Retrograde Works Custom Repainted Dolls and Toys

I'm Elly and I focus mainly on custom repainted Monster High and Ever After High dolls :). I'll paint pretty much anything, though! I love working on all different kinds of toys. I collect, customize, and covet.

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I found this tiny little jumping spider hanging from the backdrop in my studio!  It was a perfect opportunity to try out my new lens :3.  I placed it back outside when I finished this little video, so it could continue its tiny adventures.

The way it wriggles its butt before it jumps makes me so happy <3.

I’m loving my new camera!  What do you guys think?





She pointed out the sexism in video games, so men threatened her until she fled her home

On Monday, Anita Sarkeesian posted a segment titled “Women as Background Decoration.” It examined how gratuitous sexual abuse and violence permeates contemporary video games. By the next day, she had received so many violent threats that she had to flee her home. And these weren’t idle Internet threats — some contained accurate identifying information about Sarkeesian’s home and family, enough for law enforcement to get involved.

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The people who say that there’s no sexism in gaming; do they ever wonder why “trolls” consistently target people who point out sexism and take it to these extremes or is the whole thing just random chance to them every single time?

Wow. I watched this video a few months back, and I had no idea this had happened. I ultimately stopped being an active online gamer due to the harassment. Getting a message saying “hey whore” every time I logged onto PSN. Or being told a variety of sexually explicit things while playing online… it’s exhausting. Poor girl.

IDK if all this happened before she uploaded the second half of that video but regardless, I’m happy she did and I’m proud.

There’s a reason all of my MMO characters are male:  So dudebros don’t harass me.  The only exception was my Goblin DK, but that was well after I’d been with my guild for years, and beforehand, it was a Blood Elf male.  This is why I don’t use VOIP (that and being made fun of because I don’t sound the way women are expected to isn’t fun).  The attitudes in raids are wholeheartedly different depending on which gender your character appears to be/which gender the members think you are.

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Being Poor: Birth to Present.


• Maintenance and repair of small appliances and automotive issues.

• Household upkeep, including landscaping and lawn care

• Constant comparative analyses of cost versus quality/return-on-investment of all purchases.

• Solve specialized problems with creative use of non-specialized tools.

I dunno man, I’ve spun every single one of those around into a positive on a resume before XD (got the jobs, too).


Frogfish are a variety of anglerfish that make up the family Antennariidae and can be found in tropical and subtropical waters.

They spend most of their time on the sea floor waiting for prey, which consists primarily of crustaceans and other fish. It begins to quietly stalk the prey by walking along the floor using its pectoral fins. When it is ready to strike, it rapidly opens its mouth to twelve times larger than normal, sucking up water and the fish.

These frogfish typically have many projections coming off of their body, which helps give the frogfish camouflage.

Image credit: Paul Rudder


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Top photo is the room I was in (now The Child’s room), other photos are the room I’m in now (and we really really hope the A/C is properly fixed and will not leak on the ceiling in here again.)  Things will continue to be tweaked in here, I’m sure (like…figuring out if I want to keep the big pictures leaning against the file cabinet by the door.  I’m actually sort of starting to enjoy having some bare walls…)  Closet is full of cloth, floor has larger space for cutting things out, someday I’ll take advantage of that (well, no, I need to get into the habit of cutting stuff out on the kitchen table.  My back and knees will be happier.)  Dunno if I’ll keep that little curtain up on the bookcase—yeah, it hides extra-visually-cluttery stuff, but…it kinda looks weird as it is, too…)  Anyway.  Dolls.

Wow, it does look a lot brighter in there!  Everything looks great :D!

So, yeah.  If you ask for a layaway and then I make it, please don’t drop off the face of the planet.  The only thing that makes me angry is when you flake out and just don’t let me know anything.  I don’t care if you changed your mind, I just need to know.  That’s time I could be listing my work for someone who -is- interested.  I removed my listing and made a custom one that only you could see.  That’s listing fees I gotta pay twice =_=.  Please don’t waste an artist’s time.  A simple, “I changed my mind,” or “No, thank you,” is plenty and I promise, it won’t hurt my feelings a bit.  I JUST WANNA KNOW O_O.

I’ve heard zilch from the buyer for Manny, so he’s back on the market!



An introspective journey of artistic self discovery, presented as a 6 page comic.


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Well, this is how we’re gonna end up with sand spider bites, for one.  Second, human saliva carries shittons of bacteria and can be toxic to other animals.  Third, this is just stupid, wtf are you doing?

I’ve had to pee for a while but Angel is just so goddamned snuggly.