Spring is here

Ahem, I knew there was a “snowstorm” coming today, so I was ready for some winter photos. Unfortunately the snow was kind of disappointing: instead of large snowflakes we got these really fast small ones in hordes. Luckily they did show up in photos, but half of them disappeared from the resized ones. < (`^´)>

I also had some setbacks: right as I was going outside with dolls in both hands and props + accessories in my arms, I managed to drop Seere’s Cuprit crown and it snapped in half. I had to superglue it back on with all my winter gear on and I got all drenched in sweat even before I was outside. And out in the forest my reflector decided to resign. Sigh. Had to fix that when I went back inside but it was no use after the first half of the photos. It was also snowing so much that everything kept getting covered and wet.

Then, the shoot itself took a strange turn, as you can see below. Tanith, look what you’re making Llyr do now that you’re no longer here. (。•́︿•̀。)

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Lounging

Saya has something new. A new bust that is. Unfortunately she can’t really take full advantage of it because the DDdy lower torso is so goddamn long and fortified that the chest part just can not move under it. At least her neck and shoulders pose now but that’s about it. (Yes, swapped to a silicone bust.) The bust could also be a bit prettier: I wish there was some more ‘flesh’ in the underboob area so that she wouldn’t get the boob-joint effect. It’s really prominent on her, too, looks like she has symnastia, which tends to be more of a problem with boob-jointed dolls with a small bust, not a large one. But yeah, that’s what she seems to have now. So clothes it is at all times.

Testing her lingerie here. The bra is a prototype and needs some fixes, it doesn’t sit as well as it could. So sorry the colours are all over the place and horrible. Bad background colour and lacking indoor light does it.

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Death comes atop the Snow

It’s been years since we’ve had snow in December. Actually, it’s been a while since we’ve had this much snow all winter -let alone December. I approve. Prisca was the only one dressed for the occasion though, so she was my only choice for photos. But hopefully the weather will keep on being nice this winter and I’ll get photos of my other dolls too. I should do some winter-themed sewing as well.
The days are still super short, but we’ve passed the shortest day of the year, so they’re slowly getting longer again and I should have more inspiration for photos. I hope :3

Prisca has been wading in the snow in less clothing before. I’d link the shoot here but I’m in the process of updating my main site and it’s not ready yet, so I can’t. But hopefully I’ll find the time and inspiration to finish that process soon. I have too many dolls because uploading their profiles is killing me -and I haven’t/won’t even write all of them down in length for now. x_x

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Snow steed

I’ve had this idea for years. Actually ever since before I got Sigrun (but after I’d ordered her). I did a painting of her where she was riding a snow horse, so… yeah. Unfortunately I suck at ‘sculpting’ snow and the horse is more like a foal with weird proportions. And it’s tilted. I might re-do this some day or not. But I do like the Sigrun close ups here. It was really windy so her wig was flying and it gave this little extra “oomph” to the photos. :D

I also have a new doll (my grail DD I never thought I’d get), but I haven’t been able to afford to order wigs or think about eyes and I don’t know when she’ll have a body of her own or anything so, we’ll see when I introduce her. It’s not like she can’t borrow wigs but the eyes are a little more problematic. Especially because I’d like her to be at least half-demon and I want specific eyes for her which are nearly impossible to find at the moment. >_>

But anyway, Sigrun photos:

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Animetic eye review [Updated on Jan 17th]

I thought I’d do a little review of animetic eyes, since I’m personally having a really hard time finding eyes for my Dollfie Dreams. I haven’t bought acrylics for my dolls in years and my dolls don’t wear them (with one exception), because the quality just doesn’t compare to the other options out there, but with DDs I’ve had to make more exceptions. There are urethane animetics out there as well, but they’re mostly very hard to get because the makers tend to be based in Asia and only sell them at conventions. So, I don’t have many different brands right now, but I’m slowly trying out different ones, while trying to find _the_ eyes for my girls. I think I also saw a pair of very interesting oval glass eyes somewhere -directed at DDs and those got me really curious.

But for now this is what I have. I’ll add more if/when I get them.

I tend to photoshop my photos if the eyes go dark due to bad light, but for the review purposes I have not photoshopped these photos at all (except brightness/contrast).

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Autumn is here

I’ve tried a few clothes on my new girl, whom I’ve named Akari (明空), and put together a season appropriate outfit for now. I’ll have to get her ready for our Halloween meet now, though, so she’ll have another get up for a while. She’s Saya’s energetic little sister. :3

I forgot to take face up photos of her today again, but I don’t like taking off the wig. It’s so tight that I keep killing the hairdo little by little every time I put it back on, so I’ll rather not. You can’t see her cute little freckles in these photos but maybe some day…

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DD: Takatsuki Yayoi arrival

Time for the first doll arrival of the year. I don’t have anything for her, except the eyes that arrived two days ago, though she was preordered a year ago already. I was avoiding thinking about it to make the wait easier, so I have yet to even give her a name, or decide whose little sister she is. Haha, but my DDs don’t have very specific storylines or anything, so there’s time to figure things out.

I did a bit of a quick review of her, but no proper photos yet, because I’ll of course be re-painting her right away (though it’s really dark right now). These are just some quick shots of the face, the wig and a few different eyes and wigs on her.


(Don’t mind my lazy attempt to copy the pose, it was cold outside)
Of course she arrived with all her default gear, as Volks dolls do, but I am planning on unloading the outfit on someone else -if there’s anyone that would actually want it. I just pretty much want to be rid of it (outfit+jewellery+shoes -but not the hair thingies). I’ll also probably sell the eyes, though as Volks acrylics go, they’re not that bad.

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Story: Tea & inquiries

Finally continuation to Iria’s story. I thought I did the first one last year, but apparently it was two years ago, oops. This one picks up right where that left off, though. And it ended up really long. Hopefully with minimal mistakes, but I’ve been working on the texts all day today (on and off) so my brain is kind of dead now.

But god, I so need to get a pair of normal hands from Souldoll when I next order from them (I wonder when that’ll be). Because it looks like her fingers are cramping in a lot of these. Gosh, I shouldn’t have cared that I already have several of the old style pairs: they’re the only ones that can actually do stuff naturally.

The woman was standing awkwardly in an unfamiliar room. They’d had their introductions just a moment before outside, after which she had taken off her outer garments in order to accomodate for the warmth of the house.

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Gwendolyn

Oh gosh, my long awaited Gwendolyn figma arrived today. Ive been waiting for this from the moment she was first announced like… 1,5 years ago? I don’t even know, I feel like it took forever. (Same with Shaoran, hurry up for reals!). And she’s gorgeous. One of my favorite game characters and she has such a beautiful design that there was no question about whether I would or wouldn’t buy her. I also have my eye on a figure of her (and Oswald too if it turns out okay).

A lot of people were complaining that she’s extremely expensive because with wings she costs as much as a scale figure, but I think she’s worth every penny. Granted, I’m not a figma collector -if I was it would probably sting more. I’m not planning on getting many of these. I mean, I’d kill for Oswald but I wouldn’t mind Velvet or Mercedes either. And I’m still waiting for Shaoran who is an instant buy. But other than that there aren’t that many characters that tempt me (except maybe Raven from Gravity Rush). Anyway, I don’t know why people complain about the expensive figma vs. figure because they have completely different appeals. I have a few beautiful figures but I’m the type of person that prefers doing something with my collectibles and with figures I may photograph them once or twice but then it gets boring because you can’t change them in anyway -every photo is essentially the same. So posable things appeal to me much more. Tiny things also appeal to me, so posable tiny things = yes! Though this does require quite a bit of delicate finger work (I was afraid of breaking her because I can be a little rough with my dolls).

Anyway, I find her very well made. Some paint slips here and there and it also rubs off on other parts (esp. in the wing attachment area) etc. The legs are unfortunately also a little stiff due to the skirt (although it’s short and bendy) so she can’t do a proper glide pose in the air. Shoulders are also a little limited. The torso joint could also move more, but it’s the price for the looks -with figmas I can forgive the boob-joint because they’re clothed and all that. The wings also have some limitations for said gliding but they work pretty well. Her faces are really nice, though rather than the slightly grumpy default face, I would’ve loved one that’s a little more cutesy/confused like she looks in the game. I mean, I guess she has a general resting bitchface in the game too, but somehow it looks really cutesy to me, maybe it’s the brightness and contrast in it. But I love love love that gentle smile face too, so no biggie.

I really should’ve taken some game-pose references with me but I was too excited to realize that I should. Besides that might’ve ended in frustration because she can’t do them all in the same way due to being taller and slimmer than the game styling -and the limiting joints.


Here she is, mostly straight our of the box. Just changed her to the bigger wings. The rest of these are from the morning with stupid light (the sun was shining, creating strong contrasts) and a few from the evening, but I had to cut that shoot short because I suddenly started feeling weak and realized that I hadn’t eaten anything despite having run errands and stuff during the day. :’D

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“Korkeakoski”

So, after yesterday’s doll meet myself, tursaantarha, Petunia & umizya headed to this stream called Korkeakoski (literally: high rapids) which is very close to the tea house. I’ve wanted to shoot here for a long time but it’s quite far from my home and not close to any other place I usually go to, so this was a great chance. Though, I would’ve been much happier with rubber boots and the doll I had planned on taking here in the first place. But this was a good preview to what I could do if I get to come back some time.

I got wet, my feet were on ice (took off my shoes and socks) and Yami got wet too. But there were wild raspberries we picked before the shoot so that was nice. xD I also only had a few poses and there weren’t too many possible angles without freezing my feet completely in the ice water so yeah. Some day I’ll go there again. ♥

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Doll meet at Teeleidi

We had another local meet at Teeleidi today. I didn’t take much photos at the meet itself, since most of the time was spent talking and eating/drinking tea. Most of the dolls were on another table because the dishes filled the one we were using. But we did take the traditional group photo and then spead out to the garden to take some photos of our own dolls. xD


The bigger dolls were hanging out on the side table while we were conversing. Yami’s hand was slowly edging sideways, lol.

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Lazy person’s paperwork

Been feeling like taking some doll photos lately. I also have an idea for a story (Iria) but I’m not sure how to go about making it happen. It would require props I don’t have so I might need to improvise. But anyway, Sebille (and Null as a bonus) was my victim today. I’m loving her with her new(ish) Withdoll body and I’ve made her quite a bit of new clothes lately, so she gets to be in front of the camera too ♥

As this is a Sebille/Null shoot, it was given that it would derail at some point… and it did. It took me quite a while to move all my props to the balcony and set up and then I spent nearly 2 hours photographing. Would’ve been at it longer had the sun not started to give me trouble. And of course it got cloudy and started raining just as I was taking the set down. Sigh. =__=

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Withdoll Senior Male comparison

I was supposed to do this months ago, but I was lazy. However, today I took it upon myself to clean my doll shelf, so I did this while all the boys were out anyway. Some of them got a change of clothes while I was at it.
I don’t have any current or new boy bodies to compare this to, because all my boys are oooold. My other white skin boys are also basically cream white like the Withdoll body, but they’re so old and yellowed that they make the Withdoll look snow white, although it isn’t. My backdrop wasn’t big enough either, but I made do with what I had.

The Withdoll body I have is still the prototype 62cm version. The 64cm version sold with the basic Alan is taller and has wider shoulders.

So, here we go:

Dollshe 18M Pure (Rosen head) -> Soom Super Gem (Sard head) -> Luts Senior Delf type1 (Elysium Ban head) -> Withdoll Senior male 62cm (Alan elf head) -> Luts Delf type1 (K-Doll Kamyu head)

Not much to say. The Senior Delf and Withdoll are exactly the same height, but the SDF is slimmer.

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Hundred years

(^ of independence)

I’m missing some seaside Saya photos from inbetween but I’ll post them eventually. I should go to my local beach with her soon, so maybe I’ll post those with the new ones -if I manage a shoot.

Today I’ll be posting some Sebille in a forest wearing a dress that’s way too fancy for the location. Haha. I needed a really Finnish scenery for this dress because it really reminds me of Finland (esp. our flag), and I’d had this place in mind for a while. I just needed a really sunny day for this. Usually I like to shoot when it’s cloudy, but this forest really looks best when it’s sunny, because the trees don’t let in a whole lot of light.

I’m really liking this shoot. It’s not amazing and I forgot my reflector so I had to do more editing that would’ve been necessary. But I had fun since it was the first proper shoot I’ve had in months (really slow doll-photography summer for me). I do like the light and colours and theme here. And Sebille is still one of my favorite dolls. ♥ ♥

This dress will be in my Etsy very soon, along with a small update of tops and shirts.

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Belated apple blossoms ( part 2 )

Alright, so I went through the other flower photos too, and edited a few of them. I took these on June 8th. Taking grey skinned dolls to a location with a lot of green is not very flattering, I know this, and yet I still took two of them there, what is wrong with me? These are not amazing, but at least there are flowers? (I’m trying very hard to ignore those damn dandelions, too.)

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