Intoducing Blueberry Muffin, Also Known As “Muffy”

Blueberry Muffin and Cheesecake Dolls

Blueberry Muffin and Cheesecake Dolls

Image Of Original Blueberry Muffin

Image Of Original Blueberry Muffin

I’m so excited to reveal the first of my series of doll customs that are teenaged versions of my beloved girlhood favorites, Strawberry Shortcake and her cutie-pie group of friends.  I’ve been slowly working on them one-by-one, and I’m near done enough now that I can begin with showing you all the dollies that are finished.  I’ll be revealing them to you one at a time, starting with Miss Muffy– or Blueberry Muffin– Strawberry’s bestie.

Originally Blueberry Muffin was depicted with Southern accent, (aw, bless her heart!) and her hair was all-blue and stick-straight, gathered always in pigtails.  She wore a large periwinkle hat with a ruffly edge, and a simple A-line dress in multiple shades of blue and purple.  Her companion was an adorable pet mouse named Cheesecake.

Muffy Says, "Hi!"

Muffy Says, “Hi!”

In my teenaged version, Muffy still has a very similar shade of blue pigtails as before, but now that she has matured a little, they are naturally streaked with a bit of berry-juice-purple, giving her a fetching look.  I have tamed and straightened her piggies a bit (as they were absolutely wild and frizzy out of the doll packaging), and tied them in blue and white baker’s twine to resemble yarn.  Her eyebrows have been repainted in aqua and violet to be a more obviously fitting with her hair color– I cannot fathom why they were tan from the factory, but whatever– and I surprised even myself by making her freckles aqua.  This was inspired greatly by my friend Andrea/ DollsAhoy! who bravely repaints her plastic people on the regulars, and she had done one gorgeous girl with seafoam hair and matching freckles.  I tell you, I was emboldened.  I won’t think twice when doing brightly-colored freckles again for any of the other friends in the series, these frecks just *say* “Blueberry Muffin” to me!  Perfection!

Cheesecake, Blueberry Muffin's Pet Mouse

Cheesecake, Blueberry Muffin’s Pet Mouse

As for her  makeup, her lips have been repainted into a less-pink-more-purple shade than the factory doll, and glossed with plum.  her nails have also been painted bright blue and lacquered for a lasting shine.   The end result is innocent and fresh, evoking the sweet, outgoing young lady that she is.

Her outfit has been vaguely modeled after that of the original Blueberry, complete with stripey leggings.  Checkerboard sleeves, along with the double-decker trapeze-shaping to the dress echo the patterns and lines of the traditional ensemble.  I have brought in the kelly green usually found on Muffy’s patterned tights onto the dress instead, with the gingham ribbon on the hem and cuffs, along with looping it into a bow that vaguely resembles “leaves” to finish off her cluster of puffball blueberries on the uppermost hem.  The deep blue of her original pair of shoes has been substituted with a lilac purple, mainly because I had difficulty finding any that fit her in the correct shade of blue.  (I will likely switch those out if I obtain any cute heels in dark blue.)

My Custom Teenaged Blueberry Muffin Doll

My Custom Teenaged Blueberry Muffin Doll

Sweet Muffy

Sweet Muffy

I thought considerably about duplicating the original girl’s hat, and while I *do* prefer the stiffer, cloche-style of Blueberry’s to that of the other characters, I still did not want to compete with the rest of her cute outfit.  Instead, I selected a– I believe Barbie?– solid plastic purse and repainted it to completely match the dress.  I especially like the way this bag has the same ruffly feel as the edge of the old-school hat, there is a nice “muffin cup” quality to all of that, and I feel the purse is a good replacement.  Plus, you wouldn’t really wear pigtails with ribbons AND a hat, would you?!  Overkill– and she’s learned, she’s too stylish for that!

Blueberry “ball” earrings have been added, along with a jangle of bangles on her left wrist.  In fact, she is wearing slightly more jewelry than some of the other girls in the series, but that is because she kept whispering to me that she was such a feminine girl, and she swore to me that she neeeeded them.  I complied, how could you not with someone so sweet?

Okay– you know that they don’t actually whisper to me, right?  Well, they don’t, really, I’m not bananapants.  It’s just that I tend to think that certain styles, looks, patterns, trims, every little thing about the way you dress reflects who you are as a whole somehow.  It may not yell it loud and clear, but if you pay attention long enough, you start to see the meanings behind these things.  So as the details of this little dolly-girl emerge with the way her dress comes together, by how her hair curls, but the way her tights fit.  As I work on each of them, and I start to imagine who this person would be if she were real, and *my friend.*

Teenaged Blueberry Muffin

Teenaged Blueberry Muffin

Her Basket Of Blueberry Muffins

Her Basket Of Blueberry Muffins

Muffy is incredibly loyal.  (True-blue, as they say!)  You can depend on her for almost anything, from bringing you something nutritious in the morning before a big exam, to listening tirelessly when Huck has– as a typical teen boy can– crushed Berry’s budding little dream of some Saturday date.  She’s kind, and gentile, and tender-hearted.  Yes, she’s kind of naive, but fortunately she has a great, buffering group of friends that can help keep her from making too many devastating fumbles.  Overall she is universally loved and admired by all that know her for her sweet and generous nature.

As for Cheesecake, her pet mousie, I have used an adorable little bluish-purple Littlest Pet Shop figure, which I have repainted to be more in keeping with Muffy’s style and the whole Strawberry Shortcake genre.  He was the first of all of the pets I attempted to redo, and I think he turned out soooo cuuuute!  He certainly seems like he loves his owner, as well as her fresh, fruity muffins!

 


 


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