Like I said in my last post, I just fell in love with this doll. ♥ She was in very well condition for only $20. To me she was well worth it. And I'm so glad I brought her home. Doesn't she look lovely just standing there by my china cabinet? It's like she's saying, "Okay, lets have some tea now."
Unfortunately she did not come with any papers. So I was thinking of a name for her. I thought about some names when I was pregnant with my youngest son. Some girl names that I chose in order of favorites were, Andrea, Veronica and Vanessa. I always loved that name Andrea. When my sister had her youngest daughter, I begged her, please name her Andrea. She said no! It was her kid, I guess she did have a choice in the matter, lol. So I'm going to name my doll, Veronica.
I am not a doll collector. I don't think she is of much value because she wouldn't have cost only $20. But it would have been nice to know the doll's name and who made her. I know that her limbs and face or breakable so I guess that would mean porcelain. She has real eye lashes on the top. She has a thick plastic cover that came with her. I can tell that someone had taken good care of her. Don't you just love to ponder who used these items in the past? To me it's so nice to think that maybe this doll belonged to a grandmother who cherished this little doll who's now in my possession. It's like she was taking good care of her for me. The stand that she came with did say King Dollcrafter. But I don't know if she is a King Dollcrafter, doll. I'd just like to know what her name was and who made her to I guess. Also I would like to know what year she was made. I'm guessing that she was made in the early 1990's. Probably 15 years old tops. But like I said, I'm not a doll collector and I really don't know to much about dolls. I'm guessing that either she's a newer doll or she isn't wearing the original outfit. Because I noticed the back of the dress had velcro on it. I did find a number on the back of the neck like all collector dolls have but no name of the company.
The only thing that I did not like was that it smelled old. So like all old things that come into my possession, I like to scrub it down! Do you think I should scrub this doll down? My mind got to thinking. How in the heck can I get this dolly freshened up? She needs a good ole' fashion scrub down! The wheels started to turn so I did some research on the Internet on how to go about cleaning collectible dolls.
I cleaned her from head to toe! I completely took off all of her clothes and hand washed them in cold, soapy water, except for the shoes. But I was thinking of washing the shoes but decided it wasn't a good idea to emerge them into the water. I rinsed the clothes and let them dry over night. I even washed the stand and the plastic cover that she came with.
In the meantime, I took a damp cloth and gently wiped her limbs and face. Then I took my vacuum....NO that's not a typo! I took my vacuum and attached the hose part and vacuumed the top of her head gently and the stuffed body part. Her curls were in perfect form when I bought her. It was like her hair had not been touched at all. Although I did notice that there was dried crazy glue on the top of the side of her hair. Like a flower was glued on there or something. That's another reason why I suspect that she is not wearing her original outfit. So I just sprayed conditioner on my hands and twirled her curls and they bounced right back into place, thank goodness. I didn't want to mess up her hair. It was so beautiful. I think I might have messed it up a little though. She had a hat on. Her hair was so pretty I was thinking I'd keep it off. But the hat did give her more character so I chose to put it back on lightly for now and not tied tight.
Next morning, I put everything back on her. And now look at her. She looks even more radiant doesn't she? I probably will put the plastic cover on her after I admire her a little longer. When I did research on collecting dolls, it said that the worst thing for dolls is dust and dirt.
The little tea table that she is standing on for now I didn't wash yet. I have to polish it up to. But I was thinking that maybe I'd paint it white in the spring and stencil some roses on both tiers. What do you think? I'll have to decide after I wash it, to see what kind of condition the tables in.
So do any of you collect dolls or would like to share us some pic's? I knew that I was going to do this post. But the yesterday I seen my friend Pat over at http://poshandtrendy.blogspot.com/ had a doll posted on her blog. You can check it out by clicking onto the above link. Also you can click onto my pictures and they will enlarge so that you can get a better view of Veronica.
Have a splendid day.
I'm signing off...from Peek-A-Boo Street.