I tried not to think too much about her during the ensuing months. Resin BJDs take time. The customer is not buying a doll off the shelf, but putting in an order for a doll to be hand-crafted from start to finish. The resin must be poured into a mold, cured, then removed from the mold and assembled. Some artisans sand the seams left from the molding process; others don't. Millie's seams were sanded so that she is perfectly smooth. After the assembly comes the face painting, or face-up. It's a lengthy process, and when several hundred dolls are ordered in the same narrow window of time, it means that all of them will be crafted before any are shipped. BJD collectors become very skilled at waiting.
So Millie is home at last. And I must say she is every bit as cute as her photos promised. Maybe cuter! She has gray glass eyes, a button nose, and very faint freckles across the bridge of her nose. I might take a watercolor pencil and make them more visible. Her eyebrows give her a vaguely worried look. She has a cute little mouth, fat little cheeks, ears that stick out -- so much personality in such a small package. I love her knees. When she sits, there is no elastic showing. She holds a pose well and balances on her feet without a stand.
The question now is, will I give Millie a unique name? I had one picked out -- if only I could remember it. I look at her now and all I can think of is Millie. So, Millie it is.