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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Patsy Ann

The Patsy family is a big one. When first made they were all composition with painted on hair and eyes, then sleep eyes were added and later wigs... the sizes range from maybe 7 inches to 22 or taller.  I am working on getting all the sizes...only have the very largest ones to find in my price range.

this is Patsy Ann and is about 18 to 19" tall with an all compo body and sleep eyes.
She was not int he best of shape as you can see. Still well strung but the compo had much crazing and a coat of paint over that in an attempt to hide it. Her eyes were shattered. She was re-dressed 

So the task was to sand and fill. The eyes were beyond what I could do right now. So I painted them with sharpie markers. She is hand painted as I am unable to set up my sprayer right now.  I used pictures to do the hair color and face paint.
Will get to dressing later.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Meet dolly Surprise

     Dolly Surprise 1988 by Playskool. Made in China.  Found in a thrift store for $1.95 .

 AND what she looked like new.

Only mine has TWO growing hair spots so that she has pig tails...
I think they changed them. I saw AA and blondes and brunettes. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Well since I need dolls for models (going to sell off some and stick to American Girl and really pretty others) I purchased these two from Evil bay.
One is Samantha and the other is Just Like You #10.  But they need lots of tender loving care. Samantha's hair has been cut and what is left is brittle.  JLY is not in too bad of condition, but both had leg problems. I took them both apart (Samantha had one leg off) and found that they had both been through repairs before.  Well they got it again. I didn't buy a thing but used what I had here, and all I can say is that in the years to come when one of these dolls is torn apart, they are going to wonder WHAT IN THE WORLD IS A GINGER ALE PLASTIC BOTTLE CAP DOING IN THIS DOLL?...he he he...
this is before.  Stay tuned for the after shots. 
Both can now stand on their own. They have some freshening done to their face paint and Samantha is minus her wig.  All in due time.
 Samantha has on ONE of her new wigs

 Sure look different now don't they?

Samantha with another wig on in both photos below

Got tired of changing her wigs and finally did some hair weaves and now she has a beautiful head of hair that is not going to come off very easily.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Little Angels

These dolls were made in the 1950s. They have jointed knees.  One in this group is a knock off. She had molded on shoes and socks.  I have one more to do, but he had to have his hands repaired. So I am working on building some missing fingers before he gets dressed...

 She got a re-root and under those shoes were the molded in ones...this is the Little Angel Wannabe. Not sure who she is.

I went a little wild here and had fun. She got a total revamp and modernization.


I might re-wig her yet. Not made up my mind yet.

This little fella is waiting till I finish his hands and then I will see abut how to dress him. 

Monday, March 3, 2014


  I have a couple Zaph dolls. Zaph is a German made brand and they are good too.  The vinyl holds its color and structure well.  My niece came up the other day with a dirty doll and asked me if I wanted it. SURE!.  I don't turn away free dolls.  After a quick exam I saw she was Zaph 1998 and the vinyl cleaned up beautifully, I dug through my stash of clothing and had to find something cover the legs as they are more cloth then vinyl. She also has the cloth arms with vinyl hands. The body is still dirty and one day I will take her apart to clean it and make clothing, but for now this is how she looks..I couldn't leave her like I got her. I didn't take any before shots so you see her as she is now. I added the eye brows.