Blythe Faces

I’ve been looking at a lot of faces. Blythe faces of course. Makeup, eyes, lips, chins, nose. There are so many different expressions I’m finding it very hard to decide what direction I want to do next. That is, what kind of expression or emotion do I want my next doll to portray?  Part of me is going- well, which one will sell the best? And another part is saying, I could never guess what someone else might want, so I should just choose what I really like and hope there is someone out there with the same tastes as me.  And then there’s the part of me that wants to keep every single doll, so I’m hoping no one else but me likes them.

Where do I look for Blythe faces?  Pinterest is a great one. And then Etsy also has many styles to spark the imagination as well.

In the sewing department, I finished two more dresses. Both are gathered ruffly items.

Still need to add some sparkly purlple trim to the lavender dress. The white/pink dress is already in my etsy shop in DeltaDawnBoutique

I’m mystified at the wide range in pricing for Blythe Doll clothes.  I saw many as low as $10 a dress, one even as low as $5 a dress, and then some as high as $175!?  Now I understand that  making a simple shift out of cotton isn’t going to take up  near the time or the expense of say a handmade dress out of silk- but $170 difference?  Then there were alot of dresses in  the $20 range and quite a few more than I expected to find in  the $35- $50 range.  I need to decide what is required to charge (and get) $50 for a dress or an outfit for Blythe. Here’s what I’ve noticed.

1-  I’ve seen “vintage” thrown around alot, as in ‘this dress has vintage lace or vintage silk’ on it.  – okay- shop D.I. for old wedding dresses?

2- Some of the very expensive ones actually do look like they took a lot of time and are almost a work of art because of the way the artist has pulled together, fabric, trims, lace and beads to create something kind to the eyes. – So, think less of making a half dozen of one dress or another, but just make one, one that is over the top special.

3. Part of selling dresses on etsy though  is making a name for oneself. Either by selling and getting good reviews or posting your creations in a public forum. like … Flickr?  Maybe I should check that out.

So, my  plan is to get busy and explore some elaborate designs that I would like to see done , and do them. Then, post them on public forums like flickr, or pinterest or facebook.

 

 

Bliss-fully Waiting Still

This is Not a Blythe Doll.
This is a Blyss Doll.
We are not so patiently waiting on Blythe.

Two more days have passed by and still no Blythe.  When the shop said free shipping I didn’t realize that they were going to make the poor girls swim here!

 

IT ALL TAKES TIMES….

If I’m recording this journey  I guess that the first thing to note is: It takes time. I ordered all three of my dolls from Ali- Express, with estimated delivery times of 19 – 39 days.

IT TAKES MONEY…..

Ali-express was the least expensive option I could find. I am paying $50 a piece for two of the dolls,which includes shipping charges. And $35 for the last doll I ordered, which also includes shipping charges. These dolls are advertized as ‘nude’ dolls, Brand name ICY, which is a Blythe knockoff. From what I can gather on other, older, Blythe Blogs, there has been plenty of discussion among Blythe enthusiasts in years past about the copycat dolls.  For my money tho, it is a no-brainer. I’m buying this doll as a creative project.  The doll itself is a canvas. And a canvas/clone at $35 or $50 will suit me much better than one at $200-300 which is the going price on ebay for a geniune, in the box, Takara Brand Blythe doll.

Shopping – I looked at Amazon, Ebay, and Aliexpress.  They had similar prices, free shipping, and delivery time estimates.  I chose to shop through aliexpress because there were so many more choices and reviews than on the other two sites. The listings in Amazon often said “Be the first to review this”.  Uh-no.  That’s just not something I want to be the first in, especially when waiting a month to recieve the product.   The copy-cat ICY dolls are often pictured with clothes in their profile pictures,  but  the sellers clearly state that the dolls are sold nude.  One can also choose a  body type, either fully-jointed or only partially jointed, with fully-jointed being a few dollars extra. I opted for a fully-jointed body for all three dolls.  I didn’t notice until AFTER I ordered my first doll that there was also a ‘boy’ type jointed-body option(i.e. boobless), which is what  I accidently ordered. I’m supposing I’ll just make her a flat-chested teenage girl.  I also noted that most of the reviews stated that when they received their dolls they were pleasantly suprised to find ‘extra goodies’ with them, such as clothing, shoes, stands etc. Maybe this takes some of the pain out of the long wait.   I’m anxious to see what little extra goodies my dollies arrive with!

A bit more on shopping –Two  of the dolls I ordered are from Blythe Homes on Ali-express. This shop has good reviews with some of the reviewers even posting pictures, and the shop has a 99% positive feedback score. The last doll I bought comes from  Fairytale Town Store on Aliexpress.  Her mouth looks slightly different in her profile picture than the other two I ordered, and the shape of her eyes didn’t look exactly the same, along with her face appearing shinier.  But the shop has a 98.9% positive feedback, she had the short purple hair that I was looking for, along with happy customer reviewer and pics,  so I took the plunge and ordered her also.

So – here is what I am waiting for………

First doll, Short Brown Hair, flat chest- was ordered Feb 13- Today makes 23 days.

Second Doll, Floor Length Pink Hair- was ordered Mar 3- Today is only 5 days.

Third Doll, Short Purple Hair,  was only ordered on Mar 6 –  it’s only  been 2 day.

I know from reading the reviews that a month is the typical wait to for receiveing one’s order but that doesn’t stop me from hoping they will arrive sooner!!

While I wait-  In the meantime,  I’ve been experimenting with a mini Blythe-inspired polymer clay doll of my own.

I call her Blyss.  Aly Blyss.

 

Waiting on a Blythe

Monday, March 6th, 2017 – 10:30 p.m. Mountain time.

I ordered, not just one, but THREE Blythe factory dolls for my Birthday. My Birthday was February 22nd. This is March 6th. The little  Poupee’s still have not arrived. Apparently they are on a very slow boat from China, literally.

Some of my greatest treasures/finds/friendships/ loves in life have begun with dislike, or disdain, even loathing.

As with other things, so it was with Blythe. My initial reaction to her and the Blythe Adoring Fans I witnessed was, Why??? She makes no sense.  Her head is too big.  Her body is too small. Her mouth is not even formed really, just painted on. And why that particularly ghastly shade of pink lipstick? Can we say bepto-bismol?  Her face is way, way too shiny to be pretty.  And who changes their eye color when they blink? Ridiculous.

But then something happened.

I’m not sure exactly when or how, but somewhere in-between critiquing photos of Blythe with silly purple, or orange-colored hair and creating knitting patterns to sell in my Etsy shop for my far more sensible Les Cheries dolls, I was hooked. I tried to deny it at first but  all the pictures, and the cusomizations got to me.  Suddenly I realized that this was a doll that could truly be an individual. She didn’t just change clothes. Pretty much any doll could do that.

But She, this Blythe, she changed personality. Like Pinnochio, she had crossed-over, she had bridged the gap between fantasy and reality.  SHE had somehow become real.

She changed facial expression. She changed moods. AND she seemed to want to go all the places I wanted to go and do all the things that I wanted to do. She wanted to go hiking- ALL OVER THE WORLD- just like me. Only she could do it with such style, such pinache, such emotion!

There is only one problem.  I am not six or eight any more.  I am not even sixteen or eighteen. In fact, I just turned fifty-eight. Is that too early for a second childhood?

This problem might-could  be circumvented if I were of a different culteral origin. Alas, I have no Asians in my family tree. Irish, Scottish, French, German I have,  maybe even a Swiss or an Englishman, or a Spanish lady or two. But Asians I have none. My culteral heritage just isn’t particularly known for taking thier dolls to restaurants or on vacation with them just to get snapshots of their dollies in different notible locations.

How was I going to get over this culteral awkwardness? What was I going to say to those who stared the first time I pulled my Dolly out of my backpack for a quick (or not so quick) photo shoot?  Maybe I could lose a few pounds, (like maybe 50) and  I could wear skinny-skinny jeans and big dark glasses and a hello kitty hat and scarf and learn a few words of Japanese and flash a ‘peace’ sign, to throw people off so they wouldn’t realize I was a 58-year old anglo-saxon woman?

It probably wouldn’t work. I suppose if I can’t be saved by subterfuge any more than  by my ancestors, perhaps there is a saving grace in my children. My youngest son took “Little Steve” with him as  a battle buddy when he went to Iraq. Little Steve (of Cynaide and Happiness Comis Strips) is not exactly regular army issue, but Little Steve was over-there. And there are pictures to prove it. Heck, He Little Steve even has his own facebook page.

So now I wait.  I wait on my darling girls to arrive. It could be as long as another three weeks! I’m expecting a short haired brunette with bangs(and a very boyish figure), another girl with bobbed dark purple hair similar to the shade I used to dye my hair in my early 30’s, (much to my then teenage girls chagrin). And a girl with long pink hair and no bangs. I’m sure they are as nervous as I am. As well they should be. It took only one hair-cut from me before my oldest daughter began touting the phrase, “NEVER, let your mother cut your hair.”  And she was only six at the time.   And yet, I’m going to try and give these darling girls the FULL customized treatment. And not just makeup and hairstyle. We’re talkng plastic surgury and optometry!

I’ve always been a late bloomer. The Blythe craze may have already  come and gone in America.  Which is fine, Blythe and I don’t need to follow the crowd. We find our own way. But- just maybe, if you are like minded, and you have a desire to do all the fun things you used to do before life got oh-so-complicated and political and messed up with global warming and being unsure which restroom to use in a public venue – and you just want to escape it all and  learn a bit of magic and  how to make dolls come to life- …. I ‘d love to hear from you.  Just so you know- I only check my email about once a month- so don’t expect a quick response. I’m far too busy playing with dolls.