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Santa Claus

Since today is Christmas Day, I figured that it would be very appropriate to blog about The Doll and Teddy Bear Show that took place at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, Maryland earlier this month.

I used to go to that show frequently. While the show, which is held about two or three times a year, has always had a huge emphasis on vintage dolls prior to 1960, I remember that the show had tables that were devoted to more recent dolls from my own childhood (such as Beautiful Crissy, Barbie, and Dawn) as well as newer dolls from recent years. I even remember seeing a table or two selling Asian ball jointed dolls.

I have lots of memories of going to those shows, starting with the couple of times I attended doll meet-ups at the Gaithersburg show that were organized through the Den of Angels forum where we all carried our Asian ball-jointed dolls around the show as we browsed the various vendor tables.

It was at one of these shows in September, 2005 where I found a vintage Velvet doll that was partially clad and had eye mold. I purchased her for only $10 then went to another table that sold vintage doll clothes and purchased Velvet’s original dress with a pair of shoes in her size for another $10. I managed to get rid of the eye mold and restored Velvet to her original glory. I took photos of what I did at the time. I later wrote a post about what I did back in 2010 and that post still remains among my more popular posts of all time.

At another show I found two vintage circa-1940s dolls that were totally disheveled and they were on sale for only $3 each. I purchased both of them and I turned one of them into a Little Red Riding Hood doll that I later sold on Etsy. (I’ve since misplaced the other doll but I’m hoping that she’ll eventually turn up once I get really serious of decluttering my home once and for all.) It was at that same show where I had unfortunate encounters with vendors whose hearts weren’t clearly into their profession of selling dolls.

The last time I went to a show was in 2011, when I purchased a couple of adorable outfits that were perfect for this doll that I had recently purchased. But then my hip problem became so acute that I had to have surgery followed by my husband leaving me abruptly just three months after my surgery. Then I spent the next few years dealing with the fallout from the hip surgery and divorce while adjusting to my new reality. (And that’s not to mention the crappy economy and the crazy politics that have gone on since an African American was elected to the White House for the first time followed by unlikely election of Donald Trump. But that’s a whole different series of blog posts that have nothing to do with the topic of this post.)

So it was 2017 and I found out online that another doll and teddy bear show was being held in Gaithersburg in early December. I hadn’t gone in six years so I was ready to visit again. I remember that the December show was usually the biggest one. The show’s organizers would rent more space than usual and it would be filled with lots of vendors and lots of dolls and teddy bears. I was looking forward to seeing some eye candy. My attitude was that I would purchase a new doll and/or doll clothes only if such items fit in with my tight budget but, otherwise, I was only there for window shopping with no anticipation of buying anything new for myself. I wasn’t disappointed because there were tons of eye candy and I took tons of photographs to prove it.

There were plenty of Christmas-related dolls and teddy bears for sale but I found one vendor table that had a Hanukkah menorah on display.

The most memorable booth was the one that sold Lenci dolls. The most notable thing about these dolls is that Dare Wright used her own Lenci doll in The Lonely Doll book series. I found them to be very lovely to see in person.

I really loved the expressive look on their faces.

Lenci even made a Madonna and Child doll.


Many of the outfits on these dolls are very exquisite.

The only thing about Lenci dolls is that the original company went out of business in 2002. As a result many of these dolls are collector items and they are definitely not cheap. Many of the ones I saw on sale cost thousands of dollars. The cheapest Lenci doll I found was a tiny doll that was less than one inch tall and that was on sale for a whopping $75.

The show had plenty of miniatures on sale that were made for dollhouses.

I even saw hand-painted clothespin dolls at that show.

I saw American Girl dolls on sale that were even cheaper than buying a new doll at the American Girl Place store.

I found two Barbie dolls that were made to resemble Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance from the famous “Job Switching” episode of the TV sitcom I Love Lucy. (That’s the one where Lucy and Ethel get jobs working in a chocolate factory only to have their stint be short-lived.)

One table had a variety of doll parts in a variety of sizes available for sale. It would be great for anyone who was looking for a part for an old doll.

Since the show was known as The Doll and Teddy Bear Show, it was natural that there were plenty of bears there, as well as other types of stuffed animals (such as rabbits, and dogs).

There were plenty of Santa Claus dolls available in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Some vendors had those reborn baby dolls which look very lifelike.

I found some odd things on sale at that show, such as this vintage children’s book called Beloved Belindy. It was written by Johnny Gruelle, who was the original creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. With the Aunt Jemima/Mammy-style illustration on the front cover, I can see why Beloved Belindy is more obscure today than Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy.

I saw a couple of Native American kachina dolls on sale at one table.

I vaguely remembered when I was a very young child, there was a TV show called Julia, which starred Diahann Carroll. That show is remembered today as the first TV show to depict an African American woman in a non-stereotypical role. (The main character worked as a nurse.) I remember some kids in my elementary school had Julia lunch boxes but I never realized that a Barbie-sized doll was also released until I went to that show.

I saw a couple of other dolls based on the main characters in the TV shows The Flying Nun and I Dream of Jeannie.

I saw this one vintage Mickey Mouse doll.

There were plenty of vintage Barbie dolls but the ones that still had their original boxes were expensive.

I saw some vintage dolls that were based on Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

I saw a set of vintage Dionne Quintuplets baby dolls. I have to admit that they are adorable to behold as long as you’re willing to overlook the sad real-life story of what happened to those girls behind the dolls.

I found these bottles of dollhouse-sized perfume and cologne to be totally cute.

I found this sign announcing that a family-owned business will close down in a few months after being in business for 72 years.

Most of the dolls and stuffed animals on sale were very expensive. I found one vendor table that sold something called Bling Dolls, which measure around six inches tall.

They cost $6 each but if you bought two or more, they would cost only $5 each. I might have considered buying two if it weren’t for the fact that all of the dolls had the same hairstyle, hair color, eye color, and skin color. That one doll type was cute but I wasn’t into buying the same doll with different outfits.

I basically bought only one Bling Doll. It was an impulse buy but she costs $6 and I found her to be quite cute.

There’s a keychain attached to her head, which means that she can either be attached to a few keys or clipped to a backpack.

Here’s a closeup of her face.

I took those last three pictures while I was eating lunch that I had purchased from the food stand at the show. A woman sat down near me and we started talking. Like me she had also attended previous doll shows and she mentioned that she felt it was smaller than she remembered.

As I was walking around the show I noticed that too. I remember the Christmas doll shows used to fill at least six large rooms. It would literally take me at least two or three hours to visit them all and I would be exhausted from visiting every single vendor table. This time I basically finished the entire show in less than 90 minutes. On top of it, I saw no Asian ball jointed dolls or even recent modern dolls from the 1970’s onwards. The vast majority of dolls on sale were made before 1960. The older dolls looked nice but they were very expensive. (It was common to see such dolls being on sale for over $100.) I still remember the day when I bought a wrecked Velvet doll for under $20 and I rehabilitated her. Or the times when I found some cool fabric that would be perfect for a doll outfit or a really neat doll clothes pattern that I wanted to try or a really interesting doll book that I decided that I wanted to read.

I don’t know for sure why it had changed so much. Maybe it’s the rise of sites like eBay and Etsy where people prefer to sell online than to actually transport their wares to a doll and teddy bear show. Maybe it’s the rotten economy where too many people have finances so tight that purchasing an expensive doll would be considered a frivolous luxury that they literally can’t afford. Whatever the reason, this show didn’t really have the little surprises that used to amaze me so much and were so relatively affordable that I ended up making impulse buys. The only surprise that really came close was that $6 Bling Doll I purchased. She’s a cute find but I still remember the show’s better days in the past.

The only fringe benefit of going to a smaller show is that I still had time in the afternoon to check out a flea market that was also held on the grounds of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds but it was located on the other side from where The Doll and Teddy Bear Show was held. I ended the day by checking out a show that was held closer to my home and it was also where I ran into a lot of my friends. I’ll write about those two events in a separate post.

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Passover

This week there are two court cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that both deal with Marriage Equality for gays/lesbians/bisexuals/transgendered persons. The Internet is currently encouraging supporters of legalizing same-sex unions to use this graphic as their avatars for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other forms of social media as well as posting this graphic in their blogs. (Feel free to download the following graphic for your own use.)

Marriage Equality Red Symbol

Those in favor of Marriage Equality are encouraging like-minded supporters to wear red as a symbol of the love that occurs in a marriage—both heterosexual and same-sex. On that note, here are some red-themed arts and crafts I’ve created in the past.

Pretention: Red

Pretention: Red

(Read the January 18, 2010 entry for details.)

Hearts on Red Background Fused Glass Piece

Hearts on Red Background fused glass jewelry

(Read the February 1, 2010 entry for details.)

Red and White Heart Box 1

Funky Heart Box

(Read the February 3, 2010 entry for details.)

Red Heart-Shaped Box: Top

Red Heart-Shaped Box

(Read the February 4, 2010 entry for details.)

Love Paperweight

Love Paperweight

(Read the February 8 2010 entry for details.)

Valentine Lolita

Valentine Lolita doll outfit

(Read the February 13, 2010 entry for details.)

Two 1/6 Scale Volks Dollfie Plus Dolls in Comfy Chair

This chair is also big enough to accomodate two Volks Dollfie Plus dolls in a romantic setting.

Doll-Sized Chair

(Read the January 11, 2010 entry for details.)

Scotty Dog

Scotty Dog

Scotty Dog fused glass jewelry

(Read the April 5, 2010 entry for details.)

Cinnamon Fire

Cinnamon Fire Art Doll

(Read the May 24, 2010 entry for details.)

The Lady in Red WIth a Fan

The Lady in Red With a Fan doll

(Read the June 15, 2010 entry for details.)

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood doll

(Read the July 19, 2010 entry for details.)

Red and Yellow Shoe Box

Red and Yellow Shoe Box

(Read the July 26, 2010 entry for details.)

Skull Art 1

Skull Art 1

(Read the October 19, 2010 entry for details.)

Skull Art 2

Skull Art 2

(Read the October 19, 2010 entry for details.)

Glamourous in Red and Fur

Glamourous in Red and Fur doll

(Read the November 22, 2010 entry for details.)

Blondie in the City

Blondie in the City doll

(Read the December 13, 2010 entry for details.)

Cherry Fairy

Cherry Fairy doll

(Read the January 17, 2011 entry for details.)

Skulls & Roses

Skulls & Roses doll outfit

(Read the February 28 2011 entry for details.)

Red Prince Doll Outfit

The Red Prince doll outfit

(Read the May 16, 2011 entry for details.)

Angry Birds Zentangle

Angry Birds Zentangle

(Read the August 8 2011 entry for details.)

Red and White Flower Fairy

Red and White Flower Fairy doll

(Read the December 5, 2011 entry for details.)

Love is Like a Hedgehog

Love is Like a Hedgehog

(Read the March 13, 2012 entry for details.)

Apple Drawing 1

Apple Drawing 1

(Read the April 12, 2012 entry for details.)

Apple Drawing 2

Apple Drawing 2

(Read the April 12, 2012 entry for details.)

Apple Watercolor 1

Apple Watercolor 1

(Read the April 12, 2012 entry for details.)

Apple Watercolor 2

Apple Watercolor 2

(Read the April 12, 2012 entry for details.)

Pony 2012

Occupy the Dollhouse: Pony 2012

(Read the July 4, 2012 entry for details.)

The New Hedgehogger

The New Hedgehogger

(Read the February 25, 2013 entry for details.)

Spike the Hedgehog

Spike the Hedgehog in his red tunnel under the infrared light.

(Read the January 27, 2013 entry for details.)

Spike the Hedgehog

Spike the Hegehog next to his red tunnel in his outdoor playpen.

(Read the March 17, 2013 entry for details.)

Last Friday afternoon I had some free time and I finally got around to taking advice from the facilitator of my support group for people who are separated or divorced. She bascially urged us to consider taking a trip either with other people or even by ourselves. She even suggested visiting a place we have never been before.

By that point, I hadn’t visited the beach at all. If my husband hadn’t abruptly left me last December, I would’ve gone along on the annual trip to Ocean City, Maryland last month where we would’ve shared a condo with his sister and whatever friend of hers she invited to come along. According to my husband, he made the trip this year with his sister and this woman in her 80’s who has been a close friend of their parents for many years. (This friend made the long trip from her home in New Hampshire. That’s amazing considering her age and the fact that there are numerous beaches in the New England region that are closer to her home than Ocean City, Maryland.)

I started to feel down over the fact that I hadn’t been to the beach at all. I went to Ocean City last year but my left hip had declined so much that I couldn’t walk without a cane. In hindsight I should not have made that trip last year but, if I had resisted, my husband would’ve gone to great lengths to pressure me into making this family trip despite my health. (In 2008, a few months before my original hip replacement, I tried to get out of that trip but my husband pressured me into going. I really didn’t enjoy myself that time because of the frustration of trying to get around when my left hip had gotten so bad.) My last trip to Ocean City last year resulted in depressing blog entries like this and this. (One note: At the time I wrote more about my back. That’s because I was initially misdiagnosed with back problems by the primary care physician and it wasn’t until after the Ocean City trip that my walking had declined so badly that I had x-rays taken and found that my original hip replacement had been knocked out of alignment.)

I now deeply regret going on the trips in 2008 and 2011 and I wished I had stood my ground and resisted my husband’s pressuring me to go along with him and his sister. It really sucks to go on a family trip to a place that requires lots of physical activity like walking when you’re not altogether healthy. It didn’t help that neither my husband nor his sister had ever experienced anything serious enough to affect their ability to walk (they were even lucky enough to avoid sprains or broken bones while they were growing up) so they had a harder time with understanding what I was going through both physically and emotionally.

This year I’m feeling much better physically so I could actually enjoy myself in Ocean City. Ironically, due to shaky finances, going on a week-long trip anywhere is currently out of the question for me. I briefly thought about making a day trip to Ocean City by myself similar to the one time I took such a trip with my aunt, cousins, and my cousins’ church youth group when I was a teenager but I wasn’t sure if I was up to making an eight-hour round trip by myself.

Then I began to consider the beaches that are closer to my home. (I’ll admit that I got the inspiration for the closer beaches after I took part as a volunteer in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride back in April, which took place in the very picturesque Rose Haven.) All of them face the Chesapeake Bay instead of the Atlantic Ocean but the commute would be much shorter.

I haven’t been at any bayside beaches in years. When I was a child the life insurance company that my mother worked for at the time decided to throw a summer party for its employees and their families at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis. I swam in the bay and enjoyed myself. A few days later my ears began to hurt really bad so I was sent to the doctor where I was diagnosed with swimmer’s ear. I have swam in pools and in the Atlantic Ocean and I never had any reaction like that. At the time the Bay was heavily polluted and it was so bad that a Save the Bay movement started in the 1970’s. In any case, I never swam in the bay again after that incident and I haven’t experienced swimmer’s ear since.

It has been many years since my bout of swimmer’s ear and there have been sincere efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay in the years since. I thought it wouldn’t hurt to make another visit to a beach along the bay as long as I didn’t put my head underwater. (I definitely wanted to avoid any chances of getting swimmer’s ear again.) I also decided to visit a beach other than Sandy Point State Park. So I did a Google search and after reading up on bayside beaches, I decided on North Beach because it seemed to have the most attractions. It was only located an hour’s drive from my home, which was pretty nice.

North Beach, Maryland

This is the Welcome Center in front of the town’s only public beach. You have to go through the Welcome Center if you want to use the beach and/or the pier that’s located next to it. Basically North Beach residents can use the beach for free while residents who live elsewhere in Calvert County pay $4. For everyone else, the fee is $10. The Welcome Center also had beach chairs and umbrellas available for rent but I was lucky enough to remember to bring along my portable folding chair so I used that instead. So I paid the $10 fee and was given a waterproof bracelet that I had to wear. The good news was that I could leave and return to the beach as many times as I wanted.

North Beach, Maryland

This is a nice mosaic at the Welcome Center.

North Beach, Maryland

The next few photos are of the public beach. As you can see, it’s a very pretty beach.

North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland

Granted the bay is calm compared to the Atlantic Ocean waves in Ocean City. But it’s a great alternative for those who don’t like waves. Ocean City draws plenty of seagulls and sandpipers while North Beach draws mainly ducks who walk among the beachgoers. This duck in the next photo was really close to my beach chair.

North Beach, Maryland

I spent the first hour or so wading in the bay water. After a while, I went back to my beach chair where I read Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life. Once I totally relaxed I decided to leave the beach for a while and explore the rest of town.

Next to the public beach is the North Beach Pier. As part of my beach fee, I was allowed to walk on the pier. (However, I couldn’t do any fishing off of it. That would’ve required both a fishing license and paying an additional fee at the Welcome Center.) It was a pretty nice pier.

North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland

One feature of the North Beach Pier is these benches that had small memorials to deceased persons. That’s not unusual because there are these kind of memorial benches in parks in my area. But what’s interesting is that the locals leave flowers at the benches like they are headstones in a graveyard.

North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland

This bench didn’t have flowers posted near it but it was dedicated to someone who died on September 11, 2001. I later did a Google search on Brady Howell’s name and found that he died at the Pentagon.

North Beach, Maryland

Some of these memorial plaques also had photos of the deceased.

North Beach, Maryland

I walked to the end of the beach, which provided a lovely panoramic view of the North Beach shoreline.

North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland

Located just one block from the public beach is the downtown shopping area of North Beach.

North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland

I made a great discovery during my trek through the shopping district. Calvert Kettle Corn makes awesome popcorn in a variety of flavors ranging from caramel to some exotic flavors like cherry, green apple, and chocolate banana. I purchased two small bags: one caramel and one that’s a chocolate/vanilla mix. I enjoyed both bags immensely.

North Beach, Maryland

There was also a small antiques district where the stores even displayed some of their items outdoors during business hours, including a duck rocking chair with a head resembling Donald Duck and an antique baby doll lying in an antique baby doll carriage.

North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland

Once you walk away from both the beach and the downtown area, North Beach becomes a typical small town that seemed like a bayside version of Mayberry.

North Beach, Maryland

After walking around town for a while, I returned to my stuff on the beach. I did some more swimming in the bay (actually it was more like wading because the water close to shore was shallow) before I decided to resume my reading on the beach. At one point I was treated to an incredibly cute sight: two ducklings accompanied by their mother.

North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland

These kids actually caught a fish with their bare hands in the bay, which caused much excitement for one family.

North Beach, Maryland

Every Friday between May-October North Beach throws this large event starting after 6 p.m. A bunch of classic cars park near the beach with their hoods opened so people can admire the engine underneath.

North Beach, Maryland
North Beach, Maryland

A live band performs on the boardwalk near the beach.

North Beach, Maryland

A farmers market is held near the beach, parked classic cars, and live entertainment where the locals can purchase fresh locally-grown produce.

North Beach, Maryland

About a block away from the farmers market is another type of street market. It’s called the North Beach Art Fair and local artisans and crafters sell their handcrafted wares ranging from jewelry to framed works of art.

North Beach, Maryland

After I visited the North Beach Art Fair, I decided to head home. As I walked along the bayside on the way to the parking lot, I saw a whole bunch of ducks hanging out on the sandy beach.

North Beach, Maryland

All in all I enjoyed myself, even if I didn’t eat my leftovers for dinner until after 8 p.m. My decision to not duck my head underwater during my time at North Beach had really paid off for me because my ears are fine as of this writing. No swimmer’s ear for me! Yay! 😀

Late Friday I got word from Etsy that I sold this Little Red Riding Hood doll.

Little Red Riding Hood

For more details about how she became Little Red Riding Hood, read this previous blog entry about the doll. The only snag came when I located the doll and I discovered that the original miniature basket with the tiny sodas that I purchased from A. C. Moore’s had gotten smashed. (This happened during transit when I had this doll displayed along with my other dolls for sale at a May Day craft show in Riverdale Park, Maryland a few months earlier. Since that time I hadn’t touched the box where I kept my inventory from that show until just a couple of days ago.) So, the following day, I made an emergency trip to A. C. Moore’s to purchase a new tiny basket.

The only tiny basket I found was one filled with flowers. I thought it looked cute but I remembered the original story had Little Red Riding Hood carry food items in her basket. I found some tiny oranges in the same section so I came up with an idea. When I got home I arranged the oranges in the tiny floral basket and glued them. It looks like Little Red Riding Hood is carrying flowers and oranges to her grandmother. (And since the original story mentioned that her grandmother was ailing, the oranges would provide some much needed Vitamin C to Granny.)




This morning I went to the post office where I sent both the doll and her new basket off via Priority Mail where she’ll arrive to her new owner’s home just in time for Christmas Day.

And, on that note, I have an announcement regarding my online stores this holiday season. I know I have done practically no marketing this holiday season mainly because I’m still recuperating from surgery back in September so I’ve been very focused on physical therapy while juggling holiday shopping, holiday partying (I got invited to three parties last week), and my birthday last week. But after I got that order for the Little Red Riding Hood doll, I realized that I’ve better set some deadlines.

For my Etsy shop, I use the U.S. Postal Service’s Priority Mail, which generally arrives to the destination within 3-5 business days. Here are the deadlines pertaining to the three major holidays.

Hanukkah: Since it starts tomorrow, the deadline for the early part of the season has passed. But if you want to order something to arrive in time for the final day of Hanukkah, you must get your orders in by Wednesday, December 21 at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time.

Christmas: Since today was the deadline to ensure that it will arrive in time for the holiday and since I won’t be able to make any further trips to the post office today (due to my scheduled 4 p.m. physical therapy session), it’s too late to order anything with the 100% assurance that it will arrive before December 25. However, if I make any further mailings tomorrow, there is a 50-50 chance that it could arrive by Christmas Eve but I can’t guarantee it. If you want to risk it, then you’ll need to get your orders in by Tuesday, December 20 at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time. (Yes, it’s tomorrow.) NO EXCEPTIONS!

Kwanzaa: If you want your orders to arrive in time for the first part of Kwanzaa, then you’ll need to get your orders in by Tuesday, December 20 at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time. If you want it to arrive during the Kwanzaa season but it doesn’t have to be on the first day, then you’ll need to get your orders in by Monday, December 26 at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time.

The above deadlines affect only my Etsy shop. As for my Zazzle shop, fulfillment is not directly handled by me so you will need to observe that site’s deadlines if you want your orders to arrive in time for the holidays.

Your cooperation is appreciated and Happy Holidays! 😉

One of my dolls that I originally purchased used and refurbished myself has been featured in another Etsy Treasury, which is pretty cool! (You can read the original blog entry about this doll right here.) I am excited and happy! 🙂

This doll is one that I have recently finished working on shortly before last weekend’s trip to Connecticut and she is now currently on sale in my Etsy shop. I originally obtained this doll for $3 at a doll show in Gaithersburg, Maryland a few months ago. (You can read more about this doll show in my entry that I wrote on March 6, 2010.) Unlike the Barbie dolls I’ve purchased in the thrift stores, this doll does not have any copyright dates or manufacturer’s name printed on the doll. This doll bore a resemblance to other vintage dolls prior to the 1960’s that other vendors at that same doll show were selling for at least $25 but there is no way to tell who manufactered this doll or what year she was released.

When I first brought her home, her hair was a bit of a wreck, her face and body had a few scruff marks and the back of her dress bunched up so her white underwear showed.

Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood

I removed her clothes. Using suggestions I found in tutorials published in a few back issues of Haute Doll magazine, I curled the doll’s hair using bobby pins and paper towels before I dipped her head in boiling hot water. While her hair was still tightly curled, I washed her entire body in a solution of Oxy Clean and water.

Little Red Riding Hood

After I placed the doll face down to dry, I washed her dress and underwear in the Oxy Clean and water mixture then let her clothes air dry.

Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood

Then, following suggestions in Tina Casey’s book Fabulous Fashion Doll Clothing You Can Make, I made a pair of shoes out of black polymer clay, painted a layer of acrylic gel on top of the shoes after I baked them in the oven, then painted a layer of varnish on top.

Little Red Riding Hood

Afterwards I took a piece of red cotton fabric and made a hooded cape for the doll using a pattern that I found in Londie Phillips’ book Storybook Costumes for Dolls.

Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood

The really interesting feature about this doll is her sleep eyes, where her eyelids close whenever the doll is laid flat on her back.

Little Red Riding Hood

For her basket, I purchased a dollhouse-sized basket along with dollhouse-sized treats.

Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood

If you like the photos I’ve posted of this doll, you can purchase her right now.

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