Repairing a Petite Blythe Tsuki Usagi

30 December, 2014 (18:47) | All Entries, Blog, Dolls, Japan, Projects | By: snowy

Longtime fans of this blog will know that I have a soft-spot for anything Heian: and that I love miniatures/dolls. Predictably, I wanted to add the mini doll Petite Blythe Tsuki Usagi プチブライスつきうさぎ to my collection.

Petite Blythe Tsuki Usagi  プチブライスつきうさぎ with LPS Blythe Body

She’s an adorable little doll, about 11cm high (the size of Littlest Pet Shop mini Blythes and Little Dals,) with a theme from the fairy tale Taketori Monogatari (sometimes better known as the story of Princess Kaguya, although this isn’t the official title.) Tsuki Usagi- “Moon Rabbit”- even comes in a little canister shaped like (and decorated as) a little stalk of bamboo.

Her clothes- although simplified- are for their size an astonishingly accurate portrayal of the Heian-era “itsutsu-ginu-kouchiki” junihitoe worn by noblewomen. She even has a little white kosode with red nagabakama, and a tiny little fan!

But apparently, there was a production flaw her model: the paint used for her bloomers seems to interact badly with the plastic, and cause it to crumble, right out of the box. :(

Fortunately for her, a never-deboxed LPS mini Blythe was on hand, to, um, donate a similarly-sized body to her. (This involved slicing down the new body’s huge neck-peg and sanding down her neck/shoulders/peg quite a good bit, so it’s no fix for amateurs- but it did work!)

The new body:

1:12 Scale Handmade Christmas Diorama

15 December, 2014 (22:06) | All Entries, Blog, Christian, CHRISTMAS!!, Crafts, Etsy, Miniatures, My Art, Sales | By: snowy

Finished my new project!

For sale here at my Etsy.

Handmade 1:12 Scale Christmas Miniature Shadow Box

Handmade 1:12 Scale Christmas Miniature Shadow Box

Handmade 1:12 Scale Miniature Shadow Box- Nutcracker, Christmas Tree, Gifts etc

This is a 1:12 scale Christmas-themed diorama room box. It is enclosed, and is meant for decoration (although it can be opened.)

The tree lights on the miniature Christmas tree inside can be turned on (see 2nd photo) can be set to different types of blinking, or a steady light, from a control on the shadow box’s back.

Please note that this is for adult collectors, not children! the front of the case is real glass, and the little pieces are very delicate. Recommended for collectors 15 and up!

– antique miniature red doll chair in Victorian style – legs handpainted
– miniature porcelain doll with lace dress, originally an ornament from Dilliard’s
– stuffed puppy dog and dog bed
– Christmas hearth with metallic paper “fire” inside (see photos)
– 4x handmade stockings, and their contents (NOT removable)
– miniature hearth shovel and broom (attached to hearth via glue, but somewhat removable if need so require)
– handmade felt scroll
– handmade felt peppermints
– 3x handmade wrapped giftboxes, with metallic paper and ribbons
– handmade and handpainted Christmas Nativity creche
– handpainted Nativity figures
– basket of decor and treats
– 3x decorative toy soldiers
– miniature Christmas tree with working lights and garlands, with a star tree topper
– handmade red felt Christmas tree skirt, with metallic edging and star decor
– wooden toy train

– paper-covered backing
– external golden star decor and mini garland

Art Feature: 1/144th inch scale miniature-Victorian Style Room box

20 November, 2014 (16:11) | All Entries, Art Features, Cool Things, Crafts, Miniatures, NOT MINE | By: snowy

Isn’t this tiny miniature roombox by sdkminiatures on etsy incredible? :) (I wish that I could make things this small!!)

As of 2014/November, it’s still available in their shop and is $95.00 USD.

Art Feature: Lacey the Valentine Cat Felt Plushie Pattern

19 November, 2014 (16:50) | All Entries, Art Features, Crafts, Cute Animals, Etsy, NOT MINE, Sewing, Tutorials | By: snowy

Tsubo-Shouzoku kimono in doll-size

19 March, 2014 (21:07) | All Entries, Dolls, Japan, My Art, Projects, Sewing | By: snowy

1:6-sized Tsubo-Shouzoku (Heian-era Traveling-wear Kimono Set)

A 1:6-doll-sized this outfit, which is my favorite type of Heian~ish-era wear. The brocade for the outer kimono was, ahem, “harvested” from a mass-produced vintage geisha doll, who inexplicably wore a hikizuri of passable-Heian tiny brocade: . Her hitoe is mostly fake (think a really complex date-eri!) and made from tiny, cotton kiku-tatewaku fabricthat showed up at my local fabric store a few years back. (I only regret not buying more of it!! Doll-sized, cheap-ish, KIKU TATEWAKU fabric, without having to pay for the shipping!! it was a great day! :D )

Someone with too much time on their hands can see all of my WIP shots here.

I was going to make the hat, and had it halfway-done, but I didn’t have the patience to finish all of those tiny, detailed butterfly knots for the strings… I may get around to doing the hat, but it’s currently on hold…

As Pullip dolls are about the size of a Barbie, and Barbies are cheaper/less-fragile, I eventually moved this outfit to a cheaper Barbie doll for display on a shelf… because every doll-shelf needs a travelling court-lady.

Teal Mermaid Crocheted Purse – for sale at Etsy!

12 March, 2014 (19:05) | All Entries, Crafts, Crochet, Etsy, My Art | By: snowy

aqua teal mermaid crocheted shell stitch purse

Finished this purse, in a type of shell-stitch crochet. :) It’s a lovely teal color, and has motifs of shells / seigaiha woven into the fabric via the crochet.

It’s currently for sale at my etsy.

Handmade Rose Hat & Scarf for Dal, 8-9 Doll

12 February, 2014 (21:57) | All Entries, Crafts, Crochet, Dolls, Etsy, My Art, Sewing | By: snowy

rose hat and scarf for Dal Pullup Byul 8-9 doll 1-03-w by snowfoxcreations / ningyousuki
Handmade Rose Hat & Scarf for Dal/Pullip/Byul or 8-9 BJD Doll, a photo by snowfoxcreations / ningyousuki on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Completed! a pink and purple rose-themed scarf and hat set for Dal, modelled by my Tiger Lily Byul. :)

(btw Byuls get a lot of bad press, but Tiger Lily, at least, is GORGEOUS in real-life after borrowing a Dal eyemech. Her faceup is just so great.)

Teal Mermaid Dal

21 September, 2013 (22:57) | All Entries, Crafts, Dolls, My Art, Projects, THE SEA | By: snowy

Via flickr: Redid the teal mermaid… still working on some of the other craft projects…

This doll’s outfit, with most of its accoutrements, is handmade (except for the tail) and the background is made using foamboard, brown paper and marble-patterned shelf-liner.  The plants and gravel and aquarium decor items.

(Her wig is a 1/4 8-9” BJD Doll Hair Wig for SD DOD LUTS Dollfie New by thestylehome at Ebay; despite the listed 8-9 size, it won’t fit a Pullip unless you hack the elastic and glue it on.  Although I cut the elastic to fit a Pullip, it still wasn’t ideal- but I found that it does work well for a smaller-sized Dal..)

The doll model, faceup and eyes are stock Hina Ichigo.