Thursday, October 15, 2009

My Creative Space



An eon ago, I was indulging my talkback radio habit (sad, but true) and there was a discussion involving the drive thru of a large fast food chain. As I understand the story, it began mid-morning when someone paid for their order and then, on a whim decided to pay for that of the car behind them. The first thing the car behind knew of this, was when they were preparing to pay and were informed they didn’t need to. Instead they paid for the order of the car behind them. And so it went until somewhere into the middle of the afternoon, (presumably when someone saw a mini bus containing the local footy team through their rear vision mirror).

While I realise this may well be the stuff of urban legend, this is the kind of notion that makes me come over with a case of the warm and fuzzies. I love random gift-giving. I love the way it’s possible to make a complete stranger’s day.

When a non-bloggy friend recently railroaded me in the school grounds with a great exuberant, shout-it-out “WE DID IT!” she inspired me to rearrange my To Do list and get cracking with my own Toy Society drop. Why the hell not ‘help spread the love throughout the streets of the world?’ Besides, any chance to foist a spot of handmade upon a kid...

My Ruby Doll still needs her embroidered face (and blimey, I always have a mild conniption at this point, because doesn’t the face make or break a softie?)...



...and then we’ll need to have that ‘sharing’ conversation with the two year old again, before we make the drop. Given next up on the list is a Softie for Mirabel, I’ve issued a Code Red, Miffed Toddler alert.



PS. You can also sign up for the World Wide Christmas Toy Drop 2009 over at the Toy Society blog.

PPS. Make your own Ruby Doll courtesy of Jhoanna at One Red Robin

PPPS. Drop in on a whole bunch of other creative spaces via Kirsty’s...

38 comments:

Kirsty said...

I LOVE the drive thru story!

& your ruby is beautiful (even without her embroidered make or break face).

megsie said...

It is a great story, true. I'd just about forgotten all about Mirabel. thanks for the reminder

Selina said...

It does feel nice to give when you know you are never going to see the reaction from the recipient. My daughters school gets involved in Operation Christmas Child every year, and to see those kids packing up the shoeboxes with gifts for those less fortunate than themselves is very cool.

And your Ruby doll will be perfect.

yardage girl said...

Great post. I love the drivethrough story - I hope it's true! Thanks for the reminder about the Toy Society - I am moving it to the top of my list.

Cute as Buttons said...

She really does look like she was made for those rumpty little hands! What a lovely gift to give a little person - it will have be full of good thoughts and kind wishes. Lisa.

Cindy said...

So I may start stalking you so I can be the lucky pick up winner of this sweet girl. No wonder it was toddler love at first sight. She doesn't seem to be too worried about the face

Tracey said...

Thank you for your post, the doll is lovely, and a good reminder to me about priorities. You will see the bad influence you were over on my blog...

Cath from chunkychooky said...

gawd, I am ashamed to admit I have had a toy, ready bagged up in teh bag with signs and everything waiting to do the drop but I keep forgetting about it. I think I need to put it in my car. It sucha great idea. you have pushed me forward with it!!!

One Flew Over said...

Cute...very, very cute! I LOVED doing the Toy Drop - such a fantastic idea! Planning on doing the Christmas drop too!

Andi said...

I've also heard the drive through story and believe it actually happened!!
Love your idea too!!
Gorgeous softie.
Andi :-)

Amanda said...

I have heard of similar pay-it-forward (or in this case back) stories..Great for the warm fuzzies no doubt!

Hope I can get my lazy but in gear to do a toy drop too. That is such a fantastic idea!

Vic @ Punky and Me said...

Oh I used to have a wee Talkback radio habit too - until we moved & the local station wasn't up to par! ;)

That's a grand story, I really hope it WAS true!

As Kirsty said - adorable softie, faceless or not. :)

tea with lucy said...

Go you good citizen of the world! I'm moved and inspired.

That fabric combo is just perfect.

Nikki Cardigan said...

What a lovely thing to do, even if it causes tantrums and feet stamping by said toddler!

Good luck with the face. I am sure the worry is just the panic-before-the-awesomeness that is your craft!

beck said...

Good luck gettting that doll away from those little mitts! Thanks for giving us some great ideas about ways to help others out there in the world. It doesn't take much to bring a smile to a child & it might be something they remember forever xo

Gina said...

Had a good laugh at your comment about grabbing any chance to foist handmade goodies on kids! I'm sure your children will be eternally grateful...
She looks beautiful. And very, very worthy of all the love she will receive.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Luckily people are nice and random kindnesses occur more often than we think . Even holding the door open for a frazzled someone can make their day !
You're right , we must all be nicer . However parting with one of your dolls is a big ask !

M* (Melanie) said...

It's a great story and I really identify with that warm and fuzzy feeling.

Softies for Mirabel is a great cause and your Ruby doll looks divine even without a face!

I love the Toy Society and have been meaning to do something. Thanks for posting, you've inspired me to get a move on

Leonie Guld said...

What a beautiful little doll. You are one talented chick!!

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Your little Ruby doll is going to be beautiful. I'm afraid I'm very much in the disregard-the-instructions-and-embroider-the-face-first camp. This way I can throw away a face and not a whole softie. It does of course produce a flat-faced doll that looks like it has gone a couple of rounds with a brick wall.

SadieandLance said...

I demand that you tell me where you're dropping that Ruby Doll so I can go stand there and wait till you drop it and then I can "find" it. Don't worry about the face, I don't mind if she's faceless!

Umatji said...

you are such a giver!

Kylie said...

Another heart-felt belly laugh here that had the girls running in to see what was so funny! You really should do stand-up you know, Tania! Giving is sooo good :) Good on you! K

Bek said...

Oh, look at that big cuddle that little one is giving. That's love, that is.

A lovely softie! I am sure the lucky recipient to be will love her just as much.

(I have been having multiple "sharing" talks with my 2 year old today coincidentally)

Clair said...

Looks great so far lady x

said...

you always have such great photos:)
the doll looks lovely...
my son is 4... conversations just get even wilder:)

Leslie said...

Such a wonderful story and I love the photo of the doll! The face is always the thing that stresses me out the most. Good luck with the conversation. I can relate. :)

RedorGrayArt said...

soft and sweet ...images so lovely~elk

Madeline said...

What a great idea!
And, that sharing conversation...oh, yeah, that's a fun one to have...

Lola Nova said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog with your encouraging words.

I love your blog, your photos are stunning!

I have joined the Toy Society and need to get hopping on my toy, thanks for the reminder.

Mel said...

Well firstly, I too am a granny radio listener and have been for about ten years! Hey we can pretend we are having a conversation when our dude and your dude do their Friday arvo link up .... assuming it's ABC radio your listening to which I'm sure it is!

Secondly I'm with the toddler in throwing a fit if that lovely doll got taken away! She is very cute. Having said that it is an excellent idea and one I should get on to toot sweet

Lysh said...

What a lovely story, like others before me, I hope it is true! So heartwarming to hear of kindness like that.

Sally said...

Great drive through story (although not sure what to make about your confession about the ol' talk back habit!!!)
I love your softie.
We recently cleaned out the two year olds room of old toys & books. He was all willing and gave the toys to the guys at the salvos drop off... until about 5 minutes after when he cried and cried after realising he'd never see them again. He talks of the unfortunate children reading his books - a lesson that can never be learnt to young.

pennygj said...

I always have that problem with rag dolls. I leave the face till last so she doesn't get a personality 'till the last minute. Otherwise once we've 'bonded' I find it really hard to say goodbye!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

That's a really sweet story and a good reminder that I need to get cracking on my "Mirabel".

Aussie-waffler said...

Best of luck re-claiming your Ruby Doll, she does look rather cuddlicious.

Annie said...

Loved the drive thru story

Kaylovesvintage said...

love the idea of the World Wide Toy Drop..wish I would make toys, guess you have to come for coffee and teach me.....enjoy your weekend