Sunday, October 18, 2009

A ‘Drop’, Separation Anxiety, Probable Hypothermia and a Case of the Warm and Fuzzies



I’ve barely slept a wink. I’ll be finding myself a support group for when my children are of the age where they get to make the decisions. Late yesterday afternoon, minutes before the Children’s Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens closed its gates, I ‘dropped’ my donation for The Toy Society. There was barely time for a photo, let alone a fond farewell or litany of “Mind how you go’s!”

I hadn’t expected to become that attached but sort of did, once I’d embroidered her face and suddenly she had a (mostly asleep) personality. I hadn’t factored in an overnight, outside-in-the-cold scenario and now I’m concerned she’s hanging around with the wrong crowd. Last time I checked, that gang from The Magic Pudding attracted trouble, like bees to honey.



I did try to get over myself. Feigned undistracted interest at elephants:



Enjoyed the anklebiter enthusiasm for a runaround:



Made the wry note to self that the stripey top would need some sort of satellite tracking device to make it home:



Bemusedly wondered how this kid gets around so fast while navigating the low-slung crotch thing:



Went back to the (unidentified) plant life (that this lady, with the take-your-breath-away aesthetic, could no doubt roll off the tongue in big latin words):



So.



There.



You can see, I tried.



Then I gave up. I barely had to utter the words to the Mr with his knowing look. I had to go back to see. Confirm that the inanimate object that is my Ruby Doll hadn’t wandered off and become lost, climbed a tree and become stuck, fallen into a pond without adult supervision. Because I knew where to look, I could see her from the entrance. Even the Magic Pudding himself hadn’t run off. And all that woolly stuffing would surely keep the hypothermia at bay...?

But if any kindly soul is around here today:



Would you mind popping by to check?


PS. Make your own Ruby Doll courtesy of Jhoanna’s pattern at One Red Robin.

PPS. Sign up for your own The Toy Society drop and make some stranger’s day (albeit with some possible separation anxiety) here.

29 comments:

edward and lilly said...

I'm sure she'll be fine, in fact she'll probably sleep right through the night. I like your choice of fabric for her, very nice :)

craftschmaft said...

I daresay she had the night of her life! Those gardens while "full of the joys of spring" have legendary parties. I'm sure there's no need to worry though - elephants are terribly maternal. I'm sure to have kept a watchful eye and tucked her back into the safe bag before sunrise.

Katie B. said...

I love her sweet face!

Grace said...

Sweet dolly! I have been meaning to sign up for the toy society drop too. I have a half finished sock monkey that I should finish.
Thanks for reminding me.

Looks like a nice family day.

beck said...

What a dear little doll you made..and I'm sure she will be fine! I love the Toy Society and their random acts of toyness, the responses from findees are so touching & grateful. I really should do a drop myself...it's on the list! xo

Creative Beast said...

hello! thanks for stopping by my blog =-)

i empathize with you on leaving behind such a darling doll and worrying about her fate through the evening...it can be hard to part with a creation you've made but i am certain she will be in a good home before you know it - she's too cute to be left alone for very long!

Becky said...

I have recently signed on with The Toy Society. Ruby will be fine, and is probably already in the arms of a child having fun in the park :)

Mel said...

Oh god I can TOTALLY understand your panic! The poor love. I'm sure she was fine and has today found a lovely warm child to snuggle up with. And in terms of the make or break face you most certainly made it babe! Very gorgeous indeed x

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Her face is lovely - I can see why it would be a little hard to leave her.

But you know she was just fine overnight. She was seen at the fruit bat dance party in the Ruin Garden til the wee small hours and was then spotted grabbing a kebab at the Kitchen Garden with some friendly possums.

Nikki Cardigan said...

You did a gorgeous job of her face Tania. She's just beautiful... ready to be loved and played with.

Now, never mind feigning interest at elephants, did it take all your self control to NOT hide in the bushes and watch?

clare's craftroom said...

She is so cute that she wouldn't have been hanging around too long !

One Flew Over said...

I just love how expressive her face is and I am so impressed that you let her go - such a beauty!

Gorgeous photo's Tan...all that green! Spring is in the air...finally!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I'm not surprised you were anxious .....out on the razzle , in ROUGE ! One has to hope that Zebedee rounded them up in time.

Lucky little Melbourne children , both with spider t-shirts and those without . What a beautiful park !

pennygj said...

Oh, now you see, I warned you ...

Jodie said...

I know just how you feel. I have done two drops and I am a definate lingerer.
I do try not to linger in parks with my camera though snapping photos of strangers - that would be weird but I do maybe find time to go back just to make sure that the drop has been collected - can't bear to think of them in the cold.....and the dark....alone...

Anonymous said...

I'm SO PROUD of you and I completely emphasize.

Just after we dropped ours, Oakleigh ended up with the mother of all hell raising thunder storms - we were all SO TEMPTED to race back and 'rescue' it - but we remained strong.

The children forced Andy to drive past the next morning - gone, gone, gone.

And of course now we wait to see if the person who found it ever lets us know it's safe - GRIN!

It is such a powerful thing to do and I can't wait to be dropping parcels around the inner city - SMILE!

Well done you - now what else can I influence you to do ...

Me

Gina said...

I was slightly terrified that the story was going to end with you accidentally 'dropping' the toddler instead of the plush toy... hmmm maybe that would've been a good idea...
Nice plant-like things. Are they trees?

m.e (Cathie) said...

how adorable, no wonder you felt seperation an anxiety. it's ok though, she'll be cuddling someone else tonight and they will not be able to stop smiling at the little beauty they rescued today.
great work Tania, very sweet.

p.s i have seen the Magic Pudding Gang wondering the Gardens....I think their middle names are trouble!

m.e (Cathie) said...

..did I mean wandering..

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a sweet doll - I am sure she is being well loved by her new owner - what a treasure she is! I can relate to how you feel - my Miss Polly was set free on Australia Day - I hope she is having a wonderful adventure.

Tas said...

Oh, she is so sweet. I'm not sure that I would have been able to part with her! I am glad that you found the strength to let her go!!

Suse said...

Quite a petite name actually. The mystery plant is an agave.

I'm very impressed you were able to adopt out that doll. Someone is going to be very very lucky tomorrow morning.

elly bee said...

what a great initiative. I have to check if we do have something like that here as wee. not that I'm able to make toy myself, but love the idea you just please an anonymus person....

eb x

Cute as Buttons said...

What a great idea...and, they all grow up and move out sometime. She is luscious and she'll be fine. She comes from a good home and she'll hold her own with the troublesome types in the garden. Lisa.

Leonie Guld said...

so did you leave your email addres? Oh.....how hard would that have been!!

Madeline said...

I'm sure she'll find a wonderful home!

JenMeister said...

I love the doll's face & fabrics & I love the fact that she's hanging out with the magic pudding gang even more! Yay!

Karen said...

I was there Sunday morning!!
She was gone - no doubt collected by someone very shortly after you dropped her, she's lovely, no wonder she was hard to part with.

QuiltingCyclist said...

She must be making some little girl or boy so happy. She is fulfilling her destiny empowered by your strenght to let her go!
By the way, is there a pattern for her? I have come up with a surplus of felt that would make lots of loverly dolls for Texas babies.
Mona