Shit. I just realized. It's been over a year since I got Addy. It doesn't feel like it should be that long. God time flies.
The other day, during all my eBaying, I bought two dresses for Addy, one outfit for Kaya, and another hunk of Josefina's meet outfit.

Kaya got a pink t-shirt and striped leggings. I think they're Springfield but I'm not sure. They're really nice, but that's a topic for another post.

Addy on the other hand got her Flower-picking outfit and a really nice handmade outfit that I am right now squeeing over...

I was a little concerned about the flower-picking dress, because most people on eBay will label crap PC that is actually Mattel and even though I wouldn't mind taking out a couple ounces of stuffing so Mattel clothes fit, I can't. My Addy's head is, as I found out a moment ago when I was changing her clothes, is held on by a zip tie, and I really am in no mood whatsoever to go snipping a zip tie, especially since I'm not even sure where to find replacement zip ties. I wish to goodness that whomever removed her neck strings had just left them alone unless they were falling apart. Ugh.

BUT the flower picking dress arrived in my mail today, in an A*G box even, with the hair ribbon still in plastic. And it fits. Not only does it fit but it fits well. So I'm thinking I actually got a PC dress after all and that someone had a clue what they were doing.

Now, on to the squee. The other outfit Addy got is a rust-colored cotton dress with pin tucks in the bodice and an embroidered skirt. This came with an apron, a pair of striped pantaloons (Hey, people familiar with historical undies, would Addy have actually worn pantaloons?), and a matching striped bonnet. And now. Here is what I squeed over. The pantaloons do not have elastic. They have draw strings. ACTUAL tie-able draw strings! :D SOMEONE knows their history!

Sadly, I don't have time at this moment to give a full 100% review, but I'll edit it in in a bit when back from tutoring. Blech tutoring.
Rough day emotionally. Amazing how comforting Addy is just to cling to when it's a rough day.
My grandpa died last night. And so I'm probably going to be an ugly crying mess for the next bit. But I have to go to the funeral home and do that... And I'm taking Addy. I don't give a good god damn what anybody says about a twenty-something girl carrying a doll. I really don't.

The only problem is my Addy has only one outfit, and nothing black at all except her meet shoes. I could put a hair tie on her braid instead of the pink Build-a-Bear bow that's on it right now... But I don't think there're any black hair ties in this house. Maybe it's silly of me for wanting to give Addy something black so she can pay her respects too, as I'm the only person who'd notice it. But it means something to me.


Dec. 13th, 2013 08:14 pm
Just saw Addy's Meet Dress on a blonde. With a dorky butterfly headband. NOOOOOO! Not even sure what doll that was, but it was a blonde.

Also, speaking of Miss Addy, I bought her something for giftmas. It hasn't gotten here yet, and it's not exactly historical, but it just seemed right. It's a necklace and bracelet set, and the necklace has her name on it. And I know she wanted, in the first book, to learn to write the names of her family.

But I just had to share the little blonde wearing Addy's meet dress.
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Due to a suggestion from [personal profile] nethilia well... a suggestion on her blog, I went out and found myself some braid spray which arrived in the mail today. Woo.

Because I didn't want to tackle Addy's hair until mom, sighted person and experienced with dealing with thick hair due to mine, got home, I decided to test it out on an MLP. But who?

Well, I have a lot of what most people call "bait" ponies. I have a habit of rescuing them from eBay and keeping them, chewed horns, missing eye paint, frizzy matted hair and all because I love them, and I hate perfection.

My ponies live (due to a horrid lack of space in this house) in a couple of huge tupperwear tubs until I can get a curio cabinet of my own. So it's to these boxes I ran. And the first pony with frizzy hair I grabbed was Sky Flier.

I hauled her into my bathroom and sprayed her down. I wasn't anticipating how light the formula really is, and got a leetle too much. But in about five minutes hair that had been so frizzy and dry that it practically squeaked when you brushed it was soft and smooth and silky and even better, staying in the style I put it in. So I could FINALLY redo that little mane curl that most MLP of that time period had.

Now. Fast forward about three hours. Mom got home, and somewhere in there we started in on Addy's hair. There's a description of her hair in the last post I did about Miss Addy... Well, we started undoing all that and found the nasty sort of surprise you don't ever want to find. No, no don't worry. I'm not talking about massive hair cuts in weird places you can't see.

Some small child, probably the gifter of the ribbons and the pretty hair ties that are also bows, the pieces of pink and white ribbon we'd mentioned, had also sat and tied part of Addy's hair into little hard knots for no apparent reason. They weren't holding anything in. They were just there. So, with me holding and Mom working, we finally managed to get all that undone, only to find Addy's hair is way drier than I thought it was.

Now bear in mind that I've never, ever dealt with any doll with textured hair before. And this is the first and only Addy I've ever touched, so I'm not sure what a new Addy's is supposed to feel like. But mom keeps comparing mine's hair to corn silk or straw. Which worries me. We don't have any Downey in the house and the prospect of Downey dunking a doll scares the ever-loving shit out of me, one because my bathroom is tiny, and two because we don't have any counter space. We have maybe a three-inch wide ledge that serves as a counter. There's no way to balance a dunking doll on it. So, we filled her hair full of braid spray after we got it brushed out and the knots taken care of.

And it's setting... I think it's gonna take more than one coat. For one, my Addy is, I've found from looking at the wiki and letting Mom read her neck stamp, a PC Addy. And she has epically thick hair that is right now all spread out around her head. But I think... I hope her hair'll wind up being okay. It seems it will if I just keep working with it.

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Nov. 4th, 2013 12:41 pm
Well, I got my Addy doll in the mail this morning. And since I can't get a good picture of her, because it's a little dark in here, you get a description instead, and my thoughts. No LJ cut though.

When I picked her up out of the box, they'd stuck her in there facedown. So, it was her hair I felt first, and the back of her dress. She has really nice hair, actually. It's textured, of course, as everyone knows, and she's the first doll I ever had with textured hair. With dolls of color, I'm used to either that hair that feels like it's been relaxed, or the foofy huge Afro, or at the least little kinky curls, and Addy's not got that, so it was an interesting experience for me, touching her hair. But it's not dry, thankfully. Some Braid Spray should be used on it, but right now, I have neither Braid Spray nor a suitable brush.

Stylewise, her hair is pulled back in a low ponytail, tied at the back of her head with a piece of pink ribbon. There's also a white piece tied down at the very end of her hair. Both pieces are tied in nice, neat bows. On the left side of her head, someone has actually beaded in a set of amber plastic beads, you know the kind that little kids make bead bracelets out of. What concerns me is that the twist of hair the beads are attached to is knotted at the end. I mean, granted, it doesn't look like a hard knot, but it still looks like it might not be good for the hair. Could anybody who knows anything about this kind of hair tell me if I'm wrong about that?

Down the middle of her head, right over the center part, there is a microbraid. I think that's what you call them? It's a tiny little braid maybe about a half inch wide, that goes straight down the center of her hair. It's an incredibly well-done braid, actually. I was impressed because dammit, I can braid, but I can't braid like THAT. The tails of both the microbraid and the beaded section are pulled back into the actual ponytail.

There's another place on the same side where the hair is tied into it seems like two little knots. I'm not sure what that's about, but there's a tail of hair sticking out from it. I thought it was on the other side, but looking again, I realized it's on the same side.

Also, her hair hasn't been cut or trimmed in any way, and it's not a slime ball or full of dirt. So, bonus points for the person who had her before me. It's obvious she was loved.

As for her eyes, she has all of her eyelashes. They're soft and tight and not falling off at all. Yay! Both eyes as far as I can tell, seem to close properly. I thought one or both were getting stuck half-open, but I'm really not sure. Addy's also the first doll I ever had whose eyelashes are in a kind of arch pattern, so I can't exactly tell what is closed for her, as I usually tell that by when the doll's eyelashes touch their cheeks. Ah sighted person assistance realizes that often her eyes get stuck half open when she's lying down, sort of the way my BBE ponies' eyes sometimes do, which leads me to wonder if there could be a case of eye rust going on there. But I don't mind. They could be rusted completely open, and it wouldn't bother me any. As far as I know, no silver eye, but I can't see, so can't tell. But I'd love her anyhow, silver eye or not.

She's wearing her meet dress and bloomers, with her meet kerchief tied around her waist. She's missing shoes, stockings and all her meet accessories.

I actually really, really like her meet dress. I like the texture of it, and the fact it's long-sleeved, just the whole thing. It's a really, really pretty dress.

Maybe I can be lucky and find her meet stockings and shoes on eBay, which is where I found her. Also, all her joints and such seem to be tight, and I think she could stand on her own. So bonus there.

I absolutely love her. She is weighted nicely, and huggable, and right at this moment, she's beside me on my bed, sharing a piece of the same blanket I'm snuggled up under.

I see a sociology test in my future. It'll be nice to have a study companion who wants to learn as much as me. And to all the AG collectors out there who have an Addy just for that sense of false diversity, fuck you and the horse you rode in on. If you have an Addy, let it be because you love Addy, not just so you'll have a black doll.

Edited, because I got sighted assistance with telling the colors of her ribbons and beads and the condition of her eyes, and I wanted to be detailed.
My Addy doll will be here tomorrow. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE OMFGOMFGOMFGOMFGOMFGOMFG *Bounces around like a ball of squee* AAAH! I can't wait!

Just for fun, I should start looking for her stockings and boots, because she doesn't come with those, or any of her accessories. Thankfully, she DOES have her meet dress and drawers. Because if she didn't, she'd have to run around naked for a bit, as sadly, there're no eighteen-inch dolls in this house. All my CPK are sixteen or fourteen.

But yes. She has her dress and drawers so that works.

EEE so excited!
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