For those in search of sanding sponge for your dollies, I have found the perfect one. I have been searching high and low for the Norton sanding sponges to no avail in Singapore. I tried 3M Fine sanding sponge and it still left scratchy swirls on my dolls. I know that I should use the Extra Fine one, but it is simply not available. Singaporeans are just not known to be to like to DIY around their own apartments. I have a friend who even pays for someone to go clean his turtle tank for him. So I stumbled upon this new shop in town while shopping at Spotlight for new fabric. It’s called Daisco and the most awesome thing about this shop is that..everything in the shop sells for only SGD$2, which works out to be around USD$1.40. It had everything from cosmetics, stationary, clothes to Hello Kitty products. I simply went wild at the Hello Kitty section buying way too many stuff for myself and girlfriends.Done with Hello Kitty shopping, I thought I would try my luck at the household section and lo and behold… I found some sanding sponge. Again… there is nothing to indicate that it was extra fine sanding sponge. I thought I would buy it anyway, since it is a grand total of only SGD$2 and it turned out to be one of my best finds! It had worked beautifully on my dolls.Fortunately that the sanding sponge was perfect for my dolls to as I had spent a lot of time over the weekend at home expending my restless energy on them. So for those who have Daisco in their home country… do look out for this Japanese brand of sanding sponge. Sorry that I do not know what it’s called as it is mostly in Japanese. But hopefully the picture here of the packaging will help.
December 31, 2007
December 17, 2007
She will be my Christmas present to myself. (I actually said the same thing when I bought a SKII skincare set from the airport) I think I have said this before and I will say it again, I think she is the most glamourous Blythe and I think her price tag reflects that. I had paid USD$330 for her and she’s not even brand new. Brand new ones are at USD$450 and above. I think I have scored myself a pretty good deal even for a second hand one.I am beginning to see these dolls as potential forms of investment. Invest in the right dolls and a few years down the road, you get a nice pay out if you decide to sell it. But that’s my only problem. I might not want to sell it. I buy a doll only when I really like it and I might not want to sell it at all. Nevertheless, it’s a good excuse I give my Mum when she raises her eyebrows at me when I come home with yet another doll.I need to get a grip on myself right now. No more dolls for a while. I need to focus on making them more clothes and acquiring more MJs for them. Yes the MJs… I still find it hard to believe that the dolls’ shoes can end up costing more than real shoes. In Asia, it’s still possible to buy a pair of shoes for USD$15 and those white and black MJs are like what… USD$29.90 on eBay?I am half considering going to my manufacturer with the MJ and asking them to produce the MJs for me. I might be the only person who gets rich from selling Blythe MJs. =) Then… I can buy as many dolls as I want. Wouldn’t life be so perfect then? Lolz…
December 14, 2007
I never thought that I will ever learn how to sew. Back in high school, we had home economics class for 2 years. The aim of the course, was to ensure that the girls could do the basic household chores… like cooking, sewing and learning the difference between all the different cleaning chemicals. Thinking back, it surprises me that the Singapore government spends so much money providing affordable education for both boys and girls…making sure that the women of Singapore are just as educated, yet they had expect the women to be doing all the household chores. Hmmmm…But anyway, I had enjoyed most of my home economics classes. I had learnt that I loved cooking and baking from those classes. But I could never sew. We were required to learn how to use the sewing machine and make little items like a basic skirt and pouches and I simply never got the hang of it. I ended up taking my project to the seamstress outside my school and paying her to do it for me.When my Mum suggested that I buy a sewing machine after watching me spent hours and hours hand stitching the dolly dresses, I was sceptical. I never quite forgot how I struggled with the sewing machine or how one of my classmates had the needle pierced through her nail and through her finger because she had been careless. I shudder at the thought.Finally, my Mum decided to surprise me with a sewing machine. It’s simple and basic but it works. And i realised that while I struggled with the sewing machine back in high school, I am relatively better with it now. My stitches are still not entirely straight but hey… I managed to make dresses out of them.I am still not good enough to make the whole entire dress with machine. Come to the more delicate part, I still decide that hand stitching is easier for me. But having this new toy halves the time I spend on a dress. I totally love it. I feel like on top of the fun of making new dresses for my dolls, I get to play the fashion designer. When I am working on a new dress, nothing else can distract me from it.Here’s showing off my newest toy and the first dress produced from the machine, as modelled by my Asian girl.And here’s showing off the back….ok I have to confess I made a bare back because it is way easier to make at this point of time.I can foresee a new compulsive shopping obsession… lots and lots of fabrics and ribbons. =)