Taking the dolls off the shelves and placing them in interactive places, I felt better. I have been visiting them and handling them more and without that weird feeling of not touching them at all looming over me.
And she got new shoes! I found these MSD panda shoes in my stash that fit her nicely! She beamed.
I changed out the little boys eyes. He has such large eyes and this is the first time I have actually liked his eyes, I put in very dark grey’s and they sweetened his face up wonderfully. These size eyes were for an SD size doll, (more than twice his height) and the one eye socket wouldn’t allow me to place the eye straight forward. I will have to carve or sand it a bit, but until then, the side glance is cute on him.
There wasn’t any intention to leave this guy bald, it was just that I washed his wig. But the look was interesting for a change of pace. (Sweater knit by Sisko)
These eyes I never thought I would use. I love them! She has re-stirred my interest in her with these eyes.
And these two look so warm and inviting. It’s like they are glowing.
The childish look came back to this one. Gentle and softer, I put her most often worn eyes back in, a mixture of blue and brown. These are the most expensive glass eyes I have and they have always suited her large eyes well.
This little one is blossoming as well even though I would never thought I would have changed her wig from the copper red to any other colour. But this wig (the bangs need to be curled) is a very soft colour on her and the green is complimentary in an unexpected way. The colours in the photo are muted, the hair is much richer in tone against her tanned skin. Her eyelashes match the wig perfectly.
This one really continues to surprise me, as the wig has given her more depth I think than the thinned out bits of mohair glued to her head. It suits her in her paleness and I just sigh when I see her. Again, the colours are muted, so you cannot see the fabulous almost violet blue eyes, here in a over flashed photo, they show a bit:
I have not referred to anyone by name on purpose. I think that I am going to let them all come out of their shells and find a way to express themselves. I feel like they are trying to take a stand somehow and maybe a fresh start for us all is in order. A whole new naming scheme might be an idea, which would give everyone a chance to start again without the old baggage of the past hanging on. I spend the afternoon looking at Victorian flower meanings and I thought this could be a way to give names to my “garden” without any prior associations, but instead, completely new ones. I grouped the dolls in the usual pairings so you can see how the names are together.
Old Name to New Name + meanings (keeping the same personalities)
The Wooden dolls:
Rose Marie ??? Perhaps a wooden name? (Schoenhut Miss Dolly)
Alina to Hazel means Reconciliation (Handcarved by Sisko)
Mikko to Filbert means Reconciliation (Handcarved by Sisko)
The Resin Dolls:
Audrey to Sweet Pea means Shyness (Dollzone Ani)
Hammie to Sweet William means Gallantry/a smile (Dollzone Kai)
Evie to Rue means Distain (Dollstown seola)
Yorik to Mandrake means Rarity (Souldoll Vito Lester)
The Vinyl Dolls
Jones to Bulrush means Indiscretion (Indiana Jones)
Madeira to Valerian means Accommodating disposition (Effanbee Vinyl)
Jeanette to Jonquil means return my affection (Sasha Caleb)
Miette to Oleander means Beware (Thuillier repro)
Glynnis to Mimosa means Sensitivity (unknown)
Rosebud to Queen Anne’s Lace means Regal (antique all glazed china)
the maid to Myrtle means Fidelity (unknown antique bisque/wood)
The countess to Lady Slipper means Capricious beauty (antique china head)
Charlotte to Wisteria means Steadfast (antique large chinahead family heirloom)
Kameko to Cherry Blossom means Spirituality (her vintage Japanese gofun baby)
Oldest Teddy to Cosmos means Peaceful (my childhood bear)
Younger Teddy to Aster means Contentment (my childhood bear)
White Troll to Pansy means Think of me (my childhood troll)
Dark Troll to Peony means Bashfulness (my childhood troll)
Little troll to Periwinkle means Early attachment (my childhood troll)
Olivia the Pig to Truffle means Surprise! (Madam Alexander)