Gracie’s Introduction

Happy Beginning-of-the-week-and-productivity, people! Now, I know I’ve set aside specific crochet-related posts for awhile, and I apologize to those who are awaiting such posts. There’s been so much to write about over the last few weeks, I hardly know where to begin. So I’m taking this one step at a time. Please be patient with me. 🙂

Today’s post is about introducing an old friend and travel companion to the Blog. Without further ado, meet Gracie!

Gracie is one of the cloth dolls in the family. Out of all of them, she’s the one who’s been on the most adventures, and, quite literally, traveled the world. Whether to a local food court or an iconic building, Gracie has come along on so many different outings. Ever the patient and agreeable one–though still in that daring mood for adventure–she’s stayed on my backpack during a plane trip, been taken out in the rain, put in the washing machine several times, and endured so many other things over the years, making her even more special.

We found Gracie on January 3, 2010, at a store in a shopping mall. Since then, her life has been anything but ordinary. It is a pity I can’t make outfits for her, as her original outfit is quite stuck. But she’s still one of my favorite pals to take along, anywhere and everywhere.

As seen above, her hair’s been styled and restyled, and for the most part, been carefully taken care of.

Of course, as the years have gone by, I’ve had fewer and fewer occasions to take her out with me. There comes a time when bringing a little companion out and about is perceptually immature, at least seen that way by most adults. That, and my sense of, “Oh I don’t want her to get dirty, maybe she should just stay home,” has become more prominent. It’s really a shame, as she is a truly special friend.

With all that in mind, Gracie is by no means in “retirement”… she’s just resting for awhile, until her next chance to go out again and explore.

Gracie is one of those pals I hope to have around for many more years to come; at the very least, for the next generation. I don’t know how many of the other family members like her will be around then, but she’s definitely one who will be staying.

And in the meantime, she’s now into photography, just like me. She asked me to share these special pics she took during the photo shoot:

That’s all for now! Hope you liked Gracie’s introduction! Do you have a special toy or pal in your life who’s always been there for you, no matter what? 🙂

2 thoughts on “Gracie’s Introduction

  • Olive

    That is beautiful, Orchid. She reminds me very much of my first beloved stuffed animal. I don’t think I ever gave him a name (though I really should), but I remember being little and loving him to pieces and sleeping with him every night for comfort. He is a traditional ‘bear’ shaped animal, with a faded blue checkered pattern, and what Grace reminded me of was his eyes. They have very similar – if not the same eyes. Blue stitch with a white reflection. One of these days, I should make a post of both him and all the other stuffed animals that have been with me for forever~
    Thank you for sharing this post!

    • Orchid

      Thank you so much, Olive! It’s really sweet, and amazing, that you have such wonderful memories with your stuffed pal, and all the others who have shared in your adventures. You should totally write about them! 🙂 It’s fascinating how your bear and Gracie have such similar eye characteristics. I wonder if there are certain kinds of toys that are universally loved, based on certain characteristics, aside from the general notion of “teddy bear” etc… hm…


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