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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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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