As I talked about on Monday, I managed to get one doll dressed and moved into the collection during the hiatus. You may have noticed I didn't mention that meant there was one less undressed doll around here. I didn't say that because it wouldn't be true. While I did get the Fashion Queen dressed, I also added a new doll to the collection. So while the number of undressed dolls didn't go down, it didn't go up either. At least I broke even.
I mentioned before, February was a really bad month for me. I was in a really low place. I knew that I was saving up for the Swell Doll Shop, but I was at a point where I really didn't care about that. So I decided to do some retail therapy to help raise my spirits. After some annoying false leads (that did nothing to help my emotional state) I ended up on E-bay. I found a couple of auctions that I wanted, that I could afford, and were ending soon. I decided to bid on one, try to win, and if I didn't I would take a deep breath and move on to the next one. I was trying to be logical about it. But I was lucky enough to win the first one I bid on! I was glad I won the auction, even though it took all the money I was saving for the Swell Doll Shop. But I wasn't too upset about that. I had decided to go all out and buy something I really wanted instead of something small that I sort of wanted and would eventually feel guilty about buying. And I really did want what I won.
In a shocking turn of events, she arrived well before Friday. She arrived on Wednesday which was awesome. I eagerly took her out of her package and held her in my hands. She came a long way to be here, and I loved her.
She was in pretty good shape, but she had her issues. Like a lot of the
swirls she suffers from a darkened face. I later learned that means
she's from 1964, since those are the dolls that have that problem. It's
not a big deal, not reversible, but just something that happens to these
dolls. I have other dolls with the darkened face, it doesn't bother me. Her face paint is in good shape. She does have rubs to her
eyelash ridge (they usually do), she also has a couple of minor spots
missing from her eyes, and one tiny rub to her lip paint. They're really
very minor. Her lips are a lovely butter cream color (that changed over
time from red), she even still has her nose dots! (Also a butter cream
color). She does have green ear, the right side is worse than the left.
The left isn't green as much as it is brown, which is odd. I'm going to
have to invest in some Green Ear treatment cream, I've gotten several dolls
recently that need that taken care of. She does have earring holes, but
only one at each ear, except her right ear's hole is rather big, it
looks almost like a gash. I'm going to have to be careful with her to
make sure it doesn't get any worse. When writing this post I noticed she has a small pin prick on the side of her nose. For some reason it's driving me crazy, even though it's so not noticeable. I'm weird like that. Her hair is in pretty good shape. Her bangs had been brushed back into her ponytail (which is common for these dolls), but I was able to pull it all forward. I think her bangs have been trimmed. I noticed that after I fixed her hair the hair for the bangs were shorter than the rest of her ponytail. It makes sense since when they were brushed back they would have been longer than the ponytail, so they might have gotten trimmed. They still have enough length to go into a regular ponytail. I was unable to locate the piece that was supposed to wrap around her ponytail to create the topknot, which further supports my haircut theory.
After she arrived it was time for her bath. She wasn't terribly filthy, but certainly needed some time at the Spa. The dirt came off her body relatively easy, but it really clung to her face. I ended up having to wash her three times to get her face totally clean. She did clean up nicely, several spots that I thought were marks on her face ended up being just dirt and came off. I also ended up taking off her head to clean out the inside of her ears. It was nerve wracking taking off her head since she has the large neck knob and I was worried her neck hole might tear, but with enough time with the heating pad I was able to get it off and back on without any problem!
*Edit* On Friday March 15th, the Swirl in her party dress was featured in the banner over on "In the Pink". It's not my picture, and there's several other dolls in the picture, but my Swirl is front and center for Pink Friday! Awesome!