Re-making a doll is much easier than making a new doll. First I took apart all of the seams. I stripped the skin from his body, removed his wig from his head, picked out the embroidery on his face, then removed the fabric and stitches from the head. I re-used all of the stuffing in the exact same places it was used in the first make. I re-attached the arms and head, sewed new ears, gave him a new face, and sewed on the old wig. I made him a new sweater to celebrate the transformation, then he was done!
One thing that gives each doll its unique personality is the shape of the underlying head. In this case, the under-head was completely un-changed. However, everyone noticed that Hymie's new mouth is exactly two centimeters narrower than his old mouth. Oops. Other than that, the newness is imperceptible, in terms of personality.
with his friend Napua on a recent trip to Mont-Ham.
When I picked Akiva up from school, we chatted about his day, as usual. “It was mostly okay, but part of it was not,” he said. And then he asked, “Does crayon come off?”
I love how kids expect parents to know exactly what they are referring to.
The next part of the conversation was hard to follow. I eventually figured out that while the kids were drawing, Akiva’s arm that was holding Hymie got pushed too close to another kid's crayon. Hymie got crayon on his skin. “That was the part that was kind-of bad,” said Akiva in a sad voice.
“Did Hymie cry?” I asked.
“A little,” said Akiva.
“Or maybe it was me who almost cried," said Akiva. "I cried inside of me, but I didn’t have any tears. After that, Hymie was very shy and he stayed in my backpack for the rest of the day.”
Dolls are like people. Some of them like big parties, but others would prefer to just stay home.