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 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:

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:

Pullip Neon Genesis Evangelion Ayanami Rei by Groove

What a strange and beautiful doll Ayanami Rei is! A character from a Japanese TV series called Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ayanami is a complex and somewhat tragic character. Groove really nailed it capturing this girl’s look, and that pilot’s suit she comes in is no joke.

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She also comes with a second look, complete with bandages – as her character is first introduced as wounded. So detailed! She is truly a beauty.

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Customized Pullip Dita – Ophelia Doll

Who doesn’t sympathize with Ophelia, the tragic heroine from Shakespeare’s Hamlet?

I always appreciated the painting by Millais, because in my opinion it did not show a young woman driven into madness. To me, Ophelia in her last moments had reclaimed her life and her will.

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Ok, that will drove her to a watery grave, but I digress.

This doll was more of a “project” than anything, and it was loads of fun to finish. Why? Because she was a gift for a very special friend of mine whose love of art and literature really inspired me to create something special.

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My mother was gracious enough to create Ophelia’s dress, which needed to be appropriate for the period, but also faithful to the idea that Ophelia cared little for social graces at this point in the play. My favorite part of her outfit is the necklace of purple flowers sewn into her dress.

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For her box, I wanted to re-create the look of Ophelia drifting through water. This took some craftiness that was definitely outside my comfort zone.

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Lastly, a OOAK doll simply isn’t complete without a collector’s card, so she got one of those, too.

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I can’t wait for Ophelia to make her way to her new home!

Pullip Kore – The Goddess

Pullip Kore has seen a slow-burn over the past year in interest. I recall when she came out people were saying how much she looked like Pullip Blanche, or that she was pretty but a little “ho-hum.”

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