babies are coming along :)

so the custom baby was sent home to her mama (hopefully will get there safely tomorrow):

DSC_1087 DSC_1096The red-headed wip is just waiting for hair glue to dry so I can “born” him (he still needs a name), then I’ll post pictures.

My black-haired bundle baby is almost done rooting (finally! LOL), will be putting glue in tonight or tomorrow, then beginning the adventure of creating a body.

Patrick was adopted by a wonderful repeat customer and is getting ready to go home (will be packed today and picked up tomorrow :) )

Thinking of starting a new one, another air dry, have to decide which sculpt to do. It’s between a rainbow-haired/eyed fair fairy and a blonde crier.

 

WIP hair is 1/2 rooted

I was talking to someone the other day and mentioned my current wip. I had trouble describing the color hair as it’s not carrot but it’s not strawberry either (imo). But whatever color it is, I’m loving it!

DSC_1071 DSC_1072I wasn’t planning on rooting this little one, but everyone I asked thought said that she (or what I thought was a she, but looks boy now) needed rooted hair. I was going through my box, turning down everything I had, until I got to this. I have been wanting to use this hair for a while now, but just didn’t have the right baby for it. Since this is a preemie, I was hesitant to use it and went through the rest of my hair selection but there wasn’t anything else except some very blonde blonde soy hair (which sticks straight up when cut short so is better for longer hair so that wouldn’t work for this preemie). So the red it is, and now I’m glad :)

 

Trying out new air dry paints :)

So I just finished painting my first baby using the Special Care Nursery air dry paints and I am having mixed feelings.

Pros:

  • They set quickly, so you can work on the next layer as soon as you’re done with all the parts.
  • It’s really nice not to have to bake and cool between layers.
  • No worrying about the health risks of heating the vinyl, or associated with the paint thinners.
  • Can paint the play dolls now, and not have to worry about if they would melt in the oven.
  • The ones I bought are pre-mixed, so I don’t have to mess around with and worry about if I got the mix right and if the paints will be permanent.

Cons:

  • They do set quick and permanent, so if I make a mistake or miss something there’s no fixing it. With Genesis Heat Set Paints I had as much time as I wanted.
  • There are a limited amount of colors. I had a ton of different skin tones and other colors with GHSP and am feeling very limited with just a basic set of air dry colors. Plus I don’t have any red or ethnic colors (though there are a few more skin tones available, no reds that I can find), all of the mottling and detailing are purplish.
  • The paint sticks inside the bottle and can’t be mixed in (no matter how much I shake or bang the bottle). Very frustrating, having to shake and bang the bottles to get most of it to mix in every time I use them (even if I just put the bottle back in the drawer an hour ago).
  • They do not react the same way with brushes and sponges, so I am having to teach myself to paint all over again.

I guess most of my cons comes from using GHSP for so many years. If I would have started with the air dry paints, I probably would have thought they were fabulous. As it is, I fell in love with the heat set paints as soon as I used them and just love making my own colors and having all the time I need to try out techniques and then wiping them off if it doesn’t turn out or I change my mind. So the moral of the story is… if you are concerned about your health, but still want to reborn, try out the air dry paints FIRST! lol

If you do decide to try it out, check out Debbie’s (of They Never Grow Up Nursery) tutorial here. Very helpful in showing how to apply the paint, which colors look like what on the doll, and many other tips and ideas :)

Even though I miss my GHSP, I am pretty happy with my first baby (and the hair painting is SO much easier with these paints), so I’m going to stick with it and keep learning :)

This is my preemie, she will be born when I finish up my custom (I will do the weighing and all that together, as I will have to clear off my rooting desk for it and right now I am trying to finish rooting my latest bundle baby.

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50% off sale!!

From now until Saturday night I will be having a 50% off sale!! :) This is the very lowest it gets in prices for one of my babies, so nab one quick

Patrick ($150) on sale for $75!

This little sweet preemie can also wear most newborn clothing

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Emmy Lou ($225) is only 112.50!

She wears 0-3 month clothing, measures 20 inches and weighs 5lb, 6oz

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Alexia went to the fair!

I was asked if Alexia could be part of the Right To Life display at the fair and I gladly said yes :) Well, I was originally asked if I would face paint and bring whatever babies I had available, but then I was told that there was going to be a different table for the display and that they’d like to put Alexia on that one and they didn’t need Patrick. I’m still going to face paint, on Wednesday (for kid’s day at the fair, free, so come on out), but Alexia will be there all week.

Still working on the custom, though it’s slow going. It was a very busy week with picking up our exchange student and overtime at work. This week is also crazy, but I’m planning on getting some work in on her tonight. Pictures next week!

 

Acorn going home, new custom wip

DSC_1004Acorn is on his way home to England, hoping to hear he got there safe very soon.

And a new custom is in progress:

DSC_1023She’s actually had a bit more work done since this picture, but not much so I’ll just use this picture.

Needed some color in the house, so my daughters and I painted a rainbow wall in the nursery :) It was a lot of fun and it’s so bright and sparkly (though you can’t see it in the picture, we used some spray glitter that worked really well)!

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Stripping is 2/3 done

I had three kits that needed stripped, and I got two of them done last night :) These were the practice kits for a new reborner and now they will be my practice kits for the air dry paints.

Thought you  might like to see the comparison pictures – the one in the middle is the one that hasn’t been stripped yet (they were all three like that one before).

DSC_0963 DSC_0965 DSC_0966My paint stripper stuff works great, it’s just hard on my wrists because it takes some elbow grease to get the paint scrubbed off. I’ll get the other one done soon :)

Selling all of my brushes and GHSP

I am switching to air dry paints and am selling all of my brushes and Genesis Heat Set paints.

The brushes are below. As you can (hopefully) see, there are several reborning specific brushes, several maxine mops, and some other brushes that I used for creases (love that triple sided one for feathering creases), veins, nailtips, eyebrows (silver falcons, cut to just a few hairs) and more. None have been used for anything other than GHSP. Some are well loved and others are barely used:

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I am asking $45 obo for what you see in the brushes picture (36 brushes and 2 berry-makers, plus a few other items to do with painting).

Now for the paint lot (43, if I’m counting correctly, paints and mediums, in the lot). I don’t know what to ask for these, but I see how much little sets go for on ebay and websites and most of these still have a lot of paint, so I’m just going to say $125 obo

Here is the whole set:
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And here it is broken down, with the tops off so you can see how much is in the containers:

The mediums (the air dry lid always dries stuck, and is a lot of work (gripers and warm water) to get it open, so I didn’t mess with it, which is why it’s still shut, there’s about 1/4 in there):

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The skin tones:

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The Bountiful Baby premixes:

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The darker colors:
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The reds:
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The other colors:
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The metallics:
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If you’re interested or have questions, please email me :)

 

Emmy Lou is born!!

I thought about adding this to the last post, but wanted to give Emmy Lou her own post :) She’s been born and waiting to be posted for about a week, I think.

She is so darling, I am very pleased with how she turned out. She even has a silicone insert for baby fat in her bottom :) She is up for adoption for $225

DSC_0919 DSC_0920 DSC_0921She wears 0-3 month clothing, measures 20 inches and weighs 5lb, 6oz

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Too long since I last posted

Can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted! Here’s what’s going on with the babies.

Custom Eugene is done:

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Custom Acorn is waiting for his last layer of hair glue to dry so he can be born

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My current wip is slowly getting hair

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The pup is on hold, just too much hair for me right now, only got half the tail done! lol Sorry, no picture of this one