Thursday, October 12, 2017

Vanessa Morrison of Van's Doll Treasures

Our dear fellow blogger, Vanessa Morrison, of  Fashion Dolls at Van's Doll Treasures has lost her several-year battle with cancer.

Vanessa passed away on October 11, 2017.  She was a soldier until the end and continued to battle this deadly disease until her body could no longer fight.

I spoke to her about a month ago and, although she was basically bedridden, her plans were to begin physical therapy to strengthen her muscles so she could regain her ability to walk.

I thank God that Vanessa entered my life initially in 2005 when she was a porcelain doll maker, allowing me to share her artist profile in Black Doll-e-zine.  We lost contact afterward, but five years later, Vanessa invited me to visit and follow her blog.  So impressed with her doll stories, videos, and overall talent, in 2011, we began working on an article about her that was published in the 2012 Autumn Americana issue of Fashion Doll Quarterly.  I thank God even more that our friend, who shared our passion for dolls so creatively is no longer suffering.  She is now truly free.

Rest and create peacefully in paradise, dear Vanessa.  I will always remember you.


In addition to her informative and entertaining blog posts, Vanessa's Youtube channel remains a testament to her knack for telling a good doll story, her creativity, attention to detail, and overall dedication to one of her many talents.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Little Brown Toto by Handicraft Dolls

Circa 1940s cloth doll, Toto, made on the style of Little Brown Koko

The cloth doll shown above was found on eBay in August of this year.  He is fashioned after the 1940s character, Little Brown Koko, from the children's book of the same name.  The book was first published in 1940 by Blanche Seale Hunt.  

For Toto's entry into my Excel doll inventory spreadsheet, I used the seller’s description, which reads: 

Toto's original leg tag reads:  HANDICRAFT DOLLS
North Platte, Nebr.
"Toto & Bum"

To the spreadsheet description, I added:  Leg tag reads:  Toto and Bum (Bum was probably his dog). Probably sewn from or fashioned after a Little Brown Koko pattern.  Has black yarn hair, embroidered facial features with red circle mouth.  Wears blue gingham shirt, blue short suspender pants, sewn-on blue and rust colored knit socks, black felt shoes.  Has a red gingham neck tie.

Over two decades ago, after acquiring a copy of the Little Brown Koko book and learning about the doll, the cloth character became part of my doll wish list.  These were either cost prohibitive or in undesirable states of  deterioration, like the one shown here.

The original dolls were sewn from patterns that could be purchased by mail order.  Advertisements for the patterns were included in The Household Magazine and possibly other 1940s magazines.   In my collection of Black memorabilia ephemera I vaguely recall seeing such an ad in one of the vintage magazines, which might in fact be The Household Magazine.  The magazine is stored, but I do have  access to my copy of Black Dolls Book II an Identification and Value Guide by Myla Perkins (Collector Books 1995), which includes a full page ad for a Little Brown Koko pattern that was originally published in 1940 in The Household Magazine.  The caption of the ad reads:  Give Your Kiddy a Brown Koko Doll.

Like the book, the ad was written in Koko’s broken southern dialect, a portion of which reads:

Dear Mammas, Aunties, and Grandmas everywhere:
Do you-all know you can surprise some Kiddy with a Little Brown Koko Doll that's jus' like me with my great big, round eyes and my black, woolly head? 
"Honest-ter-goodness" you can, because The Household Magazine people have made a nice, big transfer pattern for making a 16-inch Doll that looks 'xactly like little, ole me PLUS a transfer pattern for making a muslin dog that looks like my Shoog-pup, too!  Oh my!  Think how tickled every honey-chile will be who gets a "shore-nuf" Koko doll and Shoog-pup "ter" play with...
The ad continues with Koko describing the ease of making the pattern which would only require brown fabric, cotton, and scrap material.  The ad also informed readers about a naming contest the magazine sponsored. 

During the early 2000s, I purchased a reproduction of the Little Brown Koko pattern and commissioned a seamstress to make Little Brown Koko and his dog Shoog for me.  Instead of using brown fabric, the seamstress used tan fabric, which was rather disappointing.  I shared my disappointment with her.  She claimed she could not find suitable brown fabric for the doll.

Fast forward some 15 years later and Toto arrives with his authentic Brown Koko appearance.  The mother-daughter company who sold and/or made these dolls created separate legs for Toto.  The 1940 transfer pattern resulted in a stuffed cloth doll with one-piece body and legs only separated by a line imprinted from the transfer pattern. 

Toto’s dog Bum was not included in the auction, but I am happy Toto (an adequate Little Brown Koko substitute) is finally here.  My stored Little "Tan" Koko probably won’t mind sharing his dog, Shoog with him.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

ZiZi and Her Short-Sleeved Dress

ZiZi and Natalie in swapped dresses

The sleeves on ZiZi's brocade dress had to go, at least partially. It bothered me to see at her wearing a long-sleeved dress with open-toe shoes/sandals, so I grabbed a pair of scissors and snipped 2-1/4 inches away from the lower sleeves.

Sewing was not required afterward.

To prevent the cut edges of the now short sleeves from raveling, I painted these with clear fingernail polish, making sure the fingernail polish-dipped brush only touched the edges of the cut sleeves.  (To prevent the cut edges from fraying, I do this with cut ribbon edges, too.) 

Next, the dress was placed upright to lean against a mug on my desk for an hour or so while the fingernail polish dried.  (It did not actually take that long for the nail polish to dry, but I wanted to ensure it was completely dry before ZiZi was redressed.

She looks so much better and cooler now.

ZiZi is back on display with a few of her friends looking as confident as ever as shown above and as seen in the short video below. 


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Friday, October 6, 2017

Glam Boho Barbie #85 and More Redressing

One of Glam Boho's first in-the-box photos

Glam Boho was ordered several months ago from ShopMattel dot com. Shipping of the first preordered dolls took place during the last week of September, which is when my doll arrived. At the ShopMattel site, the doll, shown as Fashionista #86, is currently not available. It is unknown if quantities will be replenished.

I do not know if the #86 used to describe Glam Boho at ShopMattel is an error or if dolls will be released in boxes marked #85 and later #86.  As indicated in this photo, my doll's package is numbered 85.

Before releasing Glam Boho from the confines of her box, she took this headshot comparison photo with Natalie (The Barbie Look Curvy Nighttime Glamour fashionista).  They use the same head sculpt and have the same hair color, but their eye color differs.  Natalie's eyes are hazel.  Glam Boho's eyes are gray and her eyebrows are fuller than Natalie's.  Glam Boho also has freckles.

Freed from her box, Glam Boho poses with her extra romper and aqua hat lying beneath. She carries a black shoulder bag and wears a yellow lacy dress, black choker, and silver (painted plastic) drop necklace.  White wide-strap high heels complete her look.

Her freckles are barely visible in this photo.  An additional photo later in this post better illustrates the freckles.   

I have decided to name her Rainbow, but will call her Bo for short.  She did not spend much time in the extra romper, which she paired with a pair of black high-heel Mary Jane-style shoes found in the shoe stash.  The romper is cute, but Bo prefers her yellow dress, which she put back on before posing with her big sister, Natalie.

They do look like sisters or mother and daughter.  I have not decided their exact familial relationship.  Bo's complexion is a shade lighter than Natalie's, which is not an uncommon occurrence in families.

The illustration in the lower right-hand corner of Bo's box shows her wearing the aqua scarf with the faux bow in front.  I am not at all fond of head scarves tied in this manner.  Therefore, Bo will wear the bow of her scarf in back or to the side.

In this photo, Bo wears the bow of her headscarf to the side.  Her freckles can be seen somewhat better in this photo.  Stretching or otherwise enlarging this image might aid in visibility of the freckles.

Her honey blonde hair with highlights is curly and of better quality than Natalie's.  With the exception of two side braids that frame her face, illustrated in the previous photo, Bo's hair is worn loose.

In my post about Natalie and ZiZi's redresses, I mentioned an eBay seller, who makes Barbie clothes from knit fabrics using a glue gun as opposed to sewing.  After Natalie and ZiZi swapped clothes, I checked eBay to see if this seller was now making clothes for curvy Barbie.  I was pleased to learn  she has indeed incorporated fashions for the curvy dolls into her merchandise.  As a result, I purchased two dresses made for Curvy Barbie from this seller.  Bo and ZiZi model these next.

Bo wears a black knee-length, collared dress with black high-heel Mary Janes.  The dress accentuates her curves, but is not unflattering.

ZiZi chose to try on this one-shoulder yellow dress.  The yellow nicely complements her complexion and like Bo, the dress accents her curves.  She temporarily borrowed Bo's white sandals.

Both ladies eventually returned to what they were wearing prior to trying on these knit dresses, but they both explored different shoes.

Bo thought this pair of aqua ankle booties would look great with her original yellow lacy dress and aqua scarf, and they do.  Unfortunately, the top front of the booties juts out a bit due to the arch of her feet.

After ZiZi put the brocade dress back on, she and Bo made one last shoe swap.  ZiZi now wears the aqua booties.  That color picks up the aqua in her dress.  Bo wears her original white high-heel sandals.  During this time, Natalie was content to watch their quick redresses and shoe swaps.  Because she still enjoys wearing her tan dress and animal-print jacket, she had no desire to participate in this redressing session.

If you are in need of clothes for your curvy Barbies or fashions made for ModelMuse and other average body types, check out Barbie-Couture's economically priced fashions on eBay.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Quick Redress: Nighttime Glamour and ZiZi

The Barbie Look Nighttime Glamour Barbie checks out a new lavender dress, hoping she can wear it.

Several weeks ago The Barbie Look Curvy Nighttime Glamour Barbie (shown above in her original clothes) and ZiZi (Zig and Zag) were redressed.  In ZiZi's case, she was re-redressed.  The lavender dress Nighttime is admiring is what inspired the ensemble changes.  As indicated on the package with check marks underneath the illustrated Barbie body types, this dress is cut to fit all currently marketed Barbies.  I wanted to see for myself.  I was surprised with the outcome.

Nighttime was the first to try it on.  While she seemed pretty happy with the dress (the fit is fine), I do not think it "does anything for her."  It is somewhat matronly looking in my opinion, which may be due to the length.  I tried tucking the hemline under to see if that would help, but it did not add the flair she craves or that I crave for her.

Next, ZiZi tried it on.  While it looks a little better on ZiZi (in this photo the hemline is tucked under), it's just not her style -- too conservative.  With it she wears a pair of flat white T-straps that were part of the original outfit worn by Goddess Emerald (named by me), a Barbie Fashionista from 2014, first seen here.

ZiZi looks a bit surprised.  Trying on the lavender dress and returning to the tan and animal-print ensemble she had been wearing was all she had planned to do, but now it seems her friend has confiscated her clothes.
While ZiZi was trying on the lavender dress, Nighttime (Natalie... I just named her) put on what ZiZi had been wearing.  It fits her to a T.  The tan dress with animal-print jacket was made by an eBay seller who uses a hot glue gun in lieu of sewing.  She uses knit fabrics which can stretch and conform to a doll's figure, which is why the curvy Barbies can wear this style, even though it was made for ModelMuse and other slimmer Barbie body types.

Feeling a little dismayed because ZiZi does not care for the lavender dress and definitely does not like it at the designed length, which is shown in the photo immediately above, ZiZi decided to try on Natalie's original dress.  "Two can play this fashion swap game, " she thought.

We all love this dress on ZiZi, which she continues wearing the white T-straps.  I am thinking about  shortening the sleeve length from full sleeves to short sleeves (but not sleeveless).

Natalie complimented ZiZi on how cute she looks in the brocade dress by saying, "Girl, the gold in this dress really compliments your hair color.  It's so you!"  ZiZi thanked her and told her she understood why she confisc.. decided to continue wearing the tan dress.  "It shows off your curves as well as it does mine," she said.  There is no love lost between these two.

A unanimous decision was made to place the lavender dress back into the original package and stored it for now.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

EEoDiB New Blog Post

Stacie Johnson, founder and creator of Twissi Handmade Dolls shares her profile with the readers of Ebony-Essence of Dolls in Black, which can be read here.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Addy Walker's American Girl Hospital Visit

Addy suffered from silver eye disease in her left eye caused by the inner eye decal detaching from the eye.

During my American Girl Addy's participation in the First Annual Addy Hair Show in early August, I discovered she suffered from silver eye disease.  Addy's eye was given a temporary fix using a brown Sharpie marker to color over the exposed silver area. Blog reader, Greytone, shared her experience of sending her silver eye-diseased doll to the American Girl Hospital where it was repaired free of charge because this is a manufacturer's flaw.

Faced with the dilemma of whether or not to send my doll in for eye replacement or not (because I wanted her wig replaced as well, but only if AG could replace it with the same texture as the original wig), I contacted AG by email to see how they would handle this.  My email was not answered promptly, so I called and was told to go to the AG website and download the hospital admission form.  I did this but there were only two options that met my needs:  a new head, which in Addy's case would probably mean the hair texture would be different, or new eyes only.  My initial email inquiry was eventually answered as follows:

Dear Ms. Garrett,
We are sorry to learn that your Addy doll is in need of repair.
Regretfully, our Doll Hospital staff is unable to replace just the wigs  To ensure the wig will not come off, our doll manufacturer applies permanent glue.  To remove the wig would be very difficult and could result in damaging the doll's head.  If there is a problem with the hair, the entire head must be replaced. A head replacement includes a new set of eyes as well.
 The cost for a head replacement is $44.00 plus $7.95 for the return shipping and processing, and sales tax where applicable.  Included with the repair service, at no additional cost to you, is a Wellness Visit valued at $28.00.  Addy's skin will be cleaned, and she will return home in a hospital gown along with other special items.
 Information about our Doll Hospital, including a link to the Admission Form, can be found on our website.  Please click on the link below and scroll down to "How to admit an American Girl doll." We suggest that you ship your doll via UPS, FedEx, or insured mail.  Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for repairs, depending on volume.
 Should you require additional information, please call us at the toll-free number listed below.  One of our associates will be happy to assist you.

American Girl Customer Service 

After deciding I would get the eyes replaced only, I wrote back to inquire if I would be charged for this since this is a manufacturer's flaw.  Their reply was, "If, after examining your doll, the doctors conclude that this eye problem is a company-based issue, your doll will be fully repaired free of charge."

Addy was undressed and her hair ribbons and barrettes were removed to prepare her for a trip to the American Girl Doll Hospital.
I filled out the admission form requesting new eyes with a comment requesting a charge adjustment if it was determined the eye condition was a company-based issue.  Addy was next boxed up along with the admission form, and shipped to the hospital by insured mail on August 21, 2017.

Bubble wrapped and boxed up, Addy was ready for her trip to the American Girl Doll Hospital in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Undoubtedly, there are thousands of American Girl doll patients because Addy was not officially admitted until September 13, 2017, which is the date American Girl sent an email notification with the subject line, "Your American Girl Doll Has Been Admitted."

Addy's hospital admission receipt is shown above.

After being admitted, the little patient must have received immediate attention.  She was treated and discharged within 48 hours or less because she arrived back home on September 20, 2017.

Addy was returned in a white doll box, the side of which contains instructions to 
"Care for Your Doll."

Addy remained in the return box until I was able to take out-of-box photos.
Close-up of Addy's new eyes in a photo taken after I removed the bangs I had given her several years ago.
In addition to new eyes, courtesy of American Girl, Addy's skin was cleaned and her hair brushed and restyled in a French braid.

Addy's French braid courtesy of American Girl

As seen in the first photo of this post, several years ago I had given Addy bangs using added hair cut from a curly doll wig.  A strand of  her bangs fell off at the hospital, which Dr. D. enclosed in a tiny zippered baggie and placed inside Addy's return box.  After she returned home, I removed the rest of her bangs and the residual glue.  Soon, I plan to do something special to her wig which will be shared in a followup post.

In addition to the bagged strand of hair (which now contains all of Addy's former bangs), Addy returned with a Certificate of Good Health and a "Get Well Soon" card from the folks at American Girl.

Addy's hospital gown is a white cotton print with pink flowers, butterflies, and bandages.
The American Girl Hospital logo is on the front of the gown.

Addy's ID bracelet reads:  American Girl Doll Hospital.

A heart accents the sides of her white socks.

With all the attention Addy Walker received during her hospital stay, she refused to take off her hospital gown, hospital ID bracelet, and warm socks  She thinks the pampering should continue here, so I have decided to allow her to feel like a patient a bit longer, at least until her wig restyling is completed.

Thank you again blog reader, Greytone, for sharing your experience with the American Girl Doll Hospital.  Had you not done so, and had Julius not also commented about the eye condition being a manufacturer's flaw covered by AG, Addy would still be suffering from silver eye disease masked by brown Sharpie ink.

Thank you also to Cathy Runnels, administrator of the American Girl Addy Collectors Facebook group, for organizing the First Annual Addy Hair Show and for allowing me to share the photo video of the Addy participants, which can be viewed below.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Guest Post by Brains and Beauty Dolls

Malia is an 18-inch talking doll by Brains and Beauty Dolls

Niya Dorsey, the creator of Brains and Beauty Dolls contacted me about her new line of 18-inch dolls. I invited her to share the inspiration behind the dolls.

"One day my one month old daughter and I were at home in the bed cuddling, as I stared at her beautiful face and started to talk to her. I told her how beautiful she is, how I couldn’t wait to have tea parties with her, get a mani-pedi together and how I want her to grow up and follow all her dreams, become a leader and so on. Suddenly, I got an epiphany, a doll is a girl’s best friend. I didn’t remember seeing or having a doll that had the beautiful features of girls of color. 

"I wasn’t big on the Barbie dolls and the other dolls I had as a child.  I would just feed, change their diapers and comb their hair. It wasn’t always easy styling their hair either. I decided I don't want a doll that teaches my daughter how to be a good mom, I want a doll that encourages her to believe in herself and to achieve her goals no matter what. At that moment I decided to create a doll for girls of color all over the world. 

"I created an 18-inch doll whose look was based on my daughter's features. First, I reached out to other mothers and asked, 'If you had to say something encouraging or positive to your daughter, what would you say?' I took my time and read every response and created a list of twenty empowering words. As a result, I created a doll that speaks encouraging words. I believe the right words are powerful and encouraging and have a positive impact on our little girls' lives.

"Today, many young girls suffer from low self-esteem due to society’s negative perceptions, bullying, and lack of encouragement. I want to help develop self-awareness and positive self-esteem in the lives of little girls with the help of my dolls.

Made of vinyl with a cloth stomach that houses her voice box, Malia is a perfect companion doll with comb-able human hair.
"I designed the doll to have real human hair to allow little girls to play with hair that is similar to their own, that is fun and easy to style. I named the company Brains and Beauty Dolls because our dolls represent intelligent and beautiful young girls everywhere. Our tag line is:  believe, empower and achieve in style. I want them to believe in themselves, empower one another and achieve their goals in style. 

"Our goal is to inspire little girls to embrace their uniqueness, individual beauty, intelligence, culture, and leadership abilities.

"Brains and Beauty Dolls aspires to create different dolls and accessories.  This September, we will run a kick starter campaign for our first doll Malia, and hope to unlock some other dolls as well."

Brains and Beauty Dolls Contact

Currently the Brains and Beauty website shop includes T-shirts, a girl and doll pajama set, and a book entitled, You can Be Whatever You Want to Be.

KickStarter Campaign
The Early Bird Special Pledge price for Malia for the first 100 contributors is $80 and the first 100 contributors at this level will receive an autographed doll!  After that goal is met, the campaign price will be $90 for the doll. Go here to preorder Malia or to otherwise contribute to the Brains and Beauty Dolls Kickstarter Campaign, which will run for 33 days. Let's help Ms. Dorsey make Malia a reality by contributing and/or sharing the link to the campaign.

Once again, here is the link.

PLEASE NOTE:  If the campaign is not fully funded, your credit card will not be charged.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

From One Arm to Three

27-inch one-armed transitional mama doll and her replacement arms

First seen here in a post about mama dolls (dolls with voice boxes that make the ma-ma sound when the they are tilted or otherwise positioned), this 27-inch doll arrived to me during the late 1990s missing one of her composition arms.

A closer look at the missing arm area
A couple of years ago I was gifted an identical white version of this circa late 1940s/early 1950s doll for the sole purpose of using the white doll's arm to replace the black doll's missing arm.  I could not bring myself to destroy an otherwise well-preserved doll to restore another. So Lynn, the black mama doll, remained in need of an arm while Jane, the white doll, was spared.

My husband suggested that I make a mold of Jane's arm, which I did.  He then sculpted, on his own, what looked like the perfect replacement arm for Lynn.  Unfortunately, he used a mixture of old and new polymer clay which did not properly bond.  The arm was also very heavy.

So I created a papier-maché arm using the mold of Jane's arm, which has served Lynn well.  I never was content with the way I painted the fingers, which could have easily been repainted, but deep down I really wanted her to have a composition replacement.

I created and saved an eBay search for "composition doll parts" and received daily updates for years, but arms in the length and shape needed remained elusive.  One of these search results included two composition arms from a child-size store mannequin that I purchased.  Unfortunately, they were not the correct size.  I listed these on eBay for the same price I paid and they sold.

Recently, my eBay search notification included a buy-it-now or make-offer auction for "a pair of baby arms for repair of German bisque head baby" that measure 8 and 8-1/2 inches.  An 8-inch arm is what I needed.  I made an offer which the seller counter offered and I accepted.  My plan had been to use the arm I needed and resell the other.

Seller's photo of replacement arms
The arms arrived as described and shown above and in the first image.  The circumference of the biceps area, however, is larger than the doll's original arm should be.  I discussed the dilemma with my husband and showed him the doll and the replacement arm. He agreed that the potential replacement was too large.  The following conversation ensued:

Him:  "Why didn't you buy the other arm?"
Me:  "I did.  I have both arms."
Him:  "Then you can just replace both arms and you'll have a match.  You didn't think of that?"
Me:  No.  I was focused on just replacing one arm, but yeah... I can do that.

Geesh!  Why didn't I think of that?  Probably because my intent was to keep the doll's original arm intact and because it would be so much easier to replace just one arm.  He gave a several suggestions on how the repair should be done.  I said, "Nope, you're going to have to do all that.  It's just too much."  He said, "No, you need to learn this!"

So... I (we) did it!

Original arm after removing
First the doll's original arm and rotational disk to which it was attached was removed.  This required slitting open the cloth upper arm area by gingerly removing a few stitches.   (My husband did this part with an Xacto knife while I held the patient.)

Patient post amputation
For the replacement arms, using a wire clothes hanger, the doll doctor created a fastener for each that looks like an inverted U with laterally extended arms that insert into the inner arm.

Fastener centered inside replacement arm with tissue paper stuffed around it
With the fastener in the center-most area of the arm, my husband used tissue paper to fill in the gap between the arms of the fastener and the inner arm.  Over this was applied air-dry clay to permanently hold the fastener in place.  I worked on the other arm simultaneously completing the same steps except the inner arm was filled in by me with polyfill before covering with air-dry clay.

Both arms with fasteners centered in place and air-dry clay molded around to permanently hold the fastener inside

New rotational disks for new arms
I created two new arm disks using cardboard.  These were made firm with several coats of Mod Podge, which was applied after the above photo was taken.

Flawed ring and pinky fingers
As the seller had described, the hands of both replacement arms had flaws.  A fracture of the ring finger of one hand had been previously repaired. The pad of the pinky finger of the other hand was worn down.

I used wood filler to create a new finger pad for the pinky finger and to reinforce and smoothen the fracture line of the ring finger.  The wood filler applied to the fingers and the air-dry clay molded around the fasteners were allowed to dry overnight before additional work proceeded.

After everything hardened, the disks were placed onto the fasteners and a metal dowel was fashioned from a metal clothes hanger to hold the disks in place.  Not shown in the above photos, but Epoxy was added to areas where the inserted dowel and the fastener meet to secure the dowel in place permanently.

The arms were painted using a combination of nutmeg brown and real brown acrylic paint as base coats and a top coat of toffee brown.   The final coat  was a mixture of toffee brown and matte varnish to seal and add a slight sheen.  A few drops of dark red acrylic paint were added to the toffee brown and acrylic mixture and dabbed onto the elbows and the dorsal surface of the hands and knuckles to add blushing.

Painted arms

New arms attached to body (one is a little lower than the other, but Lynn doesn't mind).
Before inserting the new arms into each cloth armhole, the bottom opening of each armhole was reinforced with a few stitches.  Next, the arm disks were inserted into each cloth armhole and the cloth at the top stitched closed.

With two arms now, Lynn is happily redressed and back on her doll stand.

Lynn rejoined her friends and Jane, the doll that was willing to sacrifice one of her arms for her.

After nearly 20 years of being here with only one arm, Lynn now has three.  Two are attached replacements and the third (her original arm) has been stored in the event that another left-arm-only doll is in need of an arm that size.

(Note:  The arm replacement process wasn't as difficult as I had imagined.  Doc Garrett was right, I needed to learn to do this myself.)

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