A little Dolly Story post today ... because this parcel arrived ...
|"Eeeps - do be careful up there Bird!"|
|Julia: "Yep, red hair just like mine - let's get you outta there."|
A few things to note during the de-boxing -
her feet were tied with ribbon! so much nicer than wire.
And in the bag with her stand was a Blythe Coin?
Eventually I figured out that this wasn't a bribe or special prize - but a weight for the stand - this little petite has a rather heavy costume.
Because - she is a squirrel.
Takara released "Squiggly Squirrel" in February 2008 - already 8 years old
I'm calling her
Cecilia 'Squiggle' Ècureuil
Cecilia because it is the most sibilant name I can think of, Squiggle after the Wendy Boston squirrel I have had since I was a bub and Ècureuil because that is French for squirrel and a word I find completely unpronounceable.
Love Cecilia's dark eyes & red hair and that outfit is hilariously cute - I even love the tail which reminds me of a prickly pear - only non-prickly!
|Julia: "Now you are being silly Zucci - Cecilia's tail is not a beard!"|
Meanwhile: little Margaret was talking to someone through the plastic window of her packaging ...
|"Don't hurt yourself breaking that plastic - we'll get Bird to help you."|
|"See, Bird is really good at this sort of thing."|
And I'll interrupt the little 'uns here - This doll is a 'Totally Tartan' released by Takara in September 2003, PBL-22, quite an early petite.
And despite plastic wrapped tight about her arms (it was difficult to remove) the black trim on her dress has stained her shoulders. These things happen - even when NFRB these dolls can deteriorate - plastic is never completely stable.
Personally I don't mind, in fact, those stained shoulders helped me find her name ... Fenella MacTavish. Fenella means 'white shoulders' - and MacTavish because it sounds like swirling tartan & bagpipes with haggis.
Back to the Little 'uns now -
Fenella: "Hello but I'm sorrry you'rre all a blurrr to me - I'm rrreally short sighted ..."
Bird: "Do you need these?"
Fenella: "Och aye, that's much betterrr."
And we'll leave the girls to their introductions while I show you some of her stock outfit. She came with a petticoat, dress, red jacket, handbag and glasses - the boots are painted on.
I love the way the dress is cut-away at the back to reveal the red lace frills of the petticoat - it also has red bead 'buttons' at the back.
And here is a portrait of little Fenella MacTavish
Meanwhile: Hilda could hear faint meowing ...
|"Bird, Look! there is another box in here!"|
De-boxing ensued and Wilhelmina was delighted to see a girl with 'fantasy hair' ...
Interrupting again - she is a 'Feline Fancy' another Takara release from 2003 - this time from December. And these petites are notorious for staining from their black outfit ... again there was a lot of hard-to-remove plastic but there is still staining, mostly on her shoulders and some stripes to her pretty green hair.
Again I'm not worried about it - was expecting this staining - and again, it has inspired her name.
Because she is a tabby cat I'm calling her Tabitha d'Khat. Khat is the name of the very clever Siamese cat in a favourite childrens' book - 'Midnite' by Randolf Stow.
Although it caused staining I rather like her outfit - the little dress and helmet are black velvet - decorated with silver stars on chains and the dress has petite embroidered across the front - the boots are painted on. I also really love her pursed up little smile - just like my daughter's when she was very little - I called it her 'triangular smile'.
Now for some group photos - the 3 new girls:
|Tabitha d'Khat, Fenella MacTavish & Cecilia 'Squiggle' Ècureuil|
Petal d'Fleur (Lily Wild), Zucchini Flower (Muchuahua Zukin), Cecilia 'Squiggle' Ècureuil & Julia (LPS Lemons 'n' Honey)
The Fantasy Hair Girls:
Tabitha was worried: "Is she ill?"
Chloe: "Nah! Viccy is just a baby, she is always needing a nap."
Wil to Viccy: "Would you like a glass of milk?"
They are - Victoria Amelia (Pajama Party keychain version), Tabitha d'Khat, Chloe (Clionetti) and Wilhelmina Blue (a customised 'Spirit & Spice).
Perhaps I have a 'thing' for petites with green eyes & red lippy?
The Class of 2016?