I had mentioned a few weeks ago I had a big surprise coming up–well, this is it! I’ve actually had her since the end of June, you have no idea how hard it was for me not to share her with everyone. But I did it!!!
She is a #55, dark brown hair with hazel eyes and freckles. I’ve had this doll on my radar since early last summer, she’s actually a doll I seriously considered back when I bought Rebecca. I decided that Rebecca’s hair color and style was more of what I was looking for though. But I hadn’t forgotten about #55. I’ve looked at this doll so many times it’s ridiculous and for some reason I just kept putting it off, over and over again and bought other dolls instead.
One morning in June I was doing my usual Ebay surfing, and I was stunned to find her, brand new, just without her clothing for a really good price. Put it this way, I’ve seen used dolls go for more than what she did. Free shipping too! I honestly think that she was purchased during the June Jill’s Steals and Deals because someone wanted the clothing but not the doll. Fine by me, I didn’t want the clothing, just the doll, worked out for everyone! And I got a good deal, and you know how I love a deal. 🙂
I was so excited when she arrived, she was just perfect, her hair was even still in it’s hairnet. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to get this doll, she is so cute. I love the hazel eye color that AG has come out with, I can say it’s probably my favorite of all of them, and it looks just gorgeous with her hair. And that hair–wow, she has some of the nicest hair for styling of all of the dolls I own. It’s all one length, making it easy to braid, pull into a pony tail–whatever style you have in mind. My personal favorite is to have it pulled back a little on the sides with barrettes, I think it makes her look very much like a little girl.
Once she arrived, I had a real dilemma though–what to name her? Several of my dolls have been named before they have even arrived (Alya, Cassandra) and others I stuck with their historical names. Shivan’s name came together once I got focused, but this poor girl was a struggle. I stood her in the trusty chair in the living room so I could look at her often in hopes that something would pop into my head. Two weeks went by and nothing! I even asked my husband and he had no suggestions, not even sarcastic ones! Then one day it happened. One of my absolute favorite television shows is a British drama/comedy called “Doc Martin”. I mentioned to my husband that we needed to get caught up on watching the recent season before the new one came out. Then it dawned on me that #55 reminded me of a character in that show–and her name became Louisa! What made it even better is later I realized that she looked a LOT like a girl I went to school with whose name was Louise–freckles, long, dark wavy hair and very pretty eyes. That sealed it.
I had another problem though. I’ve mentioned that I am out of room in the dollhouse for any further girls, so I had to figure out a way to incorporate her into the story. That’s when I decided on her story as a new neighbor girl who really needs some friends because she’s going through a tough time. I’d had the story of a girl who was dealing with her parents divorce in my head for sometime, but actually intended it for a different doll, unfortunately that all fell through. Then I came across Louisa that morning and decided she would work very well in that story line, so I started writing!
Louisa’s mom and dad met in college, they got married right after he graduated and she was still in school. When Louisa was born, her mom quit school because it was too difficult juggling a baby and school, not going back to work until Louisa started 1st grade. When her parents decided to divorce, her mom realized that she needed to finish college to be able to support her and Louisa, so that’s why they moved in with grandpap, her mom wouldn’t have as many expenses plus she would be able to continue at the college she had attended before and wouldn’t lose many credits. She’s studying to be an accountant and she grew up in this neighborhood. Even though her dad has a degree to be a history teacher, he found he didn’t enjoy it and instead works as an aircraft mechanic for an airline at the airport in Buffalo, but is trying to get a job in Pittsburgh so he can be closer and can live in the town where he grew up (about 20 minutes away). Even though her parents are getting a divorce, they still get along okay, no horrible fights or anything, but Louisa misses her dad tremendously. Her dog Eddie is currently with her dad, but he is going to be coming to live with her soon.
Louisa is actually very funny and can be extremely outgoing at times. She loves performing magic tricks, likes to sing and is a good student. She and Alya are becoming very good friends, I think due to the fact that they are both only children and kind of see each other as “sisters”. She gets fits of the giggles sometimes and has a terrific sense of humor! The girls here just love her and they all have a lot of fun together. She’s still nervous about school starting, but Shivan reminded her that she was going to be a new girl too. That made Louisa feel better, she said “well, we can be the new girls together!”
In case you were wondering, her t-shirt came from If Dolls Could Dream. Her overalls-I have had those so long, I picked them up at a craft show in the mid 1990’s for Samantha! They have held up well though, don’t you agree?