Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Part One: The Story of Elena.....

In December of 2009 I was the lucky winner of Julie Bailey’s Giveaway, my prize was a small and delicate doll that she had hand sculpted and stitched from vintage fabrics. Little did I know the how the story would unfold and how the heart of one woman, talented doll maker and true friend would impact my life. Here is the story of my gift from Julie, a doll named Elena...



A Doll's Journey:


As the last of evening's light faded from the studio, the doll maker put the finishing touches to her little angel doll and placed her on the sewing table. You look so tiny and sweet, I shall call you Elena.....and then Julie turned off the light and as she closed the door she thought, how happy the winner of her giveaway would be with this little doll. Little did she know that this would the beginning of a long journey for Elena, one of determination, distance, love and time.....lots of time. So begins the journey, the journey of Elena......

Once Elena was carefully wrapped up and placed lovingly in the box, she settled herself down to await the end of her journey. Soon she would be living in Canada, oh how exciting, well except for the small part of the story that includes the winner being a bear maker......I mean, what kind of doll maker makes bears? Would they like her and what would she do if they were ferocious? Maybe the bunnies would protect her or maybe, oh yes, she was certain there would be other dolls. The last thing Elena remembers is something heavy and hard knocking her over and then nothing but darkness......

When I first heard that I won Julie's Giveaway, my heart was over flowing with excitement and anticipation!!!! Oh how wonderful, I won, I won, and the little angel doll looked just as sweet as could be, I couldn't wait to get her.

So when the postman finally delivered her I unwrapped her and savored each moment as I opened the parcel.....there was the beautiful scented tissue....black toile, how divine!!! Julie makes each one of her dolls so loving, and you know that every bit of the experience of receiving her works of art includes the way the doll arrives. Her tag which was hand painted stated that her name was "Elena". I started to cry, how could this be? I didn't know that Julie had named her this, I must have somehow missed that part in my excitement! This little doll with the name Elena reached down into my heart and gave the strongest tug that I can remember ever feeling. Elena was my Mother's Mom's name, my Baba's name!!!! Dear me I was so overwhelmed with emotions.....thank you Julie, what a treasure, what a blessing, what a crack on the head......WHAT, a crack on the head.....I couldn't believe it, there it was, and my heart sank as I turned her over and saw that the back of the head was almost all shattered.....OH NO!

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When I told Julie what happened she immediately said to send her back and she would make me a new doll....but I couldn't bear to part with her, her name was Elena....know what I mean? Of course I did send her back and the rest of the tale shall be told in part two of Elena's Journey.....stay tuned!

10 comments:

Dorthe said...

Oh Margaret,
what a wonderful story- how fantastic that her name was the same as your grandmother--
The photo you attatched is not to see? but I will look forward to the rest of your beautiful story, and the travels of Elena.
Hugs Dorthe

Kasia said...

What a sweet story... Cant wait to see part two in the little dolls journey! Isn't it strange what coincidence makes? Hope everything works out then.

Hugs,

Margaret said...

What a lovely story! Looking forward to part 2.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Oh I can't wait to hear the next part sweets! How cool is that about her name! Gave me goosebumps! I'm so sorry she was injured in her travels to you.
xx, shell

Pondside said...

I love a good story!
The best part of this story is your connection to the doll's name, and the artist's understanding of its importance to you.

Diane said...

Oh, my, how these things work is beyond me. I know that God has a hand in them - even with dolls and bears. Diane

MosaicMagpie said...

It was meant to be that you were the one to have that doll. What a great story. I am a recent follower of your blog and I am so enjoying it.
Deb

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear sweet Margaret, what a beautiful story!!! Thank you so very much for sharing it with us and I LOVE that you love her just the way she is....a little battered but beautiful all the more ~ hugs and love, Dawn

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh my gosh Mags! I can't wait to hear the rest of this story!

Lou Cinda

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Margaret,

What a wonderful story of your sweet doll Elena and love it, that the doll and your Grandmother shared the same name.
I look forward to reading Part 2.

Have a beautiful weekend
Hugs
Carolyn