A newly five-year-old little person I know had a birthday very recently, and knew exactly what I was going to do for a gift. You see, there is this very odd vintage rubber-faced doll that is covered in brown fur, and white pom-poms. I bought her from an Etsy-vintage seller a few years back, because I adored the sheer weirdness of her. One day, this certain little birthday person (a notorious appreciator of weird things) was over and poking around my studio, and she emerged with this brown fur doll in her arms.
"Stump Baby!", she said. "Oh, I love her so much!"
Of course, I tried to send her home with Stump Baby that day. But her mama was wise, and in order to not raise a ruckus with the other sisters, she said "Stump Baby should live here, with Emily".
So, nearly a year later, enough time had passed...we were fairly certain no ruckus would be made, and I devised a rather deluxe Stump Baby themed present:
I made a little apron out of some calico I found at the antique fair a few weeks ago, and sewed a big felt pocket on the front to hold...a mini-stump baby! Ta da! For, what is better than an inexplicable doll such as this one but a teensy version?
And then, as a final mini-present, I made a tiny book that tells the story of how Big Stump Baby and Little Stump Baby met each other (it involves leaf-thievery and nest vandalism).
I also gave her a few doo-dads (some fairy soap, some unicorn bandaids), a wind-up bird music box, and All Kinds of Families, which is very sweet and illustrated by a wildly fantastic illustrator-hero of mine, Marc Boutavant. If he isn't one of the very best children's illustrators working today, I'll eat my hat!
Anyway, everything was a hit with the little birthday girl. I was very happy!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend & see you soon.