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Blythecon New York 2013

Long time no see! Sorry it's been such a long time since my last post - I've been away on a fabulous trip to the USA for my 40th birthday and it's taken me a while to recover and emerge from the washing mountain...not to mention the photo sorting and editing mountain - I managed to take almost 2,000 photos whilst I was away! But fear not, you won't be bombarded all at once - I'll do it in stages :)

Some of my loot from Blythecon NY 2013

So first up is Blythecon New York. Now, I've never been to a Blythecon before, so wasn't really sure what to expect....

It was amazing, over-whelming, frantic (at least the shopping part was!), exciting, inspiring, and super lovely to finally meet so many people that I've chatted to online before. I was lucky enough to go along and share the day with the lovely Candy Pop, so had a seasoned Blythecon goer by my side.

The venue was split into 3 levels: vendors were on the ground floor, then the food and an area to chat was on the second floor, along with an amazing display of Melissa's Blythe collection, and then the third floor had some more chill out and seating space.

Blythecon New York 2013
Blythecon New York 2013

The day began with a shopping frenzy - it was hard to move around the stalls - definitely a day to be decisive and focussed - no time to think about anything or it was gone! I don't know if it helped or hindered being in dollars - it didn't seem like real money...So many things had gone before I got a chance to get out my camera!

Mab Graves at Blythecon New York 2013
Lounging Linda and M for Monkey at Blythecon New York 2013
Angel Yim at Blythecon New York 2013
Trio at Blythecon New York 2013
I Have Wings at Blythecon New York 2013
The most amazing Yatabazah luxury wigs at Blythecon New York 2013
Caramelody at Blythecon New York 2013

Anyway, with the (initial) shopping out the way, there was a chance to sit and take stock and relax and then wander around and meet so many lovely people. There was so much to take in - I have never seen so many amazing customised dolls before. And so many amazing outfits and accessories....Fortunately there was lots of time to chat and wander and take photos - I think I must have completed at least 6 circuits of all the stalls - and I still don't think I saw everything. Probably just as well, as my money ran out pretty quickly. I still wish I'd taken more photos, though, especially of all the lovely people I met - ah well, there's always next time :)

Yarn heads at Blythecon New York 2013
Blythecon New York 2013
Blythecon New York 2013
GBaby's AMAZING Daisy Buchanan custom at Blythecon New York 2013

At the end of the day there were a few group shots of the Kenners, Blythe twins and the mini-me competition entrants. And then, finally, the raffle! There were SO many prizes, including lots of amazing dolls, so everyone stayed on in high spirits and ever hopeful until the end. Sadly, nothing for me this time - but it was so fun so see the winners go up and collect their prizes. I have to say the most enormous and heartfelt THANK YOU to the main organiser Erica Duh who worked tirelessly for so long before the event and during the event to make it such a roaring success. Thank you so much Erica!

A staircase of Kenners at Blythecon New York 2013
Roz & Olga's twins at Blythecon New York 2013
Brittany and her AMAZING mini-me at Blythecon New York 2013
Bottoms-up at Blythecon New York 2013

Candy Pop and I also dropped in to the pre-meet at Central Park the day before and it was so lovely to meet everyone there at a more relaxed pace.

BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park
BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park
BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park
BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park
BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park
Momolita's girl - BCNY Pre-Meet in Central Park

More photos from Blythecon and the pre-meet can be found on Flickr. In my next post, I'll share more of my New York adventures....

Blythe: mattifying magic

Look into my eyes...

I've been collecting and photographing Blythe since 2012 and although I'm pretty smitten, one thing that has really annoyed me is their shiny faces. I've spent far too much time pfaffing in Photoshop with content aware fill and cloning...so I finally plucked up the courage to take a few of the girls apart and matte their faces. I still really like their stock make-up and didn't feel up to attempting any carving at this stage, so I just opted to use Mister Super Clear spray rather than sand them.

The all new Jane
The all new Amy

The hardest part was taking out the eye mechanism - this involved lots of sweat, a fair bit of force and much huffing and puffing. But I really think it was worth it. Whilst they were in pieces, I took the opportunity to replace some of their stock eye chips with some beautiful new ones by Almond Doll, Sharon Avital and Liquiriziadolly. I just love how they catch the light. No photos of this bit - it's definitely not the glamorous part!

I also got some Licca bodies, which I much prefer as they are much more posable - especially the arms.

I have collected together some Blythe customisation tutorials on Pinterest if you are interested - there is lots of good advice out there and many talented people far more experienced than me - I still have so much to learn.

The all new Chloe
The all new Amelia

The one tip I would offer when using MSC is to be patient and not spray too much at once, but rather build it up in layers. On my first attempt I sprayed too much and it started to drip down the sides of the face plate and it also damaged the eye make-up (it bubbled and sort of melted). So I still have one girl in pieces I need to sort out - I'm planning to sand back the eyes and hopefully reapply the make-up and re-seal. Wish me luck!

If you're in the UK and trying to get hold of MSC, I managed to find some on a Model Design Construction site - as it's an aerosol it can't be shipped internationally, so you need to find a national supplier.

MSC: mattifying magic
The matte faced line-up

I'm now looking at the rest of the gang and wishing they had matte faces too - something to keep me busy in the winter months! If you want to see any "before" photos, there are plenty in my Blythe sets on Flickr.

Happy weekend everyone!