Dolly Drama…? Chicago & Vinyl

When I attended the meet up in Minnesota earlier this month, it came to my attention that the Chicago group has a reputation for being “Anti-DD” and “Anti-Vinyl”. This makes me so sad..

While there may not be a large collector-base in the Chicago area of vinyl BJD, there is definitely an appreciation for them. Or rather, I’m not aware of a large collector-base in the Chicago area for vinyl BJD, but apparently that could just be because they feel like they are not welcome…?

That just makes me so sad!

Personally? I love the look of DD! And my first girl was a vinyl Obitsu 60cm Gretel, so I also have affection for the Obitsus. Unfortunately, what I don’t love about them is how easily they stain, which leads to my extreme dislike for how difficult they are to clean.

Those 2 things, though, don’t mean I don’t like them. It just means I’m not crazy about owning them! I love looking at others’ collections, and love oogling the pretties! I really wish I could be happy owning vinyl dolls.. especially since I think they are so adorable!

I mean, seriously, how adorable was Lily??

This was the 2nd version of my Obitsu Gretel, Lily. She was painted by an amazing artist who no longer does face-up commissions. She is one that I do miss… she was adorable!

The first version of Lily had my very first face-up ever! She was the doll that got me into customizing. And she was the one who taught me just how quickly vinyl can stain…

There’s a reason she had a purple “mask”… 😉 When I first attempted her faceup, I used chalk pastels as directed. However, I did not understand the need for proper sealant. Unfortunately, this left very large, extremely uneven eyebrows stained on her forehead. So I did the next best thing – I covered it up with purple paint.. Clever, right? That actually became fairly ingrained in her character. Totally by accident, but still loved her!

At one point, Lily also had the Obitsu 60cm body. This body almost instantly had staining. I was so used to cleaning resin, that I just could not fathom why in the world it was so hard to remove stains from vinyl. Once I read up more about vinyl and proper care, I realized I would either a) need to just be OK with stains, b) figure out how to do the oxy-clean & sunlight cleaning method, and/or c) stick with resins.

I have chosen to stick with resin dolls for the time being. That’s not to say it will be forever… But for right now it’s just one more way I can (attempt to) control the size of my collection.

All of that being said, it seriously makes me so sad that there are folks out there who do not feel comfortable sharing their dolls with the Chicago community. I have always known the entire group to be extremely accepting and friendly towards all collectors, and I really hope the vinyl BJD collectors give them another chance.

So if you are a vinyl BJD collector in the Chicago area – please come to meets! We love all the dollies and want everyone to feel welcome!

BJD Naming Woes

Have you ever gotten a doll that you absolutely fell in love with, but simply cannot figure out a name?

That happens to me more often than I would like to admit. I have dolls that have been nameless for 6 months or more! >.< And while I could just keep the sculpt name, that just doesn’t feel right to me.

Since my dolls are not characters based off of a pre-existing story, I usually end up trying to name them as they arrive.

Currently, I have one new arrival and another on the way that will need names soon.. Below are just a few things I look at, or think about, when I’m trying to decide on a name.

Usually what I try to do is think about how their character feels to me –

  • If the doll is a girl: is she a girly-girl? Tomboy? Does she like modern clothes? Fluffy dresses? or is she comfortable in anything?
  • If the doll is a boy: is he a macho-man? Metro? Flamboyant? Just like to dress in comfy clothes? Dressy clothes? or again – comfortable in anything?

Answering some of those questions helps me when I’m trying to think of names.

The other thing I do, sometimes, is think about what I’m interested in, either in general as a long standing interest or a new-found favorite. For example, I love playing my violin and music has always been a huge part of my life. I have a newer doll (not yet here on the website) that is named Gretta; short for Allegretta which is a play on the music term Allegretto. In all honesty, I have one of my girls (Chiyo) who is named after Chiyo in Azumanga Daioh because she has brown pig-tails, and at the time I had just finished watching Azumanga Daioh (again).

If you are looking for an anime-ish name – what are your favorite animes? That may help give some ideas for names.

And don’t be afraid to combine parts of names and/or make up new ones!

Once I have a few name ideas (if I still can’t decide), I like to check out their meanings on baby name websites to see if the meaning of a name may match the personality of the doll.

How do you decide on a name? Any tips & tricks for others? Feel free to leave a comment!

Here’s hoping these 2 new girls don’t take me 6 months to name! 😉

Let the brainstorming begin!

~ Tiarah =^.^=

Descriptions & Colors

When I am writing descriptions, I always find it difficult to remember alternative color names to the standard ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet), Brown, Black, & White.

While browsing the Unofficial Etsy Forums, I came across a post with synonyms of other colors. I thought this information was great and decided to share. As I come across new synonyms, I will be sure to add them to the list. If you have any to share, feel free to leave a comment! 🙂


  • brick
  • burgundy
  • cardinal
  • carmine
  • cerise
  • cherry
  • coral
  • flushed
  • fuchsia
  • garnet
  • geranium
  • magenta
  • maroon
  • pink
  • rose
  • rust
  • salmon
  • scarlet
  • wine

  • apricot
  • brass
  • copper
  • melon
  • gold
  • dark orange
  • orange peel
  • tangerine
  • carrot orange
  • burnt orange

  • amber
  • bisque
  • blond
  • buff
  • chrome
  • cream
  • gold
  • ivory
  • lemon
  • saffron
  • sand
  • tawny
  • canary
  • champagne
  • citrus
  • honey
  • straw
  • sunshine


  • emerald
  • apple
  • aquamarine
  • blue-green
  • chartreus
  • fir
  • forest
  • grass
  • green-blue
  • jade
  • kelly
  • lime
  • malachite
  • moss
  • olive
  • pea
  • peacock
  • pine
  • sage
  • sea green
  • spinach

  • sky
  • royal
  • cobalt
  • indigo
  • navy
  • cerulean
  • teal
  • sapphire
  • turquoise
  • aqua
  • ultramarine
  • azure
  • periwinkle
  • cyan

  • amethyst
  • blue-violet
  • bluish red
  • lavender
  • lilac
  • magenta
  • mauve
  • mulberry
  • orchid
  • periwinkle
  • plum
  • pomegranate
  • violet wine fuchsia plum


  • blush
  • hot pink
  • coral
  • fuchsia
  • rose
  • salmon

  • amber
  • auburn
  • bay
  • beige
  • bister
  • brick
  • bronze
  • buff
  • burnt sienna
  • chesnut
  • chocolate
  • cinnamon
  • cocoa
  • coffee
  • copper
  • ginger
  • hazel
  • henna
  • khaki
  • mahogany
  • nut
  • rust
  • sepia
  • tan
  • terra-cotta
  • umber
  • brunette
  • chocolate

  • charcoal
  • coal
  • ebony
  • jet
  • obsidian
  • onyx
  • pitch
  • raven
  • midnight
  • ink

I hope it helps in the case of any description woes you encounter!

~ Tiarah =^.^=