Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Jammit Doll!

So, I guess you could say that when I was growing up I was a bit sickly due to an immune system glitch that was rolling around in my genes. A consequence of that was that I had to have IV treatments every two weeks for 5 years, which meant a TON of shots! At some point of my childhood illness, a woman (who's name I sadly don't remember) brought me a "Jammit Doll" to help me deal with all the needles.

Basically, a Jammit doll is just a simple stuffed creature who has legs you can grasp firmly as you smack it against things and beat out your frustrations. Anyway, a few days ago a good friend of mine was having a VERY bad day (or series of days really) and it reminded me of my little punching bag friend. Naturally, I hopped on to the internet to see if I could find instructions of how to make a little Jammit doll. Turns out that the wonderful lady who brought me mine had edited the doll a bit to make it child friendly and I extended the same courtesy to my friend :) You can see the instructions that I based my dolls off of at THIS website.

I whipped mine up real quick but underestimated how skinny I had made them. Luckily, they still turned out pretty cute. The little one was actually an accident, but I liked him so much I decided to write him into the original poem that comes with the dolls. The parts I added or edited are in blue and the poem goes like this:


When you want to climb the wall,
And stand right up and shout.
There's a little Jammit doll
You cannot do without.

Just grasp it firmly by the legs,
And find a place to slam it.
And as you whack the stuffing out
Yell Jammit, Jammit, Jammit!

If Jammit's not a word you say
Then twist its little neck
And grumble out repeatedly
Oh Heck, Oh Heck, Oh Heck!

And if you're not the hitting type
We've got your problem solved!
Just take the smaller Jammit doll
And throw him at the wall!

And once your done abusing them
Just sit them on the shelf.
But hug them first, as I'd hug you
If I were there myself.

Because my friend's week was exceptionally bad, I also decided to have my husband attach the poem with a noose (morbid, I know... but it got a good laugh!) The point is, you can really make them however you want, its really just the thought that counts. Mine were noticeably handmade and hopelessly flawed, but they cheered up my friend and that is exactly what I was going for!

1 comment:

  1. Dude, I TOTALLY remember this doll! hahaha! Such a clever idea, you should make them and sell them on etsy, they're so awesome! (and let's be honest, don't we all need a Jammit doll sometimes? seriously!)