A Barbie Doll with Green Earrings

I just love how this $1 salvaged doll turned out,  I think she was a really great find! This doll’s amazing transformation is my post for Transformation Thursday which is hosted by The Shabby Chic Cottage.

I found her naked at the Greenslopes Lifeline store tied up with another Barbie and a shoeless Bratz doll for 2 dollars. I’m not sure yet what I’ll do with the Bratz doll, and the other Barbie has hair in very poor condition. I’m actually wondering if I’ll give up on the other dolls and maybe sell them on ebay.

This doll with green earrings was in such good condition I knew I could clean her up well so this is the second doll I ‘restored’. I combed, conditioned, shampooed the hair with herbal shampoo. Then I left conditioner in the hair for 3 minutes after combing through, rinsing thoroughly when done. I washed the doll’s body with shampoo also, there was a black mark that could be texta on her leg that didn’t come off straight away but now it has rubbed off. I finished off the hair my smoothing some baby oil over it lightly when it had dried naturally.

I chose the lovely multi-coloured baby wool for her dress with flecks of green in it, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I added the raised ribs into it as I went along, and made it a pull-on style so it’s easier for a younger child to dress the doll. The stitch on the skirt is something I saw at craft group and involves clusters of 5 trebles (English) that are separated with an English double in the middle of the cluster below. I saw this in a picture for a wedding dress for a Barbie doll.

All is left to do is make some cute scuffs for her flat feet, which have very cute pink painted toenails! I finished these orange sandals yesterday, they are a cinch to make! And because it’s winter here now she looked a trifle cold in her strapless dress so I put on the green shrug I did months ago when I was trying to work out how to make one for me. The green shrug was just a random thing I did while I was trying to understand how shrugs were shaped.

I’m really happy at the transformation of this bargain $1 doll, from naked in the op shop bin to cleaned and dressed, she has scrubbed up very nicely indeed!

I just love looking through the other posts for Transformation Thursdays, there are always fantastic ideas, I highlight my favourites below. If you love home crafty things, be sure to check out the other blog party posts at The Shabby Chic Cottage.

Some of my selected highlights from this week’s party (oh so many!)

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jan at A Tapestry of Life
    Jun 17, 2010 @ 20:37:46

    That is so satisfying….. to be able to spot the potential and transform the bargain into something beautiful…… great work.
    Hugs and Blessings – Jan

    Reply

  2. Bonnie
    Jun 18, 2010 @ 13:48:40

    I am traveling over from Transformation Thursday. I never knew that you could clean those dolls up that well. I know many people are on the hunt for nice Barbies! She looks like a million bucks!!

    Reply

  3. Jingle
    Jun 18, 2010 @ 17:06:20

    fabulous!

    Reply

  4. Barb
    Jun 19, 2010 @ 04:22:40

    Hi..I’m Barb….I am from Thurs. Trans…. I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
    & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

    Reply

  5. Vanessa
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 13:52:55

    Great work on restoring this doll. The outfit is lovely, right down to the shoes.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Let’s stay in touch.

    Reply

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