Monday, May 9, 2016

My Doll's New Doll

Special-Order Raven by Maru and Friends, the
2016 WLBD Anew Club Doll

Please first allow me to introduce you to "the doll" that received a doll.  Her name is Raven. She is part of the Maru and Friends line of multicultural dolls created by Maritza Gutierrez and sculpted by Dianna Effner.  After a voting process in January of this year to decide which artist or manufacturer to consult regarding the possibility of creating this year's club doll, my online doll group selected Maru and Friends with Raven as our doll choice.

Working with Maritza Gutierrez began immediately following the voting process.  She was quite accommodating.  Group members were allowed to special order Raven from the company's website.  In an effort to help make Raven our own, Maritza graciously allowed us to select an in-stock Maru and Friends fashion to replace the stock fashion Raven usually wears.  She further offered to have a certificate of authenticity prepared for each club member, which bears the doll's name, the name of the club and the year.   Special ordering concluded in February after which time the dolls were shipped to us.

2016 WLBD Anew Club Doll, Raven, a 20-inch, all-vinyl, high-end doll
My Raven arrived in mid February wearing the Spring is in the Air fashion that the group selected:  a lovely white satin dress, white shimmery tights, white patent-leather Mary Jane-style shoes and a white satin drawstring purse.  Raven has a long straight, slightly textured wig with two front side braids. Her eyes are hazel.

To truly make her our own club doll, we commissioned Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey's Daughter Cloth Dolls to make another dress for Raven as well as a companion doll with matching dress.  Rachel began this project in March.

This is one of the first, if not the first, dresses and companion dolls made for WLBDA club members by Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey's Daughter Cloth Dolls.  (photo courtesy of Rachel McCullough Sherrod)
The first companion dolls and dresses for Raven have been completed and shipped.

Rachel shared this photo of the first six companion dolls as they prepared to travel to their new homes to meet their new owners: WLBDA club members and their Raven dolls.

My Ruby Zee, the name the group selected for Raven's companion doll and Raven's new dress, arrived last week.  Ruby Zee is a 9-inch cloth doll made from a pattern Rachel made.  Ruby Zee has brown hair styled in an upswept side ponytail with bangs.  Her apple green polka dot dress with purple and white bodice matches the dress Rachel made for Raven using a pattern designed for Maru and Friends.  

Raven's new dress has the club's name and year embroidered at
the waistband.

My Ruby Zee
and Raven's new dress

Before meeting her new doll, Raven quickly redressed in her well-made, apple green, white, and purple dress.

Raven examined Ruby Zee closely from head to toe.  It was unanimous, the two of us love her!

An additional treat for Raven occurred on the day Ruby Zee arrived.  Because Ruby Zee wears gold tone hoop earrings, Raven wanted her ears pieced, too.  Raven's first earrings are apple green studs, a perfect match for her new dress.

The graphic design of Raven's shipping box contains head shots of the original Maru and Friends dolls.

After her initial photos were taken in February, Raven was placed back inside her box and the box placed inside the original shipper.  

Thanks to Ruby Zee's presence, Raven is now free from the confines of cardboard and has joined the general doll population with her new doll!


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