Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Yes, I am still here... :)

As many of you may know, I have been busy. There hasn't been a ton of time for me to have doll days, so I will do my best to catch everyone up on what I've been into since my last blog post. 

I completed my very first " spiral perm" on a doll I re-rooted. She was a commission for a friend of mine on Flickr. Yes, she is another Steffie. ;)  
 Her hair is actually "Bitter Chocolate Brown" mixed 
with a lower percentage of a lighter brown, not black.

I achieved the spiral curls by wrapping  pieces of hair around long pieces of foil. Then I poured boiling water over the hair and stuck her head in the freezer ( a super nifty tip from "Still Plays With Dolls" on Flickr).  The freezer really helped the curls hold in the heavy Saran hair. 

I re-rooted another Steffie via a commission, but she is top secret until after Christmas. 

I have also been dipping my toes into re-painting by doing partial/over paints. The following two were commissions. The blue fella is meant to look frozen and the other guy will be getting a re-root by his owner.

 (Formerly an Edward Cullen Doll)
I also flocked him in blue.

(Formerly a Barbie Basics Ken)

There is still so much I want to learn/try with re-painting. 
You'll see much more from me in the future!

For those of you who have not seen her on Flickr, I present Claudia, Persephone's older sister. 
I re-rooted her in two different browns, and I love how she turned out. 
You can find out more about her in the Doll Drama Character Profiles section of my blog.

I am fully aware that it has been a VERY long time since I posted an episode. I have episode 14 written and partially photographed. I had planned on doing a Christmas special, but I just did not have time. Maybe I will get around to a little photo story that I'll post on my blog. Even though you haven't seen an episode in awhile, there is A LOT going on. 

Here are just a few new characters that you'll see in the upcoming year...

 This is Adrian, Nahla and Chandra's oldest sibling. Yes, I got another Fashion Royalty doll. He is formerly "Victor James", and the day I got him I removed his hair and flocked him. If you look up a picture of him you'll see why. I have his Character Profile written up, but I haven't been able to get his "proper" picture taken. So, consider this a sneak peek. ;)

 And I FINALLY found a reasonably priced Nikki (friend of Skipper) doll! She is so pretty and will be Nahla, Chandra, and Adrian's youngest sibling. No, I don't have a name for her yet. Any ideas? :)

 Meet Julius and Maria. 
The wealthy and wicked parents of Persephone and Claudia. 
I customized my John Smith doll, and realized he made a great father. 

 And speaking of fathers, meet the guy above. He is the man who fathered Haven and Kiko. I will be ordering his body sometime this week, but he finally arrived from China. I had mentioned in a previous post that I lost out on him, but I did find him again, obviously. Ha! ;)

There are other new characters planned and actually in my possession, but this post is already going to be entirely novel-esk in length, so I will save some things for later. 

Next in the land of my dolly-verse are the newest dolls (currently non-doll drama characters)
that I purchased.


 (Above) Anya
  A re-bodied Integrity Jade doll. I purchased her NIB from D7ana
I have wanted this doll forever, and I adore her. :)

 (Above) Josephine
It took me awhile to find one whose face I adored, and I got lucky at Big Lots! 

(Above) Hannah
I saw her and connected with her instantly. Another Big Lots find. 

(Above) Samantha aka "Sammy"
She is such a fun little firecracker.
I don't usually buy dolls with teeth, but she has serious personality!

(Above) Lissette 
 One of the dolls on my dream list. She needed work when I got her, so I gave her a bath with a condition and boil. She had to have several plugs replaced around the outer line of her hair, and her lips were given a full re-paint. Oh, and of course she was placed on a fully articulated body.

 By now we all know who this doll is. ;) I got mine weeks ago, and finally got around to photographing her. She is perfection in front of a camera. I haven't yet found a name that sticks. If any of you have some ideas leave them in the comments or e-mail me. :)


I know many of you have heard of MyFroggyStuff on YouTube, if not, go check it out. Using her crafty lamp idea with some tweaks of my own, let's just say, Sienna is rockin' a new lamp. 
I haven't made anymore yet, but I have plenty of stuff to make quite a few. 
Who doesn't love a great lamp?

Last, but not least (oh the cliches) I decorated the mall for Christmas. I'm sure everyone is sick of seeing the mall, but here it is anyway! ;) Ha!

 Please excuse my Christmas lights in the background, they are what I use to light my dioramas. They look great in person, but not so much when they are photographed.

I also have "The Perfect Fit" decorated, but can't seem to find the picture I took. 
You'll just have to take my word for it. ;)

That covers a large chunk of where I've been and what I've been doing. I have several projects in mind, and a couple commissions lined up for the new year. I am taking time to catch up on some projects for my own collection and get a good breather before 2012.

May everyone have a blessed holiday!!
Thank you all so much for following me and commenting! 
You're THE BEST!

*Dolly hugs*
-Cat of A Doll Affinity


  1. My goodness, you have been busy! I really like the cool repaint and flocking you did on Edward, he does look frozen. The FR guy looks WAY better flocked, I did not like his manufactured hair, it was just weird. I love what you did with the mall, I will never get tired of looking at it. You're right, we do have the same taste in dolls. I was thinking of getting the Teresa mold BB doll at Ross this week...but we'll see. Your Josephine is perfect! Lissette, is beautiful! Congrats on all of your purchases! I won't lie, I'm in need of a "doll drama" fix, LOL. I hope we get to see another story soon. :)

    Thanks so much for the gift, Cat...and the business card. I will definitely like to use your services in the very near future. :)

    Merry Christmas!

  2. How do you flock your dolls? They look really good.

  3. Love the flocking! Great job. I'm excited to see more of your repaints. Your on your way girl! Great pictures:) Merry Christmas!

    Ps thanks again for my lovely gift. She will debut soon on my blog:)

  4. Oooh ooh. Well this post was worth the wait. I love the new stuff. And your repaints look great!

  5. Hello from Spain: to whichever you bring us new features in this entrance. I already see dolls that you bought and that you have great plans for many of them. I hope that in the end you have time to continue history or to make the entrance of Christmas. I also visit the page myfroggystuff but in the end everything is difficult for me and leaves to me bad. I have a Sammy doll and she is my favorite doll. I like very much you lamp. We follow in contact of blog blog

  6. Tracy- Thank you! "Busy" seems like such a small word to cover what some of us get ourselves into sometimes, but I guess it'll have to work! lol The owner of the Edward re-paint thought he looked like Jack Frost or a "Drag Superstar" lol His words not mine, and he LOVED him! I love when people are happy with the finished product. Gives me a happy and warm fuzzy feeling. :)
    And I am loving Adrian's new do, because his old hair was awful. I couldn't bald him fast enough! Ha! That sounds awful. If you do get that Barbie Basics Teresa mold, you will love her. She oozes spunk. :) I totally promise there will be more "Doll Drama" as I miss it too!! Thank you for your kind words and you are always welcome!! Merry Christmas!!

    Limbe Dolls- I don't mix my craft glue with water (which it instructs you to do in the directions I received). I also spread it on generously, instead of a super thin coat, so that it doesn't look as flat or too close to the scalp. If I find that I have thin spots I use a toothpick and just dab little bits of glue, and re-flock until I have everything evened out. The toothpick trick also works wonders around the part line. I hope that helps! :) Thank you for the compliment!

    Chynadoll- Thank you so much!! I used the paints you sent me!! :D They are WONDERFUL!! Merry Christmas to you too, and I can't wait to see more of her! :)

    Vita Plastica- Thank you! (^_^) Would you believe I got EVEN more to blog about today? ;)

    Marta- You are always so kind and thoughtful! Thank you for all the generous and heartfelt comments you leave. I love sharing my doll collection with all of you!

    TM- Crazy busy! Haha! ;)

  7. Wow, you have a great collection, Very talented indeed.

  8. Wow Cat, I don't know where to begin...I love the reroots, the repaints are fabulous, and Adrian is Hot! I like him better this way. He looks darker, was he dipped? I love your new additions to your doll family and I agree about Teresa, she is one of my favs in this collection. The mall is so nice and good to look all if the details. Very nice. I look forward to the drama. Lol!

    Happy Holidays!

  9. MYFAVORITEBARBIE- Thank you SO MUCH and welcome to my blog!! I am now following you too! :)

    Georgia Girl- Thanks on all counts!! :) He wasn't dipped, it could just be my camera. Although his skin is a close match to Nahla's. I think he is lighter in the promo pictures. I will bring you all new drama soon!! Thank you for being so sweet and patient! Happy Holidays!!!!

  10. Great diorama, it's awesome!! Merry Xmas!

  11. If I could I would just copy and past Georgia Girls comments. She took the words right out of my mouth. Everything looks fabulous. Adrian is quite the handsome dude now. Your flocking and reroots are wonderful. I noticed you have a lot of belts throughout your scenes. I really have to make some or buy a whole slew of them. They add so much to an outfit. Can't wait to see all the new characters in action. Since my bloger doesn't recognize you, I have added you to my toolbar to make sure I keep up. Have a wonderful Christmas! I look forward to blogging with you next year.

  12. amazing collection !! I like this dolls and our clothes ;) kisses and hugs for U and I invite U to my bloog :)

  13. Rossetti- Thank you! I hope you had an amazing Christmas! :)

    Vanessa- I am an accessory crazy person. Belts are one of my favorite things to add. I believe with the right accessory combination you can make almost anything work. At least in the dolly world. ;) Thank you for adding me where you can find me. So far, you are showing up in my feed. Thank goodness!! Hope you had a blessed Christmas!!

    Aga- Thank you very much. I will be sure to check out your blog! :)

  14. Hi! How did you do FR "Victor James" hair so evenly? Thanks! :-)

    1. I don't dilute the glue with water, then I put the glue on quick and even just before flocking. You can also put a couple layers of flocking on. Just make sure to let the first flocked layer dry completely. I hope that helps! Thank you for the comment! (^_^)

  15. Okay!!! Do you have any flocked "Remi"s?

    1. I don't have any flocked Remis at this time.