Historical Finds from Diana

There are times in my treasure hunts that I am lucky to find some historical dolls and very good shape.  I was extremly lucky this week in having two cross by path. So here is a little photo shoot, hope you enjoy it.

Life of Faith Elsie

Elsie Dinsmore – Life of Faith Collection. Ever since I researched these dolls, I wanted to have one for my collection, but their price on eBay is pretty high.  I knew I wanted the original Elsie by Breezy Point Treasures before Mission City Press, bought them out and changed them.  This is Elsie in her original cloths, and she is numbered 500 of of 1000.

Life of Faith Elsie

Elsie after I re-styled her hair to what I think it should have been.

Life of Faith Elsie

Elsie has posed for us.

Life of Faith Elsie

A close up of Elsie

Faithful Friends Beth

Another historical doll is Beth of Faithful Friends Collection.  She was sold at Target from 1997 -1998 and later on Heidi Otts website until 2004.  Hiedi Ott was the designer.  I found her at Goodwill for $4.00, and I cleaned her up and re-styled her hair.  She is not articulated so not a lot of posing.  Her outfit is very well made and she comes with undergarments.

Faithful Friends Beth

Beth has agreed to show us her boots and undergarment.

Faithful Friends Beth

A close up of Beth.

Play Wonder Zoe

8. Not to leave Zoe out, she is from Play Wonder (Madame Alexander) another doll sold at Target not too long ago.  I found her at Goodwill for $4.00.  Her face I thought was so pretty, and I had forgotten that these dolls came with their finger nails and toe nails painted.  They can also wear sandals because their toe is separated just for that reason.

Play Wonder Zoe

A close up of Zoe.

Here are the two historical friends enjoying “Tea for Two”. Beth brings the cherry pie.

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  1. Vivi says:

    Good finds!

  2. Rylie says:


  3. Lauren says:

    Cool! I like Zoe!

  4. lanielover says:

    Cool! Zoe is pretty.

  5. Nina says:

    Cute! I love Elise!

  6. Nina says:

    Autocorrect:( Elsie!

  7. Ava says:

    Those are such pretty dolls!

  8. Ana Leigh says:

    That’s not Elsie

  9. N says:

    What lucky finds!

  10. Rachel says:

    Ana Leigh, I think that is an older Elsie doll.

  11. Maddie says:

    Thats soo cool!!

  12. crazy4chrissa says:

    What great finds! I think my favorite is Zoe!! She’s SO cute-I like her outfit, too!

  13. Emily says:


  14. I really like Zoe! I love that her toes are split so she can wear flip flops! That’s really cute! I also love her finger/toe nails :)

  15. crazy4chrissa says:

    Diana-Have you ever had to rewig an American Girl doll? I believe you need to use a special wig glue to do this. Do you recommend a certain kind/brand and where can I buy this? Also, how much does it cost and how much do you need? Thank you!

  16. Molly W. says:

    IT’S ELSIE!!! 😀 (Sorry, but I’m a huge fan of the original Elsie Dinsmore series….I have all 28 books….) I also have an Elsie Dinsmore doll from Ebay, although mine is a Mission City Press version. Yours is beautiful! How did you curl her hair? The others are pretty too–I love the dreamy look on Beth’s face especially.

  17. Diana Gash says:

    crazy4chrissa, I have never re-wig a doll, I usually can save their hair. I have seen several videos on YouTube and it does not seem difficult. Here is a link to a website that sells doll wigs of many style and texture. The most important part is getting the right size wig. http://www.monique.com/wig01.html

    Ana Leigh, that is really Elsie, she is the original Elise Dinsmore, she was later re-made when Mission City Press bought out Breezy Point Treasures, which was the original company. You can read more about the doll here: http://www.justmagicdolls.com/meet/ElsieDinsmore/ElsieDinsmore.htm

  18. Sarah says:

    Oh my! I’m SO jealous!!! I’ve always wanted Elsie ever since I read her books, which by the way, are the best books ever! 😉

  19. Cecile says:

    Wow Diana you are amazing!!!!!!!

  20. sabrina says:

    I saw another doll like Zoe at Target once but she was expensive.

  21. Sierra says:


  22. Juliet XD says:

    crazy4chrrissa- I know I’m not Diana, but I have used both regular school glue and hot glue in re-wigging. Just use A LOT and let it dry for a while, and it should work. There are special glues, but I don’t think they are necessary.. ..that’s just me XD

  23. crazy4chrissa says:

    Juliet XD-Thanks so much for answering!! It’s great to know that you don’t have to use special (probably expensive) wig glue. Thanks again!!

  24. Alisha C. says:

    They’re all such pretty dolls! You know, I’ve always preferred my Elsie by Mission City Press, but the Elsie by Breezy Point Treasures is very attractive as well. I think all the pictures I’ve seen of her lately have made me grow fonder of her. Maybe one of these days I’ll get a Breezy Point version Elsie off of eBay if the price is right.

    And I LOVE the Heidi Ott/Faithful Friends dolls, from what I’ve seen of them. I’d love to get at least one.

  25. Julia says:

    Great restorage of dolls! They are all so pretty!

  26. Molly W. says:

    Sarah~I’m glad I finally know someone who agrees with me about the books! Getting my Elsie doll was a dream come true. I never thought I’d be able to afford one, but my grandparents were very generous and we found one relatively inexpensive on Ebay. I hope you can get an Elsie doll one day too.

  27. AGInParadise says:

    Great finds, Diana. I love Elsie! 😀

  28. Natalia says:

    Is it just me or is zoe’s hair a bit green in the closeup???

    I think elsie is so pretty!

  29. Melody Q says:

    All of them are really cute. Great finds!
    Thank you for sharing your restoration projects.

  30. Diana Gash says:

    Natalia, In the close up of Zoe the lighting was not very good, but her hair is white blonde and very pretty

  31. Lauren says:

    Elsie is ADORABLE! I love the Life of Faith dolls. They are such a beautiful and unique type of doll. It’s SO sad that they are out of business now!