Finally got back down again to my late mother’s garden last week to finish off taking the photos of my second set of NPs…. that I didn’t manage to do the time before because of the sheer cold of that bitter North East wind.
First up is a really beautiful 1967 Frido Brunette Gingham girl with equisite eye painting….if you can see beyond all the stray hairs blowing in the breeze.
She is wearing an attractive OOAK Ruthsdoll’s dress that Steve had specially made up for me as my Christmas present. I have teamed it with a pair of handmade leather shoes by Betsy-May and commercially made socks.
I tend to much prefer the Sasha brown eye paintings to the blue as you can usually see the details so much better.
This girl has a side parting with the hair swept to the opposite side and caught with a ribbon.
Secondly here is another Frido 1967 but a blonde Jeans girl with a full centre part and very unusual eyes painted by Kristina, a Manchester University art student, who came in during one Summer holiday to help Sara Doggart paint the eyes. This doll was featured in the Sasha book, Sasha Dolls, The History.
She is seen here wearing a Pinestreetstudio dress with Trendon Kiltie tights and commercially made shoes.
I think that the blue in her dress really brings out her eye colours.
Have now included Lorraine Tyler’s gorgeous Frido NP, Mereidth, whose eyes were also painted by Kristina.
Third doll today is an early Frido 1967 Ballet girl who I have braided her hair on account of the strong wind that is blowing a gale today but she usually wears it in a ponytail with longer side pieces of hair framing her face.
She has the quirky right eyebrow that is reminisent of this period.
She is a pretty and quite dainty looking girl.
She has on another OOAK Ruthsdoll’s open fronted checked dress and commercially made socks and shoes (as I think that the original shoes are being worn with another outfit at the moment.)
I’m thinking that she looks prettier with her hair up in a ponytail with loose tendrils framing her face so have just gone to my ‘Pictures’ and located these few photos below so that you can decide for yourselves.
I prefer it done this way but plaites/braides are better when it is breezy outside as it stops the side hairs blowing in her face…. and as you already know I have enough trouble with stray hairs over their faces.
As you can see her previous little owner before me had at one time given her a little ‘lipstick’ to enhance her lips and this has slightly bled into the surrounding vinyl and needs to be removed at some point.
Lovely to see a few Crocuses and Primroses out after the long Winter months.
Fourthly is a petite Frido 1967 Dungaree girl with the full centre part.
I always think that she has a rather bewildered and sad expression as though she’s not as happy with life as she should be but I can assure you that she is treated the same as the rest of the Brood. NO favourites here! (Twenty-four years of Primary School teaching has taught me that!)
She has on my very first OOAK Ruthsdoll’s dress which actually came with matching material shoes which Ruth did in those days before she bought her leather stitching machine and started using real leather.
We had allsorts of weather changes whilst I was photographing her. When I left my home it was sunshining but on arrival it had clouded over and there were snowflakes swirling around in the sky but luckily just as I was thinking of returning home again and that that I might have had a wasted journey…..the snowflakes disappeared and out came the sun again.
…….But rather TOO brightly…….so had to pick her up and move to a more shady part to continue photographying.
This tot has always worn her hair in the bunches as you see above or hanging loosely.
Next doll up is a 1967 Frido Dungaree girl with the damaged lips from being force-fed with a ‘silver’ spoon by her young, but caring little mother…. as she was probably a finicky eater (like I was….and if the truth be known, still am!)
I rather got carried away with taking ALL the next photos trying out various different poses with her so please accept my apologies beforehand and scroll down quickly if you so wish.
She may have damaged lips but IMO her eye painting more than compensates. Note the slight bit of bare scalp with no rooting holes that is showing here between the fringe row and the back hair. This often happened and can be seen more in the dolls when their hair is taken and pulled back.
She is wearing a OOAK Ruthsdoll’s dress that I asked Ruth to make up for me. This material has an almost Viyella wool feel to it…. although it isn’t the actual real Viyella.
I have teamed it with some Ruthsdoll’s cream leather lace-ups as a change from the commercially made brown bar shoes that I usually put with it, and socks that I bought some time ago from Jill Mackley’s ‘Frocks and Socks’ (unfortunately now discontinued.)
I love the shortness of this dress (like Ruth used to make them before the slightly longer lengths came into fashion.) It reminds me of how I used to dress my daughter when her knickers/pants could occassionally be glimpsed whilst she was playing…. so that they if weren’t made of matching material they were always colour-cordinated to wear over her cotton white ones. (Hoping that she doesn’t read this as I’ll be in big trouble!)
Here we have my Frido bobbed haired 1967 Gingham girl who is another of my longest ‘living here with me’ dolls.
I could hardly believe my eyes when I first caught sight of her for sale on Shelly’s Sashadolluk website. I thought that she looked as if she had come straight from the hairdressers as there wasn’t as many ‘cut’ haired dolls aroung in those days.
Close up photo showing her lovely eye painting and Ruth’s dainty white edged with lace dress collar.
She is wearing another of Ruthsdoll’s very attractive OOAK front opening outfits.
Side view showing the attractively cut bobbed hair cut.
Frido 1967 Brown Cord Dress girl who came in her large white box.
Her hair was full of dust from storage so Sarah Price very kindly gave her a shampoo and condition on one of her visits here. Now, as you can see it is beautifully soft. silky and glossy again.
She is wearing one of Jill Mackley’s of ‘Frocks and Socks’ lovely smocked dresses to which I have added a pair of commercially made socks and Ruthsdoll’s shoes.
I am quite taken with this sideways pose with the bright sunlight filtering through the greenery behind her.
She has what is described as the ‘open eyed’ eye painting. Please notice Jill’s equisite piping at the dresses neck and yoke and wonderfully neat smocking..
Because I’m still feeling GUILTY about taking this Frido wide faced Brown Cord/Jeans? girl out of the equation before she had her chance to be photographed in the shrubery with the others…….
….as she was up for adoption I thought that I would feature some of her past photos in retribution for my sins.
She is/was the younger sister to my bobbed haired NP Blue Cord girl featured in the above photos and again with her sister below.
Here she is wearing another lovely smocked dress by Jill Mackley of ‘Frocks and Socks’ with sandals by JJ.
Her fringe and hair length had been cut by her previous owner but it is still soft and shiny with a full centre part allowing it to be styled in neat bunches as can be seen in a couple of the photos later on.
Here she is supporting the 2012 Olympic GB Team with her Dollydoodle pointing finger.
…and wearing a Dollydoodle GB team T shirt.
Showing off some Dollydoodle Summer wear in the next two photos.
Shown below with her elder sister, both in OOAK Ruthsdoll’s outfits.
As you can see from this next photo ( and the one above) her wider face gives her a much younger look although both these dolls were manufactured at the same time and their eyes painted by the same artist.
This was a beautifully soft, warm and cosy Winter outfit that Steve gave me.
Still feeling very guilty and sad at having to part with her to try to keep the ever mounting numbers down as she had been with me for MANY, many years.
I felt that I should end with this photo of her somewhat questioning my awful decision but I do hope that she is now settled in and very happy with her new adopted family. She is shown here in a very pretty coloured double row smocked OOAK Ruthsdoll’s dress.
That’s it for this Sunday. I hope that you have enjoyed some more of my NP girls out amongst the greenery.
I will try to do a few more photos for Easter Sunday but then will be taking a break for a while as my daughter is coming up from the south to spend some time with me and her old school/work friends.
Off now to have a little weep at my unforgiveable recent Sasha cruelty of parting with her.