How (not) to re-stuff a vintage Lonely Lisa doll….

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Here she is, holding that stuffing with unwarranted optimism.

So today I decided to finish up the Lonely Lisa doll I started fixing this week.  I am cringing a little as I think about the following pictures coming your way.  Don’t judge me!  She’s still a pretty thing, she’s just far from perfect…..Remember, I rescued her from the landfill….. Continue reading

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Lonely Lisa gets a bath….

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The before picture

I thought it might be fun to blog the make-over of a vintage Lonely Lisa doll, from start to finish.  I’m not a doll restorer, so my methods might not be the best.  However, the dolls that find their way into my hands are usually one step away from the land fill, so I don’t think I’m ruining anything precious.  Here we go!

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Lonely Lisa doll by Royal

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Lonely Lisa in 17″ and 22″ versions

Love them or hate them, big eyes were everywhere in the sixties and seventies.  If you were alive, you might have had a Margaret Keane-like painting of a sad waif on your bedroom wall.  Or maybe you knew someone who had weepy, creepy clowns decorating their family room.  At the time I had little appreciation for this artwork (it gave me the willies) but I did (and still do) love the dolls born out of this era, especially Royal Doll Company’s Lonely Lisa.

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A vintage jewelry box redone!

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Showing the “after” first.

I was thrift-store shopping with some friends and stumbled upon this lovely vintage jewelry box.  It had one problem.  It smelled vintage.  It made a great project and I thought I’d show it here.  I know it’s not a doll project, but I will be using it to store my doll’s jewelry, so that will be the tie in.

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Joy in the New York Times….

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Joy would make a wonderful Christmas gift….especially in 1965! Here’s a peak at some of the super cute styles available back then….

Joy was a very fashionable little girl.  I found this vintage newspaper insert from the New York Times with lots of toys that were available at Abraham & Strauss.  Joy popped up throughout the catalog.  Take a peak- Continue reading