Friday, September 23, 2016

Oh, Jumpsuits, how I love thee...

Hi guys...

This post was supposed to be a shameless plug
on my latest creation,
but instead I would like to celebrate these jumpsuits
by going through all the jumpsuits I've made since I opened my Etsy shop.


Luna modeling the Lola jumpsuit... 

My first ever jumpsuit was this dreamy Pink Lace Peplum Halter Jumpsuit,
of which gross sales I donated to help victims of one destructive typhoon at that time.

January 2012's Pink Lace Peplum Halter Jumpsuit

This OOAK jumpsuit on Violet then flew to a loving private home in the US.

Since I really liked the vibe of a jumpsuit,
as it is sexy in an elegant way,
I designed another one and had it in different
fun prints.

March 2012's Jumpsuit collection

The 2012 Jumpsuit collection extended throughout 2012 as the prints
looked great on the dolls. In 2013, however, I slowed down
making doll clothing in general because
I pursued fashion illustration by the side.

By the end of 2014, I made this cropped jumpsuit
as a holiday outfit.


Sabine was the perfect model for this animal-print jumpsuit

And also to end 2015 with some fancy holidays photoshoot,
I made Anouk this sparkly one below.

Anouk wearing this sparkly cream-colored jumpsuit in December 2015

So, yeah - I love jumpsuits so much, I even made one for myself that I wore
for my husband's banquet event in 2014 =)

I might probably be making one for the holidays because
to me, a jumpsuit is perfect for bringing out the diva in our doll,
but without the bad rep - when designed tastefully.

What do you guys think about jumpsuits?
Do you love 'em, or hate 'em?
Let's chat...



Monday, September 12, 2016

atelierniSHASHA 5th Anniversary Giveaway Winners Revealed!

Hi guys! 

Finally, we are here to draw out the winners
for our 5th anniversary giveaway! 

Yay!

The girls who came, hung out and drew the winners, and of course, the rolling Roulettes!
I made a video of the actual
drawing out and it's now accessible on YouTube.



Thank you so much to everyone who joined in 
and shared how they will style the atelierniSHASHA creation they want to win!
Reading all those comments is just so inspirational - 
I just feel creativity soaring there! 
Thank you so much! 

And to our five lucky winners - CONGRATULATIONS, guys! 

Aki's winner of the Houndstooth Pencil Skirt is Guyloup! Congratulations, dear!

Bree drew out Vana44's name as winner of the Wetsuit set! Yay, Vana! Congrats!


Lola here with our winner of the sparkly blue leggings - the_best_of_barbie! Woot!


Tamica samples the Bikini Set that alltime.ava wins!


and last but not the least, the winning denim jeggings entry - javitxu21! Congrats, Javi from Luna here....

Congratulations to you, all!

Guyloup
Vana44
the_best_of_barbie
alltime.ava 
javitxu21

Edited to add winner list above.

I am very glad to hand you my creations
and totally excited to see your dolls in them! 

Thank you so so much for constantly inspiring me, guys! 
This event is just so much fun for me,
from reading all your fun outfit ideas,
to preparing the girls,
crafting our humble roulettes,
drawing the winners,
recording the actual draw and editing the photos,
to sharing them here with you!

You all inspire me to play and be creative 
and have as much fun with my doll collection!

Super grateful for all the support through my five years - from me and my gals

Thank you so much!

Again, congratulations to all the winners!
I will be contacting you super soon for your shipment details =)

And to those who didn't win for now but are for sure having
a fun time dreaming up those outfits,
thank you so so much!
This would have never been this fun without you, dollies!
And of course, for sure there will be more giveaways to come!

So, stay tuned and watch out for the next atelierniSHASHA
creation - be it a doll clothing,
photos, videos or just about anything fun, ayt!

Xoxo and have a great new week...

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Enter the atelierniSHASHA 5th Anniversay Giveaway!

Hey hey!
As promised, we are again having a simple giveaway 
to celebrate another year of blissful learning, more dolly friendships
and a few hundred doll fashions
 shared to you, my awesome doll friends =)

For our 5th year, I am picking the running top 5 favorite items 
from my Etsy shop for the last 12 months as our giveaway items. 
Five lucky dolly friends will each receive one of these 5 items!


Our five giveaways in the photo above are:

and the Sparkly Blue Leggings that fit most 6th scale fashion dolls
(and that has already sold out from the shop tee hee...)


To enter the contest, just comment to this post
and in your comment tell us
which item/s (yes, you can enter in all 5 item giveaways!)
you like to win and how you would style it with your doll.
For example, you would say,
"I want to win that bikini set for my
Giselle for our next trip, and
style it with a wide brim hat
and espadrilles!"

Easy Peasy, yes?

I will be collecting your comments and closing the
coming of entries by Saturday, September 10, 2016
at 11AM, Philippine Time.

I will try to collate all entries fast as I can
and announce the winners on that weekend, as well.
We also welcome entries from my other channels like
Instagram and 
so it's gonna be an awesome party, Yay!

You can also enter in all sites if you have accounts there.
One entry per site, my dearies,
so maximum entries for you is four =).

If you are too lucky to be able to win more than once,
then you must be some really lucky doll
because you will get them all winnings
as long as your name is called for all.

Okay, I think nothing gets easier than that.

Remember, to think of how to style your dolls
with the giveaway item you want 
and say it in your comment, ayt?
Only complete comments
are considered valid entries.

Okay, okay..

Gotta go now and also spread the news to the others.
Share this post, too if you like =)

Ta-tah!

P.S. 
If you need to clarify parts of the mechanics,
please leave a comment so I can update it, ayt?
Thank you so so much in advance for that, love!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Enjoying this moment...

Whew! What a day today! My son had a school activity, which was so awesome because aside from performing with his school's symphonic band as an alto-saxophonist, he also danced along with his grader schoolmates for the yearly celebration of our national language. I ran my errands after, buying materials and inventory, and shipping orders that when I got home, I had to take a nap (else I'll be cranky the rest of the day ;P )

And now, finally, I had the chance to just enjoy this very moment.

'See, five years ago, I mustered up the courage to open an Etsy shop and list one of the doll fashions I was very proud to make - the sassy romper.

That first romper I made, modeled by my friend's Barbie Fashionista doll
A few months days before that, I had been tweaking the pattern so it would look flattering on my Momoko dolls, and a Fashionista doll I have borrowed from my friend.

Fast forward to this day, all I can feel is pure joy - for having braved miniature clothing making, for the people around me, physically and virtually (that's you) who never fail to inspire me every single day. It has been a rewarding experience - so many lessons were learned, so many parts of me that had been discovered and rediscovered, many many doll clothes shared with you guys, and so many stories told on this blog, and to my social media sites.

I wanted to have like a small cupcake and a cup of tea to celebrate it, solemnly and just close my eyes and take a deep breath but I already brushed my teeth (and ready to sleep soon) haha! So I guess, I just want to pretty much share with you how I feel and how happy I am to be where I am today.

I would remember the first few months getting discouraged - for my first three months, I only had 3 sales. So I consulted my fellow-Etsians and asked if they can take a look at my shop for things to improve. Turned out, I had so much to learn and I'm never gonna forget the very helpful community over at the Etsy forums. Things like having a clean photo background, and SEO-tight product descriptions are two that I have taken action right away. This was my ticket to being found. After those three months, I persisted despite still not getting good sales. I just continued making stuff and learning the ropes - reading everything about running an online shop, to squeezing in designing and sewing doll clothes during weeknights and weekends. I never complained because I was learning so much - the learning will already suffice. I think to learn is to live best. And creating is learning.

I started blogging my journey (though I was still too shy to share) in January 2012, hoping to communicate with the doll community. I started commenting and dropping hello's in my favorite blogs. It sure inspires you to see other people do stuff similar to yours - it validates your being weird to your physical surrounding. People around me would say "because she doesn't have a daughter to dress up so she sorts to dolls", or give me weird looks. The virtual doll community gives you the home you need. This blog, and my blog circle is my virtual dolly home.

Aside from the blogosphere, I also enjoy hanging out over at Flickr, which is just as inspiring! It opened the doors to doll photography. This made me realize that having a clear photo of my handmades is not enough, and that in doll photography, the doll has to have some kind of attitude to be able to present your garment well. During those days, I would just browse through the beautiful images to enjoy and to learn at the same time.

I also joined doll forums, some of which are already now defunct. I read every single article Shugashug had and it really saddened me that she took the blog down - I have learned so much about the Integrity dolls from her. Glad though she's starting to get active again at Flickr and that her early years of blogging at wordpress is still intact.

I also stayed connected with the fashion world by continuing my subscription to Vogue US. Just looking through the pages (so relaxing...), makes me feel like I am also living in the fashion world haha!

It was in 2012 that I started releasing collections, and that the shop is starting to get noticed. One of my first few clients is doll photographer Michaela Unbehau who brought out the best in my simple doll clothings with her gorgeous Fashion Royalty dolls. Later during that year, published author Debbie Behan Garrett of Black Doll Collecting bought tunics and leggings from me and spread the word about my creations. I am most thankful to both who helped my creations be known to the rest of the wonderful community during my early years.

It was quite a slow year for the shop in 2013 when I cropped off some dolly time to go back to illustration. I have always drawing/illustration in my heart and I want to start over again so that in time, I can do both doll clothes making and illustration to be my profession. I'm still working on that dream, but I am so glad that in 2014 I went back to focusing on clothes. This led me to acquiring more skills to strengthen my brand, and to eventually quit my 9-5 job by the end of that year.

Since then, I have been running my shop every single day at the atelier, or should I say, my makeshift workshop. I was like a gypsy, moving from different parts of the house, and finally settled here in a dark room, but makes for a great place to focus on work. The past one year and eight months of having to rely on the shop's income is one heck of a journey. Aside from technical knowledge, I learned so much about myself, and natural resources like time and energy - something I thought I'd have limitless supply of. I have started learning time management the way I wanted to. I started learning management in the area I am so excited about. I started to acknowledge that self-control is freedom.

I actually don't know what this post is all about, but I just want to write what I think right now. I hope that in some way, you have arrived at this part and celebrated with me my 5th year anniversary as a shop owner, among the other hats I wear over at atelierniSHASHA. Thank you so so much, and as we click our imaginary champagne glasses, or tea cups, I hope that in the next 5 more years, I could still write something like this, and we could still click the glasses tee hee... I'm not really a good writer so please bear with my meh writing.. also I'm just really trying to enjoy the moment, despite being too sleepy already haha! Again, thank you so so much for everything. You being here means so much to me.

Before I hit the sack now, let me share with you that I will pop a post sometime over the weekend for an exciting stuff. Stay tuned then, eh? Okay, I really gotta go. I'm sure I'll have an excited kind of post sometime, but for now, I just gotta sleep. In fact, I'll publish this now and edit off the errors tomorrow morning.. LOL!

Chat with you again, loves!