Monday, 15 March 2010

Wishful thinking...



1. Blythe Official Photographer Gina Garan's Choice...Photo Contest 2009, 2. Blythe - Kenner - Laura #21, 3. Jessica For me, 4. Wide eyed Harriet, 5. Byul steam punk, 6. Steampunk Pullip Eos, 7. jun planning, 8. San Diego Comic-Con, 9. Cuuuute Puki Pong!, 10. who's the fairest of them all?, 11. June release: Byul Paulia, 12. Untitled, 13. Juliette's new scalp, 14. From Naomi, with love ..., 15. Happy Birthday Thai!!! ♥, 16. California Girl

Time for some wishlist escapism! Not sure many of these need explaining..., numbers 1, 4 & 16 represent my completely repressed love for BLs, especially Goldie. She was one of the first Blythes I ever saw, and this coupled with the fact she is the quirkiest little thing ever... I just require her. I don't know if I'll ever have the guts to buy a BL. At least not until I'm done with university and in some kind of employment. I just... if I have the funds ever, I just don't think I could do it! Spend that much on a relatively new doll? With a Kenner (no. 2) I think I could, because she's old and amazing and started the whole delicious Blythe fandom! BLs do have a special something, but I don't know if I could do it! Even though I am floored every time with horrendous HORRENDOUS jealousy everytime someone brings one home. (My potential Goldie even has a name! xD) It is a bit obscene how much I want her, though. Maybe, one day. It's a matter of courage, believe it or not! I'm making half-formed plans for the ownage of a Goldie... but they are half-formed. I just can't spend that much on one single thing, and not feel guilty!

Numbers 5-8 are the upcoming steampunk set. I know that the whole world is going to want them and their stock, and they're going to be so spammed across the Flickrverse I shall, by rights, be sick of them... but I don't think so. :P I am sort of certain I might have to obtain the Byul, and I am sickened by how much I want the others! Or at least their stock. Even just stock, I'd imagine, would be quite a tidy sum. Eeeep!

No. 3 is in much the same boat as the BLs, but she's too gorgeous for me to resist wistfully staring at the Iplehouse site every once in a while...



I am ill (again?!?!) and Elliot is warding away my germy tissues. :P

I have finally, finally decided my degree, and it's English Literature. I know I've made the right choice this time, because I look at the module choices and academically pee myself. (That, um, might not be the most flattering metaphor, but it's pretty accurate!) My favourite module was dropped, but there is a new one being introduced this year on Tolkien. OH YEAH. It actually more than makes up for the dropping of the sci-fi module (even though it did have Neuromancer.) I genuinely, genuinely believe I will enjoy my modules consistently next year! My housemate begs to differ, but I just say he doesn't like his subject as much as me. :3

As for the wishlist, are any of them possibilities? Well, within a week or two I should know if I've got the summer job I wanted! If so... well... I can maybe wrangle some. ;)

The first enslaught of this semester's essays are nearly over, and when they are, I'm hoping to make a start on the lengthy process of opening Lychee's head!

Ahh, essay-induced illness. I am not cut out for this student lifestyle. xD

xxx

Monday, 1 March 2010

I'm really not used to getting up early...

I only got up at 7:45am (which really, isn't anything particularly impressive) and I am quite up for passing out enthusiastically as soon as possible. Pathetic.

Just a few items of news to share! 1.) I completed a second month of my 365 and am at photo no. 60! 2.) there's a new plastic arrival! 3.) spring is officially here! and 4.) my hair is of medium grease-osity!

I think perhaps I should explain the last one a little! :P I'm trying to improve the overall health of my hair & how happy I am with it, and the first stage involves getting out of washing my hair every day, because it can't be good for it, and I'm, urr, over-producing (like I wouldn't have thought possible) natural oils to make up for it. So, here is the week's progress!

Sunday: I wash my hair at around lunchtime, hair is very presentable all day.
Monday: I wake up and my hair is so repulsive and lank I can't bear the thought of going to class like this. I dry shampoo it a little. It is presentable. I go to class. By the end of the day it's looking a bit greasy, but mostly held off by dry shampoo. I decide I can deal with this every other day.
Tuesday: My hair in the morning is gross and smells of greasy coconut. I wash. I have lovely clean hair all day. I am told that dry shampoo is cheating and I must stop using it. I am horrified.
Wednesday: My hair is disgusting. I have no class so only have to leave the house to pick up tea from the supermarket. I wear a hat. I nearly cave in and wash it at least 20 times. I pin it back and apologise to my housemates everytime I pass them for how repulsive I look.
Thursday: I shower and feel clean and delightful all day.
Friday: My hair is repulsive again. I refuse to leave the house. My friend coaxes me to make use of my Friday night, and I give in to a shower, and feel delightfully clean.
Saturday: I don't shower. I use the tiniest of tiny bits of dry shampoo and my hair feels rather nice all day!
Sunday: I delay showering until 4pm - my hair is actually nearly presentable all day! I shower, and for the first time, don't blow dry.
Monday: I don't shower, my hair is pretty much presentable all day - by 6/7pm my side fringe bits are a bit greasy, so I have to tuck them behind my ears, but otherwise, attended all my classes and wasn't embarrassed to be seen in public. Hooray!

So, apart from learning that I am WAY more vain than I thought (I just don't want people to think I'm dirty! xD) - it's totally working! I reckon another week and I'll have completely cracked the showering every other day thing. I might try going for 3 days then, maybe! Not sure how much my hair needs washing - it's quite fine, and the internet tells me fine hair needs washing more. Every other day is fine though, I'd be very happy with that. (I've also accumulated at least an extra 4 hours sleep without those morning showers ^_~)

I don't know if I'll ever go totally No Poo (vinegar doesn't sound any better for your hair than shampoo!) but I try to use "good" shampoos, and I'm going to try what my friend suggested and try to wean myself off using so much, and see how that goes. I'm going to stop using conditioner as of tomorrow (my next hair wash!) as I've had a few reports which suggest I am a.) making my hair greasier and b.) wasting my money. (EDIT: having done a thorough google, I've been informed that using conditioner only on the ends of hair shouldn't make it more greasy. I am totally guilty of just slapping it everywhere. Will change my conditioning habits!)

When I'm satisfied with the way my hair care is going, I'm going to dye it as a reward! ;) Which does kind of contradict the whole "having healthier hair" thing, but... I just really want red hair again. ;)

As for the new arrival...





She's a CC (SBL) that I adopted from PP! Isn't she cute? ^___^ She's still awaiting an official naming, but it's looking like Ariel at the moment! Needs some hair love but otherwise, she's adorable! Can't wait to give her some love and attention. Her Flickr set!

The sun came out today for the first in ages, and it really felt like spring has finally arrived!



Gavin in the sun.



The first snowdrops!



St Salvator's clock tower, on the way to morning lectures in the beautiful sun!



Just before my lecture, inside the quad.

St Andrews is so pretty in the sun! :)

xxx

Monday, 22 February 2010

My adventures with saran and amusing mental images.

Well, the thermal saran custom girl is nearly done! She has a little bit of a scalp gap (it's not terrible but it bugs me) so this, coupled with my total adoration for Blythe fringes (that's bangs to you US folk! :P) I just decided to cut them in. :D



As you can see, thermal saran hair is very fun to iron. ;) In the 6th photo you can see the problem I've been having - the bangs flipping out. Saran seems quite stubborn to iron into place, I am still somewhat wrestling with it, and poor Tango (new name!) is being kept with a sock on her head whenever she's not being ironed or cooed at. She is dignity itself.



I think I might cut it a little shorter so you can see her lovely green eyeshadow... just waiting for it to lie a little flatter! Is saran always this unruly? I must've spent the best part of the past few days training her hair! xD

I'm fighting (and I mean fighting) the urge to boggle her. I really want her lovely green eyelids on show but OH HOW I WANT TO BOGGLE HER. Might go for a slight boggle and gaze correction and see if that pleases me, and then, she will be officially COMPLETELY finished!

As for the name Tango, it is awesome on many levels.

1.) The obvious - she's been tango-ed! :3 Colour appropriate!
( My personal favourites: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je_UC_3hwXU&feature=PlayList&... and www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNc8qfq6BIk&feature=PlayList&... )

2.) Tango the type of dance - which of course means she needs to own all sorts of nifty Blythe-sized Tango-appropriate dresses! :D Similar to this!

c.) Tango is a letter in the NATO alphabet, which is cool in and of itself.

d.) Being named after a letter of the NATO alphabet, Tango would fit right in with all the the other dolls in the LA Dollhouse (also named after the NATO alphabet.) I thought this was cool seeing as how I've been semi-consumed with Dollhouse the past two weeks, but also, I guess she is a doll, in a different sense. :3 This amuses me!

Looks like she is here to stay, because she's flippin' beautiful and I love her! :D



Here's to hoping Mango's "neon orange hair like a mango" isn't too similar, or I'll have to cry. T_T I'm really excited about the arrival of these twins! They already have name possibilities in the works (as does the new CC girl arriving!) I am pretty much salivating for real photos, HURRY UP TAKARA. I am eating a disproportionate amount of mangos and guavas to the amount of fruit I normally consume, which I feel is clearly caused by manga and guava doll deprivation. I say a disproportionate amount - I mean, I've eaten one of each in the past week or so. I haven't eaten any other real fruit, hence the disproportion! Oh dear. I need to rectify that. (I do eat vegetables! Lots of vegetables!)

In non-doll news, the same philosophy lecturer has sent me away from today's lecture with another amusing image. He was discussing logic & metaphysics, and then said that this is Kant's fort. I don't know if he meant forte (which I say "fort-ay") or fort, but I took it literally as the latter and spent a good part of the lecturer imagining Kant childishly constructing a fort of pillows around his sofa with a piece of paper saying "Logic" stuck on the front, Kant peeping out suspiciously, shaking his fist at the very idea of the ontological argument. The nerve of it!

This is doubly funny as he seems such a stern fellow.



I think all my entires should have a healthy mixture of philosophy & dolls, it's quite possibly the best combination ever. :D

xxx

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Unintentional innuendos are the best kind of humour.

My lecturer for political philosophy beamed round at the class yesterday mid-Hobbes, and asked:

"So, how many of you are teabaggers, then? Come on, put your hands up!"

Now, I'm aware there were a few IR students from the US there who probably knew exactly what he was referring to, but really, asking a question like that to a class predominantly full of young British adults, more than familiar with humour sexual slang, he may as well have asked:

"So, how many of you on a regular basis dangle your testicles into people's mouths?"

He was very perplexed when the class quietly sniggered for a few minutes.

Just so this isn't all silliness, I would like to announce the imminent arrival of a new Blythe girl! She should arrive something this coming week! :) I adopted her on PP - she called to me and I could no longer resist! xD Actually, I really shouldn't have bought her, as I'm now nearly all out of dollie funds, but there was just something that forced my hand! I couldn't decide whether to buy her or not, and then all that night I dreamed someone else has bought her and woke up in a panic. xD The fact that I'm a crazy dollie lady aside, it was clearly meant to be!

She is a stock Candy Carnival! I have always admired CC's beautiful blue hair and I am too excited about her arriving! I don't plan to keep her face stock, though, although she will be staying as she is for a little while. After meeting Hevs' Candy Carnival at a summer Blythe meet in Manchester -


[photo by me: link]

- I think she'd look rather excellent with dark lips! I don't think I'll go for the block paint look this time, I'd really like to try "chapstick" lips (which is what lots of people seem to refer to them as) - ie. a softer look with pastels, watercolour pencils and gloss.

Stupidly excited for her arriving!

xxx

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Resisting temptation is hard.



Second day of the semester! Bleeeh. I have a rubbish timetable, with lots of one hour gaps inbetween lectures, which just isn't quite enough to do anything productive. I did get to take Elliot out at lunch, though! I don't have enough full length shots of her, I am in love with neemo knees. ♥ Still, it's nice to have a routine back. Being hectic makes me achieve more! Especially now I'm doing the 365, I have to make time around lunchtime for some camera time, which is lovely and relaxing. :)

Had a very strange ebay transaction. I bid on a fakie Blythe (basaak thingy) as the price was pretty low but was outbid, kind of to my relief. Then, the top bidder was pulled out, and apparently I HAD to pay for it. I messaged the seller in confusion (it wasn't like a second chance offer or anything) and they said they had cancelled the first bidder because of "untrust" and insisted I had to go through with the transaction, so I did, and I paid. I got two more messages asking me to pay, which I replied to politely explaining I had, and then ANOTHER one, and they didn't seem to know how to work paypal, so I talked them through how to accept the money (as they just hadn't accepted it!) and they messaged back saying their paypal was broken and they'd have to cancel the sale. Sigh. So I agreed, and then I got an official ebay cancelling notice requesting that I agree, and their reason THIS time was that they didn't have the item in stock. BLAH.

I didn't really want the clone, to be honest, it's just frustrating. Having been put into a position where I had to buy it when I didn't really want to, I'd managed to make myself excited about being able to customise it enthusiastically (and without the huge price tag!) and I'm all sad now. :(

I know I have Mango & Guava arriving in April, but would it be so bad to bring another one home in February/March? ^__^;; I am having the Blythe itch so badly! I want my Pullip/Blythe ratio back to what it was! ^_~

BAD ALICE.

To be honest, it all hinges on how many of my textbooks for this semster I can get away with not buying! Seriously, one of my philosophy modules the two books together are £60! I'm going to just get them out the library to read the articles when I need them, I do not have £60 spare lying around that I can just spend on books I'll read once in my entire life. It's not like we're buying decent philosophy texts we'll use again and again, they're half-arsed, dumbed down compilations of edits of famous articles. Grrr, I refuse!

I can think of sooooo many better things to spend £60 on. :3 xxx

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Dalicious!

The first challenge of Dalicious! The theme was "personality", which I really struggled with as... I don't really "know" my Dal, Callie. She's very pretty and posable and cute, but we've not really... bonded, I suppose. Anyway, I'm super pleased with how my entry came out! Callie's my little mechanic (Callandra Tyrol, anyone? :D) so it's only natural she wants to see how things work...



... by taking them apart. ;) My favourite thing about this photo is that if you were told it was based around the theme of "personality", your first thought would probably be that she was quite cruel, rather than just mechanically minded. Poor Callie! :P

I was so amused by this scenario I went right ahead and had some fun with a silly, short photo story! (of sorts.)



Callie: I've been unable to locate the brain thus far, but I will of course be conducting further experiments.

Mimi: ... *squeak*!



Mimi
: HELP! DD: Attack her! ATTACK HER!



Mimi's body: RAWRRRR KILL!

Callie: I can take you! You don't have a brain! SHOW ME YOUR WORST!
*fistycuffs ensue*



Callie: Arrrghh!

Mimi's body: *slap slap slap*



Callie: She hurt me!

How would you like it if she removed your head?

Callie: That's beside the point. She didn't have a brain. I was fixing her!

You can't just take people apart, you know.

Callie: Why not? You do it all the time.

Uhh, yes, but I've got experience, and the correct tools and -

Callie: No you haven't. You broke Clara. She told me. Her eyes don't change anymore.

Well, that was nearly two years ago-

Callie: AND you left Arien lying around in bits for ages and ages, and you didn't even put any clothes on her, so I saw her NAKED.

Urrr this isn't strictly relevant-

Callie: AND you pulled Naomi's eyes out, AND-

YES WELL THAT'S ENOUGH. Why don't you put Mimi back together and make friends again?

Callie: FINE. *sulk* But she doesn't have a brain.

Well, neither do - actually... nevermind. Just get her back together.

Callie: Tyrant.

Yes, well. If the shoe fits...



Friends again! :D Just to show that my plastic kids are all one big, loving family! :D

Mimi: Monster!

Callie: Zombie.

Oooh, I had too much fun with this! I've not recieved a terribly positive response on Flickr, but it is an odd place... some of my dullest photos seem to get views galore, but a series like this that I actually rather like, get none! I don't mind, I'm happy with it, and that's the main thing. :) I also feel like I know Callie a little better, which is excellent! Much more of Dalicious to come.

I also reorganised my room yesterday and the dollies have been allocated a new shelf!



This also serves as a new family photo! Marla isn't here, she's in pieces again, but almost complete! Just need to expand the Blythe section a little more, I feel... ;)

I have the dolly itch. Eeeep! xxx

Friday, 5 February 2010

The New Face of No-Name!

Woo, my first *real* post on here since the revamp! Awesome. Now, erm, for some actual content, and maybe even some readers! xD

Thought I'd start with the new face of No-Name (formerly Adeline, but I think she needs a new name after her customisation) who was finished after, literally, months of being in pieces, two days ago!

(Any name suggestions welcomed!)

So, here she is!



She was originally an Angelica Eve (so is lovely and pale) and has:
  • New lips in acrylic paint
  • New pastel (green) eyeshadow and (pink) blush
  • New (green) acrylic painted eyelids
  • Reroot on her Takara scalp in thermal orange saran
  • Sealed with Testors Dullcote
I kept all her lovely chippies because AE has a rather nice set, and she's currently still with her Takara lashes, though perhaps not for long...

I'm really, really pleased with her. She's definitely my most successful custom work thus far, and it's always encouraging to feel yourself improving! She was my first ever girl, and so I knew I just couldn't sell her when I just wasn't bonding with her when she was a more or less stock AE. (It was that horrid, matted hair!) I'm definitely much more pleased with her now than I was, but more as an accomplishment rather than a plastic kid, if that makes sense! I think I really need to get out into some actual daylight (if the sun ever comes out again.) and take some photos which really show off her make-up, as I'm really taken with it in the "flesh" (plastic?) but can't seem to photograph it well, grrr!

Just a quick photo of her face before I sealed it to give a better idea:



Things I Have Learned:

  • Applying the blush and eyeshadow with q-tips rather than cotton buds works really well and is more precise.
  • Spray-matting is a completely different kettle of fish to sand-matting, and SUCH a gorgeous finish, I am a convert!
  • Takara scalps are illogical and a complete nightmare when you want to proceed about things in as methodical a way as I do (coolcat scalp & my own holes next time!)
  • Rerooting is SLOW. And I mean, SLOW. I also can't reccommend Robin's tutorials enough: www.mylittlecustoms.com which is also where I bought my saran! Super useful for those of us in Europe, especially!
  • It probably is worth painting the scalp, even with light colours.
  • I would start with the part, and then spiral out from the top next time.
  • Finished reroots before thatching look APPALLING, but I should not give up!
  • Thatching is a hideous business. I had to have extensive help off Gavin to get anywhere. (He held the thatched sides down before I ironed them so I didn't lose the thatch as I went along!)
  • Thermal saran = hours of boundless fun.
Just check out how much fun we had with hot and cold taps.



Eeeee, I can't wait to get her in the sun! :P

The timeline of my rerooting progress:

The initial steps in which I was flawlessly neat and psyched already for the completion...



The scary realisation that I had only done one row... and how much more there was to do!



Then I started to work my way up to the middle... (still keeping relatively neat!)



I fill in some of the rows I optimistically skipped... (it's getting messier!)



... and finally, I manage a decent thatch on my second attempt!



It took me about 3 whole months to complete it fully. I was NOT rerooting every day, and I went weeks at a time without having a chance to pick it up, so it's really difficult estimating how long it actually took. Although, I know I did the majority of it a.) rewatching the entire Season 4 of BSG with Gavin before Christmas and b.) during revision time, listening to Philosophy podcasts. I was pretty slow, as I'd wet each hair plug before I used it (refused to lick it, it just seemed too gross!) but I was getting much faster towards the end.

It has driven me stark raving mad, which is exactly why I'm ordering some nylon and a coolcat scalp in the next few days, once I decide on another colour.

Apparently, I'm a complete masochist.

xxx

The Plastic Kids

Plastic Family + Mother Hen Alice
The Blythe family as of 03.05.2012 (plus guest!)

FLICKR LINKS

My toy addiction as an adult began in 2006, when I stumbled across this book in a local art gallery shop. My friend was kind enough to buy this book for me for my following birthday. In 2008, I got my first ever Blythe doll as an 18th birthday present from my magnificent grandparents. It's spiralled deeply out of control since then!

Blythe not only spurred me onto collecting and photographing a whole range of other toys, but brought me a creative outlet. It's 100% her fault I do all the crafty things I do. She's the coolest person I've (never) met. 

alice xox

Thursday, 4 February 2010

The Plastic Fantasy

'CAN YOU EXTRACT ME FROM MY PLASTIC FANTASY?'
- DRESDEN DOLLS

I started this blog mainly to record my plastic adventures in writing. :) I do use flickr as a sort of photo blog (and I have no intention of stopping this! A photo is worth a thousand words and all that.) but I'd quite like somewhere more word oriented! I'm quite a wordy person.

It's not all about the plastic, though, I'd like to record my other adventures (if I ever have any!)

My plastic fantasy began in 2006, when I stumbled across one of Gina Garan's books in an art gallery shop. This is how I met Blythe. She was the cutest thing I'd ever seen! One of my friends was kind enough to later buy me this book for my birthday for my 17th birthday, and I did a lot of squeeing over it but never thought I'd actually own one.

Around rolled my 18th birthday, and moneys galore! The 'rents were keen for me to buy something timeless and expensive like a watch, or something equally traditional, but no, I wanted a doll. They eventually gave in with that sigh of resignation they now know only too well ("Not ANOTHER one, Alice!") and I bought a Neo Blythe. Much more timeless, in my opinion. ;)

It all went downhill (uphill?) from there, and I also added some other big headed beauties to my collection - Pullips, Taeyangs & Dals. They all live together in plastic harmony. :D To see the current roster, see "The Plastic Kids."

Somewhere along the line, these plastic babies took over my life.

I wish I was joking. :P

The Plastic Girl

Alice


Hello! My name is Alice, but you'll find me on the internet pretty much everywhere by the name Nuwandalice. It's my name combined with 'Nuwanda', which I pinched from the movie Dead Poets Society. I've spent my life trying and failing to live up to the legacy of being a blonde, blue-eyed, British girl called Alice. If I'm a little bit whimsical, it really isn't my fault.

I am currently in my tweens ('those irresponsible twenties between childhood and coming of age at thirty-three'*) having recently graduated and so - as cheesy as this sounds - still trying to find my place in the world. Less specifically, I am located in the UK, and more specifically - I currently live in Scotland, and I'm from the North East of England. I am hopelessly in love with both. I have an awesome partner in crime, and we go on lots of adventures.

I like to spend my spare time exercising my imaginative and creative muscles, which I owe completely and totally to my plastic kids, who are really special to me. Toy photography is one of my favourite things in the world, because unlike other kinds of photography, it's not about capturing something that's there, like a special moment or a pretty landscape, but about bringing something to life that is rather decidedly un-alive. My favourite kind of toy photograph makes me believe I'm seeing part of their secret world. :)

I'm super friendly, honest! Feel free to drop me a line anytime. :)

alice xox



* JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings