It’s been ages since I photographed Ellis, because she is not looking her best at the moment.

This has been true for some time, but I’m finally making the time to do something about it.

Ellis's chin

It’s quite difficult to photograph, but as you can hopefully see, her chin is smudged – or something has happened to it, at any rate. This happened several years ago, and I think it happened at a meet-up I attended. When I got home from that meet, anyway, her chin was not looking okay anymore. (I feel like maybe someone touched her chin with a wet finger, like in the way a mom would rub a child’s face to remove a bit of schmutz?)

I’ve been in touch with her original customizer, who is not doing customs at this time, and have her blessing to have another customizer fix her up. I could attempt to fix her myself, but I have no experience with face ups and I am just too nervous about messing her up!

I am not displeased with her look at all and would really just like to have her looking uniform again, though of course I understand that many customizers will want to put their own stamp/look on her. I’m not a fan of oversized lips on Blythe, so I wouldn’t want her to be carved much if at all. Really it’s just the surface of her face-up that needs work.

So I’m in the market for customizer recommendations and I’d love to hear any suggestions anyone has!



I added a new Blythe to my collection in the not too distant past, a custom girl I’ve christened Ash. She’s got a mohair reroot and I spent a little time this weekend giving her a hair treatment.

I started out by carefully combing out her hair with a wide tooth comb.

combed out and HUGE

Which of course made it HUGE. Buckwheat would be proud.

combed out and HUGE

Then I gently massaged conditioner into the hair, making sure to reach all the hair, even the stuff on the inside (surrounded by other hair).

sitting with conditioner

sitting with conditioner

Then I set the timer for 30 minutes and waited.

30 minutes for conditioning

The next step was to rinse very carefully. You don’t want to agitate mohair while it’s wet, so rinsing thick hair is a somewhat tedious process. You also want lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold. This took awhile.

careful rinsing

Then I hung her out to dry.

hung out to dry

And voila! Lovely curls!