I managed to irritate myself to a degree that beggars belief trying to get one good dance shot the other day. I didn't get what I wanted but I'm happy enough. I used a bit of string tied around Pip's neck to suspend her so that she looks like she's on the tip of her toe. This was way more trouble than it was worth as pukifee heads are so heavy I couldn't get the balance right plus she kept spinning around.

Anzac Day is coming up and it must have been skulking around in my subconscious because I drew this over the weekend before even realising it would be next Friday. If you've no idea what I'm talking about here's a handy wiki link about Anzac Day.

April was always felt like a bit of a weird month when I was a kid. There's all that Jesus-rising-from-the-grave Easter stuff, followed by my grandparents reminiscing about the war while we ate copious amounts of chocolate until we all slipped into a sugar coma. That's April to me, death and chocolate. Probably should have drawn that. Well, there's always next year.

Still technically a WIP though, not sure I've finished tinkering with it.

I thought I'd do something a little different and emulate a Sebastien Del Grosso piece with my chicline Chloe. I used an old photo from her box opening so the result is pretty sub-par, I should have planned out the shot for a better result, but it was fun all the same. Also I had to come up with something fast for today!

I'm thinking I'm going to give this another go next week. You guys should try it out too!

I finally got this girl finished up. This is the Nyx that Misterminou kindly sent me to paint a little while ago. Funnily enough I got a commission for another of Misterminou's dolls this month, a little Cornue. Super cute little thing, you can see her in my flickr.

I'm really pleased with how she turned out, although I wish I had better clothing for her, she deserves much more exciting accessories than what I have.

I wish I had lots of gold things for her to wear, she needs a big golden headdress or something, perhaps a slinky purple and black dress too, then she'd be a real midnight princess.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, she's such a magical thing.

Some of you may be wondering what happened to my ebay auction, well it was flagged and removed because I linked to my FAQ here on the blog, which ebay didn't like.

There's a lot of additional waffle about offsite linking and such that I won't bore you with, suffice it say I won't be adding any links to my flickr or here etc in ebay anymore.

So I've relisted it, sans offsite links, and we're having to start the auction over again. I'm really sorry to those of you who already made bids, I had no idea my FAQ would cause problems, I was just wanted to provide as much additional information as possible. I'm really sorry we're having to restart everything. The auction is still running on the same timeline as before and will end on Monday 21st. This is an auction for one faceup. Please feel free to email me (xhanthi(at)gmail.com) with any questions.

The auction is back up and the new link is {HERE}

It's a colour cheat day today. I went to the annual tulip festival on Saturday and took what could best be described as an obscene amount of photos. Needless to say the tulips were gorgeous. It took us forever to get there and the traffic was horrendous but it was worth it. Here are a few black and white shots with a few colour photos too because well, the colour shots are best!

Such a pretty day today. I wish we had a more exciting yard, have I told you how much I hate lawn? Anyway, here's a quote for you as I've nothing pithy to say today. 

"The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The few books she had read and liked had been fairy-story books, and she had read of secret gardens in some of the stories. Sometimes people went to sleep in them for a hundred years, which she had thought must be rather stupid. She had no intention of going to sleep, and, in fact, she was becoming wider awake every day which passed at Misselthwaite."
— Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden)

Couldn't wait to get a face onto this girl so I could play with her. As usual it's a bit slap dash and there's loads I'd change, I unwittingly made her lips, tongue, and gums all the same colour which was stupid, but at least she's got a face now. I might just darken her tongue as I think that'll be a quick fix.

This wig has so many fly-aways it's crazy but the style is super cute on her, but then again she's just super cute all round! She's so happy! It was strange working on a face with so much expression, I'm so used to the usual neutral BJD sculpts so I felt a bit lost with this one.

I almost didn't buy this head, now that she's arrived I realise that would have been a downright travesty because she's fabulous! She is a DIM doll Miso head and she's such a great sculpt, she's so full of character and whimsy even though she's blank. I love this head so much my JID Asa just got thrown onto the back burner.

I'm doubly pleased that this head works well on the minifee bodies I have, the colour is of course a little of, it's 'normal skin' but it's a warmed up porcelain bisque kind of colour. Very pretty but lighter than Fairyland resin, though that should work out well once she gets a face.

For those who are curious she's wearing 8mm eyes from Safrindoll and has a 6.5 inch head. Her teeth are a separate part that pops out just like Narae teeth or Unoa teeth. She looks way scary without her teeth in by the way, will show you next time lol. You can grab this head for $90 and the shipping is super fast, I ordered my girl just a week and a half ago!

The other morning the grass was speckled in dew drops, it was gorgeous, like a scattering of diamonds across the lawn, so I grabbed my camera and proceeded to spend the next twenty minutes laying on my stomach in the cold snapping pics. Managed to give myself a headache. I have these in colour too of course but they're so much nicer in black and white!

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