Sunday, March 17, 2013

Doll Question, Politics, and Phone Fast

I have a blond doll who looks like a Maxie but is articulated at the wrists like a Jem doll.  She is not a Jem though, because she has no collar bone or interesting colors in her hair.  Who is she, Carcy?

I have a few particular Barbies whose legs have gotten sticky over the years, probably from their clothing.  They are Princess of Ireland, (plastic backed brocade?) and Fire and Ice, Salt Lake City Olympics 2002, AA version.  Also an Amazon Princess Gabriel wearing one of those horrid peeling fake leather skirts and a Barbie who Does have what feels like a plastic bonding on the inside of her fau brocade skirt, aqua in color, with a matching sweater.  Anyone else have this problem?  It just seems to happen to particular dolls, two Pricesses of Ireland, two AA Fire and Ice.  Strange.  I washed them in mild soap but Hot water, hoping to rinse away both soap and gummy surfaces.  Rubbed them dry with rough but clean towel and let them dry a few feet from warm air vent.  Seems to have worked.  Tomorrow I find out if I washed too much and they all have orange or turquoise legs to go with their "normal" skin tones.

Does anyone have any "Misfits" from " Jem and the Misfits" to sell?  I never watched the show, but love the Misfits.

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Phone Fast.

I didn't answer the phone this weekend and got a Huge amount of work done!  I didn't even slow down when it rang, just kept on working until I heard a voice, or not.  Many Nots!  Amazing what a time waster phones can be and I only use a Land Line!


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1 comment:

  1. Your blond doll could be Darci. Is she 12 1/2 inches tall? She would have that hollowed plastic for "bendable" elbows and snap click bend knees. Big feet ....

    Alas, there is not much you can do for dolls with greasy legs and/or faces.

    Alas two, I sold the Mixis dolls Pizazz and Stormer; Roxy remains, but she needs a new body, poor dear.