Boggled – BJD

Every once in a while, I stumble across a new world. Some wholly undiscovered arena of “things people do.” This one came about as a result of a friend on facebook commenting on one of their friends pictures – and the accompanying comment on “bjd” and dolls. What the heck? So, I googled “bjd dolls” and got sucked into a entire world that I didn’t even suspect the existence of. BJD or ABJD stands for Ball-Jointed Doll or Asian Ball-Jointed Doll – as Wikipedia informed me. From Wikipedia: … any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. In …

Tucson Day 1

Today was the opening day of the Gem Mall, one of the larger wholesale shows in Tucson. There are two tents here – one about the size of a football field and the other about 2/3 that size. There are vendors here from all over the world – China, India, Africa, Australia. Probably the only major continent without representation is Antarctica. Although semi-precious gems are the main draw at this show, you can find anything from strands of diamond beads to chips-on-stretchy-elastic bracelets for a $1. It’s very much Caveat Emptor at a show like this though. There’s lots of …