Saturday, July 15, 2017

Summertime and my poor neglected blog!!

I cannot believe that we are now halfway through July, where does the time go!  I also cannot believe how neglected my poor blog is, I really do need to pull my finger out and get blogging properly again.  But we have actually had a very busy few months so I feel that I have a good excuse ;) 

Summer starts very early here and with it comes the intense heat and, here on the coast, very high humidity.  This years June seemed particularly hot and sticky but I admit that I love the heat....have I mentioned that before? :D  And I would take the summer months over the winter any day, despite how short our winter is!  But it does make me feel particularly lazy sometimes so I have spent my spare time just relaxing and reading, I've read loads of books.....but as a result my dolls have been seriously neglected too, poor things.

I had to buy a new eReader last month as my Kindle decided that it was going to stop working.  It wasn't particularly old but of course it was out of guarantee.  I looked around and finally decided on a Kobo Aura One with a nice 7.8 inch screen, and so far I'm very pleased with it.  In fact I've struggled to put it down sometimes!

My mum and brother came over for two weeks from the 23rd June and it was lovely to see them as I'd not seen them since Christmas.  We did a lot of eating out and more relaxing.....well in this heat you really can't do too much, can you!  On their first night it was the fiesta of San Juan which is celebrated in a big way here and denotes the beginning of summer.  In Torre del Mar, our nearest town, there was a large and colourful evening craft market which went on for several days, as well as musical performances, tastings of sardines, competitions, games on the beaches, in addition to the traditional bonfires that are lit at night on the beaches.  

I did a little bit of shopping at the market, well it would be rude not to, wouldn't it!  And having seen this stall, I had to buy my girls a guitar as they were the perfect scale for the MSD sized BJDs.  And at only 8 euros each, I couldn't pass one up!!


I was seriously tempted by the Beatles drum set and the violins too, and now I regret that I didn't buy anything other than one guitar from this stall!  Oh well, there is always next year!


Brian and John enjoyed the things that were put in place for the children!!!


Later, we ate in a nice restaurant called the Safari Lounge.  The food was lovely, but the portions were so big!!  Here's my mum and brother waiting for their supper.



We went to Nerja for a day and ate in a very nice Japanese restaurant.  I didn't take any photos in the restaurant but took a few on the Balcon de Europa which was busy with holiday makers.  I do like Nerja, but have to say it's much better in winter when it's not so busy.


 We also went into the church located at the Balcon de Europa, called El Salvador.  The interior was so lovely and cool and peaceful, after the heat of the street! 




Afterwards, a welcome drink in a bar...


We did lots of other things and ate many more meals in restaurants, but I didn't take my camera out with me at all, I have no idea why!!

As well as my family visiting, I have been working on my fitness because over the years I've got lazy about exercising.  After a whole bunch of tests over the last 3 months, I've finally been told that I have bone degeneration, so thankfully nothing too serious.  Anyway, I decided to start walking as I love to walk but had been putting it off and putting it off using the excuse that I wanted someone to walk with.  So for the last 6 weeks, Lucy our Miniature Pinscher and I, have been getting out of bed at 6.30am and walking from 7am for a minimum of an hour.  We head out into the campo and just walk!  It is a wonderful time of day, the sun is only just rising and there is a real freshness before the intense heat of the day.


We just climb higher and higher until we are able to look back down towards the sea, it feels like being on top of the world!!!!  

We've met some lovely people, Pepe and Maria, who, along with their little Yorkshire Terrier, are walking in the opposite direction to us and always stop for a quick chat about life as we pass, as well as a farmer who gave me nine of the most delicious freshly picked tomatoes that I've ever tasted!!! 



We've spotted quite a bit of wildlife too, including Hoopoe birds, which I've tried to get photos of as they are so pretty.  Unfortunately my iPhone doesn't zoom in far enough to get them but I plan on taking my proper camera out with me soon.



We also discovered a snake!  Unfortunately for the snake, but perhaps fortunately for us, it was dead, having been flattened by something.  But it was a biggie!  I have put my foot in the photo to show you the scale....I would put it at about 5 foot long including it's tail which was separate!!! (That's the snake, NOT my foot!!!)  Lucy was very interested!


Finally this morning, on our walk back along the beach, I spotted some dolphins swimming not that far out from the beach!!!  I rarely see them because they are quite 'elusive' but today there were at least three of them....oh to have had that camera with me....but you can just see the fin coming out of the water in the blurry photos below:



 As for the walking, well it is starting to pay off as over the last four weeks I have lost 11 pounds in weight, I'm walking between 5 and 8 kilometres per morning and am actually getting quite addicted to it!  And next week I'm starting Yoga classes!!!!

Finally a photo of the beach at 8pm on Thursday...and yes, the water was lovely!!



Well I hope you all are having a lovely summer and that the weather is good where you are.  I hope to post more often now and hopefully will remember to lug my camera with me (which will mean that all the local wildlife will take their summer vacations!!!)

Big hugs, Sharon xx






Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dolls for Sale....

I have some dolls that are looking for new homes, so I thought I'd advertise them here first, just in case anyone is interested.

Firstly I have my Maru & Friends Tanya who I rewigged with a cute Monique Gold wig which I then cut into a cute chin length bob.  She will come nude except for the white cotton knickers that she came in.   I have had her since new having bought directly from a doll shop in France.  I can also include her original wig too if wanted, although it is a bit untidy and could do with a good brush through.  Tanya is in very good clean condition and has no nasty odours or damage.

Price for this doll is 70 euros plus postage.  SOLD THANK YOU!





Next looking to travel is Noelle, a Nicky Ladd Blythe customised by me.  She is a genuine Blythe doll from Takara and I bought her new from a Blythe seller in Hong Kong.  She has had all the usual customisation including some new eyechips, sleep eyes and face carving.  I carved her mouth to look like she is sucking in her bottom lip, which makes her look young, shy and pensive.  Noelle has a Licca body (shown in the first two photos) and will travel to her new home in an outfit of my choice but not necessarily one in the photos below.

Price for Noelle is 165 euros (or near offer) plus postage.SOLD Thank you!






Next up is a Zwergnase Junior Avery who is in brand new condition, never having been played with, only photographed twice, and I've never even undressed her.  I bought her directly from Zwergnase in Germany in November last year, so she is barely 7 months old.  She has no damage or bad odours.  She will travel in her complete outfit including boots and in her soft bag/pouch that she came in.

I'm asking 175 euros or near offer for Avery, plus postage.




Finally for now, I have my Volks Yosd Ayumu up for adoption.  Ayumu, who I call Jack, has been with me since November 2007 when I bought him new from Japan.  He has a custom faceup by the very talented and very sought after Caroline of Viridian House.  Jack comes nude in his original box with original wig and paperwork, he also still has his brass identification/authentification plate still in place on the back of his headcap.  He has had his default acrylic eyes replaced with glass ones.  He is great condition and has no odours or damage.  He is natural pureskin which has mellowed slightly with age but it is even and natural looking.  Jack is Yosd size, which in his case is 26cm, he takes size 14 or 16mm eyes and wears a size 6/7 inch wig.  He is a resin ball jointed doll and Volks were the first company to produce BJDs in modern times.

I am asking 295 euros plus postage.




Do not be alarmed by the tape on his headcap, I have removed it since taking this photo.




All payments would need to be 'friends and family' please, or add 4% to the total to cover paypal charges.

Thanks very much for looking.  If you'd like any further information or more photos of the above dolls, then please don't hesitate to email me on dambuster0662@gmail.com

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend and I hope the week ahead is a good one for  you!!!

Hugs Sharon x


Monday, May 29, 2017

Introducing Pip...

I just to share a few photos of the new boy, Enyo, who I bought at the BlytheCon Europe last weekend.  He will now be known as Pip. 

During the week I made him a wig using alpaca, and an outfit of overalls, tee shirt and socks.  I wanted his wig to look very boyish and to have untidy hair....I think you'll agree that I certainly achieved the latter! LOL


 






 

I do like these little dolls when they're kept bald, I think they look baby like and sweet, but I wanted my boy to fit in with the other dolls of his size here and to look about 3 or 4 years old rather than a baby, hence the wig.  I do like this look on him, so although the wig isn't perfect, he will keep this look for now.

Thank you for visiting!  I hope you all have a great week ahead!

Hugs Sharon x

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blythe Con Europe 2017.....Part Two.....Photo heavy!

As promised (although a day late), here are some of my photos from Blythe Con Europe, which took place last Saturday, here in Malaga.  I have to admit that I'm not completely sure of who customised a lot of the Blythes in my photos so unless I do know, or it's pretty obvious who owns the stand, I will not put much narrative into this post.  I hope you enjoy seeing the photos, but I warn you, there are a LOT of them!!!!

Sam, my tiny Elfdoll Hana Angel on the Jerry Berry resin body, came with us....


As did Hershey, my Simply Chocolate Blythe (customised by me).....she obviously couldn't stand the pace though!!!!


As we went into the venue, there was a large board which was being spray painted by a local graffiti artist.....here it is in the first stage.....the end result is at the bottom of this post:



There was a beautiful model on display which was made by the very talented Nanuka from Bilbao here in Spain, flickr photos of her work can be found here: Nanukafactory




 Brian, obviously trying very hard to contain his excitement ;)


And now for the photos of the stalls


Below two cute custom Blythes on the I Have Wings stand....


The middle girl below is wearing a beautifully intricate mask made with beading and ostrich feathers....


I cannot remember who this little one is, except that she has a Pure Neemo body in size small.  She has a very cute custom face.....


The lovely girl below with beautiful reroot, was on the Pomme Pomme stand....


 Jolly Roger Dolls stand....all looking very cosy in their hats....


I loved these 'helmets' with their ears and flowers but they were 85 euros each...beautifully made though with fine tiny stitches....


Note the sweet little bears on this stand, I think they were made from soft mohair...


I particularly loved this middle girl with her quirky mouth and sticky up pony tail!  And her little Minion friend....


The below stand is Papa Toronjo, another Spanish artist.  He was telling me that his dad carves the Blythe faces and he paints them and then dresses them.....their stand won the prize for Best Stand with it#s nautical theme and big wooden boats!  




This funny little fellow was on the Banochita (Blanca Diaz) stand, he's a Midi Blythe head on a taller jointed body, although I'm not completely sure what type of body.  His face has been carved with an open mouth and teeth!!  He looks full of mischief!


Cute Blythes in lovely hats by La Gata Tricotadora....I love those yarn flowers too!


A Blythe sized 'house' setting on another stall!! 


My lovely friend Monica from Granada, who sells really nice knits as Feltland...


This beautifully customised sad faced Blythe and her three eyed companion!


Another three eyed 'alien' riding his rocking horse....


Some gorgeous metal props on this stand, by Tebuki Customize....


Amazing customs on this stand....note the tiny little Blythe in the bottom left hand corner!


Harry Potter themed display below, how cute is this!!


The stand below is showing The Little Mischiefs (Dolly Treasures).  This is owned by a lady called Eileen Lam who lives in the UK and takes the most amazing Blythe photos and captions her photos with rhymes. She then has them made into books which she sells.  Typically I didn't know any of this until after the event of course, or I'm sure I'd have been tempted to buy one of her books!   Some of her work can be seen here



Here are the raffle tables.  There were an incredible amount of prizes including quite a few customised Blythe dolls!  To give you an idea, the raffle started at 5pm and the final prize number was called at 7.55pm!!! 





Another friend, and the organiser of the event, Malagueña, Olga Ramirez, also known as Vainilladolly, had a stand with her gorgeous custom Blythes for adoption....I just love her style so much!


Olga's little Secretdoll Ming obviously not wanting to be left out of the action!


The stall next to Olga's was selling these cute little Sonny Angels....I was tempted but I really don't want to start collecting something else!!! 


The next photos are from Zozo of Zolala who I've known forever but had never met before.  Zozo is from the Netherlands and makes very detailed outfits and hats for Blythe.  I knew Zozo from her days making incredible outfits for BJDs, and still use some of the patterns she produced many years ago.  It was lovely to finally meet her after all this time!!  Her stand was my favourite for all it's little details....




Here's Zozo below with my Blythe.  What a lovely lady, we chatted for probably about an hour.  I hope that we meet again one day! 

My Hershey on the left, looking slightly puzzled, is joined by her new friend Trufa, another Simply Chocolate, owned by Kittenlash from the UK....



Incredible custom Blythes by Ma Poupee Cherie....


I loved these soft fuzzy hats and the gorgeous tan girl in the middle modelling one!  Apologies though, I cannot remember the maker of them!


Another sweet bunch of customs....I wonder what's been said that has shocked the little girl on the right?!


Three customs with teeth....I think I might have to try doing a toothy custom one of these days!!!


I loved these trendy girls in their snazzy sunglasses.....I was sorely tempted but at 55 euros a pair.......


The astronaut Blythe carrier on the left is a brilliant idea!


More great customs and clothing for them!


This little girl was one of my favourite customs that was for sale.  I think she has the cutest face.....and SOLD, but no, not to me!  


Another couple of cuties that went home with new mums or dads from the event....I really like the hair on the girl on the left, a great reroot....


Bimba Bambolina had some gorgeous room settings and props for sale, these are just a couple of samples of her work....


The little girl below looks like she's saying "No, I'm quite comfortable staying here, thank you!"


The cutest little duck on a swing on Melinda Pato-Duck's stand....


Three girls walking through the scary woods on this stand below...


A close up of the custom I showed up above....isn't she a sweetie!


This little school boy is obviously having a lot of dental work done at the moment.....


What a studious little one this is....waiting to be adopted for 1900 euros....



As is this little curly head, for the same price....


And this naughty girl with pink hair standing on her desk!


These delightful girls and pretty flowered helmets are on the stand of Moshi Moshi.....


As are these sweet bears which I showed above....


I wonder why these girls look a bit displeased?  Maybe they don't want to part with their beautiful flowered helmets!


Loved this little fellow with the sailor suit and top hat!  And his tiny red doggy friend...


Another sweet custom Blythe with her hobby horse, on the stand belonging to I Have Wings...


And a better close up of two I showed above...


A really bright colourful stand, I'm not sure but think this stand was owned by 'Creative and Regaliz Couture'...  


A very sweet mauve haired custom on the same stand....


I don't know who this shy little custom is by but love her nightgown and her reroot....


And another great custom on the same stand....love her mushroom teeshirt and little tambourine!


My very lovely friend Barb, Little Miss No Name, showing her M for Monkey doll on the left and her friend's girl on the right.  These little dolls are all made of cloth with a posable armature inside, their faces are handpainted....


I've known Barb for many years but we've never met before as she lives in Madrid....it was wonderful to finally meet her, she's as lovely face to face as she is on line! 


Another stand with a nautical theme.  I loved the little fabric fox and his sweet mice companions....



There were loads more stands that I just never got around to photographing, and masses of great stuff to buy.....it was a super event!

Finally here is the completed 'graffiti' painting of Blythe....and lastly me showing that sometimes yes, I do get in front of the camera, if somewhat reluctantly!!!!



Oooh you can just about see my Blythe tee shirt that Brian made for me, showing Hershey :)  and my bulging bag of goodies!!!!


Well if you're still awake, then I hope you enjoyed seeing all my photos from Blythe Con Europe here in Malaga.  Thank you very much for stopping by to share my fun day out!

Big hugs Sharon x