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!


Maude’s face-up

Maude has a face-up!

So, way back when, I was named the lucky winner of ThriftyDoll’s Face-Up Giveaway on BlytheLife. I was SO EXCITED, especially because I had only recently gotten my first Middie and she was looking pretty shiny and reflective in photos. Since I am often shooting in low light or with a camera phone, I really wanted her to have a matte finish so her beauty would shine, rather than the surface of her face.

Jenni was excellent! She worked with me to figure out what exactly I wanted and as a result I am completely, 100% pleased with the outcome. Maude is looking gorgeous!


Of course I happened to be moving during the middle of this process, which dragged it out a bit more than just the usual time needed for overseas shipping and back. It was so worth the wait, though!

As you can see, it’s a pretty natural look, with subtle shading that adds up to a great effect without being super noticeable. I think that this kind of subtlety is especially difficult to achieve. Well done, Jenni! I also love the earth tones she used, which I think accentuate Maude’s unique hair color perfectly.


Now, as you can clearly see in these photos, Maude is in need of a major hair treatment. I haven’t done anything to her hair since I first took her out of the box, and she’s kind of static-y yet at the same time sticky/greasy. Her bangs are also SUPER uneven (and there are a few random hairs of different lengths here and there), but I want to give it a thorough washing before I tackle a trim. So that will be the next step in Maude’s very slow journey to being settled into my Blythe fam.

Thanks again to Jenni and to BlytheLife!