Doll Mini-Meet in Vancouver

Vancouver is one of my favourite cities in Canada, and I love being greeted by the beautiful mountains every time I visit. I haven’t been to Vancouver since last spring so when the opportunity arose this month I made plans with some of the Vancouver-based doll collectors to meet up! The weather was completely wonky! There was hail, snow and rain showers all within a few hours – so we stayed indoors and enjoyed a lovely brunch & afternoon tea at the Urban Tea Merchant.

Here are most the lovely girls that came along with their owners, gathered at the head of the table!
Doll mini-meet in Vancouver

Mmmm…. doll meat! Omnomnom!
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Mini-meet at whitefrosty’s!

I went to visit whitefrosty and her friend KTCY today because I had a few things to pick up from a group order she placed for me a few weeks ago. Since KTCY ordered a Crobidoll B-Line doll for herself I was quite surprised how quickly the whole shipment took to arrive! I think I’ve heard too many horror stories about Soom dolls taking up to 6 months to arrives >__>”

This was the first time I’ve brought any of my resin dolls out with me, but whitefrosty really loves Alisanne so I decided I’d bring her along. I was really nervous so I took a lot of care in packing her up: I wrapped her hands in bubble wrap, put on her face-guard and put her in her pillow from Volks before putting her into my Volks doll carrier bag. There was still room, so Gabrielle jumped in too!

Here’s whitefrosty’s Kaede, KTCY’s B-Line Yuri, named Tatsuya, Alisanne and Gabrielle.

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Fashion Friday with Saber Lily

It’s a bit of a gloomy, rainy day today so I couldn’t take my girls out for a nice outdoor shoot, but that didn’t stop me from taking some lovely pictures of a few of the girls in their new clothes from Nine9style – a Korean company that makes doll clothes and accessories. I really like the casual doll clothing that Nine9style makes and most of the items that they make for SD13 dolls fit Dollfie Dreams very nicely. The pieces come with red labels inside that I’ve carefully cut out because they look like they’d stain my dolls.

Here’s Saber Lily showing off the “Mink Ball Knitwear & One-Piece” outfit. It comes with a long caminsole-stype dress with tulle on the bottom, this cute knitted sweater and a little black puff brooch. The shoulder straps  on the dress are not adjustable, but it fits the L-bust  very nicely. I’ve had this outfit on Lily for 3 days and there’s been no sign of staining.


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Chibi-Moe meets her cousins!

I was heading over to my sister’s place yesterday so I took Medée and Moe (head only) with me. I left the blank head with my sister so that she can do a face-up for Medée so Moe got to wear the MDD body and be chibi-fied LOL

I forgot my camera, so these were taken with my rather craptastic iPhone (I can’t wait to upgrade to a new one), so I apologize in advance! >__<”

Here’s Medée meeting her cousin Zephyria. She brought over one of her spare Hello Kitty plushies as a gift for her cousin.

medee

One of the things I was curious about was to see how well MSD and MDD (Mini Super Dollfie and Mini Dollfie Dream) outfits can be interchanged since the Volks website has them listed as such, but there are bound to be some differences. So Medée and Zephy swapped outfits and the results were interesting. The MSD has somewhat broader shoulders and waist so it fits a bit snugly in the MDD outfit, and as a result the MSD dress is loose on the MDD. I also noted that since MDD’s have thinner ankles most of Zephy’s shoes didn’t look right on Medée, even though when I compared their feet they are roughly the same size. It was quite peculiar!

And then they had some fun dressing up in Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma pajamas! Aren’t they cute?! (Hmm, Zephy was a little short so I had her stand on a box! LOL)

And then the yellow birds came out to join them!

Later on Zephyria borrowed some stuff from Ventus’ wardrobe and dressed up as a dandy. Here they both are looking very spiffy! Ventus is wearing his Ciel Phantomhive cosplay made by Machiko.

Here’s Makoto finally meeting Moe! They look so cute. Unfortunately Makoto will be staying with auntie Machiko for a bit longer so she didn’t come home yet.

My friend’s Abio Angel doll, Kaiyouko (Kioko?), was also visiting, but she’s undergoing a new faceup at the moment so I didn’t take photos of her.

If anyone is curious about the bear PJ’s, you can contact my sister through her blog. I know she had some for sale on etsy before, but I think she sold out out of her pre-made ones at Anime North.

Nine9Style Review

Just a quick midweek update.

I took a moment to re-dress my girls last night in anticipation of a box opening that will be happening soon. Yes, that’s right I’ll be welcoming home another daughter in the next few days. She’s already in transit but every time I check her tracking number it says she’s still “enroute to Canada” so I just have to wait it out. Have I mentioned that I’m horribly impatient?! This is why I give myself little “make-work” projects to keep me occupied or else I go bonkers.

So last night I re-dressed Airy and Alisanne in a black & white scheme. Airy is wearing pieces from the Volks Gothic Striped Jacket set again but I really like that set. The corset top is pinned at the back because it’s much too big for her M-bust but it still looks very good.

Alisanne is wearing a SD13-sized dress from Nine9style that I wasn’t sure would fit her SD16 body but with a bit of careful maneuvering over her shoulders I got it on her! It actually fits her quite nicely since the shoulder straps are adjustable. You can’t see the bottom but I have black leggings on her lower half and some strappy black sandals. I ordered a huge batch of stuff from Nine9style last month and I’m really impressed with the quality of their stuff. Kev had one of our DD girls wearing a black cotton t-shirt for 3 days and it didn’t stain (thank goodness!) although I’ve taken most of their red “Nine*style” labesl out from the insides just to be safe. The long-sleeved cotton shirt stained quite badly though – it left dye stains just from being put on.

For their clothes, I bought everything in SD13 size and it fits my DD girls quite well. Obviously it fits the larger busts a bit better since they have a bit more to “fill out” the tops. The t-shirts are a bit loose around the waist so I sometimes pin them at the back to get a better fit, or tuck them into a skirt. Their flat shoes are a little bit big on DD bare feet, although wearing stockings helps, but I adore their little ankle bootees!

Hopefully I’ll get around to taking more pics of my Nine9Style goodies soon!

Quick eye change for Yukiko

I’ve had to put Yukiko in a special doll case that I brought home from Tokyo because Charlie likes to try and attack the chiffon overlay on her dress. Naughty Charlie!

I took her out earlier today to re-adjust her base and decided it would be a good opportunity to change her eyes as well. Since her MSD-sized head is so small, only half-sphere eyes will fit or else they interfere with the S-hook inside her head. I also go to try out the silicone ear plugs I bought instead of Volks eye putty – it is a really nice improvement. The silicone is more tacky so it immediately “grabs” onto the plastic eyes making positioning easier, and then you press it down into place to give it a firm hold on the eyes. Yukiko is wearing the Volks Animetic eyes in F Type / Bright Green (WAKABA). The Volks website shows these as a dark emerald green, but they are much lighter and less intense. [Update: August 16, 2011: Volks has added a photo showing the eyes under different  light to better show the colour of these eyes]

I think she looks so much nicer with the animetic eyes! Since her head sculpt has such big eye sockets the regular eyes made her look bug-eyed. The new eyes also accentuate the anime-style face-up that Machiko gave her. All in all a great improvement!

My Newest (Yet Oldest) Doll – Welcome Yukiko!

My sister recently completed a Volks old resin kit called Miisha for me. It was first released in 2001 and after a bit of searching I was able to acquire one that had never been opened! It was quite a labour of love to assemble her and was much more work than we originally anticipated! She did an amazing job, and when she brought the doll over today all my girls came out to greet her.

If you’d like to read about how she was put together, check out my sister’s blog about it here. It’s really very interesting to read her observations about old resin vs new resin.

My girls are Saber Lily (Dollfie Dream, Alisanne (Volks SD16 Daria), Airy (Dollfie Dream) and Makoto (custom Dollfie Dream) and the little one is Delilah (my sister’s DollnDoll ♥ Mo).

The box has aged quite a bit over time, but all of her paperwork was still sealed in the plastic when I got her! Machiko had to open it up to read the manual since there were some very strange bits and pieces in this kit that she’d never encountered before with her 2008 and 2010 Volks MSD kits.

Delilah peeks inside: dolly, wig, weird bits? 0__o”

Face-up and face guard! I didn’t really like the default grey eyes that Miisha comes with so I ordered these, but I think they look a bit bug-eyed. We’ll see what I can do about it later. Notice she doesn’t have ears? There’s something special about this head mold ^__~”
She has wing-ears!
Here she is all dressed up out of the box now.
I’ve decided to call her Yukiko (雪子) which means “child of snow” to match her angelic nature.
Here she is with Airy in matching outfits. They look like lovely nymphs or faeries!

Springtime Mini Doll Meetup

I invited whitefrosty and Machiko over to my house for a little doll party. Since I was busy hosting I didn’t get a chance to take many photos, so most of these are gacked from whitefrosty’s blog. Here are a few of the dolls: my Saber Lily, my sister’s dolls Zephyria, Ventus and Delilah, and whitefrosty’s Myles.


Photo credit: whitefrosty

Here are Ventus, Delilah and Myles – the blondes!~ hehe!


Photo credit: Machiko

Here’s Alisanne watching over the whole affair. While she wasn’t looking someone put bunny ears on her! LOL


Photo credit: whitefrosty

And notice something?! She’s got both shoes from her default outfit now! Hurray!


Photo credit: whitefrosty

And here’s Myles and Delilah rocking out in their Volks ducky suits! I could die from the cuteness!

I baked a batch of lemon scones so that we could have afternoon tea. I had Devon Cream in my fridge but didn’t have any jam, so we had to make due with creamed honey! Tasty, but not quite the same…

Welcome home to Alisanne Medea d’Archangeli!

When Kev and I were in Japan, we made a deal that I’d let him get Saber Lily if in turn he’d also get me a doll. I fell in love with Volk’s SD16 “Daria” on site at the Shibuya showroom and had my heart set on her. Budget wouldn’t let us get both at the same time so I had to wait for my girl, and so here she is now as a belated Valentine’s Day gift from my hubby.

The box arrived today, and my cat Charlie promptly claimed it as his own!

Here’s Saber Lily sitting comfortably with little Richard (the “lion”-heart plushie) and visiting cousins Delilah and Ventus. Also note the presence of Angry Bunny – he shows up when things need to be censored! LOL

Immediately after opening the box I’m swamped with paperwork! There’s some leaflets from Volks USA about doll care, wig care and also a Volks USA Membership Card!

Saber Lily comes to check out what’s going on inside this massive box.

Her box is so pretty! Not as gigantic as Saber Lily’s but it has a lovely pearl finish to it.

Inside her box were her wig, extra feet/legs, guide book and her outfit.

Angry Bunny says: “No nudity!” He’s quite protective of Daria!
Saber Lily is curious about her cushioning and face-guard since she didn’t get this kind of special wrapping.

Here’s a close-up of her beautiful face-up from Volks.

Here’s Daria’s outfit (and legs) all laid out.

Notice the 2 LEFT shoes…  >__<”
I’ve emailed Volks about this and hopefully I can get myself a RIGHT shoe… Otherwise this is pretty lame.

Ventus says “Is this thing a hat?”
Hehe, silly Ven! It’s a fur stole!

“Oh!… so THIS is what I do with it! How do I look”
Super fierce, Ven. Very fierce.

Here’s Daria after getting all dressed up. Just for height comparison – and even though I’ve got Daria on a doll stand because she’s wearing high-heeled boots that were sinking into the carpet all of these dolls can stand freely on their own 🙂
Daria is huge!

Saber Lily (Volks Dollfie Dream 2010)
Ventus is a Volks Mini Super-Dollfie Ken 2010 renewal
Delilah is a DollnDoll Heart Mo 2010

I really like the name Daria, and I still refer to her by her sculpt name every so often, but her new full name is Alisanne Medea d’Archangeli.
She looks quite angelic indeed borrowing this lovely blonde wig from Saber Lily but I think her dark eye makeup is a bit too heavy to suit her blonde hair – it looks a bit “off” to me (or maybe it’s just the colours of her outfit?)

Did you notice Delilah’s cute Baby Gloomy Bear suit? Machiko made it herself!
Here’s Delilah chilling out with my Teddy Gloomy.

Here’s some other stuff I ordered from Volks – mostly DD related goodies: body stockings, wig cap, hair styling stuff, etc.

And of course, Bubba claimed the shipping box for himself…

Since I don’t have her complete outfit at the moment, it was just annoying me to have her in her incomplete default outfit so I changed her into something completely different. I’ve been planning for her arrival for quite some time, so she already has an awesome collection of clothes. I picked up these awesome boots at the Volks Tenshi-no-Sumika showroom in Shinjuku-ALTA when I was there in January (they’re consignment, and not “official” items, in case anyone wants to go looking for them). The grey wig is from Mandarake Japan (I bought it when I was in Tokyo earlier in January); her outfit is by Volks, necklace I purchased at K-Books Doll in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

She’s so gorgeous!

[UPDATE: March 17, 2011]
Volks responded to my email last night and offered a simple solution. I’ve already carefully packed up and mailed them back one of the shoes, and as soon as they receive it they will send me a replacement as well as a postal money order to cover my costs of mailing it back to them.

How’s that for awesome customer service?

I wonder where they are getting the extra shoe from. Maybe their display doll in the store? Or maybe some other customer ended up with 2 right shoes! Either way, I’m glad this is resolved so now I just have to wait for my pretty little shoe to come in.

Saber Lily goes to visit her cousins!

I’ve been accumulating some new wardrobe items for Saber Lily since I don’t want her to be wearing her white gown and armor all the time.

Today I took Saber Lily over to my sister Machiko’s house to meet her dolls. She’s been collecting BJD’s for a  few years but got into the hobby slowly. The size difference is astounding! Since Dollfie Dream’s are categorized as 1:3 scale dolls, they are about 60″ tall and in the same size scale as a Volks Super Dollfie (SD). My sister’s Mini-Super Dollfie’s (MSD’s) are half her size – they come up to her waist!

Here she is with Ventus and Zephyria, both Volks MSD Kits (a MSD Ken ’10 renewal and a MSD Myu Pureskin ’08) that my sister constructed from scratch and then painted their face-ups. The little cutie pie in the ducky suit is Delilah – a DollnDoll MO (2010) wearing the Pink Ducky Suit from Volks.

So adorable! I’m tempted to get a tiny doll at some point now! Delilah is so sweet!