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The good, the bad and the ugly.

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 9, 2012, 5:05 AM


Now that it has been a few days, and I have drank all the alcohol in the house, and knowing that my following on here is smaller and less likely to flood me full of "god why did I post that", I'll just post this quick, hard and dirty recital of facts as an update.

The good: Chloe Rose Cat LTF arrived. She is gorgeous. Needs new eyes. Was dropped in marinara sauce first night I had her due to new kitten Bumi, which is yes, named after Aang's son from Legend of Korra. He is just as crazy as the name implies. Also adorable.

The bad: USPS can suck my non existant pecker. That is all.

The ugly:   This may be a repeat for some of you. Please bear with. My mom has been diagnosed with liver cancer. I am in no way shape or form wanting to talk about it right now.

Mom's cancer is inoperable. Chemo and radiation aren't an option due to it being on her liver, and that's what processes the radiation. It is on both lobes, so they can't cut it out. She can take a pill, but it will only slow growth, and prolong the ultimate diagnosis. The only "cure" is a liver transplant that the oncologist says has never been successful in California, because no one lives long enough to get a match. Her prognosis is 6-12 months. He thinks she's already had it at least a year, and it's already been a mini-miracle that she hasn't shown any of the symptoms as it is very aggressive and fast growing type. There is, quite literally, nothing we can do but sit back and watch and wait.

I was never any good at that. Thanks again for all the support and comments. If I don't reply, it's not that I'm not appreciative, I just can not coherently express anything but rage and grief at the moment, and anything else is beyond me.

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Happy 2012

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 6, 2012, 2:51 PM


So, new year, new journal design, got myself back into a premium account!

Overall, things are looking way way up compared to where they were last time I updated. I ended up pulling my ass out of the fire by my bootstraps (way to mix analogies, right?) and didn't have to sell any of the dolls. In fact, I did so well, (although I'll pay for it a bit come tax time, but worth it), that I have two new dolls on the way as well.  

A Dollzone Deerboy from their special event a while back, and I'm finally getting my Fairyland LittleFee El Elf boy, so I'm excited about that. Those are gonna be my last resin kids for quite a while, I think. Figuring out his character so far is very fun, he's like the opposite of Caidy in the elemental spectrum, all water and ice , where she's fire and lightening, so. Hopefully I'll be up to taking pictures soon too.

Spent a lot of the fall/winter sick, and ended up going to urgent care on Jan 2 because I was so miserable and froggy I couldn't stand it any longer. They gave me the good cough medicine with codeine and antibiotics, and I'm feeling about 110% better. They also said my blood pressure was high, which considering how much I hate doctors and what kind of job I work, well not a surprise there, really.  

I've also been playing a lot of Star Wars: The Old Republic, the new MMORPG out by Bioware, and I gotta say, I love it. It's not a perfect game, but MMORPG's tend to evolve and develop, if they're good ones, and this one is, so I'm content to stick around and blast things and lightsaber things to the face, because oh my goodness, so much fun.

I play on Wall of Light or Vrook Lamar, primarily on the Empire side.

I am going to go make myself some chicken soup and take my meds and catch up on Bones now! :)

Features

Here is some of my recent favorites!
Shadows from light by yenna-photo :thumb263710021: Lillian by Hannahsemptyspaces remember the violin master ll by candyangelz Hello there by AndrejA :thumb274240140: Yakuza by Pindakees



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Art found in my gallery are Kimberly Shay /Etched Glass. No works may be reproduced, edited, redistributed, transmitted or otherwise used without express written permission of the owner (me).


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Brushes by crazy-alice
  • Listening to: Bones in the background
  • Reading: Paranormal Romance Smut
  • Watching: Bones
  • Playing: SW:TOR
  • Eating: Chicken Soup
  • Drinking: Pepsi

FML. BJD Sale.

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 4, 2011, 7:55 AM
EtchedGlass Site l Facebook l Gallery l LiveJournal l Watch Me l Note Me

I feel a little sick to my stomach asking this, but…..

So, …. anyone interested in a quick BJD sale, either a 72cm Dollzone Chen aka Seth (2 years old, even slight yellowing, including fullset Chen-2 outfit and some other goodies, if interested) or a Angelheim Luka Wolf aka Zeev (1.5 years old, no yellowing, fullset Wolf outfit included??) I never thought I'd have to do this, but…yeah. Life and shit happens.

Willing to sell at a slight loss to get cash in quick.

No splitting, no layaway, and must be in US/Canada for shipping.  Pics can be taken/available.


Currently have Seth listed on DoA- (my 72cm DZ Chen) listed for sale. You can find the details  here if interested.

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BJD RPG for every world and character!

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Tumblr Dramaz!

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 9, 2011, 1:23 PM
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Hey guys! Long time no talk!

All my fellow BJD photo enthusiasts, if you could help me out, I'd be appreciative. Some of you may be familiar with tumblr and the -rampant- BJD photo theft that occurs.

A lot of tumblr people, when contacted, will gladly credit or remove the image upon request.

However, we've run across a snotty little gal who is refusing to respond to polite nudges with anything but over dramatic nonsense.

Geekisthecolour is in the middle of attempting to get her reported to Tumblr for TOS violations, but to do that, we need the sources of the images she's posting. We've got some of them, but not all.

If you could help out, and spread the word, that would be awesome!


welcome2thedollhoues.tumblr.co… is the offending tumblr in question.

You can read my tumblr rant about it here: banesidhe.tumblr.com/post/8687…

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Still Alive

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 30, 2011, 8:11 AM
Still tired.

Soooooo tired.

Nothing new to discuss really, unless you want to talk about my new laptop (named Archangel) and my new Kindle (named Beast) which adds to my desktop (Colossus), my iPod (Quicksilver) and my old laptop (Nightcrawler).... are we sensing a theme?

Bought some new shoes for work which I was really excited about... and now have to send back because my fat swollen feet won't fit in them, so its back to looking for slippers that I can pass off as work shoes again. Ugh.

At some point yesterday I think I sprained my finger while I was sleeping. I don't remember doing it, but it's gotten progressively worse all night. I didn't realize how much I use the middle finger of my left hand... until everything I go to do with it hurts. Like flicking the turn signal in my car. And typing. Owwie.

Which means, even if I had more exicting things to talk about, I'm cutting this short. Hurts. Ow.


ETA: Is anyone out there decent with CSS? I want to make a simple, clean journal layout using some art of my dolls and I know.... nothing about it. Graphics I can make. CSS makes me weep.

Sales, FAQ, Etc!

My current items I have for sale can be found HERE

Quesions about my Dolls? You can find the answers in my Doll F.A.Q.!

Just playing around...

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 15, 2011, 6:38 AM

News & Updates

... with a new journal layout.
It's certainly very pretty, but doesn't lend itself to wordiness. But thats ok, I still like the pretty. Shiny!

Mostly I just want to squee and direct your attention to the first of the thumbnails below, a commission of my Zeev done by the uber-talented CaptainMoony Is it not awesome? Is she not awesome? It is so... freaking.. PERFECT, I can not even find words to describe how perfectly HIM it is! YAY!


Sales, Etc!


My current items I have for sale can be found HERE

Quesions about my Dolls? You can find the answers in my Doll F.A.Q.!

Well... Happy New Year?

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 12, 2011, 3:15 PM




News & Updates


Woah. Have I really not updated this thing since September? I fail and I fail HARD.

Well, lessee. I had a lot of stuff going on, I guess and my creativity has like, gone out the window. My car died in December, so I had to buy a new one, which is both good and terrifying at the same time. It's a cute lil 2010 Kia Forte, which, considering I was driving a 96 Taurus, major step up. Yay! However, the monthly car payment is pretty much eating up anything I would normally spend or save towards major doll purchases, so other then maybe a puki or blue fairy somewhere in the future with a good tax return, I think my doll stable is full. Good thing, I was running out of room on the shelf.

My Chloe, aka Caidy finally arrived (obviously) and I love her to bits, but until I send her off to get her face up redone, I'm not really playing with her much. She has some truly epic clothing though, so I totally need to hurry that up.

Zeev needs restrung. Badly, his elastic is so loose, I can quite literally pull him apart without much strain and let him snap back together if I wanted. I am terrified of trying it, or it'd be done already. Need to just get over that.

Lots of other little things going on. I've gotten sucked back into World of Wacraft, which is both good and bad. I love the game, I love the expansion, and I am having SO much fun playing again, but I am letting other things I love slide too and that is no good.

Overall, I'm really tired and sleepy most of the time. Winter blahs, or something else, I'm not quite sure. Hopefully I can take a week of vacation here soon and recharge some batteries.  

I update my tumblr and twitter quite a bit more often if you're looking for more timely updates, btw. ;)



Sales, Etc!


My current items I have for sale can be found HERE




Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 12, 2010, 5:44 PM




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Meh. Breaktime I think. Im hitting that spot where I have no inspiration or motivation to photograph anything, and then feeling guilty because I've spent how much money on these dolls and camera and doing nothing with them, and then feel like, what does it matter if I photograph them anyways, because I'll never be good enough at it to make anything of myself from it, and no one but me really gives a shit about my photos anyhow. Oh and my mom. Because she's my mom, yo.

Yeah. So, I'm having a little mini emo pity party of one over here. Go me.  

That said, yes, I did order my fullset Chloe, but I'm only at like day 20-60 so it's not really in that real sort of OMG I have a doll coming headspace yet, its more of a "Don't buy fucking stupid stuff because you have a layaway payment to make, idiot" space instead.

Bleh.

Whatever, I just needed to get that failure of a meme off my journal because it was pissing me off.   

Maybe I need to concentrate on craft stuff for a while instead.

:bulletblue::bulletwhite::bulletblue: Sales, Etc! :bulletblue::bulletwhite::bulletblue:


My current items I have for sale can be found HERE

:bulletwhite::bulletblue::bulletwhite:FEATURES:bulletwhite::bulletblue::bulletwhite:


:star::spotlight-left:Spotlight Feature::spotlight-right::star:
'That Tree' by kharashov

:star:Other Awesome Features::star:
Garden Statue by syrinxfox Today' Etiquette by bebefromtheblock where did they go? by R727



Feature Meme: Because I Can (8/10 slots)

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 1, 2010, 9:43 PM




:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: MEME!MEME!MEME! :bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:


Oh look, it is a feature meme! (When will I learn to stop doing these? I don't know! No one ever replies *emowhine*)

Here's how it works: Reply with links to either your three favorite deviations of your own OR someone else's! I'll feature the first thirty ten that do this correctly! Feel free to pass the love on in your own journal if you would like.

I'm not tagging anyone because I am lazy and such.  :popcorn:

:star::spotlight-left::star: Let the Features BEGIN!!! :star::spotlight-right::star:

By :iconbutterfly-lily:
The Beautiful Letdown by Butterfly-lily Brush on Silk by Butterfly-lily Delraea - Water Mage by Butterfly-lily

By :iconlajvio:

:thumb174793323: Like a twist by lajvio Soft flower a la BlackJack0919 by lajvio




August is halfway over already?

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 13, 2010, 7:30 AM




:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: NEWS & UPDATES :bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:


I feel like this month is just ZOOMING by. Urgh. Missed my niece's birthday because I am like, the world's most terrible aunt. Seth's arrival anniversary (His character's birthday is in October, but he arrived in August. Why, yes, I like to complicate my life, why do you ask?) is also coming up on August 17th, and Fairyland just started their summer event and I want one of their Chloe's like burning. I don't even know what to do with myself. July was really tight money wise because of sick time in June, and I was burning thru my savings just to pay bills. I really should not be buying another doll. But I probably will anyways. I might just wait till September near the end of the event to order her is all. I mean, I'm already buying clothes and wigs for her, because I'm just that... I don't even know what the word is.

My Photo Editing Challenge got all of three entries, all of which were lovely and creative, and can be seen here: etchedglass.deviantart.com/fav… there was one entry for each doll, well, everyone wins, so yay! But still, three entries - I won't be doing that again any time soon. :shrug:

I finally got my World of Warcraft account fixed, so I've been dabbling in that, but I still hate the grind and its been so long since I've played, I don't even know what I'm doing any more. They've made the game like, ridiculously easy for new characters though, so I find myself playing on my alts more then working on getting my main to 80. I will say, however, that Blizzard is AWESOME in their customer service. Even though my account had been hacked a year and half ago, they still managed to not only get me back into my account, but a sympathetic GM managed to restore a lot of my missing gear. Not all of it, not even by half, but a lot of what was missing was stupid little things I'd collected, rp outfits and such. The stuff I really wanted back (my main hand weapons, my Arcanite Ripper, my pirate hats), those I got and was ecstatic for.  So it made getting back into the game less heartbreaking. Then I faction changed her to an Orc, and changed over to Shadowsong realm and there we go. I'm back to kicking ass dual-wielding fury style :strong:

Camera people out there who are smarter then I am: I want to buy a macro lens and possibly a fish-eye lens for my Canon Rebel XS- What should I be looking at? Name and model number specifics would be much appreciated. I keep finding stuff on ebay but I'm not sure enough to know if it's what I actually need/want! Right now I've got the usual 18-55mm lens it came as a kit with- and still have that duplicate one waiting around for me to sell it. Urg.

Thanks to Geekisthecolour, I want this camera bag like burning. Or this one. Sigh.  Etsy is the devil and evil.  

And, due to incredible peer pressure, (*glares at CaptainMoony) I ended up buying an awesome koi print dice bag from this site. I have no dice. Well, I do, but I have no idea where they are, I haven't used them in years, but... it's so adorable!! Roo will live in it.

Started playing Mass Effect. Yeah, I've already beat ME2, but the newest Dragon Age DLC was buggy and pissing me off and a guildie was going off about ME plots and so I wanted to play it. You can't reverse import of course, but I made my Shepard as close to the one I played in ME2 as I could, and it's like... I'm playing the FUTURE, in the PAST. So fun. Also, Ashley is a biotch and I'm throwing her out the nearest airlock as soon as I can. And, as usual, Garrus is ♥!!

So, yeah, that's what I've been doing. How about you?

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My current items I have for sale can be found HERE

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Garrus::work04:: by GamingHedgehog

:star:Other Awesome Features::star:

   Girl by Noename Catastrophic Plan by Maru-Light
Say cheese by Angie-Chan070707 Gazes the horizon by Purplejackdaw



Photo Editing Challenge - GO!

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 28, 2010, 6:38 AM




:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: Photo Editing Challenge :bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:


FOUR DAYS left to enter! Only a few submissions thus far, so it could be anybody's win!! :)

So, I've been sort of rolling this idea around in my head for a while, and finally went through and decided to go ahead and do it. I love photo editing, but I'm still learning how to do it, other then a few basics like layer editing, and such, and I want to see how others do it. I figure the best way to learn is to see how other people would edit photos that I've taken.

Since I can't very well just go around poking people who's images I like, (well, I could, but I need to provide incentive, yes?!) here's a photo editing challenge for you! (There is also a reward for promoting this challenge to others!! See below!)

Submit an edited photo from one of the images I provide, by 11:59 PST, July 31st, 2010 according to the entry guidelines I've provided below. I will choose three winners and each winner will receive a THREE MONTH sub for premium membership.

There will be three winners, chosen as best of each doll, and they will be judged on creativity, color, composition and best use of the image provided.


:star:Images to Choose From::star: Please note, these are images that are not my best quality, that's part of why I've chosen them, to see what people can do with them. Also, please note these are VERY large image files, so those with slow connections may want to right click/save as, etc. :heart:

:bulletblue:Seth's Images::bulletblue:
img204.imageshack.us/img204/13…
img31.imageshack.us/img31/6523…

:bulletblue:Zeev's Images::bulletblue:
img19.imageshack.us/img19/6016…
img690.imageshack.us/img690/69…

:bulletblue:Roo's Images: :bulletblue:
img293.imageshack.us/img293/35…
img257.imageshack.us/img257/70…


:star:The Rules::star:
:bulletyellow: You must have an active deviantArt account to participate. Even if you create it just for this challenge.  
:bulletyellow: You must use the images I have provided and no others. You may not repost or alter my images for any other purpose then this challenge.
:bulletyellow: ANY deviantArt member is free to enter this challenge, not just those who watch me and/or those in the doll photography hobby.
:bulletyellow: You do not have to enter the photo challenge itself to win the Pimping Reward!


:bulletred::bulletred:Bonus: Pimping Rewards!! :bulletred::bulletred:
If you pimp/plug/promote this challenge on your own journal, and the winning entry includes you as a refrence on their challenge entry, you will be gifted with a month's premium sub as well!!  

:star:Here's How to Enter::star:
1. Pick anyone of the four provided images linked below or more then one, and edit it according to your own style and creative inspiration. Brushes and filters and such are allowed. You may use any image editing software you like. You may crop, resize, and alter the photograph in any way you desire. Photo manipulations are welcome, providing the doll is still recognizable.

2. Submit the photgraph to your gallery (or scraps, I'm not picky). In your Artist's Notes you MUST include the following:
:bulletyellow:A link back to this journal entry for the Challenge
:bulletyellow:Credit to me for the original photo
:bulletyellow:The name of the deviant who pimped the challenge to you, if it was someone other then myself, if any.

You may also include the following, although they are optional:
:bulletyellow:The reason why you chose that photo.
:bulletyellow:Feel free to include any tips and techniques you used on the photo for those who may be interested, like me!

3. Note me with a link to the photo so I can add it to a Feature of Submissions.   


That's it! Pretty simple, yeah? Feel free to ask any questions here, and pimp this as much as you like in your own journals, blogs, twitter, whatever! Just link back to this journal entry, please!!  

:bulletyellow::star:Remember, the deadline is July 31st! Winners will be chosen and announced by mid-August!:star::bulletyellow:



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My current items I have for sale can be found HERE




Disney Meme Version 2.0

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 17, 2010, 10:16 AM




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Shamelessly ganked from :icononnawufei:
:bulletwhite::bulletwhite:As an Aside - Things I learned while doing this meme::bulletwhite::bulletwhite:
- There is a lot of Disney porn out there. A. Lot.
- This did not stop me from ogling the entire collection of "Disney Heroes" one more time: davidkawena.deviantart.com/gal…
- There is also a disturbing amount of Disney Sailor Moon fanart.
- People who "slim" down Ursula to make her "pretty" piss me off.
- People who "sexy" Maleficent up don't.
- There is not enough hate for Tinkerwhore in this world.  


:bulletwhite:1.Favourite disney princess
   Aurora...... by haidi2002 Belle by Jennyeight

For the record, it has to be Aurora in the BLUE dress, not the pink. Stupid pink.


:bulletwhite:2.Favourite female non-princess
Mulan: Strength of One by manony Esmerelda Colouring Book page by nefgoddess   


:bulletwhite:3.Favourite prince
Portrait of the Beast by Lillidan86   Phillip vs. Maleficent by jackieocean


:bulletwhite:4.Favourite male non-prince
Aladdin by GENZOMAN :thumb119559811:


:bulletwhite:5.Favourite villan (female & male)
MALEFICENT by emilynguyenart Maleficent by Ahyicodae Maleficent v1 by nicolabear Maleficent by highdarktemplar
Oh Puh-lease, like THIS is a surprise? Come on.

Untooned Ursula by Christ-Off Oo. Scar face .oO by thassy :thumb137549921:

         
:bulletwhite:6.Favourite animal character:
:thumb85144488: DWD - :Launchpad McQuack: by StephRatte            


:bulletwhite:7.Chara you really hate
   Tinkerbell by paintmepinkshop
What? I do. She's a traitor and a jealous whore. :)

:bulletwhite:8.Favourite Disney song (And like onnawufei, I've included links. :) )
* "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" from Winnie the Pooh www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJFyz7…
* "Once Upon A Dream" from Sleeping Beauty (Are we sensing a trend here, maybe?) www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-6fYC…
* "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyFVG4…
* "Be Prepared" from The Lion King www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0AiN8…
* "Best of Friends" from Fox & the Hound www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssub7u…
* "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins (As well as pretty much every song from that movie!) www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b-Z0S…




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Rawr.

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 16, 2010, 3:19 PM




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Annoyed. Chrome does not seem to be displaying any of my stamps, or any featured art, either because of something Deviant Art did (the likely suspect) or something Chrome did (less likely, but still possible). It is annoying the hell out of me because I am tired of switching back to Firefox, which is still being a total and complete BITCH and lagging all over the place. FIXED, See ETA below!!

That said, yay weekend.  I finally finished my Doll FAQ ( etchedglass.deviantart.com/jou… ) which I've been working on all week. Yay. Go me.

Now I want some chocolate.


ETA: I whitelisted deviantart.com in Chrome's adblock and now I can see stamps/features again. YAY. So yeah, evidently Chrome thinks those are ads. Pfft.

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My current items I have for sale can be found HERE





Doll F.A.Q.

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 15, 2010, 10:44 PM
Last FAQ Update: 06-15-10

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:bulletwhite:1. What kind of dolls are those?
The majority of the photographs are of asian ball-joint dolls, or abjds, or bjds, depending on who you ask or how familiar you are with the hobby.  A ball-jointed doll is any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. You can read more about them on Wikipedia. They are hugely popular in Japan, Korea and China, and are just starting to become something of a luxury hobby in Europe and America.  I'll answer some general questions about them here in my FAQ, but if you're really interested, I suggest you check out Den of Angels, aka DoA, which is pretty much THE forum community for BJD hobbyists, in terms of resources and research info.

:bulletwhite:2. Did you make/paint/create them?
No. They're rather a complex piece of engineering and although there are people in the hobby who do sculpt and make their own dolls, I buy mine from companies, mostly in Korea and China who specialize in making these dolls. They are customizable, and by that I mean, their makeup can be painted, you can change their wigs and eyes and you can add to or alter the sculpt through modifications. However, without practice and experience, it's usually better to commission an experienced hobbyist to do the more complicated mods for you. Resin is a tough material, but you can't just slap a sharpie on it and expect to get decent results. (That was doll humor. NEVER use a Sharpie on a bjd. You'll ruin it.)

:bulletwhite:3. Where did you get them?
There are about a bajillion bjd companies out there nowadays.  Most doll photographers on DoA will list the individual doll's sculpt either in their pictures or in a FAQ much like this one. Since most companies are in other countries, you almost always have to purchase them online, unless you are lucky enough to attend a convention where they are being sold. When you buy one online, they are usually made-to-order, which means there is usually about a 30-60 day wait before your doll will be shipped, as resin takes a long time to cure, depending on the weather, etc. Seth is from Dollzone, Ruijin and Caidy are from Fairyland and Zeev is from Angelheim.

:bulletwhite:4. How much do they cost? Why are they so expensive?  
A lot. No, seriously. This is an expensive hobby. There is no "cheap" doll in this hobby. Even a doll in the lower price range is going to run you at LEAST a couple hundred dollars.  Prices vary by doll, size of doll, and company. Dolls can come as basics, meaning just the doll without any "faceup", which is the painted on make up and blushing, can come with faceups or can come as "fullsets", meaning they include an outfit and wig, etc. Most, but not all companies include a free set of eyes with a basic doll, but then you must add in the cost of purchasing wigs, shoes, clothing and accessories. I only have four dolls and I have probably already invested close to $3500 on them. Like any luxury item, they are a costly expense, but I make sacrifices in other areas and save carefully to be able to afford them. Unless you're willing to do the same, this is probably not the hobby for you. Asking about "cheap" dolls usually only gets most bjd enthusiasts cranky, I've noticed.

They are expensive because they're custom made, flexible, imported and beautiful pieces of art. In the hands of the right person, they can become even MORE so, just look at some of the dolls I have favorited in my 'Beautiful BJDs' collection: etchedglass.deviantart.com/fav… . I don't judge people for how much they spend a year on their hobbies, others should extend me the same courtesy. They make me happy and inspire my creativity. End of story.

:bulletwhite:5. Where do you buy your clothes for them?
The majority of my dolls' clothing comes from Dollmore , partly because they're one of the few companies that make well-fitting clothing for 70cm dolls, and partly because they are a popular company that people often run splits on via the DoA forum. I also buy a lot of clothing and accessories second hand through the DoA marketplace or ebay and etsy. I prefer that to ordering direct from the companies and ending up paying large EMS shipping bills for $20 worth of clothing.

:bulletwhite:6. What do the acronyms stand for?
AH = Angelheim (Doll company)
DZ = Dollzone (Doll company)
FL = Fairyland (Doll company)
CP = Cerberus Project (Doll company)
IH = Iplehouse (Doll company)
SD = Super Dollfie = 60cm (Doll size)
MSD = Mini Super Dollfie = 40-43cm (Doll size)
SSDF = Super Senior Delf (Doll type)
MNF = Minifée (Doll type)
BW = Beauty/Beautiful White (Skin type)
NS = Normal Skin (Skin type)
WS = White Skin (Skin type)
RS = Real Skin (Skin type)
MSC = Mr. Super Clear (Doll painting material)


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: ABOUT MY BJDS/CHARACTERS :bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:


:bulletwhite:1. Are you selling them/Can I have them?
Seriously? No. What would you say to someone who came and asked you if they could have your favorite pair of shoes, or your mp3 player? That's just rude. Unless they are listed as "For Sale", then no, they're not. Please don't ask.  

:bulletwhite:2. Your doll looks just like "__insert fictional/OC character here__"!!
No, actually, they don't, and honestly, nothing pisses off doll owners more, to have an original character be compared to some other fictional character. A lot of time and work goes into perfecting each doll's look and while some of mine are a work in progress, none of my dolls are based off of anything more then what they are supposed to be- themselves.  Some people DO base their dolls on fictional characters, etc, and more power to them, but mine aren't. Most of all, don't compare my werewolves to Jacob, my vampires to Edward, or anything else I post to crap from Twlight. It's a pet peeve of mine. Obviously.

:bulletwhite:3. The setting of your character's world seems eerily familair! and/or What setting are your angels/werewolves/etc from?
Character concepts of Seth, Zeev, etc and the world they exist in is loosely based in a private story line RP that I and a friend play around in, a world which we've based on and borrowed elements from several of our favorite books and games, including Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Neverwhere, as well as some influence from White Wolf's World of Darkness for flavor and a whole lot of cracky ideas to fill it out.. As such, I'd never claim any sort of copyright over the concepts, but the characters themselves, and the Disillusioned storyline are most definitely mine and I ask that others not borrow it without permission. Seth himself was based and adapted as a side character not in the main storyline of the game, re-written to more openly accommodate with various other stories and world with fellow BJD RPers.

:bulletwhite:4. Who painted Seth/Zeev/Roo/etc?

At this point in time, all my dolls have the company default face-ups. I'll update this if that ever changes, which it probably will.

Zeev's hand blushing was done by me.

:bulletwhite:5. What materials do you use for your painting/faceups/blushing work?
Rembrandt soft pastels, Liquitex Acrylics, Delta Ceramacoat Interior Varnish,  Mr. Super Clear UV Flat, and Crayola Watercolor pencils

:bulletwhite:6. Can I draw fanart of _______?
Sure thing! I would be flabbergasted and flattered and freaking thrilled! So much alliteration! I'd love to see it too, so please share! Wow, that's a lot of exclamation points!


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: ABOUT MY PHOTOS/COPYRIGHT :bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:


All art & photography contained in this gallery is ©etchedglass, formerly known under the banner Kytz Kreatyonz & Tigrez.Com 1995-2010

Brushes used and other credits can be found on my Graphics Journal: Etched Glass @ LJ - Credit Links

:bulletwhite:1. Can I use your photos/dolls as avatars/sigs/banners/representations of my own OC/character/RPG person?
As I state on the front of my profile: My dolls are already characters on their own. DO NOT USE them as representations of yours. So, no.

:bulletwhite:2. Can I use your photos as stock/for photomanipulation?
As I state on my profile: My photos are not stock and should not be used or altered for RP, avatars, layouts or other uses without my express permission. So, no. Unless a photo is SPECIFICALLY marked as stock AND in my STOCK gallery folder, it is not available for use as stock.  

:bulletwhite:3. Can I use your photographs as drawing references?
For pose, lighting, and anatomy references, yes, sure! I wouldn't mind a link back in the artist notes for credit, of course, and I'd love to see the end result! :) I will not allow using my photos as reference from the dolls as an aid for your own character creation. If you're not sure, note me and ask!

:bulletwhite:4. Can I use your characters in fanfiction?
No. While I'm flattered you'd even be interested, that's not level of creative control over my own characters that I'm willing to hand over to just anyone.


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: ABOUT MY CAMERA :bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:


:bulletwhite:1. What camera do you use?
I use a DSLR Canon Rebel XS with the standard EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Yeah, I have no idea what that all means either, it just takes pretty pictures, ok?)  Prior to that, I used a Samsung Digimax A402.

:bulletwhite:2. What image editing software do you use?
Adobe Photoshop CS3

:bulletwhite:3. What lighting setup do you use?
For the most part, desktop lamps, natural lighting, and christmas lights. Nothing technical or fancy, I'm afraid.  You can sort of get an idea of my usual set up from this omake shot from a photoshoot I'd been working on.



100 Truths

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 4, 2010, 8:35 PM




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Ganked from CaptainMoony

001. Name → Kymberly
002. Nickname → Kym, Kymmie, Mal (Maleficently), Tygs, Tygsie, Kymmer
003. Status → Single and staying that way
004. Zodiac sign → Pisces
005. Male or female → Either or and?
006. Elementary → Belvedere
007. Middle School → Serrano
008. Vocational school(High School) → Pacific
008b. College → Simpson for 2 years, then I quit.
009. Smart → Smarter then your mom. This isn't actually a question, you know.

010. Hair color → Dark auburn.
011. Long or short → Well, as of last week, short, just to my shoulders. Shortest its ever been for me.
012. Loud or Quiet → Surprisingly quiet.
013. Sweats or Jeans → Sweats.
014. Phone or Camera → Both?
015. Health freak → BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No.
016. Drink or Smoke? → Not really.
017. Do you have a crush on someone? → Not that I'm going to do anything about it, but yeah.
018. Eat or Drink → I have to choose? They're both pretty vital :P
019. Piercings → Yes, ears.
020. Tattoos → Yes, two.

FIRSTS:
023. First piercing → Ears. In third grade
024. First best friend → Marji
025. First award → Reading awards, I think.
026. First crush → JT. How sad that I remember that.
027. First pet → Patches
028. First big vacation → Uhm, probably th trip out to new Mexico.
030. First big birthday → That I remember? Third, with my Fisher Price dollhouse.

~~~ Questions 31-48 were eatens. I was hungry. This is what happens when you make me choose, #18! ~~~

CURRENTLY:
049. Eating → Cold Pizza
050. Drinking → Cold Pepsi
052. I'm about to → Bash my own skull in in the hopes of making my headache go away.
053. Listening to → The sound of my AC.
054. Plans for today → RP a little, play WoW a little, die a little more.

YOUR FUTURE:
058. Want kids? → Nope. Couldn't have them if I wanted to.
059. Want to get married? → Not particularly.
060. Careers in mind → I'm already in the closest I'll probably ever get to a career.

WHICH IS BETTER WITH GIRL/BOY?
068. Lips or eyes → Eyes.
070. Shorter or taller? → Taller or about the same.
072. Romantic or spontaneous → Romantic. I like surprises, but they rarely work out.
073. Nice stomach or nice arms → Arms, oh yeah. Arms will do me in.
074. Sensitive or loud → Sensitive, definitely.
075. Hook-up or relationship → I have never been able to do the casual thing. Relationship or nothin'
077. Trouble maker or hesitant → Trouble maker. I like the bad girls/boys.

HAVE YOU EVER:
080. Lost glasses/contacts → Yes, I lose my glasses lots. When I have them.
081. Ran away from home → When I was like 4 or 5 I think. I got to the end of the block.
084. Broken someone's heart → More then likely, yes.
085. Been arrested → Nope.
087. Cried when someone died → Buckets.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN:
089. Yourself → Some days more then others.
090. Miracles → I believe that good things happen to good people that can't always be explained.
091. Love at first sight → No.
092. Heaven → I believe in an afterlife.
093. Santa Claus → What are you trying to say? Of course he's real.
094. Sex on the first date → No, but that doesn't mean I haven't done it.
095. Kiss on the first date → Definitely.

ANSWER TRUTHFULLY:
097. Is there one person you want to be with right now → Johnny Depp. Honestly, for him, I'd break my one night stand rule.
098. Are you seriously happy with where you are in life → Most days, yes. I'm lonely sometimes, and I wonder where I'm going with my life, but overall, things are really good.  
099. Do you believe in God → I believe in a divine power of creation and life.
100. Post as 100 truths and tag → I TAG ALL OF YOU. Well, those of you haven't done it yet, anyways!!  

:bulletblue::bulletwhite::bulletblue: Sales, Etc! :bulletblue::bulletwhite::bulletblue:


My current items I have for sale can be found HERE

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Seaweed by xnhan00

:star:Other Awesome Features::star:
FFXIII: Lightning by Akusesu BJD: Fawn by Maru-Light   Rococo man suit 02 by Raouken


  • Playing: WoW
  • Drinking: Pepsi

Futzing is Fun!

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 2, 2010, 8:04 AM




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So I finally figured out all the pretty ways to customize the new journal skin. Go me. It's a bit more complicated, posting wise, since a lot of it ends up in the journal entry box, but it also means its loads more customizable, so I figure I can accept the give and take.

I got told that Zeev is nowhere as cute as Jacob the other day. After I finished frothing at the mouth about how Meyers did not invent werewolves and Jacob isn't even actually a werewolf, I laughed my ass off, because if Zeev looks NOTHING like a Twi-hards idea of a werewolf, then my job is done. My werewolves are nothing like Meyer's and I'm so very, very tired of people acting like she invented Vamps and werewolves.

I have, in case I haven't mentioned it, which I probably have, a tumblr, that is linked up above. Mostly I end up posting doll pics, or re-posting things from interesting people. It also gets a feed from my livejournal, and updates on twitter whenever I post so... wow, aren't I all inclusive and stuff? Pbbffft.  



:bulletblue::bulletwhite::bulletblue: Sales, Etc! :bulletblue::bulletwhite::bulletblue:


My current items I have for sale can be found HERE

:bulletwhite::bulletblue::bulletwhite: FEATURES :bulletwhite::bulletblue::bulletwhite:


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:star:Other Awesome Features::star:
drowning my SORROWS by Lei-Xing You're special to me by eli-star


  • Playing: WoW
  • Eating: Nothing, I'm STARVING!
  • Drinking: Pepsi

Meh

Journal Entry: Sun May 30, 2010, 8:48 PM


Meh


Experimenting with Journals Skins and putting off getting ready for work. Watch me procrastinate!!

Wow and hitting enter way too soon. I R Dumbass.


Features


Avarice by The-Caern Landis and da invisible bridge by Yamikiwi


Little Ace by Arenheim Steampunk Dragon by kerembeyit Idle by Aveilthe


Colour by Pistolpete2007 Day 11. by Geekisthecolour farewell to fairground by utopic-man



  • Drinking: Pepsi

Art Feature: How I wish I could draw!

Journal Entry: Wed May 12, 2010, 4:09 AM




Because I got zero response to my last meme entry, and I am cranky, I'm just going to show some art I've favorited recently, because I can.  



Doctor Hoo - T-SHIRTS A GO by pupukachoo

Keeper of the Forest by Yue-Iceseal Day and sunbeam by Quberon Harry  Potter by ReillyBrown

Ish'talla : Fur by Nezumi-chuu Elves by kir-tat Sunny Wishes by keelerleah



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Llama Llama Llama Mushroom!

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 17, 2010, 9:44 AM




THANK ME FOR THE LLAMAS! THANK ME! THANK ME RIGHT NOW.



(Reverse psychology works, right?  )


I has fancy llama. I has a fancy llama, not because I am insane, but because I spent way too much time on llamatrade Give a llama, get a point. Gather points, buy llamas. Easy peasy.

I was, sadly, going for an albino llama, but they evidently switched them up in the middle of my grand llama collecting and I swooshed right by the albino llama stage. This is my sad monkey face.

Who wants to draw me some sock monkeys? I'm in the mood for sock monkeys.


NOW SAY THANK YOU FOR THE LLAMA!




(No, really, seriously, you don't have to. I'm just amusing myself. Thank me. Don't thank me, whatevs. :) )



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The BJD Meme

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 11, 2010, 8:57 PM




The BJD Meme

Stolen from kawaiimon, although mine is going to be muuuuccchhhh shorter then, well, probably everyones, actually.... o.O


1. How many dolls do you have?
Four (Three complete + one floating head)

2. What are their names?
Ruijin
Seth
Zeev
Unnamed Floating Head Who Is Mostly For Faceup Practice Right Now


3. What are their molds?
Fairyland Puki Pukisha
Dollzone Chen
Angelheim Luka
Nanuri '07 Head

4. How long have you been in the BJD hobby?
A little over a year if you count from when I got my first doll. Otherwise, about 2+ years since I started obsessing.

5. Do you RP? If so, who is/was your favorite person to RP with?
Yup. My fave dollie RP peeps are CaptainMoony and Blind-Leviathan

6. Who is/was your favorite character to RP with?
Seth, as he's the one I've probably got the best grasp of character on. Roo simply won't settle/sit still long enough.

7. How many dolls have you ever sold?
Two, Felix brownies that I waited two months for and almost immediately decided to sell once I got them. Not enamored of them at all in person.


8. Out of all of those, who do you miss the most?
None


9. What is your favorite thing in this hobby?
The amount of creative inspiration these dolls provide, not just in myself but in the dollie community as a whole.

10. Who is the first BJD that ever entered your house/that you ever saw in real life?
My pukisha, Roo.

11. Who is the first BJD you ever fell in love with?
buffysummrsx's pukisha, Shu, which is what made me get Roo. :)

12. What is the most you've spent on a doll (the actual doll itself)?
$600, I think, thereabouts.

13. What is your favorite photoshoot/photo you ever took of any of your dolls?
Probably the ones I did of Seth, the best of which is Former Glory Shines On.

14. What is your funniest memory with any of your dolls?
My mom trying to kidnap Roo every time I'd bring him over, so finally convincing her to buy her own puki. :)


15. What is your saddest memory with any of your dolls?
When I first got Seth, I left him in his fullset "leather" pants for about a week, not realizing they would stain. Went to change his pants and cried at finding him covered in black streaks. I thought I'd ruined him.

16. Have you ever had a dream about your doll? If so, what was it about?
Way too many and way too weird. The one I remember though is Roo coming in and waking me up and telling me I had to come read something online. I don't remember what or why. Or that I thought it all that unusual that a doll was waking me up.

17. Which BJD out of yours would you never sell in a million years?
Honestly, I can't ever see myself selling Roo or Seth. Although I might consider reshelling Roo in a NS pukisha...but I doubt it.   Zeev is brand new so I'm not as attached to him YET, but I imagine that won't take long.

18. Name one thing that makes you irked in the BJD hobby.
Just one?
Elitism. The attitude that someone is better or worse or superior based on the dolls they own, the clothes they dress them in, or the faceups they have. Drives me up the freaking wall.


19. Would you ever consider "leaving" the hobby?
The community, sure, the hobby? Doubtful.


20. Who is the newest character you've thought up?
There is a vague old-fashioned, freckled faced girl that is going to get shelled into a MNF Shiwoo one of these days, but I've learned the hard way not to force a character on a doll until I get them home. :) I don't shell my actual already existing RP characters into dolls, because the person I RP them with isn't in the hobby and it's too weird doing it without her.



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