February 25, 2015

2 weeks later....

...and I am still sick. I can wake up in the middle of the night, surprised that I am coughing! That is the worst part being sick - the cough and the pain in the ears. In a way I am glad that all the symptoms one have for flu, do not come at the same time. But the good side would be, that it would be over much faster. Now it takes days and sometimes even weeks to get better. Last time I was this sick, my flu was kind enough to stay with me for 5 weeks. I was totally off. I had to plan my studies and work, my interest and other things to do again. One of the courses I took then I had to leave and take the next semester. It was too much to catch up. 

But even this will pass. And I am glad for that. I have been so tired too. When my hubby went for work I just crashed on the bed and did not know a thing for almost 3 hours. I woke up more tired and feel like a zombie....

Soon this day is over and a new one is on the way after a good night's sleep, I hope.
February 16, 2015

It must have been a crazy sight

Those who live close to me know that I have a crazy thing going on for dolls. It was a pleasure when the kids were small to go into the toy store, local or outside the small metropolis we live in. I remember as well when I bought our oldest daughter's first Bratz. They had not been around that long on the market when she wanted one. I remember also how I went to the shopping centre with my grumbling mother with me, who said it was too early and our daughter probably would not understand.

I found the doll, lucky me. Bought it, went home to rest of the family who were waiting at home with my father. In the living room the eldest daughter sat and played with the things she had picked a long for a weekend with Grandma and Grandpa. When she saw me, the toy bag and what I lifted out, she shined like a star. It was one of her happiest moments and believe it or not, the doll is still alive, almost 10 years later. Bruised and shaggy head fastened with glue, but alive.

These dolls were criticized a lot considering how they reflected an unrealistic ideal, when it comes to how girls look or should look. Materialism the crowds shouted, while Bratz defended themself by saying that the girls were of different backgrounds, ethnicity and they were confident.

Ever After High.
Today it is the Monster High dolls which are on top. Our youngest daughter is overjoyed and has her own small collection of Draculauras and Frankie Steins. I probably shined as a star when I was using social media in the world (BJD, abjd, bjds as hashtags) and found these two beauties in the photo (above), Ever After High. Wanted to know more about them and hoped that they would be for sale near me. And they were. I visited the toy store at the shopping centre and took the first one I liked the most, Madeleine Hatter (Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter's daughter in this case) and when I saw that the store clerk took a pile of dolls and went away, my first reaction was:

"Oh my God, now they disappear!"

So I grabbed the Apple White too and said "she is coming too." My husband wondered if the dolls were being moved to another place in the store and the store clerk confirmed it and I replied "you can never be sure."

Yes, it must have been a crazy sight.
February 10, 2015

I had plans....

Esther in her new short sleeved knitted jumper.
You know those days when you plan a thing and prepare for it and suddenly it is time to say good night, sleep tight? That was my day, not because of lots of unexpected matters came up, but because I have been feeling rather under the weather today. 

I woke up with a sore throat and I could not breath properly because my nose was all stuffed up. I have been blowing my nose almost the whole day. And that makes my nose sore, too. I freeze, I feel warm, I have a head ache and it feels that it gets worse every hour, even if I take medicine for it. I hope that I can sleep well and breathe too. I glad that my hubby bought nasal spray, because that helps. Hope to find a cough drop too. No luck so far. Forgot to ask him to buy it when he was at the pharmacy.

Well, I had plans to go through my dollie-stuff. Patterns, yarn, fabrics, clothes, wigs, shoes and so on. I had even plans to see if there is something I need and make an inventory list of some kind. But that did not happen.

Mostly I have been a zombie, a knitting one. And then I have watched some "24", season 6. And that is always something.

Have a great new week!
February 9, 2015

Big dolls! Or small ones?

Picture from Dollmore.
A Trinity doll and a Narsha doll.
When I ordered my first doll, a 35 cm tall Narsha from Dollmore, I thought that she was rather big for a doll compared to my early Barbies and Sindys. But during the time I have been interested in ball jointed dolls, I have learned the difference between small, normal and big sized dolls. 

So, my two - or maybe even my three dolls, are small. Narsha doll was designed in 2004 and have a rather "young" body. Or maybe I should say that she is in her early teenage. Anyway, she is just gorgeous and the Narsha doll is my favorite, just perfect. She is made by the korean artist Gu mi-jeong, who belongs to the Korea Ball Jointed Doll Association. 

Lately Dollmore have released several new dolls, big ones. It is a Trinity doll, 105 cm tall and with a weight around 7 kg. I have never owned a big doll, so I can not say what the good or bad sides are. My biggest doll is a Dollmore Mokashura, 40,5 cm, and she is like a little baby. It is okay to work with her - poses, clothes and so on, but the head can at times be rather heavy. I have even heard this about the Lusion doll (79-80 cm), that the head is heavy and the body at times can be hard to pose.

At the moment I am looking for a smaller doll, not higher than 25-26 cm. FairyLand has cute PukiFee dolls, that are small. A doll that size would be perfect to have in a small bag and carry around on trips and so. I am even looking for some dolls to learn how to do a face up. I thought that it would be best to learn on dolls like Monster high or Barbies.
February 3, 2015

Knitting, crocheting...

Zipporah in her new hat.
Testing yarn, measures and different types of knitting.
Today I have been trying to figure out how much yarn one need to make small and cute jumpers for BJD's and it has been fun. I have som trouble with my carpal tunnel syndrome and that can be rather painful. But knitting and working with yarn, fabrics and in one way playing with my dolls, makes me calm and relaxed. My mind is just here and now - all the other things that can trouble you over the day or in life, are gone for just that moment. I have even bought a new smaller sewing machine from IKEA. I have one older thingy, that my mother-in-law gave me some years ago. Well, I have two - one is at the cottage! You never know when you want to make something!

Hope that your new week started out well!