Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy 9th Ro!

So I was going back through my livejournal trying to find the first photos of Ro I ever took, to find evidence of his unaltered Dream of Doll default faceup, and I realized that HOLY CRAP TODAY IS HIS 9TH BIRTHDAY! Or Anniversary. However you want to put it.

It was 9 years ago today that he arrived to me. I waited on the steps all day long for the postman, and immediately took grainy photos with a borrowed webcam trying him in all the things I had purchased while waiting for him to arrive.

In honor of his 9th Anniversary I have finally pulled him off that "replacement" (Dec 2006) Dollmore body, and stripped his face. I have scrubbed that body, and need put it up for sale. It's in like new condition, no damage what-so-ever, just some resin mellowing with age. It's never even seen daylight.

I need to properly compare his resin to the normal skin Kid Delf event head I got with Zephi and see if Luts Normal Skin will match okay. I like Zephi's body, and it's similar in shape and style (but with MUCH better posing) to the original Dream of Doll (DOC) body.

I would like to put him on the type 3 Luts KDF body, and give him Illusion Spirit 1/4 jointed hands as a special gift to both make him look more mature, and to make up for neglecting him for the last seven years.

The Luts current normal skin resin is much more pink but I think with a good faceup with the heavy blushing I like for him, the resin difference wouldn't be very obvious. I can certainly put up with a color difference more easily than I can the stylistic difference that put me off him on the Dollmore body. He was too tall and willowy on that body, and a bit too feminine in features. Or I may just do white skin since the old Dream of Doll resin is SO pale.

Happy birthday Ro! Your face is clean and you are no longer on the WRONG body. Hopefully after all this time I can find the right one for you.

Legos and Zephi and Ninja Turtles! (Oh My!)

Yesterday afternoon I got a Ninja Turtle Lego set which rounded out my collection and got me my missing turtle Leonardo. It's a more recent set than my others so he's got some cartoon scuffs like he's been in a fight or two. Below is my entire Ninja Turtle Lego collection, as well as the limited Flashback Shredder minifigure I got with my Birthday Lego set.

I also received a Nanoblock Violin set from Osaka a while ago, and I was waiting for the right doll and time to put it together. We determined that Zephi might be that doll, so I did a little wordless photo story of him assembling it. I think I need more of these sets for him. @_@

And I know this post is already image heavy, but here are some photos from the Lego City I've cobbled together from my Creator House sets, LOTR/Hobbit sets, and Castle sets.

I've done some Minifig customizing to make some Child Legos for my city, and finally my Lego Rory, Steve, and child family.

It will become even more diverse when I have the room to set up a huge table and spread things out as I have some of the "girl" Lego sets like the High school, and other stuff to diversify my town. Also all the Marvel Super Hero stuff, and a random Dino from the Raptor set I managed to get on Ebay all by itself for under $15.

Monday, August 25, 2014

5 years on Testosterone.

Oh by the way it's been five years on testosterone as of like three days ago. I was trying to do a photo every year but that kind of flopped. So here is the first image from like 1 week on Testosterone (closest to PRE that I have), and 5 years.

This picture is about a month old because I need a haircut like woah and I'm in that place where I'm trying to decide if I want to cut my beard short, again.

I look roughly the same now but my hair is a half inch longer all around. I posted this to the Beards group on Ravelry at the end of July.

It's really weird to be at the end of this, and it will be interesting to see what sort of changes I have over the next five years. I've also taken out my lip ring, started dating seriously after a couple of years, gotten engaged after a couple of years.

At this point I look like my Dad if I don't cut my hair regularly and it kind of freaks me out. The huge fluffy beard doesn't help. I love my father but I have Daddy issues. 

This photo is from tonight:

I've had a week long migraine so.. no judging please. :P

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Light at the end of the tunnel.

In exciting (for me) news, I have started the process of my name change. I put in the paperwork yesterday while I was down near the courthouse. Soon (7-10 business days) my legal name will be Rory Mathias C***.

Once I have that I can get my new ID, and I discovered in looking that in 2012/2013 they simplified the process for updating my gender marker on IDs on the state and federal level. There is an actual form, and template letter respectively that I have my doctor sign and fill out and I can use that at the social security office, DMV and also for my passport.

I need to get into contact with my doctor and ask him about it, but I've been having migraines an awful lot lately so it's been difficult between that and my sleep schedule to try and talk to people or schedule things.

If all goes well, I could finish the legal aspect of my transition by the new year, and with my health as it is, I can put off having chest surgery for a while, and it won't be an issue since insurance won't cover that regardless of my gender marker.

I am incredibly excited, if a bit nervous, because this means my long road is nearly over at five years in. It takes longer for some people and shorter for others but I've gone at a slow and steady pace and been careful and precise and I think that has paid off in the end.

The legal stuff that is making things easier for me, didn't exist when I started. 5, 10 years ago I would have had to hire a lawyer and fight the state of Texas to be able to get anything finalized legally. I don't have to do that now. I can get it changed Federally with my doctor's letter.

I know it's not at all final yet but this is the most progress I've had since I started the medical process.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Doll Clothes for sale.

I have some doll clothes up for sale to help with expenses until I successfully find work. I have some dolls I will be putting up over the weekend but I need to wait for daylight to photograph them.

DOA threads for SD Boy clothes, and MSD/Minifee girl clothes, respectively. I also have a wig, a couple pairs of eyes, and 3 (maybe 4) dolls to list.

It's been awhile since I've sold anything on DOA and I don't think I like having to create a bunch of separate threads for wigs, clothes, eyes, and dolls. The dolls being separate makes sense, but seriously I don't think having a single wig or two pairs of eyes at the bottom of a clothing thread should even be an issue. It feels silly to make a thread for a single item that might sell for less than $30.

Doll threads will hopefully all be up this weekend.

Not for sale, pictured before are Robbie and Zephi who modeled some of the clothes.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Robin Williams, and Mental Health in general.

I've been trying to think of a delicate way to tell people to keep Robin Williams, suicide talk, and discussion of depression and it's visibility/acceptance or the lack there of, to themselves, and I'm coming up short.

In a nutshell, I'm bi-polar, I struggle with suicidal thoughts and urges, I can not handle this much in my face. So if you're on facebook and have me, filter me out of that. If you're posting something on LJ or somewhere public, trigger filter that.

There is no delicate way. I can't deal with it, and it's everywhere. I can't just unfollow or defriend the entire world. This is my PSA, I don't want to see it, and I can't discuss it.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Apollo's Dragon Hoodie

I made this hoodie for Apollo a long time ago. It's fully reversible and ended up being a bit too snug after I got it all together. It was more that the neck hole was too small. So I set it aside because I was too angry at it to work on it. Then I became unemployed and I've done little sewing here, and doll stuff there, and I finally got a point that I could work on it again. I found a website where I could order a custom reversible zipper, and FINALLY finished Apollo's Dragon/Dino hoodie.

Ironically I finished it on a ridiculously hot day with the air conditioning broken. It is seriously about 80 degrees inside so if Apollo looks a bit put out, that's why. It's WAY too hot for a hoodie, let alone a dual-layered reversible hoodie.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ichigo models ties for Ravelry.

I promised some photos of Ichigo with his tie collection to my friends on Ravelry, and after a little bit of playtime I was able to get him to cooperate. :]

Ichigo's current tie collection:

"I get to play dress up? Okay! X3"

[This may become my new The Cupcake Club header]

"I like the semi-casual look sometimes. :3"

My Sugar Prince. He looks so happy and sweet. X3

"It looks like people on Ravelry noticed you slept in."

"You should probably finish editing these photos for them!"

"I'm gonna go play on Facebook. :3"

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Welcome to The Cupcake Club! This Journal is to showcase my crafts and designs. I design, sew, and craft, primarily for my Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls. I also dabble in interior and architectural design, but I do most of that with programs like The Sims 2, with tons of custom content.

I also post about the things I enjoy, which are sewing, photographing my dolls, designing new outfits, knitting, which I started in September of 2008, thanks to my Mom, and occasionally drawing, or painting.

My interests include the above, design, in most varieties, Anime, Manga, Crime Dramas, and videogames of various kinds (Guitar Hero, Dragon Quest, etc). :3