Thursday, November 5, 2015

He's one hell of an assistant!

I am ever so pleased to present Sebastian Michaelis of Black Butler fame. 
For those of you who have not seen the anime I am referring to, he is one of my favorite characters. 

He has been a 2 year project, but he was worth the wait. 
Sebastian's re-paint was done by the talented Joey Versaw of Mary Magpie dolls. 
I re-rooted him, and then gave him a cut/style using premium black nylon hair I purchased 
Sebastian has been dressed in random pieces of Ken clothes I've acquired along the way. 

It is here that I should note he started out as a Legolas Ken doll. 
His metamorphosis can be seen in the photo below.  

I have special plans for this new member of my 1/6 crew. 
Some hints await you in the following photos...

Such a curious first meeting...

A most alarming chemistry between them....

Not romantic, as one might assume...

 An agreement. A contract perhaps?

Did I mention our dear Sebastian has only one weakness?
He loves cats. ;)

I hope everyone is enjoying the changing of seasons in preparation for the new year.  
And if not, I hope you're staying warm, or cool depending on where you are in the world. <3

(And you know...the rest of them.)


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Warning: Edgy Makeovers Inside

This is going to be a picture heavy post, but I'll try not to be long winded. ;)

I didn't lie! I've been busy and I've certainly been around. Maybe not around the blog but I'm doing better than I was, so we'll try to focus on the positive. 

In this post I will be showing you three different custom gals I worked on within the last few months. As of this post all three are home with their respective owners.
First up, the custom Barbie Fifth Harmony Dinah Doll with a partial re-paint and a full re-root. 

She did not start life glamorous. In fact, I was going to just sell her head and move on. 
Then inspiration struck as I realized what a pretty face she had. 
It caused me to remember what once propelled me forward in my creative dolly endeavors. 
My joy came from unearthing something beautiful in a doll others would look over.
I settled on a two color re-root using saran hair, and followed it up by enhancements to her original face paint.

Of course I cannot leave you with just a before and after shot.
Let the photo shoot commence...

 The above picture is unedited as is the one beneath it. The edited pictures are truer to the colors in real time, but I decided to add these photos and showcase a different angle of the finished doll.


Yes this couch will be seen in a lot of my photos. ;)

Next in line for her blog debut is a doll I am really pleased to have worked on!

 Formerly a Top Model Nikki Barbie given a re-root in Nylon hair and flocking on one side.
 She belongs to the very talented Miranda of OneSixthAvenue.
Be sure to keep an eye on OneSixthAvenue's blog and Facebook for this girl's appearance in the future. ;)

Before I get to the fashion shoot with this doll I would like to take a closer look at her hair.
Please keep in mind that these photos are not edited.
I don't think I will do a short hairstyle using Saran ever again. Premium Nylon was superior in it's performance to obey what I needed in every way.
Thank you for trusting me Miranda!! <3

After the cut/style and boil it laid beautifully. 
You can see more pictures taken by Miranda here and here.

Now the photo shoot...

 I hated to see her go. Can you blame me?!  
Miranda mentioned she had a Kill Bill character feel and I have to agree with her. 
Maybe my subconscious enjoyment of the Kill Bill movies were at play while I styled her? 

And the last gal I have to share today is one I made for my personal collection. 

 I decided I wanted a more punk LA girl.

She was given a reroot in two saran colors, flocked, pierced, and partially re-painted with eyelashes added.

I don't have a mouthful to say about this one. Just that you'll see more of her in the future.

The last photo shoot (and it's short)...

And as a bonus, for those of you wondering how her original hair looks up close, I took some pictures. 

Feel free to click the photos to enlarge them for detail. 

I hope each of you is having a wonderful October!! 
More coming soon!  


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tokidoki Barbie Inspiration Revisited ^_^

(She was a 2015 Asian Fashionista Barbie doll before her re-root. )

So, with all the craziness surrounding the latest Tokidoki Barbie release, 
I decided to make my own version for fun. 
 I cannot explain why, but when I re-root using fantasy colors the re-root seems less monotonous.  
This doll was no exception. 

She received a partial re-paint and a full re-root in 3 saran colors. 

Styling her was relatively easy, because I had just purchased this cute 
Tokidoki top by the talented Yvonne AtTinyLiving
She still has some really adorable items in stock! 

Stripped bare and showing off her hair! O.O
Here you can see the blue on one side, pale yellow on the other, with streaks of light pink throughout.

The dreaded part. I think the part took longer to complete than the entire re-root. 
Working with light hair colors requires a lot more attention to coverage and detail. 
Yay for extra work! 
Wait, no. ;)

She also got a mani to match the new hair .

And at long last, the close up. 
I urge you to enlarge this picture to see the detail. 
She has apricot and blue eye shadow on, and a lighter lip color. 
Yet another doll I am sad to see go. 
But she'll have a lovely new home, and I bought a second one of these to customize in different colors for my own collection. 

I am so behind on blog posts but I am trying to catch up. 
I have at least 4 more planned and started that you should see within the next couple of weeks. 
I'm really back this time!  
I've missed ALL OF YOU!!!


Have a totally amazing weekend!

(And her dolly horde...) 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I did something that scares me.

(Pictured above is Dead in her Tracks Dani by Integrity Toys before and after her makeover.
Re-rooted in More Titian from 

A full re-root with a full face up.
There is something that stirs in me when I see a blank doll face.
Pretty certain it is fear, no, crippling terror.
That's definitely it.

Maybe it is the blank slate of expectation that causes the stirred anxiety?

The good news is, I pushed through it and actually finished her.
She was a commission for my lovely doll friend Nick.

Her belief in my work has propelled me forward on many occasions and I wish to thank her publicly for her selfless sweetness. Thank you Nick! You're AMAZING. <3

(Just a note to others who may decide to re-do this dolly in the future. 
Those rooted lashes made things pretty tricky.) 

Oh yeah....a close up. ;)

I loved seeing her emerge from the icy persona of her former visage into a lovely butterfly.
I was inspired by the monarch butterfly as I painted her, so I think the above statement is a good fit. ;)

She has made it home safe as I write this post.
I'm glad I pushed through the fear of defacing and then refacing a doll.
Now to keep the trend going.

I'm working on some fun projects at the moment.
You'll have a couple more blog posts from me in the next week.
Things are swinging back into a normal ebb and flow after 2 years of craziness.
I'm looking forward to what comes next.


Hoping each of you are finding things to smile about.
+Cat and all her weird/obnoxious dolls.+

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Catching Fire Katniss Barbie Reroot

I thought I took a before picture of her. 
I was mistaken. 
For those of you who haven't seen this doll in her original incarnation click here. :)

A little less photo flair.

To the side....flair back on. ;)  

Up close and personal. 

And Bam! ;)  

I thought she would look good as a red head. Something about her understated facial screening made me see her as a flower child/bohemian beauty. 
She was completed a few months ago and is now on her way to her new home. 

Thank you all for your continued encouragement and support! 
It is seriously 70% of my life force right now. 

A Doll Affinity