Mich is a moderator over in the Offbeat Bride Tribe. She’s come to Offbeat Home to share her new hobby.
I originally discovered Blythe dolls somewhere on the internet many years ago and lusted after them (but not their price tag! These dolls sell on eBay anywhere from $130 to $2500.)
I just LOVED everything about them: their big oversized heads, colour-changing eyes, endless combinations of hair colours and styles, the amazing outfits people dress them in — and the best thing is the photography!
People dress up their dolls in great outfits and then pose them places — outdoors, indoors, famous landmarks — to look like the dolls are real and enjoying a day out and stopping to pose for a photo.
This obsession-from-afar continued until a couple of months ago. I was again searching through Blythe websites and pinning soooo many images to my pinterest when I discovered Blybe dolls on eBay. Now, I don’t want to get into a debate about the ethics of purchasing a clone doll: it was $40, and the perfect entrance for me to practice customization like sanding down her face, giving her new makeup, and rerooting hair before I shell out a few hundred dollars on a real Blythe doll.
So I ordered my doll on eBay. I waited and waited for the international postage, and she arrived one day with her shocking pink hair, green/blue/pink/orange eyes, and the cutest little face ever.
I’ve made so many clothes for her and LOVE taking her picture. My husband thinks I’m crazy — just wait ’til he finds out that the doll will be coming on our honeymoon with us, complete with a new Hawaii vacation wardrobe!
Despite being JUST dolls, I think the girls are so expressive. I think it’s all in the eyes. Depending on their clothes, they can really show a personality in the pictures! Other people may find it crazy, but I love my new girl.
If you’ve got Blythe dolls, let’s band together! Post a link to your photos in the comments. Oh — and one more thing: my girl still needs a name. Any suggestions?