17 February 2010

Monkey Girl

I made the girlie a monkey. Well, it was supposed to be a monkey, like the ones that Kelly made, but the girlie didn't want a tail, or ears, or hair. I finished it - the doll - one night, while listening to Slouchy read aloud her poem about her grandmother, which ends with the apt line "I watch your busy hands. They fly." Poking stuffing into the legs and stitching them up, while my friend remembered her grandmother's handiwork, was some kind of lovely synchronicity.

Slouchy's grandmother might well have appreciated the monkey's provenance. The bit of pink for the body was leftover from a skirt I had in high school. The white of the arms and legs and head was salvaged from a worn out bedsheet. The beige of the face came from the cut off leg of a pair of pants - either my husband's or my father's - and the vintage green calico is the mystery. (The Palm Beach chintz on the hand-me-down sofa is a thorn in my side; I need to get that couch reupholstered and soon!)

The next morning, the girlie found the doll in her bed and came climbing in with me to tell me "Mama, make a list, she needs hair, and a hat and shoes and a skirt, make a list, Mama". Got that? Hair.

Luckily, there's a costume shop in my building, so I went down and begged for 18" of glittery fringe - which my boss saw draped on my desk and wondered aloud if I was planning to make it into pasties. I think not. Monkeys don't wear pasties. And it'll make perfect hair when I get a chance to hand-sew it to the doll's head.

15 comments:

Kelly said...

Lovely. Your monkey-like creature is divine.

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

Monkeys don't wear pasties. I will remember that line FOREVER! Ha!

alejna said...

This made me smile.

Harriet said...

And now that I've met your boss, the idea of him saying that is all the more entertaining. It's a lovely monkey, even pastie free.

slouchy said...

Oh, oh. This made me tear up. Thank you.

slouchy said...

happy, sentimental tears. to clarify.

nonlineargirl said...

That is adorable!

kathy a. said...

she's so cute! and i'll be awaiting the update with hair!

FreshHell said...

I love this monkey! Fabulous!

de said...

That hair will look great. The doll reminds me of two that my sister made me - Amy and Ruby. I once smacked Amy in the face with a croquet mallet so she has a black eye. Next time I'm at my mother's house, I 'll try to remember to take a picture of them.

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

pasties :-D

mayberry said...

So, when you get the couch reupholstered, will you be making a huge family of monkeys?

phd in yogurtry said...

Oh save a bit of the fringe for pasties, for later. What harm is there? LOL. If you're anything like me, there could be plen-tee of harm.

abby said...

yesterday I had a present to wrap. thinking of your wonderful christmas gifts with creative wrapping I decided to hem up some random fabric I have and wrap it all pretty like. this was great until I couldn't remember how to thread the sewing machine. the gift did get a bow, though.

thank you for reminding me of my adventure into green gifts and giving me more ideas for use of my bag of random fabrics.

the monkey by the way, I would have killed for as a kid.

and I was a tomboy.

Life in Eden said...

So, so sweet.
(pasties -- tee hee hee).