A curious curiosity

I don’t know if I have ever mentioned my fascination with taxidermy in all its various forms? If not, I have a special place in my heart for stuffed animals, bones, dried specimen and other oddities and when the diorama project took off, I knew that I had to have all those things in there as well. Because it is a laboratory / study for a magical scientist and not having those things would be a shame.
My main issue with the diorama has always been that I want clutter, like a lived-in clutter that accumulates after centuries of usage of the same room. I can do clutter irl quite easily but with dolls I always find I strive to show everything clearly in a picture which is not possible with the sort of clutter I want to achieve. So uh, constant fight against my inner self here xD

But I guess I have figured it out now?

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Ldoll 2016

Also known as „that one roadtrip to France that was planned since 2014“ because I think the first talk of us all going to LDoll together emerged after Ldoll 2014 which was way too much fun and needed to be repeated. As LDoll skipped 2015 we all focused on this year. A big THANK YOU needs to go out to Santana/Sharkyra and Mimi for organizing this, especially the transportation! A+, would ride the bus from hell again with you!

To make it nicer, this entry will first showcase the pictures (which are not the full con! I am missing proper pics of the last four rows as by then we had to rush back to relieve poor Choco from booth watching duty… that and I am a shit phtographer when it comes to documenting, sorry) and then include my babbling.

My booth. First time doing it so excuse the less than professional McGyver thing I did.

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The drama continues: a diorama update

The left side of my diorama had felt a bit empty with only the white shabby chic-esque trunk and since I just couldn’t find a nice arker trunk in a style I wanted, I started to look at other options. My first try was a fireplace that I foolishly tried to make myself based on this fireplace.

Lol yeah no. There was an attempt, gold star for that but no. Unfortunately my usual MO in terms of new furniture got me no fireplace (but instead the urge to make an old style kitchen complete with iron stove) so I turned to other options. I then settled on getting a ‚Buffetschrank‘ – I don’t think there is a specific term for this in English? Basically in German it is a term for a shelf unit that is mainly used to store / display your dishes. What I went for is a more spartan option without any fancy glass doors and stuff, just simple wood and shelves which ended up being a good choice. The first version of this thing actually displayed my pewter teasets known from this entry. I quickly came to the realisation that this just would not do as it looked so off with the other stuff in the study so I began to ponder about other options.

This actually got me to think of Stephanus as a character as he is – besides being a god, hellbent on world domination, a loving father and prolly a bit nuts – first and foremost a scientist with an urge to know and to understand everything. So when I think of his study / lab, I think of the space of someone who has a lot of clutter from researching everything at once, a lot of books and other stuff and all ingridents you might need within reach of at least one surface used for essentially research itself.

So then I just killed my curio cabinet and moved all stuff into the new shelf unit, lol.

I am mildly in love with how natural it looks and how lived in!

The downsides are now that I had to switch the phonograph with the curio cabinet for spaces sake and the curio cabinet is now super empty and I have no real idea what to put in it. Same goes for the top of the desk as I stole a lot of things from that place as well.

So the next step will be to fill the void of those things – I have a few ideas!

A diorama drama

Let me preface this entry by saying that I fucking love doll dioramas and my envy and admiration for people doing dioramas knows no bounds. One of my total idols in terms of dioramas are Danielle VitaPlastica, Real Dolls of Plastic Wood and Seiji/Zirkussoldat who has the cutest set-ups for her dolls.

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That one random backlog entry

I just realised that with me actually taking more pictures than just the weekly ADAW ones, a lot of them won’t show up on my blog when I post the ADAW ones in bulk at the end of the year. So, random shots entries are a go!

Akira recently got his tattoos and pft, tattooed dolls are my weakness.

My aesthetics however are bearded dwarf ladies <3

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Furniture must have a personality as well as be beautiful (Rose Tarlour)

A lot happened in the furniture department since my last entry on this topic. Mostly to my wallet /ahem

Even if this entry might be out-dated by next Tuesday (I am bidding on some sweet white wicker patio furniture) I wanted to write it now cause I now my procastinating self. So I included my two custom furniture pieces in this entry!

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A box of chocolate [Twigling Minigenue]

I’ve always loved Twigling’s dolls and their aesthetics but they had one bid downside – their height! After six failed attempts at SDs I had resigned to my fate and tried for years to convince my Mom she needed one (she agreed, but I’d have to buy her xD). So no Twigling for me… but! I think last year Twigling was hinting at Ingenue becoming a MSD! So I started to stalk her Facebook and when the Early Bird orders started to open in January / February I jumped on it asap cause cheaper price, six months layaway, free worldwide shipping AND an extra surprise? Who wouldn’t have done the same.

Actually I had ordered her in Dark Tan but when the first resin cast pics got posted I fell in love with Ebony and was allowed to switch – hilariously ending with me getting mine in the first batch now.

Excuse the the artsy looking pics, I was too lazy to switch my 100mm for my 35mm so I was a bit limited xD

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American Girl furniture and BJDs

According to Wikipedia:

„American Girl is an American line of 18-inch (46 cm) dolls released in 1986 by Pleasant Company. The dolls portray eight- to eleven-year-old girls of a variety of ethnicities. They are sold with accompanying books told from the viewpoint of the girls. Originally the stories focused on various periods of American history, but were expanded in 1995 to include characters and stories from contemporary life.“

I think the AG furniture has been long used for BJDs as the size can work nicely for both MSDs and SDs, depending on the individual items. I’ve had always wanted AG stuff since I got in the hobby but only recently started focusing on acquiring props. Sadly having a fantasy based crew means that I will never have a reasons to get my favourite items like Julie’s Egg Chair or the Apple Macintosh computer.

However I do have some items I can do a small review on as promised in my last post a good while ago… I am a very lazy blogger and I know it.

My helpers for this blog are Kimete (Fairyland Chicline Ruru) as he is pretty close to a MNF size wise and I think the majority of the people in the hobby know how a MNF is sized and Nadéshda (Elfdoll Sooah/Zaoll hybrid) for when I feel the need to explain why I don’t think a particular AG item is true 1/4 scale. She is only 52cm tall but her hands have regular SD size (and apart from her we don’t have a ‚proper‘ SD here in the house).

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Props and why keeping tabs on eBay is a good idea

Though if my weekend habit of hardcore browsing through eBay and etsy is recommended is debatable. But it is a fact that I got a lot of my favourite props and furniture simply because I can spend hours upon hours going through listings after listings and measure stuff. My favourite tags to look through on eBay are certainly „salesman sample“, „apprentice piece“, „American Girl furniture“, „hina doll“ and „gogatsu“ on ebay.com, „Puppenstubenzubehör“, „Kaufmannsladen“ and „Puppenstube Zinn“ on ebay.de and „vintage miniature“ on etsy.com. Most of my pieces were found in those search tags.
Of course the prices vary greatly (esp. regarding salesman samples) so it pays to rerun searches with specific tags when you find something you like and you might find it for a better price.

This entry I wanted to showcase the stuff I got so far simply because I love seeing other people’s props and it might be helpful for some of you searching for props and furniture! This also won’t include the custom made furniture commissioned specifically for my dolls cause that’s a whole other bag of bugs.


This kicked it off – that’s a Hinamatsuri display piece of a tea ceremony set that turned out to be perfectly sized for MSDs.

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