I have HUGE admiration for those of you who are softie makers out there. Particularly, those working without a pattern, who are able to not only construct something so well, but also give it personality, character, and beauty. It is SO much more difficult than one would think without trying it, I believe. You have my utmost respect!! With that always on my mind, it's rare that I feel so moved to try to do the same, as I'm never very pleased with how they turn out. But for some reason (and thanks to this here blog as a record for proof of this fact), it seems as though every six months or so I forget what happened the last time I tried, and I do it again. This week, even though I had lots of other deadlines I should have been working on (or, perhaps, precisely for that reason), I was drawn to making something new. I love this sweet stuffed (from some japanese craft book--not sure which one) that I spotted on Flickr, and thought it would be easy enough to recreate myself. Right? Um, right.
And so here is my lame bunny (on the left), and the THREE bunnies-in-parts that it took to even get to the lame one. Besides the obvious construction issues (hello? one is missing an arm!), there's the issue of faces that I can NEVER manage to get. At all.
I tried giving Adelaide my bunny (after Calvin--who's usually supportive of all creative endeavors- whatever the outcome- laughed outloud at them!), and she went straight past it to the crumpled up piece of paper on the rug.
Expect to see another softie attempt here in about six months. Until then, I'm going to go make some pants for my kids.