Doll Haul: MH Scarnival Draculaura and EAH Spring Unsprung Kitty Cheshire

Monster High Draculaura - Scarnival Editio

Monster High Draculaura – Scarnival Edition

I’ve been slowing down on my stock Monster High collection lately because I’ve been way more focused on building my custom doll collection, but I’ve been eyeing Scarnival Draculaura for weeks. While I was at Wal-Mart today doing super psychotically early Christmas shopping I decided to pick her up and I’m very happy that I did. She’s a basic release doll (aka no stand and cheaper) and she comes with a really cute outfit, heart heeled shoes, a plush bat, and a balloon game. Out of the box her hair was super soft, it seems like a totally different hair material than my other Draculauras too (Sweet Screams, Haunted, Monster Exchange, and Boo York Frightseers). I don’t really have a basic Draculaura so I’m happy to have Scarnival now. I almost bought the Scarnival boys too, but I don’t have any Mansters and I’m not really sure I want to start collecting them so … for now at least, it’s just the girls.

Ever After High Kitty Cheshire - Spring Unsprung Edition

Ever After High Kitty Cheshire – Spring Unsprung Edition

I’ve wanted the Spring Unsprung Kitty Cheshire since I started collecting Ever After High dolls (um, over the summer), and today the Haunted Wal-Mart by the Hauted Toys R Us that always gets new releases had two of her in stock, one of which didn’t have damaged makeup. I call them the Haunted stores because they 1) somehow always have both new and really old doll releases and full shelves and 2) the Toys R Us is in a huge plaza, far back from the road, where every other business is closed except them. Anyway, since the summer collecting frenzy I’ve decided to only collect Alice in Wonderland EAH dolls so Kitty Cheshires are allowed in the house. I was a little on the fence about it, but now I’m so glad I brought her home. I need to get an original release Lizzie Hearts and a Bunny Blanc (who I almost bought today at TRU) and the Wonderland collection is set. I’m hoping for a Spring Unspring Madeline Hatter and Bunny Blanc because it’s easily my favorite EAH series. The Kitty Cheshire above had some issues with her pigtails being a little ratty out of the box so I boil straightened them today. The vines around her shoes are asymmetrical too, but there are no huge flaws, which is great, especially because I don’t want to try and track down a store exclusive doll a year out (cough, Haunted Rochelle, cough).

Anyway, that’s today’s doll haul! A small one but I got some great girls. Three cheers for doll collecting!

Studio Portrait Friday, August 7th Edition: Kokeshi, Eyelashes, and the Sea Witch

Studio Portrait Friday, August 7th 2015

Yesterday I was so excited to post photos of the new Zombuki doll, the Sea Witch, that I posted her final photos before her studio photos. Above you can see her during my second sitting with her. I finished her in four sessions over two days, which has got to be a new record for me. Her sparkly glitter eyes might just be my favorite thing about her, I’m thinking of casting some resin ones to match. The glitter is what inspired her whole color scheme and her eyes are made out of a mix of two sea-green-blue colors.

Studio Portrait Friday, August 7th 2015

Here is a photo of the eyelashes that I used to make the Sea Witch. They’re actually eyelash flares that I placed individually. On the left is the $5 Walgreens I Heart Daniel flares from a few Halloweens ago, and on the right are $20 Shu Uemura flares. The only difference is that the Shu flares are a tiny bit darker and come in a nicer package; I used both on the Sea Witch and you cannot tell.

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Doll Haul: Freak du Chic Clawdeen Wolf and Twyla

Clawdeen Wolf - Freak du Chic Series

Clawdeen Wolf – Freak du Chic Series

When I heard that new dolls were going to be released in Monster High’s Freak du Chic line I was really excited. The the dark circus theme really appeals to me, it makes me think of the Dark Moon Circus from Sailor Moon, and I love the “freakier” versions of the dolls. If you remember from my last Doll Haul post, my local-est Target recently cleared out it’s whole Monster High and Ever After High sections. Today when I went on a routine random item buying trip (clear hair bands and crazy glue, of course) I stopped in the doll aisle expecting to see nothing. Instead the aisle was stocked to the brim and, pushed back on one of the shelves, my two most wanted dolls: Freak du Chic Clawdeen Wolf and Twyla! Neither had wonk eye or messed on paint and they were the only ones there, I’m still in shock, I’m not the kind of person who stumbles on “finds” often (not since I got Animal Crossing DS a day before it’s official release at an unwitting Game Stop, which used up my nerd luck for a decade). Okay, long story over, on to the dolls:

Clawdeen Wolf is in a different color scheme than normal, having gray skin instead of brown, and black and lavender hair. She’s a lion tamer and is making a cat lion jump through a hoop. Clawdeen has yellow eyes and these odd purple streaks on her cheeks, which I can’t remove like I want to because I like the purple blushing underneath. The back of her box has the same description as the first wave Freak du Chic dolls.

Twyla Boogeyman - Freak du Chic Series

Twyla Boogeyman – Freak du Chic Series

Twyla is a stilt walker and has some pretty insane stilt shoes on, I especially love this because she has the “little sister” body that makes her shorter than other Monster High dolls. Her outfit is black, white, and mint with the cutest spider print. Well, I think spiders are cute anyway. She has mint blushing on her cheeks and swirl details under her eyes. Twyla’s normal straight mint hair is super curly and has black streaks.

While I really like both of these dolls, Twyla is my favorite at the moment, but that’s not surprising considering that she’s my favorite MH doll after Rochelle Goyle. I love her outfit so much I would wear it as a Halloween costume. Any one else picking of the second wave Freak du Chic dolls?

Studio Portrait Friday, July 31st Edition: Halloween Kokeshi, Reorganized Studio, and a Skink

Studio Photo July 31st 2015

Time for this week’s round of studio photos. I got super excited about Halloween this week and, if you have a small business you know, now is the time to be making spooky stuff. I decided to do a set of three black and orange Halloween candy cane kokeshi with skull hair. I was trying to make it look like the bangs were little teeth, I hope I succeeded. The stripes on the bodies are surprisingly hard to make perfect.

Studio Photo July 31st 2015

I messed up some kokeshi this week, too, and found inspiration for fixing them in Spectra Vondergeist here. I decided to paint them all black and make them ghostly. In the background you can see my modified Zombie Shake Rochelle Goyle (left) and my original Rochelle (right) that has greasy hair (thanks eBay).

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