Millicent, car trouble and split personality.
When you are a doll, life can be hard sometimes. Like having to push your racer because it keeps running out of gas. Or is it the carburator?
"You have to pay attention to the road. Oh look! a turtle dove! crash. "
"No, no, seriously. You have to pay attention to the road. Like for example, when you want to make a turn, you stick your wee arm like this, see? and then you make the turn. It's real hard when its the other way because then you have to do it with the other arm and I don't like driving with the other arm. It makes me tired. So I always try to turn to the right, if I can help it."
"See how hard it is? to drive with the other hand? You get tired."
"Also, one of the rules of the road is always wear fashionable accessories. Dang it! I forgot my goggles! Goggles are very important, they keep the mosquitoes out of your eyes that's why!".
"So for example (Millicent likes to say 'for example'), let me explain, I have my helmet, just in case I get in an accident. I bumped into a chicken once. Nobody got hurt, promise!. I also have my red pompom, it makes me look official, right? And I have my scarf, that I wrap around me mouth so I don't swallow mosquitoes…or bats or something."
"I also have my woollen cape. Fabs over there, has a thing for capes. I don't really think it's necessary but she wanted to make me one so I said yes. Gotta humour the poor woman, she likes sewing so, what else?".
"See? And also, one other rule is you got to say goodbye. Try to keep at least one hand on the wheel. Ooops. I forgot!".
"The worst is where you run out of gas. Oh lord, I run out of gas all the time. If you get really tired there is just no other way to get home than to push your car. Gotta be done sweetheart, this baby ain't gonna' take himself home."
"When you don't feel like being an ace of the road, and you feel more like being a pampered princess, then you gotta change. Bibi-di-bum or hocus pocus or cha-ching. A new person is out. I am Millicent, the princess likes to be called Millie. Entiende?".
"Hi, I'm Millie, nice to meet you. I like to kiss frogs and drop golden balls in the river. Or is the other way around? Oh dear, I've forgotten now!".
"Well, it doesn't matter. I also like sunrises, and sunsets. The smell of the ocean when it sprays your face, and the smell of freshly-baked bread. I like to crumple sheets with my bare feet, and to colour my lips with the juice of berries."
"I read books all day, on the wooden doll chair. I fold napkins, always in six, and like two dollops of cream on my pancakes. Do you like pancakes?".
"I like to wear pretty dresses but some times I forget my socks. I wish I had very long hair, like Rapunzel. Mom says my hair will grow out longer, longer, when I am older. I go to bed and wish for it."
"I still believe in Santa, even though some mean kids say he's not real. He's real if you believe in him, right?. Mother says so. I like making bouquets and pressing flowers. I hope can be friends!".
Well there you have it. Millicent. Oh, how to put in words what she is to me? I really think I can't. I let her do her split personality thing because I just find it so endearing, but it's not really a split personality, it's more like pretend. She embodies pretend and imaginative play like no other doll I've met (much to Poet's chagrin, but she agrees).
She can be rough and tumble and go under her car to fix "the tubes" (bless her!) and then next moment, change into her white dress and dance on the grass all day. I have never seen a doll that loved to play so much as her.
I hope I haven't kept you waiting too long and that you had fun reading about the rules of the road and the many likes of Miss Millie. Who, by the way, is looking for a kind-hearted family that can adopt her and all her goodies, and bring her home.
Millie is an art doll, all sculpted in wool with an inner armature (not made of wire) that allows her to be posed and sustain her poses for fun and play. She is 16,5" tall, has embroidered eyes and blushes easily. Millie comes with two wigs, one made by me, the other one bought. Her brunnette wig is a mohair Kemper doll wig (size 7"/8") and her blonde wig is made with four shades of doll mohair. Both wigs come off, none are sewn to her head. You can buy Millie all sorts of wigs in t his size and have fun changing her personality. Also, due to the scale of Millie, she fits in most MSD sized clothing for BJDs.
Millie comes to you with loads of goodies, to hopefully entice you to play the day away:
- Gray cotton pointelle shirt, with cashmere elbow patches.
- Raw linen overalls, with patch pockets, wooden buttons and snaps.
- Cashmere blue socks.
- Car racing, red pompom accessory.
- Brown velvet and alpaca helmet with wooden button.
- Blue cotton long scarf
- Leather goggles.
- Wool plaid cape, lined with linen and cashmere ribbing.
- White linen dress, with peau de soie on bodice and lined with organic cotton. Two crystals on centre front, and cotton lace on short sleeves. The skirt has a double layer of fancy soft tulle.
- Petticoat made of organic cotton, with fitted waist and wooden button, and handmade crochet scallop lace on hem.
- (Both dress and petticoat are shorter at front and longer at back).
- Repurposed wool capelet, lined with cotton jersey, shabby chic metal button and knitted inner secret pocket.
- Vintage handmade cotton lace head band.
- Wool flats.
Millicent comes with her very own wooden racer, made of beautiful hard woods such as walnut, maple burl, maple, etc. This item was lovingly handmade by my husband. The car fits Millicent and other dolls of similar size.
Doll, clothing and car recommended for older children (8+) or adult collectors.
Now Millicent is the work of love of many hours, all enjoyable to me. I have seen the growth and slow evolution of my Mannikin style and I adore the little ladies they've become. I am very proud and happy with the way Millicent came to be and hope she can find a home where she is played with and enjoyed, the very reason I made her.
The price of Millicent is something I have wondered far too much. I went a bit overboard with her clothing, but truth be told, I was having way too much fun. I can't be helped sometimes. The hours alone that Derek, my husband, put into the construction of her wooden car, are staggering. So we would like to offer Millicent for purchase the following way:
We would like to receive a total of $1800 USD for the doll, her clothing and wooden car (plus postage, around $75 USD to the US and Canada). We realize this is a very high price, so we are offering Millie as a "Make me an Offer" with the following considerations.
If you can't afford to pay that price, offer what you can, all serious offers please. It doesn't matter it's not what we would like to get, it matters to us that you offer what you can pay. If, on the other hand, you would like to offer more, then by all means go ahead. But please only offer what you feel comfortable spending on this set.
To my previous customers, people I know and trust, I offer a short payment plan if that is your wish. Whatever your offer is, we can divide it into two payments. First half tomorrow, when the doll is sold to you, and then the balance within a month.
It goes to say that Millicent will go to the person who places the higher offer, even if that is below the retail we are requesting. We really want her to find a home and we don't want to hinder her chances due to my overexcited sewing heart.
So now, the details. If you are wishing to place an offer on Millicent, please enter your details. If you need a payment plan, please write your options at the end of the note to the little rascal, so that we can chat about it when the time is right. I am going to bed wishing for Millie to find her true home.
She will receive offers until tomorrow Sunday July 17th at 7 PM MST (9 PM EST).
- - - Millicent and her fast car have found a home. Thank you kindly to everybody that volunteered to welcome her in your family. I can't promise I will make another Mannikin real soon, but I sure hope it doesn't take me a year and a half like last time. Lots of hugs from sunny Mexico!.
I sure hope she doesn't encounter car trouble much more, and that she spends a happy life, racing and kissing frogs. Thank you for coming to read about her, and if you are being brave and volunteering to bring her home, please know that we are grateful for your kindness beyond compare.
I will see you all tomorrow. I leave you with this sweetness. Good night!.