August 26, 2014

The second surgery on my leg is almost nine weeks past by now and I slowly learn to walk again, now that I may put my full weight on the leg again. I'm still a bit in pain, can't do everything I want yet, mostly still have to stay in the flat und am quite the nervous wreck, especially since my husband's search for a new job starts in full force now.
Still, I try to work a bit on the website again because I'm tired of doing nothing.

As a first step I work on making the Monster High doll galleries complete to gain more space in my doll room for taking photos then for the Dolltopia photo comic and the photo Wacky Winglings.
Furthermore I have some finished craft items which I have to take photos of - partly to write sewing instructions and other tutorials then.
I doubt I'll find the calmness to draw and write before my husband found new work and I'm in better shape physically again. Right now I have to train my leg over and over and then recover.


Sailor Moon Pullip

Since I know there's a lot of Sailor Moon fans around here's a little tip from me. If you always wanted a Sailor Moon doll and also like my Pullips anyway this could be a thing for you. By the end of August Pullip Sailor Moon comes out to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular manga.

I'll pass on her but I think many fans will like her. Since each Pullip is only made for a limited time (usually one month) you shouldn't wait for too long in case you want her.
I might have bought her but my hobby money for September is already spent and I don't plan any farther without a new job. Or does anyone want to sponsor me with some money so I can buy her for Dolltopia? No? I thought so. ;)
If my husband has a new job in October and you left one available for me I might buy her, after all. But only for the wig and to give the nerdy Batman an equally comic-crazy girlfriend.

Europeans can buy her at e.g. Plastikpop. For US shops, take a look at Ebay. There should be lots of vendors who sell them. And nope, I don't earn anything for this advert, ha ha.


I bought this doll, after all, and can only warn everyone not to buy her!

A thourough review with photos of the desaster will be posted soon.


Oh, before I forget! Something about the Sims section!

No, I didn't stop making stuff for Sims, there just was no time for it thanks to my broken leg.
And no, there is no phishing in the downloads, Kaspersky has a super-stupid formula which spits out false alarms! Phishing in a download doesn't even make ANY SENSE!
The most important news though: We switched off comments in the Sims section. Despite many tries it wasn't possible to adapt the code to allow me to actually answer to your nice comments. Especially when someone posted a comment to an older set I could never find out where that comment was - the paths just didn't work. Since this is useless for all sides and Sims comments were the most overrun with spambots anyway we switched them off. If you want to say something or notify me of a problem please use the forum or write me an email. (Or post in the guestbook if it's just generic praise or rants.)
Still a big thanks to everyone who took the time to post there - even if I couldn't always answer, I read all entries!

July 09, 2014

Well, as mentioned by my husband in an earlier blog entry I hit the jackpot. I fell down the last two steps of the basement stairs and after my foot pointed backwards I was carried to hospital.

I broke my shank and spent almost three weeks in hospital. Both bones are broken and were repaired with steel plates after I had spent a considerable time with a fixateur - that's steel pins which are drilled into the bones and look like braces on the leg.

By now I'm back home but I'm not allowed to put my foot on the floor for six weeks. I'm on day 13 now of that period. I'm in strong pain - all nerve damage, probably - and the painkillers don't work. I can only spend very few time on the computer and the rest of what I can do is very limited too. Therefore all of my plans fall flat. Seekers isn't possible, to sim isn't possible, crawling around to take photos for Dolltopia or the galleries isn't possible. So far I only crocheted a doggie for my brother's other half.

Since I barely slept for weeks due to the pain my brain isn't in good shape either. It all sucks. I have so many new dolls and was so motivated...
Yesterday the stitches were taken out, next Monday is my next appointment at the doctor's. When the six weeks are over there's a chance that I still won't be allowed to use my leg in full right away and I'll also have to face physiotherapy. Currently I move through the flat either by walking frame or sitting on an office chair, in the evenings I train a bit with the crutches. The doctors tried to force me to use only those and jump down the 60 steps here in this old building alone all the time. My reply to that: Kiss my behind! The stairs aren't the best anyway, I'm completely worn out after lying around for weeks and barely getting sleep and my foot only has to touch ground once to break the leg again. So far health insurance pays for PTA to the doc but even if they wouldn't we would pay for it ourselves.

So sadly the website has to wait and rot until I'm better. All I can do is to work with barbells etc on myself so I don't loose even more muscles and become more mobile again, but creativity is just too hard. Most of the time I either cry from the pain or lie with my feet up.
Since I don't know what will happen after the six weeks are over I can't say yet when I can continue working again.

June 15, 2014

 Hello fellow internet-voyagers,

 bad news from the land of authors: today Eph has hurt her foot badly and will be unavailable for quite some time (at the very least 7 days). I hope you can wait a little longer for news of dolltopia and co.

 Greetings, Dorian (the technology guy)

May 17, 2014

"You can't bbq a unicorn!"
I overheard this phrase some weeks ago on my way to the city when a young couple crossed our way. It led to a lively discussion between my husband and me on the correct method to cook a unicorn. At the same spot I came across another young couple one week later who were both clad from head to toe into bright yellow Pikachu plush costumes, including hood and tail. My only thought was "Oh my, I hope those can stand the rain!"
Sometimes I love living in a big city. :)

After this little episode let's talk about the news!
The Daily Doodles go into retirement for the time being. In over 40 days they triggered not a single reaction and I don't like wasting neither my nor your time. I do like the idea though and when the time comes I'll try another run - when I got the feeling there's actually more than 2 users here.

To make up for that the new Dolltopia will start right this month - Eternia and Sinistra will give their best in the doll photo comics and of course the rest of the cast will too! Sinistra's outfit isn't wholly done yet and I'll need some days to take a bunch of photos in advance then - you never know how the weather will be and there's a small birthday party scheduled here too. So I figure the 26th is a good day to check for the first episodes.

To get in the mood for photo comic mayhem you can visit the new menu point Dolltopia Outtakes to read the first outtake. That page will recieve new small stories from behind the scenes from time to time. Dolltopia itself will be realized with the gallery as before, so one photo + text per page.

Sewing Sinistra's outfit is taking extra long because I take notes of every step and also take photos to share the sewing patterns with you gals afterwards. Other sewing patterns are also in the works.

Although I do my best to also draw and work on Seekers artwork I'm afraid the photo comics will have to be the main bulk of updates here for the next months. The job search of my husband and preparation for a possible move are more important right now. His contract only runs for four more months and there's a lot to do. I don't want to bring a handful of pages online, get the advertizing machinery in gear and then vanish for several months again right away because we have to move to the other side of the nation. So I keep myself busy with colour artwork and a longer Wacky Wingling project to exercise more with my new software.

In other news, by now I recieved Holt Hyde and thus have completed my Monster High collection for the time being. Currently there's only Invisi-Billy left on my wishlist, who was really announced for 2014. I try not to buy any girls for a while. Ever After High is currently pretty much dead for me too since Mattel seems determined to give each doll the same head. That kicked Cedar Wood from my wishlist (I have no use for Pinocchio's daughter when her body looks like wood and her head is "normal") and I get the feeling that Cherise Hood doesn't have her wolf ears either.

I will probably buy Taeyang Black Jack since currently I re-read some Black Jack stories daily. (A masterpiece of Tezuka!) Apart from that I have... *counts*... six blank dolls that want to be painted and clothed. Especially Giselda and Eloya, of course, for which I'll also have to create custom wigs.

There's still a ton of dolls missing in the galleries though so I try to take new photos every few days even though I can only upload them in batches.
Still a lot of old artwork that needs to be overhauled too. Bah, where is all the time gone?

April 26, 2014

This time I'll write about the latest happenings and plans for the next month.

Random quote of the day (overheard on the way to the city): "But you can't bbq a unicorn!"

First of, Real,- Minis! Today was the last day of the promotion (which, according to posters and flyers, should have ended on the 19th already). We spent 77,- Euro and got this:

real minisreal minisMo spent rougly the same amount but at the brandnew Real,- superstore further out. He got this:

That's mean! We got five and he got 29! (Correction: He mailed that one fell out of the bag, he got 30!) The cashier was in a good mood - it was the last day before her holiday. ; )

So that's that. Still, I'm 1000% satisfied. The items were free, after all, and I got a lot of them as gifts from others. I own 39 of the 59 items and have over 100 items total. Together with the "good" things from Re-ment I can fill up two shops. I took a photo already, it will become a Foto Wacky Wingling.

Next topic: dolls. Yeah, yeah, you tough guys can skip this. ;)

My hobby money for May is already spent - and severely overspent! - for  dolls, fabrics and buttons. Today I recieved three blank Pullips/Taeyangs. One of them will become Eloya, a Giselda is being worked on already. Tomorrow I'll rewrite the article about the Pullip Make It Own series since there are two new skintones for the ladies! I can tell you that much already: The "Tanned" doll looks really swell while the "Fair" doll looks just the same as the "Normal" one no matter what kind of light source I use. Now I hope that in June or July there will be new skintones for Taeyang too so I can build the darker Takchi.

Monster High collection

Most of my money was spent on Monster High though since after watching almost all movies and all webisodes I could find I'm totally on a trip. Finally I have a clear picture of the various characters! (And Draculaura is not unlike Giselda, actually.) Very annoying: To get the man Gil I had to buy a set of 5 dolls for 80 Euro although I already own one of the girls and wasn't even interested in the others. Separately he would have cost me 300,- though. I had to pay extra to get the zombie guy Slo Mo too. I would like to have a word with Mattel about this kind of sales practice but afaik enough other fans already voiced their opinion on this.
Of the guys I'm still missing Holt Hide and Invisi-Billy. The latter is - to my knowledge - not been made into a doll yet but it would be swell if one day he was. Holt can be bought from private sellers for 300,-. It was a suuuuper idea by Mattel to publish a second version of him in the US only and only for one specific chain of stores. That one's even easier to get! (/sarcasm) Could you please make a third doll of him and make that less scarce than the others? Thanks!

I made an inventory than and it was terrifying. The picture on the left shows my current collection. You don't have to count - it's 90 dolls. 90! I only own half of the published dolls at best, rather less. As you can see many characters have several versions. (Abbey Bominable takes the cake with a whopping seven versions. (blue skin, white hair, on the top left)) It would be sweet if the pretty outfits would be sold separately, but as that never happened for Barbie it will sure as hell never happen for MH. Usually I try to be selective, only buying new characters and only those that I really like. But then Amazon or Real,- sell something for half price again and/or I can't resist the outfit or new hairdo, or there's another grand new theme or a set where you get additional free outfits with the doll... The playsets often come with an exclusive doll I don't really need too.

Over the next days I will finish the inventory and take photos of all missing characters for the gallery. Afterwards I will have to part with a few of my sweeties with a very heavy heart, since I don't have any space left. :(

For Monster High I own many playsets too, e.g. the school itself, the diner and the street cafe. Now that I know more about the characters I will definitely sit down and think about stories for photo comics again. In the near future there will be polls about the couple of the year and somesuch too - after all I have 8 men by now! Perhaps there still ARE some doll fans here! I also want to remodel some of the dolls that get separated out into fantasy princesses since for a long time I had an idea about a story a la Sailor Moon in the middle ages. With a second cast that doesn't have to switch between modern and classic outfits for comics all the time that should be easier.

For that I have to sew a lot though but I plan anyway to hole up at home in May and do nothing but clear out stuff (in case of a later move), draw and sew resp. take photos or write stuff for the website. Okay, except for the various appointments at doctors.
So I hope to get a lot of sewing patterns done soon too!

So, what else?

The tutorial to sew Owlie is done in theory but then the editor started to act up and shows the article without any free spaces, rendering it next to unreadable. My husband is looking into that. As soon as that is done I'll do the translation. That's keeping up a lot of articles.

Next week I'll get x-rays done to find out what causes the pain in my back and on the 30th I'll get an ECG since my doctor is worried about my heart. Still have to make an appointment for the tinnitus but I'm not very optimistic about that since this ear specialist sint me home years ago when I had my first tinnitus with the words "It's just a little tinnitus, go home and learn to ignore that!". Therefore I bought a ginseng med yesterday at the pharmacy. It's for dementia actually but also used for tinnitus. Let's see if it helps a bit. The lady at the pharmacy was shocked that there was no therapy tried on my. Well, I'm used to that. My eye problem was never solved either, I still go to bed once I start to see double since I never got glasses. And that's one of the more harmless things I was sent home with. It would be nice if this time they'd find something and help me with one of my health problems (no matter which!) but for the time being I'll stay pragmatic and wait. Doh!