It's common to find Monster High/ EAH dolls without hands. This is only going to get worse as the line is discontinued. Now I'm trying to find a way to deal with that when I don't live in a country with much in the way of replacement parts. I think I'll eventually have to learn … Continue reading Exploring Hands.
“Is it weird that I feel kind of sad for the characters that the dolls originally started out as?” This question was asked by my friend Doug when I posted a picture of a Kaoru in progress. First, you get to feel what you feel. We all go through enough stress that we don’t need … Continue reading Feeling sad for my dolls?
My birthday gift to myself was shelves. I needed them. I've lived in this apartment for 8+ years and will never see my security deposit again so why not live how I need to live. The room was messy because this was 5 days into the new job (6am wakeup schedule) and I'd managed to … Continue reading My gift to me.
Shrinking heads is the craft of using acetone to break down the plasticizer in a vinyl doll's head to make it smaller (and less elastic). The chemical make-up/proportions of vinyl can vary wildly so it's not an exact procedure. I mentioned on FB that I'd be using my down time to catch up on my blog … Continue reading Why do you want to shrink heads anyways? Four Reasons.
The new job kicked in hard and fast. I'm doing the work that, at my last company, would be done by 1.5 people. Suffice to say there is a learning curve. This, plus a new commute plus teaching my dance partner's classes as well as my own, has given me a head cold and my … Continue reading Teen Titans Terra: I shrink a head
Apoxie Sculpt is soooooo much better than the Japanese alternatives I've been trying. True, they're just two part modeling epoxy and they don't market themselves as Japanese alternatives to Apoxie Sculpt but they're what I have been using. NO MORE! It might be pricier to buy here but...I'm in Japan. I'm where the sealant of … Continue reading Apoxie Sculpt. Everything.
Doll shoes. Pesky little doll shoes. Ever After High dolls have SLIGHTLY larger feet than Monster High Dolls. Sometimes. Not always. Sometimes they can swap shoes and sometimes MH shoes are just too small for EAH. This is what I have learned. After buying some MH shoes. So, I turned to one of the EAH … Continue reading SHOES for Wednesday
It's that time of the year, when the beauty of nature is juxtaposed with a wild uptick in public drunkenness in parks. I know this because: I see them in bloom. I made the mistake of meeting a friend in Ueno recently and he and I were UNPREPARED for the slow-moving packs of visiting foreigners … Continue reading Cherry Blossom Season!
WEDNESDAY There are updates on the job front...mainly that I have a new one but some down time before it's in full swing. that means DOLLS. Let's take a look at Wednesday's journey. She started as on of three used dolls my stepmother included in my Christmas pack. This one was an Ever After … Continue reading Every Day is Wednesday.
Job stress: Will I be under employed? Can I find a different job quickly? Will I get permanent residency? Should I just go with being underemployed and cram for JLPT N2 6 months earlier than planed? These are the things that make me want to just nap all day. When I'm asleep, I can't consciously … Continue reading Updates: Continue moving forward