As noted in my prior entry regarding Coral, these girls aren't wearing the outfits they originally came in. I've put their defaults on the fashion models beside them. :)
These two girls arrived together. I was rather specifically hunting for a Kurhn doll with brown hair and green eyes. I hadn't started digging around on TaoBao
yet, so I figured (at the time) that older dolls were extremely difficult to track down, so it was with no small amount of excitement that I discovered these two on ChinaSprout
for $11.99 each. I ordered both and Kalli picked up the $7.50 shipping (ChinaSprout is based out of New York, so if you want to place an order and live in the domestic US, be sure to sort through for the cheapest shipping option in the drop menu).
Juliet came in the red dress and Holly came in the shirt, jacket, and skirt combo. Both outfits are Christmas-themed and nicely made. Both girls came with little white fuzzy purses. I think the one settled across Juliet's dress actually came with Holly, and Juliet's original was the same but had a shorter strap. Both dolls have lovely green eyes and soft brown hair, although they've got their own specific downfalls also. ( More pictures + descriptions under here... )
A few months ago I wanted to photograph each of my Kurhn dolls with all of their accessories. I tried posing them up in the windowsill but I didn't have clothing props so the clothes were flat, or the doll was left to awkwardly hold them. My idea wasn't panning out in the way I'd wanted, so I abandoned it with no small amount of frustration.
Yesterday changed that, as I suddenly realized Kalli had two clothing prop models from her Pretty Model girls. My abandoned idea came back to life, and here it is (with much help from Kalli in locating all the individual clothing items and accessories). I managed to get pictures of every single one of my Kurhn girls with their items, so this is officially A Thing in its nearly-finished glory! (Proud words for play items scaled at 1/6th, but hey. I'm not the most organized person out there so this is definitely an accomplishment.)( First up - Coral! )
"Fiddling around with the settings on Kalli's camera. I'm hoping to get the same one so I've been familiarizing myself with her model. Featured: Kurhn Day & Night Angels, Anise and Darla."
I'm not entirely sure why, but lately I've stopped doing most of the doll-related stuff I used to occupy myself with. I haven't lost interest, as I still squee about them and enjoy shopping for new outfits to try with various girls (and easily spend hours doing exactly that with Kalli). My photography's been suffering though. I need to sell the little Canon Elph because it's just not capable of what I'd like, but saving up for a good camera is.... nnnnnrgh. Kalli's been letting me use her camera in the meantime.
Kurhn dolls are my new obsession. I still love Monster High but they just have so many flaws and I hate coming across ones I like only to see made in Indonesia
printed on the bottom of the box. Ghoul's Night Out Spectra's lovely with her dark purple hair but I can't justify putting money toward defective merchandise. Kurhn dolls, on the other hand, have no glue whatsoever and fit an extremely varied amount of clothing. Teen Skipper fashions from the 1990's fit as well as some Monster High, Bratzillas, and even the present-day Skipper clothes are compatible. They don't have any notable design flaws, although I do prefer the jointed bodies over the non-jointed for posing and picture-taking.
Now if only I took more pictures, eh?
I still don't like Flickr, either, but it's not quite as buggy as it was during the initial switch-over. Management seems to be getting things cleared up and mostly accessible again.
I took these pictures while at SMCC in Portland. Alisha has classes there on Mondays and Wednesdays. For this photo Spectra's standing in one of the hallways - it's a close-up showing her face, mostly. Her hair's up in its original ponytail and her pink eyeshadow matches the pink tones in her gauzy dress.
After writing about my first Spectra vs. my second and the differences in their hair, I went on a Flickr-trawl to see if she was unique. To my intense gratification she isn't! DDG Spectra has the same sunlight/camera flash reactive hair.I used my camera flash to create this effect - sunlight does the same thing. Her hair appears quite pale in other photos because it was a very cloudy day and snowing by the time we left SMCC.
I'd heard (and seen) reports of some of the DDG dolls having glue in their heads, but this version doesn't - I lucked out, apparently. I purchased her yesterday after several months of stalling; up until yesterday I hadn't seen one with a decent faceup. Waiting paid off; she's lovely!( Pics + descriptions! )
I just posted a little about myself and this journal in some friending communities. Here's what I wrote in them for anyone who's still fairly new. :)
Name: Laura, Sadie, or Alex. I've gone by all of them but Laura's the one on the driver's license.
Location: Maine, USA. I was born in New Hampshire, grew up in Maine, visited Canada twice, visited Texas for a few weeks, visited the UK for a few months, and lived in Colorado for 4 years. I've criss-crossed the country twice and drove across it in July of 2012.
School/job: I've done all kinds of things. Waitressing, hostessing, minor bookkeeping, a partial Associate's degree through two different colleges in Colorado. I'm planning on finishing up that degree and pursuing a pharmacy technician license, but probably not this year.
Likes: Dolls! My journal is primarily filled with my hobby pursuits. I frequently update about my Etsy shop. I like Monster High, Moxie Teenz, Kurhn, S.I.S. and many others. (I also make things, hence the shop!) Besides dolls, I'm really into ABC's Once Upon a Time, BBC's Sherlock, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, all manner of fantasy and sci-fi books, BBC's Merlin, Stargate Universe, Firefly and various manga/anime (Kuroshitsuji, Fruits Basket, Loveless, Juuni Kokki, anything by Miyazaki.) Oh and I read books, obviously, though not as much lately with the shop up and running and trying to save up for a new laptop and camera.
Dislikes: Commercials in between segments of Once (the only show I've bothered to watch live in 5+ years), losing entries due to not copy-pasting before clicking 'post', losing thoughtful comments due to same, anyone who's ever voted against gay marriage laws being passed (i.e. equal rights), liars/cheaters/thieves what-have-you.
Anything else?: I'm owned by three cats - my girlfriend's ginger Phoenix, my fuzzy little (yeah, little) Maine Coon, and Marley the tuxie boy. Besides them I have nine budgies and my girlfriend has a rat named Nikolai. I'll occasionally post pictures of these critters who happily own my life but they're usually under a friendlock, you'll need to be added to see them.
- Mood: awake
- Tags:cats, etsy, firefly, fruits basket, juuni kokki, kuroshitsuji, loveless, merlin, ouat, pets, pictures, sg:u, sherlock, st:ds9
- Music:Hats Off to the Bull by Chevelle
I've finally finished my first custom doll thanks to a rather ingenious idea from a friend. (He solved allllllll my problems!) ( Lagoona Blue~ )
I re-rooted her with two different shades of yarn. The yarn is called 'Homespun' and feels quite soft. (I hate rough yarns.) The colors in the lighter yarn are a light sea blue/green tone and a faintly blonde tone. In the second shade, the colors are dark blue, purple, and green. These colors blend together nicely. My total work-time was roughly 13 hours, but spread out over several days. Perhaps two or three hours a day. Kalli got me a glass bottle of Pepsi to celebrate. :)
Lagoona isn't for sale, as she's in my personal collection, but after I do a few more dolls and gain experience I might open up an Etsy shop for custom re-rooting services in yarn AND saran hair. My next project, Spectra, will be done in saran hair. I haven't ordered it yet, but I'll get some work-in-progress photos up once I start. I plan to do her in the needle-knot method so her hair will be very secure.
I found Spectra's fashion pack for.. basically nothing at my local Wal*Mart. Thrilled! I like it much better than the outfit she originally came in. Something about the whole corset-esque top with a tutu just didn't suit her. Now she has a slim dress with a silver netted head-wrap, clear boots and stylized chains. She looks like an old time movie star and it's fantastic. ( Pic under here. )