Thursday, September 16, 2010

Love from Lilly...an idea

I know most of y'all know about my little Lillybug and how she came to be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Go here to get caught up. It's fine, I'll be here waiting. ;)


Okay, you back with me?? Shortly thereafter, Jenny made this doll for Lilly, complete with shot spots. You can see her in more detail here. Love her!! Jenny is such a good friend and so thoughtful!!





Anyway, the other day I had an idea-a God-given idea-to make a bunch of dolls and take them to the hospital where Lilly stayed. I want every child that comes thru there to have their own little doll. I will make them like the one above{I made this one for a friend's child-saw similar ones on Little Bit Funky and Black Apple, but I drew my own pattern}, in different skin tones and hair colors. Boys even!! I do want to put red hearts in the shot areas like Jenny did with the one she made. My plan is to get a bunch of my friends together at my home to sew and stuff these girls and boys up. Put them in a large cellophane bag and tied up with a tag.
I would like the tag to say Love from Lilly and a Bible verse-the first one that sprang to mind is Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future." There was another verse, but at the moment I cannot think of it...Feel free to share any that y'all may like.
Its a scary and unknown thing. I remember well the day, one of the last days that we were in the hospital and Lilly looked at me and said, "I'll be glad when we can leave the hospital and I don't have to get anymore shots." Broke my heart, y'all...I mean, all she knows is one day she felt poopy and the next, she's in a strange place hooked up to all kinds of machines, etc. Anyway, I just want to ease the transition for the families. This is just a small way I feel I can help, you know??
My goal is for this to happen before her one year anniversary, which is in February, if not sooner.

Things I am going to be looking for{this is in no way a hint, by the way, just a list for myself, so I don't forget}:
Needle-less syringes
Cream colored fabric
Brown fabric
Red felt hearts
Fun fabric
Stuffing
Some of these things, like the cream and brown fabric, I will use sheets for-more economical. If any of you know where I might find the syringes and hearts, do share. I was planning to look on etsy for the hearts. Jenny cut out the hearts on Lilly's doll, but I am planning on making a lot and honestly, the idea of cutting out hundreds of hearts isn't appealing.

There it is...Love from Lilly

Hope y'all have a great day!!

19 comments:

Laura said...

I have a cricut machine at home with a heart dye cut on it. I wonder if it will cut the felt? Im gonna try it out this weekend and if it will, I will be happy to donate the hearts to you! I think this is a wonderful thing you are doing to help the kids copeing with illness. Id love to help out in some way!! Ill let you know this weekend if the cricut will cut the hearts out!

No Ordinary Me said...

I think this is so wonderful. If there is anything I can do let me know. You know, I am not a huge crafty person but I can do my best. If I can donate something let us know!!!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

I love this idea, as it was God inspired for me to make Lilly's in the first place... As you have seen it did in fact help Lilly because it gave her some power, she was able to role play and give her Diabetic Doll shots too... I will be happy to cut felt hearts till my fingers fall off if needed... I am also going to search online for maybe a roll of felt heart "ribbon" that we can maybe just cut apart??

Kim's Treasures said...

That's a wonderful idea!!! You're doing an awesome thing!

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

i love this elise!!! i'm going to post it on my facebook and twitter to help spread the word. if people want to make their own doll to donate can the send them to you?

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

Very sweet idea! I can cut and send hearts too. <3

joyfullness said...

Hey Elise... I am going to destash my fabrics...and send them your way...surely you can use something!! You Rock!! What a great idea the Lord gave you!
Joyfully His!

Anonymous said...

Elise what a great idea and so cute...such a crafty lady :-) They remind me of the Baby Be Blessed dolls which are so precious, but $. Sometimes I wish I sewed, other times I am thankful I have friends who do :-)
Love!
Dana

summer said...

what an awesome way to use your gifts and use your family's experience to help others, besides those dolls are outrageously cute. thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods, your dolls trump my headboard any day! if I were in your neck of the woods I'd bring you a pumpkin spice latte and a hug for your lil one.

Jill said...

send me your address...
I'll pack a little goodie box...
jmdesignandco@gmail.com
and I will cover your precious project with many prayers!!!
Many Blessings!
Jill

Cindy said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog Elise!

I love this idea. I just read the story about your daughter, and it is so wonderful that you want to give back in this way. You are going to make so many nervous little girls and boys very happy.
God Bless this project of yours
Enjoy the day

kristy said...

I can not sew. However, somehow I would love to give back by providing my own photography services FREE to a group of kids, families, or however you see a need. Let me know what I can do.
Did you email me yet?? Huh?

Jenni said...

Ooh, I think this is a wonderful idea! And do you know what? I have some fabric that I think would be perfect in my stash that I know I won't ever get to! How would you like a donation? Just let me know! :)

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Blessings,
Jenni
Beautiful Nest

Rebecca said...

I love this idea! As you know, I'm also a Type 1 diabetic but was diagnosed as an adult. I'd love to help out. I'll cut out hearts! I have a sizzix and think I have a heart die and I know it cuts felt. Let me know the size. :) This is such a fabulous idea! I don't use syringes (I use a pen) so I'm not sure about that part but will ask at my doctors office. Hugs to you and Lilly (and the rest of the gang!)

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

Thank you for visiting my blog today and following along. I am touched by Lilly's story... and grabbing that sweet little prayer button and taking it home with me. I adore the doll idea. Blessings.

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

By the way... just noticed that we were eachothers 116th follower... fancy that. ;)

Ruth said...

I love this idea. It will be such a blessing to other families who learn this shocking news. If there is anything I could do to help I would love to. Please email me and let me know.

Ruth

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Such a great idea-But why wouldn't it be, it's God given!

I wonder if you could ask a local dentist about the needless syringes. I know they use those, maybe they would order some for you for the great cause!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Robin~♥

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

What a beautiful idea! If I can help in any way please let me know. I have a box of 100 3cc small syringes (we use them for our horses etc) I'm happy to mail you...
Love TO Lilly and her clever Momma!
hugs,
Leslie