Most people at 8pm are chilling watching the tv, maybe reading a book, some are probably even eating dinner. A lot of the time, I’m doing the same, but not this Wednesday night…
I got an update from my brother that my niece was having to be taken to hospital for the third time this week. So, I started to try to look for a gift I could send that would hopefully make them all smile a little.
I have struggled with “get well soon” gifts for a while now. The reason for this is because I’m not a big fan of cut flowers and I just don’t think grapes would do well in the post. When you can’t visit someone because of the distance, what do you send when a card doesn’t seem enough? This conundrum got worse this week because well, what do you send your poorly 7 month old niece?
So, in my hunt for something I had a lightbulb moment and decided I would make her a doll. Not not having the time to develop a pattern I went on the hunt for one.
The place I always start on occasions like this is Etsy. There are loads of patterns available, and a lot of them come in .pdf format so I can have the pattern instantly to use. In my search, I came acrosss an Etsy shop called “Elf Pop”. Unusually, this is an Etsy Shop owned by a Scottish lady (I say unusually because most of the patterns I find on Etsy are American). She has the most amazing selection of doll patterns, and I love purchasing things I need off other small businesses.
So after printing off the pattern, and finding the fabrics I needed from my studio (I always make sure I have a stash of what I call “staples” in my studio for when these moments arise. I can’t stand it when I want to make something and I don’t have something I need)
So, just 90 mins later (and at least 10 mins of that was me trying to locate where I had tidied my fabric pens too), she was all finished and looking (even if I do say so myself) amazing. The pattern was really thorough and so easy to follow, I can really recommend them.
The pattern came with the pattern and instructions for the doll, a little mouse friend for her (which I did make, but wasn’t particularly enamoured with so discarded) and even a little skirt for the doll. I made a couple of adjustments to the pattern because I decided to make the whole doll in skin colour (rather than doing a coloured body, like the pattern suggested) with a little dress for her to wear instead of the skirt.
So off she went in the post, and the next day (I have no idea how the things I post my brother arrive so quickly but I love the royal mail for it) she arrived…
Most fabulously my 3-year-old nephew decided that her name should be… JOAN! (Hilarious, no one knows where this name sprung from… the mind of a toddler) The name is trying to be vetoed but I can’t stop thinking of her as Joan, so to me that’s who she’ll always be.
My niece really seemed to like her and it definitely put a smile on everyone’s face like I had hoped it would.
So, next time you have an evening free, try one out… you’ll be really pleased you did.