Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Iplehouse Box Opening! Venezia + Cookie

Hello!!! Well, as you can see Venezia and Cookie are here!! Iplehouse only took 1 month from my order to shipping, and it got me on a day I was really stressed about some news regarding customs, so I got a despair moment, to be honest.

I have something to share before going into the opening. First of all, thank you to everyone who read and hears my constant whining about customs, and those who try to give me hope when I'm a ball of negativity. Here is a mandatory photo of the outside box, and the box opening starts under the cut!

The opening is also on DoA, and you can see it here!


I have an anecdote! You won't believe this, it was a pure coincide, planets alignment, I don't know how to call it, honestly.

The thing is, I have 5 packages stuck at customs, the 5th being this one. The 4th package got blocked because I paid customs "too fast", so on Friday 30th, I went to customs with my husband to request a special procedure to release it. I arrived five minutes early before the opening, and was in line waiting with the husband. Customs officers where weighting and moving some packages, and I was literally lost in my mind... then I see a door opening, a guy comes out with one of those carts loaded with packages... and an MSD sized box with Iplehouse's logo!! I immediately hit the hubby with my elbow and said "Coco!". He looked at me, puzzled, and I corrected myself: "Venezia!!". And the postal officer passed right in front of us. I couldn't believe it was her, and hubby kept saying me that 'Venezia came out to say hi" so I could relax (I was a ball of nerves and negativity)... and on Friday evening the tracking updated! And I got the notice to pick her up on Monday!! EMS DOES WORK!! I still have 4 packages stuck, but having her safe and sound here is perfect enough.

Okay, okay, here are more photos!



I got her a pantyhose, because I cannot find that fabric in here, and a black wig. I was confused because I thought it didn't have bangs, but it does! However, once brushed it looked right like in the promo photos! Size is 6-7".

First, I opened the pet doll! She is going to be Cookie's animal form :D The assembly manual is simply printed on a regular white paper. And every box was individually wrapped with bubble wrap!









The certificate is just so pretty!! Loved those tiny colorful animals! The box inside does not have any sort of cushion or foam, but the pet was secured with several layers of foam. I will make a cushion, though. I need it to store Cookie safely.









As you can see, she came with the acrylic eyes already on. I tried to open the head to change them, but she is really tightly strung. I'm gonna study the assembly manual and do it later, when I'm more calmed down xDD Is anyone interested in a pose-ability review? Some comparisons with my 16cm tinies and minis? Let me know!

And now, it was time of the main event! I must confess, I grabbed the box and put it on the table, then slowly took the foam out... and when I saw the box I started crying! I couldn't believe it! Two years of saving, a lot of stress with customs, but here she is!! And they are this year first post!!! Poor husband came to hug me, because I was ugly sobbing and all xD

Anyways, the box appears to be some leather-ish thingy, and it is so pretty!!!







I bought her some hazel urethanes, but that package has been stuck at customs for 2 months already!! D: So for now, she will have to use some backup glass eyes I had in my doll-stuff. And my bday present have been stuck for 5 months, and the national tracking stopped working on Friday =S Other packages' work fine, though =S







And there she was!! Her feet, hands and head were covered with bubblewrap, and the faceup protector! I ordered JID Violet though the Doll Choice. The skintone is glow Light Brown, with glamour breast, mobility joints and Stella's faceup. For the latter, I requested black eyebrows, and no black line between the lips.







At this point, I tried to move her leg, and apparently the knot (the string goes from leg to leg, not like traditional stringing) was right in the joint, and she couldn't stand, because the know pushed the string. It took me half an hour to manage to get the knot on the tight, and not having it pushed against the knee or the crotch. Floppy Iplehouse stringing, honestly. Otherwise, she has the right tension and is so pretty!!

Here is a photo of the hip/mobility joint structure, for the curious:



And here are photos with the wig and temporary eyes!









The last one was a naked BFF finally together, because I got Coco naked so I could compare their bodies! Is anyone interested on a comparison, or body pose-ability review for the JID?

Anyways, I'm really happy!! I can't wait to start sewing for her, and start sharing a little of their story, now I have them both!! So many ideas!! I'm trying to stay positive, hoping the urethanes eyes (I have 5 incoming pairs, dang it) will arrive soon. Dang customs and how they stress me out. Now, if you allow me, I'm gonna go screaming and fangirling around the house, scaring my cat xD

Thanks for reading!

20 comments :

  1. Big congrats on getting her home so fast! ♥ She is really beautiful and looks great with Coco as well :3 I think I have the same wig in a different color for one of my girls, I also thought that it had no bangs so it was a bit of a surprise XD It's still a great wig, though! Hope your eye order gets home soon too, so you can try the urethanes on Venezia~ (Love her name btw!♥)

    The cat seems to be just the perfect size as a companion for MSD sized dolls, I've personally been a bit disappointed with Iple's cats since they look so tiny compared to SD+ :< But for a MSD collector they seem great and I'm sure they look good with tinies as well!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Yeah, that wig surprised me, but when I started combing it, it looked just like the promo photos!

      Thank you for the good wishes about the eyes! I can't wait to have them, as I want to make a review!

      The cat is perfect for MSD in my opinion, but she will be Cookie's kitty form, so they belong to different stories! Although I already have an idea for a dress and photo with Calina xD

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  2. ♥‿♥ She is amazing! Congratulations on getting her home! I can understand the sobbing part, after such trouble with customs and waiting - it is some kind of release. And the kitty is so cute!

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    1. Thank you so much, you are too kind!
      Yes, it was sort of a release, and being amazed that she was home!

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  3. Muchisimas felicitaciones!!! Venezia es bellisima!! y Cookie es adorable, me ha dejado encantada, posa muy bien, la pequeña hada.
    Me encantaría que escribieras la comparación que ofreces, ya que no sé demasiado sobre las diferencias entre diseños, aprendo leyendo tu blog.
    Nunca imaginé que Venezia llegaría tan pronto y que sería tan hermosa. Me imagino que ya estarás creando mentalmente trajes para ella. Te felicito, valió la pena tanto estrés y ahorro. Ambas son hermosas.

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    1. ¡¡Muchas gracias!! Sí, no lo puedo creer que las tengo :D
      Y también le diste al clavo, ya he estado pensando trajes para ella, incluso algo para Kitty Cookie :D
      Me alegro tanto que haya llegado rápido!

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  4. Congrats! What a beautiful sculpt. I had my eye on this one too at one point. How do you find her at sitting? My last JID girl couldn't sit unaided which has made me a little shy of IH dolls now. I really love her resin colour. It's so beautiful and the face up work on her is so lovely.

    I'm sorry to hear about your customs woe. Hopefully the other packages will be released soon. I find it strange though they wouldn't release your package because you paid customs too fast. You'd think they would actually appreciate that. I always feel for you over that part of the world and the nightmare customs you constantly have to deal with.

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    1. Thank you so much!! Violet is my fave Iplehouse JID sculpt, to be honest!

      Regarding sitting, she sit straight very easily, it is easy to have her legs crossed on on top of another. I can make a pose-ability review if you want! The glow skin is so perfect, it has the right amount of tooth, so the joints have enough friction without sueding.

      Yes, customs is working like a stack: last in, first out xD I find that strange about the block thing, but apparently the procedure I requested worked. I do hope the rest of my packages start moving.

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  5. Felicidades! Que rico que llegara tan pronto!! Es hermosísima! Es mas cabezona que Coco o es la perspectiva? de todas formas se ven genial juntas. Yo apoyo todos los review y comparaciones que planees. porque me interesa todo, del gato, de Venezia, de todo :D

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    1. ¡¡Muchas gracias!! No, tienen el mismo tamaño de peluca, de hecho, y las pude intercambiar sin problemas. Intentaré hacer cuanto review pueda! Ya logré cambiarle los ojos a Kitty Cookie! :D

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  6. Congratulations Musume, she's delightful and I love her tan (and the kitty)!! Bit of a bugger about customs though, aren't they just the pits? Still I'm sure all will right itself soon.
    Happy New Year!
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. Thank you so much!! She is gorgeous, I'm so happy :D
      And yes, customs is terrible, but at least EMS does work, and hopefully the blocked package should also arrive soon!

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  7. Oh Musume, she's gorgeous. I'm so glad she's finally home to you - she looks amazing with Coco! <3

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    1. Thank you so much!! Happy you like her :D
      I *love* how she looks with Coco!

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  8. Wahh, she's so pretty, and her skintone is so gorgeous @o@ ~ Congrats on your fortuitousness! :D I hope your other packages get released ASAP =O =O

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  9. Congrats on getting them home! And even so fast!
    Kitty!Cookie is cute. I love the Iplehouse Pet dolls a lot. I would definitely love to see some different poses.
    Venezia is truly stunning! What a goddess! I can just imagine how lovely she'll be with brown urethane eyes. :3
    And please do share your stories!! :D

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I've been recording Kitty!Cookie's review, but I still need to record the voice over, though.
      Happy you like them, I'm amazed and so happy to have them! :D
      I will share stories!

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  10. Huge congratulations for Venezia! Her face up is really beautiful, I love the little teeth there, perfect! She and Coco looks really cute together!!! ^O^ <3 Congrats on little kitty too, so adorable!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I loved that faceup, and though I was scouting the Iplehouse website, I saw it at the last and thought "that's the faceup I want!!".
      The kitty is just too cute, right? :D

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