Like a kid on Christmas morning, I am always excited to receive the always beautifully wrapped presents (many of which contain doll-related gifts) that will be in the annual box I receive from my closest out-of-state doll friend, Debra Richardson. We refer to one another as "bestest" doll friend.
This year's package arrived the week of Christmas and did not disappoint. From what she has told me, the one I sent her did not either. Like I do for her, Debra probably shops all year for Christmas presents for me. This package must have weighed 15 pounds!
I will focus only on the doll-related contents, which like a kid (again) are the packages I hunted for first after opening the shipping box on Christmas morning. I selected the ones I thought might contain something doll-related to open first.
|Nicole Miller "Take Cover" Barbie-themed, fabric covered, two-doll case|
|A dress for a one-of-a-kind (OOAK) doll I own, vintage Barbie separates, and a 1970s Barbie clone were inside! The clone is the "she found one" that caused my excitement.|
|Here's another quick photo of the Barbie clone, Veronique. A better photo follows.|
|Here is another photo of the dress for my OOAK doll that Debra made based on measurements I provided. The doll models it later.|
|These are the vintage Barbie mix 'n' match separates that were inside the Barbie case: red and white check body blouse, which is part of the Barbie picnic set #967 (1959-1961), white cat-eye sunglasses, and vintage Barbie-tagged orange pants from another 1960s Fashion Pak. (The body blouse looks orange and white but it really is red and white as seen here).|
|Veronique looks very similar to the head sculpt used for the original Barbie as illustrated in this close-up shot.|
|A photo of a much younger Beyoncé appears on the back of the box along with a description of Destiny's Child.|
The dress made for my doll, Kizzy (an 8-inch pose-able, hand-carved doll by Kor January), is shown again above and below with the doll wearing it. I tapered the bodice for a more snug fit and added two buttons to the front.
Because she knows I collect Barbie holiday ornaments, I can count on Debra to always include the current Barbie ornament in my Christmas package. The 2015 ornament, that I will enjoy on my Barbie ornament Christmas tree next year, is shown above.
|"Presents for All" 10-inch Santa by Kurt Adler|
As you can see, I received some very nice doll-related items from my "bestest" doll friend, who is more like a sister than a friend, whose friendship I will forever treasure.
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