I had so much trouble deciding on a winner for the give away bubbie doll, so many of your stories were wonderful and showed your deep connection a love for your favourite toy.
I did however have to choose just one because there is only one bubbie doll. The winner is Tania; here is her story:
I always wanted a rag doll when I was a child. Something soft and cuddly with lots of clothes and hair I could play with. My neighbour had a rag doll that her grandmother made that always sat on her bed... it wasn't very well made and kind of 'squarish' but I thought it was fabulous and I wanted one just like it. Unfortunately my parents never quite understood what it was that I wanted so no rag doll was ever forthcoming.
When I was eight... I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own. I found some scrap material, drew up a pattern and enlisted my father (who is a genius on a sewing machine) to make it up for me. I stuffed her with wool, sewed on some googly eyes, a nose and a smiley mouth... then I gave her beautiful long brown wool hair that I could plait and play with. Once the doll was finished, I started collecting clothes that would fit and even knitted some myself.
I loved that doll and still have her 33 years later... She has a far too skinny head and a floppy neck, the eyes are too high on her face ( I was far too young to understand doll head proportions!) but her body is a pretty good effort!
That was my very first effort at doll making and probably what sparked my adult doll making hobby... the absolute need to make the dolls that I always wanted as a child and never found.
Thank you so much to everyone who left a comment, as I said I loved your stories, I think it is so special when a toy can hold so many memories and feelings from our childhood years. Tania talk of the first doll she made reminds me of the first dolly I made. Here he is...
Thank you again everyone who took the time to write, I know give aways that just require a simple comment as much easier to enter but I have loved getting to know you through your stories. The wistful whimsical world of childhood comes back to us through the toys we loved and it should be cherished, it's very special.