Recently I received the lovliest email, all the way from Colorado. 'Mrs Cat' (who's name sounds like a story book character!) reads children stories at a local library in Denver. Apparantly Mrs Cat is very fond of the Ollie books and has collected a set of Ollie books(US) to give her first grandchild. A dear friend of hers has organised a toy maker to make a gorgeous sock Ollie to give to her for her grandchild!
Almost two years ago I worked hard to create a toy prototype of Ollie (toy below), and working with Scholastic we created a toy based on my handmade toys, after many variations and tweaks I felt we had the perfect toy. . .but since then due to the economic climate and other reasons that are beyond me, the Ollie toy prototype sits quietly by itself unproduced. . .it makes it even more special when I receive a note about a handmade Ollie toy for Mrs Cat's grandchild bringing Ollie to life!