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A few days ago, I shared the tragedy of my broken dollie with you. Well, today she is as good as new, maybe even better. Like the fiery phoenix rising from the ashes or the bionic woman she is born again and embracing life.

Misaki by the Falls at McMichael's Creek at Ann Street Park

Misaki by the Waterfalls of McMichaels Creek at Ann Street Park

Today’s model is Summer Crush Misaki. She has recently shed her old, broken body. A fellow doll collector, and an all-around great guy, performed surgery on her. He switched her to a body he had in his collection that was headless and without hands. After he reassembled her, unlike the ill-fated Humpty Dumpty, she was together, whole and loved even more than before. I don’t know if my new doll buddy wishes to reveal his identity, but I can tell you he is generous, talented, and a real nice guy. And he’s got a friend now for life. šŸ™‚ I owe him many thanks.

For her first photo shoot with her new body, Misaki is wearing The Great Pretender Lillith’s top, Barbie Basics jeans and Barbie sandals. Her photo was taken at Ann Street Park in front of the waterfalls of McMichaels creek in the late afternoon.

We Have The Technology, We Can Rebuild Her.

 

 

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I wouldn’t label myself an “extreme” doll photographer, but I do take chances. I have been known to take my photos at the beach on the ocean’s edge, on a rail at the waterfalls, in the snow, while thunderclouds built and grumbled overhead, in trees, with garter snakes and many other precarious situations. I’ve bumped my head, gotten wet, been snowed on ’til my fingers went numb and braved record heat during some shoots. I’m no worse for wear and my dollies have always come through it fine…until today.

Today the weather broke, bye-bye humidity. We had buckets of bright sunshine, blue skies and gusty wind.Ā  It was an amazingly beautiful day. I started my photo shoot early this morning because the light was so bright, clear and inviting. Everything was going so well. But when I perched my dollie on a tree branch, she took a nosedive. Funny, I’d had her up there for about ten minutes and the big gusts weren’t even budging her. So I must’ve gotten lax…and I really did think I was being careful.

Before I knew it, she fell down, straight unto the rocks six feet below her. Hard. And the poor gal’s leg broke off at the hip. I honestly can’t believe she didn’t break into a million little pieces. The crash was so fast and loud. After standing there like a wide-eyed child disbelieving that I could be so careless and that my dollie was broken, I ran indoors and assessed the damage. Yeah, hopeless.

So I went on the doll chat forums and shared my story with folks who could truly understand. What a nice bunch “doll people” are. Everyone who responded either shared a similar war story of doll damages, or expressed sympathy, suggested body swap matches or offered other solutions and hopes that it would all work out. Thanks to a couple of really great doll friends, my dollie will get a replacement body. And I think I’ll put a few bodies in reserve. Just in case.

Ru: Out On A Limb

Ru: Out On A Limb

Today’s model is Summer Crush Misaki. One of the few I’ve named, I call her Ru. She is wearing a Barbie swim top, a skirt that I think is Skipper’s, shoes that also may have belonged to Skipper (gosh, my memory is getting weak), an ooak necklace that I made myself and some Barbie bracelets. Her photo was taken on a tree in my backyard in the morning sunshine. This was the same tree that she ultimately fell from, breaking her poor, little hip. Oh, the horror!

Be Careful Out There…

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Our town held their St. Patrick’s Day parade today. It was beautiful and sunny in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania – perfect parade viewing weather.

Misaki Loves The Antique Fire Truck At The Parade

Misaki Loves The Antique Fire Truck At The Parade

Today’s model is Summer Crush Misaki. She is wearing a Barbie t-shirt, Barbie Basics jeans, a hoodie that’s actually a cell phone holder from Claire’s (I cut the bottom open so she could wear it), a necklace made by me and some Barbie bracelets…one’s from one of the Mod Pivotal Barbie’s, not sure on the rest. Her photo was taken in the afternoon sunshine at the parade.

Everbody Loves A Parade

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The neighbors across the street are having their driveway paved. We had ours paved last year by the same company. I can not tell you how much better an asphalt driveway is than one made of loose gravel. Shoveling snow, raking leaves…everything is easier now. So, soon the neighbors will be enjoying the same. And it looks great. Tomorrow we’re having our driveway sealed so it will stay nice for years to come. While the guys were working today, I snuck in a few doll photos.

Misaki Loves Action Paving Company

Misaki Loves Action Paving Company

Here is Summer Crush Misaki holding the paver’s business card. She’s wearing Barbie items from head to toe: hair tie, shirt, shorts and sneakers – all made by Mattel. Misaki is standing in my driveway, in the morning shade, with the paver’s dump truck in the neighbor’s driveway in the background.

I’m Breakin’ A Sweat Watchin’ Those Boys Work So Hard. šŸ˜‰

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Though they have their place, I rarely use doll stands in my photos. I prefer to forgo them and find other means of support. Sometimes I have props for my dolls to sit or lean on: benches, chairs, backgrounds and the like. In other instances, I use what’s in the scene: rocks, snow, sand, a fallen branch, tree limbs and whatever else I find useful. Once in a while, I can balance the doll on her own two feet. It’s scary and exhilarating because a slight breeze or even for no reason at all, gravity can take hold and my poor dollie will fall down. And though the dolls are resilient, they can suffer breaks and scratches when they take a tumble.

Ru On The Patio

Ru On The Patio

Summer Crush Misaki (I call her Ru) is wearing a Mattel tank top (not sure which doll it came with), Night Warrior Vanessa’s trousers and top model Barbie’sĀ  sandals. She is standing on her own two feet, perfectly balanced, on the patio at my Mom’s house.

Stand In The Place Where You Are

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