Tuesday, 15 January 2008

cup cakes and catastrophes...

Cup cakes and catastrophes...yep that was the kind of day Monday was...I had planned on some serious sewing room time and sadly I only got to my favourite room at home for a couple of hours...Now I am showing you the results in reverse order as the horror of my fist creation might be too upsetting to start with... SO the day started very well with a ring on the bell and a visit from the postie with a lovely BIG brown box from Amazon, because you know I just did not get enough books for Christmas, yer right! The book that got me really jumping for joy was Warm Fuzzies by Betz White, apparently she is one of us, a blogger and jolly good one at that, her lovely little pin cushions just shouted out to me 'MAKE ME and make me NOW'. I should have sat down there and then and made them instead I followed my crazy idea to design my own stuffie. The result was a catastrophe, so I decided to make a pin cushion to restore my faith in my abilities...I made it for my littlest ones new kitchen and I can see many more of these being made...easy and fun...half an hours work max...
So on to the designing, right many of you are really great at this, so being inspired I thought I would be OK. I picked a project I like...owls. Easy enough, I wanted to make the design mine so I approached it from a different angle from ones I had seen...BIG MISTAKE...So with a lot of mess and fiddling around...

I present to you my owl...brace yourself...you have been warned...the front view...
The side view...
The back view...
I showed Owlie (the name given to my little creation) to my children at tea time, my older one looked at it, lifted up his wings, fiddled with his eyes, had a good squeeze and then said 'Mommy the colours are great!!!' Oh bless how diplomatic:-) If it was meant to be a penguin it might have helped...Saying all of that, the best bit of the day was when my youngest handed me his bedtime bears so he could sleep with Owlie!!!
If all that was not enough to make you turn off your computer...its Self Portrait Tuesday...this was taken by my older child on Sunday morning, minutes after I had got up, this time I am very thankful that he is a bit wobbley when he takes photo's.
I can not Ok this post without giving credit were it is due... I name Small Fox and LucyKate Crafts and the Queens of owl making...

15 comments:

salgull said...

'Warm Fuzzies' looks a fantastic book!Sal;-)

lucykate crafts... said...

hey, he's quite a sweetie. he reminds me of laurie's owls at 'old school acres'. my owl that went wrong is now a ...dog!, strange what a different set of ears and eyes can do to a softie!

i haven't got betz's book yet but it is on my amazon wish list, i am in awe of her felt making ability, thrifted jumper and a washing machine and she's well away : )

Kitty said...

Oh, like Sal, I'm very drawn to 'Warm Fuzzies' - I shall have to seek it out. As for Owlie - awww, he's not so bad. I love the fabrics, and he definitely has a charm of his own. Don't give up! x

bettyninja said...

ahhh mr. owl is adorable in his own scrappy little way. I made an owl this weekend too....

Thimbleanna said...

Awww, aren't you a cutie??? Your goodies are so cute -- love your little cupcake. I just ordered my copy of Warm Fuzzies this morning -- can't wait!

Vanessa said...

Oh no you have just made me add another book to my wish list on Amazon. The bird (very diplomatic) is very sweet!

sarah said...

Well, thank you, love! I think your owl is cute, even if he is a bit penguin-y. Just call it a happy accident!

Donna said...

Oh but he's adorable!!! I love him :-) That cupcake is brilliant Suzie I have a bit of a thing for stuffed cupcakes.

French Knots said...

I see where your son gets his curls from!
Love the cupcake x

anne bebbington said...

I've looked at your owl, moved on and then looked again - the only improvement he needs is bigger rings around his eyes - then he'd miraculously change from a penguin to a fully-fledged owl. But then hey! who am I to say? - I've never made an owl!

Tea Time and Roses said...

Oh my Suzie, what beautiful hair you have...it is lovely!! Mr. Owl is quite cute, and I am loving your cupcake! I have a pattern for knitted cupcakes in the book Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I may just give it a try! You and your family enjoy the rest of the week.

Smiles...

Beverly

weirdbunny said...

Firstly I thought the cup cake was real !

Secondly the owl is brilliant, although yes penguin did slip into my mind even before you said it ! But guess what, it reminds of an owl that the people of wallace and grommit would have designed, and that's certainly not bad going is it ~ love Julia x

julie said...

Ahh, I like Owlie - he's got cuddlebility and is a real character! Love your cupcake too - I really like Betz's creations, she has a lovely blog too.

Caroline said...

I think Owlie is really really cute and I didn't even think penguin until you mentioned it! (honest!!) I think you are really clever to make anything up yourself without a pattern! Cupcake is also very cute, but not as lovely as Owlie.
xx

mellyandrosie said...

Owlie is a cutie!!! I love toys that get all that character through imperfection! It makes them so origional and special!!!