Practically (im)Perfect In Every Way
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.
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.
Madeliene 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.
One 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!
After 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).
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.