Lupine spent much of last weekend working on a project that we're both quite taken with.
Inspired by Tree Change Dolls, she gave two thrift store Bratz Dolls make-unders, transforming them with nail polish remover and acrylic paint.
And while there are so many things that we could discuss here (not the least of which is why we market dolls like the originals to children), I think I'd rather let these photographs do the talking.
The original doll is shown below at left, and Lupine's first make-under at right. What a transformation!
The process for a doll make-under is simple. Indeed, Lupine did all of the work (save stitching some corduroy pants) on her own.
After she repainted their faces Lupine spent days sculpting, sewing, and woodworking everything her dolls needed.
It was a lovely project in so many ways.
And then Lupine came to me with one of her dolls. The doll (originally clad in a tight dress and stiletto heels) was wearing a cotton shawl and calico dress and was now holding a small basket of green leaves. Her doll, Lupine said, had foraged a basket of medicinal herbs. She unpacked the basket, one tiny sculpted plant after another.
"There is nettle, mint, white pine, and motherwort."
And I knew then that the Bratz dolls were gone, and the ones that stood in their place spoke to who my child was and what she valued more than I ever could have imagined. Transformation complete!