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Customs / headswap?
« on: March 17, 2020, 03:10:19 AM »
I was wondering, is it possible to head swap a Disney store prince head to a made to move ken? Have anybody tried?
I wanted to make a merman Prince Eric doll but the DS dolls lack joints and muscle...

Customs / Black Cat custom
« on: October 01, 2018, 05:16:22 AM »
I have always been a huge fan of Black Cat from Marvel. I get entranced by cat characters so easily XD
I really wanted a doll of her, but even though Marvel launched the doll line Marvel Rising, I dont expect them to make any doll of Black Cat for various reasons. So what was my only option? To make my own Black Cat custom! I had redesigned Black Cat since earlier to make her look a tad more modern so I decided to base the design on it. I used a DCHG Batgirl as a bait and reused her pants and mask, repainted her belt and shoes. I had to sew my own shirt for it...Im still not used to making my own doll clothes so its a bit shoddily made... I also added a hairband with cat ears from Catty Noir that I made a long time ago. The fur stole was from an Apple White and the rest of the fur was taken from an old stuffed horse. I had a small bell since earlier so I added it to a ribbon to use for the necklace. And then I finished it of with some rhinestones and a few fake pearl necklaces for her to "steal".

Catrine's Art Studio / Marvel Portfolio
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:59:34 AM »
There was a comicon this weekend in Stockholm and they held a sort of contest where C.B. Cebulski, the boss of marvel, would look at your portfolios and choose a few people to talk to. I was one of the chosen people to get a private meeting with him! I am so over the moon about being praised by him. Some people in the shoutbox wished to see the art of the portfolio that I made so I decided to post them here.

Customs / Ton of customs! Snow White, Bunny White, ect.
« on: May 07, 2018, 10:24:06 AM »
I have been a busy bee this year...I have made a ton of customs but for some reason havent uploaded them... but I will right now.
First off is my Bunny Lapin, my version of Bunny Blanc.
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Young Snow White.
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Coral Witch.
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Meeshell reroot.
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Once Upon a Twist Cerise Beauty
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Ideal Rosabella
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Ideal Kitty Cheshire
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Buy/Sell/Trades / Coral hair from MLC?
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:53:47 AM »
I am in need of some nylon hair called "Coral" that was sold at My Little Customs. They are out of it and I dunno if they will get it back in stock... So does anybody have a hank or two of it that you would be willing to sell to me? I am in need of it for a custom doll.

Off Topic / Olof's Frozen adventure and the traditions
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:43:53 AM »
Alright, christmas is 22 days away and I finally got to watch Olof's frozen adventure, and despite the bad reviews, I found it quite nice. Sure, it don't bring much new stuff to the stage, I dont think it was meant to do that, moreso i think it was just supposed to be a heart warming christmas movie that were supposed to showcase some traditions. The problem with it is that its quite a long episode and people went to the movies to see Coco more than Frozen... Well that a side, lets look at the traditions seen in the short movie and talk about their origins! As a swedish person I will try my best to tell you about the traditions shown that come from scandinavia, however I am not familiar with all traditions so forgive me if I cant tell you much about the hanukka traditions (my jewish knowledge is a bit lacking).
Ok let's begin!

Barely 1 minute into the movie and we already got a lot of stuff showing! The xmas tree in the back is very familiar to us all. They originally came from germany and spread very well to other countries. Originally they used to be decorated with candy, sweets and apples.

On the tables you can see cheeses, breads and ham. Yes, traditionally we eat ham in scandinavia on christmas eve (and yes we celebrate christmas eve and not christmas day). Another popular item on the christmas table is the ribs. In some regions they like to eat eel instead, but that is diminishing because the eels have been fished a bit too hard so they gotta hold back on fishing it.
The bread on the table is too generic to be properly identified and there are a lot of different type of christmas breads... One of my own personal favorite breads for the holiday is Farine bread... its not exactly a holiday bread but my family always bake it in the winter for christmas. 

The pile of breads that look like a christmas tree is a Kransekaka that is found in Norway and Denmark, but its not something common on the swedish tables... Behind it is what I believe is a smörgås cake, it is a bit hard to identify it to be honest... Normally they dont really look like that, but it do look like there is shrimp put on it so it might be. Smörgås cake is something that is very common in sweden, almost any kind of celebration have them. They are basically a cake made of sandwiches, lettuce, shrimp and other sandwich stuff.

If you look to the bottom right corner you will see small piggies. Those are Marzipan pigs, a popular christmas treat. They are shaped like pigs due to our tradition of eating ham on Christmas Eve as I mentioned earlier.
On a slightly later shot you can see a pie and two cakes... It looks like a chocolate cake and a strawberry cream cake. They are rather common cakes, specially the Strawberry cake, swedes love strawberries. I cant tell you how common it would be to find a cake like that on xmas though... In my family we eat a cake because christmas eve is my birthday and I have never been to anyone elses celebration...
In another later shot we get Anna putting powder sugar on a gingerbread castle. While most people dont do castles, ginger bread houses are extremely common. Gingerbread is THE christmas cookie, wherever you will go you will find gingerbread cookies!

Ok here we see the Yule goat, imagery that is everywhere in the short. It is a very common symbol in the Scandinavian countries as goats have been important farm animals since before the viking ages. The goats were important enough to be the ride of Thor the thunder god and they stayed important even after Christianity turned the vikings mid winter celebrations into christmas. You will often find small goats made of hay and in the city of Gävle they put up a huuuge goat in the city square.
Funny thing to note, is that on the bell are runes that say: Ring in the season.

Then the people at the court ground mentions some traditions. "Rolling the lefsa" is what I think I heard someone of them say and I honestly dont know what that means... Either the english butchered the pronunciation or its something from one of the other holidays near xmas...Next one said they were going to put out porridge for Tomten and this is going to take some explanations...

You see, Tomten is a small little man with often huge beards,they fall into the gnome category. The often look like small version of Santa clause but in more drab clothing. They were said to be hard working little guys whom helped looking after homes and farms and you had to make sure that you didnt anger him or he would let bad luck befall the farm. Putting out porridge was a way to appease the gnome, but you still had to be careful so you didnt give him too good stuff or he would end up thinking he was too good for the farm and would leave it.
Next were a pair of twins and I have no idea what they are actually saying...Stobbelbockels? No clue..

Kristoffs troll traditions are as far as I can tell, mostly made up... While in my childhood we did make a stone troll and named him Waldemar, that was not a christmas tradition... His stew might be a veeeery loose reference to dip in the pot... Basically its a soup stew thingy where you dip a slice of bread into it to eat it all soggy... It might not be connected at all but atleast you know of Dip in the pot now!

Ok this one might seem obvious, but I actually have some special travia about candy canes. While the origin of the peppermint candy canes come from germany, there is a city in Sweden that is renown for its pepperming candy! Gränna has some of the best candycanes and you can get to watch while they make them when you visit the shops! I once visited and while the city is very small, it was amazing to visit.

I have no clue if this is based on a real tradition...

Ok these are not scandinavian tradition. Caroling and hanging socks are very much brittish traditions. Hanging socks have slipped in in current times as a fun thing for kids due to american and british media. While Americans and Brittanians have to wait till christmas day morning to open their christmas gifts, in scandinavia we boldly meet the Santa to receive our presents!

And this is clearly a Jewish family with a dreidel toy and a Menorah. I believe it is better for one of our jewish members to talk about these as I feel I do not have sufficient knowledge to speak much about it.

And this my friends is Saint Lucia. On the 13th of december we celebrate the legend of saint Lucia, I will skip the legend itself since I should try to keep things short. When we celebrate saint Lucia, one girl is chosen to be Saint Lucia and wear a crown with candles, she along with the other girls dressed as maids and boys dressed as star boys, santas and ginger bread men will sing christmas songs and once the performances are over everyone will have a treat together. Often the treat is made up of Saffron buns, gingerbread, lemonade and coffe,  and sometimes even mulled wine. And by the way, mulled wine is pretty tasty and it comes both with and without alcohol.

Fruitcakes are more of a UK and southern european thing than a scandinavian tradition... Past few years the store chain Lidl have been selling Pandoro, Panettone and other breads similar to fruit cakes so they might be becoming more common now.

Here Olof sing about santa coming down the chimney and again, that is a brittish thing. In Scandinavia, Santa just come in through the door to meet everyone. Its lead to many jokes in shows about fathers having to go and buy a newspaper specifically at that time. Originally, before Santa existed we had the Yulegoat, yea it sounds bizarre but a person would dress up like a goat to give presents. The Yulegoat was sort of like a Krampus character, he was stern, but kind too. You can find the yulegoat in atleast one of Elsa Beskows books.

And this...uh... Its a tradition but its not really a christmas tradition... Sitting in a sauna is actually a finnish thing. So its often common during the winters that people sit in the saunas a while before they go to take a dip in the freezing water. I dont really get that, but to each his/her own.

Ok this one dont really have anything about a tradition that I havent really covered already, but I wanted to point out that there is a nut cracker there! And soldier nutcrackers are very much part of christmas thanks to the nutcracker musical. Also we love eating nuts at christmas^^

This one is a treat. While it isnt a tradition, the hat Anna wears is a Sami hat. Sami are like Scandinavias own native americans and they often care for reindeer. I cant say I know too much about the hat itself though. Also look behind her and you will see what looks like a late viking age armor. (I cant say for sure if it is though, Im not very knowledgeable about armors...)

And I think that is all traditions and symbols I could spot. There is so much more to know about the traditions  than I could say here but feel free to ask if there is anything you want to know about the scandinavian christmas traditions! :biggrin:

Buy/Sell/Trades / Wanted:Starla/Gwenevere horses
« on: September 08, 2017, 09:53:23 AM »
Hi. Does anybody have any of the horses from Princess Starla/Gwenevere and the Jewel riders for sale at a good price?
I would prefer them to be in as good condition as possible and with all accessoirs.

Customs / Help identifying hair color?
« on: July 06, 2017, 01:08:52 PM »
Hi guys, I need a bit of help. I am working on a custom  and I wanna use a pink hank I have, the problem is that I lost the original bag for it and I have forgotten what its name is and where I got it from...And I really need to know that since I dont think the hank I have will be enough for the custom.

From what I do know about it is that it is nylon, and it is not Tea Rose, Pussycat, Pink Sugar, Kitten, Fairys breath or Sakura, those colors go toward the salmon pink shades while this one is colder.
So I am pretty sure that I didnt buy it at Dollyhair so that means it most likely came from My little customs or Retrodoll...

Monster Discussion / Possible Silvi Variation!
« on: March 26, 2017, 10:38:09 AM »
I was browzing for Silvi Timperwolf on ebay and I realized something, the Silvis I have seen in Sweden dont have the top part of her hair crimped, but the ones on ebay did... Specially Silvis from the US.
This is the Silvi I have:

Silvi picture found on Pinterest:

Neither this nor the Silvi that I customized had crimped top bangs... I dunno how the paint jobs on the american ones are, but on the swedish ones, it was quite  a bit badly painted...(the one I customized had damages to both nose and mouth. Both were made in indonesia.
Sure looks like we got something of a variation going on here...Even if it is just one from someone being too lazy to crimp it properly...

Customs / MH Custom Aurora Foxley
« on: March 15, 2017, 03:13:53 AM »
Ever since I saw Silvi Timberwolf for the first time, I knew I would custom her into a fox character. And that I did! Let me introduce Aurora Foxley, daughter of the arctic werefoxes! Its a shame that the photos dont captured the iridescent tinsel in her hair very well... it makes it look like she has streaks of the Aurora Borealis in her hair!

Buy/Sell/Trades / Wanted: EAH clothing (possibly MH clothing too)
« on: January 15, 2017, 02:55:08 AM »
I am looking for EAH clothing that you dont want to keep anymore, it can be all from clothes you just dont like to clothes that got a bit ripped in a seam. You see I want to vectorize as many fabrics as possible so I can turn them into digital patterns. When the patterns are completed, I will make them available for download, completely for free. All for the benefit of artists, customizers, cosplayers and whomever else wanna use them for something.
Some clothing would need to be ripped up in order to get the full pattern so I dont mind if the clothing has some ripped edge somewhere.
I cannot pay a whole lot but Ill stand for the shipping.

You can also help me out by scanning the doll clothing yourself and provide me with the scanned picture. Much cheaper for everybody.

Catrine's Art Studio / Cerise Wolf Wood Pattern!
« on: January 14, 2017, 07:18:38 AM »
Have you ever wanted to draw Cerise Wolf but felt discouraged by how intricate her tops pattern is? Worry no more! Here is the Cerise Wolf Wood pattern! It's almost 100% accurate (as accurate as it can be considering I had to vectorize the pattern from a tiny little doll top)!  It is seamless and it have 4 different sizes!
And I share it for free and all I ask is that you credit me when you use it!^^

Oh, and if you want to see me do more Ever After High patterns, you can send EAH clothing to me and Ill scan and vectorize them! Or if you wanna save money on shipping, you can rip up your own doll clothes and scan them.

Catrine's Art Studio / Tales of the d'Arc- a webcomic
« on: October 01, 2016, 08:54:55 AM »

DA Cover Page

DA Page 1

Taptastic Cover Page

Taptastic Page1

✧When the world of the paranormal open up, can you survive? Or will it swallow you whole? ✧

Show your d'Arc side and share!


link removed, please do not link to Kickstarter, Patreon, etc. - Melissa, Art Studio mod

Catrine's Art Studio / Tons of adoptables!
« on: August 15, 2016, 12:31:45 PM »
Ok, this isn't very MH or EAH related, but I have made a ton of adoptables and I thought I would show them off here and see if there is anybody who would be interested in them. They cost 11 dollar each and you can contact me about them either here or on my deviantart account . If non of these are appealing to you, do remember that you can ask me for custom adoptables, even for themes I havent done yet such as MH or EAH!

Catrine's Art Studio / EAH OC Ying Hua- Daughter/Son of Mulan Hua
« on: June 06, 2016, 08:05:19 AM »

Parent's Story: Ballad of Mulan Hua
* Roommate: unknown
* About Me: Some might call me lazy, but I am a rebell through and through so if you tell me to do something, I will do the reverse. As the heir of Mulan, I am expected take my fathers place in the military, defend our honor and protect our nation, but I honestly don't care... I rather just hang with my peeps and shred some muse-ic.
* Secret Heart's Desire: I wish my peers could take a chill pill. They are so high strung and worried about my grades but if my fate is already written then why do I have to bother with homework and lessons?
* My "Magic" Touch: I am able to switch gender at the blink of an eye. I have switched so much I have forgotten my original gender.
* Storybook Romance Status: I don't have anybody at the moment but I can technically get down with anybody.
* "Oh Curses!" Moment: When fairytales are too focused at characters genders. You are you, not your gender.
* Favorite Subject: Lunch break.
* Least Favorite Subject: Caligrafairy and Heroics 101; I have no wish to become a soldier and spend over a decade in the army.
* Best Friends Forever After: I'm not particularly close to him but I like butting heads with Sparrow Hood.
* Royal or Rebel? (Or Neutral?): Rebell

I have had plans to make the child of Mulan for over a year, just haven't had time, just like with everything else. I chose her name to be Ying because according to what I read, it means hero and yinghua means cherry blossom, I was close to chosing Ming instead which would have been a nice referense to Ming-na who voiced Disneys Mulan. But I kept Ying to keep the flower theme as Mulan means Magnolia.
Also, it rhyme on Ping, and according to some info I came across Ping Hua means Flower vase and it is used as a slang for effeminate homosexual males, and that was actually worked into the chinese version of Disneys Mulan.

When I started with wanting to make him/her, I had a hard time envisioning how she would be. I didnt even know what sort of gender I wanted and I wasnt sure on how to handle how she/he would be, it would depend a lot on what gender I chose. Then I thought, "Wait, Mulan is a character whom crossdress, so why make her gender static?" A character with a genderbending ability can make for very fun situations. Then it also helped when I saw someone else complaining about how someone else had made a Mulans daughter oc that were rather stereotypic with honor and hard studying, and also that it seemed too much inspired by disneys Mulan instead of the original story. I couldn't help but to agree with the complaints and decided I would do the reverse, my child of Mulan would be a rebel, a little lazy and bratty with no aspirations to become a hero like her mother.
Design wise I tried to blend modern western clothing with chinese clothing to show her roots with a punky edge. As for the male design I wanted him to have a k-pop singers androgyneous appearance.

I trully tried my best to honor the original tale while still giving it a modern edge, and break some stereotypes as well. As a swedish person, I know I am not the most knowledgable about chinese things so its possible I made some mistakes, but I hope my efforts and love for Mulan shine through.
If some chinese, or just asian, come across this and find some flaw with this, do contact me and educate me! I love learning about asian history and culture!

Off Topic / Happy Birthday, Sakuya and ldd8892!
« on: December 23, 2015, 11:29:25 PM »
Yeah... its Christmas eve and my birthday... I hope you aren't too busy with your own presents to wish me a happy birthday...

Brags / All 17" Frozen dolls!!!Whooo!!!
« on: October 14, 2015, 05:09:45 AM »

WHOHOOO! I DID IT! ALL FROZEN DOLLS! (Up to this point and excluding the Harrod set since that is a price I cannot afford.)

Ok, yeah, I know I dont have Kristoff but I am still not sure if I want him. I mean he kinda looks as if he is seeing a ghost.
I am gonna attempt getting the Frozen Fever 17 incher as well as the designer Elsa & Hans and Troll Anna & Kristoff. Wish me luck! ^^

Buy/Sell/Trades / Scarah Ghoul fair boots
« on: September 09, 2015, 07:19:32 AM »
I accidentally ruined my Scarahs ghoul fair boot and Mouscedes' dress. Would anybody be willing to sell these items to me?

Brags / Holy motherload Batmonster!
« on: July 25, 2015, 07:25:54 AM »
I went to a bootsale again today and found a motherload of mhs! (and two mlp and a deck of lady Lovely Locks cards)
Sorry for the bad quality photo but I have no good camera and I have a headache so I dont have much of a will to do better.
They are mostly incomplete but that dont matter much since most seem to be in baity condition so they are great for customizing. The monsters if I IDed them right is Ghouls Rule and Dead Tired Draculaura, Ghouls Rule, coffinbean and Ghouls Night out Clawdeens, Ghouls Rule and Schools out Cleo, Signature Abbey, Ghouls Night out Spectra, Signature (remake) Frankie, Skull shore Ghoulia and Music Festical Venus(in sig top and pants).

I will keep the Cleos and the Ghouls Rule Clawdeen (she suffers from glue leak so im thinking of rehairing since I believe it might be easier on her flocking than a corn starch treatment), and Abbey. The rest can be used for customs so if anybody want a custom of any of these mhs you can ask me for a commission^^

Buy/Sell/Trades / Anybody got Sunlight DollyHair?
« on: July 13, 2015, 03:40:23 AM »
I need Nylon Sunlight Dollyhair and lots of it, like 4 packs maybe? It is for the Princess Serenity custom I am making but Dollyhair is totally out of it and Tina said it will be 4-5 months till they get a new stock of it.
Would anybody who have some be willing to sell to me?

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