A by-product of this countdown is that I've been doing some very serious thinking about which dolls stay and which dolls I can let go. The dolls that stay sometimes require a "tweak" here or there. It could be a paint tweak like Touch of Frost Eugenia, The Royal Weiss Agnes, or Glow Vanessa. (By the way, the artist e-mailed me recently and told me she was feeling better. For those of you who are interested, the artisan who did these eye corrections for me was Veronica Hage. She can be contacted through her flickr page.) Or it could be a body tweak like The Muse Adele.
One of my very favorite dolls in my collection is Cosmetic Takeover Natalia who was the subject of an earlier blog post. To me, Natalia Fatale is blonde. I don't know why, but I always think of the character as blonde. Cosmetic Takeover did not come with applied eyelashes, and I've always wanted a Natalia with eyelashes. I had settled on Shapeshifter from 2008. She was released as a FAO exclusive gift set in an edition size of 500. She cost $260 retail. She is also very difficult to find on the secondary market.
It was very stressful releasing this doll from her box. There is always the potential of the eyelashes releasing during the heating of the head - it's happened to me several times. Only one corner of one eyelash required a minor dab of super glue. I carefully redressed her in Red Zinger Dania's skirt and blouse, adding the jewelry and shoes from Style Counsel.