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Isn’t she the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?? I was at The Twickenham Doll Show in Huntsville Al yesterday and it was amazing! Most of the dolls were “antique”, “vintage”, or collectable, but a lot of it was just dirty, creepy old dolls that people were trying to sell for crazy prices. Old bisque dolls and dolls from around the 70’s are not my cup of tea. But it was still interesting to see them all and to see my mother’s face light up seeing toys from her childhood.

That being said, it was all worth it because I got some invaluable advice and teachings from an old crocheter named Doti that works with sewing thread and a size 16 crochet hook! I had always wanted to make the jump to going smaller, but found that the information I needed just wasn’t anywhere I could find. She told me everything I needed to know and I am very greatful and excited to get started on the tinies!! This is some of her work:

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Just amazing the scale and detail of it.

Even though most of the prices were way too high, I managed to get 2 wigs for my Pullip / Tangkou  and 2 pairs of shoes for my Hujoo baby for just $10! I was hoping one of the wigs would fit one of my BFC ink girls, but her head is too big.

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I’ve been slacking off on updating my etsy store with new items. School and life in general has got me a little bogged down right now. I’ve been working on an autumn leaf fairy outfit for a belly button Barbie sized doll, but I haven’t managed to finish it yet. And I am almost done with a candycorn jumper for a BFC ink sized doll. My next project I think will be to re-root by one BFC ink girl that has unfixable hair. We’ll see how that goes. I can’t figure out how to add a slide show anymore, stupid wordpress always changing on me. but here are some photos from the show.

 

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lol, what little girl wouldn’t want to have this?

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I doubt anyone has noticed how long it’s been since I last posted, but just in case you were wondering when I was going to post more awesomeness and perhaps where I’ve been, I’ve had a terrible migraine with nausea that keeps me from using anything with a screen and crocheting ect. so I haven’t been able to post. Thankfully it seems to havew passed now and I’ve been busy making random things to get out all my creative juices that have been locked inside me these past weeks! Sorry for the crappy pics taken on my bed, but I’m freezing to death!

This is my progress on the Adventure Time blanket. The on on the very top will be Gunter. Then from left to right on the top row: Lumpy Space Princess, Fiona, Finn, Stormo, and  Lemon Grab. On the bottom row: Cinnamon Bun, Jake, Peppermint Butler, Wild Berry Princess, and Cake. I hope to have 8 rows of 6 across at some point before I die! XD


Here is a Pullip sized dress I made. It’s simple but I like it. She looks a little less depressing in it….a little.

This one is similar but more easy going. I think it looks perfect for a stroll by the ocean.

These two I made with a new skein I got today. It’s Paton’s lace in porcelain. I think they look like winter fairies, so pretty.

They can also be worn as skirts! Woot!

This is an elf-ish jumper for a Best Friend Club inc. doll. I don’t have any other clothes for her yet so unfortunately she’s mostly naked.

This is what it looks like from the back. The buttons are functional for easy dressing. I have the pattern and was going to post it soon to see if anyone would test it for me, even though it is pretty simple. I would like to improve my skills at writing patterns that OTHERS can read too! Haha!

I didn’t expect this to look so pretty! She looks like a female Jack Frost. Jacqueline Frost! Well that’s it for now. I hope everyone is keeping safe and warm, especially those hit by Sandy. It’s so important to be prepared for emergencies! It’s as easy as washing out a few empty soda bottles and filling them with water and putting them under the sink. You can use them drink or wash with, or just to flush the toilet. And you should always try to keep at least three days worth of food in the house. As well as a fully stocked first aid kit, extra prescription medications, and essentials like flashlights, radios, and batteries. I think it’s unbelievable that people will try to drive to the next state to get what they can from a gas station or Mcdonalds instead of just having what you need at home. You won’t always be able to do that. The road might not be clear, or you may not be able to get gas, not to mention that it will be dangerous during and right after and emergency situation. So please everyone, take care of your own families. And if you’ve been told to evacuate, DO IT!

 

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your comments!

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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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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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