Pumpkin Time

Isi Dawndancer holding a pumpkin

I’m really loving autumn this year! It’s been so bright and colourful, it just fills me with a sense of gratitude. And even though Halloween isn’t big around these parts, I love pumpkin decor. Not even necessarily carved pumpkins, plain ones will do. It was only natural to let this become craft inspiration.

I made a bunch of doll-sized pumpkins according to the instructions in this video from MyFroggyStuff. I did make a few minor changes, though:

  • I made the cornstarch dough on the stove instead of using the microwave
  • I let them air dry – it took about two days…
  • I used satin spray varnish – I do think satin finish is more reminiscent of natural pumpkin skin
  • instead of sticks, I used apple stems – not only did I have them on hand, I like their rough look. I ‘extracted’ them before I ate the apples – if you just pinch them at the base and keep twisting in one direction, they come apart.

I really like these little pumpkins just as little decorations, but obviously I didn’t stop there.

The decision to include Isi Dawndancer in these photos was colour based, I just think her hair and her top work well with the scene.

Speaking of the scene, I had been hoping to have a nice outdoor photo-shoot, but I couldn’t think of the right spot – really short grass would have been a must (in my mind) and I wasn’t in the mood for checking parks around the city for grass length 🙂 I settled for an IKEA Spexa background.

If you’re not familiar, it’s a a folding doll house – or rather the walls of a doll house. It can be a little shiny in the photos, and it never seems tall enough, but it’s overall a great option, considering how quick, affordable and accessible it is. Two of its panels show the outside of the house, and it’s a beautiful, dark-red and white, traditional Swedish house front. Wow, that’s a mouthful.

The fence is my own creation made of popsicle sticks. Unfortunately, I did not eat all these popsicles myself. The sticks were bough in a craft store 😦

Indoor doll photos certainly have a different feel to them. They look less natural, but you do have a lot of control in creating a more detailed and fun mini-verse. What I ended up is a little different from what I originally intended, but it’s not always a bad thing. The background brought in a lot of colour which is reminiscent of the season’s abundance (to me).

I am hoping you (and your dolls) are having a lovely autumn as well 🙂

P.S. I did carve a real pumpkin this year, which I sort of made into a doll house as well. Unfortunately, it grew mould before I managed to find the right toy to pose with it 😛 I made a tiny mouse hole door in it, too.

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This is *before* the mould situation 🙂

If you’re in a Halloween mood, how about checking out my last year’s photos with Bunny Blanc as a witch? 🙂


Monster High “Dance Class” Howleen

I have recently admitted to liking a few of the Monster High dolls, and among them – the “Dance Class” Howleen. I don’t know why, myself not being particularly ‘edgy’, occasionally find myself attracted to ‘edgy’ dolls. To me, Howleen is a fantastic blend of both edgy and cute  🙂

The “Dance Class” line debuted in 2012. While I have noticed that it is still sometimes possible to find them “New In Box” for a fairly decent price, I was perfectly happy to purchase this particular one used, and not only unboxed – one that had actually actually played with. But apart from slightly loose wrist joints, she is in a pretty great condition! She also came with every one of her original accessories and even some extras! I think this is evidence of great parenting in that household  😉

Howleen is portrayed as a younger girl (warewolf). This is reflected in her style and her build. She is slightly shorter and more slender in the chest area than her older friends from the Monster High line.

This line starred different monsters as enthusiasts of different kind of music, with Howleen as a Hip Hop fan. I can’t tell if her outfit is typical of a Hip Hop performer, but it certainly looks comfy for practice. The leggings and the leotard are, unfortunately, one piece. The whole outfit seems to be themed around sweet, bright colours and paw prints. The aforementioned ‘edginess’ comes from the inclusion of safety pins in the design and her big boom box shaped bag. Personally, I find safety pins to be more reminiscent of Heavy Metal, but they look fine on her.

The shoes look fairly simple, but are unique in that they are among rather few pairs of sporty shoes in the realm of Monster High – it seems that fancy & smart ones dominate. Howleen theoretically has smaller feet than the young adult dolls, but normal shoes fit her so-so and look passable.

My favourite part about the doll – the one thing that immediately caught my attention – is her pink puffy pigtails:

I don’t know why. I am no longer trying to understand, I have just let it be. This hairdo makes me happy  🙂 I also like the very pink lips. I don’t know if it’s the conditioning by Barbie products in childhood, but sometimes this weird affinity for pink still surfaces.

I like Howleen as she is, overall – and I guess that includes the ears and he fangs. I have, nonetheless, thought that perhaps I would like her even more as a normal girl. The fangs could easily be painted over, and I found a very good tutorial on removing the wolf ears. And then I realised that if I cut off her wolf ears, she won’t have ears at all! I am not confident in my ability to sculpt tiny human ears, so she’s staying in wolf form for the foreseeable future.

The fact that Howleen is a (younger) teen has opened some new photo opportunities. She is the first doll who seems at home in the teen room in my IKEA Spexa paper dollhouse.

I thought she should have a little bit of mess in there, like a real teen  🙂 500 imaginary points if you can identify the trousers on the couch  🙂 They used to belong to a doll from my childhood whom I liked a lot (especially before my hamster ripped out some of her hair. true story)

Howleen entered my collection bringing in many goodies – from personal charm to numerous doll accessories, but there is even more – the day I went to the other side of the city to pick her up from her previous owners, I ran into an old friend and we were able to get in touch again  🙂 Certainly a doll with good looks and a good story  🙂