Monday, May 22, 2017

Blythe Con Europe 2017....Part One!

Last Saturday, the dawn broke, bringing with it the long anticipated Blythe Con Europe, at the Palacios de Congresos in Malaga.  I have to admit to having feelings of both excitement and slight trepidation because I was hoping to meet friends that I'd previously only spoken with on line!

The Palacios de Congresos in Malaga is just about 30 minutes drive from us and we've attended quite a few events there in the past, but never a doll event, so I really had been looking forward to it.  When we arrived the queue snaked quite a way from the building although it was a tickets only event.  There was lots of excitement in the queue, with people holding their Blythes and chatting away to old friends and making new ones.  Finally the line entered the building and we were greeted at the entrance desk by the event organisers who gave us our goody bags, wrist bands and one free raffle ticket.

The goody bags were great!!!  The illustration on the bags were designed by Olga, Vainilladolly, who was the main organiser of the event, and is a friend of mine. She is a brilliant artist, her work is beautiful and this design was no exception.  Below you can see a part of the design and further down you'll see the bag with all the things that I brought home in it!!!

The goody bags were really exciting in themselves, they contained soooo much stuff!  There were things that related to Spain, such as a fan , there were sunflower seeds which are eaten by the sack load here in Malaga, and then there were lots of sweets, a very cute badge, note pad and folder all designed by Olga, Vainilldolly, a very cute pen that looks like a medication capsule!, soap, a plastic egg full of little rubber dinosaur toys for dolls to play with, fruity lip balm in a little 'Russian doll' type container, a small jointed teddy bear made of denim, a tiny paper doll sheet with clothes to cut out!  Another sheet to cut out and make a doll in a box for your Blythe, dolly sized hair decoration and bead bracelet!  Soooo many things, I'm sure I've missed something.  And everyone had a lanyard to wear which was designed to look like the pull ring that changes the colour of the Blythe dolls eyes!

Anyway, there were 96 stands full of delightful things to buy, and oh my goodness I spend waaaaay more than I intended but my excuse is I'm helping the Spanish economy! LOL.

Here are my gifts and purchases.  The big bar of Milka chocolate was a gift from my dear friend Barb who lives in Madrid and came down to Malaga for the event.  She's such a lovely lady, it was great to finally meet her!  The blue and white striped socks were a gift from TTYA of South Korea, as were two very nice and unusual metal book markers which you can just see lying behind the egg at the front right of the photo:

Here are some close ups of some of the items I bought...

This lovely pale blue and white dress by Pomme Pomme from Kentucky, USA:

Great striped overalls with leather front pocket by TTYA of South Korea:

Lovely mohair fur rabbit helmet by Dafnery Dolls of Granada, Spain:

Cute tiny leather boots with working buckles also from TTYA of South Korea:

This pretty printed teeshirt dress from Shabby Village Bunny of Germany:

This pretty little tutu from Mi Mundo Blythe, also here in Spain:

This tiny wooden and leather catapult Tekubi Customize,  also from Spain:

My biggest purchase was the lovely little tanned Enyo who is made by the Spanish artist Laura of Irrealdolls.  Enyo is approx 17cm tall and is a fully jointed resin BJD.  He has a beautiful face up and as the artist pointed out to me, a quirky eyebrow!!!!  Below he's wearing his default outfit but I will take more photos of him in something less cosy soon!

Here he is stirring my hot chocolate at McDonalds....such a helpful little fellow!

Because this post took me longer than I expected, and it is now bedtime for me, I'm going to leave it here for tonight and tomorrow I will post photos of the actual event.  So please drop by tomorrow for masses of photos.....yes, I took photos of EVERYTHING!!!!

Thanks for visiting, hugs Sharon x

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Another Dolly Week!

I cannot believe how quickly the time is passing and I've been neglecting my poor blog again!  I have taken quite a few photos recently but just forgot to share them on here, although some have gone on Flickr.  Apologies to those of you who've already seen them on there, I hope you enjoy seeing them again!

Firstly I made this outfit for the Little Darlings, I made it with a view to selling and showed it to my friend before putting it on Ebay.  Of course then it never got that far because she immediately wanted it!  I'm pleased with how it came out, I love this girl in blue and white, being my favourite colours too!  The socks are pale pink and white stripes because as you know, my dolls are never 'predictable'!

And because I couldn't resist, here are a couple of closeups of my sweet little Rory, who is painted by Lana Dobbs.  It was raining as I took these photos, that fine rain that quickly drenches you, but I thought she looked so real with the raindrops in her hair!

Like most doll collectors, I'm always on the hunt for props for my photos and was pleased to find this umbrella in a shop in Malaga, which is just the perfect size for Mouse, my Dollstown Seola who is approx 45cm tall.  And of course it's perfect for her to protect her pale skin from the sunshine!  I made her some slouch boots using soft leather in two different shades, cream and dark brown....she's very pleased with them and wanted to show them off with her umbrella.  The umbrella, by the way, has a fully working metal mechanism and is actually supposed to be used as a shade for smart phones! 

A 'just because' close up ...

Next we have some photos of Sam, my Elfdoll Hana Angel, who is a tiny 20cm tall.  She came with me to Fuengirola last week and was totally prepared to help me with my lovely breakfast at the Danish restaurant at Los Boliches.  She brought her own tiny silver knife and fork!!

Later she enjoyed a drop of Dandelion and Burdock that Brian, my hubby, bought for himself at the Iceland supermarket.  I had never drunk this before and having tried it, I don't think I will again!!  Tasted a bit like cough mixture to me!!

Whilst in Fuengirola we spotted a little bit of England!!  We aren't sure what it was all about but these structures, which appeared to be all made from metal, were just being put in place on the side of the road.   In the background you can also just see a very attractive model of what we think is supposed to be Saint Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow.  We laughed at the 'telephono' sign!  The box was locked and empty! 

A rather strange looking Lady Liberty....but someone worked hard to make her, she even stands on a plinth like the real one! 

And finally in Fuengirola, the lovely statue on the roundabout, which is not a temporary structure, it's always there.  Spanish roundabouts are generally really attractive, whether because they're covered in lovely well tended flowerbeds, olive trees, fountains or, as in this case, nice statues.   One day I might travel around taking photos of roundabouts to share with you....there are some very pretty ones around here :)

Finally for today, I thought I'd share a photo of the local lake, Lake Viñuela, which despite being very low due to the fact that we've had so little rain over the last few years, is looking very pretty.  This is the actual colour of the lake, I've not enhanced it in any way! 

Well I hope you've enjoyed seeing the photos, and would like to take this opportunity of wishing all my lovely Sasha friends who're attending the Sasha Celebration Weekend in Nottingham, the very best time!  I'll miss you but maybe next year!!! :)

Hugs Sharon x

Saturday, April 29, 2017

My Dolly Week....

This week we went to a local castle/fortress which is just about 15 km from us and yet we'd never visited there before.  We did actually try to go there last week but loads of roads were closed due to a cycling event.  So we tried again and this time our satnav took us somewhere entirely different.....and then finally we just took a chance on directions and found the place!!  But I must say it was a bit stressful as the roads we were sent down by the satnav were really scary, very narrow, very steep and some with sheer drops with no barriers.  One paved road was so steep that as I turned into it, still in 1st gear, our tyres just started to spin on the road surface, they just couldn't get a grip on such a steep road!!!  Never again!

Anyway, as I say, we finally found La Fortaleza de Velez Malaga and it had beautiful views and you could see the Mediterranean Sea in the distance, as well as several churches and the town of Velez Malaga from above.  You can read a little bit of history here:  (If you click on the photo it will enlarge)

I took two dolls with me; Claudia by Bonnie & Pearl and my Gotz Happy Kidz Emily from 2015.  I walked up to the top of the tower to take some more photos, there were about 100 narrow winding steps to the top and fortunately no-one else was there because there's no way I could have got past someone coming in the opposite direction whilst I was holding a big bag, a camera, a handbag and two 19 inch dolls!!!!  It was definitely worth climbing those stairs, the views were wonderful.

Claudia, from Bonnie & Pearl,  enjoyed her morning out.....

The gardens outside the castle are very pretty and nicely laid out, the shade from the palms and the olive trees was very welcome as it was quite hot up there....

Claudia and Emily...

Resting at the top of the castle....

Although it's a little hazy, in the distance you can just see the Mediterranean Sea....

Evidence of the Moorish, not Brian, the archway behind him! ;) 

The red and yellow Spanish flag and the green and white Andalucian flag, flying in the breeze.....

Views north towards the mountains....

Church of San Juan Bautista....

I hope you've enjoyed seeing our local castle and the girls who visited with us.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Hugs Sharon x

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gotz new hair!!!

I would like to show you the results of some 'dolly recycling'!  In August 2013 I adopted my first Gotz Slate Eyes Sasha, a sweet little blond who came with a 'come over' because the seller said her hair had been cut at the front by a budding young hairdresser!  Unfortunately though, her hair was worse than that, it was actually all snapping off at the roots so in the end, when her hair was completely gone on top, I decided she should lose the rest of her thin, dry, brittle hair, and be wigged.  However I could never quite find a wig that suited her.  Here is how she looked when she came here, before her hair came off.

Time moved on and another Gotz girl came to live here, this time it was a more modern Gotz Happy Kidz Emily from 2015.  In contrast with the girl above, she had beautiful blond locks and plenty of them.  But for some strange reason I decided I'd like Emily to have a fringe so I cut her hair into one......but it was an awful cut and I was disappointed in my hairdressing skills,

so much so that in the end I cut off all her hair and wigged her.

I decided to keep her hair though, I thought it might come in handy, I'm sure you crafters out there will know what I mean by that!!!  And lo and behold at the weekend I got the idea that this hair might well come in handy to reroot Lyric!!!!

The hair, having been cut from the head of another doll, was a lot shorter than I'd usually use for a reroot but I was determined to make it work.  I started working on her on Easter Sunday and finished her reroot last night.  I worked with the existing holes and then added extra ones around the crown and the hairline at the front. 

I'm really happy with her, she looks just how I'd hoped!  I love how the hair, being shorter, hangs in great layers, like as if it's been professionally cut that way! 

I haven't used any hot water on it, I actually like the way it's lying now, all I've done is just trim a few stray hairs at the back.  My friend said she looks like a little 'surfer girl' and I know just what she means!  

I love how the sides 'flick' back.....

And how the back hangs down in nice layers.....

And how, when the wind blows it about, like it has done today..... falls nicely back into shape again without the use of a comb..... 

Well I hope you've enjoyed seeing my doll hair recycling job!

Thank you for visiting, I hope you all have a great weekend ahead and that the weather is good for you :)

Big hugs, Sharon x