This is the first swap I’ve actually been late on, though only by a few days (it was supposed to be in the mail on Friday, and it will be going out tonight after work). It was for the “My Favorite Things” swap, inspired by the song of the same name in The Sound of Music.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things.
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles. Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings. these are a few of my favorite things.
Girls in a white dresses with a blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver white winters that melt into springs, these are a few of my favorite things.
I struggled with this one mainly because all of the ideas I had would have taken weeks to complete, and I needed something that could be done rather quickly. I also wanted something that would work for my partner’s two girls, who had some specific needs. Eventually, I settled on the Pointy Kitty from Wee Wonderfuls (for the “whiskers on kittens” part).
I used scraps from a skirt I’m making (the grey plaid) and from ‘s fleece jacket (the tan), and bamboo stuffing I had leftover from the pincushion swap. The only thing I actually bought for this one were the buttons for the eyes. The ribbon and embroidery floss I all had in my stash as well.
It wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be – I ended up getting it finished in most of an afternoon. Oddly, the kitty’s front legs are slightly shorter than her back legs, so she doesn’t stand up on her own (without a prop, of course, like this lovely tulip-shaped bowl that I found at Goodwill, matching an identical one I found half an hour later at Chap). She’s also not stuffed as firmly as she should be, even though I thought I had crammed as much stufffing in there as I possibly could. She’s still cute, and I hope my partner and her girls will love her. I have avoided naming her, since that seems like something her new owners should do (I was leaning towards Maria, after the main character in The Sound of Music, but then all of the girls’ names are cute).
Not bad for a first attempt at a 3D plus toy!