Monday, February 13, 2017

Poppin' Tags: Up-cycling Your Tiny Couture! Use Thrift Store Finds for Doll and Human Projects! Part One

Fabric ain't cheap y'all.  Even though you don't need a whole lot to make Babs a new gown...I half a yard of silk is going to set you back around $10 bucks at most fabric stores (assuming you are lucky to live near a store that carries silk) you still need lining, thread, and closures...oh and beads...etc. For that same $10 you can often get a WHOLE DRESS with way more yardage and re-usable bits at a thrift store! It's a concept known as up-cycling...all the hip kids are doing it. It is good for the world and your wallet.  Take someone's sad nineties bridesmaid dress and make it into something cool...or make it into many cool somethings and sell them...or wash your car with it...whatever the case, these things don't need to end up in a land fill.  Make do and up-cycle!

Here are some tips for shopping:
  1. Learn how to read labels for fiber content.  Learn names of fibers (i.e. Viscose is another name for rayon.  Elastane is the same as spandex. Cotton is well...cotton.)
  2. Look past the design of the garment itself and focus on the materials. Yes that 80's business lady blazer might be HIDEOUS with those wacky lapels and shoulder pads...but the wool is a great color and it has some amazing lace on it. 
  3. Don't ignore the trims and linings. Heck I have bought a whole sweater just to "scalp" it for the buttons. Great buttons can be up to four dollars PER BUTTON. Buying a five dollar blazer for the six rhinestone buttons on it will save you money. You can always take the buttons off then donate the blazer back to the store if you have no better use for it. Generally, the clothes not sold on the floor are repackaged and sold as bulk fabric to be used to make things like rugs and all kinds of random stuff. 
  4. Always a bridesmaid...check the fancy/specialty dress section. A fancy dress will usually cost a bit more at the thrift store than regular apparel but generally it has more fabric in the garment, a higher quality fabric, plus linings, and structural elements that can be reused (bonings, crinolines, hooks and eyes, zippers).  There is often beading, laces, and trims that can work well on a small scale and is very expensive at fabric stores. A late 80's Princess Diana poof-tacular wedding gown of silk might cost something like $50 at a thrift store.  If you can confirm that it is silk (check the tag or learn to spot silk fibers...) than you have just netted at least four yards of silk that generally retails for at least $20/yard along with lining, tulle or crinoline, lots of little covered buttons, beaded lace (which can cost like $70/yard for the nice stuff), ribbon hanging loops...all sorts of re-usable goodness.  The silk can be dyed to whatever color you would like. White lining is oh so useful in all doll garments to prevent staining..and if you have ever had to cover your own tiny buttons then you know how valuable those things can be (I would rather clean grout with my own toothbrush than make tiny covered buttons for the back of a wedding dress...the worst).
  5. Look in the kids and baby section for small scale prints perfect for doll clothes.  The prints on children's clothing tend to be a smaller scale (especially babies). I have had great luck finding tiny prints in the kid department.
  6. The bigger the size...the better the deal.  A larger size means more yardage for the same price. An XXL leopard print silk blouse for $4 will get you nearly three yards (pieces obviously) of fabric!
  7. Spandex and stretch knit are pricey and good prints are hard to find in the fabric store. Old swimsuits and workout wear are a great way to get some cool prints and nice quality performance knits for the dolls. 
  8. A thrift store gives you so many more options for materials than your local Jo-Ann or Hobby Lobby.  Assume that most fabric stores have materials chosen by a small group of corporate buyers. The selection from store to store is fairly uniform. At a thrift store, you will get donations from ALL kinds of folks and all walks of life. I have found vintage lace gowns, amazing hand embroidered silk saris (a sari is nearly six yards of fabric...for like $6...crazy talk), cheeky prints from the 80s, and nearly every color imaginable in every fiber available all in one humble Goodwill. 
  9. Check for stains and smells. Small spots or holes you can deal with and work around...big stains and holes make it trickier.  If it is a natural fiber you might be able to get it out with a wash or a dry-clean. Greasy stains rarely want to come out of synthetic garments. Also look for signs of recent (or current!!!!YIKES!) infestations from things like moths and other evil bugs.  (I got a WICKED spider bite from a critter at the thrift store. I was hoping for mutant costume thrifting powers...but alas, I only got swelling and itchiness and the major wiggins). You can't do much with a moth eaten wool garment. Strong smells in garments can usually be killed with a wash or dry-cleaning...but as a rule I usually avoid buying anything that smells really bad and wash everything that I can wash when I get home.  If the fabric is killer but the garment has strong B.O. you can try a Dryel treatment at home. Also, vodka is a champ at killing odor in garments. It is also a champ in your orange juice. Just saying.
  10. Check the crafts section of the store (if they have one).  I regularly found giant bags of notions, threads, trims, and fabric yardage at my local Unique Thrift in Chicago for like $3 a big bag. 
  11. Check the toys section and the "special merchandise sections" never know when you might find a vintage Blythe just shoved in a corner.  It could happen!  I once scored a huge bag of NRFB Ashton Drake Gene fashions plus a Gene doll for $20!  
  12. Check accessories...ties and scarves can be a great source for nice silk prints.  I got a legit Hermes scarf at the thrift store...I nearly pooped my drawers when I found it. I assume that some fashionable granny kicked it and her idiot son just hauled everything she owned to the goodwill and sad farewell. I did not cut the scarf up obviously.  I wear it. 
  13. Check for store discounts and sales.  Unique Thrift stores in Chicago have half price days regularly. Some Salvation Army stores do sales around holidays. Savers stores and some Goodwill's have frequent buyer rewards programs or punch cards. 

My next post will talk about tips for using thrift store finds to create doll fashions.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

New Custom Jem & Misfits Fashions on my Etsy Store!

I churned through a bunch of outfits this weekend and got the photos uploaded.  Check them out!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My first custom Blythe...Rosie Gold

Well I did it.  I did some sculpting on the face using an exacto and a battery sander/dremel type tool...mostly in the lip and nose region.  I did some festive eyelids and altered her so that she has sleep eyes. I did fairly simple face shading and added some subtle freckles. She has rose gold lips. I use watercolor pencils, soft pastels, and acrylic paint then sealed everything with Testors dulcotte (the lazy man's Mister Superclear).

I made fun new pull strings with some cording, beads, and charms that I had (including a vintage owl earring). I also did all new custom eye chips that I either hand painted or made with paper and fabric and glitter. The glitter eyes could be better and I will definitely redo them.  The glue did not dry as clear as I had hoped so the glitter is a bit cloudy.  I dressed her in some random barbie clothes.  I have not finished any sewing projects for her yet.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2017 Integrity W Club Details Revealed

Well, the best laid plans...I had high hopes of being strong and resisting.  But I just caved and ordered them all.  I don't even like most of them. Oye.  Clearly it is some sort of illness.  I can't be trusted.  More thoughts below...

The Basic Info from the W Club:

We have one membership level to cover the entire Club and new this year, we have four "upgrade" options to choose from-- three upgrade dolls and one diorama! The upgrade options include the Riviera Drama Agnes Von Weiss™ Fashion Royalty® upgrade doll (as voted on by 2016 W Club members!), the Popster! Poppy Parker™ upgrade doll, the Majesty Giselle Diefendorf™ NU. Face™ upgrade doll and the new 2017 POPUP! exclusive diorama playset!
And as an extra-special perk for 2017, if you purchase all three upgrade dolls with one membership, you’ll get the new 2017 POPUP! exclusive diorama playset for FREE!! This virtually covers the price of your base membership!
In addition to the upgrades that you can purchase now, during the Club year, every W Club member will also have the guaranteed ability to purchase at least FIVE different Club-only exclusive dolls including two (2) Fashion Royalty dolls (which may include NU. Face), two (2) Poppy Parker dolls, and one (1) additional exclusive doll throughout the Club year.

Riviera Drama

Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll

The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2017 W Club Upgrade Doll
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA 

Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Agnes Von Weiss
Hair Color: Raven (Black)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled / Traditional
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Cream

So...the club did a new thing and provided a poll for 2016 members to choose one of the upgrade dolls for 2017.  We had the option to decide between skin tones and sculpts (Vanessa 1.0, Jordan, and Queen B Aggie). And then we got another choice on hairstyle and fashion. Sadly, none of my preferences made it to the final round.  Se la vie. While this was a neat idea, we are being asked to blindly throw money at a super vague fashion sketch. My first instinct was...meh. But then I remembered that this Agnes will have the new "EXPLOSIVE" body with no waist joint (which was totally worthless in terms of posing), better knees, and the ability to pop out the lower leg to do flat feet later one. So I thought I would get her for the body for one of my Elyse gals at the very least. Then if Agnes turns out hideous...I can sell the head and fashion. People seem to be excited about Raven Agnes. I've owned two (Helper Raven Agnes & the club giftset one...) and sold them both. I wanted an A-Tone Jordan myself. The "Riviera" theme could be fun. We have not had a resort collection in a while (not since the Tropicalia convention really). I am hoping for color: both in the fashion AND the ladies. 

Item #PP112
Poppy Parker Dressed Doll
2017 Club Upgrade Doll
The Swinging London Collection
Approx. Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA

Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Hair Color: Warm Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: PP 1.5
Foot Sculpt: Original Poppy Feet
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White

I have high hopes for Swinging London. This one, though cute, does nothing for me. I am hoping for more boho or at least more funky.  Someone will want her though.  It is a pretty hair color and will redress nicely for those who like their Poppy modern. Again, this one will have the new Poppy 1.5 body with remove-able lower leg and feet. So she will likely get body swapped and resold.

Item #82069
Giselle Diefendorf™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face Collection
2017 Club Upgrade Doll
Approx. Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA

Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Giselle Diefendorf
Hair Color: Soft Bronze
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: NF 2.0
Foot Sculpt: Traditional NF Feet
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White

LOVE THIS LOOK!!! I am less inspired by the doll herself.  I already have a brunette AKA Gigi so I think this gal will get body swapped and tossed out nekkid to fend for herself on the dolly for sale market. The fashion is very sweet and exactly that bohemian look that I have been craving.  I want to add a dash of color though...maybe a shawl or something? Or long beaded necklace? The accessories are KILLER!  Those shoes!  That purse! That bracelet.  OMG.

Item #15076
Diorama Playset
2017 Club Upgrade Diorama
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA

Tech Specs:
Approximate Width: 14" Wide
Approximate Length: 13" High
Approximate Depth: 6" Deep
Material: Cardboard/Stock & Acrylic Parts

So this comes as a bonus gift if you ordered all three upgrade dolls. I thought why not? It could be cool? It is made so that it will safely fit inside of an Ikea Detolf cabinet.  Again, we are being asked to plunk down $49 bucks on a mock up image. That could go sideways in a hurry. Fingers crossed that it comes out cool.  I keep hoping for a nifty Poppy trunk box a la the Jem Backstagers.

There seems to be no promise of Jem Club dolls...only priority purchase window for club members. There are four coming (which may or may not included the 'completer pack' that has been discussed).  The license ends in 2017. It has been a good run. As far as I am concerned, I'm interested in updated Holograms and another Roxy maybe. And one final awesome Jem giftset with Synergy.  That's my dream. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Farewell 2016- A Genuine Molded Plastic Round Up.

Well. 2016 was not my favorite year. A lot of that was politics related. I finished my first year of my new job (which is great) but we are still not wild about Charlotte or the state of North Carolina. As is often the case when one is not completely happy, one compensates in other ways. To say that I indulged in plastic divas this year would be an understatement...I like to think it was no worse than previous years, but I know that is not the case.  However, I did purge at least a quarter of my collection before we moved here in the fall of 2015.  I then sold a good chunk of my Tonner collection too. I have a spreadsheet listing all my doll holdings and the number is relatively steady with outgoing dolls matching incoming for the most part. Of course, based on my financial realities, I should have sold everything and cut up my credit cards.  Best of intentions right? Maybe I will be better (stronger) in 2017? It could happen. Stop judging me.

Here's What Was Good...

Poppy Parker Bon Bon Collection...
Such a great line of gorgeous dolls. The best part was the mix and match potential across some of the outfits and the added value little accessories that help sell her delightful story line.  Oh La La was my favorite.  I also purchased Tres Bon Chic and Springtime Paris to get the outfits and that doggie. I regret not getting Bon Jour Poppy. I hope I can find the outfit later.

Anika Luxotica-Cyborg Dasha...
OMG I love this doll and everything about her.  I really hope we see more edgy non-traditional dolls like this from IT. She inspired me to do a bunch of sewing and I bought a great outfit for her from Culte De Paris. I keep hoping they will do a male cyborg now.

Grail Doll Acquired..
I finally got my grubby mitts on It Girl Poppy. Huzzah! She is so fierce! I would love to see Poppy dolls with the 'exploding body' thing like on the recent FR and the new Tulabelle Industry dolls. Poppy's hideous ankle joint could be replaced with a high heel leg like It Girl and a flat foot one as well.

More Copious Spare Time...
One of the marvelous perks of my new gig is a reasonable amount of personal time to pursue my hobbies. So I have been sewing like the wind. I started my Etsy Store and was able to have a nice table of goods at the Integrity Convention to basically cover the costs of my attendance. I have even had time to do quilting again.  More on that in a later post.

Body Equality for ALL!...
Mattel added three new body types to its play line dolls: tall, petite, and curvy. I got myself the cute little pink haired plump gal. I am also hoping to get the Harlem Madam Lavinia doll to make a Queenie custom for my Coven Doll Collection. This doll features the curvy body with articulation. I am hoping that they release some more Curvy articulated dolls.  I would like to make myself a Mini-Me doll.

Hey...I Bought a Barbie...more like four Barbies...
You heard me. I was wooed back.  First came the curvy girl...and then I could not resist the adorable Charlotte Olympia set for the fun accessories and fashion. The lack of articulation makes me nuts though. I need to see if a Made to Move doll body will work for her or maybe I will get Park Pretty to body swap and also because the yorky and latte cup are cute. Then I purchased an Anna Sui doll via eBay and an old Todd Oldham doll for the fashion.  Its a slippery slope yall. And the final Barbie splurge was for the Silkstone Kitty Corner Francie. She is beyond cute. I always loved Francie.  I also justified the purchase so that I would have a vintage body style to use as a model for my etsy store. Again, the lack of articulation is totally annoying but I heard that the new articulated Silkstones were not the best so I guess I am stuck.

2016 Integrity Supermodel Convention
Lots of fun. I got to spend quality time with my mom, who I dragged to the convention. I met lots of new people this year and had a swell time. I was very pleased with the Color Infusion Style Lab fashions and Jaeme Costas was a knockout. Tobias was another winner. The Poppy dolls were gorgeous and I was so happy to add Just My Style Poppy to my Poppy Posse.  I adored the Tulabelle gift set and the pop art color. Glamazon Adele was stunning. I also still have Cover Girl Vero hanging around and she is growing on me. I think Check Me Out Colette is going to be my Quinn for my custom Scandal dolls. I also had a wonderful time room shopping and indulged more than I should have...but all in good fun right. I am really hoping the timing works out for me to attend again in 2017.  A lot of it depends on when the plays open at the university and I am waiting eagerly to get the final schedule.

What Was Not So Good

Oye...what a mess. IT messed up on this one. Using decals for the eyes without telling buyers a head of time was not the best move.  When the truth came out (or was rather uncovered by a collector who found a decal eye stuck in a doll's hair), I think it could have been handled better. The company response was a bit condescending initially....especially since the end results of the "new water slide decal technology" were so mixed. I think it really soured many collectors on the company in a way that could have been avoided.

Out With a Whimper...
Tonner as we know it is no more.  Frankly, their product has not been up to par or even remotely interesting to me for some time.  I grew tired of Ellowyne's frills and the bland Tyler fashions.  I believe I only purchased two new Tonner items this year: the Harley Garage outfit and a blonde basic De De Denton to be my Power Girl doll (I had the outfit but was lacking a big athletic doll for it). I also picked up an old outfit: the super adorable Girl Friday fashion.  But yeah, I don't understand the recent company memo that came out announcing the new Phynn & Arrow name with a total lack of information about what they will actually be doing. Evidently, they will still be doing the licensed dolls.  I assume that means we will still be getting more DC Stars, Wizard of Oz, and Gone with the Wind dolls and eventually we will see the promised Outlander and Empire lines. I guess we have to be patient and hope that something cool will come out if it. The doll world could really use a shake up and it seems to me that technology such as 3-D scanning and printing would help it along. But what do I know.  Tonner had some amazing innovations during its long run and there is no doubt that Mr. Tonner is a great sculptor.

Jem Trunk Sets...or why I should wait before I buy...
Don't get me wrong. I loved these Backstager sets and totally bought them. What was not so good is that they all went on sale for like $40 less about three months later. Brutal. It kind of made me never want to order anything full price from the Jem line ever again. Of course, then I turned around and bought the Stormer with the bonus outfit...but yeah.  It is a sickness.  I decided to pass on the rest and hope they go on sale later or end up as a salesroom deal at the 2017 Convention.

Woeful Lack of Diversity in the Mainline IT Collections
When Mattel is showing you got a problem. Adele, Jordan, Annik, Dominique, Isha, etc...all MIA. I think we only had one Kyori and the recent Nu Face Reckless Nadja in regular lines and the WONDERFUL Marie Laveau in the Coven line. There were also two FR16 gals and Dree Hill and Tenzin in the Color Infusion music capsule collection. Maybe there was a pasty Natalia too. The numbers were in the single digits to be sure. It was wildly disappointing to many collectors.

Where are the ladies?
Can you not find one female designer IT? Even if she is just a guest designer on occasion...

No Misty or Cordelia???
The long overdue and anticipated Coven line was finally announced.  Huzzah!  But wait....WHAT??? No Misty Day or Cordelia???? Crazy talk. Fingers crossed that they held these two fan favorites to be the anchors on a second wave of dolls. Though I speculate that they may have lost sales BECAUSE people did not want to buy the first wave and risk not getting Misty and Cordelia.  But I could be wrong. I am not taking my chances and I have already acquired dolls to just make my own versions in case IT does not make official versions.  Yeah...all in my copious spare time right?

To the FUTURE!!!!

To No Longer Being a Completionist!
I gotta say, it is such a relief to not HAVE to buy everything. Of course no one is forcing me, but for awhile I had every IT Jem offering.  Once I was able to let go of a doll I did not like...I was able to let go of several others and pass on some new ones as well. Only get what you love...only keep what you love...if you stop loving it, let it go.

Swingin' London Poppy Collection...
Mod Poppy is always welcome.  If the two dolls from the 2016 Convention (Kicks and Big Eyes) are any indication, this will be a highly desirable lineup. Since I have both Big Eyes and Kicks, I am not so sure how much room I have to add more dolls.  I'd love more outfits though. I would be interested in a friend doll if the promised Ginger is a winner. I'm hoping for some bohemian retro Biba looks and maybe some Poppy girls with streaks or highlighted hair?

IT Designer Jessy Ayala
I cannot wait to get those Nu Face Reckless dolls in hand. Jessy is promising to be a really exciting new designer in the company bringing a youthful edge to his work.

2017 Fashion Fairytale IT Convention
Oh I hope I can go. The theme promises to be super fun and I am dying to go to Harry Potter world. Plus flights to Orlando are usually cheap. Right after I got home from this last convention, I set up an online savings account with capital one that automatically withdraws a little from each that I will have no choice but to have a stash of money saved in advance of the convention and then will have a budget to stick with to avoid the 'convention mania' (that madness that takes over and makes you buy everything even though you don't really like it or need it).

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Down the Blythe Rabbit Hole...

A couple of years ago I bought Nikki Lad Blythe.  She was an adorable tom boy doll.  Then I was getting I sold a TON of stuff so that we wouldn't be one of those idiot couples that end up in a bunch a debt from their wedding (no I would rather be an idiot doll collector in a bunch of debt from these genuine plastic divas demanding I purchase them all the damn time).  I sold her and did not look back....

Until I did. And here we are kids...I just got my first 'factory blythe'...meaning she is like an off brand Blythe un-officially cobbled together from official parts. I have been watching customization videos like crazy on ye olde you tube.  I got her last week and have already taken her a part, sanded her face, and used a dremel and files to give her lips and nose a new shape.  I have ordered the most freaking adorable pair of little pink nike sneakers for her and have been sewing up a storm. I am going with a rose gold glam look for her makeup and she will be like a glamorous rosey pink version of Luna Lovegoode.

W Club Exclusive Bon Bon Poppy- First Taste of Champagne!

Well, my wallet is very pleased that I have no interest in getting her. People seem really pleased with her though.  We don't get a lot of redheads and everyone is rejoicing that she is not in black. I am currently at critical mass with my Poppy girls at the moment and trying to save room for the mod collection coming next year.  I haven't even taken Kicks! and Big Eyes! out of their boxes yet as there is currently no room at the inn.  I even kicked out Mood Changers Raven...who I love...but damn it is getting crowded in here. Why must they all be so cute. Damn perky little pouty lipped temptress.

I would really love the little brooch and accessories but it seems dumb to fork over all that money just for tiny things that will honestly just get eaten by my cat or toddler.

Item # PP107
First Taste of Champagne
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Bonbon Collection
Approximate Ship Date: May 2017
Limited Edition Size: TBA Dolls Worldwide
Special W Club Price: $120.00
Doll Tech Specs: 
Body Type: Poppy Parker™ 
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker™ 
Quick Switch Feature: No 
Skin Tone: Japan 
Hair Color: Redhead
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

From recording a hit record, to modeling some of the most fabulous designer clothes, to attending the most anticipated artistic premieres of the season, Poppy Parker quickly became the "toast of Paris" and the French could not get enough of her innocent, "gamine" elegance and incredible charm. To celebrate the end of her Bonbon tour, one of the top champagne wineries of France, Veuf Christoph Pomarin even named a special vintage in her honor, the fantastic "EDITION SPECIALE MISS POPPY PARKER" with its cute pink and gold label. This is definitely a trip that will stay engraved in our favorite girl's heart forever as she sips her first taste of champagne!
Poppy Parker is a fully articulated 12.5-inch doll with fully rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. For her last night in Paris, Poppy wears a stellar sparkling navy blue gown with a long tulle train on the back, matching shoes and delicate jewelry. Of course, this look would not be complete without the special miniature champagne set that she received as a present from the Pomarin winery, especially packaged in a miniature golden box just for her! For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

The doll in the pictures below is a prototype. Final colors and textures may vary slightly. Star props not included. 

Old Jem Dolls with "Bonus Edition" Outfits

Item # 14031A
Dressed Doll / Bonus "At The Awards" Dress
Approximate Ship Date: In-stock
Bonus Edition Size: 175 Dolls Only
Suggested Retail Price: $119.00

The original "bad girl" of the JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS cartoon drama is ready for her big evening at the Awards Ceremony wearing her new rockin' on-stage look. Complete with fur boa, this look will help PIZZAZZ stand out with her band-mates in their matching looks!

This 12.5-inch fully articulated doll comes complete with all of her original gear, outfit and doll stand and now includes an additional stage look as shown! For adult collectors only.

This dress along with Roxy's matches the red dress from the Stormer BackStager set.  Though I like these, I passed for now. If they are still around when I have some more money after Christmas, then I might bite.  But for now, these aren't must have fashions for me.
Item # 14032A
Dressed Doll / Bonus "I'm With Her" Dress
Approximate Ship Date: In-stock
Bonus Edition Size: 225 Dolls Only
Suggested Retail Price: $119.00

ROXY shows us how proud she is of being one of the lead guitarists of THE MISFITS by donning a look that complements her band-mates to a "T". Will they win the big award that they are after? Who cares, right? They'll look fabulous in front of the world and that's all the MISFITS really care about!

This 12.5-inch fully articulated doll comes complete with all of her original gear, outfit and doll stand and now includes an additional stage look as shown! For adult collectors only.
Item # 14033A
Dressed Doll / Bonus "I'M OKAY" OUTFIT
Approximate Ship Date: In-stock
Bonus Edition Size: 165 Dolls Only
Suggested Retail Price: $119.00

When STORMER has a hard time dealing with her band-mates' lack of dedication to their crafts, she just storms out and finds a surprise partner in KIMBER BENTON! The two go on to make beautiful music together and now, STORMER can wear one of her favorite looks to perform on-stage with her new best friend!

This 12.5-inch fully articulated doll comes complete with all of her original gear, outfit and doll stand and now includes an additional stage look as shown! For adult collectors only.

I totally ordered this one. I am not really sure why they did not make this fashion for the Bands Breakup Backstager set as it would have made much more sense to have it there and the red dress as the bonus fashion.  This one is currently selling the best and has the smallest edition size.  I was planning to make my own version of this one as well as the two following stingers fashions.  I might still make them anyway.  I already ordered a pair of boots on ebay to use for the fashion...which is a good thing since none of these bonus fashions come with shoes or jewelry.
Item # 14037A
Dressed Doll / Bonus "Are You Feeling Alright?" Outfit
Approximate Ship Date: In-stock
Bonus Edition Size: 360 Dolls Only
Suggested Retail Price: $119.00

Now including one of the top fan requested looks for this girl, MINX KRUEGER puts on some major charm to try to steal RIO PACHECO away from JERRICA BENTON. But, will her new playful look be enough to seduce JERRICA's beau away?

This 12.5-inch fully articulated doll comes complete with all of her original gear, outfit and doll stand and now includes an additional stage look as shown! For adult collectors only.

This is definitely a fan favorite.  I already have the fabric to make my own version so I think I will pass on it.  The cartoon fashion had yellow boots but her regular boots stand in nicely.

Item # 14038A
Dressed Doll / Bonus "DESTINY" Outfit
Approximate Ship Date: In-stock
Bonus Edition Size: 340 Dolls Only
Suggested Retail Price: $119.00

RAPTURE ASHE loves to play tricks and make believe that she's some big psychic mind reader or healer, much to the disadvantage of the poor souls who fall for her shenanigans. Now with her new look, she can be more mischievous than ever; fans beware, RAPTURE is ready to dazzle you. It's nothing less than destiny!
This 12.5-inch fully articulated doll comes complete with all of her original gear, outfit and doll stand and now includes an additional stage look as shown! For adult collectors only.

I think this one looks swell...but like I said, already planning to make it.  I might still bite on this one though as I love the Rapture sculpt and might like a second doll.  I actually like the orange striped outfit of Rapture's better than this one...but i think these two will pair nicely with the Riot from the Backstager set.  

There were a variety of feelings expressed by collector's when these were announced.  I think they are fun, but obviously, I don't really need the original dolls.  I already have them and would likely just sell them off again and keep the bonus fashion.  Some felt betrayed by this and that it was a scam.  I can see what they are saying...why should loyal collector's of the line be forced to buy dolls they already have just to get a nice that does not even have shoes.  But then again, this is a clever way for Integrity to clear out there old stock of Jem dolls. Personally I don't mind...but after feeling the burn from buying all four of the backstage dolls only to see them deeply discounted this week, I am not diving in to order these.  Since I can sew and actually enjoy making my own fashions...I can either sit patiently and wait for further sales...or wait patiently until I have time to make my own.

We are all still wondering when the collection completer pack that has been hinted at will be announced. I was still hoping we would get one last Jem/Jerrica in a backstage set of her own. I would really like to see a Jerrica head using the smiling Jem mold as well. I passed on the Graphix doll as she really did not do anything for me and I have no personal attachment to that character. It was such a breathe of relief when I was able to let go and not be a rabid completionist of this entire line.  Once I was able to let one has been great to just focus on the dolls I really like.  I still don't have room for all of them.  I am hoping I can talk my husband into letting me get another Ikea cabinet just for the Jem and Pop Culture dolls and then keep the other for the FR, Nu Face, and Poppy gals.  That would be swell. Then I could free up a whole closet that is currently filled with boxed dolls.  Le sigh.  I also need to just let go of the darn boxes too but it just seems a shame to recycle them. #dollproblems 

Reckless 2016 Nu Face Doll Capsule Collection! Swoon!

A Clueless inspired collection designed by Jessy Ayala was hinted at by David Buttry at the Supermodel Convention.  We were told it was amazing.  I am pretty pleased with the results.  Finally we are back to an edgy YOUTHFUL runway look for the Nu Face Models. Last year's Balmain stuff was okay, but I did not get any of it as there was way too much black.  Integrity is giving us an interesting, cohesive collection inspired by looks from Moschino, Givenchy, Chanel, and others with a direct nod to the festive fashions in the film Clueless.  I can definitely see the influence in the berets, fur, hair styles, and knee socks.  Very fun.  Much of the line seems to be already sold out from dealers good luck getting one! My thoughts are below in BLUE.

Item # 82070
She Owns Everything 
Erin S.™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Early Spring 2017
Limited Edition Size: 700 Dolls Only
Suggested Retail Price: $140.00
Head Sculpt: Erin 2.0
Body Type: NU. Face 2.0
Skintone: Cream
Hair Color: Golden Blond

Erin S. is the main fashionista on campus! She runs the show and sets the trends so that the other girls in school don't have to navigate the murky waters of fashion... She decides what's cool and what's not for them! It's that easy! Now, whether or not they all want to follow in her reckless steps, that's another topic completely. But, suffice it to say, she just pities those who won't follow her down the catwalk of life.

This 12.5-inch fully articulated doll features fully rooted hair and comes complete with an ultra-detailed outfit composed of a perfectly fitted faux-leather bustier and tweed skirt, a blush pink 3/4 sleeve "fur" coat, short mesh socks, high-heels, a jewelry set, a clutch purse, a pair of graffiti printed opera length faux-leather fingerless gloves, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only.
LOVE HER!  I am happy to say that I am confirmed for this one.  I think she may end up being one of my Chanel girls for my little Scream Queen project.  She is perfect. I think her haircolor is a good match for Chanel No. 5.  I adore those glove, the fur, and the little garter corset top.  Amazing detail. Also the HAIR BARRETTES! So cute.

Item # 82071
I Slay
Nadja R.™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Early Spring 2017
Limited Edition Size: 600 Dolls Only
Suggested Retail Price: $140.00
Head Sculpt: Nadja 2.0
Body Type: NU. Face 2.0
Skintone: Dark A-Tone
Hair Color: Dark Cocoa Brown

Nadja's no mindless follower, she's a fashion force of her own. With her best friend Erin S., Nadja leads the pack and guides the other fashionistas through the trendy aisles of the most chichi stores in town. They are always on the lookout for new looks that they can adopt and master as their own, until they trickle down and are no longer cool... Then, they start the cycle all over again, just discarding the old and "passé" faster than yesterday's news!

This 12.5-inch fully articulated doll features fully rooted hair and comes complete with an ultra-sexy two-piece outfit, a chain embroidered "fur" coat, thigh-high boots, choker, a jewelry set, graffiti printed purse, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only.

I am not feeling this one. I was really hoping for a Nadja with micro braids like the amazing Marie Laveau Coven Doll...but alas no. Not a fan of the outfit either.

Item # 82072
Mad Love
Rayna™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Early Spring 2017
Limited Edition Size: 500 Dolls Only
Suggested Retail Price: $140.00
Head Sculpt: Rayna
Body Type: NU. Face 2.0
Skintone: FR White
Hair Color: Champagne Blond

Every trendy crowd needs a more "artsy" type and Rayna is the one. In her case, one must not confuse artsy with "grungy", because Miss Rayna is definitely anything but. A true fashion lover, Rayna defines trends of her own and is often the envy of the other girls with her unique style!

This 12.5-inch fully articulated doll features rooted hair and comes complete with a sequined long-sleeved shirt, a soft pink faux-leather mini-dress, a black beret, a quilted purse, sunglasses, chunky high-heeled boots, an alternate pair of painted "Gloved" hands, a jewelry set, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only.

I love the outfit and I hope to pick it up loose later on.  This one seems to be the hardest to find and I assume it is due to the lower edition size and the fact that we don't see Rayna that often.  However, I don't like her screening.  It seems too dark for this outfit.  

Item # 82073
Total Betty
Ayumi N.™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Early Spring 2017
Limited Edition Size: 600 Dolls Only
Suggested Retail Price: $140.00
Head Sculpt: Ayumi 3.0
Body Type: NU. Face 2.0
Skintone: Hungarian
Hair Color: Almond Brown

When Ayumi shows up on the scene, every other girl knows better than to get in her way. A true legend of style, Ayumi doesn't take any grief from anyone and will gladly tell other members of her entourage when their look is not up to par. She's been known to give unfashionable types "the look", which usually means: outta my sight, you unsightly, unfashionable Earthling and don't come back until you know how to dress!

This 12.5-inch fully articulated doll features fully rooted hair and comes complete with an intricately constructed two-piece outfit, a "fur" enhanced jacket, a graffiti printed purse, thigh-high white socks, a pair of black boots, a jewelry set, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. 

Ayumi is cute but I passed.  She sure does look a whole lot like the new Collette here.  I love the little skirt and those booties are adorable.

Item # 82074
Eden™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Early Spring 2017
Limited Edition Size: 700 Dolls Only
Suggested Retail Price: $140.00
Head Sculpt: Eden
Body Type: NU. Face 2.0
Skintone: Japan
Hair Color: Soft Copper Red

Eden is the music lover of the group and her love of rock concerts is well known. She loves to keep an eye on what the other fashionable girls are doing, but usually puts her own unique twist on the most trendy looks, which consistently brands her as her own kind of trendsetter. She's the cool girlfriend that every guy wants to have and the loyal, hot-looking friend that every girl wants to show up at the party with! This girl is on fire!

This 12.5-inch fully articulated doll features fully rooted hair and comes dressed in a custom made layered skirt, with  laser cut "faux-charred" effect at the hem, a faux-leather jacket, a quilted backpack purse, chunky black heels, black thigh-high socks, black leather cut-off gloves, a jewelry set, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. 

Eden is going to be a lottery doll for the 2017 W Club.  She is gorgeous. She looks more than a little like the highly coveted Style Mantra Eden.  I am definitely going to try for her and hoping that my two memberships will be enough to make it happen for me.  

Item # 82075
AKA Gigi
Giselle Diefendorf™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face™ Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Early Spring 2017
Limited Edition Size: 600 Dolls Only
Suggested Retail Price: $140.00
Head Sculpt: Giselle D.
Body Type: NU. Face 2.0
Skintone: FR White
Hair Color: Midnight Brown

Wanna talk about style? Speak to Giselle D.! This girl knows how it's done, so much that she actually creates the hottest looks and her friends are more than happy to model for her. As a matter of fact, her look is so hot, it's on fire!

This 12.5-inch fully articulated doll, features fully rooted hair and comes complete with an ultra-detailed outfit which is composed of distressed cropped jeans with zipper detail, a delicately feminine blouse with a laser cut "faux-charred" effect on the scarf, a faux-leather bustier/belt, a black beret and veil, a quilted purse, a pair of yellow pumps, alternate "painted glove" hands, a jewelry set, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only.

LOVE HER! Confirmed! I think this Giselle will pair nicely with my gorgeous convention Intimate Reveal Agnes. They will be my own version of the boring blonde Style Mogul sisters set.  I love the little mint top with the burnt bow.  The whole thing is super cute.  

The best thing about this set is the tight color palette and the amazing amount of separates that will be so fun for mixing and matching. This is a set that demands playing and redressing.  I am a fan of that. Here's hoping we get something equally fun for the Fashion Royalty gals and the Industry line.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Industry-You Better Werk! Tulabelle is Adorbs and Wants all your Dynamite Girls Stuff...

I really had no intention of collecting the Industry line but I could not resist the cuteness of the You Better Werk! Tulabelle Industry Gift Set from the 2016 Supermodel IT Convention.  There seems to be little to no buzz about this girl. I don't get it.  Many seem turned off by the pink eyeshadow and liner. It does limit what she can wear. However, there is so much that she can wear...AND WELL. The body is way tinier than the Fashion Royalty gals.  She is much closer to the Dynamite Girls and Poppy in size with a teeny little foot like Barbie and the Dynamite Girls.  I am excited about this because I have some Dynamite Girls Style Lab  fashions and shoes from the Jet Set convention ...many of which are pink and black.  I think they will mix nicely with this gift set.  I also picked up some old fashions from the London Calling line for $20 total during room sales on a hunch that they would fit and they seemed in a great color palette to coordinate with the gift set.

Everyone of these pieces fit perfectly on her. I am highly tempted to hunt down some more DG fashions for her.  It is nice that all of those shoes will not go to waste either.  FYI...this is the same body as the new I Heart My Little Pony line and those clothes would be equally cute on those girls as well.

Etsy Shop till you Drop! New Items and a Coupon Code!

Howdy yall...I have been sewing more things for our demanding little plastic divas. I have added items to my etsy store and I am planning some collections to come out in January.  In the meantime, I have made a coupon code for 10% any order of $10 or more.

The code is MONEYTREE.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Waiting Game...

So it's been more than two weeks now, and still no tracking number for my pre-ordered convention collection and style lab from Integrity. The waiting is brutal. I know that this is a possibility when I pre-order to be shipped to my home after the con; however, the discount combined with not having to deal with the hassle of shipping things home is normally worth it.  I try not to be a complainer...but this is getting to be a little ridiculous.  I mean how hard is it to send an email saying..."hey girl, we know you want your dolls...but keep your pants on...we got a delay".

Ugh. I had to pour a tumbler of three buck chuck just to write this post. So in the absence of my new dolls, I impulse purchased the Coven Marie Laveau doll after seeing some promising IRL photos on Flickr. She looks pretty nice. It seems that I am going to cave and get some more of the other dolls too.  I already have a deal for a split on Madison...but I might need a second one so I can have a Chanel too.


I finally got the boxes on Wednesday...only to find that I was missing two dolls from the color infusion collection and had two duplicates.  Groan. Evidently it seems like many people were missing dolls.  I already received a shipping notice for my MIA dolls and a return label for my dups.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

IT Supermodel Convention Style Lab "Too Funky"

Unlike previous years, it seems the ladies were way more popular than the gents.  I still don't have mine in hand yet but I have a few ideas about who will be staying and who will be going. I picked up Jaeme and the Poison outfit at convention because I was so wild about them and wanted to be sure I got a good one. The dolls did not come with stands this year.  Not a problem for me since I use kaiser stands normally.

Overall I think the fashions were pretty great. The women's looks especially.  I was sad to see no Asian sculpts and I was also really hoping for a dark AA woman with flocked hair a la model Alex Wek. Le sigh.

Item # 85107
Monroe Jillian™ Nude Doll Wearing...

Item # 85120
Pure Love (Fashion Only)
Love the Versace outfit.  So very cool.  I adore that they did a matching guy outfit too.

Item # 85108
Dree Hill™ Nude Doll
Love the sneakers and the little cropped hoodie. Not sure if I will keep the rest.  Dre is pretty and I don't have one of her yet but not sure if I love her.

Item # 85109
Laka O'Rion™ Nude Doll
Item # 85121
Poison (Fashion Only)

This outfit is amaze balls. Those boots! The cool harness top.That sweet jacket!  Love every bit of it. I like the doll too. I think she might stay with me. 

Item # 85110
Tilda Brisby™ Nude Doll
Item # 85119
All That She Wants (Fashion Only )
 Super cute outfit. Kind of reminds me of Clueless. Not sure about the doll yet.  I think my mom wants her if I decide to pass.

Item # 85111
Blue Burkhart™ Nude Doll
Item # 85124
Give it Up (Fashion Only)

I think I'm keeping both.  Love the outfit and the doll was just amazing in person.

Item # 85112
Jaeme Costas™ Nude Doll Wearing...
 Item # 85123
Teen Spirit (Fashion Only)

LOVE LOVE LOVE. Keeping both.

Item # 85113
Callum Windsor™ Nude Figure
Item # 85125
Whatta Man (Fashion Only)

Not sure I am keeping any of the guys except Tobias at this point.  But I will wait to see them in person. Not loving this outfit at all.  I don't get why the boots are brown?

Item # 85114
Ollie Lawson™ Nude Figure
Item # 85130
Mr. Vain (Fashion Only)

I'm still not sure about this one. The hair is great and he is definitely handsome.  He looks cool but I don't think he fits with my collection at all. 
Item # 85115
Declan Wake™ Nude Figure
Item # 85127
Strike it Up (Fashion Only)

Keeping the kilt and sandals for sure. Not sure about the rest. 
Item # 85117
Ace McFly™ Nude Figure
Item # 85126
Too Sexy (Fashion Only)

Love this outfit.  So cool.  I am considering making this guy Eric Raymond.  I think his hair will take a part nicely and be less creepy than the Dracula sculpt. 
Item # 85118
Tobias Alsford™ Nude Figure
Item # 85128 Hypnotize 

He is great.  I will likely keep this outfit too. The kicks for sure...

Item # 85116
Preston Woods™ Nude Figure

Item # 85129
Come As You Are (Fashion Only)

Love the outfit.  Not sure about him. It is a new sculpt though so perhaps he will stick around. I think they overdid it with the blonde guys with beards this year between Preston, Callum, and the Apple Jack MLP guy.