When we left our story, Little Doll had just finished painting the nose for Fat Cat in a lovely pink color. She had done the painting all by herself and was very proud of the results. And because she had painted it so neatly, I asked her if she would also like to paint the inside of Fat Cat's ears with the same pink paint. "Oh yes!" she said. "This is so exciting!" "I have drawn a line around the border of the ears as a guide for you and you will start from the center of each ear and paint up to that border. Just be careful that you do not paint past that line." "I will be very careful" said Little Doll, "I want Fat Cat to look perfect!" "Well" I said, "perfection is difficult to achieve when making something by hand, but Fat Cat will be looking good when he is complete!" "He will indeed!" said Lady G, "The pieces are finally all coming together!"
"Red bird noticed that Fat Cat was becoming a bit agitated" said Little Doll, "and wanted me to talk to him to see if I could find out what was bothering him. It seems that Fat Cat was concerned that the pins did not feel very secure and he worried that in time they would fall out and he could lose his head and stomach piece. Also, he was upset that he had no 'arms' (front paws) and thought that perhaps we had forgotten them! Being so large he cannot easily look down over his round stomach to see the ground, so he did not see the remaining pieces still on the table. I assured him that the pins were only temporary to hold his head and stomach piece in place and that you would now be sewing them on by hand and that his 'arms' were here on the table, waiting to be pinned and attached. "See Fat Cat, here are your arms!" said Little Doll as she held one of Fat Cat's arms in front of him. "You are not to worry, they will soon be attached and can you see also the long pieces still here on the table?" Little Doll put the arm back on the table and lifted one of the long rust colored pieces of the wool felt. "These are to be your stripes! You are going to look wonderful!" "Magnificent!" said Lady G. "You will be the most handsome Fat Cat in the world!"
On Monday, Little Doll and Fat Cat's friendship deepens - but both of them must soon leave my studio to go their separate ways. Little Doll to live with the person who had created her doll body for the Paper Bag Exchange and Fat Cat to live with my good friend Andrew.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!