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I finished the Fiona square! Next I’m working on Jake, Lumpy Space Princess, and Wildberry Princess.

I may have this blanket done by Christmas, that would be awesome.

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I finished the first square today, Finn! I will make a similar one with some hair for Fiona.

Isn’t he cute? I’m so excited about this! Leave a comment if you want the pattern.

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Hey everyone! I’ve been inspired to start an insane project of making a big blanket for myself with all of the amazing characters from Adventure Time! This is going to take alot of yarn and perseverance, but I’m gonna try! I’m not sure exactly how I will accomplish this, but I do know I will work in big squares, so that I won’t by overwhelmed from the start. I’m still trying to figure out if I will work the design of the characters in their squares using pixel patterns, or if I will make appliques that I will sew on after I make the square. Any suggestions? I want it to be colorful, so I don’t want to use filet crochet.

Edit: I just had a great idea to use Lady Rainicorn for the border, It night use too much yarn, but it would be amazing!

 

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Tangkou doll review

Hey guys, so I only had my new Tangkou doll for a few hours before the dog chewed her up, but I was able to get a good look at her before because I had wanted to do a review on the Tangkou dolls. Luckily after I picked up all the pieces and put her back together she is mostly intact with just scratches and loose joints as some of the connectors are broken. Anyways, here is what I think of her-

This review of the Tangkou Italy doll is mostly based on her comparison to a Pullip (type 3) because of their similarities.

Tangkou dolls are Chinese and made in china. She came in a great box with a colorful sleeve and was really easy to get out.

They have a rather interesting eye mechanism with a push button, and a lever in the back of their head. The button switches between 4 eye colors that are also in 4 different positions. One looking front, the next down to the right, the third is center, and the fourth is down to the left. The lever can be pushed up and to the right to close her eyelids, which are painted with a design and have eyelashes.

These are kinda freaky.

Tangkou dolls have large eyes and most do not have eyebrows. They have smaller, and much cuter ears than Pullip that stick out enough to tuck hair behind them and have holes for earrings. Their lips and nose are much larger than Pullips and stick out in a more realistic profile. Tangkou’s expressions are much quirkier than Pullips’, but they have alot of charm.

Unlike Pullips, Tangkous can move their heads slightly in all directions and turn their head at an even angle. They have a bust similar in size to a Pullip types 2 and 3, with a turnable joint right below the bust. The arms are ball jointed at the shoulders and elbows but do not have the maneuverability that Pullip arms have because they don’t have a turning joint at mid upper arm like Pullips and they only have hinged wrists. Their hands are also made out of a soft plastic.They do however have feet that can come off and move front to back and all around. this is great for turning the toes in or out for a more natural look. The body has a nice weight to it and is much better quality than I expected to get based on the price.

The legs with one foot on and one foot off and a wrist joint.

The clothes were also nice quality…but a bit eclectic even for me. I mean… bloomers, stockings, a tank top, boots, and a fuzzy parka? Where has she been, a lolita slumber party in the arctic? She also came with these accessories.

The passport has a few cute pages in Chinese talking about the doll and how to work the eyes, and a plastic certificate of authenticity card.

Some people say the eye mech jams alot, but I’ve also heard people say that Pullip type 3’s hands break and fall off alot, and I haven’t had a problem with either. Maybe I am more gentle with my dolls, but i use them as models for clothes all the time so I doubt that. I really love my Tangkou doll and say she is definitely worth getting, especially considering the price! If you are interested in Pullip, Dal, or Blythe, but are afraid/can’t afford the price, then I would highly recommend starting with a Tangkou. I’d love to hear your opinion of these dolls so don’t be shy to leave a comment!

Also, please keep in mind that when I got her she was in perfect condition, and any imperfections you see in these pictures happened after i got her.

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Isn’t it just my luck that as soon as I decide to start my blog featuring my dolls that something would happen to throw a wrench in it. That something happens to be that the family husky decided that he needed something to chew on, can guess what it was? Yes, it’s true, my Pullip, new Liv, and my brand new, just out of the box, got that night Tangkou. As you can imagine, I am distraught. Those are the only dolls I have and I had a lot of money invested in them. Not to mention that when I came downstairs it looked as though I had walked into a massacre. Limbs strewn across the floor, matted tufts of hair blowing around, mangled bits of who knows what sitting in silent horror! But I think I found all the pieces and put them back together. My Liv and Tangkou are salvageable, but my Pullip’s body is crunched to bits and her face was scratched up really bad, chipping the paint and somehow even breaking her eye mechanism. RIP my lovelies.

As terrible as it is I will still post this tutorial for an easy doll skirt that can be adapted for any kind of doll.

Easy doll skirt

What you need:

  • 2″ wide ribbon, or fabric of your choice
  • size 10 crochet thread in a complementing color
  • size 13 crochet hook. ( I used a very small hook so it would pierce the fabric easily, but you could also use a sharp crochet hook in any size or poke holes first with a large needle or other sharp implement.)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine or needle and thread

1. First you use your doll to measure out how much you need. This is about how it should look once you cut it out. I fold about a cm on the top and the bottom so make you you keep that in mind when measuring for length. Make sure you leave enough room for seam allowance, depending on your sewing skills you may need a lot or a little. If you aren’t sure, or are in experienced sewing small things than it’s better to have more seam allowance. You can always cut off the excess in side to keep things tidy.

2. Cut out two pieces for the skirt. Place the right sides of the fabric together and sew up the sides. Try it on the doll, if it is too loose then sew up one side a little further in to make it smaller. Make sure you secure your stitches at the beginning and ends to make it extra durable. Trim the excess seams and strings to keep things neat.

3. Now it’s time to crochet the trim around the top and bottom. The ribbon I was using frayed very easily so I folded about a cm  inside on the top and bottom and crocheted through it. I recommend doing this, but it is optional. This is what the inside looks like when it is finished.

Sorry for the shadow XD

Now turn your skirt right side out. I just used my crochet hook to poke the holes as I went along, but you could also use a needle or something. Everyone’s skirt will be a little different, so there is no pattern set in stone, but this skirt is very forgiving.

Top Trim

Round 1. On the top I just single crochet around once, join with a slip stitch and finish off.

Bottom Trim

Round 1. On the bottom I single crochet around and join with a slip stitch. Do not turn.

Round 2. Chain 1 and single crochet around again, joining with a slip stitch.

Round 3. Chain 1 and single crochet in same stitch. *Chain 3 and skip the next two stitches, single crochet in the next stitch.* Repeat ** around, chaining 3 and joining with the first single crochet.

Round 4. Chain 1 and single crochet 4 times in all the chain 3 spaces around. Join with slip stitch and finish off.

Now you should have a cute new skirt! I really hope this tutorial helps and makes sense! Feel free to ask if you have any questions. And let me know if you make a skirt for your doll, I would love to see.

I’ll have more patterns and tutorials coming up so check back soon!

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Yesterday I went to Tuesday Morning and found a Liv doll for $9.99 and thought she would make a great addition to my growing collection of dolls as she has similar joints to the early Pullip body types and has a similar ratio to my Pullip and Tangkou dolls.

I only have two more months to finish Christmas presents?!?!?

She is modeling a Christmas inspired dress that I made based on this free pattern from an awesome crochet for Barbie blog. I used a size 10 crochet hook with size 10 crochet thread and just single crochet all the way up the back instead of adding snaps. It fits perfectly on a Liv doll and is ok fitting on a Tangkou, but is much too big for my Pullip type 4 body. Doesn’t she look lovely?

I hope we get snow this year…

Check back soon for some free crochet patterns and doll reviews!

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Hi everyone, I’m Robin and I love everything arts, crafts, and BJDs! I hope you enjoy my blog. 😀

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