Collection Close-Up: Once Upon a Time Inspired Mary Margaret/Snow Pullip

A while back, I made it a goal to create a Once Upon a Time inspired Pullip collection.  Last year, I showcased my Emma Swan. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Mary Margaret aka Snow White. Mary Margaret is played by actress Ginnifer Goodwin in the hit TV show.

OUAT Inspired Mary Margaret/Snow Pullip

Once Upon a Time chronicles the lives of storybook characters who were cursed by the Evil Queen to live in a ‘world without magic’ known as Storybrooke, Maine.  Mary Margaret is Snow White’s Storybrooke identity.

Ginnifer Goodwin, Screenshot from Pilot

Ginnifer Goodwin, Screenshot from Pilot

Promo image, ABC

Promo image, ABC

The first thing I needed for this custom was the perfect stock face. I found that in the Roman Holiday Pullip.  Her dark eyes and pale skin tone lent itself perfectly to the character.

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

OUAT Inspired Mary Margaret/Snow Pullip

Her stock wig was practically perfect, as well, though it’s not 100% screen accurate. Roman Holiday has a short hairdo, styled with high, tight curls in the back and short bangs in the front.

It’s not exactly Mary Margaret’s boy cut, but I can live with it for now.  In a way, it’s a nice call back to Mary Margaret’s Enchanted Forest look. Ideally, I would like to find the stock wig for Sabrina, another Audrey Hepburn inspired Pullip, because that wig looks like it could be perfect.

OUAT Inspired Mary Margaret/Snow Pullip

The outfit fell into my lap. Like my Emma Swan custom, I thought it would be best to hire someone on Etsy to make a screen accurate outfit for this Pullip. While searching Etsy for possible designers, I stumbled upon a complete outfit that was perfect for Mary Margaret. It was designed by SquishTish. I wasn’t disappointed in the least!

OUAT Inspired Mary Margaret/Snow Pullip

While it isn’t an exact copy of anything specific, the style is on point with the character, with the stylish cape jacket, colorful sweater and skinny pants. Originally, this outfit came with a white tank top, but I switched that out to this striped shirt to fit the Pullip stock body better. The outfit was originally designed for an obitsu body, but even with teflon tape, the head was way too wobbly for me to replace the stock body for this custom. Mary Margaret was seen wearing very similar outfits to this in the past, especially in season 1. The shoes were purchased at Puddle 2015.

OUAT Inspired Mary Margaret/Snow Pullip

I’m very happy with how this Mary Margaret inspired Pullip turned out. I think she looks great. I’m not sure who my next Once Upon a Time custom will be, but I do hope to get to it soon. Creating these Pullips has been so much fun so far!

OUAT Inspired Mary Margaret/Snow Pullip

OUAT Inspired Mary Margaret/Snow Pullip


Video debut below:

Have you created a doll inspired by a TV or movie recently? Who? What do you think of this custom Mary Margaret? Are you a fan of Once Upon a Time? Who’s your favorite character? Leave your thoughts in the comment area.

August 1, 2015. Tags: , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 3 comments.

New Re-Root: Little Miss No Name

A while back, I purchased a lot of two dolls.  One of the dolls was a Suzie Sad Eyes and the other was a Little Miss No Name.  Both needed a little TLC, especially in the hair department.  I showed off Suzie’s new hairdo a few months back.  Now, it’s time to reveal Little Miss No Name’s transformation!

If you’re unfamiliar with this doll, I suggest checking out my Dolly Report.  Here’s the quick run through– Little Miss No Name was produced by Hasbro back in 1965.  She wasn’t the most popular doll on the market.  You either loved her or hated her.  Because of her lack of popularity, she was only out for a year.  There are a few different versions of this doll.  Some came with a tear.  Some came without a tear.  They were all, however, decked out with short, blonde hair.

My Little Miss No Name was pretty short on hair when she arrived at my doorstep.  I wasted very little time in ordering a few hanks of hair from Dollyhair.  Taking out her original hair plugs was a bit of a hassle, but isn’t it always?

LMNN without hair

I definitely didn’t want to re-root her as a blonde, but, also, didn’t want to go too dark.  Since her eyes are so big, I thought it would make them pop even more with a similar hair color.  I decided on ‘Pumpkin Spice’ Nylon hair for this girl.  It’s an auburn color very similar to pumpkin pie filling.  (One of my favorite deserts, btw!)  Little Miss No Name has a great deal of hair plugs, so the re-root took a few days to get through.

In the end, I used at least 5 hanks of hair on her.  I, of course, had to re-order midway through the re-root because I underestimated the amount of hair I needed. That’s turned into a bit of a running gag for me and my re-roots!

LMNN, Pre-styling

Here’s a look at the final product!

Ta Da! The finished product.

Her head is a bit more wobbly since putting her back together, but I love how she turned out!  I’ve wanted a Little Miss No Name of my own for a while now and this was the perfect way to get one, I think!  I’m still on the look out for one I can keep mint, but if I were to stumble upon another inexpensive Little Miss No Name who just needed hair, I’d buy her in a heartbeat.  Since finishing her, I’ve decided my next Little Miss No Name will have two colors in her hair.  She has enough hair plugs to totally pull it off!

my LMNN (left) plays with my mothers LMNN (right)

Truth be told, I actually finished this re-root a while back, but I wanted to wait till the perfect outfit found its way into my hands.  This jean jacket/sundress outfit is a ‘Miss Corolle’ fashion for dolls 14″-15″ tall.  I found it in a European toy shop we visited today. The length is perfect and it looks adorable on her!  Now, she just needs shoes!

my re-root vs the original release

The dolls aren’t very posable, but they are eye-catching!

The Re-Root club!

Little Miss No Name is the fourth ‘big’ doll I’ve re-rooted.  While they take a little longer than Barbie’s or smaller dolls and need more hanks of hair, I have to say, I LOVE re-rooting these taller dolls.  There’s such a feeling of accomplishment when you finish these that the extra time and extra hair are totally worth it!

fun in the garden

Are you a fan of Little Miss No Name? Have you re-rooted a Little Miss No Name? Share your thoughts!

July 1, 2012. Tags: , , . Re-Root. 23 comments.

Re-Root: My Scene Barbie/Kennedy on Obitsu body

I spent the majority of last week re-rooting.  I thought I’d show off one of two dolls I’ve had waiting in the wings.

There’s a bit of a story behind this doll.  It’s not an extremely long story or fantastically interesting story, but there is a story, nonetheless.  Many months back, I won a 27cm obitsu body from Junky Spot, an awesome online BJD shop.  I had given up on using it and decided to pass it on to my mom.  My mom decided that instead of the traditional obitsu head, she’d use a re-rooted My Scene head.  (The obitsu head I had purchased way back to go on the body just looked far too tiny!!!) So, I set off to work on her.  Here’s the end result!

Photo credit belongs to my mother, Barbee0913. Barbie was re-rooted with nylon Lemon Drop and Key Lime hair purchased via Dollyhair.

Barbie is dressed in My Scene clothing.  Her obitsu body is really posable due to the fact that her feet have magnets on them that stick to the base she came with. I really like how this Barbie turned out and, more importantly, my mom loves her new, unique My Scene!

June 1, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Re-Root, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

My First Face Up Debut!

I’ve been buying BJD’s for a few years now.  The unique thing about the BJD community is the high number of people who buy blank, customizable dolls.  I’m no art student.  I’m artistic enough, but to paint a dolly face and make it look good?  That’s iffy territory…

A few months back, Hujoo gifted me 55 points on their website for a photo contest win.  Usually, I’d buy something with a factory face up.  In this case, however, I would have had to put in a lot of extra cash.  I decided to bite the bullet and buy a blank basic Hujoo.

Deciding what to do with her was hard.  Did I want a natural look?  A party girl look?  A dark goth look?  In the end, I decided on giving this girl a colorful, out to a party sort of look.  I didn’t want to give her anything too adult or too dark.  The key word was fun.  I wanted her to have a ‘fun’ face up.  Oh, and one thing was mandatory– freckles.  She needed freckles!

Using watercolor pastels and watercolor pencils, I created this work of art.  After getting a nice tan base color set, I started by working on her pink cheeks.

Next, I worked on her deep purple and electric blue eyes.  I had decided right off the bat that because she had such big eyes, they needed to pop.  Adding the blue really pushed the eye shadow over the edge– in a good way.

The eyebrows were probably the most challenging part of this face up for me.  Making things even has never been my strong point.  It took a few tries to get them as even as I could.

Next, I did the lips.  I chose a really deep pink, because I knew the sealer would decrease the color somewhat.  I debated whether or not to ‘line’ them with a pencil, but in the end, decided against it.

The eyelashes were a little nerve wracking, but I think they turned out pretty good!  They’re a little heavy, but they work.

Last, I worked on the freckles.  I had known I wanted freckles on this girl from the moment I ordered her.  With so little cheek area, I kept the freckles minimal.  I used yellow pastels on the bridge of her nose to accent the freckles.  The freckles might be my favorite thing about this girl!

By this point, I had sprayed her face twice with sealer.  Want to see the final product?

This is my Hujoo (currently nameless) with her new face up.  Once we sealed the face for the last time, her colors muted a bit, but still kept their pop.  This is what I wanted when I started– a face up that was fun and colorful, but not too adult or too dark.  I love, love, love how she turned out.  Not too shabby for my first face up, wouldn’t you say?

This process took about two days and went pretty smoothly!  I had imagined it being much worse than it was.  See my new Hujoo (left) next to my mom’s first attempt at a face up with her Berry, Maggie (right).

I’m looking forward to the next blank Hujoo I find myself in possession of.  Who will she be?  What will she look like?    I don’t know the answer to either of those questions yet, but I do know I’ll be trying this again!!!

January 19, 2012. Tags: , , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 6 comments.

New Re-Root: Chatty Cathy

Check out pictures of my newest re-root– Mattel’s Chatty Cathy!  The re-rooting process of this doll was pretty similar to the smaller fashion dolls I’ve done in the past. The main difference was the number of hanks it took to finish this girl!  I kid you not, it had to have taken a good ten hanks to re-root this Chatty Cathy and five orders to Dollyhair! Both my mom (owner of the doll) and I love how this turned out!!!

After my mom styled this girl, she noticed an odd similarity between Chatty Cathy’s face sculpt and another 18″ doll line’s face…  Can you guess?  Okay, I’ll let you in on it. We think that Chatty Cathy looks a lot like Pleasant Companies/Mattel’s American Girl line.  Same beddy bye eyes, same chubby cheeks, same mouth with two front teeth showing…  Odd, huh?

Here are some pictures of my newest re-root!

Thanks for peeking! So what do you think?  Have any questions?  Do *you* think she looks like an American Girl with this hair style?  Comment and share your thoughts!!! Subscribe via e-mail for more of my re-roots and other dolly news!

February 12, 2011. Tags: , , , . Re-Root, Uncategorized. 3 comments.

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