Betwixt & Between

by Ann on February 9, 2012

Betwixt & Between: A Little Break From Miniatures

Oh boy, it’s been a while. Do you miss me? I sure miss everyone! I know my last few posts lacked any substance and I tried to get back into the rhythm for the holidays, but eventually decided to just take a break from miniatures and this blog for a bit. Hope you didn’t mind. icon wink Betwixt & Between

I’ve been telling friends that I’ll be back “soon” for months, but finally, here I am! Yes, I’m alive! I’m blogging! RAWR! It feels weird posting again – like that feeling when you revisit an old neighborhood you moved away from for several years. But I’m back in this neck of the woods for good. You can’t get rid of me.

I have quite a bit of images and content backed up for months, but I don’t want to be dedicating whole posts about the holidays months late, so I’m cramming everything in here.

Some pictures are late, some are quick updates, and some are sneak peeks of what’s to come.

03 xmas gift lara Betwixt & Between

During the holidays, I was sent a sweet little package from Lara as a thank you for winning and receiving one of my giveaways. Seriously, the miniatures community is full of awesome people like Lara. She didn’t have to, I never expected anything, but she did anyway. THANK YOU LARA!

00 elfdoll kai Betwixt & Between

Also during the holidays, my ElfDoll TinyDoll Kai came in the mail. I waited a good 6 months for her. Unfortunately, they messed up my order and that soured me to the doll itself. Other than the initial unboxing, she went right back in the box and sat there since. I have been mulling over whether or not to sell her (hence the lack of a name), but looking over the images now, there’s a possibility I make keep her. We’ll see.

01 charlemagne arrives Betwixt & Between

A few days later, Charlemagne arrives! So cute! *head explodes*

Charlemagne is a FairyLand PukiPuki Lily. I had decided that “Lily” will be a boy and named him Charlemagne before he even arrived (I waited about 8 months for him!). This decision came from the fact that the Lily facemold looks great as a boy in the Caramel Mushroom Full Package (which I puchased), but unfortunately, Charlie came with too much blush on. It’s just a small complaint and nothing I can’t handle, so he’s definitely a keeper!

But you know what this means? Dakota now has a partner in crime! I feel really bad for Petunia…

04 hello shawn dollhouse Betwixt & Between

Why hello there! Speaking of the devil, it’s Dakota.. in a dry fit Hello.Shawn! This was an exciting day for me. More to come about the H.S house.

And if you’re wondering about the H.S for the I Am a Giant thing… no, I didn’t have time to work on it, let alone finish it. *glum*

05 working on nyne Betwixt & Between

Remember the Nyne House from (what feels like) ages ago? Well, something is happening to it. To be honest, it’s not much, but it’s something!

06 RC bookcases Betwixt & Between

And lastly the RC Bookcases are back and I’m getting ready for a little sale…

So that’s what happened betwixt and between October until now. There are some other undocumented projects and tutorials being worked on. Hoping to blog more soon!

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Lyssa February 9, 2012 at 11:52 am

Yea! You are back, you are back, you are back. :)
Can’t wait to see more on your houses and awesome mod furniture. The ornaments that Lara sent you are so great!

Yea. You’re back. :)

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Ann February 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

She also sent me the pretty silver tree along with the ornaments too!

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Tam February 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

The Hello.Shawn constructed ! Have you thought the price?

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Ann February 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Hi Tam,
Both parts of the Hello.Shawn cost about $300 to make, not including shipping. It’s probably not going to be offered in 1″ scale any time soon, because the cost of making the prototypes alone are prohibitive for me. I’m thinking of scaling it down to half scale first to cut down on costs (during prototyping and finalizing the design) and then see about scaling it back up. I really should have done that to begin with! Doh!

H.S really needs to be simplified as well to make the construction and direction writing part of it easier. I do want to have more progress w/ it, but it’s slow going, unfortunately.

The 1″ prototype might go on sale to help fund the 1/2″ prototyping.

We’ll see how this goes.

Thanks for asking!
Ann

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Fran February 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

YAAAAY!! Welcome back, you were missed.

Love Hello.Shawn, intrigued by Nyne, Charlemagne is up to something . . . I think you’re still going to be busy for a while!

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Ann February 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Aww thanks hun! And yes I am back! Can’t wait to finish up all the pressing “real life” matters so I can go play with my minis!

Also.. still waiting for your blogs *wink*wink*

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Megan February 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm

You have been missed. Glad you are doing well and hope you enjoyed the holidays. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. Excited to have you back!!

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Ann February 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Thanks Megan! I’m glad to be back!

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snowfern February 13, 2012 at 8:17 am

HAHAHA NO MORE TURKEY!!!!

welcome back :D you have indeed been missed!

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Ann February 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Haha you noticed that the turkey left? LOL. Yeah, it was an OLD filler post that I used to pretend to look busy with.. >_>

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dale February 14, 2012 at 11:44 am

Welcome back, it’s good to see you. I’ve been doing the same thing these last few months, here for a few days and then off on another tangent. Sometimes, life just gets really busy.

Your little dolls are darling and the gifts are sweet. Looking forward to seeing what you have to share next. :)

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Heather February 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

Hello!
New follower here!
Your photography is just lovely!

… I’m so sorry about your Elfdoll… I’ve seen quite a few of them in person at meetups, but never owned one… but I’ve heard that getting the doll is half the battle for a lot of people. It’s insane how many BJD companies lose so much business just because they have really cruddy business practices!!!!

Ah well, I guess they pay the price in the end.

I hope you can reconcile with the little sprite though!
And Puki Puki are SO cute! I can’t wait to read more about yours :)

I used to have a ton of resin bjds… but I switched over to Volks vinyl Dollfie Dreams (very anime aesthetic)… and Pure Neemos… also anime aesthetic… and now… a bit begrudgingly, some Dynamite Girls and Misaki… oye! XD

Anyhow, yeah, new reader here! :)

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Ann March 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Thanks Heather! I don’t feel too bad about the Elfdoll. I was unsure when I bought her and it sort of confirmed my decision when she got here. It wasn’t really the wait I had a problem with, but more so some mistakes the company made. It’s sort of a long story. I’m still deciding about what to do with her.

As for the Dollfies, that’s what initially got me into BJDs (being an anime nerd), but I wanted something a bit more realistic and small for my dollhouses and jumped on the BJD bandwagon when I found out there were resin cuties like PukiPukis.

Anyway, thanks for visiting! Your blog is a lot of fun too!

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JB March 3, 2012 at 8:38 am

Welcome back! Great prototype for the H.S house! Looks great! I’m interested in making something similar to the Nyne House, with 3 floors… It’s my first time even making a doll house! So please please please :) take lots of pics during the making of it! What intrigues me the most is the removable windows…. I need that the most! BTW, is it one inch scale? :) :) :)

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Ann March 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Yes the Nyne is in 1:12 scale. Though I wish I had done it in half in scale instead because it’s huge. I really need to finish it one of these days just to get it out of the house!
I haven’t had much of a chance to work on it lately, but I’ll definitely take as many pictures as possible when I do!

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JB March 4, 2012 at 3:19 am

I was also wondering what scale would a 4.5” doll be?

Ann March 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

For one inch scale, it is 1 foot = 1 inch. So a 4.5″ doll would be 4.5 feet tall in human size. So a child like doll like these BJDs would be a bit too big for 1″ scale. I feel like these dolls would be better in 1:10 scale as opposed to 1:12 scale, but that’s only based on its facial features. I’m sure if the features were more mature, it would fit better.

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