Friday, September 16, 2016

FRESH FALL ARRIVAL

Today's arrival is an exciting one! I've been looking at this doll for several months, and even bid on one several times on Yahoo!Japan, but the auctions tended to go for much more than I had budgeted at the time.

After a few auction failures I decided to place a proxy order at Sato for him - Nakita definitely kicked my butt in gear with her F-62 - in late September. I had all the funds set aside and was just waiting for the proxy to get back into contact with me.

Unfortunately after several weeks of waiting my proxy lost contact, but a few days later a one-off version appeared at auction. I was so sure that I'd fail to win it, the same as ever other F-57, but surprisingly not only did I win but at a much, much lower price than an FCS order would have run me!

So without any further rambling, here's the newest boy to join my doll family, F-57!



I had plans to wipe him and get a similar face up as Ikaru's, but after playing with him a bit I'm satisfied with it. The only real issue, I think, is the lack of bottom lashes. Which does look a bit odd next to Ikaru's rather dramatic ones.

What I find most interesting about it is that the artist clearly attempted to give him some facial hair on his chin, but either decided against it or didn't want to make it too dramatic for people who don't like that look. It's nearly impossible to see in the photos here though.


Have I mentioned yet that I love how he looks with Ikaru? (´,,•ω•,,)♡ Geez, I fall in love with these boys all over again every time I look at them. I really feel like I've finally hit on the aesthetic that I've been trying to reach since buying Ikaru in 2012.

I've been thinking about keeping the same naming theme that Ikaru has. That is, being named after Japanese birds (Ikaru is named for the Japanese Grosbeak), but I'm also a bit hesitant to give my dolls too many Japanese names.

Witching - Banthus - Ikaru - F57
The arrival of F-57 has gotten me rethinking about my current collection. I was due to ship out my Williams head for a new faceup this week, but now I'm seriously considering if he really has a place within my doll family. Doubly so with that addition of Pearl in Volks USA's upcoming FCS. Witching unfortunately has been another one that I've been sizing up.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

SUNDAY HAZE

It's been a really rough two months, with the added bonus of learning a new job. As happy as I am to have gotten my transfer I'm thinking that leaving the company altogether is the better option for me, so for the past couple days I've been doing nothing but coming home, submitting resumes, sleeping, and doing it all over again the next days. I'm ready for things to start looking up for me! (•‿•)


I got this package in this morning! In between upgrading everyone's bodies I just couldn't help myself but get a few clothes here and there. The top is an older piece by +d and the bottom is unknown to me. And of course the newest color fox boa from Cocoon, since apparently it's my goal to own one in every color.


Elias wearing the unknown sailor top. I don't know what's happened, but he's gone from this sort of grungy character to wearing outfits more suitable to much younger characters. The eyes he's wearing here are purple Hitomiya eyes, which I'm really loving so far!

Monday, June 20, 2016

SUMMER DAYDREAM

It's been a little over two weeks with no word from Bathus' make up artist about the chipping he arrived home with. I figure I may as well enjoy him still though. Hopefully I can find another artist to fix him. I don't want to give him a (unmodded) scar but the possibility has been rolling around my head as a quick fix.


So, Banthus and Ikaru are the only official pair or couple that I have. Mostly because once again Ikaru gets preferential treatment and Banthus was bought specifically to go with him. (•‿•) I do tend to photograph everyone with everyone though. I don't like the limits of rigid characterization. Instead I prefer to just give my dolls a general sense of feelings.


Hopefully I get the chance to play with these two again soon. I know Banthus is getting an upgrade onto the SD17 body soon, so that'll be fun! It'll be my first time seeing it in person.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A WALK IN JUNE

SWITCH had a pre-order back in April for their popular chocolate cut wig and I noticed just in time to purchase one in each of the three colors offered. They finally arrived this Monday and I just had to try the sugar black colored one on Ikaru.


It's refreshing to see him back in a light, airy look. The dark color wig also looks really good on him. It is at that sort of awkwardly long length that I struggle to style well though.


LITTLE BLACK CLOUDS

The last few days have been swelteringly hot out. I can't help but feel a bit bad for my postal worker and how many packages have come through for me this week, one of them being this cute little guy who came all the way from Russia!

I originally found oso polars work through her Flickr and have admired her art dolls from afar ever since. Her bat creatures in particular really won my heart, though I've yet to manage purchasing one when they do go up for sale.

Black Griffin by oso polar
When I happened to be browsing her Etsy shop - after again being a few moments too slow on a bat - and saw this black griffin go up it was a bit of an impulse buy, but one I definitely don't regret!