This five year old of mine adores Little House on the Prairie.
She sat, rapt, through chapter after chapter of Little House in the Big Woods through part of her fourth year and like so many girls before her, she felt that Laura Ingalls was a kindred spirit. We're now in the last chapters of Farmer Boy, and although all three of my older children were happy to hear of Almanzo's adventures (Margot calls him "Ol' Monzo"), they are looking forward to hearing about Laura again.
This doll was a joint project by my mom and me. Mom knew I'd bitten off more than I could chew when I decided to create a Laura doll for Margot's fifth birthday, mostly because I work full time and don't have a working sewing machine. First she offered to cut out the pieces. Then she thought she'd just start some of the sewing. By the time I finally made it out to her place, the clothes were beautifully finished (that bonnet!), and the doll's body was ready for assembly.
I spent an afternoon at mom's stitching the doll's face, then finished her hair at home later that evening.
It was with great joy and deep love that mom and I watched "our" little girl open her Laura doll. Then mom handed Margot a little bag. In it was a white nightgown and matching nightcap, sewn from antique cotton with hand-made lace edging its cuffs.
I can't imagine that the real Laura Ingalls would have been more excited when she received her first "real" doll that long-ago Christmas morning than Margot was with her handmade gift. When I put her to bed on the night of her birthday, it was with her Laura doll. She'd been changed into her wee nightie and nightcap. So very sweet.