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Franky's Family by lulufae
Franky's Family
At last, all sorted!

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Snuggly Idiots by lulufae
Snuggly Idiots
Because they were being adorable!

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Saw it on a wander on here, thought I'd give it a whack :)

1. Have your tastes changed in sculpts over the years?
Oddly, no?! I thought they might have, but honestly, for all I think the newer lot of hyper realistic resin is beautiful and I love looking at it, I could never own it. It's just not my bag at all and I find myself still incredibly drawn to the same styles I always was even now, a decade in!

2. Do you have pre-made characters for the dolls that you get home which must fit a certain description, or, do you get them home and let inspiration hit?
I've tried the latter, it NEVER works for me, so it's better if I stick to the characters I have and they seem to suit me just fine :)

3. What do you do when you get hooked on a particular sculpt and want it home right here, right now but can’t as you have to save or some other reason?
Wait. All things are obtainable and if this hobby has taught me nothing else, it's that patience will, in the end, win out. EVERY. TIME.

4. How many dolls are too many to you personally?
Tricky question. Too many for me isn't really a number, it's more of a "I do nothing with you, you'd be better not in a resin shell" sort've thing? The ones I barely touch get sold off even if the character is still mentioned or sometimes written in the world I continue to play with.

5. What are your thoughts on dolls with already pre-existing characters from movies/books/cartoons/etc.?
If it makes their owners happy, great! Like many things in this hobby, I really don't care what other people do with their resin tbh.

6. Acrylic, glass or urethane? And why?
Glass. Glassglassglass. GLASS. Acrylics lack any sort of depth, they don't ping in a shot, they're dull, they don't have LIFE...and urethanes are a pain in the arse, go yellow, usually have flat backs and cost ridiculous money for a mediocre product. YMMV.

7. How much does yellowing bother you? What is acceptable before you want something done to liven up that old yellow resin skin?
Honestly? Fuck all. I barely even notice it these days and I own some bananas! The only time it ever actually spurred me to sell a doll was the single time I owned French resin and that was HORRENDOUS.

8. What are your thoughts on anthro BJDs vs actual animal BJDs?
Creepier/weirder the better and I say this fully knowing I own a LOT of the DC 'creatures'! :D

9. How small is too small? How tall is too tall? Or does height even matter to you?
I can't handle anything under about a Yo size. My hands shake too much and I just find them unposable as a result. As for the taller end, I don't go above 68cm's purely because anything bigger looks ridiculous with the rest of my collection.

10. Do you talk with your resin buddies while painting them, dressing them, just because?

God yeah, doesn't everyone?!

11. Do you have a doll you love but will probably never have because finances or impossible to get?

Yesss. I think we all have these. For me it's a Freakstyle Salome and IrealDoll Nur, both in tan. The impossibles do have a habit of becoming possible tho, so who knows!

12. Do you have a favorite clothing company where you go and buy clothing and/or shoes from?

Nahh, I make most of it and the rest is carefully bought from all over the place!

13. Your favorite pair of shoes you ever got home?
Orly's sparkle heels! God they're beautiful!

14. Favorite accessory?
I think it has to fall to the MSD desk chair. It actually has a roll top desk that goes with it, but my god that chair and I have a love affair of epic proportions!

15. How many times have you had to redo a face-up in a day?
Never had to redo one in a DAY, tbh. They get redone when they're damaged or just old and I fancy something new instead. S'about it.

16. Ever sat screaming and cursing at your sewing machine? Or even if you’ve sewn something by hand? Tell us a bit about one of those silly outbursts!
Eddie's jacket. Honestly, I'm still too traumatised to speak of it.

17. In the past year have you had to find homes for some of your resin buddies?

Sell them? I sell when I reshell or think a character isn't in need of a resin form anymore, so yeah, I've sold a few this past year.

18. Have you ever made any miniature furniture of any kind or do you prefer to buy it?
I've made a lot, I've bought a lot too. Honestly, it's really more of a question of whether the thing I need is available as to whether I end up making it or buying it, over a preference.

19. What would you do if one of your dolls went green or banana yellow? Would you try and salvage the damage somehow by mods and the like, or would you reinvent their character?
IF HAHAHAH yeah, IF. Oh please, more than half of them are 8+ years old, they're yellow, you get over it. Also Raf is Beauty Green and proud, thanks.

20. Ever got two dolls or more home in a year?
Yip, pretty much every year, I think.

21. Are there a certain theme going style/face-up/accessory/other wise? Or are they all fairly different from one another?
I dunno if you'd call it a theme? I paint them to be their characters, so I guess that's the theme?

22. How much is too much to pay for a doll/how little is too little? And why?
Not sure I have an upper limit tbh. If I wanted something THAT badly and had the spare funds kicking about, I'd probably go for it. Nothing is too little, if it's free, GREAT.

23. Do you do mods? Show us some of your work! Would you do them on rare/limited sculpts?
Yes and yes! I think pretty much my entire gallery answers this question in spades!

24. Do you prefer getting dolls home blank so that you can do your own face-up, or, do you prefer to have the company paint them for you?
Loathe company faceups with a burning passion. I own precisely ONE, on the first doll I ever bought, and that was a custom one done to my request, everyone else comes home blank or with a faceup on already that I liked enough to keep.

25. Do you keep up with the various companies releases, events and the like?
I keep up with the companies I favour and tend to ignore the ones I'm not interested in. I think I have a pretty broad overview of the resin releases.

26. Ever hated having to cover up a body with clothing because the sculpting was absolutely divine and you’d rather just be able to watch all that naked glory for all time?
...tbh, I have a few that are mostly naked for this very reason, ain't gonna lie...

27. What is your favorite wig brand?
Don't have one, I pick and choose from all over depending on what I need.

28. How many pairs of shoes do you own for your dolls?
HAHAHAHAHA oh god...legit have no clue?! least 3 pairs each? Probably more...

29. How many wigs do you have for your dolls?

I...have no idea. They have at least one each, some of them have a few different styles...

30. Do you have a favorite set of clothing? Do you own it?
I'm very partial to Orly's Sea Melody set. It's Dollheart from back in the days before they were shit and I love that thing with an unreasonable level of stroking involved ehehe

31. Do you have a favorite outfit you’ve made yourself?

Quite fond of Mis' entire wardrobe since I made it all :)

32. Ever commissioned someone? And what for?
Yes. I've comm'd ONE faceup, for Fathead a long time ago, and I got Raoken to make Orly's corset. Also a long time ago.

33. How many pair of eyes do you have, spare and in use combined? not know, 40+?

34. Ever called in sick because of an incoming package?
Never needed to. When I worked out of the house, I had them delivered to my old workplaces!

35. What have been you longest wait? And the shortest?
Ahh the great Narin debacle...that was like...8 months? Might have been longer, on a promised 3 month delivery time. Shortest was probably on a second hand doll that took a couple of days since I bought in country.

36. Do you prefer shooting single shots or group pictures?
I actually much prefer them in groups, or at least pairs. I like to get some interaction out of them and that's only going to happen when you have two or more.

37. Do you prefer male or female dolls?
Male. I don't own a girl anymore.

38. Ever had that one piece of accessory you could never quite find and are still searching for years later?
I'm still hunting for a suit that FITS Fathead....

39. Ever had trouble settling for a sculpt for a given character and had to buy multiple sculpts home before finding that perfect one?
GOD. YES. I usually have pretty solid luck, but there's always one or two that delight in making life AWKWARD!

40. Do you keep a journal in where you write all of your doll related ideas and plans even if they wont always come to fruition?
Nooo. I just keep it all in the noggin!

41. Ever shot some naughty naked/nude pictures? If not, why?
...a lot. I mean, have people SEEN my gallery?!

42. What are the longest time you’ve had a layaway running? If you’ve never done one, why are you refraining from making use of this service?
If I can't afford a thing, I don't buy it. I don't see the point in layaways.

43. Do you mind not being able finding a whole lot of pictures of a given sculpt you want home or do you like it’s exclusivity?
I don't really mind either way tbh? If I think I can make a thing work, I'll give it a good go regardless of whether anyone else has it!

44. Are you more of a share all the pictures type of person or more of a keeping them all to yourself and only share a select few?
Honestly, these days, I VERY rarely post pictures. Got sick of them ending up on tumblr/pinterest...everybloodywhere that I didn't put them.

45. How good are you at sticking to your plans if, say, you told yourself you only were to bring home one more this year and then go on a break?
I've been on many breaks and always come back. If I have a plan for a certain sculpt, by the time I reach that decision, it's a pretty solid one and I'll hold out for it.

46. What doll body is your favorite?
DELF. God, original Delf bodies are just THE SHIT.

47. Who in your resin crew has gone through the biggest transformation since arrival?

Hmm...well, a lot of them started as children and grew up to be adults over the course of the past decade, so that's meant changes from tinies, into MSD and then SD. Probably those are the greatest transformations.

48. Do you pamper some more than others?
...*shifty face* no...

49. Ever bought something (dolls, clothing, accessories) that looked amazing in the pictures but turned out to be nothing like it upon arrival?
Oh hell yes, wigs, primarily! Leekeworld are notoriously shit for that!

50. What are your continued plans for this year?
Rock on and enjoy! :D
His Office by lulufae
His Office
It's a bit eyebleed but very comfy and contains all he needs to work, so you have to say he's got that work life balance pretty spot on!

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LizAdeniji Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here you are! I've been working on starting a make-over for my MNF Shiwoo elf and I remembered Trystan as being the doll who originally made me fall in love with the mold in the first place. I've been searching all over the old doll forums and doing google searches for your old website, but it had been so many years I thought maybe you had left the hobby! After hunting all morning I found you here and I am glad, you're posing and photography makes me smile just as much as it always did. I'll be sure to follow. :)
lulufae Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, thank you so much! I didn't think anyone still remembered my lot anymore ehehe I must admit, I come and go from what has become of the community, but I've always kept the dolls, they mean too much to me to give them up, so I'll always be playing with them, I'm sure :)
LizAdeniji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a friend in Texas who's been scouring boards trying to figure out where everyone went! She really wants to try to make some social connections through the hobby (I met her through a doll meet I organized years ago when we both lived in Florida). We're slowly finding new avenues of doll collector connections. DevArt, Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram, even some still on Livejournal! We've been rediscovering old collectors and finding new ones as well as learning all about new doll makers... it's different, but it's becoming fun again. :) I did sell a lot of my collection, but I still have my core dolls that were hard for me to get and that I would never give up :D
lulufae Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of people just up and left tbh, I think after the recast debacle and the hot mess that is tumblr, it was the final straw for a lot of the older collectors. Must admit, I toyed with not coming back myself, but in the end, I figured I'd just carry on doing my own thing and enjoy it *nod* Glad to hear you're finding new fun again tho :D
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