In June of 2009, after having read in my first book about my past doll dyeing attempts, Yvonne sent me a white Cabbage Patch doll to dye brown and add to my collection.
I did dye the doll, named him Peter, and allowed him to "blog" his experience in my third book, too. Peter's three recorded entries in The Doll Blogs are shared below:
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I arrived today from Obetz, Ohio as an unexpected gift for Debbie from Yvonne Peters, a doll collector. Ms. Peters recently purchased a copy of Debbie’s second book and a backup copy of her first book. Since then, she has sent correspondence to Debbie on several occasions, to which Debbie replied. Debbie also sent Ms. Peters information on doll magazine subscriptions to help her locate dolls and stay up to date on new dolls. As a gesture of her appreciation for the time Debbie took to answer her letters, Ms. Peters wanted to send Debbie a gift.
CPK Peter Peters
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Today is Father’s Day. After Debbie took her mom to the fire department to have her blood pressure checked and discovered it was normal (and that it was her blood pressure monitor that needed new batteries that caused the high readings), she went to a dollar store before returning home. At the dollar store, she purchased a small waste basket to use for my dye bath. After boiling water in two large boilers and allowing it to cool for a few minutes, she poured the water in the wastebasket, which had been placed on top of a piece of newspaper. Cocoa Brown Rit dye and salt were added to the water and stirred with a metal spoon until all the powdered dye dissolved. I was submerged in the dye bath for several minutes. It’s times like this that I’m glad I’m a doll! My pink body immediately began to turn a tan color. My vinyl did too. After several minutes in the dye bath, my color failed to deepen further. So Debbie removed me from the water, added dark brown dye to the water and mixed it with the spoon. I was dipped back into the water and immediately began to turn a darker shade of brown. After achieving the desired color, Debbie removed me from the dye bath, squeezed the excess water from my cloth body, and placed me on top of a large plastic trash bag to dry out. Debbie noticed a few imperfections on my face and head where the vinyl did not dye evenly. She thinks this may be from a buildup of something used to clean my vinyl. She may try to paint these areas, apply another cover-up, or just leave them as is and call them my birthmarks. J After I’m all dried out, the plan is to redress me and mail me back to Ms. Peters. We hope she likes me.
CPK Peter Peters
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Debbie decided to paint me from head to toe because the dye bath did not give me an even complexion. She used Spice Brown acrylic paint. After the paint dried, she darkened my blue eyes with a brown Sharpie marker. The marker was also used to darken by original blonde hair color. She trimmed my hair, too. Then she applied a layer of varnish to my vinyl head. After that dried, she used spray matte gloss for my cloth body, arms, and legs. I was allowed to dry one final time before she dressed me in my yellow and white romper, yellow socks, and white cap. This whole process lasted a week. I am all ready to make a trip back to Obetz, Ohio to join Ms. Peters and the other dolls in her collection. Debbie will include a note to Ms. Peters explaining why I am being returned.
CPK Peter Peters
Yvonne was indeed surprised to have Peter return to her and readily incorporated him into her collection. I recently asked about Peter, "Do you still have him?" She said, "Yes." Our nine-year long-distance friendship blossomed through our shared love of dolls and her love of learning and reading about vintage-to-modern black dolls. Last week I learned that my dear friend, a God-fearing woman who constantly gave thanks to God for his grace and mercy, who was always cheerful in spite of several long-term illnesses, who never hesitated to lift me up in prayer when I requested and even when I did not, and for whom I prayed the answer (that she would be healed), is now resting peacefully, suffering no more.
I will truly miss Yvonne but find comfort in knowing that she is now truly healed from all physical illness, pain, and suffering.
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