Wednesday, June 5, 2013

She's Here! She's Here!

Who's here, you ask?  My birthday doll from me to me.  The doll that traveled from Germany to America.  My smiling beauty, who was formerly unnamed (I thought), for whom I solicited name suggestions was picked up from my PO box this past Saturday, June 1st.


In my haste to examine my smiling beauty and to try on the three dresses that doll friend, Betty A sent me for no particular reason, I did not take a full-body photograph of her in her original fashion, a deep coral colored, butterfly print, silky sarong.   A full-view photograph in the sarong was really not necessary because she looked exactly like the full-view picture shared in my original post.

As indicated, initially I thought my lovely girl was unnamed, but her accompanying certificate bears the name given to her by Woelfert-Puppen, "smilling beauty Debbie."  So that is her name.  (Smiling is spelled with two l's on the certificate.) 

My birthday doll holds her certificate from Woelfert-Puppen, which bears her company-given name and other vital information.

Before her arrival, I had settled on the name Destiny Zipporah.  Destiny was suggested by doll friend, Janice Larsen-Tyre, which seemed appropriate to her and to me because I was destined to own her.   I wanted to use a biblical name as her middle name.  Zipporah, was inspired by Moses's wife.  As it turns out, Debbie is a short form of a biblical name (Deborah).   

The two Debs

I love everything about Smiling Beauty Debbie.  Her human hair wig has a beautiful texture and feel.  Her mouth-blown brown glass eyes are beautiful!  Her broad-like-mine nose is adorable as is her toothy smile.  What I love most is her soft and supple, but sturdy all-vinyl composition.  I initially imagined the vinyl would be rigid like that used for most artist dolls.  For those familiar with John Nissen dolls, Debbie's vinyl is comparable, making her less weighty than a Himstedt.  She is jointed in the usual areas in addition to the waist and knees. The only thing I would change about my namesake would be the addition of elbow and wrist joints.  That would increase her pose-ability. 

Debbie and I spent most of Saturday afternoon deciding which of the three dresses from Betty A. she would wear.  I also tried one additional outfit on her.  Surprisingly, the dress I thought I would enjoy most on her has now changed to another.  Her photo shoot is below.

First we tried on the brown and gold African-print dress.  The brown suede sandals belong to Matoka by Annette Himstedt.
Since she already had on Matoka's sandals, I tried Matoka's original fashion on Debbie.  The wrap skirt is a little big on her waist, but it can be adjusted.  I think she wears it well. 
Next we tried on the brightly colored yellow dress with red circle-print pattern and red and white polka dot sash.   The child's size 6 white sandals are a little long (but this gives her some "grow" room.)  She looks ready for a warm day of play. 


Debbie looks adorable in the red and white polka dot sheer dress.  I used the sash from the yellow dress as a headband and added a white satin ribbon waist sash.  The white sandals also pair well with this dress as will white or black patent-leather Mary Janes that she can borrow from Matoka's shoe stash.

Debbie poses with Himstedt's Matoka.  The two dolls are about the same size, 33-1/2 inches and actually could pass for sisters.  Matoka remains my favorite doll by Himstedt and now Smiling Debbie is my favorite doll in this size range.
I love her!  For me, she was well worth the wait and the cost.

Which of these dresses is your favorite on Smiling Beauty Debbie?  Did I write that I love her?  Well I do!

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12 comments:

  1. Great birthday present! I like the yellow dress best but smiling Debbie wears them all well.

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  2. Thank you, Paulette. The yellow was my favorite before Smiling Debbie arrived. I agree, she wears them all well.

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  3. She is a cutie pie! Congrats on getting her and Happy Blessed Birthday my friend. Many more

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    1. Thanks, Cecile! I painted her nails yesterday (a flesh tone)... next up her toenails.
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  4. Debbie is pretty. I actually love all of the dresses on her. Congratulations on getting her.

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  5. The yellow dress is my favorite. She's just looks so delightful in it.

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    1. The yellow dress was my first choice, Muff. I still love the fabric and design. But one of the others had a better fit on her, IMO.

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  6. Ms. Debbie, your name sake doll is Beautiful! Her hair texture looks like your hair. And I love the photo shoot! Thanks for sharing your new addition to the doll family with US!

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    1. Thanks, Sandy!

      Our hair texture is similar. After first seeing photos of other Woelfert-Puppen dolls with straight hair, I decided I "needed" one but requested textured hair. Smiling Debbie resulted.

      I am glad you enjoyed her photo shoot.

      It was my pleasure to share.

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  7. She is gorgeous! I love her too. She looks really nice in all the outfits. I think the red is my first choice. The hair piece adds that little extra.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa and thanks for directing me to my spam folder where your comment was placed by Blogger.

      Deb looks good in everything and I do think red complements her complexion.

      I am contemplating hemming the dress she wears now to show off her chunky legs a bit more. Lazy me will probably use double-sided tape instead of a permanent hem.

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