Friday, May 30, 2008

Demon-Speed Vespa Adventures

Bongie and her sisters decided to take the really cool Vespas that they got for Christmas last year out for a spin at the park. It was one of those days that wasn’t quite perfect, but really nice just the same.

Everything was lush and green from the previous night’s rain. The sky was all shades of billowing gray.

Although far from sunny, the sisters thought the day was great, filled with their bantering and teasing and non-stop chatter as they rode alongside a very large lake.

Oh by the way, in case you haven’t met them yet, this is Jinamarie, the middle sister:

She loves martial arts, cooking, and allowing herself to get lost in her thoughts.

Mimi (the baby) is an artist-- shy and a bit moody, but very sweet natured:

And here is Bongie, the fearless leader of them all! She does everything from sewing, dancing, and reading to shelling out advice and organizing all sorts of adventures for herself and her sisters and all of her big resin and human friends:

So, there they were, early Sunday morning just a putt-puttering along and enjoying the scenery through what was a rather quiet and deserted park—-evidently everyone else in town were either sweating in the Bolder-Boulder 10K race or they were burrowing deep beneath their warm covers in order to hang onto the last remnants of idyllic dreams and restful REM. (Which was something I wasn’t allowed to do as Ms Margaret made me get up at the crack of dawn for this photoshoot by informing me that she would pick me up at 7 am! That’s right, 7 am!!! Can you imagine?????!!!!)

Ahem… sorry…

Anyway, back to our little story:

After riding along companionably and leisurely with her sisters, Jinamarie suddenly decided to put on some speed and called out a race to end of the lake (a loooong ways off)!

Caught completely by surprise, Bongie and Mimi were too slow to react, therefore Jina got quite the head start. She was shouting and chortling with much glee. However it wasn’t long before she had a clear epiphany that high speeds on a cobblestone path actually might not have been such a great idea…

Bumping and bucking wildly out of control, the Vespa’s front tire hit a snag and Jina was lifted from the seat!


Bongie tried to catch up as she and Mimi watched their poor sister fly WAY UP into the sky…

…complete a perfectly beautiful somersault in the air before hurtling back down to earth and…

ker-splatted next to her silver Vespa. The bike's wheels were still spinning, too!

"Ow, Ow, OWWWWW!”

(Take One) Bongie says, "Get up!" Both Mimi and Jina loudly protested that rather unsympathetic reaction, and Bongie agreed to try again.
(Take Two) Bongie says, "Wow! You're as flat as Stanley!” (I had to step in to calm everyone down. Then I took Bongie aside and coached her with some more appropriate method-acting tips.)
(Take Three) Bongie says...

"Well... I’ll give you a 7.5 for technical execution and a 9.0 for the incredible visual artistry!"
“Ruh-uh!" cried Mimi, "That was definitely a perfect 10!”


It was quite amazing to all of us how nothing was broken after that dramatic wipeout, not even the bike!

So with a great big sigh of relief, Jina heaved herself up off the ground, dusted off the seat new pants, wiped her nose, and then climbed back on her bike. The sisters agreed that they’ve all have had enough of the Demon-Speed Vespa Adventures and began the long ride back home.




The End.

“Hey Bongie?”


“That was fun!”

“Yeah it was!”

“Hey, next week, we should…”


Nice Work If You Can Get It

The man who only live for making money
Lives a life that isn't necessarily sunny;
Likewise the man who works for fame --
There's no guarantee that time won't erase his name

The fact is, the only work that really brings enjoyment
Is the kind that is for girl and boy meant.
Fall in love -- you won't regret it.
That's the best work of all -- if you can get it.
Holding hands at midnight
'Neath a starry sky...

Oh that is nice work if you can get it.
And you can get it -- if you try.
Strolling with the one girl
Sighing sigh after sigh...
Oh nice work if you can get it.
And you can get it -- if you try.
Just imagine someone
Waiting at the cottage door.
Where two hearts become one...
Who could ask for anything more?
Loving one who loves you,
And then taking that vow...
Nice work if you can get it,
And if you get it --

Won't you tell me how?

Song by George and Ira Gerswhin


Long Time No See: Hana Soah

The other day I took my very first BJD Hana Soah (Elfdoll Soah) out for a photoshoot at Washington Park in Denver. Looking at this girl through my camera lens reminded me of how much I love her eyes, her shape, her resin, her face... So, even though she is not photographed nearly as much as my newer kids, she is not loved any less than the others.

I remember when I first saw her-- she was photographed in her prototype form which was this simple damp-looking gray clay. I fell so madly in love with that sculpt and I knew that she was going to be my very first BJD.

I've had a lot of ups and downs with this doll, but in the end I can never even think of parting with her. As imperfect as she may be, she remains a much beloved member of my BJD family.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Keo and All His Little Pretties...

Tsch! Is it possible for a guy to have too much love???

A few days ago, Keo was being entertained by his "Little Pretties" as he liked to call them.

Then his girlfriend Valera walked in on the scene!

It's actually kind of hard to tell if he's even in trouble or not... Or rather, who's he's in bigger trouble with, Valera or Bongie!

Valera's gorgeous Cheongsam was made by the fabulous aznbutterfly, who usually sells on eBay. He tells me that this one is made of imported Italian fabric that was $50 a yard! Yeouch!

Bongie, Jinamarie, and Mimi's cute outfits are the latest releases from Elfdoll, and are VERY colorful and fun!

Keo's fun outfit actually fits the hard-to-fit long and skinny Elfdoll boy body PERFECTLY, for those who want to know! The jeans actually fit snugly around his torso (it's small enough) and down the entire length of his legs (it's long enough!), the shirt covers his lower belly, and the jacket is just too darn cool! I'm quite happy with it... It was made by Sadol, and can be purchased through group orders on the Den of Angels or on Yahoo!Japan through a shopping service such as CrescentShop.

Thanks for looking--hope you enjoyed a chuckle or two!


Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Perfect Spring Afternoon...

Sometimes I really love the weather in Denver. It was such a lovely day to be outside, and I'm genuinely glad that I had a chance to do so after a week of being cooped up battling a bad cold, severe allergies, and depression. Anyway, I chose Valera (Dolltown Elysia) to bring with me today because she had a brand new faceup.

I gave Valera a new faceup over the past couple of days, and finished it late last night.

This is faceup number five (four was partially started, wiped, started again, ruined, and wiped. Such is the learning process!), and at first I actually did not like it much, although I loved certain things about it. For example, I love the outer edge of the lower eyelashes on the right side and the eyebrows on the left side.

I clearly need more practice, but I was thrilled to see how the paint was coming on and loved discovering that I find it actually much easier to apply lashes and brows using acrylic paint rather than the more popular pastel pencils. Anyway, her new faceup grew on me as I went outdoors with her today...

Hoped you almost felt like you were outside with us today!