It’s time to part with some MIB girls! I certainly would never customize these sold-out, rare beauties, and they’ve just been sitting in a closet as backups in case the unthinkable happened to their out of box counterparts. I need the space more than I need the peace of mind, so time to rehome! Read more »
The theme for the final round of Dalicious was “Haunted.” I didn’t have an immediate idea for this one. I did consider going down to the TAPS/Ghost Hunter headquarters (which is fairly near me; I’ve seen their truck on the highway more than once) and seeing if I could
con convince them to rig up their equipment to test my “haunted” doll but… it was the week before Halloween! I had work, two parties to go to, and three costumes to rig (one for me, two for other people) before the photo was due.
So my next idea was to do a setup from The Ring with Princessa. The problem, though, is that Princessa has blonde curls and bangs, and the creepiest part about the ghost in The Ring was the black hair hanging in the face. It just doesn’t work with blond ringlets. What then?
Over the course of the contest, I’ve had a lot of people comment on how scary Princessa is. Someone wanted to know if locked her up before I went to sleep :D Therefore, I figured that I should scrap the well idea and have Princessa coming out of a TV. I even had a little CRT dollhouse TV that I could rig Princessa crawling out of in a diorama…but again, the blonde ringlet problem. Then it hit me: I should have Princessa crawling out of the COMPUTER! Yesss, anyone who views Princessa’s contest photos and doesn’t like/reblog them for other people to see within 7 days, will be visited by Princessa crawling out of their computer screen. Mwahahaha! Perfect!
My only regret with this picture is that it isn’t 3D. It’s creepy, sure, but it’s downright scary in person! I took Princessa’s body apart to rig this shot, so especially from an angle, you can tell the doll is coming out of the screen. My parrot wouldn’t fly through the room I had the layout in, which she normally does all the time, while Princessa was in there. We had to walk her past it to get her to her cage XD
Round 5 for Dalicious is cooking. I’m hoping most people get the Breaking Bad reference. If not, oh well!
See, Princessa had done cooking when she competed previously:
The theme for that round was “nationality” and Princessa, being American, went with guns and apple pie. And one cannot beat guns and apple pie, so I knew that for this round, Princessa would have to avoid the kitchen altogether!
So what to do? A Hannibal Lecter inspired cooking bit just isn’t in character. Princessa is evil, but she also has her very own specific personality. Most of her evil stems from either hating Pullips (due to big brother complex) or self interest/profit. Cooking people would be icky. Cooking meth however, would be profitable! Therefore, it was time to get out the lab equipment :)
I did have a nice black apron set up for her, but it just didn’t look right. Princessa prefers girly things, so I pulled out her pink apron.
The first idea I came up with was a counter picture to the other dals (with whom Princessa is at war) Greeks on the Beach but it’s really hard to portray the Trojan War without the horse. Otherwise it’s a bunch of non-specific togas and armor. Bleh.
In general, I wanted to avoid Greek/Roman mythology because I’m pretty sure it will be about half of all the entries at least. If someone doesn’t do the birth of Venus, I’ll be shocked. On the other hand, I really needed to avoid the obscure references. I know a lot of people didn’t ‘get’ the reference in the last round, but not everyone was brought up on black and white classics like I was ^^;
I settled on Norse mythology because Princessa is blonde and blue eyed, but even dressing her up like a Valkyrie didn’t seem fitting. Then I thought about dressing her up as a Thor fangirl, but I realized that Princessa wouldn’t like Thor. Princessa would be a Loki fangirl. And thus this idea was born!
But not so fast! My printer broke last week. Since I print something once every several months, I figured I’d just go to the print shop down the street. Turns out transfer paper doesn’t work on laserjets, because the heat in the printer activates the glue and fuses the transfer paper to the inside of the printers ^^; Then I started looking for any store that did printing in the area that had inkjet printers. Not a one! My in-laws have one, but they were out of town. They came back, and I ran over on Sunday afternoon to use their printer. Then it took four tries to get the image to transfer clearly (which is good, because I only printed 4 copies. The cotton started to burn before the image transferred on most -.- ) but finally, FINALLY it worked and Princessa had her Loki body pillow!
The theme of round 3 was Vintage. I figured (rightly) that most of the entries would focus on vintage fashion. And while I could go that route… it’s really not very Princessa. Princessa is an evil doll, so I had to do something in character with her. So why not do vintage evil doll?
Now, there have been a LOT of evil dolls over the years. I could have dressed up Princi as Chucky, which most people would have gotten but… no. Too recent. Not really vintage enough. Why not do the first evil doll? Talky Tina was the first evil doll (evil ventriloquist dummies are slightly older) from the Twilight Zone episode Living Doll. It’s on Netflix Watch-it-now, season 5, episode 6, if anyone hasn’t seen it.
Talky Tina isn’t generally evil, like Chucky and most other evil dolls, she’s very specifically evil towards the step-father of the little girl who buys her, as he treats he step-family like crap. That’s more the kind of evil doll Princessa is, too (not a kill-everyone-indiscriminately) so that seemed like a good fit…but how to do it in a picture?
I recreated the outfit, but then I was stuck. My first idea was to make a box for her, and take a picture of her in that, but Talky Tina comes in a plain box. Old dolls generally did; the really old ball jointed dolls had plain boxes with the manufacturer’s name on it, but that’s it. Then I thought about recreating a scene, but there aren’t any scenes that are especially memorable. Tina never chases anyone with an axe, she mostly just looks like a regular doll except she’s manipulative, making the step-father look like even more of a jerk than he is and drives him crazy until she trips him down a staircase. So I went with this, using two of Talky Tina’s most memorable phrases in word-bubbles.
First, I have to say that I was very impressed both by the amount of entries (September is usually a busy month for most people!) and the quality of the entries! It was lots of fun to run, mostly because I love seeing what people do with my patterns <3
Which was also why it was really, really hard to pick my favorite of the finalists! Who are the finalists? Well… Read more »
When Round 2, Adventure, came around, I immediately wanted to spoof “The Most Dangerous Game,” a short story about an aristocrat who sets up a private hunting reserve on an island, to hunt people, feeling that people are the most dangerous animals to hunt. As horrible as it is, there are historical precedents for it around the world, so it’s a horror story that is somewhat realistic. I think that’s why this story has had staying power, and been retold many times. And it’s right up Princessa’s alley, as demonstrated in her previous contest rounds.
The problem with most great ideas, though, is getting it from idea to a one-picture scene that is both well laid out aesthetically, and tells a story. I strive for both. I really like the ‘story’ in this one, but I’m not quite satisfied with the aesthetic. Though, I do have a high benchmark for Adventures to compare with…
OK! Votin’ time. All of the entries are together in this album. You should go look! Each entry includes a list of which patterns were used.
Oo-ed and Ah-ed? Great! Now’s the hard part! Vote for your TOP 3 FAVORITES. That means you can vote for yourself, but also vote for two other people too! Here for a friend? Vote for 2 non-friends too! Voting lasts for a week. At the end of the week, I pick the winner from the top 3, who designs the next pattern I make. Then the top 3 all receive free copies of that pattern :)
Favorite Summer Sewing Entries (pick 3!)
- #10 Deadghoulwalking (39%, 27 Votes)
- #6 The Gilded Bee (33%, 23 Votes)
- #4 Sally Thompson (25%, 17 Votes)
- #15 Ghoulia's HighGhouture (25%, 17 Votes)
- #2 NinaMarie (16%, 11 Votes)
- #3 Melynda & Aleera (13%, 9 Votes)
- #11 Humblezombie (12%, 8 Votes)
- #16 Katgyrl (10%, 7 Votes)
- #12 Mepae (9%, 6 Votes)
- #8 Divalea (9%, 6 Votes)
- #13 Dragonlady (9%, 6 Votes)
- #14 Megan R (7%, 5 Votes)
- #7 Frankly Business (7%, 5 Votes)
- #9 Daytime Diva (6%, 4 Votes)
- #5 Jennifer (6%, 4 Votes)
- #1 Ilse Snow (6%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 69
I’ve participated in previous Dalicious contests before. Princessa won the year she entered, and Pajelle/Rex took 2nd in the year she entered. I figured I had to enter Princessa because…well because she wouldn’t let me enter another dal, and she’d kill me if I dropped out half way through.
When it comes to Princessa and magic, I don’t really have much choice, since I already made her proclivities known in this picture from a previous Dalicious contest.
The base of this picture was a lightbox, which gives her a lovely under-lit spooky feel. I used a black sheet of paper with a circle cut out to let the light through below her, but in early pictures the light washed out the candles (which I made with sculpey just for this shoot) so I slipped a white sheet of paper in between the black paper and the light box. The blood stripe across her cheeks is tape cut to shape :)
Lita Lindorm is a background character from Ever After High. She’s based on one of the people who works on the show, who explained that her fairytale is the King of Lindorm because she’s a lolita, and in the fairytale the girl wears layers and layers of shirts (if you didn’t know, layering clothes is a thing in lolita fashions) so I picked Lita Lindorm as the name.