The dress Horo’s wearing was originally intended to be her Oktoberfest dress as illustrated by Koume Keito. However it came out a little bit too shiny and Christmasy for that which made it perfect for this time of year! You may also notice that Horo has a new tail, Horo 1.2!~ Not quite a 2.0, but an update with new features! It’s poseable!
I was surfing deviantART one day for Spice & Wolf illustrations and photos and came across the user Black-Heart-Always who made yarn tails for people to wear. These were of course far too big for doll size Horo however I emailed her anyway wondering if she could make a smaller version. Black-Heart-Always was more than happy to produce the 15″ tail I requested and even suggested the perfect colour scheme as she’d produced something similar in the past, albeit 24″ in size. I did however make a special request, I wanted a wire put inside the tail so that Horo would finally have a tail that didn’t just obey the whims of gravity. Black-Heart-Always was once again happy to accept my request.
I did have some concerns regarding the new tail though. Horo’s original real fox tail had proven to be extremely durable, even after the cat massacred it and I had to sew it back together. I’d really never taken care of it at all, I’d just do whatever I wanted and it accepted it and always looked great. I worried that the yarn tail wouldn’t be able to live up to my lack of care and, to some extent it doesn’t. It definitely requires work to maintain, requiring a brushing and lots of adjustments for photos. But as Horo herself points out in the series, a tail requires care, and the poseability outweighs everything so far for me. And perhaps more importantly, every single person who sees her new tail thinks it’s superior in every possible way to her old one. So who am I to argue? It’s definitely more canon.
My mother really seems to enjoy the holidays, and as such goes all out when it comes to decorating her house and the Christmas tree. Because of this I definitely needed to bring Horo along with me to try and get some photos with her Christmas dress and the tree at the very least. Holidays are always busy with family and friends visiting and socializing but I managed to find some time in between it all to snap a couple shots without someone bugging me too much about playing with dolls.
Hope you had a Happy Holidays! If not, next year is just around the corner!
PS: So jealous of Alice in this last photo.