Happy Dolly Thursday! Meet Miss Flora Erika, my newest dolly. She has a very interesting story! I absolutely love her and she turned out to be a darling.
Last month, when I went up north for our Pacific NW Tasha Tudor Society gathering, Joyce took us over to her neighbor Erika's house. Erika was selling some of her dolls and I fell in love with this German Armand Marseilla Floradora doll. Her arms needed to be repaired. Erika had new arms but never repaired the doll. She was selling her at quite a bargain price and of course, I had to buy her.
The next day, we went to the Bellevue Doll Show in WA. I bought a headless doll because she had a lovely dress that I was sure would fit my new little lady. Little did I realize that this doll had the wire and the two metal tabs that I needed to fix my doll! I have never seen a doll with this type of arm. What are the chances that this body had the parts that I needed? WOW!
The arms just needed to have a tiny hole punched in the leather and attached to the body with a wire and secured with little metal button like tabs.
I used my quilting tool to make the holes in the arms and I used my little jewelry making tools to bend the wire.
Her she is with her new arms! Yes, i know she is not 100% original, but I am ok with that.
Here's a good look at the little metal button like tabs.
She has a very sweet face with an open mouth and tiny teeth.
She is looking better with her chemise top on now...more like a little dolly lady.
The two piece dress is amazing. When I ironed it, I really got a good look at the workmanship. Lots of very well done parts and stitches.
Isn't she looking fine? I think she looks like a school teacher. I named her Flora Erika....Flora for her Floradona name and Erika for the lady who sold her to me.
She has her books on her lap!.
I took over the posting reminder on my Tasha Tudor Take Peace FB page today for my friend Suzanne. It will be my job to set up Dolly Thursday every week now. I chose this photo today to introduce Dolly Thursday. Since it is September, i thought this was so darling and perfect for the day.
PS....I had a pain free good night's sleep last night! Thankful, very thankful.