I decided on a very unique name for my Zwerg, as Alma just didn’t fit her at all. The name game is always hard, so many names I really like, but the more I hunt through the name books, the further away from the right name I get. It’s like picking out a present for someone else, I know what “I” like, but what someone else would like always seems so elusive. I shut the book, looked at her, thought that the most suitable name would not be exotic or unusual, it would be sweet and nurturing, soft to say, plain.
I gave her the name of Joanie Claire. I have never known a Joanie and never had a dolly by that name, so I have no associations with it. It is truly her own name combination.
Yesterday I took with me to run errands. By wrapping a pillowcase around her, she sat in my purse and was fine. I smiled when I held her in the sunlight streaming through the window onto her face and it did not matter. She was not about to turn yellow like resin can. She was not vulnerable to chipping or anything. I felt a sense of ease with her. I delighted in her presence and each time I looked down into my purse, her sunshiny face just beamed at me. Sweet Joanie Claire! I am bonding with her immediately. She has not left my side for one moment.
I also undid her braids last night, her wig is hand rooted onto a cloth base with mohair and I believe human hair and is lovely. I rubbed my hands with a drop of coconut oil and did a french braid so I could see the possibilities of simple hair style changes. She can have braids or buns at the ears, braids across the top and pigtails, twists to the back. Her hair is strong and in excellent condition.
I love her hair. I am hoping it lasts a long time with all her future play times, I will keep an eye out for a human hair wig and may replace it some day. Until then, I will make her bonnets to protect it. I think perhaps a 1930’s style clothing will suit her best, high yokes and bonnets, like the old Shirley Temple dresses. I think onsies will work better for her than the usual panties. I noticed that the only patterns I see so far available for a 13 inch (I measure her at 13.5 inches) is Shirley Temple, baby dolls and Lissette (antique style) which is too old for her. With her cloth body, I will have to either get use to it being exposed or create old fashioned clothing to cover up. I am not too worried about it, the only thing I am not sure about is how to make a bathing suit. I think we’ll be going to the beach on Wednesday.
Speaking of, I had left behind Evie’s beach umbrella, sand pail, hula dress and lei and towel. I am so glad I did, it fits her perfectly!