Sunday, March 1, 2015

Doll Arrival! :D

Exciting things today! With some of the money from the sale of Efreet, I purchased a surprise doll on the lower price scale. It shipped earlier this week, and arrived today via FedEx. I love instant gratification!

I've loved this sculpt since I saw it in person but it was discontinued for lack of love and while there were some blank ones still in stock I waffled for awhile. I decided though that I should just go for it, and get one while Mint on Card still had it in stock, and I'm glad I did, because it was the very last one. So.. last of this sculpt ever to be sold (new). Magic!

Anyway here are my box opening photos. I was REALLY excited but I managed to get some decent non-blurry photos! :D I got the wig and shirts I purchased for the new doll on hand first. Eyeless, wigless, faceupless doll photos forthcoming!

I love the design on the box! I love seeing all the beautiful designs on the different company boxes. :)

And the secret is out! It's a ..thing. These little ones aren't gendered so I will have to determine whether it's a boy or a girl once Osaka/Allister is kind enough to give the little one a faceup. :D

Plenty of bubblewrap, and a nice soft pillow with ribbon ties to protect the little one.

Surprise eyes! Mint on Card's page said they don't come with eyes if you don't get the faceup so I wasn't expecting any. I have glass eyes in the mail (they should arrive Monday).

Another surprise! My certificate of Authenticity is blank. XD I will contact Mint on Card (or compare mine with Osaka/Allister's) to see how it's meant to be filled out.

That little face! Cute even without faceup, eyes, or wig! And the posability is just amazing. I would be thrilled to get a couple more of the 16cm Asleep Eidolon babies.

All the swag! :D We are not as prepared as I might have hoped since the glass eyes aren't here yet, and I haven't yet made pants but yes. :3

Cute sitting on the edge of the box. THAT FACE. @3@

And next to October (Tiny Delf). October looks slightly larger but it's the other way around actually. October's shoes are giving him even height, and he is narrower in the chest, with slightly larger hands. New kid is broader in the chest ever so slightly, with more delicate looking hands, and just slightly more realistically proportioned.

It was at this point I carefully popped off the head and tried on the shirts I bought from FunnyLori's Etsy shop (fit for Pukifee) and found that TinyDelf and Asleep Eidolon 16cm are just THIS much too large to fit into the shirts. It's the thumbs. Their hands won't go through the end of the sleeve.

I was sad, and mad at myself for assuming, but most stuff sized to Pukifee and Lati Yellow will actually fit Tiny Delf just fine so I assumed this would be the case. I did not take into account that FunnyLori fit them specifically to be a nice snug fit on the Pukifee body (and even says so in the listings), and those hands pop off magnetically I think making the hands not fitting a non-issue.

It's okay though. Mom has some actual Pukifee so I'll ask if either shirt is to her taste, and if not, they will be set aside until I do have a Pukifee, because at some point I will. Probably a Pong. They're VERY well made shirts and I will continue to buy from the Etsy shop, but I will make sure that I'm buying for the specific size that I actually have. :)

I've also talked to FunnyLori about maybe buying some made special to fit my new doll after the Expo, so I will still hopefully have my striped teal and purple shirts in the size I need. :)

So all in all I am thrilled with my new little one. I need to try on the wig because when the shirts didn't fit I just went to sleep (I hadn't slept yet).

I also need to draft patterns for leggings or pants to fit this slightly larger body, and make a slightly larger shirt pattern to fit it. I have tweaked October's shirt pattern since the first shirt I made had oddly tiny arm holes, and I'm hoping that that pattern (with a slightly wider chest) will be perfect.

I'm too tired to sew tonight though and I have knitting I need to do. Collectively in the last 48 hours I've gotten roughly 10 hours of sleep and it's wearing on me a bit.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Efreet has (finally) sold! :)

I am excited! My Efreet sold, so I can now (as soon as he arrives safely in his new home) order Simon Oliver's brother Owen Sebastian.

Owen will be this sculpt, and styled with similar eyes and RED hair.

I have also decided to get Crunchy's body with my tax return, and maybe an order of clothes (for Owen Sebastian) from TTYA but no other expenses from the tax refund.

I was sifting through the various marketplace forums on DOA and got a PM in regards to Efreet IMMEDIATELY after I had finished bumping my threads. Buyer was able to pay upfront, and was very understanding that snow might slow down my ability to get him into the mail right away. I gave an estimated shipping date of Thursday.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will get him all packed up, and I'm planning to head out on Thursday (when the snow should in theory have stopped and had a chance to partially melt) and mail him out.

I may also do my taxes tomorrow. I'd LIKE to, but I'm worried about whether it will be quiet enough and I need to gather all my stuff together and I'm nervous. BLEH. I'm always nervous.

I should just go through all the papers tonight and organize it while the apartment is quiet. Then all I have to do tomorrow is set up my desk, close the bedroom door and WORK.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Ed has a faceup? Sort of..

I've had a migraine for a week straight right, but this weekend the weather has been suddenly warm and dry and great for Faceups so I attempted to Faceup Ed.

One of the less wise ideas I've had. Let's set up bright lights and try to focus on tiny details and keep our hands steady. I went Migraine!Blind about 20 minutes in, and somehow managed to get some eyebrows and lip blushing on Ed.

It's.. not a great job, but I'm really not sure what I expected. ?_?

In addition to doing a completely blind faceup, I also managed to go completely stupid and pester Osaka while she was trying to do a faceup and ended up messing up her progress. x_x

She was able to get back into the groove and get it done with the aid of headphones and me being nowhere in the vicinity, and it turned out nicely.

I was planning to paint my Kaiju as well but.. I legitimately could not see. So that didn't happen. It's sealed though so.. there's that.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Clumsiness? More?

Wednesday I fell down after a 5 mile walk, and 3 days of High stress. No major injuries, just scuffed my pinky on the side-walk.

I posted about it to Facebook:
"I managed to walk carefully, without incident to the Social Security office and back (roughly 5 miles in total) and found myself suddenly staring up at the sky and trees and realized I had fallen and was flat on my back on the ground at the foot of the stairs of my apartment. I do not appear to have any visible damage other than road rash on my right pinky. Thank goodness for small favors."

Today I sprung up from the couch to grab some things, got light-headed and fell down, hard. Again, nothing visibly injured.

Then I finally tried to go to bed, tripped on the ladder of my short-loft bed and bruised my legs from ankles to knees.

This is a worrisome pattern. I've not been seriously injured but that's three oops falls in 24 hours.
I'm pretty sure I didn't hit my head during the first fall but I haven't blacked out and fallen since I was a little kid.

I'm concerned.

Edit: I feel like a doofus. Conversation from Livejournal:

Batchix: Have you had any migraines or allergies lately? I get really light headed and woozy sometimes and have been known to almost black out after a bad migraine or bad allergies(which amount to the same thing for me, since bad allergies can trigger the migraines).

Rorek(Me): I feel dopey. I've had a running migraine for 4+ days now. e_e;;

Time for some quiet relaxing crafts and/or naps. I've been GOOOOOO DO ALL THE THINGS!!! Since Monday...

I'm a dumbass. Usually I take my medicine and REST so this has never happened before. =_="

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gifts from friends! :D

One of my lovely friends from Ravelry sent me a gift all the way from Germany (please correct me if I am mistaken Aurinel!).

I was expecting the USS Enterprise D (Star Trek Next Generation), but not the lovely wee socks!

They were part of the careful cushioning to protect the model, along with some beautiful bits and balls of yarn in some gorgeous colorways.

Simon Oliver claimed the socks, and wanted to show them off. :)

I've made the image of him pulling on the socks my header image on the Family blog. :D I think a BJD with a pile of yarn is a suitable header.

I apologize for my shaky hand with the tablet. It's been so long since I've used it (I don't have ANY art programs on this laptop) and my hands are so shaky anymore. :(

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lucas, Robbie, and other backstories.

I was brainstorming with Osaka/Allister this evening in regards to where Robbie gets his beautiful hand-knits. Obviously some of them would be from his mother (since I have some GORGEOUS hand-knits from Mom) but with as much as I will be knitting for him over the years it makes sense for there to be more than one source. There are also stylistic differences in my mother's knitting versus mine so it would cover that as well.

Allister hit upon it by remembering a detail I'd been brainstorming last time I touched on Robbie's story regarding his relationships and how Christopher Owen happened. I don't think I included this detail in my summary though.

Lucas is the name of the trans boy that Robbie was seriously dating before the accidental pregnancy. Lucas was entirely pre-transition and closeted. I have a sculpt in mind for him, and I know he ties in with Lishe!Mom as either a sibling or a first cousin. I was leaning towards Lucas being the "other" daughter in their family of mostly boys, possibly even making them Middlest like I was, with two older brothers, and a younger brother, and Lishe!Mom as the baby of the family.

I would only likely have Lucas and Lishe!Mom out of all the kids, and MAYBE some of the brothers if I can get the type 1 Chiwoo and type 1 El that I would still like to have. This really hinges on my being able to track down unmodified type one versions of El, Lishe, Soony, and Chiwoo.

So, Lucas is sibling to Simon Oliver and Owen Sebastian's red-headed Mommy. Which means, that Lishe!Mom is Aunt to Christopher Owen (and aware of this). Lucas confides in her after he has the baby and then runs away to transition. He didn't really NEED to run away, as his family is incredibly supportive, but he didn't know that when he did it, and while things are a bit awkward, the only one he told about the baby was his sister (making her SWEAR not to tell the family), who helped him to take care of the baby until he left it on Robbie's doorstep.

Lucas and his sister are very close, and I'm trying to decide if I want them to be identical twins (I'm leaning towards Delf Nihal for Lucas) or stick with him as the Middlest child, which speaks to my own experience. I REALLY LIKE TWINS.

Anyway I had to tell you that so I could tell you this! Lishe!Mom knits, and she makes lots of gorgeous things for her brothers, and for Robbie, because she adores her Nephew and is excited that Robbie lets her be in his life. Robbie knew her (and most of Lucas's family) pretty well because they were dating pretty seriously. He has chosen not to reach out to the family because in the note Lucas left, he told Robbie that he'd kept the baby a secret and NOT to contact the family and make things even harder.

So, many of Robbie's beautiful hand-knits are from Lishe!Mom (and I REALLY need to figure out the names of her and her family).

Also I learned/figured out a bit more about Soony!Mom. I kind of knew that she was raised by her Grandma (and Grandfather), and grew up calling them Mom and Dad. She was the result of a teenage pregnancy if I recall correctly, but I don't know or remember if I've written that out anywhere or it's just head-canon. I also determined that Grandma/Mom is Korean, and Grandfather/Dad is white, so Soony is at least bi-racial. They married and had their one and only daughter fairly young, so Grandma/Mom is a young Grandma.

So I stewed on that a bit and determined that Soony's teenage mother was 14 when she got pregnant, didn't say anything to anyone, and concerned mother took her to the doctor when she was about 4 months along because she'd been having troubling symptoms, and was beginning to show. No one thought she was pregnant, because while she was hyperactive and social, she hadn't really shown any interest in dating and she was only 14 so her mother thought it might be something like cancer, since there was growth and pain and fatigue, and alarming symptoms.

At the doctor's office the did blood tests, and general checkup and announced that she was about four months pregnant and her mother freaked out. She demanded to know who the boy was, and how this happened, and what in the world was going on. The daughter mouthed off, said some hateful things (threatened abortion, that was her first reaction, despite it being past the legal threshold) and told her mother that should could try and figure out who the dad was when the baby popped out.

She (teenaged mom) never came around, and after the baby came she signed her over and her parents legally adopted her, named her, and raised her. Teenage!Mom (who will someday get a name, but she's mostly a distant background character) did finish Highschool and promptly moved away. Soony resembles her, but looks more asian, like her Grandma/Mom, so they suspect the father was asian, but they aren't sure exactly which background since their daughter has refused to ever name the father (he isn't even on the birth certificate).

Soony is aware of all this and has no strong feelings about her mother. She doesn't remember her being around, but there are family photos of her in the home, and she is talked about mostly by Grandpa/Dad who misses her dearly. Grandma/Mom never really had a chance to work things out with her, and they haven't spoken at all since she moved out with no warning after Highschool.

Soony is incredibly well adjusted considering, and had the sex talk very young, so that she could be well informed and hopefully prevent history from repeating. In fact it was after several years of her not dating (or appearing not to be dating) that Grandma/Mom told her that it was actually okay to date, and she wouldn't chase off boys, she just wanted Soony to be happy, healthy, and safe. And that is when she politely corrected that no she was in fact dating, and yes her parents had actually met the person she was dating, and it was Lishe, whom they had assumed was just her best friend.

Once her parents got over their surprise they were very happy for her, and when the girls got married (and after the BUT WE WANT GRANDBABIES talk) they did the invitro fertilization so they could have the boys.

In discussing with Osaka/Allister, we determined that on one of Lishe's visits to see her Secret Nephew, she found out just how close Robbie lived to Christian (his best friend) and with some bold encouragement from Robbie met up with Christian and Sebastian so that Lorelei could meet her brothers.

So that explains the knitting (Robbie never picked it up, his artistic focus is on graphic design and illustrating) AND quite how the first interaction between Christian and his sons went, and ties together a bunch of different elements with a nice neat bow. I just need to focus on Lucas and figure him out some more.

Theoretical doll plans for 2015, get a Delf Nihal (Alacarte/Mychoice/whatever) for Lucas, get Crobidoll Tori for Owen Sebastian, bodies for Crunchy, Kakashi, and Ro, and if I happen to see them, try to get any of the El, Lishe, Soony, Chiwoo dream crew. Which brings me back to, I need to find work, and also sort out whether I'm going to do Spring Semester, or aim for Summer Semester at TCC.

I made like three things in a week. :D

I made some things! Some of these things went smoothly and happily, and one of these things made me angrier than I can even express in words.

Luckily, they all turned out beautifully (frustration aside), and the recipients seem quite pleased.

Rowan got some lovely fingerless mitts.

October got a cute little hat with the some of the leftover yarn from Rowan's mitts.

Robbie got a perfectly scaled down cowl, which was a stitch for stitch scaling using fingering weight yarn and size 1 US needles (worked exactly to Human scaled pattern).

This was my first successful scaling down. Now I feel a little more ready to MAYBE tackle some of the beautiful baby and toddler sweater patterns in the knitting books I've gotten over the years for my Yo-SD sized dolls.

Osaka/Allister helped me to figure out both the weight of yarn I needed to use, and the correct needle to get the right gauge, so I will probably ask for her help in doing that to size down the baby sweaters.

I want to make a very particular sweater from one of the books but I don't have the book in front of me so I can't easily recall the name of it.

My next project I think will be a Ravenclaw scarf for Robbie though, because he would be Ravenclaw. Which is funny to me, because Ro (also a self-doll) is definitely Hufflepuff, I sort as a Gryffindor, and 11 year old me would have most definitely been a Slytherin. @_@

I think when I get Ro back onto a body he will get a Hufflepuff scarf and a hat with a Badger on it in house colors. I also think I want a Draco doll (I had someone in mind but that company is temporarily discontinuing production), and he will need Slytherin colors. Zephi may get Gryffindor colors. Someone will at any rate.

It should be noted the Hogwarts theme is partially what's gotten me back into knitting. All of the above projects have been made for the Hogwarts at Ravelry group, and while my hands and ache a bit from the cowl, over all I feel much more productive.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Crafting for Sanity.

Now that Ed is safely settling in, my mind is clearing a bit. I've been really stressed since my seasonal job ended, and having that layaway almost finished looming over my head was more than I could bear. I'm glad I was able to finish it out and get him safely home, and now I'm stressing over finding new work.

I was wanting to do spring semester at TCC, and I might yet, but I also want/need to see if I can get on Medicare through Virginia. Theoretically I should qualify because I am bi-polar, and also the no-income, but I've been having a hard time navigating the various websites to put in the right information.

I need to get to the DMV and have my license corrected since I did get that letter, and I meant to do it as soon as I got my last Target check, but the weather has been hateful, and I was too stressed out to stop at the DMV after I mailed things out last Monday.

I'm glad that things are mailed out, paid off, etc, but now I'm worrying about other financial things (my phone bill is overdue, I need to find money to pay for the storage unit for February, medicine, etc), and finding work, and trying to figure out school.

Somehow with all of this stress I managed to miss several doses of my thyroid medicine (not days in a row) and it's made me very unstable, both emotionally/psychologically, and physically.

I took a little walk today with Osaka to try and get feeling a little better, and now I am migrainey. The walk was pleasant, as was our brief chat during the walk, but physically I feel incredibly weak, and psychologically I feel incredibly fragile.

I'm frustrated, because I know I have a bunch of things I NEED to do in short order to stay on the schedule I've set for myself (be in England in about 2 years) and I keep fumbling for which task should be first, so of course I'm trying to do bits and pieces of each all at once, and none of it is happening. X_X

I've been hiding in my DS for awhile and now I need to put my feet firmly down in reality and be productive. I'd like to start by making some proper clothes for Ed, or knitting something or ANYTHING that will engage my hands and my mind. I've got fabric and sewing stuff OUT, for Ed, for Avery, and others, and I've got my knitting stuff easily accessible, and I've been meaning to go and introduce myself in the Hogwarts Ravelry group and knit some things, meet some goals, get crafting, and I'm just so damned overwhelmed.

I firmly blame my thyroid (combined with being bi-polar) for making me even less stable under stress, and my stress for making me miss doses of my thyroid medicine. A wicked cycle.

HELP. I think I will start by making Ed a shirt. ANY shirt. I might also knit him a scarf, and try out that handwarmer pattern Osaka's got.  The Bluefairy hands are beautiful, small, and delicate, so I may need to further size it down, and I need to check if his thumbs are pressed against his forefingers. The mitts won't work if his thumbs don't have that gap. @_@

Please send thoughts of sanity, calm, and clarity of thought my way.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Welcome home Edward Elric! (and Happy Birthday)

Alright then! Official arrival of Edward Elric!

He needs a faceup, and the correct eyes (probably 14mm, as 16mm looks HUGE), and more clothes.

He's still beautiful though. His non automail leg is a bit kicky, and I had to change the s-hook in his head (too large) and then put that on a kid delf neck donut, but it works. :)

I will be making him a red hoodie this afternoon, and also possibly painting up my Kaiju, while Osaka/Allister works on his face if she can get her migraine under control.

I'm not sure what to make for trousers for him. I'm leaning towards jeans but I'm not sold. I do have some nice black stompy boots for him though, so once I settle on something for pants he will be good, pending faceup. His wardrobe can be rounded out later if I feel the need.

I'm also pondering a blond fur wig with a braid sewn in to better capture the manga/anime hair look, but I do like this wig quite a bit.

Happy Birthday Ed! I know that his birthday is sometime in winter, but I don't recall if the anime or manga give a specific date, so until I find otherwise, I'm gonna go with today, January 17th.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Preparing for Ed.

Well two of the packages I mailed out on Monday have safely landed in the respective places in Texas. Now I'm just waiting to hear back from the person who bought my Littlefee Rachel faceplate.

Mom, when you get the items I sent to you from Faythe, please let me know if the item I included for Steadfast suits. If it doesn't, please send it back as it will fit one of mine, and I will make something else for him.

Ed is still floating about in the postal system. His tracking hasn't updated since 3:24am EST today. I'm a bit nervous about this, but trying to be level-headed and reasonable.

To compensate, I've done some stress sleeping, and tried some active posting on Ravelry and Den of Angels. I will be MUCH calmer once Ed lands with me, fingers crossed that it's in the morning and he is undamaged.

I've posted a series of emotional response images of Ed in The Waiting Room thread on Ravelry, including this one, with the following message:

"Bah! Ed apparently slept in lockdown in Florida. I’m imaging he caused a ruckus of some sort when his impromptu Florida vacation was interrupted. He was released at 3am and tracking has not updated since. e_e;; ED, GET YOUR BUTT HOME!"

In positive news, I did sew some boxers for Ed last night so that I can take photos as soon as he gets here.

If I can scare up some red material in the right weight, I might make him a red hoodie with his signature image (the flamel cross) on the back. I don't have black fabric paint so I might.. either do an iron on, or a carefully stitched detail applique. Never done that WELL so, I'm nervous about trying that method, but it could look cool.

It's kind of a bunch of detail to try to stitch down. So.. I will have to think about my best option.

I'm thinking my Ed will probably wear more modern clothing. His red hoodie in place of the signature coat, dark jeans or pants, and stompy black boots. I never really liked his black outfit that he wears under the coat anyway. @_@ I COULD make it, but why make something I dislike?

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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