My entire plan for today was to make these little pillows Riley saw on TV and freaked out about. I enjoy crafts, but I'm no Martha Stewart by any means, in fact I really enjoy doing my own thing and I find the imperfections interesting.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is a clip featuring Moose A. Moose and his bird friend, Zee.
Parents from my generation know Moose's voice as Stick Stickly... Ah, memories...
I had left over felt from the hedgehog finger puppets I made for Riley's birthday:
Mike had some batting laying around from fixing the couch and I didn't want to go anywhere.
So we begun...
The first thing they don't tell you in the tips section is that not unlike those "10 minute" meals there's hours or prep work. First of all you have to do them both - their kind of like peanut butter and jelly, they go together. So that's 4 pages of templates to print, cut out of the paper and then cut out of the felt.
Still cutting, while Riley screams impatiently in the high chair beside me.
It took me a while to realize that, duh, I can fold the felt so I only had to cut the bodies, eyes, antlers, etc once. I was really worked up about things not lining up properly. When I was almost done, I realized all I had to do was trim the edges. Sigh, I swear when I had time to myself I used to do crafts all the time.
So while Daddy gave Riley lunch, I decided to get out the needle and thread. Just so there's no confusion, those hedgehog finger puppets were my very first sewing project, I'm not exactly a member of any local quilting bees, I just wanted to at least anchor the faces. I thought lunch would give the glue time to dry, and then maybe, maybe, I wouldn't have to sew the perimeter of each. No dice.
I sewed the Moose. I wasn't pleased with how he turned out, but it's a hard and fast rule of crafts and baking that the first one you make turns out the worst. In hindsight, I wish I had stuffed them a little fuller since I was sewing them. Maybe I was being overly critical and I was disappointed in my aptitude for this project in general. I was stressed by the time Moose was done, and thinking, "why? why did I do this again? Answer: