Mitsuwa Meetup Feb 21 – ChitownDollz

ChitownDollz had a meetup on February 21. I wasn’t able to make it until later in the evening, so I think I missed a bunch of people who were there earlier.

I was so happy I went! There were a few people there who are returning to the hobby after several years of littleย to no activity. ๐Ÿ˜€

There were only a few dolls left when I got there, so there aren’t too many pictures this time…

We’ll be at KaroshiCon!

We’ll be at KaroshiCon this year in the Artist Alley. We’re hoping to get a panel as well (hosted by ChitownDollz), but at the very least, come see us in the alley!

KaroshiCon is a FREE anime convention located at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Find out more, pre-register, and make plans to spend the day with us here!

We can’t wait to kick off our convention season with such a great event.

The deets:
What: KaroshiCon
When: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Cost: FREE
Where: Holmes Student Center at the NIU Campus
1425 W Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL 60115

Join Us at Mitsuwa – February 21

ChitownDollz will be having a meet up at Mitsuwa on Saturday, February 21, 2015 โ€“ join us for good food, fun, and dollies!

Mitsuwa Marketplace
100 East Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Weโ€™ll be there starting around 3pm, and most likely will have people there until closing.

Souldoll Soulkid Aru

Back in 2011 (I think!) I inquired with one of our local doll collectors about an old SoulDoll Aru she was selling, and was the recipient of amazing generosity!

At the time, I received a 2003 or 2004 (not 100% sure) SoulKid Aru from one of our local collectors – for FREE! Aru was discontinued prior to 2005, and was definitely showing some age. She was pretty yellowed and needed a new face up for sure.

You may recall my grand plans to do some heavy modding to make her into an automaton (this post). And while I would have loved to move forward with that plan, I had bigger plans for this girl instead.

My sister has been getting more and more interested in BJD over the past several years, but has never been able to pull the trigger to get one of her own.

When she would show me pictures of dolls she liked, I started to notice a trend of slightly pouty girls – not too sad, but definitely with a slight pout. I realized this was the same sort of look SoulKid Aru has.

It took a bit of courage to finally attack her with acetone to finish cleaning her up. Whatever sealant SoulDoll used back in the day was definitely meant to stay!

I then packed her up and took her with me to Minnesota when I went a couple of weeks ago.

In the meantime, I had ordered eyes and elastic so I could finish her. These items were due to arrive that same week I was in MN so the plan was to finish her up and give her to my sister when we met for lunch.

Yeah – the post office hates me. Kind of.

The items arrived the day I left to come back to Illinois. So my sister did not get her that week. She didnโ€™t know about her, though, so no biggie. Just a bit of frustration on my end.

So I came back to Illinois, finished her up, and mailed her to my sister. It was so tempting to keep her! She turned out soo cute! But my sister deserves her more and I couldnโ€™t wait for her to get her.

And, after all that, I can present Lalee!

Lalee - SoulKid Aru

And her faceup a bit closer up…

TL;DR: Got a doll for free (OMG). Abandoned my original plans to mod her and gave her to my sister instead. Sister loves her. ๐Ÿ˜€

Not Attending ChitownDollz Mega Meet

Iโ€™ve recently found out I will not be able to attend the ChitownDollz Winter Mega Meet – so sad!

But Iโ€™ll actually be heading to Minnesota that week to spend time with my mom.

When Iโ€™m in Minnesota, Iโ€™m really hoping I can get a surprise for my sister completed. There are a few things that need to be ordered, but they should arrive on time.

Hopefully everyone has a fantastic time! I will miss seeing everyone, but family comes first. And letโ€™s be honest – Iโ€™m super excited to be able to get home to spend time with family. ๐Ÿ˜€

If you can attend, don’t forget to register! Registration will be closing soon!