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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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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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Winter has finally released us from her icy grip. And in it’s wake, flowers and sunshine replace her snowy visage. I couldn’t be happier.

Spring Fling Poppy

Spring Fling Poppy

Today’s model is Poppy Parker from the Tropicalia convention. She is wearing a Barbie (Fashion Avenue? Fashion Fever? not sure) tank top, shirt included in the Most Sophisticated: Poppy Parker as Sabrina giftset, Color Infusion Rebel Spirit Amelie’s shorts and Endless Summer Poppy’s sneakers. Her necklace was made from some craft chain I found at Walmart, earrings are ooak creations made by me. Poppy’s photo was taken at the Skylands Manor Botanical Gardens in New Jersey a few weeks ago.

Sometimes

It’s All Sunshine And Flowers,

And That’s Alright With Me

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Someone new has arrived, and I am smitten. It started with the Fashion Royalty convention a little over a week ago. I wasn’t able to attend, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t scoping out the ‘net for photos and news of new dolls. There were a ton of dolls revealed, total eye candy – lots of pretty lads and lasses. However, only one grabbed my attention so thoroughly that I hunted her down on the secondary market. Many monies later, she winged her way home to me. When I opened the box…ah, pure wonderfulness! Not a drop of regret for the dollars I dumped on her. Nope, not one bit. Dollies are way better than money anyway…and this one…well, she’s just special. 🙂

A New Favorite

A New Favorite

Fiery Red Hair & Emerald Green Eyes

Fiery Red Hair & Emerald Green Eyes

 

Classic Beauty

Classic Beauty

Sweet & Lovely - Definitely A Keeper

Sweet & Lovely – Definitely A Keeper

Today’s model is Poppy Parker from the Fashion Royalty/Integrity Toys Tropicalia convention 2012. She was sold nude to accompany the how-to hands on hair workshop that took place there. I received her new, never removed from box. As soon as she got here, I washed and brushed out her hair. Next, she got dressed up. Poppy is wearing Dynamite Girls: Back To Brooklyn Jasper’s dress, Miami Vice Kyori’s necklace, a bracelet that’s actually a jewelry charm from the craft store and shoes borrowed from Most Sophisticated Poppy Parker as Sabrina. Her photos were taken in our yard in the early evening sunlight. I took pictures in a few different locations, as the sun’s descending rays were constantly shifting – lighting the scene one moment and gone the next. So be sure to check out my Flickr link if you want to see more.

Yes, I’m The “New” Girl,

Yes, I’m The “IT” Girl,

But I’m Not Just A “Momentary Infatuation”…

I’ve Got The Spotlight

Not Just For Right Now

But From Now On

‘Cause I Have What It Takes

To Be Your Number One

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 3rd annual Ice Festival was held in downtown Stroudsburg yesterday. I dressed a couple of dolls, charged the camera batteries and went to join in the fun. Unlike the last two years, I showed up at noon just as it was starting. It was much warmer than in the past (forty degrees with low wind and peek-a-boo sunshine) and the crowd of folks walking up and down Main street reflected it. We watched an ice sculptor create a giant frozen chair using chainsaws, drills and chisels. When we got chilly, we popped into Starbucks for Peppermint Mochas and later scored a free hot chocolate at American Ribbon. One of the benefits of the festival is to promote local business, and we indulged in a bit of shopping along the way. As usual, my dolls did garner quite a bit of attention – they fit the whimsy of the festival – and a few folks even had their photos taken with them. It was an all around fun day and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event. 🙂

Misaki on the Flood's ice sculpture

Misaki on the Flood's ice sculpture

 

Misaki with the Bald Eagle ice sculpture at American Ribbon

Misaki with the Bald Eagle ice sculpture at American Ribbon

Our first model is Mint Mod Misaki. She is wearing Clash Control Erin’s sequined dress, Fashion Fever Barbie’s long-sleeved top, opaque black Fashion Royalty tights, Perk Colette’s boots, a hat, scarf and poncho crocheted by me and Ye Ye Amelie’s gloved hands.

Poppy on the Stroudsburg Photo ice sculpture

Poppy on the Stroudsburg Photo ice sculpture

 

Poppy on the Fleur de Lis ice sculpture

Poppy on the Fleur de Lis ice sculpture

 

Poppy on the Sherman Theater ice sculpture

Poppy on the Sherman Theater ice sculpture

Our second model is Poppy Parker from the 2011 hair workshop at the Dark Romance convention. She is wearing a Fashion Fever Barbie jacket, Dynamite Girls: In the City: Good Times Dayle’s mini skirt, London By Night Ayumi’s tights, Outsider Misaki’s boots, a scarf that I crocheted and handmade earrings also made by me.

Their photos were taken in the afternoon hours as we walked up and down Main street. The sun played hide and seek all day, dipping behind the clouds periodically, making for some challenging and rapidly changing photo conditions. The crowds were thick, so my shots were quick grabs in between waves of onlookers. Which is why some of my images lack the polish of my less complicated photo sessions – my apologies.

But it was quite exciting shooting on the fly. I’d spot a sculpture, pre-pose my doll, wait for a break in the waves of tourists, rush up, set up my doll, pull back and grab the photos (bracketing a bit over in the exposures to account for disappearing sunlight, trying with & without flash, watching my shooting speeds to avoid shake) and then snatch up my doll for the next one. LOL, I tried to be as unobtrusive as possible so other folks could take their pictures without waiting for me too long. It was funny – a few thought the dolls were part of the displays, others wanted to take pictures of the sculptures with the dolls in them and some wanted their photos taken with the dolls. It was so cute. Tee-hee! 😀

I hope you had a good time joining me on a virtual tour of the Ice Festival. You can see more photos by visiting my Flickr pages, just click on the link to the right. For best viewing, I suggest finding the “Ice Festival” album on the right and watching it in “slideshow” mode. Enjoy!

Icy Art

Temporary

Transient

Strong Yet Fragile

Fleetingly Beautiful

 

 

 

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Hi, again. I just went through the last of the photos I took when we visited Wildwood, NJ. Enjoy…

Poppy on the Boardwalk

Poppy on the Boardwalk

Today’s model is Poppy Parker from the hair workshop at last year’s Dark Romance convention. She is wearing a Barbie top, Misaki shorts and earrings and bracelets made by me. Her photo was taken in the evening on the boardwalk, with the beach and the rides on the pier behind her.

Hittin’ The Boards, Ridin’ The Rides, Playin’ The Games…

 

 

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You’d think after so many days of cloud cover and rain, that if the sun made even the tiniest appearance, I’d have a doll ready for it. But no. We did have some sun peeks today – not too many and not for very long – but I missed it. You see, after all the blah days, I’m finding it hard to get motivated. And then, when I started to get a doll ready, I decided I wanted to make her some ooak jewelry. And while I’ve got my supplies out, why not make a whole mess of jewelry? That was until I saw the severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for your area scrolling across the top of the TV screen. Oh, noes! So I got my dollie ready lickety-split and ran outside.

Wild Poppy

Wild Poppy

As thunder rumbled, clouds raced in and the brightness bled from the sky, I took some photos in the back yard. My lucky victim is the hair workshop Poppy Parker from the Dark Romance convention. She is wearing a fantastically crocheted bikini made by Betty in Canada – also known as watbetty. Her earrings, necklace, bracelets and anklet were assembled by me. While I was scrambling for photos (as the storm made it’s far-too-swift approach), I also disturbed some large rocks that must have had a whole ant civilization living under it. Eeeeeewwwwww!!!!!!!! Ants everywhere! It was all I could do to stay long enough to get the few pictures that I took. Despite all the complications, I did enjoy getting outdoors to create some images and had a good laugh at myself.

Today’s Lessons:

Make Pictures While The Sun Shines

And Keep Your Sense Of Humor Handy At All Times

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Some dolls draw me into photographing them again and again. I can’t help it. Might as well give in…

Sunshine Honey Poppy

Sunshine Honey Poppy

Today’s model is Poppy Parker from the hair workshop at the Dark Romance 2010 Wu Convention. She is wearing a Fashion Avenue Barbie top and vintage reproduction Francie’s Smashin’ Satin shorts. Her photo was taken in our back yard under bright, afternoon sunshine.

Every Time I See Her

It’s Like A Warm Summer Breeze

Crosses Over My Heart

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