Saturday, May 31, 2008

Aaaaah! I took the plunge; I sprung a serious load of cash for a blythe doll. I didn't like them at first, because I thought they were kinda scary (there is that Twilight Zone episode with "Talking Tina" who kills people.) But the more I researched, the more intrigued I became. I am excited that I will be able to customize her with eyechips, wigs, etc. There's a really great website called puchicollective: it has all kinds of tutorials for all the different types of blythes, which, apparantly, there are a lot of. Here is the one coming to my mailbox from ebay- Primadolly Encore Ashlette. She was a little more expensive than the ones I wanted (on ebay the Ashton Drake bythes are much cheaper) but not as expensive as the ones I really wanted because their hair colours were so pretty (the new Can can cat, Natasha Moore or Enchanted Water Petal)!

Anyway, I figured I would have a blast making dresses, crochet hats, and amigurumi/nuigurumi animals for her and for my etsy; I'm thinking my other etsy shop happyapplet will become a supply and blythe shop.

I spent a bunch of time thinking about buying a blythe, so I thought it might be helpful if I put up some of my research finding in case any of you wanted to do a little sleuthing of your own.

Thisisblythe is the official website for blythe dolls, and they have a really great forum where you can discuss or adopt a blythe. They also sell wigs, eyechips, clothes etc to go with your blythe, although I found their dolls more expensive than elsewhere.

Speaking of more expensive, ebay generally had lower prices than anywhere else, with a wider variety of blythes to choose from. You can go the high-end route and get an original kenner doll ($1000 and up, seriously!) or you can go the low-end route and spring for an Ashton Drake blythe ($70 and up). The only thing is the Ashton Drake dolls are less desirable because they are slightly different; the face mold is more like the original kenner doll, but the skin color has a greenish or yellowish tinge to it which blythe purists don't like. The Ashton Drake dolls are made in America by Hasbro and the Neo Blythe (manufactured after blythe became popular again) are made by Takara in Japan. However, all of the blythes generally fit each others things (like wigs and eye chips) so it really is just a matter of preference.

And of course, there is a wealth of info on flickr! There are some groups for adopting blythes, but these are typically already customized and kinda expensive. Custom blythe is a group that showcases, you guessed it, customized blythe dolls! Blythe Blythe Blythe also seems to be the largest go-to group.

I will most likely want to change her eyechips in the future, so I'm told cool cat on ebay is really good. Also, I want to get some wigs because I will be using only one blythe for all my photos, so shopoholican looks good!

If you guys know of any others great blythe sites, please let me know!

Thursday, May 29, 2008


Well, I'm almost finished with the first week of summer school (only 5 more to go); so far it's going slooooow. But, I've been crafting so hard I've actually injured myself! I was trying to unplug my glue gun and I accidentally burned my arm, kinda badly! That was just me being clumsy, trying to work in an exceedingly crowded and cluttered space (the coffee table). I've also been so happy that I FINALLY have time to design new amigurumi, that I've actually come up with several collections; the only problem is each collection has like 4 or 5 amigurumi in it and I really feel like I need to finish them all so that I can photograph them in a big bunch. Anyway, I've been crocheting so much, that I think I weakened my wrist or made it have a touch of athritis (at age 23!) because I was helping my mom lift my sister's new bed (her old one needed replacing because I jump on it... at age 23.) and my wrist totally buckled and went limp!!!! It has been really sore the past couple of days, even just brushing my hair. Lame. It might feel better tonight though; I have a custom order I need to attend to.

These are some truffle piggies based off of some really cute fabric I have; they even come with a little truffle. I listed it today and it already sold out to a lovely customer! But I love them so much I will most likely make more; for now this will have to do for a dosage of cute piggers.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Making zippy pouches

I've been busy making new zippered pouches for my store; I had oodles of fabric I hadn't even touched yet, and my shop is running low (some of the ones in my etsy have been on there for months!) so I decided to go on a mass zippered pouch making spree! I tried to get a good variety of colors, mixed fabric styles, and of course new fabric patterns that are so cute! These still need to be ironed and photographed, yes all of them! I will be adding them slowly to my store, but there should be lotsa cute ones in a little bit.
Yep, I've had lots of time to craft; I have a couple of custom orders, but I'm still working on new things; my favorite out of these pouches has got to be this little red pouch; I've added felt applique bunnies (one looks like a jellybean) onto vintage/recycled fabric (from my mom!). I did two other ones, but really, this one is so much fun! I love being able to have the time to work on little details that make handmade items so yummy!
The only bad thing is my little sister came home from college so I had to move all my crafty supplies into the trunk of my car! I may even take them to my office; but that may cramp my crafting style so we'll see. Guess what? Summer school starts on Tuesday! Boo! But, it is only 1 class, from 10:30-11:45 taught by a professor who could possibly serve on my thesis committee; he also said I could miss a week to go to the Big Island in June, so it's a bonus! At least I'll still have time to build up my clutch supplies and develop more cute things!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

School is done!

I am finally done! I was up until 5 am this morning trying to finish my grades... I've been so busy! I'll write more later but for now, it's just hooray!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Collection preview

Inspired by those too cute unazukin (of which I have yet to obtain). This is just to give you a little taste of what I have planned; little matryoshka amigurumi. As you can see, it still needs some tweaking. This little one is a prototype; I used felt for all the details and I may use rickrack in the future. I plan to make one in red, yellow, green and blue (and probably blue and pink, but I don't have the rickrack!). Also, I'll have to work on getting the face just right because you can kinda see the thread for her smile... but I think they're going to turn out really cute!

I was also scoping out blythe dolls, not really for myself but so that I can make amigurumi mini toys and hats and have a model. Whooo, they are expensive! I'll have to think more on it... I've had so many requests for bythe/ pullip and lati amigurumi it may be worth it!

Monday, May 12, 2008


Dang it, I have to push back my custom order date. Instead of May 16, the date will be May 19; I didn't finish all my papers, and I anticipate having to use the alloted time to complete grades for my kids (May 20). WHEN WILL IT END? Hopefully by the 19th!

To make up for it (and also to clear out my shop a little for new things) I am going to offer a sale for the first time ever! New customers will get 10% off all items and repeat customers will get 15% off everything (yay everything)! Hurry on over; the sale lasts from May 12-19!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day everyone!

Seriously, you don't have to be a mom to show the same caring and compassion that moms do! But just the same, we love our moms and today is the day to show how much moms mean to us >__<

I made this last night (1 am!), after a full day of trying to write a 20 page paper in my office, for my mommy. It's funny, I just got a crochet hook with a light in it so I did it in the dark so I wouldn't wake anyone in our tiny apartment. I hadn't had the chance to go shopping for her present, but I know she loves cardinals (she calls them her "red darlings") so I made her this litte cutie and included a blue egg; I don't think they lay blue eggs but it looks cute with the red! She LOVED it!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Look at what I got! My hands are itching to make a million things with them! 3 colorways of super kawaii mushroom fabric and coin purse/ pinch pouch makings!
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