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You’ve got your hair combed back and your sunglasses on baby…

I’ve got to say, I’m really surprised at how hard it is to find certain types of information online, for example, when I want to find out about antiques, or presently, trying to find information about particular dolls.  I thought for sure there would be a Barbie Wiki, a real Wiki, with photos and the name of the doll, the release date, etc.  I can’t seem to find that.

I like to collect things but I’m also a big nerd who loves, yes loves, to organize and categorize.  I actually get excited when I have things that I want to look up, find information on and then add that information into a database.  It’s sad isn’t it?  I suppose part of why I went to grad school is because I love to research but this whole writing a thesis thing is not all it’s cracked up to be!

Anyway, this brings me back to my original point.  I’m surprised about the lack of a good Wiki type database of information on collectable things, like, Barbie.  As nerdy as I might be, I don’t know how to start a Wiki.  Once it’s up I know how to use one, more or less and am very good at formatting layouts for things like that.  I can picture it now in my mind.  But, sadly, I don’t know how to get started without already having the Wiki in place so I can just log in and start editing.  What’s really sad is how much the thought of spending my Friday night inputting data into a database makes me giddy with excitement.  Perhaps there’s some sort of pill I can take for that?

In other news, I bought some of the wood I’ll need to start building the doll house.  I have power tools.  Hear me roar.  Unfortunately I don’t think I can get started until I can find someone with a table saw to cut the big pieces for me.  I hate not being able to do it myself.   I wish I knew someone that wanted to help me get started.  Beyond that I’ll be fine I’m sure…

Well I also bought some black satin spray paint for plastic.  I bought the Gloria Wine Rack Cabinet, both sets.  They are a bubble gum pink but otherwise really quite cool.  I want to spray the pink parts black.  With any luck this summer will be a summer filled with building things and sewing (someday I will start sewing again instead of standing in my sewing room, staring around blankly).  Who knows I may even work on my thesis…  HA HA HA HA….

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Bright ideas

So, I’ve got it in my head that I need to make these playscale scenes.  For a long time I bemoaned the fact that I can’t draw, at least not the way I’d like to, and so I can’t make this graphic novel that’s been kicking around in my head forever.

Since I’ve discovered BJDs and fashion dolls and the like, the wheels have started to turn.  Then I decided that even though I couldn’t draw the images I wanted, I could try to customize dolls to fit the characters and then?  I don’t know.  Maybe I’m just looking for another way to pass the time.  Who knows.  It’s actually not an easy task to figure out a way to customize dolls to fit characters you have only ever seen in your head.  Maybe I’m a giant nerd (I know I am actually) but I think it’s a cool idea.

Now I’ve got it in my head that I need to create a room box that is a portion of a nightclub from this story I have held onto for years.  Of course I do.  I have no idea what I’m doing but like I said before, when has that ever stopped me?  It would be a good idea to move from the planning and ideas in my head to actual construction.

I’ll freely admit I’m slightly intimidated to go to the hardware store to pick up the wood I need.  I would love to have someone who has wood working experience go in with me.  But ultimately I’ll probably just make my mother come with me so I’m not alone.  I really want to start on the house, as exciting as the bar is, the house supplies need to be bought so that the house is completed in the next few months and I have somewhere to start storing the stuff I have.

It’s been really really  hard to find supplies in the size I need.  Apart from Ebay and Etsy, I’m fairly out of luck and sometimes the cost of shipping makes it so I just can’t justify a purchase.  That leaves me with needing to make stuff on my own and I’m back to where I was before with very little information out there on how to.  If I manage to put things together and it’s not a total disaster I will be writing up tutorials and posting them here.  No one should have to go through this much frustration.

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Another Monday

Saturday was the doll show.  I enjoyed going but it is certainly a shadow of its former self.  I remember when I was a kid, the show took up two rooms.  There was so much to see and lots to buy as well.  This weekend it was in one room and it was small with not much to see.  The best part, for me, was the display of BJDs.  The newspaper had said they would have a “Barbie through the ages” display but either that person didn’t show up or someone got their wires crossed because the only Barbies I saw were pitiful, used ones people were trying to unload.  Still it was worth the $2 admittance and I’ll continue to go as long as they have it now that I know it’s still going on.

As I was browsing I was asked a few times if I had a dollhouse.  I do, it’s not really the one I plan on using and I didn’t feel like getting into any big explanation, particularly since they all deal with 1/12 scale and I’m going with 1/6.  And because my idea of a dollhouse is not really the same.  At one point I actually said “Well I’m going to build one, from scratch.”  The woman said “Oh do you do wood working?”  I said “No never.”  My mother corrected me, we can’t forget that lovely thread rack after all!  The woman looked skeptical.  I said “Well I drew up plans and I’m just going to do it.”  She looked very skeptical.  I don’t think that she thinks I can do it!  Of course what I’m going to build is not some giant Victorian dollhouse.  She told me about people who were selling some and what not.  I’m going to build the house that I want or I’m going to try anyway and if I don’t succeed that’s ok too!

I have to say, though, that I’m glad that I was never told I couldn’t do something.  If I wanted to try something new, my parents supported that.  I’m not afraid to jump in and if I don’t succeed that’s ok because I gave it a shot.  It doesn’t matter that I don’t do woodworking.  I’m sorry that not everyone was raised to believe that they could do anything they set their mind to doing and that it’s ok if you’re not successful because at least you were willing to try.

Well, that’s all for now.  I’m quite hungry and it’s time for some supper!

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Etsy listings and other craftiness

I’ve just listed some reusable snack bags in my Etsy shop. They’re quite fun to make and useful at the same time.

I also made a skirt for my Dal dolls.

I like the way it hangs on her and I think it’s a great length. It’s fully lined and closes with Velcro though I do want to start making clothes that use snaps as closures instead.

I had sand matted my Blythe “Raspberry Sorbet” doll’s face and didn’t realize her make up would come off as easily as it did so there was a slight lip incident. This weekend I repainted her lips and I think it turned out ok.

The hat she’s wearing was crocheted by my good friend Shelley. Shelley and I were roommates in university and lost touch for a few years. We reconnected and I couldn’t be happier about that. If you want to check out her Etsy shop (or contact her to make you your very own doll or child sized hat) you can find her here.

I also finished a closet for the dolls. It’s rather narrow but for now it’s a place for me to put some of their clothes. I’m waiting on more hangers though I really should figure out how to make my own.

As you can see, the tiny dollhouse is really overcrowded now. That means it’s time I start working on “Project Dollhouse”. A big house for the big dolls and that gets them out of the smaller house and I can work on decorating that up as well.

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Vintage suitcases

This old suitcase used to belong to my great aunt. I’m trying to figure out a creative way of making it into a doll carrier without destroying the awesomeness that is this vintage suitcase. I may end up leaving it alone and hunting down a vintage suitcase that didn’t belong to anyone in my family so I don’t have to worry about guilt issues.

I thought I might find some tutorials out there from people who have done the same but I don’t seem to be turning anything up so I guess I’ll just have to improvise. Eventually I’m going to try my hand at making doll clothes and if I figure it out and I’m any good at it, I’ll probably start listing some on Etsy.

All things in due time. For now I’m just having fun trying to figure out a living situation for these guys.

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