Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I've Been Off My Dolly

I really have no excuses, other than laziness, and now that I want to blog again, my camera isn't working! But I had already taken some pictures, so here we go.

A while back I had an MGA Best Friends 4Ever doll that I named Jade.

I liked her but when I decided to cut down on my dolls, I got rid of her. Then a couple of months ago realized I missed her and I wanted to do a Goth version of her. I saw another one of her at my store and got her.

She was dressed in this nifty pink outfit, which of course wasn't what I wanted. I made her a black Morticia sock dress to get her started. Her name is Jinx.

"This is more my style (I think)."
I got the idea from Auntie Berman, who turned her Pottery Barn doll into a Goth girl named Jett. Then we both decided they needed brothers and I found a footless Bratz Boy at one of the thrift shops and named him Jax. Then we found a Boy for Auntie Berman and she named him Blaze. Then she misplaced Blaze and when I saw a bag with a Boy and a Girl in it at work (and the Boyz are not as easy to find as the Girlz), I got it. I know I have said I don't like Bratz Girlz, but I felt very sorry for this girl because she had had her eyes worked over.

I thought I would like experimenting with her. I tried using peanut butter, which works quite well for ballpoint pen ink, but it had no effect on what was apparently Magic Marker ink. Then Auntie Berman gave me a Mr. Clean Magic Sponge. It worked like a charm and didn't hurt her eye paint.

Fixing her up made me like her, so I decided to keep her. I named her Seraphina. Meanwhile, Auntie Berman found Blaze. He was in her shed and since he had no feet at that time, we think he must have hopped all the way across the yard to get there. (We have since found lots of feet for everyone.)

The rest of this story must wait until I have a working camera. I will just say that I now have four boys and four girls of this size and I don't know quite how it happened.

I also decided I will not refer to them as Goth, because now I find the term embarrassing. Last week three overtly Goth young people came in the store. Two were merely dressed in black (although they were purchasing a white dress) and the third was wearing clunky high-heeded boots, had long hair in a pony tail, and had purplish-red lipstick. After they left, the supervisor turned to me and said "Was that a guy or a girl?" and I had to tell her sadly it was a guy.

My inspiration for these dolls is the Addams Family and Edward Gorey pictures. They have much more class than Goth.

Motor Scooter Samantha

I saw her at work and was intrigued because she was quite a bit different from any other doll I have seen. I found out she is a Motor Scooter Samantha from MGA and she originally came with a motor scooter which could be remotely controlled. I named her Veronica.

Veronica gets acquainted with Sydney and Glinda, while Mamie looks the other way.
I told Veronica she cannot have another scooter but that I will keep my eye out for a pony or a bicycle for her. She is articulated and her hands are in a permanent grip, so I have to get her something to hold onto.

Odd Little Plastic Doll

Our dumpster diving friends Nino and Deena brought me this 11 inch baby doll, made in Hong Kong.

She appears to be a drink & wet doll, until you realize there's no hole in her mouth. However, there is a hole in the back of her head!

We think maybe there was an Accident on the assembly line and her head got turned the wrong way. I'm not fond of baby dolls but she is cute. She is now wearing a little onesie and a jacket that says Beagle Scouts on it. Since I won't have to feed her or change her diapers, she won't be any trouble and the 14" girls can babysit her. I haven't told them yet.


  1. The baby doll head looks like it's different from the body (in color) so I wonder if the body is original....Nice sock dress! When I was about 8 or 9 I read a ladies' magazine article about making doll clothes from socks so I had to try it...didn't like playing with dolls but did enjoy making simple clothes for Saucy Walker is the only doll I have left from those days!

    1. You're right about her coloring. I hadn't noticed that. Her head is slightly darker but all of her appears to be from the same type of plastic. And sock dresses are SO easy, especially if you don't have anything else to dress them in.

  2. The black dress suits Jinx. Those magic sponges are great for getting that sort of mark off dolls, glad you were able to get Seraphina's eyes tidied up - you come up with great names for your dolls!

    Cute little baby doll, know what you mean about them, I have a few and still haven't made anything for them. One I got has a lovely happy face but the cloth body is mis-shapen, I keep saying I'll make him a new body.

  3. I was really amazed that the sponge worked on her eyes. I didn't have much hope and was trying to think of what else I could do with her--a tattooed face maybe! It's not easy thinking of all those names. Sometimes they just come to us and sometimes we have to search.

    The baby doll now has a little dress we found for her. I just have no inclination to sew for her.