Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dianna Effner Dolls

      The doll that I find to be the most adorable out there is made by Dianna Effner and her associates. It is called Little Darling and is only 13" tall. Not a fashion doll but a little girl.  I wanted one so bad. They have a long waiting list and a backlog as they are handpainted. I wrote to the company and asked about other options. I was offered a convention model for far less then the hand paint. I jumped at it and that is how I came to have "Mary Jo".

Well was I satisfied?  Nope.  Factory paints don't have the depth and character of the hand painted ones... so I painted mine.

Then I played dress up... and take pictures

Saturday, November 22, 2014

An American Girl Makeover

  I have this compulsion to re do dolls I see in need of some TLC.  I bought this American Girl Kit doll on Evil Bay. She had one eye and so floppy... not gotten too far...I keep busy.

She's got the floppies!

first step...new eyes. I could only find brown and green and afford brown, so she got brown
 first the eyes

 new lip color , some lashes and blush
Now to work on her body
It took all of a 1/2 hour to do the body joints.
legs and arms washed 

had heat the arm in the water and pull out

reheating all to install the joints that had new elastic tied to rings

what you see on the outside joint is the same as what you can't see INSIDE the leg or arm
the locking forceps were my third hand, hold the elastic really tight while I tied knots.

all ready to stuff

 No more floppy legs and arms, Only what came out in stuffing went back in. I had to make sure the areas around the leg and arm joints  shoulders etc were stuffed first, then the rest of the areas were packed  I now have a "new" brown eyed Kit American Girl doll.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cititoy Doll

     Today was one of those sit and stew days. I have been sick since Saturday and just didn't feel like doing anything. So I got out one of the thrift store finds my daughter brought me. I think she only paid like $1.25 for the doll total.
     First off she is dirty. I always use rubbing alcohol first and if that doesn't get it off then pull out the big guns.

she has ink on her back and on one hand and spot on each knee. I got out the steel wool soap pads and srubbed her good.First I took her apart so that I could handle her easier.
After the scrubbing her "skin" felt like the brand new high quality vinyl you find in the higher end dolls. This same face can be found on Dollywood dolls.
 Really pretty now.
Then I start the body blush. 
this doll has some fine molding on the body so I just took advantage of that to make it realistic.
I thought she would look cute with hair... so I went into my dolly stash and found one.
When I get back to sewing, she will need new clothes



Friday, August 15, 2014


I only have one grand daughter right now. She is 9. She wants an American Girl doll. New ones are out of the question but a used one fixed up just for her would be nice. I went on Evil Bay and found this one...
Her wig was dry but not bad, but not blonde either and we wanted blonde, she has a black mark on her chin that became a beauty mark and the black marker on her eye is covered with "lashes". I bought some hair extensions and now she has new hair.  Freckles and blush and she is so pretty now.
I was experimenting with a new design and did a FROZEN type design. The fabric is all that really makes it appear to be that way. It will be made again in red later on.  So now she is ready to be wrapped for Christmas.
some "brocade" slippers too!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Another Patsy

This one is called Patsy Junior on her back but was sold as Pastykins.
As I bought her on eBay

What she looks like now AND compared to Patsy Ann