Friday, September 29, 2017

Big Surprise (Updated)

I got this email today from Toys R Us. I had to look at the site to check this thing out. At $70 retail, that is a lot of L.O.L.!

Edit: I've seen two videos of these things being opened now, and they both had all the exact same stuff in them. See an unboxing video for this monster of packaging here: Tada. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

$2 of Miniatures

Today ended up with me scoring a regular haul of someone's handmade miniatures at the thrift store! 

First up: Lots of dried flowers in bead vases.

Next: lots (and I do mean lots) of plungers.

Next: Candle holders and a few candles.

Typewriters, pre-loaded with paper.

Barber shop signs and some little skateboards.

One of several... mops? Maybe? Some bolts of fabric with scissor and little buttons, and place settings that have dollhouse sized spoons with Barbie-sized everything else.

Clocks and bird houses. I like how only two of the clocks have the same face.

Perfume bottles, a photo album, a flower, frogs, a bird in nest, and what's either pencils or paintbrushes in a cup.

A plethora of pups! Also one of many brooms.

So many brooms. And a bunch of packaged yo-yos!

I put a few of these out in the Walking Dead dollhouse that still needs to be repainted. Spot the clock and photo album in this pic! There's also a gardening magnet I got on my last trip to K-Mart before it closed. It had gardening stuff on it and it was around $.07, so it was a bargain.

The cookie jar and bird's nest are in the kitchen, along with a random lamb I found on a prior trip.

A typewriter, broom and some dried flowers are in the second floor... whatever this room is, along with the anvil from the ferrier doll set and a screen door ornament that is sadly too small to work as a door on the house.

In the bedroom, I've added the paintbrushes and a tissue box I found after I took the rest of the photos.

So that's everything I've place so far. Uh... Anyone need some miniatures? (SO MANY!)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hera Posts are BACK!

Hey everybody! The posts about my custom Hera Syndulla doll have photos again! Thanks!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Custom Background Testing 1.. 2.. 3...

So I had an idea awhile back to use with my cardboard house backdrop. I'm still working out the logistics, but here's a preview of the work I've done so far:

Eileen's trying out the Ferrier's outfit from that Breyer doll, still. I think she likes having some roomy jeans. The pond background is from a landscapes calendar I found at Dollar Tree.

As a proof of concept, I think this is pretty solid! The leaves make it more realistic, I think.

Our  little fox friend has found a cozy corner to snuggle up in for a lazy Sunday afternoon nap.

Here's how it works: The background is on a posterboard trifold, which is made to fit exactly inside my cardboard set. Here's it's freestanding, which is another option, but when photo/play time is done, the backdrop will fold up and store inside the cardboard box. This way I'll maximize the useage of the single box, while making as many scenes as I want and I'll be able to store a ton of them together in the box to keep them in good condition.

Wander's a fan of this process so far, even if it ends up making a mess of the kitchen table! What do you think?