My friend Amy is leaving today. She has been staying with us for the last 12 days. I had no idea she was coming to stay - it seems Mr B and Amy conspired to ease my homesickness and felt that even though a trip back to England with the kiddies was not a possibility this year, perhaps bringing my best friend over from England would do the trick - it did :o)
Amy got to experience Oklahoma's finest - the triple digit weather, the fireflies, the sweet Okie people and also the birth of our little kittens.
Last Sunday Jasmine made it very clear that she was about to have her kittens, so after giving her space to setting into her *nest* and relax, Amy and I slipped in beside her ans stayed with her through the whole process. Our hearts hurt everytime she looked at us and meowed, they hurt even more with every contraction she had - and we shed tears of amazement as the babies were born. 2 kittens were born still - with no sign of a heartbeat. Maddy cried. 2 Kittens were born healthy and although very small, Jasmine the WonderMum has nursed them to be fat little chunky kittens.
Today the smallest one started to open her eyes - I think a new level of fun is about to begin.
I have dolls to show - and 2 dolls I am finishing up right now, then I am taking a little doll-break. I am worn out, I need to re-group and get my doll-making mojo back. Each one is such a labor of love and takes so long to make and there really is no *hurrying up* with these dolls with them being 98% hand stitched.
I am not ready to expand and have people help me make them - that seems to bring a whole new level of complicated into the equation, but I do need to re-think whether I can offer customs anymore, or simply make the dolls I can and offer them for sale.