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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

KBJD Show - location change - Westin LAX Hotel

There's been an update to the location of 2014 KBJD Convention. For more information, please visit their website,

2014 KBJD SHOW has changed the convention Hotel location to Westin Los Angeles Airport due to many collectors who live in out of state of California interested in our KBJD Show. The original Line Hotel is a good hotel but Line Hotel is a boutique hotel which couldn't accommodate our convention size anymore. So we would like to ask apologies for everyone and we would like to introduce the new hotel location with many benefits.

Before: Line Hotel - 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (4 Stars) Discount Rate $159.90

NEW HOTEL: Westin LAX Hotel - 5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (4 Stars) Convention Discount Rate $110


- Larger rooms (share rooms to save money)
- Lower rate $110 instead of $159 (save almost $50 per night)
  • Kings: $110
  • Doubles: $110
  • Triples: $125
  • Quad: $140
- Free Wifi internet for convention attendees.
- Free shuttle bus between (LAX) Airport to Hotel (about $100 roundtrip for taxi cost from LAX)
- Hotel will provide 60% parking discount for people check-in to hotel using our discount rate for collectors driving from Northern California and San Diego
- For our local collectors using public transportation, there is FLYAWAY bus from Orange County and Union Station to LAX to transfer to WESTIN hotel shuttle bus at the airport. Or you may take METRO to Airport Station as well.
- Huge Lobby area & same or bigger size of rent places for the convention compare to Line Hotel (4 times larger)

We hope our change was not making any inconvenience to our dolly family and we hope you like this hotel.

If in case if you have already booked Line Hotel, please let us know, we will help you with the refund.

New Hotel’s code will be provide via email ( today to individual preregisters.

By the way--I've registered, and I'll be there! (I can't wait!)

Friday, January 24, 2014

New LE Tristan - Fairy of Color Black - from Peak's Woods

FOC LE Elf Tristan
She's new, she's limited, and she goes on sale on January 31 through February 28, 2014 at Peak's Woods. There are two different sculpts available.

Above - Elf Tristan is a new Fairy of Color, available in four colors - suntan (!!), grey, white or normal. She includes a wig, glass 16mm eyes, and sculpted elf ears (which are painted but not pierced). Basic Lolita hands are included, unless you order the special hand parts with long nails.

Below - Vampire Tristan is also available in those four colors, and has pointy ears and sculpted vampire fangs. She also has the option of special hands.

Full prices aren't listed yet--but it looks like the LE face-up will add $90, the limited hand parts will add $25-30, depending on the color, nail art will add $40, and heel feet will add $25-30, depending on color.

Interestingly, Tristan won't be added as a basic doll. And I see a new name under face-up artist--Bhar. The style looks a little different, and I adore the nails!

FOC LE Vampire Tristan

Friday, January 17, 2014

You might have a problem...

Lady Bee and Rex by alington
Lady Bee and Rex, a photo by alington on Flickr.
... if your BJDs not only have custom laser-cut chairs, but also start adopting cats.


We have now decided whose person Rex's is, at least. I think he has chosen Lady Bee. You can see their entire introduction on Flickr.

My son pointed out to me that he technically still needs a litter box. We shall see. (Did I mention my oldest son is 14, and full of... incredible ideas?)

UK's RoseDolls Charity Raffle - and store closing!

Directly from RoseDoll's website--please pay them a visit for a great cause!

Charity Raffle!
RoseDolls are holding a charity raffle with awesome prizes to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Further to our 50% discount just recently announced, we will be donating the remaining 50% of sales of our in stock items directly to the charity fund.

With our greatest regret, we wish to inform everyone that we will be closing. After the raffle is complete and money donated to charity, we will be officially closed. We invite you to read on about our last endeavour!

Why this charity/ What is it all about?
In 2010, in the United Kingdom alone, 325,000 people were diagnosed with cancer. That is 890 people a day. In addition, it is estimated that 1 in 3 people will develop cancer in their lifetime. (Source: Cancer Research UK).  Cancer has, and will continue to affect the lives of millions- not just those diagnosed, but also their family and friends who care for them. It is something close to the heart of RoseDolls and was chosen not only because of this, but due to its existence and prominence all over the world. This is significant, as we know this message will reach a BJD community worldwide.

This charity uses it’s donations in order to fund cancer research, thus the development of treatments for many types of cancer. This has benefited the lives of countless people affected and with further funding will undoubtedly help save more lives. To find out more, please take a look at the official charity website:
Every single penny raised will go straight to Cancer Research.

What are the prizes?
We have some fantastic prizes donated to us be wonderful companies! We thank them for their display of generosity:

1st Prize:Little Monica donated a beautiful Little Harmony Irin. She is a ¼ size doll, in white skin tone. She comes with a pair of acrylic eyes only and without face up. 
Company Picture:

Details can be found here:
2nd Prize: 
  RoseDolls are donating a Dikadoll Shall Head, with face up (as in pictures). (Additional items TBC) He is a 70cm doll head in a creamy white skin tone.
Company picture:
3rd Prize: 
Ersa Flora and Alice’s Collections have donated to us 21 pairs of lovely BJD eyes. Some are acrylic and some glass, ranging from natural browns, to vibrant blues, rainbows, anime eyes, pupil-less, glittery and more. They also range from 14mm to 20mm, though, the majority are 14mm and 16mm. Perfect for trying out a new look for your dolls!
(More pictures soon)
So… tell me more about these raffle tickets….
As of the 27th of December, raffle tickets will be sold until the 30th of January 2014. Drawing will take place on the 31st of January 2014 and the winners announced on the 2nd of February 2014. (Deadline may be extended to allow more time for fund raising. We will immediately notify everyone if this is happens and adjustments to dates will be made as appropriate. )

One raffle ticket is a £1 GBP.  Tickets are electronic and will be submitted for drawing once we have confirmed that everything is ok. Raffle tickets can be purchased on our site here:
There is no limit on the number of raffle tickets you can purchase, so of course the more you purchase the greater chance you will win a prize! There will be free shipping for this prize to the winner worldwide (Though we kindly ask the winner to provide funding if they wish to have extra insurance to cover the full value of their prize where applicable.)

IMPORTANT : Please order the raffle tickets alone; If you wish to make other purchases please make it a separate order! This will help us greatly with preparation for drawing winners. Thank you.
We hope you can spare a small amount to support this cause, a cause which is heartfelt and dear to so many. Please help spread the word to other BJD fans you know~
Thank you for your time and thank you again to the amazing companies who donated the prizes!

To take a look at the sites of the wonderful donators, please see below: 

Ersa Flora Eyes-
Alice's Collections-

Meet Rex!

Rex! by alington
Rex!, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Meet Rex, my latest BJD Pet by Eve the Cat. He is so cute! Strung, cast and resin, he is just too cute.

My cats are less impressed, though. Check out his first photoshoot on Flickr.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Remember Megu?

Megu by alington
Megu, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Here she is in the afternoon sunlight (almost none in my living room)--after her new face-up by Leah Lilly from FroggyDuds, and my thought is... she is simply perfect.

She's wearing Mint on Card glass eyes in dark purple (probably 20mm, though these might be 18mm), her original lingerie, and a hoodie set by Nine9Style, which is currently sold out (but you can still get it from some dealers, like Peak's Woods).

Personally, I believe the sign of an excellent face-up artist is that you can feel comfortable sending them a head that needs a new look with little to no instructions, and ask the artist to do whatever strikes his or her fancy. Leah Lilly did just that for Megu.

You can see Megu's original look below--which is actually her original hand-painted look from Volks. What a difference! (She is a standard Volks model SD10 from 2004--quite old in BJD terms.)

Megu, before her makeover

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

F03 (also old F-05) SD10

F03 by alington
F03, a photo by alington on Flickr.
My girl is back and has a gorgeous new face-up by Leah Lilly. She's a sleeping version of Volks' Four Sisters sculpt (Megu, Nana, Kira, Sara--they all share the same face) on a very old SD10 body, which I found on the marketplace.

The body needs a little work still, but I'm thrilled with the face-up.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Iplehouse Audrey

Iplehouse Audrey by alington
Iplehouse Audrey, a photo by alington on Flickr.
She's here--and I forgot to post about her arrival.

You can see my box opening photos and some redressing photos on Flickr.

Audrey is an nYID Iplehouse girl in white skin with make-up style C. She has the medium bust. I think she's lovely.

Friday, January 10, 2014

BJD Design by MegannArt

Among many other SD-sized BJD outfits by MegannArt designs, this outfit seems to be gaining popularity.  Check out the cute sage colored tank top with lace trim at the shoulder, floral print skirt, and matching necklace with a pink flower bead.  The outfit will likely fit a variety of SD, SD13, and SD16 sized dolls.  Get it while you can from the Etsy shop, because it will sell out fast!

Want some special designs for your dolls?  MegannArt provides lots of dolly attire and a pattern book for DIY designs.  Support an artist!  Visit the website (MegannArt) for an Etsy shop, Twitter, Facebook (with occasional discounts), Pinterest page, and much more.

Picture courtesy of MegannArt.  Doll pictured:  Peak's Woods Bella the Moon on AB body.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Attention - European readers!

Hello, my dear European readers,

I've been working on my next book, working title is currently A Little More BJDs for Beginners, and I'm revising my list of current doll dealers and doll companies. It's with a heavy heart that I just saw that Mikka's Dollhouse is going out of business. I did see that she has all her current inventory listed at fantastic prices, however, and she ships to all European countries.

If you're a fan of Berdine Creedy, Doll in Mind, Bo Bergemann, DollnDoll, or Fantasy Doll, go check out her store. And be sure to check out the good prices on wigs, too--some are listed at 50% off, and I think you guys may be able to save some taxes and the like.

While I'm on the subject... what else would you be interested in as I'm updating a list of doll companies? I'm adding the price range, doll quality and notes (according to feedback I've personally had and also what I'm reading from owners), company communication and shipping times, and how and where you can order. Is there anything else you'd be interested in knowing in a great, grand list of dolls?

I'm actually thinking of contacting each company as well--to see if they'd like to let me know something special about their dolls.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 Korean Ball Jointed Doll Show news and update

Happy new year, dear readers! I have some exciting news and an update, directly from Ms. Cholong, who is the general event organizer for the first ever Korean BJD Show, taking place from April 24-26, 2014 in Los Angeles. I'm planning to attend!

The following message is from her:

2014 Korean Ball Jointed Doll Show

Hello, everybody!

We are very honored to inform you of the  first 2014 Korean Ball Jointed Doll Show in Los Angeles, California.

2014 April 24th ~ 26th
The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Since 2003, Korean BJD (Ball Jointed Doll) artists and companies have become one of the doll trends among doll collectors. The KBJD show dedicates this convention to give opportunities to our doll collectors with a chance to look and feel the Korean BJD as well as and wonderful opportunities to share our dolly dream.

So far, total eleven Korean BJD companies and eight American BJD artists will make the wonderful and harmonized doll show for our doll culture:

B2B Meeting between Ball Jointed Doll companies, artist and U.S. doll retailers.

Not only the doll show, it is persuaded to extend the collectible doll culture to share with many of people in Media, TV channels and Game & Toy companies who are interested on high end collectible works.

This will be a great chance to see and purchase the high end dolls right at the show.

It will be a great chance to have a dinner and talk with your favorite doll companies. Each table has a one of a kind doll by table hosting company & artist. It will be an awesome opportunity to buy your favorite doll company’s limited doll. Each doll company & artist has only eight available seats at the event.

During the events, there will be a 10 Special Meal and Tea & Snack Events hosted by each Korean Ball Jointed Doll company. Each event will sell tickets which serve Meal or Tea & Snack with Limited Doll or Special Head or Special Tutoring Class. All events are limited to under 40 seats.

We have more than 20 donated dolls from our awesome participated doll companies & artists. We believe you will be the one lucky winner! Don’t miss the chance!

Here is the dolly happiness with many doll lovers. Here is the time to share valuable dolly world information with everybody.

We have several special offer for the early registrations.

WHO? The person who registers 2014 KBJD Show Full Registration by January 30th, 2014.
WHAT is the special offer for early dolly bird?

  • KBJD Show will offer 10 of KBJD Show Auction Tickets
  • KBJD Show Doll T-shirt
  • KBJD Show Souvenir doll (LE40) 10% discount coupon ($80 in value)
  • Special KBJD gift bag by Ms. Cholong
  • Little gifts from sponsor companies
  • KBJD Show souvenir bag

WHO? The person who registers 2014 KBJD Show Full Registration by February 30th, 2014
WHAT is the special offer for early dolly bird?

  • KBJD Show offers 2 of KBJD Show Auction Tickets
  • KBJD Show Doll T-shirt
  • Little gifts from sponsor companies
  • KBJD Show souvenir bag

WHO? The person who registers 2014 KBJD Show Full Registration by March 30th, 2014.
WHAT is the special offer for early dolly bird?

  • KBJD Show Doll T-shirt
  • KBJD Show souvenir bag

WHO? The person who register 2014 KBJD Show Full Registration from April 1st, 2014 and at door.
The person who registers 2014 KBJD Show 2 Day Pass registration.
WHAT is the special offer for early dolly bird?

  • KBJD Show souvenir bag

It will be super-duper fun dolly time in bright sunshine Los Angeles, California. If you have any questions, please contact with us freely.

Happy New Year!

General Event Organizer