I won a Lovely Blog Award!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I won my first Lovely Blog Award and I am so excited! I would like to thank Debbie Behan-Garrett of Black Doll Collecting for giving me the award. The rules of the award say that I have to pass it on to 15 other blogs. I will post the names of the 15 blogs tonight! Stay tuned!


Aisha by Marissa May

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Aisha Prototype Reborn by Maria Rubio of Adorable Bebe Nursery

When I saw the prototype for Marissa May’s new kit Aisha on eBay, I immediately fell in love! I rarely see kits like Aisha being produced. Marissa really captured the true realism of an ethnic infant. Aisha’s nose and lips are delicately pronounced and proportionate -- she actually looks like a baby -- something that seems to be difficult for sculptors to achieve. I have seen many sculpts with over exaggerated ethnic features that cause the dolls to look like adults with baby bodies. Yikes—I just got a bad visual of the movie Little Man (2006) starring Shawn and Marlon Wayans. LOL

I signed on to Bountiful Baby’s website yesterday evening and I nearly had a panic attack when I saw Aisha only being offered in the “biracial” (tan-colored) vinyl. I held my breath and emailed Bountiful Baby to find out if Aisha would be offered in their light peach-colored (Caucasian) vinyl. Much to my delight, Bountiful Baby replied with a yes!

The news about Aisha was certainly welcome news because let me let you in on a little secret: Trying to reborn an ethnic doll from a pre-darkened vinyl kit does not work [for me].

It may work for other artists, but I have tried to reborn pre-darkened kits in the past and those dollies are tucked away in my "did not work out" bag. lol

In order to achieve optimal results, I have to start with a VERY blank slate that is as white as possible. The coloring on the lips, nails, palms and soles does not turn out correctly if the vinyl is pre-darkened in those areas. I have found it virtually impossible to lighten the dark vinyl. Well, it is possible, but it does not look attractive.

In fact, I wish there were pure white vinyl kits available. That way, I could mix my colors on a pure white palette and apply those exact colors to the pure white vinyl. No guessing games, no neutralizing, no lightening the vinyl required. I wish someone would sell me a prototype of a pure white vinyl kit to play with. Hint Hint, sculptors! LOL

More Infant Fashion

Friday, September 18, 2009

I collect dolls, so why can't I collect baby clothing too? lol I am addicted to nordstrom.com right now. They have a decent stock of size 'newborn' clothing and impulse buyers like myself have trouble resisting temptation. Here is what I ordered:

Margery Ellen, $33.90 (SALE)

Biscotti, $28.90 (SALE)

mb, $44.00

Nordstrom Baby, $21.90 (SALE)

Now I have to find some babies around here to look pretty in the new clothing. That shouldn't be too difficult at all. :)


A Break From Rooting for Nina

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ok, Lotus is halfway rooted, so I decided to take a short break and blog about my Nina kit. Yes, that's right, she is MY Nina kit. LOL

I have been waiting for Nina for sooooo long. A tiny photo of the Nina OOAK surfaced like earlier this year, and I immediately focused on her like a magnet. Hey, who isn't attracted to super-cuteness? :)

Click here to see my blog posting from January about Nina

Colliii TV very recently posted a video featuring baby Nina, and I am even more in love with the kit after watching the video. Her limbs are so detailed, and her lips are a great size (perfect for an ethnic transformation). I love Colliii TV's reborn videos, by the way. I hope to make videos of my completed reborn dolls in the future. Videos are such a great idea!

Anyway, enough of my babbling, here is a link to Colliii TV's video:

Thank you Gudrun, Andre and everyone else at Real Effect for such a great kit! It may be a while before I can get started on Nina, but trust me, I will be counting down the days. lol


More Infant Fashion and a Blogging Break

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Good news! I was browsing nordstrom.com last week and noticed some delicious Ralph Lauren baby clothing in size 'newborn'!

Why am I thrilled, you ask? hehe

Well, because I love Ralph's designs, and unfortunately, the smallest Ralph Lauren size I have ever found has been a size 3M. Most of my dolls can only fit newborn sized clothing, so I had to pass on Ralph's clothing....until now!

I went through a phase where I liked to dress my reborns up in fancy, ribbon-adorned, smocked clothing with crocheted booties for auction photographs, but that is all over now. I am swaying towards a more simplistic, comfy, snuggly style, and Ralph Lauren's baby clothing will perfectly suit my new phase. My order from Nordstrom arrived today and I LOVE Ralph Lauren's thick, soft cotton. Cotton like that tends to photograph well and that is important to me.

Blogging Break

This will be my last blog entry for a couple of weeks. Lotus is ready to be rooted and well, *rooting and blogging do not work well together*. hehe

Oh yeah...I sold my Nikon D80 on eBay last week. Aside from the fact that I like to try out new cameras every 8 weeks or so, I would also like to record movies, and the Nikon D80 does not offer that feature. I am looking to try the Nikon D90 with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens next. I may take it a step further and try the new Nikon D300s. Either way, I will be back with a new camera and long-awaited photographs of a completed Lotus.


Gotta Have This One!

1. Her name is Lulu.

2. Yes, she is Asian. Not all Asians have super almond-shaped eyes. Thank goodness for another Asian kit!

3. I want the kit.

4. I want the prototype reborn. Helen Jalland did an amazing job reborning her!

5. Adrie Stoete-Schiuteman deserves an award and a red carpet event for being the best sculptress ever.

6. So many kits, so little time!

7. I just can't take my eyes off of Lulu's little face. Blasian? Oh yeah, that is definitely what my Lulu will be. I cannot wait!

8. I am sure you already knew what I was going to say before you read it. lol




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