I've been absent, but I promise I haven't been missing. I've just been busy. I don't know how you people do it... manage to have husbands, children, a social life... and still get things done. I don't seem to have enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to do, let alone all the things I should do (don't look under my couch for dust bunnies!). I've been wanting to curl up and read in my chair for weeks and I've wanted to get to the stained glass project I started years ago and finally bought glass for. Not to mention the fact I should practice the piano way more than I currently do (er, don't?).
Regardless, I've been doing stuff (watching TV counts as 'stuff',
right?). I've been working lots (hello, overtime!) and learning tonnes. I fixed the grout and finally got the shower installed in my bathroom. I signed up for not one but two baseball teams and I've been trying to eat better and exercise more (ie. at all). And the best thing I've been doing? Making a doll. It
started with a friend asking me to use my Google skills (that's right,
they're skills... in fact, internet searches are part of what I do for a
living) to help find a doll for her daughter. Not just any doll but a
doll with cochlear implants.
A special little doll for a VERY special little girl. Thing is? I
couldn't find one. Dolls with hearing aids? Sure. Cochlear implants?
Not so much. What was I do to?
Make one, of course!
Her name is Princess. And she has brought me more joy than I
could ever have imagined. From watching a video of the doll being
opened, with my friend asking "what is that" and her daughter replying,
in a matter-of-fact manner as only a young child can that makes you wonder 'where do they come up with this stuff', "it's my princess"; to
seeing doll and owner, hand in hand, wearing matching outfits; to hearing
stories of Princess getting ready for bed, going for car rides, trading
equipment with her owner (maybe I shouldn't have made them so
realistic, oops) and being loved to bits and pieces... it was worth
every stitch. It was truly a labor of love. Giving that doll has been the best gift I could ever have received.
And since gifts are meant to be shared I've created a few and put them up on etsy. I have a few more special projects in mind. Because it truly is better to give than it is to receive... and every child should have a doll that's just as special as them.