10 Ways to Make Money

Are you a fan of BJDs but stuck admiring from afar?

If you have time to invest, I’ve come up with 10 ways to make money to help you afford the BJD hobby. I’m not saying they’re all fun, some can be downright boring, but money is money. 🙂

1. Get a Part-Time Job

Part time jobs can be no fun, but they can most certainly provide steady employment that adds up over time. If you are in school, part-time hours are perfect for after school and weekends. If you work full-time, adding a part-time job is a great way to make supplemental income.

2. Babysit / Dog Sit / Dog Walk

With summer here, parents are looking for daytime help to watch kids and/or pets. If you’re free during the day, or willing to give up evenings and weekends, parents are willing to pay.

Responsible babysitters are in high demand, and parents are struggling to find trusted sitters for their kids. And if you have any special certifications (CPR, First-Aid, etc.), they’re generally willing to pay a little bit more.

Summer is also a time when a lot of people take vacations, which means pets are generally left behind. Some would rather pay to have their fur-babies walked, fed, and played with at home than pay for kennel boarding.

3. Yard Work

Speaking of summer vacations – that’s also a great time to offer yard work services!

There are plenty of people who would rather pay someone else to do yard work for them than give up a full day doing it themselves.

4. Sell Unused Items

We all have ‘things’ we haven’t used in the past year. And if we haven’t used them in the past year, it could be time to let them go, don’t you think?

Facebook garage sale pages, Craigslist, pawn shops, consignment shops, garage sales – these are all fantastic ways to get rid of items while turning them into a bit of cash.

5. Start an Online Business

Do you have a special talent?

If you make physical goods (jewelry, soap, candles, plushies, etc.), Etsy, Amazon, and eBay are great places to sell items you’ve made.

If you would rather offer a service like web-site design (hey! I do that, too!), character illustrations, face-up commissions, etc., Facebook groups and DoA‘s marketplace (for doll-related services) are fantastic places to offer your services.

6. Donate Plasma

Get paid to donate your plasma!

Some facilities will pay up to $260 per month for you to donate your plasma on a weekly basis. There are, of course, guidelines that you have to meet in regards to age, weight, and ID, and please be responsible!

You can find locations near you to donate.

7. Face-Painting or Bake Sale

Craft shows are in full-swing as summer gets going. And most craft shows are happy to have family-friendly activities for kids to help keep them entertained at a relatively low cost.

Summer festivals are also great places to potentially offer these services. Just be sure to contact them first!

There may be a small fee to set up a booth, so keep that in mind when reaching out to shows and festivals in your area.

8. Enter Local Contests

Check out your local community events – chances are there is some sort of event with a cash prize. It could be a recipe competition, dog costume competition, art, poetry, government slogans, and more. Local fairs and festivals are great places to start looking.

9. Collect Deposits

Does your country or state have deposit fees on glass or tin cans?

Return these items for the refund and watch your savings grow! 5 cents doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but it can add up quick. Check with your neighbors and/or pick up litter around town… Many people can’t be bothered to take their recycling in – profit from their laziness!

10. Gifts

Do you ever receive money as gifts?If so, set it aside for your next dolly purchase.

Do you have a family OK with the idea of gifting money instead of items? Let them know what you are saving up for! Some family members are more than happy to contribute to something they know you will love rather than play a guessing game of what you might like.

You could even go so far as to set up a Paypal donation page so family and friends can contribute directly to your bank account.

Do you have any additional ways to make money to afford dolls or doll-related items? Let me know – I’d love to hear them!

Quiet Enjoyment or Loud & Proud?

When I first started in the BJD hobby, I was so excited; so obsessed! I spoke up and out, and I talked about these “omg super amaze-balls dolls!” whenever and wherever I could… to whomever would listen.

Meetups were arranged and attended – more frequently than not (much to my then-boyfriend/now-husband’s dismay). Dolls were brought to work (a coworker was even converted!), the fabric store, and even grocery shopping.

Photos were taken everywhere – outside our apartment, next to a pretty flower outside of work, under the shade of a tree in a shopping center, museums, aquariums, the zoo, stores… you name it, I probably took pictures there.

To be honest, I started the hobby very much in the “Loud & Proud” category.

Looking back on it, I made some amazing friends, and wouldn’t change my hobby’s start for anything. BJDs opened a door to a fun-loving, accepting, diverse community.

But lately I have been moving more and more into the “Quiet Enjoyment” category.

I still talk about dolls with my friends, but my dolls are no longer my profile photos/avatars, I don’t take them out with me just because, and I’m not one to pull them out in public places for photo ops. I DO, however, still enjoy talking about them, sewing for them, and taking quick Instagram snaps here & there.

Having been in the hobby for over 10 years, I am now quite content to collect them for my own enjoyment without forcing my collection on others. I will always love meeting new people in the hobby, but it’s not a ‘must do’ for me anymore.

What about you? Do you tend to quietly enjoy your dolls without telling many people you collect them? Or are you “loud and proud” – sharing your hobby with anyone and everyone who will listen?

BJD Measurements | Tinies!

Size charts for BJDs have been started, and the Tinies chart has been posted!

Check it out!

There is a ton of information! To view it all, you can scroll both left & right, and up & down.

If you’re looking for a specific company or size, use the search box on top of the measurement chart, and it will automatically filter what is displayed based on what is entered. Want to sort the chart? Simply click on a column header to sort by measurements, companies, or models.

I know several dolls and companies are missing from the chart. If you’d like to help fill them in, please send me a message with measurements of missing dolls/companies. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated!

In the meantime, the SD size chart has been started and should be posted soon. After that, the MSD chart will be started & posted. Keep an eye out for updates!

Hope the chart helps!

MIA

For the past year or so, my husband and I have been on quite the journey. We’re still here and we’re still alive!

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the direction Resin Melody has been going and what I would eventually like it to be. That means there will be some pretty big updates taking place over the next several months. 

Resin Melody as a blog will be shifting focus. Less about me, my sewing, and my own dolls… More about BJDs in general, the community, what’s new, and resources. 

I will be shifting my personal blogging to a new site, but I haven’t decided on a domain yet. Shop updates will still happen here, though. 

Which leads me to…

Resin Melody as a shop is still alive and kicking. We are on Etsy right now, but there are big plans for more this year!

I’m really excited for the upcoming changes! 

If there is anything specific you would like to see, please let me know!

Creativity and Timing

So do you ever find that your spark of creativity peaks at the most inopportune time?

I do. All. The. Time. *sigh*

Right now is actually one of those times…

Ever since my husband and I moved from the Chicago area to Minnesota, we have basically been living in one room. This has been crazy, yes, but not all bad.

The biggest struggle has been finding space to be creative while still being able to live in peace.

Over Memorial Day weekend, I was able to get our space more organized in order to be more productive. Yay!

While organizing, I came across some fabric I received from a friend (hi Chris!) who was more than happy to get it off her hands… Apparently she was not fond of the pattern? I love it!

Fabric

And I just knew it would make a super cute sundress.

2016-05-31

I’m thinking it’ll be really cute with an orange sweater/jacket/cardigan. I’m not sure exactly what I’ll put over it, but I think I have orange knit that will blend the flowers and lace together.

Going through some of my fabrics, I also came across this fantastic pale blue & white paisley/lace print fabric I snagged from my grandmother’s stash several years ago. I think it will also make super cute sundresses with a white or off-white lace trim.

BluePaisley

How adorable will that be? I mean, seriously – so cute!

Except… I’m leaving for my niece’s graduation tomorrow morning. And I will be gone for a week.

Creativity = yes! Timing = no! Darn it!