Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kathy Cry Baby

Everyone has heard of Madame Alexander Dolls, everyone who have kids and go to MacDonald's that is. She is the designer of the little dolls they gave away in the happy meals but she has been around forever.I have my first ever Madame Alexander doll and guess where I located her? Yep, GW. She came like this; a slight eye issue (seems as if this particular doll has this problem, somewhat visible in the first photo), a infant suit, mussed hair and general dirt smudges. Poor thing. Pretty good for 52 years old though. Well, the first thing I did was look her up on the Internet. She IS marked mmm at the top of a circle with Alexander in the lower and 1958 in the center of the circle. Do you know how many Alexander dolls there are? Plenty. At one point I thought I identified her only to be disappointed when I put the name in a search engine individually, not her.

This is what eventually gave her away, Kathy Cry Baby, (the smaller photos were taken from EBay) A smaller eraser sized hole in her back. Apparently Kathy Cry Baby had a squeaker at one point and the next dog toy that gets shredded.....she'll have another again. Kathy is also a drink and wet doll.I had, had to do something about her over sized outfit (BTW, vintage larger doll size), enter the photos. There was one more photo of Kathy in a organdy dress but I was partial to the jump, I think the dress was a single purchase. The jumpers still have the Alexander tag with the Kathy name on it, original to her. So! Where to start. Gingham! That was the answer. Thanks again, Lola!

It took me one afternoon to whip up this cutie. I washed Kathy with soap and water, combed her hair and readjusted her eye a little. Her eyes are paper weighted and if they can open and close easily, better off leaving them alone, plus I know nothing about setting them especially in vinyl. Isn't she cute?

The shoes are not original to this doll but the hat is, it goes with the jumper and I will make a matching one within a week ....maybe.

I have to get back to my soft sculpture,
she keeps looking at me with pleading eyes!
C&G Design

Words and photos by Dawn,

C&G Design.


tina said...

She is very cute. A good addition to your collection.

P.S. Sorry about my suggestion on WW. I forgot about Raggedy Wednesday though I don't know how. Mom reminded me. Duh me.

Skeeter said...

I have heard of Chatty Cathy but not Kathy Cry Baby... Cute dress of gingham...
I did not know she was the Happy Meal doll maker, how interesting…

Roses and Lilacs said...

She turned out beautifully. Love the red and white. I used to have a girl friend named Cathy that looked exactly like that:)

Jean said...

She is just adorable.

Nancy said...

Oh, great job! She is a cutie! We have sunshine, what's up with that?

Lola said...

She sure is a cutie. Love that hair. Great job. New clothes always did make a lady look pretty.
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