I thought I would be really productive during the winter break, such as completing all of my face-up commissions and finishing at least 4 books. However, all I’ve done was painting nonsense things and watching Korean dramas. Though saying so doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything; at least, two books were read and two face-up commissions were almost finished. Not a good progress, I know >”<
Anyway, Siela‘s first alpaca wig arrived yesterday after one month waiting. Below are some photos I took today. She also got some new winter clothes as gifts from my amazing dolly friends. However, it’s so cold this morning, I tried but couldn’t stay outside long enough to feel the air and capture photos without numbing my fingers. Maybe next time.
Let’s talk a little about the alpaca wig. Long ago, I was against anything from the animals but later, I learned that alpacas need to be sheared annually for their own health. Hence, their wools are safe to buy? Honestly speaking, I’m still suffering from the dilemma of ethical behaviors. We bred the domestical breed that cannot shear their coat naturally, so if we stop shearing them, they’ll die. But if we do, I can imagine the stress we put on those poor beasts. What if everybody stop buy wool products? Will nature again make things right? Meanwhile, those alpacas and sheeps would be alright till then? Oh, this is cognitive dissonance!!! We do what is against our belief and then we try everything to make up a logical excuse!!
Anyway, put aside the ethical issue (yes, I’m trying to suppress the guilt), I wanna talk about the comparison between the synthetic wig and alpaca wigs. Which one should we buy for our dolls?
- Super soft
- Look like real hair (exquisite?)
- Easier to style
- Expensive to very expensive
- Considerable price. We can buy many different wigs.
- Varied styles
- Easy to dye temporarily
- Easy to preserve
- More difficult to style. We mostly keep the original shape.
- Look fake (of course?)
In my opinion, we can have one alpaca wig (if the ethical issue doesn’t bother you at all or you can deal with cognitive dissonance like me) and other synthetic ones. Experience tells me that sometimes, synthetic wigs can create better hairstyles, for example, short hairstyles or some weird styles. The choices are still up to you.
Other Siela’s photos:
Some photos I took of her during autumn but never uploaded here .-_-. It’s super weird that no inspiration spiked in the most beautiful season of Canada. Autumn here was marked when the whole town was covered by the beautiful orange-red maple leaves. I feel sorry for my princess but nothing I can do without being “in the right mood” :(.
Anyway, more to come for the cold and crispy season ^^
2 years ago, Siela came into my life out of my wildest expectation. I always thought Angelica would be the first and the last MSD in my collection because my style is more aligned to 1/3. Moreover, a MSD with a teenaged appearance, hell no, I thought!!!
Life is a bag of surprises! In Vietnam, people said: “God will grant you the things you hate.” And on a good day, I fell for Minifee Liria at first sight!!! Yeah!! It’s a lightning-struck kind of love, I supposed. However, since I already had more than enough BJDs, adopting a new girl would be so impulsed. So I put her in the shopping cart, then removed, then put back in, and removed and looped and looped till my exhausted finger decided to against the rational mind to push the “Pay” button. Even after that, my cognitive dissonance still tried to explain my purchase as “Okay, I buy her to sell because she’ll be very rare!” Lol.
Deep down, I know, I would keep the girl!!!
Even though the first face-up I gave her is beautiful, there’s still something missing. I couldn’t photograph any good picture for the lovely girl. At the peak of my illusion, I believed she’s against the idea of the camera, hahaha. That explains why she got just a few of awkward photos in two years long.
This summer, I decided to repaint her makeup with a whole new face-up style. All hail to the pressure of time and inspiration, the new face-up only needed one night to be completed. And ta-da, I knew immediately that this is it.
This is my Siela Sylvari!!!
Oh, my friends said the new style makes Siela as Valar’s younger version. What do you think?
Before going study abroad, doll meetings were never something important to me. Have it or not, it didn’t even matter because we could always meet whenever we felt want to, such as every weekend. No wonder I would never understand why living abroad friends looked at us so admired. Now, I do.
Only can gather once or twice a year turned these events into something very dear to me 😦 And as any others, Ylang Nguyen brought her talent to our group with many lovely photos of our precious babies.
Our other meetings:
Yesterday, in our first doll meet after a year since the last one, my friend and I swapped our Minifee girls’ bodies. She got my Moe body while I had the Fairy line which I always wish to have. I really appreciate my friend for not minding the faded color of my Moe body. My Siela has been with me in 3 years. Even though she’s well protected from sunlight, pet, and other harmful factors, I couldn’t prevent the fading process of the pinkish tone of her skin .-_-.
I will not waste our time with differences between two bodies because other people already did. You can watch the Introduction of Fairy Line body video HERE for more other details.
In this post, I’ll only show how I fixed the head snapping issue when we switched bodies of the head from Moe body with Fairy Line body. The problem comes from the difference of the Neck Circumferences: Fairy Line is 6.5 cm / Moe 7 cm. To secure the head from constantly snapping back,
To secure the head from constantly snapping back, I put a hot glue layer in both of her head and the neck connector like the photo below. Continue reading
It’s been over a year since my last photo for my goddess. Though intended to pack her and Vince to Canada with me, I was left no choice but saying goodbye for our own good. It turned out a wise decision because I did have problems with baggage’s weight at Toronto Airport. It’s lucky that they’re not there, if yes I would be panic for not knowing what to do.
After arriving at the school dorm, I wanted to have them sent to me via mail but due to my constant worries for their safety, again, I chose not to. That’s how we’re away in nine months long.
Anyway, we’re together now and Valar finally got my attention after a very busy month since I’m home.
This spontaneous photo served only for showing her absolute beauty with the eyes that lent from my younger sister. While was still in Canada, I was about to buy a pair of white eyes from Oscar-doll for Valar but hesitated because it’s so hard to know whether they’re for her or not. Oscar’s eyes, though very sophisticated and fantasy-feeling, usually make the dolls look so lifeless. I guess only elves in World of Warcraft can possess those eyes and still appear heavenly. Anyway, now I knew my goddess looks best with celestial shades.
Moving around three countries in 3 years costs me a lot of precious time that should be spent with them…. though, I cannot help 😥
Do you love outdoor shooting? I do. I really do.
The concern of strong light exposure seldom cannot prevent me from getting my boys and girls out of my room for some beautiful photos. Nothing can compare to natural light in photography in my opinion. However, since I only brought out tiny ones, no annoyed issue occurred during my previous shooting sections. Until recently…