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
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
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.
I'm a belly dancer. I teach and perform and study belly dance. I also make belly dance costumes. There was no doubt that I'd combine dolls with dance. As soon as I saw a used Pullip Nah-atto doll I had to have it. But let's be honest, Nahh-ato is all Orientalist tropes. Genie lamp, harem … Continue reading Dressing to Dance. Nah-atto part 1
I am nursing a flare-up in tendonitis in one of my ankles so I'll be at home for a few days during the national holidays icing and resting and probably catching up. I could explain why it's been a while but it's not interesting: work and life. I'm waiting for some eye chips to arrive. … Continue reading All those outfits
I haven't posted a bit because I've been on a restorative vacation to my hometown in America (Madison, WI). Now I'm back in Japan, my first morning back in my apartment, waiting for my luggage to be delivered. Nothing was lost but it's never fun to lug a giant suitcase on the trains. That's why … Continue reading Back in action. No Bobbin!
What have I learned? Carefully layer the fixative spray, let it fully dry, and paint up the eyes and whites first. Also, you can't make the Archie doll look trustworthy. You can only raise his craftsmanship. He'll always be eldritch. He might slice you where you sleep but he'll do it with a better quality … Continue reading Terror’s make-over is complete.
Before I started attaching the lining to the coat I went through the terrifying step of removing the fur and fixtures. First I removed the neckline fur, using a contrasting thread to mark where I'd be reattaching a hook and loop that close it all Then I removed the cuffs and used a … Continue reading Re-lining a Coat: Part 4