Aside from material things, what did you GIVE to others this Christmas?
Tons of hugs, storages of kisses, packages of smiles and bottomless boxes of love.
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".
Prayers, i pray for peace, love, harminy, good health, i can't give hugs to my parents
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