started it all!

Stay tuned 🙂

XoX Cassemina

Renovations!

Even dollhouses need renovating sometimes!

The bottom floor of my dollhouse was just too yellow for my liking with it’s yellow wallpaper and supposedly ‘cream’ but mostly yellow carpets. It made the poor dolls look really washed out and well…yellow.

I ordered some new wallpaper recently after looking through paaaages and paaaages of eBay listings and finally got around to changing it over!

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Old yellow room

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In progress…

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Renovation Complete!

While the renovations were going on I had to move all the girls up to the higher floors together-

DSC05281 copyI love how they look all squished together although it really brings home how many dolls I have – this is an old photo too, since then more have arrived!

XoX Cassemina

Hard at Work

I actually got off my butt this weekend and took some photos – yay!

DSC05199 copyFirst up was my lovely Zoe – funny to think I was seriously considering selling her when she first arrived but after lots of trial and error with different looks she is one of my favourites now.

DSC05208 copyI thought I would give Sara a bit of a change up – I love her eyes and faceup but she sometimes is just a little too sad. This wig doesn’t really help make her any less sad but it’s cute and with the addition of the pink ribbon I’m calling it a win!

DSC05240 copyOh Pixie – she has slight wonk eye here, opps. I’m liking this auburn wig on her but I’m still not sure if it’s THE ONE.

DSC05254 copyI love my NS Flora but I keep seeing tan ones and they are to die for…maybe Avery needs a twin too (if Fairyland ever do another Tan Pukifee event!)

DSC05242 copyIt is surprisingly difficult to get two dolls to look in the same direction. Buttercup has spent her entire life here being a cute little redhead but sadly that seemed to clash with Pixie so she is now a strawberry blonde. Also somehow Pixie is taller than Buttercup – not sure how that works.

I plan on doing a BIIIIIIG group shot once all my Pukis have arrived and are dressed/wigged. Not really sure where I can take the photo so they all fit but that should be an interesting challenge.

I’m going to leave you with a quick ‘outtake’:

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Please noooooo…

Hubby tried to feed Sara a cookie – as you can see from her face she REALLY didn’t want it…her expression KILLS me here.

XoX Cassemina

A pair of Sunnies…

I should quickly apologise for the lame pun in the title but I couldn’t resist.

The weather is still pretty overcast which means not much light in the house and it’s raining outside so I can’t take everything out there but I did get a few photos taken anyway.

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Lati’s Town Circus of Bremen Sunny is easily one of my favorite sculpts (I think I have probably said this before…many times!) and when I got the opportunity to purchase a second I leapt at the chance.

I’ve introduced Annabelle previously but here she is with my original Sunny – Alice (the blonde one).

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I haven’t decided whether Alice will go back to being a brunette as well- I think the light coloured wig suits her tawny eyes better. I really want to give her new eyelashes as well but I think I better leave one of my girls stock.

I think they make an interesting pair, there are some small differences that really stand out when they are placed next to each other, Alice seems to have fuller lips whereas Annabelle has slightly larger eyes (this is probably more to do with her darker eye colour and lashes).

The girls are so adorable together- I wonder how my basic Sunny will fit in!

Also I got a quick photo of Zoe in too before the light disappeared, I really do love the magnets that Fairyland imbed into their tiny feet:

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I’m a bird!

XoX Cassemina

 

Introducing Annabelle

I had wanted to take some new photos to introduce my newest addition – Annabelle, but the weather today has been horrible. By the time I got home it was pretty much dark so the fancy photos will have to wait!

For the time being Annabelle will just have to settle with some quick photos I took yesterday, the below being the only one to survive the trash bin:

12609265383_cc894479af_zIt’s not the greatest but Annabelle is so cute I am sure no one minds 🙂 She is a Town Circus of Bremen Sunny (yes my second!) and I got a little bit more creative with her.

She didn’t come with her default eyechips so I didn’t feel too bad about replacing them with some light aubergine glass eyes (14mm I think). I also replaced her eyelashes which was NOT an easy task and only accomplished with a lot of swearing and threatening (yes I threatened the eyelashes, not my proudest moment).

I am always amazed at how much difference a new eye colour and eyelashes can make but in Annabelle’s case this is especially apparent, she looks almost nothing like her twin (whom I have now named Alice) with her updated look.

Hopefully the weather picks up soon as I’m really looking forward to taking some decent photos of my twins!

XoX Cassemina

My MYO Wig

Custom made mohair/angora/alpaca wigs are all the rage these days and I wanted to get in on the action!

Now I LOVE wigs, even with my Pullips I have far far more wigs than dolls. A new wig can change the look and feel of a doll so much that it’s almost like getting a new one! While I love synthetic fibre wigs that are smooth and shiny, I also like to have a collection of natural fibres in my arsenal. I find mohair and alpaca wigs especially tempting for the tinies because there are so few wigs in these sizes that don’t have a full, blunt fringe.

My first attempt at sewing a mohair wig was disastrous (and painful!), the first wig I made was WAY too small and the second was WAY too big. Not only that but my seams were way too big and it just kind of looked like a dogs breakfast. I’m not really sure how you are meant to stick a needle through the thick hide without killing your finger or how you can possibly sew seams so tiny either by hand or with a machine, so I pretty much gave up. Basically the end result was a lot of wasted mohair…opps.

Thankfully I had saved the mohair since it seemed like a waste to throw it out, even if it wasn’t exactly a ‘wig’ the fur on it was still good! Inspired by all the amazing alpaca wigs I have been seeing lately I decided to try my own using scraps of mohair.

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