Okay, I admit it, that's a pretty provocative title - but essentially accurate. I mean look at this gal. She is filthy! I don't know how she was stored, in a basement, attic, under the stairs, closet, garage ... but wherever it was, she was allowed to accumulate years and years of dust and grime. She was exposed to sunlight, damp, cobwebs and smoke - you name it - this poor little girl has suffered it.
It was difficult to take pictures that show just how extensive the damage is and the depth of the dirt. But here are a few snaps. Some of the poses are just not lady-like - but necessary to show the terrible condition of this dolly!
I don't think Cinderella saw a soul for years and years. Because anyone with any kind of heart (or sense of cleanliness!) would have witnessed the deterioration occurring and stored her differently. Poor Cinderella - she needs a Fairy Godmother for this job! The littlest fairy in the Grove is going to help me and we'll see what we can do for this girl - while respecting all her original charm of course. Stay tuned next week when Cinderella's Cleaning Commences!
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2017
Chapter 1: Creepy Cinderella's Arrival at The Grove
This dirty dolly entered the Grove recently. Dirty, deteriorating, sticky, smelly -- she seemed perfect for our yearly Hallowe'en display. I had not intended to alter her charms at all - except maybe, a bit of red splattering on her dress. I mean, really, she has changed colour and is literally disintegrating; if she had been stored properly, the story would be different ... and you have to have some fun, right? But as the littlest fairy in the Grove carried her 'round and 'round the thrift store, some magic must have happened.
I looked back to see her holding the doll close to her chest. "Mom! She's Made in England!" Well, that's gold. "Really?" I said. I flipped up her sticky hair and there it was on the back of dolly's neck. A bit more looking around and I kept reiterating - she can't live in the house, she is just too far gone - she must live with the Hallowe'en decorations and only come out once a year. But eventually I glanced down to see a loving gaze at the doll and heard the words, "I love her Momma".
So the challenge is on to restore Cinderella, so named for her brand of shoes, "No. 3 Medium Cinderella". This and the following information, is all I have on her so far:
If anyone knows of good sites to research this dolly - I would love to hear from you. The amount of information on vintage/antique dolls is absolutely overwhelming! Next week we will start to clean Cinderella - a change for this fairy tale character, who usually has to do all the cleaning herself!
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2017 (gif courtesty of animated images.org)