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Yesterday CCDC welcomed its largest complement of attendees ever! A whole dozen of us attended, including newcomers Pink and their husband [from Maine] and Pink's friend from Quebec [who doesn't have any dolls...yet]. We spent the entire extended duration [noon to 4:00 PM] talking dolls, posing and photoing them, in between side conversations about mutual interests such as Monster High, Internet-based cartoons and fursuits. As far as I can tell, everyone enjoyed themselves. :D
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This month's Figurvore prop challenge was to construct something kitchen-related and to provide photos of dolls using the item. Originally I planned to make a popcorn popper, though I had no use for it, but I turned my mind instead to one of the gaps in my set collection that has long frustrated me: the lack of a 1:6 scale refrigerator. Sure, I've got a stove, a sink, a microwave, a coffee maker, a table and chairs, a toaster, a blender, cooking utensils, silverware, plates, bowls, a hutch, crockery, a colander, etc., etc., etc., but I wanted a fridge dammit!

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Flower came to work a few weeks ago to take advantage of the wonderful natural light there. Here he is in the window. I tried to frame shots so that they could include him, as well as the flourishing trees and Lake Champlain, but he wanted the camera to focus on him alone.
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Usually I'm not a fan of green in faceups, preferring pink, magenta, red, orange, yellow and black, but I must say that Flower is rockin' the green here. Since the last picture earlier this evening, I progressed the freckles further down his torso and also onto the tops of his shoulders. I also started sealing his mouth with high-gloss varnish and added the style of eye makeup that's been my signature since the very first faceup I ever did on Sardonix 1.0. Of the BJDs who bug me, Sardonix, Mellifer, Timonium, Yamarrah and now Flower have the upswept eyeliner and the down-slanting eyebrows.

Anyway, behold Flower the Unsubtle! What a change! I always knew he was fabulous...

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Flower has languished, paintless, since he finished playing Mackenzie in Me and My Muses, but I have finally been giving him a new faceup recently. Read more... )
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Decided last night to take the colors from Flower's skirt and use them as a palette for his new faceup. Pink! Magenta! Possibly some reddish purple! With accents in lime green [color of his eyes]! I find the pink/purple/lime combination a wonderful one. I may add some swirly viny lines too...

Also decided last night that Polly's faceup will feature predominantly turquoise, with accents in white and navy blue. There will also be a lot of dots, for example, forming her eyebrows and maybe coming up and out like bubbles from the outer edges of her eyes. 

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I've wanted to redo Flower's default faceup for a long time. When the occasion rolled around to create Mackenzie, Ellery's new love interest, I took the opportunity to wipe Flower and repaint him temporarily to be Mackenzie. Faceup is unsealed, mostly watercolor pencil, with some black acrylic for eyelashes and brown acrylic for eyebrows. Beard shadow was achieved with brown dashes of watercolor pencil, shaded darker with black watercolor pencil where she has the densest facial hair. She's wearing FR Homme clothes, mostly from London Crossing Kyu [Barrett]. The sweater vest, however, comes from London Crossing Cruz, and it looks gloriously meretricious!

I'm having a really, really hard time referring to Flower as Mackenzie, even though he really looks very different as Mackenzie than he does as himself. :p

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Love his headsculpt, love his green/green eyes, love his purple and pink palette and delicate, translucent ears. I do not, however, dig his default pale grey faceup. I am currently thinking about redoing him with some nice bright pinks and purples, similar to Jareth's colors. He just looks so blah right now.
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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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I added some green crinkle paper to my forest for ground cover. After I placed the green paper on the ground, I realized that it was too blue for the forest palette. SHIT!

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Brought to you by cotton print fabric, dried moss, sticks, acrylic paint, plastic greenery, Sculpey, Aves Apoxie Sculpt and brown crinkle paper.

This is a test of brown crinkle paper as undergrowth to break up the rectilinear lines where the sky fabric means the ground board. I think I need some green crinkle paper too. The brown alone does not provide sufficient variation.
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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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I couldn't see his brown defaults that well, so I gave him some radioactively green ones. It's hard work being this glamorous, but someone has to do it!
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We had the biggest meetup ever this afternoon; five people attended: me, Lyrajean, vermont chick, goldi and Megan, a newcomer. Here are the best of the 177 photos I took:Read more... )
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Lyrajean, vermont chick and I, plus a selection of our BJDs, descended upon the Koolvord Room of the Brownell Library, Essex Junction, VT, for pictures and geekery. Since we had a cloudy day outside and fluorescent lights inside, we didn't get wonderful pictures, but we tried our best. Here are the dolls I brought.
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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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Remember how I had the idea for a 1:6 scale drag queen fairy BJD? I just was thinking...

I could purchase a Lumedoll Lumelight slender male doll in white resin and create the following hybrids:

Flower's head + Lumelight body + hands from Flower's body + feets from Flower's body = Flower

Lumelight head + Faery Legend body + Faery Legend wings + Lumelight hands + Lumelight feets = drag queen fairy

This way, Flower would get the more diminutive and slender body that I have always imagined him having  plus the wonderful Soom hands and feets plus no wings to throw his back out. [Fuckers are heavy!] The drag queen would get the wonderful Soom body, the blockier Lumelight hands and feets plus beautifully blushed wings already set in her back.

Flower: "My name is Flower, and I approve this message. This doll stand is really cramping my style."

Me: "Should I take your wings off in the mean time?"

Flower: "God yes!"
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Flower and I went outside and took some pictures. Another reason I like Soom Faery Legends is that they are small enough to be eminently portable, but large enough to pose well [seriously, you can't really pose something <20cm].

Flower is my most beautiful doll!
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Lyrajean, vermont chick and I attended a meetup yesterday at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction. I brought Flower and Ginevra [Soom Faery Legends Kremer and Aenigma respectively]. Flower's stupid ear fell off in transit, so that's why you're only seeing him from his good side. :p Read more... )
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I took some quick pictures of Ginevra and Flower because a fellow DOA member wanted comparisons between male and female Soom Faeries. The photos are nothing special, except for the last shot of Ginevra, which captures her petulant beauty and her striking, glowy resin color.
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First, Soom made Sard, the May Monthly Doll for 2008. A typical Soom sculpt, he had pillowy lips, limpid eyes and androgynous lines. He was a limited edition with horns, hooves and wings. People went bananas over him, as evidenced by this actual comment made by a fan on Sard's sales page:

Is there any chance he will be restocked next year during the same time as his original release? I really wish I would have gotten this boy and I'm so mad I didn't. I'd be willing to sell my kidney for a Sard!

Tragically, Sard appeared for sale for a mere month, leaving many potential Sard owners distraught.

Then Soom realized they could get their racket on [as if they didn't already have so many rackets going] by, second, making Dia some time in the end of 2008. Dia has the same head as Sard, with the exception of the ears. Dia has human ears, while Sard has elongated, pointy ears. As an unlimited doll without a special outfit or body parts, Dia represented a less expensive way for Sard fans to get their fix, this time with no chance of the doll going out of stock.

But Soom wasn't done yet. They like to release the same or related sculpts in different sizes, so of course they came out with Metato, the Faery Legend doll for April, in 2012. Yes, he has the same headsculpt as Dia and Sard, only on a smaller scale [1:6, not 1:3] and with different faery ears. As an excited poster on DOA remarked, he's "Diet Sard...now in fun size!" :p Though a limited edition with wings [resin ones, as opposed to Sard's feathery ones] and truly not that much cheaper than his bigger cousins, once you add up all the options, Metato represents yet another chance for Soom enthusiasts to get their Sard on.

I have no particular conclusion to make. I just admire Soom as a company, not only because I really like their aesthetic, but also because they know how to play the market, satisfying and tantalizing customers at the same time. It's really fun to watch and participate in the anticipation of new releases, the frenzy over teaser photos, the formulations of opinion when the thing goes on sale, the commiseration in the DOA "waiting room" threads, the increased excitement as shipping notices start issuing, the collective freak-out when the first owner pictures appear and the ultimate satisfaction of receiving one's own package and being Soomed all over again. [The most popular companies have adjectival forms of their names representing how enthusiastic one can be about them. I've seen people who are Soomed, Fairylanded and Iplewhelmed, but I've never heard of anyone being DollZoned or ImplDolled, presumably because the latter two companies sell less expensive dolls and thus have less prestige.] The fact that we're all being manipulated by a savvy business concern doesn't make the consumption any less fun.

I remain uncertain about whether to get Metato. On the plus side, I've always kind of wanted Sard because he was a Taurus doll, my astrological sign, and Metato is basically a smaller Sard with no hooves and better wings. Metato is in competition with Kremer [that's Flower's sculpt] for the cutest male faery so far, and he'd certainly play well with others, viz., Ginevra and Flower. Plus he's my favorite size! On the minus side, he's $485.00 without EMS shipping, which usually comes to about $50.00 to $60.00. 

P.S. Not that anyone cares, but I currently have 27 BJDs [OH GOD WHERE DID THEY ALL COME FROM?]. Soom is the number one maker, along with Elfdoll. I have 5 from each maker.
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Four people total came to yesterday's meetup at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction: me, goldi, Shion and Lyrajean!! We spent the full 2 hours [and even some overtime] talking ABJDs and taking pictures. Read more... )
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Flower has his wings and hair. I glued the purple wig on. Now he just needs some clothes. Pictures do not do this guy justice. He's extremely cute! ^_^
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Flower, my Soom Faery Sprite of Slumber, came on Monday. I'm just now getting around to putting him together. He's all strung and everything, but his eyes need to be put in, ears glued on, arms wired and wings magnetized. So far I have put his eyes in, glued on his ears, wired his arms and put the magnets in the sockets in his back. Tomorrow I will glue the magnets into the sockets in his wings.

Flower represents my first male Soom Faery, as well as the first Soom Faery I've gotten with a faceup and blushing. I'm not too thrilled with the silly blushing all over his delicate white body, but I love the purple, sparkly, shimmery blushing on his ears and his wings. Both his ears and wings remind me of flower petals...hence his name.

I love Flower's gentle little face. He reminds me of Soom Sabik, a [very large] doll that I used to have. [I mostly got him because he looks like a small, portable, less expensive Sabik...with bonus shimmery ears and wings!] I do, however, think that his narrow, finely drawn head would fit better on a less muscular body. In fact, as with most of Soom's sculpts, Flower's headsculpt is versatile enough to be used for a doll of any sex.

Some owners of CW Soom faeries have reported that the CW resin starts to turn "beauty green" after exposure to even mild, indoor, artificial light! Sadly, I think that will happen with Flower. His head especially already has green undertones, even more noticeable than his body. However, now that I think about it, green skin -- or skin with a green tinge -- is perfect for a flower fairy, so I'm not too perturbed. Greenness will not detract from Flower's beauty!

A picture of Flower without his wig follows, then a picture of Flower in his default wig, then a picture of Flower in Lucian's wig [tee hee!]. I'm not sure what to do about hair for Flower. Unlike Ginevra, he definitely needs hair: a long, flowing abundance. His default wig, a poor quality, plasticky, light purple one, seems to be slightly too small, but maybe I can hot glue it into an acceptable position. I really want him to have purple hair! Alternatively, he does not look that bad in Lucian's slightly larger blond wig, but he certainly does not appear as otherworldly.
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Flower, my Soom Kremer Faery Sprite of Slumber, is shipping! He should be here next week!
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I have ordered him with company faceup, eyes, wig and body blushing so that his wings and ears come in those delicate pastel hues. I shall call him Flower, and he will keep Ginevra company!
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Look at the little 1:6 fairy with flower-like ears and luscious lips. He is Kremer, the latest in the Soom Faery Legend line, which, by my lights, just keeps getting better and better.
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