Monday, December 20, 2010

The Dark Fairy

   Yes, Fairies again. This will be the last for awhile. I have some Christmas presents and a custom I have to finish before I embark on anymore Fairies, sadly. As much as I want to go through the Fairies I have so far and work with nothing but, I have other things that need to be done. Until then, I will make this post with great pride over my Dark Fairy that I've fallen quite in love with. I dunno man, I dunno if this series will be a keeper or end up on the site. lol

   I had another idea for dolls to make tho, a couple ideas, actually. Freaking ideas. I was blank for what seemed like an eternity, but now they're overflowing and I can't shut them off. Let me catch my breath! I am but one woman! lol Nursing dolls, with the babies like, super glued to the boobs and machine gun leg dolls. Hell yes I will makes these. Anyway, moving on.

  The Dark Fairy came to me looking like this. I swear that is a skirt off a Skipper doll I had as a child and not the skirt original to the doll. I do not know this as fact, I'm just sayin'.


                           My next course of action was to strip her of all of...that she had going on.

                                                   Outline for basecoat repaint begins

       Base coats are all finished! She's ready to be painted and really be transformed!


  Painted and wearing her very dark, very cool Fairy boots. Her face is all free hand, I applied the fakey eyelashes myself with surgical tweezers and an exacto knife, I shit you not. lol


  I liked the pink hair, so I only gave her a black streak on each side to freak her face. That seemed dark enough. I trimmed off a lot of her hair and the curl it had gave her a nice little flip. Also, omg buns wrapped in fraying red ribbon. I had thought about giving her red streaks, but went with the ribbon in it's place.

   also fun to pose...

  I put the 2 Fairies together, because hey, I have 2 Fairies now, yay!

  They're still deciding how they feel about each other. I don't blame them...

- Joy -

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1st Fairy

 I've always loved Fairies. We already know this, because we were paying attention in my last post, right? Right.

  Remember when I spent like an entire year tormenting my brother with an imaginary Fairy that I made a bed for beside my bed? Yeah now's a good time for that story.

  My brother is 11 years older than I am, for starters. He NEVER played Barbies right and he broke the "Don't Make Fun of Fairies" code. Didn't know there's a code? Yeah, there is. So I'm like I'm 12-13, way old enough to be "over" the Fairies are "real" thing. He's all into hiking and shit and drags me to this new place he's found. No, I did not want to go walk my happy ass around the woods.

  So he drives me there, in his open air Jeep (...I was driving a-round...townnn). Yes, a jeep. To this park type place with all kinds of trails and stuff. The grass is very lush and green, the paths very worn from many people walking them over and over for their many various reasons. I hated to admit it, but I was quite taken with the place, too. Didn't mean I wanted to be there, though.

  We hopped out and looked around a bit. He told me about this path and that, the miles, the rocks, easiest, shortest, etc. He failed to mention their names, however. I picked "Enchanted Travels". He rolled his eyes and off we went. I honestly felt something around me as we walked, but what, who, I can't say. It did give me an idea, however. I thought for awhile, examined the trees, leaves, various flowers and plants. If I was a Fairy...

  I finally spotted it, up ahead in a clearing. The sun hit it, yanno, just right. I'd been practicing in my head how I'd play it out. How I'd find the Fairy and really, really mean it. Oh Lord, I'm cracking up here. "Brian! Brian!" I shouted, because, well, that's his name and all. I ran ahead, shouting. "Brian, do see them?! Do you see HER?". Of course he's all durp, "what?" and I'm like "the Fairies! They're all around us!" He starts fa-lipping out hahahahaaa and I start talking to them.

  So the particular Fairy I tormented him with was this lovely imaginary beauty named LaylaOnya. (I just had a "why am I so stupid" moment, excuse me), which was a play on "lay one on ya". Get it? Get it? Ha! She had red hair and boots, yanno "oh gosh Brian, it's just like Ozzy said! They DO wear boots! They DO!" hahahaha I made her a little bed and kept it on my night stand. I "took her with me" every where I went. I talked to her. I made my brother talk to her. It seriously went on for a year before I finally "took her back home".

  Obviously, I'm completely insane. I realize this. I hadn't realized how much of an impact this entire year of my young life had had an impact on me and my entire life until writing this out. I guess I can stop calling her 1st Fairy and start calling her Layla now.

 This is how Layla looked originally. Or I guess she did. This isn't the exact doll I used, but one exactly like it. heh

  This is after already putting in a lot of work on her. Her face is already complete at this point.

  I covered up the original make up, then free handed the rest. also, re-colored hair.

  More make up cover up + free handing. Free handing is done with a toothpick, btw.

  Also repainted the crappy arm tatts and took some liberties with them.

  Her boots, which I painted and laced.

  Pigtails, the braids are super glued in place over her boobies, but with enough give so her head can turn

     Trimmed her wings in black wispy stuffs. The panties might be a base for a skirt of some sort.
    I really like her. I need to put up some more shelves. heh Very fun to pose.

   back view with bushy pigtails.

    back view so you can see the wings.

   Seems my "imaginary" Fairy never really left me after all. She's stayed with me all these years and I've never put it together. Won't this be a fun story for my therapist tomorrow. heh

- Joy -

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


   I've become obsessed with Fairytopia Barbie dolls. I want them in boxes for collecting and out of boxes for arting. It all started with this "junk lot" I bought off ebay like a month ago. It came with one of these dolls. It has pink wings, blond hair and eyelashes. I fell in love. Not all of these dolls are as wonderful as her, but some are pretty cool.

 I've always loved Fairies. I think all little girls did at one point.  I spent like an entire year tormenting my brother with an imaginary Fairy that I made a bed for beside my bed. It's a good story, but for another time.

  The very first time I heard Black Sabbath and Ozzy sing about Fairies Wear Boots (...and yaaaa gotta belieeeeeeve meee, I saw it, I saw it, with my owwwn two eyyeeessss) I was smitten with the song and the idea. Hell yeah Fairies wear boots. So I'm turning this doll into a Fairy wearing boots.

  Growing up, I wore combat boots with everything. Dressed to the 9's, combat boots. I mostly envision my Fairies in combat boots. It can vary tho, depending on the Fairy. My Fairy is wearing black, heeled combat like boots with pink laces. I painted and laced those bitches myself. I also colored her hair red with a Sharpie. That took half my life to complete. I also repainted all her make up and took some liberties. She's covered in a sparkle nail polish I love by Sally Hansen called Diamonds. It's great for Fairy sparkle, in my opinion. She is going to be badass. She is my personal custom.

 After I finsh her, I have a dream of making a whole line of "Faires Wear Boots" Barbies for the shop. I mean, other people gotta be in on this too, right? Other people get a chuckle out of hearing "a fairy wearing boots dancing with a dwarf", right? Everyone needs one. How can I not share this with the world?

  Some will be harder than others to mod. They have plastic molded bodies with stupid patterns n shit. Hopefully I can work around this. I got some for Apey, too. I know hers won't be wearing boots, but she'll come up with something. heh

- Joy -

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Amanda Palmer

 One of my favorite bands is the Dresden Dolls. (you should have already guessed that by the user name, however. heh)  I have a bit of a girl-crush on Amanda Palmer. I think she swings heavily on the amazing side and find her music and talent quite moving. Her antics and style also lend to my fondness of her. I don't know her personally, of course, but the outward, public Amanda we get to see, well, I like.

 I've been Twittering a lot lately (I know, I know, stfu) and she's on my feed, so she's been on my mind. In between customs for other people and a doll I'm making for myself, I needed to work on something else. I decided to make an Amanda Palmer doll.

  The "relief dolls", as I've come to think of them, (yanno, the dolls I do to take a break from the tedious ones), usually don't take me very long. I think it took about 2 days, start to finish, to complete her. That includes "research", which was really google image search for photos. I started out with 1 idea, simple black dress, stripped stockings, but she has so many looks I like. I ended up working from 3 different photos and making a whole new outfit myself.


  And there you have her! Those eyebrows were a bitch, too! lol <3

- Joy -  


Monday, November 29, 2010

The Red Series

  Yikes! So, it's been awhile and I totally suck. I don't know if anyone really reads this or not, but for anyone that actually does, I do apologize.

  I got a new crop of Barbies to play with a wall built infront of my creativity. That's also what's kept me from here. November has been the longest month ever, I swear. I didn't do much Barbie art at all up until the last week here. Like I said, creativity block. I had some real life drama that kind of sent me into a downward spiral of well, like writers block. For the longest time, I've been using the Barbies as a journal of sorts. Even the ones that go up for sale have thoughts, feelings, memories, pain, anxiety, hope, etc, all poured into them. That all went *poof* and left me blank.

  Luckily, with the help of a friend and a custom doll, I seem to have gotten my mojo back. I had 2 dolls waiting to be finished, glaring at me from my art table. Masked finished and half dressed. Ideas came and went, but nothing stuck. I started the custom and ideas started to flow again, for her, for the others, for new dolls. I even dug out a doll that had been bugging me for awhile. Her face was a great, a half and half, but her outfit was horrible. So horrible, infact, I didn't want to deal with it and stuffed her away. In my newly refound glory, I dug her out, stripped her down and started over completely. She's finished, named and up on eBay! lol

  Anyway, I called this entry "The Red Series" for a reason. I reaaally wanted to make some mask dolls, but I couldn't find my white acrylic paint for the life of me! All I could find was a tube of red. I settled that day for simply removing eyes and mouths, leaving creepy, faceless dolls behind. Barbies, Kellys and Stacies alike. No one was safe. My current projects involve Mom/Baby duos. heh

  After that long day of not finding the white, I opted for the red. Why not, right? I only have a couple red faces. I painted a crop of dolls red faced and am working at them as they speak to me. I finished one, named her and she's also up on eBay! (If those 2 ladies don't make it, they'll go to the Etsy Shop) I'm now working on a Mom and baby. I do them at the same time to try and make their faces match as close as possible.

  I made a cave mom/baby duo aswell, she's in the shop. Very fun to make. I want to make myself another to keep. You can check out Olga and baby Ung here.

  We're currently having a 25% off Holiday Sale in our Etsy Shop, just use coupon code COS2010 at check out!

  You can check out Beatrix and Shayla on eBay, if you so desire. :o)

I guess that's all for now!

  - Joy -

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Siamese Twins - Finished

  Oi, have I been busy! Life has had it's way with me lately, let me tell ya! 

  A couple entries ago, I made a post about Siamese Twins - Work in Progress. Well, they're finished now! Fully dressed and everything! Wouldn't you LOVE to see? I know you would! That's why you're here!

  They're names are Sasha and Tasha. They're fancy like my favorites I'm keeping, but these are for sale!

  They're actually the "Doll of the Day" today for me and Apey's Etsy Shop! You can find them easily at

   I made another set of Siamese Twins that were also mentioned in the last post, but no pictures. I have some pictures now!

    Meet Shannon and Sarah. Shannon is the easy going, laid back one, while Sarah has a bit of a wild side to her.

    You can also find these lovely ladies in our Etsy Shop!

   I guess that's it for now!

  - Joy -

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Angel

  I figured to balance out all the Devils and Demons, I should also make an angel. Or at least an angel like doll. I painted her mask ages ago and lost interest. I do that a lot. I have tons of dolls laying around, painted or half finished, that I've started, then either got mad/frustrated at or lost interest in. I go back to them eventually, when another doll makes me angry or I get of seeing them sit.

  A couple weeks ago, I found a stash of painted, naked ladies that needed attention, so I attended them. One of them happened to be this Angel I started ages ago. I started her when I started the Devil/Demon series, but quickly lost interest in her. I didn't have wings or ideas, so I just cast her aside.

   I still didn't have wings, but I did have ideas, so I finally finished her. I think she looks pretty. Not a true angel, but close enough. Certainly more Angelic than the rest. And for that, I named her Angellica.

  Instead of wings, I used this lacy, shiny, silvery stuff over her white dress. When her arms are outstretched, it kind of gives the illusion of wings.

  She's certainly different from the others! lol

  I loved her white under dress so much, I almost hated to cover it, but she needed some angel-y and this worked this best.

  So there it is, my first try at an angel like being. lol

- Joy -

Monday, November 1, 2010


  I took my kids out Trick er Treating last night. Well, 2 of 3, anyway. Mr. I'm 14 Now stayed home. Nolan was a "zombie FBI agent" and Olivia was a princess. What was I, you ask? Well, the whole point of this post, really.

  I did my make up like one of my Barbie masks! It was great fun! It took quite awhile to do and even longer to wash off, but totally worth it! I even got recognized by a few people as looking like my Barbies! How awesome is that?!

    What'cha think? Pretty close, huh? I didn't want to waste any actual beads, decals or crystals, so I just used all make up.

     I think I did a pretty good job! But I'll stick to least until next Halloween!

- Joy -

Friday, October 29, 2010

omg shoes

  omg shoes! Let's get some shoes! My shoe woes have finally come to an end. Yes, sometimes, well, most of the time, especially in the beginning, I made/make my own shoes. This can be satisfying. This can also be a huge pain in the ass. I have made some boots I'm very, very proud of, but have run out of the materials used to make them with. I would LOVE to make them again, but have no idea what was exactly used to make them. Such is life when working with donated crafty items. Ahwell.

  ANYWAY! I went a lil bananasammich on they good 'ol ebayz and bought tons of lots of Barbie shoes. I bought (these are all pairs, not loose shoes)  2 lots of 60, 2 lots of 30, 2 lots of 15, a lot of 8 skateless ice skate boots (stfu I have reasons) and a lot of 26 shoes. I think I have enough shoes now. I am in shoe heaven. Not all the packages have arrived yet, but enough have for me to be all OMG, SHOES!

  Sometimes shoes are just shoes and sometimes shoes are a base to build off of. They're pretty important and we were down to nothing. I wish I had a camera to take a picture of all these shoes. I tell ya, when all the packages come in and ALL the shoes are here, I will. And THAT will be impressive. HA!

  These shoes are $300, let's get 'em!

-  Joy -

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Siamese Twins - work in progress

  Let's take a break from doll fiction for a moment and get back to some step by step how to's, or what ever they are. Let you in on some of my little secrets here and there to keep it interesting and all.

  The doll fiction came about because pretty much, each doll has a story. I either think it up while I'm crafting them or it comes to me when they're done. I was playing with Maddie and Cara the other night while Apey was here and she told me to share their story, so I decided to. I will be in between other posts.

  Anyway, in THIS post, I'm going to show you a bit how I'm constructing my latest Siamese Twins, who don't have names yet. Let's get started.

  They started out like this, as they usually do. 2 dolls, separate, doing their own thing. Unsuspecting.

   Ut oh, things are starting to look a lil scary for them at this point! That brown headed girl did NOT want to give up her arm. Now that was a fight. WHEW!

   Working on their masks. Gotta make them pretty and creepy, yanno.

   One mask nearly done, except for one detail to be added later.

  2 masks all finished! So pretty! Very different these 2, which my other I went same, but opposite. These ladies are just different pretty much with some things alike.

  And finally, joined together! I haven't yet decided if I'll leave them like this or join their heads too.

   The back view, of course.

  Awww, so happy together! Maybe they DO want their heads glued? hmmm...

- Joy -

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