Introducing:  Heather

Introducing: Heather

When Nomi was fully finished, as I waited for the listing to be made available, I was checking out Betty’s Etsy shop.  As so often happens, she had some beautiful dolls posted, including Heather. Heather is an up-cycled “va-va-violet fashionista Barbie” and wow, she’s a knockout.

Described by her creator as an aspiring artist who uses color to express herself—both in her clothing and her incredible, lilac hair—I knew she’d find a good home with me.  She’s one of those dolls I simply couldn’t pass up.

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Like Willow she has a fashionista style body, which means she’s a bit slimmer, and sadly has less articulation.  I will probably end up re-bodying her lovely head at some point, but for now she’ll keep her slender build.

I like the variety of body types (even though it causes some minor issues with clothing sharing), I just wish they were all equally pose-able.  I know you’ve heard this complaint from me countless times, but I’m hoping that some day, the folks at Mattel will hear the cries for variety, and spoil us with articulated dolls of all shapes, sizes, and genders.  

Granted, it would mean a little more measuring for different clothing sizes, but it would be a small price to pay.  Fingers crossed.  I’m holding off buying any of the non-articulated dolls, I am just way too spoiled posing the made-to-move dolls.  That doesn’t mean, however, that I haven’t purchased the curvy made to move doll with the strawberry blonde hair…just sayin’. 

Anyway, back to Heather.

As you can see from the small group of repainted dolls I have most have hair color that, more or less, falls into the “normal-ish” category—I’m fairly certain Nomi would need to dye her hair to get those highlights, and I’m not entirely sure Anne’s brand of red is possible without involving chemical help of some sort. 

Heather’s whimsically colorful tresses, though, are a first for me.  I love the fresh, care-free cut, too; it’s one I’ve been considering for myself for quite some time.  As much as I like her hair, it’s actually not my favorite feature on this doll.

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She also has beautiful eyes, thick lashes, perfectly shaped brows, an adorable button nose with the slightest hint of freckles dancing from cheek to cheek—no doubt, she’s adorable. 

My favorite feature on her lovely face, though, is that smile.  Who wouldn’t want this doll?  I would have freaked out as a kid to have the option of a doll like this…okay, I’m an adult and, while I’m not freaking out, I’m certainly excited to have her, and I was very impatient waiting for the mail (checking the postal website daily).

I’ve got some ideas on how to work her into the story, but nothing is set in stone just yet.  I’m glad to have another friend for Eve.  As to her sense of style, so far it’s random and eclectic, with a bit of a punk twist.  That may change, I’d like to let it evolve naturally.

Thank you for stopping in to welcome Heather to my small, but growing, community of repainted dolls :)

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Introducing:  Nomi

Introducing: Nomi