Monday, April 19, 2010

Formative Years


Even when I was a wee one, I loved my dolls.  I thought I would share some old photos my Grandma dug up for me.
Here I am, in 1985 (age 3) receiving my second Cabbage Patch Doll.  It was one of the babies with a pacifier.  Yes, I still have this doll.

Here is me in 1987 (age 5) receiving the Heart Family dolls.  This was the mom.  Yes, I still have them all.

Here is me again in 1987, with a rag doll.  Apparantly I was showing off.  Yes, I still have her.

This is clearly not me, but my Granny with two dolls I received in 1993.  A Happy Holidays Barbie and American Girl Addy (this was the first year she was produced).  Still have both.

Again in 1993 (age 11), with Masquerade Ball Barbie.  I was so proud of her because this was the first year my Mom thought I was mature enough to have a Bob Mackie Barbie.  They were very expensive, and I still have her.

Clearly, fashion was not my forte in 1994 (age 12), but I did get a My Size Bride Barbie for Christmas.  No, I never wore her clothes, and yes, I probably still could.  Hahaha!

In April of 1994 (age 12 still), I received a Bedtime Theresa doll.  This is the only doll whose whereabouts I'm not 100% sure of, but she's probably in my huge bag of Barbies.

Well, there you have it, a brief history of Allison's Doll Collection.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tara from the Crissy Family


Wow!  What a find!  I got her from Goodwill....isn't that AMAZING?  This doll easily sells for over $100 on eBay.  Needless to say, I was very excited.  Even though she isn't on my "Wishlist", she probably would have fallen in at number 11.  Of course, my new little girl needed some TLC.

Her eyes were all gunky...part of it was that fungus that grows on the glue of the Crissy doll's eyes, and then some of it was just good ol' dirt.  Her hair was also wild.  I was very excited, however, that she still had her original shoes on.

Some rats may live in that hair...

Gunky eyes

I scrubbed her down with Clorox wipes, as is my tradition.  Then I washed her hair in the sink with some laundry detergent and warm water.  I was thrilled to discover that not only had her hair not been cut, but it was in great condition, nice and silky, and a very long, working ponytail.  I got the gunk of her eyes with a Q-tip, my fingernail, and a tiny electronics flat head screwdriver.  If you ever use a screwdriver, be careful, because I actually chipped a tiiiiiiny little amount of white paint off her eye.  I can repaint it, but it's towards the back of her eyeball and not really noticeable, so I'm not going to bother.  I rebraided her little side-burn hairs (hahahahaha) and tied them with red ribbon.

Now, for the finished product:
Isn't she pretty?!  I dressed her in Checkered Check, and left her original yellow shoes on.  I think she's just adorable :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Scratch One Off The Wishlist :)


This week, I received my Juanita Perez dolls from Mexico.  These are the dolls that are currently being produced, not the vintage versions.  They are very pretty dolls.  They have a huge mass of rooted hair which is really heavy, and the vinyl seems heavier, too.  I also received 2 extra dresses and some accessories to go with the dolls. 

Picking flowers for their new mom....hahahahaha!!!

They're very pretty dolls and I'm very happy with them.  Special thanks to Afner for helping me coordinate and translate to order the dolls :)