I must say I was rather tickled by the gift I put together for Djuna (my beloved goddaughter) this year. As she gets older my gifts are increasingly for her delight and not just the pleasure of her parents (though of course I adore them as well). I decided to continue on my path of making stuffed toys and used Hilary Lang's pattern for a big footed bunny (the pattern is available in her store here as I liked the idea of a doll that she could "dress up" in different clothes. This may very well have everything to do with the fact that I had a stuffed bunny when I was young that my mom made little knickers for and I loved it to the ends of the earth (and through many mom-patch jobs). Already rather enamoured of the idea of a bunny with a dress, I could hardly contain myself once I decided to also make her a matching dress to wear (photos here).
I received an email from her mom, my dear friend Kate, this morning in my inbox telling me that "Bun Bun" (her name for the bunny) was a hit, and that she and "Bun Bun" went out in their matching dresses and were the object of much oohing and ahhing that night. Hearing that causes my toes to tingle and my heart to leap in my chest. It also brings a sadness that I can't be closer to them all more regularly. Time to plan a trip to Montreal I think.