Cloth Doll Spa Week – Part Three


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.

Jill tidied up.
Jill tidied up.

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.

Valerie is marked "Hello Apple" and was probably made in China in the 80s.
Valerie is marked “Hello Apple” and was probably made in China in the 80s.
she has a very pretty face I think.
she has a very pretty face I think.

The Op Shop Girls are now back together in their new resting place under the Sindys.

The Op Shop Girls reunited.
The Op Shop Girls reunited.

 

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.

Elizabeth sporting a pony tail.
Elizabeth sporting a pony tail.

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.

Elizabeth, Lee and Jilly are off to a new home.
Elizabeth, Lee and Jilly are off to a new home.

 

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