Express10, We decided to "recycle" or "re-gift" presents this year. We live in an RV, so I went to our storage locker and found a doll I had made for my daughter more than 30 years ago. The arms and legs I had once sewn on somehow had come off and were saved in the box. I had never really been pleased with the doll's hair and for some reason, I had inadvertently embroidered blue eyes on the doll. Since my daughter has brown eyes, I was always displeased with the doll. I never really had doll clothes for the doll and initially had an old baby dress from my daughter that never really fit the doll well.
Knowing full-well the work that would be involved, I was determined to go ahead and try to make this doll cute after all these years and give it to my daughter at Christmas. I went to Michael's and found a cute little modern outfit and darling rubber boots. I discovered some brown twisted yarn that I thought I could make look like the curls my daughter had as a little girl.
I went home and sewed the arms and legs back on and embroidered the eyes brown (over the blue). I inter-wove the yarn into the straight strings of brown hair that I had sewn on years ago and separated the new strands of yarn to look curly. I put the cute little (albeit, too-tight) outfit with a scandalously short little jean skirt on that plump little pumpkin of a doll, and the result is what you see in the picture.
I really do think I had more fun re-creating this little doll than my daughter had in receiving it, but I think that as years go by, she'll cherish it. I do hope so. It was made with lots of love and sweet memories, so even though it is a physical gift, I consider it "non-material".