In Dolly Bureau (vol 3), I made a few patterns for tiny dolls, one of which is a design for PukiPuki. Pictured below is the final result of the pattern, which has easy-to-follow written and illustrated instructions in the book. Best of all, the clothing should fit other dolls like Mattel Kelly and Ruby Red Galleria's Honee-B.
The new book, Dolly Bureau (Vol 3): All About Tiny Dolls [working title], is underway and this year I'm going to try something a little different with the book. Instead of being strictly a pattern book, this year the book will highlight all kinds of tiny dolls (11.5cm/4.5in or shorter) with some pattern tutorials, crafts, etc. In this volume, dolls, crafts, clothing, accessories, etc, will also come from other people, not just MegannArt.
How great would it be to have some of your own dolls or handmade designs in a published book?! Dolly Bureau books are gaining popularity and would help people notice your work. See below for more information about contributing to the book.
Contributions would include temporary use of the following:
- All dolls 11.5cm or shorter (e.g. Ruby Red Galleria Honee B, Mattel Kelly, Fairyland PukiPuki and RealPuki, Peak's Woods Monthly Fairy, LillyCat Colline, Wilde Amelia Thimble, Lati White SP, Felix Brownie, Angelregion Gienie Lilica, Doll Leaves Cherry and Milk, Dollzone Yu with B10-001 body and Teng with B10-001 body, HZ Doll tiny dolls like Tian Tian Roro, IslandDoll Leshy, Polly Pocket, Azone Picco Neemo, Mame Momoko, Fidelia Fireflys, vintage dolls, etc). The list of dolls is endless.
- Handmade clothing, accessories, wigs, and props that would be appropriate for dolls of about this size. Items must be made by the contributor.
MegannArt will photograph your items and send them back to you in a timely manner. Some photos are being considered to include in the book, under certain guidelines. The deadline for accepted items is mid April 2015. To those who contribute, credit will be provided in the book. MegannArt also provides a contract for contributors to guarantee return, credit, and protection of your property.
Contact me for more info!
There is a new BJD in the house -- Puki Puki Sugar. I have to say, Fairlyland puts out some high-quality, lovely dolls. Since I've mostly owned Ruby Red Galleria's Honee-B and used her to size clothes, I figured I'd offer a size comparison of the dolls today. Both are pretty darn close in nearly all of their measurements. Both dolls are wearing my designs and I'll be adding shoes to outfits for sale in the near future! Sugar is so sweet, I decided to get a Puki Puki Cupid brother. I've been eying him for a while and it is time to take the plunge. I may have mentioned it before, but be on the look out for male doll clothing in the Etsy shop in the future. I'll be offering a variety of sizes.
Who has an awesome mom? I do. I'm living proof that an Etsy favorites list pays off. Pictured is my Honee-B leaning against a box I helped my mom pick out for Christmas. Little did I know she was going to stuff that cute box with fun things like dolly clothes. My Honee-B is wearing two absolutely fabulous outfits by Crazy Handmade on Etsy. These outfits also fit dolls such as pukipuki. The detail is really amazing. I almost feel like giving up on making such tiny outfits when such talent is in the world. Support an artist! Visit my Etsy Shop. You can also follow my Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest pages. I'm planning on offering discount codes on the Facebook page from time to time!
I'm on a mission -- to find those darling little Momoko in actual stores in North America (not online). There is something gratifying about seeing a Momoko in person before purchasing it. As with many collectable dolls, there is a possibility of variation in the actual doll versus the stock photos, making it an even better reason to see those little beauties in person. I've encountered some stores over the past year and I want to share them with you, in case you are in the neck-of-the-woods of one of these great little shops. First up, The Swell Shop in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After walking into this store, I was greeted by Bradley Justice, a very friendly and wonderful shop owner. We had a nice chat about Momoko and I learned he writes articles for Doll News, the current issue of which has a Momoko pattern in it. The dress pattern was displayed on a Momoko doll in his shop (see photo). Talk about darling. This fabulous store also offers a variety of other doll collectables for nearly any dolly fan. I bought a couple items, one made by DollHeart and the other a Jenny accessory pack. The other photo provided in this blog post is also from The Swell Shop.
Next, Fabric Friends and Dolls in Laytonsville, Maryland. This awesome little shop is tucked away in a small town, but it offers a large variety of dolly fun that can even be purchased online. If you are an Integrity, Tonner, BJD, or Momoko fan, this place is a must. The owner tries to carry the latest Seki Momoko, but will be trying to carry Petworks soon. While in this shop, I bought a Randall Craig accessory pack (because I just love glasses), YoSD wig for my new boy, Ruby Red Galleria Honee-B shoes, and an Obitsu 11 body. I was very tempted to buy a Tonner Cami wig.
Lastly, a shop I visit often, is Japantown Collectables in San Francisco, California. It is located on the first floor of the Kinokuniya Building and it usually has a Momoko or two in stock. Along with Momoko, this little shop carries other dolls, such as Jenny and J-doll. I believe I've even seen Pullip dolls there too. If you want to branch out a bit, they even carry a large variety of model kits and action figures. Of note, at the Kinokuniya Bookstore you can sometimes pick up a dolly pattern book from Japan with Momoko patterns in it (along the stairwell inside the store).
I've tried Little Tokyo in Los Angeles a couple of times and have yet to find a Momoko there.
Know of a store in North America that carries Momoko? Let me know about it via the Facebook page or shoot me an email.