The other day, my cousin Lisa and I were tallking about our favourite childhood presents. I was saying how brilliant her mum, my Auntie Sue, was at choosing gifts - a Crayola Crayon Caddy (64 different colours!), a Fashion Wheel, and later, my first proper sketchbook and a tin of Derwent drawing pencils. She could see that art was my passion and did what she could to encourage me.
This is Cinderella. Sue made her for me when I was about six. Lisa had one too. Cinderella looks sad now, but if you turn her upside-down...
...she CAN go to the ball!
There is so much detailed work here. She has a beautiful ballgown of pink and white lace over pink crepe, a choker of flower beads and an elaborate plaited coiffure of white yarn. Can you imagine how exciting and glamourous she was for a six-year old girl in sensible clothes and a 'boy's' haircut?
I will always keep her. I will always appreciate the love and care which went into making her, and I hope that the things I make for my friends' kids will make them feel as special. I hope one day I'll have the time to knit Jean Greenhowe's Cinderella doll for one of them.
* SONG OF THE DAY: Adam Ant - Prince Charming *