....well for me anyway. :(
On Sunday I was in a happy mood, wrapping Christmas presents and looking forward to going out for our anniversary supper in the evening....I also was enjoying a little bit of dolly time before having to leave them all to their own devices whilst I prepare for Christmas and the arrival from the UK of my mum and brother John.
Ellie, my lovely Little Darling, painted by Dianna Effner, was in need of a change of clothes. She's been modelling for me but was just in her undies :) I picked her up and thought her wig felt a little dry, so I went through my wig box trying different wigs on her. As I did this, I noticed that her eyes were a little dusty, so I picked up a piece of knit fabric that was to hand and gave her eyes a wipe over. Something looked a bit 'amiss' I thought, so I grabbed my 'reading' glasses to take a closer look. I noticed that one of her eyes looked 'cloudy', I touched it and it felt sort of 'rough', the only word I can think of to describe it really...so thinking something had got on it, I wiped again with a tissue....I didn't do it hard but it didn't make any difference, it looked like Ellie was getting a 'cataract'! I was horrified.
To cut a long story short, one of her eyes is damaged. I was so upset, I admit that despite her just being a doll, I cried. Basically, one eye looks fine and from the side is still shiny and domed, but the 'effected' eye is flat and lifeless, no dome, no shine, nothing.
I decided the only thing to do was email Dianna Effner herself and see if she could help. I also posted about it on the Little Darlings Forum in the hope that someone could help. A lovely Moderator on there emailed me with Dianna's email address and I sent her a message. I didn't expect to hear back from Dianna quickly, I appreciate she is very busy and gets lots of emails, never mind the fact that it was a Sunday. However, when we got back from our meal on Sunday night, there was a reply from Dianna, she asked me to send Ellie to her and she'll redo her eye(s) and will do so as quickly as possible so that I'm not without her for too long!!!!!! How wonderful is that?
I will be getting Ellie packaged up and shipped off to the US very soon....I'm currently debating on whether to send her this week or wait a couple of weeks until after Christmas....I don't think I could bare it if she went missing on top of this.
In the meantime, here are a few of my favourite closeups of my lovely girl.....I decided against sharing photos of her current state on here, I'd rather look at her how she was and hope you all will too.