A Monstrous Decision: Twyla!

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I almost postponed posting again, busy with year-end reports in the office.  Anyway, yes I chose Twyla because I liked the color combination, my favorite shades!  Reading her profile is like I’m reading my own!

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She stands only 9.5″ unlike the other 3 MH that I have.  Of course, she’s just 14 years old!  Carefully position her at certain angle and she can very well stand on her own, but in the photo below I was in a hurry I used blue tack.  I didn’t like the stand she came with because it’s leaning backward.  I love her shoes, her tattoo and tutu skirt, I don’t like the feel of her hair, it’s sticky! 

My other 3 Monster High Dolls are thrift store items.  Luckily, they all have their limbs intact and original clothes on.  Bought them on separate year. 

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Nefera De Nile is the most beautiful and tallest among the 4 and my first MH doll.  She stands 11″ and she also has sticky hair!

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Lagoona Blue, she stands 10.5″ with sticky hair too!

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Cleo De Nile stands 10.5″ and has a soft manageable hair, alas, it’s not sticky like the first 3! 

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Side note,  I could have bought Clawdeen Wolf, the Ghouls Alive version if it weren’t for the exposed scalp that has what seems like an incision 😦  across her forehead.  Maybe if they lower again the price to maybe Php300.00 why not!

Next in line, Ari!

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A Monstrous Decision

Wow! The holidays went by so fast, the New Year celebration is over, and I have not had a post for that.  Anywayz, I can always go back in time, make it a delayed post, whatever.

Two weeks ago I had the chance to make a short trip at Toys R’ Us,  I was trying hard not to, but the child in me kept cheering Go! Go! Go!  It happens when I don’t feel OK.   I have no plans of buying anything, just want to know what’s new, I didn’t find anything amusing in the Barbie world.  However, I did saw a few Monster High Dolls on sale for 70% off!   That’s Php500.00 to be exact.  I am not a big fan of MH, but I must say there are quite a few that has caught my fancy in the past but never really keen on getting one.  When MH first came out in the market, I have these feelings they were the monsterized version of…Bratz!  But after a while, yeah, they have their own identity to boot.  But I also love Bratz (coming soon here).

So there I was, amazed at the Monsters in front of me, I began to check each and every box on the shelf, 3 dolls appealed to me.  I was talking to myself “don’t buy, no, don’t touch, no”  LOL!  

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I first saw Ghoulia Yelps, I liked her for the blue tresses, simple, with eyeglasses and what looked like a child’s teether!

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Then there’s Twyla, again the hair attracts me, the over all color combination and her outfit, I love it!

And last, Clawdeen Wolf!  I was amused by this one because she have sleep eyes, and she howls! 

After lining them up eye level on the shelf, I asked myself, should I buy one?  After all, I still have not gotten a Christmas gift for myself.  If I buy,  which one should I get?  I have to restrict myself and stick to my budget, I can’t afford all 3 anyway.

Indeed a monstrous decision to make!

To be continued 🙂

MONSTER HIGH COPYCATS!

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We’ve got a lot of clones and copycats here!  These are cheap dolls from China.  Headmold’s obviously copied from a Monster High by Mattel with the body similar to that of Bratz!

Of course, I’ve always been fascinated by copycats.  Like what I always said, it gives the cash strapped collector like me the opportunity to buy and get the “feel” of having these type of dolls at a very affordable price of Php125.00 (less than $3.00) yay!

But…but…nah! You don’t get the 100% feeling of satisfaction, these are still cheap imitations which in my opinion should not be patronized.

Packed as:  Monster Club “Together and Play” Country of origin is China,  and no company dared to claim the manufacturing (he he he) and it has quite an attractive box with all those graphics. 

Abandon Sew!

I have been away for quite some time, as always.  I’ve been contemplating on what to do first, my summer dolls? June brides? Oh yes, for the Philippine Independence day, I’ve long been wanting to create a Filipiniana inspired dress.  That means it should be ready before the event, but, easier said than…done!

Magic Moves Barbie as my model.

Magic Moves Barbie as my model.

I’m not only late,  I don’t even know how to draft patterns or where to start, I already have a design inside my head, I have selected my fabric, gather my accessories.  Watch and read tutorials on dressmaking, but I am not a fast learner, I hate reading instructions.  So tried a few shortcuts.  Tracing directly from Barbie’s clothes, but I changed my mind.  So I used the one similar to draping method (I forgot to take a picture of that.) and I think, and I hope, it will fit!

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I cut out the pieces, exact size, I’ll just add seam allowance as I cut my fabric, and the rest I relied on my imagination.

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Of all the fabrics I could use, I realized what I chose are the ones that are harder to sew!  For starters?  I must be nuts!

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And I am ready to sew!  I think so!

I took out my Singer Tiny Tailor which I bought 2 years ago from a thrift store, paid about $20.00!  I was excited when I found this because it seems new, with manual, certificate and all accessories still complete!

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I have already used this twice and it was ok, I can bear the noise and the knocking sound it creates,  and this is the third time I’m gonna be using it.  Lo and behold!  the bobbin thread refused to cooperate!  It doesn’t catch up!  I read the instruction for adjustments, la la la!  But nothing, I even tried the advices online, lower the needle, change the needle, change the thread, adjust bobbin case, etc. none of these worked!  Except maybe for one, change the sewing machine!!!

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And so I did!  I took out another thrift store find, costs me $2.00, it had the presser foot and bobbin, all other accessories missing already.  There’s no manual and I couldn’t understand what was printed at the other side of the box because it’s in Chinese or Korean characters.  Anyway, this one worked, but my problems are uneven & loose thread, thread easily breaks from the needle, and I am growing weary, tired, impatient and I don’t want to go thru a lot of tutorials and advices again.  Whew!

If I sell these machine, will someone be interested?  Just a thought.  When all else fails……..ABANDON SEW!!!

Well, for the meantime maybe.  I still have one option, my old manual sewing machine.  But this will be some other time.  So to change my mood a bit, I took a shot of Monster High Nefera De Nile Doll which I found also in a thrift store 3 months ago.  I’ve been wanting to have even just one of these Monster High Dolls but they are expensive here, last December I bought copy cats which I will post some other day.

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Sew this is it!