My First Blythe Doll Adventure

Doll Journey

I have some Barbie, Takara Jenny, Takara Barbie, Ma-Ba Barbie, Takara Licca, and Pullip dolls all my life; but I first started to enter the Blythe world this year when I got my very first custom Blythe in May 2015.

My girls lining up

My girls lining up on my work table

I got her from a customizing artist in Barcelona, Spain (Mimedollz on Etsy).  I had no idea what is involved in customizing a Blythe, so I had to ask the artist step by step.  I first ordered a Takara Country Summer Blythe from a Hong Kong shop and asked them to ship to Spain for me.  Mimedollz customized for me according to my preferences and then sent her back to me in the U.S.  What an amazing journey for my girl, Nellie!  She has been to places that I have never been and travelled the world for me.

An apple a day...chase the doctors away!

My first Blythe doll, Nellie

Progress pictures taken by Mimedollz (used with permission)

Before

Before any work is done on this Takara Country Summer Blythe (Photo taken by Miriam of Mimedollz in Barcelona, Spain).

After customization

After customization (Photo taken by Miriam of Mimedollz in Barcelona, Spain).

wip combo copy

Work-in-progress photos (Photo credit to Miriam, Mimedollz, used with permission)

Eye lids

Finished eye lids (photo by Miriam, Mimedollz, used with permission)

I love how her eye lids were painted.  The painting represents the skyline of Barcelona with La Sagrada Familia!

When I received her, I wanted to cut her hair shorter.  So here is what I did, and I like it:

BeforeAfter copy

Now Nellie is one of my main model for my shop.  I am so happy to be working with her!

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Big Change in 2015 – From Hairclips to Doll Accessories

Wonderful Change in 2015

The biggest and wonderful change for me this year is to rekindle my love for doll collecting and doll photography.  This change then directed my focus from making girl’s hairclips to doll accessories.

Previous work

Previous work

How I started 

I started my personal blog* to record my life as a new mom and how I spend my time with my Miss Rainbow (For those of you who don’t know Miss Rainbow, she is my super active toddler who requires me to constantly chase her everywhere.)

As I recorded my hobbies and showed some hairclips that I handmade for Miss Rainbow, some friends encouraged me to sell.  Therefore, I opened My Etsy shop with blessings from friends around me.

Progress photo of my Fruit Plate hairclip

Previous work of my Yummy Fruit Plate Hairclip

As time goes by, I started receive special requests to make miniature accessories and blankets for dolls.  Thanks to my first few customers, their enthusiasm in dolls inspired me to make more doll accessories.

Without thinking too much at first, I realized that I am doing exactly what I love the most: To be close to my dolls!

My Beloved Workstation

My Beloved Workstation

Dolls bring back memories

I got my first Barbie in the 2nd grade from my father.  Dolls were my best friends during quiet times because I was often alone due to the large age gap with my older siblings.  When my father passed away during my high school years, playing and collecting dolls further became a way for me to remember and miss him.

So if you are like me who simply love the idea of playing, collecting, photographing, or simply having fun with your dolls, then stay awhile and connect with me.  I always love to see other people’s collections!

*Note: My previous personal blog will expire soon, so I am not including its info here.  Hopefully I can move some information to this blog in the future since this new blog is permanent ^_^.

My Byul doll carrying a mini shoulder bag in green

My Byul doll carrying a mini shoulder bag in green