Happy 2018 everyone!
I celebrated New Year's Eve with a friend, and we did a photo-shoot with my Iplehouse Raffine - the one with the body art painted by BJD face-up artist Vitta Vera.
I'd made a thirties-style gown in pleated gold fabric for the celebrations, and I think she looks pretty wonderful!
Her beautiful wig is "Marianne", by Amadiz Studio.
My Iplehouse FID girl Raffine got a new outfit from Lyanne... I'm much too impatient and imprecise to sew in this scale (1/4), so really appreciated being able to commission this lovely outfit for Raffine. Lyanne posed and photographed Raffine for me - she's so good at this sort of thing!
Do check out Lyanne's Flickr account; she has several FID ladies and they're always beautifully outfitted!
Later Raffine got replacement arms from Iplehouse - these are slightly longer and the elbow is at waist level as it's supposed to be... I love how the violet blue of her top accentuates her blue eyes;
I got my order from Etsy store KawkanaStyle, so I got out my RaccoonDoll ladies and my sole FID woman and changed them into autumn gear.
Iplehouse FID Raffine looks lost in an autumn reverie... memories of springtime, perhaps?
Her pretty jumper and stretch denims (actually leggings) are by KawkanaStyle. She just manages to squeeze into a pretty pair of boots by Paul Zhangby (actually for RaccoonDoll, who have smaller feet!)
Laetitia gets stretch denims as well, and some French flair - a striped top and lavender beret scarf made by Lyanne. Lucky Laetitia!
Gene gets a rose top and leggings by KwakanaStyle;
And Smiling Gene gets her first outing!
She got a lovely vibrant orange knit ensemble from Iplehouse, and also new feet from Iplehouse!
The feet & shoes fit together (no toes - does that make her the Pobble Who Has No Toes? :) )
RaccoonDoll girls can 'wear' Iplehouse JID and FID hands, and also high heel FID feet which allows them to wear American Model shoes which would be otherwise too large.
Iplehouse normal skin matches very well with RaccoonDoll normal, Iplehouse real skin with RD sweet mocha, and Iplehouse light brown with RD dark mocha.
Smiling Gene was a tiny bit wobbly on these feet, so got a stand to make sure she didn't fall while I was taking photographs.
And here is the wig shown on FID Raffine; she is the "Fashion Doll" edition of EID Raffine.
My Raffine is also in the "glow" peach gold resin colour, which is really lovely. It really does seem to have a healthy "glow" under the "skin", and this adds a great deal more liveliness to the doll.
I took her to my friend Lyanne, where we tried on a couple of outfits that Lyanne had made for her CED fashion dolls (a bit broad in the shoulder, and narrow in the hips, but not a bad fit overall). CED shoes are too narrow however. She is wearing Kitty Collier shoes, and these ones are a square-toed style, so I don't know if narrow styles would fit either. There are a lot of 16-17 inch fashion dolls, but they usually have very small, narrow feet.
Iplehouse FID ladies still have feet with more normal proportions - which look great in my opinion but it sure makes it harder to find shoes for them.
I have some fun with Raffine, a large photo and a new Amadiz Studio wig.
Amadiz Studio wigs are awesome!
Well, it was far from summery - completely the opposite in fact, being August this year. I can't remember a winter and spring when we had so much rain! Thank goodness we've finally reverted back to normal Auckland spring weather in November - rain, shine, rain, shine - all in the one day mind you.
My new peach gold Raffine got to model this fabulous new ensemble from Iplehouse;
Lady B. (Carina) also got a new outfit;
And Doria and Crow got in on the act as well;
Well, I did feel a little more summery myself, after that photoshoot!
Yes, another Raffine!
I've wanted to get an Iplehouse girl in the new 'glow' peach gold resin ever since Iplehouse brought it out. It is very like the original peach gold, which was a French resin. This was introduced in 2013, but Iplehouse found it difficult to source the resin, so they swapped resins in 2014. The difference was very apparent, particularly for the peach gold and special realskin (light tan) resin colours.
Recently, Iplehouse introduced 'glow' resin, that is, a French resin version of their standard resin. I have wanted to buy another girl in the peach gold colour ever since.
My first Iplehouse girl was Aria, back in 2013, and I purchased her in the original peach gold resin. Dear Aria has faded, especially her face, but her resin colour is still a delightful colour, resembling a very light golden tan. She really is very cute.
I have a Rexy in the original peach gold resin too, she has not faded so much, just a tad...
An older picture of Aria - my photo-taking skills have definitely improved since then! But it does serve to show how Aria has faded. She's still beautiful though :)
And here is Jeanne (Raffine), brand new, in the new glow Peach Gold resin;
She photographs so beautifully! I just love this resin colour! It really does glow from within.
To finish off, here is Mari, in the 'standard' peach gold resin; it photographs very nicely as well, but all in all, I do prefer the 'glow' version - it has a slight transparency which gives it more life - this is much more apparent in 'real life' than when looking at photographs, but hopefully I've managed to capture some of the difference.
Yes, after weeks of neglect, I'm updating my blog again. I've been taking a bit of a break - well, it's winter here in Auckland and the light hasn't been too great for taking photos... not to mention it's quite chilly in my "studio". But I have managed to take some more photos of Jane!
She is wearing a beautifully tailored and hand-beaded pantsuit from Etsty store 'DesignbyALMA'.
Apparently this designer used to create clothing designs for Iplehouse.
This is one very elegant pantsuit! Jane's earrings are by Sisen. Sassy red & gold stiletto shoes are by Paul Zhangby.
Jane (Iplehouse Raffine) gets a new gown and her hair styled by AmadizStudio;
Jane's gown is made up by me from BurdaStyle pattern #123. The waist grippers are from a doll stand - I don't trust the Iplehouse EID ankles to keep her steady!
Jane's elegant chignon is by AmadizStudio.
Jane's beautiful face-up, hand-blushing and body art is by BJD face-up artist Vitta vera.
I've been wanting to create that photo ever since I got Raffine!
The background is a stock photo from Shutterstock.com.
Based in New Zealand, I've been a collector of ball-jointed dolls since 2011.