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Saturday's Valentine's meetup of Chittenden County Doll Club attracted a total of eight doll enthusiasts, as well as at least two hangers-on who did not come with dolls. In any event, the turnout represents the most populous meetup of CCDC ever, not only in terms of people, but in terms of dolls [somewhere north of 25]. Onto the pictures!


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The first meetup of 2014 saw me, Lyrajean, goldi and vermont chick braving the torrential downpours to converge upon the Koolvord Room in Brownell Library, Essex Junction, VT because we are hardcore devotees who must have our regular dolly fix. :D

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Doll club time arrived again at last this afternoon, with me, vermont chick, goldi, Lyrajean and Megan attending. 5 whole people! Not to mention all the small populations...
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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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Most of the time, there are just a few people on my bookshelf beside my chair: Janvier Jett, Submit, Araminthe and Sardonix.

They were recently joined by Zombieville denizens in various stages of completion: Béatrice, Chaz, Theophany, Novella and Absinthe, who is not an Zombieville citizen, but is hanging around because she is beautiful.

Because Me and My Muses is on hiatus and because I need the desk space for projects, I temporarily relocated the Me and My Muses people to this shelf as well, leaving only the fairies [Flower, Ginevra and Mellifer] and Jareth on my desk.

Here's a shot of the tiny hordes. I swear -- they multiply when I'm not looking. :p
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It was the proud, the free and the few at doll club this Saturday [usual place, usual time]. I attended, of course, along with vermont chick and Lyrajean.

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Meggilu has an extremely detailed tutorial about how to paint eyebrows on BJDs. I may use it, or I might squint and say, "Okay...the eyebrows go about there..." *scribble*

Naiara's general faceup tutorial on DOA.

Cifr's general faceup tutorial on DOA.

Elisa_maza's tutorial on DOA.

Leechy's tutorial on DOA.
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As an invdividual whose hair regularly flirts with non-existence [i.e., I buzz my hair with a #1 blade down to 3.175 mm every month], I appreciate baldness.

I especially like women with no hair on their heads or else only a few millimeters. Hair provides protection and conformity to societal expectations, especially for women, whose hair is seen as their "crowning glory" [adapted from 1 Cor 11:14-15]. A purposeful lack thereof on women, therefore, indicates a certain boldness in flouting cultural expectations. At the same time, since it lays bare one's facial features and the shape of one's head -- containing lumps, dips, curves, moles and scars that are secret for most people -- baldness also denotes in my mind an appealing frankness and vulnerability, a willingness to confront the world plainly, with unadorned honesty. I find women's intentional baldness a strong aesthetic statement, perhaps even a philosophical one.

My attraction to bare-headed women appears in my doll population. The aesthetic appeal remains the same, while the philosophical underpinnings are more along the line of being lazy and cheap and not wanting to spring for an expensive, high-maintenance wig. :p

Baldies below! )
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vermont chick and I met in the Koolvord Room of Brownell Library, Essex Junction, yesterday. She brought her new Iplehouse Barahan, and I brought Sardonix [Cerebrus Project Juri '06 on modded Shinydoll Thaasa body] and Noodge [Fairyland RealPuki Soso]. I took 200 pictures [primarily because my hands were shaking], mostly of her Barahan, since he is so handsome, with his serene smirk. Below, pictures of Barahan, Sardonix and Noodge. Read more... )
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She was supposed to be rubbing her hands together evilly, but she looks like she's praying for an afflatus of sarcasm...
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From left to right: Araminthe, Janvier Jett, Lola Paprika, Sarah, Sardonix. None of their dolls are shown. Junebug and Precious Little are not shown because they have permanently moved to work to keep me company.Read more... )
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I met vermont chick, Lorraine, at Tiny Thai in Essex Center to talk dolls and show ours off. The first Vermont meetup that I organized was a success. We enjoyed lunch and then took pictures of our dolls in a nearby gazebo and on a butterfly-shaped bench.
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May be getting these Dikadoll jointed hands for 60cm fems. Not sure if I want to give them both to Janvier Jett so she can play the guitar, or if I should divide them up between 2 dolls. I imagine there would be a big fight for the extra jointing:
  • Sardonix would want to be able to give people the finger.
  • Sarah would want to hold a book.
  • Lola Paprika would wish to hold her Tarot cards individually in her fingertips.
  • Araminthe would not be able to benefit because there would be too much of a mismatch between her grey resin and the hands, which are light tan with a pinkish undertone [NOT "nude" or "flesh-colored!"].
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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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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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Araminthe arrived today! She's the first representative of B&G Doll [Boy &Girl Doll] that I've encountered, and I really like her. She has smooth even resin without mold lines, well-hidden double joints and perfect stringing. She stands and holds a multitude of poses right out of the box. I'm not going to even have to wire her arms!

Araminthe's headsculpt, the snarling Burrysa head, came with the bloody faceup, not the non-bloody one, so I guess she's a messy eater. Her default smoldering red eyes go well with the red and black tones used in her faceup, and the drips of blood outside her lips seem more stylized than realistic. As for Araminthe's head itself, it's very small compared to other 60cm heads, with fine, pointy features and harsh, flat planes. I think her expression is hilarious.Read more... )

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What should Junebug, Sardonix and Sarah do?
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My toys' toys have toys. Sardonix shows off Noodge, who shows off her teddy bear from a Rement set that I bought today at doll club. Read more... )
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Me: "Who posed Noodge running away with my lollipop?!"Read more... )
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Sardonix: "Whatcha doing?"
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After she got home from Christine's, where she was getting a new faceup, Sarah immediately flopped down on my bed with a good book [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]. After she finished that, she saw that Junebug and Sardonix were reading Poe, so she told them about her favorite stories by him, "Ligeia" and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Junebug was deliciously creeped out; Sardonix was fascinated. Read more... )
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I took about 40 shots this afternoon, but these three of Sardonix peeking out devilishly from the corner of a stone entranced me the most.Read more... )
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Let this be a lesson: Pictures taken in natural light, such as the ones below, come out much better than those taken in artificial light, such as yesterday's.

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Here's a picture of Sardonix and Junebug enjoying Tales by Poe, one of the mini books that I purchased for my 1:3ers.Read more... )
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Behold her now with incorrect faceup, eyes and wig. Soon her head will be off to Arianne02 for repainting; she'll get some green eyes and brown hair [and pink hair!], and she'll be set. For now, we get some pictures. Lovely, fashionable outfit is by an42 or DollsAhoy.

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It's been a while since I've done a photoshoot with any of my 1:3ers, so I took Sardonix to Powderhouse Park, Somerville, MA, today and snapped some pictures of her in a tower behind bars. Really!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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I finally went to doll club today with Will and Sardonix. Will's clothes reached a new sartorial nadir of horrible fabulousness; I never knew I could create such staggering amounts of fashion-related weirdness with a limited number of items. He also got a new wig from Volks SD Kun, a brownish, ex-blond long straight cut. For once in her life, Sardonix kept quiet and didn't cause any trouble, probably because she was too busy stabbing things with her Vengeance Unicorn.
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You've seen her Vengeance Unicorn, her string devil and her Tarot cards, but have you seen what the previous tenant left for her in our new apartment...?
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I've been purchasing many fur wigs for Will's flamboyant hair styles, but my other dolls keep stealing them. Since I finally got around to priming the wall behind my doll displays, I took pictures of their wig-nabbing actions.
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Commissioned a doll portrait from Neurocidic on DOA a few months ago, forgot about it, just got it in a PM today. 
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An answer is below. Note to self: The Photoshop Burn/Dodge tool really helps to lighten the shadows in and around her eyes!
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Finally the weather turned seasonable, sunny and warm [75 degrees F!], so Sardonix hit the park for the first time. Then we went out to eat and she stole all my French fries...
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Size is relative, as illustrated in this photostory about a sizeable piece of candy. Sardonix appears to have pissed off even the perpetually cheerful Submit. What will happen? Stay tuned.
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Thwarted in my quest to refine the goggles because all the craft stores were closed today, I worked on my crocheting skills. Instead of using a small yarn that showed my mistakes more clearly, I chose a soft, fuzzy, pink yarn that camouflages skipped stitches and irregular gaps! It is called Caron Bliss, Article BL1000, Color 0002 Cotton Candy. I think I got it at Walmart. I liked how soft and violently bright it was. Sardonix, however, did not. See discussion and pictures below.
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The dolls on this site would eat the scads of sensitive vampires and angsty zombies over at DOA for lunch. Sardonix would probably make friends with them... I like them very much. They look much more appropriate to me than the procelain dolls that they were originally. Thanks to Bastet2329, I will direct my hostile urges toward stereotypical undead characters into creative endeavors...
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I made another scarf this weekend, blue, for Jennifer. Compared to rainbow scarf #1, blue scarf #2 features stupendously even gauge and small, accurate stitches. If Jennifer were a real person, it would keep her warm. Naturally, Sardonix coveted it... This story was supposed to document my improving crochet skills, but Jennifer and Sardonix are hogging the camera.
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Right after I bought one, I thought, Wow, these must be easy to make. I'm sure Sardonix would like a few to beat on play with besides the devil, featured in the laundry photostory.

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Right after I bought one, I thought, Wow, these must be easy to make. I'm sure Sardonix would like a few to beat on play with besides the devil, featured in the laundry photostory.

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This photostory is Sardonix' reaction to the infestation of unoriginal characters on DOA. Now that I've gotten this out of my system, we return to our regularly scheduled weirdness...
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This photostory is Sardonix' reaction to the infestation of unoriginal characters on DOA. Now that I've gotten this out of my system, we return to our regularly scheduled weirdness...
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She is not impressed with the scarf that I made. Neither am I, for that matter. You haven't seen it yet, but my stitches have become much more even, my tension more consistent and the results much neater. I still favor the rainbow yarn, though. HAHAAAHAH.

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