Upon first glance of my Second Life profile you’ll see my cocky warning that my imagination is addictive. But, it is! Just not for the reasons one would first think. Those who have followed me through my journey in SL know that I am not here to just create a store and play shop owner. For me, this is about connecting with my inner child and building a world that people can submerge themselves into. I have gone through a lot in the last 6 yrs and SL has been that escape for my art. As I have evolved over the years so has my art. I’ve been very lucky to have faithful friends and supporters who have helped my art to support the space I needed to build in Second Life. From shitty neighbors and unreliable sim owners, I have had to move and sometimes rebuild my space. Each time it has had a new twist, even a new look. I never quite paid attention to how many years I had been in business until I went rummaging through photos to share this blog post with you. I started Dirty Dollies, Little Dollies, and Rag Dollies in approximately 09 and began Kawaii Couture in February 2013 when my products went from mostly doll, adult baby, and child like items to more of a lolita and sweet treats place. I didn’t really plan it that way, but it just happened as I enjoyed building new scenes around me. I’ve been active in the Kawaii Couture line for about a year. New friends often say things like, ” I don’t know how I never saw your store before.” But, the truth is that I have had so many sim problems that I hadn’t truly built, finished, and launched my vision in any of the locations which made every move a brand new build. Now, as I embark on an entirely new gimic for my sim, I’d like to take you on a trip down memory lane! Not only is it neat to look back, but I hope to show others who admire my work that with a little bit of trust in yourself and practice that it’s possible to create anything you can dream of! If you want proof, I managed to learn Blender and hell didn’t freeze over!! *lol*
My First Dirty Dollies Store In The Doll Works Sim 2009
The Doll Works was home to my very first store. It was so popular, even that noobish, that dollies thought it was my sim!
I loved that when I would be changing something or adding a product to my collection that dollies would come and circle around me. I felt like the dolly pied piper of Second Life!
It was here that I met some of my closest friends and deepest loves in SL.
When Doll Works decided to close down their mall and change their sim, I moved my main business to my building space. It was here that I built my very first Doll House Store.
It was during this time that my brand began to change from fetish and doll to more of a little girl dolly feel.
Not long after I created this store I became very successful in the mainstream doll and lolita markets as people got to know my store through Trinity’s No Strings Attached Hunt. Trinity and Dallas were my biggest supporters!
My next store build came in the fall of 2010 when I obtained my first piece of land with scenery and a real view to build around.
This was the first regular building I ever made! My friend Noe had to start me out or I’d have been lost!
I can’t explain why, but I loved creating that store window with the presents! lol
My first treat table! I believe building all of this made me want to make more edibles. Now, my store is filled with kawaii treats!
This was my concept for using doll boxes as my vendors. I even made images on the back to show you the pieces that came with the outfit. At that time, I gave out a matching doll box for your avatar that matched each outfit! I tried putting larger advertising images, but that confused people more because they weren’t typical panel vendors with arrows which were all the rage at the time.
I know there was some sim problem when we decided to board this place up for good, but I can’t even remember why I was upset because it was hillarius when I came back to see that my best friend had boarded up the place and even kicked over the dOllYpOp! vending machine! *lol*
With my new sim I took the chance and began to play with landscaping.
This was probably my favorite place in all of SL, even if it wasn’t all perfected just yet.
I spent a lot of time sitting on the porch of that build with people I love.
When you arrived on the sim you would land on the dock and had to walk up to the land. I loved having the giant mushrooms around.
This was when the idea of flooding the place with dOllYpOp! first pOppED into my head.
It was fun to see people walk around and discover the fantasy.I think this is the point that I became hooked at the idea of becoming better to create even grander ideas.
Some of my favorite designs came out of me when I played in this sim. I was so proud of what I was beginning to create!
I had a lot of love, support, and little girl tolerance from Papa Pope when I began to dream all of this up.
No this is not a shameless plug for my fUGGS boots ( That are currently on sale for 25L until I can replace them as mesh),
but the only tiny view I could find of when I had my giant tea set in the background
along with my first cotton candy trees that gave away cotton candy. I can’t wait to redo those in mesh!!
The building on the left was my very first dOllYpOp concept build. I had originally planned that the blog be somehow connected to
events that we ran here, but life was just a little too busy with my little guy. You can see the hint of my sweet shop coming out
in these builds with all of the candy and sugar things I began putting outside. Oh,
plus you can see the tea cup ride in the pond that I never fully finished, but I totally will in 2014!
This building was my very first concept of a sweet shop named The Babydoll Bakery. Some of my earlier treats are even labeled with this logo. It was only meant to be a prop until mouthies became a popular thing in SL and people began asking for my various treats. So, it’s all their fault that I can’t stop the sweet tooth now!! While this land was cute, again, it was never finished. The landlord sadly couldn’t afford his sim any longer and eventually I had to move. But, alas, a new move means a chance to do this stuff even better then before, right?
This image has more nastalgia to it than I am willing to admit to LOL! This was an image taken from within my store as I was doing a Sour Pickles Karaoke Hunt. My gift theme was all inspired by the 80′s cartoon rocker Gem! I was also working on my Strawberry Shortcake apron ruffles. I feel that this outfit showed a total upgrade to where my art was going. Many blessings are in disguise because it was at this point that I no longer felt like I was any less good at this than the designers that I admired. I still love this dress more than any other because of it. My friends like to call this the only thing not pink that I love! lol
On April 29, 2012 after my sim had closed I took a leapfrom 1/8 sim to 1/2 of a sim with the help of my friend Chobii.
When we first got the land we ran around acting a fool, taking a break from the stress of me lifting my old build, and thus Happy Cupcake Fuckland was conceived! lol
Well, at least that’s what we made our friend think we were gonna call it. While on our excited parade, we changed the sim name just long enough to get some screenies and a landmark to that sim that I still have to this day… labeled Happy Cupcake Fuckland!!
This sim was where I first created the build I called Lele’s Room. People would TP into my store and when they left to explore they realized they
were doll sized, in a giant little girl’s bedroom. I, of course, am that giant little girl, playing off the idea that I am just a big kid at heart.
One of our favorite places to hang out was in my giant toy box. I plan to bring this build back for Doll Festival March 3!!
The cool thing about this build is that I stashed secret places where I could build but no one would see the mess
so that I could enjoy lounging with my friends and still keep my not so ready things sorta private.
But, the best part of that entire room was hands down my T-Rex from D-Lab that would chase you around the bedroom!
( I have to give Chobii credit for that! The only things I hadn’t built were from made from D-Lab and a few other places she loved like Pink Fuel.)
I’m not sure how this happened, but this seems to be the only pic of the inside of the dOllYpOp! soda shoppe.
This was in it’s earliest days. I am quite excited to say that I will be bringing a new mesh version to my current dOllYpOp! sim with a whole new look this year!!
After taking a brief break from SL to play the new Star Wars MMO (SWTOR), I came back and rented a small piece of land I could just build on. I found this cute holiday sim called Icewater Village and set up my very first location of Kawaii Couture. While this store was keeping my land paid for, I started building what I called passion projects… things I just wanted to make instead of trying to make things “for” my store. I have to add in here that the people who run Icewater Village were the best landlords a girl could ask for. It was my only experience, other than my current sim owner, to whom made me feel at home! Thanks again, Icewater Village!
At some point I got terribly sick with strep and it took a long time to get my energy back. I couldn’t even find it in me to pvp in SWTOR. So, I signed up for the Sour Pickles hunt that was themed in comfort items for the cold and flu season. My item was very easy to come up with because all I could think of was how comforting my tea was and how I wished I could just bathe in it! Well, I made that wish come true PLUS pulled out my old giant tea set from my past build (from the fUGGS boot pic you can see just the tea pot) and combined it into a giant kawaii tea set to go with the tea cup spa! I continued to build here until I outgrew my space.
Around April I started to feel better and I became homesick for my little girl toys. I picked up a new 1/2 sim all by myself
this time and began redeveloping not just my Lele’s Room build, but also my store. If you look closely,
you’ll see my current store sitting on top of that snack table! Again, I didn’t tell my unsuspecting guests and sometimes just secretly
watched as people would begin to tp in friends, giggling in kawaii glory. It was a true blessing for sure, especially because at some point Chobii came back to SL and offered her help.
Around the time we were celebrating Chobii’s birthday, I was showing off my brand new store and sim!
At the end of summer we made up this silly story that Lele accidentally left her dollies in her sandbox.
Bored, the dollies began to wander, found some dOllYpOp! left behind, and decided to throw a party until Lele returned.
We had an entire beach full of silly fun, along with an event we wanted to do in the fall called the dOllYpOp! sUmmER do OVER!
I was just too sad to see the summer go away!! I had way too much fun soaking in the sun, drinking dOllYpOp! and also chillin’ on the ice cube floaties.
Sadly, the neighbors and the landlord turned out to be major douches and I had to make the decision to pick up my sim and move all while getting ready for
The Candy Fair. Only a few people were lucky enough to walk this whole build, but you can see lots of picks all over my blog and in flickr!
Who would think something so totally kawaii would become so controversial…. but it did. After working for about 2 months on new products for The Candy Fair
I was kicked from the event when the owners of the event went on an ego trip and said that my products could not be shown at the fair because it was a copyright infringement. I briefly blogged about this in my 6 yr post, but to recap I was in touch with the company (we all know they accused me of copyright infringing), however the company didn’t feel the same. Also, there are no legal copyright infringements whether trademarked or copyright. Oh, and to legally call something a copyright infringement, etc, you have to own that property as well. Since it’s their event and ultimately Second Life had the right to deny my items even being in world if they agreed, I decided to just let it go. Instead, I legally copied the buildings that were sent to the merchants to test and made my own fuck you Candy Fair on my sim. *lol* I don’t think I have seen my creations blogged as much as on this build… and I don’t mean my store sold items but the land and environment I had created. Friends were pointing out bloggers left and right who simply freaked out over how adorable the place was. It was a true joy on my heart after that negative energy. Thank you for that, my dolly friends! Again, you can see picks of this build on the blog and flickr.
There is nothing in this world or Second Life that will take me down. Every time I felt defeated I was blessed. I feel it when
I look over the progression of my art, sealed by the way I felt when the bloggers ate up my sim, literally!!
This time I was shown love not from my items, but just my art. The textures and build they were admiring were all created by me and aside from the Candy Fair houses
it was all my custom building. I say”was” not “is” only because we are now under powdered sugar snow over at tHe dOllYpOp sim. Now with time to focus on the sim, I have been able to begin replacing those buildings with my own mesh designs.
This heart purse is my very first 100% original mesh release in the Bag It! Pack It! Clutch It! Hunt <3
I have spent the winter being incredibly festive with family and tweaking what I feel is my art finally coming full circle into the vision I have wished for.
Do I want to be popular? No. but, what I do want is to make a place where people feel like they dropped into my imagination like a Super Mario Bros’ game.
Since my friends say I give away my stuff too much, I decided I would make a game out of my sim,
finding new ways to allow people to not just receive gifts in a fun way but to have something to do in the kawaii environment.
In honor of the bloggers and friends who shared the love and felt that space with me, I am designing even more into the build that will give you plenty of places
for kawaii pics!! It is my goal that people can just forget about RL for just a little while. It’s Second Life, afterall.
Instead of focusing on others events in Second Life, I will be preparing my sim, continuing to contribute to MadPea events ( fucking love the peas <3), and doing the occasional SL grid wide hunt.
I am having a blast as I learn to use mesh and get the chance to finally feel a real freedom in being able to build things exactly the way I want them! I have made so many things already from cake pops to pumps!! I just need an extra 24 hours in a day to texture it all and learn about this new liquid mesh stuff!!! I am so proud of myself for finally achieving that goal of learning Blender. I feel all badass now! *lol*
If I can help anyone out there who is learning, don’t hesitate to find me, Saucey Sinister, in SL! I don’t claim to be a pro, but I reeeally messed up a lot of things before finally figuring it out.
My sim is open, though under construction! I have no official date since MadPea is having their steampunk gacha event next month. I love the way Kiana’s themes challenge my art and this time what I have planned is going to be quite involved. It’s my wish that I’m ready by my birthday in May so that we can have a May The Fourth celebration.
Words can not express the way I appreciate the support of my dolly friends over the years. I look forward to the new sim bringing forth new blessings in the form of new friends, too <3
You bring your imagination and I’ll bring the dOllYpOp!
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Find Pope’s Sissy Boy & Fetish Wear @ Pope’s POrn Emporium!
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Chobii and I have gone our separate ways, but her influence remains in my art to this day. You can find her blog hErE:
And remember… dRiNk mOrE dOllYpOp! tHe pOp! tHaT kEEpS yOu bUbblY!
Special Thanks goes to Lorena Chung of Lorena Chung Estates for providing me a safe place to build.
If you need land, she’ll be there for you!