What a Doll!
A collection built upon a mother’s love and devotion to her family and friends
For as long as I can remember, my mother Florence has proven herself to be an artistic, caring and creative individual. As a grandmother of 25, a great-grandmother of 13 and a mother of five, she has gone to great lengths in making sure everyone gets a special piece of love and devotion from her. Growing up, she made us, her children, mouth-watering breads and buns, professional-looking specialty birthday cakes and incredible children’s Christmas toys, all created perfectly with taste and talent. Things were tougher back then, and money was tight. In order to help provide for her family, Florence also worked full time. It was a necessity of life for her to make these special creations, but as time passed on, it became something more. The crafts and baking became gifts of love to family and friends.
Inspiration for Mom’s original hand-knitted doll came with the desire to create something special for my mom’s husband. A pattern for a knitted green frog doll caught her eye, and so began the tradition of hand-knitted dolls that have grown over the past 15 years. Her dolls are now cherished, personal keepsakes that have come to mark each special occasion in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. For birthdays, grads, Christmas, recitals and every occasion you can think of, she has made her individualized creative dolls for the event. They are representative of her heart, soul and love of friends and family. It is fast-becoming a trademark collection that her loved ones will remember her by.
It is not just family that has benefited from my mother’s talents. Recently she made a doll for an international university student who was not able to go home for Christmas to be with her family. Florence wanted to make sure that she had something special to hug over the Christmas holidays! She has also donated dolls to the Festival of Trees for kids who are in the hospital over Christmas.
The hand-knitted dolls come in all sizes, shapes and colours. My favourite is a Cinderella doll that my daughter received when she was playing the part of Cinderella in a high-school musical. For my wedding anniversary, she made a bride and groom, and for each grandchild’s graduation she made an owl donning the grad cap with a diploma in hand, with the year of graduation inscribed inside. Given the size of our family, you can see the level of her commitment. Each doll can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to create, and the level of detail is incredible.
My mother’s dolls hold a special place in the heart of everyone who has received one. We all look forward to the next special event, and can’t wait to see what new creation gets added to the collection! ■
Great-grandkids Naomi and Elyse–and a few pals! Corinne’s niece Carolyn at her graduation festivities with a hand-knitted “nurse” doll from Grandma.