(Hehehe, see what I did with that title there? I’m probably more pleased than I should be)
Hello, lovely readers! I bought a new doll!
(crickets, because nobody is surprised)
And then I swapped her eyes and gave her mermaid hair!
(mild interest piqued)
This is Jackie (right) and her friend Carly (left). They like video games, Artemis Fowl (anyone who gets the joke on their shirts will make my day), and matching t-shirts. And each other, because they’re best friends.
That was what Jackie looked like last Friday.
This is what Jackie looks like now.
I’ve got mixed feelings, friends.
I’m super happy with the way her blue highlights turned out. They’re so pretty and subtle and I love them.
I’m also in love with the color of her eyes with her skin and face paint. They pop without being obnoxiously colored and fake.
So, gorgeous blue highlights+gorgeous custom eyes=gorgeous doll, right?
Eh. I’m not convinced. She’s pretty, she really is, but her entire expression changed when I swapped her eyes. Now she looks sort of wide-eyed and a little anxious. Not exactly in a bad way, but she no longer seems to fit the personality I had conjured up for her and she also no longer looks like a Jackie to me.
In addition, I’m not sure about the new eyes and highlights together. When she had her original eyes (Jackie is an older #49), it looked fine because both the hair and her eyes were shades of blue. But adding in the green/yellow/brown eyes, it doesn’t match so well. The eyes and the highlights distract from each other.
Now I could always switch them back, but there are two little problems with that as well. One, I’m pretty sure I permanently shortened my right thumb a tiny bit asserting my dominance over those pesky eyes while swapping them, and two, I have one of her old eyes in Eileen.
Yes, I said one of her old eyes.
Eileen is heterochromatic now! (thank you, @phoenixphaedrana, I never thought I’d use that word, but here I am)
I fully admit to this originally being an accident. I had two sets of eyes in container on my counter, and I guess I just wasn’t paying attention when I pushed the second eye in (the hazel/green one).
But after positioning the eye the way I liked it, I honestly didn’t hate how it looked enough to pop the eye out and put the other one in, and it keeps growing on me. Plus my thumbs still hurt, heh.
Isn’t she cute? I had never considered the idea of a heterochromatic doll, but now that I accidentally have one, I kind of like it.
So now that I’ve explained the entire debacle in the roundabout way that I did, I’d love your opinions!
I’d also love to hear what you think in the comments.
Interesting doll eye stories?
~quick postscript: a lot of people online have started calling me ‘Nat’ out of the blue. I’m not exactly sure why (anyone know? I’m pretty bewildered) but I’d just like to ask everyone to please not, because I really dislike that name. If you’d like to nickname me, you’re welcome to call me Reese, which is a nickname for Therese. Thanks!~