You guys, if you ever get into a Facebook discussion about making the Pippi Longstocking theme song your ringtone, make sure the person on the other end is an expert seamstress, because, if you are lucky, maybe one day she will send you a flamingo dressed as your favorite Swedish childhood folk hero, and then, if you play your cards right, you can get on your blog and boast about it, because, if there was ever something worth bragging about, a flamingo dressed as Pippi Longstocking is it.
Now, as if I needed to tell you, Pippi and flamingos are two of my favorite things (naturally) but when I opened the box this morning my head just about exploded. I mean seriously. LOOK AT THAT FACE.
I wish y’all could see Kelly’s work-–the stitching, the bloomers, the little handmade shoes, the apron, the two tone stockings….as someone who has read the Pippi Långstrump series, oh, about a hundred times, I know nearly every detail Astrid Lindgren wrote about her clothing and Kelly nailed it right down to the pinafore pockets. It’s amazing!
Seriously, her pigtails are wired and move around. MOVING PIGTAILS, I SAID. I’m going to be up all night fussing with those pigtails, I just know it. Lola is going to be so ticked.
And this isn’t just a lovely doo-dah, it’s a one of a kind work of art. The very idea that Kelly made it with me in mind makes my heart smile wider than you can imagine 🙂
Now, I should say, to be fair, this was part of a swap. I sent Kelly something too (more on that next week), but it wasn’t nearly as awesome as this and I am feeling mighty inferior at the moment. How was I to know she was going to send me something so cool!?!
Many, many thanks to Kelly for this beautiful creature who I will treasure forever and display prominently. I have a feeling she will be a conversation piece for many years to come.