October 2, 2010

Paige says, "Aloha!"

Paige at South Point on the Big Island of Hawai'i

Aloha, friends! Paige and I spent 2 wonderful, relaxing, and glorious weeks on the Big Island of Hawai'i! We loved it so much we didn't want to come back :)

Of course, you can see Paige's Hawai'i adventure in her own Flickr set!

September 4, 2010

Kitchen Queen

Kensie is having fun in the kitchen! She seems to be settling in just fine.
She is wearing a sailor dress by Rhiannon/Dolluxe :)

August 25, 2010

Kensie joins the family

One of my dream dollies has joined the xoxoBlythe family! Ever since I got bit by the Blythe bug in 2003, I've always wanted an EBL Picca, but somehow the stars never aligned until now. Say "hi" to Kensie, a very special EBL Piccadilly Dolly. She moved here from New York and we can't wait to show her around!

Of course, Emma, the head of the welcoming committee, was right there to say hello before everyone else. Our resident orange tabby cat, Marmie, wanted to say hello too.

They hung out in the loft living room and got to chat a little while Kensie settled in.

Then they both enjoyed some delicious sweets perfect for a hot summer day! We are so happy to have Kensie join us and we hope she will love California just as much as we do.

July 26, 2010

xoxoBlythe Knitted Tunics!

Here's a sneak peek!

Finally - there will be an Etsy update for a batch of xoxoBlythe knitted tunic tops this Wednesday, July 29th at 5:30pm PST! That works out to be 8:30pm EST, Thursday July 30th 1:30am GMT, and 10:30am Australian time. I know it's not very EU-friendly, so there will be a 2nd batch this weekend that will be more convenient for our friends in the EU. Please stay tuned!

Thanks to everyone who has been waiting, I really appreciate your patience and your support! xo

July 22, 2010

July Blythe Meet

The girls all dressed up for the meet! Left to right: Noe, wearing headband by Rob & Sioux and dress by Xie Kitchen, shoes by Princess Sara; Emma, wearing headband by Cristel, dress by Fishknees, shoes from Mattel; Paige, wearing headband by Rob & Sioux, dress by me, shoes from Volks; Reese, wearing headband & dress by me, and vintage shoes.

We had such a great time at the July Blythe Meet last Saturday! It was so nice to see our Blythe friends as well as meeting some new faces. We had our meet at the Aztec Hotel in Monrovia, the same venue as the meet in May, except this time we had a room indoors. Thanks Penny/Blythegalaxy and Fiddy for organizing! The weather was so perfect in May, but it was a scorching 100F/37C on Saturday! On top of that, the air conditioning wasn't working inside, so we all tried the best we could to keep cool and drink lots of liquids while admiring all the dollies before us.

It was an especially nice meet because we got to meet Gayle/Shadow Planet who was visiting from the midwest! We have been admiring Gayle's dollies and her work on Flickr for some years now, so it was wonderful to finally meet her in person!

We had a fun gift swap too - I really wanted to participate so I made a dress and matching headband on Friday night (good thing the meet was on a Saturday so I was able to stay up!). The theme was "Welcome to Hollywood," so I tried to make a set that would look great on a Hollywood Blythe, of course. Shades of cream, with neutrals like brown, gray, and olive green. And guess who ended up with my set - Fiddy! I hope her Hollywood will like it!

June 29, 2010

Knitting Factory

My knitting needles have been busy! These are in colors "Blush" and "Cricket" (are they cute color names or what?). I have three more colors to do before a big update on Etsy. Hopefully in a week or two. I really wish I can knit faster, but I would rather produce better-quality garments.

I'm really enjoying the early summer days in Los Angeles. The June gloom is great, I love the cool and cloudy mornings followed by afternoon breeze and sunshine. I've been going to the park after work for a nice walk, and I'm thinking of getting a bicycle. Riding the bike around in my neighborhood would be so much fun and great exercise too. Hope you are all having a great summer (and winter for those down South)!

June 19, 2010

Say Hello to Taylor!

My postman dropped off a special package this afternoon, and lo and behold, it's Taylor! Aztec Arrival has been one of my dream dollies for so long, so when the opportunity came up to adopt her from a good friend, I jumped at the chance. The last time I saw Taylor in person was probably in 2005? I'm so happy she is now part of my family. :)

Taylor tells me she loves animals and is a nature girl. She enjoys baking and veggie-friendly treats like tofu, tempeh and seitan. Hopefully she will inspire me to be more like her! She is so sweet, I think she will get along with the rest of the girls just fine! I have a feeling she will be best friends with my other BL girls, especially Abby and Emma.

Okay, I used to say I didn't mind if the Post Office worked only five days a week. But oh boy do I love these Saturday deliveries!

June 13, 2010

Knitted Tunic Tops

I've been a big fan of tunic tops for a while, both for me and for my dollies. I love the retro-style silhouette and how comfortable yet stylish they are. There are quite a few sewn/fabric tunic tops that we love on Etsy, but I haven't been able to find a knitted version that I liked. So it was sort of a "happy accident" that I ended up knitting one after experimenting and lots of trial and error.

Abby looks quite pleased - this one was an experiment so we get to keep it!

Even though it looked okay, I wanted a much cleaner neckline, so I went ahead and made a few more. These are the two that came after. I played with the hem height and also the height of the neckline. I also tried to do teeny puff sleeves (LOVE puff sleeves!).

We ended up going with the one on the left. The one on the right is a bit smaller and still looks great on Licca bodies.

Here's Abby again with the final version. I'm happy with the cleaner neckline and the a-line silhouette. I also realized I can't be lazy and must block each garment for the yarn to relax and be shaped nicely. Now I am waiting for more yarn to knit more of these tunic tops. I have three green ones completed and am waiting for more yarn in blue, orange, pink and purple. Hopefully these xoxoBlythe knitted tunic tops will be in the Etsy shop real soon - check my Twitter or Facebook for updates! :)

May 31, 2010

Our first knitted dress

After knitting for Blythe for nearly six(!) years, doing cardigans and hats, I finally decided to give dresses a try. Leigh is wearing our first test dress - which is pretty much just a modified hat! :)

I knitted in the round from the bottom up in a lace pattern, decreased accordingly, and when it's almost near the waist line, i knitted straight instead of in the round, going back & forth. When it came to the sleeves, I cast on extra stitches and went up from there, did a few rows of ribbing and then bound off. One thing I love about knitted garments is they have a bit of a stretch, so if you knitted a little too tight or too loose, it's almost impossible to tell. The bodice didn't take very long, but the skirt part took forever!

For a first dress, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I really like the yarn I'm using which is Spud and Chloe Fine, a gorgeous wool & silk blend. One skein will probably make 3-4 dresses!

Now that it's getting warmer here in California, I will most likely switch from knitting people-size to Blythe size. At least I have 25 girls to knit for. ;)

May 22, 2010

Georgia's new haircut

I am so pleased with Georgia's new haircut! After five years in my family (she arrived in September 2005) I finally decided to do something with her hair. I love the variegated hair color on V-Smash, but because her hair is center-part and she has the SBL head shape, it makes her head look huge! I've seen quite a few V-Smash with bangs/fringe and really love how they look.

Those of you who have V-Smash know she has A LOT of hair, and a very thick thatch part. It took me two hours from start to finish, working on one small section at a time. Thanks to Melissa's wonderful tutorial on PuchiCollective, it was very easy to follow. I used a fine-tooth comb, claw hair clips, and clear hair bands. I also used a size 2 bamboo knitting needle to sort out the part and thatch. It's amazing how precise the needle can get to separate thin strands of hair and plugs without having to worry about scratches on the face.

I wanted the bangs longer for a more sophisticated and mod look, so I left the initial cut really long and worked my way up slowly with a small sharp scissor, stopping to check the length each time and continue to iron over a wet towel as I progressed. I think I was able to tame the thatched part.

Now that Georgia is a little less top-heavy and has a new haircut, she will be photographed a lot more!

May 2, 2010

May Day Blythe Meet

I took five of the xoxoBlythe girls to a Blythe Meet yesterday, in the patio of Aztec Hotel in Monrovia. We had a great time hanging out, chatting and making new friends!

My girls are sitting in front - from L-R: Britta (Mondrian), Edith (MSR), Julia (HH), Caitlyn (KB), and Paige (CB/Faux-Goldie). The rest of the girls are from the Fiddy clan. Big thanks to Fiddy for lending me her SD card too!

You can see more photos from the May Day Meet in the LA Blythe Meets group on Flickr!

April 24, 2010

Closet Organization

Phew. I spent 3 hours this afternoon organizing the girls' clothes. I had them semi-organized in a chaotic fashion (I knew where everything was), but it was slowly getting out of hand! So I decided to go through all their clothes and organize them for good.

I started with three piles: factory-made (Takara), vintage, and handmade (the largest). Then I tackled the Takara pile first - separated them into different stock sets and put them in all individual ziploc bags. Now I can go to the French Trench bag for the blue dress, the Love Mission bag for the blue shirt & tie, the Samedi Marche bag for the apple apron, etc. No more digging around! Next was the vintage items - Barbie, Skipper, and other various unknowns. Those were easy.

The biggest pile was the handmade, and I am very proud to say so - I love handmade dolly clothing and I love supporting fellow dolly seamstresses! Soon I was sitting on the floor with itty bitty dresses, pants, tops, hands, skirts all over! I should have taken a photo but I was having too much fun. I ended up separating the handmade clothes by designers, putting them in ziploc bags and then boxed, as you can see above. I also have a big gallon size that has one-offs, and another for everything I've made - prototypes and seconds - the girls get to keep.

Now I can see what I have and dress the girls better! Just in time, too. We're looking forward to a meet next weekend. I wonder who will be coming along with me to meet new friends? :) We'll be bringing a big bag of stuff to give away!

April 22, 2010

We love hats!

Hats, hats, and more hats! I love them and so do my girls. Here they are wearing some of my hats as well as some of my favorite Blythe fashion designers: Blythely Jean, Drop Dead Cute, Blythe 525, Simply Kir, Tiny Haus, EuroTrash, and Tibiloo!

I'm especially fond of girls who look nice in hats. Maybe it's because I'm not much of a hat person myself - I love hats, but I just don't think I look very good in them. Since my Blythe girls look great in hats, I try to put hats on them whenever I can!

Olive, the latest girl to join the family, is modeling a new hat I just finished. I didn't use a pattern, just sort of eyeballed the size and went from there. Just make sure you are making it in multiples of whatever stitch you are doing, then make a swatch and guess from there, roughly around 11" circumference. Then decrease when you've got a good height.

I'm proud of myself for learning the basics of crochet because I crocheted the little flower! I've always been more of a knitter than crocheter and wish I could crochet. I was so happy when I found the pattern for the little flower online at Ravelry. It was easy to follow, and all I had to do was look up all the acronyms in my trusty Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting book!

I would like to try amigurumi sometime, but all the patterns I've seen look so complicated and overwhelming. In the mean time I'll just keep practicing making little flowers! More hats are being made and will be available on my Etsy shop sometime soon. I will be announcing them on Twitter and Facebook when they're ready!

April 12, 2010

Hat in Progress

It's been a while since I knitted anything Blythe-size. I've been knitting so many people-size things, it feels so fast and makes me feel accomplished!

Yarn used is TLC Cotton Plus in Spruce, DPNs are size 6.

February 6, 2010

Meet Olive!

Meet Olive, my new Cassiopeia Spice! She arrived today and I just love her to bits. She is a lot less orangey than I thought (that was my problem with Groovy Groove), her pale skin and honey-colored hair work really well together.

Her hair is really soft, and cut really well. I can see her in lots of cute hats!

I didn't know what to name her, but Fringe was on in the background - and so I had to name her Olive. :)

Here are the details on Olive's outfit.
Dress: Vanilla Sweet
Tights: Blythe Dressing Room
Vintage flower hairpin: Funny Bunny
Shoes: Mattel