This one was fun. A lot of fun.
I started this doll a week ago. It was a very motivated project for me. See, I sent the momma who had ordered the doll (someone I consider to be an online friend) a photo as a bit of a joke -- just the doll's pieces, sewed up but not stuffed. "Here's your doll. Har, har." She showed her little girl the photo. Her little girl declared the empty doll skin gorgeous, said she loved it, and instantly named it Isabella.
At that moment, I knew this one was special.
Last year's giveaway saw a first for Making Friends - the rainbow haired doll. When she saw that rainbow beauty, the little girl mentioned above fell in love. She's been patiently waiting for a whole year for a rainbow baby of her very own. A whole year in Tiny Town -- is a lifetime.
Momma and I worked very closely on this doll, and as a result I feel like I know this little girl . . . at least a little. She loves Iron Man, and the colours orange and purple. She's been making up adventures that Isabella has been having right under my nose, but without me ever knowing. Isabella rides rainbows and (exciting!) eats dinner!
Most heart-rending for me - even though her momma told her that Isabella wasn't ready yet, even though she knew that there wasn't a chance, EVERY DAY since Isabella's order was placed, little girl has accompanied her mom to the mail box to see if she's arrived yet.
If there is nothing else that will get someone moving, it's the thought of disappointing an excited child. My wrists actually ache from the pace of the work I did on this doll.
Today her mom showed little girl the photos of her finished doll. "I AM SO READY TO LOVE HER!"
<3 <3 <3
Well hello, gratification.
I certainly hope there are no mailing hiccups.