I'm not even excited about the Roost, it's just too late to try to fix a bad game.

The weather is cooling off really quickly. Winter used to be my favorite season, but now I think it's fall. Since I don't have school to look forward to anymore, or all of the rituals that coincided with it, I have lots of opportunities to make up stuff for me to do so that time actually feels like it's moving forward. For the last couple of years I've celebrated the 21st Night of September. Halloween is just ok, and unless me and my friends plan something big, and we rarely do, there's not really much build-up to it. Well, I'll think of something.

Anyway, since the weather was good this weekend, I painted some hands and feet. Full body blushing is not something I do, because the joints just rub away all of the sealant and hard work. But I do like painting hands and feet. Since my newest doll has many, it took a little while. Actually most of these parts were purchased secondhand and came before the doll did. I just painted the whole batch at the same time, but I probably won't do that again since I ended up overlooking a few spots. Also, I initially planned on painting the nails lavender, or maybe some kind of interesting design. But in the end I went for something very plain! I have a duplicate set of hands I can experiment on later. But overall I'm pretty happy with the results. It looks much cuter on a fully clothed doll though!

so many hands! so many feets!

Resin porcupine

This is the most efficient way to do it, but they might bump into each other.

SD Heel Feet
Making Stuff II

For no particular reason, things are fun these days. I wake up still tired some days, not because I can't fall asleep at night, but because I don't want to fall asleep. I want to enjoy every day just a little longer, so I end up staying up too late, sometimes not even doing anything in particular. Maybe because I've had time to work on stuff, so my hobbies feel almost new and exciting again.

The mod I started on one of my dolls a few months ago is closer to being done than not-done. But... there's kind of a weird texure from the paint, the paintbrush hairs (there is literally no reason for them to detach like this), and because I didn't sand everything down as much as I thought I had. But the color match is almost perfect. I wish I had documented my process more because while the result isn't great, I learned a lot and if I ever wanted to do it again, I think it would be a lot better. Of course, I could start over now, but I think with some projects it's good to see them to their completion before starting over. Because otherwise they will never get done. It's still too humid most days for faceups so color matching is all I've done so far. I've been wanting to blush my newest dolls's hands too, and maybe redo Chouquette's hands since I think they're a little too bright. But anyway I guess it will still be a while until this project is officially done and I can cross modding off the list of things I've wanted to try. In the meantime, I'll come up with ways to cleverly disguise my mistakes and oversights.

I also recently picked up a miniature kit. I'm not really a stranger to making miniatures but it's a very daunting kit! And I've never done a kit before. But I'm having a ton of fun, and I can't wait to see it finished. This is step 1 of 50 or so! It's a cat house for a larger cat house.

wow i love toys

Well, it's been a while since I did an entry here and now's as good a time as any. Mostly things have been pretty uneventful, which is honestly a good thing. But I actually have so many things I want to talk about, I just never bother to sit down and write properly! So I'll just quickly say that the trip I went on with my friends last month was fine. I've got some complaints but not today.

Recently, I got hooked on Kokuyo's Bobbin washi tape...system. I try very hard to avoid useless desk and stationery accessories because they just get in the way and are rarely ever actually useful. But I just knew this one would be different. And honestly the design is really nothing short of genius. All it does is take bigger washi tape rolls and...make them smaller. But hear me out, something about the process is heart fluttering. When you're done, you can even stack them together. I've started to understand the the magic of the rainbow sponge. Sometimes it's really the simple things in life that keep you going.

mt has put out a similar product, and while the Maki Maki can spool more than one roll at a time and accomodate more sizes, its primary disadvantage to Kokuyo's Bobbin system is that IT'S UGLY and I don't like it. But I do have a lot of respect for mt, since they essentially invented washi tape as we know it. Well, kinda. Years and years ago, I had a roll or two of what was called something like deco tape, which was closer in appearance to a spool of ribbon, and plastic-y like a really long sticker. I hate stickers, I've got like a sticker phobia, they just gross me out. I don't like touching them, I don't like eating around them. This is why. When I was in kindergarden, we had a chart in which you would be rewarded stickers for good behavior, such as picking up after yourself, reading quietly during reading time, and successfully making it to the bathroom without peeing your pants. And once you got enough stickers, you could get an amazing prize, like a slinky or a pencil. It was a very inticing proposition, so everyone would do their best to be the most upstanding citizen in the class, as the amount of recognizable good behavior was finite, and the teacher's attention had to be shared. But I was a good kid. I only had one more sticker to go before I could claim my reward. The girl sitting next to me was allegedly in the same boat, though. "Please please please, can I borrow a sticker! I really want the prize, I'll give it back!" Well, being the upstanding citizen that I was, how could I leave my fellow comrade alone in her greatest time of need? After all, spending about 5 minutes staring at the grass on the playground was probably a much more fruitful way to collect useless plastic trinkets than saving up stickers for a month. But this was the day I learned betrayal. She ate my sticker. The sticker I delicately peeled from my own chart was plopped straight into her mouth. She looked me dead in the eyes and grinned so widely as she chewed that I could see the adhesive separating from the plastic.

So anyway since I do like stationery and I do like journaling, washi tape has been a huge lifesaver for me and I'm very attached to all of my mini washi tapes and what's left of the bigger ones. Also, since I'm thiking about it, Hobonichi collaborated with Candy Stripper two years in a row but won't put out matching washi tape, pencil boards or folder sets? Discrimination. Also also, why does so much Animal Crossing merch use 3D renders instead of the cuter illustrated style? No I did not get the AC Hobonichi, IT'S UGLY and I don't like it.

But anyway, I've been chatting with hat about dolls a lot lately. This is my formal endorsement. She's very knowledgable! In April I ordered an FCS SD, and with some delays she finally arrived the other week. This is my second time owning an SD sized doll, and while I think overall I still prefer smaller sizes, I think she's just perfect. I still maintain that I don't intend on aquiring more dolls. I wanted to try Volk's FCS since...forever, but it's really expensive. Luckily I was very fortunate to be laid off at the end of last year, but I was allowed to keep my work laptop, which I promptly sold. I used the money to buy a doll instead of feeding myself!

I'm joking of course. I'm a financially responsible adult. Yeah...

Well, I don't have a name for her yet orrr clothes. But I thought about getting a wig to match my original character donut steel that I've been doodling for years, Croissandra. Get it? Because her head is a croissant? (Yes I do I think I'm very clever). I don't think it translates that well enough to attempt learning how to make wigs myself, but I might feel compelled to commission someone to do it for me.