Visitors to our house always remark on my dolls, which all sit on a long shelf together above my desk; invariably they'll ask if I make everything myself. Originally I would explain that I do the face-ups and make their clothes myself, but now it's got to the point where I do their face-ups, make their clothes, acrylic eyes, wigs and even their shoes and jewellery myself. My most recent guest asked when I was going to start making the dolls themselves too! Which made me realise that since I started collecting BJDs six years ago, my crafting skills in many areas have expanded significantly. I was already a reasonably accomplished seamstress even before I took up BJDs, but certainly making clothes for them has made me more adventurous in clothes designing - and it's improved my hand sewing skills immensely, to the point where when sewing human-scale clothes, friends remark with awe on the tiny size of my stitches. I've learned how to make wigs, including making weft. I've taught myself how to make shoes, using the same techniques used for human shoes - and even written a tutorial on the subject. I've taught myself how to make eyes, and I'm teaching myself how to cast urethane so I can start making urethane eyes. I've taken my existing skills in silverwork and refined them to work on a much smaller scale to make BJD rings set with gemstones. The biggest impact has been on my photography however. I was an indifferent photographer at best before BJDs, with my camera pretty much permanently set to auto - whereas now I know exactly how to get the best out of my camera and how to produce high quality images, particularly macro shots. So, how about you? What have you learned to do since getting your first BJD? What new skills have you acquired? Have you honed an existing skill to a level you hadn't thought possible? What new skills have BJDs inspired you to take up and learn?