Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Staining

Staining on a doll, always upsets me.  Especially when it's a brand new dolI and the staining is caused by the doll's original outfit.  All of my Little Missmatched girls, except Artsy, came with staining from their clothes.

A few months ago, I was disappointed to find that after having had my Basic Aiko stored in her box for a while, when I took her out to play,  her bow had stained her arm.  I removed the offending article immediately.  I was so upset, I put her back into her box and left her there for a while.

Recently, I got myself a tube of acne medication (containing 10% benzoyl peroxide) and started the bleaching process on Aiko.  It took no more than a week of daily sun for about two hours - once in the morning and once in the afternoon.  I had her well wrapped, with only her arm exposed and I changed the medication each time I put her out and brought her inside overnight.

This is how it started off.






This is how it ended.  

Needless to say, I am very pleased and have lined up Black Magic next for stain removal.


 and my Little Missmatched girls will follow:






Friday, August 10, 2012

Re-body Update

In my quest to find matching articulated bodies for Skipper and Courtney, I got the Hayden and Katie Making Waves Liv dolls (I already had the original Sophie and Daniela) in the hopes that they might match.  But, to my disappointment, none of them did.  The heads are too pink.

So Skipper AA is still left with her friends as heads only, or maybe I could re-body them on the Liv bodies and make them wear turtlenecks for the rest of their lives.  I don't know.

 I also re-bodied the Christie I had previously put on an old Princess Tiana straight-legged body onto the new articulated knee body.  I then gave the old body to one head of two that I have kept for several years.  It was from a cheap plastic body.  All her hair has since disintegrated, so she is currently bald.


And what about their wigs?  Well, I didn't know that they might be able to fit Monster High!  I had some fun trying them on dolls that still have their hair.
 "Okay, so do I look like a blonde bombshell?"

 "Really?"



All was not lost, though, as I took the opportunity to re-body Sun Colors Nakoma and Barbie in a Mermaid Tale's brunette friend.

And last, but not least, some of my Tonner girls wanted to say:

"Thanks, Liv!"

Monday, August 6, 2012

14" dolls

In December last year, I bought Moxie Teenz Bijou, online.  When I saw her in person, I found that her pink dress and shoes were not flattering.  They make her legs look too skinny.  She has lovely eyes and nice highlights in her hair, though.


I didn't bother to get any of the other Moxie Teenz dolls, because I felt that all of their faces looked too similar.

Earlier this year, some of the Moxie Teenz accessory packs were selling at reduced prices online, so I purchased a few.  I felt that they could also be used by my larger Tonner dolls.

LittleMissMatched Girls' tops fit Bijou nicely, so she borrowed a top and jacket.  The pair of tights she's wearing is old and stretched-up and previously belonged to a 1/6 scale doll.

I kept thinking that Bijou needed company and was considering buying the Jackie Evancho singing doll.  She is also 14" and fortunately was reduced from her original price.  I love her face (even though she's looking upward).   For a long time, I couldn't find an actual photo of her, until I found this Russian site.  

Moxie Teenz Gavin had also been reduced and for several months I couldn't decide if I wanted them both; until a few weeks ago, when their prices dropped even further.  I ordered them on a Monday, Gavin was shipped the next day, arrived in Miami on Wednesday and arrived in Trinidad on the same day.  He cleared customs on Thursday and I collected him on Friday.  Jackie arrived in Miami on the same Friday and I got her on Tuesday of the following week.  That was really fast!

  Aren't they a cute couple?

Here's Jackie.  She came with a furry purse and a microphone.

Clothes swapping time!