Practically (im)Perfect In Every Way

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New Year’s Eve. 2014

I cannot tell a lie. The title of this post refers to both the O.L.D. (Once-Loved Doll) number 25, Madeliene, and the writer of Hazel Twigg & the Hollyhock Hideaway, which would be myself. You can see Madeliene’s adoption page HERE.


“Perfect” Madeliene

Madeliene is unmarked, but my experience tells me she is from the “Perfect Doll company.” Therefore, I could technically say, “Ta-dah! Madeliene is PERFECT!” even though she’s far from. Her face is like a road map of crazing – and there’s no fixing that without a complete overhaul, which would ruin her. Her limbs were cracked at the seams, and her wig is rather sparse. You know what saves her? Her smile and her happy expression. Dolls of this particular mold are hard to find.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMadeliene has been with me for a very long time. Before “Before” pictures, even! I would take her with me to presentations. Well, to my ONE presentation (so far) done at the Rolfe Public Library. With her clothing, she very well illustrates what it is I do with these dolls. She has been my constant companion in my sewing room, smiling at me and giving me cheer for three plus years.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne desperate time, I stole her shoes that I had made just for her because I was behind on another O.L.D. and needed them. She instantly forgave me and sat there cheerily barefooted, content to be at my side. But now it’s her time to be loved again by someone other than myself. For the last time, she’s coming to my rescue when I need her most. I made a new pair of shoes for her and a second dress, and soon she and I will say our goodbyes. I will miss her smiling face.

The reason I needed a rescue was this: The very day after I finished my last doll before Christmas, I crashed. Crashed! I slept almost solidly for three days! You wouldn’t think that listening to lisping whispers of what each new arrival wants to wear, and then picking out fabrics and creating patterns for said lispers would be pressure, but it is!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter a week, I rallied, only to lose a night’s sleep over a misconception that shouldn’t have bothered me, but it did, costing me another week in the end. I’ll say this: Finding love is hard. One more New Year’s still spent single. However! There’s always next year!

In the meantime, when I go out and about, people frequently ask me about the book and what’s going on with it. “Oh, we’re in the final editing stages,” I would breezily say, as if there were a team of elves busily dotting t’s and crossing i’s. This has been going on for months.

It’s never fun to get called onto the carpet, but thank goodness my brothers did. They gave me a deadline of December 31 to finish the edit and told me what’s what (I got in trouble).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAReader, I made it! I made it well in time to go out for New Year’s, a third wheel to my sister The Mayor and her husband the First Dude, but still! I went out! Usually, I’m a hermit.

It’s comforting to know that all writers want to tweak and tweak and tweak. I by far am no exception. Why, these little posts alone go through an average of 26 revisions, and I’m still never satisfied! But the important thing is the book is finally DONE. We’ll be making announcements soon as to when it will be in print.

I’ll spend this last week with Madeliene before she goes away, both of us far from perfect, with our smiles intact to get us through.

2015 will be our year. I can taste it. And a Happy New Year to you!

Our special thanks to Michelle E. of Colorado, who once again came to a O.L.D.’s rescue and adopted Shirley Temple Angel/Fairy.

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8 Commentsto Practically (im)Perfect In Every Way

  1. Sarah says:

    Oh Ruth! Your New Years Eve photo is lovely! This new little lady is quite adorable. That coat and sweet brooch are delightful! May your New Year be bright! Love ya neighbor girl!

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you, neighbor Sarah! All cozy and just up yon hill! Let’s hope the New Year is the best and the brightest for both of us!

      Love you back, neighbor chickie!


  2. Sue Ann Blott says:

    Dearest Ruth, I was in the middle of telling you how you are never alone & how much you’re loved & have made so many of us happy with your restorations & writings, when this silly computer went haywire…so I will try to continue after cussing this cpu out! Your new Maddy is so sweet & just the thing to remind us we are ALL different! You my dear, are far from imperfect as is the new OLD doll! I have four rooms full of dolls, however I have not been lucky enough to win one of yours YET! I’m officially 65 now, as of Jan. 5th, & I still don’t know what I want to be when & if I grow up! Hugs, Sue Ann PS You are my favorite!

    • Ruth says:

      Sue Ann! My favorite! Congrats on the milestone birthday, you type much younger! Heh. Plus, you know what a “cpu” is and I have no idea (don’t tell me). I hate when stuff like that happens!

      You are so sweet and much appreciated. Wait until you see the next O.L.D., speaking of different…Ah, well! There’s no turning back now!

      Happy Belated Birthday!


  3. Jane Agle says:

    So glad you are back. Love your musings. Mom

  4. Stella Samson says:

    I know a certain gent who didn’t want to have to go home alone (or with his son at any rate)on New Year’s Eve either. But there is ALWAYS LATER! Keep your chin up sweetie!