|Reggae Music Calendar Girl Jenny, represents the month of July, doll #7 in this series.|
As mentioned in my post on R&B Music Calendar Girl Jenny, I expressed a then desire to own the Reggae Music Jenny. In one of my replies to a comment on that post, I shared that the doll had already been found. How did I find her so quickly?
Because I had viewed the seller's other listings, I noted other Jenny dolls from the Music Calendar Girl series were offered, but not Reggae. I took a chance and asked if Reggae was available. She was, but had not been listed because her red skirt had several dark stains. The doll's box had never been opened, making these stains a mystery to the seller. I asked for a photo of the skirt.
|A scan of the front of the skirt vaguely illustrates multiple dark stained areas. The back was stained in a similar manner, more noticeable to the naked eye than the scanned image illustrates.|
I expressed my continued interest in purchasing the doll and asked the seller for a price, which was agreed upon. My intention was to first try to spot clean the skirt and utilize a plan B, if necessary.
|The back of Reggae Music Jenny's box illustrates dolls 5 through 10 along with the Premium Music Calendar Girl Jenny (shown to the lower left of the other dolls).|
Dolls 5 through 10 are shown on the back of Reggae Music Calendar Girl Jenny's box. When released to market from April 2000 through March 2001, purchasers of the complete set of 12 dolls had an opportunity to redeem the coupons from the dolls' boxes and receive the premium doll.
The 10-1/2-inch tan-complexioned Reggae Music Jenny wears a green velour top with white peace sign near the front left shoulder. The top has yellow fringe at upper sleeve ends and yellow knit sleeves that hang below. There is a red placket closure with two white buttons and string bow with red-yellow-green beads at the ends. The red maxi-length skirt has two white peace symbols and the words, Jenny Love & Peace within. It too is trimmed in yellow fringe at the hem above which is green rickrack. Brown sandals enclosed inside a baggie are attached to the box liner as is a Rastafarian-style hat in the colors of the Jamaican flag: red, green, and yellow. A cardboard reggae music CD is also attached to the box liner. Jenny's hair is appropriately styled in long brown locs. She has brown painted eyes.
My attempt at spot cleaning the skirt failed. The stubborn stains remained as stubborn. Plan B, to paint over the stains with cloth paint, was executed using Puffy 3D paint, brushed on in multiple thin layers.
|These side-by-side photos were taken of the skirt before and after it was painted. A combination of too much light and my camera's inability to capture fine detail masks the stains in both pictures. Trust me; they are there.|
|The shiny texture of the now painted skirt is more visible in this photo.|
Even though my camera does not capture the painted-over stains, at best, all the paint did was create a shiny texture to the twill cotton cloth. Perhaps the stains are not as apparent as before, but I know they are there. I am still very happy to have found Reggae Music Jenny just by following the sage advice my mother always gave us as children: It never hurts to ask.
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