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Veronika Up Close. by Leenechan
Veronika Up Close., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

So much for that angled bob! Her face is totally wrong for it.

This is my second Monster High reroot. I can't believe I used Seaglow again...

I think I had a My Little Pony with similiar coloring while I was growing up.

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Princess Bubblegum. by Leenechan
Princess Bubblegum., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

My favorite Princess Bubblegum quote of all time. XD

Well, here she is, and I think she turned out adorable! Kristen rerooted my 1.0 Draculaura with Dollyhair Saran in Mauvelous Pink and Sherbet Pink. I'm not sure if it's an exact color match for Bubblegum's hair, but it's very pretty.

No Nap Time (Angela Juarez) did a great job repainting her face. It had to be an artist's interpretation, because PB's eyes are just black dots. She has a starburst effect in her irises and some gold shimmer powder. I had the hardest time keeping her hair out of her face for this picture. It's very windy today.

Luckily Princess Bubblegum has a vast wardrobe in the show. I suppose her head is a bit too large for the character, but beggars can't be choosers!

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Best Friends? by Leenechan
Best Friends?, a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

I'm so in love with this customized Frankie Stein! I usually don't rename my repainted Monster High dolls, but this girl is so unique and gorgeous that I want to come up with a new name and story for her. I'm going to have to think of a way to explain away those stitches, though! I think that she looks like a witch or an alien princess. Probably not a nice girl, though...

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Here's the rerooted I Love Fashion Frankie with her new face, courtesy of the very talented nonaptime. I fell in love with her painting style when I saw her Dead Master doll skyrocket in price on eBay. I feel very fortunate to own a piece of her work!

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I don't think I ever posted this doll in her unadulterated state! She's a former TRU exclusive I Love Fashion Frankie that Kristen rerooted for me with Restoredoll saran in Sea Glow. Her original hair was black and white with wide stripes and kind of made her look like a skunk. XD

I was originally planning on having this girl repainted but I might just leave her as is. There isn't really anything wrong with her face aside from a light scratch in her eyeshadow. She doesn't have eye wonk, at least. Plus, her new hair goes so well with her makeup!

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Ghost in the Garden. by Leenechan
Ghost in the Garden., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

She was originally a Skull Shores Ghoulia that Kristen rerooted for me with Restoredoll saran in Snow White. Unfortunately, the white hair with her default makeup made her look like a nutty old lady...so Kristen sent her to the very talented armeleia to be repainted as a trade for this really awesome rerooted CAM witch head.

And here she is, wearing Spectra 1.0's dress. I love her a lot! I haven't quite paid Kristen back for the reroot, though...any day now!

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The Mysterious Silver Rose. by Leenechan
The Mysterious Silver Rose., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

If there's one complaint I have against "Silver Shadows," it's that the flowers are often flat rosettes instead of hybrid tea shaped. This one looks pretty good, though--and pretty silver!

I am in awe of this customized Frankie I received in the mail last week. She's a Dead Tired Frankie Kristen rerooted with Dollyhair saran in Cupcake Pink and Cotton Candy Pink, and repainted by Retrograde Works. I hadn't originally intended on having this girl repainted, but her eyepaint was damaged in the rerooting process. That kind of thing usually doesn't happen when Kristen rerooted these dolls, but DT Frankie's eyes seem to be abnormally sticky. Now I feel like a whole world has been opened up to me. Isn't she beautiful?

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Rochelle's big ol' face. by Leenechan
Rochelle's big ol' face., a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

I bet that rerooting Rochelle Goyle would be quite a project!

Still, I can't help but wonder how she'd look with the hair colors reversed: mostly blue with hot pink streaks? Even if it were just a matter of restoring her hair with higher quality saran, anything has to be better than this frizz.

I'm thinking of asking Kristen to reroot my Operetta. That gorgeous face deserves hair to match. I'd probably be indebted to her for the rest of my life, though. ::snickers:: I wonder how she'd look with dark purple hair, no bangs and curly?

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Those white bleeding hearts have been hanging around for a long time!

Kristen rerooted this Dead Tired Draculaura for me a little while ago. Her hair is Snow White, Platinum White and Mint Ice. All scraps left over from other projects, but isn't she sweet?

I had to repaint the lips on this doll, too. She came with such a cute face, but her lip paint was damaged. Originally I had wanted to go wacky and give her green lips, but once I started to apply the paint I thought it looked ugly. So I wiped them again and repainted her lips in Dark Victorian Rose, just like I did with that Day at the Maul Draculaura that Kristen sold a few months ago.

Except this doll is cuter. Because she's not Day at the Maul Draculaura.

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Reach out and grab it! by Leenechan
Reach out and grab it!, a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

I know that white lilies are the traditional flowers of Easter, but I like poppies better.

I've never posted this rerooted Dead Tired Ghoulia here before, have I? Kristen did her for me in Restoredoll saran in Ash Brown and Cotton Candy. She has a slightly wonky eye, but I think she's lovely!

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"Such wind!" by Leenechan
"Such wind!", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

I love the way that Cleo is glaring at that flyaway tinsel with complete and utter disgust...XD

Kristen sewed this dress last night while I played Sora no Kiseki on the PSP. She had originally intended it for Frankie, but I think it suits Cleo the best. I'm not really a fan of Cleo, but the Dead Tired version is a very pretty girl.

Kristen isn't 100 percent happy with the way the dress turned out, but I like it very much. Besides, I've seen the crap that passes itself as Cleo de Nile's fashion pack.

I left her arm bandage on because if Cleo takes off all her wrappings, she'll crumble to dust. That's what she gets for being the daughter of a Mummy!

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I went out shopping today. I set foot inside a Toys R Us for the first time since 1999, and let me tell ya...I was not impressed. As far as Monster High dolls, all they had was a pile of Dead Tired Draculauras and Ghoulias, and one Sweet 1600 Frankie with a lovely face and messed-up bangs. She would have been a great reroot candidate if not for her $32.99 price tag.

So I retreated in defeat and turned to the Lalaloopsy aisle. They had all the Series One Littles, Silly Hair Bea Spells-a-Lot (not as cute as I thought, and $37.99!!), the big version of Forest Evergreen (cute, but not for me) and a handful of the dessert-themed minis. I ended up buying my very first mini Lalaloopsy, Cherry Crisp Crust. I doubt I'll make a habit of spending almost $8 for something my cat could swallow, but some of the minis are quite unique!

Then I checked Target. The only Monster High doll they had was one Skull Shores Ghoulia! They did, however, have all the Series Two Lalaloopsy Littles minus Pita Mirage, and let me tell ya...Trinket Sparkles was a lot cuter than I thought she'd be. So I bought her. ::sobs:: What the hell is wrong with me? I've been really attracted to pink things lately. I'm willing to crack heads for the full-sized version of Charlotte Charades, whenever she comes out...

I can't believe that I finally found that large crystal colorless decorating sugar--at Target, of all places! I'm going to sprinkle it on blueberry muffins, pumpkin bread, blueberry pie...I'm so thrilled that I don't have to order it from King Arthur flour, or something equally stupid.
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"Grow, I command you!" by Leenechan
"Grow, I command you!", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

...even though she was! XD

Here's my reward for reaching my eighth writing goal, Dead Tired Cleo de Nile. I only had to write twelve pages for her, but it felt like a lot because I've started using a college-ruled notebook.

I'm thinking of taking a week off from writing. I've been working non-stop since January 27th! I've written about 200 handwritten pages, which typed up I'm guessing is about 80 or 90. I'm having a hard time making grammatical sentences, and I'm constantly having to dig into my thesaurus to avoid using the same adjectives over and over and over... It's only natural that I'd start to burn out after a while.

I think I need to refresh myself with a good book. I don't remember the last time I've read one of those!


I think that my prologue chapter is turning into a novella. I'm just gonna ride the wave and see how it turns out. It might become Book One in a saga, after all!
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Howleen! by Leenechan
Howleen!, a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

It's Howleen Wolf! XD

I have her all thanks to an awesome LJ friend who surprised me by finding the Werewolf Sisters set about two days after I asked for it. I split the set with Kristen, so you'll see Clawdeen from her eventually.

People have complained about painting issues on this girl but I'm not seeing it. I guess I got a nice one! She's even cuter than I thought she'd be with her punkish look and spunky little face. Actually, her face is pretty big...

She's probably my favorite Monster High girl right now. Thanks again to my LJ friend (who will remain anonymous unless she wishes it otherwise!).

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No, she's not my work! XD

This Skull Shores Draculaura was rerooted for me by tsubasahome with Dollyhair saran in Violet Iris. I'm sure that most people would put her in a Gothic Lolita dress. I think the Newspaper Club outfit looks pretty cute on her!

She reminds me of a custom doll I did a loooong time ago. But don't worry, this girl is still Draculaura! That character was a horrid Mary Sue, and I would never inflict her on anyone ever again!

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"Get me outta here!" by Leenechan
"Get me outta here!", a photo by Leenechan on Flickr.

And she sure is bright! It's 2.0/School's Out Lagoona!

I sure did have to write a lot to earn the right to debox her. Hey, she's a rare doll!

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I've written sixteen pages toward my sixth goal. I haven't decided whether I should aim for the easier or harder target. I really want to debox that Lagoona! Other than the obvious idiocy of adding yet another doll to my already too-large collection, I can't really feel stupid about paying more than retail for her. 2.0 Lagoona is pretty much impossible to find. Plus, if I waited for a cheaper doll I might have ended up with one with defective face paint. I only saw one picture of a defective 2.0 Lagoona on flickr, and it was pretty terrifying.

Tonight we made a vegetable lasagna using the recipe from Cook's Illustrated's Italian Classics. For the veggies we used cremini mushrooms and rainbow chard. It was damn near perfect! I have to admit that at first the concept of a lasagna with mozzarella and no ricotta struck me as strange, but it really works! It was so much better than the crappy vegetable lasagna I've had in restaurants. One of them used broccoli as the main vegetable, and the dish was a nasty, waterlogged mess.

Kristen has been nursing a strange cold for past few days. It seems to have settled in her ears. I got it too, but I never progressed beyond the woozy/fatigued stage into the stuffy/sore throat congested ears stage. The same thing happened the last time there was an illness in the house. I never seem to get as sick as she does. I think it's because I'm on fire. On fire! XD

I put one of the extra gel refills Parker packages with their Jotter pens into an old red Jotter I found at the bottom of a drawer. It's a smooth, fast writer and doesn't transfer as much to your hand as the ballpoint cartridge, but it only works if you write in cursive. Maybe my mind and pen will work at the same speed for once...too bad I have really shitty penmanship...

The writing callus on my right ring finger is as big as a blueberry now. Yikes!
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Well, for the time being, at least. Unless I can find Howleen/Clawdeen for retail I'm not going to be able to get them for a looooong time. I just bought 2.0 a.k.a School's Out Lagoona off Amazon for twice her original price. Thankfully she came in perfect condition and is quite beautiful. Otherwise I'd have to put my hand through plate glass or something. XD

What's interesting to note about her is that unlike a lot of the Monster High dolls she's made in China, not Indonesia. So far the only lines that I've noticed were made in China are Dead Tired and Skull Shores. The made-in-China dolls usually don't have heads full of glue. I guess they're better quality? She appears to have the same facial screening as Dead Tired Lagoona, with the smaller, less droopy eyes and sterner expression. She has similiar makeup but is much, much prettier than Skull Shores Lagoona in my opinion. I'm really pleased with her, but I probably won't be able to debox her for a while. It'll just be sweeter that way, I suppose...
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Kristen finally listed her lovely rerooted Draculaura on eBay today. She was a lot of work, but I think she turned out great!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330698287119?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

I was very nervous about doing it, but Kristen had asked me from the start to repaint her lips. She had a small factory defect in her lip paint that she thought might bother prospective buyers. So repaint them I did...and I very nearly ruined her! I learned two very important lessons about customizing Monster High dolls today. 1). Always keep a bottle of 100% acetone in the house and 2). If you want to repaint the lips on a Monster High doll, you MUST REMOVE THE ORIGINAL PAINT FIRST!! This goes against the advice I received when I started repainting dolls XX amount of years ago. Don't worry about not having a guide for keeping the lips straight. Monster High dolls' lips are well defined. You'll figure it out. If you don't remove the original lip paint first, you'll get a horrible, chalky, splotchy, lumpy finish. Thank god Kristen didn't break my neck for messing up her doll's lips at first. She kept her cool and wiped the crap off with acetone. Painting the naked vinyl was so easy after that!

If the doll goes for her starting bid, Kristen will have made exactly $8 profit. Here's to hoping it goes higher! XD
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I was just about to sit down at the computer in my bedroom and write a nice intellectual blog post when Lucas came bouncing onto my bed with a toy mouse in his mouth. Too bad he didn't yell this time. He usually goes "Whoa whoa!" or "Ooooo!" or something. If I'm lucky, he'll growl. XD Silly kitty. Why does he have to be so bad? A few mornings ago he bit the hell out of my hand and then gave me the most loving expression ever.

He also has this really bad habit that he only indulges in when he feels truly dejected. I don't want to talk much about it...but I'll say that it involves his pink bear blanket, and for some reason he makes us watch.

I have a prize for my sixth writing goal! I traded 2.0 Draculaura to Kristen for this doll. She wasn't an expensive doll, so I'll be posting her soon enough. Kristen had bought her for a rerooting project, but she found her creepy looking. In the end, she got a nice Ghoul Spirit Ghoulia off eBay for a decent price, and had no use for this doll. I think she's pretty interesting! I don't find her hair too bad, so I won't have her rerooted.

I wonder how much luck I'm going to have finding that Howleen set. It seems that the dolls don't even come with stands. Argh...
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