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This comic is my tribute to Adzan's Solar Solace for Hiro 3, here modeled by Jareth. I try to determine the mysterious device that prevents him from dropping trou.Read more... )
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The Puritans used to bestow upon their daughters nouns and verbs for names in the hopes that their children would embody these traits. Faith, Hope, Charity, Prudence and Chastity are a few of these virtue names that have survived to the modern era. Others of them have died out, including Obedience, Abstinence, Humiliation...and Submit.

The only reason that I'm familiar with Submit as a name is that my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother on my dad's side was named Submit. I've always thought that was really cool, so I named one of my dolls Submit. This sometimes leads to confusion when my other dolls are surfing the Web....

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This time it's Jareth and Submit [with me talking off-screen in the first panel]. They're so cute together!

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They're actually thigh-high on her, while they reach only over his knees, much to my eternal disappointment. :'( Araminthe looks rather uncomfortable in footwear that doesn't conform to her usual style.
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I've been saving this prop for about six months to use in just such a photostory.

In case you don't know, that's Epona on the left and Peekaboo on the right.

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Remember last month, when my BJDs were discussing the taciturn newcomer Timonium? I shot the continuation of that completely trivial and banal saga almost a month ago, but have not gotten around to posting it until now. Since Jareth has gone off to a tailor's to acquire some bespoke couture, who will be the voice of reason in his stead??? Who cares?
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After experiencing violent allergies, Flower tells Epona why he's really hanging out in the fake forest. Jareth butts in.

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To tell you the truth, I have no idea where this story is going. I just started it because I thought Timonium looked serious, sly and threatening in contrast to the rest of my fairies.

I also have no idea how anyone could appear threatening to the inimitable Jareth. :p
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I finally got some green crinkle paper of the right shade to act as ground cover for my forest set! I was just going to take pictures of it, but Flower and Epona started chatting, and this happened...

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This photostory started off as a simple showcase for my latest 1:6 scale accessory, a blood bag, but then changed into something longer and more pointless.
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...was purchased for the sole purpose of illustrating the joke below. Coincidentally, it also happens to be perfectly 1:6 scale, so, now that its express purpose is finished, some musically inclined 1:6er may appropriate it.
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Great Harvest makes big and little bunny breads the week before Easter. I picked one up Friday because it was so cute. It freaked out the local doll population.
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I have really disliked Jareth's default hands. As much as I find the sculpts elegant, they have wrist balls separate from the actual hands, and the hands frequently popped out of joint from the wrists.

I therefore thought that some substitutes with integrated wrist balls were in order. I really wanted a set of exaggeratedly elongated, slender hands to go along with the stalklike shape of the Doll Chateau adult male body. The fantasy hands that Soom issues with some of its female Monthly Dolls appeal to me, as they often have extra-long fingers and nails, but they are hard to find, given their limited editions.

Anyway, I found a set of Soom Breccia's Foxie [=fantasy] hands on the DOA marketplace and snapped 'em up. At first I wasn't sure about the brownish pink blushing on the fingertips, but it goes with Mr. Demandypants' style.

As a bonus, they're posed in a perfect position to facilitate nefarious plotting!

I also remembered how to create my own speech bubbles and how to make them automatically white with a thick black outline and a drop shadow.

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Well, that was arduous. After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I created custom panel layouts in Photoshop Elements and then figured out how to stick photos in the panels so that they wouldn't overlap and/or block out other panels or photos.

I thoroughly frustrated myself in research about transparency, layer masks and clipping masks until I discovered that Elements has a Paste to Selection tool. I therefore just selected the interior of the desired panel with the Magic Wand tool, then copied my desired photo and Pasted to Selection.

After the photo is pasted, I can resize and reposition it, although this feature goes away as the panel and photo layers merge when I move to work on another panel. I'm sure there's a way to Paste to Selection or its equivalent, while retaining the ability to resize and reposition the pasted photo, but this method suffices for now.

So here's me experimenting with my new pages with the help of Jareth and Sardonix. I need to create custom shapes for speech bubbles with different orientations and also figure out how to make the bubbles default to white with black outlines and the text default to black, but, again, this suffices for now.Read more... )
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After dinner tonight, I finally got around to testing the easy peasy fur wig pattern I found on DOA recently. I made my mockup in felt, so as not to waste precious faux fur. Magic did not occur, so I'm trying to analyze what went wrong. Maybe Mellifer's snarkiness contaminated the proceedings.

He's acting like a little Jareth here. )
I'm thinking I should have either measured exactly [sigh] and/or used some elastic, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to sew elastic without a sewing machine.
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It's like the Dreidel Song, only it's about handheld rotary tools:

Dremel, Dremel, Dremel
I got one today
And when it's charged and ready

With Dremel I shall play

Ordered the Dremel 8220-1/28 12V cordless yesterday afternoon and sprang for two-day shipping because I really want to get started on those wheelchairs. Stupendously enough, the Dremel came today! Here's Jareth showing it off.
Jareth + his tool. )
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I broke open my new-to-me Jonathan Adler Barbie sofa this morning. Flower saw its default state and promptly keeled over.
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Lesson: 1:6 food doesn't work well with 1:3 people.

Also a test of my new light setup on a grey, rainy day. Verdict: I need to soften the light a bit because the whites are blinding!

Sarah [at left]: "So I thought we'd have a welcome party for you..."
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I just got Janvier Jett's swirly guitar in today!

Lola Paprika: "Are you sure I can play this?"
Me: "Go ahead!"
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My first photostory of Lola Paprika in action, as it were. She was originally going to be a loud and flamboyant person, but, once I saw those sweet anxious eyebrows, I knew she was more of an introvert, no matter how flashily dressed.

Me: "What are you doing, Lola Paprika, playing cards?"

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SIGH. They're never satisfied!

Sarah: "Well, it's not too fun playing dolls any more when Elizabeth hasn't brought all her Rement foods to the new apartment. There's nothing to play WITH!"Read more... )
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Sarah: "This is humiliating."
Me: "It's only for as long as I need to take a picture."
Sarah: "Please return me to my NORMAL clothes."

Thoughts: Needs more yellow, green, layers, stripes and patterns. Wig is also a bit too big.
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Maria made Junebug a hat and a scarf, which she gave me at doll club yesterday, and Junebug is very proud of them.... Read more... )
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Now that my BJDs all have their own BJDs, they can play dolls together. Given the differences in personalities, this can lead to conflict.Read more... )
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"Why must you torture me with such hideous wigs???"Read more... )
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I got a little Hello Kitty camera yesterday. When you look in the viewfinder, you see scenes of Hello Kitty that change when you click the shutter. Araminthe apparently has other plans for the camera.
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What should Junebug, Sardonix and Sarah do?
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Me: "Who posed Noodge running away with my lollipop?!"Read more... )
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J: "Lookit my toy butterfly!"
S: "Does it do anything?"
J: "It sparkles!!"Read more... )
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Experimenting with photos at 20% of original size, rather than 25%.Read more... )


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Sardonix: "Whatcha doing?"
Sarah: "Trying to make Precious Little do a headstand."Read more... )



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Junebug: "Isn't it great up here? We can see everything!"

Sardonix: "Now we can lord it over the cats, mwah hah hah!"
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It was about 80 degrees F today and a little hazy, so we had a preview of summer out.Read more... )
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Junebug and Sardonix are eating sushi [soaps] that my sister gave me for my birthday.
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My sister gave me some fragrant soaps in the shape of sushi for my birthday in the hopes that my dolls could use them. Junebug and Sardonix obliged.Read more... )







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Junebug came to my parents' house in Essex, VT with me this past weekend. Read more... )

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