Monday, March 31, 2014

Doll Caravan

I've been working on this caravan for my dolls for about a year. I work on it a little at a time. Then put it away until I feel like working on it again. Hopefully, I'll have it done by this summer. I want it to look sort of like a gypsy caravan.

It's made out of cardboard and decorated with things I've found at the thrift, dollar store and Micheal's. Some of the decorations are handmade. It's still very much a work in progress. So far, my Ever After High dolls love it. 

I didn't put a complete cover on it to let in more light. I did add a few lights in the back because it was very dark. I'm running out of lights so I try to use them sparingly. 

Notice the photo of Hunter Huntsmen in the back on the right. 

This is the side. 

Here's Ashlynn Ella. She likes to hang out  in the caravan with the girls. 

Ella has dropped in on Maddy and Briar Beauty while they are having tea. 

The view through the window. 

Ella will be staying for awhile. 

I added a loft bed for Madeline. It has a rope ladder for now. 

In the back on the wall is a portrait of Ella, Hunter and Maddy. There's also a wood burning stove I learned to make from a My Froggy Stuff YouTube tutorial. The Victrola I found at a thrift store. The old-fashioned radio is a printout from a website with miniatures. I made the pillows and the bedding. 

I changed the curtains because I really didn't like the other ones. I made these from a skirt I got from the thrift store. It was way too big for me. 

This is Ella looking outside the back of the caravan. 

The window with the new curtains. 

The girls just hanging. 

I still have to add wheels and stairs. Don't know when I'm going to get around to doing that. 

Anyway, I'll keep taking pictures of all the changes. I'm sure there are going to be lots more to come. 

There usually isn't cooking stuff inside gypsy caravans so I might remove that stuff. The sink, maybe. Eh, maybe not. I know I want to make cabinets with doors that open. I don't know why I painted the shelf grey. Such an ugly color. Will have to change that.  

I've had a lot of fun, so far, making my gypsy caravan. I always wanted one. 


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

One Direction Doll - Zayn Malik

This is Zayn. He's in the boy band One  Direction. They're from the UK. I think they're big in the States as well. Anyway, I really don't care. I just wanted the doll. 

The One Direction dolls were on sale at ToysRUs. I got this one because I need more boy dolls, have very limited money and I'm bad at sewing boy doll clothes. 

This doll is recommended for ages 5 and up. They're made by Hasbro. 

I really like the jacket he's wearing. I tried to make one like it but it came out horrible. 

I like the backdrop for the box. 

Here he is outside of his box. His head is awfully small for his body. It looks ridiculous. The clothes are well made, though. 

There really isn't a whole lot to say about this doll. It's light-weight and feels like hollowed out plastic. Maybe it's more of a collectors' item than a play doll. 

His arms and legs do not bend at all. They do move up and down and his head turns from side to side. His hair is molded plastic. 

Notice the GI Joe Kung-fu grip in his right hand to hold his microphone. 

This doesn't look anything like Zayn. Poor Zayn. 

Another view. 

Here's Zayn with Cody Simpson and Jake. Jake has the best articulation and KNEE CAPS. A very nice touch. 

But why is Jake so tan?

Cody Simpson got a new head or, shall we say, Zayn got a new body. He desperately needed some articulation. Now Zayn can get the microphone near his mouth when he's singing.

Here's Ever After High's Hunter looking pretty good in Zayn's clothes. The pants are a little big at the waist but otherwise they fit fine. I really dig that jacket. 

Here are all the boy dolls I own so far. Zayn is wearing a Cody Simpson outfit. 

Zayn is currently appearing at Robotica's Cafe. The other dolls love him. He'll be there all week.   


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Moxie Teenz Tristan

As I've said before, Moxie Teenz were the best and a much better buy than those pitiful Bratz knockoffs, Moxie Girls. Those things are cheap looking and hideous.

Moxie Teenz were made by MGA Entertainment, whom I'd guess are on the verge of bankruptcy or piss poor management after discontinuing MTZ. 

I wanted these dolls because I can't afford Tonner or Wilde Imagination dolls and these are the next best thing, IMHO. Much more affordable. 

I don't know anything about each individual doll except their names. I really don't care if one is supposed to be a fashion designer (aren't they all) or photographer or whatever. 

This is Tristan. She is 14 inches tall. 

Sorry the photos aren't very good. I was in a hurry and I broke my very expensive camera so now I have to use my iPhone. 

I got her from eBay, the only place I can find them. And there even becoming scarce there. I wanted Bijou but couldn't find a reasonably priced one in good condition. The price I ended up paying for this doll was completely outrageous. 

I really hate eBay. Everything's always too expensive but sometimes I have no choice. And I got burned by a buyer once. They kept the item, said they'd never received it so I had to refund their money. As far as I'm concerned everybody on eBay is shady. 

But I really wanted another MT and this doll is beautiful. The box she came in was pretty banged up. I forgot to take a photo of the box. 

MTZ don't come with stands. She can stand on her own for a little while but she'll eventually fall over. 

She photographs beautifully and her eyes are stunning. They're acrylic. Notice she has eyelashes, a very nice touch. 

MTZ outfits are very trendy. I wouldn't call them stylish because they look a bit gaudy to me. They only thing I like is the purse. Much better than ugly, stupid, virtually useless plastic purses most dolls come with that don't open and very realistic. 

Totally not crazy about this skirt. The tights are attached to the skirt. I don't like that either because they can't be worn with other outfits. 

Here's the outfit from the back. 

Closer look at the wig which was looking kind of rough but I still like it anyway. I love the wigs. I own almost all of them. Good quality and they were on clearance at ToysrUs. I was so glad I found them. I never came across any of their accessories or clothes. I got into these dolls after they'd already been discontinued.  

She's wearing a t-shirt, denim vest and a scarf. 

Nice long wig. I'll probably cut it a little bit. 

The boots aren't bad. The legwarmers are a bit blah. 

Earrings aren't anything to go into detail about. 

A ring that I'll most likely lose. Very nice, trendy bracelets. 

In these photos you can see the stains (dirt?) above her left eyebrow. Don't know what these are from. 

She can't touch her face with her hands but the articulation is very good. That's another reason I like these dolls. 

I used acetone fingernail polish remover to her rid of the stains on her face. Those stains were stubborn. I couldn't remove them completely. 

I also took off the dangling part of her earrings. They were kind of ugly. 

Arizona and Tristan. Gorgeous! Tristan is wearing a hand made sweater made out of a sock. I learned how to do it from watching a myfroggystuff YouTube tutorial. 

In this photo Tristan is wearing a hoody and a pair of jeans I made and a Liv doll wig. I'm trying to learn to sew. I watch YouTube and look at sewing tutorials on I hand sewed and stitched it with a machine. 

She looks beautiful with this wig. The wig also covers the stains. 

This doll is stunningly beautiful. All the Moxie Teenz are. Tristan's eyes are what really sets her apart from the other MTZ. Her eyes are lavender or light purple. 

MTZ are my second favorite dolls so I'm glad I got another one. Maybe someday I'll add Bijou to my collection.