October 9th, 2012
|04:12 pm - My boys make their debut on Livejournal~|
Ok! So the jobs update post is done, next up is hobbies. My hobbies keep growing and they get more and more expensive. Initially when I first landed in Fukuoka I just had to hit up the Takarazuka shop in Tenjin. Then I discovered an Animate and a whole floor of gothic, punk and lolita styled clothes that I had to visit too, and now I recently discovered a Volks shop that sells dolls, and clothes and accessories for dolls, so every time I head to Fukuoka I have to go to at least 4 places to shop. At each place I drop 10 or 20 thousand yen (approx. $100~200). Last weekend I went to Tenjin and spent 100 thousand yen, about $1000, on Takarazuka DVDs, clothes for myself and clothes for my babies (my dolls...not living babies <__<).
Ah well, I guess money's made to be spent. Some people make it a hobby saving, mine is more exchanging the money for other things ^^;; I've been happy recently with my job and everything, and when I get happy I shop, and I indulge in my hobbies. When I'm stressed or bothered, like in the last days at my previous job, I have no energy to indulge in hobbies, so I guess it's a good sign I'm getting back into my hobbies again.
Anyway, I wrote a bit about my dolls before my hiatus since April. In February I bought a Taeyang doll, he's 30cm with a huge head and enormous eyes. So cute and adorable. I never could come up with an original name for him and my co-workers started just calling him Taeyang since that was the name I posted him under on Facebook, and the name's just stuck with him since.
And then, in March I ordered a full set Ball Jointed Doll (BJD) from the Korean company Dollmore. His sculpt is called Kyle Reese from the company, and he's 70cm, quite a big boy. I had had my eyes on that particular doll since university so it had been years since I wanted him, but his price tag kept me from buying. In the end he costed me about $800 and I also ordered clothes and furniture for him too, so the entire order came to about $1,600. He arrived with face up and body blushing, so he was set to go out of the box and I took him out in Nagasaki for a few photo shoots. I didn't have a carry bag for him since he is so large, so I just held him in my arms and walked around, the looks I got from people were precious XDD Some people came up to talk to me about him, it was awesome! I named him Hisui (翡翠) meaning jade or jadeite in Japanese, and the Chinese characters in Chinese mean the same, because jade is my favourite stone above all over gemstones.
But then when I started looking for a new job my energy level for my darlings dropped as I was too tired from job hunting to play with him. So the two boys kind of just sat in my room for a few months without moving.
Now, finally, I bought them some new clothes and had another mini-photo shoot at my new apartment in Saga last weekend. Initially my big boy. Over on Facebook they've got their own album, but I'll post some of their photos here too since not everyone has Facebook :)
First up is Taeyang, my little baby~
1st pic - Clothes from Volks, from their YoSD line
2nd pic - Clothes from Volkes, glasses from Dollmore. Glasses are actually for Hisui but they fit Taeyang's big head.
3rd pic - Chinese robe modified by me from a wine bottle holder. The silver wig is his original wig before I changed it to the short, brown one.
4th pic - Tea set from Nagasaki's Chinatown.
5th pic - Japanese furisode hand sewn by me.
6th pic - Black and white shirt, black pants hand sewn by me. Hat is mine...it's a mini-hat but it fits his head perfectly ^^;;
7th pic - Sunglasses from Dollmore, again, for Hisui
8th pic - Outfit hand sewn by me. Belt is Hisui's choker. Kitty ears are held on using magnets :3
Hisui's next~ I ordered a lot of Hisui's clothes so not as many made by me. The professionals are so much better, but I'm always afraid to get their dirty or something, lol. The clothes I make I don't care so much since I can re-make.
First day home I did a photo shoot in my apartment in Nagasaki. I was still trying to figure out how such a big boy posed and stuff. Since he's made of resin he's quite heavy and sometimes he likes to flop around <__<
Our first outing! I took him to Meganebashi, this famous bridge in Nagasaki that you see to the left in the first photo. And then we went to Nagasaki Port called Dejima Wharf, which you can see in the 2nd and 3rd photos.
Our second outting. This time I took him to the Nagasaki Chinatown. In the 3rd pic I was so afraid he was going to flop over into the little fountain, that would've been my worst nightmare. You can see the entrance to the Chinatown in the 4th pic. By the time I finished that photo I had a crown around me, watching, lol.
Yes, I bought him a chess set <__< That yellow robe I sewed myself for him.
First outfit from Volks a few weeks ago. Just in time for Halloween! This was his first photo shoot in my new apartment in Saga!
Second photo shoot in Saga. These were taken last weekend with his newest outfits. Bloody expensive too. They costed about 6~7 thousand yen each set (about $60~$70). And I changed his eyes from red to aqua blue. I think it fits the blonde hair better.
So, that's it for now. More to come later hopefully! I hope to have a change to take my boys out around Saga for photos before it gets too cold :D (But to be honest I'm still so new to the place that I don't know any good photo places OTL)
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