Hello Dolly! Welcome to the Big-Eyed World of Blythe!

Blythe is a gorgeous line of 12″ fashion dolls made by Japanese toy company Takara who have magical eyes that change with the pull of a string!

The Blythe doll was originally made in the 1970s by Kenner, but then discontinued due to low interest. Then the internet came along, and interest in the big-eyed beauties was reignited thanks to many very talented ladies (and gentlemen!) who customize, create clothing, personalities, and take outstanding pictures of their dolls.

I’ve been fascinated by these gorgeous girls since I first spotted pictures of them back in the early 2000s! But they’re rather on the expensive side (a typical Blythe doll will put you back $250-$400 CAD! and then considerably up from there) so not something I could rationalize until recently, so I had to obsess from a distance.

I scoured out ebay for a LONG time looking for the perfect pink haired doll, and when I saw HER I knew! This is Fleur, who is the doll called “Charlotte de Fleurs”~ with pretty bushy pink hair (which is how I daydream of my hair growing out!) and eye chips in bright blue, green, and red. She’s stolen my heart!

Since bringing Fleur home, I’ve fallen down the Blythe rabbit hole and brought home one of my other dreamies: another pinkie girl by the name of Simply Guava, and a Petite Blythe (a teeny-tiny line of the doll as the name suggests) named Cherry Berry!

My girls – Simply Guava and her pup, Fleur (Charlotte de Fleurs), and petite little Sakura (Cherry Berry)!

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Dollhouse Project Part 2

My dollhouse project is coming along! I started my build just three weeks ago, and the house is fully assembled and the majority is now painted.

Putting together the actual wood frame together was easier than I thought, and now most time consuming part is painting the details and *deep breath* the shingles.

I used my leftover house paint, and I’m in love with the colours! It just pops!

Some things I’ve learned as a dollhouse building beginner that I wanted to share in case anybody else is thinking of taking the dive into the mini world:

  • PLAN before you build! There are so many different options for dollhouses and an entire internet full of inspiration. Think about the end product as it’s going to be a feature of your big home If Victorian decor isn’t your thing, why not go ultra modern?! If you’re limited in space, a room box (think your grade 6 diorama) may be better for you!
  • Build in a BIG place. You’d think miniature house, miniature construction zone, right? Well that’s absolutely wrong! My building area takes up every inch of my bedroom floor and part (as I needed somewhere to lock out the fur children!), and I could have used twice as much space.
  • GO SLOW. Enjoy the process. I regret rushing the construction and the painting and think I could have done a better job. Your house is going to be with you forever after all!
  • Use GOOD QUALITY paint. While technically you could use anything (ie. dollar store craft paint), paint quality really does matter and show. I have a lot of paint left from painting my house (Behr interior paint) and it covers easily (I used two coats) and looks beautiful.
  • This is not a cheap project. While the kits themselves aren’t terribly expensive (I got my kit for $70 CAD) You will need to shell out some extra money for this build, as you will need: sanding paper, wood filler (for gouges in the wood), wood glue, tacky glue, scissors, masking tape, and paint (should you want to paint). Then of course the dollhouse furniture will cost you almost as much as the furniture in your real house (I kid – sort of…)!
  • It IS possible for anyone to build a dollhouse! Even YOU! I was a bit put off by the idea of doing hard construction and being overwhelmed by memories of my middle school wood shop class! However, if it was enjoyable for a ruffly dress wearing cat lady, it’s enjoyable for everyone!

Can’t wait until it’s all done so I can show you around! <3

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I finished my first marathon!

I DID IT! Ran 26.2 miles (42 kilometers) before most people even had breakfast yesterday – and loved it!

I still kind of feel like running is my ~secret~identity, totally separate from my usual pretty pink persona! Okay, this outfit might just give me away! 😉

Here’s me the house at 5 am! I woke up at THREE and spent a groggy half an hour trying to get that darn bib on straight!!

Running has become a big part of my life and one of my favourite hobbies. As I mentioned in this post, I only started properly training last year after thinking that’d I never ever do such a silly thing. I’m a frilly dress wearing, no sweat, I actually like to KEEP my toenails kinda gal!! Or so I thought!

With hundreds of miles run and two half marathons under my belt, I was ready for the next big challenge: the FULL marathon. So for the past four months I’ve been waking up early no matter the weather (my cat hasn’t been complaining that she gets breakfast super early!), spent a record amount of time in spandex, and bruised every single one of my toenails getting ready for the big day!

It was a freezing cold morning to be standing around waiting! I look absolutely terrified here for some reason!

All for this one day. I still couldn’t believe THE race day was really here when I lined up for the run and nerves almost got me! However, the loud cheering, other happy people, and the knowledge of medals and bagels at the end made me get it together!

The race itself was great. I was very well trained – but you’re still never quite sure what to expect until you’re OUT THERE on the course with only your own brain. I watched the miles pass by way faster than I thought and suddenly Pink Lightning (which I feel I was appropriately nicknamed by a spectator!) was coming through the stadium!

Here’s me a couple of hours later!

Seeing that finish line – and accomplishing what seemed to be an unrealistic life goal – was a moment that will stick with me forever. To my shock I finished in 3:52:14! I almost cried when the medal was put around my neck!

I’m beyond ecstatic right now! I’m practically still jumping up and down (except not actually my legs are like NO WAY!) I can’t wait to get back in the groove of running again, but for right now I’m enjoying just getting to lay around and getting to eat all sorts of delicious sweets!

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May Catch-up!

Apologies for the VERY delayed post – ack it’s the middle of… JUNE?! Here’s what I was up to in May!

  • I’ve been running like a mad woman – literally! I had a half marathon in early May and finished in a wicked personal best time (1:49)! Running has been most of my life actually! It’s been run, eat, sleep, repeat all in preparation for my full marathon *gasp* tomorrow?!?!?!
Sugar modelling my medal (and sweaty gear ;)) from my half!
  • It’s actually spring out now (we even had a few days well above THIRTY celsius!) so I’ve been spending a lot of time outside staring at the lovely cherry blossoms!
  • Started working on construction on my first dollhouse, which I’ve been spending weeks sanding, construction, priming, painting… making an entire mess of my room and have been loving it! I really missed being creative and coating everything in PINK!
  • I also got inspired to finally get back to working on decorating my actual house!
  • After a few years, I finally got CURTAINS! My big dollhouse finally looks like a real dollhouse now! Which that cat has not destroyed yet (even I’m SHOCKED)!
  • Game of Thrones is actually DONE! Ahh! It’s been so long since I’ve been invested in a show like that (like so many people!) No spoilers here, but I really liked how it ended.
  • I started watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to fill in the gap! Definitely NOT the same genre, but it was time for something hilarious.
  • After years and years of hmming and hawing, I bought my very first Takara Neo Blythe doll (I’m planning a proper post soon… but I’m just beaming!)
  • And saw lots and lots of rainbows!
This was at 6 am on what seemed like a super glum day! The universe always knows what you need 🙂

Hope to be a bit more active here on the blogosphere once running is done! I feel the creative bug biting again and need to put all that spare time to use! 😀

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New project: building my VERY first dollhouse!

I just bought a house! Well a tiny house. A dollhouse kit that is!

I had a whole bunch of miniature spaces and places that created a mismatched world as a kid: think of Polly Pockets hanging out with Barbie’s, Little People, and Lego houses! Hey, they made it work! Then growing up, the PC game The Sims came along and brought dollhouses to the digital world (with extra drama!) I loved creating lives I could never have for my tiny people and I credit those imaginative times with who I am today!

But I never had a dollhouse of my own. Now an adult, I’ve been gawking at pretty dollhouses for years and have been itching to fulfill my childhood dream and build one and fill it with tiny colourful furniture, adoreable re-ment items, and watch the equally tiny people go about their cute everyday lives. My real house was even inspired by my visions of cute pink dollhouses! Mind you, I didn’t think it would be SUCH a process (decorating my real house might just be easier!)

Just a tiny little four room house – quaint and cozy indeed!

I finally came across the Arthur by Greenleaf, which is considered a very good project for absolute beginners. Everything is included in the box except for the glue and the paint. The actual frame of the house can be thrown together in just a few hours, but the painting, details, and oh goodness – THE SHINGLES (!) are going to take a while.

Eventually it’s going to be painted… PINK (shocking, I know!) I’m going to share my building adventures here.

The inspectpurr checking it out 😉 It’s currently a “dry build” – meaning I’m putting the pieces together with tape instead of glue to make sure everything fits. But seems pretty sturdy!

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite dollhouses and miniaturists for inspiration!:

  • Pinkinparadise808 on Instagram is SUPER talented and decorates her massive Garfield (my ultimate dreamhouse!) in meticulous shabby chic decor! Her pics frequently pop up on Pinterest and they look SO legit that they are often mistaken for “real” decor!
  • I came across Beargarden on Flickr a few years ago which ignited my dreams for a cute pink dollhouse! It’s a home populated by bears and bunnies and filled with re-ment and adorable homemade furniture.
  • Robin Carey is one of the most “well known” dollhouse maker on the internet. They are so darn pretty and inspirational.
  • I’ve been spending a lot of time lately reading threads on The Greenleaf Dollhouse Forum. So many ideas, so little time!
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