Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A Girl and Her Chinchilla
I have a goal this year of putting at least 3 dolls a month up on Ebay. I am new to Ebay in terms of selling. I have been buying there for years, but have always been tentative about selling. I have a thriving business on Etsy and I am very comfortable there. So this is branching out a bit for me.
Last week I put my custom Blythe Gwynn on Ebay and she sold. She was a really good doll, and I feel confident I am selling a high quality product and offering good service. I think that my clients get a very good value for their buck. Even so, my Etsy clients are not necessarily Ebay shoppers. I have to start building an Ebay clientele and that feels like a bit of a challenge to me.
So, with 1 sale, moving forward, let's see if I can keep to my goal of 3 dolls a month. Maybe 4, if I get really ambitious. I still have my etsy store and custom clients to keep up with, but I want my Ebay dolls to be really special and will be adding extra special touches to sweeten the deal.
For Ebay doll #2, which will go up tonight, Tuesday, January 29, (hopefully this link works) I have started a Girl and Her Pet series. Blythes are funny to me. They should have funny pets. So, first girl and her pet will be Analiese, a Girl and Her Chinchilla.
Analiese is my 62nd custom Blythe girl since 2010. She is a beautiful little girl in lovely shades of lavender and purple, with mustard yellow accents. The base doll is a Takara Blythe FBL Simply Vanilla.
I changed out her scalp for a Takara FBL Very Vicky, which is a sandy blondish brown, which I gave a special conditioning and straightening treatment to add shine, giving her long, full-of-body hair with just a hint of wave at the ends. I added in some streaks of lavender saran at the front to give her beautiful highlights to frame her face.
The hair is ultra-thick, ultra-smooth and shiny. Gorgeous. I am really happy with how her hair turned out. I have been experimenting with treating stock hair. A lot of times it will come to me, NRFB, and have a bit of frizz at the ends. Or the waves will be a bit haphazard and the cut is a little goofy. I have been working on remedying that by trying some things. I think I have worked it out and this hair is truly gorgeous.
I gave her faint freckles, dramatic lower lashes and shiny purple with sparkly multi-color glitter eyelids. Her pullcords are lavender cotton floss, braided for strength, with 2 charms that are photos of Analiese encased in heavy domed glass in round, shiny silver-tone metal frames. I think I am going to give that style pullcharms to all my Ebay girls from now on.
Her clothing is various shades of lavender and purple, all designed and constructed by me. Fabrics are silk and silk/rayon, all hand-dyed, cured and laundered. They all have sort of a vintage, lived in feel. The cotton leggings and plastic boots are purchased, but everything else is hand-made.
She has a little purple velvet satchel with a hand-rolled silk velvet rose on the flap, for carrying her little Pet Shop pet chinchilla, Lacey.
My plan is for all my Ebay girls to have pets and hats. Hats have always been my thing, and I have been collecting Pet Shop pets for ages. They make me laugh. They have giant eyes and bobble heads. They go good with Blythe, and Hasbro agrees, as they had the little Blythe and Pet Shop pet series for quite awhile.
I added a little bit of irridescence inside the chinchilla's ears to match Analiese's lips.
Both the doll and her pet will be up on Ebay tonight. She is a beautiful doll. She has great hair, and she has a cute pet. Who can resist?