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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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Belated apple blossoms ( part 1 )

I’ve completely forgotten to post these (mostly because they’re repetitive). We had a local meet up at the apple tree park in Kuokkala on June 11. There were snacks and plenty of people and dolls around, as well as some annoying disruptions (drone flyers >_>*). However, since we were at a shooting location, most of everyone spent time taking photos of their own dolls and occasionally gathering in the middle to talk. We didn’t take a group photo, but there were a ton of different skin colours, sizes and types of dolls around. :3 I think I only had DDs + Avis with me but because of the lighting conditions, didn’t manage much photos.
I also have some photos from the days before, when I went with Mizya to check out the stage of blooming, but I’m not sure if I’ve even edited those (I need to check them out and post if there’s anything worth posting). It was too sunny all through the blooming season and thus hard to photograph dolls.

These are all different colours because they had to be edited a lot. =__=

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Random photos entry 1/2

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.

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Apple blossoms

I went to a doll meet in an apple tree garden this past Saturday. Well, it’s more like a public park, so they’re not taking care of the lawn and stuff, so there was a sea of dandelions kind of ruining the scenery, but some of the trees were blooming so amazingly that I got really camera happy with my dolls (mainly Kiyo). (~ *3*)~ This is also where I took my Lin photos last year.

I took my two swings to the park and set them up on different trees, so everyone got some swing photos as well. :3

This is just my Kiyori shoot. I’ll post my Yukihi photos later and a group shot of all the dolls that attented.

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Outside again!

Aaaand the girls are out again. Nothing special photo wise, but I’ve shortened Saya’s coat and made Yuyu one of her own, so I just had to. :D

The light wasn’t nearly as pretty as last time, but gotta make do with what weather we get.

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Cold days keep on coming

Whoo, long time no see. I took some Yami photos at New Years but forgot to post them here. They’ll come later, though, because this is another DD entry. I’ve been inactive with dolls for many weeks now, but the days are finally getting longer and I’m hoping that would motivate me to photograph more. However, it’s been so insanely cold that long photo sessions are out. Today I braved the -25°C weather and took Saya and Yuyu out for a few quick outdoor photos. Yuyu just doesn’t really have good winter clothes and Saya’s coat needs to be shortened (I made it for Sigrun originally and so that a long skirt fits underneath). But at least I did something, right?

I have a TON of stuff to sew, including commissions, but it’s been so cold I haven’t gotten to go to the fabric store either, although I was supposed to go last week. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when it’s cold, but it also causes all sorts of problems like the car not starting, and having to put on a TON of clothes and then sweating like a pig indoors in the stores. =__= Not a fan of feeling hot.
I should also repaint Kiyori because I’m not very happy with her atm. But getting her the right colour eyes soon should also help. :3

Anyway, Yuyu went out and clearly wasn’t prepared for the cold, while Saya had no problems!

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Winter months

We still have snow. Even more actually, because it snowed all day yesterday and if I hadn’t pushed it all out of the yard yesterday there would’ve been about 30cm of it this morning. I just had to take Kiyo out in all white. Even the wind was in my favor because she was wearing this light chiffon cape-thing that flows beautifully. :3

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Gloomy School Days

Ookay, I’ve been eyeing this Sadol school jacket ever since it was released but I didn’t have a doll to wear it back then. And once I did, I couldn’t afford to order from them. But a few weeks ago I finally did it: got the jacket, skirt, socks and super cute shoes. I need to make a few shirts to go under this, this is Sebille’s. Well, I planned on making them beforehand, but I got lazy and I have so much other stuff to sew too.

So glad this package arrived today. I was SO nervous because our postal service is failing with a package I have coming from Japan. It might be returning to sender -or not, they don’t even know at the customer service ¤”%#/”½!! I’m really worried for ANY packages right now actually, because of all the strikes and ongoing battles with the employers and employees and untrained workers and whatever. Some days we don’t even seem to get the daily mail into our box. But seriously, I will flip my shit if they return that damn package without even allowing the seize and re-deliver order I had them make take into effect. I’ve paid taxes for it and everything. If it does get retuned, I will see if I can just get refunded and the taxes returned because I don’t want to pay shipping again and play with customs again. Ugh.

But back to my Sadol package. I also got a little something for Null in it, but I think I’ll need to wait for some kind of snow before taking photos. I have an idea in mind. :3

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Tourism

My dad had to drive up north for a meeting today, so I tagged along to keep him company for the long drive. I had Sayaka and Avis with me and my camera + various lenses but on the way our schedule was really tight and the way back was a race against the setting sun. But I don’t know when I’ll get to visit the area again because we no longer have relatives up there… Maybe if we go see our patch of land all the way in Kuivaniemi? I don’t know.

Anyway, I got to take Sayaka out on two different occasions: once on the way and once on the way back during the sunset. I had a third chance too, but it was cold and I felt lazy -besides it was already dark. Avis stayed in the bag the whole time, poor thing.

First spot: The Center of Finland.

I succumbed to tourism and Saya is showing the plaque, awesome. The actual spot is some 7km off this place, but they built it here along the road in the late fifties to make it into a tourist spot.

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Cardigans & lingerie

I’ve been sewing a lot lately and I still have more to sew. But I’m taking a break for a little while before getting back to some stuff I have lying around half-finished.

Today, I photographed what I finished yesterday: Cardigans for Etsy.

I’ve also made each of my DD girls a lingerie set with bra patterns from Dollybird magazine. A few of the patterns need some alterations to work better (mainly the L size), but they’re a good base to work on. Also, I’d be way too lazy to make each bust size their own pattern, so… yeah. I’m getting Yuyu an S bust so her bra is a little small on her and Saya’s bra is also a bit small though I followed the pattern. Saya’s panties are also old ones from a few months ago, but I made the new bra to match them (they’re just not very flattering anyhow).

Sooo, the girls ended up posing in their lingerie + cardigans. :P
Oh right, and Saya also got a new L bust (had the shapely previously). However, I think I want to switch it to the flat one they’re releasing soon, so I won’t mod this one ike I did her other one (=nipples gone).

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Run through the Night Sky

More Kiyori because I’m really excited about her. (But I’ll try to do a bjd story next.) I took some photos of her the day before with a backdrop but then I visited Mizya yesterday and now the previous photos just look plain and dull. Mizya let me borrow her blue Lizanna stardust eyes (that I photoshopped to look more like aquamarine) and she just came alive. The Volks eyes are just so blank there’s no comparison whatsoever. She also has this gorgeous fabric I’d also kill for. I’d wear it out using it as a backdrop and then I’d make a dress out of it for Kiyo. I’d also like a sunset coloured one and I’d make a dress out of it for Seere. =u= But no can do.

I was also planning on passing up on Volks’ September releases but when I woke up in the morning there was still one chocolate carry case left and I just could not resist. I bought another bust and hands for Saya along with it. But I wasn’t able to get Kiyo or Yuyu any extra hands (the lack of them is driving me nuts) because NONE of the ns normal size hands are in stock. While I could’ve gotten everything for Saya who uses large sw hands. ;____; I also couldn’t get a new bust for Yuyu because I want to change hers to a prettier one. That was also out of stock. >_>* I reeeaally hope they restock the ns stuff by the time I’m ordering next time because Kiyo especially needs more hands. Yuyu can make do with the mismatch pair she has and the normal ones, but for Kiyo it’s not enough. :/

Anyway, I photographed Kiyori at mizya’s place yesterday, and boy, am I loving these photos. The first two are from the day before, though, so you can see the difference. I used the dull staircase bg I have and had Snake visit, because I haven’t been able to sell it. (Soon he’ll become Kiyo’s pet.)

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Kirika arrives

Yaaayy, my Volks Kirika arrived today. I’ve named her Kiyori (at least for now) written with 清凛 so that it can basically be read as “pure cold” it just suits the default outfit and I definitely want to take photos of her in it during winter. =u=

I didn’t take a box opening because my house is seriously dark in the morning and I just couldn’t wait until later. :’D She’s my very first fullset doll ever. I’ve never gotten a doll that came with an outfit, actually, so it was an interesting box opening. For once the first thing I did wasn’t to start sewing. I did, however fight her eyes out (literally) and wipe her face up. I also chucked the wig as soon as I’d taken a few photos of it because it’s easily the crappiest wig I’ve ever had. Even the crappy Leeke ones I’ve had don’t compare, it’s just that bad. Luckily, I don’t like the butter-yellow-blond colour, so I wasn’t gonna use it anyway.

The obligatory fullset photo + the pretty box:

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Sunset

I’ve had a mini-hiatus from dolls. I actually sold the Big Dipper I received a while ago, because I just couldn’t get around to painting it and I felt bad about buying it in the first place. It wasn’t a planned purchase, and since I bought Ivy at the same time, it ended up as a pretty costly order, while I wasn’t very well off financially. I’d still need to get more stuff sold to feel better, too. I need to sew a lot. For sale and for my own dolls. =__=;;

A few days ago, I found an old music love again. A band I loved as a kid and when I was growing up, but that I hadn’t really listened to in a few years. I just put all the albums I have on my playlist and have been listening them about non-stop today and a few days ago too (Mizya visited here inbetween). It’s really nostalgic and lifting my spirits. Also the fact that I have some peace and quiet for like a week really invigorates me and hopefully gives me new energy to work.

Anyway, like I mentioned, Mizya visited. We had plans for a good amount of photos, but the postal service kind of ruined that by not getting a package to the PO fast enough. Mizy picked that up first and then came here and it was evening already then. Grr. But we went out later anyway and visited this old quarry again. However, we were a little late and the sun set behind the treeline before we were completely done. There were lots more photos I still wanted to take but alas, we ran out of time.

Before the quarry we visited the lake, and although be basically had the beach to ourselves (it’s been quite cool so no swimmers) we didn’t feel like taking photos because sun was so low and it was gloomy. Instead we wathed a crow family play around. :’D

This is all the photos I managed (I kind of wished that I’d taken Saya, but maybe I’ll go there again once she has better eyes?):


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Summer is here, though it’s cloudy.

Real DD spam here. o/ I added some clothing pieced to Saya’s dress and it turned really casual so I wanted to take more photos of her, although I’m not 100% happy with her eyes or wig. But I like playing with her because she’s got so many different hands and her torso doesn’t get cut in half all the time. Though, I fixed Yuyu’s torso too, and it’s much more sturdy now. She just needs new clothing. But I did have her guest star in Saya’s shoot.

On a random note: I got my first doll exactly 10 years ago today. :D

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