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.
Let's see if I can use my craft backlog of undocumented work to create...dare I say it...multiple entries based on a theme? Welcome to the rabbit hole of Doll Trunks I've fallen into. Alice was my first entry into the idea. The two entries for the construction of Alice's doll trunk are: Part 1 Part … Continue reading Coffee Nook/Doll Trunk half.
Ok, catching up on two months of crafting is showing me how godddamned much stuff I make. A Japanese bellydancer I'm friends with on FB JUST posted a photo of a Pullip Nah-Atto she saw in a Book-Off and I replied with a picture of my before and after...and was going to send her the … Continue reading Nah-Atto part 2.
Ebony and I visited Dollyterria again during one of our Ikebukuro meet ups in July. Again, I came home with a new friend. Dal Lipoca is a 2008 Groove doll release. She retails new/mint condition for about 100USD/10,000¥. My Lipoca was around 3,000. Dolly in a baggie deals! She was FILTHY. She obviously lived with … Continue reading Dal Lipoca
If you’re vaguely obsessive like me...and I’m assuming you’re a little like me...and you skip blogging for two months it can be daunting to return. Instead of looking at the overwhelming amount of stuff I have to present to you I’m going take comfort in the fact that I’m NOT lacking subject matter. Ill just … Continue reading Life in Boxes: Alice
I visited America for two weeks this summer, hitting Maryland/Virginia/Pennsylvania for the first time in 18+ years. I don’t have a car in Japan. I don’t need or want one here. I only drive in America. Usually I visit my hometown, where I can borrow a car. I’ve also visited cities with good enough transportation … Continue reading I Slump in Sadness
I haven't written for a while but I sure as hell have been making things. You see, my friends and I were hit with not one but two sociopaths this summer. We didn't know about #summerofscammers until after the devastation. We're petitioning that if there is a destructive human force NEXT summer that someone send … Continue reading Emily’s Doll: Will a doll help?
Last night a friend messaged me to catch up and to let me know he’s read this blog and...”crikey, dolls creep me out!” Accurate. My humor thrives on discomfort. I’m a cuddly creep, it’s how I get past your guard. “I was looking and thinking ‘fuck, that’s creepy. Very, very good. But very creepy.’” And … Continue reading Alice could be living….anywhere.
I only started watching Teen Titans Go this year, thanks Netflix Japan, but I quickly fell in love with it. After watching the first three seasons (available on Netflix) I went back and watched Teen Titans. It really doesn’t have the insane joy but I get where it fit into the cartoons of the time … Continue reading Frightfully Tall RAVEN
Today I don't just mean restorative to indicate fixing up a damaged or sub-par doll. I also mean crafting to put your heart and mind back together. Sometimes the hyperfocus of making something with your hands is a way of stepping back from the horrors filling your life. Today I'm not going to get into … Continue reading Restorative Crafting: Jack Skellington and the Scammer.