Today's a busy one. I don't mean to say that I'm doing anything to make history, or set world records, or anything quite as exciting as that; but it's just one of those days where I'm moving from one chore or project, right on to the next one!
As you can see, my garage-sale dolly, is getting the full pampering treatment. I'm not sure how much I can do to restore any kind of luster to her hair, but I'm trying. One tip I've read is to saturate it with fabric softener, then let it sit in there for some time. I put this in her hair yesterday afternoon. From there, there was a suggestion to steam the doll's hair, so Beansie put the kettle on, to do just that. I held her hair over the steam for about 5 minutes, and was seriously getting restless after this length of time, seeing this particular procedure was really making NO difference at all, not in this case anyway. It does not show in the photo necessarily, but Dear Dolly seems to also have an injured/lazy left eye for some reason. There is not much I can do for this, as far as i know, so thank goodness it is not TOO bad. As I am washing and conditioning her hair, it is very important not to do further damage to either of her eyes. I have to be very careful not to get water in them, or it can leave a damaging mildewy effect on them. If I was to make that mistake, it would be at least a 24 hour setback, because I would have to towel dry them as best I can, THEN leave her lying face down, for at least that long, to allow drainage of any further moisture! Now by tonight, I may try to start combing through her hair, to further assess what I'm working with, and what I may, or may not still need to do with it. This could very well be a difficult process, requiring a wire brush and/or comb. Most likely, this will NOT feel like pampering to poor Dolly anymore! In the meantime, I have been trying to decide on an outfit; and of course, I can't keep calling her "garage sale dolly", so I'd like to give her a name! She's going to deserve a real pretty one after what horrible hair-pulling she may be going through tonight!
Finally, I ran across a cute sewing project that also doubles as kind of a recycling project. I thought it was so cute, I had to get out all the materials I thought I might need to try it! My sewing machine is set up and ready to run! I should be able to post this by tomorrow, so stop back if you can, to see how it comes out! I'll post a link where you can try to make one too!
Oh, I wonder if Aunt PittyPat sees this.. I think she's going to know already what I'm making here! She's gonna be so-ooo proud of me too, if I do this right!!