Skip to main content

First Day of Class

Well it's about time to get started with Dolly U. I am still lacking in supplies and there is a big sale at a local dollhouse store, so that's where my paycheck is going. But I don't want to slack off before I begin, so I'm going to do a warm up assignment using materials I already have. Join me if you like.

Two years and two months ago, I had a baby shower for my eldest, Iris. My mother, from whence my creativity springs, made me an umbrella (apparently a shower tradition) in keeping with my rain forest them. This is what it looked like:

Of course the minute the shower was over, I'm ripping off these hot glued items so I could use them for crafty projects. Most of the stuff is still in storage, though I did use a lot of it for Josephine's Rainforest Adventure:

Anyway, because I still have these materials, my warm up will be making a doll plant. This is only the warm up because I don't feel like doing the doll greenery chapter yet. But stay tuned. I'll be doing some topiaries or hedges. I sure hope those big leaves work...

So join me as I do Party Dolly's Palm Tree Tutorial from the Legendary Tutorials doll board.

I have until May 13th to complete this. Yes, two weeks is a long time for what most of us can finish in a coupla hours. But with kiddies around and having to clean my work area to take pictures, here is where the flexibility comes in handy. But I will post as soon as I finish, I won't wait.

I also realized that I never posted my list of assignments. I'm adding more day by day. Feel free to add to the list. Some of these are existing tutorials but many are not. I'll follow the format I did here. I'll post the assignment, give you the deadline, then I'll post my experience with pictures. Even if the pictures are at the kitchen table or in bed next to a sleeping baby.

I do think the first chapter is going to be rerooting. I'm really excited about that. So grab your fake hair and I'll meet you back here in two weeks.

Future Assignments:

  • Reroot 3 dolls using 3 different methods
  • Style and cut each in 3 different ways
  • Color hair (not necessarily on rerooted dolls) using food coloring, acrylic paint or RIT dye
  • Construct room box of wood including window cuts
  • Create anything, furniture, props, room, whatever using only what you have and never use
  • Open a doll box without destroying it.
  • Create some printies.
  • Make asset of bedding
  • Create 5 doll drinks
  • Make flagstone flooring
  • Make three doorways: modern, traditional, cottage
  • Make palm tree plant
  • Make a centaur
  • Restore and decorate a plastic doll home. Then sell it. (Final project)
  • Design and sew Dani’s wedding gown
  • Use foam care to make optical illusion of another room beyond a room box.
  • Repaint a doll to resemble a celebrity
  • Customize two pairs of doll shoes
  • Create photo spread using 3 dolls with coordinating outfits, including set design
  • Create a set with a particular theme
  • Customize 3 doll animals
  • Construct a piece of doll furniture
  • Prep and sell doll items on ebay. At least 6.
  • Make one pair of doll shoes
  • Make 3 sets of doll jewelry


    I wrote my first post about Dolly U and linked back to your blog. This is going to be so much fun!

  2. Exciting Shriara! I just posted mine too! Smart minds, huh? Maybe you can help me with the last part...


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Doll Dyeing

So I had this BJD friend with this sad doll that I just fell in love with.  I knew they had issues bonding and I knew that baby had to be mine. I told her to let me know if she ever wanted to sell. She didn't do that but listed her anyway. (I thought we were cool, man.)  I was very lucky that the first person who wanted her stepped aside.  I thought if I lost this girl I would have a breakdown.

You see, she was very special.  She had a history.  Here's what I can gather:  she was purchased by this shady ass dude in the hobby. Everyone knows he is shady. 
So he hired a faceup artist to paint the face and give her scarring. He never explained that he wanted raised scars, not gashes in the resin.  I've seen the proof that she wrote up the agreement for this guy and the work was just GORGEOUS.

He claims she damaged it. Whatever.  So apparently there were attempts from this guy to sell her with no luck and he eventually gave it away and my doll acquaintance won her.  She dyed h…

Re-introducing Aniata and her Diorama

Hello Doll Peeps!

I have loads of new items for sale so click on the shopping ladies on the right. Most of the first tier stuff is gone so lots of discounted stuff!

When we last spoke, my doll was named Kala. I had posted her in the BJD Addicts group and a few people remarked that she looked like a Taino. My family is Haitian and my husband's is Puerto Rican, the Tainos lived in both. I thought this was fortuitous. So I emailed my aunt, a fan of the Taino and told her about the doll and that I needed a new name. Kala was always supposed to be temporary and I feared it was taking hold.

She said, "I feel like her name is Aniata." And I knew it was right. It's hard to get the tongue around but if you just pronounce the T softly, like in Anita, then it's much more natural.

Anyway introducing Aniata!  (Doll nudity ahead.)

I've been working on the hut like crazy since the last post. While I waited for paint and glue to dry, I made Aniata stuff. I made her necklace…

An Official Farewell

Hi Guys,

I don't know if you're still reading this but I'm officially taking this blog offline. It was so fun to be part of the 1/6th scale doll community and on Facebook at least, I still am. But I feel like the BJD community is mostly on other platforms.

I'll always be at and you can reach me at the gmail of the same name.  Hey, I may even start a blog over on the site, so who knows?

Here's a picture of nearly all my doll family (missing Doll Chateau Alma, who doesn't have a face up yet, and an Impldoll Martin head.)

EDIT: Blogger will STILL not let me comment. haha.  Anyway, due to the very positive response, I will not take this blog down. I remember how heartbroken I was that Smidgehouse didn't leave hers up. So I'll keep this here forever, okay?

I might even post a link to any blog posts on my website. See you...always!

It's be great collecting and growing with you!