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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mini Felt Matryoshka Dolls and Mom's Hospitalization

The last several months have been pretty worrisome for me.  My mother - who lives in Arizona - has been ill with serious cardiovascular and diabetes-related issues.  I flew out to Arizona to offer support to both of my parents during this difficult time.  My mom ended up having several surgical procedures over the past few weeks, the latest being a leg amputation.  Thankfully, she is in positive spirits and I believe this will help her to recover so she can go back to living a fulfilling and productive life.  And, even though I don't normally plug businesses here on my blog as a regular activity, I've got to say a huge "thank you" to the nurses, doctors and staff at Boswell Hospital in Sun City for being so loving, caring and professional to my mother during her hospitalizations.  I spent upwards of 12 hours each day in the hospital at my mother's bedside and witnessed much love and compassion from the staff there.  I've never experienced anything quite like this in a medical environment before and it was wonderful to see.  I wish I could clone these people - no kidding.

True to form, I had to bring a craft project with me to work on in the hospital.  I always have to have something to do when I sit; it's just a part of who I am.  I ended up bringing a little canvas bag filled with scissors, needles, embroidery floss, felt and a steno pad with me on my trip.  The steno pad came in handy for sketching out patterns and designs.  I ended up making several mini matryoshka dolls out of felt during my stay.  I challenged myself by making each doll unique in color and design.  Each doll measures 4-5" and a stack of unstuffed dolls can easily fit into a sandwich baggie, making them easy to transport.  I stuffed them with fiberfill after I returned home.  Here are some of my little creations:











I will eventually put these up for sale in my Retro Eclectica store on Etsy, possibly over the weekend.