Thursday, August 15, 2019

Nathaniel Doll's Redress

16-inch doll by Nathaniel

Recall that I used a gold lamé scarf to fashion a dress for the 16-inch all-vinyl doll by Nathaniel, shown above.  At the time of my previous post, I had not yet decided on a name for the doll.   I have since named her Ayanna after U.S. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.


When I ordered Ayanna's gold lamé Roman sandals, I also ordered a long-sleeved dress for her from a different seller.  The dress finally arrived.  It fits her perfectly as illustrated by the following photos.

The dress has 3/4 length bell sleeves

She wears it with her copper jewelry.  Her necklace gets a little lost in the pattern of the dress.

The necklace can be seen somewhat better in this photo.

The dress has a Velcro closure in back.

Ayanna has decided to replace the gold lamé wrap dress with the brown print dress.  She continues to wear her gold sandals, headscarf, and as mentioned, her copper earrings and necklace.


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Monday, August 12, 2019

Fashionistas 123, 125, and You Can Be Anything Nikki

Barbie Fashionistas 123, 125, and You Can Be Anything Travel Doll Nikki
These three Barbies, Barbie Fashionistas 123 and 125 and You Can Be Anything Travel Doll Nikki were purchased between May and June of this year for different reasons.

You Can Be Anything Travel Doll Nikki and Uniforms


Barbie school uniforms

In May, I purchased two cute schoolgirl uniforms with matching headbands from Instagramer, @thedauhlhouse.  I already had a doll in mind for the smaller of the two fashions, but needed one for the blue plaid uniform.

Because of her Afro puffs, You Can Be Anything Travel Doll Nikki Barbie will eventually wear the blue plaid uniform as soon as additional "doll play" time presents itself.  Later, she and the other doll designated for the red plaid uniform will both return to model these.  Below are Nikki's still-in-the-box photos.


You Can Be Anything Travel Doll Nikki is part of the Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures animated series that can be watched on NetFlix.  She has dark brown hair styled in two Afro puffs.  She wears a green dress with floral print at the bottom and orange high-top sneakers.  

Here is a closer look at her lovely face.

Nikki's accessories include a pink camera, a purple travel cup, a case of paints, a paintbrush, and a tote bag.


Fashionista #123
Fashionista 123

I wanted this girl because of her microbraids which are done rather decently.  She will probably appreciate a fashion change soon, too.  I like her "girl power" tank top, and the style of the red "wet look" skirt is nice, but I think I can find something better for her to wear.  The lavender boots will definitely be replaced.  More pictures of this doll taken before deboxing are next:


She has a lovely face.  I like her dark lip color, and I look forward to examining her braids more closely.

Her graphic T-shirt has "Girl Power" written on top with an image of a cyclist underneath.

Her only accessory is a goldtone bangle.

As indicated, she wears lavender high-top sneakers.


Fashionista #125
Fashionista 125
I wanted this doll because of her ebony complexion and the fact that this is the first doll, to my knowledge, that uses the curvy body, an ebony complexion, and purple hair.

Stock photo of the Fashionista 125 prototype

I believe Fashionista 125 uses a new head sculpt as well.  The skin tone and hair color combinations are definitely a first for Mattel.  I am not at all enamored by the floral-print lamé romper she wears but her black box-heel mules are fashion up-to-date.  Perhaps I'll ask Instagramer @laylee.m.doll.clothes  to make something for her soon.  She finds the most unique fabrics and I am sure she will be able to whip something up that will complement #125's complexion and hair color.  Below are more pictures of the actual doll.

This is another full-view photo of the actual doll.

I am not a fan of pink lip color on dolls with this complexion, so I am sure I will tone it down once she is released.

Full-view profile
Her black box-heel mules can be seen a bit better in this photo.

All three dolls will be back after their redresses along with the fourth doll that I plan to redress in the red plaid school uniform.


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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Starkey's Daughter Cloth Dolls

17-inch pressed felt mask-face dolls, Makeba and Rhodesia, by Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey's Daughter Cloth Dolls

I enjoyed watching the video below, which features Rachel McCullough Sherrod.  Rachel provides a glimpse into her pressed-felt, mask-face doll-making process.  I hope you will enjoy viewing as much as I did.


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Monday, August 5, 2019

Jayda and Tootie's Facelift

Jayda and Tootie are shown above on the far left and far-right, respectively.  The center doll is Nella.  All three dolls were made by Barbara Elsleger a.k.a. Prims-of-the-Past
After doll-friend Betty Ativie gifted me with Nella (the center doll shown above) for my birthday this past May, I photographed Nella with her two new sisters, Jayda and Tootie.  I noticed the area around Jayda and Tootie's eyes seemed much darker than it had been when they arrived in 2010.  I viewed my original photo of  Jayda and Tootie, taken in 2010 after they arrived, which confirmed the darkening was not my imagination.  I contacted the artist who gladly agreed to repaint their faces for me.

After Barbara Elsleger received the dolls, she asked if she could change their hair.  I agreed.  She had originally used wefts of mohair for their hair, which I was pleased with because it is almost identical to natural-textured African American hair that is product-free.   In addition to repainting their faces, I commissioned Barbara to make mini dolls for the girls to hold.

The girls' post-facelift pictures and their dolls are shared next.

Tootie and Jayda are seen in their first post-facelift picture.

Their eyes are much brighter-looking now.
Nella joined the girls in the next photo.

Nella is happy about her sisters' facelifts.
In addition to their newly painted faces (Barbara painted their entire faces, not just the eyes), the girls now have wefts of synthetic hair that replaces their original mohair.  Barbara thought the synthetic hair would hold up better. 

Barbara made these four cloth dolls for the girls to hold.  Why is there an extra one, you wonder?

The fourth doll was made as a gift for Betty Ativie's doll, Nikki (Nella's original sister).
Betty shared this picture of Nikki with her new doll that she named Nina.

Jayda, Nella, and Tootie love their new dolls.  Jayda and Tootie appreciate their new faces and hair.

All the girls are happy and their humans are, too.

Related Link:
Prim's of the Past Nella


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