Posted by: arizonad | June 1, 2016

A Few Doll-Related Windows 10 Posts

Sorry for nearly a year without posts; I really haven’t much to post about. I’m still trying to do things, including dolling, despite my arthritis, but it’s hard at times. Hopefully I can get more done on the Brainchildren this year.

Last month I updated to Windows 10. I won’t bore with a review of it, so suffice it to say that it seems to be working well so far. I’m still getting used to it, but I’ve found out a couple of thing that might be of interest to dollers.

First, GIMP still works with Windows 10. So if that’s your only reason for not updating, you’re good to go.

Unfortunately, MS Paint no longer appears in the apps menu. No biggie for me, but my niece uses it. I searched online for a free substitute for MS Paint, and fortunately found This Article on how to find Paint and make a desktop shortcut for it! I don’t know if it works if your computer already came with Window 10, but it certainly work if you updated.

That’s all for now, and I hope it helps. Bye!

AZ Dawn

Posted by: arizonad | July 21, 2015

I’m Back, Folks!

Sorry to be gone for so long, folks. It’s been kind of a rough year. For one thing I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis; not a fun thing when you work with your hands. Hopefully, though, I will still be able to do things.

I only finished two dolls last year, but here they are.


Base from Kawaii Hannah. Last modified April 14, 2014.

He’s a NopperabŇć, a Japanese monster that looks like a normal human being. Then its face disappears.


Same base as above. Last modified April 14, 2014.


There’s a great deal of work that need to be done with the Brainchildren. I need to cull dead links (so many sites gone ūüė¶ ). I have several name lists I need to work on and post. I may change the theme template someday, which means I’ll need to make the Adopted Graphics Showcase a separate page rather than a post category. (Love ya, WordPress, but your infatuation with infinite scroll is at odds with the adoption rule for many sites.) In the meantime, may you all stay safe, cool, and hydrated.

AZ Dawn

Posted by: arizonad | February 7, 2014

Reddish Palettes

First post of the year, ha,ha. My old laptop’s hard drive went south around Christmas on me and I lost months worth of unfinished dolls. I had recovery and back up discs, but still! Right now I’m getting used to a new laptop, so hopefully I can get more stuff done this year.

No doll this time, but I do have some reddish palettes for you, just in time for Valentine’s Day.¬†I made these from the Red-Violet series of the Traditional Colors of Japan.


The named colors are marked with a triangle and are the main colors in the palettes. I used a new technique to make these which involved a shift in hue as well as saturation and value.

That’s all for now. Here’s hoping things are good for you all this year.

AZ Dawn

Posted by: arizonad | October 18, 2013

Beware the Umbrella Monster!

He might make you wet yourself.

I got the urge a few months to doll some Japanese monsters. A great idea, if you can pull it off. I only managed to pull one off.

This is a karakasa-obake, the umbrella monster of the title. Basically, it’s a 100 year-old umbrella that came to life. Harmless, but a little scary-looking.


Base from Wayuki’s Place. Last modified September 2, 2013.

Yes, there’s a base under there. I used it to help keep the top half in proportion with the handle and erased the parts I didn’t need.

The hardest part was the face. The one that came with the base just didn’t work with this doll, so I had to make one from scratch. I tried to freehand it in GIMP and it stank. I ended up sketching the face with pencil and paper, scanning it, and tracing it.¬† (Yes, I can draw beyond a kindergarten level, but my drawings tend to be a bit stiff and I’m badly out of practice.)

Hopefully I’ll post more content soon, but until then, Happy Halloween. And always use the restroom before you enter a haunted house.

AZ Dawn

Posted by: arizonad | August 27, 2013

It’s a Sweater!

Wow, I need to update more often.

For a change, here’s the fruit of one of my offline hobbies: loom knitting! Instead of using knitting needles or a crochet hook, loom knitting is done on a frame with pegs with a hook-like tool. It’s easier than regular knitting, but the results are much the same.

This is a dog sweater I whipped up about 3 years ago, after my broken leg had healed up.  Unfortunately, I was (and still am) between dogs, so I made it for a stuffed toy.


It was so cold, the Sonoran Sand Manatees bundled up! 


Side view.


Manatee moons you!

I know it doesn’t look like much, but at the time it was the most complex project I had done. I’m still fairly satisfied with it, though as you can see in the side, the pattern is better suited for creatures with round legs than flippers.

This dog sweater was made on the red Knifty Knitter loom using worsted weight acrylic yarn.

If you would like more information on loom knitting, The Loom Room gives a good overview of the subject.

AZ Dawn

Posted by: arizonad | May 17, 2013

Bubble Pattern

As promised, here’s the pattern from my latest doll.


Last modified February 2013.

For some strange reason the .png file wouldn’t show up right, even though the doll saved in the same format showed up just fine. Saving the pattern as a .gif seems to have fixed the problem.

Have fun!

AZ Dawn

Posted by: arizonad | April 10, 2013

Beach Bubbles

Wow, it’s been a while! But here I am, still kicking and as productive as ever.

Initially this doll’s bathing suit was supposed to be based on a diglett (I was playing around with Seventh Sanctum’s Pop Fashion generator), but trust me to mess up something as simple as brown with a pink oval. Still, the brown looked pretty good, so I ditched the diglett idea and just made a suit with a fairly simple pattern.

Base from Kawaii Hannah. Last modified March 7, 2013.

As you can see, I changed the color scheme from brown and pink to brown and blue. The hair has one of my few successful attempts at a decent side part.

For some reason, I didn’t have a pattern on my hard drive that went well with this particular bathing suit, so I made my own. I’d like to post it here, but unfortunately, it’s only showing up as a mostly black square. I’ll fix the problem as soon as I can and either add the pattern here or put it in a separate post.

See you later, everybody!

AZ Dawn

Posted by: arizonad | December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays

Long time, no post, but now I come bearing content! First, here’s one of my attempts at a variation of the Album Game (not my first attempt, but very timely). Yes, it’s adoptable.


Group Name

Album Title

Original Picture

The title makes sense if you imagine washing up for Christmas dinner and seeing Santa guest towels and cute little soaps by the sink.

That’s not the only goodie I have for you. There’s also a new section in the links: Graphics Links. Right now it’s mostly tutorial sites, but more links will be added later.

Merry Christmas to my Christian readers, and to my non-Christian readers, may this be a great time of year for you, too.

AZ Dawn

Posted by: arizonad | October 28, 2012

Fare Thee Well, Xandorra

My fellow dollers, Xandorra’s Place and the Gathering are both gone. ¬† I guess Xandorra’s contract finally expired; all that’s left are This Site Has Been Suspended pages. You can still get most of her bases at her PixiStar account, but except for the adoptions others have made, her dolls are no longer online.

I’m sad.

Good luck, Xandorra. We’ll miss you

AZ Dawn

Posted by: arizonad | June 6, 2012

Memories of the Gathering

The dolls in this post are for adoption only! Do not use in avatars, signatures, or layouts. The only exception is the second doll. Please read the rules on my content for more details. Thank you.

In memory of the Gathering, I’ve search my old CD-RWs, flash drives, etc. for old forum¬†challenge entries. Most of these are very old and not very good, but I’ve put them here for historical and nostalgic purposes.

First up is from the first Dress Up Ball I entered. The theme: you in the future.

Base from Josie’s Dollz. Last modified October 17, 2004?

I was inspired by a sci-fi clich√©¬†that roughly¬†states “Everyone on postapocalyptic Earth dresses like heavy metal musicians.”¬† Mind you, I’m a¬†lot more optimistic about the world’s future than that. ¬† It just sounded like a fun¬†thing to try. In retrospect, I should’ve¬†used¬†a reference that looked¬†more stereotypically metal than an 80s Motley Crue pic.

This next doll was for a Before and After challenge. I believe the Before doll was made long before I was a member of TG.

Base from Precious Pixels KH. Last modified December 26, 2004.

I’ve sure come a long way since both those dolls! ¬†And yet, the After doll was an improvement.¬†I’ve lost the original file for the Before doll; I’ll let you judge whether or not¬†that’s a good thing.

This doll almost didn’t happen. The theme of this¬†Dress Up Ball was absinthe, which at the time was reputed to be dangerous and definitely was illegal in the US. I was reluctant to enter an absinthe-themed contest, but someone pointed out it didn’t have to¬†enter a pro-absinthe doll. And so the Green Reaper was born.

Base by Xandorra. Last modified February 27, 2005.

I¬†originally planned to show me pouring a bottle of absinthe on the ground, but I couldn’t get the bottle, the stream, or the puddle right. Okay, so I couldn’t get the scythe right, either, but you can’t have a reaper costume without one.

This doll was an entry for a cowboy-themed Dress Up Ball. I felt semi-obliged to enter this one because, hey, I’m AZ Dawn, and hadn’t yet¬†made a Western doll.

Base from Eleni Aranelwa. Last modified March 28, 2005.

Disclaimer: I don’t know how to play guitar, and while my singing voice isn’t bad, it’s not all that great, either.

This doll is especially noteworthy in that it’s one of my rare non-prep dolls that I made the face myself. The less said about the rest of the doll, the better. ¬†A couple of months later, I went back and redid the folds on the jeans. It was an improvement, but not by much.

Base from Eleni Aranelwa. Last modified May 13, 2005.

This next doll was for a pirate-themed Dress Up Ball. Me as Red Dawn was my first pirate doll.

Base from Wayuki’s Place. Last modified July 31, 2006.

Not the fanciest outfit, but not everyone can be a captain. That and my poor frill-drawing skills kept it simple. It’s pretty good for an older doll, though that knife kind of stinks.

Of course, these aren’t the only challenges I entered at the Gathering. Here’s a list of posts with¬†my other TG challenge dolls:

Warrior, Masquerade, and Red Carpet Dress Ups.

The Fragrance Challenge (3rd Place!)

Superhero Dress Up Ball.

Your Pet as a Human.

The One-Color Challenge.

The Black and Orange Challenge.

The Metallics Challenge.

Bad Hair Challenge.

The last one, sadly.

The Gathering still lingers sadly on¬†until Xandorra’s contract with the hosting company ends, but¬†the memories of its heyday¬†are¬†happy.

AZ Dawn

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