Thursday, February 26, 2015

The New Guys

I have several females and some children (more will be arriving shortly) in my doll group and I would like to create some families.  One of these days I'll start some stories.  What I still need are more males.  Many of the girls are ladies of color and some would like to be with gentlemen of color.

The options are few.  Ken dolls are barely articulated and there is only one cute AND articulated brown skinned guy on the market right now.  I have him already.  Then I made a mistake and tried some GI Joe dolls.  Talk about false advertising!  They say they are 12 inches and they are definitely not.  Do the people who advertise these guys have a ruler...with real measurements?  They are just too darn short.

Some doll board members suggested Power Team Elite guys, who are the right size for the 11.5 inch ladies.  They are okay, men of color are limited and several of the cute guys (in any ethnicity) have permanently gloved hands (unnatural).  I like to redress and while I can ignore (and cover up, by the way) permanent underwear (also unnatural), I cannot take the hands or feet.

Well, I carefully selected five Power Team guys, all with bare hands, to purchase.  Three have arrived so far and they are all articulated.  Almost perfect except the one guy with permanent boots (insert expletives here).  Well, I'll see how long I can suffer with him having those shoes stuck to him as I can leave him dressed all the time.  But in the Summer, those dogs will be burning.  No sandals for him.

Here are the new guys (to be named later):

The guy in the middle has the permanent boots.
I am trying my best to hold out and not give in to buying those high priced, yet so handsome, Integrity Toys Boys.  But, alas (and I am sighing), the slightly taller Integrity Toys girls may want to date too.  We'll see how that turns out.  Well, I have to go explain to the ladies now what everyone has been saying for years - there really are only a few good men out here.
If you have any suggestions on finding some men, please leave them in the comments.  Thanks for dropping by.  ~ Jaye

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Changing Lips, Changing Lives

Okay, so the only lives changing may be those of the dolls and their endearment to me.  It will make a difference in whether I 'bond' with them or not.  I have some preferences about my dolls which determines if I use them for 'play' versus display. 

The display dolls should be very dressy and over the top with their fashions. I am okay with side-glancers and whatever lipstick they are wearing since they are more like a portrait to me.

However, my play dolls are a different story. If I am ever going to use them for fashion shows, stories, photos, or scenes, they must look like every day people, eyes facing forward (no side-glancers).  I also have an issue with bright lipsticks (too much pink, too much red) and prefer toned down colors.  This normally makes me pass up a doll whose face sculpt I like or (as I am going to start doing until I can do it on my own) get them repainted.

Thanks to reading up on lip color changes and getting some advice from others, in a doll group to which I belong, I am now able to change lip colors.  I was scared at first and used some of my poor test dolls (oh, how they must hate me) to practice.  But I am on a roll now. 

Here are three dolls who screamed for new lip color and (on two) no teeth showing.

Isis - Before
Isis - After
Henna - Before

Henna -After

Trillian - Before

Trillian - After

I need to figure out how to add some shine, but I'm happy with the way their new lips look.  I think they are happy too.  See the smiles on their faces?

I have several other projects to work on like new rooms, trying to get some new men (especially of color (the girls would like to date and some get married) and preparing for Easter photos.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Stay warm! ~ Jaye

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A New Living/Hangout Space for the Group

I have been working on a living space for some of the dolls.  I started with some colors that could be considered a little on the Christmas side, but I think it turned out well.  While I had a basic concept of what I wanted to do, like using the Byer's Choice fireplace (which I love), I had to make it up as I went.

I made the chairs and sofas, the rectangular table and the TV stand.  I added some paint to the gold butterfly and the flower type pieces on the wall.  I also added some paper to a lid of a box to make the small display case.  I could go on about the project, but it's pretty much done.  I want to add some portraits, but my printer is giving me a hard time, so those will come later.  I also need to add something to a vase or two. 

So, without further adieu, I give you the living space (more photos in the Diorama section).

I just invested in a shelf unit so I can create whole living spaces (apartments, homes), instead of just disjointed rooms.  I am also going to create small 'scene' areas on the unit I have currently have so some of the dolls can remain there, but not just look bored.  Especially since they can't all fit in this one room.  It will take some time, but eventually, they will all have something to do or some place to be.

Thank you for stopping by.  ~ Jaye

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Finally, The Valentine's Day Shoot

After a couple of weeks of trying to finish my diorama/sitting space and get ready for Valentine's day, the girls posed for the shoot today.  A few pictures are below, but the majority of the shoot is on the Photo Shoots page. 

I can stop talking about this shoot and work on the hundreds of other things I want to get done now.  Woo hoo!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! ~ Jaye

Friday, February 6, 2015

New Arrivals

I believe I will be able to keep my purchase of dolls to a minimum this year.  I joined the W Club with Integrity Toys, so I am hoping I will be able to purchase some key items (like furniture or shoes) if I get to attend the conference in October.  If their dolls don't tempt me, I'll be fine.   And, with Mattel limiting their articulated dolls, unless the Barbie line comes up with a wonderful collector doll I just have to have, I will be fine.

However, they did just start selling a pretty, articulated doll and when I saw her, I thought, "What the heck?"  So I bought her.  The best thing about her is her feet can go from high heels to flat shoes.  Which means she can stand on her own.  Great for posing, except in the tight skirt they made for her.  It's tight like Morticia's dress (only good for the shuffle walk). 

She should fit in well with the group, although some of the other ladies may be a little jealous about her ability to do something for which they need assistance.  But they don't have to fear.  They'll still get assistance so they can pose in a standing position too. 

I also mentioned in a earlier post that while I don't want a lot of them, I do need some males in the group.  So I purchased the blonde male doll from the Flavas line.

Introducing Dylan and Isis

Well, that's my update for now.  As always, I truly appreciate your stopping by.  Until next time, take care.  ~ Jaye