Yesterday (Friday, Jan. 16) was a wonderful day. I received my first special order in the mail. Naturally, it was from granddaughter Emmy.
The envelope was addressed to “Grandma Kathy’s Scrap Bin,” which is what I call my unregistered, unofficial business. (The Scrap Bin sells nothing and collects no sales tax.) But the return address on my mailings of doll clothes to Emmy is “Gramma’s Scrap Bin.”
The envelope contained a piece of 8 ½ x 11 paper folded and refolded and then taped. Written in typical first-grade printing was the request: “Can you please make me this?”
Unfolding the paper, I found sketches which I interpreted as a skirt and t-shirt with the name “Rosabell” embroidered on it.
Rosabell, a “Build-a-Bear” stuffed bear, is Emmy’s favorite companion at the moment. Yes, the American Girls are under the bed, her mother confirms, and possibly naked, but Rosabell has been wearing their clothes. Clearly, though, Rosabell is wishing for an outfit she can call her very own.
I know almost nothing about these “Build-a-Bears,” but if I had known about Rosabell before Christmas I would have asked Santa for a bear of my own. Fortunately, advice and patterns are available online for those who want to make clothes for a bear, and Emmy’s mom assures me that the American Girl doll clothes work great. KW