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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Shabby French Doll


Saturday evening the lens fell out of my prescription glasses.

That tiny little screw on the side 
(where you can fix them was just impossible for me to see . . . 
even with an old pair of glasses on).  
So, yesterday I headed to town to have them fixed.   
To my surprise the eye clinic closes their doors 
from 12:00 to 1:30 for everyone to have lunch at the same time.  
Oh what should I do with my spare time.  
Go "Junking"  of course. 
I found this little doll. 
She was wearing a horrible shabby gray satin dress, 
that was not in the same period of her hair style.  
Her hands and feet were bound in bubble wrap and she sat 
there on the shelf, lonely and without a price tag.  
When I took her to the counter the lady said,
 "I can give her to you for 99 cents". 
That was my clue, that she needed to come home with me.




This gray dress, looked more like the 1860's to 1910's.  
I didn't think it went well with her bobbed hairdo.
What do you think?
 


I do not claim to be a doll dressmaker,
but I got out my scrap box and came up with this. 
The graphic is from the wonderful 
Graphic Fairy
  http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/




I think she turned out lovely.

All in all it was a pretty good day.
Now I have my regular prescription lens back on my nose and I can see clearly. 
My glasses are such a part of me that I feel very strange and naked without them. 
I've been wearing them since I was 19 years old. 

Have a glorious week,
and if something should arrise where you have some spare time on your hands,
Go Junking!

Connie :) 
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35 comments:

  1. I ♥ junking!!! Just need more spare time! Cute doll, I like the dress you made for her ☺

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    1. Thank you, Kelly. It is always fun to go junking. What I forgot, until right now, is that it was Senior Day at the Goodwill. So, I truly paid 79 cents for her with my 20% Senior Day discount. I purchased some other items as well, so I forgot about her new lower price tag . . . I almost stole her, didn't I. What a great deal.
      Happy junking, Connie :)

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  2. This is the sweetest doll! I love your fashion makeover - the outfit you made seems to catch her spirit much more than the original dress she had on. I'm glad you got your glasses fixed!

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    1. Hi Melanie, I'm glad that I got them fixed, too. My old pair are fine for distance and close up, but there is a middle ground that is a blur . . . I get my eyes checked yearly, but seems that my prescription changes about every four years or so. Happy Junking, Connie :)

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  3. You did a mah-ve-lous job with her makeover! I love junking...haven't done much lately. I think it is time to go again! I love what you do with all your decorating - you are so clever and fun to follow! Just wish I lived close enough to go junking with you!

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    1. Hi Linda, I wish that you did, too. It would be fun to have a junking friend, that lived close enough to meet up with for a day of fun. Connie :)

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  4. what a beautiful doll, I think the dress is perfect, you did such a lovely job, I'm also glad you got those glasses fixed,

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    1. Hi Laurie, Thank you and me, too! It is always a pleasure to have you stop by, have a wonderful day, Connie :)

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  5. I think you did a fantastic job. Perfect outfit for the lovely doll.

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    1. Hello Beth, and thank you! Connie :)

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  6. I wouldn't even have attempted it! She does look the part now, much improved!

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    1. Hi Lynne, and thank you. Making doll clothes is an art in itself, and I have no claim to having a talent there.
      This little project gave me a huge admiration for doll makers. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  7. Hi Connie, you have done a beautiful job giving her a much more appropriate and pretty outfit - well done!

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    1. Thanks . . . it was fun, but not a hobby that I would get into. Making clothes for dolls is tricky work.
      Have a great day and thanks for stopping by, Connie :)

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  8. Love junkin' but I never get to go- Hey, great job on the dress..very nice!

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  9. Lovely, Connie! The outfit suits well! Christa

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  10. Her new dress looks great, Connie...I wouldn't even know where to start! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments! Good luck in the giveaway, too!

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    1. Hi Linda, It is nice to see you here, thanks for the visit, Connie :)

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  11. Yes I agree that you revived her. She looks really good. So what are you going to do with her now?

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    1. Hi Teresa, I'll be adding her to my inventory . . . I'm dreaming about having a Shabby French Market Booth. I don't know when or where, but I'm getting ready, LOL. If and when opportunity knocks I want to be ready to give it a go. Connie :)

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  13. So glad you can see clearly now, Connie. Glasses are such a nuisance when they break.
    The little doll looks lovely - she was very fortunate that you saw her and rescued her from the satin!

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    1. Thanks Jackie . . . I just think that her era was more into chemises, than waistlines and ruffles. I love her little painted face and bobbed haircut. Connie :)

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  14. Great find, and great re-do!
    She's much more darling now!!

    Glad you were able to get your glasses fixed.

    Warm wishes..
    K.

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    1. Hi Kerin, thank you for the sweet comment and I am very happy that my glasses are fixed, too! Now I can see clearly again. :)

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  15. What a wonderful find Connie, She looks a proper 1920s flapper girl now
    Thea x

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    1. Hi Thea, It's good to see you . . . and thanks! :)

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  16. Hi Connie! She turned out beautifully. You seem to always know exactly what to do to improve things and make them lovely. I'll take your junking advice, though if I get a few minutes it is hard to get me out of a bargain bookstore.

    Hugs,

    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy, You and my husband both, he loves reading and sometimes has three books at a time, going. Good to hear from you. Connie :)

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  17. I had a doll very similar to this. I don't know where it came from or where it ended up. I'm glad you rescued her. The new outfit you made her is so much better.
    Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, and thank you so much :)
      Your blogging sister, Connie

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