Origins and Becoming Ciara…
Ciara (pronounced Keer-ah), was my first ABJD (Asian ball-jointed doll), and, over twenty BJDs later, she’s still my favorite.
She’s a Lati Blue Shaina, a 43cm MSD-sized resin ball-jointed doll, ordered directly from Latidoll in December 2007 as a Christmas gift. At the time, I thought she would be my one and only BJD, because I’d never be able let myself spend that kind of money on a doll again. (Oh, how little I knew.)
Ciara arrived at my house on Valentines Day of 2008. On the right is an image from her box opening. She came to me as a basic doll with no wig, painting, or clothing. All she had were these dark brown eyes. In this picture she’s wearing an Essential Ellowyne wig. It often takes me a long time to get dolls painted, clothed, and named. Ciara still didn’t have a name when she got her first faceup.
It wasn’t until my second try at painting her face that I was comfortable enough with the results to come up with a name for her, and she became Ciara on March 26th.
The face she’s wearing now, seen in the photo at the top of this post, was done a year later.
Ciara wears a modacrylic “Ginger” wig, size 6-7, in color Golden Strawberry/Chestnut Brown, and 14mm blue glass eyes from Latidoll.
The Sullivan Saga begins…
It wasn’t long before I started dreaming of more BJDs, and Latidoll totally had me. As Ciara’s personality started to develop in my head, I realized that she had a whole family of sisters who needed to be adopted!
As it turns out, seventeen-year-old Ciara is the oldest of six orphan girls. She’s shy, quiet, and sensitive. In Jane Austen terms, I supposed I’d call her a Jane Bennet. It’s been up to her to take care of them, along with her ten-year-old sister Dana. Ciara came over to this country alone to find work and hopefully earn enough money to bring all of her sisters over to live with her.
Fortunately, she met a neighbor, Bronte Wells, a brooding writer living on a trust fund,
Ciara with Cadence the model
who discovered her sewing talents and introduced her to local models Cadence and Britain. With Cadence and Britain’s help, Ciara’s smocked dresses took the
Cadence and Britain in their favorite smocked dresses
Blythe world by storm and she was able to make enough money to bring over all her sisters in less time than she ever would have dreamed.
Ciara with sisters Sydney, Brigit, and Erin
Today what seems to interest Ciara most is Dillon Kincaid. Coming from the same, poor country is something they have in common. Dillon was living in the same apartment building as Ciara, but they hadn’t met until he brought her one of her little sisters who went missing on the trip over.
Later, Dillon revealed the secret that he, too, had siblings in the old country–only he didn’t know where they were. Then began the drama of finding the boys and reuniting them with their older brother.
Image from the "Waiting for Latis" video.
Ciara has been very supportive.
Don’t tell the others, but Ciara and Dillon are definitely a couple. However, letting all the other dolls know would put an end to all the fun they have teasing them and scheming to get them together.