To All The Dolls I’ve Loved Before–Furga Doll from Italy

Ages ago I started this series–and then never got back to it!  Terrible when you get sidetracked, isn’t it?  I decided now was a good time to revive this idea though.  No time like the present.

I did two prior posts–you can read them at the following links:

https://sayhellotomylittlefriends.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/to-all-the-dolls-ive-loved-before-swingy/

https://sayhellotomylittlefriends.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/to-all-the-dolls-ive-loved-before-crissy-and-velvet/

Today I’m going to talk about a doll that was kind of a strange one for me to own.  I wasn’t a fan of dolls you couldn’t play with.  I was a huge Barbie fan because Barbie LIVED.  She had an active social life.  She did normal stuff.  My Barbie had a bike, rode horses, dune buggied, worked on an airplane, camped–she was one busy doll.  A doll who just sat there and looked pretty…nope.  Not my thing.

I don’t know what possessed my mother to even buy this doll for me.  I think I was about 8 and I received it for Christmas.  It was a very pretty doll.

I apologize in advance for this not so great photo.  It’s the only one I could find on the internet.  Believe me, I’ve looked and looked and looked.  The hat was different on the one I had, but you get the general idea.  This photo was from Ebay a while ago.

A little history on the doll–she was made by a company called Furga, they were in Italy.  They supplied dolls like this to all of the major catalog companies in the US–Sears, JCPenney, Montgomery Wards to name a few.  The dolls were all very nicely dressed and were a regular feature in the annual Christmas catalogs.  (remember those?)  A friend of mine had several of them as well.  If you look on Ebay, you will see tons of them available for sale.

The one thing I remember about this doll was the box, and that’s very well represented in this photo.  She had this huge hoop skirt, and it had a very stiff crinoline petticoat that went on under it which made it stick out way too straight to be practical.  It kind of gave her a “Little Bo Peep” look.  You could easily take it off too.  She also had a faux umbrella/parasol, it didn’t open, was there more as a prop.  It was cute.  Whatever.  She was close in size to an American Girl doll, maybe a little bit smaller, but they made these dolls in a variety of sizes and styles.  Her hair was a nightmare though, the curls had some sort of stiffener in them, so if the hair strayed, getting it to look the same was pretty much impossible.

She sat in my bedroom all through the rest of my childhood and into my teen years.  And then she was gone.  I honestly don’t know what I did with her.  I suspect I may have donated her to charity.  Or, I could have sold her at a flea market, which is a good bet.  If that’s the case, I have a feeling she probably ended up in the doll collection of a woman we knew.  Unfortunately this woman passed away several years ago and I don’t know any of her family, so no way of finding out.  (Insert shrug here.)

Anyone else have one of these dolls growing up?  I know they were somewhat popular and they weren’t exactly cheap.  One thing I do recall my mother telling me about it was when she opened up the box she was in, it was full of dirt from the boat she had been shipped on!  Times certainly have changed.

 

 

A Little Sister For Cassandra! (review of Hearts 4 Hearts Doll Tipi)

When American Girl introduced the Wellie Wishers, I thought they were cute and seriously considered getting Emerson to be a little sister for Cassandra.  But then it was announced that Hearts 4 Hearts dolls were going back into production and all of that changed.  I saw Tipi on the list of dolls to be brought back, and I decided I’d wait.  I was kind of busy and forgot about it until one day I was in a local store and lo and behold, they had all of the currently available dolls!  Once I saw her I just had to have her.

The boxes for these dolls are really nice, I love all the photos and information about where the doll is supposed to be from.

When you fold the top flap back (held closed with Velcro) you can see the doll you are buying.  I do have to say that I don’t think the doll looks exactly like the photo, and I looked at all of the ones they had and it was the same from doll to doll.

Getting her out of the package was a bit annoying.  She was held in place with biodegradable ties, but my word were they hard to get undone!  After wrestling with it for a bit, I finally got her out.  Poor girl, she thought she was stuck in there forever.

Her hair was pulled back with a rubber band to keep it from going all over the place.  I think she looks rather cute this way.

Here she is after it was removed:

She has a nice head of hair.  It is rooted though, not a wig.  I noticed in some reviews of this line people mentioning issues with the hair on the Consuelo doll.  The Tipi doll seems to be much better.  Her hair does seem to be very prone to a lot of fly away issues though.  It’s definitely not the same quality as an American Girl brand doll.

I love her outfit.  Interestingly enough, the bracelets on her right arm are actually hair ties, so there are plenty of extras.  She also has pierced ears, but I don’t think American Girl earrings would fit, the holes seem to be bigger.  Fortunately the dangles are removable.

She comes with a comb that has an additional hair elastic on it, a book and a bracelet made to fit a human arm.  I haven’t taken it out of the package yet, but I assume that it’s made for a child, not an adult.  Oh…and my book had one slight issue…(can you tell from the cover?)

My copy is in Russian!!!  I haven’t been back to the store where I purchased her from yet, so not sure if all the dolls in this shipment had this issue.  I did send a message to Hearts 4 Hearts via social media about it and they got my information so they could send me the right one, but I have yet to see it.  Not holding my breath either as it’s already been several weeks.  Hmmm…  Good thing I wasn’t really counting on it!

Okay–time for the sisters to see each other.  They were both really excited!!!

Cassandra is really pleased to have another family member here.  And there’s another happy member of the gang as well…

Emily is thrilled to have someone her own age around!  I wonder what kind of adventures these two will have?

Overall, I think the Hearts 4 Hearts dolls are very cute, the clothing seems to be very good quality.  I just wish the hair was a bit better quality.  I’ll update this post if the English version of the book that came with her shows up!  I am keeping her name as Tipi, I think it’s a cute name and fits her personality.

 

The Barbie Party

Many moons ago I had a decent size collection of Barbie goodies.  Not so many dolls, but lots of furniture and accessories.   I lucked out and found a lot of things at a KB Toys (remember them?) near me, and before it was over with, Barbie had a well fitted out kitchen that rivaled my own!  At this point though I didn’t leave the doll goodies out like I do now as I not only didn’t have the space, but at that point I hadn’t accepted the fact that it was okay.  However, I did have one advantage in having a niece who was just the right age to enjoy and appreciate all of these wonderful Barbie items.

Evil Twin’s granddaugher (my grandniece), who we will call Florida Girl, came up every summer to spend time with her family here.  While she was visiting, they always came to my house to spend a day or two, and on one of these occasions, I decided it would be the perfect time to break out all of the Barbie gear.  It took up the whole dining room table before it was over with, but we had a great time setting it all up.  And then we got an idea–let’s have a party!  And thus, the Barbie Party was born.  Everyone was dressed in their finest clothing and ready to have a good time.

It wouldn’t be a proper party without tea, now would it???

Ken was the only guy, and as a result, he was a bit bored…

A nice group shot.

Some closeup candids of the guests:

As happens with kids, Florida Girl is all grown up now, and no longer into Barbie, but she still talks about the Barbie Party.  Eventually I decided I needed the storage space and I passed on all of my Barbie stuff to the daughter of a co-worker who was just the perfect age.  I’m sure Barbie is still busy having parties somewhere!