21 February 2018

Beatrice in her school uniform

My new doll Beatrice (Bonnie & Pearl) was dressed in a lovely outfit when she arrived, but I was so impressed by the Bonnie & Pearl outfits that I ordered one. It was a difficult decision, but I chose this cute school uniform.





Beatrice has a cloth body but can stand on her own. She's about 50 cm or 20 inches tall.
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Speaking of cloth bodies, I bought a vintage a doll last week that I never had expected to find! For many years I had a Sekiguchi Printemps on my wishlist. These 1970s dolls are very hard to find, and when they are for sale, they are expensive. To my surprise I saw an ad with such a doll for sale. I made an offer and it was accepted! I even could pick her up at the seller's home.

The doll was not in a good shape, even if the seller had described her as in very good condition, but I took her home anyway, because I will never find one again, and certainly not so cheap and so close to home.

She was very soiled, her clothes severely stained, and her hair was a terrible, filthy and dry tangled mess, and when I took a boot off, there was (probably 30 year old) chewing gum all over her foot and in the boot! It was awful! ~Shiver~

My brave husband cleaned the foot and the boot (I didn't want to touch it!) and I did the rest.

I washed the hair with detergent, then soaked it in fabric softener, and then I rubbed in hair conditioner. I managed to untangle it. I couldn't get the stains out of the clothes, but at least they are clean now. The cloth body was stained too. I sprayed "Carolin" on it, rubbed it in and then rinsed with a damp cloth. I used a toothbrush to clean her face, arms and legs. They are still stained here and there as well, but with some acne cream hopefully the stains will go away.

I didn't want to shock you with "before" pictures of the chewing gum foot or clothes, but this is how her face and hair looked like:

Her left ear has blue stains, probably from felt-tipped pen.

Dry, dirty and tangled hair, which now is okay again.
I still need to iron the clothes. When that's done, I will do a photo shoot of my new treasure :-).

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Some less good news is that thieves broke into our house that we recently bought. They apparently came through the garden and broke a window in the back to get in. We're still not living there full time, but a lot of our belongings are there. They didn't take much, but still... This is the 3rd time I had a break-in!

I don't want to end this post in a negative atmosphere, so here is another picture of Beatrice (who luckily is still in our apartment, so she didn't get kidnapped :-) ).

30 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear about the breaking-in. That's really awful - I could never understand people who do that...

    Beatrice is wonderful doll. Her new clothes are great - I love it.

    And I'm really wainting for the photos of your treasure after all the washing and soaking. :)

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    1. Hello Kamelia, the previous time, years ago, the thieves took my camera and a few pieces of fruit (really!). Now they took one watch and other small things... so silly!
      I'm glad you like Beatrice and her school uniform :-).
      The Sekiguchi doll has had a super-de-luxe spa treatment lol!

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  2. ohh, i'm very sorry to hear that! maybe you could install one of those alarms that automatically call the police. i hope this will never happen to you again.
    beatrice now looks beautiful. it's a shame when you see those dolls in such a painful shape, but beauty treatments do miracles.
    i love those scottish skirts. girls look very cute in their school uniforms.

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    1. Hello chema, I comfort myself with the thought that we weren't there, who knows what could have happened! Such an alarm sounds like a good solution, but I do hope they don't repeat this.
      The school uniform is so cute isn't it :-). I wore a uniform too to school, but it was not nearly as cute as Beatrice's! It was very boring in dark blue and light blue.

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  3. I'm so sorry about the break in. I hope the police catch them!

    Such sweet little faces, I love the uniform skirt! I used to wear one too, only my was dark green and navy with thin bands of red and yellow.

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    1. Hello Sheila, I'm glad I chose the uniform :-). It sounds like you had a beautiful skirt, mine was dark blue, I didn't like it at all!

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  4. I'm sorry about the burglary.
    Beatrice has a great creation.

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    1. Hello Dlubaniny, I'm glad you like Beatrice :-). Thank you for your kind comment :-).

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  5. Beatrice ma wspaniały mundurek, wygląda bardzo ładnie :-).
    Przykro mi z powodu włamania :-(

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    1. Hello, Eunice, jestem zadowolony, jak mundur :-). Szkoda, że ludzie robią takie coś jak wejściu do domu, który nie jest ich :-/.

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  6. Even with all the dirt, I can tell that your new doll will be a treasure. What a lovely expressive face! I am so sad to hear about the break-in, what a scary thing to deal with.

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    1. Hello Siren Call Of Toys, she looks really good now :-). I'll show pictures soon!
      I have to admit that I was shaky a few hours after I discovered that someone had been in the house, but I'm glad nobody was home when the thief or thieves were breaking in!

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  7. Śliczna Beatrice. Podoba mi się jej mundurek. Przykro mi z powodu włamania, mam nadzieję, że nie skradziono nic bardzo cennego. Pozdrawiam. :)

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    1. Witam Szara, jestem zadowolony, lubisz Beatrice i jej nowy strój :-). Nic o wysokiej wartości został skradziony, na szczęście! Łamią okno, w którym był oryginalny do domu z 1936 roku. To było piękne, stare okna z kolorowego szkła, ale najwyraźniej nie był wystarczająco bezpieczny. Pozdrawiam :-)

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  8. I'm really sorry to hear about the burglary. Many years ago thieves broke into my cellar so I know how you feel.
    Beatrice looks like a well-mannered girl from a private school. :) And I'm curious about the vintage doll. If that was good condition then I'm the Queen of England! That seller should be blacklisted.

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    1. Hello Nana, it's a very unpleasant experience isn't it :-/.
      I think it's Beatrice's first school day, the uniform still looks way too clean lol!
      If the Printemps doll hadn't been so high on my wishlist, I would have left her with the seller. The chewing gum was almost too much for me :-D! But she's looking better now, and more important: she's clean. I will show her soon in her outfit!

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  9. Hello Millicent,
    How beautiful Beatrice is. I love her uniform. I cannot wait to see the Sekiguchi Printemps doll brought back to life.
    As for the robbery, I hope the thieves get theirs. I am glad they did not take too much.
    big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hello Giac, the vintage doll is all dressed and ready to pose for pictures :-). I hope the same about the thieves, but it's difficult to catch them I think :-/.
      Big hugs back!

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  10. ... i mnie jest smutno z powodu włamań, gnojki jakieś :(
    Mundurek przeuroczy, a Sekiguchi Printemps będzie bardzo ciekawą zdobyczą :)))
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie :)

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    1. Cześć Swiat, dziękuję za Twoje przyjazne słowa :-). Mogę pokazać lalka Printemps wkrótce, to jest rzeczywiście bardzo ciekawe doll! Serdeczne pozdrowienia :-)

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  11. Lalka w nowym mundurku wygląda wspaniale! Uwielbiam takie komplety :-)
    Koniecznie zainstaluj alarm, na pewno odstraszy to złodziei!
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie!

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    1. Witam Olla, kocham mundury zbyt dla lalek, one zawsze wyglądają tak słodkie :-). Alarm jest dobrym pomysłem, niestety środki takie są konieczne.
      Serdeczne pozdrowienia!

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  12. Sorry to hear about the theft (and the third one to that!)... The uniform is so cute! Beatrice looks like she is ready for school :)!

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    1. Hello Chiriann, thank you for your kind words :-). I'm glad you like the uniform!

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  13. Dear Millicent, now I realized your incredible job on the doll with the messy hair! That it always makes me happy, when a poor doll is back to splendour. I have been watching the advertisment picture and I think, probably your doll is the one sitting on the floor, so she probably wore a fringe and two braids. Why don't you try once the hair is so untangles?? I think she could benefit.
    Beatrice is great in that uniform, she looks like a little girl (50 cm, not so little!!)
    I am sorry to hear your home had a burglar in! poor you!!
    Hugs and kisses

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    1. Hello Rosana, it was a difficult task to make the hair look acceptable again, I'm so glad it worked :-). I plan on making the doll's hair more flat but thought it's best to leave it alone for a while before I take the next step. Also, it needs rollers (curlers) put in for a few days, that does wonders to doll hair, but with us moving I couldn't find them! They are probably in a box somewhere, but I don't know which one.
      Beatrice does look cute in her uniform doesn't she, I really like it!
      The burglar(s) didn't take much, but still it is a very unpleasant thought that someone was in our home...
      Big hugs!

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  14. to straszne! wściekam się na samą
    myśl, że ludzie tak robią - niszczą
    przecież podczas włamania cudzy dom,
    niszczą też zaufanie do innych ale
    i spokój, jakim domownicy się cieszyli...

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    1. Witam Inka, rozmawiałem z moim sąsiadem i powiedziała, że nie tak dawno miała włamania! Nasze domy są na skraju parku i nasz ogród ma niskie ściany. Musimy sprawić, że są wyższe i mam nadzieję, że nikt nie może dostać ponownie. Przykro nam, że musimy to zrobić, ponieważ widok jest piękny. To smutne, że niektórzy ludzie nie szanują prywatność...

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  15. Beatrice jest słodka!
    ma rozczulający profil!

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    1. Witam Inka, jestem zadowolony, podoba Ci się jej!

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