January 20, 2013

The First Real Day of Winter...

...is finally upon this happy girl!
Oh ecstasy! 
Oh joy!

Believe it or not, my fine furry friend Emma feels precisely the same way I do about the snow. Which is to be of the mindset that it's time to get right down in it and do some serious Winter Wonderland-ing.

A miniature snowman emerged from the fallen flakes. Dried up blackberry branches serve as his arms, the classic carrot nose, a leftover candy cane hanging from his elbow, and even a little bird perching on his shoulder made an appearance. Emma even helped put the candy corn teeth in our little friend's head, so he could give you all a great big smile. Mum's a genius with the things she passes to me out the window for snowman construction! From all of this I have learned that Emma is very much an avid candy-corn-devourer; and though they make excellent snowman teeth I remain uncertain as to how good they are for her teeth.

Well, it's here. Anyone that knows me also knows I've been waiting for this moment. Though sometimes I do feel as if I'm all alone in my rooting for any snow at all. Am I the only one or is there anyone out there with me?

Let's give up three cheers for snow's late but magnificent entrance!
Hip - Hip - Hooray! Hip - Hip - Hooray! 
Hip - Hip - Hooooorrraaaayyy!

January 11, 2013

Felt Panda Doll

Here's what my hands have been busy stitching together for the past few evenings. 

My very first ever doll! Oh strings and buttons was I ever nervous about how he would turn out! I designed the little rouge myself and will be presenting him to my younger cousin tomorrow as a birthday present. She has put together quite the collection of stuffed panda teddy bears over the years, and I wanted to make her something extra special to add to her impressive collection.

He's so very sweet, I'm quite pleased with him I must say.

I'm especially fond of the heart on his chest, with an embroidered L for her name. Needless to say, I'm crazy about him from his crooked little smile down to his padded little tail and paws. 
What fun.

Among trying my hand at a new craft there's also a painting on the easel as of this very moment, so I've been taking turns working on several projects. I simply can not wait to share Fergus' sister with all of you! 

Hoping everyone's New Year is off to as good a start as mine has been!