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Sales / Custom Dolls on Etsy!
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:01:59 AM »
Shameless self promotion time!

I've restocked my etsy with a few custom dolls including a Lagoona and a petite Barbie. I should be listing a few more soon, but feel free to check them out, tell your friends, etc. etc. XD

The Frankie custom has already sold, but I'm planning on making a few more pastel goth themed dolls in the future, so keep an eye out! ;)

Customs / Catwater's Customs: (11/8) Redo and style comparison!
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:54:28 PM »
Woo new thread! Let's see if I can keep it rolling this time hahahaha, I tend to customize in bursts rather than consistently so we'll see!

Found a bunch of customs from about a year ago that didn't sell before I closed my shop and decided that I really didn't like some of them. So I'm starting to redo the ones I feel inspired to fix. First up! Clawdeen:

before & after by Claire Atwater, on Flickr

Yeah I liked her braids but her vapid expression was... not inspiring. (Also her sealant was super shiny??? no idea why) Anyway I've been getting into pastel goth fashion, especially the stuff you see on tumblr, so I decided to try my hand at making a cutesy, colorful, but still dark and goth-y type of custom... I think she turned out okay! I'm still getting the hang of the look and how to incorporate it with my style of repaints, but not too bad IMO.

Clawdeen was actually my second pastel goth werewolf girl. I got a Silvi wicked cheap on amazon and redid her to my liking. Here's the two of them side by side.

goth ghouls by Claire Atwater, on Flickr

I just thought it was interesting to see how my style's changed over the past year or so. Will hopefully be updating soon with more repaints and maybe some other do-overs.

So I picked up a Silvi off of amazon since she was so cheap, with the intention of customizing her. Plans for that haven't changed, but I didn't expect to fall a little bit in love with how cute she is! After getting rid of the awful crimped hair and her 80s clothes, I was floored by her adorable furry ears, sweet blue and pink makeup, and how good she looks in Abbey's clothes!!!

My Silvi is quite bald at the moment and has a bit of her face rubbed off from some mishandling on my part, but I made her some earrings/rings and dressed her in some of Abbey's clothes while I wait for her hair to come in.

Here's a photo of my Silvi in the limbo between now and being fully customized, but I'd really like to see any other photos of her! Anyone else rerooted or repainted her? What clothes is yours wearing right now? Or did you like the big 80s theme she came with? Show me your Silvis!

Silvi by Claire Atwater, on Flickr

Wanted / Looking for EAH Heartstruck Cupid!
« on: October 16, 2017, 02:21:26 PM »
Hello all. Looking to buy an EAH Heartstruck Cupid. She doesn't need all of her accessories, but I'd at least like her wings and bracelets to be included. Ideally I'd like to pay under $20 shipped but I understand shipping costs can get pretty high so I'd be willing to pay more if necessary.

Let me know if any of you have one you'd like to sell!

Wanted / Anyone got some spare Lagoona fins?
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:46:26 PM »
They're for my Lagoonafire custom. She's missing her leg fins so I just need any LG fins that fit the old leg holes.

Draculaura's Darkroom / Catwater's Photo Thread
« on: July 12, 2017, 07:11:49 PM »
This thread will mostly be for pics of my MH and Barbie dolls (most of whom are customized) I figured I should get better at photography so I might as well start practicing.

An oldie but a goodie: Allie posing in our lemon tree.


And one more. Here's my favorite customs posed together in coordinating outfits. From L to R it's Rosita, Allie, and Curiosity. (You probably recognize most of them from my avatar/sig lol) Can you tell how much I love skeletons? And pastels? Crap lighting but I was taking this at night lol sorry.

Pink and Purple

Can anyone give me pointers for photography? I can't really photograph outside and I no longer have access to my makeshift lightbox but I'd like some help with lighting, making sure things don't come out so yellow when I'm indoors...

Brags / 50th Anniversary Star Trek Barbies
« on: June 30, 2017, 12:48:30 PM »
At long last it is complete!!! I finally got my hands on the SDCC exclusive Vina so I can now say my Barbie/Star Trek collection is complete!! (Bender and my funko pops are a little bonus)

Unfortunately they didn't all fit on one shelf so Vina gets her own spot below. I'm really excited to get my hands on the SDCC exclusive. Now they just need to make a second wave with Scotty, McCoy, and Sulu for the next Star Trek anniversary. :) Might take things into my own hands and customize a Kirk to become Bones, but we'll see.... For now, I'm just going to enjoy having a completed collection.

Customs / Catwater Customs: Update! 7/10 Lagoona!
« on: June 28, 2017, 08:33:47 PM »
Hey there! So it's been a WHILE since I last customized a doll... Long story short I was under a lot of stress from school so I took a bit of a break and put most of my dollies in storage. Well they're coming back out! I don't have a ton of updates, since I'm very slowly getting back into things, and I won't be reopening my shop until I get all my inventory back out of storage, but I figured I'd put up a couple customs I've been working on lately.

This first gal was a favor for writtenhuman since she got a wonky Lala and I (badly) needed the practice (Seriously I had to start over like 5 times on this ghoul).


These next two are Fashionistas that have been rebodied and customized. They were from nearly a year ago but I realized I never put pics up of them. So here's Marina (L) and Violet (R)!

(Marina was a Dolled Up Denim rerooted in leftover yarn for a box braids look and Violet was a Fab Fringe rerooted with some of Freak du Chique Honey Swamp's hair.)

Customs / Teen Titans! (DC Superhero Girls Starfire Custom)
« on: June 23, 2017, 05:56:31 PM »
Starfire has long since been my favorite teen titan, ever since I was little and watching the cartoon on TV. I decided to customize my Starfire doll into my version, combining her comic, TV show, and webisode appearances to make her fit my idea of what she should look like!

Her hair was a hand dyed gradient and is even more impressive in person! Her eyebrows are wonky as all heck right now, but it was tiring to get her to this point, so I'll save fixing them for later. She has all her DCSHG accessories, plus a leotard I made out of some scrap spandex. She was wearing the purple MTM outfit earlier, but I like this look better on her.

I'm going to be completing my Teen Titans set; customizing Raven or Robin next, but I still need to get the base doll, etc. Hope you like her, and if you have any tips for completing the team, let me know!

Sorry for the crappy iphone pics. I'll be uploading nicer ones soon!

Post Merge: June 23, 2017, 06:41:25 PM

Updated with better photo!

Customs / Bonita Femur Color Match Question--Bodyswap Suggestions?
« on: February 17, 2017, 07:07:42 PM »
So my little sister recently has gotten into raising butterflies and moths. Her favorite is the Rosy Maple Moth--which happens to look a lot like Bonita Femur! I wanted to make her a custom of one using Bonita as a base, but I'm not crazy about her hybrid body--the skeleton parts don't quite fit the theme. I was wondering if her head is a color match for any of the other pink ghouls out there. Anyone have comparison pics they'd be willing to share with me? I think she might be a match for Kjersti but I've never seen her in person so I can't really tell lmao.


Wanted / Looking for Reboot Rochelle Replacement Arms/Hands!!!
« on: February 16, 2017, 05:17:03 PM »
Hi there! I'm looking for Rochelle Goyle lower arms/hands from the newer, thicker bodies. Unfortunately the arms from old and reboot monster high dolls are not compatible.

Since reboot!Rochelle only has two versions, the Shriek Wrecked and Party Ghouls line, I'm looking for the lower arms and hands of the Party Rochelle. (I want to replace the gloves of my Shriek Wrecked Rochelle) I would also accept Shriek Wrecked Draculaura's lower arms and hands. (The pink is kind of growing on me)

Can anyone help me out? The Mattel parts store only has the preboot versions for purchase.

Off Topic / Hi again!
« on: October 19, 2016, 12:58:58 PM »
Wow!!!! It's been a while since I've posted on here. I've finally gotten through the worst (hopefully) of my most recent mental health episode and realized I hadn't picked up my dolls in months let alone tried customizing. Thought I'd post here to check in. How is everyone? It's been a while!

Customs / Question About Bleaching?
« on: June 15, 2016, 05:43:36 PM »
So I want to lighten a doll's skin tone. Before anyone gets mad at me, it's because I'm creating a custom character with vitiligo, so I'm only trying to lighten a few small spots on the doll and I'm definitely not trying to offend anyone, lol.

I've heard using skin cream with hydrogen peroxide works to get spots out of vinyl and can sometimes lighten the surrounding area but other than that I don't have any ideas... Would a bleach solution work? The only issue is I'm trying to lighten only a very concentrated area, so I can't just submerge the whole doll in bleach. Most of all I want the difference to be very noticeable, so there's a pretty contrast between her two skin tones. Worst case scenario I'll just paint the markings in, but I was kind of hoping to find a more permanent solution.

Anyone have ideas or done a custom like this themselves?

My Etsy Shop is having a sale! 10% off all purchases over $30 with the code ARENAFRIENDS. Examples of some customs up for sale are below the cut!

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Wanted / Anyone willing to sell a EAH Cupid body (no head)?
« on: December 31, 2015, 08:37:45 PM »
Looking for an EAH Cupid body (no head please) with hands complete for under $5 shipped... Anyone willing to help me out??

Off Topic / Hunger Games/Mockingjay Fan Thread!
« on: November 23, 2015, 12:52:53 PM »
I didn't see any that were started on here yet, so I figured I'd make my own fan thread for the Hunger Games series! I haven't gotten to see Mockingjay pt. 2 yet, but I can already tell it's going to break my heart.  :cry:

I remember reading those books in middle school and high school, and they were pretty formative to who I am today. As such, I bought in wholeheartedly to the Barbie collector dolls. I currently have Catching Fire Finnick and Peeta, and Mockingjay Gale. I'm hoping for Mockingjay Katniss (since she seems to be the only decently priced one left haha) and Mockingjay Peeta, since he's obviously my favorite....
Been thinking about customizing the dolls so they fit me and my sister's headcanons, or at least customizing a doll to be Johanna (why the heck didn't she get a doll again?)

Anyway, what did you guys think of the series? Which book was your favorite? Personally I thought the books were kind of poorly written, but they were made for a screen adaptation! The films so far have been amazing, and I'm hoping the finale lives up to the hype!
Do you collect the dolls? Any other memorabilia?

Clawdeen's Closet / My Sugar Coated Cedar (not much sewing involved but....)
« on: September 16, 2015, 04:19:04 PM »
So I got Sugar Coated Cedar a while ago, and while I thought she was adorable, I wanted to give her an outfit that would be better for every day, and not just cooking class, lol!

So with a little bit of superglue, some pieces from Spring Unsprung Cedar, and my handy-dandy exacto knife here's what she looks like now!
Forgive the crappy quality!

I removed the apron, gave her modded SU Cedar's shoes, and took the shoulder pieces off of SU Cedar's belt. Then used superglue and the suspenders from Sugar Coated Cedar to create a shoulderpiece/belt that I liked much better.

And then she's wearing some pearls to complete the look.

Wanted / Wanted: City Ghouls Mouscedes and Luna (3-Pack): Looking to Split
« on: September 15, 2015, 11:25:33 PM »
So I really want the 3pack Luna and Mouscedes, but I have no interest in Elle Eedee or her stock. Does anyone have a pack they want to split? Or does anyone really just want the 3-pack Elle? I haven't gone out doll hunting in a while, but I'm pretty sure they're on the shelves at my local TRU/Walmart, so I could pick it up and ship Elle to whoever wants it, but I was kind of hoping someone on here was looking to sell non-shimmery Luna/Mouscedes.

Off Topic / Disney's Attractionistas?
« on: July 27, 2015, 01:15:02 AM »
So I found this image on tumblr and did a little bit of google searching... Apparently Disney is coming out with a line of roller coaster themed dolls that are based on the famous rides at Disneyland DisneyWORLD... I wasn't able to find out much more information but I'm such a nerd for Disney so I LOVE this idea!!! Has anyone else heard about this?? There didn't seem to be a lot of info out there, despite the photo...

I read somewhere they were planning on introducing a character based on the Teacups, and maybe some other rides as well!

Customs / Curiosity Killed the Cat! (Mini Custom)
« on: June 06, 2015, 07:58:57 PM »
I was playing around with the new Skelita my dear friend Onaca (our writtenhuman) got me for my birthday and appreciating her perfect faceup. It reminded me that I had a wonk-eyed Scaritage Skelita hiding in one of my drawers and gave me the idea to compare the two... I was digging through the drawers trying to find her, and happened upon Ghoul Chat Catrine, who's very pretty but I just never really connected with. her head had started to yellow, so it no longer matched her body.... Long story short I head swapped Catrine with my wonky Skelita and I think I accidentally made my favorite doll ever!!!

Meet Curiosity! (Who I've named after the Mars rover since I can't come up with a more fitting name)

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I'm in love. I'm thinking about repainting her so she fits in with my customs and blushing her head to make it an even better match for the skeleton body. But for now she has the place of honor on my desk, where she watches me work.

Now I have a plain Skelita and a bony Catrine! Thinking about putting glitter on Skelita's new body and turning her into La Muerte from the Book of Life....

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