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Using scraps of colorful Mexican cotton fabric given to her by a freelance client, Marilyn started making simple stuffed dolls for her children. A doll eventually ended up in the hands of Ray Eames, who asked Marilyn to make one for Alexander Girard. Ray subsequently sent the doll to Girard at Christmas of 1959, who ruminated over it until the following September then asked Marilyn to make 100 of the dolls for the grand opening of the new Textile & Objects store in three months. Working night and day, Marilyn made her deadline. The dolls became the centerpiece of the revolutionary new store when it opened in May of 1961.