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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Briana by alington
Briana, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Hope all of you are enjoying your holidays, and that you have a warm and safe time.

Warm and sultry wishes from Briana.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sky - revamped!

Sky - revamped! by alington
Sky - revamped!, a photo by alington on Flickr.
The lovely Sky--my first Asian ball-jointed doll--has returned from her spa day at Leah Lilly at Froggy Duds. She looks fantastic.

My request: I wanted Sky to look Marie Antoinette. Oh yes--and one can never have too long of eye lashes.

I think she's perfect! You can see more of Leah's work on her Flickr account.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

New basic dolls available from Rapa

Rapa's factory has released its first two basic dolls, Luma and Lail. Each stands 16cm tall, with magnetic feet and hands. The basic price is $200, which includes:

  • doll and basic head
  • shoe parts (your choice of 5 colors)
  • certification
  • box
  • random eyes

You can add a top and pants for $30. Body blushing is $10, blushing hands and feet $5. Default face-up is $30.

The dolls can share clothing with Lati Yellow and Rosenlied Monday's Child.

The order period is limited--from December 18 through January 1, only--so if you're interested, don't delay!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dollzone Christmas event

Check out the fantastic Christmas event, valid through December 31, on Dollzone dolls. You can get a free doll with every 1/3 size BJD you order!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Win the book, for free!

We're raffling off two copies of the book, Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners, at the Fashion Doll Review.

To enter, leave a comment here. I will do the drawing when the number of Google followers on FDR has reached 300.

To enter a second drawing, leave another comment on this post. This drawing will be run as soon as our Facebook followers have reached 400.

Visit the post to see more chances to win, and the details of each drawing.

Conventions for 2012

Are you thinking of attending a convention next year? I'll be updating this list of BJD conventions as time goes along.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lady Alice is here!

Lady Alice by Peak's Woods
Peak's Woods Lady Alice has arrived! She was a Christmas gift from my husband, and still needs her photos taken.

She includes the most fabulous outfit--the dress and pantaloons feel like silk, and the pieces have tiny gold beads attached. The striped stockings have a black tulle overlay, just to the feet. It's a really cute detail.

Mine is the basic version. She stands about 10" tall, and she's just adorable! (Real, non-iPhone photos coming soon!)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Peak's Woods HOORAY - introducing Shaia

Peak's Woods new Suntan FOC, Shaia.
I'm thrilled to tell you that I saw the website change this morning at 7AM PST to see Peak's Woods' brand new sculpt, Shaia. She is the new Fairy of Color - Silver, and stands 58cm tall. She will only be available to order through December 27.

This version is a limited edition suntan with limited edition make-up. (The gold glitter around her eyes is an option.) $622 is her retail with an additional $80 for a face-up. This will get you:

  • Fully assembled suntan Shaia
  • An extra pair of hand parts
  • Pair of random color 16-18mm eyes
  • A random color wig
  • A set of cushions and
  • Her Certificate of Authenticity.
Additionally, you may choose between the large or regular bust option, and whether you'd like to add gold glitter.

Shaia reminds me of a combination of Goldie, Briana and Lavin, and I think she's amazing.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My book on sale...

If you check out the following sources, I have my book on sale at the following places, for a limited time:

Amazon has BJDs for Beginners listed for $20.23, with free shipping for Prime members.

I've got several copies listed on eBay, in stock, which I can sign for you. I'm listing them for $22 each, and that includes US shipping. I will be donating 25% of the final sale price to Toys for Tots.

If you'd like to take advantage of my sale here my website, I've updated the one-button checkout to receive the same $13 discount as eBay.

Feel free to ask if you've got any questions. Thanks so much!

BJD Collectasy - for news and announcements about all BJDs

If you're looking for an easy way to keep up to date with news from the BJD world, and you don't have time to sort through all those news posts on Den of Angels, let me highly recommend BJD Collectasy to you.

This online magazine offers lots of information daily about new dolls, new releases, limited editions and more. Check out the site today!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Save the date - reserve your spot today!

Save the date - January 7, 2012 - for the next super-fun California Dolly Dream Party with Ms. Cholong, DollHeart and RubyRed Galleria. 

These events are a blast--lots of door prizes and something for everyone. Get a chance to try on outfits, wigs, shoes and more!

Details, details, details

In one section of my book, I discuss the idea of quality as far as ball-jointed dolls are concerned. Upon browsing the News forum today on Den of Angels, I came across an unknown-to-me BJD manufacturer, Rapa's Factory, and promotional photos of their new doll, Forest Fairy Bin.

I haven't ordered from this company before, but I am sorely tempted. This BJD is merely 16cm tall. That's a little over 6.25 inches. First, the doll has an adorable little face with huge eyes. What I observed most, however, is the dolls amazing feet. Look at the bottom of the feet--they are just amazingly sculpted.

This tiny doll is only available for preorder between December 6 through December 16, 11:59 PM South Korean time. The full-set price is $250, basic doll is $200, with shipping additional. Only white skin is available. The basic set includes both the basic and sleeping face, body, and random 12mm eyes. The full-set includes the body, the basic and sleeping faces, both with face-ups, wing parts and extra foot parts, and random eyes.

The body is double-jointed and has tons of articulation, which can be seen on their website in the doll parts section. The hands, feet and face-plates are attached with magnets.

Photos are property of Rapa's Factory.

Pacific NorthWest BJD Expo in 2012

This just in from Den of Angels' news forum:

Come with us
~ Through The Looking Glass ~
Pacific NorthWest BJD Expo for 2012 
When: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Time: Noon to 6 PM; Early entry 11 AM
Where: 18891 Front Street NE, Poulsbo, Washington U.S.A.
Admission: $10 at the door
A one-day annual event featuring, but not limited to, Pacific Northwest artists and all things BJD oriented.
Free Parking ~ Handicap Access ~ Door Prizes
Event will include:
Shopping for ball-jointed dolls, clothes, wigs, shoes, furniture and accessories
Photo Dioramas including detailed sets in which to photograph your BJD
Meet-up areas to socialize!
Themed café on the premises for bottled drinks and finger foods
Costume contest appropriate to theme for BJDs and guardians
Prize for Best Artist Alley Display
Silent Auction for themed items
Event photo corner; bring your camera; make a memory.
Come meet our Pacific Northwest artists including the person behind the artwork for this PNW BJD Expo, Jade Gordon. 
You will find Jade and others in the "Artist Alley" with items to help you remember 
your trip "through the looking glass" in 2012.

For more information and to register, check out the registration site. (I wonder if I can justify a road trip? It's Alice-themed, after all!) Some additional information about travel is here.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Wow, wow, wow! Vamp Briana from Peak's Woods!

Limited edition Vamp Briana, photo property of Peak's Woods

I didn't think it was possible, but I believe Peak's Woods has created an even more stunning version of Briana, Vamp Briana. She is only for sale from now through December 20, so don't delay.

Your $602 price will include:
  • Choice of normal or white skin resin assembled Fairy of Color (58 cm) doll
  • Normal or large bust
  • Limited make-up
  • Extra pair of hand parts
  • One pair of 16 mm acrylic eyes (random color)
  • One wig (random color)
  • One pair of cotton cushions
  • Certificate of authenticity

Oh dear! I don't know what to do. Today only, you can compare this girl to Vamp Goldie and Tanned Goldie, the first two limited edition offerings. I adore this girl!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wonderful interaction with eBay seller jeeryama

Recently indulging in my obsession for Alice, I came across another doll which I missed in January 2011. She is a Doll Leaves doll, limited to only 10, and an adorable 16cm tall.

She uses Doll Leaves JiaJia open mouth sculpt--perfect for Alice--and is a full-set. The doll JiaJia is no longer on the company website--but I was able to find her on jeeryama's eBay page. I hoped I could at least find the doll and recreate Alice in some way.

Before purchasing the doll, I emailed the seller, asking if perhaps her dress might still be available. Believe it or not, it was. So I am indeed able to purchase something close to the full-set of the doll! I'm so thrilled.

This seller has 100% positive feedback (3094), too. I'll keep you posted as to the length of delivery as well.

12/14/2012 UPDATE: She's arrived already, just as described and even earlier than promised. She's really adorable in person, too. I'll have real life photos coming soon, but in the meantime, I can't believe she only too two weeks. Amazing! Add Jeeryama to your eBay favorites!

Here is a link to jeeryama's store, Doll'sSinging. They have the following companies available: Angelfantasy, DBDoll, Dikadoll, Doll Chateau, Dall Family A- and H-line, Doll Leaves, Dollzone, FaCo-doll, Heisejinyao, Horus Doll, Illusion Spirit, Inifinite Love, King's Shop, Kui, LoongSoul, Los-Angel, Manual Doll, Mini Fairy Tale, OR-Doll, POPODOLL, Pullip, Red Doll, Ringdoll, and Siniland.

Photo property of Doll Leaves.