I have so much to do before I go and no time to do it! Of course, I was heavily distracted by my latest edition- My vintage Kenner Blythe. More on that in a minute… Here’s my latest commissioned re-root. She’s a Beach Rodeo made out to look similar to SF22 Momoko. The customer was kind enough to send me this gorgeous dress! Isn’t it amazing? People are already asking him if he’s going to make more for sale. Hopefully he does. It came with a bag too. I just love it. It looks so perfect on this doll that it was hard to take her back out of it and pack her away. But she’s destined for big things in the Big Apple.
Now, here’s a before photo of my vintage Kenner.
Poor thing was suffering from jaundice and her eyeballs were pretty dirty and yellowed too. But amazingly, these dolls are incredibly resilient. After tons of sanding and scalping her and opening her head to clean her eyeballs and install a new pull string, she then got some lipstick and rouge and is looking almost as fresh as the day in 1972 when some little girl pulled her out of the box. Hopefully, the little girl wasn’t too frightened by her as this doll didn’t do well in sales back then…
Her hair still needs some serious taming but other than that I just love how she came out and came back to life. A lot of Kenner Blythe collectors talk of the “kenner glow” and I see what they mean. There is a luminous quality to her skin. And I know I’ve said this about other dolls but this one reminds me of my… you guessed it… daughter. The older one to be exact. The younger one is still a baby to me. She’ll probably inspire another dolly addiction of a different kind.