Here I am working my way through a doll-clothing book from cover to cover. The book is はじめてのドール•コーディネイト•レシピ (First doll coordinates how-to) by Dolly Dolly books. ISBN978-4-7661-1982-4 (1,500¥ new) The projects are: a dress, medium length shorts, pleated skirt,blouse, tank top (for knits), bloomers, socks (for knits), tote bag, and tailored jacket. Included … Continue reading Work the book: First Coordinates
With the New Year came my first trip into Tokyo for Fukubukuro! LUCKY BAGS! The concept is simple: With the New Year stores put together items from the store into bags you can't see into. The idea is that the contents of the bag are "worth" (priced individually) more than what you'll pay for the … Continue reading Lucky Bag Inspiration: Classical Style
My day-job commute involves a horrid train line. There are three things going against it. Water: for a long stretch it crosses part of Tokyo bay. This means it's vulnerable to dangerous wind and rain. Japan has strong winds, a typhoon season and a rainy season. This creates frequent delays. Tokyo: My morning commute involves … Continue reading Work, Fuji, Home. Repeat.
Welcome to my continued adventures in assuming I'd already shared something because I finished it a while ago but when I looked I'd never posted a final product. Back story short: I got a Monster High doll at Dollyterria in Ikebukuro. This was before my haul of MH dolls. This is the doll and I … Continue reading Sakura
I wasn't a pony girl. My childhood room was not edged with realistic horse replicas nor did My Little Pony (the first 80's round which was square aimed at girls my age) ping my interest. Nor did the new wave of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic capture my attention. I've seen an episode, while … Continue reading Bi-Little Pony, for Caty.
Today is one of those days where I realize how much I haven't posted. I sat down to type up a post about a finished project I named Bi-Little Pony. The project involves a person serving as an inspiration who I have Dolled before so I went back to find those posts and found...only one … Continue reading Caty is a doll.
It was about a year ago I brought home a Living Dead Doll, Hush, from my local Hobby Off and opened her baggie to be assaulted with the stench of nicotine. I wrote about scrubbing and scrubbing to remove the nicotine stains. Eventually I got her down to an ivory white. She'd never be the … Continue reading Here I am. Little Me.
I've written before about how handy-work can be quite an effective form of meditation for those of us with minds that sometimes fight meditation. The repetition of movement, the precision needed, and the concentration used helps clear my head. It’s not that I don’t think while doing this, I do, but it’s a quieter thinking. … Continue reading Acrylic Yarn: Squeeky self-care.
My friend Ebony rocks. She really does. You should go check out the looks she serves up on Instagram. I'll wait. I can't even tell you how essential she is to my life here. Not since art school have I had someone in my neck of the woods who was not only an amazing friend … Continue reading The dress with EVERYTHING.
One of my finished projects this summer was Little Dead Riding Wolf. You may have noticed that I never show concept sketches. It’s not how I work. It’s never been. With dolls as with creating dance costumes I start with a very hazy concept, maybe gather some inspiration, and let the tools take me where … Continue reading Little Dead Riding Wolf