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Rearranging an Island, or how I moved Camellia to a smaller set

As part of moving every object in my house to a new location, I had to move Camellia’s set.

Here’s the old set, on top of one of my workshop tables

The full set

And here’s the new set, in the wire bookcase that used to hold my indoor sets.

Since she’ll be changing her set again next week, I didn’t give it a ton of thought. I just moved over what I could.

As I was moving the set, I realized that anyone who recalled the old set might wonder how two enormous palm trees had suddenly disappeared from Camellia’s island. Windstorm? Tsunami?

What I didn’t think about was the change in the depth of focus. On her old set, there was much more physical distance between the front and back of her set, which gave the background a pleasant blur when I zoomed in on the foreground. In the current set, there just isn’t enough distance front to back to achieve the same result. That means that every little crease in the backdrop now shows up with crystal clarity.

The view from the side is much better, since there I have enough space for some good depth of field effects.

. . . but it’s the panther returning

But, straight on, it looks very much like what it is – a very narrow shelf with some plastic flora and a photo backdrop.

Camellia works on binding the wood together

If I’d been thinking clearly (which I wasn’t) I would have tacked the backdrop to the wall and moved the shelf a foot or two away from it. But I was in a huge rush, having missed my normal Monday deadline by two days due to a distinct lack of electricity in my workshop. Once I got that sorted out on Tuesday night, there wasn’t much time to play around with the set.

On the bright side, I’m totally in love with Camellia’s face. She manages to express an enormous range of emotions without being able to change her facial features at all.

She changes into the new dress, while the dog sleeps


In my (almost) 60th year on earth I decided to set my fashion dolls free of their clothes and accessories and send them on adventures. This is your window onto my own adventure into a land of crafts where I have zero skills, talent or mentors. Wish me (and my dolls) luck!

7 thoughts on “Rearranging an Island, or how I moved Camellia to a smaller set

  1. If you’d like some help editing the background (the creases) I’m happy to send a little “how to” guide for photoshop. It wouldn’t take much at all to at least hide them if it really bothers you.


      1. my email is plasticallyperfect(at)gmail(dot)com. If you’ve got a place I can send instructions, that’d be great. I have pictures, too 🙂


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