I’ve had some updates in my Azone collection happening, and I’m getting a long awaited XS girl soon as well. Mostly so that she can wear the outfits I’ve bought for her despite not owning a doll of that size, lol. I couldn’t resist. However, I don’t think I’ll be getting any more Pure Neemo sized girls or boys, although there are a few old releases I really like. But this size is just not for me. I don’t do anything with my 30cm BJD tinies either, because the size is just no inspiring. I like teeny, tiny things, and bigger things, but this is a size that falls just inbetween and doesn’t work for me. My Neemos don’t even get proper names because I’m unimaginative with them.
Anyway, I also managed to find a Rockin’ girl Yuzuha second hand for a really good price… some time last year (oops), so I bought her. She’s my favorite Yuzuha and possibly my fave Neemo as well, so it was a must instant buy as soon as she popped up.
I’m just throwing in DD’s and Azones into this thing, because I don’t want to make three separate entries. Sorry. :P (I tend to like things well categorized but sometimes there’s gotta be exceptions.) These two doll types are close enough anyway. The few BJD photos I have will get a second entry.
I had a long pause from dolls where I didn’t do much, but in the past month or two, I’ve been more active again and although I haven’t done many full shoots, I have single photos of several of my dolls. So, I’ll be posting all of those here for now. There are just 1-3 of each set, so it doesn’t make much sense to give them their own entries.
Starting with Yuyuka. I re-did her face up and I was taking test photos of her here. But the face photos were boring, so I didn’t resize any of those. I need to take new ones soon.
I was finally able to get myself a large Azone! I’ve been seriously considering them ever since I got my first DDs, but I had some trouble getting one I wanted. My favorite faces are in the Black Raven series, but only Cecily is on the AZO2 body, which I prefer. I also like the first ver. Yui and Mahiro from the Happiness Clover series, but goddamn, they’re expensive! So, I’ve been waiting and watching quietly, until last November I managed to snatch the AZO2 body alone. However, our postal service messed up and had strikes and it took all of December to get to me -they were already sending it back to Japan (even after I’d paid the taxes for it!) until I exploded at them a little and they managed to deliver it back to me. It’s been sitting in storage since it’s arrival, while I’ve been looking at heads for it.
But now that I had the body, my options were open for the head, so I got back to the Black Raven series with my favorite faces. I watched as many older release Lilias, Lulunas and Amanes came and went -and even bid on a few, but their prices always climbed higher than what I was willing to pay. I know, there are a gazillion of the newer Lulunas and Lilias with the blonde/slightly brown hair and mismatched eyes about, but… I don’t like them. :c A head alone would’ve been ideal because I wouldn’t keep the body and the outfit probably wouldn’t fit the new body. I just recently missed out on a lot of the lovelies from the old releases (they’ve been popping up frequently lately), but that gave me hope: there are quite a bit of them on the market and they go for less than the Happiness Clover girls. Like waaay less, even with full outfits.
In the end, I didn’t get any of the releases I’d been looking at. I ended up just having to snatch this almost red-head Luluna from Mandarake, because… a red-head! And I love Luluna’s face probably the most out of these girls. I hadn’t considered this release before because she never pops up. The DS releases of the big girls are near-impossible to come about, especially for a reasonable price. :/ This girl didn’t have her stock outfit and Manda mentioned a cigarette smell, and she was still a bit more than what I was willing to pay (especially for a cigarette smelling doll without the default outfit -the ones on YAJ often end at a lower value even with an outfit). But with my birthday coming up, Mizya offered to pay a portion of her =u= ♥ so I was able to bring her home ♡✧( ु•⌄• )
For once I took themed photos. Easter is on the agenda this time. I planned on doing some tiny!Himeno in the nest photos among others, but I already took the nest photos a few weeks ago because I wanted to try it. And the others I can’t really do without mizya, so… I made a random Easter story.
Himeno wants the nest for herself but runs into some… obstacles.
(Ea is afraid of round objects, thus the poking of the eggs to make sure they’re not completely spherical)
So, I ordered the new Picco Neemo himeno. I like the teeny tiny size, but I don’t love most of the picco faces. Himeno is an exception, though, and Mizya has the cute older one that’s adorable. I’m so not a fan of this one’s outfit, but she’s got lovely brown eyes, so I got her anyway. I just need to figure out some clothes for her.
I just recently realized that the new park close-ish to my house has a small field, and that of course, they ice it during winter. It’s the first below freezing day in a couple of days today so I went to check it out. Although it snowed a lot all day yesterday, so I wasn’t sure if it was going to be cleaned yet. But yes, the mini tractor was still there working -on the park side. I think he’d just done the ice before that. So, I changed into my own skates and while I was doing that, the driver parked the tractor opposite to the ice and just stared at me from inside. That was super awkward. I haven’t been on my skates in like 10 years and I could barely stay up at first. The ice was all bumpy too, so not helping. But, luckily he left soon and I was able to ease back into it. My feet started hurting really quickly but I was glad to notice I can still go backwards and do little twists and turns.
And so that this isn’t just about me: Rise was there too, because ice skating is her hobby. :D I had basically zero privacy, because some woman came to clean the park (with a shovel and stuff) even further and was there the entire time I was on all fours, taking doll photos. That and kids were coming home from school and tried to see what I was doing over the snowy edges. =__= Oh well, I got a couple of cute photos. It was not easy because she was on skates -on ice and they obviously slide on it.
I wish there was a hockey rink close by -that would have nicer ice. The closest one isn’t that far away, but ices like that always have kids there, no matter what time you go.
Okaaay, I promise I’ll post that Iria story soon. I’ve managed to write it down but I still need to proof read it and I’ve been so scatterbrained lately that it’s hard for me to sit down and concentrate on one thing. x_x
I also have a lot of sewing to do but I’m having a hard time finishing those too (instead, I make more patterns and cut MORE fabrics to sew and now I have a HUGE pile of unsewn stuff).
The other day, I took Rise and Aoto out for a few photos because I wanted to do something relaxing for a change.
The mystery begins with Rise babysitting Aoto while his parents are away. They’re taking a walk outside and notice a pile of candy on the ground.
This was a total and complete impulse buy, really. I saw the second Detective boys release and put him on preorder right away, and only because I went an imagined a tsundere little otouto-kun for Rise (but he might end up as a neighbour’s kid). Aoto has a slight smile but I erased the corners of his mouth and reshaped them a bit. Though it’s still a bit messy and I need to fix it. But he just kills me.
I haven’t decided what to call him yet. I really like the name Aoto, but I can’t find nice kanjis for it. He’s a curious little thing, playing tantei-games, and yet interestingly Rise’s name (理瀬) can be intepreted as something akin to rapids/current of truth/reason/justice with those kanjis. Ahaha ^^; I need to decide, if he’ll just be あおと or something else altogether.
I’m a little sad that he doesn’t have brown eyes like Rise, but I died at the outfit of this release. The Alice’s teaparty ver. would have the eyes but the hair is lighter and although it’s cute, I like the tantei get up more. xD
I received some new clothes for Rise in the mail today and took a few random photos. And including 3 older ones too.
I’m not very good at Azone photography. It’s hard for me for some reason and I somehow always manage to get a shine on their faces. I need to find new ways to use light for these little ones because obviously what I do with BJDs isn’t working with these guys. Not that I have more than one, but I am getting another this summer. And then maybe two more at some point if Azone releases the faces I like with styles I like or if I find my faves reasonably from second hand. But since I’m not willing to pay nearly as much as most people are, it’s probably not happening. xD
Ohoho, a little story activity here! This is a collaboration between mizya and I (and Azones and BJDs, thus it’s in both categories). I visited Mizy and brought her a new cafe floor, then quickly made a superb mop from our combined supplies… and then we got to it. I had Rise and Muu with me. Everyone else belongs to Mizya and so does most of Rise’s outfit because I don’t have anything new for her. We’d planned most of the story beforehand and the unplanned parts were mostly a collaborated effort. I posed and photographed the dolls & Mizya helped behind the scenes. I also edited the photos, but she added the Japanese/English commentary to the story. x3
Oh, whoops. I’m now accidentally a pure neemo owner. I got my first girl (DC Progression Lycee) from Mizya on Wednesday. A surprise gift 3 months before my birthday. I was like “Whaaaat is this? :D” when she handed the gift-wrapped package to me. And like oh noes, is it an Azone?? in my head while I was unwrapping it. I’m doomed now. I need to make her clothes and buy her shoes and mnghgh! :D Cause you know me, I just can’t do with one outfit for a long time. I’m super glad her default outfit is versatile, though, and that the boots are lovely. They work with the dark kimonos I made for a winter look, too.
Yes, I made some Azone sized clothing (available in my etsy, link in the sidebar) because I had a body here from Mizya as a sewing model, and now I have a full doll thanks to her, so that I can take photos of the finished producst as well. I don’t know, I might update this blog with some of my sewing work from time to time too. Currently I only post some of them to my flickr.
If you want to filter out my Azone entries, just go to my categories and click “company” and it’ll only give you BJDs. And if you want to filter out the BJDs, just click “Azone”. By the way, I also added an azone profile page, separate from my other dolls (and updated that one).
And now to the mandatory picture spammage:
“Salutations!” (This totally became her trademark pose :P)