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Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Holiday Zing

Holiday Zing

Today’s model is ITBE Zing from the Gloss convention. She is wearing Foto Fab Poppy’s dress, a Color Infusion jacket from the 2013 convention Style Lab and holds a matching cocktail (the chopped off top of a drink stirrer found at TJ Maxx). Her photo was taken yesterday by the wreath on our front door.

May Your Holiday Cheer

Last All Year!

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Winter Jolt

Hey, folks! Long time no blog. I’ve come out of winter hibernation (after trimming the tree, wrapping the presents, mixing up batches of cookies…so much to do) to post some photos of a new favorite. I hope your holidays are merry and bright.

Into The Woods

Into The Woods

Dreamy Swirling Snowflakes

Dreamy Swirling Snowflakes

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Today’s model is ITBE Jolt Amelie from the Integrity Toys Gloss convention. Her hair has been brushed out and she has been redressed. Amelie is wearing Dream Teen Poppy’s dress, a 2014 sweater ornament from Christopher & Banks, (and though you can’t see them in these photos) the tights from Sweet In Switzerland and boots from Agent Kimiko Gunn. Her photo was taken on Thanksgiving morning (though it looks more like Christmas) in our front yard.

The Snow It Swirled

On The Winter Wind

And Sculpted And Painted

Familiar Objects

Into Abstract Art Pieces

Sparkling And Shining Anew

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Ugh…I have no excuse for not getting around to the lingering remains of winter doll photos…except that there are just so many.

So, even though it is technically spring, I’m still in winter mode. And I probably will be for a while. What can I say? I still have more winter wonder to share…

The Gang At The Snow Caves

The Gang At The Snow Caves

You’ve already met the models, so see previous posts for the details. But the location is new. After all the shoveling, the snow piles were pretty substantial. Given such an opportunity, I couldn’t resist digging out a cavern and steps for the dolls. When the afternoon sun lit it up, a mess of dolls came out to play. The lighting didn’t last long, but it was enough to grab a few pictures. Woo- hoo!

Winter Still Has A Few Icy Gasps Left

 

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A roof has been added to the ice house. Yay! There was trepidation for fear of a collapse, but it was unfounded. Some wet snow was used to seal the joins, and it turned out surprisingly solid. Woo-hoo! Onto the photos…

In The Ice House

In The Ice House

Chillin' Out

Chillin’ Out

Snuggle Buddies Cruz & Poppy

Snuggle Buddies Cruz & Poppy

Today’s models are Poppy (…yeah, you saw her yesterday…but today she’s brought a friend) and London Calling Cruz from the Dynamite Girls collection. Cruz is wearing his original trousers, a scarf that I crocheted for him, turtleneck and boots from My Generation Chip Farnsworth III and a Color Infusion: Style Lab Fashion Experiment 5 jacket. Their photo was taken inside the newly renovated Ice House in our front yard on the last day of January.

Welcome To The Ice Shack

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More fun with the ice structure…

Within The Ice Walls

Within The Ice Walls

Come Freeze With Me

Come Freeze With Me

Today’s model is the hair workshop Poppy Parker doll from the Tropicalia convention. She is wearing a hat and scarf crocheted by me, a shirt from a Ken fashion pack, a Fashion Fever tunic top (all you see in the photos is the polka-dot ruffled bottom of it), Dynamite Girls: Chill Factor Aria’s skirt, Style Mantra Eden’s tights and a pair of Only Hearts Club doll’s sneakers. Her photo was taken in our front yard within the ice walls that were constructed during our deep freeze of a winter.

Sometimes

Transient Art

Can Be

The Most Fun

ART

Of

All

*

 

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I remember growing up with a whole gaggle of smiley-faced Barbie dolls. Eternally joyful, their frozen grins portrayed an almost manic state of elation. Not a frown nor a single look of displeasure in the bunch. Which is probably why I now find non-smiling dolls so enchanting. From sardonic smirks to thoughtful expressions – even those in-your-face, apparently down-turned mouths that convey such disdain….I get a kick out of them all. Pout on, little dollies. It will only endear you more to me.

Little Miss Grumpy Pants

Little Miss Grumpy Pants

The Loveliest Frown In Town

The Loveliest Frown In Town

Melancholy Baby

Melancholy Baby

 

Where Are You Hiding Your Smile?

Where Are You Hiding Your Smile?

Today’s model is Making A Scene Erin. She is wearing a hat & scarf set that I crocheted myself. Her wardrobe also consists of: London Calling Kyu’s sweater, London Calling Holland’s turtleneck top, Mattel Stardoll fashion pack skirt, Fashion Royalty tights (maybe from Picture This Erin? not sure), Rock Wedding: Rocking Ever After Lillith’s shoes and some random Barbie sunglasses. Her photos were taken in the waxing and waning sunlight streaming through our front door. A crumpled and reflattened piece of kitchen tinfoil served as a backdrop.

I experimented with a bunch of different options on my camera during this shoot – high contrast black & white, high-key, color pop…all kinds of stuff. It was fun to try them out. Some I like, others feel like a bit of overkill. But it’s neat to experiment, I think. Though mostly a purist, I think a little tweak of “camera magic” is exciting once in a while.

What Is It About A Pretty Girl’s Frown?

A Smile Is An Easy Invitation, But A Pout Is A Challenge.

I Betcha I Can Give Her A Reason To Grin.

Hmmmmm…

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We’re well into crunch time – the big day fast approaches. Soon it will be Christmas! I’ve been baking and decorating cookies, the tree has been trimmed and some of the presents are wrapped. I’ve been a busy little elf. We had a bit of snow, too. So, it truly is looking a lot like Christmas in these parts. Amid the hustle and bustle, I even found time to grab a few holiday dollie photos.

Season's Greetings!

Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Today’s model is Fame by Frame Imogen from the Tropicalia convention. She is wearing an elf hat crocheted by me, a sweater (sold as a tree ornament) from Christopher & Banks, LIV dolls Moolight Dance Daniela’s dress, Barbie stockings, boots from the 2008 “The Heist” convention Life of the Party fashion, Fashion Royalty earrings and bracelets and rings that are actually craft store jump rings from the jewelry department. I also created the wreath myself. It’s fashioned out of green wired holiday ribbon from Walmart and trimmed with a bow from a spool of ribbon found at Michaels in the dollar bin. Imogen’s photos were taken a couple of day’s ago in our yard – the first two in the front yard (in a snow pile that I carved a little path in – and, yes, she is standing on her own…with a little help from the snow. LOL) and the last image was taken in our backyard.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

And A Happy New Year!

 

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Winter holds a magic that no other season can match. But with that wonder comes a fierce nature that cannot be ignored. It’s the time of year that I am most drawn to taking doll photos…and also the most difficult. How can anyone resist the alluring sparkle of ice wrapped trees creating a crystal forest? Sunlight on snow glimmering, shimmering and reflecting tiny prisms of color beckon hypnotically. And yet, the plummeting temperatures set teeth to chattering and numb one’s fingers almost immediately upon stepping outside.

A mountain of clothing (“I can’t put my arms down!”) and constantly running indoors to warm up are a necessity. But that’s not the only obstacle to overcome. Posing the dolls and considering where exactly the photos will be taken before venturing out are key. Because very cold conditions can cause the plastics that the dolls are made of to become temporarily more brittle than normal, risking chips or cracks. So, handling them very carefully is a good idea under such tough conditions. Also, the cold can cause one to be a bit less mentally alert – I think of it as “cold dumbness” – so anything that can be thought of while still warm and indoors is a plus. Even setting up the camera controls while still in the house (maybe adding a stop for more well-lit photos or adjusting the zoom and approximately framing the photo) helps get a jump on a good shot. Oh, and anticipating a hot chocolate afterwards is a good motivator, too.

Taking winter doll photos can be a crazy, challenging frenzy. But when it works out, it’s a huge thrill. And if it doesn’t work out so well, it’s worth taking a break, warming up in front of the fire and going out to trying again. Because winter’s icy, snowy, wicked and wonderful charms are really too enchanting to resist.

Cold Beauty

Cold Beauty

 

A Walk In The Winter Woods

A Walk In The Winter Woods

Snow & Ice and Everything Nice

Snow & Ice and Everything Nice

Today’s model is Poppy Parker, a workshop doll I was able to purchase secondhand from the recent 2013 Premiere convention (thanks, Teresa!). She is wearing a one-of-a-kind crocheted ponytail hat made by me, Fashion Royalty earrings, The Outsider Misaki’s jacket, a rhinestone snake bracelet (a people-sized ear cuff from Claires), Barbie Best Models On Location Monte Carlo trousers and Trendy Girl Misaki’s boots. Poppy’s photos were taken yesterday morning (temperatures were around fifteen degrees – so cold!) all around our yard.

The More Difficult The Act,

The Sweeter The Achievement

When It Is Accomplished.

 

 

 

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Okay, so maybe it’s because the dolls of my childhood always wore the same expressions…happy, smiling faces; eyes filled with mirth and joy…that I’ve grown to adore the wicked ones as an adult. A little disdain, that “I’m so over it” attitude, an evil little pout…that’s the stuff that stands out from the crowd. And nobody does it better than the Baroness Agnes Von Weiss. She is a wonderfully fresh face among the blissed-out crowd – a special doll that doesn’t need to radiate benevolence to be beautiful. Hers is the elegance of a broken glass gaze and razor blade moue. And I love her all the more for it.

Twisted Miss

Twisted Miss

Sass and a Half

Sass and a Half

Today’s model is Nightfall Agnes from this year’s Integrity Toys’ Premiere convention. She is wearing her original fashion with the addition of a bracelet from Claires (an ear cuff for humans – re purposed to doll scale jewelry) and a necklace assembled by me from craft store jewelry components. I acquired her in a fabulous trade from another collector (thanks, Kimberly!). She sports the new Fashion Royalty body (an updated amalgam of FR & FR2). Her photo was taken in our living room, lit by morning sunlight coming through the glass door with a wooden door sample pressed into service as the background.

I Like A Girl

Who Is Sweet And Nice,

But I Love A Girl

Who’s Got Some Spice!

 

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A week ago, Integrity Toys held it’s annual doll convention. Three days of fun, festivities and dolls, dolls, dolls! I’ve yet to attend one, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. There were quite a few convention attendees who kept the rest of us tuned in – in just about real time. Between twitter, blog and Flickr updates – you’re practically there. From the initial registration, during the workshops and store tours, through the luncheon and dinner events, with about forty new doll reveals sprinkled throughout it all and unleashed upon the world…the images and info were sent out…and I happily took it all in.

I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a better collection of dolls concentrated into one convention. Every one a beauty, you could almost hear the sighs of desire and whoops of joy emanating through the computer screen as each one was revealed.

Though I was only standing on the sidelines, the convention was a major win for me. I managed to find a lovely collector willing to sell me one of the dolls I fell in love with for a very attractive price. And I found another fantastic collector willing to trade a doll that I had not bonded with for another of the convention cuties that caught my eye.

The first doll I fell for has already made it here…

Elegant Evening Poppy Parker

Elegant Evening Poppy Parker

Oh, my gosh! Isn’t she just the most! EEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Today’s model is Elegant Evening Poppy Parker. She was the featured centerpiece at one of the luncheons during the convention. She’s wearing her original fashion (minus a golden bracelet – not a fave & I was afraid it would fall off during the shoot…or get all fiddly and turned backwards – so I left it off). I gave her hair a little brushing to tame the flyaway strands. Her photo was taken in our front yard in the morning sunlight.

I Could Not Have Dreamed You

I Think You Must Be Real

Because I Could Never

Have Had A Dream

As Beautiful As You

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