Today brings me to sewing I don’t really want to do but need to do. I have two jobs. One as a mild-mannered English teacher (for Japanese children) and the other as a belly dance teacher/performer (for Japanese adults, Turkish restaurants, etc.). My English teaching is within set hours that don’t fluctuate from week to … Continue reading Costume Alterations.
Because the base doll I'm using, Clawdeen from Monster High, is a werewolf character she has fur accents above her wrists and ankles. I told myself that Starfire shoots fire so I'd just try and make those ridges look like fire. Nope. I started but it didn't look right. I then used a new x-acto … Continue reading When your legs have hair ridges: Starfire part 3
Last we saw Clawdeen ->Starfire her hair was overly fluffy. Each bundle of strands sticking straight out of her hair plugs. So, it was time for a boil perm. Of course, before a boil perm make SURE all the craft glue you've squirted into her neck-hole to the inside of her skull (to secure the … Continue reading When your hair is fluffy and your face undone: Starfire part 3
Part two of Clawdeen Wolf to Starfire When my “Liquid Fusion” clear non-toxic urethane glue arrived it was time to remove ears and patch holes on my Clawdeen doll. I regret that I didn’t take photos of these steps but here’s someone who did and whose internet guidance helped me. When I transform a larger … Continue reading When your head is full of holes. Starfire part 2
Me (watching YouTube videos): wow, but who has the patience for that? That’s too finicky for me. Me (months later): Well, I guess now I do this too. And so it was with rerooting doll hair. I’ve been on the lookout for a “Clawdeen Wolf” 17inch tall Monster High doll to make into a Teen … Continue reading Starfire: it starts
We all have a few pop culture references that are so specific that we rarely say them out loud, knowing that they will fall on ears that don’t get them, yet so persistent that they haunt us time after time. One of mine, and I think it too often, is: Jerry: I was under the … Continue reading Not Orphans
Don't get too excited, Closet Freak is the artist who did the doll trunk and fashions for this photoshoot. As is often true, the English name provides a dream the reality doesn't quite fit into correctly. Part 1 is here. This is a Japanese Artist's vision of an doll trunk, wherein the doll's outfits mirror … Continue reading Dolly Dolly Vol 4. Closet Freak Doll Trunk pt 2
Doll magazines have a lot of jargon that I’m just starting to grasp. Dolly*Dolly magazines have a lot of clothing patterns for dolls but they usually refer to the specific doll it was designed for...which means I'm trying to learn about other doll bodies to know what will work on my dolls. One of the … Continue reading SD Jargon & Closet Freak Doll Trunk
This Friday was my last Friday going to my current therapist. I’ve been going to her, and taking anti-depressants, since September 2011...when the low of the 3/11 Tohoku quake / Fukushima aftermath just never left me. I could barely get through a day without crying. I was erratic. I couldn’t fathom what would happen when … Continue reading Dollyterria haul!
Back in America print and magazines are languishing but in Japan there’s a magazine for everything. There is even a four-times a year Bellydance Japan magazine... and I contributed heavily to their MOOK about how to create bellydance costumes. So, it was a dangerous discovery when I realized I could buy used copies of old … Continue reading Dolly * Dolly Vol.4 Ryo Hada doll trunk.