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Interview with vendor MforMonkey

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Name: Maria
Shop: MforMonkey
Website: http://www.mformonkey.com

Could you please introduce yourself to all BCEU attendees?
Hello there! My name is Mary and I love crafting more than anything else. I’m living my dream job, working full time creating doll clothes and tiny dollies.

I wish for my doll clothes to be realistic but also fun and easy to wear. I love making things that can be mix and match with other clothes to create unique looks for your dolls.

How and when did you join the Blythe community?
I met them at Bologna’s children book Fair in 2002, they had a booklet of Gina Garan’s book at Hasbro’s stall. It was an instant love crush.  I got my first Blythe back in February 2004 and joined the forums around a year later.

Why did you start customizing / sewing / crafting?
I’ve been crafting all my life, ever since I was a kid I loved playing with clay and play dough, making tiny creatures or items. I also enjoyed drawing and painting. I began sewing for Blythe right away after receiving my first doll. Her name is Caroline and she was an SBL Velvet Minuet that I still keep. Mostly started like many back then trying out Bratz and Barbie clothes but couldn’t find anything that I really liked and it was not as easy as nowadays to find cute clothes for them, so I started making my own clothes.

Thanks to that first step I began taking sewing and pattern making classes at a civic centre in 2004. This lead to decide becoming a seamstress so I entered ‘Escola de la Dona’ here in Barcelona in 2006. I have my amazing teachers to thank for everything I learned and all the wonderful classes I took there.

MforMonkey was created in January 2006 with my first crochet hoodie custom order. Back then I was sewing clothes only for my own girls and it wasn’t until a year later that I started taking custom orders for clothes as well.

I’ve been customising since I got my first Blythe too, but so sporadically that I still have lots to learn. 🙂

Where do you find your inspiration?
Mostly from movies or TV series costumes, books, images that strike you and send your imagination to fly, some contemporary clothes I like. Fabrics talk to me at shops too, sometimes they will give you an idea for an outfit right on the spot. I also like starting from a period costume and turn it into something more close to today’s everyday wearing (like with the Keats pants). Everything can be a source of inspiration if your eyes are open and you let yourself be surprised by the small things around you.

What will you offer us in your stall?
Some Lederhosen sets, as well as some new cape sets are on the sewing table right now. I’m also working on more Woodland themed outfits, like the Bear sets and some MiniCamille’s too.

Lastly, could you tell us about your next projects?
I’m currently working on the Mushroom set for BCEU’s exhibition. There are some ideas for new sets I hope to finish too, and then start preparing BCUK’s clothes!

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Interview Raisa Kettunen from Pinkkis

Name: Raisa Kettunen
Shop name: Pinkkis
www.etsy.com/shop/pinkkis
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Could you please introduce yourself to all BCEU attendees?
Hello! My name is Raisa. I’m from Finland. This is my third year being obsessed with Blythe, but my very first convention. I’m very excited to meet you all! I can’t wait to see all the amazing dolls and doll clothes and other doll-related items you have. Hopefully you’ll like my Blythe Sleepsack Carriers also!

How and when did you join the Blythe community?
I was posting pics on Flickr and noticed there was an American lady living here in Helsinki who was also into Blythe. So I contacted her and she arranged a meet for local collectors. Later I figured out my first contact was the one and only Eurotrash!

Why did you start customizing / sewing / crafting?
I’ve been sewing and crafing for years before I was into dolls. So it was only natural to keep doing that with Blythe as well. My main craft at the moment is sewing carry cases for dolls. Occasionally I make doll clothes as well, but mainly for my own amusement. I also spend a lot of time with my dollhouse, which I’m very proud of. 🙂

Where do you find your inspiration? Fabric! Beautiful and interesting fabric inspires me. Also things that I find interesting; at the moment; I’m into Twin Peaks, which shows in the pictures I’ve been taking and also in the fabrics I choose.

What will you offer us in your stall?
Mostly it’ll be the Blythe Sleepsack Carriers–my very own invention. The carry cases feature a cutout for the doll’s face that you can also cover when needed. I’ll also have some cosmetic and pencil cases made from Blythe fabric and Wubba Chiken and Pull Ring earrings.

Lastly, could you tell us about your next projects?
Right now I’m working on four fluffy sleepsacks and four animal sleepsack. I’m working on new animal shapes and I have to say so far so good! And I just can’t wait to finish those to be able to focus on my Twin Peaks-inspired Sleepsack–it’s going to be awesome!

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Meet vendor: Lovalizious

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Name: Lisette
Shop name: Lovalizious
Link: www.lovalizious.etsy.com www.lovalizious.blogspot.com www.flickr.com/photos/lovalizious

You can also find me on Facebook, just search for ‘Lovalizious’!

Could you please introduce yourself to all BCEU attendees?
Hello lovelies! My name is Lisette, 26 years old and from the Netherlands. Can you imagine how excited I was when I first heard BlytheCon 2014 would be held in my own country? I can’t wait to meet you all there! On normal weekdays I work as a physiotherapist, but during my free time I love to be crafty and create stuff. Even though I’ve had my Lovalizious Etsy-shop for quite some years now, this will be my first year as a BlytheCon vendor.

How and when did you join the Blythe community?
About 5 years ago I joined Flickr. I taught myself how to crochet, and was looking for an online community to share my newfound passion. On Flickr, I made new friends and found lots of inspiration, help and advice. It didn’t take long before I stumbled upon a picture of ‘that silly big-eyed doll’ for the very first time. Seemingly people found some kind of purpose in these ‘Blythes’ for their crocheted, knitted and sewn creations. Even though I found the idea of dolls for adults a bit weird in the beginning, I quickly succumbed and adopted my own first (secondhand) Blythe: a Birdie Blue (how could I have known that SBL’s would be such a drama to customize?!).  During the following years my dolly-family growed quite a bit (with both Blythes and bjd’s). I learned to sew, knit and customize and my photography-skills improved due to lots of practice, taking pictures of my plastic girls.

 Why did you start customizing / sewing / crafting?
I think my answer to the previous question already explains this a bit. But the big ‘why?’? I don’t know…crafting is like breathing to me (just like reading books!), a second nature. I feel amputated when I don’t have the ability to craft. If it weren’t Blythes, it would probably be something else (and not all my crafts are doll-related), but like I already said: I just found a fun and inspiring purpose in my dolls for my creations, and I like being part of the worldwide community that comes with them!

Where do you find your inspiration?
When it comes to my dolls, I have quite a colorful and casual style, that’s not very girlish or feminime. I like hoodies for example, or baggy pants, and girls with naughty faces. For inspiration I like to look at (read: drool over) pictures of dolls, but also of real people. I love to browse through Flickr and Pinterest (I spend wáy too many hours there!) to collect favorites and form inspiration boards. It’s a challenge to make my own unique items (inspired but not copied), that represent Lovalizious and bring a little bit of joy, color and fun into the (dolly) world. Oh, I’m also really inspired by fabrics with lovely prints! And yarns…they can really make my fingers itch and boost my creativity. For color schemes (for dyeing my own yarn and roving) I like to look at artwork and illustrations, as well as (pictures of) nature. I guess I find inspiration in lots of places 🙂

What will you offer us in your stall?
You will find Blythe clothes and accesories in sewn, knitted and crocheted form at my stall. I will also have some batches of mohair and alpaca for reroots. These batches are hand dyed (dip-dyed, highlights, lowlights…you name it!) using high-quality acid dyes, and combed through, so you can start rerooting right away! I will probably also bring some finished reroots. This won’t be all though, there will be more! Just come and take a look at my stall, I will be thrilled to meet you 🙂

Lastly, could you tell us about your next projects?
The dyeing of natural fibers (like alpaca and mohair) is still quite new to me. I’m having a blast experimenting with it! I hope to make some very special batches for Blythecon, with interesting color schemes. I’m also planning on spinning some nice art yarns, to make a couple of unique and structured beanies and berets. Spinning yarn is something that really satisfies me, and I’m looking for ways to combine that with my Blythes. Lastly, there’s lots of sewing on my to-do list. Hoodies, sweaters, leggings, skirts…time to get busy!

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