This year I joined a Leeann and friends gift exchange for the holidays, as if I didn't have enough to do already. But, I had Chistmas fabric already, and I was up for the challenge. I decided to design an outfit from scratch.
I think it came out pretty well, even if the arm holes aren't hemmed. Next time I decide to sew doll clothes, I find a pattern.
I also dug through my doll prop stash and found a hat, camera, autograph book, photos, porcelain doll, and Ferris wheel, all in appropriate scale.
I thought I had done really well. Simple, but well.
That is, until I opened the gift that my secret gifter sent me. The workmanship is amazing and detailed. I really need to up my sewing game.
Leneda looks so cute in her new Christmas outfit. She told me she feels like a rich little girl in an old black and white movie.
When I discovered Ebay around 1996, I started searching for a doll to replace my long gone Christmas doll, Suzy, who I talked about in the previous post.
Ebay, back in the beginning was a bit harder to navigate. Not everyone posted accurate and clear photos. Therefore, what I thought I was getting, sometimes ended up being completely different from what actually arrived.
Here are 4 of the 5 dolls I ordered from Ebay, hoping they would be my Suzy. The 5th I gave away not long after receiving it.
This one, while the right size, 18 inches, is Rub-a-Dub Baby.
This Horsman cutie is smaller, at 15 inches, and cries tears.
This Horsman Baby Denton is really close, but the body is of a different material and it was from the 80s.
Last, but not least, we have this sweet girl who I named Not Suzy in a previous post.
While none of them are my true Suzy, they have all found a home with me.
That summer, we had moved into a new house, and we had a new baby brother. On Christmas morning my dad held me on the stairs so I could see the Christmas tree from above.
We had a real tree that we had decorated together. But under the tree!
There she was! The most beautiful baby doll I had ever seen. I had gazed at her hopefully for what felt like weeks, when ever we were at the store. And here she was, magically, under the tree. And not even in her box, but in a doll crib that had a slide down side, just like the real crib upstairs.
She drank and wet, and was big, like a real baby.
Mom had made our stockings, and Santa has stuffed them well.
My brother also got a great present. The G.I. Joe Adventure team headquarters. It had an elevator chair! So cool.