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Still here. Still dolling.
John Henry Newman, long before he was Cardinal Newman, wrote a novel called Loss and Gain. That's a fair enough title for 2011-so-far, isn't it? There's plenty to put in the "loss" column, anyway--for all of us.

But here's some pleasant stuff to share . . .

An Etsy seller I got acquainted with when buying buttons for my sweaters put up a lovely, kind blog post about me yesterday. Many thanks to SagePatch, and a warm welcome to anyone who drops by my LJ because of L's post! http://www.sagepatch.com/2011/03/cynthia-of-squirrel-moon-hand-knits.html

Doll news will be

I lucked into one of my dream Volks heads a few months ago, and Mingyi made her absolutely gorgeous for me. This is Arisu, one of the original LE Ayas (with an oldskin SD10 body, Gumdrops Totally Taupe eyes, a discontinued Volks wig, and a dress from Milky Ange):

My love for earlier Custom House doesn't abate, and the first two recent arrivals to make their bows here are Kidon, a Jun with faceup and some body mods by Hakkun, and Tamas, the Costume Play Ai Knight Leo Han, still in glorious orangey possession of his default HeavyBomb faceup. His eyes are custom ED jobbies I picked up on the Marketplace, and if they were just a teensy bit bigger, they would be perfect for him. Even so, I can live with the gappiness for the sake of that piercing, unsettling gaze. Oh, CH, heigh-ho, how I do love thee.

There will be other resin introductions soon, as more heads come back with new faceups, and as preorders grind their slow way toward completion. I'm also enjoying my fashion dolls more than I have in a few years--in fact, I'm pretty excited about Tonner's upcoming Freedom for Fashion line (imagine Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo in 16" vinyl form).

Must try to persuade Toshi not to bark quite so ferociously at the neighbors' arriving guests, then finish reading the book I'm reviewing for a journal (deadline April 15, want this out of the way much sooner than that). Over & out--

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Awwwwww, I'm glad my crew warmed you up to the early resin! I have to say, I'm most grateful to all the people who don't feel that way, because that means more in the Marketplace at good prices for meeeeeeeeee. While the rest of the world is upgrading to fancy jointing and fantasy parts, I'm retreating into 2003.

The whole tiny-vintage-button thing has been such fun--it's still amazing to me how many sellers there are, both on Etsy and on eBay. Plus, somebody told me that one of the vintage shops here in town has an entire wall of button containers . . . must check that out soon.

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