Getting half a dozen dolls cleaned up turned out to be quite a saga, especially as I stopped halfway through to completely rearrange the doll room. By the time I got to Jill, the last doll, I was really over washing hair so I just combed out her tangles and gave her a wipe down with 911 then redressed her in her clean and pressed clothes. I examined Jill for doll marks but she has none so I am guessing “made in China” after 1980.
Valerie’s hair is still rather frizzy at the ends but I’ve tidied it up as well as I could and redressed her as well. I made her outfit myself and her pink hair ribbon has a Barbie motif. While I was tidying her up I found that Valerie has a doll mark too. It says “Hello Apple”. Information about her is a bit scanty but she seems to have been made in China inbetween 1980 and 1990 which is about what I had guessed.
The Op Shop Girls are now back together in their new resting place under the Sindys.
Elizabeth gave me the most trouble but finally I managed to get her fringe into some kind of order. She has a little ponytail now instead of a plait, mainly because I couldn’t remember how the original “do” went.
Now for a bit of news. I recently decided that some of the cloth dolls would have to be re-homed because of the lack of space in the doll room. These are all dolls that I like, the ones I didn’t like quite as much have already gone. I didn’t want to take them to the Op Shop not knowing if they would end up in good homes. Then I remembered that I know a lady who does Family Daycare. I can’t bring myself to part with my Op Shop Girls yet so Elizabeth, Jilly and Lee will be going to a new home today where they will be meticulously looked after and will be played with by little children again. A bit like the end of Toy Story 3 really. As I mentioned recently World Doll Day is coming up in a couple of weeks so giving these dolls seems right even though I’m fond of them. This type of doll was meant to be played with.