I'm going to start with the porcelain dolls. My sister's boyfriend's mother (referred to hereafter as "Mrs. A") has porcelain dolls that she apparently wants to relocate, because she gave up two of hers to give to me. This one is Beatrice.
She's your run-of-the-mill porcelain doll, about sixteen inches tall with blue eyes and springy blonde curls. These curls bounce like mad; I love bobbing Beatrice up and down and watching that hair bounce and swing.
Her dress is blue with creamy yellow trim. The trim at the waist has tiny pink flowers.
The hem has rosettes and this drapey stuff hanging from the hem in swags.
Part of the drapey stuff has become detached...and wouldn't you know, the detached part is right up front.
Nothing I can't fix.
This also gives you an idea of what Beatrice's face looks like. She is slightly reminiscent of the antique porcelain dolls that Germany and France produced during the late 1800's and early 1900's.
Beatrice has a blue bunny tied to her arm.
Completing the blue theme are these cute blue shoes with pearl "buttons."
The other porcelain doll that Mrs. A gave me looks like this. I named her Clarissa.
Clarissa is eight inches tall, give or take. She too has a rabbit to hold; it is jointed and sewn directly to her dress. Her dominant color is green (as opposed to Beatrice's blue). Clarissa's dress appears to be two pieces, but it is only one piece. The blouse-looking piece is green with flowers and leaves printed on, and the pinafore-looking piece is made of a loosely-woven fabric that looks like cheesecloth.
The skirt of the pinafore has these cute embroidered stars on it.
Underneath the skirt, Clarissa is wearing these adorable little bloomers. They match the the sleeves of her dress. She also has cream-colored shoes with snaps that actually work.
Clarissa's face looks like this.
She has green eyes and blonde hair, and the cutest little pouty lips. I love this doll's expression! I also love her hair; it's very smooth and soft, unlike the hair of most porcelain dolls I run into.
It's also shiny!
That pretty much covers the porcelain dolls, so on to the Barbie dolls.
The doll on the left is obviously Lucille Ball, playing Lucy Ricardo in the episode "Lucy Does a TV Commercial." This episode, for those of you who are unfamiliar with "I Love Lucy," this is the episode where Lucy hawks Vitameatavegamin and gets drunker than a skunk (the tonic is 23% alcohol). The doll on the right is Asian President Barbie from the "I Can Be..." series. Since these dolls are not as cut-and-dried as the porcelain dolls are, they will each get their own review. President Barbie's review will be of particular interest since this doll is currently available in stores (Lucy is not).
Once again I must cut this post short due to bad weather (the wind is fooling around with the power lines). Southeast Missouri is in the path of Winter Storm Euclid, and my area is predicted to get anywhere from six inches to a full foot of snow tonight. Down south there have been tornadoes; Mobile, Alabama has been hit by a large wedge tornado. According to the Weather Channel there have already been injuries and damage, so I'm praying that there will be no deaths there. I'll probably spend the night keeping warm and taking pictures for the next couple of reviews. Until then, stay safe, keep warm, and have a very merry Christmas.