I had big plans for the Christmas gifts this year. All made by me! Easy peasy and special. But I fell victim to the “10 pounds in a 5 pound sack” curse. I probably should have started all these homemade gifts way before the month of December.
I thought it would be a breeze to make all four granddaughters these huge dolls. I had made one for Jessica almost 30 years ago. Gotta be a piece of cake. But these little monsters had a mind of their own. I sewed up two, started stuffing their limbs and watched them turn into aliens. Seriously. They had major cellulite issues and they kept getting bigger!
I had set a deadline of the 14th to get Piper’s doll done. The closer that date came, the more those possessed dolls aggravated me. No cooperation what so ever. When I finally accepted the fact that there was NO way I’d have Piper’s delivered by Christmas, I turned to Amazon for her gifts.
I did finally figure out the cellulite issue and the third doll looked pretty good. (No saving the first two) I finished her on Christmas Eve and gave her to the oldest granddaughter. I still intend to make the other girls’ dolls. Maybe Valentines’s? Easter? April Fools?
My other big gift idea was shopping totes for the women. Seven totes. Got three done. Such a failure!
And so what did I learn from this experience? Nothing. I’ll still try to “stuff 10 pounds in a 5 pound sack” next year. And stay optimistic that a miracle will occur and all will be right in the world! After all, it’s Christmas!