Friday, November 09, 2007

Farewell, Miss Emily

Gosh, I'm really going to miss her. I don't know if it was the dress fabric in those yummy fall colors or her pretty hair style made of mohair, but I was getting really attached to Emily. She's excited though. She is on her way to Iowa where she will be a gift for my customer's granddaughter! Emily hoped that she might get a girl, but she was still pretty amazed when she got the news!

Shipping cloth dolls is always a little funny. I mean, it's not breakable so not much is required in the way of packaging. Most of the time, I just wrap it in tissue, drop it in a box and send it on it's way. But that never seemed "special" enough and that's why I tried my hand at box making for Daisy and Rose. The problem with that is the time involved! Plus, it's not impervious to damage by the mail service (Sorry Dannielle!). I think I have found the perfect solution! Check this out:

It's just a piece of cardboard with scrapbooking paper glued to it! Then I cut two slits where I ran a ribbon to tie around Emily's waist which will hold her in place. It's 12" x 12" which was a little short, but that's the size of the paper and it fit in sideways nice and snug so it won't rattle. Since this is my first, I learned a lot, of course. First- go to Dollar Tree and stock up on lots of scrapbooking paper! This is a darling paper, but maybe not the best choice for Emily. It will be good to have a selection on hand. Second- get double stick tape to avoid glue hassles. Third-stock up on floral ribbon. It's cheaper and perfect for this application.

Anyway, I'm really happy with this solution, but after she was gone, I wished I had glued a landscape picture of Iowa on the inside of Emily's box. That would have been nice for her to look at, don't you think? (I'm fine, really!)

7 friends said....:

  1. I don't blame you for not wanting to let Emily go! But what a sweet little environment for her to travel in!! She is definitely a special doll!!!

  2. What a great packaging idea! I know what you mean about just sticking them in a box- it doesn't seem quite right. My latest packaging innovation- I use old pattern tissue instead of tissue paper. You can have all kinds of sizes of tissue, it is image appropriate a la sewing theme and all, and it is excellent packaging material. Plus, I seem to have a ton of it :-)

  3. Awwww! How special she will be to the little girl!
    That's a great idea for packaging! I have a ton of scrapbooking paper anyway (my OTHER addiction).

  4. LOL the lengths we go to to get things just right. :-) She's beautiful. I love her shoes. I think I have a pairsimilar which go with everything. Did you make them from scratch or are they something you buy in?

  5. Emily's going on an adventure, how wonderful for her! I hope she sends you pictures so you won't miss her too much.

    I loved the packaging you did for Maggie, I was so impressed with it!

  6. Emily is beautiful!! Your package solution is perfect.

  7. Great shipping solution! I always feel guilty folding them in half. lol


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