… i think this bunny might just get the better of me…the ponderings of a toy maker who can’t make a toy

You know…it was going to be so easy. I’ve been watching the children’s real bunny ‘Clover W Dustbunny-Pricklepaws’ for weeks now and she is the cutest thing in the world. With her floppy ears and the way she folds like a rag doll when our daughter picks her up. She has me hooked. I wanted to make a bunny for Easter just like her…so I had a little draw…P1120766

Two minutes later I had a the little bunny face that I wanted. Sweet and chubby with just the right amount of ‘naaaaw’. It was but a moments work and there she was sketched up in front of me on a piece of throw away scrap paper. Cheap and cheerful. Quick and satisfying. The essence of Clover W Dustbunny-Pricklepaws!

Done!

Well no actually, not so done. I still had to turn her into a softie and that’s where the time taking (read that as time wasting), heart breaking, frustrating, finger stabbing part comes in. This bunny just didn’t leap (and still hasn’t!) from paper and into my arms. I so wish she had though.

I started to make her from felt. Those who stitch seem to find it easy to get their hands on good quality felt these days. There are quite a few lovely suppliers and stockists. So…felt seemed like the way to go…but it wasn’t. It was so hard to get a satisfying line to the bunny using felt. No amount of darts or breaking the pattern shapes up into more…or less pieces seemed to help.The bunny looked odd and unfinished in flat felt. Not like fluffy Clover at all. Perhaps it was because the bunny was sitting? Perhaps it was because she was jointed like a teddy bear and her limbs stuck out from the body so much? What ever the reason she was certainly going to need some fluff if she was ever going to strut her stuff.

Enter my vintage chenille collection and a pot of grey dye. My idea of time well spent! Chenille had the scruff I was looking for and it makes for lovely soft toys but would people be able to source it? ‘Of course they will!’ I told myself and plugged on…I’m sure that there’s a pile of chenille in nearly every makers stash…isn’t there?P1120764Ta daaah!

A bunny that looks nothing like the drawing I made…with short stubby legs like a Jack Russell Terrier and a too rounded face reminiscent of one of those 1970’s lamb toys with a bow around its long neck…sigh…This is prototype number goodness knows what and I’m finding it hard to fall back and find the will to make another.P1120762The ears are too short…what was I thinking?

In profile…its face has no profile to speak of and every time I’ve tried to stitch on a little nose it’s looked like a pug…unpick…unpick…unpickity pick.P1120761

Maybe a little bit better slightly side on?

UUUURRGHHH I don’t know…sad face.

For now this little lop eared time waster is going to have to sit off to the side while I ponder its future…maybe teddy bear fur? Can people source teddy bear fur easily? I can so surely other people can. Maybe a firmer backing and some hint at a muzzle will help…and longer back legs? Definitely longer back legs…but what about the ears? Longer? More pointed, a little tuck at the top?

It all seemed so easy when I drew that first sketch. I loved that bunny to pieces.

Maybe people would buy a rough sketch of a rabbit on scrap paper instead…?

I’m going to pop the jug on and ponder some more. Tea will make things better. It usually does.

ripley the reindeer pdf pattern in my little store

Ripley is a happy kind of reindeer. Lives for the day and enjoys a good knees up. A lot of folk who love Christmas as much as he does…do!P1120379

In his haste to pack up the lights last year he forgot to take care…and be careful with the string of lights and now he’s in a bit of a mess and a muddle. It’s nothing he can’t get himself out of but it is delaying getting the tree decorated. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that the lights have to go onto the tree first.

This little felt reindeer is 35cm or 15″ tall and can be made using only simple sewing stitches. You can find his PDF sewing pattern here. The pattern uses safety eyes and all limbs are sewn into seams to give him strength and a durability for play in little hands. The instructions are loaded with diagrams and photographs to help you along the way. He’s a fun and simple project to help kick off the festive season within your home and family.P1120382

i’m dyeing here

I’ve been making some foxes…and some ducklings…and maybe even some goslings depending on your preferences!

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I’ve made so many red foxes now that I’m plum out of red wool dang nab it!

Such a shame…I’ve been forced to dust of my dyeing pot and play with colour. Any excuse really! Just wish I had more dyes to play around with but red will have to do for today.

Actually it will probably do tomorrow and the day after and the day after that because I was a bit foolish and plunged my hands into that warm coloured soup and played around with the fabric. I couldn’t help it. It looked too good not to. Now I look like a woman with a stonkingly well developed nicotine habit with no real preference for which fingers she holds her cigarettes in. I’m sure it will wear off by Monday….surely.

…i’m still alive…i’ve even been making things

As the title of the post says. I haven’t popped my clogs. I’ve just been…well elsewhere really. Mostly on Facebook. It’s the time poor bloggers tool of choice. It’s also good for people like me who are shallow as puddles and who seek instant feedback from people (but only if it’s good of course…only if it’s good).

Today as I sit to make some foxie loxies (and contemplate how much my machine needs to be serviced…) I thought I would l pop some photographs on here of things I’ve been rustling up.

Oh! Also, in an attempt to fall back in love with my blog post hacking I’ve FINALLY found out how (you should read that as husband has shown me…) to make my photographs wonderfully full size in my blog again! Happiness and Bliss!

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the gentle art of saying thank you

 

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A few days ago our daughter asked me what my favourite word was. I wanted to say something like ‘sunshine’ or ‘butterflies’ to appeal to her love of all things pretty. I kind of wanted to say ‘flummoxed’, ‘bamboozled’, ‘haberdashery’ or ‘discombobulated’ because lets face it…they’re just great words. Instead I told her what my favourite word was. Plain and simply it’s ‘thank you’. Technically two words but they go together so well and when they’re said with sincerity combined with just the right amount of happiness they’re the most beautiful words to hear.

So you can imagine how my heart felt when a lovely lady went out of her way to say thank you in such a tangible, tactile and thoughtful way? Giving me the precious time it took to gift me a keepsake of her own making and attaching to it my favourite words. She didn’t need to. The little thing I did was just that…a little thing that I was more than happy to do. What she did was go that extra step that makes the art of saying thankful a gentle and caring thing to do.

Thank you Sarah.

bunny beanie…pattern on the way

Bunny-Beanie-blog Bunny-Beanie-blog-II Bunny-Beanie-blog-IIIIts been an absolute age since I’ve looked at my little blog. I feel sad and embarrassed that I’ve neglected it for so long. Again I go back to the fact that it’s never felt the same for me since it was hacked by people flogging cigarettes but I will am finding a new love of reading other people’s blogs so it seems only right to add a little bit of that love to my own.

I’ve been working on a little Easter project and have come up with a fluffy bunny beanie as sported by The Little Bush Princess above. I’ve got the pattern and pattern sheets finished and only need to sort out a snazzy photograph (that doesn’t have a model wearing a t-shirt with chocolate on the front!), finish the cover and it will be ready to roll off to the printers. Nice to have a bit of momentum back!

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. We’re loving this beautiful mild weather.

 

 

 

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I have finally put my money where my mouth is and put some patterns out into the world.

Hatched and Patched in Bathurst was the first to stock the initial 6 patterns. Anni has been terribly encouraging and kind to me as I’ve muttered my way through the long and agonising ‘deciding if I can do it or not’ process.

Marally Craft in Orange also have a supply in store… and my little Etsy store has the little hairclips above as a PDF and will have other patterns listed as time permits.

Baby steps!

I will post photographs of the other patterns over the next few days. Now that I’ve re-learnt how to use my blog the sky is the limit!