Pullip Marianne by Groove

Confession – I had been looking at Marianne for quite some time, and I was very intimated by that hairpiece. After a doll’s eyes I am drawn to their hair, and this pre-French Revolution lass just wasn’t exactly my cup of tea from the stock photos.

That was until I saw her in person. WOW-wee! What a beauty.

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Everything you see in her hair is attached in some fashion, whether it’s by string or strip of fabric and glue. The rolled hairpieces on the side feel like they have Styrofoam in them and they too are attached to her wig.

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Her outfit is an exercise in over-the-top, and I was a little shocked by the contrast between the super-formal front and the casual eyelet back. A “business up front, party in the back” approach… interesting.

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The doll itself is very pretty, but not exactly my style. I will admit that I got her from the “dented box” section on Pullipstyle, and that was enough for me to bring her home.

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Handmade Pullip Jewelry by SWeet B Designs

I have become that woman who won’t spend $20 on a t-shirt for myself (unless it’s on clearance) but will shower my dolls with the most fab accessories.

Case in point? These adorable necklaces and bracelet from SWeet B Designs.

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My friend Sara is so meticulous! These pieces are so adorable and unique, and really add to the doll’s outfit. I always say that the thing I love most about Pullip dolls are the details, so I think adding a few of my own is a great next step!

MattysDollies Custom Pullip Make it Own MIO

I have met some of the most amazing and creative people over the last year, including my pal Matt, who does amazing custom dolly work (check out his page at http://mattysdollies.tumblr.com/)

I was insanely lucky to be the beneficiary of one of his gorgeous OOAK Monster High dollies (her review is coming soon!), but in the meantime I thought I’d share this lovely lassie that he customized for me – my Emma Grace.

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A few details on Emma, in case you’re curious:

Granny’s Attic Antique Mall

“Hey, let’s go antiquing!” That’s something you will never hear me say.

However, a quick search of “dolls” on Yelp led me to Granny’s Attic Antiques in Temecula, California this fine Monday afternoon and I was curious enough to make a road trip.

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Imagine a Costco-sized building broken into 100 stalls of quirky, creepy, historical, and beautiful junk. That was Granny’s, and it was a crazy labyrinth of kook that had me imagining the horror movie just waiting to be filmed there…

Two teens find themselves locked in the antiques warehouse after midnight…

YIKES! Anyway there was indeed enough absurd creepiness to scare even the toughest cookie, such as…

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Two tiered rack of discarded, dead-eyed baby dolls. Check.

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A Rosie O’Donnell doll. Because that red pantsuit is fierce.

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Old, creaky carousel horse. Don’t read Something Wicked This Way Comes.


Lancelot waited patiently for an unknowing victim to take him home.

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Down this way, my pretty…we won’t hurt you…


And… a talking Rex Harrison doll complete with oddly bulging pants.

Now that that’s out of the way, I did have a little fun looking at vintage Barbie dolls and other 80s knickknacks. In the end all I could bear to buy was a Sugar Plum Fairy for $10.

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Definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in the area!

Custom Pullip Asuka Langley – Emmaline Shortcake

I don’t always show off my modified dolls, but this one is a real treat for me. What a surprise little gem she turned out to be! This is my Asuka Langley Pullip doll, which I have decided to transform into Emmaline Shortcake – my vision of Strawberry Shortcake‘s daughter.  My mom, who graciously took a day off from working on clothes for her etsy shop, make me this outfit and hat.

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Fun with Pullip Make it Own Kits – Part 2

If you haven’t had a chance to work on a Pullip Make it Own kit (I know they’re like finding gold nuggets in a cave these days), I can’t recommend them enough.

I have never, repeat NEVER been a person to pick up paintbrushes and pastels and feel comfortable creating anything, let alone a doll worthy of my shelf. But here I am, having done quite a few of these projects, working relentlessly on my next girl.

Here is my latest dolly, who has yet to be named. Thanks to my mom for the outfits!

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Fun with Pullip Make It Own MIO Kits

I’m addicted. I can admit that. When PullipStyle.com and jpgroove got Pullip Make it Own (MIO) kits back in stock, I went a little crazy. For awhile it felt like my workstation was a doll shop, and I was Gepetto. (Creepy? Maybe.) IMG_1710 FullSizeRender

There is nothing that can compare with a brand new, fabulously expensive Pullip Doll, except for maybe a doll you create from your own imagination. This process is very time-consuming and requires patience, but the end result is something you can really be proud of. Here are of few of my girls: lenore IMG_1867 FullSizeRender_1 FullSizeRender_2 IMG_1800 FullSizeRender_1 (2)   gomorra  Sept.28.2014 358

If you’re interested in learning how to make your own Pullip, check out the video I put together: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXz6lqAHmzk

Handmade Goodies from Emerz

Today I got treated to an overdose of cuteness. A KABOOM of Kawaii. (Give me a break, I’m a writer for a living.)

My dear friend Emily, who makes handmade dolly stuffs for Pullips and other lucky girls through her Emerz shop sent me a package of stuff that I cannot describe in words…so I will share pics.

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Being half-Japanese, I have a healthy respect for packaging. And Emily knows her stuff. But when I opened those happy polka-dotted bags, I did not expect the treasure within! Emily is an immensely talented lady who does it all. She knits, she crafts, she sews, she stamps! In the dolly world we would call her a Renaissance Woman. Check out the loot!Feb 2015 490 Feb 2015 495

She made these donuts! I so wanted to eat them. Just kidding. (Not really.)

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Lots of other goodies but most of all, I was thrilled to share some super cute outfits with my Pullips. I always marvel at handmade doll clothes, since I see what goes into them with my mom’s shop. These are two outfits that I could not wait for Banshee and Karen to model!

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Her prices are super affordable for such gorgeous and OOAK pieces! Check her out on Instgram @emaline_dolls to see more!

P.S. Even I got a little something. Turns out Emerz also does knitted stuff for people, too! (This will help me weather those blisteringly cold San Diego Winters.)

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Pullip Asuka Langley Soryu by Groove

In addition to Ayanami Rei from the Neon Genesis Evangelion series, Groove also released an Asuka Langley Pullip doll back in 2008. She has the less desirable Type 3 body, but she’s still a spitfire. Minimal faceup makes her appear a bit like a tomboy, but you’d never know it from her THREE different costumes.

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This last one had a special guest star. Asuka is unafraid of large cats.




Pullip Holly Golightly Audrey Hepburn Doll

There is no better inspiration for Pullip than Audrey Hepburn, a graceful sliver of a woman and fashion icon who tragically left us too soon.

Groove/Jun Planning had a love affair with Audrey for a few years, putting out not one, not two, but THREE Audrey inspired dolls from her movies Roman Holiday, Sabrina, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Holly was the first release back in 2006, and I think it was an ambitious one. Her stock is very well made and a lot of attention was paid to the details. Her pearl necklace, the sunglasses, and the big hat.

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Unfortunately, my Holly doll came used and in poor condition. She was stained, her body was falling apart and her eyes were dirty and dull. Why don’t people take better care of these dolls??

In any case I gave her a new look, and she even borrowed a dress from Pullip Sabrina:



If you’re curious about how all three dolls look next to each, I made a video review of Holly with a special appearance from my other girls: