new Blythe goodies!

I made an end-of-year trip to one of the dollar stores for a couple of random items and ended up finding a few treasures!

Recycling

This recycling bin is the perfect scale for Blythe! They also had ones in other colors and with other logos printed on, but I liked this one best.

They also had these little drawer units. I’m not sure exactly what I’ll use these for, and I’ll likely try to paint the green parts a less bright color (we’ll see how that goes!), but I thought they were too cute to pass up. Have you found any doll scale goodies lately?

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pursuing Blythe

My Blythe collection is larger than I ever thought it would be: I have four Neos, one Middie, and one LPS Petite.

When I bought my first Blythe, Willow (a gently pre-owned Prima Dolly Ashlette), I thought for sure I’d stick with just one. Then an online friend was interested in selling her Mademoiselle Rosebud and gave me a more-than-fair friend price, so Dahlia came to my collection. Then I decided that a custom girl was something I wanted, so I acquired a bait girl (Adorable Aubrey), Ash, and bought her a reroot and face-up. Then a friend was selling her slight custom Rainy Day Parade Ellis, and I felt I could give her a good home. Along the way I also picked up Daisy, my LPS Petite, and when Middie Jackie Ramone was released, I pre-ordered Maude right away. Her style is just perfect for me and I couldn’t resist seeing how a Middie is compared to my Neos.

I still think that I have “enough” Blythes, but I do think that I’d like to add another Neo to my collection eventually. Especially if I continue to make a little side money selling Blythe patterns, it seems justifiable to spend some of that money on my collection. I love both Willow’s and Dahlia’s long hair, and Ash’s mohair reroot is still exactly what I had hoped for. And Ellis’s bob with bangs is as classy as ever, but I do think I’d like a Neo with a shorter hairstyle without bangs. I’ve been looking through my Blythe Collection Guide Book and perusing Blythes online to see which models might fit the bill.

So far, I’ve narrowed the list to the following possibilities:
– Cloud 9 Bowl
– Excellent Holly Wood
– French Trench
– Frosty Frock
– Holly Wood
– Nicky Lad
– Prima Dolly Saffy

Blythe folks, you’ll know by looking that these run the gamut from super-rare (and way out of the range of what I’d consider reasonable to pay) to pretty darn affordable and not hard to find.

First off, there’s Cloud 9 Bowl.
Cloud 9 Bowl

I love her brilliant red hair, and her stock is actually super cute. She’s also an SBL, my favorite mold.

Next, let’s look at Holly Wood and Excellent Holly Wood.
Holly Wood

There are several different releases of this doll, first as Holly Wood and then as Excellent Holly Wood. The first one was an early Takara release and was a limited edition, so there is just about zero chance I’d ever be willing to pay enough to get her. The later Excellent Holly Wood might be possible, though she’s also not very commonly found, so I doubt that it would happen. I do love her waves/curls, though!

French Trench is from 2004 and is another beloved SBL.
French Trench

She’s got cute stock as well, and the way her hair curls at the end is lovely! She reminds me a lot of Willow, though (similar hair color, same SBL mold), so she might be too similar to justify getting her.

Next up: Frosty Frock
Frosty Frock

Her curls are so cute! Her stock is just okay. I don’t have any light-haired Blythes, so it might be nice to have one.

Nicky Lad has great stock:
Nicky Lad

I also like that her story is that she marches to the beat of her own drummer. Her front-facing light blue chips are also such a great color!

Prima Dolly Saffy is similar in many ways to Frosty Frock, but her hair is not as platinum blonde.
Prima Dolly Saffy (PD2S)
There is also an Encore release of Saffy, so probably either of them would work for me, as they look very similar from the photos I’ve seen online.

ANYWAY, at this point I’m just trying to narrow it down a little and get a sense of how available these dolls are and how much they’re selling for these days. I’m not anywhere near ready to make a purchase, and it’s fun to have a thing to look at without any real intention of buying right now. Blythe folks: do you have any of these? Any commentary or suggestions will be most welcome!

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Carnival creations

Finally, I’m posting about the goodies I sent out to my swap buddy for the Carnival/Circus swap.

I didn’t take a photo of everything in the package, but luckily Kristal did! I had fun designing the tags for each package – I printed out two pieces for each, the red/white striped background and the blue ticket-shaped piece with a carnival-related phrase. I embellished them with stickers and scrapbooking bits and bobs.

Swap package!

And here’s Kristal’s shot of everything unwrapped. She mentioned that she likes lace, so I included some extra along with the stickers, tickets, and items I made.

Swap lovelies

I wanted to make clothing that evoked the circus or carnival, but wasn’t super literal. For me, circus-y stuff can cross the line to clowny pretty easily and I didn’t really want to go there. I thought that this combination of striped fabric with the large harlequin-type pattern worked well and felt appropriately festive.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

Same goes for this sweater and skirt set. I wanted to have a hint of circus tent stripes in the top, and I think that it worked out pretty well. You can’t tell in the photo, but the black and blue stripes of the sweater have some texture to them – the black stands out a little on the blue. I didn’t want the skirt to be exactly matchy, and I think that it goes well but is still a bit different.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

Finally, I made a custom Blythe tarot deck! I designed the card backs using a photo of Ellis as the centerpiece. I used some new-to-me photoshop skills to cut her out so that just her head would be featured on the cards and I’m happy that I know how to do that now. I used a free printable Ryder-Waite deck for the actual card faces.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

I free-handed a knitted bag for the cards, and it turned out on the first try! I love it when that happens. The bag is gathered at the top, with eyelets knitted in for the purple drawstring.

items for Carnival/Circus swap

I think that this project turned out pretty well!

items for Carnival/Circus swap

Overall, a successful swap! I’m going to have to do better at taking photos of everything before I send it out in future swaps.

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prototyping

I’ve been experimenting with some new patterns for Blythe clothing. This one is a pattern I created for a strapless Blythe dress.

prototype strapless dress for Blythe

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, though there are some changes I’ll make on the next iteration. The bodice is slightly too loose – I might tighten it up a bit, or there might be a way to use some mild elastic to help it be more apt to stay all the way up (it only slides down just a tiny bit, but it’s enough that I’d prefer to perfect it before putting any up for sale).

I was very pleased with my choice of trim on the hem of the skirt:

prototype strapless dress for Blythe

I had the upper white-dash ribbon in my stash, and recently found the black lace trim at The Lob.

prototype strapless dress for Blythe

So, Blythe peeps – what do you think? What changes or other styles would you like to see?

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stripeyfest 2011

I got a custom order recently for four Halloween stripey sweaters for Blythe. I love this color combination and I’m already so excited about Halloween that it was easy to whip through them.

custom halloween sweaters for Blythe

I don’t have four Blythes in the house at the moment (the bait girl I’ve had in storage forever is currently off being customized – more on her soon!), so I had to fill in with Turtle the Pullip, but I think the effect is still pretty cool. I might have to make my own set of matching outfits sometime.

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Spooky Night

Here’s one of my latest AnneArchy creations, the Spooky Night Dress for Blythe.

Spooky Night Dress for Blythe

My goal here was to create a dress that would be appropriate for Halloween but also work for the whole fall season in general – something without any Halloween-specific items.

I found the two laces on the bodice at The Lob – they have it in a variety of colors, but orange and black were perfect for this time of year.

Spooky Night Dress for Blythe

I just love this fabric, too. The leaves on the vine are a perfect motif for autumn, and the color combination is spooky without being specifically Halloweeny.

Spooky Night Dress for Blythe

I’m happy that I was able to achieve my goals for this piece.

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The Spider and the Girl

More Halloween! Are you getting sick of it yet? I’m not. Here’s another spider-themed dress, which I have dubbed The Spider and the Girl:

The Spider and the Girl Dress for Blythe

This lime green ribbon with black spiders is so much fun. I think it looks like the spiders are dancing along, having a grand old time. I selected the bodice fabric because (a) it is the same green as the ribbon and (b) it has a dotted line/swirl motif that is very spiderweb-esque. I just found this spider embellishment recently and jumped out at me as perfect for this dress.

The Spider and the Girl Dress for Blythe

I picked this fabric for the skirt because it reminds me of a tiled roof, like you  might see in a Gorey illustration, and I can just picture spiders creeping up the tiles, all stealthy in the night. Creepy!

The Spider and the Girl Dress for Blythe

I also finally got around to making a mask with the Puchi Collective template. I used felt and attached a pipe cleaner handle so that Blythe can hold it herself. I think it’s pretty cute!

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Chiroptera

All the Halloween goodies are starting to make their way into crafty stores, and it has me inspired! One of the fabrics I’m loving right now is this Bats on Orange with Glitter, which I used to make the bodice of the Chiroptera Dress.

Chiroptera Dress for Blythe

I’m quite pleased with this one. I had been looking for black lace in the right size for awhile, and was delighted to find that they carry it by the spool at the Lob. And the bat ribbon at the hem of this dress goes so well with the bodice fabric, doesn’t it? I also happened to have just one orange belt buckle in the exact shade to match. I’m so glad that Halloween is coming – this is my favorite time of year!

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show me the way to go gnome

I picked up some cheapo doll eyeglasses at Joann over the weekend and was delighted to find that they almost fit Blythe. They are so cheap that they don’t want to stay on without help (thank you, hair clippies!), but they’re about the right size.

Willow

I’ve seen eyeglasses for Blythe sell for upwards of $20 online, so for $3, I’ll take it. Though I could definitely do a better job of getting them on straight next time.

eyeing the allium

I got these two little gnomes at Comic Con last year and they fit perfectly in the pockets of this dress. Nice!

gnome in pocket

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Fun in the Sun!

I just got my swap package from the June Blythe Swap and it is AWESOME! I was so excited that I got paired up with Holly, who I met last summer at Angela‘s Blythe meetup. Holly also has a Boston Terrier, likes skulls, and has probably a bunch of other stuff in common with me.

Fun in the Sun picnic goodies from Holly

She put together a picnic package! How cool is that?

Fun in the Sun picnic goodies from Holly

Check it totally out! She included a ton of supa cute stuff:

Fun in the Sun picnic goodies from Holly

I had noticed this dress in Holly’s photostream recently and admired it greatly, and she totally sent it to me! I love it. I think that I especially like it because I wouldn’t necessarily think to put these two fabrics together, but they work together really well.

Fun in the Sun picnic goodies from Holly

And check out these sneakers:

Fun in the Sun picnic goodies from Holly

Skully! Totally my fave. Here’s Willow modeling the shoes, hairband, and dress together. And with a cupcake in her pocket!

Fun in the Sun picnic goodies from Holly

Thanks mega, Holly!

The July swap sign-up is open right now, and the theme is “Road Trip” – I’m looking forward to it!

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