Time to catch up!

As usual I’m behind-ISH!



STELLA ORDER

I have lots of new things to tell you, I have been incredibly busy in the studio since I returned home to Mexico from chilly Alberta, Canada.

The work on Stellas went very well and she sold right out. I didn’t even get to keep one for myself, hoping to remedy that with the next preorder.

Speaking (or rather…typing) of that, it’s coming up! I am planning one for the end of January. Stella will be offered in my custom resin color, Winter Blush. It’s  lighter than the Desert Sand of the previous order dolls and equally as pretty.

Fullset dolls will come with a special limited edition outfit and handmade shoes especially for her.



GREAT STELLA STUFF

I LOVE creating for Stella!

I have been working on some designs for outfits and dress sets for our special girl.

Each outfit is carefully designed, sewn and hand dyed by me and then finished with all those tiny little details my collectors have grown to love and expect from me.

I will generally spend about 5 days making an outfit as I like to do the basic sewing and then let it sit a bit until I find just the perfect finishing touches, dying ribbons, making buttons etc….

NEW~ I am now designing shoes and boots for Stella, how exciting is that? I am having lots of fun with it with new designs rumbling in my head daily…actually nightly til about 3am to be more accurate 🙂

With the same love and attention to detail as goes into my outfits the new footwear is sure to please even the most discerning collector, made right here in my studio, one shoe at a time.

You can find all kinds of goodies in my Etsy shop as they are available. https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreamSodaBJD

 



PRINCESS~ STELLA’S STRAY BOY CAT

Since his debut with Stella at the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Show in Philadelphia last year Princess has captured the hearts of many including Stella.

Each stray kitty is sculpted by me in studio and no molds have been created of him. He has so far been released in my Etsy shop in 2 different poses and I hope to add a new pose each month as time permits.

He is the perfect size for MSD (16 inch) dolls. Do you have room for an adorable, loving stray in your home?

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreamSodaBJD



NEW FANTASY FUR COLORS COMING

I have been working on some great new colors to add to my selection of Tibetan Lamb fur, you are going to love these!

Fantasy colors, great for your mermaids, trolls or fun loving dollies.

I’m hoping to be finished these and have them in the shop about the end of January.

 

ALSO new for the shop are fur pieces cut specifically for making your own Stella wigs. These pieces come in a variety of different colors and will come with the pattern I designed and use for Stella. Easy to sew with just one seam. You can sew it either on a machine or by hand.

Available in my Etsy shop here https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreamSodaBJD

 



CHANGES TO HOW I SHIP

Ever since I arrived in Mexico shipping has been a big challenge.

The problem is that Mexican post is very slow and not always reliable as far as actually delivering.  I find that the postal service is great for inexpensive items like and they generally arrive anywhere in 3-6 weeks. I am not comfortable using the service for shipping dolls. So I experimented with shipping through Fed Ex which is super expensive here and generally costs about $150 to use. I resorted to paying half the shipping so my customers weren’t being surprised by a huge bill after saving up for a doll. Well it didn’t take long for my bill to take a toll either so onto my new solution…

I am now shipping once every week or 2 depending on how many orders I have, kind of group order style.

I address each order and prepay shipping using USPS and then put them all into a big box together which gets shipped to my courier in California (thanks Christopher). Once the box arrives in California all the parcels inside are taken to USPS and shipped on to you the collector.

It’s a bit more work on our end but it saves you guys a lot of money in shipping and takes no more time to arrive than it would if I had shipped directly to you through Mexican post…AND you get a tracking number!

SO if you are looking at ETSY and see that your item looks like it hasn’t shipped yet it’s because I’m waiting a few days for the box to get full, no worries I haven’t forgotten about your order.

Thanks for bearing with me everyone!

 

Stella Updates and my traveling studio

 

I have been way behind on posting updates here on the site, but have been managing to get them onto FaceBook for any of you that follow me there.

So here I am finally getting a chance to make a much needed post 🙂

I arrived in Canada from Mexico on August 25th to set up my temporary studio and get ready for the arrival of all the Preorder Stella’s.

My traveling companion, Tinker and I, and all of my STUFF has invaded the home of my great friends who don’t seem to mind me taking over the place with all my mess for a couple of months….thank goodness for excellent friends!

 

Come September 7th, it was just like Christmas day in the house when 3 tightly packed boxes of the girls arrived…woohooo! Finally it was time to get down to work, snipping, painting, sewing, there was fur flying I can tell you!

Blank dolls and faced up only dolls were the first to go out and I was able to get the bulk of them shipped off to their new homes last week.

Rave reviews from collectors are already coming in….I love you guys!

I have all of the wigs sewn, most of the clothes for fullset outfits done and dyed and will be sending out more Paypal invoices this weekend for shipping.

 

Any Fullset dolls that were ordered directly from my website will be going out next. Then all the dolls ordered through the Denver Doll Emporium store will be shipped. Last but certainly not least will be the 3 one of a kind dolls that were purchased.

I will be wrapping up here and heading back home to Mexico October 27th. By then It’s going to be getting way too cold here in Alberta for this girl and her trusty chihuahua.

I am hoping to make a few of Stella’s stray cats, Princess available before I have to leave if time permits.

I do plan on being back again in March with Stella’s new little brother Ethan to do a bit of work on our way to The Quinlan Doll and TeddyBear show in Philadelphia April 12-14 /2018

Meanwhile there are shoes and eyes available for Stella in my Etsy shop and I’ll be adding some clothing there as I can.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreamSodaBJD

Back to work!

 

 

 

Boudoir Catrinas

Off and on over the past year I have been working on an idea for my version of a Catrina doll, quite unlike the traditional Catrina.

Here in Mexico the Catrina doll is a character that has become a part of the big celebration Dia de los Muertos.

La Catrina as we know her originated with Jose Guadalupe Posada, considered the father of Mexican printmaking. Born in 1852.

Since her beginnings in illustrations of political and social satire during times of revolution, Catrina has moved into a role of literal and metaphorical poster child for the Day of the Dead, symbolizing the joy of life in the face of its inevitable end.

Now La Catrina is the beloved grand dame of Mexico’s dance with death 365 days a year, appearing in movies, drawings, sculpture and taking on such roles as mermaids, brides and the all-around icon of celebrations.

The dolls will be on display at the boutique gallery Lujo Lifestyle in Bucerias, Mexico and will be sold through my Etsy shop and Facebook.

If you are interested in purchasing one please contact me here through the contact us form or facebook. Fully poseable she about 14 inches tall to the top of her head and 19 inches including her hair. She can be displayed on or off her custom doll stand.

ETSY shop

FaceBook

The Maribel sculpt was originally done in paper clay and then cast by myself in white resin. Please note that these artist casts are not perfect and may have a bubble or 2. I have incorporated any imperfections into the design of the doll so they look like they are supposed to be there. It actually worked out beautifully making the resin look porous in places like naturally aged bone.

Maribel comes with her own custom stand and her mask of her former alive self. Her custom wig is made of wool with metal decorations and finished with an amethyst and crystals. I made the wig with magnets so it is detachable for easy shipping.

The stockings and shoes are painted on,  and her clothing and eyes are not removable.

All the jewellery, clothes and tiny details were also made especially for this doll.

SOLD

“The days of the Dead” is a time of celebration which refers to the Days of October 31 – November 2. October 31 is Halloween or All Hallows eve. November 1 is “el Dia de los innnocentes” or the day of the children and All Saints Day. November second is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. During this time candles, flowers and the favorite foods of the deceased are placed on the grave and the family visits, eats, sings and tells favorite stories about those who have passed.
Altars are usually decorated with flowers, candles, pan de muerto, ceramic skulls, and most importantly pictures of loved ones.
Drinks should be placed in the altar to quench the thirst of the dead after their long journey back home.
Salt is considered the spice of life and is one the staples that are often left at the altar.

The rituals used to celebrate the day are varied and colorful. Yet, all carry the same message, celebrating the day of the dead is a true celebration of life.

Here are some pictures of her progress. I am also working on 2 more one of a kind dolls in this series.

 

 

 

 

New items in the Etsy shop

Cute little buckle shoes for Stella in black, brown and red are now in my Etsy shop in limited quantities. These also fit nicely on most yosd feet.

Inside shoe measurements: 4cm long x 1.6cm wide

 

 

You can also find all the new colors of Tibetan lamb for wig making there. As always beautiful colors with hair 5-7 inches long on thin, seamless leather backing. Lots of sizes from 2×2 to 8×8 inches

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreamSodaBJD

 

 

 

Stella preorder SOLD OUT….Watch for more exciting news for Stella coming SOON!

The DOLLS magazine “debut of dolls” issue just came out. Stella has an article in it and I’ve had several inquiries about ordering her.

I do have a few extra dolls I was holding back for upcoming shows that I am going to release now so that the collectors just receiving Stella’s advertising now get a chance to bring her home as well.

**These dolls will be shipping starting August along with the regular preorder dolls.

Anyone that is a new collector of my work please consider signing up for the periodic newsletter. Stella has a little brother in the works and a couple of friends as well as some one of a kind stray cats. The newsletter is a great way to be one of the first to hear all the new news!

Open only until 12 dolls are sold out.


My newest cutie pie is 40cm tall with an oversized head
and 18 points of articulation.

I can hardly wait to see what everyone does with this expressive little girl.

Delivery of dolls will start about 60-90 days after the end of preorder.
Time varies depending on how busy the casting house is.  I have no control over this.

*** PayPal buttons are below ***

Blank doll  –  $595.00
Faceup
doll – $665.00, 
Fullset doll – $895

Options:

Hand blushing with french manicure and body blushing – $40, Joint sueding in neck, hips and shoulders – $25 (both options are included in the fullset)

(All pricing is in US Dollars.)

The doll shown is a sample of the default faceup by CreamSoda BJD.

I will be painting each faceup similar to this
You have the option WITH freckles or NO freckles.

If you prefer your girl has just a few freckles just let me know with the contact us form below

Sorry I don’t have any pictures of her without freckles.

(click on any image above to see a larger version)

Fullset outfit choices

Please mention in the Paypal box which outfit option you would like.

There are 3 choices. Please note these don’t come with shoes but Stella will fit most yosd shoes.

I have a limited number of pairs (maryjanes like shown with option B & C photos) and will be putting what I have in my Etsy shop starting the end of May along with more wigs and outfits.

Style A – Tea dyed top, short bloomers and socks (laces and trims may differ slightly)

Style B -Tea dyed one piece pocketed play pants and socks (laces and trims may differ slightly)

Style C -Tea dyed dress with short bloomers and socks (laces and trims may differ slightly)


Preorders include:

  • Stella by CreamSoda BJD
  • Random color glass eyes
  • Padded satin doll bag
  • Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the artist
  • Artist made outfit and natural fur wig if you have chosen the fullset option
  • Shipping NOT included (Paypal invoices will be sent when dolls are ready to ship)

Stella will be cast in my “Desert Sand” resin,
a beautiful normal skin with peachy undertones.


Pay in full, or use one of our Layaway plans to spread across 2 or 3 payments!

As with most exclusive limited production dolls, please note deposits or payments are non-refundable.
Read our purchase and layaway conditions here.

Shipping invoices will be sent via Paypal once the dolls are ready to come home.
We expect $25-$35 in Canada $35-45 USA and $60-75 elsewhere.

Stella takes a size 11 wig, and can wear 26mm or 28mm eyes.

Shoulder to crotch 5″/13cm

leg length (crotch to floor) 7″/17.5cm

around bust 4.75″/12cm

outside shoulder to shoulder 3″/7.5cm

around waist 4.75″/12cm

around hips 7″/17.5cm

She can wear a lot of yo-sd clothes except pants with legs will be too short. A yo-sd dress will fit Stella like a long top and looks great with a pair of pumpkin pants. She also wears yo-sd shoes but can also stand in slim MSD shoes.

After May, I will be stocking the Etsy shop with some
other clothes, shoes and wigs for Stella, stay tuned!!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CreamSodaBJD/

If you order any I can ship them to you with your doll.

Body shots and size comparison


Click on picture to see full-screen version!

You can see Stella’s gallery here: http://creamsodabjd.com/stella-gallery/ 


 

 

Thank you for supporting my work and helping to “keep the dust flying”! Big dolly hugs to everyone ^_^   ~ Rhonda 

Have a question? I can help

Stella Preorder is closed

A big thanks to everyone that adopted Stella!

I will be making updates as I get them from the casting house. I expect to be starting to ship her in August.

Princess her stray cat will have updates as well as I get new ones sculpted.

 

If you missed Stella’s preorder I will have a few extra but don’t expect them to last long please send me a message if you would like to bring her home.

 

You can see more pictures in Stella’s gallery http://creamsodabjd.com/stella-gallery/