BJDs for Beginners

I'm an author, BJD collector, and probably too old for this platform.

I follow BJD-related blogs.

itsumohyouri:

itsumohyouri:

Just a reminder of some of the super cute YoSD and MSD items currently up for sale in my shop! Skirts, dresses, shorts, and jumpers! 

Check it out at Jointed!

So basically, I received my student loans and grants on the 17th for my final year of University. I’ve been crunching numbers and I’ve realised that after paying all my rent, I have around £200 ($320ish) to last me from now until Jan 12th (when my next bit of financial aid comes in.)

Unfortunately I’m not in a position where my parents can help me financially, and I’m really hoping I won’t have to sell a doll, however that money has to cover all living expenses.

I’m absolutely not asking for anything like donations, this is simply to say that I’m going to be relying on and hopefully putting a lot more into my Etsy this term to help out!

Thank you so much for reading, and I would be super grateful for any reblogs! Thank you again <3

Pretty!

The doll nemesis

Our petite 11 month-old kitten was watching me intently during a photo shoot. I got up for a second, and when I returned, this is what I found. I couldn’t very well set up my dolls after this, could I?

Lily is our collector cat. She has her own hoard of shiny things. In July, I’ll find it—usually under a bed or a couch—and it always contains at least two acrylic Christmas ornaments as well as plastic face masks. They are her favorite. I can hardly take them away from her!

What’s the most annoying thing to hear BJD collectors whine about on Tumblr?

"I have too many dolls!"

That’s kind of the same thing as saying, “I have too much money,” or, “I’m too thin,” or “I just have too much fun at my job.” It’s just such a conceited thing to say. And here I am, daring to say it, risking my followers to bitch about it.

God, what am I thinking?

In all seriousness, is it possible to have too many dolls?

Or, can you think of something that is more annoying to hear a BJD collector complain about?

Let me preface this with the following excuse: I am old. Like, over 40. I mean, that’s my picture there in the profile photo, and I don’t really look over 40. My blue hair covers about 50% gray (my hair dresser really does a great job). And my tattoos are doing a great job of making me younger, as does my facial cream. But when you’ve been around the block as many times as I have, you have the benefit of the following:

  1. More money. It’s kind of cool. Whether you get it from marriage—not to sound cynical, but it’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich person as a poor person, as it happens. Of course, I didn’t know this at the time, so my husband and I learned this the hard way when we were both students. But we are doing just fine now, and seem to be recuperating the loss of our youth.
  2. Experience. Whether this is experience doing things the hard way (this seems to be my personal preference) or the easy way (such as listening to others’ wise counsel), or specifically, learning to do things like collecting things, which you can sell in order to purchase different things (which I have also done), all this can benefit your BJD habit.
  3. Wisdom. I have to sort of smirk when I write this, because I am a little bit on the Peter Pan or Mowgli side of things when it comes to growing up. If you follow The Queen Bee Does Not Like To Wait blog, for example, you might have seen my latest tattoos and piercings. However, with age comes a sort of wisdom, or at least, other adults finally stop questioning your every action. Within reason, then, you can drop several hundred bucks on a doll without anyone questioning you. (A television, a tattoo, or a doll, who cares?)
  4. Children. Another wonder asset and partner in crime—this can be a mixed bag. Perhaps you have a child of your own who also likes the BJD hobby? Well, they too can contribute to your combined hobby, and you can use it to spend the ever-important “quality time” together. This can easily backfire, however, the first time your precious child ruins your favorite wig with over-eager brushing. So keep #3 in careful consideration when using this tactic.
  5. Patience. Oh yes. When you were younger, did it ever seem like your parents had the patience of saints? It’s really because time passes so much more quickly for us old farts than it does for you young people. Patience is nothing for us. A week goes by for us in the blink of an eye. Waiting for three months for a doll is nothing to us. That’s only a quarter of a year. Really, it’s nothing. (We try not to think about how much closer to death it is—well. Some of us do. Others of us, well, we might dwell on it excessively.)

So. With that rather morbid thought, I’ll end my lengthy post with the thought that yes, I think I do currently have too many dolls. I think my BJD limit is good—in that I don’t think I have any I dislike. I think my other dolls are currently taking up too much space in the cabinet.

I’m stuck, though—it seems the bottom has dropped out of the Tonner and Barbie market, so I feel stuck with the dolls I have. I hate being stuck with anything. (#5, standing by—#5, standing by.) Maybe I should wait it out—and get a new tattoo in the meantime.

Amy on Flickr.It must be blonde-day. This is my super old Iplehouse JID Amy - special real skin. She was my first IH girl, and she&#8217;s had a new face-up, also by Lexi of 16-Bit Face-ups. Notice the cute, adorable freckles again. Just love them!

Amy on Flickr.

It must be blonde-day. This is my super old Iplehouse JID Amy - special real skin. She was my first IH girl, and she’s had a new face-up, also by Lexi of 16-Bit Face-ups. Notice the cute, adorable freckles again. Just love them!

Camelia on Flickr.Just for fun &#8212; Soom Rosette Camelia as a blonde.
Her face-up is by 16-Bit Face-ups. I just love how Lexi paints freckles! She does a fantastic job!

Camelia on Flickr.

Just for fun — Soom Rosette Camelia as a blonde.

Her face-up is by 16-Bit Face-ups. I just love how Lexi paints freckles! She does a fantastic job!

Minifee (Moe line) Ante in a new Dollheart outfit—designed for the new mini Dollfie Dream. I was hoping this would fit her, and it does! It’s adorable, too. I love Dollheart’s new casual styles.

My second arrival today: Dandy Tristan (also Peak’s Woods). He shipped together with Segi. I’m really, really pleased with him! He’s only my third big boy—and that’s one of those things that I thought I’d never do (collect big boys—or boys at all). I think he’s really sweet.

That last photo shows him with his “twin” sister sculpt, Elf Tristan in suntan. I think he’s quite similar, but he has regular ears, a heavier jaw and chin, and his eyes are a little bit wider. He has eyelashes. I think my other PW boy, Cosmo, doesn’t have lashes.

I do need some more boy outfits, though. Time to do some shopping! I’m kinda liking Sadol’s selection, and of course, Nine9Style.