Friday, June 24, 2011

And This One Time -- I Built a Lion

My daughter and I recently had the privilege of attending a baby shower for a close friend.  We were accompanied by one little Bean and when she saw one special gift she squeaked...but it wasn't hers.

There were loads of gifts at this shower -- but  a very special one made by the future Grandma and manufactured by ...

It is part of a series of animal patterns printed on fleece to be cut out, assembled and stuffed.  This Nona went on a hunt for the fleece at Joann's but alas, it couldn't be found so I had to resort to the....

and I was able to find and acquire the necessary fleece to build a lion.

This is how you build a lion....

The back of the lion, before cutting

The front of the lion after cutting, with ears

The bottom with company logo
The ears sewn together

Ears attached to head

Mane before cutting

Mane after preparation

Awaiting his fluffy stuffing

Doesn't he look happy with himself?

And the lion stuffing begins

And that, my friends, is how you build a lion! His official name is Larry but that might be temporary.  He will be arriving at his new home just in time for the birthday party celebrating Beanie's first year.  I wonder if she will squeak?

I haven't done a Friday Fill-ins in a while so I thought I would do one this morning. 

1.  One of my favorite birthday presents was a silver charm bracelet my then-boyfriend-now-husband gave me.  It is full of sentimental charms and I still wear it.

2.  I prefer crafting to domesticity, it is as simple as that.

3.  The moon, if full, can trigger labor -- an old wives tale with scientific merit.
4.  The thought of today is already tiring because it includes way to many errands that all have to be done early -- one of them for a second time!

5. I was tempted by the chocolate chip coconut cookies and I caved.

6.  Sightseeing, trying new restaurants and ignoring a schedule are some of the things I like to do on vacation.

7.  And as for the  the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching "Unknown" with Liam Neeson, tomorrow my plans include attending Beanie's first birthday party and Sunday I want to go to church, lunch, and either the plant nursery or the antique store.