a wee bit terrifying

Mallow's new Brainworm chips arrived yesterday, so I had another go at removing her chips with the gluestick method. It did not work. I've never had this issue before; that method has always worked for me! But after the twentieth time, I just had to accept that those chips weren't coming out. So I opened up her wee fluffy head, pried out her eye mech, and disassembled it so I could soak her individual eyes in hot water.

Um... SCARY!

Luckily this was really effective and when I broke out the gluesticks again, this time they popped right out. But I must admit it was very puzzling to me to try and re-assemble the mech. There's a first time for everything?

Now I'm not too sure what I think about her dark brown chips... they look almost opaque! But at least if I change them out again, they won't be so difficult (I hope)!

Next up will probably be a hair treatment. Mallow is in Hermione Granger territory!

sister stroll

My first girl and my newest on their way somewhere very important, I'm sure! School, perhaps? An "I Can't Wait For Autumn" party? I'd throw that party!

Mallow's head is currently unscrewed, and one set of chips (her green set) is only half present. I've never had so much trouble removing a chip! Usually it takes one tug and they pop right out. I must've tried a dozen times to pop that sucker out. I may have to remove her mech and soak it, but I'd rather get more chips for her before I do that...

I just love brown eyes on a Blythe! Mallow already has a set, but a darker brown would be a lovely addition, I think! I have the yellow set just waiting.

box-fresh Mallow

I always leave a girl in her stock for a few days; sometimes I am nervous to take them out of it. I know this is probably weird -- I don't even like Coco Collette's stock too well, nor did I like Prima Dolly Paris's or Simply Peppermint's -- but I just like to get to know a girl on my own time. I think it's part of my "bonding" process.

But the other day I took a new family portrait (yay!) and of course, because I have weird color organization tendencies, they all needed to be wearing pink in their own special little ways. I had bought this little floral frock on Etsy quite cheaply, but when Mallow arrived I held it up to her and thought, "Oh, this seems too plain for her," and put it to the side to slip onto another girl. Just before I headed out into the unbelievable heat to take a portrait, though, I did give the dress a go... and I think she looks perfectly sweet in it! Meant to be, I think!

How pleasing! I am already really in love Mallow and how she fits into my family.

As I've said, like most CoCos, she has an eye mech issue that I'll eventually attend to, and I do want to switch out some of her chips... and I know she could do with a hair treatment. Her bangs are pretty wonky and uneven on one side. But at the moment I love the floaty quality of her hair, which has a tiny amount of wave and curl in it. Something about Mallow is very delicate and airy, despite her flawed eyes and crooked fringe, and I don't want to lose that airiness somehow.

My last NRFB girls were Very Vicky and Vinter Arden a while back, and both of them came with traumatizing hair issues that required treatment before I had even named either of them, so to be honest, I am just glad Mallow didn't arrive with her hair in literal knots!

Mallow Sweet

My cute pink-haired girl arrived and I am pretty pleased with her! Her hair is a light and cool pink, but still pinkier than it looks in most pictures I've seen of her (including these). It just really reflects light!

Her complexion is very pinky and happy. When she is standing next to my Vinter Arden, Klara, she really makes Klara look super-pale!

I hear many Coco Collettes have come from the factory with some wonk in their eye mechs, and this is true for mine as well. (My friend L also bought Coco and has the exact same quirks mine does.) I've seen at least one Coco with a really crooked mech, but my girl's looks normal until you flip to her pink set, which has a marked downwards gaze. It also becomes harder to pull her string and flip her eyes from the pink set. Weird!! I haven't opened her up to investigate but this seems strange to me!

However, I still really like her! She fits right into my family perfectly. I'll take more pictures of her once her box hair calms and/or I give her a little hair treatment. Her fringe is really staticy right now! My girl has thin, light, and fluffy hair and a very airy feel, so I have named her Mallow. I can't wait to pick out a couple new sets of eye chips for her!