Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ever After High Stuff

I finally decided to give Chinese website AliExpress a whirl, and my first purchase ended up being two pairs of Ever After High shoes. I picked them up from the post office today, and I'm happy with both pairs. Since they're not "official," they're not painted like many EAH shoes are, which I like, since they don't "go" with any particular doll's outfit or color scheme that way.

The first pair of shoes are from the outfit of Legacy Day Madeline Hatter. They look very pretty as Madeline wears them, with the teacups in different colors. I would also like these if they were all gold; Maddy's shoes are mostly bright gold, and I like the color. I'm not sure how well these shoes would take paint, however, since they are not solid plastic, but a bit more like rubber. In any case, they're beautifully detailed. Since I don't have a Maddy, Holly stepped in to model.

I could try just highlighting some of the details on these shoes with paint. That would be less of a worry than painting the whole shoe and wondering if the color will stain the doll's foot.

The next pair of shoes was designed for Cedar Wood. On Amazon, I saw a picture where the straps are a bright pink, and the leaves and the branches on the platforms made to stand out with some black shading behind them. Again, I might consider doing something with these shoes to bring out the patterns on the platforms. I also don't own a Cedar Wood, but since Ashlynn Ella not only loves nature, but can never turn down a new pair of shoes, she was glad to model for me.
Not only does Ashlynn have new shoes, but a very special furniture piece. I blogged about wanting to repaint this item about a year and a half ago, but I'm glad I never did. It belonged to a Cinderella doll set my youngest daughter had, appropriately enough, a shoe shop.
This bookcase reminds Ashlynn of her beloved mother, Cinderella. It even has a picture of her Dad, Prince Charming.
For now, I'm also going to display books from Legacy Day dolls on top. I only have one book right now, belonging to Briar. I'd like to get Legacy Day Ashlynn and Cerise Hood at some point, if their prices go down. Getting into Ever After High late, I missed getting some of the earliest dolls at good prices.
I have actually started painting some other furniture I have, now that the weather is warm enough (some days) to spray on an initial coat of Krylon before I start the actual painting. That will make up at least one other post, probably more. I'm documenting my work every now and then through the process.

Two more things:
1. I got both of my daughters watching the Ever After High webisodes. That actually made them interested in looking at my dolls! :) My youngest daughter even suggested she should get a Holly doll, and her sister a Poppy doll. My eldest daughter likes dying her hair, and just dyed one side purple, although it's more of a Raven Queen purple.
2. When I got my Legacy Day Briar in the mail, my husband brought the box in and opened it for me. At which point he said, "Briar? Don't you already have two of those?" (I do, First Chapter and Spring Unsprung.) I guess he does pay some attention to my dolls (although in this case I think a lot of that is because I've been buying dolls from our shared Amazon account.) He also watched a couple of EAH short videos with me, although he didn't get sucked in like my daughters' did. :)

Has anyone else gotten any doll items from AliExpress? I know SmallerPlaces has, and also BlackKitty.

14 comments:

  1. Love the shoes with the tea cup heels!

    I've been known to spend hours looking through things on AliExpress, but I haven't bought anything yet. Always tempted though! ;)

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    1. The tea cup shoes really are the stand-out of the two pairs, but I liked Cedar's shoes too, as more than one doll can wear them.

      All that dolly stuff is way tempting! I've even seen things for BJDs there.

      Mr. BTEG is constantly getting little things from China for the robotics stuff that he works on, so I decided I wanted to get my own package!

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  2. I have considered buying on Ali Express, but with some of the descriptions, I'm not sure I'd be getting what I actually want. The teacup shoes are my favourite of the two pairs. I usually like Madeline Hatter stuff, but then I'm an Alice person. I was disappointed I wasn't crazy about most of that Waaay too Wonderland line. Tuesday Morning has some Ever After High dolls, plus those Madame Alexander Travel Friends for $7.99. I just got another one! Now I have India, Ireland, and China.

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    1. With this seller, I was able to pick out the exact pairs I wanted, although I had to pay more for them. I don't know that I could ever buy from one of the dealers that sends you randomly chosen items, because most stuff that is pictured, I wouldn't want either.

      Dang it! Now I have to go to Tuesday Morning! :)

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    2. I've had my eye on a cute 18" doll with teeth, but I'm not sure you get the doll with the hair and eye colour you want. They picture several, but the description doesn't quite fit the picture most of the time.

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    3. A good bit of the time, the items are random. If you're not sure, you're probably right that you wouldn't get exactly what you want.

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  3. The shoes are awesome! I do love Aliexpress doll shoes, my Barbies (and MH, to a lesser extent) are so well stocked I feel no incentive to make anything in their size :) Which is good, because I have some dolls with non-standard feet waiting for something custom made to put on.

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    1. I think it's great that you make shoes for your dolls. I've thought about it, but haven't tried it yet. I'm happy with AliExpress shoes so far, though.

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  4. I need to try out AliExpress one of these days. I'm just so intimidated by the whole thing, though. I love Cedar's shoes on Ashlynn. They're perfect for her!

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    1. In my admittedly limited experience, AliExpress isn't much different than ordering from any other online retailer. You do have to be careful and make sure you know what you're getting. Some sellers offer randomly chosen bags of items, so if you only like one or two of the possible items pictured, it's probably not worth ordering something like that. Also, of course, knockoffs abound.

      I think Cedar's shoes look nice on Ashlynn as well. They're a bit of a change from the "glass" ones that came with the doll.

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  5. Hello from Spain: great review. I like very much this doll. Great shoes. Nice pics. Keep in touch

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