I've often lamented about how moch it sucks not to have anyone around who shares my hobby, well guess what? Last Sunday I bagged two of my dollies and brought them to my first ever doll meet!
I might have mentioned that I joined this Russian doll forum? I figured I had more chances of finding doll advice I can actually use in my country if I looked on the same continent. My expectations were fully met with lots of familiar brand names, people talking about the same problems I'm having, discussing ways to source tiny doll crafting things (my favourite was cutting up diapers to get the thin velcro)... And then there was a board for offlines. My country was in the Soviet Union, so it had a topic too. I got in touch with the peeps there and scheduled a nice afternoon with doll ladies from my city.
I was very excited! Hubby left me a big chunk of the day to prepare and go to the meeting while he cleaned our apartment (do I have the best husband or what?) :D I decided to bring my only Barbie Basics (#14 Denim) and my Scaris Cleo in a random outfit. Two other ladies were able to come; one of them brought an impressive 70cm BJD. It was the first time I saw a BJD in real life. I was so psyched about everything that I didn't concentrate on taking decent pictures. I apologize beforehand.
The small one in a bee costume belongs to the other lady. It's also a BJD and came with a lot of bee accessories, even had a flower pillow to sit on.
|Impossible to see, but her eyes are open and green :)|
She brought two other dolls that I wanted to see: a Fashion Royalty...
...and a Tiny Kitty:
These are dolls I've seen for the first time, too. Kitty had snaps on the dress similar in size to the ones I use and simple strappy sandals. I was very impressed with the FR outfit. She's barely bigger than Barbie, but her boots have lacing and working zippers!
|My camera really quit on me for this photo|
So yes, I saw and touched doll zippers and I can assure you they are nothing like hidden zippers for people. They are not hidden, flatter and narrower and the slider is as discrete as humanly possible. I'm seriously thinking of placing an order with ZipperThatDoll now that I've seen what these things look like!
I had a great time at the doll meeting. I wish I could meet a customiser, too, but it was a good start. I saw dolls I've never seen before and the ladies seemed open and friendly. Who knows, maybe in due time they'll catch the crafting bug from me :)
The Tiny Kitty lady gave me some links afterwards and one of them is a shop where she bought her Tonner stuff. The prices are more affordable than what I'm used to seeing, but I'm still uncomfortable paying 100$ for one doll. On the other hand, I don't feel like buying Mattel dolls that I have to fix in so many ways before I get to enjoy them (glue hair, wonkiness, crooked clothes, pink overload). I seriously wonder how many MH I'd have to pass before I can justify buying a Tonner XD
I'm looking forward to the next meeting where I hope to see one more person who couldn't come last Sunday. I already know which dolls I want to bring. Now I can concentrate on my list of projects and hopefully finish something until next time.
- fixed Scaris Ghoulia's hair (finally!); expect three hair posts soon
- make Ghoulia a dress (design and supplies at hand)
- nail art supplies arrived, need to try them
- sealant arrived, post in the writing
- Barbie corset experiments, so far unsuccessful
- feet reshaping: one down, one to go
- reliable tights patterns
Projects popping all around like mushrooms after rain! That's without counting the previous long-term ones, like rerooting and repainting all those heads. Well, at least I don't feel so lonely now that I've connected with doll people who live right here in the city and I know I can count on some extra support when I need it!