My Life as a Doll Doctor-back to blogging!

My Life as a Doll Doctor - Noreen Morris






A great big Hello to all my followers…and thanks for wondering where my posts were. Yes…it has been more than a few weeks since you have heard from me. A funny thing happened just before Easter–I ended up in the Hospital myself–and not my usual “Dolly Hospital”!! Ugh…the doc had to be Doctored by someone else…and I left the comforts of working in this Doll Hospital to actually being a patient in our local Hospital. What I learned about the healthcare team there was amazing. I was in for 5 days…and was treated with amazing kindness and compassion. These professionals from the nurses to nursing assistants were more like angels. I had to ask them why and how they kept such a positive attitude and were so kind and caring. Yep…you guessed it–they all had pretty much the same answer…”They love their jobs”. It seems to be universal—in order to shine…you must really love what you do. Anyway….I had to mention..all things considered–what a positive experience that hospital stay actually was. At first I was a bit aprehensive…and decided to pretend I was in a Spa for a week. I mean after all–they were in every 2 hours tending to my needs! That fantasy disappeared quite quickly when I discovered I was on a clear liquid diet for the 5 full days.There is something about broth and Jello and took away any possibility of this being like a “Spa Retreat”.  Anyway….I am back–stronger than ever…and now rolling up my lab coat sleeves so I can get back to my own patients!! Please keep those questions coming, and remember you can always reach me directly through


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8 responses to “My Life as a Doll Doctor-back to blogging!

  1. Dr. Noreen,
    Welcome back and we are so glad you are well and back to work!
    I have a question for you: I have a 80’s cabbage patch doll whose face has been painted over with acrylic paint to cover pen marks is there anyway to clean her face? Or Do you think a transplant is needed?


    1. Hi Joe,
      It may depend on how long the pen marks have migrated through the vinyl. I have found that most ink can be removed from vinyl as long as it has not been there for years. Vinyl is porous and will absorb stains easily…but there are a few good products out there that will lift them out over time. The Twin Pines products are great…but you have to have patience. It can take about 2 to 3 weeks to fully lift them out…and there may always be a shadow left behind. (Looks like a bruise)
      Honestly…the acrylic over-paint should be easy to remove, but if the original ink damage was there for years–I would go with the head transplant. The Cabbage Patch dolls are going for really low prices on the online auctions…so you may save plenty by looking for a head to match. Hey….you know I am a transplant I’m here if you need me!!

  2. Hi. I have a doll given to me in about 1950. She has one thick rubber band that connects her head, arms and legs. I recently got this doll out of storage and the rubber band broke. Can you repair ?

  3. Thanks for the update on your health and glad you are OK and back to work.

    I bought seven antique replica dolls 25 years ago because they were beautiful to look at and of quality workmanship all the way from human hair wigs to all handmade garments. They have been in a display cabinet and are in great clean condition except for the eyes. The eyes are dull on several of them but worse yet, the whites of the eyes have yellowed enough to distroy their appearance. Short of replacement, is there anything that can be done?

    1. Hi Rose Marie,
      I am not certain what the dolls eyes are made of….but some can be safely cleaned. I am guessing that since no expense was spared and these dolls have human hair wigs and hand made garments…the eyes may be glass. They will be the easy to clean…but please email me a close up picture of the eyes so we can be sure they are glass. Some eyes are acrylic…which can also be safely cleaned…but we have to make certain the yellowing is just a film and dust build-up. Some plastics and resins can yellow if exposed to light and that may not be easily fixed. I will be better able to advise when I see some pics. Please email to
      Thanks so much for the questions, The Doc

  4. Hi Dr Noreen
    I have a lovely Max Handwerck doll dating to about 1910 with a bisque head and composition and wood body. Unfortunately at some stage (within the last 10 years) the body has been overpainted in a horrible orangey beige paint – is there any way to restore the original colour, chips and all?

    1. Hi Richard,
      How wonderful you have such a lovely antique! One of my first antique doll purchases was a Max Handwerck. If you know what type of paint was used…that will be helpful–but I would guess it was an orange based acrylic fleshtone.
      Email me some close-up pics and describe the finish. Let’s just hope it is not an oil based paint.
      I can be reached directly at and I will let you know what can be done.
      Stay Warm, Dr. Noreen

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