Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The most fun.

As a person who loves junk, and I mean LOVES it. This hobby friggin' rocks. Every time you leave your house, it's a chance to accumulate stuff for the little world you're creating. The photo attached to this post is a prime example. This is a quick room setting I put together to stage a couple of my 15 inch fashion dolls. Here's a quick run down of what went into this little room. The dolls in the photo are Gabriel and Hiroko from R&D dolls. The little guy is an AI doll from Jun Planning.
Starting at the floor, the carpet is an upholstery sample from IKEA, I picked it up in the 'As-is" department for $1The headboard for the bed was a jewelry case riser(we broke the little legs off) from a now defunct department store. Also from the same case are the pillows. You may have seen these with a watch or bracelet wrapped around them, the last time you were shopping. The side tables are candlesticks from the dollar store, guess how much! The lamps are little vases that came in a set of 3. I have no idea where or when I bought those, I know they were cheap. It just goes to show, never throw anything away, but squirrel it away until the time is right!(sorry, that's the crazy talking) The lamp shades are spray paint can lids covered in resume paper, you don't have to buy everything. The quilt on the bed is a place mat. The art work over the bed came off the back of a calendar I have been saving for a couple years. The curtains are from AC Moore, they are scarves from a rack in the back, be sure to keep an eye out for good scale when doing miniatures. The print on the scarf is almost too big, but it still works. In the foreground a touch of cabinetry can just be seen, this is a jewelry box I saved from the trash at my friends house. The chandelier is a Christmas tree ornament, and the greenery is plain ol' greenery from the craft store. When you have a hobby like this, just like with homeland security, YOU MUST ALWAYS BE VIGILANT, to find those pretty little things that make your hobby, awesome. Oh and having a big basement helps too.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Little worlds

When I was five years old or so, I received my favorite Christmas present EVER. It was a General Mills/Kenner Treetot house. When compressed it looked like a tree, and attached was a little bush. Press a button on top and the top part popped up and revealed a three room house. The bush concealed a dog house. With this gift began my fascination with miniatures and the little worlds you can create. Here are some pictures of a little world I created using 12 inch fashion dolls. I try very hard to create a sense of depth and layers. I love it when a real sense of space and movement can be gleamed from a photo. I'm not there yet with my own designs, but I'm tyring! Please forgive the unfinished portions(I get bored with projects easily). Dolls in this phots: Fashion Royalty: Isha, Francisco Leon, Kyori Sato, Pierre Devries. Volks WTG: Mami and Tekaru. Mattel: Barbie and Kayla.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My two newest dolls

...as I was growing up, from the 70s to the early 90s, I always sought out things that represented me. Being a male American born Filipino, this wasn't always easy. There were no actors, athletes, cartoon characters(the Chan clan does not count)... no anything.

At some point, I'm not sure when, I let go of looking for Filipino stuff, and broadened my parameters to anything Asian. This was a tad bit easier. Then I had an entire continent to pull from! So when I heard that Jason Wu of integrity toys had released a doll who was Asian and male, I bought one immediately.

Of course, I have my very own personal hell in that I must always buy dolls in twos, (so they won't be lonely on the way to my house, and they'll have a friend when introduced to the dolls already there, yup, I'm crazy).

Without further ado, here are my two newest dolls Takeo Mizutani and Adele Makeda. They are showing off some of my newest rement accessories.

Friday, January 23, 2009

...and so we begin

I have no idea where to begin this blog... so, I'll start with one picture. The doll shown is Francisco Leon. He's in a room setting I put together. The table and china cabinet are from Gloria, spray painted a matte white. The table accessories come from different sources. The candelabra is a set piece from Gloria, the Buddhas I picked up in Hawaii, the food is from a Barbie kitchen, the plant my partner put together from bits of green, and the ball we found in an auction lot. The carpeting is framing mat board. Hope you like it.