Shannon Terrill, who owns Sammy's Treat Shop, is a pleasure to work with. Both times that I've dealt with her she's asked me what colors I would prefer for my dolls, but at the same time she's kept an element of surprise. She told me what my options were for Johnny's kimono (and there were quite a few), but I still have no idea what it's going to look like. The options on Etsy looked great, though...great enough that I may just order a yukata for Ju-hwang as well. As cost-efficient as Shannon's wares are, I could have and SHOULD HAVE done that when I ordered Johnny's! Bottom line, I'm excited to see what Johnny's yukata will look like.
I think Alice's Collections is a Chinese crowd (correct me if I'm wrong), and I made the mistake of ordering during the Chinese New Year, so I may not get my hands on Johnny until March or April. So now, for the first time in my life, I'm joining the ranks of dolly lovers on Den of Angels that are waiting for something special in the mail. Okay, take that back. Waiting for Ju-hwang was a lengthy and somewhat nerve-wracking experience, so this isn't really the first time I've done this. But since this is my first resin ball-jointed doll I'm feeling like this is entirely new ground. Through Ju-hwang I've learned how to place eyes and use eye putty, and I've learned a few things about restringing as well. The problem is that Ju-hwang is plastic, while Johnny is resin. I'd have to do something outrageously ham-handed to break Ju-hwang. On the other hand, I don't even know what resin feels like! I've never held, manipulated, or touched a resin ball-jointed doll. In fact, I've never even SEEN one in real life! The absolute last thing I want to do is get Johnny out of his box and immediately snap off a finger or scratch his face or something equally clumsy. Keep your fingers crossed that I don't! LOL
So while I settle in for the wait I'm going to try and find some MSD-sized knitting patterns...and maybe find a way to suede Ju-hwang's neck joint. She always sits like a stereotypical emo kid, and that doesn't jive with the personality I've cobbled together for her.