9.26.2014

Reorganizing!!!

It looks like reorganizing is everybody's priority around the doll's collector community lately.....

And finally I decided myself and went to Ikea. I've been planning a reorganization of my collection for a while. and now here it is: my new Detolf showcase!


Ligthting is awful, but it gives you the general idea.....

that's me in the corner

It was not the easiest thing to do, but we managed to put it together, and the girls now have a lot (well at least enough) space:







This reorganization left me with my other showcase empty, and this is another thing a was looking forward for: now I have the place for a few dioramas!

I've been scavenging e-bay and etsy for months, and planned four different rooms

the Traveller's library, this was the only room I was able to do with the furniture I already had:




For the Norma Desmond's Lounge I bought on E-Bay:



This lovely side table from MiniPlacesStudio:



and a beautiful old phone from MiniPastisserie


For The sunny living room I ordered this great set from Miniio



Last but not least, for The Kitchen/dining

Table and chairs from miniCHAIR


and this fully accessorized kitchen table from bedsbystar


I'll have to complete the dioramas with some rugs and perhaps some more little piece. As for now I'm pretty satisfied and can't wait to receive all these items and to start to set up the dioramas.

See you soon!
Billa

9.18.2014

Carlotta's Birthay Gift - Ludovica leaves the house

You know, everything started with my niece Carlotta and her love for Barbies, I tried my hand in order to let her have some original fashions to play with and here I am after two years, completely caught with this passion.
The 10th of September was Carlotta's birthday, and this time she asked me a complete wedding dress!
Well I couldn't resist the challenge so worked hard at patterns and came up with this line, which in fact is inspired to my sister's wedding dress (Carlotta's Mom).
This is the pattern I found  for the empire gown:


I never dreamed to try a wedding dress (probably because I'm not your wedding kind of person) but I'm really happy with the result:





I also decided to give Carlotta one of my dolls, so here is a closeup of Ludovica, who has left the house (and she's goingo to have a lot of fun!!!)



The only piece I didn't make are the flower which I bought from scarydollperson shop on etsy!



Of course Odette couldn't resist and had to try the dress on!





Well Carlo doesn't seem to appreciate it .....

"not a bit"

9.05.2014

Hommes Fashion 3: Nicola in Berlin

Nicola has something stilish about him so as first fashion I decided to sew him a Mod's outfit


I liked this one very much, I'm not very good at jackets, but I keep trying!!!!
I used red cotton for the trousers, wool jersey for the turtleneck sweater and gabardine for the jacket, this time I nearly got the sleeves right, but I still have to work on my jacket pattern!!!! Shoes are by IT.

Anyway, Nicola is very happy with it, and he's going to show you some highliths of Berlin, which happens to be one of Sasha's favourite towns. I've never been there yet, so you'll have to trust Sasha and this camera.

Berlin Wall - Murales - Picture by Sasha
Berlin Wall - Murales - Picture by Sasha
These places are the reminders of a very sad period, but Berliners seem to have made the most of them: tourist attractions!

Check Point - Picture by Sasha
one of the amazing things about Berlin are the wonderful modern architectures, these  are a couple of buildings by Renzo Piano in Postdamer Platz.

Berlin - Postdamer Platz - Renzo Piano building - Picture by Sasha
Berlin - Postdamer Platz - Renzo Piano building - Picture by Sasha
Of course he couldn't miss to pose in front of the Brandeburg gate! But, wait a minute, who's that gorgeous girl over there? It looks like Iolanda has already followed Nicola here!!!

Berlin - Brandeburg Gate - Picture by Sasha
This as view of Berlin from the Reichstag terrace: it's amazing!!!

Berlin - view from the Reichstag terrace - Picture by Sasha
Berlin - The Reichstag - Picture by Sasha

Berlin, as many European Capitals, is rich of museums, this is the museum island, it is also a lovely place to take a straw....So Nicola decided to take Nasty for a walk, and Iolanda is there again!!!

Berlin - Altes Museum - Picture by Sasha
Berlin - Museums Island - Picture by Sasha
Well, for those of you who are wondering how Nicola is going to spend the afternoon......even thought I'm sure he set his eyes on Edda, but I told you, Nicola is our ladiesman!!!

Koepenic Restaurant - Stock Picture


This issue's soundtrack, on of my faves by Jamiroquai: Virtual Insanity!!!


8.22.2014

Kenzo for Mafalda

I was looking for some "new" ideas and Kenzo came to my mind, so I've checked the collections from the last couple of years, andI found this great jumpsuit from Kenzo's 2013 spring collection (in fact I found several ideas that I'm going to pick from that collection).


I thought it was perfect for Agnese, who has been waiting for her magic moment for a long time now, but after sewing the dress (Odette is usually my mannequin) I tried to put it on Agnese and I made a very unpleasant surprise: no handspeak system on her!!! I checked on the web and found out this system was not yet in use when IT released London By Night Ayumi. I like her the same but it was a huge disappointment. So I tried the jump suit of the FR2 girls, and it fitted, then on Margherita (FR Tall body) and it looked ok.
But I was not pleased with how it looked with her huge bust, so I finally settled for Mafalda.
So she was off to the Riviera for this photosession. I picked Nice this time, and let me tell you, the colours of the Mediterraneum are really a threat!


Speaking of the Promenade des Anglais, pictured above, can you believe it inspired this picture to Edvard Munch?!?!?! Yes, Edvard Munch AKA "Mr The Scream" (actually he painted the scream two years after this on)! I saw this at an impressionist exposition a couple of years ago and I was flabbergasted:


Well, believe me, this is what the Riviera can do to you too!!

But, let's get back to Mafalda.


I'm very much into Urban Safari or Jungle themes lately, so you can be assured that more of these are to come! I used a Liberty Cotton fabric with a floral pattern, not very jungle but it's fitting enough, shoes are by Paul Zangby. I also made a matching shoulder purse.


The colours of Nice's old town are a perfect backdrop to present this fashion.



It's started raining, so Mafalda has got to go and take cover.....

See you soon!
Billa


8.08.2014

Nicola: Mad About the boy 3

Nicola is an adverturous guy, he's a journalist and a writer and he likes to live in style. So I choose for him one of the most stylish of the European capitals: Berlin.
And he's going to stay in a delux room in the Hotel Hadlon Kempinski, it seems all this gold suits him fine!
About this doll: Lady Thriller Pierre De Vries. As usual in oder to reduce the expenses I bought this doll nude. I think it is the only Pierre Doll which doesn't suffer from hands and feet discolouring, one more reason to be very happy with him. This is an older Homme model, so he doesn't have removable hands, but it is a minor fault, as this guy is perfection!



I love his adult looks, and he looks like a guy who can see the funny side of life.


It took me a while to learn how to photograph him, but now I'm very pleased with the results.


He  is Too Darn Hot!


Of course I could not omit the hommage to Sasha's football club....


Ella Fitzgerald: Too Darn Hot!

See you soon


Billa

8.07.2014

I'm back..more or less

Hello everybody!

I hope you're all doing great!

Of course I've been back from Uzbekistan for a while, and let me tell you it's a wonderful place, but as soon as I got home I was caught in a very tough spot at work.
Everything went fine, anyway, and I also managed to take another wonderful trip to Russia.
Then work took all my time and attantion, and now I will rest for a little while and will devote myself to my favourite sport: sunbathing.
Summer is not the right time to sew, but I have some posts ready so I'm planning a quarterly release, and hope to start again  in full swing when long winter evenings shall be dedicated to new fashions.

Lots of kisses
Billa

THE DUDE ABIDES


5.09.2014

Off to Uzbekistan!!!

Tomorrow Sasha and I shall be leaving for a  tour of Uzbekistan! We will visit Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Urghenk, Shakhrisabz. Here's our itinerary:


So, finally, the boys and girls shall stay home and we will go around the world! LOL



See you all in fifteen days!!!