Monday, February 8, 2016

Kung Hei Fat Choy

Happy Lunar New Year!  Kung Hei Fat Choy is the way you greet someone on Chinese New Year in Cantonese, Gong Xi Fa Cai in Mandarin.  Yay learning!  I wish all of you prosperity and abundance in the coming year.  It's the year of the monkey!

How auspicious to have a new doll to share with you on this festive day!  It's very appropriate because she did travel from Hong Kong to be with us tonight!  Her face sculpt is distinctively Asian, and as an Aisan-American, I appreciate this nod to my heritage.  I hope you like these photos of her.



 I've never been a collector to have a grail doll in mind.  However, this one comes very close to a grail. I've been a fan of the doll's creator since her blogging days, she started her blog one year before I started this one.  She was a building a Fashion Royalty dollhouse.  She may be part of the reason I thought it was even possible to do such a thing LOL.  When she released her very own fashion doll, I wanted one, but I quickly squashed the thought.  At the time the price was unimaginable and I wasn't working with that scale.  So, I let it go...
 Last Christmas, when I fell hard for another artist's doll, I knew I wanted a partner in crime for him.  (Asher of New England is getting a second wave ready for market right now by the way!)  I immediately thought of Inamorata.  If you look through my blog, you'll find that all of my dolls have a partner in crime!
 Long story even longer... I contacted Emliacouture and now I have Chiharu, that's the name Emliacouture gave her.  I'll call her Melody Chiharu, or just Mel.  Her name can mean "song of a thousand springs."

She is an Inamorata from Emliacouture.  She is wearing an Inamorata fashion called Vertebrata.  Her face sculpt is  Miao, and her body and skin tone are from the first wave of the brand.  They were first released in 2012.  Emliacouture releases a Limited Edition (LE) batch every so often, but one can also purchase an OOAK from her.  When you do so, you get to specify the attributes for the face-up.  It's really a fun experience.  I was lucky enough to get one of her last two Miao in peach skin tone.  Check out the creators photos of this doll here, they put mine to shame, but I try.



Thursday, January 14, 2016

That face though...

Every doll person, be you an enthusiast, hobbyist, collector, nerd or geek knows this following story.  You're innocently scanning every doll website you know.  Maybe you're looking for a gift for a fellow doll person, maybe you're looking for 16" fashion doll  scale cowboy boots, or maybe you just need a break from Facebook.  And so it goes... click click click -STOP... you see that face.  It's a perfect storm which may include among other things:  fatigue from seeing the same doll faces all the time, you're starting to cycle down from your last doll obsession and want something knew or for whatever reason, the universe connects you to that doll face.

Timidly you peek at the price, laugh out loud and move on.  Then you catch yourself, searching for the doll over and over on the web, finally bookmarking it so you're just a click away from your new obsession.  

Sooner or later you have a pile of things in the corner of the doll room that you're going to sell, so maybe you can get some coins together to make your purchase.  You probably start mentally spending birthday money you haven't received and mentally giving up Starbucks for a month or two.  You still can't pull the trigger on the purchase.

Finally.  Finally.  Finally, you pull your best doll friend aside and explain what's happening and how serious it's getting.  That person always comes through and confirms your suspicions,  "you need that doll... that doll is worth it... you'd be a fool not to... when are you going to have that opportunity again"  LOL

click click click  It's on your front porch.  This process can last 3 days to 3 years. 

Here's that face I was talking about.

 
Boy, was I right!  When I de-boxed him, it was all I could do to not start making a dollhouse for him!  'cause you know... that's like my thing :)  I'll go slow with the diorama part, for now.  I wanted to start with a simple photo shoot.  I knew that with this particular sculpt he'd have have some awesome angles in different lighting.

Check this out.

He is Kent from Asher of New England.  He is a limited edition of five!  I think Kent has one more brother left ready to ship out, in case you were wondering.  Leigh the creator is super cool, and has a few other doll related businesses.  Check him out here :)

Thanks for looking!

Here's one more shot!  Check the rest out on my FLICKR.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Festivus 2015

SuperCoolDollHouse wishes everyone a Joyful Holiday!  Whatever you celebrate, I hope you are enjoying it, or you have enjoyed it or even that you will enjoy it.  

The resident dollfie's at SCD prefer to celebrate FESTIVUS!  because Festivus is for.... you guessed it, the REST OF US!

Mani and Mimi invited their TRDN cousins over for a party.



As the party gets underway, the usual awkwardness abounds.  No one know what to talk about, at least the pets know how welcome guests.  Seems like a good time for the Airing of the Grievances!


 After awhile, everyone gets warmed up.  It might be time to challenge someone to arm wrestling for the Feats of Strength.  It really is all in good fun though.  The TRDN crew and the SCDs really just want to enjoy each other's company.


Mani get down on the floor with Idris, and asks her what she wants for Christmas

The TRDN family pose for a family pic.


At long last , the party is over and Mimi and Mani get to relax on the couch and watch a movie.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Weird-cember

Ahhhh.... Christmastime!  The crisp cool air, scarves, mittens, big coats and boots.... cue the record scratch.   Nope, nope and nope.  Much like the rest of the US's mid-Atlantic, SuperCoolDollHouse City has been experiencing record braking warm days.  70 degrees in December?  Possibly the same on Christmas day?   What the what??????

Somethin' ain't right is all I have to say.  It's hard getting into the spirit of the holidays when the dogwood trees think it's spring, and are blooming.  This is really happening.  I must say it was nice to put up my Christmas lights in mild temps, but enough already!  I want to feel the frosty grass under my boots, and I want to see my frozen breath hang in the air.  I may even be desperate enough to do a snow dance to the tune of Do You Want To Build A Snowman.  Oh wait, no, no one should ever be THAT desperate.

I guess it's time to lean in and make the magic happen!  That's exactly what sisters Ning and Ding are doing.  They ran into each other at the local IKEA.  Which by the way is running an AMAZING promotion with their soft toys.  For each soft toy you purchase, IKEA will donate one EURO to a charity that helps children!  Check out the details here.

 Here's Coe!  He's picked up some hours at the local IKEA, hanging signs.


 Sisters Ning and Ding bump into each other.  They wore their new Christmas sweaters despite the warm temperatures.


 On purse holding duty are the men in the sisters' lives.
Ty is Ding's eternal on again off again dude.  Lex is Ning's very steady beau.

Lex:  ... so are you guys going to that ugly sweater party too?  Your sweaters are too much... Hahaha.
Ty:  sigh... no... this is just how Ding rolls right now....
Lex:  Sorry man...


 Ding:  Ty and I are on our way to the Children's hospital, we're gonna bring some toys for                their Christmas party!
Ning:  Oh that's great sis, I love how you dressed extra silly for the kids...
Ding:  What do you mean?
Ning:  Oh, huh, what?  I mean, oh sis you look real pretty.



 Ding:  Go get a cart Ty, we're taking all of them.




Ning:  We'll go get one for you, we need a cart too.  I think we'll go with you and bring toys.


... and end scene.  


 Next, I want to spread the word about something very exciting!  I'll do bigger post later concerning this!  But please look now!  CLICK HERE!

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Ty and Lex started their journey to SCD as Kenner Starting Lineup figures from the 90s, don't they look great with the girls?

-enjoy  SCD